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Sunday School Leuoa for June 25, 1911 Specially Arranged for This Paper : 1 he forecasts ofa Seer the 15 ' Century bedirioS on -English American Hist ory Their relation 1 King yreor o cmm HE coronation of King George V. of Eng land brings to mind a series of peculiar prophecies contained Jn an old but little known poem prophe cies, some of which would appear on an investigation to have proved oddly correct in regard to certain events transpiring in American and Eng lish history, both prior to and after the Revolu tion. The name of Merlin is given as the author of the mystic rhymes, which date back to the ' fif teenth century and run in couplets fraught with double meaning, and seeming to be the work of some sooth sayer or student of the stars who fore saw, or fancied he foresaw, in the heavenly bodies strange portents of the days to come. 1 The lines can be found in the works of Dean Swift, edition of 1766, page 214, volume 3. They were also print ed in the United States in September, 17S6, three years after peace with Eng land had been declared, and published in a few foreign journals; but the ear liest appearance of the poem was in an . ancient English work edited and produced in London in the year 1530. In complete form it runs as follows: -"When the savage Is meek and mild The frantic mother shall stab her child. When the Cock shall woo the Dove The Mother shall cease the child to love. When men like moles work underground The Lion a Virgin true shall wound. When the Dove and the Cock the Lion . ahall fight The Lion shall ' crouch beneath their might. . When the Cock shall guard the Eagle's nest The stars shall rise all In the West. When ships above the clouds shall sail The Lion's strength shall surely fail. When Neptune's back with stripes Is red The sickly Lion shall hide his head. When seven and six shall make but one The Lion's might shall be undone." Many diverse opinions are held as to the ability of mere man to peer : into the future;, but without- entering Into' an argument on the subject, it is at least interesting to note how curiously certain ' of the prophecies made by the dead and forgotten rhym ster coincide with the march of act ual events when submitted to the proc ess of deduction. We can take the first couplet as re ferring to the history of America, and more particularly to the colonial period. The white settlers had plant ed civilization, by means of De Soto's sword, Champlain's guns and the mis sionaries' prayers, deeply in the for est, and the Indians may be said to have become temporarily subdued through awe of these combined ele ments. The red man was subjected to - meek and mild influences by the tact and religious examples of such men as Roger Williams and William Penn, "whose kindness is a part . of Indian tradition to this very day. Hence, . "when the savage- - (evidently : the - North American Indian) "is meek and mild, the frantic mother" (meaning England "shall stab her child" (the American colonies). When and how England enacted this needs scant comment other than that m . m m - mm' mm m' mm r mm: mm appointing . a commission, of which Benja min Franklin was one, to visit the French at Que bec, and ad mit of French courtship in the aid of the American Rev olution; and how the con tinentals' . in 17-7 6 dis patched him to France, to further admit of the courtly attentions ' to bring about a wedding of in terests ; how he procured from the French king 2 6,000,0 0 0 francs, the very money which made further rebel lion possible. And at this point England realized, and for the first time, that the uprising in the colonies was indeed a very serious mat ter, and i t provoked the Britishers to learn of our affection for France to a point where "The mother the child did cease to love." The writer possesses an heraldic sketch designed by Franklin while in Europe, actu ally. . indicating England's crueL though motherly treatment of her children, the thirteen colonies, indicat ing the French concern in the wel fare of these struggling dependencies a remarkable similarity to the lines under consideration. In these her aldic pictures Franklin represents the colonies as of the calm and peaceful animal kingdom, the crane and also the dove. In fact a committee dele gated to devise a signature for the United States, reported in 1782 "that the goddess of America (Columbia) have upon her dexter hand perched a dove argent (white)." While the elab orate design was not accepted by the continental congress it indicates that in these days the colonies were often symbolized by a dove, in fact, that peace-loving and minding your own business was finally accepted in the symbolism of the "olive branch," in the right talon of the adopted eagle also indicated in the j?eace tincture of the American