« ПредыдущаяПродолжить »
Only a few days after this adventure of Dick's, news came of the arrival in port of one of Master Fitzwarren's vessel with a valuable cargo on board. Now it was the custom in those days, in some houses, for all the servants of a family to invest something in the fortunes of any vessel their master might send out; and when, many months before this, Master Fitzwarren had been equipping the vessel now in question, he had summoned all his servants to gether, and beginning with the chief, had called upon them to put their savings into his venture, promising each a fair return of whatever profit his share should entitle him to at the end of the voyage.
Dick, poor boy, had no money; nothing in the world but a cat, whom he loved as his only friend, and to whom he owed no common gratitude for the manner in which she had protected him agains the rats that infested his garret. When it came his turn to put his share into the voyage he had not the heart to offer this companion-and he had nothing else he could call his own -so he begged to be excused. His master, however, insisted that, as his servant, he must put down whatever he had, however little, and even though this cat had cost only a penny to sea she must go, and Dick should have full value for her when the voyage was
which was considered too precious to be left on board ship. And the men who brought it told this wonderful story.
When the ship reached Algiers, in Africa, the ruler of the land ordered all the crew to wait upon him with presents, which accordingly they did, after which he prepared a feast and invited them all to partake. But no sooner were the covers removed than a swarm of rats, attracted by the scent of the good things, came and devoured all the victuals before their very faces. This, the governor told them, was no unusual thing; for rats were the plague of his land, and he would give any price to know of a means to get rid of them. one of the sailors bethought him of Dick Whittington's cat-who had already distinguished herself on shipboard by her industry in her art—and accordingly, next day, when the feast was served, and the rats, as usual, prepared to make away with it, puss was produced, and not only drove away the pest, but killed a considerable number. This happening for several days, his highness was so delighted that he instantly offered an enormous sum for the possession of so remarkable an animal, and loaded the crew with presents in token of his joy and gratitude.
Such was the story of the men, which explained this wonderful prize which fell to the share of the fortunate Dick Whittington..
Dick wept at this, and the young daughter of Master Fitzwarren, being moved to pity, offered from her own He, poor lad, could not understand it money what would preserve to the lad all, and went on with his drudgery in his four-footed friend. But not even the scullery as if nothing had hapthis would the stern merchant allow, pened, until his master compelled him and Dick therefore bad to bid a tearful to quit it, and from being his boy-offarewell to his favorite and resign him- all-work made him his partner in busiself to his loss.
Then Dick remembered the words the bells had sung to him a week ago, and rejoiced that he had obeyed their
All this had taken place many months ago. Now when the "Unicorn"-for that was the name of the vessel-returned to call. port, great was the astonishment of everybody (and no one's greater than Dick's) to find that the principal portion of the treasures on board belonged to the little scullery-boy of Master Fitz
The very first day of its arrival there was brought to the house a cabinet of je wels, forming part of the boy's share,
He rejoiced at another thing, too, which was that the kind young daughter of Master Fitzwarren, who had pitied him in his poverty, did not avoid him in his prosperity, but smiled happily upon him, when he took his seat at the family table to eat out of the dishes he had so recently scoured.
So this scullery-boy became a rich
merchant, and being just and honorable. as well as wealthy, he gained the respect and love of all with whom he had to do. When he grew to be a man he married the kind Miss Fitzwarren which made him happier than all his wealth.
Not only did merchants look up to him, but nobles and even kings came to him in their money difficulties, and he was the same upright gentleman to all men. Honors increased, and at last the prophecy of Bow Bells became true, and Sir Richard Whittington was made Lord Mayor of London.
The Voices of the Flowers.
IF you lie with your ear to the soft green earth,
You can hear the flowers, in their gay glad
To each other whisper and call.
For hushed, like an infant in sleep, they lie
Aweary of hearing the wind's bleak sigh,
And the falling of the snow.
But when spring comes down to the earth, and
Send a thrill through woodland and plain,
But which we miscall the rain
Then they waken up with a light in their look, And in low sweet whispers they cry: "Sisters, a murmur is heard in the brook,
And sunshine is seen in the sky;
In that capacity he grew still in And the clouds weep tears that are soft and riches and fame, and when his first term was expired, his admiring fellow-citizens, after a few years, made him Lord Mayor for a second, and when the second term was past, for a third. His third mayoralty happened in 1419, when King Henry IV. was on the throne of England; and then it was his honors rose to their highest pitch, for he entertained at his own table the king and queen of the land in such grand style that Henry said of him, "Never king had such a subject."
And never poor had such a friend. He never forgot the little forlorn boy on Highgate Hill, and it was his delight to his latest day to make the hearts of the needy glad, and show to all that it is not for money or grandeur, but for an honest soul and a kind heart that a man is to be loved and honored by his fellows.--N. Y. Observer.
