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beard her

often, too, has the soldier, on his departure,

Waiting.
and in letters sent back, asked the prayers of
"the loved ones at home.”

BY WALTER LEARNED.
In the earlier period of the war the
Government had no fixed system of ap-
pointing chaplains. Many laymen and

I saw, as I neared my home,
30-called local Methodist preachers were A sweet little face at the window-pine,
appointed to chaplaincies, by whose That was watching for papa to come.
ignorance and lack of principle the
soldiers were disgusted, and the cause The blue eyes closed one morning,
of religion in the army seriously. And I knew that never again
damaged. At length a law was passed

esed Should I see my baby watching for me,

With her face at the window-pane. allowing none but regularly ordained ministers to be appointed to this office. Yet I to

What changes have the twenty past Call, just as she used to do, years brought to our country! How When she heard my step at the open gate : the empty sleeves and wooden limbs of “Come, Papu. I'm waiting for you.” many brave men remind us of the sicrifices made for the restoration of A

the restoration of And I think that may be she is waiting,

1 As of old, in the soft twilight, national peace and prosperity! Tbou- shi

qou; She watched, when the long day's task was sands are buried in lonely, unmarked done, aod unvisited graves. The surviving 1 To weleome me home at night. soldiers have long since returned home, and are again enjoying the blessings of Some time, when my work is ended, a quiet and peaceable life.

I shall see, as I near my home,

| A dear little face in Paradise, Since the war new territories have

That is watching for papa to come. been opened, new states populated and New LONDON, Conn. annexed to the Union. The great resources of the country have been de

Paragraphs for Preachers. veloped with unprecedented rapidity. Amid the present blessings of national

There is no lack of preachers; but prosperity, let us not forget the brave

Christ says laborers are few. men that fought and suffered for our

God is pleased to honor abundantly civil blessings, and the equally brave

the“ foolishness of preaching,” but there mothers and wives who because they

is no sanction in His Word for foolish gave to their country the most precious

preaching. mortal obiect the possessed. suffered).. There would be more better preachers and still suffer untold sorrows.

"Jif there were more better hearers.

This, too. is patriotism. And above all, must?“ Brethren, pray for us." we not forget to adore and gratefully

Stability out of the pulpit often praise the merciful providence of God

Got speaks more eloquently than ability in

| for giving us once more a united coun

the pulpit.

When the standard-bearers are fighttry and restoring peace throughout our borders.

ing among themselves, they cannot be

doing much execution in the enemy's Everything in nature indulges in ranks. amusenient. The lightning plays, the A man must reach God's truth in his wind whistles, the thunder rolls, the experience before he can teach it in his snor flies, the waves leap, and the doctrine. fields smile. Even the buds shoot and He who preaches most of Christ to the rivers run.

sinners may expect to preach most sin

ners to Christ. Mr. Longfellow enjoys telling at his Many thologians of to-day are called own expense the story that an English- “ broad,” and are, as a consequence, man strolled into his Cambridge home very sballow. one summer day, saying, “As-ah, “Great power" in the pulpit is likethere is—ah, no old ruins in this ly to be accompanied by great grace in blarsted country, I thought I'd come to the pew. Acts iv. 33.- Episeopal Resee you."

corder.

The Sunday-School Department.

A Lady's Letter from Homo. But it is a sweet privilege for those who

can do it, and good Dr. Watts, who was

strict and almost severe in his ideas of Any one who has lived in a nursery discipline, certainly thought it right, for knows that a strong influence there to hu has given us a glorious cradle song. secure peace and harmony is a song for - Hush, my dear, lie still and slumber," the little ones.

is the echo of childhood for how many A new toy pleases for the moment, of us; and even now there are some and a story will keep the attention while blessed babies who get the whole sixteen it lasts : but the “ once upon a time” verses every night! Yes, let us sing to too soon ends with, “and that is the end the children-sing to them, as they play of my story." But when the animals at our side, of beautiful things in nature, won't stand up and Dolly's hair is out of good and joyful things; and sing to of curl, when frowns come in fair fore-them, when they rest, of holy and heaheads, and a scream is just ready to burst venly things: and if God should call from rosy lips, if there comes from them and give us of His strength, we among the curtains, where mamma sits might even sing them into the rest of with her sewing, the quick little melody heaven. of “Three little Kittens” or “ Buy Some mothers have done so. Just a Broom,” how soon the eyes are bright now the Angel of Death was waiting again and tiny feet keep time while the while a mother bent over her heart's playing goes on, and all is serene in the treasure. “Do you want anything, darnursery.

