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of the succeeding Sabbath. There were many pleasing indications that his mind was much engaged with the best things during his brief illness, and the last words he articulated were “Glory, glory! Hallelujah, hal
WHAT THEN ? AFTER the joys of earth, After its songs of mirth, After its hours of light, After its dreams so bright
What then ?
Only an empty name,
What then ?
Only a sad farewell
After this sad farewell
What then ?
Oh, then, the judgment throne ! Oh, then, the last hope gone! Then, all the woes that dwell In an eternal hell.
Golden Words for Busy People.
GO TO THE PRAYER MEETING. Let attendance on the meeting be regular and constant. If your faith is weak, go. If your love is chilled, go. If hope be clouded, go. Every professed Christian should be sure, if possible, to
lelujah! Amen, amen!" thrice repeated. I have strong hope that in poor Blind Joe's case we may give an affirmative reply to the question, “Is not this a brand plucked from the burning?"
Oh, then, a holy calm,
What then ?
Oh, then, hard work for Him,
And when the work is done,
Oh, then, the crown is given!
The (N. Y.) Christian at Work.
go, that the activities of the soul may be stirred up and drawn out in the ser. vice of Christ. If you have for a long time stayed away, and the Christian armour has got rusty, go. “Prayer makes it bright,” burnishes the shield,
upon the Church of Christ.-American National Preacher.
the sword, the helmet, and the breastplate of righteousness. Go, if only a few are expected to be there, for if you stay away the number will be less. Go, expecting the presence and refreshings of the Holy Spirit, and expecting to meet Christ there, agreeably to His promise, that where two or three are gathered together in His name, He will, be in the midst of them. Be sure to go, always to go, to the prayer-meeting, when possible, even at the sacrifice of ease and profit in worldly things, and you will find a rich reward in it to your own soul, and see blessings descend
6 Satan will seldom come to a Chris. tian with a gross temptation : a green log and a candle may be safely left together: but bring a few shavings, then some small sticks, and then larger, and you may soon reduce the green log to ashes.”—John Newton.
“Much depends on the way we come into trouble. Paul and Jonah were both in a storm, but in very different cir. cumstances."-John Newton.
Pages for our Young Friends.
THE LITTLE LADY IN RED.
By the Reb. Palmer Law. MR. Scott, with whom my young readers she lives, and a few other general parare already acquainted, lived at Raven ticulars. Her house is situated at the Hall. It was a nice residence, with a foot of a very steep and somewhat high green lawn in front, and a large pond, hill. At the entrance to her domain or almost lake, at the side, on which a stand two ruby gates, which open and pleasure-boat was kept, and in which shut with the greatest ease, and without many a little fish sported with ecstatic making the least noise. Just inside delight. It was Midsummer, and Mr. these gates are two regiments of soldiers Scott had invited his three nephews to in white uniform, who keep unceasing spend their vacation at Raven Hall. watch, both night and day, all the year To get away from the boarding-school; round. She has on her premises a to leave fractions and the rule-of-three; workshop, and in it a furnace, where to leave hard spelling-books, and nouns she keeps a supply of molten lead, which and pronouns, verbs and adverbs ; to she either converts into bullets, or else leave slates and copy-books behind- discharges in a liquid state at her they were by no means unwilling. enemies. Here she manufactures spears, Percy was the eldest.
darts, and all implements with which next. Francis was the youngest.
she carries on war. They all knew that their Uncle could “It is difficult to pass judgment on tell them interesting tales, which they
her character. Some people applaud were ever eager to hear. After tea, on her very much, and say that she does a the very day of their arrival, Mr. Scott marvellous amount of good—that, but was besieged by his three nephews; for her, we should never have had rail. and finding escape impossible, he re- ways, or the electric telegraph, or ships, signed himself prisoner, sat down with or hospitals for the sick, or missionary them on the lawn, and began with his societies. They even say that it is story.
greatly owing to her that England has “You will like to hear, perhaps,” become a Christian country. Were it said Mr. Scott, “about the little lady in not for her, some think that our marred. must begin by telling you where kets could not be held, that all our
shops must be shut up, and that there “Yes, Percy.” could be little or no buying or selling. “I've got it, Uncle !” cried Albert, They say that she is the mightiest rising from his grassy seat, and spring. power for good that has ever appeared ing into the air as if he were a rocket. in the world.
