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his father had the good sense to check and discourage. something behind in dying." He would say, "Do The wise parent thought that at his tender years
not cherish grand plans of benevolence, but go straight the exact sciences might prove too severe a study into the hovels of the poor; acquaint yourself with for him, and said that he should learn Latin first
them as individuals.” When the heart-breaking news and mathematics afterwards. Blaise was very curious was brought to him that his beloved sister, Jacqueline, about this forbidden pursuit. At least he might ask was no more, what he said was this :-"God give his father what mathematics were. Something was said us grace to die as well as she died ;” and “Blessed about geometry. “Geometry,” curtly answered his are they that die, provided they die in the Lord.” father, “is the science which teaches the method of
It is sad to think how some of the errors of the making exact figures, and of finding out the proportions Romish Church clung closely to him, embittering his they bear to each other." And having given this painful life, and shortening his few remaining days. definition, he told him not to think or talk any more
His austerities and mortifications were carried to an about it. Innate genius, however, will always find its extent far too severe for his frail and broken constituway. If he must do his Latin in school hours, he tion. His mind at times seems to have partaken of certainly might amuse himself as he liked in his play the disease of his body. He seems to have turned hours. He sat down in a large room, all alone, with a away in thought much too often from the goodness and piece of charcoal, and tried to draw exact circles and love of God. He would live on meagre and insufficient triangles, and to find out in what relations they could fare, and discharge the most menial offices. He wore stand to each other. One day his father entered the
beneath his clothes a girdle of iron with sharp points room where his son was so engaged, and so intent affixed, and when he found his thoughts wandering, or upon his investigations that he was not aware of his that he was taking pleasure in anything worldly, he father's presence.
His father asked him what he was would with his elbow force the sharp points into his doing. The son answered that he was trying to make wasted side. This he did, although he both felt and out such and such a thing. “ And what made declared that no austerities of the body could in themyou think of
that?” said his father. “My selves be acceptable before God. having found out this," was the answer.
Pascal died somewhat suddenly, at the age of thirtythe boy went gradually backward, till he came to nine, in 1662.
One of his last requests was very the definitions and axioms out of which all geometry
characteristic. “Let me have some poor sick man in is elaborated. The happy father was transported with
the house, and let him be tended at my expense, joy at this proof of his son's genius.
with precisely the same as I myself am Years afterwards, when he was visiting his sister tended with. For when I see how my every want is Jacqueline, a sermon bell was heard to toll. His sister supplied, it gives me great pain to think what an went into the church, and her brother also stole into infinite number of poor there are, more ill than it by another door. It so happened that the subject of myself, who are destitute even of the common the preacher's discourse was the commencement of the necessaries of life.” Christian life. He showed how well-disposed persons, by entangling themselves in worldly ties, put obstacles
THE BELIEVER'S SAFETY. in the way of their salvation, and so run as to miss the prize of their heavenly calling. Pascal thought this HE dimmest sight of Jesus is a life-look; the teaching exactly met his own case, and took it to him
stealthiest touch of His robe is soul-healing; self as a warning sent by God.
the feeblest spark of love to Him is an earnest He had also had another and a more terrible warning of heaven; and the faintest breathing after holiness is in a narrow escape from a frightful death.
One day a drop of the “living water," welled in the soul, and he was going in a carriage with four horses to Neuilly
: “springing up into everlasting life.” Glory is the Several friends were with him ; it was a holiday, and goal towards which these, the lowest marks of grace in there was to be a gay promenade upon the bridge. The the regenerate, aspire, and in which they will ultimately bridge was lofty, and a portion of it was only protected be absorbed. by a low railing. At this part of the bridge the two Not one of the sheep given by the Father to the leaders became restive, took the bit in their teeth, and Son shall perish ; not a sinner redeemed by His blood dashing aside, plunged over the bridge into the Seine. shall be lost; not a child adopted by His grace shall Providentially, the traces snapped, and the carriage was be absent; not a jewel excavated from nature's mine left firm, standing upon the very edge. The feeble by His grace shall be missing in that day when the frame of Pascal was ill adapted to stand such a shock. Shepherd shall gather together His flock, and the He immediately fainted, and it was some time before Father shall bring home His family, and the Saviour he revived. The event itself made a deep and lasting shall cluster around Him His redeemed,—in that day impression upon his mind.
when the King of Sion shall appear, His diadem His liberality to the poor was very great; for this he studded, and His breastplate blazing, with the precious deprived himself of everything. When some one called stones of His especial and peculiar treasure.—“ They this indiscretion, he only said, “One thing I have shall be Mine, saith the Lord, in that day when I make observed, that however poor one is, one always leaves up My jewels,” or “my peculiar treasure."
A face so quiet, a smile so sweet, a voice so cheery
and tender, what wonder that it was to Granny the Y soul, press forward to the prize,
children used to run as soon as ever they returned Forgetful of the things behind ;
from school; that it was in Granny's ear they Though foes obstruct, though storms arise
used to pour their little troubles and joys; that at Press on-thy perfect rest to find.
