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minds, praying at the same time to method the following sabbath, taking God for assistance ; but at the end care, before beginning with the new of that time I became quite disheart- lesson, to question them promiscuousened. I felt as though I had been ly upon the one they had learned speaking to the wind. The little in- the previous sabbath evening. For corrigibles whistled and talked, and the first time I felt some slight ingiggled and stared, and seemed to terest in the class; and a faint hope produce no end of playthings from arose of being, after all, useful to their pockets, for their own and their them. The following week, at a neighbours' amusement ; in short, teachers' meeting, my kind adviser, they did everything but listen to my Mr. proposed that, as my class admonitions : so I gave in my resig- was so demonstrative, I should retire nation. It was evident I knew not with them to the small vestry off the how to secure their attention. The
hall. This idea was most encouragfaithful missionary I have named ing to me: to have my young arabs unwillingly took my class off my in room by themselves, with hands; however, for the purpose of nothing to distract their attention, retaining my services, he said he was a notion that had long possessed would give me the care of a class of
Accordingly the following girls who could read. But the gen- sabbath we took possession. tleman who was superintendent was The room was very small ; but not inclined to quit me of my trouble- there was a good fire and a brilliant some charge so easily. He pressed jet of gas,
There was also a comme to give it another trial ; said it fortable chair in the corner of which was the class that stood most in need I took possession. Mr. - arranged of a teacher ; and at the same time the boysaccording to their ages upon kindly offered to take it himself for the benches round the room, which a night, and show me his mode of was so small that only about half our teaching
number could be thus accommodated; I must say I acquiesced more to the remainder, being the younger oblige than from any idea that I portion of the class, were delighted should ever succeed in conquering to get seated upon the floor in rows my difficulty. I listened to Mr.
before the fire. and closely watched the class while I think I see them before me now. he addressed them. His method of What a variety of incipient characteaching was an excellent one. The ter, so to express it, did their differboys knew little more than, to be ent countenances suggest ! There brief, that God made them. Mr. was Joe G--, one of two brothers
commenced with the story of so unlike that it was long before our first parents and the tragedy of I knew they were brothers. Joe was their first-born. His language was the youngest, and was about nine simple and easily understood ; and the years of age. He seemed quite inlittle he told the class he reiterated capable of remaining still for one till they could readily answer any moment. His teeth and eyes, which question he put as to what he had were always gleaming in concert, been speaking to them upon. His made his common type of face quite plan was to teach but little, and that bright, not so much with intelligence thoroughly.
as with audacious mischief and roTrusting in God's help, I took bust life-joyous hearty life, which heart and tried my kind' friend's seemed to pervade all his limbs and cause them to radiate about more sible, good-humoured looking boy, like the claws of a crab-fish than who had evidently received a little anything else.
His brother Jamie, instruction somewhere, whether at somewhat older, was rather less home or at school it was impossible to restless in the class than Joe, and say, and whose clothes were always presented a marked contrast to him whole. Next to him one could not in appearance, having a regular fail to notice a poor boy whose vahandsome face, of Grecian mould, cant face and expressionless eye told large hazel eyes with long fringes, their own tale. While several of the which gave quite a pensive air to the class were boys who, with the very none the less mischievous young commonest advantages, might in time Arab; while the quickness of his have become creditable members of apprehension and the intelligence of society, others painfully suggested the his answers were often quite surpris- idea of ruinous neglect and of associing to me. Both were dressed in ation with that which could end in little better than rags.
little less than the criminal court. Then there was Roger, a big, sen
(To be continued.)
THE BETTER PART.
WHEN first thy eyes unveil, give thy soul leave
To do the like; our bodies but forerun
Unto their God, as flowers do to the sun :
Dawn with the day: there are set awful hours
After sun-rising ; far day sullies flowers.
And whispers amongst them. There's not a spring
And oak doth know I AM. Canst thou not sing?
Until thou hast a blessing; then resign
Prevailed by wrestling ere the sun did shine.
Man's resurrection, and the future's bud,
Is styled their star, the stone, and hidden food :
When the world's up, and every swarm abroad,
Keep thou thy temper, mix not with each clay ; Despatch necessities; life hath a load
Which must be carried on, and safely may; Yet keep those cares without thee; let the heart Be God's alone, and choose the Better Part.
THE FATHER OF THE FATHERLESS.
