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CITIES OF THE BIBLE. Il7

'Twas here that at the marriage feast
Christ made the water wine.

Sixteenth Child. —

And now that city of the Jews,

Jerusalem, I see,
And as I gaze, what sights and scenes

Come down the years to me I

^Z^.— Jerusalem, in Palestine.

Girls. — In the time of Abraham it was called Salem,
" peace."

Boys. — When Israel obtained possession of the Holy
Land it was called Jebus.

All. — It is called Zion.

GzVk— City ofGod.

Boys.— T\iQ Holy City.

All. — The joy of the whole earth.

Seventeenth Child. —

City of David called of old,

For here King David dwelt,
Here stood that Temple fair and grand

By wise old Solomon built.

Eighteenth Child.—

Here Christ His earthly work all done.

Came to be crucified,
Here, on the dreadful mount of Death,

He bowed His head and died.

Nineteenth Child.—

Here, on the day of Pentecost,
The Holy Ghost was given,



118 A LITTLE CHILD SHALL LEAD THEM.

A sound of rushing, mighty winds,
The tongues of fire from Heaven.

All -

Ah ! turn away, no more we gaze

Adown the dead and vanished years,
Too dark the pictures there we find
Blotted with many tears.

O, cities, springing from the past,
Your golden time of life is o'er,

Yow had your little day of power,
Now back to earth once more.

All sln0 [Tune, "Softly now the light of day"). "^
Vanish, vanish, while ye may,

Spectral cities, fade from sight ;
Kow, with all your shad'wy train,
Back to endless realms of night.

Lizzie M. Hadley.



A LITTLE CHILD SHALL LEAD THEM.

This exercise is designed for small children from four to eight years oM
—two girls and two boys take part.

A tablet should be prepared on which are to be hung by superinten-
dent or teacher the words, after the children have recited the verse, thus
forming the sentence, "A little child shall lead them." The tablet may
ue a simple board covered with white cloth, and the words be formed ol
Rilt on dark ground.

\ First, little girl bringing in the words " A little "2
Qirl. — A little girl am I,

But yet I'm not too smallv



A LITTLE CHILD SHALL LEAD THEM. 119

To look from earth to sky
And praise the Lord of all.

[^Second f boy brings the word " child."']
Boy. — Child or man, if I do what I can

To serve God in my narrow sphere,
I'll win in the race and find a safe place

In Heaven or even here.

[^Third, little girl brings the word "shall."']
Girl. — Shall I ask what gift to bring
To please the Lord above?
A willing mind, a gentle mien,
A heart of tender love.

[ Third, boy brings the words " lead ihem."]
Boy. — Lead them, all the little ones,
Oh, Jesus, in Thy care ;
Lead them with tenderness and strength
From every wrong and snare.

After the words are placed, the following verses are to be
sung. If the little children caimot sing them, your
older children may enter, and sing to the tune " The
Watcher," " The Night ivas Dark and Fearful" or aujf
tune having metre 7 and 6.

A little child shall lead them

By gentleness and love ;
For strength and power and sweetness

Come from the heaven above.
And dearer than the sparrow,

Or than the lily fair,
Are the souls of little children

In the Heavenly Father's care.



120 HELP FOR MY SISTERS.

Then work and never weary,

Oh, children, weak and small.
And listen for the voices

That for your aid may call.
A thousand little wanderers

Are ever near your side,
Who wait the gentle helper

The tender heart to guide.

Mrs. L. M. Willis.



HELP FOR MY SISTERS.

A tableau for ten characters.
CHARACTERS REPRESENTED.

America. Chinese Woman.

Messenger. Moorish "

Turkish Woman. Persian "

Siamese " Negro "

Indian " Siamese Flower Girl.

COSTUMES AND ACCESSORIES.

America should be represented by a woman dressed
in any simple fashion. The form must be wrapped by
an American flag disposed gracefully, and reaching t«
the feet. On her head must be a liberty cap doited
with small stars. In her right hand must be held a
large open Bible.