Granny's knee they would sit and read the pictures in Couldst thou that better country see,
the fire ? That straight before thee lies afar,
In the way! Not a bit of it. A dozen grannies of Bright with that radiant purity
her sort wouldn't have been in the way; she had got That breath of sin may never mar;
into her own little niche in the house, which she filled Couldst thou but hear that new-made song, so naturally and comfortably, that the house would To brethren safe in glory known,
not have been the same without her. And view the peerless forms that throng
A dear old soul was Granny Eadle. You could not Around the rainbow-circled throne;
help loving her. Couldst thou but catch one glimpse of Him,
What do you think it was that made that old wrinkled Thy Brother dear, thy faithful Friend,
face so fresh, and placid, and sweet, and gentle? What Whose watchful eye no sleep may dim,
was it that made her such a comfort and blessing to Who loving, loves thee to the end ;
all about her, whether young or old ? It must have Or couldst thou comprehend that love,
been something not possessed by most people. Whose might not seraph's tongue can tell,
What could it have been but the Lord Jesus HimHigh as the highest heavens above,
self in her heart! Surely there is none but Jesus who Wide as the world-unsearchable;
can keep the heart in the midst of life's cares and With giant strength thou wouldst pursue,
troubles fresh, and bright, and healthy. Ay, Jesus it Through wind and storm, the heavenward way; was—the blessed Lord—who was as ready to inhabit And Death himself unblenching view,
the old heart of Granny Eadle as the heart of the grandest Grim warder of the realms of day.
lady in the realm. It could not have been any one else. It was Jesus that did it all.
“Ah, my dears,” she used to say to her young GRANNY EADLE.
friends, who so loved to have a chat with the bright
old soul, "it's the blessedest thing I know, just to trust RANNY EADLE has seen the best of
the dear Lord out and out. Not to go to Him when her days; that's plain. The
you're in a bit of a trouble, but when the sun is shinsnow-white hair peeping out from ing too. What would an old woman like me do if it underneath the borders of her
wasn't for the blessed Lord ? Bless the Lord, I've got cap, the furrowed face, and the
as good children as any woman could want, and a nice bent form, make that as clear as
warm corner, and kind friends, and plenty to eat and anything can be. She has not
but without the Lord in my heart I should be only reached the mountain-top, nothing but a poor, pining, cross, old woman.” but is as near as possible at the It had not always been so with Granny Eadle. In bottom of the other side.
her younger days her temper was as quick as her And yet she was
movements. woman in her day ; none more The change came about the middle of her life. active. Why, only think of the family she has reared, Through one cause and another she had been led to and helped to provide for. Only think how she think about her soul, until at last on a bed of sickkept the house open when her man John was stuck ness she made the great decision, and gave
herself over fast for so many years with the rheumatism. Only to Jesus to be saved and kept. think how well her children have got on in the “ That was a blessed time. Bless the Lord for it. world—all but one, who would go to the wars, and I just took Him at His word. He told me to come, nearly broke his mother's heart.
and I did come just as I was. Did He cast me out? It must have required a good stout heart to Of course He didn't! I wasn't going to doubt Him weather as many storms as Granny Eadle has passed after He had said He would receive me.” through.
Ever since that day she had been growing, and And now as she sits beside her daughter's fire- learning, and ripening for eternity. Granny's corner, they call it—with mind as clear and Now she is waiting for the summons home. sharp as ever, she can look back with comfort to the
Happy old soul! I see her now in her favourite past, and look on with comfort to the future.
corner, with closed eyes and folded hands, listening to Some old grannies are peevish and fretful, and are the reading of God's messages. With footstool at her for ever scolding the children, and giving way to feet, and pillow at her back, her head crowned with a saspicions. But Granny Eadle was a regular model of high cap of spotless whiteness, she sits drinking in a grandmother,
the wonderful truths of God.
“Thank you, dear lady, it is so sweet to hear God talk to a poor old woman like me.”
Granny Eadle never wanted for readers. accounted a real privilege to read to her. To look at her face was an inspiration. Often and often would some poor depressed soul pay her a visit, simply to get a glimpse of the spiritual sunshine in her eyes. And what with her words, and her looks, and the gentle grace of her whole spiritual being, the depression and sadness and faithlessness would for very shame vanish away.
Granny Eadle was one of those happy souls who
Was there any lurking trouble in the house? The Lord heard of it from Granny's lips.
Was there any perplexity? Any difficulty ? Into the Lord's ear it was quickly poured.
Were any of the children out of sorts? By faith she laid them at the feet of her Lord.
And so the days passed away in the sweetest communion and fellowship.
Granny Eadle can't last much longer. She is getting more and more feeble. She can scarcely totter across the kitchen now. She will vacate her chair before
gire as well as take; who give in taking. And when This is just what Granny wants, and, indeed, tells her kind visitors came to give, rarely, if ever, did they her Lord so every day. She does not want to go before leave without being vastly the better themselves. her time, but she does so wish that the time had come.
It was a treat to hear Granny talking to her Lord. She wants to see Jesus; to see Him face to face; to He was so near. She seemed about to see and feel tell Him, in a way she can't do here, how she loves Him. Leaning back in her chair she would whisper Him, and how thankful she is for all His mercies. into His ear her needs and confidences in the most I wonder whether we are at all like Granny Eadle ? simple, childlike way. She told Him everything. If not, shall we try to be ?
