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and time and money were both sorely tasked acted on that principle, and all the more to discharge the demands of sickness. The sweetly perhaps because she never seemed circumstance fell out thus

to take any credit to herself. You should put Blent's wife into that By almost imperceptible degrees, as the furnished house on the Cliff,” said the tide rises, the Blents were now making their leading medical man one day to the house- way. From letting the houses of others, agent; "she's the woman to let it.”

they got on to rent and furnish a house of This was a new idea to the agent. He

Mrs. Blent's neatness was an thought it over, and made the proposition. evidence of good taste, and people did not It was gladly accepted; and the first time grudge to pay her good terms. By the I ever saw Susan Blent was when installed

same quiet process of keeping steadily at as care-taker of this very handsome marine his employment, Blent was more and more villa.

recognised as a man to be relied on, solid Her neatness, the obliging way she had and valuable. His harsh voice and rugged of speaking, justified the doctor's recom- manner were no longer quoted against him. mendation. No one was ever more success- And Susie, who, under the rough exterior, ful in letting than she was.

It was a

had always known and loved the true rather unsettled harassing sort of life, worth, was happy to have his merit acmigrating from one empty house to another, knowledged. and getting them ready for new occupants; When I saw them last, now some few but it was a thing she could do, and with

years ago, the lame son was restored to out leaving her children-her cripple boy tolerable health. He was developing a in particular-she could thus add to their

very marked taste for architectural drawslender means.

ing, and his parents were able to obtain The Scripture tells us of the virtuous instruction for him. The younger daughter, woman, “ that her husband is known in the Susan, with as sweet a temper as her gate.” And this was George Blent's case. mother, was the home helper. Blent him. He would have been rather neglectful in self was unfit to be an auctioneer; but his dress; and sometimes, industrious as there was no better house-agent in that he was, he lacked promptitude and punctu- part of the country. When people said, as ality. His wife was so exquisitely orderly they often did, "He has had one of the in her house and clothes, that without any best of wives,” Susan's blush was as sweet fuss or words she led him into her plans. as her smile, as she disclaimed all merit. As an old fisherman's wife said, “She's so “Oh what am I compared to the women I smartened him up that he's quite trans- have read of? Just nothing and nobody. mogrified, and gets to be railly personable." I'm ashamed to hear any one say a word

I do not know that ever Mrs. Blent had about our success, unless it is that I've bad thought much of the word “help-meet,” or a good husband, and tried in my small way that it involved the duty of overcoming to be a good wife, which was only my her husband's defects—helping him in duty. And God has blessed us; ah, that moral and spiritual growth as well as in He has, beyond measure !” worldly prosperity. But she certainly

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What ¥ have found.
'VE found a joy in sorrow, a secret balm for pain,

A beautiful to-morrow of sunshine after rain;

I've found a branch of healing near every bitter spring,
A whispered promise stealing o'er every broken string
I've found a glad hosanna for every woe and wail;
A handful of sweet manna when grapes of Eshcol fail ;
I've found a Rock of ages when desert wells are dry;
And, after weary stages, I've found an Elim nigh,–
An Elim with its coolness, its fountains and its shade;
A blessing in its fulness, when buds of promise fade.
O’er tears of soft contrition I've seen a rainbow light;
A glory and fruition, so near!-yet out of sight.
My Saviour, Thee possessing, I have the joy, the balm,
The healing and the blessing, the sunshine and the psalm;
The promise for the fearful, the Elim for the faint;
The rainbow for the tearful, the glory for the saint!

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IV. THE PRINCIPLE OF NATIONAL RELIGION.

BY THE REV. G. A. BADENOCH, LL.D.

HEN, in the Coronation garments of salvation. And when you see
Service, the Queen is this orb set under the Cross, remember that

presented with the the whole world is subject to the power and Sword of State the Arch- empire of Christ our Redeemer. For He is bishop saith:

the Prince of the kings of the earth, King m

“ With this sword do of kings, and Lord of lords. So that no

justice, stop the growth of man can reign happily who derives not his iniquity, protect the holy Church of God, authority from Him, and directs not all his help and defend the widows and orphans, actions according to His laws." restore the things that are gone to decay, And when the Bible is presented, the maintain the things that are restored, punish following sublime words are said :and reform what is amiss, and confirm what “Our gracious Queen; we present you is in good order; that, doing these things, with this Book, the most valuable thing that you may be glorious in all virtue, and so this world affords. Here is wisdom; this is faithfully serve our Lord Jesus Christ in this the Royal law; these are the lively oracles of life, that you may reign for ever with Him God. Blessed is he that readeth, and they in the life which is to come. Amen."

that hear the words of this Book; that keep When presented with the Imperial Robe, and do the things contained in it. For these the Archbishop again saith :

are the words of eternal life, able to make “Receive this imperial robe and orb, and you wise and happy in this world, nay, wise the Lord your God endue you with know- unto salvation, and so happy for evermore, ledge and wisdom, with majesty and with through faith which is in Christ Jesus : to power from on high ; the Lord clothe you whom be glory for ever. Amen." with the robe of righteousness, and with the I ask those who wish to disestablish the

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Church of England, whether they are pre- which call upon the people " duly considerpared to deny the doctrine laid down in these ing whose authority she (the Queen) hath, documents ? They seem to forget the com- faithfully to serve, honour, and humbly obey mand: “I exhort, therefore, that first of her, in Thee and for Thee, according to Thy all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and blessed Word and ordinance, through Jesus giving of thanks be made for all men; for Christ our Lord, who with Thee and the Holy kings, and for all that are in authority, that Ghost liveth and reigneth, ever one God, we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all world without end." These are great truths godliness and honesty.