Messenger. — A woman dressed very simply in white.
The hair either flowing or plainly dressed.

Turkish Woman. — Loose, wide-sleeved overdress oi
red, trimmed with gilt braid, or something simulating
it. It must be confined at the waist by a girdle, sash,
or belt, of any convenient material or style. This gar«



HELP FOR MY SISTERS. 121

ment must reach below tlie knee. Very baggy white
trousers clothe the lower limbs ; gay slippers on the feet;
©n the head a bonnet shaped like an inverted peach-
basket. It may be fashioned of pasteboard, and covered
with gilt paper to simulate cloth of gold. A short gauzy
veil reaches to the eyebrows ; a white handkerchief in
many folds is bound around the face below the mouth.

Persian Woman — A close-iitting robe of red, with
the front of the skirt of some contrasting color and ma-
terial. If possible, let the front either be embroidered
or simulate embroidery. Several inches of white petti-
coat should show beneath this skirt, the latter reaching
to the ankles. Loose white trousers and gay slippers
complete this part of the costume. A loosely folded
black turban is worn on the head, and over this, if de-
sired, is thrown a long veil of any light, gauzy material.
The features may be exposed or not, as preferred.

Chinese Woman. — A short, full skirt of gay flowered
material. Over this a loose robe with wide sleeves, gay
in color. Hair combed straight back, dressed high, and
adorned with numbers of large and gay pins. Features
exposed.

Siamese Woman. — Scarlet skirt reaching to the feet >
black, tight-fitting bodice, short sleeves. A long scarf
of some thin material should be wound about the shoul-
ders. There should be a profusion of jewelry, a heavy
chain wound many timet about the neck, several brace^
lets on each arm, long, gaudy ear-rings. The haii
should be combed straight back, knotted, and stuck full
of gay pins.

Moorish Woman. — Wrapped from head to foot in a
snowy haik, which may be simply a sheet. It must
come down over the forehead, and be held in its place



122 HELP FOR MY SISTERS.

across tlie face by the hands, so that only the eyes are
visible. A little practice will enable the performer to
wear this covering gracefully.

Negro Woman. — Short, red skirt, reaching just be-
low the knees, the bottom trimmed with fringe ; half-fit"
ting sack of yellow cloth reaching to the hips ; the
sleeves should be short, the neck half-low; several brace-
lets of gaudy beads must be worn on the arms; many
strings of the same should be wound about the neck and
hang in long festoons across the breast ; a wig of negro's
wool should be worn, the wool braided, if possible, in
numerous tight braids ; immense circular ear-rings may
be made of pasteboard, covered with gilding paint, and
worn by bemg suspended on the small tops of ordinary
ear-rings. By the skillfid use of a little invisible court-
plaster or other adhesive material a similar ring may be
Buspended from the nose. Black stockings must be
worn, and around the ankles must be wound strings of
beads; yellow slippers on the feet. The arms, face, and
neck of this character, of course, must be blacked.

Indian Woman. — A bright-colored blanket or shawl
wrapping the form from the neck down ; hair hanging
straight ; head bare.

Siamese Flower Girl. — A short, loose, long-sleeved
jacket, open at the throat ; short, plaid skirt ; bare feet ;
head bare, and hair hanging straight ; a flower in the
hair. This character should be assumed by a half-grown
girl.

Hints. — These costumes may all be cheaply, yet
effectively, brought out either in paper cambric or
flowered calico, as the case may require.

Painting the face, blacking the eyebrows, etc., of tha
oharacters may be resorted to or not as preferred. Yei,



HELP FOR MY SISTERS. 123

ol course, any artificial aid that darkens the complexion
s^'il add to the realistic eiFect.



Diagrams of Positions.


H
P
D~

E

C


I

a
J

B
A


[Front of stage.]



