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Ooly a few days after this adventure which was considered too precious to of Dick's, news came of the arrival in be left on board ship. And the men port of one of Master Fitzwarren's ves- who brought it told this wonderful eel with a valuable cargo on board. story. Now it was the custom in those days, When the ship reached Algiers, in in some houses, for all the servants of a Africa, the ruler of the land ordered all family to invest something in the for- the crew to wait upon him with presents, tunes of any vessel their master might which accordlngly they did, after which send out; and when, many months be- he prepared a feast and invited them all fore this, Master Fitzwarren had been to partake. But no sooner were the equipping the vessel now in question, covers removed than a swarm of rats, be had summoned all his servants to attracted by the scent of the good things, gether, and beginning with the chief, came and devoured all the victuals had called upon them to put their before their very faces. This, the govsavings into his venture, promising each ernor told them, was no unusual thing; a fair return of whatever profit his for rats were the plague of his land, sbare should entitle him to at the end of and he would give any price to know the voyage.
of a means to get rid of them. Then Dick, poor boy, had no money ; noth- one of the sailors bethought him of ing in the world but a cat, whom he Dick Whittington's cat - who had alloved as his only friend, and to whom ready distinguished herself on shipboard he owed no common gratitude for the by her industry in her art-and accordmanner in which she had protected him ingly, next day, when the feast was agains the rats that infested his garret. served, and the rats, as usual, prepared When it came his turn to put his to make away with it, puss was proshare into the voyage he had not the duced, and not only drove away the heart to offer this companion-and he pest, but killed a considerable number. had nothing else he could call his own This happening for several days, his
-so he begged to be excused. His highness was so deligbted that he inmaster, however, insisted that, as his stantly offered an enormous sum for servant, he must put down whatever he the possession of so remarkable an had, however little, and even though animal, and loaded the crew with this cat had cost only a penny to sea presents in token of his joy and gratishe must go, and Dick should have tude. full value for her when the voyage was Such was the story of the men, which over.
explained this wonderful prize which Dick wept at this, and the young fell to the share of the fortunate Dick daughter of Master Fitzwarren, being Whittington.. moved to pity, offered from her own He, poor lad, could not understand it money what would preserve to the lad all, and went on with bis drudgery in his four-footed friend. But not even the scullery as if nothing had hapthis would the stern merchant allow, pened, until his master compelled him and Dick therefore bad to bid a tearful to quit it, and from being his boy-offarewell to his favorite and resign bim- all-work made him his partner in busiself to his loss.
ness. All this had taken place many monthe Then Dick remembered the words
the bells bad sung to him a week ago, Now when the “ Unicorn”-for that and rejoiced that he had obeyed their was the name of the vessel-returned to call. port, great was the astonishment of He rejoiced at another thing, too, everybody (and no one's greater than which was that the kind young daughter Dick's) to find that the principal por- of Master Fitzwarren, who had pitied tion of the treasures on board belonged him in his poverty, did not avoid him to the little scullery.boy of Master Fitz- in his prosperity, but smiled happily warren.
upon him, when he took his seat at the The very first day of its arrival there family table to eat out of the dishes be was brought to the house a cabinet of had so recently scoured. je wels, forming part of the boy's share,! So this scullery-boy became a rich
merchant, and being just and honorable The Voices of the Flowers. as well as wealthy, he gained the respect and love of all with whom he had If you lie with your ear to the soft green earth, to do. When he grew to be a man he
When the rain and the sunshine fall,
You can hear the flowers, in their gay glad married the kind Miss Fitzwarren which
mirth, made him happier than all his wealth.
To each other whisper and call. Not only did merchants look up to him, but nobles and even kings came to For hushed, like an infant in sleep, they lie him in their money difficulties, and he
In their moist cool cells below, was the same upright gentleman to
Aweary of hearing the wind's bleak sigh,
And the falling of the snow. all men. Honors increased, and at last the prophecy of Bow Bells be- But when spring comes down to the earth, and cime true, and Sir Richard Whitting her feet ton was made Lord Mayor of London.
| Send a thrill through woodland and plain,
| And the clouds weep tears that are soft and In that capacity he grew still in
sweet, riches and fame, and when his first term But which we miscall the rainwas expired, his admiring fellow-citizens, after a few years, made him Lord | Then they waken up with a light in their look, Mayor for a second, and when the second! And in low sweet whispers they cry: term was past, for a third. His third
“Sisters, a murmur is heard in the brook,
And sunshine is seen in the sky; mayoralty bappened in 1419, when King Henry IV. was on the throne of “ It is time we should burst through the young England; and then it was his honors green earth, rose to their higbest pitch, for be en
As the stars through the heavens by night, tertained at his own table the king and
That the young and the old may rejoice in our
birth, queen of the land in such grand style And we in the calm, sweet light.”. that Henry said of him, “ Never king had such a subject."
