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EARLY PIETY;

OR,

MEMOIRS OF CHILDREN,

l I N LNTL ,.SEBlO9.

Interspersed with f-mliar Dialogucs,
Prayers, Graces, and Hymns.



.BY GEORGE BURDEN.


"Heares t tlhou .Oat they say ?
Y' Yea, have ye nri-vr read,- Out of tdhi
mouths of baies and sucklangs thoa hast per-
ficted praise ?'"-Matt. xxi. 16.



BALTIMORE:

Printed for Armstrong & Plaskitt
Bs J. J MaTCHTTrr.
1821. 1









PREFACE.



My dear young Reader,
THIS little book is written with
a design and a desire, at once to
profit and please you; by shewing
in the examples of children, young
as you are, the great happiness
and advantage of real and early
piety.
That you may read it with pro-
fit, you must take notice of what-
ever was good in the Children you
read of, to imitate it; and of what-
ever was bad, in order to avoid it.
You will find, that the good
Children loved Prayer; that is to
teach you to love it too.
* They hated Sin very much; that
is to make you to hate it.




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Many or them died very ynnng;
(not that they died the sooner be-
cause they were good; but being
good, they were the sooner fit to
die;) now, you yourself may dlie
young too, therefore pray ear-
nestly to the Lord, for the par-
don of all your sins, and beg for
grace to make you fit to live, and
then you will be fit to die.
G. L
XMrch, 181!L







THE


ENTERTAINING



or

WLLIA:M AND ELIZABETH GOOD-
CHILD.



CHAP. I.

Of their behaviour at School, and coming"
Home at Christmas.
WItzrAx and Elizabeth Goodehild,
were sent by their parents into the coun-
try, to a boarding school, where they
were put under the care of Mrm. Love-
good, a lady of singular piety and wis-
dom; remarkably fitted for the educa-
tion of youth; for she dearly loved little
children, and was very indulgent to them,
and never failed graciously to reward
them, whenever they did well; especially
when she observed them diligent in







( reading their b'bles, in learning their cate-
chism, in secret prayer, or mlien they
could give a good account of the sermons
they had heard on the Lord's.day. Upon
such occasions -,he would not only com-
mend and reu drd, but would indulgethemn
with some useful piece of knowledge that
Swasnew to them.
And so by the blessing of God upon her
instructions, and the diligent and dutiful
. beh.vourol'her scholars, it was truly sur-
prising what a quick progress they made
in learning ,rid poltci:ness Mrs. Love-
good could by no means conceal the im-
proveemcnt thet. made from their kind pa-
rents, and therefore wrote several times
to dcquaint them with all the particulars:
and nothing could be more welcome to
them than such news, 1 assure )on.
You may jnimagine byobserring'yourown
parents, (my dear reader) that it greatly
delighted their hearts, to hear of the wel-
fare and good behavinur of their dear lit-
tle ones, and made them exceedingly
abound in thankfulness to God, who had
directed them to so good a school, and
who had bestowed upon their children
such lovely dispositions. They even
thought it long till holidayd-.uime came,
when they expected to tee them.







wVell, Christmas came at last; and for
,my part, I cannot tell you whetherr parents
or children were most pleased with its
coming.
The appointed day for William and Eli-
zabeth to return home was now arrived:
and they took leave of Mrs. Lovegood, with
tears of affection and love, begging her
prayers for their safe journey to town,
where they got safe and sound in the even-
ing; meeting at the inn, in Alderagale-
street, with their father's servant, whom
he had kindly sent to conduct them home.
And home they came ; but it would be in
vain for me to attempt to tell you what a
pretty sight t-eir meeting was.
When they entered the room, after ma-
king their obeisance, they ran, and both
falling on their knees, begged their pa-
rents' blessing. Mrs. Goodehiild could not
speak For crying, she was so affected with
joy But Mr. iGoodcLild, raising them up
in the most tender manner sajd, May
JESUS blebs you both"' and, kissing them,
addled, "God be praised for his mercy, in
giving me to see my dear children again!"
AfLer they had drank tea, Elizabeth
gave her mother an account of Lheir rules
and orders at school; how happy they lived
there: how kind Mrs. Lovegood was to







them; and how she taught them morning
and evening prayers, which they repeated.
And as )ou (my little reader,) might like
to know them, and, it may be, to use them
yourself, I will set them down.- The
morning prayer was as follows.
Morning Prayer.

c 0 Almighty and most merciful God!
who hast made me, atnd preserved me to
this hour, look graciously upon me, and
have mercy upon me. Thou hast promise.
ed, 0 Lord, that those who seek thee early,
shall find thee; and I am now come to seek
thy face and favour. Dear'Jesus, when on
earth, thou didst suffer little children to
come unto thee: and I am come. 0 take
me into thy arms of love, and mnke my
young heart soft and tender; afraid of sin, j
and'its terrible consequences' 0 mri.ke me
highly to prize thy love in dying Ibr s n-
ners' and, Lord, be pleased to give me a
share in thy love. Make me humble
teachable, righteous, and hol. -Accep
my praise for another night's preservatio
and be pleased to continue the same cari
and protection all this day. Instruct m
0 Lord, in all useful and necear.n kno
ledge, especially that which concerns m







eternal peace. Wherever I am to-day, be
pleased to be with me. Whatever I do to
day, may I do it to thy glory. Wi le I live,
may I live to God; and when lie, may I
sleep in Jesus! and afier death admit me
to heaven; to ascr,be glory to the Father,
Son, and Holy Ghost, for e, er and ever.-
Amen."

"Our Father," &c. &c.

Evening Prager.
0 Lord, my God, most high! most ho-
ly! and most gracious! Thou searches
all hearts, and well knowesi all that I hj% e
this day done, said, or thought amiss. Ibr-
give all most freely for the sake of Jesus
Christ. Clothe my naked soul with the
spotless righteousness of Jesus thy dear
son: wash m) unclean soul in his clean-
sing blood: sanctify my uinsanctified tem-
pers and dispositions, by the Holy Spirit.
Watch over my body and soul this night
Iwhle I sleep. Graciously defend me from
every danger -Preserve also, 0 Lord, all
that dwell under this roof: and bless my
dear parents, and all my relations: pros-
per and increase the ministers of" thy gos-
pel: and may every one of zfy friends and







acquaintance acqusint themselves with Je-
sus, and be at peace with him. Glory be
to thee, Ojord, for my creation, preser-.
vation, and all the comior-ts of this lirfe;
but much more for thie gft of gifts, a pre-
cious Jesus. May my soul bc found in
him, both now and fjre er more Grant
all my petitions, and accept my praises, in
the name and for the sake of Jesus Christ,
who, with the Father and Holy Ghost, is
one God over all blessed for ever. Amen
and Amen."
These prayers, you see, are both very
short and suitable; but at times they used
other petitions, not set down here, accord-
ing to their various wants, as when they
were ill, or had got well again; when they
were going a journey, or the like.
William also informed his parents that
at school, before firnly prayer, a chapter
used to be read; andl turn it nab done,
each scholar was expected to repeat some
verse or sentence, that they remember.
ed- and this kept up their attention. And
then they used to sing very pretty hymns,
whbch, if you should like to leIarn, you may
find them at the end oftl.s book
Well, before supper, when Mr. Good-
dhild's family were called up to prayer,
you cannot think how glad all the servants







were to see Master and Miss again : from
which I conclude, that they behaved well
before they left home.-Their sweet voi-
ces made an agreeable addition to the
song of praise thit every evrc ing ascend-
ed from that happy (because p.ous) fami-
ly: In short, it was as the house of Gud,
and the very gate oFheaven. For my part,
I wish thut thome people who have no
prayer in their families had been there;
methinks it would have made them much
desire to repeat stch pleasant scenes un-
der their own roof.-Jer. 2j.





CHAP. II.

Of tine Gc-tery of Pictures.
WILLIAM and Eliuabeth, behaving
themselves so well, deserved indulgence;
and they had what baey deserved: for
they hadi not been at home long, when a
great man, Mr. John Benevolent, hearing
of them, invited them to his country
house, at a very pleasant village, near Lon-
don ; and he sent hia own coach for them


_^^L, W _.-A







too. They were most cordially received,
and kindly enterit.ned inleced. amongg
the many curiou, things they saw, nothing
pleased them better than a galler. of fine
pictures, each of which had a iprunuat
menindug; .ind Mr. B was so oiliginig as to
p. nil outii ii) hem the instructive les-sons
they were de,igned 'o teach. In order,
therelire, to convey to our young readers
some idea ol the be,uti|ul originals, we
will recite the follo-A ing account o' them.
The first picture uhii struck tlie.r at.
tention uaa bheait1lil hstor.cal piece,
very high) inishliel hb capital h.nd.
The little to k, ai )011 u .it naturally sup-
pose, were ans oui to knot' the meaning
ofit; whici gat e rse to e foUllonug dia-
logue:-
EUiz. Pray, S'r, what does this picture
represent
Mr. B % I dear%, you perceive a poor
man almost droni el
Eiz. Yes, Sir, dnd how came he there?
Mr..B Hewas go.rg over thatgreat piece
ofwater, in a hittle pasteboard boat. Being
deluded by a man in black, who sughA toe
have known better, he foolishly thought,
thathisboat a would keep out the water, and1
co.mtev him stfely to the opposite shore.l
But as soon as the wind blew, and the waves

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arose, the boat overset, (you may just see
the tep or it, ) and the man fell into the
water.
Eltz Poor man! but pray, Sir, who is
thai gentleman on the bank ?
Mr B. My dear, that is a tenderhearted
good Prince: though he looks so plain, be
lives in yonder fine paLce on the high bill
and seeing ( for he can see a great way)
this poor creature fill in, he ran immedi-
ately to his relief, flung in the rope as you
see, andti bid the poor man lay fast hold,
and he would draw h.m out.
Fi&lam. Dear Sir, how kind! how very
kind that was!
MAr. B It %as ,ndeed:-the main can ne-
ver be sutfficiently thjnkful to him.
EhS. And how excessively Light he
seems to hold the rope!
.4f,. B. My dear, he would not let it go
for all the world; hi life is at stake: and if
it had not been for the gentleman, he must
certainly have perished. And now chil-
dren, (added Mr. Benevolent,) I'll tellyou
what spiritual instruction it is intend-
ded to convey. The man in his paper boat,
is to shew you how every man by nature
(till tughtl of God,) is ready to think that
he may get to heaven by what be can do
himieltE But it is absolutely imipoSible;





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for this reason :-The Holy Law of COD
insists upon perfect obedience, and noth-
ing short ol that v.11i do.-But no man is
LrW able to obey perfectly
ThereFore, unless the lwrfert rifteorinmner
ofanolier is ,.mputed to him, he must fall
under the curse of the broken law: hils oin
beet righeoettines will fail hun, ds th.s m.in's
paper boat has done; and i i immediate as-
sistance is not afflbrded, he riust perish for
ever and ever. But dinhat deir Prnee li to
represent Jesus Christ, the King o, kings
and Lord oflords, who came from glir. iin
purpose to seek and save lhe list. The
rope aheus you howwe aresaved hr. F.itlih.
There is no nierit in tte man, nor in the
rope, nor in his holding Lie rope. His de-
Liserarnce from, deaih is ntireln owinlig to
the good prince; and thus the % hole gl.ry
ofsalvation is due alone to Christ.
Eliz I date say the poor man will not
brag of saving himself. J am sure ie
oughttobe cry lthanlilul.
Mr. B. You sny right; and so hewas. The
good prince took him afterwards and gave
himn fresh clothes, his pwn handsome lisery,


SFaith is taking God at his word.







white turned up with red, andi he dwells
no% in his palace, as happy as a prince.
If'lrfan. How dearly the man must love
him! how desirous must be be to phrase
him! I dare say the Prince has no need to
bid him twice toIn do any thing, or threaten
to turn him oit of doors if he is not good.
1 think if I was in his place, it would be
iyi meal and dmnrd to do his mail, and I should
want no other wages than his approbation.
.Mr. B Well said, indeed.- 0 my dear
children, remember then, thus cheerfully
to love and obey a precious Saviour, who
has redeemed us from die curse of the
law, by becoming a curse for us.
In the next pictureyou see two boys: he
on the left hand iq named Passion, the oth-
er's name is Patieuce. You may perceive
Passion is much disquieted: but Patience
sits with a Bible in his hand, as quiet as a
lamb: and he is so happy because he is
content to wait till next year for several
pretty things his guardian has promised
im:-but Passion is thus disturbed, be-
cause he is determined to have all now.
He is indeed a very Aicked child; he is
descended from Dives, whom you read of
in the Bible; and Patience is decended
from Lazarus, a very good though a very
poor man. They take after their ancestors







very much: for, as Mr. Bunyan informs us,
in his Pilgrim's Progress, a man came and
brought to Passion a great bag of money,
which hlie seed with prodigious eiagerness,
and at the same time, laughing at Patience,
called him a sorry beggar; but, however,
it was not long before he spent all he had,
in riotous living; lost his friends and his
cash together, and has been seen himself;
not long ago, begging about the streets:
whereas Patence, in time, by diligence
and industry, got a very comfortable estate,
upon which he lives, and doesa great deal
of good with it- .
i'lliam. And pray, Sir, what is this to
teach us
air. B. My dear, it is this; Never to co-
vet present things, things which regard
only this world; but both quietly wait, aid
patiently hope for Your portion of better
thins in a belter worid. All this world calls I
gold or great must either leave us or be
left by us: and it s better to haveour por- k
tion in heaven than on earth, for this rea-
son, also, because, if it is on earth, we are
going from it; but if it be in heaven, we
are gong to it.
.Jr B. W!i' dio rou observe, Miss Good-
chlud, in this DOeL picture ?





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Mri. Sir, V observe a man with a rake
in Lis band, raking together all the muck
and straw : and he seems to be very busy
inJeed. 41
.Mr. B. But do you not observe some-
thing else ?
Eiz. Yes, Sir, there is an angel ever
his head, that seems to want him to look lip
at a fine crown in his hand. How sweetly
the angel smiles! but the man takes no.
notice. Will you please, Sir, to tell-us
the meaning?
Mr. B My dears, the man who seems so
busy in raking together nothing but dirt. is
an eimi'blem or ti e men or ahis world, awho
rie earl and sit up late, eating the bread of
carefulneu, and alli to get money. The an-
gel represents 'he faithful ministers of Je-
sus Christ, who are using all the means
they can to engage poor careless sinners to
think of eternal things and sewing them
what a crown they are despising for mere
trash. But after all, as you observed, the 4
man takes no notice of the angel, nor of
the glorious crown, though it is worth a
thousand times more than he will ever_
scrape together as long as he lives. Andl
th,,s dear children, too, too many labour
and study only for the meat that permnsheltb,


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while they neglect the unspeakably imior-
tant concerns of Salvation ; and thus nin-
isters labourui 2aoJin; and spenl tLeir ailrem.iAl
for nou3%. Few belAeve/ their report, analt'
few is the arm of the Lord remeal/ed.
The very kind gentleman, after having
shown them several other pictures, nf
equal merit, dismiased them, with some
pretty presents, e.peci.lly a neat pocket
Bible to each ; which (to them) was the
most gracious gift they could possibly re,
ceive.
When they returned home, they gave so
Distinct and pleasing an account of aU they
had seen, :s huglily delglighted their pa.
i rents; eipecrally as they took care to re-
j member the ;nstructi e rplanatio.. of each
piece: andl were not, like inmot children,
pleased with them merel) as pictures.
WVilliam particularly observed to his
father, with what earnestness the man
in the aiter kept hold of the rope.
and said, he hoped the Lord wouiild help
him, even to hold Jesus fast by faith, for
his Sa iour, with the same degree ofstead-
fastness.
Mr. Goodciild n as so pleased with the'r
remarks, thai he promised they should see
every thing that might be likely to ad-







vanc e their beat interests; and according-
ly the next day they went to the fuse-
um : an account of which you have in the
following chapter.'




CHAP. TI.

Of the .Museumw
I MUST remark, in the first place, that
Billy and Betfry, whenever they were'to
go Abroad to see any fine sight, used al-
ways to pray For a blessing upon it.---And
they never went to see any thing, or en-
gige in any diversion, upon which they dar-
ed not to ask God's bleassing.-And for
that reason never went to plays, nor play-
ed at cards: they knew that all such diver-
sions were unlawful.
They had been told what rare etniosil
ties, of nature andart, were tobe seen at
the Mluseumj and therefore they prayed
that, from seeing the wonderful thinp|
which God hath made, and given Wiiasd ,i
to man to make, they might be led to adere '
the great Creator.






