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THE OLD COW.

went his whip again and again, but still she did THERI HERE was one old cow that always stayed not move. Often he had to go the whole length

behind the rest. John the cowman would of the field, and get behind her, and drive her throw open the farmyard gate at the usual time; home before him, before he could get her to stir. and almost as soon as the gate was open, and “Lazy old thing!” muttered John, one eventhe first sound of his voice was heard, all the ing, when she had given him a walk to the other cows would leave off grazing, and walk farthest corner of the field; “ Lazy old thing! slowly towards the yard to be milked. Not so What a deal of trouble you give! Why can't old Molly. Either she was deaf, or pretended you come when you 're called ? ” to be. “Coop, coop, Molly !” John cried, but John did not see that his master was just on still she went on cropping the grass. Smack the other side of the hedge.

“ Take care, John," said he, “that you

're not like her. You've often been called, but I doubt whether you have come yet. God has called you many a time; and you know it. He has been very patient with you; you have tried him more than ever old Molly has tried you. Don't be like the old cow any more."

John drove the old cow home, without a word. I hope he did not forget what his master bad said.

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OBERT was one day looking at a large
be the Lord's.

The way to spend life aright is to begin with opposite to his father's house. He watched the
A GOOD BEGINNING.

early piety. Give yourself to the Lord in the workmen from day to day, as they carried up LITTLE boy said to his sister as they days of childhood, and all shall be well. He the bricks and mortar, and then placed them in A

walked home from school, “I wish I may takes delight in the cheerful offering of the their proper order. live to be old.” Their teacher bad been telling young heart. Who, then, would give him only His father said to him, “Robert, you seem them of the death of a schoolfellow, and this

the dregs of old age? He wants your love in to be very much taken up with the bricklayers : led the little boy to speak as he did.

all its freshness. He wants the first ripe fruits. pray what may you be thinking about ? Have It was a natural wish for him to

express, He asks for your service before “the days come you any notion of learning the trade ?” he did not think that this world is not the best when you shall say you have no pleasure in “No," said Robert, smiling ; " but I was just and brightest spot in the great kingdom of God. them.”

thinking what a little There is a fairer, and

thing a brick is, and yet holier, and happier spot

that great house is built than this earth. God

by laying one brick on has fitted it for the

another." dwelling of those that

* Very true, my boy. love and serve him here.

Never forget it. Just It is for “ those who

80 is it in all great bave washed their robes,

works. All your learn

. and made them white in

ing is one little lesson the blood of the Lamb." SCHOOL

added to another.

If It is the

pure
and blessed

a man could walk all home of the children of

round the world, it God. It is heaven.

would be by putting one Still you wish to live

foot before the other. a long life in this world

Your whole life will be - live to be quite old.

made up of one little Let us see what it is

moment after another.

Drop added to drop Look at that aged

makes the ocean. man, as he totters along

“ Learn from this not the street. He leans

to despise little things. upon a staff, with which

Learn also not to be dishe tries to steady his

couraged by great lasteps. His eyes are so

bours. The greatest ladim that he cannot see

bour becomes easy, if a friend who is passing

divided into parts. You on the other side of the

could not jump over a road. His ears are so

mountain, but step by deaf that he cannot hear

step takes you to the that bird now singing on

other side. Do not fear, the tree. The hair of

therefore, to attempt the old man's head is

great things. Remember, white. His face is

the whole of that great wrinkled and care-worn.

building is only one Go, take his hand, and

brick upon another." ask him if he is quite

“MY SON, IF SINNERS ENTICE THEE, CONSENT THOU NOT." well. He will tell you of pains in his limbs, and that he is not so A learned and pious man of the name of strong as he used to be. Ask him where are Beza was one of the great reformers of religion

THE TWO ROADS. the friends he once knew. He will point to about three hundred years ago.

