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There are some in the British Museum, in the Museun oi the Scottish Antiquaries, and probably in other col.ec 09 though, perhaps, some of the "finds” are not nearly as of las

Fitzstephen's day, for there seems to be good evidence that HOUGH it

even in London the primitive bone skate was not entirely appears to


superseded by implements of steel at the latter part of last impossible to fix century. Mr. Roach Smith, F.S.A., describing one found on the time when about 1839 in Moorfields, near Finsbury-circus, in the boggy skating first took soil peculiar to that district, says that “it is formed of the root this bone of some animal, made smooth on one side, with a hole at country, there can be no doubt end a hole is also drilled horizontally to the depth of three

one extremity for a cord to fasten it to the shoe. At the other that it was intro- inches, which might have received a plug, with another cord duced to us from to secure it more effectually." more northern climates, where


There is hardly a greater difference between these old bone more from the

skates and the "acme" and club skates of to-day than there is necessities of the

between the skating of the middle ages and the artistic and inhabitants than

graceful movements of good performers of to-day. Indeed, pastime.

skating as a fine art is entirely a thing of modern growth in When snow co

Britain. So little thought of was the exercise, that for long vered their land, after Fitzstephen's day we find few or no allusions to it

, and and ice bound up up to the Restoration days it appears to have been an amuse. their rivers, ment confined chiefly to the lower classes, among whom it imperious neces

never reached any very high pitch of art. “It was looked sity would soon

upon,” says a writer in the Saturday Review in 1865, “much suggest to the with the same view that the boys on the Serpentine even now Scands or the Germans

seem to adopt, as an accomplishment, the acme of which was

some reached when the performer could succeed in running along ready means of quickly on his feet and finishing off with a long and winter locomo- triumphant slide on two feet in a straight line forward. A tion,

gentleman would probably then have no more thought of This first took trying to execute different figures on the ice than he would at the form of snow shoes, with two his toes."

the present day of dancing in a drawing-room on the tips of

long runners of wood, like those still used by the inhabitants of the northerly

SKATING IN FRIESLAND. parts of Norway and Sweden in their journeys over the im. Perhaps it is in Friesland that the skate is most especially a mense snow-fields. When used on ice, one runner would soon necessary of life. Indeed, it may be doubted if this province have been found more convenient than the widely separated could be inhabited if the art of skating were unknown, for two, and harder materials used than wood. First bone was without it the inhabitants would be confined to home for substituted ; then it, in turn, gave place to iron; and thus the several months of each year. present form of skate was developed in the North at a period Frisians of both sexes actually skate more than they walk, set down by Scandinavian archæologists as about A.D. 200. says M. Depping ; no sooner is an infant able to stand upright POETICAL ALLUSIONS TO SKATING.

than the irons are fastened to his feet; his parents lead him on

to the ice, and teach him how to move along. At six years Frequent allusions occur in the old Northern poetry, which most of the young skaters have attained great proficiency, but prove that proficiency in skating was one of the most highly in Frisian opinion even the best performers improve up to esteemed accomplishments of the Northern heroes. One of thirty. them, named Kolson, boasts that he is master of nine ac- Here, as elsewhere in Holland, ice races are of frequent complishments, skating being one ; while the hero Harold occurrence during the winter. “The races on the ice," says bitterly complains that though he could fight, ride, swim, glide Pilati, " are the carnivals of the Dutch : they are their fetes

, along the ice on skates, dart the lance, and row, “yet a their operas, their dissipations ;” naturally, therefore, the Russian maid disdains me.” In the “Edda” this accomplish people manifest the greatest interest in them; skate long disment is singled out for special praise :-“Then the King asked | tances to be present, and cherish the names of distinguished what that young man could do who accompanied Thor. winners in a way we should never expect from such an un. Thialfe answered, that in running upon skates he would dis, emotional people as the Hollanders appear when the ice is pute the prize with any of the countries. The King owned gone, and when most travellers see them. The races take place that the talent he spoke of was a very fine one."

on large canals that intersect the country in every direction, EARLY SPECIMENS OF SKATES.

