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THE

MONTHLY PACKET

OF
EVENING READINGS

FOR

Members of the English Church.

NEW SERIES.

VOLUME IX.
Parts XLIX. TO LIV. JANUARY—June, 1870.

RTS

NUARY

LONDON: JOHN AND CHARLES MOZLEY, 6, PATERNOSTER ROW;

AND PARKER AND CO. OXFORD.

1870.

CONTENTS.

319

Page

A Buried Chapter of English History 509 | On Devotion in Art . . . 329

A Conversation on Energy . : 195 On Letters and Letter-writers: Another

A Few Days in Jerusalem . . 373 Irish Lady and her Correspondence 290

A Month in Northern France . 594

An Appeal in Behalf of St. Luke's,

Burdett Road, Stepney .

A Vision of Easter Eve . . 328

A Roman Festa,' and a Flower

Contented we our God Adore. 119

Festa' . . . . .

610 Convent of the Annunciation,

A Visit to Queen Margaret's Cave

Mentone . . . . 224

From Christmas to Easter . . 313

In all thy Ways Acknowledge Alim,

Bertram ; or, The Heir of Pendyne

and He shall Direct thy Paths .

47, 143, 281, 365, 482

"It is Finished'. . . .
Јорра .

: . . . . 616
Cameos from English History 9, 242, 430

Psalm LXXXVII. . . . 8

Correspondence:

St. Vincent de Paul . . . 92

A Plea to Children for Children. 102

The Love of Christ. . . 198

St. Matthias' Mission, Earl's Court 103

The Tears of the Saviour . . 318

St. Peter's Home, Kilburn ..

The Finding of the True Cross . 422
The Cambridge Examinations for

Polyglott Parsing . . . 55, 401
Women . . . . .
The Invalid Kitchen, Soho : 101 | Recollections of George Peabody. 175
Miss Twining's Home for the
Aged . . . . . 413

| Six Mirrors

. . . 492

Sketches from Hungarian History 120,

Hints on German Reading . . 619

341, 535

Hints on Italian Reading. 94, 200, 517 Sketches from Indian Life . . 181, 580

Hints on Reading . . 206, 411 Spectroscopic Teachings . . . 443

Historical Sketches of Illumination 62, 162,

308, 488, 590

The Bible, as Illustrated by Modern

Hymn-Poems on Notable Texts 20, 118,

Science and Travel . . . 225

241, 428, 534

The Child's Crusade 25, 152, 274, 370

The Divina Commedia of Dante 105, 209,

London's Twelve Days Prayer . 87

417, 521

The First Council of the Vatican , 189

The Pillars of the House 33, 131, 251, 353,

Mission Work in Plymouth . . 514

456, 546

Musings over the Christian Year and

Lyra Innocentium 2, 110, 213, 320,

The Spots on the Sun, with special

reference to their present prevalence 75

423, 525

The Wedge of Gold . . . 565

Traditions of Tirol 66, 167, 301, 391, 500,

New Year, 1870 . . . . 1]

586

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MONTHLY PACKET

OF

EVENING READINGS
For Members of the English Church.

JANUARY, 1870.

NEW YEAR.

1870.
Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom,

Lead thou me on:
The night is dark, and I am far from home,

Lead thou me on:
Keep thou my feet: I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.

How many of us there are who must at some period or other have felt what is so exquisitely expressed in this and the following stanzas! Enough! yes; and surely the one 'step,' however short in reality, would be too great, too awful, were it not for the guiding radiance that leads us on. In the dark night, long before the dawn, when the Old Year is passing into the New, the one step' seems almost more than we know how to contemplate with calmness. As to 'the distant scene,' it comes to us, no doubt-it will come, whether we ask for it or no ; for it is that, in fact, which helps to create the awe, and make us pray for the 'kindly light.'

Nevertheless the best feeling of the Christian heart is that which is here expressed: the child-like confiding trust in the guiding beacon ; the desire to rest in what is shewn forth, rather than to penetrate into what is hidden-into .moor and fen, o'er crag and torrent.'

Great peace have they who can in God's strength master their own dark minds, and look only to the light, not to the spectres of the darkness. Heaven help them, and help us all, to tread fearlessly our appointed way. They whose work is done they who are gone before us—have also their part to play. Their angel faces' come before us at these times radiant with sympathy and love. The labours we shared—the joint endeavour to promote any good work, however circumscribed—all the several “steps' by which certain results were reached :- how is it possible not to feel the hallowing influence of such memories-nay, such companionship?

So again we begin a New Year, and so emphatically utter our welcome and greetings to any who may desire to begin it with us.

T. VOL. 9.

PART 49.

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