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t io to children, letZ us not loe 'o word, neither
i n tongue, bu in deed and in truth."- i. JOHN, m. 18.

( < OU will find the text in the Epistle for thio
day. (the Second Sunday after Trinity). St.

^ c-LJt John, the disciple whom JESUS loved, and
who had drank in so much of his Master's spirit, that
his words were always steeped in love, is here writing !
to all those who had given up their old way of thinking
S-all who if they were Jews had given up their sacri-
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fices and such like, now that the Messiah who was set
forth in all those sacrifices had come into the world-
or who if they were Gentiles, had given up their idols
of wood and stone, and were trying to serve the Lord
JESUS CHRIST. To all these St. John writes, and calls
them "my little children;" not that they were all really
Children in years, for some of them were old and grey-
headed men and women: but St. John felt to them, as
a father feels towards his children. By St. John's teach-
ing they had, we might say, begun life anew-they had
been born again-and so he calls them, his "little chil-
dren." And what is it that he has to say to them in
this kind and tender way ? It is this-" Let us not love
in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth."
Here is FIRST, something we are not to do-we are
not to love in word or in tongue.
And THEN something that we are to do-we are to
love in deed and in truth.
6 First-there is something we are not to do-we
are not to love in word nor in tongue.
c What is the meaning of this ? It means that we

are not in our words, or with our tongues to make a
shew of loving, when we really hate.
If you turn to ii. Sam. xx. 9. you will see that a
man may easily do this-you will there read that (
SJoab, one of the captains of King David's army, was
pursuing after Amasa, another captain, who they
thought was going to desert from the king, and when "
Joab came up to Amasa, he said to him, "Art thou
in health my brother, and Joab took Amasa by the z.
beard with the right hand to kiss him." But Amasa
took no heed to the sword that was in Joab's hand,
so Joab smote him therewith that he died.
And in the New Testament you will remember how
Judas, one of the twelve disciples, came to JESUS in
the garden : he had words of love on his tongue, he
said "Master, Master," and kissed him-but, as you
know, he had hatred in his heart.
So you see it is quite easy to make a pretence of
love with our words, or with our tongues, and all P
the time to have no love, but only cruel hatred, in
our hearts,

Oh let us all take care that we do not do this-
let us never talk to any person as if we were their
friends, and loved them dearly, and yet when their
-CZ back is turned do them all the harm we can-speakl
- all the evil against them that we can.
S This is to be what the Bible calls a hypocrite.
It is to be like a man who wears a mask, so that
xQ his out-side face is different from his real one
underneath. We have all seen a boy hiding his
own face under a black and ugly mask, but the
hypocrite who loves only in word or in tongue, puts
| a fair mask of kind words over a black and ugly
heart ; he pretends to love, and really he hates.
And do not think it is only a little sin to hate any
o person; for though men do not count it a great sin,
V' yet God does. God's word counts it as great a sin 0
as murder. Look two verses above the text, v. 15,
Sand you will see that He that hateth his brother is
Sa murderer."
But when St. John says Let us not love in word,
Neither in tongue," does he mean that we are never
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to show our love by our words, that while we really
Sdo love in our hearts, we are always to speak in a
cross, harsh way ?
S No, no; he means that what we say and what we
Feel are to agree together; we are to speak gentle, j
loving words, only we are to be sure that we speak S
them not in sham, but in deed and in truth.
Oh! Children, I wish I could persuade you all .
always to speak gently. In a great town like this,
where you are often in the middle of crowds of people
going to work, or coming from work, you will hear many
coarse, rough, wicked words, spoken in a coarse, rough,
wicked way; but let me persuade all of you to have
this verse, as if written over the door of your lips:-
Speak gently, it is better far
To rule by love than fear;
Speak gently, let net harsh words mar
The good you might Ido here."
It is a good rule, though a very hard one to keep,
When you are angry to count ten before you speak at
all; and when you do speak, try to speak gently,

Lovingly. You will then be something like JESUS
when He was on earth, for no one ever heard a cross
word fall from His holy lips; and I hope that there
are some of you who can say-
"I long to be like JESUS,
Meek, lowly, loving, mild;
I long to be like JESUS,
The Father's holy child."
And for another reason it is worth while to try to
speak gently; no one ever yet was persuaded by a
loud and angry answer, however true it was; they
might be cowed and frightened, but they never
were persuaded ; but the gentle voice and the quiet
eye gain many a quiet victory. "A soft answer
turneth away wrath, but grievous words stir up
anger."-Prov. xv. 1.
Children, if you learn nothing else from this ser-
mon, learn that it is a good thing to "speak gently."
Though others are cross and harsh to you-though
you are charged with what you feel to be no fault of
yours, till your blood boils, and your choking heart

seems in your throat-yet pray that you may speak -
gently." It is hard, but it is best, and it is bravest. i
Yes, and even if they strike you, do not strike
back, for CHRIsT has said "If a man smite thee on
the one cheek turn to him the other also," that means
bear it meekly, patiently. It is hard I know, Boys, |
but it is best, and it is bravest. You need not be a
coward though you don't strike the boy that strikes
you, for you have won a harder battle if you keep
down your own temper, than if you were to strike him
to the ground; and he begins the fight who strikes the
second blow.
It was said of the good Archbishop Cranmer that
the sure way to make him your friend was to do him v
an unkind turn. Do you think that the same could r
be said of many of us ?
But look at the verse again, there is in the
next part something which we are told to do-
what is this? We are to love in deed and in
Our love is not to be only in our words or on our j
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Tongues, it is to be seen in our deeds, our doings, F
Joab's words were brotherly and kind, but his deed |.
Swas cruel-when he plunged his sword into Amasa's
4: side, and slew him.
S The tongue of Judas was very smooth, but his heart i
Swas thirsting for innocent blood, and he had a band of t
4 ruffians ready when he gave the signal-kiss, to drag
JEsus off to the Judgment hall, and to the Cross. As
David says in Psalm Iv. 21, "The words of his
South were smoother than butter, but war was in his
heart; his words were softer than oil, yet were they
drawn swords."
But let us all try to have gentle words coming from .
gentle hearts. Even if our temper gets the better of
us, and we give way to hard and angry words, yet
< let our doings soon show that we are sorry for the sin,
Sand that love is in our hearts again.
Now, who are we to love? We are to love GoD.
S We have not seen God, and can never see Him .
with these eyes, and it is not easy to love a Being '*
Whom we have never seen, still it can be done. :
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Suppose you had never seen your father or your
mother that you could remember-if they had gone
away across the seas to America before you were old
enough to know them, still there is something in
Your breast that would make you love them, and
yearn for them ; and when now and then you got a
letter from them saying how much they thought about
you, and how they hoped that by and bye you would
come over where they were, then you would love
them more and more.
Now, though we have never seen God, yet we
know that He loves us. Look at St. John's first
SEpistle iv. 10, Herein is love, not that we loved
God, but that He loved us,"-and since God loves us,
we ought to love God; and so St. John writes
in the 19th verse, "We love Him because He first
Loved us."
And JESUS, who was God, He loved us too. He I
loved us all so well that he gave himself to die for us;
Sbut He loved children above all.
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to Him, that He might touch and bless them. Chil-
dren are frightened in a crowd, and at the sight of
strangers-and we may be sure these little ones would
be frightened, and would cling closely to their mothers
till they saw the loving eye of JESUs-then they
would stretch out their little arms to Him, and would
nestle in His bosom, as He spoke over them those
precious words-" the child's gospel" as they have
been called-" Suffer little children to come unto Me,
and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of
And since GOD has so loved us, surely we should
love Him, with no sham words, no false tongue, but in
deed and in truth. And do not say or think you are
too young to know and to feel love to God, and .
God's love for you.
Let me tell you about a little child I knew. He
was in the Infant school, at Lichfield; a beautiful i
little boy, with rosy cheeks, and bright and laughing
Seye. But by and bye, his place in school was empty,
and I heard that he was ill, and I went and found
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him on his little bed, with his rosy cheeks all faded,
and his bright eyes heavy with pain.
He was so young, and in such suffering, I hardly i
thought that he would understand a prayer ; but I -
knelt by him, and prayed with him; and I found f
afterwards that he did understand, and told his ^
grandfather about it. But that day he grew suddenly I
worse, and he knew he was very ill; and at first he
said that he would not die : I won't die, mother, send
for the doctor ;" but after a little, he begged them to
send for his father, who was at work.
And when his father came, and saw his sweet boy
R at the point of death, he could not keep back his
tears, but when the child saw them, he said--" Don't i
Scry, father-don't cry, God loves me," and soon he 3 :
died. .
S Now this little child was not four years old, and yet K
he felt that God loved him, and the feeling comforted
him even in the hour of death, for he loved the God, f
who loved him. None of you then, Dear Children,
are too young to love God.
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But you must not only love God, you must love
your parents, your brothers and sisters, your corn-
panions, your neighbours, indeed, it is by our love to ^
j these, that we must show whether we really love God
Sor not. For look in this Epistle, iv. 20, and you
Swill find St. John writing "If a man say, I love God,
Sand hateth is brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth
<- not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love (:
- God whom he hath not seen" ?
0 then, children, in deed and in truth love your
father and mother, if you are happy enough to have
S Do not make a pretence of loving them when you :-
Swant to coax something from them, and then when
they tell you to do what you don't like, give them a
-. saucy answer, or sit and sulk, and refuse to do it, for
S this is to love only in tongue, and not in truth. :
If your father and mother are kind and loving to .
Syou, a very heathen would know to be the same to .
them. But even if they are unkind to you, as a
.. Christian you must be kind to them. Besides, '.
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though they may sometimes be unkind, yet think how
much they have done for you before you could help
yourself; and so be gentle, though they are harsh;
be obedient, though they are rough, so long at least,
as they do not order you to do anything which God's
word plainly forbids.
And in behaving in this way, you may win over
your father or your mother-you may have the great
Sjoy of seeing their hearts softened by your example.
A mother who had such a daughter, once said,
"I know that she is right and I am wrong; I have
seen her firm under reproach, patient when provoked
cheerful in suffering; I ought to have taught her, but
Really, she is my teacher. I will, however, try and
be like her." And soon, instead of hinderingr
her daughter, she was walking with her in the way
that leads to heaven.
And, children, love your brothers and sisters. It
is very sad to see any children quarrelling and
Fighting, but most sad of all, to see brothers and
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sisters doing so-to see those who ought to make ,
each other's life happier, making it wretched. If
I am speaking to any children who quarrel with
their brothers or sisters let me tell them they will be
sorry for it some day.
S A little boy, a Sunday scholar, had died. His
body was laid in a darkened room waiting to be hid
away in the grave, his mother and little sister went
Sin to look once more on the face so lovely even in
Death. As they stood there, the sister asked to take
hold of her brother's hand-and when the mother
placed the cold, white hand in hers, she kissed it
fondly, and then looking up through her tears, she
Said, Mother, this little hand never struck me."
But, lastly, you must not only love your brothers
and sisters, but your companions, your school fellows,
your neighbours.
JESUS CHRIST when he was on earth showed His
Love to all He met. It did not matter whether they
Were rich or poor, whether they were rude or civil to
Him, he loved them all, and did them good.

