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memory of His faithful servants perish. 1 youngest born about to leave home. I They "ever blossom in the dust." And watched her folding and packing; one now the world has grown familiar with article after the other was carefully put the name, the character, and the achieve- in its place. Now and then a tear warm ments of this Christian woman, whom, from her heart fell into the trunk. Not in life, it knew not. God has said, and that I went without her consent. Init shall evermore be true, " The memory deed she was thankful for the privilege of the just is blessed.”

of giving a son to the ministry. Still Greater far than the cruel triumphs the cheerful offering cost her mother's of the ambitious man of blood is the heart many a tear; perhaps more for meek, loving, unselfish life of Sarah B. my sake than for hers. Her tears were Judson, who lived and died for the packed with the other gifts of love in dusky children of India. No grand the trunk. The garments and other mausoleum covers her grave, but the useful articles have long since been beauty and brightness of her life far worn out, but the tears remain to me a outshine those of the dethroned monarch fresh and imperishable blessing. who desolated Europe with robbery and At length the trunk was carried on blood.

the front porch. Meanwhile the car

riage came to take me to the train. “She sleeps sweetly here on this rock of the Many caresses and kisses had she laocean,

vished on me in childhood. For some Away from the home of her youth, And far from the land where with heartfelt de- / years I had entered into the more basbvotion

ful and shy period of youth and early She scattered the bright beams of truth.” manbood, when one's filial affection is

less demonstrative. That first parting

on the front porch, receiving my dear The Story of an Old Trunk. mother's parting embrace, sobbing as

she kissed me, and wiping the fast-fallBY THE EDITOR.

ing tears from her face, as we rode out

the lane; all this came back so freshly to “Wonderful! Just think! Thirty-five heart this 6th day of May, 1881, that years this day! Just now it occurs to for a while I could think of nothing else me, as my eye falls on the date of this but this. How many pleasant discoday, May 6.” Thus I soliloquized, un- veries did I make when I first came to til one near my study table asked- unpacking my trunk in my College “What is wonderful ?" Strange that to room! Many days after, I continued the sight of a date should open to view discover little pick-nacks, keepsakes and such a world of memories. I had often things pleasant to have, which she had thought over it all, but this time I hidden in some unexpected corner of the seemed to live it all over again. It was trunk. I saw her afterwards, prayed on May 6, 1846. A pleasant, balmy with her when sick, and stood by her spring morning; the morning fixed for side when her soul went to heaven, and my first departure for College. Of all often since have I visited her grave. that had preceded I will not now speak. Yet in thinking of her, she mostly apIt was to be my first home-leaving, the pears to my mind in connection with first passing out from under the watch- her busy motherly care when providing ful parental care of home into the un- my first outfit for College. Not as a tried life of a College student. Both distressed and feeble invalid, nor as a parents did their part in providing the dying saint, do I now think of her the needed outfit. Naturally the inventive oftenest, but in her plain dress and tidy affection of my mother did the most. white cap, her pale face beaming with A trunk was closely packed with a love, and her black eyes glistening with world of little and larger articles—not tears, as she crouched down aside of the even forgetting needles, thread, woolen open trunk and carefully packed its yarn, and a piece of beeswax. For precious contents. And somehow, to weeks before her busy bands knitted, this day, I have a notion that the sewed and wrought in many ways, and placing of every package into the trunk meanwhile her heart prayed for her I was attended with a prayer for me.

A new house now stands in place of sands of people can say just as I can the old honie. How often, when sitting that Harbaugh's “Hemweh” preon a later porch which covers the site cisely expresses their own experience, of the old one, looking out upon the speaks the deepest feelings of their own same fields and starry skies which she hearts. Tbe following stanzas touch a used to see, did this scene of the 6th of tender chord in many hearts, as they May, 1846, crowd upon my memory. always do in mine. Amid newer buildings and changed surroundings, not only the images, but

Zwee Blaetz sin do uf daere Bortsch, the reality of the old live on in one's

Die halt ich hoch in Acht, life. From twilight of evening till far Bis meines Lebens Sonn versinkt into the night do I yearly sit in solemn

In schtiller Dodtes-Nacht! reverie on the later porch, and while

Wo ich vum alte Vaterhaus

'S erscht mol bin gange fort, listening and looking at the voices and sounds of the night coming on, commure with the spirits and lives of the

Schtand mei' Mammi weinend da,

An sellem Rigel dort; years gone by.

