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The rain! What rain f

Second Nohle. —
Three years have passed since there was any rain.
The ground is baked to iron. Half the folk-
Are dead through famine. There is no hope of rain.

First Nohle. —
What did the prophet say ?

Servant. — He bids the King
Haste that the rain —

First Noble.— The rain ?

Fourth Noble {looking at the shy). —

There's not a cloud.

First Noble (looking up). —
Yes ; there's a cloud.

Servant (^pointing luestward). —

Yea, o'er the sea there came
Like to a hand —

Second Noble (pointing eagerly). —
Look up ! Yea, look ! The clouds
Are gathering in the sky.

Servant goes out

First Nohle. — The sun is hid —
Oh, blessed shadows ! Oh, thrice welcome clouds?

That was the lightning!

Fifth Noble (with lifted finger). —

Hark, the thunder rolls I

First Noble. —
No ; 'tis the happy people crying loud
Up to the coming clouds: " The Lord is God I
The Lord is God alone."

Second Noble. — Fiat on the ground.


Or with their arras upstrained, they watch the clouds.
The great clouds, sweeping onward, shouting still:
" Our fathers' God is Lord ! — is Lord alone !"
As if the clouds could hear them.

Sixth Noble. — Nay, as if
Tliey knew the Lord of earth and heaven bent down
From His high place, and drove the flying clouds
Like great black horses bounding up the sky
Before Him to their help.

Second Noble (^pointing with arms extended). —
The skies are black
From west to east.

First Noble. — That is the thunder's roar.

Second Noble. —
The wind awakes ! Yes; yes! The Lord is God 1

First Noble {hand Jwld out). —
The rain ! I felt a drop ! It is the rain.

Second Noble (hands lifted). —
Oh! blessed rain! Most blessed rain! Come down.
Our God's good gift to men.

First Noble. — Oh ! beautiful
Will be the green things growing.

Second Noble. — Scarcely yet
I dare to hope it rains.

Fifth Noble. — Famine is done!
The corn shall grow — the happy earth shall laugh
O'er ripening harvests.

Second Noble (^stepping forward and watching).-^
Ahab's gone,
Driving his chariot quickly, lest the rain
Should stop him.

Seventh Noble (^pulling bornous over head). —

Down it comes I a pouring rain^

wisdom's treasures. 43

A soaking rain, as if heaven's windows all
Were open. Yes! the Lord is God alone.

Second Noble. —
Oh ! would our people worship Him alone,
The God of Abraham, our fathers' God,
Walk in His ways and keep His laws, their peace
Should be a flowing river.

E. Murray.


Wisdom, dressed in white, is seated on a throne.

Enter Truth, dressed in blue, who, opening a box eontaii**

ing jewels, addresses Wisdom as follows :

Wisdom, I come to adorn thee with symbolic jewels,
May'st thou impart to others as they ask of thee the vir-
tues which thy name signifies.

{Takes out of the box acrown.y — As the gold in this
crown has been purified from all dross, I place it on
thy head to symbolize that thy counsels shall be free
from all impurities.

(Takes out of the box a necklace.) — These pearls which

^ I clasp around thy neck have been found by diligent

search, and are of great value. So may thy words be

found priceless pearls to those who search for and find


{Takes out of the box a ring.) — This ruby ring which
I place on thy hand is rich and rare. May the finger
on which it gleams ever point to the path where true
riches are to be found.

{Takes out silver buckles.) — As these silver buckles


whiclx 1. fasten on thy feet have been tried until ren
dered pure metal, so may all who tread thy ways find
them ways of pleasantness, and paths of peace which
lead to pure happiness.

Wisdom {addressing Truth). — Kind Truth, I thank
thee for these sj mbols, and earnestly desire to be to
others all that these signify. In return, I beg thee to
be my constant companion, standing ever at ray right
hana to add weight to my counsels, wearing this white
chrysanthemum, the emblem of thy name.

Fins it on Truth.
Truth takes her place at the right hand of Wisdom. Enter

five little girls singing tht, following words to the tune

** Old Lang Syne :"

Wisdom and Truth, companions true^

Are never more to part.
Together through the world they go
To satisfy the heart.

LUy. — AVisdom, we have traveled far to find theo
and thy companion. Truth. We would beg of thee
to impart to each of us a gift from thy store, by which
we may enrich our lives and make others happy.