Children, try to do the same. Try to love even
those who hate you and wish to hurt you. Try to do
Them some good for body or soul. Don't think that
you can't do anything. I know you can't do as
| much as grown up people, but you can do something-
you can say a kind word to some one in trouble- .c
you can shield some child who is being teazed by bad 6
boys or girls-you can look in on some aged person, L
Perhaps your grandfather or grandmother, help them |
Sto tidy their room on a Saturday, or run their errands,
or even if you can't do anything for them, it will be s
like a sunbeam in the cottage, that you have come
wishing to do what you could.
U3,j Or cannot you do something for any one's soul ?
It is very doubtful if any one will find his way to
heaven who is trying to go there alone. Are you
Trying to lead some one with you? You can,
Perhaps, say a kind word, or try to teach a little that
you know to some children who have no father or
mother to care for them, or you may give them some
little book that you have read, or you may persuade |
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c" cannot help in any other way, you can pray to God
: for them.
Try to love all with whom you have to do at home,
93 at work, at school. Try to love them not in tongue
- : only, but in deed and in truth ; and if you cannot do |
jI much good, do a little, do all you can, and angels
. can do no more!

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"Come, ye children, hearken unto me : tow teach
you the fear of the Lord."-PsALtM xxx1. n.

At4 AST month it was St. John who gave us
our text and teaching for our Children's
Sermon. John, who was at first an humble
fisherman in the Sea of Galilee, and afterwards the
Disciple whom JESUs loved; John, who stood at the
foot of the Cross, and, after CHRIST'S death, was a
preacher to the nations; who was banished to the
Island of Patmos, where he saw those wonderful sights

which he tells us about in the last book of our Bibles;
and who settled, at length, in the city of Ephesus,
from which, when he was very old, he wrote those
three letters, which are printed just before the Book
of Revelations.
So that for nearly 2000 years this aged John has
been teaching to all who would hear or read his
words the same lesson which he taught us, "Let us
not love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and
in truth." And I do hope that some of you have
tried to take his advice, and that you have begun to
Speak more gently, or to act more kindly to some of
those around you, even if they do not speak gently
or act kindly to you.
But though this Lesson is so old, given nearly
2000 years ago, our Lesson for to-day is much older
still; it goes back 1000 years further: It is 3000
years since it was spoken for the first time, and it
comes from a very different kind of teacher; the
other came from the humble fisherman who had
become a holy Apostle-this comes from a shepherd
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who had become a great King-we have a Royal
Teacher to-day.
But before I talk to you about David, I must tell
you what made him write this Psalm and when he &
wrote it.
You all remember that when David was a lad he
was sent on an errand by his father to his three
brothers, who were soldiers in Saul's army ; and
When he came to the camp he found that Saul and
all the people that were with him were terribly afraid
of a mighty giant, Goliath of Gath, who came every
morning and every evening in front of the tents of
Israel and challenged any of Saul's warriors to fight
with him : but no one dared to go out to meet him
-till David came -and then he slew him with a
sling and a stone, because he trusted in the living
But Saul the King, though he had promised to
give great rewards to any one who could conquer the
Philistine, yet, when the danger was over, like many
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David very unkindly and when he heard the people
all praising David for being so brave, he even tried
to kill him, so that in a few years David had to run
away from his own country-and where do you think
he went to ? to the very country of Gath, and with
Goliath's great sword in his hand.
We wonder why lie went to Gath, where we should
have thought that the friends of the Giant would be
sure to kill him in revenge. Perhaps it was, that be-
ing a brave and generous man himself, lie felt sure that
a brave enemy in distress would be protected, even
in Gath, if he threw himself on their mercy : just
as our own Queen Margaret trusted her little son,
Prince Edward, to the robber whose hand would
have been raised against them, but who could not find
in his heart to harm those who had put such trust
and confidence in him.
And so David found at Gath, for the King, whose
name was Achish or Abimelech, received hini kindly.
But though the King was friendly, the King's
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They could not su easily forgive him for killing their
champion, and so they speak against him to the K1ing;
and David is sore afraid, he does not know how to
escape; at last he hits upon a strange plan, he
pretends to be a mad-man, as you will find it stated
at the head of the Psalm, "he changed his behaviour
before Abimelech" or A chish, and so AbiTnelech was
very anxious to get rid of him, and "drove him away"
and he departed.
And it was when he thought over this narrow
escape that he had made, that David, when he was
King of Jerusalem, sang this Psalm of thanksgiving to
God, which we have read in the Psalms for this after-
noon, and from which I have drawn my text.
And you see that though lie was a King, he did
not forget the young. Like a far greater King, who
sprang from David's line, of whom we read in the
second lesson this morning, "JESUs the Son of David"
Sand who said "Suffer the little children to come unto
Sme," so David says "Come ye children, hearken unto
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But it is time to ask what is this Lesson which
the King gives us-
David was very skilled in Music. When the wicked
King Saul was troubled with an evil spirit from the
Lord and could not rest, David was sent to soothe
him by playing soft tunes on the harp. But it is not
music that he teaches here, he does not say "Come
Sye children hearken unto me, I will teach you to play
upon the harp or to sing sweet songs."
David was a brave soldier too, the women sang
one to another "Saul hath slain his thousands and
David his ten thousands." But it is not war that he
teaches here ; he does not say Come ye children
hearken unto me, I will teach you to fight, to handle
Swell the sword and spear."
No, it is something very different to these, Come
Sye children, hearken unto me, I will teach you the
fear of the Lord."
I What is the fear of the Lord ?
As I have often told you, there are two kinds of
" fear of the Lord."


There was a man long ago to whom God was very
kind ; He gave hima beautiful garden to live in, and
there was only one little thing which God said the
man must not do : But the man did the very thing j
about which God had said, "Thou shalt not do it,"
and then the man learnt the "fear of the Lord :"
He never knew it before: God used to come and |
walk, and talk with him in the garden, and he had
no fear. But very soon after he had disobeyed God,
God came down and cried to the man, Where art
thou," and the man said, as he came out from among
the trees where he had tried to hide himself, I heard
Thy voice in the garden and I was afraid." Gen. iii. 10.
Here was one kind of fear of the Lord," but not
the right kind; Sin, was this man's Teacher, but
David would not teach us to sin, so this is not the (
kind of fear that he wishes us to learn. -
But long ago there was another man. He is walk- .
ing up the side of a steep hill, he has a knife in one
hand, and a lighted lamp in the other though it is i
broad day, and by his side there runs a little lad with -
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a bundle of ftggnots on his shoulder, and when they
Some to the top of the hill, the man takes the sticks
That the boy has carried up, and when he has made a
kind of table of stones and turf, lie lays the wood in
Sorder on the ttp of it, and then he takes a cord and
bids the boy's hands and reet, and all the while the
tears run down his cheek, and his fingers shake, so
that he can hardly tie the knots, for the lad is his only
Ssou and he loves him very dearly. But for all that,
see what lie is doing lie lays his son upon the wood
and takes the knife to slay him.

