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in the neighbourhood Mrs. Boyce persisted THE STAFF AND THE LANTERN. that she had been a careless mother, and

(Concluded from page 183.) had sent her boy out to his death. And

HUS the three little pilthough she had read her Bible night and

grims walk on their journey, morning, and went regularly to church,

one lame, one blind, and listening to every word of the sermon, it

one crippled in his limus; never struck her that this fretfulness of

but Humility being their disposition was a sin which she had to

guide, and the Mercies deconquer.

livering them from further It was really hard on poor Amy to come

severe assaults of the evil home in the evening to hear nothing but one, they get gradually nearer and nearer lamentations, and to dread every gust of their blessed home. And oh, how they long wind because it brought down her mother's for the rest of the blessed country after the tears.

toils and dangers of the road! They someFretting at last made Mrs. Boyce seri- times say, 'It is good for me that I have ously ill: she took to her bed, gave direc- been afflicted. Before I was afflicted I tions to poor, distracted Amy in the event went astray, but now have I kept Thy of her death, and desired her to pray for word.' These sentences were written on her speedy release from this troublesome their staves. world. Poor Amy! she came as she was But one day, as they were nearing their bid to her mother's bedside, and said her journey's end, and were talking of their evening prayers there, with the old hymn trials and dangers and their happy escapes, • Gentle Jesus,' that she had repeated from Amana told them that he saw Iva, and childhood, hoping that this might calm and described the crowd he was with; when comfort the poor woman ; but Mrs. Boyce Bithiah earnestly inquired of her guide if no still said, 'Pray now for me, Amy,'so Amy mercy was ever sent to the broad-road prayed that her mother might be brought travellers to try and deliver them ; if any to peace and happiness either in this world had seen Iva, and given him a chance or the next, and might do God's will living to escape? To which her guide replied, or dying.

Bithiah, daughter of the Lord, your heart is She could not pray for her mother's moved with compassion for those who are death, that would be too much to expect out of the way; be assured, then, that even from a daughter; and yet Mrs. Boyce the broad-road travellers have

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mercies was only half satisfied, and thought Amy sent them, but they for the most part spurn unfeeling when she told her that the doctor them all. ' Iva has had many an offer of thought she would recover from this illness. help to deliver him from the snares of the

She wanted to go to her boy, she said, evil one, but his perverse spirit scorns all to ask his pardon and bid him not reproach the kindness shown him. His end is near, her for sending him to sea, as she was sure and before this day's sun be set you he must be doing.

shall see his end. Come with me to the Amy did not reason with the sick woman, brink and look down.' but she tried to divert her mind in every Now the narrow road and the broad way possible.

commence upon one level space, but each (Concluded in our next.)

step makes it more difficult for those who

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to their staves; each. One ascends, but the other descends. read, “Come, ye blessed children of My On the first setting out, the barrier is but Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for trifling compared to the latter part. you. A beautiful white robe, the Robe of

‘See now,' says one of the guides, who can righteousness, was thrown over each of climb that perpendicular rock to reach this them, Clauda's limb was restored to its place ? Many think, that when they come to full strength, Bithiah's eyes were opened, the end oftheirjourney their lantern and staff and Amana felt power come into his bones, will avail them; but when they have thrown and fearlessly they walked through a bright their lanterns away, and left their staves and clear stream, and amidst a thousand behind, they cannot have them just as they welcomes entered the glorious abode of the want them. Perhaps, now and then, one blessed. may escape through the help of Mercy; but, I then awoke, and found it was I fear, only very few. The road at this point dream, but as I dozed between sleeping and too is very slippery, and the slope towards waking I said to myself,

—These little that black river is so great, that it is next pilgrims have walked to their heavenly to a miracle if one escapes.'

home on the feet of faith and love, but A piercing scream now startled the three mercy alone has sustained them and kept children. A band of travellers had been them from falling away. Lucas, even gradually approaching as they were listen- Jesus Christ, Who has given them the light ing to Mercy's story, and now one had trod- of His Holy Spirit, has sent them all the den on the border of the slope. It is Iva! mercy they ever received.

