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And the heaven above thenceforward kept

In fee his very best.
Of the love that lightens service,

Dear God, how much we see,
When the father toils the livelong day

For the children at his knee;
When all night long the mother wakes,

Nor deems the vigil hard,
The rose of health on the sick one's cheek

Her happy heart's reward.
Of the love that lightens service

The fisherman can tell,
When he wrests the bread his dear ones eat

Where the bitter surges swell;
And the farmer in the furrow,

The merchant in the mart, Count little worth their weary toil

For the treasures of their heart.
And, reverently we say it,

Dear Lord, on bended knee,
For the love that lightened service most

The pattern is with Thee.
Oh, the love, the love of heaven,

That bowed our load to bear;
The love that mounted to the cross,

And saved the sinner there!
What shall we give? How offer

Our small returns, to tell That we have seen the Saviour,

And are fain to serve Him well?
Take, Lord, our broken spirits,

And have them for Thine own;
And as the bridegroom with the bride,

Reign, Thou, with us, alone.
As Jacob served for Rachel

Beneath the Syrian sky;
And the golden sands of toiling years

Went swiftly slipping by:
The thought of her was music

To cheer his weary feet; 'Twas love that lightened service,

The old, old story sweet.

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THE JOURNEY OF LIFE.*-S. JENNIE Suith.

CHARACTERS.
PILGRIM, young girl in pilgrim's garb.
BEAUTY, handsome girl in gaudy attire.
Famr, intellectual locking person drested tastefully.
WEALTH, girl dressed in expensive clothing, and diamonds.

RELIGION, fair, sweet looking girl in pure white. All wear their names, in large letters, on belt or sash, and shoula imagine a road at one side branching off into a broad, and narrow one.

Enter Pilgrim. PILGRIM. Here am I starting alone upon the wearisome journey of life; no one from whom to expect help or counsel. Before me are two roads; this, broad and seemingly pleasant; that, narrow and uninviting. Which to take I can not decide. I have heard that the former leads to destruction; the latter to everlasting happiness. Oh! if I had a guide to lead me, I would venture upon the narrow road, rough though its appearance. But alone I shrink from encountering the dangers which I hear one meets with in that direction.

Enter Beauty. BEAUTY. Nay, fair maiden, choose not the narrow road, but take the one which is broad and lovely. I am called Beauty. If you are willing, I will be your guide. Every hour in my society will improve your appearance, and ere you have accomplished balf your journey, you will be so transcendently beautiful that men will fall at your feet and worship you. Wherever you go, a train of admirers will follow. Truly that will be sufficient to make you happy.

Pilgrim. Say no more; I do not care for beauty. Neither do I believe that it will bring me happiness.

BEAUTY. What! You do not care for beauty! Unnatural woman! But surely you will let me guide you along this pleasant path. You must not take that thorny one. You would sink beneath the load of trouble awaiting you there. Pilgrim. It is useless to prolong your argument.

Yours is a siren's voice. I will listen to it no longer.

BEAUTY. I go, but you will have cause to repent your decision. Farewell.

[Erit Beauty Written expressly for this Collection.

PILGRIM. Once more I am alone and undecided what course to pursue. But I will sit here and wait for some one to pass this way. (Sits on a large stone.) Perhaps I may find a friend who will at least advise me what to do. (Sings.) “Guide me, 0 Thou Great Jehovah.”

Enter Fame. FAME. Good day, sweet maiden, I have heard from one of my sisters that you are looking for a guide to accompany you on your journey. You did wisely in rejecting her, for beauty will not always last, and the love which that provokes is but transient.

Pugrim. May I ask your name?

FAME. I am Fame. If you choose me for your guide, you will become known throughout the wide world, and your name will be honored for many generations after you have departed this life.

Pilgrim. But I am searching for happiness now; not honor when I am in my grave. On which road would you lead me? Fame. On the wide and beautiful one.

You do not suppose I would lead a tender maiden like you upon that narrow, thorny road ?

PILGRIM. But 'tis the narrow one that I wish to travel.

FAME. Foolish mortal! Are you not aware that the narrow road is beset with dangers at every step?

