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TIMOTHEUS AND PHILEMON. the wife of a German Landgrave, came to THE STORY OF TWO CHRISTIAN BROTHERS. live in that country, has been venerated Adapted from the German of Canon Schmidt, * throughout the world for her good deeds By James F. Cobb, Esq.
and holy life, under the name of St. Elisabeth CHAP. I.-FATHER AND MOTHER.
of Hungary. ISTORY is rich in remarkable
In later times, the Hungarian nation was and instructive events. One of
noted for its bravery and virtue. Among these is the great struggle be- the noblest citizens of the land was the mertween Christendom and the chant Lucius, who, on account of his great Turkish power.
riches, but still more by reason of his fear There was a time when the of God, was held in high esteem by all. His Turks had even captured what fellow-citizens called him the good Lucius. was then the largest and most His wife Hedwig also was admired for her splendid city in the world next beauty, her piety, and her benevolence.
to Rome, viz. Constantinople, . This worthy pair had only two children, which was the residence of the Christian two lovely and amiable twin-sons. With emperor; and there they changed the their rosy cheeks, their fair curly hair, their magnificent Christian church which the
bright blue eyes, the two boys looked so like Emperor Constantine had built into a each other that it was difficult to distinguish mosque,
them, especially as both were dressed alike. The Turks had seized on many lands Even their parents sometimes mistook one and brought many nations under their sway. for the other. One was named Philemon, Among these the noble Hungarian nation the other Timotheus,-names from H had suffered much from them. It is true Scripture,—the one chosen by their father, the brave Hungarians beat the Turks in the other by their mother. many battles, but more frequently they Both parents were earnest and devoted had to submit to their superior numbers. Christians; they thought more of confessing It is grievous and terrible to read these Jesus Christ than of all their riches. They bloody pages of history; but it often hap- both strove to teach their boys, from their pens that in the saddest times God's childhood, the knowledge of Jesus Christ, power and love are strikingly shown. and to bring them up in a really pious and
The Gospel had been preached in Hun- Christian way. The mother had the boss gary in the very earliest ages. The first constantly with her. Whilst she sat at her Christian king of that country, Stephen work both would stand beside her knees, the Holy, had introduced Christianity into and with all tenderness and love she would the land; he had built many churches, and relate to them out of the Holy Scriptures placed priests and teachers everywhere, and the story of the love of God to man, shorn thus he had won the name of the Apostle in the coming of Jesus Christ. of Hungary.
When the twins were about six years old After him many of the kings, with their their good mother fell dangerously ill. families, were filled with the spirit of Chris- Their father was almost always at her bedtianity. An Hungarian princess, who, as side; the boys, too, were often at either side
of her bed, and they were very sorry In his preface, the author states that this story is founded on fact,
they were called away to their meals.
when with you.
Once when they were sitting in another they knelt beside her, and then her soul room they heard one servant say to another, passed gently and calmly away. * Alas! there is no longer any hope; the The father led his two boys once more good lady will certainly die.'
up to the side of the departed mother Both the poor boys were terrified. They before she was placed in her coffin. He hastened at once to their mother; they stood repeated her words to them, and asked with uplifted hands and streaming eyes by them once more to promise that they would her bedside, and said, in their childish sim- live and die as good Christians. They plicity, 'Oh, dearest mother, we entreat you, promised, with many tears; the tears, too, do not die yet! Oh, do not forsake us ! stood in their father's eyes People say that you are going to die!' When he accompanied the beloved re
The mother, also moved to tears, replied, mains to the grave the two boys walked “Yes, my dear children, I feel indeed tlrat wish him, weeping and sobbing. A large I shall never rise again from this sick bed, crowd was present at the funeral. There much as I should wish to remain longer was not a dry eye to be seen. All, rich
The good God wills that I and poor, had deep pity for the two sweet should leave you, and what He wills is boys in their black clothes, with their always for the best. He will now take me pale faces and eyes red with crying, when, to Himself in Heaven. Oh, there all is trembling and shuddering, they took a last much more beautiful and better than here
look into the grave. on earth! There is no more sickness nor It is passing strange,' said many a death there; no sorrow and sadness; there father and mother, 'how God could take are peace, joy, and bliss. If you live a life so good a mother away from these children!' of faith, and prayer, and holiness, you, too, The clergyman who had performed the will get thither.'
