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does it matter to me? It is your want was muttering his rage at his own pitiful which so grieves me. I ought to support fate, and against the rich. Then, suddenly, you and protect you from want, and that there was a knock at the cottage-door. I am not able to do so makes me often Schwabe arose, opened the window, and feel as if I should go mad. I often wish cried out into the storm,that a lightning flash would strike us all

(To be continued.) three dead at the same time.' . Oh, do not talk so dreadfully!' im

RESPECT FOR OLD AGE. plored his wife.

How can I do otherwise ?' answered her husband. Our distress has come to the

E ought to honour old age, worst; we have sold everything that we

because we all wish to can sell. Whence, then, can we get even

grow old,' said Bion, an salt and potatoes? As to bread, tbat is quite

ancient sage of Greece. out of the question.'

“Young people dishonour At last the goat had to be sold, too.

themselves if they refuse Annie wept very much at this, not only

reverence to old

age

and because she dearly loved the animal, but

merit; such conduct is also because now there would be no longer

childlike vanity, or folly.' any milk to carry, so that the walks to the An old man was seeking for a place at Bohemian estate and past the school would the celebrated Olympic games, and none have to be given up. This was the greatest of the young men of Athens would make sorrow and loss to her, that it made her room for him. But he had no sooner reached keep yet more firmly in her mind all that the place where the Spartans sat, than all she had heard and learned during those the young men rose and offered him their walks.

places. Loud applause sounded forth from Week after week passed away, want and

all present. privation continued in the poor weaver's God grant that it may never be necottage. Meanwhile it had become winter, cessary to say in our day, as was remarked and was now towards the end of December. by an aged nobleman at the court of One evening, a wild storm was raging round

Louis XIV. of France, to that young the little house. Snow, hail, and icy rain

monarch, who had asked him to which dashed against the window-panes. A lamp, century he gave the preference, to his own scantily supplied with oil, which hung down or to the present, — Sire,' replied tlie from one of the blackened rafters of the nobleman, 'I leared in my youth to ceiling, shed its faint beams on the miser- approach old age with reverence, and now able furniture of the small, low room. 'On in my old age I must learn to show revethe rickety table stood only a wooden platter ence towards children!' with some potato peelings, the remains of the How many a youth now, on whose lip wretched supper. Little Annie had already the hair has scarcely grown, thinks he for some time lain asleep upon her hard knows a great deal more than the aged, bed. Her parents were sitting on the bench flatly contradicts old men, and looks down beside the stove, discussing as usual the upon them with pride and contempt! hard times and their sad lot. The weaver

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THE SHIPS THAT WENT SAILING deep wide sea, no matter what cargo they OVER THE SEA.

had on board.

Presently the old man, and the child who (Concluded from p. 108.)

had stood near me, moved to the shore. NE of the men I had spoken “We are going now,' they said. "Good

to a little time before stood bye.'
in the centre of the knot. Good-bye,' I replied; but I followed
He was building his house them down to the water's edge, for I
then, and he had told me wanted to see what was in their vessels.
there would be plenty of There was a shining store of gold in each.
time to get his ship ready They sailed away just like the others,
when the house was done. only the child and the old man had not

But the King had sent looked sad at the prospect of going, for they word that he was to start at once, so he had knew that they would certainly see the to come away before he had finished his King in His own most beautiful country building; and when he had got to his ship, when their journey was over. Now I lo! it was almost empty. He looked very wondered so mueh about all these ships fearful and sad when he stepped into the which I had seen go away laden with their empty little ship, and his friends who had various cargoes, and yet all so hopeful come down with him were very sorry to see about reaching the happy country, notwithhim go away, and stood weeping on the standing the King's law, that I wished shore. But even then they seemed to think most earnestly that I might see how they little about his ship being so empty, and reached the end of their

voyage, began to comfort each other as he sailed accordingly my dream changed. farther and farther away by saying that he Dreams do change, you know, in a very would soon be in the blessed land, and that wonderful manner. And instead of standing they must not grudge his going to such a on the shore of that country which was so happy country, though they were left alone. like England-yet of course was not Eng