In Friesland long strips of wood are ranged at length in lines Olaus Magnus, the author of the famous chapter on the

to mark out the course of each competitor, so that there can be Skates of Iceland, tells us that skates were made of “polished contested struggle. To make the heats perfectly fair for all

no fouling or crossing even in the heat of the most closely: iron, or of the shank-bone of a deer or sheep, about a foot long, the competitors, it is a rule that, when the course on one side filed down on one side, and greased with hog's lard to repel the of the lines of separation is more favourable than on the other, wet.” These rough and ready bone skates were the kind first the skaters must change their side every time. adopted by the English ; for Fitzstephen, in his description of To win one of the more valuable prizes is a most arduous the amusements of the Londoners in his day (temp. Henry the undertaking, as the

victor must have come in first in from sixty Second), tells us that “when that great fen that washes to eighty heats. The women have races of their own; but Moorfields at the north wall of the city is frozen over, great most interesting of all the contests are those in which the companies of young men go to sport upon the ice. Some sturdy dames, whom their own painters delight in depicting as striding as wide as they may, do slide swiftly; some better gliding along to market with baskets on their heads and practised to the ice, bind to their shoes bones, as the legs of knitting-needles in their busy fingers, are matched against the some beasts, and hold stakes in their hands, headed with sharp best of the other sex. Though, as a rule, these “Atalantas of iron, which sometimes they strike against the ice; these men go as swiftly as doth a bird in the air, or a bolt from a cross-speed, yet the prize often enough goes to one of them. Captain

the North” excel the men rather in beauty of style than in bow.” Then he goes on to say that some, imitating the fashion Clias in his book on “Gymnastics," published about fifty years of the tournament, would start in full career against one an. other, armed with poles ; "they meet, elevate their poles, Leuwarden, he saw young women beat their masculine rivals

ago, says that at many contests at which he was present at attack and strike each other, when one or both of them fall, in long races. and not without some bodily hurt.” Specimens of these old Scholtens and Johannes, won the prize in a skating race at

In 1808, he tells us, two young women, named bone skates are occasionally dug up in fenny parts of the Groningen. They went thirty miles in two hours-a feat that country.

will well bear comparison with any well-authenticated record,

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either in Holland or among our own swift skaters of the fens. of holly and laurel. Birnam Wood seems not only to have -Belgravia.

come to Dunsinane, but to have brought all its undergrowth THE HUMOROUS SIDE OF SKATING.

with it, and bountifully spread it throughout the streets. And

yet the fact remains, resting upon an unimpeachable conHaving strapped on your skates, which for a beginner ought sonance of authority, that the trade in Christmas” is not to be nearly flat with a square heel, you make your first essay. nearly so big as it used to be five years ago, and that it has, on There are several ways of making it. The simplest, perhaps, the average, been something less in each successive year of is to spread your rug on the ice ; then, putting on your skates, the five. stand upon it for ten minutes. If you go outside the rug you

The business of providing London with Christmas " green will probably fall. At the end of ten minutes you will not stuff" is widespread in its ramifications, and many men and have done much skating, but you will have found your much money are employed in carrying it out. The capitalists are feet,” which will by that time ache as effectually as if you had accustomed to make excursions into the been starring the ice. Or you may get a chair, and, leaniny growing counties, and fix upon likely woods and plantations, on the back, try to move. This way will possibly

result in the for the privilege of cutting ten or twenty acres for which at loss of two or three front teeth when the chair tilts back, and Christmas they make suitable offers. The bargain struck, the you sit on the edge of it with your mouth. Or you may get two lessee begins to look after his lot” early in the autumn, and friends to hold up your hunds, soften your falls, and pick you often spends a week or so in trimming the underwood, so that up. They will probably hate you in about a quarter of a hour. the bushes may in the season come out in neat and trim You will certainly hate them as much for their inability to style. prevent your falling as their ill-timed levity at the moment

Once these “ speculators were nearly all London men, but of when you find that you have not mastered the rudiments of an late years the country has begun to wake up to its own acrobat’s profession in being able to kick out your two legs and interest, and it would now be difficult to find a likely bit of sit down suddenly without hurting yourself.

