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SCENB V.- Room in the Clayton home. Mrs. Clayton reclining
in chair, Clara in attendance.
Mrs. C. (feebly.) Clara, when was your father home last?
CLARA. Not since day before yesterday. He was so much as he used to be, mamma; so careful and attentive to yo: while you were unconscious, and watched carefully unii one of those terrible spells came on; then he left, and I have not seen him since. I am so uneasy. Mamma, through all these long and weary years, hasn't your faith in God ever wavered?
Mrs. C. Never; my prayers will be answered. It may not be while I am in the body, but I think you will live to see them answered.
CLARA. I hope so, but sometimes I am tempted to doubt it. Mrs. C. Where is Mary?
CLARA. She is at the temperance meeting, but will soon be home now.
Mrs. C. When did you hear from Walter?
CLARA. Not since before you became sick. I presume he has not had time to answer. There comes Mary. What a noise she is making.
Enter Mary. Mary. O mamma! Clara! look at my card,-mine and papa's! mine and papa's! See the name! papa's name is under mine! I couldn't wait until they were ready. I hurried on to tell you. MRS C. (taking card.) Thank God!
Enter Mr. Clayton. Mary. Here's our dear papa,- sober,- our own papa' O mamma, aren't we glad ? Clara, you ought to have been at the temperance meeting. Helen Blake brought papa to the desk. (Enter Helen Blake.) Here she is; come and see mamma, Helen. Ah, but you are a good girl! I wouldn't let papa sign any other card until he signed mine. I have kept it for a long, long while. Mine and papa's! mine and papa's!
Clara. Be quiet, Mary; there is some one coming. (Enter Waller.) Walter! but we are glad to see you; papa has signed the pledge! he- Who is that? (Enter Edward.) Edward! Mamma, here is Edward !
EDWARD. Yes, I bave my card, too, mother. Father, forgive your prodigal !
MRS. C. Once more a united family; and may these pledges, with all that have been signed in our city, be faithfully kept, "God helping us!"
All unite in singing a temperance song, as curtain falls.
LESSONS FROM SCRIPTURE FLOWERS.-M.B.C.SLADE.
The Lily of the Field. FIRST Boy.* This flower that Jesus bids us consider was the Chalcedonian Lily, very common in Palestine, with scarlet flowers, like those that grow wild in our pastures. FIRST GIRL. In upland meadows bright flowers I see,
Like lilies that blossomed in Galilee;
I think of the words that Jesus said: Two IN CONCERT. Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin; and yet I say unto you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.-[Matt. vi: 28, 29.
The Rose of Sharon. Second B. This flower was not a rose, but the narcissus, like our white flowers of that name. This is the flower of which Solomon speaks when he says, “I am the Rose of Sharon." Second G. In garden-borders, in rows of white,
The dear narcissus is spring's delight;
The promise of old still seems to repeat: Two in con. The desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose-[Isa. XXXV: 2.
*The assignment of parts here given can be changed to suit different cases, and such other classifications adopted as may seem best. Singing could alsu De introduced very eflectively, especially in connection with "The Rose of Shutton," by the use of H. R. Palmer's hymn by that name, found in 5
"The Choral Union collection
The True Rose.
Are budding and blossoming everywhere,
Their voice to the children shall sweetly say: TWO IN CON. Harken unto me, ye children, and bud forth as a rose, growing by the brook of the fields.-[Ecclesiasticus xxxix: 13.
The Almond Tree. Fourth B. This is the wakeful tree, because it is the first to awake from winter's sleep and put on its beautiful garment of rose-colored blossoms. Fourta G. The flowering almond, we call it now;
Spring's brightest, earliest blooming bough,
That God would hasten his work to do.
Mint, Anise, Cummin.
Where mint and anise and cummin grow;
Such words as these from the Master dear: Two in con. Ye pay tithe of mint, and anise, and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law,judgment, mercy, and faith.-[Matt. xxiii: 23.
T'he Mustard Tree. Sixth B. This was not our common mustard plant. It is a shrub, still found by the sea of Galilee. The seed is small, but the shrub grows so large that birds can, and do, lodge in the branches.
Sixti G. Sometimes I stop by the way to heed
The simple bloom of the mustard seed;
Such lessons as this our Teacher drew:
The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: which indeed is the least of all seeds; but when it is grown it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.
-[Matt. xiii: 31, 32.
And over the earth the flowers appear,
These beautiful words again we say: TWO IN CON. For lo! the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth. The time of the singing of birds is come.-[Cant ii: 11, 12. Eighth G. When spring and summer have hastened on,
And beautiful buds and blooms are gone,
The autumn blossoms to us shall say: ALL IN CON. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, but ihe Word of the Lord endureth for ever!-[Isa. xl: 8.