“I have lived

THERE is a road that leads to death : the grave-yard. Many of them are long since long, and have sinned long,” said he; “yet,

Oh! walk not there. dead. He is almost alone and a stranger in the among

the
many things for which I must bless

Sinners may say with flattering breath, world. But if that old man is a Christian, be God, the first and chief is that at the age of

The path is fair ;

But mark thou what the Scripture saith, has still got his Bible, and the presence of his sixteen he brought me by his grace to love and

“My son, beware.” Saviour, and a good hope of heaven. He is a serve him. Thus he has kept me from many

Wisdom doth speak; oh heed her voice, happy man, though he is poor and old. He sins, into which I should have fallen, and which

She calls to thee! looks to Jesus for the pardon of all his sins, and would have made my life and death less happy."

“My son, let me direct thy choice;
can trust him with his soul.
Make, then, a good beginning. While you

Come, follow me:
The great matter is, not for us to wish to are yet young, seek to know Jesus Christ, who

I'll guide thee, and thou shalt rejoice live to be old; we must leave that to God, as for you bore the painful death of the cross.

My child to be. he shall see best; but we must seek to live He calls you, with a voice of mercy, to forsake

“Dangers with growing years increase : well, and to some good purpose. We must sin and follow him. He says, “ Come unto me;

Why longer wait ? measure our lives, not by days and years, believe, and be saved.” Will you not say with

My ways are ways of pleasantness,

Although so strait;
but by the good that is done and enjoyed. young Samuel, “ Here am I; speak, Lord, for

My paths will lead thee on in peace
Whether we live, we should live unto the Lord; thy servant heareth” ?

To heaven's gate."

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against the world at night and in have found him to be good. He OLD MOSES.

the morning, and then I have to has bound up my heart when it IT

was on a fine morning in the fight against it all day. The devil was broken, he has come to my

month of May, I left the can get up here in these mountains bed when I was sick, he has borne dwelling of a friend residing near as well as anywhere else, for you with my sins; he has not cast the foot of the North Mountain, know he tempted our Saviour on a me off because I was poor and in the great valley of Virginia, mountain."

old, and did not love him as much and took a ride for the benefit “My good old friend, you seem as I ought; and then, he died of my

health. Leaving the more to have been long a pilgrim to the for poor Moses' soul. thickly settled parts of the country, heavenly country.”

he is not a hard inaster. He may I followed the course of a small " For forty years," said he, “I take away my wife, and my chilstream for some miles, without have found that the Lord has been dren; he may burn my house, and seeing the habitation of man. At good to me, and that he who lay me on a sick bed, and smite me length I espied, near the end of trusts in the Saviour shall never with his own dear hand : still I the valley, and at the foot of be moved.”

would love him, and say it is all the mountain, an aged negro at " But are you never tempted for good.” As he said this, work on a small farm. His head to forsake the Saviour ?”

tear stole down his cheek. was whitened by age; and the “I know that my heart is very “ You have preaching here, I deep wrinkles in his face, and a deceitful, and Satan keeps trying suppose ?" stoop in his shoulders, showed that to get old Moses; but my Master Yes,” said he; and after telling he had seen many years, and in heaven says, “By grace are ye how far the place of worship was, suffered many hardships. Glad saved through faith, and that not he went on: “Sometimes when I to see and converse with a human of yourselves, it is the gift of God.' ' go to preaching, my heart feels being after my solitary ramble, This is my hope, that He who has cold and dead on it; but then the I alighted from

my
horse.

begun a good work will finish massa preaches so good, that iny “ Old man," I began, “ you seem it. When you plant corn, massa, soul gets happy; and then the to be enduring the sentence pro- you don't go away and leave it, Bible preach, and woods preach, nounced on tallen man, getting and let the birds pull it up, or the and everything preach ; and when your bread by the sweat of your grass and the weeds kill it; so, my hand is at the plough, my soul brow."

when God plants the good seed in is in heaven.” Ah, massa,” said he, wiping the sinner's heart, he does not go “You have a Bible, then ? " the falling drops from his face, away and leave it to die.”