plantation or line of hedgerow that is not already farmed. In The best way is to discard from the first all material assist the second week of December the cutting of the green stuff ance, and make up your mind for the worst. If your resolution begins, the boughs being fastened up in bundles, for which begins to fail, creep out on your hands and knees, and then get there is neither prescriptive weight nor determinate number of up.

constituent pieces, but which generally turn up in the London Your first sensation need not be described. You will never market pretty even in size and weight. Hampshire, Essex, forget it.

and Surrey are the principal gardens for the green stuff Hitherto you have been under the impression that gravity markets of the metropolis, " green stuff,” as already explained, acts only in the direction of the earth's centre. That meaning all sorts of Christmas decorative shrubs, except being so there seems no reason why your feet should suddenly mistletoe. develop a desire for the dissolution of partnership. No sooner,

The mistletoe comes further afield, France sending over however, have you got on your skates than symptoms of dis- no small contribution, and Jersey and Guernsey adding largely union develop themselves that may not be disregarded. This to the bulk. At home the mistletoe reaches the London is the moment when you must emulate the spirit of the Spartan markets chiefly from Herefordshire, Woroestershire, South boy, and smile while bruises accumulate. This stage once Shropshire, and parts of South Wales-in fact, anywhere passed, you are on the road to success, and your progress goes where the apple grows largely, the mistletoe is sure to be through the phases of agony, timidity, satisfaction, and delight. found.

The South Western Railway, perhaps brings the most “green stuff" into the metropolis, then the South Eastern, and next the Great Western. The Great Western Railway is the chief medium of the importation of mistletoe; tapping as it does

the apple-growing counties. The traffic used, a few years ago, THE QISTLETOE BOUGH.

to afford a singular example of the perverted moral sense which permitted otherwise honest men to steal mistletoe with consciences unseared. The trucks loaded with mistletoe used to

be plundered so heavily all up the line, that the London FTER an observant stroll through the dealers began to refuse to accept the lots booked to them,

umbrageous alleys of Covent-garden there being in each truck only about half what they had paid and the markets of Spitalfields and for at the other end. A bundle used to be taken out here, and Farringdon, it is hard to realise the

a bough there, at all the stations up, and by the time a truck fact that the mistletoe bough is had gone a hundred miles or so there was not much mistletoe drooping, and that its part in the left for Covent-garden or Farringdon-street. There was one pageantry of Christmas is steadily, particular junction where the trucks were robbed wholesale, if slowly, declining in popular and an inspector was sent down with instructions to get at the esteem:

bottom of the mystery. When he arrived at the junction he It would seem as if there never found a train of horse-boxes on a siding, and thought he could have been a larger market couldn't do better than get in one of them, shut himself up, for mistletoe, and what is compre- and keep his eye upon the trucks as they passed through the hensively called

green stuff,'

station. than is displayed at the present He accomplished the first part of his scheme, as he time. Carts filled high as hay: believed, unobserved, a belief which was presently strengthened stacks with bundles of holly and by the circumstance of a porter coming by and putting up the laurel, flank the approaches to padlock and locking it. This was awkward, but there was Covent-garden.

worse behind. After the lapse of a few minutes the particular Mistletoe boughs, with more holly horse-box in which the inspector was standing was uncoupled, and laurel and berries white and and then began one of the most extraordinary bouts of

red, hang from the rails of the shunting that was ever experienced. First, he was sent up stalls, and claim the constant watchfulness of the proprietor the siding and bumped against some waggons there. Then, to save them from the depredations of the youthful gang who when he was beginning to pick himself up, the horse-box was prowl about and, sated with rotten oranges and musty grapes, off down the siding, then on to the main line, then on to crave a sprig of “Christmas” to deck their caps or adom one another siding, but always finishing up with a fearful bumping of the too many buttonholes in their ragged jackets. And at the end of the little journey, and bumping in a dark horsenot only in these recognised centres of the holly and mistletoe box is, according to the testimony of this experienced trade do the green boughs, fresh from the winter woods, inspector, exceedingly hard to bear. At last, when he had brighten up the brick and mortar ways in which Londoners scarcely a sound bone in his body, he was obliged to discover" walk.

himself, and beg to be let out. Nothing could exceed the In all the countless streets where use and custom have astonishment of the porters at finding an inspector in the set up a roofless market the mistletoe bough may, in these days, horse-box, or the profusion of their apologies for thus having be seen daintily holding the place of honour annid the unwittingly caused him so much pain. But of course it was abundance of the commoner laurel and of the less aristocratic no use his looking out for the mistletoe trucks any more that holly. Wherever a costermonger has set up his barrow, there journey, even if the state of his health had made it conis sure to be the mistletoe bough in the midst of a small forest I venient, so he went back to London.



