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behold, seven thin ears sprang up after them and de-
voured them. Interpret this now for me.

Joseph. — Behold, the dream of the King is one. Thd
seven good kine and the seven good ears are seven years
of plenty, and the seven lean kine and the seven thin
ears are the seven years of famine that shall follow.
Behold, the God of all the earth hath sliowed the King
what He is about to do. And He will shortly bring it
to pass. Therefore let Pharaoh look out a wise man to
set over Egypt, and let him build storehouses and
gather food from those good years and fill the store-
houses therewith, that when the famine cometh the
land perish not.

Pharaoh (rising). — Thy saying plcaseth me welL
( To those about him :) What say ye ?

Courtiers (all together). — The words of the Hebrew
are wise and good.

Pharaoh. — And can we find another so wise as he,
since the God of all the earth is with him, to guide
him ?

Courtiers (all together). — Surely there is none other
like unto him.

Pharaoh (to servant). — Ho, there ! haste thee, now.
Bring fine raiment for this man, and a gold chain for
his neck. \_Exit servant, running.'] Forlo, I will make
him ruler over all Egypt. [He takes a ring from his
finger, descends from the throne, and taking Joseph's hand,
puts the ring upon it.'] And by this sign I do set thee



FROM CAPTIVITY TO POWER. 21

over the land. Only in the throne shall I be above

thee. From henceforth thy name shall be Zaphnath-

paaneah. I am Pharaoh, and my mouth hath spoken

it.

[^Enter servant hearing the white robes thrown over his

arm. He stands near Joseph, extending the chain toward

Fharaoh.'\

( Tableau^

(Curtain.)

Reading before the curtain of the fifty-sixth and fifty-sev-
enth verses of the forty-first chapter of Genesis, and the
first twenty-four verses of the forty-second chapter.

Curtain rises at close of reading after Act I V for the fol-
lowing tableau.

THE TEN BRETHREN BEFORE JOSEPH. THE BINDING
OF SIMEON.

COSTUMES.

Joseph.— Similar to that of Pharaoh in last act, a trifle less elaborate.
Head dress a little lower and without revers.
Servant.— As before.
The Ten Brethren.— Dresses similar to that of Jacob in first act.

Scene.— I^Ae same as in last act, save that the throne of
Pharaoh is removed. Joseph stands on the dais, his
fa^e half averted, an expression of sternness upon it,
the hands outstretched in an attitude of repulsion.
The nine brethren prostrated before him. In the fore-
ground near (It.) entrance, Simeon bound with ropes,
the servant dragging him away.
(Curtain.)



22 FROM CAPTIVITY TO POWER.

Act V.

[Scene. — The same as last tableau."}

COSTUMES.— The same.

Enter Joseph (R.), Servant (iv.).

Joseph (eagerly). — Didst put the cup as 1 com'
^ anded ?

Servant. — Yea, my lord.

Joseph. — In the sack of the youngest ?

Servant. — Yea, my lord.

Joseph. — And didst thou then follow after theml"

Servant. — Even so did thy servant.

Joseph. — And found the cup still in the sack of to-ud
youngest ?

Servant. — Even so was it all done, my lord.

Joseph. — And didst speak to them roughly ?

Servant. — ^Yea, my lord, most roughly,

Joseph. — And now — (eagerly).

Servant. — Behold, they wait my lm*d's pleasure witLmt

Joseph. — Bring them hither. {Exit servant. Jof^eph
ascends the dais, arranges his robes about his feet, and
otherwise adjusts his apparel, then stands silent a moment,
waiting; enter servant, followed by the brethren, who walk
with bowed heads and bend low before Joseph^

Joseph (sternly). — What evil deed is this that ye have
done ? Is it thus that ye reward evil for the good done
unto ye ?

Judah (advances and prostrates himself ). — What shall
we say unto my lord ? Behold, we are all my lord's ser-
vants, to do as seemeth good unto him.

Joseph. — Nay, far be it from me to do that thing, but
the man in whose hand the cup was found, he shall be
my servant ; and as for ye, get ye up in peace unto your
father.



FROM CAPTIVIT\ rO POWER. 2^

Jndah (coming closer and kneeling on the lower step oj
the dais). — O, my lord, listen unto the words of thy ser-
vant. Behold, this, our brother Benjamin, within whose
sack my lord's cup was found, is the son whom our
father loveth. Didst thou not say unto us, " Go bring
your younger brother that I may prove ye true men ?"
We brought him unto ray lord, and, lo, this evil hath
come upon us. But I, thy servant, did become unto
our father Jacob a surety for the return of our brother
Benjamin, and O, my lord, if thy servants should return
without him, our father will surely die, therefore let me
abide with thee and be thy servant forever, lest our
father be bereft of two sons, for Joseph, as thy servants
did before say unto thee, is not.