ling?” And when the day is gone, toys all « Only to sing," was the plaintive an. put aside, and the little ones ready for swer: “ only to sing, Happy Land.'" bed, who would send them to their

| And the 'brave mother lifted up her dreams without a slumber-song to bring heart and eyes and voice. Through the & vision of angels.

quiet chamber the sweet tones rose,Mamma was away the other night, and Annie, the maid, put baby to bed.

“There is a happy land far, far away,

| Where saints in glory stand, bright, bright All went well till the last mioute; the

as day.” evening prayer was said and the crib opened, when baby looked at it and at|

She sang it all through, holding a tiny Annie's rather solemn face,-it certainly

hand in hers; but long before the song did not look musical,-and drawing

was finished the Angel had taken the back, with a trembling voice she asked:

ende babe in her bosom and gone beyond the “Apnie, can you sing? I'm

sky: a mother's love had sung her child

four years old, and some peoples say I ought right

nicht right into heaven.-N. Y. Observer. to go to sleep by myself; but I've always been singed to sleep, and I don't Story of a French Doll. think I can manage without it-any way, till I'm five.”

TOLD BY HERSELF. This singing to sleep may seem a foolish indulgence to busy mothers and My name is Adele. At least it was those who think it best to teach their once. Now, it is Jenny. The first children early, and in these trifling mat- thing I remember about myself is being ters self-denial and self-dependence. I crowded into a box in company with

fifty others of my relations, and then but you see the workers return again put on board a vessel bound for the and again to the same spot, and a little United States. I can't of course de- closer inspection usually completes your scribe the voyage, as I was conscious knowledge, though you may sometimes only of being in a very dark, uncomfor- be deceived or nonplused by the caution table place. As soon as we landed, I and cunning of the architects. You was unpacked and put in a gay shop will facilitate your work by scattering window in the Sixth avenue. In a day cotton-wool, horse-hairs, straws, etring, or two, I was bought as a Christmas worsted and cloth where they will atpresent by a pice-looking lady, and tract the attention of the birds around given to her little girl Clara. I had a you. Put them on your lawn or on the very bappy time for a few weeks, but piazza vines, and watch them. A robin when my mistress got tired of me, I becomes to carry off the string, and having gan to suffer from ber bad temper. One used up what you have provided, and day she got so angry with her nurse, liking the material, attacks a long piece because she hurt her a little while she wound around a stake, supporting a was brushing her long curls out, that she gladiolus. By persistent effort he frees flung me at her with sucb great force a part of it, but the harder that he pulls that I broke a large hole in the looking- at the rest, the tighter he ties the knot glass and got very badly scratched and around the stake, and the string is bebattered. Clara was not punished as coming entangled with his legs; he fights she should have been. I am afraid she twenty minutes, and gives it up. Spar. will grow up to be a very unbappy, dis-. rows pick up hairs and straws from the agreeable woman, unless she changes lawn, and warblers come to the vines before long, and then no one will love | for cotton-wool, passing fearlessly within her. Of course she did not want me af- three feet of your chair; then they come ter all this. The nurse picked me up back to break off little twigs and to peel and, with Clara's mother's permission, off shreds of dry bark from the honeygave me to a little piece of hers who suckle. A pair of golden robins—the was lying sick in hospital with a disease male with black and orange, the female that never could be cured. Kind ladies with yellow and duller black—come for gave her pretty things ofien to play string, worsted apd thread! but beware witb, but nothing bad ever made her so of them, for they are thieves. Leave happy as I did, because she was so fond your knitting under the tree there for of nurse. She called me Jenny on her five minutes, and it is gone; you will account. She keeps me in bed with her find it a week later, a part irrevocably all the time, feeds me always at meal woven into the hanging nest, and a part time, and goes to sleep with me in ber dangling with the needle in it. The arms at night. . Maggie, my new little weaving is so cleverly done that you mistress, is very good and patient, as so wonder whether the orioles haven't used many poor little children in the hospitals your needles. Not at all, madam ; I are. She may live many years, but she defy you to produce with your implewill never be well enough to run around ments such a piece of work as these and play like other children. But though birds bave produced with their bills. Sucshe suffers so much, she never gets angry cessful experiments have been made nor throws me about. If she lives to by supplying the orioles, in the tree grow up, she will be not only happier where they are occupied, with bright but more useful and more loved than silks and worsteds, which they employ Clara will be. I hope all you little | altogether, if liberally provided, so that children will sometimes think of this a very gay and parti-colored net may