Un nix is mir so heilig nau The trunk, now old and travel-worn,

Als grade seller Ort. I have sacredly preserved. For you, dear reader, it would have no attrac Ich kann se heit noch sehne schten, tions; for me it bas a precious value.

Ihr Schnuppduch in d'r Hand; Not for a great price would I consent to

Die Backe roth, die Aage nasspart with it. Often have I opened its

O, wie sie doch do schtand!

Dort gab ich ihr mei' Faerewell lid and looked into its empty parts, and

Ich weinte als ich's gab, passed my hands over its inner surface, 'S war's letschte Mol in daere Welt, and gratefully thought and felt how in

Dass ich's ihr gewe hab! all these years past it has been filled

Befor ich widder kumme bin

War sie in ihrem Grab! with the tearful blessings of a mother's love. How strange, yet how true, that a mother's prayers can be thus associated Nau, wann ich an mei' Mammi denk, with and hallow a perishable relic of

Un meen, ich dhet se seh,

So schteht sie an dem Rigel dort the past!

Un weint, weil ich wek geh! I crave the reader's pardon for inflict Ich seh sie net im Schockelschtuhl ! ing on him this bit of personal bistory.

Net an keem annere Ort; I do it because many others have as

Ich denk net an sie als im Grab: kind a Christian mother as mine was

Juscht an dem Rigel dort !

Dort schteht sie immer vor mei'm Herz and still is, although in heaven; such I

Un weint noch liebreich fort! would fain edmonish to appreciate and improve her lessons and ber love. In many things we have a common expe

Was macht's dass ich so dort hi' guk, rience--in others every life is different

An sell End vun der Bunk!

Weescht du's? Mei' Herz is nocht net from those of all others. My mother

dodt, died ten years before my father. Her

Ich wees es, Gott sei Dank! death left him exceedingly forlorn and Wie manchmal sass mei Dady dart, sad. He would often sit by himself

Am Summer-Nochmiddag, in thoughtful loneliness, and wander to

Die Haende uf der Schoose gekreirt,

Sei schtock bei Seite lag. her grave and weep there. For, such

Was hot er dort im Schtille g’denkt ? bereavements in the case of old people

Wer mecht es wisse---sag ? are much more distressing and incurable than in that of younger ones. The

V’rleicht is es 'n Kindheets. Draam, wound of an old being, whether it be a

Dass ihn so sanft bewegt; tree or a buman heart, is slow of heal

Oder is er 'n Jingling jetz, ing. Thus when one is taken to heaven

Der scheene Plane legt! and the other is left, the surviving one Er hebt sei’ Aage uf juscht nau carries to the grave a painful sense of

Un gukt weit iwer's Feld;

Er seht vrleicht d'r Kerch hof dort, loss, while the departed one has all gain

Der schun die Mammi helt! and glory.

Er sehnt v'rleicht noch seiner Ruh Alí true poetry is catholic. Thou- | Dort in der bessere Welt!

Sunday-school Department.

Children's Prayers.

Be They Few or Many.

It was said of a certain statesman Many little ones are taught silly that he had so much interest for men trash in childhood, by those who do not in masses, that he had none for them as seem to consider that when those little individuals learners are old this silly stuff will rise Whether this be true of him or not. to the surface, and they will be com

pastors are sometimes in danger of pelled to lament, like an aged woman tbinking of the congregation. rather of my acquaintance, “I have nothing

than of the persons of which it is combut foolish ditties of my childhood that posed. One sultry Sabbath evening we I can think of in my old age.” Let eat in the study window, meditating on me entreat parents, in all their instruc- the theme for ihe approaching service. tions, to teach the children to pray.