Pilgrim. I expect to meet with dangers and to bear many crosses, but I can endure all, for the narrow road will lead me to happiness.

FAME. Then you will not accept me as a guide?

Pilgrim (decidedly). No. Leave me. (Exit Fame.) Now that she has gone, I almost regret having rejected her offer. I am growing weary of waiting here, and the shades of night will be falling Oh! for some one to help me!

Enter JVealth. Wealth. Did I hear you calling me, my dear? If so, I am at your service. What do you desire ?

Pilgrim. I am about to start upon the journey of life, and fearing to go alone, am in search of some one to guide me.

Wealth. And some one has come. I will be your guido. Pilgrim. But who are you?

Wealth. I am called Wealth. If I accompany you, you will want for nothing that money can procure. Feasts fit for kings will be provided at any time you desire, clothing that dazzles the eye by its brilliancy will fill your wardrobe, hosts of friends will ever linger near your side, and when you are weary of all these things, you will rest on soft luxurious couches. (Pointing to the broad road.) The road on which we

Pilgrim. But 'tis the narrow road I wish to take.

Wealth. Surely you will not remain here expecting some one to lead you on that thorny road. The idea is preposterous! None but fanatics travel that way. You'll find no one else willing to go in that direction, and will wait here in vain.

Pilgrim. Then, though my heart seems to tell me it is wrong, I will accept you as a guide, for even now the sun has sunk to rest, and I fear to be left in the darkness, alone and unprotected.

Enter Religion, unobserved by the others. WEALTH. That is sensible. You can not conceive of the bliss in store for you. But we must hasten on our way, or

Religion (stepping forward). What! would you lure her on to destruction? But first stand aside and let me speak; then she may choose between us.

Pi RIM. Yes, all her to speak, for already I feel as if she were the guide for whom I have been longing, and I know that one with such an angelic countenance cannot lead me astray.

WEALTH. And will you be enticed by a fair face and honeyed words? Listen to me. In my society you will find far more happiness than you will in hers. Every step will only increase your joy.

Religion. Sweet maiden, I am Religion. This is my guide book (holding out a Bible), Christ is my King, and heaven is the goal to which I will lead you.

These are my directions: (Reads.) Encer

ye in at the strait gate, etc.” Pilgrim. Now I am assured that you are the guide for whom I have been waiting. Go with me on my journey (drawing near to Religion), teach me to keep in the right path, and help me bear all trials for our King's sake. Full well vo I now remember when, as a child, I sat on my mother's

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knee, and she told me of this journey which I must take and read to me that passage from her guide book.

Wealth (with outstretched arms). Cannot I save you from that wily creature ere it be too late?

Pilgrim. I am already saved. I have accepted Religion as my guide.

Religion. And you will never regret your decision. The road on which we are to travel seems a rough one, but it has many joys that are known only to the faithful. True, you may have crosses to bear, but with my aid you will learn to endure them cheerfully, ay, gladly. Believe me, the flowers on the broad road hide many thorns that its travelers never escape. But, after all, our goal is the chief end in view. There we cannot fail to find rest and joy.

Beauty and Fame enter and join Wealth. RELIGION. Let me not underestimate the worth of these three sisters. As companions, rightly used, they may prove valuable to pilgrims on this journey of life. But they are not fit for guides; ever bear that in mind. They may accompany us, if you so desire and they are willing, but you would need to be vigilant lest they tempt you into one of the side paths which lead to the broad road. Yet in that they cannot succeed, if you cling steadfastly to me.

Wealth. We refuse to accompany the pilgrim, except as guides. We three once more offer to serve her in that capacity. If she accept you, she forfeits forever the society of Beauty, Fame and Wealth.

Pilgrim. But of happiness you cannot deprive me, and with that I shall be content.

RELIGION. Then you can give up all these for my sake? You will never regret your decision ?

Pilgrim. Never. With you to guide, that precious book to direct, my King to meet at my journey's end, all other things fade away into insignificance. (Sings.) “Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken."

Tableau. Pilyrim and Religion, hand in hand, about to take the narrow road; Beauty, Fame and Wealth in the opposite direction, beckoning to the Pilgrim.

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