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When Christ is so precious to you that you freely give to Him not only yourselves but your children-those dearer selves; when you have learned to think of them as His, and to train them as His, and to love them as His—even as you have always thought of them and loved them as the children of him who, of all men, is the object of your strongest affection—then will you know how sacred and how sanctifying and how heavenly God has designed and fitted the maternal relation to be.
An unconverted mother is about the most successful servant Satan has. Many children are ruined by their mothers !—Dr. H. A. Nelson.
OVER MY SLUMBERING INFANT.
A newborn “infant of days," From its basin fringed with fern,
In his dainty nest-like cradle, Glides along through leafy dingle, I hung with wondering gaze ;
Tinkling fall, and eddying turn; Ilis tiny, delicate fingers,
But swells from a brook to a river, His face so gentle and small,
And rolls majestic down, And soft to the touch as velvet, - Making glad the corn-covered valley, I silently pondered on all.
Lone village, and populous town : I saw in that slumbering infant
So before that cradled infant
, The long, everlasting day ;
Expanding beyond the skies ; The vast far-stretching duration, A life of wide-branching influence The hidden powers of good,
From that tiny form may grow; That there lay quietly sleeping, And rivers of living water
Like the folded flower in the bud. Through time and eternity flow. As a little shining acorn
Oh, may the dew of God's blessing From its cup embossed and round On that tender plant be shed ; By a breath of wind is loosened, May the sunshine of His favour
And buries itself in the ground; Rest on that infant's head ; And, behold ! long centuries after, May He turn its heart as the rivers, From that acorn small we see,
Even whithersoever He will: Towering with growth'umbrageous, That its life may reflect His glory, A magnificent oak-tree :
And His purpose of love fulfil !
RICHARD WILTON, M.A.
EFTICACY OF PRAYER.-In a recent sermon, Bishop Bowman related the following incident, among others, illustrating the efficacy of fervent, effectual prayer :-In 1858, Bishop Simpson was supposed to be dying in Pittsburg. When this startling telegram arrived, a number of ministers were together, among whom were himself, Bishop Janes, and Wm. Taylor. Bishop Janes called on Brother Taylor to pray, and others followed. When they rose from their knees, one said to another, till it went round the circle, “The bishop will not die.” Such was the impression made that it almost amounted to a certainty. The telegram in a very short time announced him convalescent. His physicians were puzzled with the sudden change. On inquiry, the time he began to amend was the hour of prayer.
MA PROMISED ME.”
EAR little lambs! They were trotting down to breakfast one morning full of chatter; their merry little voices were heard farther than they supposed, and their childish words sank deeper than they intended !
« Phoebe !” said her little brother, five years old, whohad been out the previous evening with his mother, “what do you think? Ma promised
me that when the summer comes she'll give me a nice big ship, to sail on real water ! Won't that be jolly ?” “Phoebe” is a rosy-faced, laughing little lassie of four, who is so eager to talk fast that she scarcely takes time to speak plainly.
Ye-ye-yes, Gershom ! 'tw-'tw-'twill be very jolly! but d' you know ma promised me if I'm quite good, and-and-and don't cry at all when bedtime comes, for a whole month, she'd give me a-a-a lovely box of bricks, such a beauty! Ma promised me that !”
Now mamma happened to be within hearing, though out of sight, and she said to herself, I must certainly keep those promises, for see how the dear pets count upon them : it would never do to disappoint their confiding expectation that I shall be true to my word ! And then she looked up and breathed a prayer: “ Father, unseen but ever near, help me thus to trust Thee, and confidently look for the fulfilment of Thy every promise! If I feel thus pledged to my little ones, how much more dost Thou to Thine! Help me to grasp Thy promises as these babes grasp mine; for hast Thou said, and shalt Thou not do it? Hast Thon spoken, and shalt Thou not make it good ?”
Dear friend who may read these lines, have you grasped this promise : “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved;" or this : “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved ;” or this : “Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out”? If you have, are you rejoicing in hope of the glory of God as these children rejoiced in their promised treasures? They were glad and felt rich, not because they had the things, but because they had the promise of one they could trust. Can you not trust GOD ? Think a little! He meant what He said when He gave these promises ! He is well able to fulfil them! He is perfectly willing to fulfil them. Willing! Why, has not Jesus Christ died in your stead, in order that He might be able to save you from eternal death ? “He died, the Just One," instead of us, the unjust! Can you help trusting to the promises of One who has given such a proof of His love to you? Oh, trust God and be happy, and go on your way "filled with peace and joy in believing,” saying, “ God has promised me eternal life!”
