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Come forth, my garden sisters, come!

Heed not the rain-clouds in the sky; Fear not the blight of early bloom,

Spring is no time to fade and die. The clouds that look so dark and cold, Rich drops of fruitful life may hold; And even the wintry gales that blow, May give you strength to bud and grow. Come, garden sisters! Lovelier far

Than mine the charms you seek to hide. Come, velvet rose, and golden star,

Come, blush, and glow in all your pride; But still remember I was first, Cold winter's icy chain to burstWas first my silver bells to ring, And wake you with the voice of Spring.

They placed the Snowdrop where its silver bell

Hung faint and still, its music all forgot; And yet, to her who gazed, it seemed to tell

Of One who loved, and could forsake her not. In its own life, renewed as from the grave,

Arrayed in beauty by His sovereign will, There seemed a pledge that He who died to

save, Through the dark valley would be near her

still. Yet the long watching of those soft blue eyes, Fixed on the flower, to other eyes brought

tears. Was it some dream of Heaven's eternal skies,

Or closer memory of bygone years ? Was it that in that look of tenderness,

That constant gaze of earnest, yearning love, Were thoughts no human language might

express Now torn from earth, now borne in prayer

above? Once, only once, the big tears, one by one, Gushed forth, and wandered down the pallid

cheek; But still those blue unclouded eyes gazed on, And still the pale lips found no words to

speak. At length the day went down, the eyelids closed, The room grew still, and dark, and darker

yet: The couch was smoothed, and garnished, where

reposed A death-cold form, whose sun of life was set. Ah, little Snowdrop! in those few brief hours, Thou hadst thy triumph. Who like thee

could bring From memory's waste such wealth of scattered

flowers ? From hope such promise of eternal Spring?

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Daily Bible Illustrations. By John KITTO, D.D. beauty and significance. We quote one ex.

New Edition, revised and enlarged by J. L. ample :
Porter, D.D., LL.D. Author of “ The Giant

Give to the winds thy fears.' Cities of Bashan." Vols. I. and II. Edin

“This is John Wesley's translation (A.D. 1739) of burgh: William Oliphant and Co.

part of Paul Gerhard's most popular hyinnDr. Kitto's “Daily Bible Illustrations" are a

"•Commit thou all thy griefs monument to his worth. One of the most extra

And ways into His hands.' ordinary men of the century, his literary pro

Befiehl du deine Wege,' &c. ductions possess a peculiar personal interest, in It is said to have been written at the time when, addition to that which arises from their intrinsic owing to his views differing from those of the king, he merit and value. The latter certainly could was ordered to quit the country. He went, in renot well be over-estimated. The “ Daily Bible

duced circumstances, with his wife, on foot. One Illustrations” furnish, perhaps, the most inte- night, on seeking a refuge in a village inn, his wife, resting and useful series of Bible readings

affected by their altered condition, burst into tears. extant. Unlike many commentators, Dr. Kitto

Then the poet reminded her of the verse, Commit thy

way unto the Lord,' Psalm xxxvii. 5; and, retiring to did not confine himself to any one particular

an arbour, wrote this hymn upon those words. The mode of exposition. His work is not a history,

same night two gentlemen arrived who had come by not a commentary, not a book of critical or

order of Duke Christian, of Merseburg, to invite the antiquarian research, nor of practical reflec- poet to Merseburg, and to inform him that the Duke tion, but it is something of all these. The had settled a considerable pension on him as a compenpresent edition is edited by a distinguished sation for the injustice of which he was a victim. Biblical scholar, Dr. Porter; and although no

Gerhard then gave his wife the hymn he had written change has been made in the text, notes are

in trouble but in faith, and said, “See how God proappended in smaller type, in which the editor

vides! Did I not bid you to trust in God, and all

would be wall?!" has introduced the leading results of recent important discoveries in the geography and The extracts from the diary of Gerhard's antiquity of eastern lands, and of the advanoes wife written in their family Bible--which are made in Biblical criticism and interpretation. inserted in Our Own FIRESIDE, vol. iii., page We strongly recommend “Daily Bible Illus- 651-should be read after this note, in order trations” as adapted to promote an intelligent that the heroism of the wife, as well as the apprehension of the Bible, and to encourage a faith of the husband, may be equally apprehabit not merely of reading it, but of thinking | ciated. over its contents. The two volumes now issued embrace the “morning series” from

The Creation and Deluge. By the Author of January to June.

“Doing and Suffering.”

The Desert Journey. By the Author of "Mo: Our Hymns ; their Authors and Origin. By thers in Council.” London: John F. Shaw JOSIAH MILLER, M.A. London: Jackson, and Co. Walford, and Hodder.