THERE is no accident of human life, it may unhesitatingly be said, which creates a deeper feeling of pity and commiseration in well-ordered and Christian minds than that of some poor little heart which has to commence the battle of existence without the loving hand of parent or friend to guide it in the earlier stages of its short career. With real joy, however, comes the reflection that all children wanting in earthly parental guardianship are under the immediate protection of a mighty and merciful God. He hath expressly declared Himself to be the friend of the orphan, and often shown Himself to be so. In the law of Moses the Lord made provision that they should not be wronged. He charged the governors of Israel to defend the fatherless, to judge and plead for them; and one king and his servants He commanded to do no wrong to the fatherless, but to support and protect them. Among the solemn curses to be pronounced upon Mount Ebal this is to be found, “ Cursed be he that perverteth the judgment of the fatherless” (Deut. xxvii. 19), and to which all the people were to say
" Amen." Awful threatenings enforced the observance of these commands: “ Ye shall not affilict any fatherless children. If thou afflict them in anywise, and they cry at all to Me, I will surely hear their cry, and My wrath shall wax hot” (Exod. xxii. 22). to them that decree unrighteous decrees, to rob the fatherless.” And the prophet Malachi declares “I will be a swift witness against those that oppress the fatherless." Many commands in the law provided that they should be assisted and supplied; especially the gleanings of the fields, oliveyards, and vine
yards should be left for “the fatherless."
In many strange and delightful phrases God hath expressly declared Himself the friend and guardian of the fatherless. David says, “He relieveth the widow and the fatherless; the poor committeth himself to Thee, Thou art the helper of the fatherless ;' and He is their refuge when human help faileth, and likewise their judge : Lord, Thou wilt judge the fatherless and the oppressed." He is also their Redeemer: “enter not into the fields of the fatherless," to plunder or remove the landmarks : for
their Redeemer is mighty: He shall plead their cause with thee " (Prov. xxiii. 10). But the most delightful and comprehensive promise of all is recorded by the psalmist: a father of the fatherless is God in His holy habitation.” He is father of all men; but He is theirs in a peculiar sense, to provide, protect, and guide, and to do everything for them which their earthly parents could have done, and infinitely more.
In the providence of the Lord, how often have we seen His mercy to the fatherless! He has taken care of them, and raised up friends whose tenderness equalled that of their departed parents. Some of the most learned, useful, and holy ministers have been those early left fatherless or orphans, who were supported and educated by the kindness of their friends. With David, many of the Lord's aged servants can testify, “ I have been young and now am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread." We have proofs all around us of this truth. Many of our readers are themselves the evidences of it, and thankfully set to their
seals that in God the fatherless findeth 24). Do not plead, as an excuse from mercy.
such acts of kindness, that you have How amiable a view do these truths children of your own. Have faith in the give us of our heavenly Father, and of promises of God, and by kindness to His wonderful condescension ! Among orphans you will be laying up merciful our fellow-men there is not a more portions for your own children. In short, lovely character than the man who all our pretensions to true religion are showeth mercy to the fatherless. What vain while we neglect this duty; for thus a desirable character is he! and all ad- saith the apostle, “ Pure religion and mire him. Job was most honourable undefiled before God and the Father is for wealth, dignity, power, and piety, this, to visit the fatherless and widows and excelled all the men of the east : in their affliction” (Jas. i. 27). The indeed, the Lord Himself hath said, word“ visit” signifies to oversee and take there was “none like him upon the care of them. This is pure and undeearth;" and this was one of his excellen- filed religion, with which God is well cies,—“I delivered the fatherless when pleased. there was none to help him, and caused In the encouragement to commit the widow's heart to sing for joy. I their children to God's gracious care, have not eaten my morsel alone, but the parents should hold fast. Many can fatherless hath eaten thereof; and from leave their children but little ; but let it my youth he was brought up with me as be your leading desire and concern to with a father” (Job xix. 12, 13). De- train them up for God and the Church ; lightful expressions ! and how glorious and especially labour to create in them a and good then must the Lord be, whois relish for spiritual and Divine pleasures. the “ father of the fatherless !" Let our If you can lay up nothing else, lay up & souls admire Him, “the Lord, merciful stock of prayers for your children. They and gracious, who is full of compassion are the children of His covenant; and and of great kindness ;' and let those He both engaged to be their guardian particularly adore Him, who, cast upon and a “ God to you and your seed after His providence from infancy or child
you." hood, have been “ fed by Him all their Finally, the fatherless and orphans lives long to this day, and redeemed should seek mercy from God, and humfrom evil.”