The first room they were led into con-
tlamed a vas variety ofserpents, snAkei, ad-
ders, aid .jch.l,ke frightful creatures, ma-
ny of w h; h. though beautiful to look upon,
were eible % hen alive, having had sharp
stings and mortal poison under their
tongues.
Miss Goodehild shuddered almost to
look upon them; but William whispered
his father, and said, These destructive
creatures put me in mind of that old and
subtle serpent, who first persuaded Eve
to sin against God, by breaking hiscom.-
tm idi, and so "brought death into the
world, and .ll our uoe "
'Ves, m) dear, (said a venerable dissent-
ing minister, who shewed the curiosties,)
and so t did; but I hope you know that
Christ, the friend of sinners, came, ac-
cVrding it his promise, t cruise the srptnv a
head,; so that death to those who believe
in him, is disarmed of his sting, and is no
more hurtful than these vipers, now they
are dead and bo, tied up in spirits."
They were ihen led into a dark room in
which was a transparent pictireofa burn-
ing mountain in Italy, called Vesuvius;
from the top ol" fhich issued huge quanti.
ties ofstone9, and rivers ofliqu.d fire pour-
id down its side. Tlie sigit of ouch an




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awful seen, though but painted, filled ev-
ery mind with solemnity, and every face
with fear. And who can help thinking, said
the minister, who accompanied them, of
that dreadful day which our eyes must be-
hold! No painted fire, nor imaginary thun-
ders then, but all real; when the elements
shAll melt with fervent heat; the sun be
turned into darkness, and the moon into
blood; when the Son of man shall come in
the clouds of heaven, in great glory, and
all his holy angels with him, to take ven-
geance on his enemies, and to sentence
all the sons of Adam to happiness or mis-
ery. OA '.said the little girl, Oh that thu
Jndzre may he our friend. then sh/all we be
mfe. Here they were also shewn all man.
ner of birds and their nests; all sorts of
butterflies, and other insecLa; curious hel-
mets and swords all sorts of shells and
leaves, and more fine things than I could
tell you of in an hour. But nothing
pleased William more than an old ma-
nuscript of the Bible, m vellum, which
the minister said was worth all the books
there: and so it was; for what would all the
books in the world be without the Bible 1
Other books may make a man wise in
wo'dly wisdom; but it is only the Bible
that can make a man wise to Salvation:
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this only teaches him how to live, and how
to die; this tells him how hlie may be hap-
py here, and be for ever happy. Oh!
prize it, my dear reader, never let a day
pass without reading of it; and be sure,
when you read it, you pray'to -od to help
you to understand it.
When they came home, they made ma-
ny prety remarks upon almost eery thing
they hid seeni- and %what %;,:, still better,
their minds were so mnich impressed, as to
lead them to pray for more admiring and
adoring thouglihLa of the great God, who
made all ili.ngs wth infinite wisdom: and
that they might ever stand in awe of him,
and not dare any more to sin against him.
Thus you see how they improved by
t la'eaer ihey saw: and in the next chap-
ter we shall bnew you what sort of compa.
n% they kept: Ihow tlie) spent their Lime to-
Sedier; *,nd whlt ume hthev made ol Lhe good
books they read, by being able to relate,
with so much propriety, remarkable histo-
ries orgood and p bus children, whom yoi
will do well to imitate.









CHAP. fV.

The piaus asembly, and wry remarkahk
lHifory.

WHEN the young friends of William,
Goodchild and his sister, heard they were
returned from boarding school, they were C4
very desirous to come and see them: so a
day was fixed on for that purpose; and
wheh should it he but Twfel/h d'y, and it
happened that there were just twelve in
company. Well, after they had dined, it
was proposed by Mr. Goodchild, thai in-
stead of the idle diversion of choosing
king and queen, (which be knew they
were above,) they should each tell some
pretty history which they had read, that
might tend to their mutual adv-untae-
This being directly agreed upon, Mr. and
Mrs. Goodchild withdrew, leaving only
the young people together, that they
might speak with the greater freedom.
Miss Mild, being the eldest in company,
was desired to begin, which she was just
about to do, when MBaster Prayerful beg-
ged leave to ask, whether it was not pro-
per first to pray for a blessing on their cott-







versation Certainly, said William Good-
chldi, fn- I have ofienread th.bt text wlch
sa' 9, lI every thing, by prayer and inupplira-
thun, 7itM0 Mihni -fvving, let your requeRts be
made iown It,, God.-And I hearth acqui-
esce in the proposal said MLss Candour,
for it is the cuatnm of some very honour-
able persons, where mamma visits, afler i
dinner to sing an hymn, and unite in pray-.
er, which they say prevents the conversa-
t on from turning upon the failings of ab-
sent friends.
Master &-rious thenft prayed for a few
minutes; after which, the little company
being seated, Miss ,Mild introduced her
story thus:
I apprehend, my dear young friends,
that nothing can be more profitable to us,
nor indeed more encouraging than to hear
Sof those, like us in age and capacity,
whose early'piety, and whose happy deaths
have witnessed how much little children
are the care of a compassionate Savour
who permitted when on earth, aueh to be
brought to him, and declared, that of aucrh
i he the idom of Aleaen.
I have read of a poor boy, who came all.
in dirt .nd rags to a gentleman's door at,
Newinglon, crying for bread. Notwhtb
standing his filthy rondiuon, the Lord'




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disposed that generous man to take him
in, ,nd clothe him from head to toot, and
bring him up as his own child.
This boy was as wicked as he was pool;
be used to take the Lord's name in vain,
and curse and swear in a shocking manner:
indeed be was guilty of all sonrts of wick-
edness. But the gentleman, who had his
eternal, as much or more than his tempo-
ral good at heart, laboured to persuade
him of his natural depra.ity,--of h.s sin-
ful practices-of the worth of his soul,
and the bitter consequences of sinning
against Cod,-of the uncertainty of life,-
the certainty of death, and a future judg-
ment He used often to pray wish, and
apart to pray for him.
Nor were his prayers long unanswered:
in a tew weeks time, a great change took
place in the boy's outward behaviour;
which was once very uncivl, but now affa-
ble and coonteous to all. And the change
affected not his outward conduct only, but
be began privately to weep and mourn for
his past offences; he would gladly attend
on prayer; wnuld listen with great atten-
tion to all his Muaster said about eternal
things. And thus he continmded to do,
when the l.ord nisii.ed him with Sickness &
he was taken ill; his body was full of pain;






but the distress of his soul was greater
still. His sins now sLtred h;m in the lace;
he would lay and cry out, 0 what shall I
do! What shall I do!-I fear there is no
mercy for me!
He was often told there was mercy ia
Christ for the chief of sinners; yet he
was still afraid God would not have mercy
on him, he was so vile a sinner. Bit at
legtli he w.iu helped to lay hold on this
promise,-"Com; unto me, all ye that la-
bour and are heavy laden, and I will give
you rest." And then he would bless and
adore the free and rich grace of God, that
such a wretch as he should obtain pity
and pardon.
Thus he abounded still more and more
in prayer and praise, longing to be dissol-
ved, that lie might be with Christ.
Yet he hadl at times, fears returning lest
after all he should be-deceived. But the
day before he died, a gentleman came to
see him, and blamed him much for giv-
ing way to doubts and fears; saying, it
was as though all that had been told him
were lies, to deceive him.-You siay, you
Sfear Christ will not accept you, perhaps
you are not willing to accept Christ, "In-
deed I am !" replied the boy. "Why then,
.hild, (said he,) if tkot art really willing





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to have Christ, Christ is a thousand times
more willing to have thee, and wash Lthee
in his blood." "Well (said the boy, leap-
ing up in his bed,) well! yea, .All is well.
Churist is willing, and I am willing too;
and now Christ is mine, and I am his fur
ever." He continued from that moment
to his last, triumphing in full assurance of
God's love; earnestly desiring:his dismis-
sion, which next morning he obtained: and
the last words he uttered bere, "Into thy
bands, 0 Lord, I commit, my spirit ; and
.o he slept in Jesus. He was but just
turned of nine years of age.
And 0 what a sweet smile of applause
sat on every countenance when the story
was finished! each of the dear young
people saying, "0 that I may die the
death of the righteous, and that my latter
and may be like his."




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CHAP. V.

Remarkable conversion of Te.eral lchtildren
at the Orphan.-loue, in Georgia.

MASTER Timothyt then obl;ged the
company with the follow ing history.
You have, d.jubtles-, he-ird of the Or.-
phan-house. in Georga, founded by the
late Rev. Mr. Wfhitei.eld. His heart you
know, always longed for the salvat.iun of
precious souls, esp,-ciJIl of young people;
and it was not long after the school there
was settled, that the Lord was pleased,'
to answer the wishes of his heart; for in
Sthe year 1741. Mr. Barber, the superin-
tendant of their spiriiual affairs, wrote a
letter to Mr. WTatrfieldf which I shall take
the liberty to read.

"Bethesda, Jfarch3 21, 1741.

My very dear Brother,
NrvEa, no never, did my eyes see such
a sight, nor my ears hear such a sound, as :
in the djy past! and Oh! how will your
soui rejoice, when yon hear what it ws!







it waM nothing lea wonderful than a great
number of itnke children in your Orphan-
house, crying out after the Lord -After
dinner, brother Periam had left them in
School, picking cotton, and, while they
were working, one of them said to another;
If we do not believe in the Lord Jesus
Christ, we shall all go to hell; and added,
that the children of God prayed to God.
Immediately the boy, to whom he spake,
fell down upon his knees, and began to
pray; and then another, till they were all
on their knees together praying.-Provi-
deuce so ordered it, that some of the fanm-
ily heard them, and it was not long before
the whole family were gathered around
them. 0, how did the awful u.d pleasing
sight strike us, and melt us into a flood of
tears. The dear little lambs continued
drying out with the trembling jailor,
"What must we do to be saved!--
They prayed, Lord God Almighty, have
compassion on us; prick us to the heart,.
and pluck us as fire brands out of the
burning: and, 0 Lord Jesus Christ wash
ub in thy blood! 0 Lord, take away our
hard stony hearts and give us heats of
flesb. And how did the tiittle soul plead
with Go l Lord ILst thou not said. q "that
those that seek thee e rljahatll find tIecP

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und that "thou wilt not quench the smo-
king flax, nor break the bruised reed"'
And I heard one of them Sav, Lord, thou
hast said, "that we shall be taught of
thee'"-iThus they continued crying af'tcr
the Lord, an hour or two; and I am coun-
vinced, not only from what I aw hut f.,:',t,
"that the Lordwas present with us," &u.
Miss LAjtdia, his sister, being desired to
relate something, began thus: Since the
company appear so much, and so justly
affected with what my brother has -.i,d, I
shall attempt to tell you, as well as I can,
the substance of another letter from the
same person, about half a year after.
At family prayer one evening, he read
the 25th chapter of Matthe% :--spoke a
little from it, about the day of judgment, ,
and had the pleasure to observe min) y 'F
the children very attentive and mu.: b al'.
fected.
After he had, as usual, lighted them to
bed, and retired to his oan chamber, a
child came and told him, that one of the
boys wanted to speak with him ; He went '
d-rectly. Before he got to the chamber,
he heard a noise. and when he came in, .:
found many praying that the Lord Jesub
would have mercy on them. (JOne of them
told him, he had a bad hearL Be prayed




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with them : and after he had left them,
some continued praying, in deep distress,
great pulr of the night.
When he visited them in the morning,
asking une what he wanted ? he answered
with tears in his eyes, he wanted Jesus
Christ.
After this, it was observable, that they
sought all opportunities Jo be by them-
selves and pray.
What then can we think of children that 1
never play to God, when all converted
people begin immediately to pray ? May
this, my young friends, quicken us all to
more diligence in this delightful duty!
kMiss Meldai, not being able then to re-
collect any history, obliged her friends
with the hollowing hymn.


COME join with me, companion
To bless the Saviour's name;
And everlasting honors rear
To God and to the Lamnb.

H
For children, (0 what wondrous
The Lord was crucifil'd:
For Adam's vile apostate race
The Saviour bled anu dy'd!


B dear,




grce .')




gme







SHere we may love without restraint,
Nor fear to prize too high:
Christ is the song of every saint
On earth or in the sky.

IV.
Lord, with thy grace anoint mine eyes.
Throughout my darkness sthines ;
0 make me to salvation wise!
My all be ever thine!




CHAP. VI.

r Contaning the history of a sad 7ricked c hild,
and his miseuvrable death.

MASTER Samuesl, whose turn it was
next, said he had frequently met with this
observation, that contraries illustrate,
and therefore, as a contrast to those pleas-
ing histories already recited, he hoped it
might be profiLible to relate an account
of a re.y wicked boi, in order both to warn|
us aginat bhis faults, and excite our gra,
S itude to God, and thankfulness to our

S





..T .g i,%
frids foar, g ,I,4w p-tI I
The boy, _Wh fliah ti1, ,
was named J'zcAs-Afl'jg agd luq4hltHe
was answerable 1.i g.1e.. '
Though his pare*'tdaet hin to a very
good school, yet he W0iasrip almle, tha .,
he could not readt ai1@' 1a ei it U
*r'estamnent witfioutehI r,1an4*twn I
he was reproved, nIsen
with impertinence; midi. t ji nd
obstinate, that coarrection tBly maae huim
worse. When any *..sehief was going
forwardat school, he d'astia.oU L-befound
at the head or it; by which "teasi bin
book was neglected, hi&.tsak left mdonae,
and then to avoid punishment, he-wonld
play. truant;.. %hepawaeque'iEtei.e" A 'o
or an, thaL . ,..,., a. &lg .
bULAheaVYV g'*AI go' 1im2d 'to hma-"



would poDetl Mtonp A aF4x
ber that yolr ..
my care, t yhultl
leave 00; A







credit; bitt f you cdLiaue iour bad
as, and neglect. your lefrnng, .9your
deu-r ftllt-r % 11 be griesed and disap-
ponted, I shlall be di.-i Ldtted, anid you
sill be ruined."
Now, ont would hl. e thought that such i
kind advice as tis wiuild hae li-nd some
w- .-ght with hin but, ahi, il had none .
Ihe still continued ille inti ubstinate, de.
spitsittg buoit his mi.'.er .aid his counsel.
it wA:.s not orI die, but cruel. He
used to ctirlhi ie. on p,.r;.ue to torment
them. anrid si s giidt.v r that Iorrid prac-
tice of m:Akring cockchiri(r sp.tn, hb put.
ting a crooked pin ilhuugh their tLils and*
hanging ihcnm byh a bit of thread, inhjch
puts them in icrrelle aotJniis.
hliten this was' mentioned, se'Err l of
the comtpan\ mntTrlitaiel) burat ili.o i-.i.r
tlvi wei e shorkrd at tiling tlh:it a
cruel. And Malster Tinder could not belt
saying, "I ant sstoniilied Iat tlh bardnersc
th.,t heart itl.ichi can del;ghtl in btholdiB
the agon.es ot poor duamb creatures! andA
brings to my mind % hat I once read ufl
wise Auhenisias, aaho condt.mneda boy t(1
putting nut the e esorbtid5 will a hot ne
die, judging th.t such seeds of cruelty
would necetar.h .grow utip into mure ac*
of vitulence, ani entldainger ithe hiveia ol mt







and the happhnisefminankind: the boy was
theretbre pititoVfl*h.-But I beg pardon
for thibis interiaupia'' ,
Samuel theit"reiifleaed his naPration.
I have m-ntioned already his bad be-
haviour at' Bchnl,-'hA-his wickedness
at his diverions; I shall6 trouble you
rirtlier-with an account f his perverse
conduct at home, and hil irfererent dtspo-
.iion at church: which 1- think together .
m-Lke up a hoy as bad as a boy ota l-'b,
In the morning he would leitm haed-very
IiLe, even after lie *as called; hurry over
lik prayers like a parrot, andc sdmeimes,
if lie thought he should not be'folnd oul,
would wholly omit them..audIthegnit ask-
ed about them, he would tell -i lie to hide
Ihi sin, and so make it double .you *k'ow.
When his papa was at prayer itt the fi.
rmily, he would be looking bshout bni, lit.
steiad df utakimg every petition' Ihs own;
and at :evening prayer was often found
asleep. If he was sent on an erran4 *4
would loiter and play by the way, some.
times quite forgetting his message, Ami
sometimes delivering a trnon' one .
lis behliviour to the servkvnlsawsM Mx-
tremely haughty and 'imapleptlirwayu
speaking ill of then hebinl th,%IAcI,
and laying his oWa tfutef tkiiiargc,








and yet to their faces would fawn and flat-
ter, fhe could get any ihing by it.
But the worst ol'all was his irreverence
at church, he did not go there, as good
bo. r do, t., meet witl God, and learn more
of Jesus Christ, and their dutv, but only
because he was obliged to go. He never
prayed before he went, for a blessing upon
the minister, and that be might get good :
and when there, he would stare about him,
obsenr e elery body that came in, take no-
ticehow tihs and that person %ere dressed,
biu d.d not join in prayer, nor mind the
sermon, but Irequently laughed at it and
the minister too. He little thought of
those wicked children we read of' in the
second Book or Kings, who laughed at a
great minister in those days, the prophliet
E!siaa, calling him baldhead, and mAing
game of him they ought highly to have
honored; and the Lord sent two frightful
bears out of the wood, and killed no less
than two and Ibrtv of them. We may see,
my friends, that God Amighty takes not.cc
of, isdispleased with, and punishes naugh-
t3 boys and girls as well as naughty men
and women; and bhat he does so still, is evi-
dent, f' Jnelrk Pevaerse, one Sunday amfer-
noon, after he hid been making game of
Sthe minister and his message, he went with






a boy of his acquaintance, as bad so him.
self, to wash in the river, and there he,
getting out of hisdepth, and the other be-
ing seed with the cramp, were both
drowned- and so taken away suddenly, with
all their sins unrepented efatd u nlorgiven,
to stand before God in judgment Thus,
we see that tlhe way ofrsin is downhill, and
how children are hurried on frum one
crime to another, till all ends in the ruin
ol both soul and body. May God keep as
all, said the little pious company, From all
the ways of sin, and thie least appe-wanee of
evil Then they sung the following
V MN, ar Dit. WaTs.