Wisdom {addressing the group). — Young friends, we
find great pleasure in welcoming you to our presence,
and will counsel you as best we can. {To Lily :) May
1 ask what flower in thy hand I see ?

Lily. — 'Tis a tuberose. I find such pleasure in rta
possession that I scarce heed anything else.

Wisdom. — Ah, yes! "A tuberose," which means
dangerous pleasure. As thou hast cherished this
plant, 60 hast thou been cherishing its emblem in thy
heart. Let this, though sweet, die, and in its place cher-
^h this lily ; cultivate in thy heart its emblem, which i^


purity, dignity, and sweetness. Let thy life so flourish
that others will leave dangerous pleasures and follow
the teaching of the lily. (Fins a lily on right shoulder
and addresses Ivy ;) Thou, too, hast a flower. What
may it be ?

Ivy. — 'Tis only a simple lady slipper ; I find much
pleasure in noting its odd shape and variegated color,
though there are many others I like equally well.

Wisdom. — Probably so ; thy mind is much like the
emblem of this flower, which is fickleness. Let this
fade, and as thou watchest it die, cherish in its place
this plant, ivy, and its emblem, fidelity. CKng to
»\eTy virtue as this ivy does to the support given to it.
Pins a spray of ivy on right shoulder.
Wisdom {addressing Violet). — Why dost thou carry
such a large flower, my young friend ? Knowest thou
its meaning ?

Violet. — 'Tis a bunch of hydrangea. I like it well ;
tis large and noble looking, and requires so little care ;
indeed, it cares for itself.

Wisdom.— Ah, yes ! It means a boaster. Too many^
child, thiak just the same. Boasters take up so much
room to spread themselves, they crowd out low-
lier and sweeter lives. Instead of this, take thou these
violets, blue and white, and cultivate their emblems—
feithfulness, innocence, and modesty.

Pins violets on right shoulder.
Wisdom {addressing Pansy). — What flowei-s dost thoB
carry, my child ?

Pansy. — They are the F: ;^nch and the common mari
gold. They are much prettier than the flowers some
of my companions have carried, though they thought
theirs so beautiful and rare.

46 wisdom's treasures.

Wisdom. — The emblems, cnild, are jealousy and coi^
tempt. Too well thy words show how thou hast
cherished their meaning in thy heart. Fling them
aside as entirely worthless ; uproot their emblems ; and
plant instead these pansies, whose symbol is heart's ease.
Let k'nd thoughts for others be thy constant aim, and
jealousy and contempt will find no soil to grow in.
Pins pansies on right shoulder.
Wisdom {addressing Rose). — Hast thou gathered no
flower, deaf little one, or what is that which thou hast
in thy hand ?

-Rose.— 'Tis a bramble ; ray companions were selfish
enough to pluck all the flowers by the wayside,
though their treasures have proved worthless enough,
I dare say my bramble is worth more than them all.

Wisdom. — Ah ! bramble, and in your heart its type,
envy. Cast it and its emblem far away, and in ito
place take this rose. Mark well ita symbol, lovi
Let love fill thy heart, and envy will find no place.
The girls, turni^q to go out, sing :
Wisdom and Truth have given to us

Sweet flowers of many a hue.

We'll cultivate them all with care.

With all their symbols true.

Wisdom (^addressing Truth as they leave),-^

Sweet Sister Truth, now lex us go,

The mission still is ours
To search for souls throughout the world,
That need our spirit flow'rs.

Mrs, E. J. GooDFFLLOW.



The school will rise in using this responsive exercise,

which should follow the singing of the opening hymn»

Superintendent — For, from the rising of the sun even
unto the going down of the same my name shall be great
among the Gentiles.

Teachers. — And in every place incense shall be offered
unto my name and a pure offering.

Boys and Girls. — For my name shall be great among
the heathen, saith the Lord of hosts.

Superintendent. — And the heathen shall know that 1
am the Lord, the holy one in Israel.

Infant School. — And I will set my glory among the

Entire School. — And His dominion shall be from sea to
eea, and from the river even unto the ends of the earth.


A recitation by a young lady, entitled * —

Where white sands glisten brightly,

Where looms the jungle wild.
From red lips and from withered.

