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be jealous; but then, if she comes, she will dress, and soon all were ready. Lily and spoil it all!
If we begin a game, she is May, with their work-baskets containing sure to say that we have given her the the pocket-handkerchiefs, ran along with worst part to play, and then she will be the boys, while nurse followed with baby. cross and break it all up.”
A few minutes' walk brought them to the * Now, May, that is not a good character field, where they made some comfortable to have, and you must try and overcome seats on the new-mown hay. Leonard and your bad feelings or you will become dis- Eddie scampered off to some distance, liked by all your little friends, or they will for May said that if they played about her not enjoy your company nor you theirs, she could not get on with her sewing. for you cannot feel happy in that state.' Lily worked diligently on, but May kept
No, father, I am not, and I can see now looking up and longing to be off to play. that it is my own fault; but I should be “How much have you done, Lily?' she very sorry to lose Jessie Warder's party.' inquired very soon.
‘Yes, my dear,' answered her father: I am just finishing the second side,' that is not the only thing to be sorry
answered Lily. for. Think how you are displeasing God, Oh dear, Lily, how quick you work! Who loves you with all your faults. Now I shall never catch up to you!' grumbled ring the second bell, May, and we'll have May. the others in to dinner.'
Just then Eddie came up, and said that Mrs. Winter and the children came in, Leonard wanted Lily at once. and dinner began. During the meal Mrs. • May I come, too ?' asked May. Winter proposed that Lily and May should • No,' answered Eddie; ‘I was to be sure go with the younger children and nurse and say you were not to come.' into a neighbouring field for the after- Lily threw down her work, and was soon
They were all delighted at the idea out of sight. May remained quiet for some of a whole afternoon's play.
little time. ‘But you must each take a pocket-hand- Oh, nurse!' she exclaimed at last, with kerchief to hem,' said Mrs. Winter.
tears in her eyes, 'is not it a shame that Lily ‘Oh!' said Eddie, the youngest boy, should go and not I? You know she is
I they won't then be able to play with us!! younger than I am. Everybody seems to
My dear child,' said Mrs. Winter, 'when like Lily best. How can I help feeling they have done their work, their play will jealous when my own brothers won't have seem all the more pleasant, and if they me come with them? It is a shame that work quickly they will soon be done.' they should start off and leave me here
• Do excuse them, mother,' said Leonard, to sew by myself ! I don't care, though; a boy of nine. 'I shall not be at home for I shall be quick and get my sewing done.' long, and I wanted to have a good game
(To be continued.) with them.'
I have said what I wish done, my dears, and I shall say no more,' said Mrs. Winter, rising from her seat.
The children knew that their mother intended to be obeyed. They ran away to
were you, while I take baby for a run round
the field.' CONQUER.
May thought that her prayer had been (Continued from page 383.) answered, for she felt as free from envy as UT in spite of this poor it is possible to be. She stitched away at consolation, May burst out Lily's handkerchief till it was quite finished, crying, and ran away behind then she put it away in her basket, ran a hay-rick, under the shelter across the field, and played such a merry of which they had been sit- game with Katie and her nurse, that nurse ting. Poor child ! she had afterwards declared that May was as good
a good cry, and then sat and tempered as Lily. watched Lily as she ran round to the house, When the sun was beginning to set they and returned with something under her went home. May was quite surprised that apron. May could see that as she passed the afternoon, which she expected to be so the nurse she said something to her, and long, had passed so quickly and happily May thought it must be something unkind
away. about herself, which made her feel angry.