,I. ; .
OUR tongues were madeajless the Lotd,
And n4 speak il] ofreo; m ,4
When others give a railing wgrd, .
We must not rail gSin. .. .

"* ~** h. A i.
The lips that dare he so profane,, -
To mock, and jeer, and scoff., .
At holy things, or holy ien, '
The Lord shall cut them off.





38

in.
When children, in their wanton phl,
Scrv'd old Elisha so,
And bid the prophet go his way,
"Go up, thou baldhead, go;"
IV.
God quickly stop their wicked breath
And sent two raging bears,
That tore them limb from lmb to death,
With blood, and groans, and tears.


Great God! how terrible art thou
To sinners e'er so young!-
Grant me thy grace, and teach me how
To tame and rule my tongue.
t VI.
i Let the sweet work of pray'r and praise
Employ my youngest breath -.-
Thus I'm prepared for longer days,
Or fit for early death.




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qzAju. VIP.

Of a very good Wrlin, diedweiy happy be-
Jfar ahe-fl asfityears sold

MISS Goodehild then begged leave to
relate some Few passages Tm'the lire of
Miss Carteret Rede, a-ho'wbo the daugh-
ter of a gentleman' in Wiltshire..
She gave remarkable pro6b&fs fller early
piety: for being asked, when she was no
more than four 3 ears of age, who was her
creasiest enemy? -.he replied, Sin was her
greatest enemy. S)on alter,vhe&tleading
in ihe second chapter of St. L 6ke's gos-
pel, about Joseph and Mary, thit there
% js no room fur them in the inn, and that '
tlie BasB was laid in a manger," she burst
into a flood of tears, saying, What! was
there no room in the iin for the Lord of
glory ; but must RZ lie in a manger amougr
the beasts? I
One morning, when she was not well,t
she began her prayer thus, 0 Lord, look
down upon me, and give me the know- '
ledge of thyself, take sin out of-my heart. -
that I may be thy child with several such
like expressions.





10

When she had done, she said, I halie a
pretm leson in imn book, which is about
Goid's sending the Lord Jesus to die tbr
poor sinners. At another time, i hen sit-
ling by' tilhe fire, she burst into tears; and
being aske-d wlhat wL %he matter, she ujid,
I do mit please the Lord in all I do. A t
another ltme, I must be more afraid of
sinnn ag' ainsi God il im ti be.ng iihipt :
lfor it is ;God) that gi t ei us oool, and rai-
menlt, :;nd ecf.ry thing
One evi-iiin. she w.-ntIn tier father, and
saOd, Pr,)} lir me that Goo would take
a32av this uc ked heirt, and that I may be
illi G(,d when I die. .UIist before she
was taken ill, she was rz.ding the 55th ol'
Is'iah, she stopt and sa d,-Noihing biut
the blood oft Christ cn cleanse me from
sin. Her mother asked her, Whether she
did not think that being good. and doing
good works, would sate her She replied,
Our righteousness is :i sinful rlghteuuas.
ness; therefore it cannot save us.
A little kanswoman ,nd she being at
play, they happened to fall out, but pre-
sently I.arteret reculiccting herscif, said
to her cousin, Couisin, don'i e know that
Christ died for ius; why shoul|l we fall out.
Soon after she was taken ill, antd was
tne evening earnest, with tears, that Christ







might be, reveal' Jqher; she said I musQ.
have Christa, I caqpt tell what to do with-'y
out him. One sai#.annot your prayers
save you ? Oh no a 8ai4 she, nothing but
Christ can do it. ,
At another time,&ot. long.hefore her
death, sue said, This scaipture is come to
m} mind-" He will uhave ieqcy on whom
he will Jhave mere) ;"-apd he will have
mercy on me. Soon after. heing asked,
Does God lift up the light of k" counte-
nance upon you P She said, I hope he does.
And are you killingg to go to,,ChrisL? I
hope I am.
The agonies of death coming on, the last
words she spoke to her father were, Pray
for me.
While he prayed,with, her &bshe lay very
still, and about eleven o'clock on the se-
venth. of December, 1801, she fell asleep
in Jesua,
When Miss Goodchil- had lnpished the
history of Carteret, which she told with
great modesty, they agreed to sing thy'
following i.
IIY MJN.

I.
Ilanpv's the child whose youngest years
Receive instructions well;





lit

Who hates the sinner'spath, and fears
The road that leads to hell.
TI.

When we devote our roith to God,
'T1s pleasing in his er e. ;
A flow'r, wlcnovTffer'd in the bud,
Is no vain sacrifice.
III,

'Tis easier wotk :lf we begnr
'To fe.r the Lord betnirsi.
Whi'ble sineri, that grow" old irn sin,
Are har-den'd in their crimes.
IV.

S'Twill save us frum a thousand snares
To mind reiGgion young
Grace will preserve our following years,
And make our virtue strong.
V.

To thee, Almighty God, to thee,
Our childhood we resign:
'Twill please us to loak back and see
That oar whole lives were thine.




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811A. Vill..

Of awMer pind C0-7.

MISS CANDODR. Ahen blige! the,
company with several ,particulars :of a'
child who died in the Iosmp so longer aIL
than in the year lri75. -
Being ill, prayer was put up for him in
the public congregation ; after which, he
said to some about him,-The Lord hith,
answered my prayer: I k6iw not that thej
Lord loves me, and will saVe me: God iii
my salvation: I n ill trust and not be afraid.
Before this he had strong fears'of death. "
One day lie said, 0, how I love those.
two sweet chapters, the 12th of Isaiah
and 20th of John,-Ged is my salvation.
S How I love my fadier for teaching me tt
read.the Bible! If I should live to bak
man, I would give every body in my haunse
a Bible.
The Lord led him into a sight ofthe hin
quities ofhis heart: for he told oqe, 'T!T
tile last time he had his new cldt6tbn be
'avs proud; that ifhis life wete'ardt','he
should be afraid ever topurthenmm OnagfitIn
On Easter Sunday he to6d 1s*father, I
Master Rogers of Brighthelmstone.







find we must have a better rie'llteou.sness
thjn our itvr: tor 1 have often, wh-lin hear-
lng preachiir, at the chapel thlight how
good I would be: that's never would be
undutiffil, or play with naughty bo~s any
more ; but as soon as the next day came. I
was us baid a. ever: so I am sure o'lir own
righiectisnes will not do"
II.' saw hs mother weeping. and said to
.her, Do sot griever ; 1 c..n te1l you of one
*who had a greater trial than you have
Abraham. you know, was to offer up his
* son "Yes. my ilear, (sr..,d his mnoher,)
bilt 1 hlia'e not hrahliam's faith." ".Ah, mo-
ther, (replied lie) God c'iii gie it on "
When lie had been peevish and fretful,
* he mourned o0erh's evil tempers: and,
looking earnestly at his mother, said,-
"Mother, passion is my beselting sin ; but
the Lord wdill pardon me, because he loves
me."
He told the Rev. Mr Peckwell, who
visited him. It was 'ingraiehil for people
to run away from Christ Mr. Peckwell,
asked him how it was that he did not run
from him P His answer w'as, '- Because the
Lord loves me But ifou get well again,
do not you thunk }ou shall run awvay from
him "No. (replied he,) the Lord loves me
too well to let me." What would you say






to your playinmt .a;, og ,qJeJases
now "I wO.eIaJ.he1 CXi Plbw .
o kind .
Oh, I want to die .,.a.|,,,h^ 9..dl,,p,
During his illness,), d.,cw fwiush
say, "Lotd, look upoin p jf 44,
Mother, seeyourdy'iggadA~p,rqt ,
and go to my sisters ", ;.'.". "
In Uhe morning ofAph 'e e
- I shfl be gone betre,,lboync
ad, Where ? "To heaven,"'; id. d.,,.l
lie before his departUire,, '., ou,
"Come down, my God a_'*.., .e up to
heaven; and take that .eiv (Bd.aD bs elL.
Soon pfer tbi5 he was retapsd, jid expir.
ed repeating these woqi%, ,04 pd,.mj
Sod, my Gud." -



RYMN.' I
*r 1m. **.*; -,^

THERE is beyond the sky "', .. *'. .
A Ieaven of joy anid iove'CA-'-.* -,'"%
And holy chidre, w,'Wfef bldyr" ..
so to thatworlihat'* 11' '
. at 'i




46


11.
There is a dredJ'l lihell,
Arid ei erlidting pains;
There seiners must with devils du ell
In darknes-, fire, and chaius.
ItI.

Can suchi a wretch as I
Escape this cursed end
SAnd rI 'y I hope, whene'er I die,
I shall to h&a'n ascend?

IV.
Then will I re:,d and pray
While I hiave lil'e arnd breath
Leit I shoulld be cut off to daNy,
And sent t' etern-il death.




CHAP. IX.

Of Cod'a Proviidence, end re rnkable in-
slances of it.

WE have seen, said Master Considerate,
(who sat next,) in a pleasing v.riet) of'
instances, the power of Divine Grace, in






r changing the bea s of many little cliil-
dren like ourselvpea uldas we have spo-
ken so much atof it qy not b amiss
a little to considet#t1VIsviUnc of God,
as very prettily held. in9 the story'of a
hermit, which I li'd a a booki.of my
papa's study. ,. .' p
A certain hermit, 'ini tal passed the
greatest part of hisbUe'iUtha .mrAsa of a2,
lonely deviart, far reinaott'fiAA' ralukiad,.
whose lood was the irftB&m ifsthe eartA .
and his drink ihe-chrystaWftalkibdh eight
have continued his repose ait. quiet, had
not this tcmtftation .iri hix Nis; -mind.
.,Whether Providence guPi41d he aenions
of men or no P' for, said hki, ft6, really
directs all things, how.'haLpp kiit .that
good men often suffer Iuny )ajugi.e from
the wicked,' and wicked man so of.elu,.
prosper?
To clear up this tGuma, he determined,
though very old, Lo leave his reiirement,
and visit the Wprld, Adcordingly ihe.
arose at break of day,' and after traveling
a. long time, he perceived a beau.ifi
youth hastening acrom the p1inL i.qoC
day to you, honored faithetl,; Said the you thi
and good day to .iop, .i ,,e:rpfIi t
Very ajarcabie coid ta~ &4ClSned, as4d,'
,* t -" .'. :' ., I, ". |
t- -..4 r .:, .. ".* .




48

the) travelled together until night ap-
pro.ached
Observing a stately palace just by, in
which delta a proud, but hospitable
knight, thcy sept up to the door, and git -
ing a gentle knock, were imrnmedaiel d-
mittcl An elegant supper w's served
up, and numerous servants waited upon
them, after which, be.ng fatigued, .he-
retired to bed, and did nut abake until
morning
;' They were then called up to a sumptu-
ous breakfast, and rich w.nes uere hand-
. ed round in a large golden cup.-\\ hen
i the) had ate and drank as much as they
pleased, they returned many thanks to the
courteous knight, and were dismissed.
No one had reason to be sorry} but ihe
, knd Landlord : for the young man was so
Ungrateful as to steal the golden cup.
I They had not got far before the youth
shewed the cup to the aged hermit. He.
Stood astonished at his ingratitude, and al-
most wished to get rid ofsuch a companion,
but did not dare to mention his nvish; how-
ever lifting up his eyes to heaven, thought
how hard it w-as, that generous actions
should be so strangely rewarded.
The weather now became citidy; the
%rind rustled,-the cattle scudded home






for shelter,--Unl Aihl'a" itorm of hbdil fell, J
as made them ad tp see an old gentle-
man's gothic sWte T ',t.a tsItig got"nd,
ear t h ehpd to thed dbor,
where they Idn tteE without admit-
lance. At last thBPliB4ey master of dit
house, with sl6w arfdt' t&aUs steps, came
to the door, which'hbe Ot Q'wi-h suspi-
cioas care. Theyv -iere'C6h 1fwvelcom-'
ed: only one little 'Fsh1 nlsisfil the ,a
kFeed walls; a poor pittance of.courshre:c-d',"
and some itale small beeFwA dps' t for
other refreshment: even'tfih tis*gftdged,
and as soon as ever it hegan to clear up,
they were bid to be gone. i '
T'he henn't wait sirir-is6'll e'int''tbhat
a man of such vast poiseiitnf slhdold lead
such a mis.e.bbe if ;'aibd I'he gkmost
blamed Proviaerice,'*foi- pei'tiitthtg so"
much veath 'tq'ly' uaelets in his hands.-
but tew vwas lie astoi'shkd wheiin the yount
man mnfofme hilt, tht he 'had irewardea
the miser' with te gofgm t7tp, which .wb.,
stolen from tlik fbrIer geneitus bedefbj)-
tor ,
Night again 'come on, and note modr'
they sought a place of-nes. 'tok6ig'
around, they pMerceired a-aTsnlth'i&t fanr
off; it was neither YeftlAn'inor atd. bhut
seemed to speak the'mfliUAif its oweneM a"







man content and benevolentL Hither they
repaired, and were kindly received ; they
were not only well entertained as to re-
freshment, but the host talked like a se-
rious, pioit man.
In the morning, just before they depart-
ed, the youth went to the cradle, in w. which
was a pretty infant, (the pnde -aid joy of
its aged father,) and broke its neck But
oh how looked the htermit !-Strange re-
turn, he cried, for so much hospitality '
Contused and striick with horror, the
old man was determined, at any rate, tW
get rid or so ile a companion. He fled,
but the iou.rh pursued til ,oon overtriniik
him. And as the country lay wide, and o
the roads were not easy to finld. a ser,' ant
of their last host tent before to ,liou the.A
way. They had occasion at last to pass a
river, when the youth, who seemed to
watch c-vTL'y opportunity of doing mis-
chief, approached the careless guide, as
he was crossing the wooden bridge, and
pushed him into the river. He cried for
help, but in vain he sunk to rise no
more !
Thethermit's eyes now sparkled with
rage; he overcame his fears, and thus ex-
claimed,-"Detested wretch "' but before
he could speak another word, his com-
panion seemed no longer a man; he ap-





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peered as an 7.aslpi. f*n heaven. The
hermit stood aStoished, and knew not
what to *ay. TJimgti thus ad&resmed
hm, The Almhjaby, -creator hal a. right
to do as he pleases with his own. Learn
the mystery .of rprildeace;-That vain '
man, who fared sumppu' teply every day, i
was too luxurious -to b. geod; he was
proud of his sid-boa, of plate, and bfor-
ced his guests to-drink morning draughtsa
or wine: bylosing that golden cup, he was
broke of that custonim; buts.ill welcomes
every stranger, though with less pomp and
qxpensq.
SAs for that auspicioua nsuser, with whom
I left the cup. he may learn, that ir mor-
t als il].be kind, Providence can'well re-
pay their benevolence: co'nmctoia of this
hs icy bosom now, for 0ie .first tne, tees
the warmth of compassion. .
The cild of our- pious friend 1d1 A 7
most weaned his affection frpm God; 44 j
to Ieachim b-lter, the Lord to saf the 1
fat-her has tasen the chld. To all hu.lf "
he seemed toign of" in fitsa, and I was..9Kc; A
damned to call him hence. The..pp' "
their, now .humbled in tqarsw OW4t -JIO
punishpient was just.. t, 4 t ....
But had the Walsf Atpt. -iyin -iA
drowned, reluroed.bs ina. y4 .wulit a
lIund of charity would hebe'ei kpt: (ir h'
A







h.,dl laid a point against the life of his mas-
icr, and liis very niffht intended 1n pilut it .
in execut,on. Thus then be instructed, no
more to dispute the wisdom of Provi-
dence;

But evermore confess tIh' Almighty just,
Aid what 3ou can't unriddle, lemin to trust. !

I remember, sad Master Jostah, that
some good men me read of in the psalms,
have heen under the same temptation: for
the Psalmisi says, ", That his feet had well
nigh slipt ; tor he u as envious at the fool-
ish ,hen he helheld the prosperity of tile
wicked;" but when he went to the house
of God, and learned their miserable end,
he no more repinedat Providence, but wjs
content to be an- thingg here, so thdt lihe
might have Heaven at last, and Grace to
carry him there,

Then they sung tLhis.pretty hymn.







aY MNM ON .PIOVWD BNCS.
,* * .i **. :. ,. .

God moves in'tYbykntibus way,
His wouders xo.perform;
He plants his foo.tiepa in the sea,
And rides upon ihieltt.*
I.
Judge not the Lord bhe'We!Sp 'aei;
But trus, him for h ae '
Behm4 fao r uningP %i eli
He hides a smilingfvv.' l.
'11 : '' '" ". ,,

Wis purpose will rpen fast,, '....,,
Upnodin every or,. ,,,, ,
The bud may bave a bitefrj.se .
jIa aweet beW t.eb. rwi.r. ,
IV.
Blind OftlBeftisura to eIrn e -r
And scan his work in vain :
Son s his o-n interpreter, t
Sid he aill make it plain.
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CHAP. S.