But just when his hand is lifted up to strike, a
voice comes from heaven and stops him, it says, Lay
not thine hand upon the lad, neither do anything
unto him, for now I know that thou fearest God, I
seeing that thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only
son from me."-Gen. xxii. 12.

Now this is the right kind of fear of the Lord : "
God puts it in the heart: he who has it loves God
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grieve Him, or lose His favour, and he would do any-
thing rather than that.
Some of you may have seen a picture of a poor
black slave, like Uncle Tom, crouching down on the
ground, while his cruel master holds a horse-whip over
him : there is fear in the heart of that poor slave, and
it is this kind of fear that Adam felt, it is this kind of
"fear of the Lord that the guilty sinner feels; but
this is not the fear that David wishes to teach children.
But some of you have a kind father ; he has told l
you, I will suppose, not to go near the river in case
you fall in and are drowned ; a companion comes and
asks you to go, but vou say No not because vou are
frightened that your father will find you out and
punish you, but because you love and trust your
father, and you fear to pain him, or to lose his love.
This is the kind of fear that Abralam had, which
God praised ; this is the right kind of fear of the i
Lord :" this is the kind that David would teach tlhe
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I you don't want to learn any kind of fear, you think
a man who fears must be a coward-but did the fear
of the Lord make David a coward ?
No No One day as he was keeping his father's
sheep, there came a lion and a bear and took a lamb
out of the flock : a coward would have run away,
but David went after the lion and smote him, and
delivered the lamb out of his mouth, and when the
lion arose against him, he caught him by his beard
and smote him again and slew him, and when the
bear attacked him he slew it also.
And on that day when he stood before Goliath, in
the valley of Elah, he showed he was no coward then:
David would only reach up to about the Giant's elbow,
She was but a shepherd boy, and the other a man of
war from his youth : yet David was not afraid of him
but went out and fought with him and slew him !
David was no coward himself; and he won't teach
us to be cowards. He that fears the face of man is
Sa coward : he that fears God is truly brave : there is
nothing else that he can fear.

Let us all then pray that we maylearn the right fear 'K
of the Lord. It is the very first of all lessons ; for as
David says in the last verse of Psalm cxi. "the fear
of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom."
And it is a very blessed thing to have this fear of [
the Lord: look what David says about it in the 7th
verse: "The angel of the Lord encampeth round
i about them that fear Him and delivereth them."
We have many enemies that we do not see, and
cannot see, such as the Devil and evil spirits : We
have no power of our own to fight against them, but
if we fear the Lord in the right way, He sends His
angels to keep guard round us, so that nothing can
harm us.
S Then look at the 9th verse : "0 fear the Lord, ye
His saints for there is no want to them that fear
Here is another blessing that follows on "the fear
of the Lord," no want," that is, no real want.
S It is true that you may know (as I know) some who
fear the Lord, and who yet feel the want of clothes,

or the want of food: but such persons, though they
may go about almost in rags, though they may not i
know where they are to get their next meal, yet
feel "no want!" they have little, but God makes that
little enough.
And so they are able to feel like a poor widow of
whom I have read somewhere : a visitor came sud-
denly into her little room and found her thanking God
for a crust of bread, and was surprised that she
should be so thankful for so little : The widow said,
"What shall I not be thankful when I have all this
and JESUS CHRIST besides."
Ah it is this, "besides," Dear Children, that fills
up every want: those who have "the fear of the
Lord have JESUS CHRIST as their friend, and so they f
can feel no want."
But how does David fulfil his promise ? he says,
"I will teach you the fear of the Lord." How does he
teach us ? Look at the verses that come after my
text, the 13th and 14th: "Keep thy tongue from


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evil, and thy lips from speaking guile: Depart from
evil and do good ; Seek peace and pursue it."
Do not soil your tongue with a bad word. I often
wish I could stop my ears as I go along the streets,
and it makes me sad to think you children must hear
the dreadful words I hear and perhaps far oftener
than I hear them. Oh let me ask you whenever
you hear them, to send up a silent prayer to heaven
"God forgive that poor man, or that poor woman,
and teach them to fear Thee:" try to keep bad words
out of your minds, don't let them lodge there, or if you
have learnt them and cannot forget them, (and they
are very hard to forget,) at least never let them cross
your lips.
Let me tell you a little story about John Bunyan
who wrote the famous book called the "Pilgrim's
Progress." When he was young he was very wicked.
One day he was cursing and swearing under a shop-
window, when the woman of the house told him,
" that he was enough to ruin all the boys in the town
if they came in his way."


He stood silent and hung his head in shame, and
what thought was passing through his mind at that
moment ? it was this, Oh how I wish I might be
a little child again, that my father might teach me to
speak without this wicked way of swearing."
Children, you see John Bunyan was sorry that he
had not begun right : it is not too late for many of
you, I hope, to begin right: never speak the first
wicked word, nor tell the first lie, nor do anything
that you know to be wrong for the first time : begin
right and your heavenly Father promises to keep you
right, for he says, "they that seek me early shall find
But not only must you keep your tongue from evil
you must also keep your lips from "speaking guile,"
i.e. you must never speak lying or cheating words.
Some people seem to think that it is very clever to
cheat and deceive. I have even known parents who
Should praise their children for being, as they said,
sharp," that meant for being good hands at taking
other people in: alas they soon found that the sharp
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Sticks which they had praised or laughed at, when done
to others, were done to themselves also ; and they had o
the pain and disgrace of finding themselves robbed
and cheated by their own children.
And of all kinds of speaking guile, that is the worst
when people talk very piously and pretend to be very
religious, in order, perhaps, that they may get good
people to help them, when all the time they are very
wicked : such people are like a kind of coat which is
made now-a-days which is one colour on one side and
another colour on the other side, so that you may F
wear one side out on one day, and the other side the '
next day.

to good people and quite another way of speaking to
their own family.
But no one who has "the fear of the Lord within V-
him will ever do this, for God sees the heart: He
sees both sides of the coat at once, while man only -A
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and just in all your dealings;" do not cheat or lie even
in the least matter, not even in your play.
Another way by which we are to learn "the fear
of the Lord is, that we are to depart from evil."
God has put in all our breasts a conscience, some-
thing that tells us what is right and what is wrong,
and whenever we feel a thing to be wrong we are to
depart from it.
A man once took his little boy with him into a field
where he was going to steal some corn ; the man's
conscience told him that he was doing wrong, and he
was afraid of being caught, and so he looked first on
the one side, and then on the other, behind the hedge
Sand behind the stack, to see if any body was looking,
and then he was going to carry away the corn, but
the little boy said "Father, you forgot to look one
way, you forgot to look up."
If we would always remember to look up if,
whenever sins tempt us, we would only feel the power
of four little words Thou God seest me" we should
" be sure to depart from evil.

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And we should try to do the next thing which
David teaches us : we would try "to do good."
But can children do good ?
Oh yes they can. Children very seldom have c
money to give to t the needy, and they are too young to
watch and nurse the sick ; but they can do little
acts of kindness ; they can give gentle words and
loving smiles, and these do good : the sun seems to
shine brighter for them, and the green earth to look >
But, if I knew them, there is not time to tell all the >
little ways in which each of you may do good ; but if
you will read a beautiful Story-book which is in your rj
Library, called Ministering Children," you will see
that there are many ways in which even the little I
ones among you may do good.
But I have only one more thing to say a few
words about. David says that if we are to learn
"the fear of the Lord," we must "seek peace and
pursue it."
This is just the same lesson that St. John gave
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When he wrote that we should love one another in
deed and in truth-peace and love always go
Oh then seek, if it be possible, to live peaceably
with all men. There may be times when it is not
possible. But take care that it be not your fault that
peace is broken.
If any one quarrels with you, try to Overcome
evil with good."
I will tell you how a little girl, of five years old, once
did that, how she overcame evil with good, and made
peace again. Her brother, who sat next her in
school, and who was two years older than she was
struck her with his fist and hurt her ; she was angry
in a moment, and raised her hand to strike him. But
the teacher, who had seen what passed, said, Mary
you had better kiss your brother."
Mary dropped her hand and looked at the teacher,
as if she didn't quite understand. She had never
been taught to return good for evil. She thought
that if her brother struck her, of course she must





strike him back, so she dropped her hand and did
The teacher looked very kindly at her, and said ;
again, Mary, you had better kiss your brother-
see how angry and unhappy he looks;" and then
Mary threw both her little arms round her brother's
neck and kissed him. lie never had had such a
kind return for a blow, and very soon there was love I
and peace between them again; and those who seek a
peace will often find it when they give a kiss for a 3S
blow-when they do a kind action to every one who .
does an unkind one to them.
But we are not only to seek peace, we are to
pursue it. We are to go out of our way after it; and
I think this means that we are not only to live in
love and peace ourselves, but wisely to try and make (g
peace when we see others quarrelling and fighting. (,
Wicked men and lads take pleasure in seeing other
men fight, or even in setting on dogs and other dumb
animals to bite and tear each other ; but those who
fear the Lord will hate such sad siglits-will always
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The Syrians had gone out by companies, and had
Brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little
Said; and she waited on Naaman's wife.
"And she said unto her mistress, ouldC God my
lord were with the prophet tat is in Samaria for he
would recover him of his leprosy.'
And one went in and told his lord, saying, Thus
and thus said the maid that is of the land of Israel.' "
--II. KINGS, v. 2, 3, 4.