CHAPTER II. At last she grew calm, and began to think how foolish it was to cry and feel angry; WHEN Lily ran away with Eddie to her then she remembered her conversation with brother Leonard she found him seated on her mother in the morning, and felt how a stile, busy with a pencil and paper jealous she had been. Then she said a prayer reckoning up figures. -it was only a little prayer but it came Lily,' he said, when they came near, from her heart. She prayed for a contented don't you think we are rather unkind to and cheerful spirit, and that she might feel May sometimes? You know how often we free from all envious feelings towards her call her “ Jealous Jane,” and tease her brothers and sister. After that she felt when we know she is trying to be amiable, comforted, and returning to her seat she and it is neither right nor kind of us. It set to work to finish her task, looking up gives us no pleasure, and makes her feel now and then to see the other children, wretched and dislike us. All of us have but they were quite out of sight.
our faults, and we know how hard it is to 'I wonder where they are, nurse?' said conquer a fault we have long indulged. May, as she sat playing with Katie on her Father told me after dinner to-day, that lap.
she is really trying to conquer her fault, 'I don't know, dear,' answered nurse; and that we ought to try and help her, and .but as Miss Lily passed she told me it not annoy her; so, as a beginning, let us was a great secret, and asked if you would buy her a pretty canary-bird. May must take her handkerchief home when you went, have felt envious when Mrs. Vernon gave as she must finish it in the evening if she you that lovely little white kitten. So, will was not back in time.'
you put some money to mine, and together "I am afraid mother will be angry if it we can make up the five shillings, which is not done. I think I might do it for her.' is what it will cost ? Eddie will put his 'You are a good girl to think of that, shilling, and I will put half-a-crown. Will
a Miss May,' said the nurse. 'I would, if I you put anything ?'
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“Yes, indeed I will,' said Lily. I'll you are quite free. You will have to watch give eighteenpence out of my half-crown, / yourself very carefully, and try to continue and buy some sand and seed for dickey. in the proper path. You have the reward He will want a cage.'
of knowing that you are trying to please I have arranged that,' said Leonard. 'I God; and if you look to Him, you will have asked mother for the cage which she had power to overcome in harder temptations. for her bird till he died, and she will give Run away and help your mother, for tea us that. Well, Lily, you just run down should be ready by this time.' home and bring the cage under your apron. May went and helped her mother to set Mind that lay doesn't see it, or she will out the tea; and after the tea was made guess. We must keep it quite secret from she stopped for a moment to look out of her. It must be a glorious surprise.' the window, from which she could see the
Off ran Lily to the house. Her mother field in which they had been playing, and not only consented but approved of the the path leading to the church wbere they arrangement; and soon, as we have seen, all worshipped together on Sundays, and May returned to the rest of the party. the river gliding away into the distance, Leonard took the cage in his hand, and away from the town into the quiet and they set off down the road to the house peaceful country. She was gazing on the where lived the owner of the bird. Eddie scene, thinking and wondering when she and Lily then gave him their money. In should be free from jealousy, when she ten minutes he returned slowly to them, heard Lily calling from the nursery. There whistling to the bird. The others rushed was a sly look in her eyes when May entered. to meet him, clustering round to see the She was rursing the baby. beautiful dickey, and admire his plumage; May, dear,' she said, ' would you mind and while Leonard related how Tom Wood getting my apron from our bedroom, and had parted with his bird because he wanted taking up my hat and things ? I cannot to buy a fishing-rod, and had not money leave baby till nurse returns, and tea is enough, they drew near home, chattering, almost ready!' laughing, and clapping their hands with The two boys exchanged looks, and foljoy, at the prospect of the surprise they lowed her on tiptoe. What was May's were preparing for May.
surprise to see the little canary chirping When May returned home she had quite and singing away as merrily as though he forgiven her sister and brothers for running had lived there all his life! May was away from her, and, as she thought, play- delighted, and so were the boys, who foling by themselves all the afternoon; and lowed her and jostled each other in the when her father asked her how she had doorway to catch a glimpse of the effect been getting on, she replied cheerfully, of their surprise. Lily soon joined them and told him all that had happened. He and explained the mystery, saying that listened to her and then he said,
they all meant to try and help her in her *Well done, May! you bave done well; good resolutions; and, after kissing and you have succeeded better than I expected. | being kissed, then they all went off to tell But you know that this is only a small trial. mother and father the fun. You have made a good beginning, but you
(Concluded in our next.) will have many more and worse trials before