Short lessons on the parables of our Lord. (Repr., with additions, from the 'Sunday teachers' treasury').

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Page 156 - A servant with this clause Makes drudgery divine : Who sweeps a room, as for Thy laws, Makes that and the action fine.
Page 156 - The trivial round, the common task, Will furnish all we ought to ask; Room to deny ourselves; a road To bring us daily nearer God.
Page 109 - ... Lord, with what care hast thou begirt us round ! Parents first season us ; then schoolmasters Deliver us to laws ; they send us bound To rules of reason, holy messengers, Pulpits and Sundays, sorrow dogging sin, Afflictions sorted, anguish of all sizes, Fine nets and stratagems to catch us in, Bibles laid open, millions of surprises ; Blessings beforehand, ties of gratefulness, The sound of Glory ringing in our ears : Without, our shame ; within, our consciences ; Angels and grace, eternal hopes...
Page 157 - Here we observed every morning before the sun rose, that a numerous band of peasants were collected with spades in their hands, waiting, as they informed us, to be hired for the day to work in the surrounding fields.
Page 29 - Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; the field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one...
Page 157 - Matthew, particularly when, passing by the same place late in the day, we still found others standing idle, and remembered his words, Why stand ye here all the day idle ? as most applicable to their situation ; for in putting the very same question to them, they answered us, Because no man hath hired us.
Page 195 - All the persons employed now lighted their lamps, and ran with them in their hands to fill up their stations in the procession ; some of them had lost their lights, and were unprepared, but it was then too late...
Page 18 - The thought had hardly occurred to me, when a slight recess in the hill-side, close upon the plain, disclosed at once, in detail, and with a conjunction which I remember nowhere else in Palestine, every feature of the great parable. There was the undulating corn-field descending to the water's edge. There was the trodden pathway running through the midst of it, with no fence or hedge to prevent the seed from falling here and there on either side of it, or upon it ; itself hard with the constant tramp...
Page 180 - And again he sent unto them another servant ; and at him they cast stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled. 5 And again he sent another ; and him they killed, and many others ; beating some, and killing some. 6 Having yet therefore one son, his well-beloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.
Page 37 - Oh that I were an orange-tree, That busy plant ; Then should I ever laden be, And never want Some fruit for Him that dressed me.

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