HERE are two ways in which we may teach
anything. One way is through the ear, the
other through the eye; one is by saying,
Do as I tell you," the other by saying, Do as I
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do." Their is caied, teaching byprqpt The
second teaching by osyeret
If the drill sergeant were teaching some raw
recruits how to march, hi tight either stand and
shout to them words of command, tel them to
straiten their knees, and square their shoulders,
hold up their heads, and so on ; or he might put
himself in front of them, and march before them,
telling them to fix their eyes on him, and topy him
as closely as they could. If he did the flrs the
would teach by preept, if the second, by aemplu
Or, if you wese teaching a little girt to sew ; one
way wouM be to say Hold your needle in this
way, and the cloth in this way, and then make your
stitch," that would be to teach by precept; or you
might get a piece of cloth, and a needle and thread,
and sit down beside her, and say, "' Look at my fin-
ger, and try to tee your own in the same way," thi
would be .n teach by eaw pk.
Now, the best teachers use both of these, oCre-
times the one, somaetImee the other. So 'the Bible


*tiwa of all teachO e tea4he children amOtiaes
b.by precept, sometimes by example. St. John said
4 0you My little children, let us not love in word,
Saither in tongue, hut in deed and in trth. That
.s prevspt. King David aid to you, Come ye
hUdidemBheuaken unto me, I will teac" you the fear
g she. lord-keep thy tongue fom evil, and thy lips
peuFeakring guile; depart from evil and do good;
pek pace ad purmae i" That is apc again.
But the first lesson of this morning's service,
aould teach children by example. And so I am
going to try and give you a peep into the depth of
the dim old time, and to draw a pidttre of a 2ttle
maiden who lived in those days; and I wish to hold
t up to you, that you may try to copy, though not
the very same things that she did, yet the right sprit
In which she did them.
And ~, Iythe Great God who taught the little
ia& and whe has told s the gopd deed that she
::. ~ay He bead our heats, so that we may lear

something from her story, which may make us wiser
and better.-
And first, let me ask you to fancy that you are
lookinginto a happy home; a cottage standing on
one of the sloping hills of Samaria! It is in a
village almost hid in a grove of fig trees, and olive
trees, and orange trees, laden with fruit. For this
was most likely the kind of house, which was the
home of the little maiden, whose example I wish you
to follow.
I cannot tell you whether she was one of a large
circle of brothers and sisters, or whether she was the
only child of her parents, or of a widowed mother. I
am only sure of this, that she had something in her
heart, which would make her the joy of all the house.
hold, whether they were few or. many.
But that joy was not to last long. There came a
day when regiments of soldiers marched into this
peaceful village: "The Syrians had gone out by
companies," they trampled through the vineyards,
and burnt down the houses, and seized the people
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lI j lived in them; -and they came to the happy
himl of this little maiden and they "carried her
away captive out of the land of Israel." Perhaps
Sthey would leave her father and mother, if they were'
Past work, to die of broken hearts; perhaps they
Sw6lid carry them off for sale far away to some other
S ity ; perhaps they would kill them, if they tried to
defend their home.
i i.- And if the little maid had brothers and sisters,
the fierce soldiers would divide them among them-
selves and carry them away too, to sell them
wherever they could, most likely, never to see each
other any more.
.Dear Children, you who have happy homes, how
thankful you should be, that you need not be afraid
lest savage soldiers come to tear y6u away from
them, as they did in years gone by, when there was
war in our country. How thankful you should be
that you are-notliving in Africa, instead of England;
ior in Africa, the negro knows that any day the
,white sail of the slave ship may come in sight-the

ssirag EJ w may Ibek nato his htI-pt chains
fathd, ad mother, and children -cast them inteo t
hold of the ship, with hundeds more, packed we
dines, that may of them die, and tough dead, s es
let chained to the living one. And the when
they come to the slave market, they are sold by
aacdtis -hsband ten tm wife-brother from piter
-parent from child!
And thbi is o eold story taken frm boasos the
ery last news that ane from Amerin, said that
rll these dreadful ic ueltes are now goi on there to
Bpply sdaves for the Islud of abs ; and that the
profit is so great, that though it is ageaimt the law,
yet, even IT New York, ships were secretly fited out
for this horrible trade.
t is s ima enough to bear people gmatle that
"they hwe to:work "ie sM~ at but though the work
of niay of yo is very bard, yet it issot Eike a slave'
labour When you are frored to wrk witos pay-
sold tike astale-treated ike machinesw-wben there
is no law tolimit the hors of-daily w -no law to

p mih the master, whose cruelty migLh cause ye
I ury or death-then and not till then, will it be
I ee that any one in our free England works reallyy
Wii asik'." Let as be tksakfl, and let us pray
iod to protket the defeaceles Afrians, from those
who are s greedy for the price f blood.
But the little Hebrew maiden is a slave; she has
been tor from her home and all its joys, and now
iae has beam brought to Damasen, and been given
to Namaan, a chief captain in the Syrian army, and
a great favourite with the king; and she has become
hLdy'smaid to Naaman's wife.
She lives now in a house grander by far than her
father's cottage ; the roms are lofty, "cieled with
oeWr, and painted with vermilion;" in the wide
serts fountains sparkle amid the bright lowers and
nweet-metlig sihrobs. Btt, ah I se would far
rather be at home. Be it ever so humble, there's
1W place likethOe."
A poor lark, hanging in its prison by the window-
SMide in the close aad crowded street, would not be

* happierif you were to gild the wires of its cage;
and give it its seed and water out of vessels of pure
gold. It is not finery that it wants, but freedom.
It wants to sing its glad songs up at heaven's golden
gates. It wants to sip the dew-pearls from the
green grass, of which the piece of withering turf in
the bottom of the cage, is only a cruel mockery.
And so the little Hebrew maiden, she would have
liked to sing her cheerful songs under their own vine,
and their own old fig-tree at home, in the far land
of Israel.
But did she pine, and fret, and murmur, because
she could not do this ? Did she do all she could to
vex those who kept her there a slave ?
I am sure she did not; she had been a gentle
daughter and sister at home, and now though
sometimes sorrowful she is always kind-hearted and
anxious to do good, even to her enemies.
And if the little maid had been of a spiteful sel-
fish temper, there was one thing in Naaman's house
that she would have been glad to see, though she

would have been afraid to show that she was glad
about it. There was one thing, which she knew
took all the sweetness out of her master's cup;
spoiled all the pleasures of his life. He was rich
and brave-had won great battles-the king loved
him-all men honoured him-what could he want
i He wanted just what almost all of you children
(even the poorest of you) have, and, I dare say, think
very little about, for most people do not know its
value till they lose it, he wanted health. Naaman
was a leper.
Leprosy is a dreadful disease. It was once very
common in England, it is now happily very rare:
but in the countries of the East it is still very com-
mon, as you remember it was, in the times of which
the Bible speaks.
Leprosy changed the pure blood and made the
flesh rot and-crumble off the joints: the sore sick
'body became as "white as snow,'? and only God
Should stay the malady and save the leper's life.


uir. will learn what a lIathiome disease it wml
vhen you hear the odear whick wese binding upeP
every Jew, who was attacked by it As soon as& the
priest maid it was a case of leprosy, he unhappy man
was obliged to leare his wife and children, to stay
outside the city, and never to draw. mar to the
temple even to worship God ; he was ordered to tear
his clothes, to put dust on hia bead, to hang -loth
orer his upper lip, that his breath miht not came
atr sany one, and to cry aloud as he passed alog
the sad "unclean, unclean" let any shoum
approach him unawares.
You may see from this st ictness of the Jeiash
kw, that it was a very terrible sickness that Neraman
But the little maid, when le loakd upon his af
fliction, did not rejoice over it, and think him well.
puiahed, for keeping her ifro her beae, bteahe was
snory fir his suffering ; ahe nraeasberod that in her
emb lead, Ged had given great power to i B sha, o -
that he coalB ra tLe e ad tio life, rand fnd fod i.