shield which according to law is an argent (white or silvery) peace emblem, upon it blazoned six red stripes. "When men like moles work underground The Lion a Virgin true shall wound." ' ' MCLOIfDSMMdM nam's smmmsfM The Lion shall , might." t. crouch . beneath their the courts of the colonies, just prior I During the last years of the Revolu io me revolution, useci me swora or justice to destroy the rights of the American subjects of the crown. At this point England actually and not figuratively stabbed her children. "When the Cock shall woo the Dove Th mother shall cease the child to love." Now, the cock for ages has been emblematic of France, as the Lion has of England, and the cartoonists of early days invariably designated the French "as proud as the cock." In France, victory . at arms or civic tri umphs were always, us at the present time, proclaimed by the display of the rooster. The dove referred to was undoubtedly Intended for Columbia, or the United States or colonies. The word Columbia means "Dove-like" or "Columbo," the original meaning of Columbus, the noun base of the prop er adjective Columbia, but accepted by Americans as a proper nounr- Our colonial history abounds with, Illustrations as to how eagerly France courted the good will of the American colonies, and an equally emphatic tale in the drama is the jealousy of Eng land at the display of any colonial regard for the French government. This second couplet is especially well illustrated in the continental congress tion the continentals frequently at tempted to make approaches to the camp and redoubts of the British by underground passages. This tunnel method was evidently a French sug gestion, as it was a part of early French military tactics. The digging in the earth is also well illustrated, in the winter headquarters at Valley Forge, where the felling octrees tt establish their log cabins 'as slow work; and when the cold winter set in many - were the, holes. in the ground that served as lodgings for the freez ing troops. The line, "The Lion a Virgin true shall wound," might be taken as a reference to the terrible massacres, expeditions of plunder and destruction in' Virginia, named the Vir gin colony In honor of Queen. Eliza beth. This country of the virgin was indeed wounded, for no other section of the country suffered such bloody military attacks. It was estimated by Jefferson that the raids of Benedict Arnold through Virginia; cost the enormous sum of $15,000,000 in prop erty, besides the thousands of lives sacrificed under conditions of the most frightful torture. "When the Dove and the Cock the Lion shall fight This could be accepted as referring to the united forces of the colonists (the Dove), and the French (the Cock), at the final engagement before Yorktown. This siege and battle re sulted in the -American -.victory and therefore the union of Americans and French resulted in the "Lion" being compelled to "crouch beneath their might" "When the Cock shall guard the Eagle's ; nest. The stars shall rise all in the West." Here we find an allusion to the sub sequent history of the three nations . American, French and English. When independence was recognized, the sym bol of the -United States appeared in the form of a bald eagle, "The bird of freedom and imperial power." The: second test of martial power be tween American and England came in 1812, and on both sea , and land we suffered severe losses, -the capitol at Washington being destroyed by the en- emyand the city itself falling.into pos session of the British. But' the shield ing attitude of France toward the eagle's nest (the young republic rep: resented by the American eagle) made it possible for the states to attain vic tory from what the world had almost pronounced defeat; The New Eng land states were never in sympathy with the war, and, indeed, an interest ing non-national page, bordering on secessional attitude, falls into the his tory of the puritanic section of our country. The invasion of Canada was a decided failure. Hull's surrender has always been considered unsatisfac tory and totally unnecessary; he was court-martialed and sentenced to be shot; but his Revolutionary miliary record saved his life and he was par doned. The brave Captain Lawrence on the Chesapeake gave as his dying words the order, "Don't give up the ship," but fate compelled his crew to itrike their colors. The Essex, the first American frigate to sail around Cape Horn into the Pacific, found a British . vessel waiting for her, and in the battle which' ensued the enemy came off victorious. In the midst of these disasters the New Englanders j were disregarding by a majority of votes what the national government at Washington decreed. They quietly and secretly published a most unsatisfac tory report that was supposed by many to have had its origin