Pretty history of a pious iung Lady, -ie
,worthy tMe iautation of mt tlime r,.dkr.

IN my father's Eibra.ry, (said Master
Prayerful,) is-A DUIOst I c Ilentl htlde book.
g.& in an account oI' E-VEL. L G- oifL, Irom
her iit'.ncy to her deAth, which happened
February) 2d], 1688, w ten she was about
sixteen. I can onl) promise .ou a few
partLiculars which I reincmber. It was re-
marked or htier, that belort; ale coildd
speak, if shehAd been ci ing, or out ol'
humnour, ta. you knour liale lolkb too or-
Leu are,) it she pcrce.ved ani of the fta-
m,ly, A here she Was, % ere about to go to
per.yer, slie would be perfect% silent i a
moment, and coniit.ne sa quiet as a lamb
during the Ahole time of norslip.
SAs soon as ,he could speak, she would
k sk questions about God and Ute creation,
for instan, e, Whether the sun shined on
her grandfather .i.d grandmother ,nd i
f afJ a.ss told ihat tht1 s Lrue sun gale
ttfl ]he woi Id, slhe replied, 't Ought
we nut I en to luto e that God Ibho made all
thtse things and gave them to us )




W,


Before she was three years old, she
used to ask a blessiag on her food, with
words of her own.
One day, when her mtt.her had reproved
her for not giving ohubd ai tount of her
lepson, she Wvis after rdTdtund weeping; .f
and being asked, Why do you weep I you
was not beat: she aiswe&&d i had rather
been heat than anger my mtiolte; the
thought of dy mother's being angry makes
me weep. .
Being sorply troubled in soul, she went
to a good woman of her acquaintance,
who asked the cause of her didtres: to
which she answered, The devil takes the
good word out Gf the very 'bottom of my
heart, and often says to me, What nee4s
all this noise with your religion ? Other
children will get to heaven assonn as you..
Being asked what she did when do tAmpt-.
ed ? shab replied, "I know no other way
than to carry tliem to the Lord, in prayer1,
and I desire ,6d's people to pray for vne !
for my prayers are of rnq strengthb,- ia
their's neither, without Christ." "
One day being dressed fine in aJi .
red ribbons ; on6 said, I su]ppb'.
yourself ver' fine: shre anae'ed,
never think that, until Iget. on .cieen
and fair robe of .Chrit':a 'Iputed right-

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eousness, auid then I shall be Itr'ily Ene u
clejn.
She would frequently give money to th
beggars, and follow them to Ithe outatar
gate of the house here she Lived, ani
used to instruct them, shenmg Mtheni lha
there was h God and a hell she \would r
proe them for their wicked Ies, plainly
tI selling themr, that swearing, drinking, an
s.bhbath breaking, would bring them t
hell.
She wassO earnest in secret prayer, tha
ever word she uttered eemed to come
From the bottom uo her heart
She learned much of the scripture by
he.>rt, and could co:'rrectly repea' many
Chapters, particularly the 8th of lloimuns,
which she s-ntd was a whole Bible to her
also the 15th, 16th, and 17th chapters o
St John's gospel, the llth oF Hebrews
r man of the Psalmsj, and Jimost all Solo,
^.--.mon's Songs, B.c. She was nsked, Why
she got so much by heart, seeing she had
a B,ble ..t hand ? She answered, I fear
the time will come thtt I shall want it, and
I cannot live without the precious Bible ",
When she was exercised with strong,
pi ns ofthe graveliher patience was truly.
adlmirAble. .ever utiering a rash word, or
giving the last signs of impatience or




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weariness. I have heard, (site would
SaV ) of many sick persons, who hare said,
ln i is morning 0 thai it were even-
ing : and when it was evening, 0 that it
% ere morning' but as for xqe, I must cun-
feis, to die glory of free grace, ibthat thie
tme, night and da' is madt pleasant to
me by the Lord; when it is evening, it is
pleiant and when it is morning, I am re-
freshed "
Being asked what supported her. she an-
swered, "I look on my trouble as the fruit
of inv sin.
"I am made to wonder it has not been al-
w-as so with me.
",I am helped to bless the Lord that it is
,o worse.
", Means are used, and I looked to him to
blcss them, as far as lie sees good.
"I submit, whether for life or death, and
I have the faith thai it will'be better: for
I reckon, +at the'suFei4ings ofr the prvseg&",
time are not worthy to be compared wia
the glory that shall be revealed."
Not long before.she died, this scripture
came to her mind "jive me thine hlw-t" j
to uwhbich she replied, 0 reasonS PCe-
mand! d'i I had a thousand hearts, th ii.art
worthy ofthem all.







On the Saturday night before lier death,
she oa'cn said, This tFollowini bibhath Ud L
be ITI Ij,tt. and ripressedi a schement de-
sire fur in .vcrlasing sWiljwhi.
H4ting slept til ci.ght o'clock. And find,
ing it So I.11, she sa.d, "Slie ltnhOuhL tohi
hi, e ipent it better tlihii to alcep so l.'
After [ils rhle mentiuicl, %t it 3ilmiiri iun,!
alinist dill the naime uijd titltc givicit to
Chriit n Iis holy uor,.-She dla'J -,nkei
aOilltihiiA cojlictrning i-enr one, to ilic as-.
tonislihnient of aill tIlat he.1d hier. "He i.,"
sa;d sihe, te cli:,cl'uf ten liousdiiids'" amLd.
added, the chicrfol all rii rio '
Soni.tiod1, thinking. tihi slie uaijist de-
paring, brought a light io sie ; butin she
smiled, andsliid,-l shill not d.xj'iit n'jtt'i
iluit dn \Oi know tIl0'.t I rois ih li pro-
mied-J pre.,ncP, wh;ici ror niny a d .i [
i'.,ve believed I shall get in ihe noument of
death.
Tlirough great wekAness, she had not
b een able tq raise her heicd utip in bed i but
now she arose and sit utip, prayed to God,
and pleaded his promises, satmng. Now
let it be according to th) pre.inrl word to
my south' for there is nothing in [Tie," ad-
ding, "it is only upon the blood ortFihe Lord
,leius, and the faithfulness utf God I de4
pendi."







After this, a little wine was given her,
.rid sne ,aid, "Now no more of the crea-
ture:" and immediately desired her mother
to prjy. When her mother was giving lier
up to G.od, she was observed to smile, and
as _oon as prayer was done she closed her
c. e and l;ps, as one railing asleep, and so
,it;,-tlv resigned her soul to God.
M'later Tender, who should have spoke
rn.-it. was so very much affected, that he
n.gged to be excused relating any b;story';
hL could only say,-! pray God to make us
.il Ike Emelia Geddie.' But, however, they
sing the following

H YMN,

(~I.

C1OlE, children,'Iearn to fear the Lord!
\nd, that your days be long,
Let not a false or spiteful word
Be found upon your tongue.

II."
Depart from mischief, practice love,
Pursue the works ol peace ;
To shall the Lord your ways approve.
Arnd set you souls at ease.

I- YT







m.
He bids his angles pitch their tents
Round where his children dvt 11 ;
What ills his heavenly core presents
No earthly tongue can tell.
IV.
0, children, come and taste his love !
Come, learn his pleaani .avis;
And let %our own experience prove
The sv eetness of has grace.




CHAP. XI.

The historij of EdLkard Vt. king of England,
who was a good bayo and a good king.
WE have hitheno, said Master Josiah,
(who sat nest,) heard of those whose lot
was cast (as most of God's people are) in
the lower rauk of life; but I haveread of one
most illustrious prince, who was much
more honourable by his grace than his
earthly dignitlies
Prince Fdward was but inst nine years:
old. when, by the death of his rather hie be-
came King of England.







le was possessed af such extraordinary
quabficajons, .-that the nation enterLain-
ed (and yver) jubti. 1 think) the highest
expectation oflas.tt..hppiness and prop.
perity.
It was among his lest commendadons,
that lie was surprisingly learnel for his
age: he was able to speak Latin fluently,
and was %ell versed t Gek, Italisan, and
other lavngtae; in' theiscquirement of
which kniwtedge; he was always ready to
leave his diVeViond whe" the appointed
hour ofstudy returned.
No sooner wase.ke settled upon the
throne, than he aroitoted, by eery means
he could, the great work ofreforming Eng-
land from popish idolatry, and superstition,
$by enacting good laws, and encouraging
and prpmottg al1, ptous, Iearned aid dili-
gent ne., whether bishop, or otbeii, who
litthfulty explained and enforced the
truths of the gospel ;
The nation, having but just shopk of pp-
pish superstition and cruelty, retained still .
Woo much of what always belongedt.po-
pery; I mean persecutin for mNewawe'a
sake. A. & ..
A warrant was brought "for ithe young
k.ng to sign, for the blsming Jam qf rent,
who wvrascoademAed 'as qnl herei.. He
Et,L *,., 1 j -
A







.was extremely unwilling to do i' ;-but
arcbbisliup Cra imer, and others, u-'inma. n
ny arguments, at last orer pe-rsrid.'d him.
%When he had signed his nwime, n th tears
in his eyes, lie said, -'IfI' have doner wring,
Cranmer. %ou shall answer it at lite day of
judgmr ents'
At another time, the nime archbishop
had been pleading with him to permit his
popish 'isler.Vlir, (afera ards the bloody
butcher of God's people) to have Mtass per.
formed publicly in her house, he could not,
by the strongest arguments be prevailed
upon to consent. The archbsliop coming
out of the king's presence, met v ith Mr.
Cheeke, wvho had been his schoolmaster,
and s.lbted him thus: Sir, you may he riad
all the days of your life, that you had the
education of such a scholar: addJing, that
the king had more divinity in h,s little fin-
ger than they had in both their whole bo-
dies
In January, the beginning ofthe 7th year
ofhis reign, he fell sick, and in the timeof
his sickness, Bishop Ridley preached be-
fore him, and much recommended works
of charity, especaill, to '.hose who wcre
rich and great. After dinner the king sent
for him, and after thanking him For his ser-
mon, repeated the principal parts of it: arid
then added I take myself to be chiefly




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touched in your speech,: for psin the king'-
dom I am AeCt pMi* GOD, ad ough t Lo
be most like Hbij'i- eroy and goodness.
Therefore, as .1i0h't,4a pveo me this ge-
neal exhortatioo dire m I beseech
you, by what partijetaria qj Ma' best dihs-
charge my duly."' .'
The bilbop.being astoaiaoed, as well be
might, declared to the king, kthat he was not
prepared aL. present to answer so weighty
a qestiumi; lint, if His Majeqy pleased, he
mould'consilty Vith the city ota Qdidn,.and
reitLr.im their answer. .
Ineonsequenee of this,.the poor were
rariked in three class; for each of which
the kiggave some hpuses, andlandi;and
sounded the Blue-Co l Sc'hool,.SpdlSt.Lar.
tholomew's hospital in Smithfield,. id the
Bzdese._ by Fleet-djtch:,wIic v l. xeiug
done, be thanLhtodi fo&-pfle-i gohg his
life to finish thi business. .
ButIaas. thia pious 'prince, of whomrg
England 3,.asnqt worthy, was soon to 4 "
removed fr6'1iitir y thrine, to, bp.
drowned with b 4r g' otyj, .. i
When he was sIxteen'he vaa'tid 4 tA
a consumptin, whicf 24
him, soon threatened w "a,'.
Phyaiciii ni4 oiv e h I.
era of phxiic~iiqwj i i'e over,
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About three hours before lie died, hi
ayes being closed, and thiiikn.k nobody
was witlun liering, lie oticred up this
prayer:-
r 0 Lord Gd, dehliver me out of this itisra-
ble and wre lched bife, and tike me' anon.st
M ly c/aosen r hnwbiert, not mry .wil but iluwi be
dor]" Lod I cnmnat mu soul, to ithei: 0 Lord,
ther, uinrenrt hiw hiap /r it nwre fi rec to 0be
with thee; ipt foir thIy 'hog/et'a sake send me ,,fe
wad health, ilat I may trulq &ere I/re. 0
Loard min God. hblas t people, cnd w.irw Ihaie
inheritance. 0 lbrd Goid. suie Mba chosen
p| -p.'e &of England' 10 r. Lord God, defei-nd
t(his realm from popepru, and m'inhtain the true
Sr liqion, that I and I/n people minfi. /iic 1/tl
hol4 aime, fr /Ahy Son J sC.S CIs" 's sauke.
Then, turning hs face and seeing some
Snigh,, e sad, .Ir j yon so mUgh I ehouht yji,
htid heea, fartar off Man- rr'vent pra) ere
f he pui up ; and his last words were these J
ami faaint, Lord liaT e mercy upo/n mie and
Lake any spr'ot; and so committed his pious
i soul into the hands orhis heavenly Fadher.
He died July the 6th, 1553. in sis seven-
Steenth year.







`HY'*UMN.

L
%VWHY should I say,'tis yet too soon
1'o seek for heav'n, or thonk ot death 0
A flow'r msRv fde before .'tLis noon.
And I tUjis day may lose my breath!

II.
If this rebellious heart of mine
Shouldslight tie gracious calls orheav'D,
I may be hbrden'd in my sin,
And never baie reptntance giv'n.

HI.
What! f tlie Lord in wrath should swear,
Whilst I neglect to read and pray,
That he'll refuse to lend an ear, .
To all my groans anoth.!r day !
mu


CHAP. XII.
ifhich as the last Chapter, und a ry pretf
tne it ti.
W ILLIAM GOODCHII.D beingat home
a- the last tu speak, arnd hetold the stc-
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I C' I

ry ofithe Prodigal Son, which is recorded isa
the 151h chap er ol St. Luke.
You must, iindoubtt-dly, mv dear friends,
said ie, remember reading in the Bible of
a rich and great man, who had two sons.
The younger of them, though he had alli
the indulgence tlai a good b-y could %wibh
lfor, and more than a bid one desersed,l
w.,i nevertheless so naughty as to ish to
be from under hls father's eie, and so be!
able, WLthotl res raiut or reproof, to in-
dulge himself in .dl manner ol'Wckiedness
with greedineas. Accorilingh he applies
to his father, and for that piirpose desires
to have all that was intended for him: and
the good natured parcnit, uni 'Iling to cross
his inclination, consents to his rc-lues', and
gives him a gre.t dell orf inney.
The rake o'erjned vith his success,
scr.,pes together all lie could, and as soun
as ever he could set off ( Oh' it was the
worst thing he ever did in his hife,),nlo the
country, a great way off, where his father
might neither see nor hear from him- from
which you see it is plain, hlie did not love
his parents, and so broke the fifth com-
mandment.
Being now (forsooth) his own master
and neglecting GOD, Prayer, and his Bi
ble; and having no kind father to consult







he gave the full swing to all sensual lusS
and passions, and, like most extravagant
people, soon spent all he was worth, lost
his money and friends (such as they were)
together: .nid at the same time a famine
f,.ppenfiiig, it is no wonder that hlie came
L., want a moral of bread.
In this dastres,, his pride being brought
down, lie wjs glad of any emplnoymeut to
get him a penny ; so afler having lived like
.1 swine, he was '-in to become a feeder of"
swine ; anod still, bread being so scarce, he
could not get a bit; then he would gladl)
hive filled his belly with the husks the
swine eat, but even theai'ere denied him.
Ohl! how little d d -ethink when at
home, with e -inl clirtthes on his back, a
pientirul table, warm fire-side, and a com-
iortable bed, that by one rash act he should
be brought into such distress, as to- want9
clothes, food, fire, and lodging all these '
he wanted; and instead of his pious fatdier;
his brother and other friends to converse
with, all his company, were thegrtmtipng
pigs, and his best apartment a hog-sty. ,
But, however, when he came tojiimself,
and used that reflection he had been long .
a st ranger to, he began to reason tus with
himself: "Fool that I nm! thim to-remain
mi h'iri;er and wretchedness, wheti in my
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father's huuse there is ptlity of' evtry
thing' i here the meanesther int hIas more
than enough I l arise Oald go to my Na-
ther, aid although be mighli. iil rj,:ct ilte,
frownj.t me, and cjill me itl.el a, I am; )tt
sure he retlllnsi d p.ireli'l hcart Ih,s conm.
passion ill k indle. whlien he see It s son,
and I uor,'t coimt.Il or den% an% tl' m)
i'dlibt., b %ill 1 tl ,y-Fahater, I I...r ,.riId
against heaven, and before the,, tiil noil
more isorthy ta be called thy s m ; gi n me
the meanest place in thy Liou.st-, nd I 1 .
be thankful.
No sooner said than done. Up lie I- -.,
anid tlinijLh lie lUdI noIt rno crie..-[ Or hjrtr
t1 COMEc) lUe hl e, lie z-odAcd a1 ia-, a.
he could on foot, nor would any thlig stop
him fill iwtllin ight of his hiu.me
1 he dear figed f.itlicr, 1io had frt.cn
castle a u iho.Iwcy-. iolwardl i 1ha1 fa, coit'il,
Whiither this pior boy was flcd, %-va now,
perhaps walkingg upon his houne, or on
some lol't terrace in his garden, and sts,
what Ihis son 3 es, it was his poor sort!
but, Oh hou changed once he w-s tall,
har.dsn.sime, healthy looking lad; but rno a
poor, meagre, ragged, filthy treicli,!
Nevertheless the dear old gentilenan lruns
as fast as hlie can to meet the rLturning
prodigal.