Explanation of Diagram,

A. America. — She must stand on a small dais, which
may be simply a box covered with brown cambric ; the
right hand, holding the Bible, must be extended toward
the Messenger, the body bent slightly forward, the face
earnest, eyes fixed upon the Messenger's face.

B. The Messenger. — She must stand with one foot
on the dais, the other on the stage floor. The right
hand must be extended and touching the Bible, the left,
with the index-finger extended, points to the women
grouped behind her. The eyes must be fixed on the
face of America, the expression on the face one of en-
treaty.

C. Siamese Flower Girl. — This character must
sit flat on the stage, surrounded by flowers neatly ar-
ranged ; let the bare feet show plainly ; face expressive
of listless dreaming.

D. Moorish Woman. — This and all other charac-
'ers not having the letter underscored are standing.



124 SUNDAY-SCHOOL ACROSTIC.

E. Indian Woman. — Sitting flat on the stage, some
Indian baskets about her, if obtainable ; feet concealed.

F. Chinese Woman. — Sitting on a rug or cushion ;
feet concealed.

G. Negro Woman. — Let the face assume, if possible,
An expression of stupidity.

H. Siamese Woman,
1. Persian "
J. Turkish "

Clara J. Denton.



SUNDAY-SCHOOL ACROSTIC.

For twelve children.

s.

S stands for Sabbath-day of rest,
Most \ recious day of all the seven ;

To those who love the Lord it gives
A foretaste of the peace of Heaven.

U.

U is the Unity in which

As Christian brethren we should dwell;
For God says in His sacred book,

So it is pleasant, and is well.

N.

N is the New Name which is hid

From mortal ken in pure white stone ;

To him 'tis given who overcomes
And stops not till his work is done.



SUNDAY-SCHOOL ACKOSTIO. 125

D.

jy stands for Duty, which we owe

To God, and to our fellows here ;
May each receive the words, " Well done,**

When we before God's throne appear.

A.
A stands for Actions good, which spring

From fruitful seeds of good thoughts sown
Within the garden of good hearts

When to perfection they have grown.

Y.

Y stands for Young folks, who each week

At Sabbath-school together come,
To walk in Wisdom's pleasant ways

And in her paths of peace to roam.

S.
S stands for Songs — the Sacred Songs

In which our youthful voices blend.
Sweet Song ! No pleasure purer is

Than that you have the power to lend.

C.
C is the Church — the mother Church-—

To which this Sunday-school belongs |
May we, her children, honor her

To-night, in speeches and in son^

H.

H is for Honor. Who would not
Take Honor for a bosom iriend ?



126 SUNDAY-SCHOOL ACROSTia

O, scorn to do a mean, base act-^
Let Honor all your steps attend.

O.

O stands for prompt Obedience,
And children surely should submit

To parents, teachers, those in power.
With cheerful promptness that is fit,

O.

A second O's our Offerings,

The pennies we are pleased to give

To clothe the naked, feed the poor,
And teach the heathen how to live.

L.

L is for Love — the last and best—
The love of parents, friendly love '

The Love of God — Ah ! all is said,
For in His essence God is Love I

All.
Combine our letters as we stand,

And to your view there will appear,
A name beloved by each of us —

The name of " Sunday-school '^ so dear.

E. C. & L. J. RooE.



WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED. 121

WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHE,D.

A Christmas drama in one scene.
CHARACTERS REPRESENTED.

Hiram, 1

Simon,

Jesse, V Shepherds of Bethlehem.

Joseph, j

Amrah, J

Maurus, a Roman soldier.

Abimelech, a Jew.

COSTUMES.

The Shepherds should wear wigs of long, coarse, disheveled ha!r ;
heavy beards should cover the entire face, reaching as far down tiie
breast as possible ; loose capes or mantles of sheepskin, with the fleece
turned outward, must be thrown over the shoulders and reach below the
knee ; these mantles must be conlined at the waist by wide leather belts
of the rudest style; the arms may be bare ; rude leggings, made either of
leather or sheepskin, like the mantles, reach to the knee ; coarse leather
sandals cover the feet ; thrown over the right shoulder, so that it lies
conspicuously on the right side, must be a leather bag for holding food,
etc.; it must appear full; each Shepherd must carry a large crook.

