Imágenes de páginas
PDF
EPUB

CLOG SHOES. A SUPERINTENDENT of a Sunday-school once made the following statement "I was, one Sunday afternoon, about to close the school in which I was engaged, when a well-dressed, genteel person presented himself as a visiter, and requested me to allow him (if it would not be deemed an intrusion) to speak to the children. This request being readily granted, he addressed them nearly to the following effect:

There was once a poor lad, who was noted, even among his sinful companions, for his wickedness; but especially for swearing and Sabbath-breaking. He, along with some others, resolved, one Sunday, to follow and pelt some steady boys who were going to their school. However, it so happened, that the lads, on being attacked, took to their heels; the wicked lad followed them to the very door of the school. When the door was opened, the scholars were singing; and such a sound came from the place as astonished the wicked boy. He wondered what they were doing in the inside. A teacher at that moment, admitting the other boys, invited the wicked boy to come in. A new scene now opened itself upon him; near 300 boys were present with their teachers ; and they all appeared so neat and clean, and in such good order, that he wished he was like them. He stood for some time, dirty and ragged, and with his wooden clogs on, which, whenever he stirred, made so much noise as to cause all present to look at him. After some consultation, he being a stout, good-looking lad, it was resolved to admit him as a scholar; and he was put into the A B C class. Everything in the school was new to him.

• The next Sunday he went to the school with his hair combed, and his face washed: but his clogs still remained to mortify him. His case was kindly taken into consideration by the teachers, and a pair of shoes was given him. He now found himself so much behind the other boys, that he resolved to strain every nerve to get up to them. This determination was the means of his rising to the very first class. Soon after, as his conduct was much approved he was appointed to be a teacher. He now felt he had something more to do than to teach others that he had his own soul to save. In a little time he was enabled, after much prayer, to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and to rejoice in his salvation. The Lord then called him to preach the Gospel ; and happening, some time after, to preach within twenty miles of his much-loved school, he, after his morning's labour, resolved to pay it a visit, and reached the place just in time to see the poor lads in his own, very own school; and here he is now speaking to you!'

“ The scene now became truly affecting; he burst into tears, as did several others around him. At last, he sobbed out, O, my dear lads, be careful, be in right good earnest to make the most of your very great Sunday-school pri. vileges. I have kept you too long. God bless you all.' He then concluded with a most pathetic prayer.”

THE QUEEN AND THE SUNDAY-SCHOOL

SCHOLARS. An event, certainly unparalleled in the history of Sunday-schools, and of our country, if not of the world, has just transpired, which deserves to be recorded in the “ Juvenile Companion," as a memento to be referred to in years to come by the scholars, teachers, conductors, and promoters of Sabbath-schools. Her Most Gracious Majesty Queen Victoria, being about to visit Liverpool and Manchester, two of the principal towns—one for manufactures, the other for commerce-in the kingdom, the idea was thrown out, that in the latter place the Sunday-school scholars of all denominations might be collected in one of the public parks, and thus give the children an opportunity of seeing Her Majesty much better than they could possibly do in the streets, and at the same time afford Her Majesty an opportunity of beholding such a sight as had not before been witnessed. This was no sooner determined on than active steps were taken to carry it into effect. Two vast platforms, or rather galleries, parallel with each other, reaching to an enormous length, and capable of holding 80,000 young persons, with a wide space between for a carriage-drive, were erected in Peel Park, Salford ; socalled from the celebrated statesman, Sir Robert Peel, whose death the nation was called upon to lament a short time ago.

Eighty-two thousand cards, with the National Anthem on one side, and “ Visit of Her Majesty the Queen. General Assemblage of Sunday-school Scholars in Peel Park, Salford, October 10th, 1851. Admit the Bearer. Robert Needham,” on the other. The following are the words of the National Anthem

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN.
God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,

God save the Queen!
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us,

God save the Queen!
Crown'd by a nation's love,
Guarded by heaven above,

Long live the Queen !
Long may each voice exclaim,
Wide as Britannia's fame,
Long live VICTORIA's name,

God bless the Queen!

Thy choicest gifts in store,
On her be pleased to pour,

Long may she reign !
May she defend our laws,
And ever give us cause
To sing with heart and voice,

God save the Queen !

It was intended that the young people should sing the | above anthem, and it was therefore printed on the entrance

ticket. For some weeks previously, the children were taught to sing the anthem, by competent persons, in different districts of the town. More than 7000 copies of the music were distributed by the Committee, previous to the final gathering, besides near 90,000 copies of the anthem; also a great number of medals, and the words printed on a card with a portrait of Her Majesty annexed, were published, and purchased by the managers of schools to give to their children. Thus everything was done to render the proceedings worthy both of the schools and of the visit of Her Majesty.

A pulpit of wood, placed near the centre of the platforms, in an open space, was erected for Mr. Banks, who was to lead the singing of the vast assemblage. He was elevated so as to be seen by all. At an early hour on Friday, the 10th of October, 1851-a day long to be remembered—the different schools, marshalled behind its standard—a small tablet on the top of a pole—were seen wending their way to Peel Park. The scholars appeared all happy and cheerful, and as the day was remarkably fine, it was a delightful sight. As the children reached the appointed spot, they were, through the able management of the conductors, to whom great praise is due, placed in the several stations. Such was the punctuality displayed, that between nine and ten o'clock, all the scholars were in their places, and Mr. Banks was enabled to try a combined rehearsal of the National Anthem, such as was a short time after to greet royal ears. This was done to the satisfaction of the parties assembled. A little after eleven o'clock, the acclamations that thundered down the whole line of the main street leading to the Park created an immense sensation through the whole length of the platforms, and indicated that the royal passengers were near. The royal procession having reached the Pavilion in the Park, an Address from the Corporation of Salford was read, and a gracious answer was returned ; then the hurrahs of the people announced that Her Majesty had left the Pavilion, and was approaching the lower end of the platforms. The drums were then beaten for silence; Mr. Banks, the leader of the singing, struck off “ God save our gracious Queen," and the 80,000 joined in the anthem. Her Majesty, Prince Albert, and the Royal Family, together with the Duke of Wellington, and other distinguished characters, drove up in open carriages between the galleries. Her Majesty was much affected at the sight. By the time the cortege had reached the centre of the galleries, the singing of the first stanza twice over was completed. It was intended to sing the whole ; but now the enthusiasm of the juvenile band burst forth in one tremendous shout, and hats and handkerchiefs waved to and fro, the whole scene becoming indescribably grand and imposing. It was like the voice of many waters. The Queen, smiling, bowed over and over again, to the intense delight of the mighty mass of assembled youth, and passed on. Thus ended one of the greatest exhibitions of either ancient or modern times. Her Majesty had greater reason to be proud of such a host of Sunday-school scholars, than if her army had been increased by the same number of soldiers; and the old duke must have felt that the throne of his sovereign was secure, and would be, though he might be removed, as in one district alone, so many thousands who would form the next generation, loved and cheered the Queen so enthusiastically.

“We regard (said an American orator) a general system of education as a wise and liberal system of policy, by which property, and life, and the peace of society are secured. We seek to prevent in some measure the extension of the penal code, in giving sound and scriptural knowledge at an early age, and we hope for security above the law, and beyond the law, in the prevalence of enlightened and well disciplined moral sentiment.”

But, my young friends, a greater event than the one narrated above will transpire shortly. Jesus Christ, King of kings, and Lord of Lords, is about to come. “Behold, he cometh with clouds, and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him, and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.” Rev. i. 7. He will not be attended by a few soldiers, but with his mighty angels, nor come in a chariot, but in the clouds, nor shall merely some

« AnteriorContinuar »