service heard these words, and said to the During her illness their mother gave assembled throng, “The words which I have them much good advice. One evening, as just heard from your mouths remind me of father and children were standing beside those of Holy Scripture, “When my father her bed, she became suddenly deadly pale. and my mother forsake me, then the Lord She raised her eyes to Heaven and said, taketh me up." These are comforting in a cheerful and happy voice, “Now, 0 words for all orphans, so all orphans should Lord, Thou callest me.' To her sorrow
repeat them, as these poor children do ing husband she held out her hand to bid to-day. farewell, then she stretched out both her He reminded them, too, of the story arms and laid a hand on the head of each of Joseph, how he had lost his mother as of her weeping boys and blessed them. a child, and then, too, was stolen from
All the good I could teach you,' she his father, but how God watched over said, 'I have truly told you. The time is the lad, and prepared great joy for him come for
and his father. The good man ended love of God and of Jesus Christ abide for his exhortation with the words of David, 'I ever in your hearts! Never, oh, never, have been young and now am old, yet saw yield to the smallest sin! In Heaven we I never the righteous forsaken, nor his seed shall meet again.'
begging their bread.' She blessed her children once more as
(To be continued.)
MRS. BOYCE'S SON.
places for them, and they soon became in(Concluded from p. 190.) terested in the speaker, who had spent the ND Mrs. Boyce did greater part of his life working among the
recover, and in the South Sea islanders.
a ship's crew, touching at our port, leaves fields for air and change. Amy avoided us, we trust, the better for joining in our the river-side and its boats as much as prayers and praises. might be.
'I was much struck,' he went on, · last Mrs. Boyce was perhaps a little less autumn by the regularity with which one lad fretful than before her illness, but still she
attended our services; a pleasant, brightoften told Amy that she would bear a eyed fellow: he never missed coming when heavy heart to the grave, since Geoffrey
prayer. His ship was must bave laid his death at her door. auchored for a few days in the harbour,
One evening Amy and her mother were and he seemed to have more liberty than struck by a little crowd about the door of most lads of his age in a crew. I had a the Sessions Court in Fairelms; the clerk little talk with him, and he told me he of St. Anthony's church was standing by, liked joining our services, they reminded too, with an air of importance.
him of home; his mother had always What is it, Martin ?' asked Amy, peep- brought him up to go to church regularly. ing into the building; there can be no “She was a good mother to me, always," business going on there?'
he said, “and perhaps she never showed it • No, miss,' said the old man; ‘leastways more than when she let me go to sea, for it's not law, though perhaps you'll say it's it was sorely against her wish to part with gospel, for an old friend of master's,
I often think,” he went on, " that South Sea Missionary, has dropped in on I was wrong to press it so, but I do love us accidental, and master, he wished him
And yet there are many danto hold a meeting to tell how they get on gers. See, sir, here's my father's watch, out there ; but the Town Hall was engaged, my mother prized it, and yet she let me so they lent us the Court here. The wit- take it with me; now, in case anything ness-box makes a tidy pulpit now I've put happened to me, it might never get back a cushion in, and the Court is very con
to her, so will you take charge of it, and venient for the people. Will you step in, give it her when you get back to Engladies ? I'll fetch a cushion for you in a land ? I hear you are going home soon. minute.'
I've a few bits of things on board ship, Amy wished to go home, but her mother too, I have collected for my sister; I will had caught the words South Sea,' the last bring them to-morrow, and give you the '
place where her boy had been heard of, so address.” she would stay. Old Martin found good • That,' continued the speaker, 'was the
Amy held her hands, listening the while with all her heart.' last I saw of my young friend, for his ship, | Amy held her hands, listening the while among several others, weighed anchor in with all her heart, for there could be no the night and left suddenly, so that I doubt it must be her brother Geoffrey of never knew either his name or the name whom he spoke. The watch—everythingof the vessel. The watch I carry about declared it so. with me, hoping some day to meet the Old Martin, who had been watching mother whose son spoke so fondly of her.' them, promised, if they would wait, to
Poor Mrs. Boyce, she turned from red get them a word with the speaker. He to pale during the missionary's speech. did so, and that evening the father's watch