GOD IS GOOD.
The hills that have for ages stood, From ocean-depths, and The echoing sky and roaring seas, spreading wood,
All swell the chorus,“God is good.” Ten thousand voices seem to cry,
Yes, God is good, all nature
says, "God made us all, and God is good.”
By God's own hand with speech The sun that keeps his trackless way,
endued ; And downward pours his golden And man, in louder notes of praise, flood,
Should sing for joy, that God is Night's sparkling hosts, all seem to good. say,
For all Thy gifts we bless Thee, Lord ; In accents clear, that God is good. But chiefly for our heavenly food, The merry birds prolong the strain, Thy pardoning grace, Thy quickening Their song with every spring word : renewed ;
These prompt our song, that God is And balmy air, and falling rain,
good. Each softly whisper, “God is good.”
J. H. GURNEY.
SING, MOTHER, SING!
HILDHOOD is made much happier, and the task of training children is very much lightened, when
mothers adopt the wise practice of constantly singing to their little ones. Some remarkable cases of the chil.
dren of working men who have risen in life, indirectly through the cheerful singing habits of their mothers, have come under
notice. Let me mention one interesting case for the encouragement of mothers.
The wife of a humble Yorkshire shoemaker was noted for her tidy person and home, for her well-washed children with their bright little faces, especially when on the way to God's house with their parents or to the Sunday-school on the Lord's-day. She was like a lark in her household, and was constantly teaching her children to sing. So successful was she in training the voices of her boys that they attracted the attention of the managers of the Sunday-school. This led to the introduction of them into the choir of the church, where they had the advantage of skilled teachers.
Step by step these little boys—whose snow-white pinafores and happy looks often secured words of commendation for their worthy mother—by their good behaviour, and perseverance in acquiring musical knowledge, gained friend after friend, until at length they attained to a very high position in the musical world.
One of the sons of this estimable mother has on many occasions had the honour of singing before Queen Victoria in Windsor Castle !- British Workman.
HINTS FOR THE HOUSEHOLD.
TO TAKE INK OUT OF LINEN.
TO KEEP BEDROOMS SWEET. Take a piece of tallow, melt it, and dip the spotted part of the
Always sweep under the beds, linen into the tallow; the linen
and in the chambers and pail put may then be washed, and the spots
as much as would fill a tablewill disappear without injuring the spoon of powdered chloride of linen.
lime, fill them with water, and let
them stand an hour or two. This A SAVOURY DISH. Wash and scrape a sheep's head week. If sickness is in the house,
should be regularly done once a thoroughly clean, and put it into three pints of cold water, a cupful lime should always remain in the
the same quantity of chloride of of rice with two onions sliced, and
chamber of the invalid, with a a little salt. Let it boil gently for
little cold water upon it, and the two hours ; skim and stir occa
floor should be scrubbed with a sionally.
pinch of the lime put on the SUNFLOWER SEEDS.
scrubbing brush. It makes boards The seeds of the sunflower form a good colour at any time; but an excellent food for poultry, and when sickness is in the house, greatly increase the quantity of it prevents that faint smell so uneggs. The heads of the plant healthy alike for the invalid and may be tied in bunches, and hung the persons kindly nursing. for use in a dry situation.
bonate of potash, thirty grains of applying dry oatmeal after wiping purified nitre, six ounces of camwell with a towel. Camphor cake, phor mixture, three drachms of sold at most chemists, is also a
of saffron. For a dose put very good remedy; also glycerine two table-spoonfuls of the mixand honey.
ture into an equal quantity of HOOPING COUGH MIXTURE.
water, with a tablespoonful of Of ipecacuanha wine take two lemon juice, or twenty-five grains drachms, one ounce of syrup of of tartaric acid, and drink imtolu, one ounce of syrup of pop-mediately. Repeat the dose every pies, one ounce of syrup of squills; three or four hours. add water to six ounces. For children under two years give one
OFFENSIVE BREATH. teaspoonful; above two years two
Nothing is so good as the conto three teaspoonfuls.
centrated solution of chloride of
soda, as prepared by Beaufoy. The following, used as a gargle, From six to ten drops in a winewill be found agreeable and effica glassful of pure spring water, cious :-Pour a pint of boiling taken immediately after washing water on about thirty leaves of in the morning, will sweeten the common sage, and add sufficient breath by disinfecting the stomach, vinegar to make it moderately which will be benefited by the acid, and then add honey to taste. medicine.