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And ever since, the world has been rejoicing in the gifts which have followed His ascension. In the first place it set the seal to His earthly work ; it confirmed what He had said, and therefore all else that He promised would be acco

ccomplished. Then His ascension opened the way to the Kingdom of Heaven, for because he lived His followers would live also ; and, still further, his going to resume His natural place and sphere of Almighty power, which He left when He came down to earth, would enable Him to pour down blessings on His followers. It was as if the heir-apparent to a throne had promised when he came to the crown to remember those who had been his early friends. With what interest would they hear of his ascension ! with what joyful expectancy would they wait for the fulfilment of his promises ! Christ's ascension to power would result in the bestowal of His gifts to all who loved Him ! “Thou hast ascended on high, Thou hast received gifts for men.'

But the latter part of the verse, which is not quoted, must be given if we are to realise the full extent of the result of Christ's ascension. He has received “gifts for men.” “Yea, for the rebellious also, that the Lord God may dwell among them.” Gifts for the rebellious ! Gifts of pardon! Gifts of reconciliation! And then, when our hearts are cleansed, we are able to receive His spirit, all that flows from His in. dwelling grace. He will lead captivity captive. He will lead captive

the conquered enemy. Those who have opposed Him will yield to His gentle influence, and will gladly become His willing captives. All rebellious feelings will be turned · into love, and then shall we be able to receive " the gifts” which He is waiting to bestow. We cannot receive these so long as our hearts are turned from Him; so long as we are rebel. lious, and refuse Him our loving allegiance. He is waiting to bestow gifts on us. Are we anxious, are we waiting, are we prepared to receive them?


No. II, JANUARY 14. Thou hast ascended on high, Thou hast led captivity captive :

Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord Thou hast received gifts for men.”—Ps. lxviii. 18.

of Hosts." —ZECH. iv. 6. T first sight, werather regret that the Golden Text for T Hindiorithe promised outpouring of the Holy Spirit, -A the opening lesson from The Acts, which treats of

the ascending Lord, is taken from this Psalm, because and the record of what took place on the day of Pentecost it relates to the reign and to the victories of Jehovah shows how much more the disciples were able to accom

rather than of Christ. But this very fact goes to show plish when God's Spirit filled them, than they had been able that the extension of God's kingdom and that of Christ is to when they were merely the companions and friends of identical, and that if the kingdoms are one, the Kings must Jesus. also be equal. If you will turn to Ephesians iv. 8, you will The “sound” from heaven “as of a rushing mighty find that Paul uses almost these identical words in reference wind," would clearly indicate to them the source of the to Christ, showing that not only was he acquainted with power which they afterwards possessed, as it should what David had written, but that he gave them a fuller remind us that God's Spirit is always, as the title of our and more extended meaning than the Psalmist intended, lessons shows, " The descending Spirit." While this and as Paul was divinely inspired in what he wrote, this thought is calculated, on the one hand, to reprove any selfis one of the many undesigned proofs we have in God's righteousness, or fancied goodness of our own, it should word of the Divinity of our Lord.

greatly encourage us, on the other, to know that the Spirit Until after the death of Christ, His disciples did not is promised to us and may fill our hearts, whatever be our realise that He would leave them and be crucified, but after condition or place in this world. His resurrection they began to understand that the time Indeed, our Golden Text, like so many other verses in for their earthly companionship must draw to a close. After the Bible, is particularly calculated to cheer those who are His ascension they would recall His words, “It is conscious that they are not clever, and are not likely to be expedient for you that I go away, for if I go not away, great in themselves, and especially does it apply to the the Comforter will not come unto you.

young, who, as a rule, are not mighty nor powerful.