The with, filled with love and grief
fills alos n before him, and, wnih a % eep-
inz,- tee, a blushing' tace, and faultering
tmire. owns all his offencts. The eitherr
is now so full of joy, that he lidoes not men.
tf.,n one of his faults; folds him tn his bo-
smi, kisses away his tears, and calls aloud
Imi"r li; -,e vi4nts; Bring here-he eagerly
isW'-hring here the best robe 'ou can
liCd ; bring here the ring to ornament his
liiaer, and blioes for his feet; provide
i,'ickly a handsome dinner, and let us, and
all our neaglhbonur rejoice : '*.:s this my son
u., dead, anid is alive again as lost, and
i~ tbund."
Ihere was a solemn pause. Who could
have helped crying, if they had heard ipa
what a patnetlc manner the siory -as re
i.nted All were dssnlred in tears.
At length Master T-nder broke silence,
,nd said, See here, m) dear companions,
.lie iad result of despisng a.nd ld.sobeving
air pious parents; anrd whale comes from
Sthie foolish desire of being from ndertheir
care and authority.
Nor :s this all, said Master Considerate,
I haie heard the ministers say, that this
re' urn.ng prodigal represents to us a re-
pvL rit;ng sinner, who by depart ing from GoD
andl his ways, has plunged himselfinto dig-
rrcr ; and ruin; but when helped by the,







graee of Gond's spirit t') bethink himself,
and moorn fir his offences, is l.ke the
prodigal encouraged by the well known
lender mercies of'a compassion .le Saviour,
to return and confess his sin,-own the
jusl ne-s ofthis misery, and receive pardon,
peace arnd happiness. Tq a trhe and unde-
served girtf. Mil itheLord helps to go
and do likewise.
Then, with cheerful hearts and voices,
Sthe. united in the tfillowig hymn.

EASILY PIETY.
I.
WIIAT blest examples d,, I find
, 'ri in the iVs rd of iru'h,
l'chlldren tliAj beg'n to Tmind
Religion in their ouith.
II;
Children a sweet sllSIN, ung',
IAnI ble tlhcr S'iviour'i name;
The) gave him honour atli their tongues
While scribes and priest blaspheme.
III.
Samuel, the child, was wcan'd and brought
To wait upon Lhe Lord:
Young Timnthv betimes was taught
To know his Holy Word.






IV.
Then why should I so long delay
what others learn so soon ?
I would not pass another day
Without this work begun.

When thelittle pious assembly had sung
this hylimn, William Goodebild concluded
the happy opportimiry with solemn .ray-
er: beseechino the Lord to mike them
l;kc the good children they had bc-en
speakingof. And I hope, my little Read-
er, that vour heart too begins to long to
bec like them Does it not
0 then, pray. and pray again! nor rest
content till Jesus Christ makeyou to know
ind feel that he hath redeemed you with
his precious blood, and that you shall lire
and reign with him in glory everlasting.
Amen, and Amen.

CONCLUSION.

William and Elizabeth Goodchild ha-
.ing thus spent their holidays at home, in
the most improving manner, were, on the,
appointed day again conducted to school,1
to which they returned with the'utmost
pleasure; well knowing the need they






stiod in of faIhrther ;niruction in e'cry
branch of ustfIIl knowledge.
And thrie, for the present, me leaVc
them pursuir'., with diligence alnd delight,
the sane c\ell'-nt course o' tucl and
devotion, hat e rderscribed in lt begin-
ofthts book andi where the .ire iluly
' growing in Invoaur with God- aiid man.





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APPENDIX

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THIRD EDITION.



AS aproofthat we formed no groundless
expectation of William Goodchild's im-
prnvement at school, with lpleasare uk e sauIh-
Jimn the Fbollowing leiter, vc-ry latelv receiv-
ed by his papa. who is so kind as to permit
us to make iL public.

i
,0,i,r and onloured Sir, n
The least hint of your pleasure is a law
. me YTour last favour made mre weep
-.i 'thj' ; the endearing expressions of your i
]o'e, and kind approbation ofmy conduct, '.
fire me a ithi a desire to deserve both 1
sh:ill never think myselfso happy as when
crntrnbutinig any thing to your satisfaction
and pleasure.
i






And I don't know hlow to do this better
than by sending you a short account of
Master Ridgewa., a most amiable child,
and dear comlanion of mine,but now trans-
lated to a belier country, and the best
company.
% When he was only three years of age,
he discovered evident m.rks of a urork of
gr'cc on lis hicart.-Pra.er and praile,
ei'-n then, u tre his dlt-Iightfl'ul esxrcises
Biw L itfe two ist year4 ol his life. (lor he
,w'as but fiv- when f, died,) his pely .was
Ignore remarkable, and lie ripened apace for
glory.
Just before his last illness. he cliheerfilly
told his mamrna, that "lhis life was hid a ith
Christ in God;" which words ht- often re-
peated. And ihen the mnAd w.;, une day
covering h'm up in hs crdle, hlie ajid, "In
heaven I shall be covered % ith the robe of;
mmy rtht-r's rightnoines."
Not loiin before he died, he declared he
had (in a dream, I suppose,) seen he.ven:
Sand with great admiration, said, "0, it is a
brave place indeed! You cannot think, and
I) cannot tell, what a fine, shining, glorious
place it is' I saw the angels too, all stand-
big round the Lord, and joined with themn
in singing the new songs' Anrid there I
heard Jesus Christ sa3, I.eL little children






come to me a(hd added, I btall be there
among i-he- u tct Sabbath day.
He then called for his sister, to whom he
said, Preparetb go to heaven :" and to
his nurse, "'Faith'totueth by hearing," and
10to the rest, "Prepare to meet your God!"
Since, when in aginy of pain, he told his
father that he loved him dearly, yet he
loved Christ better still: for, says he, Christ
is a good God to me; he is preparing a
place for meenow; when it is ready, he will
come and fetch me, and then all will be
well.
Having lain a longer time than usual
without taking any refreshment, he was
asked to have something; but he answer-
ed, Christ is my meat and drink.
When the much desired sabbath ramene
lie said, in the morning, This is a most de-
lightful day He was often in prayer, con-
Utiued cheerful all the day, frequently ex-
presing great joy, and strong consolation
in the Lord, till in the evening, a convul-
sion fit seized him, and proved the rough
bilt welcome messenger, sent to convey
his happy spirit where" the inhabitants
shall no more say, 1 am sick."
Thus, dear papa, died a young disciple.
whose life and death I have no higher wish
tan to imitate. While'l write, I am ever






wishing ter go too : an'il r dloes dlear silqer
E.I]-:beA h 'il lion I (- hr ic, 1iot %i ;liIing
to lea'ec the roin, ledt I Itrg' t to present
( hAti ',- inl'nils lu dlo her'ei'.nooi.) her
dltvy and Ion To herpapa:ind T'in.- Ac-
cept tlichm ( ldear- papa and ni.'rr : ) frm
buih )our obliged children, -P.-r-cl311y
from.
Your dutllutj Son,
WILLIAM C-Goncaz-n.
P. S. El;zahcth sai'., I mut t lnt nrorget
Master Hdige a 's Lpaplh ;-'.I, as ;Il-
lows -

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too. They were most cordially received, and kindly entertained indeed. Among the many curious things they saw, nothing pleased them better than a gallery of fine pictures, each of which had a spiritual waning; and Mr. B. was so onliging as to pint out to them the instructive lessons they were designed to teach. In order, there re, to convey to our young readers some idea of the beautiful originals, we will recite the folio xing account of them.
The first picture which struck ther attention was a beautiful historcal piece, very highly finished by a capital hand.
The little folks as you will naturally suppose, were anxious to know the meaning of it; which gave rise to the following dialogue :Eliz. Pray, S:r, whit does this picture represent?
Mr. B. Mv dears, you perceive a poor man almost drowned.
Eliz. Yes, Sir, and how came he there? .Mr. B Re was go;ng over thatgreat piece of water, in a little pasteboard boat. Being deluded by a man in black, who ought to have known better, he foolishly thought that his boat would keep out the water,.and convey him s-fely to the opposite shore. Bat as soon as the wind blew, and the wave








say.) of ally sic Perso, wh avesad whlen it is mornig.0ta twr evening!e monn!bt sfrlbd utcn
fes s, to thile9oryof cregae, thttl time, nightad aismdplsnto mec by the Lr;wen i i Iaellllig it i plesants; andI when it is moqrnin~g, I am refreheaske wbat:supportedI her, shsanawered, 1 "1look o y truble ahfruit of1 am ad t wondr it has nt been1 IIwayvS so with me,
,,I am hmelped to bls he Lord th)at it is no worse.~

bless thm ajs fra i se od


I reckoqa hesfe~ns fb rs

the glory tha sble reele. came to hemnd 'Gie m hn 4ptn to which seeied, 0rao e
mand! ifl hdatosndhat ir
worthy ofthen ll













THIRD EDITION.



AS a proof that we formed no groundless expectation of William Goodchild's improvement at school, withpleasare wesub. join the following letter, very lately received by his papa. who is so kind as to permit us to make it public.



Dear and HIonoured Sir,
The least hint of your pleasure is a law to me. Your last favour made me weep with joy; the endearing expressions of your love, and kind approbation of my conduct,I fire me with a desire to deserve both, I shall never think myself so happy as when contributing any thing to your satisfaction and pleasure.






And I don't know how better
than by sendii"g you a sho acunt of
Master Ridgeway, a moat amiable child, and dearcompanion of ine,but now translated to a better country, and the best company.
When he was only three years of age, he discovered evident marks of a work of grace on his heart.-Praver and praise, even then, were his delightful exercises.
But the two last years of his hife, (for he was but five when he died,) his piety was more remarkable, and he ripened apace for glory.
Just before his last illness, he cheerfully told his mama, that "his life was hid with Christ in God;" which words he often repeated. And when the maid was one day covering him up in his cradle, he said, "In heaven I shall be covered with the robe of my Father's righteouness."
Not long before he died, he declared he had (in a dream, I suppose,) seen heaven: and with great admiration, said, "0. it is a brave place indeed! You cannot think, and I cannot tell, what a fine, shining, glorious place it is! I saw the angels too, all standing round the Lord, and joined with them in singing the new song! And there I heard Jesus Christ sa), Let little children




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but the distress of his soul was greater still. His sins now stared him in the face; he would lay and cry out, 0 what shall I do! what shall I do I-I fear there is no mercy for me!
He was often told thee was mercy ini Christ for the chief of sinners; yet he was still afraid God would not have mercy on him, he was so vile a sinner. But at leAgth he was helped to lay hold on this promise,-Coml unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give vou rest." And then he would bless and adore the free and rich grace of God, that such a wretch as he should obtain pity and pardon.
Thus he abounded still more and more in prayer and praise. longing to be dissolved, that lie might be with Christ.
Yet he had at times, fears returning lest after all he should be deceived. But the day before he died, a gentleman came to see him, and blamed him much for giving way to doubts and fears; saying, it was as though all that had been told him were lies, to deceive him.-You say, you fear Christ will not accept you; perhaps you are not willing to accept Christ, "In-. deed I am !" replied the boy. ",Why thbn
*liild, (said he,) if tbkou art really willing







awful scene, though but painted, filled every mind with solemnity, and every face with fear. And who can help thinking, said the minister, who accompanied them, of that dreadful day which our eyes must behold No paintedfire, nor imaginary thunders then, but all real; when the elements shall melt with fervent heat; the sun be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood; when the Son of man shall come in the clouds of heaven, in great glory, and all his holy angels with him, to take vengeance on his enemies, and to sentence all the sons of Adam to happiness or miasery. Oh .said the little girl, Oh that this Judge may be our frend! then shall we be safe. Here they were also shewn all man. ner of birds and their nests; all sorts of butterflies, and other insects; curious helmets and swords, all sorts of shells and leaves, and more fine things than I could tell you of in an hour. But nothing pleased William more than an old manuscript of the Bible, in vellum, which the minister said was worth all the book there: and so it was; for what would all the books in the world be without the Bible? Other books may make a man wise in
-wold/y wisdom; but it is only the Bible that can make a man wise to Salvation:







He was possessed of suob extraordinr



Perity.
It was among 1i leas ommndations, that hie was surprsigly learnoi for his age; he was abl to spa Latin fluently, and was uellvre r Geik4talian, and other lagags in the'aquirement of

leave hi ierin he th ppoited

No sooner 4b settled upon the
throne, thasn he oed, by every means ecouldte grat wrkof reflring .Enby enacting good la~ws, and encouraging





pish superstiion n cultrtand tl too mu~ch of what *u)ways eogd o
8ake.
A warnt was bruh frdayug k-n g i os go, for t e-9i gi o et whowa odme f hef.







m,
When children, in their wanton play,
Serv'd old Elisha so,
And bid the prophet go his way,
"Go up, thou baldhead, go;"
IV.
God quickly stopt their wicked breath
And sent two raging bears,
That tore them liin i from limb to death,
With blood, and groans, and tears.

Great God! how terrible art thou
To sinners e'er so young!Grant me thy grace, and teach me how
To tame and rule my tongue.
VI.
t the sweet work of pray'r and praise
Employ my youngest breath:Thus I'm prcepar'd for longer days,
Or fit for early death.







Th'le Nouth, file will) love and gr~ief' fafls dow n 'beforeim an, Withi a weepipag eye, a bhing fac, and fasslteing Voice, owns all hi ofee. Thei father it, now so full ofjoy, that hie does not mlention one of his faults; foldls htim to his bo som, kissesaway his ters and calls aloud for his Seryarits; .' "Bring Ehej'-he eagerly cries-bring here the best robe you can find ; bring here the ring to ornamuent his fing-er, and shoes for lit-, fct ; provide quickly a handsome dinner aleus, and all our neighsbour, rejoice: to this my son wasi dead, and. is alive again was lost, endl is found"
IHere waa solemns pause- W11n could have helped crying, if they had herdj what a pattnetic manner the stop. ase Waed I All were dissolved in tear's.
At length Master Tender broke silenee, and saii, See here, my) dear comnpanions, the sad resultof~ dvsp~sng and plsoby]ig~ our pious parents ; and what comes fo the foolish desire b~Jeing from ndrhi care atid authority.
Nor is this all, said Maseter oiea, I have heard the miinistessy htti returning prodiga ersnt ou repenting sinner, whby eari~fm and his ways, has plung~ed lims elito dis fress and ruin; baut whlen~ helped by the,







vance their best interets; and accordinglythc next day~ they went to the M~1useum.n 1.1ceount ofwhich youi have in tbe, following ebapter.




CHAP. IlL.

Of the dWaetU,.
1 MUST remark, in the first place, that .Bzlly and Betscy, whenever they weren't go abroad to see any fin sight, used always to pray for a blessing upon it:-And tIhey'.never went to see any things, or engage in any diversion, upon which they dar-. ed not to ask Go's blessing.-And for that reason never went to plays, nor playecd at cards: they knew that all such diver-. sionsa were unlawful.
They had been told what rare cuiosi ties, of nature andairt weretobsena the Mugeum; and theretlre thypae that, from seeing the wondefltii

which God hath made, and given wiso

to man to make, theyr might beLd 2adr
the great Creator.








CHAP. V.

Remarkable conlerton of several children
at the Orphan-houw, in Georgia.

MASTER Timothy then obliged the
company with the following history.
You have, doubtless, heard of the Or.
phan-house. in Georgia, founded by the late Rev. Mr. Whitefield. His heart you know, always longed for the salvation of precious souls, especially of young people; and it was not long after the school there was settled, that the Lord was pleased, to answer the wishes of his heart; for in the year 1741, Mr. Barber, the superintendant of their spiritual affairs, wrote a letter to Wdr. Whitefieh4 which I shall take
the liberty to read.

"Bethes da, March 21, 1741.

My very dear Brother,
NrvEia, no never, did my eyes see suchi
a sight, nor my ears hear such a sound, s in the day past! and Oh! how will your< soul rejoice., when yn hear what it win!





ITIL

Here we may love without restraint,
Nor fear to prize too high: Christ is the song of every saint
On earth or in the sky.

IV.
Lord, with thy grace anoint mine eyes,
Throughout my darkness shine;
0 make me to salvation wise!
My all be ever thine!




CHAP. VI.

Containing the hstory of a sad wicked child,
and his miserable death.

MASTER Samuel, whose turn it was next, said he had frequently met with this observation, that contraries illustrate; and therefore, as a contrast to those pleasing histories already recited, he hoped it
mih profitable to relate an account: of a v wicked bo, in order both to wam us against his faults, and excite our gra. titude to Go and thankfulnet to og
.










