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'Tis eve! the sun is sinking fast,
The bloody day is done ;
That glorious fight is won.
What! silent all, and sad, and still !
They raise no joyous cry!
No martial notes reply!
Oh! many a year, as years roll on,
Shall Sweden weep that day;
A mangled corse he lay.
I ween there was no heart on earth
Could bear that scene unmoved ; Never was monarch so revered,
And never man so loved.
But other eyes must weep for him,
But glancing backwards, through the mists
That shroud the mighty past,
By time and distance cast.
THE BIBLE IN EVERY LAND.
THE JESUIT AND THE CHILD. The following fact has just occurred in one of the northern departments of France :
Two or three years back soine worthy peasants, becoming embarrassed in their affairs, were under the necessity of parting with their seven children; and they got those who were of sufficient age into service with the neighbouring farmers. Their greatest difficulty was in finding a suitable place for their youngest daughter, a girl of about ten years of age. At length, however, they heard of a respectable family, the heads of which were looking out for such an assistant in their household concerns. A few days before the girl left the paternal roof, one of our colporteurs called at the house, and was particularly struck with the seriousness with which she listened to what he
said about the Scriptures. At her pressing entrenties the father was prevailed upon to buy a New Testament for her.
She took it with her on going to her new abode, with the avowed determination of making a daily use of it. She learnt that she must entreat the Lord for faith to believe in His word. She therefore prayed night and morning before beginning to read her book: nothing could withdraw her from this practice. To accomplish this, she was obliged to sit up later and get up earlier than the rest of the family ; she had to bear the jokes of her fellow-servants older than herself. But nothing deterred her; and the Lord soon granted her all the blessings with which such perseverance is invariably attended. She became a decided Christian.
Her employers were at first struck with her good behaviour: no fault had they to find with the manner in which she performed the duties assigned to her. One thing alone displeased her mistress; she had declared that, from motives of conscience, no one could make her attend mass. The lady spoke of the matter to her husband, who, in his devotion, consulted his confessor on the subject — Jesuit of great renown. A few day afterwards, the Abbé in question, who was the religious director of persons only of the first rank, deigned to converse with the little maid. On learning that it was the reading of the New Testament which had plunged her into what he styled the most detestable heresy, he tried at first words of kindness; but, finding them useless, he proceeded to the most terrible threats, with a view of inducing the little girl to deliver her book into his hands. But it was all labour lost; and the priest, after more than an hour's contest, went away vanquished by the firmness of the little maid.
He then, it seems, ordered the master and mistress to take the poisonous book from one who had already
made so bad a use of it. The little girl watched with greater care than ever over her treasure which it was now sought to deprive her of. As her New Testament was one of the smallest size, it was easy for her always to have it about her without its being seen. At night her precious book was placed under her pillow; but her great care was to learn every day by heart a number of passages, so that if the attempt to deprive her of the word of God were successful, she might still possess a source of edification. It was well for her that she did this ; for being betrayed by a fellow-servant, her mistress, one night, while she was soundly asleep, succeeded in laying hold of the New Testament, which the next day was forwarded in triumph to the Jesuit, to be by him committed to the flames.
The sorrow of the little girl was intense, and it was only assuaged by a repetition of the consoling passages which she was able to recall to memory. It seemed to her, when repeating them to herself evening and morning at her devotions, that these passages affected her much more than when she had read them from her book.
In the meanwhile, trials of various kinds came upon the family in whose service she was : pecuniary losses, and the death of beloved offspring, plunged the master and mistress of our young friend into mourning and tears. The afflicted ones, in the first instance, had recourse to their confessor: numerous masses were said, and an abundance of candles burnt; but, alas ! their sorrow remained as deep as ever, and consolation they found not.
The little servant did not look on with a dry eye: her heart sympathized with their affliction: she implored, on behalf of her employers, that comfort which proceeds alone from the Supreme Comforter.
One evening, when she thought herself secure from any disturbance, she, on her bended knees, in her
little chamber, offered up one of those petitions which are the genuine effusions of the soul, in behalf of those who were in sorrow and in tears. Her mistress, who happened to pass the room, on hearing this supplicating voice, stopped, and drawing near to the door, was deeply affected at hearing the prayer which was being offered up for herself and her husband. She related to him what had occurred; and the next morning both of them stationed themselves as listeners at the door of their little maid's room, who, being accustomed to pray aloud, commenced the same petitions as those of the preceding evening. Both went away deeply and seriously impressed, and with the desire of again hearing similar prayers. This desire led them, on different evenings, to the same place; and when their little maid expressed herself thus, “Thou hast said, Lord,” followed by a passage; “Thou hast promised, O God," again followed by another passage;
these declarations of Scripture were the portions of the prayer which seemed to do them the most good; and they felt an ardent wish to become more intimately acquainted with them. This led them to inquire of the young girl who it was that had taught her the things which she mentioned in
" Who ?” replied she; "the New Testament which you caused Father (the Jesuit) to take away from me.”
From that moment the employers and their little servant had frequent conversations respecting the New Testament. The former evinced an increasing pleasure in listening to the recital of passages by the latter, by means of which God wrought a work of grace in their afflicted souls.
Matters were progressing thus, when one day some person rang the door-bell, and, on the young servant going to answer it, whom does she bebold? a dealer of the same description as the one who had supplied her with her New Testament. On seeing