A MAN in the path of duty is twice as strong to resist temptations as out of it. A fish is twice as strong in the water as on the shore; but a four-footed beast is twice as strong on the land as in the water. The reason is, because the water is a proper element of the one, and the earth of the other. Thy work is thy element wherein thou art most able to resist temptation.
THE TRUTH cannot be buried, beheaded, or crucified. A lie on the throne is a lie still, and truth in a dungeon is truth still; and the lie on the throne is on the way to defeat, and the truth in the dungeon is on the way to victory. No accident of position can change the essential nature of things, or the laws which determine their destinies.
"It is time we should burst through the young green earth,
As the stars through the heavens by night, That the young and the old may rejoice in our birth,
And we in the calm, sweet light.".
Then one said, "Sisters, where shall we grow?
Till the dews fold me up in a dream."
"And I," said another, "will bloom by the way Where the children go in a band;
They will stop for a moment their gladsome play,
And touch my lips with their hand."
"I will peep from the long rich grass," said
"When the meadows bow to the wind, And will catch like dewdrops the fairy tone Of the music it leaves behind.”
"And I," said one, "in some garden rare, Where my fairer sisters abide;
And it may be that I shall be twined in the
Of the maid as she blooms into bride."
Thus the flowers whisper, and if you lie
When the rain and the sunshine fall,
The Sunday-School Department.
The Bobolink's Song.
[From "A Bird Medley," by John Burroughs, in Scribner's Monthly.]
I have noticed that the bobolink does not sing the same in different localities. In New Jersey it has one song; on the Hudson a slight variation of the same, and on the high grass lands of the interior of the State, quite a different strain -clearer, more distinctly articulated, and running off with more sparkle and liltingness. It reminds one of the clearer mountain air and the translucent spring water of these localities. I never could make out what the bobolink says in New Jersey, but in certain districts in this State his enunciation is quite distinct. Sometimes he begins with the word gegue, gegue. Then again, more fully, be true to me, Clarsy, be true to me, Clarey, Clarey, thence full tilt into his inimitable song, interspersed in which the words kick your slipper, kick your slipper, and temperance, temperance, (the last with a peculiar nasal resonance), are plainly heard. At its best, it is a remarkable performance, a unique performance, as it contains not the slightest hint or suggestion, either in tone, or manner, or effect, of any other birdsong to be heard. The bobolink has no mate or parallel in any part of the world. He stands alone. There is no closely allied species. He is not a lark, nor a finch, nor a warbler, nor a thrush, nor a starling. He is an exception to many well-known rules. He is the only ground-bird known to me of marked and conspicuous plumage. He is the only black and white bird we have, and what is still more odd, he is black beneath and white above, the reverse of the fact in all other cases. Preeminently a bird of the meadow during the breeding season, and associated with clover, and daisies, and buttercups, as
no other bird is, he yet has the look of
The bobolink has an unusually full
"WELL, Father Brown, how did you like the sermon yesterday?" asked a young preacher. "Ye see, parson," was the reply, "I haven't a fair chance at them sermons of yours. I'm an old man now and have to set pretty well back by the stove; and there's old Miss Smithie, Widder Taff, 'n Rylan's darter's, 'n Nabby Birt, 'n all the rest settin' in front of me with their mouths wide open a swallerin' down all the best of the sermon, 'n what gets down to me is putty poor stuff, parson, putty poor stuff."
TEXTS.-Whitsunday.-Pentecost. Matt. xii. 31-2; Mark iii. 28-9; Luke xii. 10.
Had our Lord promised to send the Holy Ghost to His disciples? John xiv. 16-18; xv. 26-27; xvi. 7-15. On what Jewish Festival was the Holy Ghost sent? Lev. xxiii. 15-16; Acts xi. 1. What two facts did the Israelites celebrate on this Festival? Ex. xx.; Lev. xxiii.
Whose Advent does the Christian Church celebrate on this Festal season? Acts ii. 4. What kingdom was founded on the firt Christian Pentecost? Acts ii. 47.
What two names does this Lord's day bear? What does Pentecost mean? From what season do we count to get this number? Why is the term Whitsunday used?
Why do we speak of Pentecost as the BirthDay of the Church, it God had in all ages preserved a peculiar kingdom in the world? Acts ii. 38-39. Had not God's Spirit been in the world from the beginning? Gen. i. 2. Why then do we speak of the Advent of the Holy Ghost on this primitive Pentecost? Acts ii. 33. Is there a distinction to be made between Spirit and Ghost? Whose image does the Holy Ghost create in the hearts of believers? Col. iii. 10.
What sin is spoken of in our Scripture Selections for this Lord's Day?
Matt. xii., verse 31. Why did our Lord speak of this sin to the Pharisees at this time? verses 24-30. What is blasphemy? How do sin and blasphemy differ from each other? Why can all such sinning be forgiven, do you suppose? Why may not the sin against the Holy Ghost be forgiven? Are we then to conceive such a state of heart, in which repentance and faith are no Jonger possible? If such conditions were present in the heart, would then God still be ready to pardon?
