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IT is a pleasant thing
To walk at early day, To see the pretty flowers,
And smell the sweet new hay. The sun is warm and bright,
The sky is clear and blue; And all the trees and flowers
Are wet with drops of dew. Hush! don't you hear the bird
That's singing in the sky? No bird except the lark
Would fly so very high. It left its little nest
When day had just begun, And flew so high to bid
Good morning to the sun. “Good morning, shining sun,'
I think the lark would say; • I'm happy in my heart
This fine warm summer day. • I'm very glad you're come,
You make the world so light,
So beautiful and bright.
And then fly down to rest,
My young ones in the nest. The lark has done its song,
And settled on the ground; But we will not forget
The sweet and happy sound. And when our hearts are glad,
In long, bright summer days, To God in Heaven we'll sing
Our songs and hymns of praise. God loves each thing He made,
However weak and small; But glad and thankful hearts
He loves the best of all.
TIMOTHEUS AND PHILEMON.
(Continued from p. 235.) CHAP. VII.—THE PRISONER
children in her house, and sa treated the pious Antonius,
not so much as the overseer of her garden as the shepherd of her soul, the Pacha, her husband, still remained at Constantinople, The
Sultan was preparing for a fresh campaign against the Christians, and had summoned the Pacha to a council of war, and had appointed him to be one of his generals. The war, in fact, had broken out. Elmine soon received news of it. She and her Christian friends were much grieved at it, but the Turks in the palace and the town loudly rejoiced.
Although the Sultan's army had invaded Hungary in a distant part of the country, get the Turks who lived near the Pacha's palace would not be idle. They banded together and hastened across the frontier, falling upon the towns and villages, desolating the fields, driving away the flocks, burning and destroying everywhere, and bringing back many Christian prisoners with them to Turkey.
Surrounded by an immense throng, and with shouts of joy, several prisoners were brought to the market-place before the Pacha's palace to be sold. Elmine and the two boys hastened to the open window to look at them. Suddenly the boys saw and knew their father among the prisoners. Both exclaimed with one voice as loud as they could, “Father! dearest father!'
He looked up, saw the two boys in Turkish dress, but did not know to whom they were calling. But they hastened down, and tried to press their way through
the crowd. The people made room for said. 'I, too, am a Christian. God has them. They reached their father; they made use of these your good children to be embraced his knees. He did not know the first to tell me about Jesus Christ. them at first.
And this worthy man here, who is a Oh, dear father!' they cried ; 'do you good Christian,'—she pointed to Antonius, not know us again? I am your Timo- who had just entered the room, -- has been thens. I am your Philemon.'
my teacher and theirs. I rejoice to know "Oh, my children !' cried the father with the father of such dear children!' a loud voice. Oh, God! I thank Thee!' Now the father felt altogether happy.
The father now no longer thought of his He praised and thanked God with a loud chains, he was so full of joy. The people voice. Elmine, the two boys, and Antonius, who stood around were astonished and now told Lucius how God had dealt with touched, tears came into the eyes of many. them. The father passed many happy days They called out to those further off who bere; all rejoiced in the mercy and goodwished to know what had happened, He
ness of God. is their father. They are his sons!'
Nevertheless, Lucius longed to be back Elmine sent a servant down with the again in his home with his two dear childmessage, ‘The Pacha's wife demands that ren, for sometimes the Turks who dwelt in this prisoner should be given up to her.' the palace, or who came to it, scowled on The soldiers led him to her. Elmine paid | him, and with difficulty restrained their them well, and said, "Take this for the rage against him. He begged the good present; the Pacha will pay you, brave | lady to allow him and his sons to travel soldiers, when he comes back.'
home. The boys implored that their father's But Elmine replied, 'So long as the war chains should be taken off. Elmine or- lasts it is not safe ; you will be exposed dered the soldiers to do so. They obeyed, to many dangers. But as soon as there and went away with the chains.
I will send you back to your counThe boys hardly turned away their eyes try, and with ample compensation for all from their father. They saw with sor- you have lost through the war.' row that he had grown to look older. His Lucius knew that she was right, and deep sorrow at the death of their beloved thanked her gratefully. But he said, “It mother, and his anguish at the robbery of will be difficult for me to live here without his children, as well as his being himself some employment. I cannot bear to be idle.' carried away into slavery, during which he Hitherto, in his leisure hours and for had to suffer much from the Turks, had pleasure, he had busied himself with garleft many traces on his features.
dening, and with the culture of flowers. were sad when they saw this.
He now asked to be appointed as assistant Their father, too, looked at them with to the pious Antonius, which Elmine willsorrow mingling with his joy; the splendid | ingly granted. Turkish dress of his sons was strange to Lucius went to live with Antonius in the him. He feared lest they should have be- garden-house. Both rejoiced at being tocome Turks. Elmine remarked his sadness gether, and able to devote their lives to God and guessed the reason of it.
in common work and in prayer. ‘Be of good courage and rejoice,' she
(To be continued.)