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speak to her ; do nothing without her “Very well, my dear, you can pray advice. Everything in life can be re- now, if you wish. placed; the wife of thy early years is “And may I get out of my crib and
irreplacable. An honorable man honors kneel down ?!! • his wife; a contemptible one despiseth “Yes, if you will wait a moment till her. The loss of a first wife is like the I can come and help you.”. loss of a man's sanctuary in his life-“Oh, don't trouble yourself, ma, to time. Man and wife well-matched have come; I think I can get out alone-I'll heaven's glory as their companion; man try;"' and suiting the action to the and woman ill-matched are encircled word, he commenced letting himself hy a devouring fire. Rather any ache down, asking, at the same time, if he tban heart-ache ; rather any evil than might say it separate from his other an evil wife. A man who takes his little prayers, "say it all by itself, and as wife for the sake of her money rears i.1- you do when you pray with me." behaved children.”
His mother bade him say it as he wished, and then as he knelt by his crib,
he praved: . Little Morris' Prayer.
"O Father, we come to Thee to make little sister well; dear sister is so bad
she can't sit up to play with me; please “Ma, what makes the tears in your make her well, so she can sit up and eyes to-night ?!' said little Morris Stan- play with me. for Christ's sake. Amen." ley to his mother, as she was preparing Then he climbed into his crib again ; him for bed. “Is it because little sister and as his mother went to cover him up, is so sick ?"?
he exclaimed, joyously: “ There, ma! “Yes, my son, I am very sorrowful I feel glad now, for I think she'll get about her."
i well," and nestling down on his pillow “You don't think she's going to die, he was soon asleep. do you, ma ?” he inquired, anxiously. Through the long hours of the night
He was a little fellow, scarcely more the parents watched anxiously over the than three years old, and not only very little sufferer, with their hearts echoing nervous, but much attached to his little little Morris' prayer, when just hefore sister; and his mother feared to tell dawn there appeared a decided improvehim all her thoughts just as he was ment in the symptoms of the disease. going to bed, lest he should be unable Not long afterward the mother heard a to sleep; so she answered evasively. rustling in the little boy's crib, and
“ The doctor says if she is to get well looking toward it saw Morris sitting up, there must be a change for the better looking like the picture of “Little before long."
Samuel ;” and he whispered : “Is sister “God can make her better, can't He, better yet ?”. ma?!
Mrs. Stanley folded her arms about “ Yes, my dear, if it is for the best.” him, and answered with a kiss as exHe sat down quietly in his bath, for a pressive as her words: and the little felmoment, and looked into the water in low exclaimed with quiet exultation : deep thought. Then as his mother lifted " I knew God would make her well, bim up, he asked: “When I get out of when I asked Him last night.” Who my bath, may I kneel down and ask shall say that the little fellow's faith God to make sister well ?”
was not true faith, or that it is not the “Yes, my son; I shall be very glad want of such trust as this which binfor you to do so if you wish it." But ders the answer to the prayers of older the little night gown was hardly fasten- persons ?- From "Mother's Friend.” ed when a cry from baby called the mother from Morris, whom she hastily MORALITY without religion is only a put in his crib, unmindful of her prom- kind of dead reckoning—an endeavor to ise to him. Little sister was soon find out places on a cloudy sea by mea-, quiet again, and Morris called softly to suring the distance we have to run, but his mother to remind her of the prom- without any observation of ihe heavenly iee.
The Sunday-School Department. ·
How Nicholas became a Great and be astonished his parents, and reMusician.
ceived their hearty plaudits when, in
departing from the common methods, The violin is a wonderful instrument produced entirely nəw effects. His in the hands of a master. In its power musical instinct seemed to bave been of expression, its purity and fiveness of sharpened and strengthened by the tone, it ranks next to the cultivated hu- close application imposed upon him. man voice. There bave been many famous Soon, the musical knowledge of the performers on this instrument, but Pagan- elder Paganini became insufficient for ini stands alone the most wonderful vio- the growing abilit ies of his son, and Jinist the world has ever heard. And he other teachers were procured. had won this fame before he was sixteen At eight years of age the little Nichyears old.