“Yes, I have; I learned to read “I have no reason to complain. “You say you are tempted thirty years ago, and now when

" I have a great many blessings left sometimes?”

it rains all day on a Sunday, I read, yet. I have Jesus Christ and his Yes, massa, sometimes the and sing, and pray, and find that gospel, and that is enough for devil will come and whisper in Jesus Christ can come to the old poor old Moses." my ear, Moses, you serve a hard cabin of

poor

Moses." “ As you seem to be quite shut master; he sends sickness, and The day, in the meantime, out from the world here, I suppose poverty, and trouble; he sends the wearing away, and other engageyou have but few temptations in fly to kill all your wheat; but I ments pressing on me, I bade the this lonely place ?"

say, Devil liar, he is no hard old man farewell, with the confiAh, massa,” said he, “ wherever master, for he knocked at the door dent hope of meeting him in heaven. I go

I carry this bad heart with of my heart, and I would not let “God is no respecter of persons : me,"

putting his hand to his him in; and then he knocked again but in every nation he that feareth breast, “and this it is which lets and again, until I was obliged to him, and worketh righteousness, in the world. I have to pray open the door: and ever since I is accepted of him.”

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EVERY ONE OF YOU.

upon me?

be carried away by the flood of Peter.-I am to preach repent

He is the Alpha ance and remission of sins to every

and Omega, the first and the last, one of you. A

MAN may want liberty, and the author and finisher of our faith. Objection.--But I was

yet be happy like Joseph; He, therefore, who hath not Christ them that did spit in his face when a man may want peace; and yet hath no beginning of good, nor he stood before his accusers. I be happy like David ; a man may shall he have any end of misery. was also one that mocked him want children, and yet be blessed --Owen.

when in anguish he hanged bleedlike Job; a man may want plenty,

ing on the tree. Is there room for and vet be filled with comfort like

me ? Micaiah ; but he who is without

Peter.--For every one of you. Christ wants everything that can JOHN BUNYAN, the strolling Objection.—But I was one of do him good.

Christ is all and in tinker of Bedfordshire, who them that in his extremity said, all. Hunger cannot be satisfied became a preacher of the Gospel, “Give him gall and vinegar to without the bread of life, which and wrote the famous “ Pilgrim's drink.” Why may not I expect is Jesus Christ; and what shall the Progress," understood, by the the same when anguish and guilt hungry man do without bread? change that was wrought in his is Thirst cannot be truly quenched own heart, the power of Divine Peter.—Repent of these, your without that living water, which is grace. In one of his sermons he wickednesses, and there is remission

, Jesus Christ; and what shall the represents the fulness of the sal- of sins for every one of you.

. thirsty do without water? The vation offered in Christ, and which Objection.---But I railed on him, captive cannot be delivered without he had himself proved, by the fol- I reviled him, I hated him. I the Redeeiner, Jesus Christ; and lowing dialogue:

rejoiced to see him mocked by what shall the prisoner do without When the murderers of Christ others. Can there be hopes for his ransom? Fools (as we all : cried out, on the day of Pentecost, me? are naturally in Divine things): “Men and brethren, what shall we Peter. There is for every one of

.--cannot be instructed without Jesus do ?” Peter replied, “Repent, and you. “Repent, and be baptized, Christ, as their wisdom; and with- be baptized, every one of you." every one of you, in the name of out him, therefore, we perish in I shut out no one of you; for I Jesus Christ, for the remission of our folly. All building without am commanded by the Lord to sins, and ye shall receive the gift

upon the sand, where it deal with you as it were one by of the Holy Ghost.” will quickly fall to the ground. one, by the word of his salvation. All labour without him, is in the Objection.--- But I was

Oh, what a blessed " fire, where it will be infallibly con- them that plotted to take away of you" is here! How willing was sumed. He is the way; without his life. May I be saved by him? Peter, and the Lord Jesus by his him we are wanderers. He is the l'eter.—Every one of you. ministry, to catch these murderers truth; without him we live in Objection.-—But I was

was one of with the word of the Gospel, that He is the life; without him them that bore false witness against they might be made monuments we are dead in trespasses and sins. him. Is there grace for me? of the grace of God. How unwilHe is the light; without him we are

Peter.-For every one of you.

ling was he that

any
should

escape in darkness, and know not whither Objection.--But I was one of the hand of mercy. Yea, what an

He is the vine; they who them that cried out, “Crucify him! amazing wonder it is to think that, not grafied into him are crucify him!" and desired that above all the world, and above withered branches, prepared for Barabbas, the murderer, might live everybody in it, these should have the fire. He is the rock; they rather than he.

rather than he. What will become the first offer of mercy! who are not built upon him will of me, think you ?