Then one said, “ Sisters, where shall we grow? And never poor had such a friend.
I shall grow by the side of the stream,
And all day long I will blossom and blow, He never forgot the little forlorn boy
Till the dews fold me up in a dream.” on Highgate Hill, and it was his delight to his latest day to make the “ And I,” said another, “will bloom by the way hearts of the needy glad, and show to all Where the children go in a band; that it is not for money or grandeur, but
They will stop for a moment their gladsome
play, for an honest soul and a kind heart that
And touch my lips with their hand.” a man is to be loved and honored by his fellows.--N. Y. Observer.
“I will peep from the long rich grass,” said
“When the meadows bow to the wind, A Man in the path of duty is twice! And will catch like dewdrops the fairy tone as strong to resist temptations as out of of the music it leaves behind.” it. A fish is twice as strong in the
“And I," said one, “in some garden rare, water as on the shore; but a four-footed ,
Where my fairer sisters abide ; beast is twice as strong on the land as |
And it may be that I shall be twined in the in the water. The reason is, because hair the water is a proper element of the Of the maid as she blooms into bride." one, and the earth of the other. Thy
Then a sweeter voice held the rest in thrall : work is thy element wherein thou art “O sisters, what things ye have said ! most able to resist temptation.
I shall grow in the sweetest spot of all
On the graves of the calm, pure dead. THE TRUTH cannot be buried, be- « They will know that I blossom above their dust headed, or crucified. A lie on the And will yearn, in their silent abode, throne is a lie still, and truth in a dun For the grand resurrection to crown their trust geon is truth still; and the lie on the
In the love and the promise of God." throne is on the way to defeat, and the Thus the flowers whisper, and if you lie truth in the dungeon is on the way to When the rain and the sunshine fall, victory. No accident of position can You will hear them question and make reply, change the essential nature of things, or
If your heart is one with all. the laws which determine their destinies. I
The Sunday-School Department.
The Bobolink's Song. no other bird is, he yet has the look of
an interloper or a new-comer, and not [From "A Bird Medley," by John Burroughs, Lofone to the manor horn in Scribner's Monthly.]
| The bobolink has an unusually full I have noticed that the bobolink does throat, which may help account for his pot sing the same in different localities. great power of song. No bird has yet In New Jersey it has one song; on the been found that could imitate him or Hudeon a slight variation of the same, even repeat or suggest a single note, as and on the high grass lands of the inte if his song were i he product of a new rior of the State, quite a different strain set of organs. There is a vibration -clearer, more distiuctly articulated, about it, and a rapid running over the avd running off with more sparkle and keys that is the despair of other songliltingness. It reminds one of the clearer sters. It is said that the mocking-bird mountain air and the translucent spring- is dumb in the presence of the bobolink. water of these localities. I never could My neighbor has an English sky-lark make out what the bobolink says in that was hatched and reared in captiNew Jersey, but in certain districts in vity. The bird is a most persistent and this State his enunciation is quite dis- vociferous songster, and fully as suctinct. Sometimes he begins with the cessful a mimic as the mocking-bird. word gegue, gegue. Then again, more It pours out a strain that is a regular fully, be true to me, Clarsy, be true to me, mosaic of nearly all the bird-notes to be Clarsy, Clarey, thence full tilt into his heard, its own proper lark-song forming inimitable song, interspersed in which a kind of bordering for the whole. The the words kick your slipper, kick your notes of the Phæbe-bird, the purple slipper, and temperance, temperance, (the finch, the swallow, the yellow-bird, the last with a peculiar pasal resonance), king-bird, the robin, and others, are are plainly heard. At its best, it is a rendered with perfect distinctness and remarkable performance, a unique per accuracy, but not a word of the boboformance, as it contains not the slight- link's, though the lark must have heard est hint or suggestion, either in tone, or its song every day for four successive manner, or effect, of any other bird. summers. It was the one conspicuous song to be heard. The bobolink has note in the fields around that the lark no mate or parallel in any part of the made no attempt to plagiarize. world. He stands alone. There is no closely allied species. He is not a lark, “WELL, Father Brown, how did you nor a finch, nor a warbler, nor a thrush, like the sermon yesterday ?” asked a nor a starling. He is an exception to young preacher. “Ye see, parson," was many well-known rules. He is the only the reply, “I haven't a fair chance at ground-bird known to me of marked them sermons of yours. I'm an old and conspicuous plumage. He is the man now and have to set pretty well only black and white bird we have, and back by the stove; and there's old Miss what is still more odd, he is black be- Smithie, Widder Taff, 'n Rylan's darneath and white above, the reverse of ter's, 'n Nabby Birt, 'n all the rest setthe fact in all other cases. Pre-tin' in front of me with their mouths eminently a bird of the meadow during wide open a swallerin' down all the best the breeding season, and associated with of the sermon, 'n what gets down to me is clover, and daisies, and buttercups, as putty poor stuff, parson, putty poor stuff.”
