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But for that, he would never perhaps have born lady, who had come into the village taken to smoking; it was too expensive and without an idea of country life save that selfish a luxury, he thought, but the doctor violets and primroses flourished in the insisted upon it, and Martin did certainly lanes. Of rough, poor folk in the cottages find relief in his pipe when the attacks needing a kindly word to win them over, were most distressing. He still kept to the
He still kept to the little Mrs. Fortescue knew and cared nothing, shoemaking, and became a capital work- till a hard winter accompanied by distress man; true, the confinement and the stooping and death woke her up, and then it was to were bad for him, but then he could say Martin, the queer old fellow pottering in and with a smile that no sort of work came out of the cottages, that she went for advice quite easy to a poor fellow like him, and and instruction. The cottagers nodded now he was getting up in his trade, he their heads with satisfaction when they could take a holiday now and then. So saw Martin and Mrs. Fortescue in earnest Martin worked on through his youth and talk in the village street; those who needed his manhood, always ready to do any one a help knew then they should not be forgood turn.
He was on the most friendly gotten. terms with the new Vicar's wife, a London
(To be continued.)
THE BLIND BOY.
O Shich" han is the terlengo yalled light,
Which I must ne'er enjoy
? What are the blessings of the sight?
O tell your poor blind boy ! You talk of wondrous things you see,
You say the sun shines bright;
Or make it day or night?
Whene'er I sleep or play;
With me 'twere always day. With heavy sighs I often hear
You mourn my hapless woe;
A loss I ne'er can know.
My peace of mind destroy;
Although a poor blind boy.
ARIUS AND ATHANASIUS.
am going to write about, a
as little children for the Kingdom of Heaven's sake; so I should like to begin in my own simple fashion, and I hope I shall be excused if the form in which I begin does not seem to belong to the real history which I shall go on to tell you.
But I think that if you think little, you will see that the difficulties told about in my little true story, are like in kind,
in their little way to the very difficulties I must. It is not for taking the cherries, that have been, and are still, found in the but for saying what was not true.' great world.
The child stood in blank wonder and One day father called Teddy to come dismay, and the father turned to go for and gather some cherries.' Teddy was a the rod, telling the boy to come in. It bright little fellow between three and four was too plain a case of falsehood-it was years old, and of his own small wisdom he
not possible to doubt the evidence of the took up a basket and crossed the lawn child's besmeared lips. As they came in slant-wise, and so caught his father the Teddy caught sight of his mother, and more easily. When they reached the tree, flinging his arms round her, and holding which was nailed on a wall, they found the up his cherry-stained face, cried, “Mother, cherries not so ripe as had been expected. mother, me no gadder chellies.'
• There, we will only gather just a few. Oh, Teddy!' said she, I'm shocked! Let me lift you up to this bunch, my dear. . Nurse and I both saw you!' Now, gather that for mother. And there “No, mother, me only sucks dem; me are some quite low; I think they will do. not gadder one, and me not swallow one Get those, Teddy.'
stone!' added he in triumph; "and me And of course the little man was only put hands tight behind me all time. too happy both to eat his own cherry then Father just entering heard it all, and and there, and to put the rest in his basket. with much hidden amusement, but with a
• Now, continued his father, as he took grave face, he said, “Well, now understand, Teddy's hand to walk away, “mind you never child, you are not to suck nor to gather gather any without leave. No, father, me not.'
'No,' said Teddy; ‘Tommy can gadder A few days after father wanted Teddy dem.' again. Nurse, sitting at the open nursery- * But, Teddy, I mean you are not to window, said, Master Teddy is at the bot- have, or to eat, or to get, or to gather, or tom of the garden, sir, and he's getting the to suck any cherries unless mother or I give cherries;' then putting out her hand she rang the little bell which always called the Now I will ask those who know anschildren, hear it when they would.
thing about such things to ponder for a Teddy at once came, and was met by his moment on the many words lawyers father, who looked very grave. Teddy's to make anything clearly understood belips were more cherry-red than ever, and yond dispute. Then I would have all cheeks and chin were spotted and streaked dwell in their minds upon those familiar like carnations.
conversations which the Holy One had with • Teddy, you have been eating the cher- His friends: whether it were with only two ries; now you know I told you not. It is of them on their evening walk home, when very naughty of you!'
He explained from the very beginning of “Me no gadder chellies !' said the child, what they knew from the books that Moses as his father felt, with terrible impudence. had written,--from the very creation and
Edward,' said he, severely, “you know man's first disobedience; or whether it were that is not true, and I must whip you. to a little group, or to a crowded room-full, I am very sorry to do it; but you know I would have them think of the many
things He said, which were not written was meant by the words, “I believe in the down, only stored in the loving memories Father, and in the Son, and in the Holy of those friends.
Ghost,' and he embodied in it the things What would the Confession or Creed be said in the Apostles' Creed about the life that would rise to the lips of those two who
and death of Jesus Christ the Lord; and supped with Him at Emmaus as they rose, this was called “The Creed of Saint Athaafter hearing the whole scheme of redemp- nasius,' because he was a bishop who was tion over again, and remembering with it very earnest in teaching the true, and in the many conversations and preachings He preaching against all false doctrines. had held when He again and again used But people loved disputing and arguing the words, 'I and my
Father one?' 1500 years ago quite as much as they have And then all His words, too, about the done ever since, and indeed, no doubt, have Comforter,' what would the words of their done since the beginning of the world; and Creed be but, I believe in the Father, Athanasius's struggles to do God's work and and in the Son, and in the Holy Ghost ?'
maintain the honour of his dear Master And not for a moment would they think among the nations, might have continued of explaining what they meant, or how. longer still, had not the Lord Himself
Solomon says, 'God made man upright, plucked His hand out of His bosom,' had but he has sought out many inventions.' not God Himself laid to His hand, as it And so in time the simple but great mat- says in the Psalms, and took away him that ters of faith which the Christian Church troubled Israel. Arius died suddenly in said a man must believe if he would own the streets by the visitation of God just one the name of Christian, came to be rea- day before his intended proceedings would soned over and altered little by little, and have caused more mischief than ever. explained till they were explained away. Now you see why I told you that little So it came that a man named Arius at tale at the beginning. I meant that as last taught that the Lord Jesus Christ was Teddy's father had to use all those words not truly God!
to make his meaning clear, and to prevent Now then it was not enough for one who the child from thinking that somehow he would be counted among the Christians to might have the fruit, so all those words say, ' I believe in the Father, and in the had to be put into the Creed which is Son, and in the Holy Ghost, but he must called the Creed of St. Athanasius to preat least add, and I believe that the Father vent people from getting into mistakes. is God, and that the Son is God, and that The simple words of belief, as you have the Holy Ghost is God;' but besides that, seen when I told you of Arius, were not the many inventions that were sought enough, and the words had to be added, out' made it needful to add many an
I believe that the Father is God, and the other guard and guide to the right under- Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God;' standing of the precious Creed of the people and then immediately another set of people who were called Christians.
would say, 'Oh, then, there are three Gods, So a Bishop, who lived about the same not one God !' and so on, till the teachers time Arius did, drew up a full and com- in the Church, as I have shown yon, said, plete explanation (as far as heavenly things • We must write a Creed that will meet every can be explained to earthly minds) of what objection: though really, if people were not
so contrary in their minds, or so weak in Christians, or in a state of salvation that their understandings, we should only want is, to be those who wish to be saved by the them to say, “ I believe in the Father, and redemption wrought by Jesus Christ, and in the Son, and in the Holy Ghost,” to not to trust in their own fulfilling of the show that they have a right to claim to be commandments.
J. E. C. F.
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