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And so this point was settled. When the names were given out in the school, Susan Forbes' confident good-humoured face seemed to think it only her due that she should be named first; while a blush of delighted surprise shewed how little Naomi had thought of such a distinction for herself as to be mentioned at all, even though the last. This feeling of elation did not last long. As the school was dismissed, some of the children stood round the door for a minute or two before they dispersed, discussing the important news. Susan Forbes took the lead, as seemed natural to her.

“What a nice kind old lady,” said she, “ to think of such a plan for us! Don't you all long to begin? I am sure 1, for my part, shall always think of her when I have my prize.

Of course,” she added, checking herself, “I am likely to get one of the prizes."

Oh, you are sure to get the best,” said all the children.

“Do you think so ?” said Susan, trying to look modest; and then continued, “what a deal of money a sovereign is—what a load of things it will buy! I dare say now, we none of us ever saw one in our lives--I am

sure I never did; but you shall all see mine when I mean, if-I get it. And I'll tell you who I think will get the next prize—why, you, Phæbe Weston, I seem sure you will get it; and the third-let me see, will it be Anne Sharman or Lydia Brown? Well, one cannot guess every thing beforehand, though I think it will be—” But either she really could not guess to her satisfaction, or her delicacy of feeling made her not wish to offend either party; so this matter was left in doubt. “ Any how," she concluded, “it is but five shillings; and though five shillings are five very nice things, and what we should all be very glad of, what are they to a sovereign, or even half a sovereign of real bright gold?"

Here the party separated, and as Naomi pursued her solitary way, she thought—"Susan Forbes makes

light of five shillings; but if I had them to give to my mother, who finds me nothing but a trouble and an expense, how happy it would make me! But I must not give it a thought, for nobody seems to think I have any chance, or to remember me at all. Well, mother will be pleased to find that I am chosen one of the six, though I shall tell her I have no chance."

(To be continued.)

iii. 6.

THE EPIPHANY. " That the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, and of the same body,

and partakers of his promise in Christ by the Gospel.”— Eph. The feast of the Epiphany may be considered the birthday of the Gentile Church; and well does it become us to celebrate it with joy and thanksgiving; we who are one of the Isles of the Gentiles, which once lay in darkness and the shadow of death,

Very little is told us in Scripture of the Wise Men of the East, the first-fruits of the Gentile Church, whose coming to our Lord is kept in mind to-day; St. Matthew alone of all the Evangelists mentions them, and they are brought into the sacred narrative and disappear from it as suddenly as the star, their heavenly guide to Christ. This is often the way of the Bible. Melchisedec, the queen of Sheba, the Ethiopian eunuch, and others, are just mentioned for an especial purpose, and we hear no more of them. And so it is with these pious men, descendants of Abraham's faith, though not of his seed, who came from the uttermost parts of the earth to see and worship One greater than Solomon.

From the 2d chapter of St. Matthew we gather that the Wise Men had been watching for the appearance of the King of the Jews ; whether informed by tradition from the scattered tribes of Israel, or enlightened by a special revelation from God, we are not expressly told. It would rather seem, that some direct divine intimation must have taught them to look upon the star as His star, whom they sought; and also their being favoured afterwards by a warning from God in a dream, would denote that they were all along under His immediate guidance.

When they reached Jerusalem, their errand was pub

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