32. What blasphemy can still be followed by the necessary conditions to a pardon? Why? Why may not such conditions follow the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, then?
What Dispensation was spoken of as this world? What Dispensation was meant by the world to come? What, then, was Christ's first sense? What deeper meaning lies in this phrase?
Mark iii. 28-29. Does St. Mark repeat the same thought as St. Matthew? What additional expression does he record? verse 29. Would an eternal damnation be conceivable, if there were not an everlasting sinful state possible!
Why does our Lord associate the sin against the Holy Ghost with speech? Matt. xii. 34.
Is it an unpardonable sin, if we do not discern God the Father in the books of Nature, History and Conscience? Is it an unpardonable sin, if God the Son is not discerned under the garb of a carpenter? Why not? Why, then, is it an unpardonable sin not to believe the Spirit of God? Matt. vi. 22-23.
From what we have now learned, are we to think that the sin against the Holy Ghost consists of an impious thought? Of a profane word? Of an ungodly act? Is it then, rather, a state of heart? What different names may we apply to such a state? Rom. viii. 7; 1 Tim. iv. 2; Matt. xix. 8.
Does the persistence in sin lead to such an end? What warning does our Key-Note utter? What two elements does the word quench suggest? In what various ways may we quencn fire? Can you apply the figure to the Holy Spirit in our hearts?
1. Come, Holy Spirit, from above,
Come, Lamp of every heart.
2. O Thou, of comforters the best,
in the world. How important, then, to know in what the sin against the Holy Ghost consists, lest we commit it!
COMMENTS, MATH. XII.
Verse 31.-Wherefore: Because the Pharisees had spoken of the miracles of Christ, as wrought by the Spirit of evil, word. All manner of sin, or wrong(vs. 24-30), He uttered this warning doing, and blasphemy, or impious and mocking speech against God, shall be forgiven-provided we repent. But the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven, because no sorrow or penitence follows after a heart is so hardened as to call light, darkness; good, evil; Christ, Satan. The impossibility of forgiveness is not owing to wilful resistance against it. the want of God's grace, but to the
FESTIVAL NOTES.-Our Lord had promised to send the Divine Spirit to His disciples, after that He had ascended to His Father in heaven. John xiv. 16-18; xv. 26-27; xvi. 7-15. This promise He made good on the Jewish Pentecost the fifteenth day after the Feast of Unleavened Bread. (Lev. xxiii. 15 16.) On this occasion the Israelites rejoiced over two facts: 1. The proclamation of the Law, at Mt. Sinai, when they became a nation; 2. And their harvest ingatherings. It pleased God to change the Jewish festival into a Christian Pentecost, by causing the advent of the Holy Ghost to fall on this The Christian Church, likewise, celebrates two great facts, at this time: 1. The proclamation of the Spiritual Law of the Gospel-the founding of the Church, A. D. 30; 2. And the first harvest of souls within His kingdom. This Lord's day has two VERSE 32. And whosoever speaketh 1. Pentecost, which is a Greek term, and against (or blasphemeth) the Son of Man means the Fiftieth day-counting from-JESUS-it shall be forgiven him; beEaster; 2. Whitsunday, an old Eng- cause not to discern the Messiah, under lish name for white. In the early days the humble form of a carpenter's sonof the Church, catechumens were usually in His lowliness and humiliation-may confirmed at this season, all arrayed in be followed by a recognition, after the Spirit opens the eye of faith. Many, Although God had always preserved who at first doubted, came and acknowto Himself a people, in the world-ledged Him as the Son of God. But he never having left Himself without a that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost, witness; yet had He not established or refuseth the only medicine provided a kingdom of salvation for all mankind (Acts ii. 38-39)—until the first Christian Pentecost occurred. So, too, had God's Spirit been in the world from the beginning, (Gen. i. 2), but not until our Lord's body had ascended to God, did the Spirit enter and issue from lim mankind. Hence the Spirit of God is called "Holy Ghost," after Christ's ascension-a term which we apply to a spirit coming out of a human body. As the sun is ever shining upon the earth, but did not print the photographs of men, before science had invented the art; so neither did the Spirit of God create the image or likeness of Christ in men anew, until His body had been glorified. After Him, as the model or pattern, now the new man is regenerated within us. (Col. iii. 10.) We become children of God, through Christ, by the Spirit. And if we grieve, quench, or resist the Spirit, we are, at the same time, without God and without Christ
for his diseased soul; strikes away the
Mark iii. 28-29. This Evangelist repeats, in substance, the same warning words of our Lord, against resisting the strivings of God's Spirit, from time to time, and thus sink at last into the state of a soul dead to light and life. The additional expression-eternal damnation-may be read, but is in danger