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YONDER is a little drum, hanging on

THE DRUM.

Or breathe once more the balminess of

Cheviot's mountain gales! the wall;

At length, upon his wearied eyes the mists Dusty wreaths and tattered flags round

of slumber come, about it fall.

And he is in his home again-till wakened A shepherd youth on Cheviot's hills watched

by the drum! . the sheep whose skin

• Take arms! take arms!' his leader cries, A cunning workman wrought, and gave the

the bated foeman's nigh!' little drum its din.

Guns loudly roar-steel clanks on steel, and Oh, pleasant are fair Cheviot's hills, with

thousands fall to die. velvet verdure spread,

The shepherd's blood makes red the sand: And pleasant ’tis among its heath to make

Oh, water!-give me some! your summer bed;

My voice might reach a friendly ear—but And sweet and clear are Cheviot's rills that

for that little drum!' trickle to its vales,

'Mid moaning men, and dying men, the And balmily its tiny flowers breathe on the

drummer kept his way, passing gales.

And many a one by 'glory' lured did curse And thus hath felt the shepherd boy whilst

the drum that day. tending of his fold;

· Rub-a-dub!' and 'rub-a-dub!' the drumNor thought there was, in all the world, a

mer beat aloud-spot like Cheviot's wold.

The shepherd died ! and, ere the morn, the And so it was for many a day! but change

bot sand was his shroud. with time will come;

And this is Glory'-Yes; and still will And he-alas for him the day!) he heard

man the tempter follow, the little drum!

Nor learn that Glory, like its drum, is but *Follow,' said the drummer-boy, would you

a sound and hollow! live in story!

Jerrolil's Magazine. For he who strikes a foeman down, wins a wreath of glory.'

TIMOTHEUS AND PHILEMON. Rub-a-dub!' and 'rub-a-dub!' the drum

(Continued from p. 213.) mer beats away

CHAP. VIII.—THE PACHA. The shepherd lets his bleating flock o'er

FTER a long time bad Cheviot wildly stray.

elapsed, the Pacha reOn Egypt's arid wastes of sand the shepherd

turned home when he now is lying,

was not at all expected. Around him many a parching tongue for

The Turks had lost a • Water!' faintly crying:

great battle, and had Oh, that he were on Cheviot's hills, with

been obliged to consent velvet verdure spread,

to a truce. When with Or lying 'mid the blooming heath where oft

his officers and soldiers he made his bed:

he rode through the streets of the city, the Or could he drink of those sweet rills that people ran together and greeted him with trickle to its vales,

joyful shouts.

But he was very savage

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and fierce, and he cursed the Christians. The lady was led to her chamber, and a His servants said to him before he entered guard was placed before it.

But the good his palace, Thy wife has become a Teacher and the father of the two boys Curistian. A Christian Teacher, disguised were cast into prison. as a gardener, has crept into thy palace The poor boys, Timotheus and Philemon, and made her abjure Mahommed. Another were sad and terrified when they heard that Christian, who was brought here as prisoner their father was to be executed in three of war, the brave soldiers had to deliver updays. Everybody in the palace pitied them. to her. He, too, has helped towards her The Christian slaves loved them heartily, apostasy. Look, there he is, just passing for the boys had shown them so many kindby! In these two Christians she places all nesses, and had begged many a favour for her confidence; we Turks are no longer of them from their mistress. The Turks, too, any esteem with her. She conducts herself were fond of the winsome children. They more according to the customs of Christian often said to each other, They are bright than of Turkish women. She has even boys, some day they will become brave adopted to Christian boys, the sons of Turks.' this prisoner, this enemy of the Turks, as They consoled the boys as best they could. her own.'

Think yourselves lucky,' they said, 'that Then tlie Pacha became still more ex- the Pacha has not ordered you to be execited. He ran like a madman up the cuted too. It is fortunate, indeed, that he steps of his palace. At the top his wife

spares you.