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house was the squalling children, while his

other senses were regaled with a bad smell of E constantly hear people complaining how

JANUARY. WE heavily we Englishmen are taxed. And so

ashes and steam, and the sight of his wife in we are. It is calculated that if the

the act of mopping up a puddle of brown and annually

money
raised in taxes were divided into equal shares and

white slop, which was spreading itself over the
floor.

1 TU Circumcision. Commit thy way unto the Lord,

The character of poor Matthews's home given back to the people, it would afford more

Sun rises 8h. 8m.; sets 4h. Om. (Psalm xxxvii. 5. than £2 58. to every man, woman, and child in comfort generally might be seen in his wife's 3 To Be not slothful, Heb. vi. 12.

4F dress on the morning in question. Her un

(Last quarter, lh. 54m. M. the United Kingdom. No doubt this is a mon

5 s Covet earnestly the best gifts, 1 Cor. xii. 31. combed hair sticking out under the border of a strous sum to be raised year after year. There

,

6 S 2 S. aft. Christmas. Epiphany. I'welfth Day. is no other country in the world where the people dingy night-cap, her gown open behind, apron

7 M Fire Insurance due. give so much of their earnings to the Governhanging by only one string, and boots dirty and

8 Tu Watch and pray, Matt. xxvi. 41. unlaeed, gave her the appearance of the thorough 9 W ment. But then one reason is, that there is no

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, Psalm lv. 22. slattern. Her husband

was up to work 10 TH Be not rash with thy mouth, Eccles. v. 2. other country in the world where the people are

11 F Hilary Term begins. New Moon, 3h. 27m. M. so rich. We have plenty of poor amongst us, it regularly at six, but she lay in bed till the last

Sun rises 8h. 3m. ; sets 4h. 14m. is true; but we must not forget that the taxminute, and then all was hurry to get breakfast

13 S On this morning, as usual, she

1 S. aft. Epiphany. Cambridge Lent Term beation of England is so arranged as to fall ready in time.

14 M Oxford Lent Term begins.

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15 Tu Blessed are the pure in heart, Matt. v. 8. lightest on the poor. Nay, it may seem strange, brought down the baby, which lay screaming in

16 W the cradle. A little boy, tired of being left

Have faith in God, Mark xi. 22. but it is true that, if a man likes, he live in may

17 To Ponder the path of thy feet, Prov. iv. 26. this country without paying any taxes at all. alone, bad crawled to the top of the stairs, and

Hope thou in God, Psalm xlii. 5. there sat crying in turn. Mrs. Matthews had 19 s ) First quar. 4h. Om. M. There is no tax upon bread, none upon butcher's

made the coffee, and put the milk on to boil, meat, none upon clothes, nor on the stuff of

20 S 2 S. aft. Epiphany. Search the Scriptures, John and had only just run up to smack the noisy, 21 M which his clothes are made. There is no tax

Fools make a mock at sin, Prov. xiv. 9. [v. 39. undressed urchin on the stairs, when she heard 22 TU Do all things without murmurings, Phil. ii. 14. on the bricks or the wood of his cottage; and

What think ye of Christ ? Matt. xxii. 42. though there is a tax on houses, it does not the milk boiling over, and, hurrying to snatch

24 Tu Marriage of Princess Royal, 1858. [4h. 35m.

25 F Conversion of St. Paul. Sun rises 7h.5lm; sets come down to the rent the working man usually it off the fire, she upset the coffee-pot, and was

26 S. O Full Moon, 5h.7m. A. pays. There is a tax on coffee, and tea, and mopping up the wasted beverage as her husband

entered. but our forefathers did without these She eyed him with an angry frown, 27 S Septuagesima S.