Of another et CNd7CL

MISS CANDOUR*~ thn biged te
company with sevrlpatclaso child who died inl theLr, olngrao than in tile year 1775. Being ill, prayer was put pfo imi the public congregation; aterpwhich, h said to some about him,-hLodat answered my prayer: I ko that the Lord loves me and wifl iem God i my salvation: Iwill trust andot e afraid. Before this he had1 strong~ fear ofeath. One day lie said, 0, how !I lve those two sweet chapters, the 12th of' Isaiah and 20th of John.,--God is myslain How I love my father. for teachig weto

man, I would give every bodyinyhos a Bible.
The Lord led him ito a sight oftiniquities of his heart -. fr he told oe Ta the last time hei had hs neww t#~ n i was proud; that f is liflewe-r ord i shouldl'be afr~aid e'verto ute oagi*Master Rogers of Brigh thelmstone.







tu your playm,*tesdF yoUCmjar _tbem now? "I woqq r Y4
IC .4,
"How I Ind IVWa
Oh, I want to CIM44b SCt "'ria,10YO
M
During his illness' f4nhuc'n't
,;,y, I'Lj.* look upon a paWai ickcd hil Mother, see your dyingvwa ,
t K-4*, q 4T
and go to my sis Cra A
in he morning of' ";kCaftid
cc I shAll be gone before I ad, Where ? "To heaven,". heAaid..A tle before his &partar ,',4 .O
-Conie down, my God =4-taxv Ine up ti heaven;- and t-ake that, dow..ja belLI Soon afirr tbis hie was.reje'Vqd I p,pd expir ed repeating- these woo %._W(wNpa. God, my God."




HYMN.


THERE s beyond the sk A, heaven of joy andIf6ve;. And holy children wl efiih q5o to that world ,







man content and benevolent. Hither they repaired, and were kindly received ; theyv were not only well entertained as to refreshment, but the host talked like a serinous, pious man.
In the morning, justhefore they departed, the youth w ent~ito the cradle, in which was a pretty infant, (the pride and joy of its aged father,) and broke its neck But oh! how looked the hermit !-Strange return, he cried, for so much hospitality !
Cntuised and struck with horror, the old man was determined, at any rate, to get rid of so vile a companion. He fled, but the youth pursued anid soon overtook him. And as the country lay wide, and the roads were not easy to fi nd, a servant of their last host went before to show the way. They had occasion at last to pass a river, when the youth, who seemed to watch every opportunity of doing mischief, approached the careless guide, as he was crossing the wooden bridge, and pushed him into the river. He cried for help, but in vain; he sunk to rise no more !
Theermit's eyes now sparkled with rage; he overcame his fears, and thus exclaiumed,--'Detested wretch !" but before he could speak another word, his companion seemed no longer a man; he ap-










God m oves ii i'lfiayrst6ribus way,
His wonders to-pefform;
He plants his fbqtsep!i in the sea,
And rides uj m th-e ijtbjpal
IL
Judgcytot the Lord by'fe Mc stNe. It, h I 'l l- ,., ,; ,
B, t trus, him or is t rjiicc. 14ehiod a frowningl'roN iddn'ee
H.e bides a sTuOing f4c ,


His purpose w U r 1pe4
UUfOlOirig cypry

Put Swea IF.* kp.tke -49W:K.

IV.
Blind OW~fs sure In err ,
Andsc6nlibL3 working vain: gon s his own interpreter,
And he will make it plain.








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ry ofthe Prodigal Son, which is recorded in the 15th chap er of St. Luke.
You must, undoubtedly, my dear friends, said he, remember reading in the Bible of a rich and great man, who had two sons. The younger of them, though he had -all the indulgence that a good boy could wish for, and more than a bad one deserved, was nevertheless so naughty as to wish to be from under his father's eve, and so be able, without restraint or reproof, to indulge himself in all manner of wickedness with greediness, Accordingly he applies to his father, and for that purpose desires to have all that was intended for him: and the good natured parent, unwilling to cross his inclination, consents to his request, and gives him a great deal of money.
The rake overjoyed with his success, scrapes together all he could, and as soon as ever he could set off ( Oh! it was the worst thing he ever did in his life,)into the country, a great way off, where his father might neither see nor hear from him: from which you see it is plain, he did not love his parents, and so broke the fifth com mandment.
Being now (forsooth) his own master, and neglecting GOD, Prayer, and his Bj ble, and having no kind father to consult











wil7Y should I ay, 'tis Tro seek for hcav'n, or tink of death A flow'r may fihde before 'tis noon.
And I tlia daLy may loe miy breath!
i.
If this rebellious heart of mine Shouldslight the raious calls ofhIeav'ni, I may beC hardt-Aid in my sin,
Aid never ha% e repentance givkn.


What! if the Lord i wrath should swa,
Wh~st I neglect to 'read and 1pxay That he'll refuse to lend -n car,
To all my groans anotfvkMI dy!





WMiiclk zz the fagt Chapfer, ad1 vr Peo
oUac it ig.
WILtLIAAM (OOfCI bigahomeO
was the lat to Vek ndhti tu




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with them: and after he had left them, some continued praying, in deep distress, great part of the night.
When he visited them in the morning, asking one what he wanted ? he answered with tears in his eyes, he wanted Jesus Christ.
After this, it was observable, that they sought all opportunities _to be by themselves and pray.
What then can we think of children that never pray to God, when all converted people begin immediately to pray? May this, my young friends, quicken us all to more diligence in this delightful duty!
Miss Meoedy, not being able then to re. collect any history, obliged her friends with the following bymn.


COME join with me, companions dear,
To bless the Saviour's name; And everlasting honors rear
To God and to the Lambr
U
For children, (0 what wondrous pace!
The Lord was crucifli'd:
For Adam's vile apostate race
The Saviour blei and dy'd!







to h3e Christ, Christ is a thousand times more willing to have thee, and wash thee in his blood." "Well (said the boy, leaping up in his bed,) well! yea, all is well. Christ is willing, and I am willing too; and now Christ is mine, and I am his for ever." He continued from that moment to his last, triumphing in full assurance of God's love; earnestly desiringhis dismission, which next morning he obtained: and the last words he uttered Ivere, "Into thy hands, 0 Lord, I commit my spirit; and
-to he slept in Jesus. Be was but just turned of nine years of age. *
And 0 what a sweet smile of applause sat on every countenance when the story was finished each of the dear young people saying, "0 that I may die the death of the righteous, and that my latter end may be like AhW




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and that "thou wilt not quench the smoking flax, nor break the bruised reed?" And I heard one of them say, Lord, thou hast said, "that we shall be taught of thee.'--Thus they continued crying after the Lord, an hour or two; and I am convinced, not only from what I saw but felt, "that the Lord was present with us," &c.
Miss LyXdia, his sister, being desired to relateisomething, began thus: Since the company appear so much, and so justly affected with what my brother has said, I shal attempt 'to tell you, as well as I can, the substance of another letter from the same person, about half a year after.
At family prayer one evening, he read the 25th chapter of Matthew :-spoke a little from it, about the day of judgment, and had the pleasure to observe many of the children very attentive and much affected.
After he had, as usual, lighted them to bed, and retired to his own chamber, a child came and told him, that one of the boys wanted to speak with him: He went directly, Before he got to the chamber, he heard a noise, and when he came in, found many praying that the Lord Jesus would have mercyon them One of them told him, he had .bad heart. He prayed




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wishing to gn too.- and so does d1ear sister E I zabeth. who n ow sits by me, Ifot wvilinfg to leave the roomn, lest I forie(t to present ( what shie intends to do herself soon,) her duty and love to her papasd mama. AcceptI them ( dear papa -nd mamn ) rir
both your obliged children, especially from.
Your dutiful Son,
WfitaAa Go'OfIC11IL.

P. S. Elizaheth sags, I must not forget Master Ridgeway's lhpitapxh 'i as ibl. lows

Far~ell, dear JBabc, mitA st] thy sacred store, In tiium ph landed on til bear~ sh"yaore: Sm r t ur osi 'd tibee oi her sotest iiioild, Anid Gta i,n Naas'stkis rtO)i~d thse gold!




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arose, the boat overset, (you may just see the top of it,) and the man fell into the water.
Eliz Poor man! but pray, Sir, whq iS that gentleman on the bank?
Mr. B. My dear, that is a tenderhearted good Prince: though he looks so plain, he lives in yonder fine palace on the high hill; and seeing ( for he can see a great way) this poor creature fall in, he ran immediately to his relief, flung in the rope as you see, and bid the poor man lay fast holds and he would draw him out.
William. Dear Sir, how kind! how very kind that was!
.lr. B. It was indeed:-the man can never be sufliciently thankful to him.
Eliz. And how excessively tight he seems to hold the rope!
Mr. B. My dear, he would not let it go for all the world; his life is at stake: and if it had not been for the gentleman, he must certainly have perished. And now children, (added Mr. Benevolent,) I'll tell you what spiritual instruction it is intendded to convey. The man in his paper boat, is to whew you how every man by nature (till taught of God,) is ready to think that he may get to heaven by w-hat he can do himselE Bat it is absolutely impossible;






this only teaches him how to live, and how to die; this tells him how he may be happy here, and be for ever happy. Oh! prize it, my dear reader, never let a day pass without reading of it; and be sure, when you read it, you pray to God to help you to understand it.
When they came home, they made many pretty remarks upon almost every thing they had seen: and what was still better, their minds were so mich impressed, as to lead them to pray for more admiring and adoring thoughts of the great God, who made -all things with infinite wisdom: and that they might ever stand in awe of him, and noL dare any more jo sin against him.
Thus you see how they improved by whatever they saw: and in the next chapter we shall shew you what sort of company they kept: how they spent their time together; and what use they made of the good books they read, by being able to relate, with so much propriety, remarkable histories of good and pbus children, whom yoa will do well to imitate.




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self, to wash inth river~, and there he, getting out of sdepth, and tlhe other be-.

drowned; and so taen ~aysdIn wiih all their sins unrepentedo and infor iven, to stand! before o i jtidgment. Thus, we see that the way of si i dotwnhillai botrv children are hurried on from one Crune to tilotlier tilalnds in the rui of both soul and body. Ata God kee as all, said th~e litle poscmanfo l the was f'sin and 4ftheWst ap cneof









g madne&, &, Od L





EARLYPIETY;



MEMOIRS OF CHILDREN,

RMINENT SERLintvs.

interspersed with familiar Djalogiji s,

Prayers, Graces, and Hymns.



BY GEORGE BURDBR,


"Hewaest thou what they eapj
"Yea, ha-e ye never rea,- Out of Oje mnouthsw of babes and eucldngg thoic haes pem' frectepraiseP"-Matt. xxi. 16.




BALTIMORE:
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BIL J. XATCHA?7.
1821.








liegave the fulsigto llensual lusts and passions ; d ik ost exi-vgnt people, won)t spnt al ewas worth,~ lost his money anfiens(sc as they were) together: and at sm time a famie ba.ppenin19, it is no wonder that le cae to %vaist a molo brad. In thjs di~stes, hi ide binbongbt

get htint apry ; soaftr avng hved like a swnh a tl to beoe feder of"

coul ntKeI ht then iewuld glv
hae fiehi blly with the hu~sks thie swine eat, but e e tm r~e denied him.
Ol! how lited, tink when at
home, with good clteso his. b~k a

tortable bed, that by on ahat be souc be b~rougyht into such]\distress, astrwant,

he wanted an intead of~ his pios# far his brother and other frilends t coves

pigs, and h is bestaparnet a o-sy',
But, however, when lie cm oiincf and used that reflection he hd-enln a stranger to,k hetvtoTao 1xswth hinsel: -Foot haI m!tutoeai ift iiurier antd wrthe4a beti







and yet to their faces would fawn and flatter, Sihe could get any hing by it.
But the worst ofa w his irreverence at church; he did not go there, as good boys do, tu meet with God, and learn more of Jesus Christ, and their duty, but only because he was obliged to go.. fe never prayed before he went, for a blessing upon the minister, and that be might get good: and when there, he would stare about him, observe every body that came in, take noticehow this and thatperson were dressed, but d(d not join in prayer, nor mind the sermon, but frequently laughed at it and the minister too. He little thought of those wicked children we read of in the second Book of Kings, who laughed at a great minister in those days, the prophet Elisha, calling him baldhead and making game of him they ought highly to have honored; and the Lord sent two frightfidul bears out of the wood, and killed no less than two and forty of them. We may see, my friends, that God Aminighty takes notice of, is displeased with, and punishes naughty boys and grls as well as naunghty men and wonin; and that he does so still, is evident, fo#ack LPerverse, one Sunday after noon, after he had been making game of the minister and his message, he went wi





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After this, a little wine was given her, and she said, "Now no more of the creature:;" and immediately desired her mother to pray. When her mother was giving her up to God, she was observed to smile, and as soon as prayerwas done she closed her eves and lips, as one falling asleep, and so q quietly resigned her soul to God.
Master Tender, who should have spoke next, was so very much affected, that he begged to be excused relating any history; he could only say,-] pray God to make us all like Emelid Geddie! But, however, they sung the following

HYMN.

I.
(COME, children,learn to fear the Lord! And, that your days be long, Let not a false or spiteful word Be found upon your tongue.

I.
Depart from mischief, practice love,
Pursue the works of peace;
o shall the Lord your ways approve, And set you souls at ease.







stood in of farther instruction in every branch of useful knowledge
And theie, for the present, we leave them pursuing, with diligence and dehlight, the same excellent course ao study and devotion, 'hat we described min the beginof this book: and where they are daily growing in favour with God and man.








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1z. Sir, I observe a man l with a rake in is hand, raking together all the muck and straw: andhe seems to be very busy indeed.
.fr. B. But do you hot observe something else ?
Eliz. Yes, Sir, there is an angel over his head, that seems to want him to look up at a&fine crown in his hand. How sweetly the angel smiles! but the man takes no notice. Will you please, Sir, to tell us the meaning ?
Mr. B My dears, the man who seems so busy in raking together nothing but dirt, is an emblem of tLe men of this world, who rise early and sit up late, eating the bread of carefilnesa, and all to getmoney. The angel represents *he faithful ministers of Jesus Christ, who are using all the means they can to engage poor careless sinners to think of eternal things and shewing them what a crown they are despising for mere trash. But after all, as you observed, the man takes no notice of the angel, nor of the glorious crown, though it is worth a thousand times more than he will eve scrape together as long as he lives. A thus dear children, too, too many labour and study only for the meat that perLsheth,














tof yteyo roiec -rht vi
man wh hreds U]P' "U64'yevrcly wa o uuiu t ,go;h a


pru o issqeba9 f Bt n fr ce i tetst-ikmoigd~gt of wn:batngta odn uh a broke o hica4s;busilwe0re evr srajle. tog it eswop n V -ens, t .f ord tht upiios xic wt wo









He bids lhis angles pitch their tents
Round where his children dwell; 'What ills his heav.rnly care prevents
No earthly tongue can tell.


0, children, come an~d taste his lov~e!
Come, learn his pleasant wa.ys; And let your own experience prove
The sweetness of his grace.




CHAP. XI.L

The histomj of FJ7Mrd VI. king of Fglndm
who was a good boqy and a good Nng.
WE have hitherto, said Xasfter Josiah, (who sat next,) heard of those whose lot W"s cast (as most of God's people are) in
thelwerrtkkof Iife; but I hs4'exead of oe motilstrious prince, who was Tu ch mor honourable by his grace than his

Prince EdwsardI was but just nine year old. whien, by the death of is father & ecame King of England.






touched in your spezola.: for as.in, I e kingdom f am nextj4i+' ought X to
r GOD, so
he most like U-M,44" nd goodfiess.
I viercy. a
Therefore, as Qu h e this gelieral exbortationj I "direct Inc, I' beseech ,,on, by wh;it parti-ea.ar'actj may best discharge my dutv.', ,. 4
Tho'Eshop being astonished, as well be wightdecl4red to tbekiilk, fi;thc.was not prepared atpri sent to ansvf er so weighty a question; lint, ifRis Ajajesjy pleased, he would' o4nQtyitb the Ity of IA)UdonaTxa return M[ii their answer,
In c eq ence of 'this, -the poor were rallked in t ree CW4 ; lor each of which th k D ave nme houses, andlan4o'and tbunded Ife blue-CoaVSch6ol,-'rmd k.11artholomew's hospital in Smithltel( Ind the Bijd wcV, by Fleet-ditch: which.' V9 d On e' IIC IIA ank&mod pronging his life to fi,46h th bu .ness
But,'Jas this pious 'Print4e, of wh_&'WtI England, VasAxqt worthy, was soon to J3 6 rem a 6 his-cirt t1ft ne, to )AF,
crowned W t
When he was sixt eu'he lvas!. cf; q
a consuxnpti'6 .-wlkich J I y gl owlu 1 him, soon threatened is,, JU A Q
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Sanue tbe~e~e i nrain T have metoe led is adbe haviour f sh ,wcens
at hs diei-ims;I sblll* ,truble-yo









lateeve fe ieWcle-, uryoe
tis pry~ iet irt-a&sIa ms sif li huh i hud o eI dot wolH hll -i he ,-i Olwfak tembue hm h ol el WH ohd


and Jat eelgpne-a fe'fu







versation? Certainly, said William Good-i child, for I have often read that text which says, In everyd thing by prayer and supplicativn, with thanksgiving, le your requests be made known to God.-And I heartily acquiesce in the proposal said Miss Candour, for it is the custom of some very honourable persons, where mamma visits, afleri dinner to sing an hymn, and unite in prayer, which they say prevents the conversation from turning upon the failings of abI sent friends.
Master seriouss theft prayed for a few
minutes; after which, the little company being seated, Miss Mid introduced her
story thus:
1 apprehend, my dear young friends,
that nothing can be more profitable to us, nor indeed more encouraging than to hear of those, like us in age and capacity, whose early'piety, and whose happy deaths have witnessed how much little children are the care of a compassionate Saviour who permitted when on earth, aueh to be brought to him, and declared, that of such
is the kingdom of heaven.
I have read of a poor boy, who came aU
in dirt and rags to a gentleman's door at Newington, crying for bread. Notwith, standing his filthy condition, the Lord'







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acquaintance acquaint themselves ivith Jesus, and be at peace with him. Glory be to thee, 6~.rd, for my creation, preservation, and Il the comrtorts of this life; but much more for the gift of gifts, a pre-. cious Jesus. May my soul be found in him, both now and forever more! Grant ali my petitions, and accept my praises, in the name and for the sake ofjesus Christ, who, with the Father and Holy Ghost, is one God over all blessed for ever. Amen and Amen."
These prayers, you see, are both very short and suitable; hut at times they used other petitions, not set down here, according to their various wants, as when they were ill, or had got well again; when they were going a journey, or the like.
William also informed his parents, that at school, before family prayer, a chapter used to be read; and when it was done, each scholar was expected to repeat some verse or sentence, that they remembered: and this kept up their attention. And then they used to sing very pretty hymns, which, if you should like to learn, you may find them at the end of this book. ,Well, before supper, when Mr. Gooddhild's family were called up to prayer, you cannot think how glad all the servants







bad laid a plotagainst the life of his mis1 ter, and this very night intended to put it in execution. Thus then be instructed, no more to dispute the wisdom of Providence;

But evermore confess th' Almighty just, And what you can't unriddle, learn to trust.