But take care not to come hastened to meet him with a loving wel- into his sight, or he will certainly have your come. When he saw her he tried to com- heads cut off.' pose himself, and said, in a more calm Both boys went to their chamber, knelt manner, 'Is it true? Are you a Christian ?' down there, raised their hands to Heaven,

She replied, 'It is true; I am a Christian, and prayed with burning tears, 0 Thou and I rejoice to confess my faith in Christ.' gracious and merciful God, have pity upon

Then in a fury he tore his sword from its our beloved father, our dear teacher, and sheath to cut off her head.

the good Elmine! Save them, for Thou tain who was with him seized him by the alone canst do it.' arm, held back his hand with much diffi

They consoled each other with the words culty, and said, “Leave her some time to of Holy Scripture, chiefly with those words reflect; I do not doubt she will soon be of David which the pious Antonius had often brought to a better mind. Our teachers repeated to them : Many are the troubles will know how to give her instruction. of the righteous, but the Lord delivereth him The good lady has been deluded by the out of them all.' arts and devices of these Christians, She

Then they prayed again, and afterwards will soon perceive her folly and repent.' thought of many other beautiful, comforting

'Let it be so,' said the Pacha. I will texts of Holy Scripture, which they had give her three days to think over it. Lead formerly learned by heart; and their trust her back to her apartment and keep watch in God and His promises made their hearts over her there. But at once throw into feel easier, and filled them with hope, even prison the priest and the other Christians. when all seemed dark about them. In three days they shall die without pity.'

(To be continued.)

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THE ROCK-FOWLER'S

precipice can sustain the weight of another

bounding from point to point below. Some DAUGHTER.

even descend unaided, fastening the rope CHAPTER I.

for themselves to a stake driven into the HE small Island of St.

ground above. Kilda, which is off the On the western side of the island lies 3 Western coast of Scot- bay with low shore and sandy beach, conland, is surrounded al- trasting strangely with the frowning cliffs at most entirely by cliffs, either side, and near this point a small cotforming bold and lofty tage once stood in which dwelt David Murprecipices to the sea. ray, the best cragsman of the place, and Around this rocky coast

his daughter Alice. The child had lost multitudes of gannets, her mother some years before, and aftergulls, and other sea-birds, throng, resem- wards a baby-brother who had been left in bling at a little distance bees hovering over her charge; now, she and her father were gigantic hives.

left alone, and her only care was to attend The inhabitants of the island chiefly to his wants and comforts as she had seen gain their living from rock-fowling, and her mother do long ago. The cottage was the number of birds killed annually is in- always neat and tidy when he returned credible. The flesh is eaten, and the rent from work, for the evenings were Alice's of the land is paid, chiefly in feathers; happy time, when seated by the fire he told indeed the rocks of St. Kilda are di- stories of his boyhood, of wonderful escapes vided among the people as exactly as its and adventures on dizzy heights, and before soil. Almost everyone is an expert parting for the night it was his custom to cragsman, and the eggs of some species of read a passage from the Holy Scriptures, sea-fowl are sought after by the same and ask God's blessing and protection while perilous means as the birds themselves. they slept. Bird-poles, or fowling-staffs about five or During the season for gathering seasix yards in length, are used, sometimes birds eggs, David came home one day with a set attached. A rope fastens two earlier than usual, bringing some fish which fowlers together, who assist one another in he had caught in the bay. climbing, the safety of one depending on 'Father,' said Alice, as she prepared them the strength and courage of the other. for dinner, I'm so glad you have taken to

More dangerous still is the mode of fowl- fishing, and I hope you've quite done with ing practised where the rocks cannot be the rocks for this year: we have plenty of scaled. In that case the fowler is let down birds and eggs now, and as much feathers by a rope, and hangs in mid air often several as will make up the rent.' hundred feet above rough rocks or roaring • Yes, my child, we have done well so far, waves, and by means of a pole he throws but Borrera has to be tried yet, and I hear himself out from the face of the cliff so there are great flocks of birds about the as to have a view of all its crannies and stacks: I'm going to see what I can do there ledges, often netting birds that fly near to-morrow. Andy Jamieson has promiser

! enough.

to help, for it's no easy matter to climb One man standing on the very verge of a those crags without a comrade. I must

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