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THE BASKET OF STRAWBERRIES.
The following morning our little friend
woke up in a much better humour, and felt OME years ago there lived in a little quite pleased when, after breakfast, Miss
village in the North of England a Trueman asked her to help her to gather a maiden lady, of the name of Trueman. She basket of strawberries. When the pretty was not very old, and was a great favourite little basket was quite full, Miss Trueman with all her nephews and nieces, who fre- said to her niece, Now, Lucy dear, I quently came and paid her long visits. At
want you to carry this basket to poor Mrs. the time that I am writing of, her little Brown's, where you went with me yesterniece, Lucy, had just come to spend some day; and tell her that the fruit is for her weeks with her aunt; and as it was the daughter.' lovely month of July, she hoped to enjoy “Am I to go by myself, aunt?' said herself very much in the hay-fields. Two Lucy, for she had always lived in a town, or three weeks went by pleasantly, and where it was not considered safe for child. Lucy thought that she had never been so ren of her age to go about alone. happy in her life before; when one evening, Yes, dear,' replied Miss Trueman; 'you as she was walking in the garden with her will be ten years old next week, and Mrs. aunt, they passed the strawberry-bed. Lucy Brown does not live far from here. You are was about to gather some of the fruit, but not afraid to go alone, are you, dear?' her aunt stopped her by saying, "Do not "Oh, no, I should like it,' said Lucy. gather any strawberries to-night, Lucy, as “Well, then, you had better go at once, I wish to send away all that are ripe to- and be sure you carry the fruit carefully.' morrow morning.'
Lucy walked down the garden-path very *Very well, aunt,' said Lucy, and walked steadily, and set off down the lane; she had on, but she felt very vexed that her aunt not gone very far, when a slight gust of had forbidden her to pick the strawberries. wind lifted up one of the cool green leaves, Surely I might have picked a few?' said with which the fruit was covered, and she to berself; 'there are a great many brought into full view a large ripe red berries on the plants, and I only wanted strawberry. Lucy looked at it longingly; two or three.'
she knew that she ought to cover it up, Thus reasoned this naughty little girl, and go on as quickly as she could ; but it and before the evening was over she had did look so very tempting, that she stood fully persuaded herself that she was very gazing at it until her mouth watered. unkindly treated, and that Aunt Harriet Presently she lifted up another leaf, to see was the crossest aunt that ever yet existed. if there were any more strawberries as large Now you
very likely think that Lucy as the one that she had first seen. Yes, was a very wicked child, to let such a trifle there were plenty more quite as large, if put her in a bad temper, but you must not larger. Lucy could no longer withremember that we have all an evil nature, stand the temptation, and she popped one that strives against the grace that God gives of the ripest and best into her mouth. It us in our Baptism; and so it was no wonder ;
tasted very good, and was before long folthat Lucy was naughty, for she forgot just | lowed by a second, and indeed a third. then to pray to Jesus, and to ask Him to These were so very nice that Lucy ate make her a good child.
several more, and then, in less time than
it takes me to write it, the basket was · Then do so, dear,' said Miss Trueman. emptied of all its contents, except a few Lucy went upstairs, and throwing herself very small strawberries that lay at the bot- on the little bed wept bitterly, not for the tom. Then Lucy looked at the basket in sin that she had committed, but because rather a frightened manner. What could she feared her aunt's anger: at last she she do now? she thought : she could not cried herself to sleep, and asleep her aunt take the few that were left to Mrs. Brown. found her when she entered the room an What was to be done ?
hour later. At last she decided that she would go · Poor child !' said Miss Trueman softly; home, and keep out of her aunt's way as I must try and make you sensible of your much as possible. When she got back, she fault, but I will not wake you.' went straight into the house, and going to Lucy, however, awoke at the minute, her own little room she took up a book and stared around; in a few seconds she and tried to read, but somehow she could collected her thoughts, and on seeing Miss not fix her attention on the book, and Trueman she hid her face in the pillows. throwing it down, she took her crochet, Lucy dear, come here,' said her aunt, and worked away until the dinner-bell in a tone that the child dared not disobey. rang; then she went downstairs, though I have been to see Mrs. Brown, Lucy,' she dreaded meeting her aunt.
