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I know by the trout, as he all day plays
That the gentle foot of Spring now strays
By the winds as they sport in glee along,
That Spring has come with a wreath of love,
I know by the breath of a thousand flowers.
That Spring has come with the sun and showers,
And I know by the young lamb's careless play
That Spring has now spread her mantle gay
I know by the sky, as it bends above
That Spring has spread a robe of love
I know by the song that the field-lark sings,
And flutters aloft on his airy wings,
That Spring has come with her thousand dyes
On the wild landscape to dwell
And scatter warm sunbeams down from the skies Over field and wood and dell.
I know by the breeze that comes from the South
I know by the notes that are trembling forth
That the sweet welcome Spring has come again
For flowers and birds on meadows and plain
ANSWER TO BIBLE ENIGMA IN APRIL
"TIME IS SHORT."
THOMAS (John xx. 25);
Hachilah (1 Samuel xxiii. 19);
Onesimus (Philemon 15);
your life? It is but a vapour that appeareth but for a little time, and then vanisheth away." Time is short; life is as the flower of the field, which is soon cut down, for death is fast approaching, and eternity, never-ending eternity,
follows close behind it.
Should these lines appear in the LITTLE GLEANER, the writer of them may not live to see them in print. How many of the readers of the GLEANER who read the enigma will live to see the
answer? And those who do, may some of them have to say, though death has not visited them, they have seen the arrows thereof on the left hand and on the right, proving that time is short. About twelve months ago, the writer lost a dear brother; he was from a child afflicted with paralysis, but had the happiness to prove that time was short and eternity sweet, for he died leaning on the everlasting arms of love and mercy, and he used to say he should be satisfied when he awoke in the likeness of his Saviour. With such "Time is short" is a sweet theme to sing of.
The apostle said, "Having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better," and To "for me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.' happy believers, "time is short" soothes their sorrows. It is solemn to think of the day of trial that seems approaching us; and, should Smithfield fire again blaze, and the streets again be stained with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus, it will indeed be a day of trial. Imagine a man and his wife (both in the fear of God) sitting reading their Bible, with the doors locked-listen to the dear man, afterwards engaged in solemn prayer to the God of their salvation, returning Him sincere thanks for keeping them another day from their enemies when behold, on a sudden, the doors are broken open, his enemies are come. See, they take the poor man away from his trembling wife, never to see her more on earth. Who can describe her distress when she knows her dear departed one will be put to death? But at such a time, how cheering the words, "time is short," feeling she will soon meet her beloved husband in a place "where the wicked cease from troubling them, and where the weary are at rest!" And with him, too, how consoling, when the flames
are blazing around him, to think that "time is
"Death, which puts an end to life,
May those that are still thoughtless and careless think, feel, and tremble, cry mightily to God for salvation, feeling that "time is short!" and may the God of mercy give us a clear manifestation of His blessing and His truth, so that he that
soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together, and He who is worthy shall have all the praise, both now and for evermore. Amen and amen. EMILY.
A LETTER ON FAIRS AND FEASTS. MY DEAR CHILDREN,-Have you ever asked yourselves this question, "Why do I go to the Sunday-school ?" because if you have not, you will find it a very useful inquiry. Different answers may be given; but the real end of your going to a Sunday school is this-to be made wiser on earth, and to be told of Jesus the only way to heaven.
This being the case, it becomes the duty of your instructors to warn you against evil. Suffer me, then, kindly, and with much affection, as the time for wakes, and feasts, and pleasure fairs is coming on, to warn you against going to them. I would willingly have you all as happy as possible; but you cannot be happy if you do evil. It is a pleasant thing to see the young, when their hearts are brimful of joy; and it delights me to see you in the green fields playing on a summer's day, when the birds are singing, and the bees and the butterflies are abroad. You may there be happy without bringing down sorrow on your heads; but if you go to the pleasure fair, you may find it otherwise.
You must not think it unkind that you are requested not to go, nay, that you are forbidden, to go to the fair. It would be unkind to allow you to go. Would it be kind to let you pluck flowers from a bank where a viper lay hid? Would it be right to let you ramble in a wood where a wolf was waiting to devour you? The viper and the wolf might injure your body; but there is a more fearful monster at the fair that