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A LITTLE SAINT.
says of his baby boy. “Ile is but a child,
was Richard's excuse. UT of a pleasant home in Kent (the Church time was for him no season for
Garden of England) was gathered, slecping or fidgeting; little Richard always one winter's day, long ago, a little blossom brought somewhat back of the sermon to for the courts of Heaven.
tell his parents. And these were no easy days Though but five years old, God had for the Church in England; she was suffering gifted this child with such talents and persecution in many quarters, and it was sweetness of disposition, that he was the sometimes at peril of life or liberty that the joy of his parents' existence, and for many Evelyns attended public worship. long years they mourned his loss with With all his serious thoughts this child aching hearts.
was not dull or morose; he was all life and Little Richard Evelyn was born at Sayes prettiness,' says the loving father again; Court, in Kent, and from the time he could ‘and childish in all he said or did. Nota speak seems to have been keen in acquiring sickly, precocious creature, which they could knowledge. At two years and a half old not hope to rear, but a bright, engaging he knew his Catechism thoroughly, reading little fellow, enjoying life as do the birds English, French, or Latin equally well. It and lainbs. Alas! that we must speak of is almost pitiful to hear his father tell of sickness and death in company with one so the acquirements of this eager, little soul, cherished and beloved. But the day came, hefore he reached his fifth year. One cannot somewhat suddenly, when little Richard, but fear that the lad was conning over his like many another pretty child before and book when he should have been playing in since, felt weak and ailing, and calling his the lovely gardens around his home. father to him told him, that for all he loved
He could write well and read all written him so dearly, he should give his house and hand at that age; knew his Latin Grammar, land and all his fine things to his brother and had a strong liking for Greek. He had Jack, for he should have none of them--a a wonderful disposition to mathematies,' prophecy that was very soon to be fulfilled. and stored in bis memory were parts Then he bade his maid read to him the many plays, the which he would also act on most pathetic Psalms and chapters out of occasion, He had also considerable talent Job, telling her, when she pitied him for for playing on the organ. But all this his sufferings, that all God's children must would bardly have been sufficient to feed suffer affliction. the longing hearts of father and mother Poor little lad! he was soon too ill to after his loss, but for the remembrance listen quietly to reading, but he longed to his childish piety. It was no unreal thing to pray; and when his father bade him keep him, that Father in Heaven, to Whom he his trembling fingers beneath the beddaily prayed in the tongue of his mother's clothes, he asked whether he might pray to childhood - the French language; when God with hands unjoined; and a little after, people came into his nursery, he would ask whether he should offend God by calling so them to kneel and pray with him alone in often on His Holy Name in asking for ease. some quiet corner. He would give good ‘Sweet Jesus, save me!' was the cry of advice to his little brother John, and bear this lit:le saint; deliver me, pardon my with his impertinences, as the father quaintly sins, let Thine angels receive me!'
the "Perhaps thou art one of those who can make
So died this happy child, dear to many stomach, which bold an extra supply of water, on earth, best beloved of Heaven.
enable the animal to do without drinking No wonder his father exclaimed amidst for three or four days; the fatty hump on his grief, 'God having dressed up a saint its back supplies the want of food when for Himself would no longer perinit him even the prickly bushes of the desert fail,
Such a child I never saw; for for this hump, which is large and full when such a child I bless God, in Whose bosom he the animal is well fed, becomes gradually is. May I and mine become as this little absorbed in the system in time of dearth. child, who now follows the child Jesus, The camel is often referred to in Eastern that Lamb of God, in a white robe, whither- | proverbs (see St. Matt. xix. 24; xxiii. 24). soever He goes!'
H. A. F. The first passage, about the camel going
through the eye of a needle, has given rise THE CAMEL.
to much questioning. Some have thought THE camel so often mentioned in the that the Greek word translated camel'
Bible is the Arabian animal. It should be rendered cable;' and others, that is
very common in the East, where it is of the Needle's Eye was a low gate near Jerilimmense value as a beast of burden.
salem, through which a loaded camel could Camels are spoken of in Holy Scripture scarcely pass. In the Jewish Talmud there as part of the riches of the patriarchs (Gen. is xii. 16; xxx. 43. Job, i. 3 ; xlii. 12). The * Jews were not allowed to use their flesh as an elephant pass through a needle's eye;' food (Lev. xi. 4), because, though the camel that is, one who attempts to do things chews the cud, it does not fully divide the impossible. hoof, which is only partially cleft.
John the Baptist wore a garment of MANNERS AND CUSTOMS OF THE EAST. camels' hair about his loins (St. Matt. iii.
A CAMEL THROUGH A NEEDLE'S EYE. 4); perhaps it was merely the prepared skin of the animal. The milk of the camel was T is easier for a camel to go through a used as a drink by the Jews, just as it is needle's eye, than for a rich man to by the Arabs at this day. Jacob sent a enter into the Kingdom of God.' (Luke, number of milch camels as part of a pre
xviii. 25.) sent to his brother Esau (Gen. xxxii. 15).
When these words were spoken, every one Camels were also used in war (1 Sam. knew well what they meant, but we require xxx. 17).
to have them explained to us. A traveller The camel has been often shown to be a in the East wished to visit the town of wonderful instance of the wisdom, power, Hebron, for it was the birth-place of John and goodness of God; and indeed no animal the Baptist. When about to leave Jerucan be better fitted to fulfil the purposes for salem he had to ask his way onwards, ani which it is designed; its broad, half-cleft was toldó to go out by the needle's eye. He feet, seem made on purpose for passing over
found that this was the name of a small the loose and burning sands of the desert ; side-gate of the city. Then he saw the fact the nostrils can close like valves to prevent that a camel with its load could hardly go the clouds of sand, so frequent in the desert, through the needle's eye,' and must always from entering them ; the cells of the camel's stoop to pass that narrow way.'