I remember, said Master Josiah, that some good men we read of in the psalms, have been tinder the same temptation: for the Psalmist says, "That his feet had well nigh slipt; for he was envious at the foolish. when he beheld the prosperity of the wicked;" but when hle went to the house of God, and learned their miserable end, he no more repinedat Providence, but was content to be any thing here, so that he might have Heaven at last, and Grace to carry him there

Then they sung thispretty hymn.







On the Saturday night before her death, she often said, This following sabhath wi be my last: and expressed a vehement de sire for an everlasting sabbath.
Having slept till eight o'clock, and fiing it so late, she said, -she thought to have spent it better than to sleep so long? After this she mentioned, with admiraton, almost all the names and titles given to Christ in his holy word.-She also spoke something concerning every one, to the astonishment of all that heard her. "He is," said she, the chiefof ten thousands!" and added, the chief of all to me!
Somebody, thinking that she wasjust departing, brought alight to see; but she smiled, and said,-I shall not die just now! How do you know that ? I miss that promised presence, which for many a day I have believed 1 shall get in the moment of death.,
Through great weakness, she had not been able to raise her head up in bed; but now she arose and sat up, prayed to God, and pleaded his promises, saying, Now let it be according to thy precious word to my souL! for there is nothing in me," adding, "It is only upon the blood of the Lord Jesus, and the faithfulness of God I del pend."





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them; and how she taught them morning and evening prayers, which they repeated. And as you (my little reader,) might like to know them, and, it may be, to use them yourelf, I will set them down.-The morning prayer was as follows.

Morning Prayer.

0 Almighty and most merciful God! who hast made me, and preserved me to this hour, look graciously upon me, and have inercy upon me. Thou hast promise. ed, 0 Lord, that those who seek thee early, shall find thee; and I am now come to seek thy face and favour. Dear Jesus, when on earth, thou didst suffer little children to come unto thee: and I am come, 0 take me into thy arms of love, and make my young heart soft and tender; afraid of sin,

andits terrible consequences! 0 make me highly to prize thy love in dying for sinners! and, Lord, be pleased to give me a share in thy love. Make me humble teachable, righteous, and holy. -Acce my praise for another night's preservation and be pleased to continue the same car and protection all this day. Instruct me
0 Lord, in all useful and necessary kno4 ledge, especially that which concerns




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were to see Master and Miss again: from which I conclude, that they behaved well before they left home.-Their sweet voices made an agreeable addition to the song of praise that every evening ascended from that happy (because pious) family: In short, it was as the house of God, and the very gate of heaven. For my part, I wish that those people who have no prayer in their families had been there; methinks it would have made them much desire to repeat stch pleasant scenes under their own roof.-Jer. x. 25.




CHAP. II.
Of t*w Galley of Pictures.
WILLIAM and Elizabeth, behaving themselves so well, deserved indulgence; and they had what they deserved: for they had not been at* home long, when a great man, Mr. John Benevolent, hearing of them, invited them to his country house, at a very pleasant village, nearLondon; and he sent hit own coach for them







Before she wa he yeas ol, she used toaskr-a blsig-nher food, with words of her own

her f~~or no when X G ronto e lesso, li e~rbdd wing; f
and~~~ ~ ~ ben sebh ouw o been beat tan ange ymtle thoughfr m1other's ben4jg ae

Baeii5Tsrl troubled lin o] sew

who askethcas of her dit : ~to which shie anweedTh evil take


all tis noieih yu eiinIohe





ed ? se re' Ikown ohr a thnev ink hV rinpy
and feopr toPry or










Of averygodGrlW&deshpibfore she Aw,8AYaaod

TIiISS Coodchid thnbg I ev o
relate some~ fe ssags t eeo
Miss Carter(t C, 66d~g
ter of gentlemarf in Wilsir Shega rem a~kble prb 8h Iey piety: for being asked,. when shewas no more than four years f' age, wh wsher greatest eniemy? she rep1 lieSnwsher greatest enemy. 'Soona fter wheiraing in the second~ chapter, of St 1s pel, about J oseph and 'Mary; 11tb~ there was no room for them i the irm, ansd that the uABaE Was laid in~ amange,"sheburs

there no room in theimfo bthe- LoIo glory ? bu ut Uleinamige mn
the beasts? 4
One morning, when she was not welI she began Iher prayer thus, 0 Lod ook~ down upon mne, and sive metekowledge of thyslf; take snoto -yhat that I my h rbl wt eerlsc like expresion,







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grace of God's spirit to bethink himself, and mourn for his offences, is hike the prodigal encouraged by the well known tender mercies of a compassionate Saviour, to return and confess his sin,-own the justness of his misery, and receive pardon, peace and happiness, as a free and undeserved gift. May the Lord help us to go and do likewise.
Then, with cheerful hearts and voices, they united in the following hymn.

EARLY PIETY.
I.
WHAT blest examples do I find
Writ in the word of truth, children that began to mind Relgioa in their youth.
IL
Children a sweet HosAxna sung,
And blest their Saviour's name;
They gave him honour with their tongues
While scribes and priests blaspheme.
I1I.
Samuel, the child, was wean'd and brought
To wait upon the Lord:
Young Timothy betimes was taught
To know his Holy Word.











MOIRS O P CJIIIV M.
















ftfer Onle children toc&me unto re, =4,rm, is tUckingawn 4 od j7





&

I L'Itelt, print







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Thlen why shoul I s longdea

I wotild not pasaote ly Withoutthswr e-n

When t.helirde pios sernblylidsn this hymn, Willia Goodebjld conclude the happy opportunity with solemn prayer: hescechinpg tee Lord to make them like the good children they had been speaking of. And I hope, my little Reader, that your hieart too begins to long to be like them. Does it not ?
0 then, pray, and pray again! nor rest contenttill JesitsChrist makeyou to know and feel that be hith redeemed y-oil with hig precioLIR blood, and that you shall live and reign with him in glory everlating. Amen, and Amen.

CONCUtSION.

William and Eliabeth Goodchld ba-, ving thus spent thebi hillid~.ysathmi the most improving manner, were, on te appointed day again conducted to schooll, to which thev eundwt Itetslmdst pleasure ; wellknwnthnedhy







eousness, and then I shall be truly fine clean.
She would frequently give money to t beggars, and follow them to the outward gate of the house where she lived, i used to instruct them, shewing them ti there was a God and a hell: she would r prove them for their wicked lives, plain telling them, that swearing, drinking, an sabbath breaking, would bring them helL .
She was so earnest in secret prayer, th every word she uttered seemed to com from the bottom ofbher heart
She learned much of the scripture by heart, and could co-rectly repeat many chapters, particularly the 8th of Romans which she said was a whole Bibe to her also the 15th, 16th, and 17th chapter rs St John's gospel; the 11th of Hebrews many of the Psalms, and almost all Solo alon's Songs, &c. She was asked, Why shot so much by heart, seeing she had a Bible at hand ? She answered, "I fear the time will come tijit I shall want it, and I cannot live without the precious Bible."
When she was exercised with strong pans ofthe gravelber patience was truly admirable; oever uttering a rash word, or giving the least signs of impatience or







wa xrmly unwilling to do it;-but archbishop Cranmier, ancl voters, using many arguments, at last over peirsuiadcd him. When he had signed his ne, with tears ~ in his eves, he said, "'ff flave dhone Wrong, Uranmer, von shell answer it at thle day of judgment"
At another time, the same arebibishop had been pleading with lhim to permit his popish sister ~fa1ry, (at erwards the bloody butcher ofGod's people) to have Stass performed publicly in tier house hie could riot, by the strongest arguments be prevailed upon to Consent. The archbishop coming out ofthe ing's presence, met with -,Nr.
Cheee, whohad eenhisscrioolmaster,
andsautd imthus ir, youmay begladi

education of such a scholar: adding, that tthe king had more divinity in his litle finger than they had in both their whole boidies.
in January, the begirmingofthe 7th yesar of his reign, be fell sick, and in the time of ihis sckess, B~ishop Ridley preached befrhi, and much recommended -works of charity, especialy to those who were rich and great. After dinner the king sent for him, a~nd after thsaniig him for his sermon, repeated th~e prnclial parts of A-tdnand then added '-Itake myself to be chiefly





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When she had done, she said, I have a pretty lesson in my book, which is about Cod's sending the Lotrd Jesus to die for poor sinners. At another time, when sitting by the fire, she burst into tears; and being asked what was the matter, she said, I do not please the Lord in all I do. At another time, I must be more afraid of sinning against God ithan of being whipt: for it is God that gives ts food, and raiment, and every thing.
One evening she went to her father, and said, Pray for me that God would take away this wicked heart, and that I may be with God when I die. Just before she was taken ill, she was reading the 55th of Isaiah, she stopt and sa-d,-Nothing but the blood of Christ can cleanse me from sin. tier mother asked her, Whether she did not think that being good, and doing good works, would save her ? She replied, Our righteousness is a sinful righteousness; therefore it cannot save us.
A little kinswoman and she being at play, they happened to falt out, but presently carteret recollecting herself, said to her cousin, Cousin, don't we know that Christ died for us; why should we fall out
Soon after she was taken ill, and was one evenitgearnest, with tears, that Christ









About three hours before he died, i eyes being closed, and thinking nobody was within hearing, lie oflered up thi prayer:
0 Lord God, dhee out of da iserabde and wetch~ed qfe, and take me among thy chosen ; howbeit, not my 'will hut thine c done. La's! I commit my soul to thee; 0 Lord' thou knowest howc happy it werej for e to b with thee; yet for thy chosen's sake sendl me Ufi Sand health,. thqa I may tritly ser7,e thee. 0 Lordnmy God, less thy peope, and save than inheritance. 0 Lord God,. save th choe People of England! 0Omy Lord God, defend this reab from poper7, and maintain the trute r ligiov, that l and It eople may praise t41 holynsaine fr thy Son~ Jsas CHxia "s sake.
Then, turning his face and seeing some nig h, I e said,. dre yost so itigh2 I thought Vr2 had been faj'AIer o~f Many fervent pray er ah put ap; and his last words were these: I am faint, Lord have mercy upon mie anti take my spirit; and so committed his piaus sousl into the hands of his heavenly Father.
He died July the 6ths, 155~3, in Iiis sevententh year.











7YWiisa asssembly, and very remarkable history.

WHiN the young friends of William, Goodrhild and his sister, heard they wee returned from boarding school, they were 0 very desirous to come and see them: so a day was fixed on for that purpose; and
-when should it be but Twelfth day, and it happened that there were just twelve in company. Well, after they had dined, it was proposed by Mr. Goodchild, that instead of the idle diversion of choosing king and queen, (which he knew they were above,) they should each tell some pretty history which they had read, that might tend to their mutual advantage: This being directly agreed upon, Mr. and Mrs. (oodchild withdrew, leaving only the young people together, that they might speak with the greater freedom.
Miss Mild, being the eldest in company, was desired to begin, which she was just about to do, when Master Prayerful begged leave to ask, whether it was not proper firsttopray for blessing on their eon-









ou im n sye. no your prayers'
Chrs c1an doitM At another tie W ogoebe he deahsesaid, ThiWsr'trei oet


merev on me. Soon atrh~gakd Dos God4 lift tip the ligh fiscone zjance-upo you P She saidi, I oeli os And are. yiou willing to g~o toCrs? I hopeIa.
T aones odeath comigon te last words sh sok to her father wee Pray

While hepaewt hrselyvr



bistory f Crteret, whc b odwt greet mpodesty, tbey agee t sngthL following HMN


Hapy' the cidwhs oug t er
Receive instructions well







credit; bt if you continue y-ourba wa~s, and neglect your learning, you*t dear father NN)] be grieved and disap pointed, I shall be discredited, and you ivill be ruined"
Now, one Would haN e thought that suc kind advwu e as this wNould have hadl some. weight With himt; but, alas! it bad noe be stilt. cont-inuedidle and obstinate, de spising both his master and his connsel.
Hec was not only idle, but cruel. Ile uised to catch fi es. on putrpoae to tomnt them~ ;and was guilty, ol that borrid prac tice of making cockchafers spin, by put ting a crooked pin through their tail san hanging then by a hit of thread, wliicb puts them) in terrible agonies.
Wfrmn this ws mentioned, several the company innnediately burst into they-) Wei Cshiocked at aiiy thing that NI cruel. And-NMaster 7k idei' could not 11e saying, "I ani aston i sied at th;e laardnes tat heart ui h can delight in~ beloldht the ,go~es of poor dumb, crvaturesand brings to my invd ,that I once redtbt wise Atheiai s, who cond jmned hqbyf potting out thre e) es olfhirds wlibho ncq die, P4s ing tat such seds of rer
-would necesa ly-gro-w sp into, moe( qfViolenv ajld edanger thlive of







Well, Christmas came at last; and for
* my part, I cannot tell you whether parents or children were most pleased with its coming.
The appointed day for William and Elizabeth to return home was now arrived: and they took leave of Mrs. Lnvegood, with tears of affection and love, begging her prayers for their safe journey to town, where they got safe and sound in the even. ing; meeting at the inn, in Aldersgatestreet, with their father's servant, whom he had kindly sent to conduct them home. And home they came ; but it would be in vain for me to attempt to tell you what a pretty sight t-eir meeting was.
When they entered the room, after making their obeisance, they ran, and both falling on their knees, legged their parents' blessing. Mrs. Goodchild could not speak for crying, she was so affected with joy. But Mr. Goodchild, raising them up in the most tender manner said, May JESUS bless you both!" and, kissing them, added, -God be praised for his mercy, iq giving me to see my dear children again!"
After they had drank tea, Elizabeth gave her mother an account of their rules and orders at school, how happy they lived there; how kind Mrs. lovegood was to

































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changing th ,M ormn itl hl dren like ouwcve;'ada e aeso


as veryprettiyhl 1 tesoyo

papa.,sstudy.

greMat part of his,.'te ifs fA lonely desert, fari remoefotmuid Whose fod was the fi; texir and his drink i h~eehri, AuWjoi hawve cEnitiued his rps n lit a not this temn~tat1fl ,-Joe)u)is id. ,,whether Providenc i~ # h ca~ n of' mn or n"fr


ttie wicked' an 4ikd n 4 prosper ?


and iit~ theWp.,Acodnlli arose at breako aii adJr raeln'



and go a oyn rjl.
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CHAP. X.

.4 pretty history of a pious young Lady, well
worhy she imitation of my lime reader.

