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the important Scripture passage, “They made me keeper of the vineyards, but mine own vineyard have I not kept.” We bespeak the attention of our readers to it.

standing the multiplicity of hymn-books for the young, the present collection, which has been prepared with great care, will find a welcome place in many schools and families. On the score of both merit and cheapness (the book is published at a penny) it deserves a large circulation,

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CHILDREN'S PSALMS AND HYMNS. Had

don & Co.

The editor of these psalms and hymns for children hopes that, notwith

LITERARY GLEANINGS. THE OLD MAN'S PRAYER.-An aged acquainted with the venerable patriarch. man, whose hair was whitened with the But may it not be that cases, similar in snows of more than fourscore years, kind, are less rare than we imagine ? was on a bed of sickness. His hoary Though it is doubtless true that many a head was “a crown of glory,” for he one, who in his tender years would had long been a servant of God; and almost fear to close his eyes in sleep now “in a good old age,” having set without repeating this lesson of childhis house in order, he was quietly wait- hood, after reaching the years of maing till his change should come. It was turity goes habitually to a prayerless Saturday evening; and as arrangements couch, —who shall say that there are were about to be made for his comfort not many who can neither forget nor during the night, at his request he was slight the petition learned at their assisted from his bed to the rocking mother's knee !—The Mother's Friend. chair. After sitting a while he was removed to his bed, and when all was quiet, as he was about resigning him- JESUS FIRST OF ALL.—“Do you self to slumber, he repeated audibly and think we shall know each other in the with great emphasis, the prayer of his kingdom of heaven?” asked & wife of childhood :

her husband, just before they parted in “Now I lay me down to sleep,

death. I pray the Lord my soul to keep;

“ To be sure we shall,” said he. If I should die before I wake,

“But when I get there, and see my dear I pray the Lord my soul to take.”

Redeemer, I shall want to gaze ten He then remarked, “ That prayer my thousand years upon His lovely face mother taught me at her knee more before I turn round to see who else is than eighty years ago, and never have I there." failed to repeat it going to my rest at O my dear young friends, is Jesus to night.” It was his last prayer, and soon you “the chiefest among ten thousand, it was answered. He fell into a peaceful and the altogether lovely? Is He first slumber, and before the sabbath had in all your thoughts ? dawned upon earth his eternal sabbath had begun; for the Lord had taken his soul to Himself, to be clothed with im- TRAVELLERS.-As strangers and tramortal youth, and be united to the vellers abstain, in countries where they mother who taught his infant lips to are strangers, from many things which pray. This is, no doubt, a remarkable would hinder them in their voyage : so instance of the permanence of religious good Christians, in their passage through instruction; it is, however, “fact, not this world, should abstain from the lusts fancy,” related by his own daughter to of the flesh, which hinder their souls the writer, who was for many years well from life everlasting.

ILLUSTRATIVE TEACHINGS.

THE SERVICE OF PLANTS.-And the cannot grow at all : so godly Christians world of plants! Who shall exhaust are in some places many, in others few, the story of their service under the somewhere mewed up in close houses, blessed ministry of Christ? Well were and somewhere again not to be found at frankincense and myrrh, precious pro- all. ducts of aromatic trees, brought to His As some herbs will prosper and grow cradle ; for His religion has educated the in the mountains, some in low grounds, gentle, and refined, and merciful tastes some in shadowy places, some in sunny that have given the flowers, and shrubs, places, some in the corn-field, some on and trees their true interpretation. How the dry heath, some by the salt sea coast, much of the gospel do flowers speak some by the sweet rivers : so godly now in fields and gardens, churches and Christians grow up, some in high places, homes—whether to express sympathy to some in mean estate, some where they the sick or afflicted, give joy to the fes- have defence, and some where they are tival, or lend poetry to love; whether to persecuted, etc. throw comfort over death, or to express the rising to life and immortality! Frankincense and myrrh we all give to Christ, when we read in the flowers and COMPANY OF BODY AND SOUL.-As trees the interpretation of His truth and men commonly do care to be more hograce; and our affections rise to His nestly apparelled when they are to meet Father and our Father in the devotion at some banquet or marriage, or to come which is incense, and the remembrance before some honourable personages, than which is myrrh.