atek* of famdne, and do anddQ szny other wonderful things ;
Sand so she felt sure that, if it pleased God, he could
Serethis lepsosy ef her Uaster'Be And with her heart
i of this, one day as she was waiting upon her mis.
i teia (perhaps se saw Nawman passing) she could
w help saying, "Would God tat is, I iss, h that
Sit would please God, 'that my Master were with the
I popt that isr in Samn ia for he would recover him
I idI leprosy."
S- It does not seem that her mistress tookany notice
*f what she said; perhaps she told her that she was
only a foolish little Hebrew slave-girl, and she had
better mind her own business; at any rate, it was
not her amatrrm who repeaed the woeds to Naaman,
for "one went and told his master, thus and tbha
*aid the makd that is of the lad of Israel."
And soon the little maiden's words were carried to
the ean of the King of Syi, ad he thought it worth
whie to try what could be done in Israel for his fia
Mt rihe Captai. So he picked out handsome pre
v t .fr Jorma, King of Israel, and sent it by Naa.

man's hand, and wrote a letter, asking the King to:
heal Naaman's leprosy.
SAnd when Joram read the letter, asking him to.
cure an incurable disease, he at once thought that the
King of Syria was trying to pick a quarrel with him,
and that when he said he could not grant the request,
that then he would again ravage his country; and
so, forgetting the power of God, he rent his clothes,
in token of his grief and terror ; and thus Naaman
was very nearly sent back to his own country un-
healed. But when the prophet Elishq heard what had
taken place, he sent, to the King of Israel and said,
"Why hast thou rent thy clothes ? let the man come
to me and I will show him that there is a prophet in
And soon Naasman's chariot and horses stood at
Elisha's door.: But the prophet did not come put to
do hen*i e to the great man: he only sent ,and told
imm td'o and dip seven times in Jordan. At frst
Naarmana proudly refused, buts afterwards, on the
Sadveeof his servants, he humbled himself and went

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Sad thee his lesh, thet waswhite sad clammy, came
again fresh and ruddy, like unto the fleh of a little
child and he was clean :" ahd he confessed "There
is no God in all the earth but in Isral/," and we may
hope that from that time he would worship no other.
SAnd thus, from the single exclamation of the little
kind-hearted Hebrew maid, the great captain was
cured of his leprosy. He went out of Damascus a
wretched leper, he came back strong and healthy.
IHe went out an idolater, he came back a worshipper
of the only living and true God, the God in whom the
little maid trusted, and to whom, we may be sure,
she prayed.
SAnd now, what are some of those things in which
yen, dear children, should follow the example of this
little maid ?
Try always and everywhere to do good. Like the
little maid, try and do good to your enemies--if you.
have any.
There was once a little girl, the daughter o-f br
SDoddridge, who had no enemies, and I wi11 tfely p4


in her own words how she managed it: she was
S asked how it came about that every body loved her.
She answered, that she supposed it was because
Sshe loved everybody."
But even if you love everybody, you will be sure,
as you grow older, to fall in with those who will dis-
like you, and probably vex and annoy you for your
very gentleness; and to them you must chiefly try
to do good.
There was in a school a great boy who abused
the younger ones so much that the teacher took the
votes of the school whether he should be sent away
altogether or not. All the smaller boys voted that
he should be sent away, except one, (who was
scarcely five years old), who voted that he should be
allowed to stay, though the little fellow knew that
Sthe other would continue to teaze and bully him.
Why did you vote for him to stay ?" asked the
teacher. Because," the child said, if he is ex.
Spelled, perhaps he will not learn any more about
God, and so he will be more wicked still." "Do

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you forgive him then?" asked the teacher again.
"Yes," said the child, father, and mother, and i
you, all forgive me when I do wrong ; God forgives
me too, and I must do the same."
Let us then all try to forgive and to do good
to those we most dislike, and who seem most to
dislike us; and so to obey the words of JE.US in
His sermon on the mount, Love your enemies, lll
bless them that curse you, do goud to ti:en that '
hate you, and pray for them that despittfullly use
you and persecute you."-Mattll. v. 4 1.
And like this little maid, try and do oood to the
sick. There is many a little thing that a: child can l
do for the afflicted and bed ridden. ThL,- is some-
thing very comforting to the heart of IJ. :ik, in
finding that those, who are generally fi t' spirits '
and gaiety, can feel for them, and c:ian :;i: ,ll.! by .i
them, ready to reach them any little tiL. t'r they .
may want; ready to repeat some of t ei si ,iple
hymns, and to read some of the conmfi.ri." ords of
the Lord JESUS.
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S I have heard of a lady, who was very ill, and on
the table by her bedside, there were many gifts from
her friends, dainties to tempt her to eat, scents to
Srefresh her when she was faint ; but of them all,
she said, what gave her most pleasure, was a sweet
Flower that had been brought to her bed-side by the
gentle hand of a loving child.

Oh then, children, if there are any sick folk
among your neighbours, try to use the power that
you have to comfort. It is not the scent of the flower
That cheers the sick ; it is rather this, to know that
there is some boy or girl, even among the gay and
I lightsome, who is so sorry for them as to come and
do all they can to soothe their sufferings, and cheer
their drooping spirits. The sick are often fretful
from pain. They are ready to say bitterly, that no
one careth for them now, and even the visit of a
child, may drive away this evil spirit.

"A little word, in kindness spoken,
A motion or a tear,
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Has often healed the heart that's broken,
And made a friend sincere.

Then deem it not an idle thing,
A pleasant word to speak;
The face you wear, the thought you bring,
The heart may heal or break."
In young or old, but chiefly in the young, this
love and sympathy, is the real king of all the
wizards." This can do more wonders than all the
conjurers in the world, for it can pour balm into the
wounded heart, can cheer the troubled breast, and
bring a bright smile over the pinched features of
weary-hearted poverty.
Do not then, like Naaman, be anxious to do some
great thing. Remember that life is made up of
little duties, little pleasures, little comforts, little

kindnesses, little joys.
SWe little know, how light a thing,
May dry the tears of woe;
The pittance small, the one kind word,
With which we all can part,
May take the sting from poverty,
Or save the broken heart."
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And when this conjuror, Loving-kindness, takes
with it, as its magic-wand, the promises of God's
SWord, then it can do yet greater things than these;
for then it can give hopes to the despairing sinner;
give peace to the weak and faltering penitent.
And cheering as these promises are at all times,
they are most cheering in the dark hours of trouble.
They are like the lamp that is put into the railway
carriage ; you enter a carriage-you are busy say-
ing good-bye to your friends at the station-the
train moves on-you look out of the window on field,
Swood, and village, as you dart past them-or you
Stalk with your fellow-travellers-but suddenly the
Strain plunges, with a loud whistle, into a tunnel-
the bright sun-light is lost, and then for the first
time you notice the railway carriage-lamp It was
there all the time, yet, because the sun made its
light useless, you did not observe it. And, I say,
that God's promises are like that railway lamp ; the
christian traveller has them always with him, though
when the sun is shining, and prosperity beaming on
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him, he does not remark them, but, when trouble
comes, when his way is through the darkness of
sorrow, then do these promises shed around him
their welcome and cheering light.
But there is one other thing in which I would ask
you to follow the example of this little maid. Try >
always, and everywhere, to speak good.
We little know where our words will travel to, or
wlot shape they will take, when once they have S:
passed the door of our lips. Many people will re-
peat them, and many hear them, whom we never
intended them to reach, just as these few words of
the little maid were passed from mouth to mouth,
till they reached the ears of the king himself.
Her words were kind words, kindly spoken, and
they gave back kindly echoes, and did great good.
But her words would have travelled none the less, -
but all the more, had they been unkind words,
intended to injure or mislead. And it is so still.
There are some persons who seem to be always on
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pass on. They do not care to repeat what is for the
n good of others, but anything that throws a stain
Over anybody else is touched up and passed on;
"thus and thus said so and so is for ever on their
Tongue. Children, shun such tale-bearing, gossip-
Sspreading companions. Remember, whoever makes
you laugh by telling you of the faults, and failings,
and follies of others, is quite sure to make others
laugh by telling them of yours.
S And not only avoid such; take care that they
never hear from you any unkind speech which they
may retail with your name to it. Pray for the meek-
Sness and gentleness of CHRIST in your hearts, that so
I the law of kindness may be ever on your tongues,
for it is "out of the abundance of the heart that the
mouth speaketh." Determine, by God's help, to
speak evil of no man," or at least, never to speak
ill of any person unless you are forced by duty, and
T then only say what you are sure is true. And when
you hear another evil spoken of, then if you know
Sany good about him, be sure to mention it.
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These kind words are the brightest and the
sweetest flowers on earth, and they make almost
a little heaven here below around every one, who
abounds in them. Seek then in this to follow the
example of the little maid, of whom I have been
speaking-we do not even know her name-and
yet the kind words that she spoke, not only did
the greatest things for her master, but they have
been told even in all the world for a memorial of
"Then speak no ill-a kindly word
Can never leave a sting behind;
And oh! to breathe each tale we've heard,
Is far beneath a noble mind.
Full oft a better seed is sown,
By choosing thus the kinder plan,
For if but little good be known,
Still let us speak the best we can.
Then speak no ill, but gentle be
To others failings as your own;
If you're the first a fault to see,
Be not the first to make it known.