A mood of depression came over the As I am passing from seventy-five to

spirit, and we thought, “What is the eigbty, it is delightful to allow memory use? It is a dull night. There will be to run back to my mother's first lessons, but few out. I wish it was over." Just such as these :

then the people began to gather. The

first was a widow, accompanied by her “ Hush, my dear, lie still and slumber.” oldest son, for whom she bad recently “What is the chief end of man ? "

felt great concern. Then came an aged “Our Father which art in heaven.”

man, who was seldom able to get so far

from home as the church. After him “Now I lay me down to sleep,

followed a venerable widow, “ of more I pray Thee, Lord, my soul to keep :

than four-score years," who had already If I should die before I wake,

been twice at service that day. The I pray Thee, Lord, my soul to take.”

next we noticed was a worthy man in Dr. Landis suggests this morning

great financial embarrassment, and then prayer :

a young couple, just married, but with

out religion; and so they coutinued to “Now I from my sleep awake, .

gather, one by one; and as they passed I pray Thee, Lord, for Jesus' sake, the window the thought arcse, “ Are To guard me safely through the day,

these all coming out this sultry evening And keep me in Thy heavenly way.”

to listen to the Gospel ?” In an inAnother presents the following:

stant the depression was gone, and in

its place were hopefulness and energy. “Now I awake and see the light;

When in the pulpit we lost sight of tbe Thou, God, hast kept me through the night; congregation, and thought only of those To Thee I list my eyes and pray

who “needed us most." Perhaps they That Thou would'at keep me through the

were blessed. We know that the day : If I should die before 'tis done,

preacher was not without comfort. O'God! accept me through Thy Son." The congregation may be small, yet

“each heart knoweth its own bitterness," Permit me also to offer one more :

and the “pastor may feed the flock one

by one;" and if it be numbered by Good Shepherd ! guard my life this day; Lord, lead me in Thy holy way.

hundreds, he will reach more hearts by That I may never stray again,

thinking of the needs of a few, than if And be Thy child for aye. Amen.

he is lost in contemplating his congre-Ren Foel Iernett 'gation -- Christian. Adriocate.

SUNDAY-SCHOOL LESSONS.

OCTOBER 2.

1881.

Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity.

KEY-NOTE: "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature." .

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20. And all the children of Israel departed , and every man, with whom was found shittim from the presence of Moses.

wood for any work of the service, brought it. 21. And they came, every one whose heart 25. And all the women that were wise-beart. stirred him up, and every one whom his spirited did spin with their hands, and brought made him willing, and they brought the Lord's that which they had spun, both of blue, and offering for the work of the tabernacle of the of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine linen. congregation, and for all his service, and for the 26. And all the women whose heart stirred holv garments.

them up in wisdom spun goats' hair. 22. And they came both men and women, as 27. And the rulers brought onyx-stones, and many as were willing-hearted, and broughtstones to be set, for the ephod, and for the breastbracelets, and earrings, and rings, and tablets, | plate; and all jewels of gold: and every man that of 28. And spice, and oil for the light, and for fered, oftered an offering of gold unto the Lord. | the anointing oil; and for the sweet incense.

23. And every man with whom was found 29. The children of Israel brought a willing blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and offering unto the Lord, every man and woman, goats' hair, and red skins of rams, and badgers' whose heart made them willing to bring for all skins, brought them,

manner of work, which the Lord had com24. Every one that did offer an offering of mended to be made by the hand of Moses. silver and brass brought the Lord's offering :

QUESTIONS,

What has this Sunday been called? Why? we to understand by these? What kinds of How is the idea of renewal expressed by the textiles were offered ? How many kinds of Gospel for the day? How in the Epistle ? skins ? What was the object of these? What How is the Collect related to this idea ? Who other metals, besides gold, were offered? What is the principle of this renewal of our being ? kind of wood was presented ? What is shitlim What theu is the key-note?

wood ? What is the subject of our lesson to-day? Will you name the materials used in the What instance of free-giving is related in this | structure of the tabernacle? How many were lesson? Is God pleased with such giving? from the mineral kingdom? How many from 2 Cor. ix. 7.

the vegetable? How many from the animal ? VERSE 20. For what purpose had Moses VERSES 25-26. What is said of the women? called this meeting of the children of Israel? How was spinning done in ancient times? Was What was the tabernacle ? From whom had it a noble thing for the women to be engaged Moses received his directions in regard to the in the work of the tabernacle? Should ladies erection of the tabernacle? When and where? find time now to work for the church? Where were the children of Israel at the time VERS. 27-28. Who were the rulers ? What referred to in this lesson ? How long after the did they offer? What was the ephod? The exodus from Egypt was this?

breastplate ? What was the object of the spice 21. What fact is stated in this verse? What , and of the oil ? was the motive of these offerings? Did God 29. How is this verse related to the preceding desire any other than free-will offerings? verses? Did they even offer more than was Exod. xxv. 2. Why not? To what objects were required ? Exod. xxxvi. 5-7. Is that ever the these offerings devoted ?