ordinarily, when they company with inferiors : even so, in like manner, we, as concerning our bodies, do accompany

with men like unto ourselves. But as ASHES.—As the ashes cast upon the concerning our soul with God and His fire put it not out, but are a means to angels, to whom it is lifted up now by preserve the same in the night against faith, but at death really, it is therefore the morning, which otherwise would be repugnant to all order and reason to care consumed; or as the barrenness of the more for the beautifying of the body trees in winter are a means to preserve with sumptuous apparel than adorning the root against summer, which then of the soul. will send up their juice into the body and branches thereof, whereby they are greatly enlarged and made far more THE GOLDSMITH.—As the goldsmith fruitful than ever they were before : even putteth his gold into the fire, not to mar so are afflictions unto the children of it, but to purge the dross out of it; or God, which do not only keep them from as the husbandman, who, when his corn the barrenness of sin, but also increase is somewhat too rank, either moweth it and multiply them in the life and fruit- down, or else eateth it with his sheep; fulness of God's Holy Spirit, and exer- and as a gardener doth prune his vines, cise them in patience and hope.

not to destroy them, but to make them bring forth more abundant fruit : even so the Lord doth try His children by

laying His cross upon their necks, and GODLY CHRISTIANS.—As wholesome purgeth them like gold in the fire; He herbs are in some countries growing cutteth from them many occasions of plentifully, in others sparingly, in some evil, that He may bring them to the in every highway, in others only in pri- bearing of greater and more plentiful vate gardens, and somewhere again they fruit.

INDEX.

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PAGE
Take care of the Slides

47
That's How

384
True Support, the

144
What a Boy may do

240
What He will do with the Naughty... 191
What shall I do ?

528

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JEW, the, and his Daughter

252

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AMERICAN Mission Schools

487
Angel Companions

395
BARROW

9
Beersheba

439
Bible, the, one Book

242
Broken Sabbath, a, and its Results 201
CHASTENED Ones

390
Cheerful Worker, the

145
Chieftainess, the, and the Volcano 296
Child, the, and the Flowers

348
DOMESTIC Fowls of the Bible

345
Dr. Johnson's Bible

196
Do our Scholars Pray? ...

193
Doubtless

198
Duty or Love

55
FATHER, the, of the Fatherless

53
GERMAN Sunday-school, a

293
Gun-post, Lesson from an old

536
HABITS

250
Hebron

1
Hooker, Richard

443
ILLUSTRATIVE TEACHINGS :-
Afflictions necessary

480
Ashes

567
Avoiding Temptation

431
Believing, but not Understanding 192
Be thou faithful unto Death

479
Body and Soul, Company of

567
Boy's Resolve, the

48
Chief, the, of Sinners

287
Dying Little Girl, the

528
Encouragement to Sunday-school
Teachers

480
Exact Truth, the

240
Faithful to our Captain

527
Godly Christians

567
Golden Rule, the

431
Goldsmith, The

567
Hard Lot removed in Grey Hairs 144
How do you know there is a God ? 47
How my Pigeon helped me to get my
Lesson...

526
“ I cannot, sir"

96
Indian's Testimony

336
Law, the, of my Mother

286
Lobster Lesson
Minister, the, and a Little Girl

48
Mole, the

288
Peacock, the, in Trouble

191
Plants, The Service of

567
Prayer

432
Real Charm, a ...

489
Right Persuasion, the

527
Sabbath-keeping Pony

336
Sceptic, the, and the Child

192
Scolding

432
Silkworm, the

191
Sluggard's Lesson, a

479
Something besides Money wanted 144
Spiritual Food

96
Strawberry Stain, the

335

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LAND, the, of Bashan

102
Latimer

155
LEADING ARTICLES :-
A Merry Christmas

529
A Scotch Sabbath Night Class 49,97
Cheerful Worker, the

145
Do our Scholars Pray?

193
Hebron
Of Reading

241
On Observation

481
Perseverance

337
Successful Teaching

289
Sunday-school Teaching
LESSONS FOR THE LITTLE ONES:

Adam's Sin
Bird Journeys

206
Birth of Jesus, the

541
Burning, the, of the Roll

493
Character

62
Clouds

256
Covetousness, the, of Achan

489
Dream, a, and its Meaning ...

303
Early Times of the Bible

253, 300, 354, 397, 448
End, the, of the Journey
Fear

305
Pleeting Goodness
Flowers
Four things hateful to God
God is Love
Good Shepherd, the

16
Great Enemy, the

161
Heart, a, that deviseth wicked Ima-
ginations

109
He that soweth Discord

110
Heaven our Home

347
Husbandmen and Vineyard, the

539
Idleness and Sloth
Jesus walking on the Sea

399
Joseph and his Dreams

353
Joseph's Brethren in Egypt

397
Joseph in Egypt

300
Joseph in Prison

302
Joseph Sold

255
Joyful Meeting
Life a Journey

159
“Lord, save me"
Love of God

205
203
106
494

...