."** This command is which cannot be shaken. But if it be held not for the king or queen individually; it is that there ought to be no connection between for the head of the nation as such, and in her Church and State, all such truths are virtually official capacity. The command has no mean- denied. ing otherwise.

And, if this be so, then we see not on what I have heard those who are opposed to us, ground the civil magistrate can ask the say, “It is not for us to ask or inquire what Mormon to relinquish his views on the subis the religion of king or queen.' That is ject of polygamy, and conform to the laws of frank, and is consistent with their own views; a Christian State; or ask the Jew to abstain but it is not consistent with the teaching of from his business on the first day of the Scripture.

week, as the Christian Sabbath ; or resist the Are our opponents prepared to deny the Ultramontane claims of Papal supremacy; or doctrine that it is by the Lord kings reign the atheist in regard to an oath in a court and princes decree justice? "By Me princes of justice; or oppose the blasphemer or the rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the idolater; or in short, assert the claims of the earth.”+ "He is the Lord of lords and King whole moral law, as summarily comprehended of kings."Hence the beauty, depth, and in the Decalogue. force of the words in our Communion Service,

(To be continued.)

The Young Folks' Page.

VI. DON'T PASS YOUR HORSE-SHOE. T Coleford, when about ten years of some dirt opposite his door, and offered, if I age, Samuel Budgett, the successful would beat the boy, who was a bigger boy merchant, began to lay the foundation than myself, to give me

penny. I did so; of his habits and his fortune. His own ac- he made a mark upon it, and promised if I count of his first essay in merchandise, and would bring it to him that day fortnight he his first possession of money, is very straight- would give me another. I took it to him at forward :

the appointed time, when he fulfilled his pro“The first money I ever recollect possess- mise, and I thus became possessed of threeing was gained in the following way. I went pence; since which I have never been with. to Mr. Milks, of Kilmersdon, to school, a dis- out, except when I gave it all away.” tance of three miles. One day, on my way, One would not have imagined, on seeing I picked up a horse-shoe, and carried it about the little school-boy stop and look at the old three miles, and sold it to a blacksmith for horse-shoe, that the turning point of his life a penny. That was the first penny I ever

had come.

But so it was. He converts that recollect possessing; and I kept it for some horse-shoe into his first penny, and never time. A few weeks after, the same man called more wants a penny. Had he not picked it my

attention to a boy who was carrying off up; had he "never thought," as people so

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naturally say; or," having thought," had he some day. Those men whom we see often felt ashamed to offer such a thing for sale; without a penny have all of them passed by or had he set it down as too much trouble to the horse-shoe on their path when they were carry an old horse-shoe for three miles,– boys. And those other men, who, from noprobably he would not have had a penny for thing, are rising rapidly, have all had the many a day, and would have often been with. sense to pick up the horse-shoe and turn it out afterwards.

into the foundation of a success. Do you think that you could use such an Paths vary; but every boy, if his eyes opportunity to any purpose ? If so, you may are open, will certainly find the horse-shoe in rely upon finding a horse-shoe in your path' his path at one point or another.

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VII. A SISTER AT HOME. NE day a child coming from an infant latter, because she had a sister at home. The

school was looking, with longing little creature's delight when they were put

eyes, in at the window of a cake shop. into her hand was worth many pennies, and A lady passing by observed her, and thought, she went dancing by the side of her new

Why should not I give that little thing a friend as far as their roads lay together, carecake ? it will make her happy." She accord. fully carrying her precious treasure—for she ingly asked her if she would like one; and would not touch the cakes till she got home, the little eyes sparkled with pleasure and and every now and then casting grateful surprise. On being asked if she would have looks at her companion. one large or two small ones, she chose the

VIII. A CHEMICAL EXPERIMENT. HEN Isaac Hopper, the American ment," said Hopper. “Go home, take a philanthropist, met a boy with a piece of soap, put it in water, and rub it brisk.

dirty face or hands, he would stop ly on thy hands and face. You have no idea him, and inquire if he ever studied chemistry. what a beautiful froth it will make, and how The boy, with a wondering stare, would much whiter your skin will be. That's a chem. answer “No.” “Well then I will teach you ical experiment: I advise you to try it.”how to perform a curious chemical experi. ' Life of Isaac T. Hopper.

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The Bible Mint Searched. NSWERS are not to be sent to the Editor, 5. Whose power in ministry was owned and but will appear in each succeeding month. honoured of God after he had died ?

6. What were the Jews forbidden to take for SCRIPTURE QUESTIONS.

fear of death, which Obristians are commanded to BY THE REV. ROWLEY HILL, M.A., VICAR OF SHEFFIELD. take in order to life ?

1. What three things did God do for us before the creation ?

ANSWERS (See May No.). 2. Was there any special circumstance which

1. Job xiii. 15; Hab. ii. 17, 18. may account for Mark deserting the Apostle Paul

2. Deut. xi. 16, 17; 1 John v. 14, 15. in Cyprus ?

3. Phil. ii. 9. 3. Is there anything to show that the death of

4. Luke xiv. 26. Christ was the subject in which the Old Testament

5. Jer. xxvi. 18. saints were most deeply interested ?

6. Acts xx, 8, 9. 4. Who began to preach before he had been thoroughly taught the truth of God ?

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