olas performed in the churches and at Nicholas Paganini was born at Gen- private musical parties, “upon a violin oa, Italy, February 18, 1784. When that looked nearly as large as himself.” he was only four years old his fatber He also composed at this time, his first put a violin in his tiny hands, and made “ Violin Sonata." A year afterward him practice upon it from morning till he made what was considered to be his night. Sitting at his parent's feet on a first public appearance, or debut, in the little stool, Paganini obediently ecraped great theater of Genoa, at the request away, learning his scales and intervals. i of two noted singers-Marchesi and He entered into the work cheerfully, Albertinotti. and took great interest in his studies, Paganini's father took him about but this did not lessen his father's rigor. this time to see the celebrated composThe slightest fault was punished severe- er, Rolla, who lived at Parma, hoping ly. Sometimes food was denied the to obtain for the boy the benefit of little fellow, in punishment for a mis- Rolla's instruction for awhile. But the take which any learner might bave composer was sick and could not see bis mace.
visitors. The room in which they were The delicate, sensitive constitution of seated was next to the sick man's bedthe child was injured beyond repair by chamber and so it happened that he left such treatment.
bis violin there, together with a copy of a His mother, also ambitious for her new work he had just finished. Little son, worked upon his imagination, and Nicholas, at his father's request, took excited him to ever-renewed exertions up the violin to see what the music was by telling him that an angel had ap- like. He began at the beginning and peared to her in a vision, and had executed the entire work at sight withassured her that he should outstrip all out a single mistake, and so well that competition as a performer on the the sick composer arose from his bed violin.
that he migbt see what master hand had Even at this early age the bent of given him so agreeable a surprise. Rolla, Paganini's mind was toward the mar- on hearing the object of their visit, asvelous and extraordinary—that is he did sured the father that he could add nothnot merely imitate those who before bis ing to the young artist's acquirements, time had played the violin, but struck and recommended other noted teachers. out new ways for himself, making his Nicholas and his father went about instrument a greater puzzle to the un- the country, through the principal cities learned than ever it had been before; of Lombardy, after which they returned
to Genoa, where the youthful performer the harmonic sounds, and from it be was again subjected to those daily toils brought forth the sweetest melodies. which had been forced upon him before After traveling through many counwith such heartless rigor; but this tries, creating the greatest wonder and bondage was not to be prolonged. admiration wherever he went, he return
At fourteen he was allowed to go on ed to his native land. He suffered all a short tour with an elder brother, and his life from ill health, and although he at fifteen he ran away and began to had become a very wealthy man, his last travel on his own account. Relieved days were sad enough; for he was greatfrom the control of his too-exacting ly troubled with law-suits and ill healtb. father, his mind reacted from its long As one of his biographers says: “The slavery, and he fell into bad ways of precious flame of life was too deeply living. But after a wbile his affection expended on a perfection that allowed for his father led him to return home. nothing else to be perfected. In becomHaving saved a sum of money equal to ing the absolute master of his iustru. about fifteen hundred dollars, he now ment he became its slave. But the offered a portion of it to his parents. success of his life's purpose was comBut his exacting father demanded the plete. He accomplished his one object, whole, and Paganini to keep peace, and history declares bim to have been gave up the greater part of the hard- the greatest of all of all violinists, past earned money.
or present. He died at Nice on the The young man now began another 27th of May 1840, leaving a fortune tour, visiting many parts of Italy, and equal to nearly three-qurters of a everywhere meeting with unbounded million dollars. Jas. H. Flint, St. success. But I am very sorry to say Nicholas. that he allowed his great popularity to turn his head, so that he became very arrogant, headstrong, and, in various
LA WANDERER, indeed, and a transient ways, led an unwortby life. Intemper
guest on earth ; but wbat of that, if a ance soon was added to his infirmities,
led to his infirmities man is God's guest ? All that is sorand he was even imprisoned for a time
rowful is drawn off when we realize our on account of troubles caused by his
connection with God. We are in God's wild excesses.
