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I am vile and full of sin,
Jesus make me pure within ;
Lead me to the heavenly flood,
Wash me in thy precious blood.
Lord, I want to be thy child,
Make me gentle, meek and mild ;
I would pure and holy be,
Teach me how to come to thee.

When I go to work or play,
Be thou with me day by day
When I seek my quiet bed,
Let thy wings be o'er me spread.
Saviour, hold me lest I fall,
Deign to hear me whilst I call;
O, regard my humble cry!
Save me, Jesus, or I die.



BUTTERCUPS the golden,
Sweet daisies red and white,
Coming with the spring-time,
And cheering as the light.
Graceful as the palm tree,
Yet modest in your mien,
Excellent in beauty,
Enlivening the green.

Springing by the wayside,
Where many pass you by ;
Gladdening the lone spot,
Where oft the mournful sigh.
Waving in the sunlight,
Or dancing to the breeze;
Reared beneath the shadow
Of tall ancestral trees.

Unclosed, your dewy leaves,
And cups, so neat and prim,
With sweetest nectar filled
Unto the very brim,
Invite the thirsty bee,
Who in her homeward Aight,
Refreshed by your store,
Now feels her burden light.

To greet the King of day
Exultingly ye rise,

Soon as each golden ray
Doth gild the eastern skies.
Your unassuming heads,
Repressed by many feet,
Towering again are raised,
Recalling memories sweet.

His wisdom you display,
Who in his goodness gave
To. you a fragrance sweet,
In every breeze to wave.
Blithe birds in every spray
Each clustering branch among,
Carol forth your welcome
In sweet melodious song.

Unclouded is your dawn,
And hope as bright ye bring,
Our dark forebodings gone,
Your welcome we will sing.
Robed in your bright array
Sweet harbingers of spring,
Joyfully we hail you-
Cheered with the news ye bring.



ERRATUM.–After the words “river of life,” in the nineteenth line from the top of page 107, in April Hive," read, “that we may bring forth abundant fruit to the honour and glory of God, The return of flowers may also remind us of death and the resurrection. It is appointed unto man once to die, but only once does he pass from the summer of life," &c.

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Cedars of Lebanon.


HE mountains of Lebanon are to the north

of Palestine, and are visible throughout its length. Some have computed their summits to exceed in height the Pyrenees or the Alps, but this is not likely. From their sides spring several rivers, and from their feet the Jordan takes its rise.

The cedars of which we hear so much

are only located in one portion of the mountain, and even there are but few in number. Some travellers state so few as seven, others say

there are twelve old cedars remaining. They are evidently of an immense age; some imagine as much as 3,000 or 4,000 years. However, we may safely look upon them as existing prior to the time of our Saviour.

New trees are constantly springing from the ripe cones or from the roots of the old trees, but as fast as they rise they are destroyed by the Arabs for firing and other common uses, so that ere half a century passes, the cedars will, probably, so far as Lebanon itself is concerned, have become extinct. But many of the seeds have been brought into Europe, and there are more cedars within fifty miles of London, than there are upon Lebanon itself.

Moses had a strong desire to see Lebanon, having no doubt beard of its grandeur and beauty, but he was not allowed the pleasure, and travellers of our own day, who have visited it, testify to the gratification they derived from the visit. From this spot Solomon obtained his wood for the temple and other buildings. From Lebanon the Tyrians and Sidonians had their od for shipping and building. Jesus Christ and His Church are likened to Lebanon, for their spiritual comeliness, and their fragrancy and fruitfulness. Jerusalem and the temple in it are called Lebanon,

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