Joseph (much affected). — O, my brethren, my breth-
ren, arise and come unto me. Arise, arise, I say unto
you. \_They rise.'] Lo ! I, even I, am Joseph whom ye
sold into bondage. \_They stand transfixed and stare
silently!] Yet, be not grieved, for God did raise me up
(to preserve your lives. And thou, Benjamin, beloved
of my soul, child of my mother.

\^He descends from the dais ; Benjamin advances; they
throw their arms about each other ; the others close ^iround
them in a half-circle.^

(Tableau.)
(Curtain.)

Oiirtain rises for final tableau. Jacob blessing Pha-
raoh. Scene the same as in Act IV. Costumes as before
described ; .Pharaoh kneeling at the foot of the dais;
Jacob before him, one hand laid on his head, the other
upraised, eyes uplifted.

(Curtain.)

Clara J. Denton.



24 CASTING BREAD UPON THE WATERS.

CASTING BREAD UPON THE WATERS.

A recitation for two little girla.

First GirL—

"Cast thy bread upon the water,
And after many days
It shall return to thee again ;"
That's what the Bible says.

Now, tell me, if I were to throw

Some bread into the sea,
And stand for days along the shore,

Would it come back to me?

Why, I should think that it would float

So far upon the tide
That it would be forever lost

Upon the ocean wide.

I've thought so much about this thing.

And, really, I can't see
How bread upon the waters cast

Could e'er come back to me.

Now, if you know, will you explain,
Why thus the Preacher said: —
"Go, cast upon the waters wild,

And back shall come your bread."

Second Girl. —

Once, not so very long ago,
I was puzzled much like you;



CASTING BREAD UPON THE WATERS. 2ft

So to my mamma straight I went
And asked: "Can this be true?'*

She told me then that rice is used

In Eastern lands for bread,
And now, to make the meaning clear,

I'll tell you all she said.

You know, rice grows where soil is wet;

And so, to gain their crop,
They 'neath the water plow the ground.

And sow the rice on top,

Which then sinks down into the earth,

And so is lost to view.
Till after very many days

Tbe rice springs up anew.

Now, if through lack of faith, they did

Refuse to sow the grain.
You see they could not have their bread

Brought back to them again.

First Girl —

O yes, I see, but why to us

Are these words often said?
We do not thus sow Avheat or com
Of which we make our bread.

Second Girl. —

But, see, the Preacher tried to teach

The people of that clime.
That as they sowed the seed for bread

And waited harvest-time,



2b CASTING BREAD UPON THE WATERS.

So they must sow good deeds alway,
With cheerful, happy mind,

And calmly and with patience wait
Their deeds returned in kind.

Apd don't you see, he taught that faith

Is needed all our days.
To win the bread that perishes,

And that which ne'er decays?

First Girl. —

O yes; that's really plain enough,

So we must good deeds cast
Upon the river of our life

While life itself shall last.

Second Oirl —

Yes ; that's the very lesson

The verse was meant to teach ;
And that's the very sermon

Jhe Preacher meant to preach.

Mrs. E. J. GooDFELLow.



BUILDING THE LADDER.



27



Grace.



Meekness.



Patience.



Purity.



Truth.



Courage.



Self-denial.



BUILDING THE LADDER.

The sides of the ladder should be two stout poles, either made to stand
upright or placed leaning against the wall facing the audience; they
should have hooks or nails for the rounds to rest upon ; the rounds may
be made of thin board or stiff pasteboard, with the name plainly printed
on each.

[^Enter two pupils bearing the sides
of the ladder, which they place in
position.']

First Voice. — When Jacob went
out from Beersheba and slept with
a stone for his pillow, he dreamed
that he saw a ladder set up on the
earth and the top of it reached to
heaven. If we would ever reach
the heaven which Jacob saw in his
dream, we must each of us climb up
to it on a ladder of our own build-

ing ; the sides of this ladder are:

" Faith in God ;" the rounds are
the good works which we do from day to day. The two
must go together ; " faith without works " is like a ladder
without rounds, and works without faith are as worth-
less as the rounds of a ladder without anything to sup-
port them.
Second Voice. —

" Heaven is not gained at a single bound,

But we build the ladder by which we rise

From the lowly earth to the vaulted skies,

And we mount to its summit round by round."

lUxeunf]

[Enter two pupils, who place the first round — Love.]

First Voice. — When Jesus of Nazareth was upon earth.



Love.



