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am afraid he thinks nothing of taking wood, or going out with his gun.
Mrs. P. Do you ever try to talk to him?
0. He would not take it unkindly; but I do not think he would mind. And I am afraid to advise any one, I am not good enough.
Mrs. P. We must come back to what we said in your grandfather's case. You can pray for him.
0. It is very odd: he was a better child than I, and quicker at his book; he went to school a little when I did. But now he seems worse than I - at least more careless. I wonder why it is ?
Mrs. P. My dear girl, God only knows why one person profits by the means of grace, and another does not,-it is often quite beyond us. But I think we may judge why Stephen finds it difficult to do right now. He has got into habits of sin; and they harden the heart, and make it very difficult to turn. He has forgotten the vow that was made for himto renounce the works of the devil; and I suppose he has never taken that vow on himself.
0. No. There was once something said about confirmation-rather in joke. And one good thing about Stephen is, that he will not laugh at good things. I remember he said, “ I could not take a promise on me, for I should be sure to break it.”
Mrs. P. That is a common excuse; and I have heard people make it for not coming to the Holy Communion. They say they are afraid of sinning afterwards—which is the same as saying they will not strive against sin, and pray for grace. Stiil this is better than a hardened heart; for it shews there is some awe and reverence for God's ordinances left. But they shrink from them, because they feel sinful. “ He that doeth evil shunneth the light.” this Stephen's case?
0. Oh, I hope he is not so very bad. I am sorry I told you any harm of him; for really he is not badhearted, or very wicked.
Mrs. P. If he neglects church, and breaks God's
commandments, we must know he is doing evil. Probably he does not pray; and it would be deceiving you to say that he is not in a dangerous state. I fear he is beyond your advice; but it may please God to rouse him to a sense of his sin. He is young, and, by your account, not hardened. Some illness, or accident, or warning, might touch him. But when he tries to repent, he will find it at first a very hard work. He cannot go on smoothly, as you may: it will be like going up a steep hill, instead of walking quickly along a plain.
0. I am sorry for what I said just now: it was like boasting myself above poor Stephen. And I forgot what a mercy it was to me to have had that broken leg, and so much ill health, to make me think more, and to quiet me like. If I had been strong and hearty, I might have had the same love of fun and mischief as many other young people. And my great blessing has been, that Mr. Morton took me up, and put me under you to be taught.
Mrs. P. Remember that though God sends us instruments of good, it is only His grace that can sanctify us; and it is only our own exertions and prayers that can obtain that grace. Well, we have talked of many things : but it may help you to understand what renouncing really is, and how binding is the vow which you will take on yourself. You must not go against it in the least thing. One wrong thought given way to, one stepping over the line that is marked out for you, may do you more harm than you can understand.
[To be continued.]
The Ungka Ape. The Ungka ape is a native of Sumatra, an island in Asia. He is about two and a half feet high, with very long arms; so long, indeed, that he can touch the ground without stooping. The hair on the upper part of the arms runs downwards, while that of the lower part runs upwards; so that the ape. seems to have on a pair of gloves. His body is covered with rather stiff hair, of a beautiful black. His face is bare, except some large whiskers. His feet are just like hands. Both his fingers and toes have nails and not claws, and he always walks upright, though awkwardly. He springs from branch to branch in his native forests with wonderful quickness. The Ungka ape is easily tamed, and becomes fond of his master.
One was brought over to England in a ship, in which there was a little girl on board, whom Ungka was very fond of. They would sit together for hours; the animal with its long arms round the child's neck, lovingly eating biscuit together; and at times she would lead him about by one of bis paws, like a child learning to dance.
There were several small monkeys on board, with whom Ungka wished to be friendly; but not finding them so respectful as he thought proper, he sometimes punished their impertinence by carrying them along the ropes of the ship by their tails. There was a little pig also on board, that used to run about the ship, and that had a curly tail: this curly tail Ungka did not like, and he used to run after the pig and pull its tail, to try to make it straight; but, of course, without success, though piggy did not seem at all angry at the liberty taken with him, and only grunted and gave himself a shake when the ape let go his tail, as if to put it all right again before he trotted away.
ST. MARK'S DAY. APRIL 25. Easter is one of the movable feasts and holydays — that is, of those which do not always fall on the same day of the year; and all the rest of these depend on Easter-day.
Easter-day is always the first Sunday after the full-moon which happens upon or next after the 21st day of March ; and if the full-moon happens upon a Sunday, Easter-day is the Sunday after.
Easter-day, therefore, sometimes falls near the end of March ; but most often in the month of April.
Passion Week is the week before Easter, in which Good Friday and Easter-eve are kept. This is the last week of Lent.
Easter is the great festival of the year.
Poetry for Easter.
Thou art the Sun of other days;
ANCIENT HYMN FOR EASTER-DAY.
Come, thou blest angelic throng,
English Church History.
GREGORY AND AUGUSTINE. After some time the Romans left Britain ; for their empire, and even Rome itself, was attacked on all sides by wild and barbarous nations, and they could no longer keep Britain for their own.
Among these nations was that of the Anglo-Saxons, who came over to our island and gave it the name of England, by which it is now called. They were idolators; but, though they worshipped idols, they had some notion of the One True God, whom they spoke of by the same word which we now use, and which means, the good.
The Saxons first settled themselves in England A.D. 450, that is, 450 years after our Lord's coming. They established several separate kingdoms in different parts of the island, and the Britons who did not submit to them were driven into Wales and Cornwall.
These Anglo-Saxons knew nothing of the Christian faith till the year 596. A few years before this time some Anglo-Saxon boys were offered for sale in the marketplace at Rome, and were seen there by Gregory the Great, afterwards Bishop of Rome. He was struck by the appearance of the boys,-their fine clear skins, the beauty of îheir flaxen or golden hair, and their open countenances, --so that he asked from what country they came. Being told that they were from the island of Britain, he asked if the people of that island were Christians, and sighed when he heard that they were Pagans. “ Alas, for grief,” he said, “ that such bright faces should be under the dominion of the prince of darkness !" Upon asking further to which nation they belonged of all that were in Britain, and being told that they were Angles, he played upon the word with a compassionate and pious feeling, and said, “Well may they be so called, for they are like angels, and ought to be made co-heritors with the angels in heaven.” More such remarks he made; and never from that time forgot to seek for the conversion of the people of England. He set out from Rome with the intention of going amongst them himself as a missionary; but the people of Rome would not part from him, and insisted that their bishop shonld call him back. When this bishop died, Gregory was chosen in his place, and took the first opportunity of beginning the good work on which he was bent. He sent