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I'll see You get
Early on summer days,
he was bent upon getting their custom. While the sun in the East is low,
And it's all along of me.' And here Isaac Grandfather Jeff
gave signs of breaking down altogether. To the stream where the cresses grow.
Don't take on so, lad,' said Mrs. Ball, He asked for his daily breau
patting her visitor's shoulder kindly. It When he said his morning prayer;
may turn out better than we think. No. 2 So he goes to the stream to gather the bread
in the Square, did you say? Which our Father has sent him there.
if something can't be done.
along home now and sleep off your troubles. Long ere the sun is high
You're a good boy though you have got Grandfather goes to the town;
yourself into a scrape, and God will take There, with his basket on his arın,
care of you. Good night.' He cries · Cresses' up and down.
Isaac found some comfort in her friendly At evening he counts his
words, but he never thought how warmly They are but a little store,
she was about to take
he did But he always thinks they are just enough, not know how long she had watched him,
Or God would have sent him more. and what a high place he held in her Contented he is, and he trusts,
regard. As soon as she had got some Whatever his lot may be;
of her housework out of hand in the So a lonely old man, and a poor old man, morning she marched off to Mr. Jones, But a happy old man, is he.
and entered upon the question of the plunE. M. A. F. S.
dered basket. But she found the grocer
still angry, and not at all inclined to listen ISAAC THE ERRAND-BOY. to anything in defence of Isaac. (Concluded from p. 303.)
“The lad should have been minding his RS. BALL felt a little indig- business and not looking about, even if bis
napt. She was very much tale were true, which he (Mr. Jones) was pleased with Isaac because not so sure of. The young idler wanted a he made no
excuses for sharp lesson, and he should have one, himself, and said nothing Hadn't Mrs. Melville's cook been in that against his master. No
very morning threatening to withdraw her doubt, however, Mr. Jones custom ? There was no end to the harm merely meant the dismissal the little rascal might do.'
as a threat, and never in- • There's no master in these parts as has tended to keep to what he said.
a boy who serves him half so well,' retorted • Your master will think better of it be- Mrs. Ball. “And I hope you'll find it out fore the week's out,' she said, soothingly. when you've turned him off. All I can say
Nay, that he won't, was the quick is, he deserves a better place.' answer. For the worst is the folk is vexed And the angry woman left the shop, as their things was late, and at No. 2 in and turned her steps towards No. 2 in the the Square the housekeeper was in ever Square. such a wax, and says she'll never go near Here she soon managed to bring the the shop again, unless it's to tell master cook round to her way of thinking; and why; and it's well-nigh her first order, and while the matter was still under discussion
• I don't know,' Mrs. Hopgood returned ; "I think there's another person. Isaac would say as you was the beginning of it all. He's very grateful, is Isaac, and thinks there is no one like you in the world.'
Mrs. Ball's heart swelled. She had often fretted because God had not granted her any children, but now she did not so much care, since Isaac had given her a large share of his love.
So the blessing to one brought blessings to others; as is often the case, I think, only we are too blind to see it always. Good surely spreads itself, even as does evil. "A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.'
CONTENTMENT. Are ye not much better than they ?'
POOR, little, hungry Robin,
Mrs. Melville herself came into the kitchen. Seeing Mrs. Ball rather hot about something, she inquired what it was.
Nothing about the washing, I hope? My little girls' frocks are always beautifully got up. You iron and starch nearly as well as you used to cook, Betsy,' said the lady with a smile.
Mrs. Ball told the object of her visit, and ended with,
If you'd only seen the little fellow, ma'am, as I have, day by day, going about his work so steady and cheerful, you wouldn't wonder at me taking his part.'
' I'm not sure that I don't know him,' said Mrs. Melville. “From what you say, I almost think he must be the boy I've noticed many a time passing our windows, and pointed out to the children. You send him up this evening, Betsy, and if he's the same l’ll undertake to get him another place, even if his present master won't be persuaded to keep him on.'
But Mr. Jones was persuaded. When Mrs. Melville herself called at his shop and spoke in Isaac's favour, the tradesman thought it wise to bend to her wishes, and to make light of his errand-boy's offence. And better things followed. Mrs. Melville dropped in shortly afterwards at Isaac's home, and when she found what a respectable, hard-working woman his mother was, the kind lady managed to help her in many ways, and proved a very kind friend to the whole family.
And it's all Isaac's doing,' Mrs. Ball would say proudly. “Bless the lad ! He deserves all the good as comes to him or any of you.
So Sally's to be scullerymaid at Mrs. Melville's, I hear! Well, that is fine, my lass! You'd be long before you got such another place anywhere else, I can tell you.
And you've only your brother to thank.'
All on a winter's day,
And chirped his little lay;
And yet, it seemed to me,
song Was more than melody. It seemed, that winter morning,
When all was dark and drear,
A song of hope and cheer:
Contented with our lot;
Yet God forgets us not.'
snow, And all the earth looked glad again,
And flowers began to grow: And Robin, he found food enough,
And happy was his lot;
Since God forgot them not.
THE SPARROW ON THE
BY THE FATHER'S
N the province of Hesse, in named in the Bible, though
Germany, there is a village the Hebrew word which is
named Witteborn, in which so translated frequently
there lived a pastor named occurs. The word “spar
Segbert, who had won the rows' is found twice in the
love of all who knew him by Psalms of David. In Psalm
his holy life and conversation lxxxiv, 3, “thesparrow hath and by his earnest preaching of the Gospel found an house,' and Psalm His wife, too, was a good and faithful soul, cii. 7, I watch, and am as
the joy of her husband and the blessing of a sparrow alone on the house-top.'
her house. Though poor they yet kept Yet the Hebrew word, which in these something over for the relief of others verses is translated sparrow,' and which
poorer than themselves. may be sounded like tzippor, is often used Thus the good couple might have lived in the Old Testament, but it is translated happily and contentedly together; but they merely bird ;' for though it is the proper had one son, their only child, who had name for a sparrow, yet it is used also for become a cause of sorrow to them. Both Many writers think that in
parents had done all they could to bring Psalm cii. the verse should be 'I watch, up their child in 'the nurture and admoniand am like a bird alone on the house-top;' tion of the Lord. They taught, they enfor they say that the sense requires not a treated, they warned, and punished, as it lively chattering bird, fond of company, was needful.. They never neglected to like the sparrow, but rather some dull, pray for their son; but everything seemed moping bird, such as the owl, which sits to be in vain. There was a giddiness and watching solitarily on the house-top in the vanity in the lad which knew no bounds. night season. In Psalm lxxxiv. 3, the sense Though he had good gifts from God, yet seems to fit well with the narrower mean- he was, in his hours of study, so lazy and ing of the word, and 'sparrow' is rightly idle that he could only be made to learn by used; for, bold and pert as the sparrow is stern severity. Whenever a wild and misin other countries, it is still more so in the chievous prank was to be done, he was East: and even at the present time both sure to be at the head of his companions; sparrows and swallows fix their nests among so that the pastor's son, Wilhelm, was soon the beams and rafters of the sacred build- known and feared throughout the village. ings, and are to be heard twittering about The boy was sent by his father to the in the domes of the churches and of the public school at Fulda. Here matters were mosques at Jerusalem.
no better, but much worse, indeed, now that In his day David had often noticed these he was removed from his parents' oversight birds in his visits to the tabernacle, and and discipline. Wilhelm was lazy in school, when he was banished and desolate he and wild and giddy out of school. Only longed for the privilege of being in the the sympathy which the head-master felt courts of God's House, from which even for his worthy parents saved the lad from these little birds were not shut out. being expelled. When he came home for