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My mother knows !” said Darky wisely. It was quite enough for him that his mother knew.
Oh, but I'd like to see for myself,” in sisted Snowy. “And why shouldn't I ?”
“Because I wouldn't, if I were you," advised Darky.
• Don't stray away, my child!” cautioned mother, who was lying down, for the sua had left off playing bo-peep), and was shining with all his might, so there was no fear of rain.
Snowy said nothing. Perhaps he did not hear; perhaps he did not heed. What a fine, smooth place for a game, if we could only get across, he thought. But there was the brook to cross, and Snowy had no acquaintance with water; he drew his foot back quickly when it touched the cold, shining mystery. Then, he set forth to stagger along the bank by himself, for Darky had timidly sheered up alongside of his mother.
“Silly frightened thing!” scornfully said the adventurer, feeling quite a man of the world as he glanced back once at the peaceful group. On and on he staggered until, to his surprise, he suddenly lost the brook. It had gone out of sight under the meadow-grass ; so Snowy had plenty of room, now, to skip and tumble and pick himself up again. Oh, what fun it was, to be sure! How tame it must be for Darky over yonder between the sedate old folk. At last, for he was only a day old, Snowy grew tired and hungry; his unmanageable legs bent again and again with sheer weariness.
"I want to go home!” he suddenly said. He wanted his soft, warm, woolly mother all at once and badly. That is how all wanderers feel; they want to get home, when they have had quite enough of freedom's delights. Then, in the still, clear air, there came a sound from faraway which made Snowy hurriedly stagger up on his feet. It was his mother's voice. She had discovered that her lamb was missing, and she was calling, calling for him.
“Ma-a!” feebly shouted Snowy in answer, and he stumbled along on bis return. But the way back from wrong-doing is different from the way forward; it is twice as long, twice as difficult. How many times the weak little wayfarer fell one could not count, but he still struggled on. At length, he could see mother, and Darky too, pressing close to his mother, wise little lamb. At the sight, Snowy broke into a frantic trot. Oh, the joy to meet mother again. But—but the joy sank into consternation, for Snowy found himself on the wrong side of the littie brook, which separated him from mother and from Darky. He had come back on the opposite side of the stream—the wrong side. He was stranded on the tiny wall, and there he stood bleating disconsolately. Her child was cut off, to the wild distress of his mother, and she lifted up her voice in mournful lamentations, in which Darky and his mother vociferously joined, with neighbourly sympathy.
To be parted was distracting. Bitterly did the frightened Snowy regret his folly in neglecting his mother's caution and his wise little friend's advice.
He would be left to die, he supposed, on that dreadful wall which, in his day-old eyes, was mountain-high, while the tiny watercourse looked a river, for, when we are small and weak and young, all things as well as all joys and sorrows are magnified beyond their actual size.
As for the mother sheep she was at her wits' end, not that sheep possess much wit to speak of. But any mother bereft of her child becomes desperate. Bleating dolorously
she would have ventured to cross the streamlet, but how to climb the little wall was altogether beyond her ken.
As far as the eye could reach over the downs nothing living, but sheep, was in sight-no help was nigh. Matters were serious, indeed. The cries of the separated mother and child grew shriller, more heart-rending, those of Snowy saying plainly enough, “ I am sorry, sorry for my naughty disobedience!"
It is when we say out loud that we sincerely repent us that help is certain to come. A loud, cheery whistle pierced through the sorrowful bleatings, and Snowy, turning his head, saw a short figure, with its limbs windmilling round as it came tearing along the meailow. It was Robbie the farm-boy, who was a son of the old shepherd. Of course, Robbie saw the situation at a glance.
“Howsumever a teeny-weeny thing like you got up there, I'd like to know. But, come along!” The boy reached up, and gently gathered the trembling, longlegged lamb in his strong arms and splashed through the tiny brook with his burden to deposit the little wanderer by his enraptured mother's side.
After that, for doing kindly actions was all in the day's work with good hearted Robbie, he trudged away whistling more loudly than ever.
As for Snowy and his mother, there never, surely, was a warmer welcome vouchsafed to a truant.
By-and-by, when the sun went down and the sheep were safely folded for the night, this little one, who was lost and was found, nestled close and warm beside his own mother, feeling inclined to tell himself, between sleeping and waking, that his naughty adventure had been but an ugly dream.
DARESAY if I were to ask a some Christian people used to do what they could for the
hundred children who knew people around, in the way of attending to their wants in their Bible, what name of Jesus illness. One day one of the fellaheen, or country people, they like best, perhaps ninety- came to get medicine for his wife, who was being attended nine would say, “The Good by one of the nurses. While he was waiting, he asked Shepherd.” And if I were to “ Who that was ?” The lady he asked told him in his ask them, “Now, what do you own language in simple words the story of the Good like best of all the things that Shepherd. His eyes were riveted on the little lamb, and Jesus ever said, after that text, he had a loving sympathy in his face. He put his hand •Suffer little children to come upon his breast in imitation of the figure in the picture, unto Me'?” I think they would and said: “I too am a good shepherd. I carry my lambs most likely say, “ Those words the moment they are born. I don't let them walk the in which He calls Himself. the first day at all. Yes," he said, " I watch for the lamb, Good Shepherd.'”
