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He was over the gate at once, and Rose had dim old eyes, as the wanderer took up his staff seized his hand as if she had known him for to resume his weary way. ever, 80 strong a trust rose from her fear. She No, you must come home,' said Maggie, could have kissed him already, because he holding fast by his hand, ‘for you're a good, came to help Sandy; but she did not even kind man, and I'll always like you and love thank him, her breathless speed was such. you,-always, always, always!! •Whaur's the laddie?' asked the gangrel. •And I have something to tell you,' said "On a tree, and the branch is breaking.' Rose, 'yes, O please you must, you will come
That was all they said. But without home.' slackening his speed, the man untied his But the man shook his head. bundle and let his scanty gear drop and lie Naebody wants me now, I was ower late upon their path. Then he twisted the plaid o' coming, and the fields are fu' already. Ay, that held it into a long rope; then drew off his I maun gang hame, but no' to your hame, my ragged coat and fastened one sleeve to the winsome, bonnie bairnie.' plaid. Rose noticed this, but she did not ask "My father will let you work,' spoke Sandy, him why.
who was somewhat unready of speech, but When they came to the fir wood, she left whose big heart was full of gratitude, he was his hand aud rushed to the foot of the tree. eager to show if he could.
'Here's a kind man,' shouted Rose, O And I must tell you something,' protested Sandy, he'll help you.'
Rose again, clinging carressingly to the brown 'Eh laddie, but ye’se sair spent; bide a wee, hand she held. wee langer, and we'se hao ye safe.'
Tell me, then, my wee lassie,' said the The gangrel was fastening his plaid to a gangrel, leaning on the trunk of a tree, and branch of the nearest tree-a strong branch looking, (Maggie afterwards said to Rose,) like which projected six feet from the ground. one of the angels come down in a beggar-man's The man was sinewy and tall, grey-haired, disguise. and aged as he looked; and Rose's confidence But Rose could not tell him then. She grow stronger, as she watched his unhesitating blushed and held down her head; for she was motions. As for poor Maggie, all her heart thinking her own thought over, His mercy was in her eyes; she never once took them endureth for ever.' from the face she had dared to call bad.
At last she said very low, 'It was about that It was but a minute till the man was with psalm ; we heard you saying it to yourself both hands holding out his coat, holding it behind the hedge, you know. And that was high up, right under Sandy.
why I came to you, when Sandy was up on Gie a jump noo, laddie, and bring the the tree, for I knew you were a good man and branch sae far wi' ye. This auld tatter o' would help us if you could. But why did you mine 'ill ayo break your fa'. Lippen to me, say that psalm ? you couldn't know anybody laddie, dinna be feared.' for Sandy still clung heard you-why did you say about “His to the branch, and looked half fearfully down, mercy' when you were so weariod and poor?' 'thae hands o' mine are strong enough yet to "Yo are but a bairn,' said tho wayfarer, in hand mair than the like o' ye."
a solemn tone low as her own, and ye cannot "Trust the kind man, Sandy,' shouted Rose ken better till ye've crossed mair howes and and Maggie at once, and Sandy with a swing knowos. But I aye maun have my psalm of brought down the branch, and dropped through mercy when my heart is getting wao; for the coat of the gangrel. For the old worn mercy's abune a', bairn,-morcy's abune a'. garment was rent by the weight; but Sandy And it's whon I canna see it, I need most to came softly down, and stood on the kindly sing it to mysel'. The blue lift's age abune mosg with his sisters' arms thrown round him.
us, though we whiles canna see it for tho And then both with one consent rushed clouds.' close to Sandy's saviour, and each got a soiled Then there was silence except for the low, work-worn hand, and hugged it, and covered wind-whisper in the firs; for Rose could not it with kisses.
speak, nor could Sandy nor Maggio oither. "Eh, my braw, wee lasses, but yo maun The stranger spoke again: leave me alane, for I'm just an auld labouring “Yo'll never see me mair, bairns; yo'll tak' man, an' this is ower mucklo, -ower muckle. I a word from ano that has travelled life a lang
But tears of soft pleasure gathered in his ' gate. Ye have lippened weel to me, I bless yo
for the trust. It will make my heart the lighter, wherever it is laid this night. Lippen better to Christ, for there's nane sae strong as Him, and there's nane sae kind, bairns--O there's nane sae kind. And think ye He is not glad to help us when we pray to Him, that Ho is not glad to save us,-glad, glad.'
