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THE

CUP-BEARER.

1816t Mrs. Hell E. Bronce

With Illustrations.

Whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward. — JESUS CHRIST.

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DEPOSITORIES, 28 CORNHILL, BOSTON; AND 13 Bible House,

Astor PLACE, New YORK.

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1865, by

THE AMERICAN TRACT SOCIETY,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.

BOSTON:

Geo. C. Rand & Avery, Stereotypers and Printers.

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Y friend, years ago, wrote: “I share the longings, of which you speak, to give the

gospel to Christ's little ones; and deem it an inestimable privilege to serve as a cupbearer, to carry to them some drops from the river of life.”

A CUP-BEARER! THE LORD'S CUP-BEARER!

How the thought attracted me! How it grew before my imagination! Its exceeding richness and beauty amazed me. Long years a cross-bearer, bowed and toiling, might I accept the personal and intimate relation, the dignity and privilege, of the service ? What honor seemed hidden in the mystic phrase ! What distinction the title conferred! What emotions of joy and humility it awakened! For what was I, that I should be lifted up to such nearness to the Prince of the kings of the earth? that I should be made not only partaker of his love, but imparter of its blessings ?

Day after day I pondered this saying in my heart. As the solitary prisoner, catching sight of the tiny flower which sprang up between the stones of his narrow court, watched its growth with worshipful interest, so did I. I cherished the one symbolic word, admired its loveliness, drank in its fragrance, studied its opening charms; and when time at last expanded its leaves of sacred and refreshing truth, the blossom proved to me, like the famed Picciola, not only a joy and comfort, but a teacher and a healer. May it prove the same to others !

H. E. B. BROOKLYN, September, 1865.

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