Talks on the “Golden Texts."


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To them, as to us all, this text comes with its Heavenly Some people say they cannot have faith, that they comfort, saying, It will not be through the possession of would like to believe, but are unable. Then the fault must great talents, nor by the exercise of great strength of any be with themselves. God would never tantalise anyone kind, that your lives will be made useful and happy, but by by insisting on a condition beyond his power. God's Spirit, which does not necessarily flow through such But suppose we translate that word faith by another channels at all. Indeed, these are often hindrances, word-trust. Does that make it easier ? Can you trust rather than helps, to the indwelling of His Spirit, and it God?. Supposing a man fell overboard from a ship and is on this account that Paul says, “ Not many wise, not were in danger of drowning, If a rope were let down he many mighty are called.”

would know it was for him. How he would strive to get Have you ever considered how quietly God works ? In to it; what efforts he would make. But when he has got nature it is so; the fertilising dews and rains are quiet into it, he is not saved. Does he question whether the men their operation—the former work silently and at night. on deck really mean to save him ? Does he ask them Now and then there is a pelting, noisy shower, but it does whether they are sure the rope will bear him ? No! he not penetrate the earth like the steady, gentle rain. All lays hold with the utmost confidence that the rope is God's forces of Nature work silently-light, air, frost; and strong enough or they would not have let it down, and in the kingdom of grace the same rule holds good. · God's that they will do their best to pull him up, or they would Spirit moves mightily and powerfully, but in a manner not have taken the trouble to throw over the rope. Does different from that with which we usually associate might the man wish to wait any time before he is drawn up ? and power. When Elijah was to stand on the mount Does he say to himself, I am safe so long as the rope is before the Lord, “ a great and strong wind rent the moun- hanging over-I need be in no hurry to lay hold ? No, tains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but he feels his situation is one of imminent peril. He may the Lord was not in the wind : and after the wind an get numbed. He may become weak from loss of strength earthquake ; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: and and exposure, in some seas he would be in danger from after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: sharks. There is nothing to be got by remaining in peril ; and after the fire a still small voice" (1 Kings xix. 11-12); there may be everything to lose. He seizes the rope with and it was thus that the Lord revealed Himself.

a grip, as for life, and he is hoisted on board. God is thus anxious to reveal Himself to you. It is not That is just the kind of trust you need to secure salnecessary


you to want to be roused from your indif- vation. God's hand is extended to you, and, the better to ference, nor to be terrified from your sins, by any startling secure your trust, Christ has come in human form, with event, nor by any exercise of man's might or power. God's real hands of flesh; and as surely as He extended these to Spirit is waiting to enter your heart, and if you are ready raise and relieve those who came to Him, so surely does He to receive Him, if you wish to be made “ new creatures in offer Himself as the Saviour of all who feel their need of Christ Jesus,” His Spirit can accomplish this. He can Him, and who trust Him. His promises, His words, are subdue sinful thoughts, He can check unholy desires, He the rope let down for us: we have only to lay hold as for can restrain evil passions. Your memory will recall some eternal life, and we shall be saved. one who seemed wholly bad and incorrigible, who became completely transformed. The agency was not "by might

No. IV. JANUARY 28. nor by power, but by My Spirit.” We read of Christ's miracles of nature, but they are

I am the Lord that healeth thee.—Ex, xv. 26. excelled by His miracles of grace. If you will allow Christ to work in you“ to will and to do of His good pleasure,

MHOSE of you who are still at school, as well as those your lives shall bear a constant and blessed testimony of

who have left, are aware that much of your knowHis power,

ledge came to you through the use of symbols, figures, and

types. You have often come to understand that which No. III. JANUARY 21.

was unknown before through the means of illustrations

derived from that with which you Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved."

were previously ACTS xvi. 31.


The writers of the Bible were obliged to use such but show it, both by their conduct and by their employed this method. Amongst other figures which He desire that others should share the Heavenly gift. So used about Himself was that of a physician.