How good you are,' said Maggie, looking penitently in Robin's face. For Robin was the old man's name, though the children did not know it.
Na, na!' said Robin, with a look of pain upon his brow, and he shook his grey head sorrowfully and took his way once more.
But Sandy ran home in haste to tell of all that had happened, and his father himself went after old Robin, and brought him back to the farm.
And they gave him a little cottage to live in all his life, not far from the five-barred gate where Rose and Maggie went for Molly. And they gave him Molly for his own, and brought his daughter home, to tend old Robin and the white-faced cow, which Rose and Maggie thought their best gift.
Rose would come often and read to him in winter and summer noons, and always when . she chose the psalm, 'twas the 136th she chose.
Because, you know,' she would say, “tis my psalm and yours, Robin.'
And Robin knew what she meant, and would smile from his ingle seat.
As for Maggie, she never wearied in her penitent grateful' love. She hovered like a sunbeam round the cottage under the elm. And one autumn evening she brought the Bible to Robin's knee, and pointed with her finger to a verse and said :
That always looks meant for me.' "What is it my wee lass, for my e'en are dim?'
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26. Which precept concerning the passover shows us that the instruction of children was one design for which that ordinance was instituted ?
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SENIOR DIVISION. 25. Where do we find an example given us of the manner in which the Scriptures should be read to others ?
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JUNIOR DIVISION. (19) Psalm viii. 2; (20) James v. 13; (21) The sweet psalmist of Israel—2 Sam. xxiii. 1.
John vii. 24.
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God's providence; of His preserving and OUR FATHER'S CARE.
governing all His creatures, and all their W HAT are we going to read about, actions. In what manner does God do
mamma?' said little Maggie, as this, Willie?' her brothers and sister took their seats In a most holy, wise, and powerful round the table for their Bible lesson. manner.'
• We are going to read the story of The answer says God governs the Moses. You and Harry like to hear it.' actions of all His creatures. Does that
• Are you going to read about his mamma mean that God guides wicked men as well making the little basket cradle for him, and as good men ?' asked Katie. spreading pitch over it to keep the water You know that God preserves the life from coming in, and putting the little baby of bad men as well as of good men. He in it? I like that story, mamma.'
is kind to the unthankful and to the evil, • And Harry knows who watched the not willing that any should perish, but little ark floating in the river Nile?'
that all should come to repentance. All It was Moses' own sister, mamma. She their evil deeds come from themselves and was very frightened . lest the crocodiles from Satan, for only good comes from would find her little brother and eat him God; but God is so wise and powerful up, and when she saw Pharaoh's daughter that He makes even the wicked actions of take the baby out of the water, she ran for bad men to accomplish His own holy his own mamma to nurse him.'
purposes. It was very wicked of Pharaoh And who do you think it was that made to command the little boys to be cast into Moses' mother think of making the little the river, and yet God made that cruel ark and putting it into the river with the decree the means of bringing Moses to the child in it?'
king's palace, where he became learned in • It was God, mamma. Moses' mother all the wisdom of Egypt, and so fitted to be prayed to God to save her little son and the leader of Israel. Do you know, Willie, not let him be drowned, and He made her why Pharaoh commanded the infants to be think of the best way to save him.'
cast into the river?'. And who heard the little baby crying, It was because he wished to make the and made the king's daughter sorry for him Israelites weak, and to keep them in and willing to have him for her own son?' bondage.
It was God; for God loved little Moses That was Pharaoh's design; but God and would not allow him to be drowned had decreed or determined to deliver Israel. in the river.'
More than three hundred years before This beautiful story shews us how Moses was born, Godf told Abraham that wonderfully God takes care of His own his descendants would be afflicted in a people; even when they are little babies, 1 strange land, and that He would bring unable to pray to Him, He hears their cry them out. This was God's decree, and and supplies their wants and preserves them Pharaoh's decree could not reverse it. from danger. Do you know, Katie, what You might read Psa. xxxii. 10, 11.' God's loving care of His creatures is called?' 16. The Lord bringeth the counsel of the • It is called providence, mamma.'
heathen to nought: He maketh the devices • What are God's works of providence ? of the people of none effect. The counsel You know the answer in the Catechism, of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts Willie.'
of His heart to all generations." ' «« God's works of providence are, His most Whatever God purposes He does, and holy, wise, and powerful preserving and neither Satan nor wicked men can hinder governing all His creatures, and all their Him from executing His own decrees. actions."'s
But God guides His own children in a The history of the world is the story of very different way from that in which He