swing in your orchard where you can Birds' Nests.

| see it from the house. Wilson says that

an old lady, to whom he showed an The best way to find nests is to watch oriole's nest in which a piece of dry & bird while building; in that way, grass, thirteen inches long, was passed moreover you are sure to see them in through thirty-four times, asked him, the best condition, and to know when half in earnest, if the birds couldn't the eggs are fresh. It requires patience; | be taught to darn stockings.

SUNDAY-SCHOOL LESSONS.

MAY 1.

LESSON XVIII.

1881.

Second Sunday after Easter. Luke xv. 1-10.

THE SUBJECT.-LOST AND FOUND.

KEY-NOTE.-"I AM THE GOOD SHEP-, getber his friends and neighbours, saying anto HERD: THE GOOD SHEPHERD GIVETH HIs them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my LIFE FOR THE SHEEP.John X. 11.

sheep which was lost.

7. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be 1. Then drew near unto him all the publicans in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more and sinners for to hear him.

coan over ninety and nine just persons, which 2. And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, neeu no repentance. saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth 8. Either what woman having ten pieces of with them.

silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a 3. 1 And he spake this parable unto them, candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently saying,

till she find it ? 4. What man of you, having a hundred 9. And when she hath found it, she calleth sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the her friends and her neighbours together, saying, ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece tbat which is lost, until he find it?

which I had lost. 5. And when he bath found it, he layeth it 10. Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in on his shoulders, rejoicing.

the presence of the angels of God over one sinner 6. And when he cometả home, he calleth to. that repenteth.

QUESTIONS.

What is the Key-note? How did Jesus prove are they who feel no need of repentance? What that He is the Good Shepherd ? What other now was there in this Parable for those who great act did He perform after He had laid murmured ? down His life? John x. 17-18. What was the 8. What other Parable followed ? Does the great end of Christ's Death and Resurrection ? woman represent the Church of Christ ? Who John X. 16.

are represented by the ten pieces of silver ? What is our subject to-day? What two Para What soul is typified by the one piece? What bles does the lesson embrace ?

does the lighting of the candle, sweeping, etc., VERSE 1. Who drew near to Jesus, on this | signify? and other occasions? Who were the Publicans ? | 9. What do the members of the kingdom The sinners? Why did these rally around Him ? engage in when a soul is reclaimed? Would

2. Who were the Poarisees ? Scribes ? What He hereby teach the higher nature of His king is murmuringOn what account did these dom? How could the Pharisees infer from this murmur? Is it not well to avoid bad company ? Parable, that their kingdom was not inspired Why did Jesus mingle with such characters, by the Spirit of Heaven? then ?

When may we associate with the unfortunate 3. What Parable did He first utter ?

and wicked ? With what feelings should we 4. Who are represented by the hundred even regard these? Why do Publicans and sheep Who by the ninety and nine | Who sinners sometimes arrive home sooner than by tbe lost one? What is the wilderness here? Pharisees and scribes ? Which class did Christ

5. How is the shepherd represented in bring seem to treat with greater tenderness-the selfing the lost sheep back?

righteous or the unrighteous ? Why? Are we 8. What transpired at the shepherd's home? | all uprighteous ? Need any one be "self.

