changeable, we darken not only one, but manydays. A German soldier, an ensign, made a blun-der during some maneuvers of troops which werebeing inspected by Frederick the Great. Thatpassionate king ran after him, stick in hand, thathe might beat him. The ensign got away and jumped a ditch, leaving the king on the other sidestill brandishing his cudgel. The colonel of theregiment came up to the king and said : " Sir, theyoung ensign doubtless committed a blunder. Ihave just received his resignation from yourmajesty's service. I am sorry, for he was really agood soldier, but he can take no other step." Theking said: "Send him to me." The ensign came,expecting to be beaten, or possibly sent to prison.12178 21 l^eaj's ipraiscrs/lReetlng tTalfis,On his entering his presence the king said : " Hereis your captaincy, sir, which I tried to give you thismorning, but you ran away so quickly I could notcatch you." How much better it was for the kingto turn it that way than to stubbornly hold outin the wrong, and, besides doing an unjust andfoolish act, lose a good soldier.In addition to all these things, in order to makeevery-day life easy we shall every one of us haveneed of forbearance and patience. To restrain thequick word and hold it back so that it does not getsaid, will save many an uncomfortable half-hour.It may rankle in the heart for a minute, but if youset your teeth together and do not say it, the per-son who has vexed you, not knowing you wanted tosay it, will not be hurt, and five minutes later youwill thank God for your restraint. Most of usneed to pray the prayer of the hymn :" Sweet Patience, come f Not from a low and earthly source —Waiting, till tilings sliail liave tlieir course-Not as accepting present painIn hope of some hereafter gain —Not in a dull and sullen calm —But as a breath of heavenly balmBidding my weary heart submitTo bear whatever God sees fit jSweet Patience, cornel"
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