...

540

...

384

448

...

112

..

18
Lying Tongue
Nearness, the, of the Lord
Not our own
Obadiah
Patient Man, a
Peacemakers
Perfected Praise
Pharaoh's Dream

108
401
207
400

65, 66

258
207
354

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Promised Saviour, the

451
Proud Look, a ...

106
Scape-goat, the

542
Sick, the, of the Palsy

447
Sure Guide, the

352
True Christian Gladness

19
True Friend, the
Unbelieving Lord, the

63
Value, the, of Sparrows

17
Watch

492
Way Home, the

349
Wonderful Deliverance, a

490
Young Pilgrim, the

350
LESSONS FOR JUNIOR CLASSES
Angel's Message, the

213
Angel, the, of the Lord

500
Bible, the, and its Use

259, 260
Caleb

544
Conversions at Philippi

67
Divine Praise

456
Gentle Life, the

118
Great Reward, the

25
Harps
Honour to God

22
Hopes Fulfilled

546,548
Incident, an, in the Lives of Peter
and John

306, 308, 310, 312
Joseph of Arimathæa

497
Lessons from the Life of Nehemiah

355, 356, 403, 405, 453, 454
Manasseh, King of Judah

496
Lot's Rescue from Sodom

502
Missionary Lesson, a

71
Obedience

545
Of Riches

70
Offer, the, of Pardon

361
Our Lord's Ascension

212
Paul at Antioch

23
Precious Blood, the

457
Preciousness, the, of Christ

358
Prayer, the, of Jabez

69
Raising, the, of Jairus’ Daughter 364
Rock, the, of Ages

409
Royal Visit, a

499
Saviour's Likeness, the

169
Story of the Centurion 113, 115, 116, 117
Ten Virgins, the

406
Trial, a, of Faith

211
Unbelieving Thomas

167
Valley, the, of the Shadow 208, 210
White

262
Words, the, Spoken by our Lord on

the Cross
Young Man's Choice

359
LESSONS FOR SENIOR CLASSES :-
Advocate, the

29
Assurance

74
Bible Emblems .215, 216, 217, 218, 220
Bread of Life, the
Christian's Joy, the

415
Children, the, of the Promise

416
Church, the, of Christ

362
Christ's Dealing with a Sinner

119
Cleansing, the, of the Leper

172
Emblems of the Church of Christ : i.

A Building, 504; ii. An Army,
508; iii. A Garden,

549; A Fa-
mily, 552.
Epistle, the, of Jude 364, 366, 367, 369
Four Evangelists, the 314, 315, 317, 318

