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Go, ask o f the butterfly, who are its friends, And where is its sheltering bower, When the pitiless storm on the garden descends, And the beauty is stripped from the flower. In mirth and in mildness it revels today, But seek for its glory tomorrow— In the cold breath of night it has withered away, It has vanished in darkness and sorrow.
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Constance continued on her giddy way and would have none of Christ. It was not until eleven years had passed and the news o f McCheyne’s death reached her, that she turned to Jesus Christ and yielded her life to the Holy Spirit. Thirty-three years after her conversion, she met the saintly Dr.: Andrew Bonar, McCheyne’s biographer, at a conference, and drew him aside to tell him the solemn story of how she had found Christ and sorrowed that she had not heeded the call years before. W e “wish the message o f McCheyne’s, lines could be gotten to our young folks today, who are seeking the thrills o f the world, oblivious to the fact that they are building of wood, hay and stubble, which, in the day of His appearing, will go up in smoke. ate ate Apes and Ants An article in The Biblical Recorder gives the following points showing the fallacy o f the conclusion that men have decended from apes: > ( 1 ) , Apes have never domesticated other animals to serve them as men have; yet the ant, an insect (and neither a vertebrate nor a mammal) domesticates other insects that serve them somewhat as the cow and milch animals generally, serve man. (2 ) Apes do not make war on other apes, as man has done to his fellows, all down the ages. But ants go to war with other ants, in battle formation, keeping rank like men; when the battle is over, they collect their wounded and attend to them, but cast the dead away. (3 ) Apes do not enslave other apes, as men do their fellow men; but ants, when victorious, reduce the children o f their foes to servitude. And these young slaves wait their time till their masters grow enfeebled, from not em ploying their powers as they should, and then rise and free themselves. (4 ) Apes do not store food in the way ants do, look ing over their stores, and removing what has gone bad. (5 ) Ants build cities, and act like citizens, some being set apart for special duties. Yet all these points (and many more) do not warrant our drawing the conclusion that, because ants use their brains to live more according to the lives of men than the highest mammals, therefore men are even “ zig-zag” des cendants from them. And if we cannot find such a war rant, neither may Sir Arthur Keith, nor all who agree with him, claim man’s descent from the ape on much lesser grounds of similarity. A Foundation Worth Having Theodore Roosevelt was not given to making foolish statements. He gave it as his opinion that : “ Almost every man who has, by his life-work, added to the sum o f human achievement of which the race is proud, o f which our people are pròud, almost every such man has based his life-work largely upon the teachings o f the Bible.”
8 0B E R T M U RRAY M cCHEYNE , who became one of the greatest soul winners Scotland ever had, died at the age of 27 and all Scotland wept, so profound had been his influence for Christ in his short years of service. An American preacher who was once sup plying the pulpit in Dundee, Scotland, asked if any of McCheyne’s parishioners lived. He found one old man, whom he visited to learn what he could about this man of God. The old man could not remember a sermon, or even a text, but one thing remained with him : When this man was a lad, playing by the roadside, McCheyne came along one day and putting his hand gently upon his head, said: “ Jamie, my boy, I ’m going to see your wee sister. She’s dying. I must have you for Jesus.” . As tears came to the old man’s cheeks, he said: “ I never can forget the, trembling of his fingers in my hair.” A more eloquent gesture, Robert McCheyne prob ably never made. It was not long after McCheyne’s conversion when he heard that Constance Bullen, a friend of his family, had determined to withhold her life from Christ and go in for the enjoyment o f the world’s pleasures. McCheyne was led to write the following lines, which should strike to the heart o f every young person who is making the same choice that Constance Bullen made : She has chosen the world, and its paltry crowd— She has chosen the world and an endless' shroud! She has chosen the world with its misnamed pleasures, She has chosen the world before heaven’s own treasures. She hath launched her boat on life’s giddy sea, And her all is afloat for eternity.
But Bethlehem’s star is not in her view; And her aim is far from the harbor true. Wheh the storm descends from an angry sky, Ah 1where from the winds shall the vessel fly When stars are concealed, and rudder gone, And heaven is sealed to the wandering one? The whirlpool opes for the gallant prize; And, with all her hopes, to’ the deep she hies! But who may tell of the place o f woe, Where the wicked dwell—where the worldlings go? For the human heart can ne’er conceive What joys are the part o f them who believe; Nor can justly think o f the cup of death Which all must drink who despise the faith. Away, then—oh, fly from the joys of earth! Her smile is a lie—there’s a sting in her mirth. Come, leave the dreams of this transient night, And bask in the beams of an endless light.
When still she did not heed his appeal, he wrote her in verse again, warning her of the danger o f following the godless ways o f the world and selling her soul:
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