From crone and prattling child.
There floats a song whose cadencQ

Goes out in joy supreme,
A sweet song never ceasing,

And Jesus is its themc^

A. Western mother weeping,
Above her still, cold child,


An Eastern mother mourning
Her babe in anguish wild ;

Though oceans roll between them.
One hope sends forth its gleam,

And blends their prayers ascending
With Jesus all their theme.

"When morning beams are gilding

The Eastern plain with gold,
The setting sun is decking

The West with wealth untold ;
The fair-browed and the swarthy

The aid of heaven claim.
At dying-day and dawning,

And all in Jesus' name,

Where Western marts are filling

The air with deafening din,
Two strangers j^ause to utter

The thoughts that burn within,
While far where tropic sunshine,

O'er lofty palms doth stream,
Two brothers sit discoursing,

And Jesus still their theme.

And thus, from mount and dingtei

From cold and sunny clime,
At morn, at noon, at twilight.

And in the still night-time.
In accents loud and thrilling.

May roll this song supreme-
Till all shall sing of Jesus,

Love's grand, exhaustless thema



Recitation by a little girl, ivith responses by the sckoolf
or a class.

0, what can I do, a wee maiden like me.
To send the dear gospel far over the sea ?
For the poor heathen children, I'm dure^ ought to knovi?
A.11 the story of Jesus, who dwelt liere below.
So what can I do, a maiden so small ?
Perhaps you will answer, " O, nothing at all."

School. —
Ko, there is work for each one to do,
And somewhere there's waiting a duty for you.

Speaker (holding up her hands). —
If these hands that I own could change into wings,
I straightway would do the most wonderful things.
I'd fly away off where the poor heathen dwell,
And to all the dear children so quickly would teii
The story of Jesus, the dear sinless child,
And how on the children He tenderly smiled.

School. —
But since you've no wings, only two little hands,
You must do your work here for those far heathc»

Speaker. —
But what shall it be ? O, tell me the way,
To show all my love for the Saviour each day.

I can do without candy and nuts, I suppose,
And take the best care of my shoes and my oiothe* ;
Thus, in saving the pennies, I very well know.
▲ dime now and then in the box I can throw


School. —
Yes, and the dimes, as you've often been told.
Will make in a while bright dollars of gold.

Speaker. —
So, that is the way a wee maiden like me
Can help the poor heathen far over the sea ;
But I must not forget, while saving each day,
That still, as I work, I must earnestly pray.

During the collection of the offering which now follows^
the ensuing responsive exercise is read, the school remain-
ing seated.

Superintendent. — He which soweth sparingly shall
reap also sparingly, and he which soweth bountifully
shall reap also bountifully. — II Cor. ix, 6.

Bible Classes. — The liberal soul shall be made fat, and
he that watereth shall be watered also himself. — Prov.
xi, 25.

Infant Class (rising). — Remember the words of the
Lord Jesus, how He said : " It is more blessed to give
/than to receive." — Acts xx, 35,

Superintendent. — Give, and it shall be given unto you ;
good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and
running over. For, with the same measure that ye mete
withal it shall be measured to you again. — Luke vi, 8.

Boys. — Honor the Lord with thy substance and with
the first fruits of all thy increase. — Prov. xi, 9.

Girls. — So shall thy barns be filled with plenty and
thy presses burst out with new wine. — Prov. xi, 10.
' Teachers. — Cast thy bread upon the waters, for thou
shalt find it after many days. — Ex. xi, 1.

School. — And the King shall answer and say unto
them : Verily, I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have


done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye
have done it unto me. — Matt, xxv, 40.

These sentences may also be used cls an exercise between
a class of boys and girls, the classes so using it rising.

Clara J. Denton.



1. Verses and Responses. 5. Reading: Parable. 9. Address.

2. Chant : Psalm cxlviii. 6. Scripture Recitations. 10. Hymn.
8. Responsive Reading. 7. Hymn. 11. Prayers.

4. Spring Carol. 8. Recitations, 12. Benediction.

Notes,— 1. The Psalm, No. 2.— The small letters before the lines of the
psalm indicate the line of chant to which each should be sung. The
Italicized syllables show the beginning of the measure containing quarter
notes. To those unaccustomed to chanting, the following simple direc-
tions will suffice. Let the chant be sung in unison by the congregation,
the organ, if there is one, supplying the harmony. The recitation note
(^vhole note) is of variable length, determined only by the number tJf
syllables to be sung to it ; these should be sung no more rapidly than the
time of a. serious and expressive reading of the same. The cadence notes
(quarter notes) should be sung in time, so far as the sense allows, but
both the time and accent of the music mnst sometimes give way to the
expression of the words.