Miss Trueman continued, and was very Well, Lucy,' said Mrs. Trueman, as her much surprised to hear from her, that niece entered the dining-room, where have neither you nor any strawberries have been you been since you came home?'
there to-day; and more than that, Lucy, 'I have been up in my own room, aunt,' I noticed that there were a quantity of replied Lucy; it was so hot out of doors.' strawberry-stems thrown on the ground,
Yes, it is a very warm day,' said Miss which makes me fear that my little Lucy Trueman ; ‘how is Mrs. Brown's daughter?' has been a thief, and has also told a lie to
'I really did not ask, aunt,' replied Lucy, hide the theft.' hesitatingly.
Lucy burst into tears, and gently sobbed • Dear me, that was very thoughtless of out, 'Oh yes, aunt, I did do it; but please you, Lucy,' said Miss Trueman; never do not be angry, please forgive me!' mind though, I shall be walking that way You have my forgiveness, dear child,' myself this afternoon, and I will go in and said Miss Trueman gently, but I want you inquire how the poor girl is then.' to ask God to forgive you for having sinned Lucy's heart gave a great throb at hear
so against Him. ing this, for she thought that her aunt Miss Trueman continued talking to her would be sure to ask how the sick woman little niece for some time, and afterwards had liked the strawberries, and then the she knelt down with her, and begged her truth would come out.
heavenly Father's forgiveness. Will you go with me this afternoon, I am glad to be able to add, that Lucy Lucy?' said Miss Trueman, when they had was never guilty of a similar sin again; dined.
and when in after years she had grown No, thank you, aunt, I have a head- to womanhood, and had little ones of her ache, and I would like to go and lie down,' own, she often told them the story of “The replied Lucy.
Basket of Strawberries.'
THE SCAPE-GOAT. has been taken, and where, perhaps, it will
wander about till it die. HE High Priest of the people
In later times, when it was not easy to of Israel wore a very beau- find a land not inhabited' near Jerusatiful dress. (Exod. xxviii.) lem, the scape-goat used to be led away He had on his head a crown
to a precipice, twelve miles from Jerusaof gold, on which was written
lem, where it was thrown over the edge Holiness to the Lord ;' his
and was killed by dashing against the rocks. dress was of white and blue
Like the other ceremonies of the law of and scarlet, with pomegran- | Moses, this was a picture and foreshadowates and bells of gold round the bottom, ing of Christ.
. When our High Priest, and on his breast he wore twelve different
Jesus the Son of God, came down from jewels, on each of which was written the
Heaven to die for us, He put off His glory, name of one of the tribes of Israel.
and He took on Him the form of a serBut every year on the great Day of
vant.' When, like the one goat, He died
. Atonement, the High Priest put off this
He carried away all our sins like the other glorious dress, and put on the plain white (the scape-goat), for the Lord had laid on dress of a common priest—and then two
Him the iniquity of us all. And now goats were brought to him, and he cast lots
He is within the vail—that is, in Heaven upon the two goats, one lot for the Lord, itself, where He has sprinkled His blood and the other lot for the scape-goat. The
on the mercy-seat for our salvation. goat upon which the Lord's lot fell was then killed as a sin-offering for the people, and the High Priest took some of the blood
THE STAFF AND THE LANTERN. within the vail into the Holy of Holies, the most sacred part of the temple, and
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HE soft words of the and before the mercy-seat.
And after this the High Priest took the of rest; and when he told her of all the ease other goat, which was called the scape-goat, and comfort of his house, and of all the and he laid both his hands upon the head sweets and luxuries of his table, she paused of the live goat, and confessed over him to listen. As she paused her foot pained all the iniquities of the children of Israel, her more, and instead of leaning more and all their transgressions in all their firmly upon her staff and looking at it by sins, putting them on the head of the the light of her lantern, she, after a little goat. Then he sent the scape-goat away persuasion, followed the man to his house. by the hand of a fit man into the wilder- The lantern, however, threw no light upon
And the goat bare upon him all her path, so she was content to follow the their iniquities into a land not inhabited. light of reason, the lamp which the deceiver (Lev. xvi. 22.)
carried. The goats of the Holy Land have long Now you must know that this lamp, glossy hair, and in our picture we see the which is called the light of reason, was scape-goat weary and exhausted, bleating not one of the deceiver's own make, but it in the dry and barren land to which it was one he had stolen.
In itself it was a
there he sprinkled it upon the mercy-seat, Tellure her so much as the prospect