IN my father's library, (said Master Prayerful,) isa most excellet little book, giving an account of EME IA G DnnIa, from her infancy to her death, which happened February 2d, 1688, when she was about sixteen. I can only promise you a few particulars which I remember. IL was remarked of her, that before she could speak, if she had been crying, or out of hurnour, (as you know little folks too oftenl are,) if she perceived any of the family, where she was, were about to go to prayer, she would be perfectly silent in a moment, and continue as quiet as a lamb during the whole time of worship. & As soon as she could speak, she would sk questions about God and the creation, for instance, Whether the sun shined on
dfather and grandmother ? and
was told that the same sun gave
the world, she replied, "Ought
en to love that God who made all these things and gave th6m to us?"









they travelled together until night ap. proached
Observing a stately palace just by, in which dwelt a proud, but hospitable knight, they step up to the duor, and giving i gentle knock, were immediately %dmtted At elegant supper was served up, and numerous servants waited upon them; after which, being fatigued, 1hey retired to bed, and did not awake until IJmorning.
They were then called up to a sumptuotus bre-kfast, and rich wines were handed round in a large golden cup.-ANlen they had ate and drank as much as they pleased, they returned many thanks to the courteous knight, and were dismissed. No one had reason to be sorry but the kind L, adlord: for the young an was so unigrateful as to steal the golden cup. A They had not got far before the youth
the cup to the aged hermit. He. tood astonished at his ingratitude, and &I-. mostwihed to get ridofsuch acomipanion,~ but did not dare to mention his wish; how. ever lifting up his eyes to heave thought ow har t ws, that generous actions sihu beso strangely rewarded.
The >weather notw biecamne clouds; th1









There is a dreadful b-ll And everlasting pajis
Thee smer mut uithdevlsdwell



Can such a wretc~h as I Escape this cursed end ?
IiAd~ miy I hope, whene'er I die,
I shal to hdav'n ascend ?


Then will I read 3nd pray While I ave life andi breath; Lest I should be cut off to dlay, And senit V' eternal death.




CHAP. IX.

Of God's Provi~dence, mazd remarkable in.
stances of it,

WE have seenl, sajid Master Considerate, (who sat, next,) in a pleasing variety of instances, the power qf 1)ivine Grace, in




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disposed that generous man to take him in, and clothe him from head to foot, and bring him up as his ow n child.
This boy was as wicked as he was poor; he used to take the Lord's name in vain, and curse and swear in a shocking manner: indeed he was uilty of all sorts of wickedness. But the gentleman, who had his eternal, as much or more than his temporal good at heart, laboured to persuade him of his natural depravity,-of bhs sinful practices--of the worth of his soul, and the bitter consequences of aminning against God,-of the uncertainty of hfe,the certainty of death, and a future judgment He used often to pray witA, and apart to pray for him.
Nor were his prayers long unanswered: in a tew weeks time, a great change took place in the boy's outward behaviour; which was once very uncivi, but now affable and courteous to all. And the change affected not his outward conduct only, but he began privately to weep and mourn for his past offencei; he would gladly attend on prayer; would listen with great attention to all his Master said about eternal things. And thus he continued to do, when the Lord visited him with sickness : he was taken ill; his body was full of~ am




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The frst room thywr oled it 02
tained a vas variety of serpents, snakes, adders, and such-hke frightful creatures; many ofw ch, though beautiful to look upon, were terrible when alive; having had sharp stings and mortal poison under their tongues
Miss Goodchild shuddered almost to look upon them; but William whispered his father, and said, These destructive creatures put me in mind of that old and subtle serpent, who first persuaded Eve to sin against God, by breaking hiscom-1 mnds, and so "brought death into the world, and all our woe"
"Yes, my dear, (said a venerable dissenting minister, who shewed the cutrosties,) and so it did; but I hope you know that Christ, the friend of sinners, came, according to his promise, to ruib e the serpenia hed; so that death to those who believe in him, is disarmed of his sting, and is no more hurtful than these vipers, now they are dead and hot tled up in spirits."
They were then led into a dark room in which was a transparent picture of a burning mountain in Italy, called Vesuvius; from the top of which issued huge quantities of stones, and rivers ofliquid fire poured down its side. The -s git of such an







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father's house there is plenty of every thing! where themeanest servant has more than enough I will arise and go to my father, and though he might well reject me, frown at me, and call me rebel as I am; yet sure he retains a parent's heart: his compassion will kindle when he sees his son, and I won't conceal or deny any of my faults; but will say-Father, 1 have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and amn no more worthy to be called thy son; give me the meanest place in thy house, and I will be thankful.
No sooner said than done. Up he gets; and though he had now no chaise or horse to convey him e, he trudged as fast as he could on foot nor would any thing stop him til within sight of his home
The dear aged father, who had often cast a wishful eye towards thatfar country, whither this poor boy was fled, was now, perhaps walking upon his house, or on some lofty terrace in his garden, and sees, what? his son ? yes, it was his poor son! but, Oh! how changed! once he was tall, handsome, healthy looking lad; but now a poor, meagre, ragged, filthy wretch! Nevertheless the dear old gentleman runs as fast as he can to meet the returning ptodigal.






PREFACE.



My dear young Reader,
THis little book is written with a design and a desire, at once to profit and please you; by showing in the examples of children, young as you are, the great happiness and advantage of real and early piety.
That you may read it with profit, you must take notice of whatever was good in the Children you read of, to imitate it; and of whatever was bad, in order to avoid it.
You will find, that the good Children loved Prayer; that is to teach you to love it too. They hated Sin very much; that is to make you to hate it.





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very much: for, as Mr. Bunyan informs us, in his Pilgrim's Progress, a man came and brought to Passion a great bag of money; which he seized with prodigious eagerness, and at the same time,.laughing at Patience, called him a sorry beggar; but, however, it was not long before he spent all he had, in riotous living; lost his friends and his cash together, and has been seen himself, not long ago, begging about the streets:whereas Patience, in time, by diligence and industry, got a very comfortable estate, upon which he lives, and does a great deal of good with it.
William. And pray, Sir, what is this to teach us?
.Mr. B. My dear, it is this; Never to covet present things, things which regard only this world; but both quietly wa"t and patiently hope for your portion of better things in a better -world. All this world calls good or great must either leave us or be left by us: and it is better to have our Ptr: tion in heaven thnon earth, for this ra son, also, because, if it is on earth, we are going from it; but if it be in heaven, we are going to it.
Mr D. Wha' do you observe, Miss Goodchild, in thi's next. picture





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readingtheir bibles, in learning their catechism, in secret prayer, or when they could give a good account of the sermons they had heard on the Lord's-day. Upon such occasions she would not only commend and reward, but would indulge them with some useful piece of knowledge that was new to them.
And so by the blessing of God upon her instructions, and the diligent and dutiful behaviour of her scholars, it was truly surprising what a quick progress they made in learning and politeness. Mrs, Lovegood could by no means conceal the improvement they made from their kind pa. rents, and therefore wrote several times to acquaint them with all the particulars: and nothing could be more welcome to them than such news, I assure you.
You may imagine by observing your own parents, (my dear reader) that it greatly delighted their hearts, to hear of the wel. fare and good behaviour of their dear littie ones, and made them exceedingly abound in thankfulness to God, who had directed them to so good a school, and who had bestowed upon their children
-such lovely dispositions. They even thought it long till holiday-time came, when they' expected to see them.







it was nothing less wonderful than a great number of lite children in your Orphanhouse, crying out after the Lord -Afteor dinner, brother Periam had left them in school, picking cotton; and, while they were working, one ofthem said to another; If we do not believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, we shall all go to hell; and added, that the children of God prayed to God. Immediately the boy, to whom he spake, fell down upon his knees, and began to pray; and then another, till they were all on their knees together praying.-Providence so ordered it, that some of the fam. ily heard them, and it was not long before the whole family were gathered around them. 0, how did the awful and pleasing sight strike us, and melt us into a flood of tears. The dear little lambs continued erying out with the trembling jailorj, ,WVhat must we do to be saved!"They prayed, Lord God Almighty, have compassion on us; prick us to the heart, and pluck us as fire-brands out of the burning: and, O Lord Jesus Christ wash us in thy blood! O Lord, take away our hard stony hearts and give us hearts of flesh. And how did the little soul plead with God' Lord last thou not said, 'that those that seekt thee marshal ifdhee







come t u c added, Is'all- e ter
ainongt tbeaetSlbiith~dy He then callefo hi ste, to whom he said, -1 Preparto o to heaven :1, and to~ his nurse, 41Pahomt by hearing," and to the rest, "Prepr to meet your God!I" Since, when in~ agnyoain, be told his father that lie loe i dc-arly, yet he loved Chisat betrsil:fr says he, Christ is a good o om;h i rprn
plac fr menw wb~en it isready, he will comn an fetchme', and then all wiUJ be well.
Having lain a longer time than usual without aking any rc-freshment, he was asked to have something; but be answered, Christ is my meat and drink.
When the mnuch desired sabbIatlI canne he said, ini themorninug, Tis is a. msnt delightfulday! H~e was often in prayer, contimied cheerful all the day, frequently expressg great joy, and strong eonsolatiou in the Lord4, till in the evening, a conv4l sion fit seized himi, anid pwoved the rought~ but welcome mnessenger, sent to convey his happy spirit where 11the, initants shallno more say, Iamsik."~
Thus, dear papa, dida young disciple.' whose life and death I have nohigher wish fban to imniate. WhillwiteIam ee








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The boy, wh4s 4i XTin IbPut totell. was named Ja"k A Rod 14 fi Ai4r
was answerable tivas ir; c,
Though his parenU, sent him to a very good school, yet hewa 'Surkaduncc that he could not read -it', ihb
,Iestamerit without bl6dirfilk ,,un(j,"ejj he was reproved, used a k 1 4'
with impertinence, and *A Ak3fInd obstinate, that correction I ade him

forward at school, be kassureto-be found

worse, When any 90,ni;
at the head of it; by which -imeans his book was neglected, hiwsk left imdone, and then to avoid puriLshment, he wonld play truan ; Oe
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but a beaVy log was a so. I eg, and ag .*p,,p eAd

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His master, n O der to recj iw h;p would ojrietimje -,*U 'him gp, APd sp to into thns: ," 01;1d, ,Ou, )kwildrviytat ber that yoyr j,,oq(I f&tf vr, P it_,yop nft my care thatyy4 inglit'l ful knowleft 6 y ,4
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for shelter,--- Lna 166;a: torm df bdil FrIl, as Made them Oad to see an old gxmflt man's gothic'9 0, '464-a A s ing found, rear At hand 'Tli*ii ehed, to the door, where they without adznit
tance. At last thVidisAR), inaster of the house'Vith sl6walffl -14-Tbds steps, "me I A to the door, vfl6cl li (1 6iM wih gusoicious care. Th y 4 T4-h#lfwelcom-' ed: only one litile't4gA ligined tb tla ked walls; a poor pittance of course and sorne'Istale small beei;04slb ( fq ht fbr tber refreshment: evi!nIfi* w4i", trudged, and as soon as ever it epu to clear up, they were bid to be gfime-: '.
The herrn t was sujrisi d'i6wni tbat a man bfsuch'vast P'odsesslons sd6ld lead. such a miset-,bbe 1W -1 "afid he' ost blamed Providence;- 'To pe mit tfilk' qo much ,wetilth in his handr,
but'h6w was'hv asl o lisht d wbeni the young man infofthed lum, th: t lie 'had ieA;ard8dII the miger',with tW gd1deh &tp,' wh'eh WU4 stolen fi-o m -4 6 f6viiei- genetbus b6fleRb-i tor
Night spin come on,; and on6e T or d"' they sought a place of reA. ; iluotifig4 around, theypeiceilved alnttnsi(OW 4if.Tq OfF; it was neither 1 &Wnor krlfld, b" Seemeal to speak therrfin'&'Of itW owner, 11







THE

ENTERTAINING



0?,

WILLIAM AND ELIZABETH GOODCHILD.



CHAP. L

Of their behaiour at School and coming
Home at Chrzstmas.
WintsAx and Elizabeth Goodchild, were sent by their parents into the country, to a boarding school, where they were put under the care of Mrs. Love-good, a lady of singular piety and wis. dm; remarkably fitted for the education of youth ; for she dearly loved little children, and was very indulgent to them, and never failed graciously to reward them, whenever they did well; especially when she observed them diligent in




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while they neglect the unspeakably imporItant concerns of Salvation ; and thus ministers% laiin va5i; anidspenil the rrzth fo zo1 Fewj believe their report, and to few is the arm of the Lord revealed.
The very kind gentleman, after having shown them several other pictures, of equal merit, dismissed them, with some pretty presents, especially a neat pocket Bible to each; wh ich (to them) was the most gracious gift they could possibly re. ceive.
When they returned home, they gave so distinct and pleasing an account of all they had seen, is highly delighted their pa. rents; especially as they took care to remember the instructive explunatio. of each piece: and were not, like most children, pleased with them merely as picures.
William particularly observed to his father, with what earnestness the man in the water kept hold of the rope; and said, he hoped the Lord would help him, even to hold Jesus fast by faith, for his Saviour, with the same degree of steadfastness.
Mr. (ioodchild was so pleased with their remarks, that he promised they should see every thing that might be likely to ad-




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Many of them died very young; (not that they died the sooner because they were good; but being good, they were the sooner fit to die;) now, you yourself may (lie young too, therefore pray eariestly to the Lord, for the pardon of all your sins, and beg for grace to make you fit to live, and then you will be fit to die.
G.B.
March, iSIZ.





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eternal peace. Wherever I am to-day, be pleased to be with me. Whatever I do to day, may do it to thy glory. Wjiile I live, may I live to God; and when I Uie, may I sleep in Jesus! and after death admit me to heaven; to ascribe glory to-the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, for ever and ever.Amen."

",Our Father," &c. &c.

E ning Prayer.

"t 0 Lord. my God, most high! most ho. ly! and most gracious! Thou searches all hearts, and well knowest all that I have this day done, said, or thought amiss : forgive all most freely for the sake of Jesus Christ. Clothe my naked soul with the spotless righteousness of Jesus thy dear son: wash my unclean soul in his cleansing blood: sanctify my unsanctified tempers and dispositions, by the Holy Spirit. Watch over my body and soul this night while I sleep. Graciously defend me from every danger -Preserve also, 0 Lord, all that dwell under .this roof: and bless my dear parents, and all my relations: prosper and increase the ministers of thy gospel: and may every one of &Y friends and







Who hates the sinner's path, and fears The road that leads to. hell.


Wile wedevote our youth to God,
'Tis pleasing in b is eyes

is no vain sacrifice.

III.
'Tis easier work- if we begin
To fea'r the Lord betimes-;;
While sinners, that grow old in sin,
Are barden'd in their crimes,


'Twill save uss from a:thousand snares
T. religion young;
Gge preserve our following years,
And make our virtue Strong.

V.
To thee, Almighty God, to the,
Ouir childhood we resign:
Twill please us to look back and see
Th~at our whoe lives were tine.






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nd we must have a better righteousness than our own : for I have often, when hearing preaching at the chapel. thought how good I would be: that'I never would be undutiful, or play with naughty boys any more; but as soon as the next day came, I was s bad as ever: so I am sure our own righteousness wll not do"
He saw his mother weeping, and said to er, Do not grieve I can tell you of one bo had a greater trial than you have: Araham, you know, was to offer up his son." *Yes, my dear, (said his mother,) but I have not Abraham's faith." "Ah, mother, (replied he) God can give it you."
When he had been peevish and fretful, be mourned over his evil tempers; and, looking earnestly at his mother, said,'Mother, passion is my besetting sin; but the Lord will pardon -me, because he loves me."
He told the Rev. Mr Peckwell, who visited him. It was ungratefil for people to run way from Christ." Mr. Peckwell, asked him how it was that he did not run from him ? His answer was, Because the Lord loves me." But if you get well a.ain, do not you think you shall run away from

tbo well to let me." Watwould you say







white turned up with red, and he dwells now 'in his palace, as happy as a prince.
Wfilliamn. How dearly the man must love him! how desirous must he be to plea~se him! I dare say the Prince has no need to bid him twice to do any thing, or threaten to turn him out of doors if he is not good. I think if I was in his place, it would be my~ meas and drink to do Me wl, and I should want no other wages than his approbation.
Mr. BI Well said, indeed. 0 my dear children, remember then, thus cheerfully to love and obey a precious Saviour, who has redeemed us from the 'curse of the law, by becoming a curse for us.
In the next picture you see two boys: he on the left hand is named Passion, the other's name is Patience. You may perceive Passion is much disquieted- but Patience sits with a Bible in his hand, as quiet as a lamle- and he is so happy because he is content to wait till next year for several pretty things his guardian has promised him-but Passion is thus disturbed, because he is determined t~o have all now. He is indeed a very wicked child; hte is descended from Dives, whom you read of in the Bible, and Patience Is decended from tazarus, a very good though a very poor man. They take after their ancestors







for this reason :The Holy Law of GOV insists upon perfect obedience, and nothing short' of that will do.-But no man is nop able to obey perfecttFy Therefore, unless the perfect righteousnes of another is imputed to him, he must fall under the curse of the broken law: his own best rvighteouszeas will fail him, as this man's paper boat has done; and it immediate assistance is not afforded, he must perish for ever and ever. But that dear Prince is to represent Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who came from glory on purpose to seek and save the lost. The rope shewsyou how we are saved by Faith.* There is no merit in the man, nor in the rope, nor in his holding the rope. His deliverance from death is entirely owing to the good prince; and thus the whole glory of salvation is due alone to Christ.
El'z I date say the poor man will not brag of saving himself. J am sure he ought to be very thankful.
.Mr. B. You say right, and sobewas. The goad prince took him afterwards and gave him fresh clothes, his 9wn handsome livery,

Faith is taking God at his word.