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No. I. 1. What is better than rubies?
8. A god of the Philistines. 2. A troubler of Israel.
9. Who was delivered out of prison in 3. One of the first workers in brass
answer to the prayer of the Church ? and iron. 4. By what brook was Elijah com- Peter when he knocked.
10. A damsel who opened the door to manded to hide himself? 5. A woman who was asked by an Saul of Tarsus, for, “Behold, he prayeth”?
11. Who was told to go and inquire for angel, “What aileth thee?”
12. What did our Lord, in the Sermon 6. The friend of God.
on the Mount, say our communication 7. One of the daughters of Zelophehad. should be ?
The first letters of the answers form an exhortation to the discharge of two duties.
TEXTS FOR THE MONTH.
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Тн A new heart also will I give you (Ezeke. xxxvi.
(Johın xvi. 33).
Tim. vi. 6).
Ye must be born again (John iii. 7).
life (John iii. 36).
S Blessed is the man whose transgression is for
given (Psa. xxxii. 1).
Love your enemies (Matt. v. 24).
(1 Cor. vi. 19).
you (James iv. 8).
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THE RELIGIOCS TRACT SOCIETY.
HOPE IN A HAT.
BY THE REV. P. B. POWER, M.A.,
Author of " The Oiled Feather," etc.
YING of fright!" many straws to catch at, he thought this
This is a com- better than nothing.
fear. But one her soul.
which is the opposite I puts up in all they puts upon me; and
of Fear. Many, however when navvies come on the road, I do -aye millions, I firmly be- what I can for 'em; and when they get lieve, have been killed by into my debt, and go away and slope me, hope-killed in their souls; I bears it all, and I shan't go to the bad and by false hopes. Men have place.' been saved by true hope “You hope to go to heaven,” said he lost by false hope. And as to another; “but why do you hope so ?” this matter is of such tremen-“Well,” she said, “ I've brought up my dous importance, and a mistake children decent, and I hain't been much
must have such terrible con- trouble to the parish.” But neither the sequences, a few moments will be well navvies nor the overseers of the parish spent in considering it.
would have to settle the question of their If
you had a sixpence that you were in souls' salvation hereafter-it was God doubt about, you would spend as long who would have to do this. And He it is looking at it, and turning it about, and who will settle this matter as regards us. throwing it down to hear what kind of. Therefore it is all important to have God's ring it gave, as it will take you to read hope-which, in this matter between God these few lines—and they are about what and us, must stand good. is of more value than many sixpences- I think I have room to say a word the nature of your hope for happiness about three different sets of people : The hereafter-is it good, or is it bad ? people with no hope—and those with a
There was a certain Colonel Turner false hope—and those with a true hope. hanged for burglary in the reign of Now, first, as to the people with no Charles the Second; and when he was hope. Some people have no hope, because at the gallows, he told the crowd that they never had any fear. They never his mind received great consolation from think about their souls one way or other; one reflection—" he had always taken off or if they do, they settle the matter offhis hat whenever he entered a church !" I hand—"they have plenty else to think dare say the colonel did not go to church about;" " they don't want to be bothered very regularly, nor did he attend par- about that now. ticularly to what he was about when he And some are despairing. They would was there; but they say a drowning man give all the world for a good hope ; but will catch at a straw; and as he had not they think that there is no hope for them.
“ To be sure,
Remember you who have no fears now, Ah, that won't quite do; the poor man that it does not follow from this, that feels he himself must be changed. “To you will not have plenty of them by-and-be sure," says Satan;" who ever heard by; and then Hope may refuse to come of a man's getting to heaven without and dispel them. You are not so well off being good? You just be good, and as you think.
you'll be all right.” And you who are despairing — re- “Ah,” says the poor soul, upon whom member that God is a God of hope that God's Spirit is working, "I feel I can though you have none in yourself, you never be good enough. may have it in him.
His Son came to says Satan, “whoever said you could be. . purchase it for you. His Spirit can shed You just do your best, and then Christ it abroad in you. Look at your very own will make up the deficiencies, He'll Saviour suffering all for you ; believe on balance up for you.” His Name, and come out from amongst the Poor soul! do not believe a bit of that. people who have no hope.
Your hope must be in Christ alone; and Then come the people with a false you must be holy, because you are His. hope, or rather let me say, with many But there are people with a true hope, false hopes.
a genuine thing, which is the work of When a man first feels to want hope, the Blessed Spirit; and with which Satan Satan supplies him. He keeps a large has nothing to do. They take Jesus as and varied stock of false hopes of every their whole and sole Saviour. Their kind. You see all sorts of lies in ad-hope is a God-made one; and He says of vertisements. One man will tell you he it, as He said at the creation, “Behold, has the largest stock in the world - it is very good.” This is a hope that another that he has the greatest variety maketh not ashamed. This hope is an in the world— a third that his publica- anchor for the soul. It will do wonders. tion has the largest circulation in the It will meet all your spiritual depresworld: but Satan might truly say, I keep sions and fears. There was a very holy the largest stock of (false) hopes in the man dying; and he did not feel any world—the most varied stock-and they great ecstasies; but he kept saying, “I have the largest circulation.