God despiseth not any, sugar;

Job meant to show she was not afraid. He said 28 M Resist the devil, James iv. 7. [xxxvi. 5. things, and we might if we chose. We do not,

29 TU One thing is needful, Luke x. 42. however, recommend that these articles should nothing, and looked round. On one side were

30 W Seek and ye shall find, Matt. vii. 7. be given up: they are nourishing and health- the supper things of the night before--on the

31 Ti Hilary Term ends. and all the taxes a working man pays on

other, the extinguished fire-in front, the table
covered with dust, and the sloppy floor. He

There will be an annular eclipse of the sun them are not more than most of us would cheer

turned on his heel, and went to breakfast at a on the 11th of the month; that is, the moon fully pay for the peace and security which Government provides for us.

coffee-house, which he had visited so often will so pass before it as to leave only a bright These, however, are not the taxes that press

under similar circumstances, that he looked ring shining round it. This may be seen from on the working man. There is the tax on

upon it as a much more comfortable place than the Southern Ocean, the East of Africa, and his own house.

the South of Asia. beer, the tax on spirits, the tax on tobacco; these are the burdens of the labourer and the Richard Cooper, also a workman at the same

THE GARDEN. artisan. But mind—they are burdens willingly foundry, went to his breakfast at the same hour.

ET everything be done in the garden that taken up. No man need pay them against his No sooner did he open the door leading into his L will. He has but to give up the use of the kitchen, than a little girl, tidy and clean, ran

the weather will admit of. Look well

to the protection of all plants or crops that articles, and he may laugh at the tax-gatherer. for a kiss, and a little boy, just able to crawl, And why should be not give them up? There seemed eager to jump from his mother's arms. he

may suffer from the frost. Dig and trench all are thousands of our countrymen--and their Richard's wife was a trim little body, always and shrubs, and cuttings of gooseberries and

vacant spots, and wheel in dung. Plant trees number is every day increasing—who have done neatly dressed-never looking slatternly, even

currants; and observe always to open the so; and they all say that they are healthier, when at work. The room was cheerful and

ground well before you plant. Prune apple, stronger, more cheerful, and richer than they clean, breakfast quite ready, the bright coffeewere while they used them. It has been calcu

pear, and plum trees, and also your fruit pot stood steaming on the hob, and a dish of lated that the price of these articles which is paid porridge and milk on the table for the children.

bushes.' If a gooseberry bush is left to itself by working men-not reckoning what is paid by Richard suapped his fingers to the little boy,

it soon gets thick and matted, and so full of

wood as to shut out the sun and air. Thin the rich_would educate all the children in the kissed the girl, lifted them both into their chairs,

the tree well; and cut out the wood from the country, support all the aged and infirm poor, and sat down opposite his wife, looking and feel

middle ; aud you will have the branches covere1 inaintain the hospitals, and pay for all the mising very happy: His half hour's visit to his

with fruit, and of a much larger size. The sionaries we send abroad. What does it buy family every morning sent him back to his now? How much of sorrow! what heaps of work with renewed hope and confidence. The ing the shoots. Cleanse your trees also from

young trees should be kept down by shorten. vice ! what a great load of ignorance, poverty, immediate cause of his comfort and good and early death! Let every man understand temper lay in his wife’s habits of early rising be done on a mild, wet, foggy day by throw

moss ; and from insects and blight. This may clearly, when he talks of the heavy taxes, that and prudent management.

ing quick-lime over the branches; wherever it he need not pay the most part unless he likes;

See the value of order and cleanliness. They strikes it will kill the moss, which can then be. that by far the larger portion he pays is laid upon

carry with them comfort and pleasure to all scraped off. Towards the end of the month, his luxuries, and particularly on those luxuries carry with them comfort and pleasure to all

concerned, and hence they are duties. God's if the weather is inild, you may sow radish, that do him a great deal more harm than good.

law, "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself," spinach, lettuce, and parsley; beans may be is broken by everything done so as to make sown in warm situations, if those sown before

others uncomfortable and unhappy. Let the have been injured by the frost ; so also with TWO FAMILIES.

blessed law of love to God and to man rule in the earliest sorts of peas. In the flower garden THE IHE foundry bell rang, and Matthews has. the heart through Jesus Christ, and it will lead remove the decayed leaves, and search fre

tened home to his breakfast. The first sound to personal peace, and to orderly, cleanly, and quently for slugs. All hardy, herbaceous plants that met his ears on opening the door of his happy homes.

may now be planted.

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