7. How is this verse to be regarded? Over righteous ? what do angels rejoice? To what degree? Who

1. The Lord my Shepherd is,

I shall be well supplied;
Since He is mine, and I am His,

What can I want beside ?

3. If e'er I go astray,

He doth my soul reclaim,
And guides me in His own right way

For His most holy Name.

2. He leads me to the place

Where heav'nly pasture grows,
Where living waters gently pass,

And full salvation flows.

4. While He affords His aid

I cannot yield to fear;
Though I should walk through death's

dark vale,
My Shepherd's with me there.

REMARKS :In the Gospel for this lowers—Levi, who is also called MatLord's day, from which our key-note thew, the author of the first Gospel. is taken, our Lord lays before us the In their eyes He uttered His own concharacteristic of the good Shepherd dempation by associating and breaking of souls. He giveth His life for the bread with the mean and despicable. sheep. That He has done this, we have Their bitter complaints even reached learned on Good Friday. And on the the ears of Jesus. Then He took occaEaster Festival, He proved to us, that sion to define His position; to give a He survived death, the grave, and reason for His conduct, and to show Hades. Therefore," says He, “ doth that His course, in this respect, was in My Father love Me, because I lay down keeping with His whole aim and plan. My life, that I might take it again. No VERSE 3. He spake this parable. man taketh it from Me, but I lay it — The Parable of the Lost Sheep, down of Myself. I have power to lay as it is called. it down, and I have power to take it VERSES 4-6. A hundred sheer. This agaio."

full, round number may signify the And now, since we hive learned on whole class of Jews, who esteemed the last two Lord's days, that His mis- themselves as the children of Abraham, sion into the world was to establish a 'as against the immoral and loose class. plan of salvation, by His death and The lost one of them is, then, a symbol resurrection, through which all mankind of the publicans and sinners, who had may become man-kinned in “one fold," strayed' off. Now, as every shepherd let us see, in the section for to-day, how of sheep would leave the ninety and each soul may become a member of His nine in the wilderness (or pasture-range) flock.

and go after the lost ope, to find it, so NOTES. VERSE 1. Then. We are did te, the Shepherd of souls, devote to imagine Him now tarrying in some His time and life in seeking out and town or village on His way to Jerusa- restoring those who felt themselves to lem. Publicans and sinners were tax. be lost. Laying it on His shoulders, gatherers and half-heathens. They were &c., is intended to show the affection of a detested class of characters, dishonest the shepherd for his sheep, and well and immoral. “What lions and bears illustrates Christ's anxiety for lost and are in the mountains," says an old wandering souls. How long He calls, writer, " these people were in the cities." and how gladly He bears them back to Respecʻable men and women kept aloof God's bosom! He is never indiff rent from their society, peither walking nor to our fate. Remember how He wept talking with them. They were classed over Jerusalem! The coming together with highway robbers and murderers. of the shepher:l's friends and neighbors Least of all, would a Rabbi, or teacher, and their mutual rejoicing, was intended associate with such a class.

to serve as a stinging reproof of the These bated persons well knew to haughty souls, who not only did not rewhat degree they were shunned, and joice over rescued souls, but even al. never intruded themselves upon the lowed their hearts to swell with rage, company of the higher aod pobler ones. VERSE 7. I say unto you. Here we But they drew near Unto Him! Be- ' have the pointed application, now. Joy cause of the divine attraction of His shall be in heaven (among the angels) face, and the unction of His kind and over one sinner that repenteth. This blessed words.

| teacheth the communion existing beVERSE 2. The Pharisees and scribes tween the spirits inhabiting the upper were the other end of Jewish society- and lower worlds (1 Pet. i. 10-12.) More the moral and learned wing. A wide than over ninety and nine persons which gulf separated these two classes. And need no repentance. Let us enlarge our no wonder, at all, that these murmured, Lord's words thus : " You scribes and or secretly and bitterly complained of Pharisees-rabbis, lawyers—think you Jesus, who braved all such prejudices, are so righteous, that you need no reby mingling freely with this proscribed pentance. Remember, all men belong class, and even admitted one of the low to God's flock, and when one goes astray, order into the inner circle of His fol- and comes to himself again, that change

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