case now when a church is to be built ? VERSES 23-24. Did men and women alike | Why not? What was the amount of gold, silver, make offerings? Did all the people bring of and brass (copper) consumed in the building of ferings? What things were given first? Do the tabernacle? Exod. xxxviii. 24-29. people devote their jewels to the service of God Who were the chief builders of the tabernanow? But do many spend for jewelry that cle? Exod. xxxvi. 1. How were they prepared which they owe to the Lord ? What offerings for this work? Does natural talent and skill are mentioned next? How many colors are for any art always come from the Lord ? In

tioned among these offerings ? What are' whose service should they be employed then ?

NOTES.—This Sunday has been de- Sinai, and the time was about six nominated the Sunday of renewal, or of months after the exodus from Egypt. regeneration, in the sense in which this VERSE 21.-They came every one .... latter term is used in Matt. xix. 28 whom his spirit made willing. The mo(Strauss-Evangelical Church Year); tives which determined the offerings for for the Church year begins now to in the tabernacle were thankfulness and cline towards the advent season, in love to Jehovah. God did not desire which we celebrate the resurrection of any other than free-will offerings, and the dead and the final glorification of bad, from the beginning, given direcall things. The gospel for the day re- tions that none otber should be received cords the resurrection of the young (Exod. xxv. 2). Moses was not to press man of Nain, as a pledge of the resur- the people to give, as many people now rection of all men by the glorious power must be pressed when a church is to be of Christ. In the Epistle there is pre-built. He was simply to present the sented the moral aspect of that renewal matter to the people, and receive the of our nature, which begins in regener- offerings of those who were willing to ation and ends in the glorious resurrec- give. Giving gifts (money, etc.) to the tion of the last day. The principle of Lord is an act of worship; but worship this entire process of renovation is of every sort, in order to be pleasing to Christ (Rev. xxi. 5–6). Hence our God, and a benefit to bim wbo offers it, key-note, from 2 Cor. v. 17.

must be a voluntary expression of the Our lesson to-day tells us of the liberal | beart. The building of the tabernacle offerings made by the children of Israel as a place for the worship of Jehovah, towards the building of the tabernacle; was itself to be a free act of worship. which, as an example of free-giving, The same principle ought to govern our ought to move us also to liberality in contributions for the erection of Chrisour gifts to the house of the Lord, re- tian churches, and indeed for all remembering that “God loveth a cheer-ligious purposes. We should remember ful giver.” (2 Cor. ix. 7).

that it is our duty to give, not so much VERSE 20.-The assembly of the because the Lord needs our money, as children of Israel, referred to in this because giving makes us better, and beverse, bad been called by Moses for the comes a source of blessing to us. The purpose of giving commandments for Lord can get along without our money, the erection of the tabernacle or sacred for “the earth is the Lord's, and the tent, wbich served as a place of worship fulness thereof” (Ps. xxiv. 1); but we and a centre of union for Israel, and cannot get along and prosper spiritually as a dwelling-place for Jelovah among without our offerings. These, however, His people, during their wandering in in order to be of real value to us, must the wilderness, and afterwards until the be free and voluntary, the expression of time of Solomon. Moses had received a truly thankful and loving heart. The bis instructions for the building of the materials here offered by the children tabernacle during his first stay of forty of Israel were designed for the structure days in Mount Sinai. Exod. xxiv. 18. of the tabernacle itself, for the service At the end of those forty days occurred which was to be conducted therein, and the affair of the golden calf. After for the garments in which the officiating that trouble was settled, Moses again priests were to be clothed. ascended into the mountain, and was VERS. 22–24.-Both men and women. there other forty days, during which Both sexes alike brought their offerings; time he committed to writing the laws but the women were perhaps more eager which bad thus far been received, in- in doing so than the men, and the cluding the commandments. Exod. greater part of the gifts first mentioned xxxiv. 28. And now, at the end of must have come from them. As many this latter period, after his descent from as were willing-hearted. It is not said the mountain, he called the people to that all the people made offerings, but gether for the purpose of making pre-only those who were of a willing heart. paration for the work of constructing | Perhaps there were some who were not the tabernacle. The people were still willing to do their part; as there are encamped in the plain before Mount always some in modern times, when a

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