and take it up just like the Good Shepherd.” And if children only knew Now, how does the Eastern shepherd deal with his how much the name of “shep- sheep? He considers that he has great responsibilities herd” means in the east, where for them; and he acts accordingly. But there are two
Jesus lived, and so how much things which he las particularly in view—one is the He must have meant wben He said, “I am 'the' Good provision for his sheep, and the other is their protection. Shepherd,” I think they would like the name still better. And so he always finds out where there is grass and
Ah! and some naughty children would not like it so water enough for them, and he has a fold in which he well, for they would say, “I don't want any one to look shuts them up at night, so that they are safe. The poor so closely after me; I want to go my own way; I can sheep could not find out grass for themselves, and take care of myself”; and they would like a careless, especially water, in that hot country; and they never easy-going shepherd who would let them wander just could make a fold for themselves in which they could be where they liked; and shall I tell you where they would sure of being safe. And so the shepherd walks on before wander to—why, sooner or later down the wolf's throat. his sheep, and they follow; and thus are led to what
The eastern shepherd is full of feelings towards his they need. For the shepherd in the East does not drive sheep. He is very fond of them. Even though there his sheep, nor has he a dog to hunt and frighten them; may be a great flock of them, he knows them all by their they know him, and follow him, and that is enough. names, and he knows their faces too. He would never Yes! and if only we know Jesus, that will be enough mistake one for another. He knows them one by one. for us too. If any boy or girl would just say, “Blessed If Jesus the Good Shepherd did not do the like, and made
Jesus, are you on before ?” and stop and listen to hear a mistake about some little boy or girl, what a dreadful Jesus answer with perhaps only a still small voice in his thing that would be! Would it not be a shocking thing, heart, then, oh, how many boys and girls would be kept if when Jesus is gathering all His sheep and lambs at the in the right way who now go into the wrong. list, to bring them into the green pastures of heaven for I should not be at all surprised if it were with lambs ever, He were to say to any one of you, "I have made a as it is with children. I do not know how far sheep can mistake-you are not one of My lambs at all.” Do not be reason and think, but I can quite understand a young afraid; there will not be any mistake. Jesus has His lamb thinking that it will get a nice little bit to pick own mark on all His sheep and lambs. He never made here and there, though the shepherd is moving on; and a mistake yet, and He will not begin with you.
so, stopping or straying away from the flock. And just And this brings me to the thought that, if it is a very because he knows nothing about a wolf and has never pleasant thing for any boy or girl to think “Jesus knows
seen one, I can quite understand how he thinks there is me by sight and by name, and can never mistake me for no such great need of being pent up in the fold. The any one else, or any one else for me,” so it is a very lamb may enjoy itself for a little while, but, ah! how serious one one also, for if the shepherd in eastern will it all end-what will happen by-and-by! countries saw a foolish wayward lamb going where it A friend of mine in Australia was riding one day in ought not, he would know at once which lamb it was. the bush, when he came across a sheep entangled in a And so, now, when Jesus, the Good Shepherd, sees some thicket. The more he tried to pull the creature out, the of His lambs doing and being what they ought not, and more did it thrust itself back, until at last he had to go going into wrong places and ways, He knows which it is. away, and leave it there.
I was saying how kind and tender the feelings of the I should like to say to every boy and girl, Don't be eastern shepherd are towards his sheep, and especially tempted away from keeping close to the Good Shepherd. towards his lambs. These shepherds are just the same The way to be Christ's sheep when you are old is to be now in this respect as they were in the days of our Lord. Christ's lamb when you are young—the way to be for
There was a large coloured picture of the Good Shep- ever in His fold in heaven, is first, to be in time in His herd hanging up in the hall of a house in Egypt, where fold on earth.
Search and see.
THE STORY OF THE FAITH.
PARTICULARS CONCERNING INDIVIDUAL APOSTLES.
1. Which of the apostles followed another calling than that of fisherman ?
2. To whom was the term “Boanerges ” applied, and why?
3. To whose care did the Saviour, when dying, commit His mother?
4. Which of the apostles was once addressed as Satan, and why?
5. On what occasions did Thomas show (1) courage, (2) slowness to believe ?
6. Which of the apostles introduced some Greeks to Jesus?
7. Which of the apostles do we know to have been married ?
8. Who was displeased at Mary for anointing Jesus's feet, and why?
9. On what three occasions were Peter, James, and John, taken apart from the other disciples ?
10. What was the end of Judas Iscariot ?
11. Give other names for Matthew, Thomas, Judas the brother of James.
12. Of which apostle was it reported that he should not die ?
13. Mention two acts of daring on the part of Peter.
A verse in the epistle of James gives, in a few words, the spirit of the whole prayer mentioned in the previous exercise. Find some words of Christ which teach the same lesson, and also two verses from one of Peter's epistles, one from Ecclesiastes, and one from Proverbs, all treating of patience and humility. One of these passages appears as the following buried text. It contains fourteen words, but only nine are given as a key to the rest. One is found in each verse, except the third and fourth, which contain three each.
1. He forgetteth not the cry of the humble.—Psa. is. 12.
2. Avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath.-Rom. xii. 19.
3. A meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.—1 Peter iii. 4.
4. I will go in the strength of the Lord God.—Psa. Ixxi. 16.
5. Lift not up your horn on high : speak not with a stiff neck. - Psa. lxxv. 5.
Why weepeth my lord ?
Ye have prepared lying and corrupt words to speak before me.
Shall the sword devour for ever?
These speakers' names supply;
His sleeping lord;
Are soon restored.
And vowed a vow; “Look down, O Lord of Hosts,” she said, “on Tbine handmaid,
And hear me now.”
A fugitive with many followers has just left his home, and is flying from his foes. He soon meets one who is engaged in “tilling the land,” and is bringing two animals and a quantity of food, which he offers as a present. The fugitive enquires for the grandson of a king, and the reply he receives is a lie and a cruel slander. Believing the falsehood too hastily, and thus illustrating a verse in Proverbs xviii., the fugitive is deluded by this cunning deceiver, who gains the purpose he had in view, and replies with mock devotion and humility. A short time after his treachery is exposed, but the injured man shows no disposition to take revenge.