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dogs, oxen under the yoke, the wind-swayed reeds by the water-side, the price of a sparrow, wolves and sheep, doves and serpents, a scattered, shepherdless flock, a city set on a hill, a candle, a bushel measure, salt, a cup of cold water, a door, a thorn bush, thistles, a group of children playing in the market. place:- these are a cluster gathered at random." Someone has said that our Lord's discourses are filled with likes, and surely we cannot do better than to imitate His example.

But while this book is meant primarily for preparation for the Pulpit, the Bible Class or the Prayer Meeting, it will be found adapted for family reading on the Lord's Day, since it abounds in selections from devout and godly men, on the great themes of our Holy Religion.

Who can tell the value of a right thought planted in its appropriate soil, the human mind? A thought is like a seed; it has the precious germ of a new life within it. The seed differs from a nugget of gold or a precious stone. These we can weigh and determine their precise value; but a seed cannot be so weighed and priced; it may be the germ of boundless harvest fields and the food supply of millions yet unborn. So a thought dropped into a prepared heart may result in a harvest over which ministering angels may bend in wonder and praise.

By reference to the indexes it will be found that, independently of the matter that is original, no less than two hundred and fifty persons have been quoted or referred to; five hundred and fifty topics have been presented, and nearly two hundred texts of Scripture illustrated.

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Coleridge has said — “Why are not more gems from our great authors scattered over the country? Great books are not in everybody's reach; and though it is better to know them thoroughly than to know them only here and there, yet it is a good work to give a little to those who have neither time nor means to get more. Let every book-worm, when in any fragrant, scarce old tome he discovers a sentence, a story, or an illustration that does his heart good, hasten to give it.” In this connection it is proper to say that the author has aimed to credit every thought to its proper source, and if in any case he has failed to do so, he humbly craves, in the reader, the exercise of that “charity that thinketh no evil.”

May He who has promised that "there shall be an handful of corn in the earth, upon the tops of the mountains, and the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon," bless this garnered grain and multiply it a thousandfold; and for the Sower, may the promise be fulfilled,—“He that goeth forth, and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless return again, with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”

“Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen!”

C. P.

INDEX OF AUTHORS QUOTED.

Abbot, 539
Adams, H. F.,

44
Agassiz, Prof., 323
Alaric, 327
Alexander the Great, 452
Altamont, 102
Anderson, G., 66
Arnold, F., 8, 189, 231
Arthur, W., 24
Attila, 327
Aquinas, Thos., 371
Axtell, N. H., 329, 541
Bacon, 355
Baillie, Joanna, 6
Baldwin, G. S., 379, 459, 473,

496
Bates, John, 154, 290
Bayne, Peter, 105, 177, 179
Beecher, H. W., 110, 180, 271,

415
Benedict XIV, 126
Bird, J. S., 281
Bonar, H., III, 228, 396, 454,

528
Bordman, G. D., 434, 529
Boston, Thos., 407
Boyd, R., 387
Broadus, J. A., 499
Brooks, T., 162
Brown, Sir Thos., 464
Bruce, Robt., 81
Buckle, 516
Burckhardt, 35
Burder, 502
Burns, R., 364
Burr, E. D., 553
Burritt, Elihu, 74
Buxton, 143
Byron, Lord, 62
Carlyle, Thos., 272, 345

Carpenter, F. B.,

400
Charles IX, 103, 104
Chrysostom, 116
Clatworthy, F., 82, 202
Coleridge, 112
Cook, Joseph, 358, 395
Collier, J., 142
Collyer, R., 135
Cooper, James, 534
Columbus, 256
Conder, 190
Cortes, 256
Cuyler, T. L., 114, 148, 455
Cumming, J., 36, 339
Dale, R. W., 307
D'Israeli, 551
Dowling, J., 28, 141, 266
Drummond, Prof., 149
Eaches, 13
Eadie, Dr., 129
Elmes, 117
Emerson, R. W., 209
Erskine, E., 492
Evans, C., 263
Everts, W. W., 261, 296, 320,

357
Farrar, F. W., 21, 91, 99
Fichte, 14
Fish, H. C., 118, 123, 319, 373,

548

Fisher, G. P., 314
Foote, Admiral, 317
Francis, P., 203
Franklin, B., 210, 372
Fredrick, G., 68, 232
Froude, 282
Fry, 4
Fuller, Dr., 219
Fyfe, R. A., 176
Giarbaldi, 270

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294, 481

Longfellow, 165, 448, 464
Lorimer, G. Č., 97, 257, 260,

416, 453
Louis XIV, 413
Loyola, 344
Luthardt, E. C., 207, 522
Luther, Martin, 302, 303, 554
Mabie, H. C., 493
Macaulay, 408
Mansel, 398, 401
Macleod, N., 466
Massey, 505
Macduff, 182
Macauslane, A., 43
Maclaren, A., 279, 280, 283,
Macmillan, H., 194, 295, 465,

467, 521
McPherson, 550
Malan, 173
Mantell, 438
Mill, J. S., 87
Moody, D. L., 140
Moffat, R.,

75
Monica, 330
Moore, Hannah, 368
Morris, H. W.,
Moss, L., 55, 56
Napoleon, So, 173, 334, 335,

Geikie, C., 12, 463, 487, 535
Gibbon, 53, 327
Gifford, O. P.,

369
Gilfillan, G., 402
Gillett, 533
Goethe, 163
Gordon, A. J., 162, 233, 520
Graham, J., 378, 525
Gray, J. C., 222
Guillimen, 39, 285
Guthrie, Thos., 23, 57, 83, 100,

127, 168, 204, 211, 225, 251,

331, 347, 376, 458, 490, 501
Guyot, Prof., 196
Hall, John, 127
Hall, Newman, 236, 256, 36
Hall, Robert, 394
Hamilton, Jas., 4, 12
Hastings, H. L., 31, 113
Hegel, 399
Henry IV, 293
Henson, P. S., 393
Herbert, 94
Herrick, S. E., 404
Hill, Rowland, 49, 334
Hitches, J. H., 161
Holmes, O. W.,

474
Hoyt, Wayland, 206, 527
Hulbert, E. B., 146
Humboldt, 285
Hume, David, 401
Hurd, J. C., 544
Hutchinson, 199, 265
Ingelow, Jean, 286
Irving, Washington, 540
Jacobs, B. F., 71
Jackson, J. L., 165, 461, 515
Jay, Wm., 187, 267
Jones, J. C., 292
Jones, Sir W., 42, 224
Judson, Ed., 72, 145, 107, 542
Kennar, 184
Kennedy, J., 340
Kingsley, C., 167
Krumacher, 258
Lamb, 486
Lamartine, 538
Lawrence, W: M., 122, 188,

287, 475
Leighton, Bishop, 374
Lincoln, Pres., 410

336, 353
Neal, J., 348
Newcome, Thos., 3
Newton, John, 221
Northrup, G. W., 449
Nott, 330
Ormiston, W., 253
Osborn, D., 273
Owen, Dr., 109
Parker, Theodore, 54
Parker, Jos., 157, 175, 304, 322,

352, 381, 469, 543
Paine, Thos., 39
Peabody, 107, 240, 417, 462
Peel, Sir R., 421
Perrine, S. A., 530
Pentecost, 213, 444
Pierson, A. T., 278, 352, 432
Prester, John, 409
Prosser, 93
Punshon, W. M., 223, 346
Rainford, 195

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