The Scriptural narrative is simply told, and What is done in this book is well done.

illustrated with attractive pictures. The auWhen we state that it contains biographical thor of "The Creation and Deluge” advocates sketches of nearly two hundred of the principal “ Church in the School.” We confess we prepsalm and hymn writers, with notes on their fer to see children in the House of God; and psalms and hymns, it will be understood that

if they are well placed, and taught to join in brevity is studied; but all that is recorded is

the singing and responses; and if the clergyfull of interest. Everyone is conscious of the man is accustomed to give a few words in his increased interest which attaches to the Psalms

sermon to the “ lambs,” we think the children of David when we are acquainted with the would themselves decide for the Church circumstances under which they were written. rather than the School. These little books are This holds equally true of the hymns of the well suited for Home use. Christian Church; and we value Mr. Miller's work mainly on this account Not only does The Sunday Scholar's Annual. London: Elliot he furnish biographical information, but fre.

Stock. quently the history of a hymn is introduced Will make an excellent Sunday School which serves to cast a flood of light upon its present.


The Marriage Gift Book and Bridal Token. By written in a natural and graphic style, and

JABEZ BURNS, D.D., Author of the “ Pulpit their publication cannot fail to be productive Cyclopædia." London: Houlston and Wright. of much good. The office of “Guardian” is

” This book needs no commendation. It is a one from which many men shrink, but the treasury of literature for the newly married. writer of this book gives us ample evidence Poets, Moralists, Biographers, Philosophers, that when its duties are conscientiously disand Divines have been laid under contribution. charged, it opens a very extensive field of In addition to numerous papers on the recipro- usefulness to the Christian Philanthropist. cal duties and enjoyments of married life, Dr.

“Sketches of the Poor” will be very useful in Burns has gathered a mass of information parish lending libraries. respecting the marriage rites and customs of Short Stories to explain Bible Texts. By M. H. different ages and people. He also gives us a Edinburgh : Johnstone, Hunter, and Co. portrait gallery of justly celebrated wives;

The best little Sunday reading book for and he adds, in conclusion, a selection of the

New Year's gift to the young that we have seen “ Table Talk” of great and illustrious men on

this season. the subject of woman. We can only say it is just the book for the “occasion.”

Rosa Lindesay, the Light of Kilmain. By M. H.

Edinburgh: Johnstone, Hunter, and Co. Dick Ennis, the Village Schoolboy. Edinburgh. William Oliphant and Co.

By the same author, and equally deserving

of commendation. It is suited for elder A well-drawn-out lesson on the sin of steal.

daughters. ing Charlotte and her Enemy. Edinburgh: W.

Little Pansy : a Story of the School Life of a

Minister's Orphan Daughter. Edinburgh: Oliphant and Co.

W. Oliphant and Co. Far superior in tone and character to most books of this class. It is especially suited for

A good story for school girls. young people who are disposed to be “indolent.” Newlyn House, the Home of the Davenports. By

A. E. W. Edinburgh: Johnstone, Hunter, The Lycee Boys; or. School Life in France. By


This also will make an attractive present. William Oliphant and Co.

Many important home lessons are admirably We fear some true pictures of school life are

enforced. We can thoroughly recommend delineated in this book, but we are not sure that it is wise to give them publicity.

Newlyn House” for the Home Library.

The Book of Birthdays; or, Anniversary Poetry Infant Amusements ; or, How to make a Nursery

of Human Life. London: Darton and Co. Happy. With practical Hints to Parents and Nurses on the Moral and Physical Training

As a collection of anniversary poetry never of Children. By WILLIAM H.G. KINGSTON.

before brought together in a volume, “The London: Griffith and Farran.

Book of Birthdays” is at once curious and of We wish to call particular attention to this

permanent value.

In addition to poetry, a

considerable amount of “ Table Talk" is intro. book. The reform of the nursery is as important as the reform of the nation--in a higher

duced, and some very interesting reminiscences

are given. We should like to find space for a sense than the political; and the counsels and

few extracts this month, but must content oursuggestions offered by Mr. Kingston, if adopted

selves with the following :and put into action, would speedily bring about, in many instances, a most desirable

“Mrs. Hannah More died at eighty-nine-decaying

almost imperceptibly amidst works of usefulnesschange. We urge parents most strongly to obtain this work forthwith. We know of no

writing, at the age of eighty, her · Spirit of Prayer'book of the kind that can compare with it in

the happiest of happy voices from the dark valley

and calmly dying of old age, eighty-three or eightypractical value. It is a multum in parvo.


four years after that birthday when she was enrapto keep a Nursery Happy;" "The Nursery tured to receive for a present, a whole quire of paper, Gymnasium;" Games to afford Exercise;" on which to pen her childish compositions in prose and "Amusements requiring Materials or Toys;" “Out-of-door Games;" " Tales ;” “Songs with

The Playfellow, and other Stories. By Mrs. S. Music;" “How to make the Sunday happy;" C. HALL. London: T. Nelson and Sons. “Prayers and Hymns for very little Children' -these are some of the heads of chapters, and

The Way of the World, and other Stories. By

Mrs. S. C. HALL. London: T. Nelson and each chapter is worth the price of the book.