“They that Peter was anxious to show the people that the Holy Spirit are whole," said He, “need not a physician, but they that was not confined to bestowing miraculous gifts on a few, are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to but was ready to change the hearts of all. He preached repentance.” until they who heard him were pricked to the heart, and Following His example, let us for a few minutes apply inquired what they were to do. Peter's reply was simple, this story of the lame man healed by Peter to ourselves. and believing his word, the people, to the number of three Using the incident as a figure, we shall find it full of mean. thousand repented, were baptized, and were converted. ing: but if we only apply it literally, it will be nothing

The same way is open to everyone of us ; there is no other more to us than an interesting story. It is the business of way open. If we are free creatures; if we have a will—and if preachers thus to apply whatever they find in God's word, we have not, our responsibility ceases, and our virtues and but it does not only belong to them. “All Scripture is vices, our joys and evils, are quite outside us—there must be given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, a consent, there must be acceptance on our part, of the for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness gospel terms. This is a bargain, a covenant! There must (2 Tim. iii. 16). be two parties to it. On our side we are asked to give Before a man can be healed of any disease certain contrust, confidence; on God's part, He promises salvation. ditions are necessary. (1) He must be subject to some Belief is not in any sense purchase-money, it is only a con- disease. (2) He must desire to be healed. (3) There dition, through which alone God has promised to work. must be a physician or some one who can heal him, and (4)

You will observe that in the text there is a promise, but he must be prepared to follow his directions. These all it is made to depend on one condition. The promise is met in the case of the man at the Beautiful Gate. You salvation, and the condition is faith. Everyone who may say he did not expect to be healed, but he expected makes a free gift has the right to insist on any conditions relief of alms, thinking that his lameness was a life-long that may be reasonable. If a man makes his native town / affliction. a present of a large sum of money, he has the right to say (1) We are suffering from a life-long disease. This man how it shall be laid out. God offers us salvation, but He was born lame: we are born in sin, and continue therein. imposes this one condition, that we shall love Him and It does not alter the fact that we are not conscious of the - trust in Him.

fact, or that it does not trouble us. Some people carry SUNDAY 14John xvi, 1-none of that gentle friendliness which asks your idea in and



to me;

about the seeds of an inherited disease and do not know it; they play and work as if nothing were the matter, but their doctor knows that by-and-bye the disease will show itself, and that they will never live to grow up. And this

A RETROSPECT. is the saddest thing about it. It is sad enough to see

HE year is gone! The last faint stroke of people in danger of which they are conscious, but to see

twelve people wasting their lives, and not knowing they are in

Has died away upon the midnight air; danger, is sadder still.

And feelings, both of pleasure and of pain, Before you can get people to take care, you must con

Come with the opening of another year. vince them of the need of it. Before you can get them

I thank Thee, Father, for the many gifts to consult a physcian, you must convince them of the need

Which from Thy hand the year has brought of such a step. Do you feel that you are a sinner, that you carry about

And more I thank Thee, that the hours and with you the germs of sin, which must lead you further

days, and further astray, unless they are rooted out ? If not,

Each as they passed have brought me nearer ask God to show you your real condition, for you need to

Thee. see it. Your ignorance and blindness about it will be no

I thank Thee for the sunny hours of rest excuse, any more than a man's ignorance of any disease

Which Thou wast pleased to make so glad may have will prevent it making progress.

and sweet; (2) You must desire to be healed. A physician can mot do

I've loved to wander where Thy presence was, much with a patient against his will. If he do not sea

And seek pure, calm enjoyment at Thy feet. his own danger, he will yield to the wishes of friends, and

In times of grief as well as times of joy, a visit to the doctor will convince him, if his friends have

With thankfulness I can look back and see not been able to, that his condition is one of danger. Do

Thy love for me has faltered not nor changed, you not desire to be made well ? Are you not conscious

The feeling altered was ny love for Thee. that the disease you have is a dangerous one, that it is one Just as the daisy's cup is sometimes bent that will spoil your character, impair your usefulness, and

Down to the ground with heavy storms of rain, prevent you being loved and respected ? If you have no

And, 'neath the violence of the tempest seems, desire to be healed, you may get this, too, from the Great

As if it ne'er would raise its head again : Physician, who does more for our souls than any physician

But when the sun darts out his cheery beams, can do for the body, showing that no figure is complete