TEXTS.— Whitsunday.- Pentecost. Matt. xii. 31–2; Mark iii. 28–9; Luke xii. 10.
THE SUBJECT.—THE SIN AGAINST THE HOLY GHOST.
KEY-NOTE.-QUENCH NOT THE SPIRIT., Mark iii. 28. Verily I say unto you, All 1 Thes. v. 19.
sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and
| blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blas31.? Wherefore I say unto you, All manner pheme: of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto * 29. But he that shall blaspheme against the men: but the blasphemy against the Holy | Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
danger of eternal damnation. 39. And wbosoever speaketh a word gainsta Luke xii 10. And whosoever shall speak & the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but word against the Son of man, it shall be forwbosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, given him: but unto him that blasphemeth it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forworld, neither in the world to come.
Had our Lord promised to send the Holy 32. What blasphemy can still be followed Ghost to His disciples ? John xiv. 16-18; xv. by the necessary conditions to a pardon ? Why? 26-27 ; xvi. 7-15. On what Jewish Festival was Why may not such conditions follow the blas. the Holy Ghost sent? Lev. xxiii. 15-16; Acts phemy against the Holy Ghost, then? xi. 1. What two facts did the Israelites cele What Dispensation was spoken of as this brate on this Festival? Ex. XX.; Lev. xxiii. voorld! What Dispensation was meant by the
Whose Advent does the Christian Church world to come to What, then, was Christ's first celebrate on this Festal season? Acts ii. 4. What sense? What deeper meaning lies in this kingdom was founded on the fir t Christian phrase ? Pentecost? Acts ii. 47.
Mark iii. 28-29. Does St. Mark repeat the What two names does this Lord's day bear? same thought as St. Matthew ? What additional What does Pentecost mean? From what season expression does he record ? verse 29. Mould do we count to get this number? Why is the an eternal damnation be conceivable, if there term Whitsunday used ?
were not an everlasting sinful state possiWhy do we speak of Pentecost as the Birth ble ? Day of the Church, it God had in all ages pre Why does our Lord associate the sin against served a peculiar kingdom in the world? Acts the Holy Ghost with speech: Matt. xii. 34. ii. 38-39. Had not God's Spirit been in the Is it an uppardonable sin, if we do not discern world from the beginning ? Gen. i. 2. Why then God the Father in the books of Nature, History do we speak of the Advent of the Holy Ghost | and Conscience? Is it an unpardonable sin, if on this primitive Pentecost ? Acts ii. 33. Is God the Son is not discerned under the garb of there a distinction to be made between Spirit a carpenter? Why not? Why, then, is it an and Ghost? Whose image does the Holy Ghost unpardonable sin not to believe the Spirit of create in the hearts of believers ? Col. iii. 10. God ? Matt. vi. 22-23.
What sin is spoken of in our Scripture Selec. From what we have now learned, are we to tions for this Lord's Day?
think that the sin against the Holy Ghost conMatt. xii., verse 31. Why did our Lord speak sists of an impious thought? Of a profane of this sin to the Pharisees at this time? verses word? Of an ungodly aci Is it then, rather, 24-30. What is blasphemy? How do sin and a state of heart? What different names may blasphemy differ from each other? Why can' we apply to such a state ? Rom, viii. 7: 1 Tii all such sinding be forgiven, do you suppose? | iv. 2; Matt. xix. 8. Why may not the sin against the Holy Ghost be Does the persistence in sin lead to such an forgiven ? Are we then to conceive such a state of end? What warning does our Key-Note utter? heart, in which repentance and faith are no What two elements does the word quench sug, longer possible? If such conditions were l gest? In what various ways may we quency present in the heart, would then God still be fire ? Can you apply the figure to the Holy ready to pardon ?
| Spirit in our hearts?
