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THE DAY OF REST.

His iron-armed hoofs gleam in the morning

ray.
But chiefly man the day of rest enjoys.

H

OW still the morning of the hallowed

day!

day!

Mute is the voice of rural labour, hushed

Hail, Sabbath ! thee I hail, the poor man's The ploughboy's whistle and the milkmaid's

day!

On other days the man of toil is doomed song The scythe lies glittering in the dewy wreath

To eat his joyless bread lonely; the ground Of tedded grass, mingled with faded flowers

Both seat and board; screened from the

winter's cold That yestermorn bloomed waving in the breeze.

And summer's heat by neighbouring hedge Sounds the most faint attract the ear;

or tree. the hum

But on this day, embosomed in his home, Of early bee, the trickling of the dew,

He shares the frugal meal with those he

loves : The distant bleating, midway up the hill. Calmness sits throned on yon unmoving

With those he loves he shares his heartfelt cloud.

joy To him who wanders o'er the upland leas

Of giving thanks to God,- not thanks of The blackbird's note comes mellower from

form, the dale,

A word and a grimace, but reverently, And sweeter from the sky the gleesome

With covered face and upward earnest eye. lark

Hail, Sabbath! thee I hail, the poor man's Warbles his heaven-tuned song; the lulling brook

The pale mechanic now has leave to breathe Murmurs more gently down the deep-worn

The morning air, pure from the city's smoke, glen; While from yon lowly roof, whose curling He meditates on Him whose power he marks

While, wandering slowly up the river-side, smoke

In each green tree that proudly spreads the O’ermounts the mist, is heard at intervals The voice of psalms, the simple song of

bough,

As in the tiny dew-bent flowers that bloom praise.

Around its root : and while he thus surveys, With dove-like wings peace o'er yon village

With elevated joy, each rural charm, broods;

He hopes, yet fears presumption in the The dizzying mill-wheel rests; the anvil's

hope,din

That Heaven may be one Sabbath without end.

JAMES GRAHAME. Hath ceased; all, all around is quietness. Less fearful on this day, the limping hare

WORK. Stops, and looks back, and stops, and looks on man,

AVE Her deadliest foe. The toil-worn horse, set

which may be going on during the free,

many intervals (for many there will alUnheedful of the pasture, roams at large ; ways be) both of business and pleasure. And as his stiff, unwieldy bulk he rolls, Bp. Horne.

their sakes. There was some writing upon THE STAFF AND THE LANTERN.

each stick. I strained my eyes to make it AN ALLEGORY.

out, and by the help of the lantern I saw T was a strange country that this sentence, The Word of God.' Each 08 I saw, everything seemed dif- lantern also had this inscription upon it

ferent from our own. One The Spirit of God. I saw also that each
thing puzzled me very much, staff had upon it other writing, but no one
and it was that every little could make it out without the use of the
child had to pass through lantern.
a stream, and as they passed Now when these children had the staff

through a kind-looking Man, and lantern given them they were told with a grave countenance, gave each of that, whenever they were in difficulty, they these children a stout little staff to walk were to hold the staff to the lantern and with.

I asked a person who stood by, read, and what they read would guide them why these children needed a stick to and show them what to do. They were lean upon, and he told me, that although also told, that during their journey to the they were young children, they all had beautiful country which was to be their a long journey to go; that whenever they home, they were never to put away the staff leaned upon this staff they were rested, or the lantern for any purpose whatever. but as soon as they tried to go alone they Without the lantern they could never find grew tired and cared very little about the the road, and without the staff they would journey before them. I saw also the kind- not be able to walk. looking Man give each of the children at Now I am not going to tell you how all the same time a lighted lantern, which was the children fared that came out of the to guide them through all the dark places stream, but we will follow one or two on of their journey.