in an at tempt to break up the federal power. The south and middle west were loy al to the federal edicts. Jackson's mar velous victory at New Orleans, while possibly one of the most pronounced military successes in the history of civilized warfare, was achieved after peace had been declared, and hence cannot be said to have had any bear ing on the ending of hostilities. The terms of peace were largely brought about through French influence, as be cause of the military conditions ex isting between England and France, the British, found it impolitic to fol low up the American campaign, al though the war was in their favor. Here, then, is an apt illustration of how the French (the Cock) protected the Eagle's nest (America). So much for the firs line; the next ' is espe cially prophetic: "The stars shall rise all In the West." Immediately after the war of 1812 the stars began to gather in our flag, and they all came from the west, for it should be remembered that in those days any country lying on the sun down side of the Alleghany mountains was considered west. Hence the open ing up of the great western terri tory with the immediate admission of the new states brought forth the "rise of the stars all in the west" un til this day, when the flag has since 1S12 seen 30 stars rise in the west. f. "When ships above the clouds shall sail Tvhe Lion's strength shall surely fall." It requires no great stretch, of im agination to apply the above lines to the present era when aviators are the heroes of the hour, and long continued flights in airships have ceased to be a novelty. And , one might take the "failing of the lion's strength" to re fer to the lessening of the British navy's far famed power when confront ed with the possibility of attack by enemies floating in the air. When a certain Frenchman not long ago cross ed the channel in an airship and land ed safely on British soil, great was the alarm manifested throughout the realm of King. George. . The event al most caused a panic among those to whom the bugbear of probable inva sion by Germany is ever a matter of anxiety. The last four lines of the Seer's rhymed Intimation of coming disaster deserves consideration together: x "When Neptune's back with stripes is red The sickly Lion shall ; hide . his head. - - When seven and .six shall make -but one - The Lion's might shall be undone." Possibly these four lines foretell ter rible battles on the sea, Neptune be ing the mythological god of the ocean, and prophesy a naval war in which the waters will be literally ablaze with the red stripes shooting from the cannons' mouths. Or reference may be had to the planet Neptune, instead of the sea god that heavenly body which of our planetary system is the furthest away from the sun, being 2,745,99S,000 miles distant. Within the last few years astronomers have expressed the opinion that Neptune, like Saturn, 'has red or bright belts about it, and if the telescopes can be made more powerful these "red stripes" will be in view. Is it then that we may expect "The sickly Hon Shall hide his head?" . --Or it may be that the last two lines refer to the United States, or else indicate the death, and numerical des ignation of King Edward VII. In the first instance seven and six make 13, the generally accepted symbol of the United States represented in the stripes of the flag. "When seven and six shall make but one" might stand for the time when all the territories now under our flag shall all be admit ted to statehood, and all these new governments be represented on our national standard. Or the lines might have direct refer ence to Km gSiEd ward's death. The seven and six may well indicate Eng land's "Seventh Edward," or spelling out the two wordswe have: S 1, E 2, V 3, E,4, N 5, T 6, H 7; and E l, D 2, W 3, A 4, R 5, D 6 showing clearW the seven and six numerals formin;; one king. Upon his death "The (Enx lish) -Lion's might shall be undone." In connection with the final predic tion.it is not too much to . say that England has not for years been in such an unsettled state politically or called upon to face so many perplexing prob lems. 