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How different the wonderful promises that God makes to His servants! What are the gracious words that Jesus says He will speak to them when He comes again? You can tell me, Katie ?'
Well done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.'
Yes, dear; and if my approval was one thing that made you so happy this morning, what will be the wonderful joy of hearing Jesus say, “Well done," and then the sharing of His joy for ever, where there shall be no more curse, and His servants shall serve Him, and they shall see His face, and His name shall be in their foreheads! Does my Edie now think it hard to be God's servant ?'
Oh no, Auntie, I shall try with all my heart to serve Him!'
“But my child will not try in her own strength! Remember who says, “Without me ye can do nothing.”'
* But He is always ready to help us, Auntie. So we cannot be little servants unless we are little beggars too.'
HERE is n lesson book like the Bible
You will find out that part of it was written by a shepherd, and part by a soldier ; part by kings, and part by fishermen ; part by a
doctor in his study, and part by a herdsman on Judah's hills. You will see that some parts came straight from heaven in dreams of the night,—now on the golden couch of a palace, and now in a bare cold prison cell like Paul's. And though you live to be old,--this is the wonder,—you will never once open that book without coming on something that seems quite new.-The Child of the Kingdom.
BY ROBERT HOPE MONCRIEFF, AUTHOR OF 'OUDENDALE,' 'STORIES FOR BOYS,' 'ARTHUR FORTESCUE,
THE LYCEE BOYS,' ETC.
CHAPTER VII.MORE LITTLE THINGS.
HE other boys greatly admired Harry's
spirit in saying nothing about his sore foot, for fear of bringing Rawlett into trouble. It is a law, and a very good law among schoolboys, that they shall fight their own
battles as much as possible, and not appeal to their master, unless in very bad cases of oppression. But the boys were mistaken if they thought that Mr Dunning knew nothing about the
matter. For that same evening Maxwell told him the whole story, asking him, how
ever, not to take any notice of it. 'I will not,' said Mr Dunning, 'if I can help it; for I quite agree with you, Maxwell, that while boys are learning among their companions to face the troubles of the world, they should be left as much as possible to themselves. So I never see things that I am not obliged to see. But depend on it I shall have my eye upon Rawlett; and if I do not see him behaving better, I shall get rid of him. I have been watching that boy for some time, and I am afraid that he is thoroughly bad.'
• He is the perfect curse of the house, sir,' said Maxwell, who was very indignant at Rawlett's cruelty to Harry. 'I am afraid he is leading the other fellows into all sorts of mischief, especially Hazelwood.'
"I am afraid of it too. But I don't like to send a boy away unless I am positively obliged to. I have seen so many boys who turned out well, contrary to all expectation. But, Maxwell, you must see that little Hazelwood is none the worse of this. Look at his foot to-morrow morning, and tell me how it is getting on. If it seems at all inclined to inflame or fester, you must speak to Mrs Dunning about it, and then, of course, I shall be obliged to punish Rawlett. If it is healing, however, I will say nothing about it, as you seem to have given him a pretty severe punishment yourself. And, Maxwell, you would oblige me very much by looking into the schoolroom occasionally to see what these little boys are about. I would be there myself more out of lesson hours, but that I am afraid we have not yet arrived at the golden age when boys can enjoy themselves thoroughly and naturally in the company of their master. You can watch them for me without damping their pleasure.'
• I shall do what you wish, sir. I felt quite vexed with myself for not going oftener into the schoolroom; for I suspect Rawlett has been going on bullying for some time.'
Next morning Maxwell came into the Hazelwoods' room and looked at Harry's foot, which was much better.
“You're quite right, youngster, not to run and tell Mr Dunning when you get hurt,' said he; but the next time that Rawlett bullies
you, come to me, since your brother seems afraid to stand up for you.'
Oh, Maxwell !' exclaimed Horace, 'I really did intend to stop Rawlett from bullying Harry. I was just going to make him stop it when you came in. I really was.'
'H'm,' said Maxwell, for he was not pleased with Horace for his unkindness to his brother, who was a general favourite in the house. People are generally judged by what they do, not by what they were going to do.'