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For life is but a passing daty,
2' No lips can tell how brief its span;
Tlen oh the little time we may,
Let's speak of all the best we can."

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"Jonathan, Sadl 's sn, had a son tiatl was lame
of his feet. He was fire years old wain the tidimgs
came of Saul and Jonaahan out of Je"rcel, and his
nurse took hitm vp and fed ; and it catie to ]aI., P.
as she made haste to fee, t, at he fill, and became -j
lame. And his 'ame was Alephibonheth.'-Ii. (".'

"r ERE we have another peep into the dim ',
Sold times of Israel. Ve lately learnt some f
S/ lessons from the story of the little IHebrew f,
maiden; to-day, we catch a glimpse of the child-life
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Sof a little Hebrew boy. He was of royal blood,
4 for his father Jonathan was a prince in Israel, and
j his grandfather was king.
S Saul and Jonathan had gone out to battle with
, the fierce nation, the Philistines, who lived near
them. Jonathan's little son was five years old, and
Swas left in the care of the nurse in the palace at
; Gibeah. If you turn to i. Samuel xxix. 1. you will
there find how it fared with Saul and Jonathan in
Sthe war. You will find that "the Philistines gath-
ered together all their armies to Aphek ; and the
Israelites pitched by a fountain which is in Jezreel;"
^ and that there a great battle was fought. In i.
SSamuel xxxi. 1. you will find how it ended, "the
men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and
Sell down slain in Mount Gilboa," and among those
slain, there was King Saul, his three sons, his
armour bearer, and all his men.
There were, however, some men of Israel "on the
other side of the valley," and when they saw what
had happened, they ran away from their homes and
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left them to the Philistines, and some of them ran
with the terrible news to Gibeah, where the young
child was.
The sad tidings "out of Jezreel" came into the
palace. The faithful nurse of Jonathan's little son,
expecting that the cruel soldiers of the Philistine
army would come to plunder the king's house, and
to kill the royal children, took up the child of five
years old in her arms and fled away. But as she
fled, in her terror she let him fall ; and ever after-
wards he was lame, and though he lived to be a
man, yet he was a cripple to the day of his death.
You will learn this from his own lips if you turn
to ii. Samuel xix, 26. In that passage Mephi-
bosheth is excusing himself for not having gone out
with David, when he was driven from Jerusalem
by his wicked son Absolom, and he says, My lord,
0 king, my servant deceived me : for thy servant
said, I will saddle me an ass that I may ride thereon
and go unto the king ; because thy servant is
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Now there are some useful thoughts which rise
From this little incident. It reminds us, that though
we are all in constant danger of death, or injury,
yet that children are chiefly so. Here even a care-
ful nurse, anxious to keep her clild safe, stumbles
S and klts him fall, so that he is lamed for life. Such
S things often happen; only last week there was
mentioned in the newspaper the death of a child
at Brighton. It was sick-the mother sent to the
Sdruggist for medicine-the druggist was out-and
his apprentice made a mistake and instead of the
Right medicine, sent a mixture called black drop,"
which was deadly poison. The mother's only wish
was to cure her child, yet she, without knowing it,
gave it the poison, which killed it.
And if there is danger, when mother or nurse
are anxious and watchful, how much more danger is
there, when they are thinking more of themselves
than of their children.
SWhat dangers then have we all passed through ?
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and well! what a mercy that we are not lame or
crippled! that we are not blind or deaf, as we
might have been.
To whom do we owe this ? First, to GOD-secondly, I
to our Parents. And, therefore, we ought to give
most humble and hearty thanks to Gou, our Fath'r !
And to show that these thanks are not mere talk, &
we ought to be grateful and obedient to our parents, N
or those who have watched over our childhood. I
And also we ought to be tender and kind to C
those, who are less fortunate than ourselves, the
lame-the halt-the blind. -
We are to be thankful to GOD. Every moment
we live we are under God's eye. All things around
us are held together by His hand. No care, how- .
ever constant, can shield us from harm, unless He
A mother watches over a child with all love and
tenderness; she does all she can to keep it well
and strong, but sickness comes-it lies long on its -g
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length, a favourable turn comes-the child begins
Sto recover-but, a limb has shrunk-it is lame for
0 life-all that man could do, was done-God, and
T God only could have saved it from being a cripple.
But let me give a true case from the life of one of the
] most wonderful men, who have lived in our days.
-0 l John Kitto, was the son of a mason at Plymouth.
One day forty years ago, his father was slating the
Sroof of a house, the boy was carrying a load of
slates up the ladder, he was just at the top, when
he lost his footing, and fell backwards, from the
height of thirty-five feet, into the paved court below.
li He was carried to his bed, and there he lay, utterly
Unconscious like one asleep, for a whole fortnight.
H When he came to himself, he asked for a book
which he had been reading before he fell, his friends
answered him, but they saw by his face that he
Didn't hear-they shouted, but still his eye and
his tongue kept enquiring, as if they had not spoken
to him at all-they then answered him by signs,
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let me have the book,"-one of those near him wrote
on a slate that the book had been given back to its
owner-" But," said the poor boy, Why do you
write to me, why not speak ?"-then the sad truth >
could no longer be kept back, and so there was
written on the slate and held up before him, the
dreadful words, You are deaf."
And he was deaf to the end of his days. But,
though deaf and very poor, yet the love of books
was so strong, that he taught himself many lan-
guages ; he travelled in many lands, and when he
died last year, he left behind him many very useful
and learned books, helping us to understand the
SBest of all Books,"-the Bible.
.In this case you see that all that man could do,
was done. God, and God only could have saved
the boy from deafness.
And in the same way, many children lose their
eye-sight, from sickness, or from accidents, which
neither father, nor mother, nor friend can prevent; |
but God only.

If then, Dear Children, we are neither lame, nor

denf, nor blind-if we can work without pain, and

without hindrance-if we can hear the song of

Sirds, and the sound of pleasant voices, if we can

) see the cheerful sunshine, and the bright flowers,

Sandl the faces of those we love, then we should be

l thankful to God-God, who up to this very hour

has guarded and kept us from all danger.

"I humann watch, from harm can't guard us;
God must watch, and Gd must guard us."

S But we do not see God, except in the way in

Which the little dying blind girl said that she could

sec jEJsrsts, that was, "with the eve of her heart."

'K \We do not see God, so as to give thanks to Him;

but there are some whom we do see, whom God

) las given us to guard us, and help us, and we

Must show that our thanks are not mere talk, by

the way we treat them.

If you are not lame, nor blind, nor deaf, remember

that you owe this, under God, to your father or

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If they had not watched over you, there are many (P
evil things, which might readily have befallen you,
therefore you should show your gratitude to God, l
by being obedient and dutiful to them ; and think
too, that it is not all children who have parents as
kind as many of you have.
The newspapers help us to see into some very'sad
homes. They take the fronts off some houses, where
children are treated in a very cruel manner by their
own parents; and, I fear there are many others
who are unkind, but whose names do not come into
the newspapers, because the poor children have no
one to take their part.
I will give you one such story, which I copied I:
from the newspapers two months ago. At the town of
Bedford, a man, his wife, and daughter, were con-
demned to prison for four years, for causing the i
death of a younger child.
They made her and her two little sisters work at
a lace-pillow for fourteen hours a day, feeding them
on dog-meal, and beating them with stinging nettles.
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On the night of Iarch 29th, the child was very
Hungry, and begged her mother to give her some
supper ; the mother's answer to the appeal was a
Beating with her doubled-up stays, the poor child
Sgot into bed, with her two little sisters, and to
Comfort herself sung an hymn, then feeling herself
4- weak, and thinking of the daily task, she uttered a
-4 short prayer, ending with Lord Jesus, let me do
- my work next week." Next morning she was past
all earthly troubles -her life ended with that simple
4 prayer.
S Now, Children, think if instead of your own kind
a- father and loving mother, you had parents, or
brothers, or sisters, like these, how wretched you
Should be! Try then to show God that you are
Thankful to Him for the great blessing of good kind
Friends at home, by being dutiful to them.
Remember how hard they have worked, or are
Working for you. Remember how many sleepless
Sights and anxious days your mother spent over
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being fond and obedient to those who have done so
much for you. Even if you should think that your
parents have not done all they might for you ; still
be grateful to them for what they have done, and
think of the thousands, who have no father or
mother to care for them at all, and try, by your
goodness and gentle obedience, to show your parents
that you feel thankful for what they have done, or
are doing for you, for in this way you are most
likely to lead them to love you more dearly, and so
to care for you better, and help you the more.
But, beside showing gratitude to God, for keeping
you safe and sound, so that you are neither lame,
nor blind, nor deaf, by being lovingly subject to
your parents, you should do so in another way,
namely, by being kind to those wlio are not so well
off in these respects as you are.
As we go along the streets, how many persons,
young and old, do we see who are deformed, or.
injured in some way. Here is one groping along in
darkness holding the hand of a little girl, or led by

a dog in a chain Iere is another limping along
painfully on crutches, or with his limbs so twvisted
that he cannot move without the greatest difficulty !