28 BUILDING THE LADDER.

teaching men the way of life, He said : " Thou shalt lovft
the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy
strength, and with all thy mind. This is the first and
great commandment. And the second is like unto it ;
Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."
Second Voice. —

" I hold that Christian grace abounds
Where charity is seen ;
That when we climb to heaven, 'tis on the rounds
Of love to men."

[^Exeunt']
[^Enter two, who place the second round — Self-denial.']
First Voice. — The beginning of a Christian life is
love to God and man ; whoever has his heart full of
love finds it easy to prefer others before himself ; he is
ready for the second great step which Jesus has shown
us : " If any man will come after me, let him deny him-
self, and take up his cross and follow me."
(Second Voice. —

" St. Augustine, well hast thou said
That of our vices we can frame
A ladder, if we will but tread

Beneath our feet each deed of shame."
First Voice. —

" I hold it true with him who sings,
To one clear harp in divers tones,
That men may rise on stepping-stones
Of their dead selves to higher things."
lExeunt.']
[Enter two, tvho place the third round — Courage.']
First Voice. — No one can be a true Christian who is
not truly brave ; even Peter, when he trusted in his own
strength alone, was a coward, and denied his Master. If



BUILDING THE LADDER. 29

thou wouldst do thy duty at all times, " Wait on the Lord ;
be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart."
Second Voice. — Fear nothing, except to do wrong.
Pray each day for strength to do the work, and resist
the temptations which that day may bring. A hero is
one who meets his duty face to face and does it, let i'^
cost him what it will.

[Enter two, who place the fourth round — Truth.']
First Voice. — " Lord, who shall abide in Thy taber-
nacle? Who shall dwell in Thy holy hill? He that
walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and
speaketh the truth in his heart."
Second Voice. —

, " This above all — to thine own self be true,
And it must follow as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man."

[Exeunf]
[Enter two, hearing the fifth round — Purity.']
First Voice. — "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they
shall see God."

" Let no man despise thy youth ; but be thou an ex-
ample of the believers, in word, in conversation, in
charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity."
Second Voice. —
" The thing most specious cannot stead the true ;

Who would appear clean must be clean all through."
[Exeunt.]
[Enter two, hearing sixth round — Patience.]
First Voice. — The way to heaven seems very long
sometimes, but having heard the word let us keep it,
and " bring forth fruit with patience."

" They also serve who only stand and wait."



30 BUILDING THE LADDER.

Second Voice. —

" Let us be content, in work.
To do the thing we can, and not presume
To fret because 'tis little."
l^Exeunt.']
[Enter two, hearing severith round — Sleekness.']
First Voice. — " Take my yoke upon you, and learn ot
me ; for I am meek and lowly in heart ; and ye shall
find rest unto your souls."

"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the
earth."
Second Voice. —

" Kugged strength and radiant beauty,
These were one in nature's plan,
Humble toil and heavenward duty,
These will form the perfect man."
\_Exeunt.']
[^Enier two, hearing the top round — Grace.']
First Voice. — When ^ve try to do our best from day
to day, we still feel that " we have left undone those
things which we ought to have done and have rlone
those things which we ought not to have done." We
need grace, " whereby we may serve God acceptably
with reverence and godly fear."
Second Voice. —

" All common good has common price,
Exceeding good exceeding ;
Christ bought the keys of Paradise

By cruel bleeding.
And every soul that wins a place

Upon those hills of pleasure.
Must give its all, and beg for grace
To fill the measure."

[Exeunt.'] Elizabeth LLO^'n.



SOME CHILDREN OF THE BIBLE. 31

SOME CHILDREN OF THE BIBLE.

For six children.

First Speaker. —

I know of a child — a godly young child —

Who was given iu answer to prayer ;
In his earliest days ho shunned sinful ways,

And walked with the upright and fair.
He was favored of men and favored of God,

And to him the Lord did appear,
And He called him by name ; his answer was this I

" Speak, Lord, for Thy servant doth hear."
AIL—

Ah 1 yes, 'twas Samuel. May we too

Say boldly, without fear,
When we are called, as Samuel was,

" Speak, Lord, Thy servants hear."
Second Speaker. —

A little girl but twelve years old

Lay on a bed of pain ;
Alas ! it seemed to those who watched

She ne'er would rise again.
Her father, who, with sorrowing heart

Watched each faint, feeble breath.
Bethought him then of One whose power

Could conquer even death.
To Him he ran in eager haste.

And falling at His feet,
" Come, lay Thy hands upon my child,

I earnestly entreat."
But ere the ruler's house was reached

The little child was dead.
" Be not afraid — only believe,'*

Was all the Master said.



S2 SOME CHILDREN OF THE BIBLE.

And now behold a miracle

Which filled them with surprise ;
He took the damsel's hand, and said,

" I say to thee — arise."
And at these words fro-n lips divine.

