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London:
THE BOOK SOCIETY,
28, PATERNOSTER ROW, AND BAZAAR, SOHO SQUARE.

MDCCCLXXI.

boyhood. “ If that child is now alive,” he asked, “what would you think of his heart if he did not cherish an affection for his mother's memory, and if the sight of her poor tattered cloak, which she had wrapped round him in order to save his life at the cost of her own, did not fill him with gratitude and love too deep for words? Yet what hearts have you, my hearers, if over the memorials of your Saviour's sacrifice of Himself you do not feel them glow with deeper love and with adoring gratitude ?

A few days after this, a message was sent by a dying man, requesting to see the preacher. The request was speedily complied with. The sick man seized the minister by the hand, and gazing intently on his face, said, “You do not-you cannot recognise me. But I know you, and your father before you. I have been a wanderer in many lands. I have visited every quarter of the globe, and fought and bled for my king and country. I came to this town a few weeks ago in bad health. Last Sabbath I entered your church, where I might once more hear, in the language of my youth, the Gospel preached, and I heard you tell the story of the widow and her son." Here the voice of the old soldier faltered, his emotion almost choked his utterance; but, recovering himself for a moment, he cried, “I am that son!” and burst into a flood of tears. “Yes,” he continued, “I am that son! Never, never did I forget my mother's love. Well might you ask what a heart would mine have been if she had been forgotten by me! Though I never saw her, dear to me is her

memory;

and

my only desire now is, to lay my bones beside hers in the old churchyard among the hills. But, sir, what breaks my heart, and covers me with shame, is this : until now, I never saw with the eyes of the soul, the love of my Saviour in giving Himself for me--a poor, lost, hell-deserving sinner! I confess it! I confess it !” he cried, looking up to heaven, his eyes streaming with tears ; and pressing the minister's hand close to his breast, he added, “It was God who made you tell that story. Praise be to His holy Name, that my dear mother has not died in vain, and that the prayers which I was told she used to offer for me, have been at last answered; for the love of my mother has been blessed by the Holy Spirit, in making me see, as I never saw before, the love of the Saviour! I see it, I believe it; I have found deliverance where I found it in my childhood—in the cleft in the rock, but it is the Rock of Ages !” And, clasping his hands, he repeated with intense fervour, " CAN A WOMAN

SUCKING CHILD, THAT SHE SHOULD NOT HAVE COMPASSION ON THE SON OF HER WOMB? YEA, THEY MAY FORGET, YET WILL I NOT FORGET THEE."

FORGET HER

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“ Arise, and take the young child and His mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou

there until I bring thee word.”—Matt. ii. 13.

NDER a palm-tree, by the green old Nile,

Lulled in His mother's breast, the fair child lies
With dove-like breathings, and a tender smile

Brooding above the slumber of His eyes ;
While, through the stillness of the burning skies,

Lo! the dread works of Egypt's buried kings,
Temple and pyramid beyond Him rise,

Regal and still as everlasting things.
Vain pomps! from Him, with that pure, flowery cheek

Soft shadowed by His mother's drooping head,
A new-born spirit, mighty, and yet meek,

O'er the whole world like vernal air shall spread,
And bid all earthly grandeurs cast the crown,
Before the suffering and the lowly, down.

" We must not hope to be mowers,

And to gather the ripe gold ears,
Until we have first been sowers,

And watered the furrows with tears.

" It is not just as we take it

This mystical world of ours ;
Life's field will yield, as we make it,

A harvest of thorns or flowers."

Butler & Tanner, The Selwood Printing Works, Frome, and London,

CONTENTS.

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PAGE
Advantages of Sunday Closing “ Enter into thy Closet"

42
(The)

179 Everlasting Life after Death 186
Afterwards
44 | Evening Prayer (The)

191
" A Little While"

37
An Angel in the Stone
151 Fatherly Pity

45
Angels' Song (The)
122 "Father never Prays

66
Fearful Funeral (The)

120
Bar removed (The)
59 Fidelia Fiske

183
“Behold, he Prayeth
127 Filial Affection

21
Be Kind
79 Firmness with Affection

151
Be Social at Home
114 Flight into Egypt (The)

5
Books Received...16, 32, 64, 80, 96,

112, 128, 144, 160, 176, 192 Gleanings ....... .78, 110, 126, 171
Bright Examples

74 God's Corrections
Bright Homes
97 God's Opportunity

118
Budding Rose (The)
53 Going to School

63

Gospel of the Children (The) 94
Chaplain Converted by a Sailor(A) 156 Grave-digger who dng a Gravo
Child at Work (The).
31 for himself (The) ...

136
Children's Good Night (The)

190
Christian Charity
169 Hasty Conclusions ....

142
Christian Education

129 Helpless, Trustful, Loving 102
Christian Mothers

35

Here a Little, and There a Little 163
Christian Mourner (The)

58 Hints for the Household...16, 32, 48,
Christianity and Health.

113 64, 80, 96, 112, 128, 144, 160,
Christian's Pilot (The).

33
“Christ is Coming"
6 Hint to Grumblers (A)

131
Christ's Garden
135 Home Song (A)

154
Correction of Children

177
Honouring Parents

92
Cottage Children (The)..
47 Household Affairs

180

Humane Education of the Young 108
Daily Bread.........

175
Deaf and Dumb Boy (The) 55 “I mean to begin by-and-by" 28
Death of Little Children

173
Despair of None.....
133 " Jesus has saved me

45
“Did he say · Yes,' Mother? 89
Dig a Well”.

124 Ladies' Mothers' Meetings..... 103
Dr. Clarke's Wife

88 Late Dr. James Hamilton (The) 70
Drunkard's Wife (The)
57 Life's Marching Song

167
Duncan Matheson

187
Little Debtor (The)

143
Dusty Bible (The)...

38 Little Jamie and his Mother 85
Lord sent him (The)

30
Early Education

36 Lost in the Snow; Found in
Emma's last Words

174 Christ
Empty Cradle (The)
132 Love to God's Word

83

176, 192

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