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hear nothing but the word of God; get the Bible and read in Matthew." She kept them reading a good while, which she appeared to enjoy. She said, Mother, do pray for my brothers (young men). What a state they are in! What a pity they cannot see." After this she could not talk; her mother had expressed a wish that if she felt able she should give her a sign, if she felt she were safe when dying.

On Monday morning her mother, not anticipating death to be so near, went downstairs to get a cup of tea; the child not being able to call her mother, gave a scream; her mother ran to her bedside, the child looked at her mother, and said," All is well, I am right," and immediately expired. J. DENNETT.

To the Editor of the LITTLE GLEANER.

DEAR SIR,-As the subject of this memoir was a constant reader of your little work, and was, I am told, instructed and comforted in reading some pieces in it, I have thought the obituary suitable to its pages, and might prove a help and blessing to some of your little gleaners, and a strength to your own hands. That it may be so is the prayer of Yours in the truth,

J. D.

The following hymn was found in Mary's handwriting. It was a favourite with her; she used to sing it in her illness. She had written by the side of it, "Sweet to lie passive in His hands, and know no will but His."

"O Paradise! O Paradise!

Who doth not crave for rest?

Who would not seek that happy land,
Where they that love are blest-

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16. June 6. Find texts upon any attribute of God not yet mentioned in these


17. June 13. Find proofs that God made every

18. June 20.


Find texts as proof that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, the Three-One God, were engaged in the work of creation.

19. June 27. Find texts to prove that all things were made in six days.



"Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast Thou ordained praise."

JANE AIMEE WYMARK, the subject of this short memoir, was born at Brighton, July 30, 1853; and as she grew up under the tender care of her beloved parents, she became a very loving and obedient child, and her undeviating truthfulness and affectionate submission gave the greatest delight to those who watched over her.

Yet though thus pleasing to others, at an early


age she became conscious that her youthful heart was not right with God; and many months before there were any signs of her finding an early grave, she told her mother that she felt she was a sinner, and had been "praying to Jesus" to have her sins forgiven; and after days of this consciousness of unholiness of heart, she said, "Mother, I think Jesus hears my prayer; for I feel so happy."

From that time her mother was satisfied that her dear child had not only learnt to know that her nature was unclean, but that she had also fled to Jesus for refuge, and had found in Him a Saviour and a Friend: and her mother could now find in her a little companion, with whom she could walk in the ways of God, and converse about Jesus and His love.

The school days and duties of little Jane passed much as other children's, with one exception-she was ever anxious to be in time for the opening prayer, never allowing anything, if possible, to prevent her from joining with her governess in seeking the divine blessing on the duties of the day. Would that all children were as anxious, not only at school, but in the family, and in the public worship, to unite with those who bend before the mercy-seat.

She continued in her usual course till Midsum mer, 1865, when she left home to spend her holidays with a relative in Berkshire. Till now she appeared quite robust, and full of health; but in less than one short month she returned home, suffering with rheumatic fever, which laid the foundation of another affliction, from which she never recovered. When her medical attendant discovered symptoms of fatal disease of the heart, her friends were overwhelmed with sorrow; yet she never dropped a word of complaint or regret;

and though her sufferings were very great, she considered them as nothing compared with "the sufferings of Christ," by which she had been redeemed.

After several weeks of painful lingering, the parental hopes began to brighten, as she somewhat revived;

"But shallow cisterns yield

A scanty short supply;

For though the morning sees them filled,
At evening they are dry."

And such were these hopes; for soon again the wasting frame of this little sufferer was stretched upon a bed of sickness, and by February her pains had greatly increased, and her breathing had become very distressing. But she was still enabled to bear all with the same spirit of patient submission as at the first.

Long did parents' love try to ward off the fatal conclusion, by clinging to every faint hope; but it was all in vain, and the month of May brought home to fond hearts the evident fact that death was near at hand. The only way now of finding peace was in meek submission to the divine will: Jane had already obtained that peace, and was far in advance of those around her.

During the remaining part of her affliction, which was much longer than any one expected, her time was literally spent in the "border land;' and often she realized more of the heavenly than of the earthly state. Her experience of divine realities was far more like that of an aged saint than of an infant in the Saviour's school, and was another proof of God having "chosen the weak things to confound the things which are mighty." Her consciousness of forgiveness, her appreciation

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