heart, is a tree in blossom : it presents the cheerful promise, the incipient buds, of future fruit. This is the person who, hearing the word and believing, weeps, desires to be a partaker of saving grace, prays, perhaps rejoices. I have watched in the spring and early summer trees that bloomed and were covered with young fruit, exciting hope of a large, luscious crop : but they dropped singly on calm days, and showered down on windy days, and not one came to a sound and juicy ripeness. So have I watched souls whose early promise de-ceived my happy hopes. Faith which assents, con-fesses, longs, vows, and works, practical and ener-getic, is a tree living, leafed, full of sap, bending beneath a weight of golden, delicious, wholesome FAITH AND WORKS. 215 fruit, blessed of all observers. This is "they which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with pa-tience."