The maid, obedient ^ose.
{To the class:)
Now which of you who hear me, can

The maiden's name disclose ?
^Mr^ Speaker. — •

T\e story you have made so plain

That one and all can see ;
*Twas Jairus' daughter raised from death.

Now listen unto me :
My story is about a babe,

Who many days was hid,
Because a bold Egyptian King

Had wickedly decreed
That every Hebrew baby boy

Should at its birth be drowned ;
And so the mother of this child

To save her baby, found
That she must hide him from her sight ;

And straightway then she made
A bulrush ark, and in its depth

The precious baby laid.
King Pharaoh's daughter found the child

And took him as her own.
My story's done. What was his name ?

Please make the answer known.



lU.-



His name was Moses, given him
B*r Pharaoh's own fair daughter



SOME UKII.DREN OF THE BIBLE.

A name which clearly signifies,
" Drawn from out the water/*

fourth Speaker. —

The child of the Bible

Of whom I speak now.
To an early death came

By a father's rash vow.
From conquest returning

He was met by his child.
And his clothing he rent

In his agony wild ;
For he thought of the vow

He had uiade to the Lord—
If the children of Amnion

He should conquer by sword^
Whatsoe'er came to meet him

At the close of the fight,
He would give to the Lord,

Let it be what it might.
Now who was the daughter

Who eagerly ran
With timbrels to welcome

The valorous man?

fifth Speaker, —

'Twas the daughter of Jephtha**

(Her name is not known),
Who for a rash ^^ow

With her life did atone.
How many burnt offerings

In those days were made
Of lambs, bullocks, and kick I— «

Thus homage was paid
3



84 BOME CHILDREN OF THE BIBLE.

To the Lord. How great was the faith

Of those Patriarchs old !
For one aged servant

(In the Bihle we're told).
Commanded by God

To offer his son,
Prepared for the altar

His dearly loved one.
But ere the fond father

The fatal blow made,
The Lord's voice commanded

His hand to be stayed ;
And looking around

In the thicket he found
A ram for the offering,

AVhicb quickly was bound.
How thankful that father !

The test had not failed :
His faith had been tried.

And it grandly prevailed.

Here is the altar, the wood and the fire;

But where is the lamb? we hear Isaac inquire
The lamb for the sacrifice God will provide.

The Patriarch, Abraham, calmly replied.
Sixth Speaker. — -

Whew you hear my story

I think you'll all agree
That the dearest Bible character

Is the one portrayed by lae.
The infant Babe of whom I speak^

Had such a wondrous birth,
That multitudes of Angels

Proclaimed it on the earth



SOME CHILDREN OF THE BIBLE. S5

To a band of shepherds watching

Their flocks of sheep by night,
Who rose and journeyed — guided thenoe

By one star's brilliant light.
And when they came to Bethlehem,

(Could anything be stranger?)
They found the infant Saviour there.

Cradled in a manger.
And now on every Christmas Day .

We celebrate His birth,
Because He brought good-will to mee.

And peace upon the earth.
All (singing). —

"there is no fame."
" There is no name so sweet on earth.

No name so sweet in heaven —
The name before His wondrous birth.

To Christ, our Saviour given.
We love to mng about our King,

And hail Him blessed Jesug;
For there's no word ear ever heard

So dear, so sweet as Jesus."

E. C. & L. J. Rook.



ELIJAH AND THE RAIN.

CHAEACTEES.

Elijah, Woman,

Ahab, Boy,

Nobles, Servaijt.

BCENE.
A dreet in a city. On one side a (all, grave man in a
rough, flowing, brown gamnent^ bound with a leatiwr



ELIJAH AND THE RAK?.



girdle, preaching to a troubled audience. Ahah, in
rich trailing crimson rches, cashmere scarf, gold circlet,
pointed in front, followed by three or four nobler
in somewhat similar array^ eni/^rs from the other



Elijah. —
Oh Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself,
Darkness is on the land, and wickedness
Is spreading like a plague-spot. Altars rise
To Baal and to Moloch. Horrible
The sins that curse the land. The priests lead on
The evil }:>eople into lower depths.
A very little while, and from the east
Come the avengers. They shall smite and slay
The mother with the children.

Ahab (haughtily). — Who is this ?

Noble (apoiogeticaUy). —
The prophet from the desert. May it please
My lord to hasten onward.

Ahab (stopping). — -Stay awhile.

Elijah (taking no notice of the King).—^
Woe, woo ta Isra&l ! Woe to Ahab's house,
For he hath sinned. Yea, sinned against the God
Who saved his fathers. See ! the red blood runs
And none shall stay its f5o


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