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ship, and pitched her here and there, is rich old Ellis; he could help you, bo now on the top of waves mountain- \ I doubt if he would ; he never wil high, now down in the trough of the help anybody: he lives quite alon sea, and tore off her spars, and rent in that great house yonder; hi her sails, and sent her scudding to daughter lives with her aunt in th the nearest port to get refitted ; | city; but you may try him." then the strange cities, their walls So Miles went to him ; but neither beaming out through tropical foliage, help, nor advice, nor anything else, and the long ranges of mountains could be got from the old miser, on! behind them-not like the hills he the assurance that he “had enoug used to look at so wistfully, but to do to mind his own business, an mountains breathing fire and smoke, other people might mind theirs. and sometimes shaking the earth till So Miles returned home, and trie it rocked. Only this much can be again his best to get on alone. told, that Miles was always faithful willing heart makes a quick learner, to his duties, and a favourite with even the first year of Miles's farming every one on board ; and when at he improved marvellously; and a last the voyage was over, and Miles second year, by dint of hard study rushed one evening into his mother's , and hard work, the neighbours who farm-house, and caught her around came to see him declared his was the the neck and covered her with kisses, best farm in the country, it was the same affectionate, warm About this time old Ellis fell sick. hearted boy come back to her who He had been always unfriendly to his had left her three years before. neighbours ; now they retaliated.
“But where is my brother ?” asked His field lay unploughed, unsown ; Miles.
no one, even for liberal wages, would The mother burst into tears and do anything for him. “He has made no answer, and Miles knew always minded his own business." that his brother was dead.
said they, “so let him keep Ol “Yes, he died a year after thou minding it." didst go away to sea--the last two “Miles," said his mother to him, years I have been all alone. Thou one day, “nobody will help old Elis; wilt not go away again ?"
thou hast time enough to spare Miles felt that he could not go little for a neighbour; go and see !! away again. He must stay and take thou canst do something for him ;'lis care of the farm; he was seventeen a pity his crops should be spoiled." years old now-it was late to turn Miles looked at his mother sur farmer, but he must try, and he prised. “Why, he refused to help did try.
me when I was in want of help-he "Mother,” he said, 'one day, never helps anybody-why should I “ everything goes wrong with me on trouble myself about his crops ?" the farm. I do not know how to The mother looked into her son's manage anything." And he spoke | face seriously and sadly. “Who truly, for his farming was just about | has taught thee this lesson," said as bad as might be expected from a she, “to ask how thy neighbour has sailor. “If I could only plough as treated thee, before thou canst well as I can run up and down the decide how to treat him? Is this ropes, and hoe as well as I can take Christian ! Love thy neighbour 18 in sail, then things would go better," thyself. The commandment does und Miles laughed at his own awk. | not add, when he has treated the wardness. “Is there no one here. well. Now, go and do thy best for about to help me p" added he. | old Ellis, as if he had been tb
"The only near neighbour we have kindest friend."
Miles had a noble, generous heart, ter; a good girl she is, too; and she that scorned all petty feelings of re- | is coming to spend the winter with sentment. When he first objected me. You must come and see us to going, he was only echoing what often in the long winter evenings." everybody else said, without much And Miles did go very often reiection upon it; so now he gladly indeed in those long evenings. The. started off, and amazed old Ellis, old man's heart seemed softened by who lay wrapped up in flannels, by having the young people in the his offers of assistance.
house; and in the spring he took First, the old man was suspicious ; Miles into his room one day, and he could not understand a dis. said, “ Miles, I know you love my interested act of kindness. “Why daughter, and she likes you, and dost thou want to help me ?” he you do not like to ask me for her, asked, quite curtly.
because I am so rich. Do not mind Miles might have replied by re that. You are rich in having a peating to him the precepts of love | generous, good heart; so we will of our neighbour ; but this might have a grand wedding to brighten seem like a rebuke to old Ellis, who up the old house." certainly had never acted from any Miles and his wife lived part of Euch motive, so Miles contented him. the time with the old man, and part self with saying, " Since I am a of the time with his mother in her farmer, Mr. Ellis, I feel interested cottage. The old man grew 80 in farming, and I do not like to see cheerful and kind that he became a those fine fields going to waste." universal favourite with the very
Old Ellis would have liked nothing neighbours whom his harshness bad better than to refuse Miles's offer, 80 long repelled. And often, in and turn him out of the house, but the midst of his happy children be thought of his fields--there was and grandchildren, he would laugh no help for it-Miles must take i and say, “All this came about by charge of them, and he did; he a man's going to plough his neigh. divided his time and labour between bour's fields!" his own farm and old Ellis's, so that, by the time the old man had recovered so that he came out to take A CANDLE AS A BEACON. a look at things, he saw them flourish. ng finely.