Sons. Sketches of the Poor. By a Retired Guardian.

These tales are thoroughly practical, and London : William Hunt and Co.

evince the closest observation of the fireside Another series of chapters from life added circle on the part of their gifted author. to the “Simple Annals of the Poor.” We Parents may read them with as much profit as have been exceedingly interested in these our sons and daughters. “Little Ears," which • Sketches by a Retired Guardian," and we we have extracted from “The Way of the hope they will be very widely read. They are World,” will furnish a fair specimen.





Merry and Wise. Edited by Old Merry. 1866. Beechenhurst. By A. G., Author of "Among

London: Jackson, Walford, and Hodder. the Mountains,' “ Mabel and Cora,” &c. For a Christmas or New Year's Gift to "the London: James Nisbet and Co. young people who are home for the holidays,” The author of " Heera and Motee” needs no it would be difficult to find any more attractive introduction to the readers of OUR OWN FIRE. than “Merry and Wise.” The Annual deserves

It would be out of place for us to dwell its title, and we must add its cover, which is upon her special qualifications as a writer of saying a great deal in its favour.

tales, thoroughly interesting without being Papers for the Times. London: W. Hunt sensational. We will only say that “Beechen. and Co.

hurst” evinces the author's high sense of the

important religious and moral influence which Five telling addresses given by the Rev. J. healthy toned fiction unquestionably exerts ; Bardsley, the Rev, J. Richardson, the Rev. W.

and we do not think a more attractive “ fire. Cadman, the Rev. J. Venn, and the Rev. J. C.

side” story for the home circle could be found Ryle. Dealing with questions of peculiar in.

for Christmas reading. terest at the present time, the widest circulation is desirable for these Protestant papers. “The My Father's Hand; and other Stories and Lord's Day-its Divine Authority and Per- Allegories for the Young. By Mrs. CAREY petual Obligation," by the Rev. W. Cadman, BROCK. London: Seeley, Jackson, and is a powerful summary of Scriptural testimony; Halliday. and in “Foreign Missions--the Measure of The name of the author is the best passport their Claim on the Church's attention,” the for this book. It is all we could wish a book Rev. John Venn has presented facts aad con- for the young to be. “Charity Helstone,” Mrs. siderations which, if they are duly pondered, Brock's last tale, has, we observe, reached a must quicken the zeal of all who are engaged fourth thousand. This should be increased in mission work.

tenfold. An Antidote to the Teaching of certain Anglo

The Knights of the Frozen Sea: A Narrative of Catholics concerning Worshipping Eastward, “Altar” Adoration, Clerical Sacerdotalism,

Arctic Discovery and Adventure. By the

Author of “Harry Lawton's Adventures.” Baptism and the “Real Presence,” with an

London : Seeley, Jackson, and Halliday. Exposure of the Assumption that their Religion is “The Bible interpreted by the

A capital book, giving a very full and inteChurch.” By the Rev. JOHN HARRISON,

resting account of all the expeditions to the Pitsmoor, Sheffield. London: Longman,

Arctic Regions. Those who are interested in Green, and Co.

the sketch given in Our Own FIRESIDE, this This treatise has a long title, but the title

month, of Sir John Franklin's heroic efforts to really tells us what the treatise proposes to do,

discover the North-West Passage, will do well and what it really does. We wish we could

to order “The Knights of the Frozen Sea.” influence some layman who loves the Scriptural Washed Ashore; or, The Tower of Stormount Church of England, to order a still cheaper

Bay. By Wm. H. G. KINGSTON. London: edition of this “ Antidote," and send it to all Jackson, Walford, and Hodder. the clergy in the land. The author, we see, is

Sea stories will never lose their charm with preparing a most important work, to be entitled “Whose are the Fathers?” The purpose

British lads; and Mr. Kingston is the prince . is to show that the teaching of the Ritualists

of sea-story-tellers. “ Washed Ashore” is full and Semi-Romanists on the Church and its

of interesting and exciting narrative, and the

moxal which adorns the tale points to the Ministry, is contrary alike to the Holy Scrip

Bible as the sailor's best chart for time and for tures, to the fathers of the first six centuries,

eternity. The illustrations and getting-up of and to those of the Reformed Church of

this book are A 1. England. We hope to introduce this volume to our readers shortly.

Picture Teaching for Children: particularly Words of Pardon and Hope. By the Author of

designed for the use of the Deaf and Dumb. “ Consolation. London: W. Macintosh.