“I know the secret !” he shouted again, “This is one side of the story. Whilst as he bounded across the lawn with many people thus applaud her, and delight. “You said that the little lady cannot find language strong enough was a little lady in red, Uncle, I think?” to express their admiration, there are “You are right, Albert.” others who take quite another view. “Well, it's the tongue—now, isn't it, They say that she is the author of un- Uncle ?" told evil; that she has done more than Albert had solved the mystery. It all the world beside to promote blood- was easy to make everything plain now. shed, and strife, and misery; that she The house where the little lady in frequently creates quarrels between red lived was just under a very precipihusband and wife, between neighbours tous and somewhat high hill; the nose and the dearest friends, and between is that hill. Two ruby gates opened brothers and sisters. They say that into her grounds; the lips are the ruby she is at the bottom of nine-tenths of gates. Two regiments of soldiers, in the wickedness and misery which pre- white uniform, kept unceasing watch vail. If there be a lawsuit, she is sure just inside these gates; these are the to have originated it. If there be a teeth. The workshop, with the furnace family or national quarrel, it is put on of molten lead, is the heart, and the her shoulders. If there be anything molten lead are burning feelings of hate wicked transpiring, no matter what it
and revenge. is, or where, the cry is, 'Oh, it's the The mystery was revealed. little lady in red.'
“It's just like you, Uncle,” said Percy. “Percy, my boy,” said his Uncle, “You do puzzle us so; and then the “who is this little lady in red? Who puzzle afterwards seems so plain, that can guess ? Now Albert ? Now Fran- we wonder we did not see it at once." cis?”
Uncle Scott now related to his nephews The guessing began in earnest. Each what Æsop, the author of the Fables, tried to help the other to unravel the thought of the tongue. “The story, as point.
related in Rollin's Ancient History," “Where did you say she lived, observed their Uncle, “is as follows:Uncle ?” asked Francis.
One day Æsop's master, who was “At the foot of a very steep and high named Zantippus, designing to treat hill.”
some of his friends, ordered Æsop to Francis could make nothing out of provide the best things he could find in that.
the market. Æsop thereupon made a “ You said that there were two gates large provision of tongues, which he that opened into her domain, did you desired the cook to serve up with difnot, Uncle ?” asked Percy.
ferent sauces. When dinner came, the “Yes, two ruby gates, remember.” first and second courses, the side dishes, “Two ruby gates!” Percy was done. and the removes, were all tongues.
“You said that she had a workshop, “ Did I not order you,” says Zantippus, and in it a furnace, where she generally in a violent passion, " to buy the best had a supply of molten lead, which she victuals the market afforded ?" * And sometimes moulded into bullets, and have I not obeyed your orders ?” says shot at people, or else poured it on them Æsop. “Is there anything better than all red-hot, and that in this workshop tongues ? Is not the tongue the bond she manufactured all sorts of weapons of civil society, the key of sciences, and of war, did you not, Uncle?”
the organ of truth and reason? By
means of the tongue cities are built, and governments established and ad. ministered. With that, men instruct, persuade, and preside in assemblies. It is the instrument by which we acquit ourselves of the chief of all our duties the praising and adoring the Gods." "Well, then,” replied Zantippus, thinking to catch him, “go to market again to-morrow, and buy me the worst things you can find. This same company will dine with me, and I have a mind to diversify my entertainment." Æsop the next day provided nothing but the very same dishes, telling his master that the tongue was the worst thing in the world. “It is,” says he,“the instrument of all strife and contention, the fomenter of lawsuits, and the source of divisions and wars; it is the organ of error, of lies, of calumny, and blasphemy."
After relating the anecdote of Æsop, Mr. Scott requested Percy to fetch a Bible, that they might read what was written there about the little lady in red.
“Who can tell me,” he asked his nephews, “where any striking statement is to be found in this Book, re. specting the tongue ?"
“I think one is to be met with in the Epistle of James,” answered Albert.
“You are right,” said his Uncle, “and I shall be glad if you will read it.”