In one of the Orkney Islands The autumn came, the crops were there is a huge rock, called the Rathered in, when one day, as Miles
“Lonely Rock," dangerous to na. was departing, he said, "Now the vigators. winter is coming, Mr. Ellis, you will The long time ago of which I not see so much of me; but next mean to tell, was a wild night in summer, whenever you need help, March, during which, in a tisheryou know you can depend upon your | man's hut ashore, sat a young girl at teighbour Miles."
| her spinning-wheel, and looked out "But I can't spare you, even if it on the dark driving clouds, and
winter," replied the old man. “I listened, trembling, to the wind and o not know how it is, but it is so, I | the sea. Leter felt the house lonely before. The morning light dawned at last. ad never felt the want of young One boat that should have been
upany; but since you have been | riding on the waves was missingving here I feel lonely without her father's boat! and half a mile
L Shall I tell you what I have from his cottage her father's body watu doing? Writing to my daugh- was washed up on the shore,
This happened fifty years ago, and corded lives of great men, and fifty years is a long time in the life of men, and wise men, few of them a human being; fifty years is a long show fifty years of worthier, certa time to go on in such a course as the not of more successful labour.; woman did of whom I am speaking. tle, indeed, of the “ midnight She watched her father's body, ac- l consumed during the last half cording to the custom of her people, tury so worthily deserved the tr till he was laid in the grate. Then ming. Happy woman and but she lay down on her bed and slept, the dreaded rock her great che and by night got up and set a candle might never have been called i in her casement, as a beacon to the exercise. fishermen, and a guide. She sat by But what do the boatmen and the candle all night, and trimmed it, boatmen's wives think of this? and spun; then when the day | they pay the woman? dawned she went to bed and slept No, they are very poor; but p in the sunshine.
or rich they know better than this So many hanks as she had spun Do they thank her? before for her daily bread, she spun No. Perhaps they feel that thai still, and one over, to buy her nightly of theirs would be inadequate to candle; and from that time to this, press their obligations, or, perba for fifty years, through youth, ma long years have made the light turity, and old age, she has turned casement so familiar, that they lo night into day, and in the snow. upon it as a matter of course. storms of winter, through driving Sometimes the fishermen lay fi mist, deceptive moonlight, and so on her threshold, and set a child lemn darkness, that northern har watch it for her till she wak bour has never once been without sometimes their wives steal into the light of her candle.
cottage, now she is getting old, 1 How many lives she saved by this spin a hank or two of thread for candle, or how many a meal she won while she slumbers; and they te by it for the starving families of the their children to pass her hut quie boatmen, it is impossible to say; and not to sing and shout before how many a dark night the fisher. door, lest they should disturb ! men, depending on it, went fearlessly That is all. Their thanks are forth, cannot now be told. There it looked for-scarcely supposed to stood, regular as a lighthouse, steady due. Their grateful deeds are mu as constant care could make it. Al. than she expects, and as much as ways brighter when daylight waned, desires. they had only to keep it constantly How often, in the far distance in view and they were safe; there my English home, I have awoke i was but one thing that could inter wild winter night, and, while cept it, and that was the rock.
wind and storm were rising, bu However far they might have thought of that northern bay, # stretched out to sea, they had only to the waves dashing against the Tu bear down straight for that lighted and have pictured to myself window, and they were sure of a casement, and the candle nursed safe entrance into the harbour. that bending, aged figure! Hor
Fifty years of life and labour lighted to know that through fifty years of sleeping in the sun | untiring charity the rock has ķ shine-fifty years of watching and lost more than half its terrors, and self-denial, and all to feed the wick consider that, curse though it m and trim the flame of that one can be to all besides, it has most sur dle! But if we look upon the re- | proved a blessing to her!
Few persons, like this woman, | troubles, and temptations, which you " let their light shine" so brightly know nothing about. If you knew for good.
everything, you would perhaps pity those whom you envy now.”
"Still,” said Mat, “I wish that I THE KING'S SON.
were a king's son!”
“What would you think if I told FOR THE YOUNG.
you that you might be one, if you
choose, this very moment ?" "I Wish I were a king's son, that “Oh, sir ! here, in this cellar!” I do!" cried little Mat Johnson, “Yes, Mat, and perhaps obliged 23 he finished his dry crust in a to live for years longer in poverty, wretched cellar, and rose from the and to learn many lessons that, left stran which served him and his sick to yourself, you would not choose to nother for chair, table, and bed : learn; but still be loved by the King "I wish I were a king's son!”
your Father; with the promise that " Why do you wish that, my if you obeyed him here, you should boy?" inquired Mr. Thorn, the one day be called to live in his Sunday-school teacher, who had palace, and to share his happiness entered unobserved with a basket of and glory!” good things for Mrs. Johnson
"That would be famous news, in"Oh, sir, I did not see you!” said deed!”. the boy, somewhat abashed at the “What would you do if you knew scdden question.
