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Now what would
If you were with Him up in Heaven?' Thus questioned the kind Sunday-teacher
From a ragged boys' class of seven. Thought one, of most glorious apparel; Thought the next, of a white horse with
wings; And the third, of a sword and a sceptre,
With a crown for his head, like a king's. The fourth thought of bags full of money;
The fifth, of some wonderful bird ; The sixth was too stupid for thinking:
But none of them answered a word. And what would you ask, little Tommy,
If you were with Christ up in Heaven?' Thus questioned the kind Sunday-teacher
From the youngest boy of the seven. He was but a small orphaned cripple,
A nine-years-old poor little elf; And, smiling, he answered, 0, teacher, I'd ask Him to give me Himself.' MARY HOWITT, in Good Words
for the Young.'
has kicked against a stone and hurt her foot. Look, here is a broad and easy road, and a pleasant one to travel; no stones in the way, no thorns to tear your legs, no fogs to chill you; plenty of jolly companions too, who laugh, and sing, and dance, and amuse themselves all the day, without any thought or care: they will be glad enough of your company
* But,' said Iva, 'will it lead me to my home?'
O yes,' said the stranger, “it will lead you home safely enough; all that travel this way get home quite as soon as they wish.'
• But there is one thing that puzzles me, said the boy: 'this road leads down hill, whereas I was going up hill; the roads cannot lead both to the same place.'
• O yes,' said the stranger, “it is all one way; and, the worst come to the worst, you will be as well off
" as your neighbours.
'Let us change lamps, then,' said the boy: but when he looked for his lamp it was gone.
• Never mind,' said the deceitful one, 'you will find the road plainly enough; and in the dark places lamps are put. Some call these lamps the light of reason; others, the light of nature: they will do for you better than the lamp you have lost.'
But the staff, what shall I do with that?' said Iva.
• Oh, keep it or throw it away, just as you like: it does not matter.'
The deceiver well knew that the staff was of no use without the lantern, and indeed Iva saw numbers of his new companions with staves like his own; but of all those who carried a staff, not one was walking with it. Some were fencing, whilst others stood around and admired their skill in using their weapons; some were quarrelling about them, and trying
THE STAFF AND THE LANTERN.
(Continued from p. 148.)
HE man instantly complied with Iva's
request, and a bright light shone out. Not a white light like the light of his own lantern, but something like the flame of a furnace, and it showed to Iva the handsomest man he had ever seen. The face seemed full of kindness, and when he spoke his words seemed like honey for sweetness.
Ali' said the man,' I see you are a wise and sensible young fellow; you know what is good and what is bad: those silly children have gone trudging along that narrow road, they little think how difficult it is. Hark now! one of them is crying already because she
hard to read the writing. Now here was they were not to turn aside to the right a strange thing,—the writing was read by hand or to the left, but to continue their some, but as they had not the lantern they journey. Besides, He had told them the did not read it correctly; or if by any means places where they were to stay and refresb they made out the words, they seemed not the
themselves. Like good and wise children they to profit by them. This was the reason, refused to turn in with the man, and lookthey read them in the wrong light; for the ing at him by the light of their lanterns they lamps they had in the broad road did not at once saw that he was an enemy. Then give the clear bright light of the lantern they held theirstaves to the lantern, and found that the good Man at the stream gave them. written on each the same words, 'The lust I should tell you that the good Man at the of the flesh,' and they knew that that was one stream had many names, but when we speak of the things they were told to avoid. They
. of him again we shall call him Lucas, which therefore refused to have anything to say means Light-giving. Now almost all those to him, but went on their way with firm who were fencing with the staves that hearts, and leaning on their staves they Lucas had given them, and those wbo were walked along with renewed strength. But quarrelling about them and reading the poor Clauda, who was a few steps behind, writing wrongly, were much older than Iva. for her foot pained her, did not fare so well The children in the broad road very seldom as her companions. used the staves at all, and some of the older
(To be continued.) persons had even burnt theirs. Iva, howerer, did not throw his away at first, but as
THE CHRISTIAN MARTYR. many of his companions laughed at him
HE Christian to the lions!' for carrying it, he at last threw it down by
THE the roadside, and the dust made by his
Loud rose the cruel cry; noisy and boisterous companions hid it
Strong men and tender maidens from his sight.
Were fain to see him die. We must now leave Iva a short time, and
• The King, Who never robe nor crown, go in search of the other three children.
Save thorny mockery, wore, But I must tell you, that directly the
Shall have no followers in our Rome. deceiver saw Iva safely in the broad road
Fling wide the dungeon door!' and without his lamp he went after Amana,
Prone on the rough-hewn pavement Bithiah, and Clauda. In a moment he
The Christian Martyr lay; overtook them, and called out in his soft
The light streamed in upon himest tones, ‘Good morning, dear children;
The clear cold light of day. you are walking very quickly along this
The wild beasts raged anear him, hard and toilsome road, you must be quite
The crowd yet closer pressed, tired : come with me and rest. I have a
But still he lay with placid smile, beautiful cottage close by; the table is
As babe on mother's breast. spread with all kinds of good things: turn in with me and refresh yourselves.'
Sleeping ? the keeper started, Now Amana and Bithiah suspected the Was ever such thing seen? man at once, and thought he must be With wondering gaze he loosed the bars, an enemy to Lucas, because He told them Drew back the wooden screen.