Maurus, a Roman soldier.— A complete suit of armor, including, if
possible, a helmet.

Abimelech, a Jew.— A white, flowing mantle, dropping from the head
and held in place by a band of silk, velvet, or other convenient material ;
beneath this must be worn a loose robe of any dark stuff, which reaches
to the feet ; a wide sash must confine this robe at the waist ; sandals on.
the feet.

Scene.

[^This is supposed to be in the central part of the walled
sheep pasture where the shepherds^ with their charges,
are passing the night. The stage must he dark. In the
centre thereof some charred sticks must be piled up to
represent a fire lately gone out. Curtain rising, dis-
closes four of the shepherds lying abo2it this fire asleep ;
their crooks must be f*^'' beside them» Tableau, lasting
tme minute.1



128 WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED.

Enter Hiram, (shivering and drawing his belt more
tightly about him). — Ugh, how cold the night grows !
Glad am I that my watch is over and that another must
watch while I also rest. But the fire is out. IKlcking
the sticks.'] Yes, as 1 am a son of Abraham, not a spark
there. [^Walks aivay.] Verily, Hiram the shepherd,
son of Ahi, Avill freeze if hfe falls asleep here. But I
must awake Simon, this is his watch, and we will together
kindle the fire. [iTe ivcilks toward the sleepers again. A
blue light in now thrown upon the stage. Its introduction
must be as gradual as possible, and it must continue to
burn until the end of the chorus, " Glory to God in the
highest.'*] But what means yonder light. Surely, the
heavens are not on fire ? Lo ! it grows, it widens, it
climbs, higher, higher, higher. Ho ! there, my brethren,
awake J awake ! awake !

\^The sleepers start suddenly to their feet, grasp their
crooks, and look wildly about]

Simon, Jesse, Joseph, Amrah (together'). — What — what
is it?

Voice behind the scenes (at its first sound the shepherds
stand transfixed). — Fear not : for, behold, I bring you
good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a
Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a
sign unto you : Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swad-
dling clothes, lying in a manger.

Shepherds (together). — Wonderful are the ways of God

Hiram. — The God of our fathers remembereth us.

Simon. — Lo ! He hath heard our cries.

Jesse. — And a "Oeliverer now is come unto us.



WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED. 129

Joseph. — Therefore, let us give Him praise.
Amrah. — And serve Him evermore.

\Beliind the scenes is now sung loudly and with spirit to
any simj)le chant tune, such as may be found in all sing-
ing books, these words: " Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace, good iviil toward men^ At the first
notes the Shepherds must fall on their knees, drop their ■
crooks at their sides, and, with their eyes uplifted and
their hands crossed on their breasts, remain in tableau
until the singing ceases. Let the chant be sung three
times, the last time softly. As it ceases, enter, on the right,
Maurus, the Roman soldier ; on the left, Abimelech, the
Jew. At sight of them the Shepherds grasp tJieir crooks^
rise, and stare wildly aboid.^

Abimelech. — Ho ! good shepherds, what meaneth all
this ? Did I not but now hear the sound of sweet voices,
and whither has fled the light which shone upon us from
afar? As my soulliveth, it hath passed quickly.

Maurus (striding cd)out angrily). — By the gods, dearly
shall some one pay for the sweat beneath my helmet.
Was it not said that these louts of shepherds had set
the sheep-sheds on fire ? And as a swift messenger am
I come, when, lo ! there is nothing but some sticks as
black as the mother of Erebus. [Kicks angrily at the
extinguished fire."} By the sword of Mars, not a spark '
there.

Hiram {to Abimelech). — Verily, thou didst see a light,
and a loud voice also spoke to us from the heavens.