house; the host, not the guest, is rePaganini possessed a generous and
sponsible for the housekeeping. - A. sympathetic nature, as the following
do anecdote plainly proves: “One day! If you want knowledge, you must toil while walking the streets of Vienna, for it: if food you must toil for it; and Paganini saw a porr boy playing upon if pleasure you must toil for it. Toil is a violin, and, on entering into conversa- the law. Pleasure comes through toil, tion with him learned that he maintain- and not by self-indulgence and indolence. 'ed his mother and a number of little When one gets to love work his life is a brothers and sisters by what he picked happy one. - Ruskin. up as a traveling musician. Paganini at once gave him all the money he had True religion is not only a belief, but about him; and then taking the violin, a service; not only an experience, but a began to play, and, when a great crowd work. It is a choice and a labor; it inhad gathered, and become spell-bound spires thought, and impels to action. by his wonderful playing, he pulled off And the noblest service, the most manly bis hat and made a collection, which he and elevating, is that to which the Lord gave to the poor boy amid the acclama- calls His disciples. If we follow Christ, tions of the multitude.
we take His yoke. If we obey His call There are four strings on a violin, as to repentance, we do not refuse His every one knows, and ordinary players summons to the vineyard. find it necesary to use them all“; but Paganini astonished the world by his To rejoice in the happiness of others, performances on only one string—the is to make it our owo ; to produce it is fourth or largest. Upon this he could to make it more than our own.-J. A. produce three octaves, including all James.
First Sunday in Lent. Luke vii. 19-28.
KEY-NOTE.-" BUT THOU, WHEN THOU, 23. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be FASTEST, ANOINT THY HEAD, AND WASH offended in me. THY FACE.”-Mutt. vi. 17.
24. And when the messengers of John were
deparied, he began to speak unto the people 19. And John, calling upto bim two of his concerning John, What what went ye out into disciples, sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou the wilderness for to see ? A reed shaken with he that should come or Jook we for anotber? the wind ?
20. When the men were come unto him, they 25. But what went ye out for to see? A man said, John Baprist hath sent us unto thee, say. | clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which ing, Art thou he that should come or look we | are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, for another?
are in kings' courts. 21. And in that same bour he cured many of 26. But what went ye out for to see ? A protheir infirmities, and plagues, and of evil phet? Yea, I say unio, and much more than a spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave prophet. sight.
27. This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, 22. Then Jesus answering, said unto thein, I send my messenger before my face, which shall Go your way, and tell John what things ye have prepare thy way before thee. seen and heard; how that the blind see, the 28. For I say unto you, Among those that are lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf born of woman, there is not a greater prophet hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel than John the Baptist; but he that is least in is preached.
the kingdom of God, is greater than he.
What Lord's Day is this? How long does i 24. What question did Jesus now ask the Lent last? What spirit is it becoming for multitude? What was such a reed the symbol a Christian to cherish in this season? Who of? Was John a wavering character ? was the Great Preacher of Penitence? Where 25. What other question did He ask? Was was John the Baptist now ? Matthew xiv. 1-5. John thus clad ? Matt. iii. 4. What was his Where was Jesus? vers. 11-17.
daily food ? How did the king's courtiers then VERSE 18. What things had John's disciples differ from him ? told him ?
26. What does He declare him to be? Why 19. Whom did John send to Jesus? Why was he more than a Prophet ? Matt. xi. 13. was John in doubt, do you suppos's? What "27. Who had written thus of John the Bapquestions were these to ask?
tist? Is. xl. 3; Mal. iii, 1. 20. Did these two faithfully perform their 28. Over whom does Jesus now exalt John? mission ?
Why was he so far above the former prophets 21. What was Jesus engaged in, as this pair and saints? But who are still more favorably came?
situated? Why? See Matt. xi. verse 12. 22. Does Jesus say whether He is the Messiah, Who had roused Israel to an earnestness for or not? To what does He refer John for an the kingdom of God ? How? Who were pressanswer to his own question ? Had the doing of ing into it? Do you suppose John was satissuch works been foretold by the Prophets, as the fied after his diseiples had reported to him? proof of the Messiah? Is. xxxv. 5; lxi. 1-2. Was Are we in danger of doubting that Jesus is the the Baptist a close student of the Prophets ? true Messiah ? Was Jesus likely saddened at What might he then infer from the works of this exhibition of doubt in Johni Do we pain Jesus? Does the Gospel still afford us such him by such unbelief? Of what world is wonders? Is it on the body or the soul that it Christ's kingdom not? Of what nature is it? operates now?
