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and was ready to leave her book, or her play, in moment, to go an errand, or to do anything h mother wished her to do. She was very fond reading, and when not at school (she went to a day school) had almost constantly a book in her han She delighted in learning hymns; and the one,
“ I think when I read that sweet story of old," was a very great favourite. She loved the Bibl and frequently asked for her mother's Bible-"th beautiful, big Bible,” as she called it—to be got ou And she would ask her father to read the fir chapter in John, or some other portion. She pa ticularly enjoyed hearing the account of Samu when he was a little child, and the Lord called hin
Lucy loved to talk of Jesus; and now she gone to
• View the Lamb in His own light,
Whom angels dimly see ;
To all eternity.”
This dear child was fond of going to the Sunday school. No weather ever made her wish to sta away : for, when it was unfit for her to walk, sh would ask her father to carry her thither. She wa very anxious, also, to be in time, and would ofte scarcely stay to finish her meals, lest she shoul be a little too late. She loved her Teachers, an prized very highly the little tickets of merit give her, always learning the texts printed upon them.
Lucy had a great reverence for the Lord's day. As soon as she awoke on a Sunday morning, she
“ This day belongs to God alone ;
She loved the house of prayer, and not unfrequently, when she got home, would repeat parts of the sermons she had heard during the day. The last time she was at chapel, the Rev. F. J. Sharr delivered an address to the Sunday-school children, and related some accounts of little boys, found in a degraded state, who had had religious instruction given them, and through it had risen to great eminence in the church. She was deeply interested, and on her return home repeated much of what she had heard to her parents.
This thinking child would often puzzle her friends by the questions she asked. She seemed to have perceptions beyond her years. When she was four years and a half old, her little brother died. When he was dying, she looked up at her mother, and said, "And many dear children are gathering there."
Her last illness was very short. She was attacked by fever on the Wednesday following the last Sunday she was at school and chapel; and at the end of one week was numbered with the dead.
At the commencement of her illness, she told her mother she did not think she should get better, and asked her if she should see “Franky" (the litti brother that was dead) “in heaven," and whethe they sang all day in heaven? adding, “We sha sing ‘Hallelujah! Glory, glory!!'
After the first day or two, she began to doze, an was not sensible for many minutes together.
On Wednesday, August 30th, 1854, she entere the pearly gates of the New Jerusalem above, wher she will praise redeeming love through one eterna day.
Sweet little one! and thou art gone,
Who once upon this earth didst tread;
And now the earth's thy lowly bed.
But thy blest spirit is above,
Far, far away from all alarms;
Safe cradled in the Saviour's arms.
THE AXE AND THE TREES.
By the Author of " The Bible Story-Book." Some time ago, when I was turning over th leaves of an old book, I met with the followin fable:
“The trees of the forest held a solemn assembly in which they talked very much of the many wrong which the axe had done them. To prevent these is future," (the fable says,) "they made an agreement that no tree should lend the axe a piece of wood for a handle, under pain of being cut down. So the axe went up and down the forest, and tried to beg a branch of the cedar, the oak, the ash, the elm, and the poplar : but they would not give him one. At last, he asked for a smaller piece of wood, which might serve him to cut down the briers and shrubs : he said, that they took away the nourishment from the ground, and hindered the growth, and concealed the beauty, of the trees. Thus, by fair professions, he gained his request; but when he had got the handle, he not only cut down the thorns, but the trees also.”
What does this fable teach us? Let every child reflect; and happiest he who finds out most of its
EXPLANATION OF OLD TERMS FOUND
IN THE BIBLE. Some of the expressions of our English version are obsolete in the sense in wbich the translators
Audience" means the (act of) hearing. (Luke vii. 1.)
Carriage " expressed what is now called baggage. (1 Sam. xvii. 22; Acts xxi. 15.) “Charger” means a large dish. (Matt. xiv. 8.)
“ Charity" means love. (1 Cor. xiii. 2.) To “comfort” means to strengthen, as a helper, to succour; and hence, to encourage and cheer. So “ advocate " meant one
called in on an emergency. The first word is 1 confined to consoling the afflicted; and the sec is used in a restricted sense. In Scripture the i is general, to strengthen, to guide, stimulate, encourage. (1 Cor. xiv, 31 ; 1 Thess. v. 11, 14, wh it is rightly translated “exhort;" Rom. XV. “ Convince” has, in old English, the sense of c vict, (John viii. 46,) as may be seen in the writi of Lord Bacon (Essays). “Damnation” would more correctly rendered “condemnation" in 10 xi. 29; so in Rom. xiv. 23. “Dispensation" of Gospel means stewardship.” (1 Cor. ix. 17.) "ear” the ground is to till it. (1 Sam. viii. 1 “ Frankly” “freely" means gratuitous (" Freely ye have received, freely give." frankly forgave them both.”) “Harness" in Ex xiii. 18, 1 Kings xx. 11, denotes armour. The wa in the original may also mean in files or roi “ Heir
often meant, in old English, heritor possessor. “Heir of the righteousness by faith' possessor of it. (Heb. xi. 7.) So Christ was appoint heir or possessor of all things. (Heb. i. 2.) “Hi is the old English form of its. (Matt. xii. 33, xx 32, xxvi. 52; Acts xii. 10; 1 Cor. xv. 38; xiii. “Instant,” “instantly," means urgent; close applying one's self to a business. (Lukė xxiii. 2 Acts xxvi. 7.) “ Leasing" means lying. (Psal. iv. To “let” means to hinder. (Isai. xliii. 13; 2 The ii. 7; Rom. i. 13.) “Lewd" means ignoránt, u taught, idle, bad. (Acts xvii. 5.) “Malice” (fro malitia) always means vice or wickedness generall It refers to sin in its intrinsic nature; sin or tran