Abimelech (eagerly). — Are the old days returning?
What said the voice ? Canst tell ?

Simon. — It said : " Unto you is born this day a Say
lour, which is Christ the Lord."
9



130 WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED.

Ahimelech. — A Saviour ? Then, if a Saviour, a King
also, for so readeth the prophets.

Maurus (sternly). — There is no King but Csesar.

Abimelech. — What more said they ?

Jesse. — Thou shalt find Him a babe in a manger.

Ahimelech. — In a manger ! A King in a manger !

Mauriis [more sternly). — There is no King but Csesar,

Abimeleeh. — Art sure of that, proud Roman? Know
thou this, thus saith the prophet : " I will establish the
throne of His kingdom forever,"* and " the adversaries
of the Lord shall be broken to pieces ; and He shall give
strength unto His King and exalt the horn of His
anointed.t In that day, O Roman, shall thy strength
fail thee, and thy proud heart shall not sustain thee.

Jesse. — But come, let us seek Him who is born a King
this day. Short is the journey to Bethlehem.

Abimelech. — Bethlehem ! Is it there we are to find
Him?

Jesse. — " In the city of David," said the voice. Is it
not, therefore, in Bethlehem ?

Abimelech. — So ran the words of the prophet, " out of
Bethlehem shall He come forth that is to be ruler in
Israel."J O, Thou God of my fathers, hast Thou at
last heard the cry of Thy people, and shall the heel of
the oppressor be lifted, and that right speedily. But —
in a manger — ah ! I must go and see. Verily 'tis a great
mystery. \^Exit hastily.']

Maurus. — He is old and bereft of his senses. There
is no King but Csesar. Nevertheless, I must report this
matter. \^Exit in haste.']

Hiram. — Come, my brethren, let us go seek the King
in His manger, and tell the wonderful stor}'- abroad.

* II Sam. vii, 13. 1 1 Sam. ii, 10. % Micah v, 2.



WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHlSD. 131

Amrah. — So we will. [He sings, the others join their
voices, and all march out slowly , Hiram leading. The
$inging is continued behind the scenes. This psalm may
be found set to music among the chants of the Episcopal
service,']

O, sing unto the Lord a new song ; for He hath
done marvelous things.

With His own right hand, and with His holy arm,
hath He gotten Himself the victory.

The Lord declared His salvation ; His righteousness
hath He openly showed in the sight of the heathen.

He hath remembered His mercy and truth toward
the house of Israel ; and all the ends of the world have
seen the salvation of our God.

Show yourselves joyful before the Lord, all ye lands;
sing, rejoice, and give thanks.

Praise the Lord upon the harp ; sing to the harp with
a psalm of thanksgiving.

With trumpets also and shawms. O show yourselves
joyful before the Lord, the King.

Let the sea make a noise, and all that therein is ;
the round world, and they that dwell therein.

Let the floods clap their hands, and let the hills be
joyful together before the Lord ; for He cometh to judge
the earth.

With righteousness shall He judge the world, and the
people with equity.

[Psalm xcviii. The ^^ Prayer Boole " version is the one here

given.Ji

[Curtain.]

Would suggest a tableau at the close— stable, manger, Joseph, Infaol
feviour (halo around head), anf'. adoring multitude.

Olara J. Denton.



i32 THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.



THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.

A group of children may stand on the right of the stage and serer*
Others at the left.

1. Child steps out from group on the right and speaks to those on tha
Aefl.

2. Children on ttte left.
3 All on the right.

4. Second child steps from group on the right and recites.

5. Here eleven children should enter and stand in the centre near the
feack of the stage.

6. The children who have just entered recite together.

7. A small child steps forward and holds up card as she recites.

8. Child a little taller steps forward.

9. Holds card beside the first one.

10, Taller child recites and holds card in place.