For many such cases there are hospitals provided,
where they are cured or taken care of. There is in
London, a house set apart for those who are lame
and maimed, and called the "Cripples' Home."
In many places, for instance in Nottingham, there
are asylums for the blind, where they are taught to
make baskets, anrd mats, and such things; and
where they are taught to read by passing their fin-
gers over pages, on which the letters are not black,
but raised up from the page. There are also many
Srefuges for those who are deaf and dumb, where
they are taught and watched over.

It. is a blessing that there are such places, and they
are one of the chief glories of our country. But
still, each of us most likely knows some one, often
sees some one, who, though not bad enough to be
in such a house of refuge, yet is much hindered by
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some infirmity or deformity in getting their daily
Now, I wish to press this on you, that one way of I
showing that you are grateful to God, is by being kind
to such persons, wherever, and whenever you can.
I will not think that there are any of you, who .
would join in teazing or laughing at them. To do. (1
this, shows a mean and cowardly spirit.
"Cowards are cruel, but the brave
Love mercy, and delight to save."'
I have read of a crippled beggar who was trying
to pick up some old clothes that had been thrown to
him from a window ; a crowd of rude boys gather ed .
round him, mimicking his awkward movements, and
hooting at his rags and helplessness.
Presently, a noble little lad came up-pushed
through the crowd-saw what was the matter-at I
once set to work and helped the cripple to gather
up his gifts and put them in a bundle-and ran on.
A lady, the wife of one of the chief men in the .
town, saw the whole affair, and as the lad passed, 1
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o she asked his name, and wrote it down to tell her
husband, that he might help him on in the world: and
-I she said to him, as he left her, God will bless you
for doing that kind act." But it was not for show,
or for reward, that the lad had done it; still the
l ady's kind words of approval were pleasing ; he
found too that he had made his own heart glad by
Doing good. It made him happy to think of the
Spoor cripple's grateful look, and what made him
Shappiest of all was, that he could almost hear his
SFather in heaven saying Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy."
'; Now is there nothing of this sort you can do, so
J as to make others, and yourself, happier ? Is there
> not a lame girl in your mill ? Day by day, the
oP others go and come with brisk and active step,
< while she follows behind slowly and alone ? Would
it not be kind to stay and bear her company, even
N though you were five minutes httcr every day in
getting home yourself? Or, is th ee not in your
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speech ? you know, that laughing at him makes him
much worse, would it not be kind to take no
notice ? or if a new teacher came, to do as one lad
did in a class of which I have heard ? When it
came to the turn of the stammering boy to say his
lesson, not being used to the teacher, he could not
get on. The teacher, of course, thought that he
hadn't learnt it, and most of the class were laughing
at the poor boy, but one said, Teacher, give him
time." The teacher did so, and soon the lesson was

That was right conduct. That was acting out
the lesson, which St. Paul gives us, and which I
hope you will all try to act on ; you will find it in
Romans xii. 10. Be kindly affectioned one to
another, with brotherly love."

And there is one other thing, which I wish you
to notice, namely, that it is not by doing any great
things that you are to show your gratitude to God,
in helping those who are less fortunate than you

Share. It is little kindnesses that soothe the most
When they come from those who can do more.
You may be very poor-you may be in trouble
and pain yourself, and yet you may by sympathy,
that is, by suffering with another, help him to bear
his pain, or trial.
S There was once a blind man who had lost his
S way, in travelling over a bleak and lonely moor.
He knew that there were dangerous places not far
off ; and so he sat down on the ground afraid to move
another step. Bye and bye, an old and crippled man
came along dragging his limbs slowly and painfully.
The blind man heard his footsteps-shouted to him
and asked him to come and guide him over the com-
mon, the other answered that he would do so gladly,
only that he was lame of both feet; "but," he said to
the blind man, if you will take me on your strong
back, then I will be to you instead of eyes, and you
Swill be to me instead of feet." They did this, the
blind man carried the lame man, while the lame
man told the blind man which way to go, and in
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4,$ Such sympathy is worth little. Do not copy it.
^. But if you come across any one whom you can help,
Help with that which costs you something. Do not
Only weep for them, but do for them what you can.
SAnd if you can do nothing, at least you can give
Ssomething--something which you all have, and the
value of which I have often told you. You can give
loving gentle words, and they have power to bless,
and power to soothe.
iUse gentle words, for who can tell
4J The blhssings they import !
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His children slcall hatvce a ,p}laf.ce of rofue.-Paovna;s
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yet it is so simple that even children can understand
the most of it.
There are few of you who do not see the meaning
of this verse of the Child's Book, which I have
, chosen from the proper lesson for this Evening Ser-
vice. Here, King Solomon says, "In the fear of
the Lord is strong confidence," that is, trust and
boldness. The fear of the Lord, as I told you in
the second of these Sermons, is not the kind of fear
that makes a slave crouch under a cruel master's
Swhip--there is no confidence--no trust or boldness
in that kind of fear. But it is the fear, that a child
has of losing the love of a tender father : it is a
kind of fear that Abrahaam had, when he was ready
to slay his son, sooner than disobey God, whom he
loved In this kind of fear there is strong con-
fidence, there is boldness, and trust. It was this,
that made Abraham sure, even while he was lifting
upI the knife to plunge it into his son's heart, "that
SGod was able to raise him up, even from the dead."
-IIeb. xi. 19.
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But it is further stated in the text, that God's
" children shall have a place of Refuge." It is on
this part of the verse, that I am going to speak to
you this afternoon, and, I will first tell you what a
"place of refuge" is, and then show you what a
mercy it is that God's children have one.

What is a place of refuge '" It is, just, a safe
place to which we may fly in time of danger.

In far-back times, and in a far.off land, there was ',
a strange thing going on-there was no sea nor river i
near, and yet in the midst of the fields a man was i
building a monstrous ship His neighbours laughed h
at him, but still they took his money, and helped Si
him to build it. .
Years rolled past, and still the man worked on-
the hammers were always ringing-story above story k
of the ship rose up--and still the man kept building (
-still he kept telling all the people that they had .
better do the same, for that unless they turned from
their sins to God, there was a day coming when the 4
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Sl dry land would be a sea, and they would surely -
SThe man grew grey-working and preaching. j
For more than a hundred years he had been laughed ^
at as a fool and a madman-for more than a hundred
years his big ship had stood empty on the plain, a
I mark for many a scoff and sneer. But at last the
Ship was finished outside and in, and the wicked I
-o' people, who lived round about, wondered when
They saw all kinds of animals coming up quietly r-
Sin order, and walking or creeping or flying into the
great ship. Then they saw the man's wife go in,
and his sons, and his sons' wives, and last of all the
goodd old man himself, and then the door was shut 3
after him, as if it had shut of itself, but it was
SGod who shut him in.
,. Then the black clouds came gathering up the sky,
and poured down sheets of water. The little brooks
--1.1 grew into rivers-the wells bubbled and broke up
Into lakes-the lakes swelled into seas.
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hill-sides and to the mountain tops. Still the waters
rise-men and beasts are crowded together, struggling .,
Sfor standing room, on the highest places of the
mountains And still the wa'ers nis-it c iLst n:n 5
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0 is w;s=:cd (-tl-he highest mountain pe.; ;,-oes ..w,; :
beneath th vwav rid now there is no c' ..t-
Scrag-n:o clfi to rc ak the tit lo ,s iw t
Ssweepin, ro'. and round the wor ld!
^ On tLis soel -.s ocean was theLre ;:tv p)Lc, of :-
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Srefuge ? Yes. TI great sl!hi tlhat ti.e p.i ta
man h d ,. \L ,-if.,ly above the w.,r L.u
And as i11e L. l t.,~ knee before God or ;.' -.
day- c l he :.a.,',c ].i:s f1 ,ily reund tlC ..r ci. tl,
deck of tit. U..ivy ..;p, lie miht have i
words on I.; 1 .-. If they had been v:7 tn, ,
In tle f':r 'f 1 Lord is strong co: ,c, a d "
His cih:iJd In s]:il xc a p ace of I eY
Or it wvIl! L xp: an tl'e sauLe thlg if 1 i7 t.) draw
another picture. Jere is a beauLlful r; i k
Sand one man', o sv'caL s very weary, tra:x.lig A:o '
Sit. Every nrow i jl itchn he looks naxl..i.Jy bLhlid

