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"Show thou me the way that I should walk in !' I am the way/ John xiv. 6; 'Come, follow me,' Luke xviii. 22,

"Laid, my cross is so heavy to bear, I can hardly endure it I 'My grace is sufficient foi thee, my strength is made perfect in weakness,' 2 Cor. xii. 9.

"Why am I thus sorely tried? 'As many as I love I rebuke and chasten/ Kev. iii. 19; 'This is all the fruit, to take away thy sin,' Isa. xxvii. 9.

"If I die what will become of my children ?' Leave thy fatherless children, I will preserve them alive/ Jer. xlix. 11; 'Be careful for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, let your requests be made known unto God/ Phil. iv. 6.

"I pray and pray again, but it seems as though God did not hear my prayer. 'Though He tarry, wait for Him; because He will surely come, He will not tarry/ Hab. ii. 3; 'If we ask anything according to his will, He heareth us/ 1 John v. 14; 'If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it,' John xiv. 14.

"I am full of fears and disquietudes, and no one understands or can sympathize with me. 'I, even I, am He that comforteth you/ Isa. Hi. 12; 'As one whom his mother comforteth so will I comfort you/ Isa. lxvi. 13; 'We have not an High Priest who cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities,' Heb. iv. 15.

"The thought of death and the grave fills me with fear!' I will ransom my people from the power of the grave. I will redeem them from death/ Hos. xiii. 14.

"And when I stand before the judgment seat, Lord, ivilt Thou be near ?' Hearken unto me, my people; my righteousness is near,' Isa. li. 4, 5; 'Every tongue that shall rise against Thee in judgment shalt Thou condemn/ Isa. liv. 17.

"Oh, my God, how good Thou art! Teach me to love Thee more! 'Thou shalt call me my Father, and shalfc not turn away from me/ Jcr. iii. 19.

"When wilt Thou call me home to Thee? 'Behold, I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus,' Eev. xxii. 20.



Effie's Problem.

1 Oh, Lady! we receive but what we give,
And in our life alone does Nature live.
Ours is her wedding garment, ours her shroua,
And would we aught behold of higher worth
Than that inanimate cold world allowed
To the poor, loveless, ever-anxious crowd,
Ah! from the soul itself must issue forth
A light, a glory, a fair luminous cloud,
Enveloping the Earth ;—
And from the soul itself there must be sent
A sweet and potent voice, of its own birth,
Of all sweet sounds the life and element I"


Helen had scarcely finished when she heard the carriage coming up the avenue, and in a few minutes Effie came running into her room. "Well, Helen, here I am again; it has not been so bad after all. And I have news to tell you—quite interesting news. We have been to the Thorntons, and they are all in such a state of excitement; Mrs. Thornton is expected home."

"Indeed! oh, I am so glad!"

"And so am I; though I am quite astonished at myself for caring about it as I do. But in this quiet life every little thing becomes of importance, I suppose; and, besides, the children's pleasure was quite infectious. But, Helen, what a turbulent temper Maria seems to have. I should think her grandmother must find it a hard task to rule her."

"I believe she does, but I dare say her mother will understand her better. When does she come?"

"I don't know; in about a month, I think."

But Eflie's further conversation was stopped by the entrance of Mrs. Herbert's maid, who came to request Helen's attendance in the drawing-room.

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