The passage was found, and Albert read as follows:
“If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, which, though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature, and is set on fire of hell. For
every kind of beasts, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind. But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men,
which are made after the similitude of God.” (James iii. 2-9.)
Mr. Scott promised his nephews each a little book, if they would learn this passage by heart, and repeat it to him on the following Sunday. He wished it to be deeply impressed upon their hearts and minds. “Further, I should like to ask," he said, “whether you, my nephews, can suggest any rules for our common guidance in regard to the management of the tongue ? Now think, and with my pencil I will write them down.”
“ Determine never to say anything which we might afterwards wish unsaid," was Percy's suggestion.
“Good, very good, my boy,” said his Uncle. “ When we have once spoken a word, we can never recall it, however much we wish to do so. Determination is a great thing in any matter. No mighty work is ever achieved without it. When you have a hard lesson to learn at school, you cannot master it without determination. If we wish not to say things which we might afterwards regret, we must put the bridle of a strong resolution upon the tongue. What is another rule for guidance ?”
“To think before we speak," was Albert's reply.
“Good again,” said his Uncle. “In thoughtlessness the tongue is allowed to utter many an evil word, which, like a sharp arrow, steeped in rank poison, finds its way to many a heart, and inflicts a wound which, perhaps, takes a lifetime to heal. If, before the tongue were permitted to speak, we asked, Will its words wound the lings of anyone? Will they cause them secret grief? Will they produce needless pain' -much misery would be spared to our fellow-creatures. Who will suggest another rule ?"
It was Francis' turn. “ To pray that “ Another rule I will give," added we might never speak amiss," was his Mr. Scott. “It is—To make Jesus our
example. In the life of Christ we find “ Capital! Your rule is of the utmost that He never said a word which he importance,” said his Uncle.
had reason to wish unsaid. No word of need heavenly help rightly to control bitter resentment escaped IIis lips. No the tongue. It is impossible to succeed word calculated to inflict a needless in this work without it. As Albert read pang, flew on its evil errand from His just now, the Apostle James says that mouth. Nor was His tongue guilty of ‘Every kind of beasts, and of birds, and the sin of silence, when He might have of serpents, and of things in the sea, spoken a word to comfort, to warn, to is tamed, and hath been tamed of man- instruct, or to save men. If a word kind: but the tongue can no man tame.' were wanted to do good, Jesus ever Only think, that it is more difficult to spoke that word. We shall derive great tame or control our tongues, than it is benefit if, respecting the tongue, we to tame a roaring lion, or a blood-thirsty make the Lord Jesus Christ our model. tiger, or a hateful snake, or a ravenous “So very important,” concluded Mr. wolf! The Apostle says, 'But the Scott, “is this theme of the tongue, that tongue can no man tame. Only God, the Apostle James has said that 'If any by His Holy Spirit, can achieve this man among you seem to be religious, great work. Unless the Holy Spirit aid and bridleth not his tongue, but deceive us, however much we try, we shall be eth his own heart, this man's religion is sure to say many evil things. Even vain.' (James i. 26.)” after our utmost effort, we shall fail to The supper-bell rang, and Mr. Scott restrain our tongues from uttering either and his nephews obeyed its summons, selfish, or vain, or cruel, or degrading having concluded their conversation. remarks. If we pray to God for His They tried to get a promise from Spirit, He will answer our prayers, and their Uncle, that he would relate some we shall be kept from giving expression more stories to them before they left to evil. He will preserve us from sins Raven Hall, to which he kindly gave of the tongue. I would add one word to consent. the rule which Francis has laid down, “We shall remember,” remarked the and put it in this form— To pray daily three young gentlemen, as they returned that we might never speak amiss.' to the house, "the little lady in red.”
NOTICES OF NEW BOOKS.
George Burley; his History, Experiences,
and Observations. By G. E. SARGENT,
conducted with great skill through a variety of vicissitudes and phases of character until at last he dies in poverty and impenitence, is an illustration of the one; and Burley, who is manly and conscientious, and is, at length, led to the acceptance of Divine truth, is an illustration of the other. The whole story, indeed, is replete with such instruction, admonition, and warning as is eminently needed in the case of a young man. There is no exaggeration or unnaturalness in the structure of the story, or in the incidents and characters which form its texture.