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without her! Mother seems to forget I'm market-day, and sowed them along the nearly fourteen. I know there's a list of borders. And Mrs. Williams returned plants and things among father's farming home and asked no questions, supposing papers. I am sure I can do all right with that of course her little daughter had that.' And she went off to the drawer in attended to her wishes, and that so all search of it.
would be right. But when the seeds rose A little study of the contents would have up into plants, what a shock it was to the only made more plain to a mind less self- lady’s taste to see great spreading lupines satisfied than Hannah's that she was very crowding everywhere together, and hiding ignorant indeed on the subject. She knew all the smaller and daintier flowers! roses and lilies, and perhaps tulips and How is it?' she asked of Hannah. poppies; but most of the names the You must have made some mistake. Mrs. long list of annuals' were mere words to Hilton would never have advised all these her, and she did not know what flower they lupines. Just a cluster here and there stood for. Mrs. Williams liked to have her would have been all very well; but now my garden gay and trim; she managed it chiefly garden is quite spoilt for the summer. herself, with only a little help now and then Hannah was too honest not to own the from old Joseph or one of the lads on the truth, and she hung her head in shame a: farm. Hannah did not share her mother's she made her confession. taste, or, at all events, she did not try to “Ah!' said her mother, “if the garden share her knowledge, thinking she had quite seemed spoilt before, it is doubly spoilt enough of hard names in her lessons with
Every one of these lupines speaks to out troubling herself with those she was not me of my little girl's conceit. She ha: forced to learn. Still, though she made plenty of good qualities, I know, but if light of her ignorance to herself, she was she does not mind they will soon all be · anxious to conceal it from Mrs. Hilton. choked up with her foolish pride; just as
. She would be sure to call me stupid if these large plants choke up all the little I asked her what Virginian Stocks and Lo- tender seedlings, that need proper light and Belias are, and yet I've no idea ; of course air to grow in healthily.' no one minds such things till they are old, Oh, mother, couldn't we pull up some like mother and Mrs. Hilton. Mignonnette! of them?' suggested Hannah. well, I know that, of course; only the beds No; we will let them stay where they would look horridly dull with nothing else are,' answered Mrs. Williams. If ther in. Ah, here !—Lupines :—the very thing! teach you a lesson, I am willing to bear Lots of colour— blue, purple, white ! I with them for this year.' wonder what they are like? But it doesn't And a lesson they certainly did teach. much matter, they'll make a good show; Hannah never looked at them without so I'll have plenty of them, and only a being reminded of her own folly; and pennyworth or so of the other things, and sometimes, when tempted to some act of then I shan't spend more than mother vanity or self-will, she would say to hersays.'
self, Remember the Lupines.' So Hannab made out her list without
EMMA RHODES. consulting Mrs. Hilton or any one, and old Joseph brought back the seeds the next
THE SHIPS THAT WENT SAILING
away over the sea on a long, long voyage,
from which it would never come back any OVER THE SEA.
more, but at the end of the voyage (so the
King told the people) they would come, if NCE I had a dream, and they had the golden cargo, to a country this is what it was which was so beautiful that even He did not about.
know how to tell them of its exceeding I was in a very
beauty. He could not describe it to them. beautiful country. Of He could only tell them that they had never course it was not Eng- seen anything at all like it, and that when land; for what would they once got there all their hard, disa
have been the use of greeable work would be quite over. And they dreaming about one's own country? But would be happier than the happiest childstill, this country was not at all different ren who go out to play after having done from England, except in one thing, which their lessons well. Now, at first sight it did I will tell you about presently. It had seem a very hard law indeed that all those large towns and many men, and beautiful people, poor as well as rich, should have woods and fields. And the sea was round to load their ships with gold; but I soon it on every side, so that it was an island found that the King had arranged matters like England. And it was full of people, for them in such a way that, if they only who were very busy buying and selling, took the trouble, the law could be obeyed building houses, making railroads, plough- by every single person, and that not one ing the fields, and planting the gardens. ship need sail away without its proper It was wonderful to see how busy they cargo,
if the owner set about his work in were, and how much work they got through. the right way, and kept steadily to it. You Even the little children seemed quite as see, therefore, that the people in that busy as the grown-up people, for they had country had a great deal to attend to. a great many lessons to learn - quite as They had all the work, and the lessons that many as you have; and when they were the grown-up people and the children have not learning their lessons they were just to get through in England, and, besides as busy over their play.
that, they had to load their ships with gold. But besides all the work that the
I found, too, that there was no fixed time up people did, and the amount of lessons for the ship to sail away on their voyage, and play that the children got through, and that the people had nothing to do with they each had something else to do, and settling the time when they should start. this was a very remarkable thing indeed. The King did that, and sometimes He
Every man and woman and every little would send the little children's ships sailing child had a ship of their own, and they away by themselves, with the children in were obliged to fill this ship by a very them. Sometimes men and women had to strict law, which was made by their King, stop in the very middle of their work and and which nobody could possibly help go away in their vessels; the old people obeying. His law was that every ship went too, but sometimes not till a great should be laden with—what do
think? many of the young ones had gone first. why, with gold! And then it was to sail No one knew when they would have to
O come and see that old elm-tree
Where we our arbour made, Ten days ago no leaf did show,
And now there's quite a shade.
The lambs and sheep their noontide keep
Here on this sheltered ground; Is it not sweet to hear them bleat ?
What love is in the sound !
My child, true prayer and tender care
In those fond tones unite;
Are happy, day and night.
His arms around His lambs are wound,
His voice is soft and clear; "My little lamb, thy Lord I am,
No harm can reach thee here.
start, but directly the call came they had to go, though as long as the ships stayed by the shore there was always room to put more gold into them.
When I heard all about this curious law which the King had made I thought, “The people will certainly take care to bave their ships ready; they will think more about that than about anything! However busy they are, they will be sure to get the gold to put in their ships !'
So I watched to see what they did, and to my wonder I found that the people seemed to think very little indeed about their ships. They thought a great deal more about their work—their homes and fields, and gardens and railroads, their clothes and their food ! Even the children were more earnest about their lessons and their play than about filling their ships with gold. I was so much surprised at this, that I asked some of them if they knew about the King's law. "Oh, yes, they said, they knew about it.'
‘And if the ships had to go away without having the golden cargo, what would happen to them? Would they reach the beautiful country?' No, they would be lost on the great
sea,' was the answer : ‘only the ships that has the golden cargo came safely to the haven where they would be.'
• Then why don't you make haste and get your vessels ready?' I asked.
Oh, we are going to do it by-and-by ; only we must finish this other work first.'
(To be continued.)
On thee her stores kind Nature pours,
For thee ber sunbeams shine; My darling, pray thy cares away,
For all I have is thine.
Dark storms may rise in angry skies,
And Death his thousands kill; But lean on Me, and thou shalt be
My lamb, safe folded still.
And when they toll, because thy soul
Far, far away has flown, Still safe by Me thine eyes shall see
Thy Shepherd on His throne.
The fondling ewe may prove untrue;
The faithless mother see, With lack-love eyes, the babe that lies
A burden on her knee;
SHEEP AND LAMBS.
But My great Name shall be the same
Sure refuge of thy heart, When the sun's light is quenched in night, And Heaven and Earth depart.
G. S. OUTRAM.
FATHER, at last the cold is past,
, , The skies are bright and fair, And all day long the cuckoo's song
Is sounding in the air.