• Wbat can they mean? tliey know he land, but only a dream-country-I found cannot reach the beautiful haven !' I ex- myself in a land of such beauty and brightclaimed, more astonished than ever. Why ness, that I cannot tell you what it was do they say he will get there ?'

like. Now that I am awake and no longer • Because they do not like to think any- dreaming these strange dreams, the memory thing else, for it would make the parting of that fair country has grown confused so very terrible; and so they will not see and indistinct, like a picture that is halfthe truth, but comfort themselves with a lie.' remembered, half-forgotten; but I think How dreadful !'

that if God takes me to Heaven when I die, And then I saw that ships were always I shall find that fæir land beyond the grave, sailing from the shore, and that when one and dwell therein for ever! went away with a cargo of lead or iron, or As I stood in my dream upon the shore, clay or stones, the people who saw it go I saw the little ships come sailing in across comforted themselves in just the same the great wide sea, and I looked for the face

They seemed to think that all of the man who had been so busy about the ships would sail in safety across the his house, but he was not there; and

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manner.

then I sought to find those who had gone more truly express the habits of the animal. away with cargoes of lead, iron, clay, or It can reach the top of a rock fifteen feet stones in their ships, but I could not find in height at three bounds, and when it them. There were so many, many ships is between two rocks near to each other, missing. Such numbers that had gone and wishes to ascend to the highest point, away from the country that was like it leaps first from the side of one rock to England, never came to the beautiful that of the other, and so on from each land at all. I waited a long, long time, alternately, until it has gained the summit. hoping they might come; for I thought, The fore-legs are shorter than the hind • Perhaps they sail slowly, perhaps they ones, which makes it easier for the ibex will come by-and-by.'

to ascend than to descend the mountains. But they did not. I saw the old man's Very few, even of the inhabitants of those ship, and the little child's ship, and as they regions, dare to hunt the wild goat. It both got out of their vessels and went up needs not only a steady foot, and great the shore to the lovely country beyond climbing power, but also much endurance they smiled at me, and their eyes shone of fatigue, cold, and hunger. like the stars. As they went on they were The Ibex is not only beautiful and lost to my sight; but I heard a voice agile, but very gentle; and the female is saying some words I remembered to have remarkable for fondness for her young, whom heard before,— Well done, thou good and she defends against birds and beasts of prey. faithful servant; enter thou into the joy

David seems to have been well acof thy Lord !

quainted with this and other animals, and And then I awoke, but my heart was

their habits. It

may

be that the very sad for all those missing ships; and I which slew Goliath had practised and perthought,

fected its aim among the mountains; and "I will write down the story of my

that he had himself seen that the high dream; for perhaps our souls are like the hills are a refuge for the wild goats.' little ships that had to cross the great wide Fleetness of foot and agility were much sea of Death, and the golden cargoes are the thought of then as now; and there is hardly work they have done for the love of God and a more graphic word-picture in Holy Scripof Jesus Christ our Lord.' C. H. B. ture than that of Asahel, who, light of

foot as a wild roe,' pursued after Abner,

turning neither to the right hand nor to the THE IBEX.

left, and met his death by Abner's hand. THE Ibex, or Wild Goat, is rather ,

We can well imagine Joab would be larger than the common tame goat. proud as an elder brother of Asahel's swiftIt has wonderful horns, which distinguishness, and would be cut to the heart by his it from the chamois and some other species.death. Little they—any of them-thought

— They arch completely over to the back of as they watched the young man, and comthe neck, and weigh as much as fifteen or pared him to the wild roe for swiftness, sixteen pounds.

that his story would be so tragic; not ending The word "ibex' is derived from the with his own death, but followed by the Hebrew, and means to ascend,''to mount murder of Abner by the unforgiving Joab. up;' and certainly no description could

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