WHAT SOME PEOPLE NEVER DO.
'Twas on a stormy night like this,
Close by the dashing spray,
“My father—come this way; Avoid the rocks on either hand,
And oh! steer straight to me,
Where I am waiting thee.”
And, guided by the ray,
The dangers of the bay.
He clasped him to his breast,
Slumbered in peaceful rest.
Was doomed to pass away,
To realnis of endless day.
Across life's troubled sea,
Steer, father, straight to me!
ou lie down when you go to rest, you
up again when morning comes, you sit at your
meals, you walk from place to place, and when you drop anything you stoop to pick it up. Your body is made for all these different uses ;
do all these things very often, most of them every day.
But there is another thing of the same kind which your body is made to do; it can kneel. Do you do this, as well as the rest? Or is this the only thing of the sort which you never do?
Alas! there are many sitters, and standers, and walkers, who are no kneelers. Are you one of them ? I do not mean to say that you cannot pray without kneeling. You may pray at any time, in any place, and in any posture. But if you are well and strong, if you can sit, and stand, and walk, and yet never kneel, then I fear you never pray. Is this right? Is it happy? Can it end well? Will you not wish some day (God grant it may not be too late!) that you had not lived without prayer ?
love to man appeared without ostentation in his daily THE TWO ENDINGS.
walk. He felt and expressed by words and deeds a
sincere interest in the well-being of his fellow-men; F I live ten days longer, I shall be
new acquaintances soon became loving friends, and the seventy-six,” said one in my hear
esteem of old friends was ever deepening. To him ing a few days ago, “and I do
increasing years brought no despairing sorrow, no not see why any one should desire to live to be old; there is very
weariness of life. In his youth he committed himlittle comfort in old age.
I have outlived all my
self to a faithful Redeemer, and the faith and hope
which gladdened him then had grown through long friends." To the remark, “ You have not found it easy, then,
experience. to make new friends to supply the place of old ones ? ” he replied with emphasis, “That is impossible; in advanced life a man may make acquaintances—he can
THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE. not make friends; there is not a man upon earth whom I can take by the hand and call friend. There are those who care enough for me to see me decently buried ; but probably they will be glad when I am out of the way, as they may hope to get something."
Such was the testimony of one whose frequent use of profane language showed him to be “ without God and without hope in the world;" a testimony forced from him by his own misery, as to the dreariness of an ungodly old age, even when surrounded by every worldly comfort. From this lament I turned my thoughts to the life
he kingdom of heaven of a Christian of about the same age. He was a man
is like unto a mernot remarkable for talents or wealth. He had led the
chantman, seeking very retired life of a working mechanic and farmer, but
goodly pearls: who, when he never felt his age a grief or a burden.
he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold A few months ago he said, “I enjoy life as much as all that he had, and bought it.” ever I did ;” and his cheerful, happy countenance and This parable is meant to teach us the nature of "the kind words and acts proved the truth of his testimony. kingdom of heaven." This "kingdom of heaven" He complained of no want of friends; he was always does not mean heaven above, but heaven below. It unconsciously making new friends. Probably the
means God's government on earth under the Gospel, friendships of his later years were not like those of his
the Gospel system, what is taking place now under the youth for romantic and passionate interest; for even Gospel, and will take place hereafter.
This parable when early friends dwell together till old age they are teaches the great preciousness of salvation in Christ, not the same to each other at the eve as at the morn of and that it is worth
sacrifice. life, yet they are not lacking in any of the essentials
It is a very plain parable, one that all can underof true friendship. When he died, the church, of stand without difficulty. The more so, as the very which he had been a member for fifty-seven years and thing here represented might take place now. For an officer for forty-three, and the whole community pearls are still precious, and are still bought and sold mourned his loss. The large gathering at his funeral
They are substances found in certain was made up of those who came to testify their regard shells at the bottom of the sea in some parts of the for his character and their assurance of his being world, and made use of as jewels. The chief pearlpresent with the Lord.
fishery is near the coast of Ceylon, one of the Why was the experience of these two old men so spots where pearls were sought for in ancient times. different? The one was an ungodly man. Living for The pearls are brought up from the deep by divers ; self and this world, having no consciousness of noble and differ much in size and value. The finest are aims in life, he had no true self-respect, and no true worth a large sum of money; but these are capacity for happiness; at enmity with God, the There are still merchants whose business it is to deal promises of God could give him no comfort or hope ; in pearls, either employing the divers themselves, or destitute of those noble excellences which attract and
buying of those who do so. These customs are retain the esteem of others, he had no friendships probably little changed since the time when our worth the name, and felt life to be an empty, burden
Lord spoke. some thing, only endurable because of a secret dread The parable represents a merchant meeting with one of what is to come after death.
pearl of extraordinary value. He had probably never The other was a consistent, humble Christian, whose seen or heard of so rich a one before. Could he but virtues shone in all his conduct. Love to God and get possession of it, his fortune was made. So, with:
in this way.