2. Scripture Recitations, Ko. 6.— Any or all of these may be used, or
any other selections substituted.

3. Recitations, No. 8.— The verses nnder this heading are selected
from Yanous authors, American and English, with some translations from
the German. Note 2 may also apply here.

4. Prayers, No. 11.— Any or all of these may be used, with the
responsive Amen by the school ; or an extempore prayer may be mad®
instead, if preferred. The school should repeat the Lord's Prayer iri



V. — The Lord is good unto all, and Hig tender mercies
are over all His works.



R. — He hath made His wonderful works to be remem.
bered: the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.

V. — O that men would praise the Lord for His good-
ness, and for His wonderful works to the children of

B..^— While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing
praises unto my God while I have my being.

V. — Let the people praise Thee, O God !

R. — Yea, let all the people praise Thee I












a. Praise ye the Lord !

h. Praise ye the Lord from the heav'ns : pram Him in

the heights.
c. Praise ye Him, all His angels: praise Him, all Hia



d. Praise Him, sun and moon : praise Him, all ye stars

of light.
d. Praise Him, ye heav'ns of heav'ns : and ye waters of

the skies.

d. Let them praise the name of the Lord: for He com-
manded and they were created.

e. He hath made them fast for ever and ever : He hath
given them a law which shall not be broken.

h. Praise the Lord upo^i the earth, ye whales and all

e. Fire and hail, snow and va.pors ; wind and storm Jul

filling His word.

d. Mountains a/ir:? all hills : fruitful f?'ees and all cedars.

e. Beasts and all cattle: creeping thing and flying

s. Kings of the earth and all people : princes and all

judges of the world.
e. Young men and maidens, old 7ne7i and children:

praise the name of the Lord.
d. For His name alone is e:i;cellent : His glory is above

the earth and heaven.
f Praise ye the Lord.



1. Lo, the winter is past ; the flowers appear on th«


2. The time of the singing of birds is come.

1. The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
2 At His will the south wind bloweth.

1. He causeth His wind to blow, and the waters flow.

2. He sendeth the springs into the valleys winch run

among the hills.



1. He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle ;

2. And herb for the service of man.

1. And the bud of the tender herb to spring forth ;

2. First the blade, then the 6ar, after that the full corn

in the ear.

1, The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad.

and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the

2, It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with

joy and singing.



Woras and music by L. A. B.

1. Win- ter Is o - ter and past, and the earth at last




Wakes from the

niys - tl - c

.al sleep

heav - y £

ind deep,

w-—-— *— i^


r-^— i— J-,d

Hold- Itig It once so fast, Come, high fes - tl - val





keep! Let the songs we sing Hall the re- turn of the spring!

2. Out of the dark and the cold of the earth's brown
Into the light and the air, everywhere
Tender green blades unfold ;
Branches, naked and bare

In the winter blast,
Burst into blossom at last*


5 Sweet with the blue-bird's song, the days grow
Earth, lately torpid and old, silent and cold.
Feels itself new and young.
Thus is the parable told

That the seasons bring;
Life is the lesson of spring.



Parable of the Sower. — Matt, xiii, 1-9, and 18, 23.


1. Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
'^Gal. vi, 7.

2. He which soweth sparingly shall reap also spar-
ingly ; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also
bountifully. — II Cor. ix, 6.

3. They that plow iniquity and sow wickedness reap
the same. — Job iv, 8.

4. He that soweth to the flesh, shall of the flesh reap
corruption ; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the
Spirit reap life everlasting. — Oal. vi, 8.

5. Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy.
■ — Hosea x, 12.

6. Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among
thorns. — Jer. iv, 3.

7. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious


seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing
his sheaves with him. — Psalms cxxvi, 6.

8. In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening
withhold not thine hand ; for thou knowest not whether
shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both
shall be alike good. — Eccl. xi, 6.

9. I went by the field of the slothful, and by the
vineyard of the man void of understanding ; and, lo, it
was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered
the face thereof, and the stone wall tliereof was broken
down. Then I saw, and considered it well : I looked
upon it, and received instruction. — Frov. xxiv, 30-32.

