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Go back to your bed, little maiden, again,
Go nestle again on the pillows so white,
To rest for the work to be done.'
O mother dear, please ! let me up and
dress quick; If I don't, I shall sure be too late: I've the basket to find, and the flowers to
pick. Granny breakfasts at half-past eight.' So Nelly she hastened and donned her best
frock, And brushed smooth her pretty bright
hair, Then knelt by her bedside with fast-closed
. And tell the dear Granny, 'tis little I
send, But it comes from a heart full of love: May it please the good God, I shall see
her again, If not, may I meet her above.' And so little Nelly, that lovely spring morn,
Set forth fresh and bright on her quest; *Her bonnie young face and kind words,
Granny said, • Of all the kind gifts were the best.' My good little reader, whoever you be,
Don't pass by my story so small, Without giving one little thought as you
And whispered her morning prayer.
She asked our great Father to bless her that
day And make her a dutiful child; To bless, too, poor Granny, so sick and so
You may only be young, you may only be
poor, Have nothing of value to give; But he who from love gives kind words or
kind deeds Gives his best,—and reward shall receive.
Then into the garden she ran bright and
gay And picked of her flowers the best, – White lilies, sweet roses, all covered with
And WHOSE are the sick, and the sad, and
the poor? Who their anguish and sorrow can see ? Who notes well each kind, tender deed,
spent on them,
for Rhoda, or pinafores full of prin roses. (Continued from p. 51.)
The cottage window could be opened now,
when the sun was well up, to let in the pure, A vinide, a Comforter, bequeathed,
fragrant air, which fanned Rhoda's cheek With us to dwell.'
and refreshed her. Contrary to every one's CHAPTER IV.
expectation she was growing better, and T was a great relief to the the warm spring weather seemed to be
Grant family when they got reviving the delicate flower, which a few Mr. Randall's letter, about weeks before seemed to be hopelessly three weeks after Tom's de- drooping and fading away. There could parture from home. It had
be no real cure, the doctor said, but conbeen a very sad household sumptive people did sometimes, in what indeed, and neither Rhoda seemed. a wonderful way, live for years
nor her mother dared to put By degrees she was able to get up for a their fears into words. Grant had said good part of every day, and go out : next to nothing, and tried to appear in- little in the warm sun, and before sumdifferent ; but it was plain to see, by his mer had far advanced she was even equal restlessness and gloom, that he was really on fine Sundays to attend her class at very anxious. He did not scold his wife
the school, and go to service at the and children so much, and seemed to have school chapel. No doubt the good news lost all taste for his Sunday expeditions about Tom, whom she loved dearly, must after rabbits, and to be fit for nothing but bave helped to revive her, together with sitting smoking in moody silence beside
the soft spring weather and doses of codhis cottage fire.
liver oil. It was a great pleasure to those At last the letter came, and the heavy who cared for her to see her gradual imcloud which had hung over their heads provement, in spite of all their fears; and seemed to be dispersed. It was such a many felt a regard for the gentle girl, who comfort to think that Tom was not only bore her illness so sweetly and patiently, safe, but quite well, and working honestly and was setting such a good example to for his living. True, they did not like her family. The pink colour and briglit to think of his being at such a place as eyes which consumption gave her made the mines, but he was being watched over her look interesting, but the thought:ul by this kind, good Mr. Randall, who wrote expression and happy, kind smile, with most hopefully and cheerfully about him. wbich she welcomed those who came to see
Mrs. Grant and Rhoda often talked her, gave her face its greatest charm, and about the absent boy, and the thought of spoke of the peace passing all understandhim was like a gleam of sunshine in their ing which dwelt within. lives. Rhoda prayed for her brother, Mr. Monsell, seeing her so much better, and thanked God for having raised up such spoke to her about the Confirmation which a kind friend for him.
was going to be held that year at the The lovely spring had now come, with parish church. She bad for some time its April showers and bright sunsbine, and wished to be confirmed, but had given up the younger children were bringing every the hope, as she thought she should never day after school bunches of white violets leave her bed again: but now God in His
mercy had prolonged her life, she told Mr. Bishop's address was a most appropriate Monsell how much she should like it, at
He pressed upon the newly-conthe same time speaking very humbly and firmed, as Christian soldiers, the necesdistrustfully of herself. He arranged to sity of setting their affections on beacome down to prepare her for Confirmation, venly things, of their conversation being as walking to his classes at the Rectory in Heaven, and of ascending thither in was beyond her strength. It was a great heart and mind, and continually dwelling comfort to the good clergyman, amid
id with the Lord Jesus. To Rhoda and the his disheartening experiences among the others like her, who had prayed earnestly thoughtless young persons in his parish, for the gift of God's Holy Spirit, the to find one who, though so humble-minded, Bishop's address was both comforting and was at heart such a devout Christian; encouraging. And early on the Sunday folone who felt the responsibility of publicly lowing, Rhoda and many of those who had taking the vows of her baptism upon her, been confirmed with her knelt at the but who, the Lord being her Helper, did Lord's Supper, and she came back to her not shrink from fighting the good fight home strengthened and refreshed, and full against sin, the world, and the devil. of happy, holy thoughts. There was a feelShe looked forward with a lowly heart, ing of sadness mingled with her joy, that but steadfast joy, to being admitted to the neither her father nor mother had gone great privilege of receiving the Body and with her to the sacred feast; but she cast Blood of Christ in the Holy Sacrament of her burden on the Lord, and patience and His death, and she thanked God that He was hope came from Him into her heart, sparing her life to receive this blessing.
(To be continued.) These were very happy days with Rhoda; the sunshine of the outer world seemed to
MANNERS AND CUSTOMS OF THE EAST. be reflected in her heart. True, she still had the sorrow of seeing her father and
WATER, Richard stay away from church; but the OME men were once travelling through children were going regularly to school, a hot and dry land called a desert. and her mother had even two or three Stones and sand lay all over the ground, times lately gone to evening service. Then and nowhere could a well or spring be the news of Tom always brought cheerful- found. The wayfarers had no water, and ness with it, and it was great joy to know were so thirsty that they were ready to faint. that her favourite brother was going on Oh! how glad they were, when a man came safely and steadily, and had got a good near, who had on his back a goat's skin friend to look after him.
made into a bag and full of water! He At last the Confirmation day arrived. had enough to give every one a small cupIt was Ascension Day, bright and sunny, full, and then he showed them the way when the hedges were white with May, which would lead on to a well. He would and the larks sang in the blue heavens. not take any money from the tired and Rhoda went up to the parish church in a thirsty men, and so they could only give neighbour's donkey - cart, and took her him their prayers that God would reward place among the other girls in her quiet such kindness, and then go on their way dress, and shawl, and white cap. The rejoicing.