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or leave as a legacy to you at my death? What could he better, than to add io the knowledge you already possess of Holy Scripture. which will strengthen your feet in ihe paih of a welldirected zeal for Cbristian truth? It is this which I bear in my heart, of which I make confession with my lips, and concerning which I understand the words of the prophet : " The father shall teach his children thy truth.” (Isa. xxxviii. 19.)
“I was not myself thus taught in the days of my youih, but was brought up in Jewish blindness and incredulity; while learning Holy Scripture from unsanctified teachers, I received erroneous opinions fiom erring men, who cloud the pure letter of Scripture by impure inventions, as such teachers bave been wont to do. But when it pleased Him whose mercies are infinite, to call me firom darkness to light, and fiom the depth of the pit to the open air of leaven, the scales seemed, as it were, to fall from the eyes of my understanding, and I began to read Holy Scripture with my mind in part released fi'om the bonds of prejudice and unbelief. I began to seek for truth, no longer trusting to the power of my own intellect, but with a humbled spirit, praying to God from the heart to make known to me what might be for the salvation of my soul. Day and night I sought hielp from Him, and thus it came to pass that my love for the Christian faith was much increased, that at length I was able openly to confess the belief which my heart had already received. Having then attained the age at which you now are, my son, I received the sacrament of baptism, receiving, at the same time, the name of Paul.
“Afterwards, as time passed on, I devoted myself yet more to the study of Holy Scripture, reading both the Testaments, hearing the words of living teachers, and consulting the writings of holy men, our predecessors ; thus I, who was formerly a teacher of error, became, by the grace of God, a learner of the truth, and have continued so to the great age I have now attained. I can say in truth that amid the pressure of wordly business, and the cares of my bishopric, which have occupied much of my time, there is no consolation to be compared to that which I have found in the contemplation of the Eternal God by the study of his holy and spotless Word.
“I have also enjoyed what the world calls prosperity. In my utter unworthiness, God has raised me to high honours in his Church. Called first to the Bishopric of Carthagena, then raised to that of Burgos, I have been, so to speak, gifted with the choicest portions in the Church of God. To these have been also added other temporal advantages. With King Henry III., and with his illustrious son, our present monarch, I have been on terms of familiar intercourse while holding the office of Chancellor. How the goodness of God has also been manifest in his dealings with you and your elder brother, I need not recall to you. Onecircumstance, however, I cannot pass over in silence,
-that to us, the descendants of Levi, have been fulfilled the promises written so many hundred years ago : • Wherefore there shall not be for the Levite a portion or inheritance among
his brethren ; the Lord himself is his inheritance, as the Lord thy God hath said to him.' (Deut. x. 9.) Truly God himself is our inheritance : Christ is our portion, who had said of old time, that he
would cleanse the sons of Levi and purify them, and they shall be the Lord's to present an offering in righteousness. He now allows us to present this offering, which he will not only look upon, but accept at our hands. It is not without a purpose
that I have thus related to you the experience of my past life. It is useful and necessary you should know all the mercies of my God towards me, and a true and sincere memorial of them cannot be taxed with pride. To you, in particular, I address these recollections, that what you
have not seen with your eyes may yet be engraven on your memory as coming from the lips of your father, that in
tell to those who are younger than you, and they to their descendants, not to forget the works of the Lord, nor cease from the study of his holy Word.”
After giving some further explanation of the nature and use of the Postills of Lyra,* and his own additions to the work, he concludes his introduction with these words :
“ This, my dearly beloved son, is my testament to you, and let it also be your inheritance that the law of the Lord may be your delight, and that you may meditate day and night on his Word. This meditation will become more pleasant and delightful to you by reading such works. Accept, then, your father's gift, offered with a father's tenderness and joy. And now it is enough. Having asked help of Almighty God, from whom and in whom alone, is all wisdom, and having committed the work to him with humble prayer, let us lay our hand to the plough.
* See page 39.
NO. I.-THE LILY.
“Mama," said little Charles - “I have been wishing, since you read to me about James Laing, that I could love Jesus as he did, and be • Another lily gathered.' Why was he called a lily, mama ? Please, will you tell me, for I thought a lily was a flower?"
Mrs. T.-Yes, Charley, the lily is a flower. Do you not remember those pretty lilies you saw in the corner of grandpapa's garden, and the lilium in the conservatory at Chiswick ?
Charles.-Oh yes, mama; I do remember them. The lilies in grandpapa's garden were tiny flowers, like little cups; and they hung down from the stalk, and were hidden among
leaves : but the flower you called a lilium, had a low stem, and looked as if it loved the sunshine, and was not afraid of being looked at, as the little lilies were.
Mrs. T.-What colour were the lilies, Charley?
Charles.—White, mama ; quite white, like snow-drops. Oh, mama, was little James called a lily, because his heart was made white by the blood of Jesus?
Mrs. 1.-Yes, dear; that is one reason why the people of God are compared to lilies. Can you think of any other reason, Charley?
Mrs. T.-Lilies are very beautiful and fragrant, and in the sight of God, those who believe in His dear Son, appear fair and lovely, because they are clothed in the white robe of Christ's righteousness.
Charles.--And how are they fragrant, mama ?
Mrs. T.-Their fragrance is the prayer and praise they send up to heaven, my boy, and the holy and loving actions which God gives them grace to perform.
Charles. Mama, what did papa mean on Sunday, when he said that one of the Psalms was a lily Psalm
Mrs. T.-I will try to explain it to you, dear. You know that many musical instruments were used by the Israelites in the worship of God, Some of them are mentioned in the last Psalm :the sweet haip, and the ringing timbrel, and the silvery trumpet, and the full deep organ, are all spoken of, and probably many others were used. One of them was formed like the stem of a lily, with a single flower at the end, fully opened, and it was called Shushan, or lily. When the 45th, 60th, 69th, and 80th Psalms were sung, the Shoshannim, or lilies, were played, so these four Psalms were called lily Psalms. It was a sweet name for them, as they describe Christ and His Church, and Jesus calls Himself a lily, and His people His lilies, in the second chapter of the Song of Solomon.
Charles.-Oh, mama, I should like to hear the lilies played, and the Psalms sung to them on mount Zion.
Do you think they will play the Shoshapnim when the Jews are safe in their own land again?
Mrs. T.-I do not know, my child; but it will be a joyful time, and there will be much sweet music, and many songs of praise sung to Jesus then. Do you remember the verse I read to you one day from the last chapter of Hosea,