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Heart's Keeping, the

175
Heavenly Jerusalem, the

76
Leprosy, the, in Garments and Houses 173
Plague, the, of Leprosy

170
Power and Mercy

30
Presumption Punished

28
Pure Religion

75
Regeneration

72
St. John

318
St. Luke

317
St. Mark

315
St. Matthew

314
Story, the, of Zacchæus 459, 461, 463
Temptation Resisted

269
Temptations, the, of the Devil

268
Temptations, the, of the Flesh

267
Temptations, the, of the World... 266
“ This do in remembrance of Me" 410
Transfiguration, the

124, 126, 127
Types of Christians

412
Virtuous Woman, the

26
Voice, the, of the Trumpet

464
LITERARY GLEANINGS :-
Another Witness to the Truth

238
Balm of Gilead

94
Cranmer's Condemnation

187
Death and Sleep

93
Disadvantages of Solitary Life... 429
Eternal Word, the

189
False Teaching

46
Four Impossible Things

237
God's Mercy

45
Good Prayer

46
Grasp the Rope

428
Hanging Gardens of Nitocris

93
Hindoo Weddings

283
Holy Thoughts

283
If thou knewest the Gift of God 476
Jesus First of all

566
John Selden's Hope

237
Kraal School, the

524
Missionary Work among the Chippe-
way Indians

281
Mother, the, of Washington

284
Not in Vain'

282
Now

525
Philanthropic Women

334
Power of Prayer, the

238
Prayer of Milton

237
Prayer, The Old Man's

566
Queen, the, in the Highlands

188
Scripture Teaching in Cairo

477
Shadow, the, of the Cross

477
Shall the Dead Arise ?

46
Site of Babylon, the

188
System, a, in a Word

477
Talent and Tact

285
Teacher and Preacher

44
Thank God for a Praying Mother 428
True Functions of Art

142
Value, the, of one Tract

335
Was Paul ever Married ?

43
Woman's Training

142
Work, the, of the Spirit

94
LOOKING

535
Lukewarm Teacher, the

440
MEMORABLE Places of

Scripture
History: Beersheba, 439; Hebron,
1; Land, the, of Bashan, 102

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NAME of Christian, the

531
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OF Growth

438
Of Reading

241
On Observation
OUTLINES OF ADDRESSES :-

481
Better Country, the

320, 321
Blind Bartimaus

224, 226
Children of the King

79
Christian Race, the

133
Coming, the, of the Day of God 272
Conscience void of Offence

274
Crown of Life, a

274
Day of Good Tidings, the

558
Divine Precept

466
Ever-present Eye, the

421
Fading, the, of a Leaf

323
Faith Victorious

417
Friends

131
Fruit, the, of our Lives

132
Gathering Wood

135
God or the World ?

373
Godliness and Ungodliness contrasted 468
Harvest, the

78
Heart Idols

222
Heavenly Contentment

556
High-Priest, the, of our Profession 514
How to Resist the Tempter

36
Master's Call, the

519
Mind, the, of Christ

419
No Night in Heaven

515
Opportunities offered for All

181
Our Divine Teacher

517
Our Refuge

555
Path, the,
of the Just

375
Prophet's Intercession, the

376
Safety, the, of the Righteous

176
Sea, the

221
Service, the, of God

33
Truthfulness and Lying

129
Two Foundations, the

81
Unanswerable Question, an

469
Unchanging Saviour, the

82
Wait and Watch

178
Wait and Work

180
Waiting Servant, the

471
Walking with God

82
White-robed Throng, the

223
Widow of Nain, the

422
Words

271
Work, the, of God's Children

370, 372
Worth, the, of one Soul

518
Year, the End of the

559
Young Disciple, a

324
Youthful Piety

35

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xlv. Sentiment and Principle,
296; xlvi. A Lesson of Content-
ment, 296 ; xlvii.

The Desert Well,
297 ; xlviii. The Life and the Gar-
ment, 343; xlix. All Things at
Work, 344; 1. The Three Physi.
cians, 393; li. The Untried Boat,
894 ; lii. Vessels of Gold and
Clay, 442 ; liii. Unlawful Plea-
sures, 442; liv. The Aqueduct,
442; lv. The Stormless Ocean,
486; lvi. Shadow Pictures, 487;
lvii. The Land of Refuge, 533;

lviii. The Churchyard, 534
Perseverance

337
POETRY: --
Angels' Whisper, the

484
Ascension, the

239
At the Last

292
Better Lot, the

190
Better Part, the

52
Books: a Simile

190
Come unto Me

285
Consider

299
Easter Musings

147
Faith

203
Gem, a, from Herbert

47
Glory to God alone

383
Heaven's Stars

526
“ Him whom my soul loveth

244
Hope

104
Hymn for the New Year
“In God have I put my Trust”

389
Ishmael the Outcast

478
Little Fair Soul, the

335
Little Lights

47
Love

530
Ministry, the, of Angels

190
Name, the, in the Sand

95
Never Mind

430
No Night there

190
No Tears in Heaven

341
Obedience

143
Only a Lock of Hair

383
Paradise

430
Promise, a

430
Psalm, á, of Heaven

437
Running Water

143
Safe Home

196
Strength Given

478
Sunday

95
Things that never Die

101
'Tis I, be not afraid

189
True Poetry

285
Watch, Mother

95
Whisperings

6
PRECIOUS Stones, the, in the Breast-
plate

245
Prize Adjudications : Little Ones, 105;

Juniors, 105; Seniors, 158; Ad-

dresses, 158
Prize Lessons for Little Ones

106, 108, 109, 110
Prize Lessons for Junior Classes

113, 115, 116, 117
Prize Lessons for Senior Classes

170, 172, 173, 175
Prize Outlines of Addresses

176, 178, 180, 181

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PARABLES AND SIMILITUDES OF THE

CHRISTIAN LIFE: xxxiii. The Be-
nighted Traveller, 12 ; xxxiv. The
Strong Man Bound, 61 ; XXXV.
The Sunlit Mountains, 61 ; Xxxvi.
The Smoky City, 62; xxxvii.
Doing and Teaching, 154 ; xxxviii.
The Student's Dream, 199 ; xxxix.
The Waterfall and the River, 200 ;
xl. The Moon, 200 ; xli. The Lit-
tle Gardener, 248 ; xlii. The Rain-
Drop, 249; xliii. The Poet's Vic-
tory, 250 ; xliv. Early Work, 296 ;

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