In every diffiA moment before he had been cursing culty the safest way is to bend our knees in Lucas, and spurning a Mercy sent to restrain

prayer,

that we may be directed him, and his eyes begin to open to his fate. aright. Humility is a most faithful guide He loudly calls for his long-forgotten staff, for leading us safely on our journey; and and in a moment the deceiver who turned lastly, the only cure for all our failings, and him aside at the first is with him. No our only strength in crossing the river of longer he deceives him, but he blows the death, is the righteousness of Jesus Christ dust aside, and the light flashes upon the

our Saviour.

At the best, all our efforts staff which he sees for a moment before he are but lame attempts to serve Him; the loses it for ever, and he reads these dreadful best of us are but blind to our true interests, words, But ye have set at nought all and the most faithful are liable to fall.' my counsel, and would have none of My I also learnt from Iva's fate, that when reproof: I also will laugh at your cala- merciès are spurned, the Word of God mity, I will mock when your fear cometh. neglected, and the gift of the Holy Spirit He saw no more, but with a groan of despair | despised, there is nothing to look for but he sank into the black river, and was gone.

death and destruction. Then, as these children were trembling When I was wide awake I did not with horror, and as each thought how change my opinion. What think you, dear Learly they had suffered the like fate children, am I right or wrong? through yielding to temptation, I per

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TIMOTHEUS AND PHILEMON. the wife of a German Landgrave, came to THE STORY OF TWO CHRISTIAN BROTHERS. live in that country, has been venerated Adapted from the German of Canon Schmidt,* throughout the world for her good deeds By James F. Cobb, Esq.

and holy life, under the name of St. Elisabeth CHAP. I.-FATHER AND MOTHER.

of Hungary. ISTORY is rich in remarkable

In later times, the Hungarian nation was and instructive events. One of noted for its bravery and virtue. Among these is the great struggle be- the noblest citizens of the land was the mertween Christendom and the chant Lucius, who, on account of his great

riches, but still more by reason of his fear There was a time when the of God, was held in high esteem by all. His Turks had even captured what fellow-citizens called him the good Lucius. was then the largest and most His wife Hedwig also was admired for her splendid city in the world next

beauty, her piety, and her benevolence. to Rome, viz. Constantinople, . This worthy pair had only two children, which was the residence of the Christian two lovely and amiable twin-sons. With emperor; and there they changed the their rosy cheeks, their fair curly hair, their magnificent Christian church which the bright blue eyes, the two boys looked so like Emperor Constantine had built into a each other that it was difficult to distinguish mosque,

them, especially as both were dressed alike. The Turks had seized on many lands Even their parents sometimes mistook one and brought many nations under their sway. for the other. One was named Philemon, Among these the noble Hungarian nation the other Timotheus,-names from Holy had suffered much from them. It is true Scripture,—the one chosen by their father, the brave Hungarians beat the Turks in the other by their mother. many battles, but more frequently they Both parents were earnest and devoted had to submit to their superior numbers. Christians; they thought more of confessing It is grievous and terrible to read these Jesus Christ than of all their riches. They bloody pages of history; but it often hap- both strove to teach their boys, from their pens that in the saddest times God's childhood, the knowledge of Jesus Christ, power and love are strikingly shown. and to bring them up in a really pious and

The Gospel had been preached in Hun- Christian way. The mother had the boys gary in the very earliest ages. The first constantly with her. Whilst she sat at her Christian king of that country, Stephen work both would stand beside her knees, the Holy, had introduced Christianity into and with all tenderness and love she would the land; he had built many churches, and relate to them out of the Holy Scriptures placed priests and teachers everywhere, and the story of the love of God to man, shown thus he had won the name of the Apostle in the coming of Jesus Christ. of Hungary.

When the twins were about six years After him many of the kings, with their their good mother fell dangerously ill. families, were filled with the spirit of Chris- Their father was almost always at her bedtianity. An Hungarian princess, who, as side; the boys, too, were often at either side

of her bed, and they were very sorry when In his preface, the author states that this story is founded on fact.

they were called away to their meals.

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