have a good hope," and he died happy Given away! Given away! I see at in it. the head of some advertisements. Ah, It will keep you from sin; for “every yes! I read them at the top of his; but one that hath this hope in him, purifieth like most things which are so freely himself, even as He is pure.' given away, I find that there is something It will comfort in losses and sickness, behind—that the gift must be paid for and encompass us when we come to die. in some way—and here-by the very And at last, O man of the real hope ! soul itself.
our hopes shall turn to realities, and the Here is some poor fellow who is in realities will be better than the hopes, want of hope; aye, sorely in need of it, and so shall we be ever with the Lord. and really seeking it. "I have just the The very best hopes which you can have thing to suit you,” says Satan. God's apart from Christ are no better than the mercy—the true thing-He's too good man's ridiculous and kind-hearted ever to condemn a poor weak man; so go on, just as you
“ HOPE IN A HAT." always did; and you'll find it all right at last."
1 Hebrews vi. 19. % 1 John üi. 3.
66 A MAN'S A MAN FOR A' THAT."
Y.IKE a good many Scotchmen, Peter Macgregor He sang it at the Rose and Thistle; and someDi had found his way into Yorkshire; but, times he sang it when he was leaving it, scarcely
un so many of his countrymen who cross able to walk straight home; which we are sorry the Border, he was not the steady man he ought to to say, was very often. have been, indeed, he seemed to have left behind Peter was by trade a cabinet-maker, in one of him in Scotland both his sobriety and his religion; the first establishments in Leeds; and there was that is to say, what he had of either.
not a better workman in the place; that is, when To hear Peter talk, you might think there was he had his wits about him, which was not always, nothing in Yorkshire at all to be compared with for sometimes he was sadly dazed and muddled by what he had left in Scotland. The Scotch oat- the driuk he had taken the previous night. It was meal was better than the English; there was not said, indeed, in the shop, that he might have been a mountain in England to be compared with Ben foreman if only he could have kept himself from Nevis, or an English lake like Loch Lomond or the drink. Peter himself had a suspicion of that; Loch Katrine; there was not an English preacher and he did not like Edward Powell, who had been worth naming along with preachers he had heard put over his head,” any the better for it; still, in Scotland ; and of this he was certain-and the if there was at any time a bit of work which man was a fool who thought otherwise-that required special skill, it was entrusted to Peter. neither Shakespeare nor Milton, nor Tennyson, Such a piece of work had been given to him one nor any other English poet, was fit to hold the Monday morning, when, unfortunately, he was candle to Robert Burns.
suffering from the effects of both the Saturday There were some of his Yorkshire friends who night's and the Sunday's drinking. It was a very now and then expressed their wonder that Peter beautiful and elaborate piece of lady's work, which should have ever left Scotland; or that, having was intended for a wedding-present; and the found how inferior Yorkshire was, he did not go wedding was to take place in a few days. It had back again ; but Peter always had his answer been sent to Peter's employers to be made
into ready. There were so many clever men in Scot- an article of drawing-room furniture; and when land, that there was no room for them all; and the foreman gave it into his hands, he gave him then, how poor England would be if all the also very clear directions about it; and at the Scotchmen left it. To which it was more than same time the strictest charge to take the utmost once replied, that if they were all such as he was, care that it was done well. England might, perhaps, get along without them. A little before the hour of leaving, Peter's work
Peter spent most of his evenings at the Rose was completed, and he asked the foreman to look and Thistle; and he was one of the landlord's best at it. What was the dismay of the latter to see at customers. There was many a week in which it the first glance, that Peter had entirely mistaken his took nearly half his week's wages to clear off the directions, and that, besides having done it wrongly, week's score for drink.
the workmanship was altogether discreditable. Peter was fond of singing, and he was not a bad The lady's work, on which she had spent the singer by any means. He did not confine himself leisure time of months, was, to all appearances, to the songs of Robert Burns; but he liked them hopelessly spoilt. better than anybody else's, and he sang them most The foreman looked first at the work, and then frequently. Nor was it only at the Rose and at Peter, and his look spoke volumes. If Peter Thistle that you heard him sing them; but every had been wise, he would have been silent, for he now and then as he went about his work. Some could not help knowing what the look meant;
but times he would sing such snatches as these:
he was in one of his worst and most perverse
tempers. No wonder; for besides that his head “ The cock may craw, the day may daw,
still ached from the effects of yesterday's drink, he But aye we'el taste the barley bree;"
was vexed and dissatisfied with himself, and he or,
could not but be dissatisfied with his work. “ We're na' that fou, we're na' that fou,
Well,” he said, doggedly, “what are you lookBut just a wee drap in our ee.”
ing at me in that way for? Is not it right ?”.
“Right!" said the foreman, indignantly. " It's On the other hand, however, he was fond of the worst bit of work that has been done in this spouting or singing bits of his favourite poet, shop for many a long day; and you know it is. which expressed high moral sentiments; and of There's hardly an apprentice-lad in the shop who these there was none he repeated more frequently could not have done it better. Then, too, it is not than
as if you had spoilt a bit of our own stuff; it's the “ A man's a man for a' that."
lady's work that's ruined.