1. Come, Holy Spirit, from above,
Thine own bright rays im part.
Come, Lamp of every heart.
| 2. O Thou, of comforters the best,
O Thou, the soul's most welcome guest,
0 Thou, our sweet repose. Our resting place from life's long care, Our shadow from the world's fierce glore,
Our solace in all woes.
FESTIVAL NOTES.–Our Lord had in the world. How important, then, promised to send the Divine Spirit to to know in what the sin against the Holy His disciples, after that He had as- Ghost consists, lest we commit it! cended to His Father in heaven. John xiv. 16-18; xv. 26-27; xvi. 7-15. This
COMMENTS, MATH. XII. promise He made good on the Jewish Pentecost—the fifteenth day after the
Verse 31.- Wherefore: Because the Feast of Unleavened Bread. (Lev. xxiii.
Pharisees bad spoken of the miracles of 15 16.) On this occasion the Israelites
Christ, as wrought by the Spirit of evil, rejoiced over two facts : 1. The procla
(vs. 24-30), He uttered this warning mation of the Law, at Mt. Sinai, when
| word. All manner of sin, or wrongthey became a nation ; 2. And their
doing, and blasphemy, or impious and harvest ingatherings. It pleased God
mocking speech against God, shall be to change the Jewish festival into a forgiven-provided we repent. But the Christian Pentecost, by causing the ad
blasphemy against the Holy Ghost vent of the Holy Ghost to fall on this
shall not be forgiven, because no sorrow season. The Christian Church, like
or penitence follows after a heart is so wise, celebrates two great facts, at this
hardened as to call light, darkness; time: 1. The proclamation of the Spiri
good, evil; Christ, Satan. The impostual Law of the Gospel-the founding of
sibility of forgiveness is not owing to the Church, A. D.30; 2. And the first
iihe want of God's grace, but to the harvest of souls with in His kingdom.
wilful resistance against it. This Lord's day has two names :
VERSE 32. And whosoever speaketh 1. Pentecost, which is a Greek term, and
against (or blasphemeth) the Son of Man means the Fijtieth day-counting from
|--JESUS-it shall be forgiven him ; be
JESUS—it shall Easter; 2. Whitsunday, an old Eng.
cause not to discern the Messiah, under lish name for white. In the early days
the humble form of a carpenter's sonof the Church, catechumens were usually
in His lowliness and humiliation-may confirmed at this season, all arrayed in
be followed by a recognition, after the white robes.
Spirit opens the eye of faith. Many, Although God had always preserved who at first doubted, came avd acknowto Himself a people, in the world- ledged Him as the Son of God. But he never having left Himself without a
that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost, witness: vet had He not established or refuseth the only medicine provided a kingdom of salvation for all mankind for his diseased soul; strikes away the -(Acts ü. 38-39)—until the first Chris- hand that would help him ; shuts out tian Pentecost occurred. So, too. had the only light that can illuminate his God's Spirit been in the world from the darkness, must remain in an unparbeginning, (Gen. i. 2), but not until our
but not until our doned state, and sink deeper and deeper Lord's body bad ascended to God, did into misery. Neither in this worldthe Spirit enter and issue from him upon neither in the world to come. This mankind. Hence the Spirit of God is phrase means to leach, that there is no called “Holy Ghost.” after Christ's remedy for such a soul-not under the ascensioua term which we apply to a Old Dispensation of Moses and the spirit coming out of a human body. As
Prophets, nor under the New Dispensathe sun is ever shining upon the earth. I tion of the Gospel. It implies, furtherbut did not print the photographs of more, the possibility of maturing and men, before science had invented the ripening into a totally impenitent chaart; so neither did the Spirit of God racter, that excludes all hope of reforcreate the image or likeness of Christ / mation and redemption. in men anew, until His body had been / Mark iii. 28-29. This Evangelist re. glorified. After Him, as the model or peats, in substance, the same warning pattern, now the new man is regenerated words of our Lord, against resisting the within us. (Col. iii. 10.) We become strivings of God's Spirit, from time to children of God, through Christ, by the time, and thus sink at last into the state Spirit. And if we grieve, quench, or of a soul dead to light and life. The resist the Spirit, we are, at the same additional expression-eternal damna. time, without God and without Christ tion- may be read, but is in danger