10. Doth the plowman plow all day to sow ? doth he
open and break the clods of the ground ? When he
hath made plain the face thereof, doth he not cast
abroad the principal wheat and the appointed barley
and rye in their place ? — Isaiah xxviii, 24.

11. The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mus-
tard 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. — 3fatt. xiii, 31—32.

12. That which thou so west, thou so west not that
body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of
wheat, or of some other grain : but God giveth it a body
as it hath pleased Him, and to every seed his own body.
So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in
corruption ; it is raised in incorruption : it is sown in
dishonor ; it is raised in glory : it is sown in weakness ;
it is raised in power : it is sown a natural body ;
it is raised a spiritual body. — I Cor. xv, 37-38 and




#ords by E. S. Oakey. Music by P. P. Bliss.

Sowing the seed by the daylight fair,
Sowing the seed by the noonday glare,
Sowing the seed by the fading* light,
Sowing the seed in the solemn night ;
Oh, what shall the harvest be ?
Oh, what shall the harvest be ?

Chorus. — Sown in the darkness, or sown in the light.

Sown in our weakness, or sown in our might*
Gathered in time or eternity.
Sure, ah, sure wall the harvest be !

Sowing the seed by the wayside high,

Sowing the seed on the rocks to die,

Sowing the seed where the thorns will spoil,

Sowing the seed in the fertile soil ;

Oh, what shall the harvest be ?

Oh, what shall the harvest be ? ChobuSc

Sowing the seed with an aching heart,

Sowing the seed while the tear-drops star^.

Sowing in hope till the reapers come

Gladly to gather the harvest home.

Oh, what shall the harvest be ?

Oh, what shall the harvest be ? CnoRUa




1, We plow the fertile meadows,

We sow the furrowed laud ;
But all the growth and increase

Are in God's mighty hand.
He gives the shower and sunshine

To swell the quickening grain ;
The springing corn He blesses,

He clothes the golden plain.

2. In open field King Solomon

Beneath the sky sets up his throne ;

He sees a sower walking, sowing.

On every side the seed-corn throwing.

" What dost thou there ?" exclaims the Kingj,

" The ground here can no harvest bring ;

Break oJBTfrom such unwise beginning ;

Thou'lt get no crop that's worth the winning.'*

The sower hears ; his arm he sinks,
And doubtful he stands still and thinks:
Then goes he forward, strong and steady.
For the wise King this answer ready :
" I've nothing else but this one field,
I've watched it, labored it, and tilled ;
What farther use of pausing, guessing ?
The com from me, from God the blessing."

3. He that soweth seed, soweth in hope, earnestly
desiring that it may germinate and grow : he soweth
also in faith, believing that his desire will be accom-


4. Thou k newest not which seed shall grow.
Or what may die or live;
In faith and hope and patience sow ;
Tlie increase God shall give,

5. When a husbandman hath thrown his seed into the
ground, he doth not look to see it the same day again,
much less to reap it the same day, but is content to wait
patiently until the year come about.

6. Sink thy corn within the furrow
Of labor faithful, patient, thorough,

Then trust it to great Nature's drops and rays,
And thou shalt find it after many days.

7. We scatter seeds with careless hand.

And dream we ne'er shall see them more ;
But for a thousand years their fruit appears
In weeds that mar the land, or healthful store.

8. 'Twas a floating, feathery, thistle seed,

By the soft south wind of summer blown.
And the breeze bore also with airy speed

A word as light as the thistle-down.

The thistle-down to the earth was blown.
And there it grew to a prickly weed ;

In the heart of a friend my word was sown,
And cruel the pain from that light-winged seed.

9. God alone
Beholds the end of what is sown ;
Beyond our vision, weak and dim,
The harvest-time is hid with Him.
Yet, unforgotten where it lies.
The seed of generous sacrifice,
Though seeming on the desert cast.
Shall rise with bloom and fruit at last.


10. Little seed, T hold you in my hand,
Little brown seed, like a grain of sand.
Yet inclosed within your tiny shell

Doth the world's unfathomed mystery dwell.

The dry seed, planted, lives and grows.

But whence comes this thing called life? Wh«

knows ?
What is life ? O, learned man,
Search and j^onder and tell, if you can-
We unlearned say : "The breath
Of God develops life from death ;'*
But the secret of the miracle
Neither child nor philosopher can tell.

11 . Sow with a generous hand, pause not for toil or pain,
Weary not through the heat of summer,

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