By J. B. Edited by the Rev. SAMUEL

SMITH, Chaplain of the Association in Aid Earnest and awakening appeals to different

of the Deaf and Dumb, London. London: classes. The arrangement is excellent-large

James Nisbet and Co. type texts, briefly explained and illustrated, closing with a suitable hymn. Well adapted

This little book carries out the compiler's for parish distribution.

intentions, expressed in the

• The

paper on

Cry of the Dumb” in vol. ii. of Our Own Pleasant Rhymes for Little Readers. By JOSE

FIRESIDE, page 398. We are very glad the PHINE, Author of Our Children's Pets."

plan is so extended as to include children London: Houlston and Wright.

generally. It is a most attractive book of Some of the rhymes are "pleasant," but picture teaching, and it is evidently the result some are far otherwise : e.g., “ Lost Bobby; or, of the experimental knowledge of a practical The Broadstairs Tragedy.'







Charles Lorraine; or, The Young Soldier. By Little Susy's Little Servants. By her Aunt Mrs. SHERWOOD.

Susan. London: T. Nelson and Sons. The Story of Little Henry and his Bearer Boosy.

An admirable idea, admirably worked out. By Mrs. SHERWOOD.

Aunts who want to win little hearts cannot do Emma and her Nurse. By Mrs. CAMERON. London: Houlston and Wright.

better than give this book. The type will

tempt children to try to read it for them. It is simply necessary to call attention to

selves; and the illustrations are exceedingly these new and copyright editions of old-esta- good. blished favourites. The publishers state that upwards of 250,000 copies of the copyright The Ear and the Eye; or, A New Way to Try. edition of “Little Henry” have been sold, A Picture Primer in Rhyme. London: T. besides large numbers of pirated and imperfect

Nelson and Sons. copies. Mrs. Cameron's tales have also reached Childish rather than childlike. a circulation of 70,000 copies. We can only say, if the books have not been read by our Words to Spell and Read as Well. London: young friends, they ought to be. The new

T. Nelson and Sons. editions are well illustrated.


e can strongly recommend this primer. Christianity among the New Zealanders. By the Right Rev. WILLIAM WILLIAMS, D.C.L.,

Picture Books of Natural History painted in Bishop of Waiapu. With Six Illustrations.

Oil Colours. Packets A and B. London: London Seeley, Jackson, and Halliday.

T. Nelson and Sons.
A most satisfactory answer to the cavils of Picture Books beautifully executed.

For those who do nothing but cavil—who would

New Year's gifts, these should be greatly in have us believe that it has been a mistake to request. think of civilizing and bringing over to Chris

Power in Weakness : Memorials of the Rev. tianity a race of savages, doomed by the Al.

William Rhodes. By CHARLES STANFORD, mighty (if their practice interprets the Divine

Author of " Central Truths,” &c. London: purpose) to be shut up in utter ignorance. The

Jackson, Walford, and Hodder. Bishop of Waiapu publishes the work to “ show that those who embarked in missionary labours

A gem of Christian biography. Illustrates in New Zealand have not failed in that which

“How sublime a thing it is they undertook, and are ready to challenge a

To suffer and be strong." fair and calm investigation into the history of It is long since we have met with “memorials” their proceedings.” The book is deeply inte- more deeply interesting or instructive. We resting from beginning to end.

counsel our readers to order it at once. Words Old and New: or, Gems from the Chris. Sketches in Town, Country, and Home. By H. D. tian Authorship of all Ages. Selected by

London: James Nisbet and Co. HORATIUS BONAR, D.D. London : James Pious in tone, and likely to promote the Nisbet and Co.

growth of home affections. A library in a volume-extracts, truly "gems,” from two hundred writers--and the

Tales of my Sunday Scholars. By Mrs. SCOTT. selection made by Dr. Bonar. Space forbids

Edinburgh : W. Oliphant and Co. a longer notice; but we can truly say, a book A good book for Sunday-school prizes. containing greater treasures has rarely been Short Lessons on the Parables of our Lord. in our hands.

London: W. Macintosh. The Draytons and the Davenants ; a Story of Reprinted, with additions, from the "Sunday

the Civil Wars. By the Author of “Chro. Teachers' Treasury." Well adapted for Bible nicles of the Schönberg-cotta Family.” | classes, in the school or in the home. London: T. Nelson and Sons.

The Tribute of Science to Revealed History. The announcement of the issue of this book

London: must suffice to induce all our readers who

By J. W. HARRIS, F. R. A.S.

W. Macintosh. possess the other works of the gifted author, to add - The Draytons and the Davenants'

A very thoughtful treatise. The diffident to their libraries. Those who have not read

spirit in which the writer urges his conclusions her former tales, should order this, and we

will give them additional weight with candid

minds. think they will soon order all.


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