11. Child fl, little taller recites.
12.

13. Child, same height as last one ; stands a little apart from her to
give a place for the eleventh one.

14. Child same height as fourth ono.

15. '• " third one.

16. ** " second one.

17. *' " first ono.

18. All the ten children.

19. Eleventh child steps forward and speaks.

20. Puts card in place.

21. All the eleven children.

These cards should be quite large. The numerals may be eut trcm
pllt paper and pasted on them.

1- First Child.—

Who is this coming with sober pace.
Tear-wet eyes and a sorrowful face ;
Are you trying to find where the lily or rc^e.
The golden-rod or the aster grows ?
Do you see the ripened grain in shocks ;
The little birds flitting away in flocks ?
Do you sorrow because the summer's over ;
Are you searching for grass and dewy clover 7
Then sigh no more, for with soft spring rain
Birds and flowers will come agaJE.,



THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. 133

*• Several Children. —

Nay, not for the flowers that hide away,
Not for the birds are we sad to-day.
But we've read in a marvelous book of One,
Who was called by the father, " Beloved Sou,**
He wanted the children to come unto Him,
But the road is narrow and dark and dim.
And we grope in the darkness and vainly try
To hear His feet as He passes by.

^ All. — Thou art my lamp, O Lord : and the Lord
will lighten my darkness. — II Samuel xxii, 29.

'^- Several Children. —

We have read in that same old wonderful Book
Of a city on which mortal may never look.
Its walls are jasper, of pearl its gates.
And he who stands outside and waits
Shall hear from within the welcome cry :
" Come, enter ye here, and never die."
And every street through which you pass
Shall be " pure gold, transparent as glass."
No pale stars gleam and no moonbeams play.
For here is the realm of endless day.

2- All. — "And the nations of them which are saved
ahall walk in the light of it ; and the kings of the earth
do bring their glory and honor into it." — Revelations
xxi, 13.

1- First Child. — How will you reach it?

2- Several Children. —

Alas ! who knows?
For between that city and us there flows.



134 THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.

A river turbid and dark aud wide,
None can tell how we gain the other side*
No ferryman here to take us o'er,
Naught but the water's sullen roar ;
And beyond it all, how the gray mists rise^
Hiding that shore from our longing eyes.

'• All. — "As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth
away, so he that goeth down to the grave shall come
up no more." — Job vii, 9.

4» Second Child. —
Ah, sad ones, sorrow no more, I pray ;
Hear the Master say to you : " I am the way,
Only believe that I bid you come.
And I'll show you the way to this heavenly home."

3- All. — " I am come a light into the world, that
whosoever believeth in me should not abide in dark-
ness." — John xii, 46.

^ Second Childo —
But while for a time you watch below,
And list for the summons that bids you go,
While your weary feet press the earthly shore.
Be building a bridge to help you o'er.

*• Several Children. — How shall we build it t

^' Second Child. —

One by one
Each stone you must place ; and when it is done^
No fear of the waters that darkly flow,
But safe to the unknown shore you may go.
More would you know? — then watch with ma



THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. 133

8- [Enter eleven children.']
What shadowy forms are these I see ?
Whence come ye now ? Why are ye here?

^ Children. —
To all earth's children we are near,
And when they call us, lo ! we come,
To help them reach their heavenly home.
From off that Awfid Mount— God's own.
Where oue received us — carved from stone
From Sinai's mount mid cloud and flame
God spake, and lo ! to earth we came.

?• First Child.—
Behold— he said— from Egypt's land
I've brought ye forth, a mighty band \
Hear now the words I speak to thee.
Thou shalt have no other Gods than me.

{^Holding up card^
God's first commandment, the first ston©
Take it, and keep it for thine own ;
Cement it deep in faith, be sure
The bridge you build must e'er endure.

*• Second Child. —

The second stone is mine, and see !
^' I place i* for eternity.

These are its words : " No image fair.

Likeness in earth or sea or air,

Shall take my place. I am alone,

The great unsearchable, unknown.


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