'Edward, seventh of the name, the Peacemaker, sleeps with his fathers, and George V. mounts the throne of his 'ancestors, while from all parts of the great empire people gather to do him homage. What of the future? Has the might of England passed away with the Jife of her peacemaker, or is one prophecy to prove false where so many other predictions made by the mystic student of the stars in the long ago have been fulfilled to the uttermost? (Copyright, 1911, by W. O. ftupmsaj GOLDEN TEXT-:"What Doth the Lord , Require of Thee, but to Do Justly, and to Love Mercy, and to Walk" tiumbly With Thy God." Mic. 6:8. Different forms of revicsw are suit ed to classes of different ages and different degrees of development, so , that ' a variety of methods is sug- ' gested below. . Some of these plana may need to be united with others to fill out the session, and any other changes and adaptations of them may be made that seem best to the teacher. The quarter's lessons have taken up six books of the Old Testament There: have been five lessons in Sec ond Kings, two in Second Chronicles, two in Isaiah, and one each in Jonah, Micah and Hosea. Select six mem bers of the class and have each write a three-minute essay on one of these books, telling about the general course of the lessons or lesson from that book, and the teachings brought out therein. " Let the class listen care fully to each essay, and at the close . dictate a set of questions, which you have written beforehand, on the quar ter's lessons as a whole, having the class " write answers to the questions as they are read. The teacher -will write on slips of cardboard or heavy manila paper a series of questions on the lessons of the quarter,1 about five questions on each lesson. . These questions will cover the principal facts of, the les sons, and will be so framed that the. answers can be very brief , yet ade quate. Lay the slips of paper, faea , down, on the class table or on a large book held in the lap, mix them up, and have the class draw them one at a time, in turn.; ; The scholar that draws a question' will read it aloud, and then answer it if he can," retain- -ing the slip." . If he does- not answer . correctly, or at all, the next on his left will try to answer it, and so on around the class. The scholar that answers it will hold the slip, and the scholar that holds the largest num ber at the end of the recitation is de clared the victor in $ie little contest. Announce this "plan a week in ad vance, that the class may study for it. Take a series , of lesson , pictures. Obliterate the titles of the pictures, and fasten a bit of ribbon to each. Place the pictures in a box open at the end, and let the ribbons extend outside. The scholars will draw these pictures out one after the other. each scholar telling the class about the lesson to which his . pictures be longs, holding up the picture as he., does so. After the pictures ; have been used once, if jthere Is time they may be returned to the box and the . exercise may be repeated. This form of review is especially adapted" to the primary, department. : ' ' The class 'will be . divided, at least a weeK in advance, into two siaes. each side with a leader. The sides will meet by themselves and each prepare a series of - questions on all the lessons of the quarter. The teach er will meet with each side and make" sure that the questions are fair ones, and clearly expressed. ,Oh review day the two sides will, sit facing each oth er. One 'side, through its leader, will propose a question to the other side, which will answer if it can, speaking always through its leader, but always after consultation with the rest of the side. Then the second side 1 will pro pose a question to the first side, ana so on, alternating. If the answer is wrong, the side that proposed the question scores a point ; if partly wrong, half a point. 3 The side that is defeated may be required to give a social, at the teacher's home, to tho other .side. This review, which is . especially suited to adult classes, consists of a series of essays or talks on the prin cipal topics of the various lessons. As far as possible, the speakers will choose their topics or lessons, but the teacher -will have a list ready for suggestion. The following - list will be an aid: I. The -Healing- Side of; Religions 1 Our Unseen Defenders. - III. Starting the Young in Their Lives. IV. Our Care for God's House. V. The Universality of Christlanitr. VI. The Perils of Pride. VII. Our Work for Our Country. VIII. Tem perance Work Needed Today. IX. The Madness of Militarism. X God's Forgiveness, and How to Obtain It. XI. Reform Methods That Succeed. XII. The.. Final Results of Sin. i The Same Lord. The Lord we have known as laying down his life for us is the same Lord we have to do with every day of our life, and all his dealings with us are on the same principles of grace. The great secret of growth is looking up to the Lord as gracious. - How pre cious, how strengthening it ief to know that Jesus is at this moment feeling and exercising the same love towards us as when he died on the cross for us. - ' Have a Purpose. Live for something. Do good and leave behind you a monument of vir tue that the storm of time can never destroy. Write your name in kind ness, love and mercy on the hearts of thousands - you come in contact with year by year; you will never be forgotten. Trick of the Devil. The devil is putting the butter on the right side of his bread when he gets a big sinner to count the hypo crites in the church.