bly commit themselves to Him; and Let us try to imitate our heavenly this mercy you may obtain, if earnestly Father in showing mercy to the father- sought. He was your father's God, and less. In this respect let us “ be follow- will not disown the relation to you if ers of God as His children, and be faithful to Him. Some say, “I have merciful as our beavenly Father is mer- lost the best of fathers, or the best of ciful.” Such kindness will be especially mothers.” But without the Lord your acceptable to them, and God will abund- parents could have done nothing for you ; antly reward it. In short, we should do and if He take you under His gracions for them what we believe their parents care, you will want for nothing that is would have done, as far as it is in our truly good. But remember, “if you power. Have you children of your forsake God, He will cast you off for own? Pity and relieve the destitute ever.” See then that you honour and offspring of others. Have you orphans love Him; and humility, diligence, and in your families or charge ? Show them
contentment, with thankfulness, will particular tenderness ; for “ if ye in any recommend you to the favour of good wise afflict a fatherless child, saith the men and entitle you to the blessings of Lord, your wives shall be widows and heaven. your children fatherless"
(Exod. xxii. A LIGHTED CANDLE.—As a candle lighteth every man in the house, so likewise should the good behaviour, wise dealing, and upright conversation of Christians shine bright before men, that God by them may be glorified.
DUTY, OR LOVE?
Love.-0 Lord! if it please Thee, Duty. —Lord ! give me grace and
stay the rain, that the children may not strength, faithfully to fulfil the arduous be prevented from coming to learn of duties of the coming day. Enable me
Thee. And if only one of my class to deny myself, and take up my cross in
should be present, enable me, I pray this difficult and trying work. Suffer Thee, to speak so pointedly and lovingly not the flesh to shrink from the task
to that one that it may be a season long which Thou hast appointed; but grant
to be remembered. Graciously suffer that I may persevere in obedience to me to go to my work, O Lord; and preThy commands, since Thou hast a per
serve me, if it please Thee, from the fect right to all the service I can render.
storm's severity. And oh let the Love.-0 gracious Saviour! permit
heavenly rain come down as copiously me to go again to my class to-morrow,
as this, for Christ's sake! strong in Thy strength, to fulfil the
TEACHERS' PRAYER-MEETING, SUNDAY blessed ministry of love which Thou
EVENING. hast committed unto Thy child. And oh accept my heartfelt praise for the
Duty.-0 Thou who dwellest in the sweet, sweet privilege of doing some
high and holy place, whose name is thing for Thee. Graciously continue
holy, and before whom seraphs veil this favour to me, O Lord.
themselves with their wings, behold Thy
servants bending at Thy footstool, seekSUNDAY MORNING.
ing Thy face according to Thy comDuty.--Ah! it is Sunday morning, mandment; and, while we are bowing so it is. I suppose I must get up. It before Thee in the way of duty, incline will never do to be late. I ought to Thine ear we beseech Thee, and listen to have at least an hour to myself before our prayer. school. Heigh-ho! it is tedious work Love (to herself).-0 dear! I do not though, after all. But it is clearly the like that expression. It is terrible. path of duty, so I must go.
Duty indeed! Of course it is the Love.--Welcome ! sweet day of rest. child's duty to come for his father's Oh how glad I am it is so early! Now blessing. Of course it is the bride's I shall get a full hour and more for pre- duty to love and trust and seek the cious intercourse with Him whom my society of her husband : but pitied are soul loveth. My own adored Lord, they to be, who do it only from a sense speak to me now in Thy word; and may of duty. How miserable it must be ! Thy Spirit apply some truth to my Duty (continuing her prayer).-We heart with power. Let us get up early confess before Thee our manifold shortto the vineyards ; let us see if the vine comings and unworthiness, our coldness Aourish, whether the tender grape ap
and deadness in Thy service; and acpear, and the pomegranates bud forth.” knowledge that we deserve not the blessWhat a soul-strengthening truth! Let ing we come to seek. In many things us go to the vineyards. That is enough. we fail continually. O Lord, we are I am not to go alone ; and, with Him at unprofitable servants. my side, labour is rest and refreshment. Love.--It is true, Lord ; Thou know
Duty.--Dear me! this is unfortunate. est it is indeed true. And yet Thou art What a heavy shower! I scarcely think no hard taskmaster. Thou hast seen I ought to go out this morning; though, every earnest effort to serve Thee; and to be sure, I did not stay for the rain Thou surely dost accept the filial desire yesterday. But then that was rather a to glorify Thy name, though so very different case. Well, I suppose I must imperfectly wrought out. Purify and go.
elevate our motives, O Lord. Make us