Rom. xiv. 17. 23. What does Jesus mean to guard John In what famous sermon is the spirit of Christ's against ? Have we all need to be tbus ex. kingdom plainly preached ? horted ?
1. Hark, ten thousand harps and voices.
Sound the note of praise above; Jesus reigns, and heaven rejoices;
Jesus reigns the God of love. See He sits on yonder throne ! Jesus rules the world alone;
2. Jęsus, baill whose glory brightens
All above, and gives it worth;
Cheers and charms Thy saints on earth :
INTRODUCTORY REMARKS.-St. John I understand the significance of His anthe Baptist bad long proclaimed the swer, since Isaiah, the favorite Propbet kingdom of God at hand, and insisted of the Baptist, had recorded the marks on penitence for sin, and faith in the by which the Messiah was to be known. Messiah. The sincerity of his disciples Is. Ixi. 1-2. These miracles, here enuwas to manifest itself in a reformation merated, John's disciples had seen Jesus of morals and holy fruits. The spirit of do. And if these were the evidences of the Baptist's sermon is ever get de- His being the Messiah, what need had signed to lead men and communities Jesus to say anything more? Let us back to God, on the way of Repentance. not forget that the Gospel still accomEntering now the Lenten-month, the plishes such wonders to-day. The blind season especially set apart for the culti- soul has the eye of faith opened, and bevation and exercise of a penitent bolds the heavenly world; the lame walk, spirit, let us listen to the testimony after the laws and commandments of which our Lord rendered to His noble God; the lepers have their souls wa-hed Forerunner, who still cries, “Prepare of sins; the deaf hear the voice of their ye the way of the Lord, make straight in Father; the dead in trespasses and sins, the desert a highway for our God." rise into life; and the poor fallen race
NOTES.–VERSES 18-19. And the dis- of man is blessed with the Gospel of salciples of John, who had attended the vation in Christ.
sions, showed, or reported to Him all had to John's circumstances and sore these things, i.e., the raising of the wi- trials. Jesus would bave bim know, dow's son, at Nain, verses 11–17, and that He bears him in His heart. He
accounts to John, who had now been who is not offended, or who does not relying for six or twelve months in the ject Jesus and His kingdom, on account prison of Machærus, commonly called of not seeing about it, the pomp and "the Black Castle.” Why he was made glory which attend worldly empires ; a prisoner, we learn from Matt. xiv. 1-5. and who holds fast to his faith, in spite There, in solitude and suffering, he of fiery trials, imprisonment and death. doubtless, wondered why Jesus had not With such a message, the substance of used His great powers to advance God's which is only given us, the two disciples kingdom, and hurl His own enemies to depart. Now the heart of Jesus broke the dust. Hence, to become clear in his forih into a tender, lofty, and fervent mind, he sent two of his disciples to eulogy on John. Jesus, to learn from Himself, whether VERSE 24. What went ye out into the He was indeed the Messiah, or whether wilderness for to see, as He stood on the ope still Greater must come. As some banks of Jordan? Not a man, who sixty characters had claimed to be the was weak and wavering, bending this Promised One, John had some reason to way and that, like the tall reed shaken be in doubt. He had, indeed, cause to l'by the wind, wbich you saw around you. feel depressed, caged as he was in a dun- / John was no time-serving man. geon, and apparently forgotten by Jesus' VERSE 25. A man clothed in soft raiHimself.
| ment. “Not an effeminate man, arrayed VERSE 20. When the men were come in silken garb, like the glittering courunto Him, at Nain, they faithfully deli- tiers at Tiberias, who eat and drink vered the word of their master.
dainty things." VERSE 21. Now it happened in the VERSE 26. A Prophet? “John was a same hour, that Jesus did some of His Prophet of God-aye, the last and greatmarked wonders—infirmities had been est of all, for he was my immediate rcmoved by His hand; plagues, or con- herald.” tagious diseases were stayed; evil spirits VERSE 27. This is he; of whom Isaiah, were driven forth; and the blind were chap. xi. 3, and Malachi, chap. iii. 1made to see.
wrote. VERSE 22. The answer of Jesus was VERSE 28. Among them that are born very appropriate. He would be judged of women, or of all mortals, John was by His works. Especially would John I h egreater. 1. Because, as like of Me,