Melting away the drops beneath his power, to show His love and mercy:

The daisy lifts its little head from earth, (3) There must be a physician. On this point nothing

Looking the brighter for the cleansing shower, could be more explicit or simple than the text, “ I am the

So trouble's heavy weight oppressed my soul, Lord that healeth thee.” Here are the willingness and

And drove me to the darkness of despair, power of the Physician revealed as one statement, and

Until the sun of love shone through the clouds, what more can you desire ? Look at the persons named,

And showed me through it all Thy presence there. * The Lord,” and “thee." At one end omnipotence, at

Thou doest all things well! My loving heart the other helplessness; at one end the Maker of all, at the

Oft rests itself upon that thought of Thee; other the least of His creatures. But it is, nevertheless, a

And I have but my humble, thankful self personal promise to everyone, made as much to you and

To render Thee for all Thy gifts to me. to me as to anyone, and therefore you and I can come to

I know not what the future holds in store ; God and claim the fulfilment of His promise. The cleverest

In mercy Thou hast veiled it from my sight; earthly physicians only undertake to do their best, but

I know that if I trust myself to Thee, they are often frustrated. The disease is too insidious or

In joy and sorrow all things will be right. too strong, and with the best skill and the best attention

Sorrow and joy are messengers from Thee, the patient dies. But the Great Physician loses no cases.

And when my trial days on earth are past, He is never unsuccessful. Come, then, and test His power

Then I shall know how they have fitted me and His love.

To reach my home with Thee in heaven at last, (4) You must be prepared to follow His directions. The

EMMIE HORDLE. chief direction is found in the former Golden Text. Believe in His willingness to save. Trust His power to save. Then when you have followed this direction, and are healed, you will be ready and anxious to follow all that He has written, so that you may be kept in health. Delivered

NIO from the disease that threatened your very existence, you will be daily asking, “Lord, what wilt Thou have me to DAILY PORTIONS FOR THE MONTH OF do ?” And here again the figure fails to convey all the

JANUARY. goodness of the Great Physician. When we consult our doctors here, their visits end with our convalescence, but Monday Jan, 1--Acts i. 1-14. Tuesday 16-Acts ii, 41-47 He watches over us day by day,

2-Luke God never leaves us.

xxiv. Wednesday, 17-2 Cor. vii. 6–

11. ever promptingus to that which will preserve and increase Wednesday

Thursday 18—Rom. x, 1-10. our soul's health. May you all place yourselves in His Thursday

Heb. x. 12– Friday

19—Matt. iii, 1–6. Saturday

20-1 Cor. xi. 23 hands!

5-Eph. iv.

SUNDAY 21-John iii. 14

Saturday 6-1 Thess. iv. Good MANNERS. The very essence of good manners is self

13-18; v. 14. Monday Jan. 22-Acts ii. 1-11. possession, and self-possession is another name for self-forgetful- SUNDAY 7-Ps. lxvii, 11 Tuesday 23—Mark i. 29ness. The late Dr. George Ripley was wout to say that the secret


31, 40–45. of being agreeable in conversation was to be hospitable to the Monday

Jan. 8-Acts ii. 1-13. Wednesday

2+Luke x, l-9. ideas of others. He affirmed that some people only half listened to Tuesday


25—2 Cor. vi. 3-10 you, because they were considering, even while you spoke, Wednesday ,


26—Isaiah xxxv. 10—Ezek. xxxvi. Saturday

27- Luke v. 17with what fine words, what wealth of wit, they should reply,

25–32. and they began to speak almost before your sentence had died Thursday 11-Gal. v. 16- SUNDAY

28–Psalm ciii. 1 from your lips. Those people, he said, might be brilliant, witty,


-8 dazzling, but never could they be agreeable. You do not love to Friday 12-Eph. v. 9- Monday Jan. 29-Acts iii. 12–. talk to them. You feel that they are impatient for their turn to

Saturday 13-Joel ii, 23-32 Tuesday come, and that they have no hospitality toward your thoughts

30-Acts iii. 19



3- Rev. i. 9-20.






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31-John vi. 47makes much of it.

Monday Jan. 15-Acts ii, 32-4)




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