that this was really the case ?" Mr. Thorn laid down the basket, “I should not sleep for joy, sir! asked Mat's mother how she was, I should be singing and dancing with then, turning to little Mat, he re. delight !—but no!" I should be busy peated his question, “ And why do with the work which my father gave you wish to be a king's son, my | me to do; I should obey him, and
long for the time when he would send * Why, sir, I was standing by the for me, and take me home.” pilase gate this morning to see all “You would not idle away all We grand folk going to Court. Oh! | your time with Dick and Sam, and but it was a fine sight! Such gay such boys who swear, drink, and carriages, with two footmen behind them with nosegays in their hands, “Oh dear, no, sir! They would kad people inside all splendid, - be pretty company for a king's son, adies with white feathers and spark. | indeed!" fing things in their hair. And I “And if some one, envious of your Lought how happy they must be to lot, came and said to you, . It may be allowed to see the King, and be a long time before the King sends enter the fine palace ; and then I for you--sell me your title to a hought that the little prince must | crown for a few shillings now'?”. be happier still, as he always lives "Oh, sir !—Mr. Thorn, I would
it, and wants for nothing, and never listen for a moment to such an das nothing to do but to enjoy him offer! but I am not a king's son; I
shall never have a crown to lose !" "Ah! but you are wrong in sup Mr. Thorn drew a little Bible using that. The prince has to learn from his pocket, and read,-" Ho great many things; to study from came unto his own, and his own reMorning till night, that he may be ceived him not. But as many as pt to govern ; and if he live to be received him, to them gave he power king, he will have many cares, and to become the sons of God, even to
them that believe on his name" | “He will tempt you every de (John i. 11, 12). “Here,” said he, and every hour to do wickedly, bu “you see God tells us that all who | if you cry to the Lord he will gi
receive' Christ, who open the door you strength to walk as becomes of their heart to him, and say, King's son, and you will daily hav • Come in, thou blessed of the Lord,' cause to say, Thou art my Fathe because they believe in his name,' | my God, and the rock of my salva that is, believe him to be what his | tion' (Psalm lxxxix. 26)." name tells us he is—Jesus, the "I find it hard to pray. Som Saviour-all such have power to be times I pray with my lips while come the sons of God. Can you am thinking of something else, a say, after hearing this, that you may sometimes I forget to pray at all." not be a King's son? And hear, “If you were certain that (thous again, what the Saviour bas said to ! you could not see Him) you his people, who, in the midst of Heavenly Father were in this pla: temptation, had kept his word,' and / at this moment, and that he wou 'had not denied his name :' *Fear grant whatever you asked, why not, little flock, for it is your Father's would you say?" good pleasure to give you the king “I should say, 'O Lord, make m dom' (Luke xii. 32). Hold fast that mother well again! O Lord, give u which thou hast, that no man take plenty of food and clothes, and every thy crown' (Rev. ii. 11). Can you thing that we want!'" say, after hearing this, that you have "The Lord has commanded us to no crown to lose?”
pray, "Give us this day our dail; “Oh, yes ; you mean in heaven, bread,'" said Mr. Thorn ; "80 it i sir; but I shall never be worthy to quite right to do so. But we mis enter heaven."
remember that God knows, far bette “No one could enter it,” replied than we do, how much comfort i Mr. Thorn, “ had not the Lord Jesus really good for us; he has not see died for our sins. He left the throne fit to give all his own people abuzi of heaven that we might be per ance of food or fine clothes. Yo mitted to wear crowns there ; he remember the verse you learned ! became Son of man, that we might | school last Sunday God hat become sons of God; he died a death chosen the poor of this world rid of torment, that we might live for in faith, and heirs of the kingdor ever!'
which he hath pronuised to their "I know," said Mat's mother, that love him.' But would you pro “the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ for nothing else, Mat?" cleanseth from all sin.'"
After a little pause, the boy added “But I sin over and over again," “I would say, Heavenly Father cried Mat. “It seems as if I did not forgive my sins, and make ne think at all about such a crown, or never lose my crown.'" even wish to be the King's son. “That is a very good prayer, my Something comes in the way, and I boy, only I would have you add some forget all about it."
things to it. Pray thus: Heavenly “Yes, Satan tries to make you Father, make me thine own child, prefer some paltry pleasure here. forgive my sins, and give me thy He envies you; he wishes that you Holy Spirit, that I may never lose may never enter the palace of the my crown; for Jesus Christ's sake. Heavenly King. But give your soul The Holy Spirit alone can make you to Christ to keep,' and Satan will live as God's child-can make you never be allowed to draw you from live holy and ready for heaven; and God.
everything that we ask, we must ask