I looked earnestly at their journey. We will notice those who the good Man, and saw that great marks came through the water at the same time. were in His hands as if nails had been This little boy whom you see just standing driven through, and His feet were pierced on the bank, taking his staff and lantern, also. I could also see great scars upon is Amuina; the meaning of this name is His forehead and round His head, as if Firmness and Truth: this little girl, sharp thorns had been run into the flesh. Bithiah, or Daughter of the Lord; this The stranger told me that there was a deep little boy, Iva, or Perverseness; and another spear-wound in His side, and long marks little girl, named Clauda, which name down His back, as if He had been most means Lame, or Mournful. cruelly beaten.

As they stand upon the bank all clothed When I inquired why He had suffered in white, with their staves and lanterns in so much, I was told that it was all out of their hands, and with the bright sun shining love to these little children. If He had upon their happy faces, you would think not been treated so cruelly, the little sticks them all the sweetest little children you would never have been made for the child

Now they all start together upon ren, and no lantern would be given them their journey, as merry and active, as happy to guide them on the way. He was a

and joyous, as children could be. Looking King indeed, but became a Servant for at them now, we should expect them all to

ever saw.

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keep together, and arrive at the beautiful down upon hers and wondered whether the home at the same time. But now come

new lamp was prettier than the one she had and stand with me, and we will watch. got; and then her lamp became a little dim,

* Amana,' says Iva, ‘I wonder why the and her foot knocked against a stone, which good Man who stood by the side of the made her cry out with pain. Now she felt stream gave us these straight sticks and the great value of her staff, for as she rested these lanterns ? I can walk without a upon it her pain grew less; but she walked stick, and what is the use of the lantern in a little lame. She then held her lantern to broad daylight ?'

her staff and read, When I said my foot Iva,' replied his companion, do not slipped, Thy mercy, O Lord, held me up.' stop to question so soon the use of these Poor Clauda !' said Bithiah; "cheer up; gifts; be satisfied to use them. Look never mind a little pain : better hurt your yonder, a thick fog is coming upon us; foot than lose your lantern.' And Clauda we shall need the lantern soon enough: pressed the lantern firmly to her breast and and do not despise the staff, for we walk held tightly her little staff.

Then I saw most easily with it, and we cannot tell the lantern get brighter, but Clauda's foot how we should do without it.'

pained her still. • The fog,' said Iva, is a long way off By this time Iva was some distance yet, and I am sure we do not require a behind, and they heard him call out, 'Here, light: so I shall sling mine upon my back, my good man, let me look at your new for I do not like the trouble of carrying it. lamp.' Then I saw Iva's lamp get quite Besides, the shape does not please me, and dim, but there was just enough light left I see already the light it would give would to show these words on the staff, Resist not be much.'

the devil, and he will flee from you;' but Now, during this conversation, the light not enough light to show the man's face in the lantern that Iva held began to grow much : what Iva did see of it by the light dim, and was not nearly so bright as the of his own lamp made him shudder all over, lamps of the other children. Presently, for the man was the most horrible creature however, the fog came upon them before he ever saw. He looked at the staff again they expected, and they were soon in dark- and read these words, · The old serpent the

Now the three children held out devil... he was a deceiver from the begintheir lamps and looked at their little staves, ning.' Now if Iva had walked quickly on and read this inscription,— Thy word is a then, there was yet just enough light left lantern unto my feet and a light unto in his lantern to guide him; but he still my path,' and they walked on safely. The waited, and said, 'Let me look at your face path was as clear to them as if they were by the light of your lantern, mine is so dim travelling in the brightest sunshine. But I can hardly see you;' and before Iva's lamp Iva refused to look at his staff, for he said went quite out he just read the words on his lamp was so dim that he could not see his staff, .Satan himself is transformed if he did. Now, whilst they were in this into an angel of light.' part of their journey, they heard a voice

(To be continued.) cry out, “Who will exchange old lamps for new ones?' The three held their lamps as tightly as possible. Yet Clauda looked

ness.

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MONEY WELL PLACED. A SKILFUL and industrious cabinet

SKILFUL and industrious cabinet- | with his family. Their food was abundant

maker, who earned a good deal of but frugal, their clothes neat but plain, and moncy, was content to live very modestly he carefully avoided every useless expense.

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