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Shim, as if expecting to see some one of whom he
Sis afraid. When he comes to cross-roads he looks
carefully at the finger-posts, and when he sees
Ny written on one, "To the City of Refuge," he goes
Sthe way it points.
At last, when the walls of a city are in sight, he
looks behind him and he sees a man pursuing him.
ie knows who he is--he is the nearest relation of
|<- a man, whom he had killed without meaning t) do
^ so, and he is pursuing him to avenge his kinsman's
S The man-slayer is in terror-heheears the feet of
g. tle avenger of blood close behind him-but he
Stresses on with all speed-the city is close before
I him-the gate is open-if he can reach it, he is safe.
1 le almost feels the hot breath of the pursuer on
U his so.liulder-but he makes an effort of despair, for
it it for his life-he crosses the gate of the city-he
s.' stumbles and falls to the earth, faint and senseless
S on the threshold-but the door is closed behind him
-the avenger is shut out-and he has a place of
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Refuge, for in this city, he may dwell securely, f
4e if he can show to the judges of the land that he
Shad killed the man by accident, and had not any f
Smalice, or ill-will, against him before.
lc Now, just what the "ark" was to Noah and his .
Q family from the mighty waters. Just what the "city "
0 of refuge" was to the lmn-slyer from the avenger ot '
blood. The san e God is to all, who love, and
Sfear, and trust in Him. In Ilim, His children '
Shall have a place of re lige." :.
S But when we talk: of a, refuge, we take it for 5.
S granted thliat there is dan.:er. The ark was no
S"refuge"' il tlthe floods c'am ; tlie city was' no
S"refuge" till the avenger of blood threatened ; and
since God cAitrs to be a la1:ce of rcfiue," therlc
must be dancers ncnr. And, while I tell you N.-lwat
Some of those dangers are, you will see whlhit a
Sblessing it is that 11 God's ipeoiTe, especially God's
children. hav a fea s lafice ilo of refuge.
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Some of you perhaps may think that there are no
children poorer than you are-but I fear there are.
In London there are hundreds of boys who have e
no home, no parents, nothing to do all day long but
.' to wander about the streets, faiished with cold and
hunger! the keen wind blows through tleir tattered "$
-- garments, and tlicir little nlcke l fect ache as they I c
o-l t press tlie ard d gro.; then w hnc ni...lt c' un.s an:d -
it gets dark, as well as colder and colder, ,'lre are
t these poor little boys to go ? Some of tlhemt l dou,,n vun .
a crouched cluse together, on what they cll lihot
_o. l stones v.where the p1rvecIent i.s heatd near a .r,-a"r-
1 bakery ; others crawl under the arclhes of a 1-.ilge
Sor into an unfnished house, there thiny c tIv all night ,
and then get up again to find their food as thcv can. o..
For some of these little cut-casts a home lias been .
-:,built in a part of London called WitJ'LechaielI, and
t:1, this home for the homeless s as painted on it is name
The Boy's llefige ;" and in it about 1()0 childrenn
Share clothed and fed, and taught a trade, while at the
Same time they are taught to look higher than these

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things, they are taught to say with David, ( Psalm
lix. 16.) "Thou, 0 Lord, hast been my defence and
refuge in the day of my trouble." For let us
reniember, it is not always by making people rich
and comfortable that God shows 11imnself "a place
of refuge from poverty.

It is rather by making his children feel that, the
White and yellow dust, which men call silver and
gold, are not the truest riches ; that the bread
to eat is not the only bread there is; but that
although we any have little enough of these,
we may be rich ; as we read in this morning's
lesson (Prov. xiii. 7.), There is that maketh him-
self poor, yet hath great riches.'' Ilow can that be?
It is by giving up all else and seeking God for our
portion. For then we can s-ay, "Give what Thou
wilt, without Thee we are poor; and with Thee
rich, take what Thou wilt away."
SAnother danger tlht befals Gud's children is
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And whether this be pain of body or pain of
heart, God withl us makes a place of refuge."
S A little girl was once walking quietly down the
street of a town while some boys were playing at
the dangerous game of throwing stones. They did
not see the little girl, and one of them threw a
stone which struck her a bad blow on the eye.
She was carried home in great suffering-the
doctor was sent for-when lie came, he said that
she must have something done to her eve, which
Should be very painful-and he got ready his lancet
and other instruments -the little girl was lying in
Sher father's arms, and he asked her if she was ready:
Not yet, Father she said, What do you wish
us to wait for, my child ?" he asked gently.
I want to kneel in your lap and pray to JEsus
first," she said. bhe knelt-she prayed for a few
minutes-and then she bore tlhe pain witl the lpati-
ence and courage of a woman.
And so God fulfilled this promise to one of Illis

Children, and she had "a place of refuge" from sore
Spain of body.
And the same is true of pain of heart.
It is not often that children have to suffer grief c
and sorrow for a long time. But in all, whether
young or old, there is no other refuge, save in God.
I told you last month, something of a lad, who
lost his hearing by a fall from a ladder as he was "
helping his father to slate a house. &
This poor dumb lad was afterwards apprenticed to a S
shoemaker, who used him very badly; if the boy made
a wry stitch, he threw a shoe in his face-if he held
the thread too shot, he struck him on the hand
with the iron part of the hammer.
The lad was in such constant misery, that he was
almost driven to kill himself; but he had been c
taught to know that there is a God who orders all
things for us, to him he looked, and cried in the
bitterness of his soul, Father of mercy, forgive me,
if I wish I had never been born- h that I were
dead, if death were an end of being ; but as it is
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not, teach me to endure life-enjoy it, I never can."
And he was enabled to endure, as seeing Him
Swho is invisible ;" and he found God to be, what
David declared IIim, in one of the Psalms which we
Spread this morning (ix. 9.), "The Lord will be a de.
fence for the oppressed: even a refuge in due time
Sof trouble."
Another danger which besets God's children, is
.- PTemptation is when Satan tries us to see whether
3 we will yield to sin, or whether we will resist it.
Satan does this in many ways, but his favourite
Plan, is to use wicked men or boys to lead others
j astray.
S It is very hard to stand firm. If we were left to
ourselves we should fall. If we trust in God, He
Swill always be a place of refuge to us, though
that place may not always be what we should
S expect.
It was in the month of August, two years ago,
that Knud Iverson, a Norwegian boy, whose parents
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had settled in America, went out to the pasture,
light-hearted and happy, to drive home the cow.
On his way he had to pass a stream of water, and
near it, there were lo!itcing some idle ill-lookig lads,
much bigger than himself. They hailed K iud as he
Passed, and told him that they wanted him to go
into a garden that was near and steal some apples.
SBut Knu1d, though only thirteen, knew and loved
what was light, and hle was not afraid to say so,
though the boys were all much older than lie was
so he answered at once, "I cannot steal for anybody."
The big boys said that lie must do it, and if he did
not, they would duck him in tlhe river.
Knud was firm, and so those wicl:cd and cowardly
I lads dragged him to the river, and in spite of his >"
cries and struggles, they plunged him in.
But the brave boy, even with the water gurgling
in his throat, never flinched, fur he knew that God
had said, Thou shalt not steal." ,
His tormentors, provoked by his fi:mnesl, deter-
umined to see if they could not conquer, and kept "s

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g pushing him under the water, and each time, asking
h him if lie would do as they wished him.
But, "No, no," was the only answer that they
got, even as the stifled cries of the drowning child
Grew fainter and fainter, and his struggles feebler
Sand ftebler.
And so the martyr-boy was drowned-IIe could
die, but he could not steal.
Who, but God could give such strength to a mere
child ? He it was wlho provided a place of refuge"
for this brave and steadfast boy from the fierce and
cruel tempttations of the wicked.
And, Dear Children, tle same God will enable
you to stand firm in every evil day, when you are
tempted by bad companions, or in any other way.
Even though your trials seem so great, that you
are ready to think that God means to cast you oiT,
That His mercy is clean gone for ever, still though w
your heart faints, and your fiith fiils, yet be not
Afraid, God has not forgotten you; Ile knows just
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bear, and IHe will not suffer you to be tempted (
Above that ye are able.
S There is one other danger which besets all alike* '
That is, DEATTH.
S No one, young or old, strong or weak, can escape
- death, but it is only God's children who have a
place of refuge" in it.
Let me draw another picture for your minds to .
look at. This great plain is called the plain of
Dura, in the province of Babylon. It is almost filled
with people, of many different nations, who have -7
come together because their king Nebuchadnezzar has
commanded them, In the midst of the plain stands a t
great golden image, ninety-feet high, which the king
had made, and near the image the king stands himself'
and all his great men round him ; and now, there is a .
burst of music ; and lo! all the people and princes are f
worshipping the image with their faces on the ,
ground !
S Why do these three men not fall down and worship .
too ? They are Jews, servants of the true God-they 1

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