THE FLIGHT INTO EGYPT
PEEP 0 DAY;
EARLIEST RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION
INFANT MIND IS CAPABLE OF RECEIVING;
VERSE8 ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE SUBJEIMC.
Truly the light is sweet; and a pleaat thing it is to behold the
so.-EcCLIS. 9 :7.
FIFTH AMERICAN, FROM THE 1TEENTH LONDON EDITION.
ROBERT CARTER & BROTHERS,
No. 285 BROADWAY.
Taan are few who have attempted by mea of books to
prepare the infant mind for the reading of the Sripture,
who have not experienced the want of a suitable book by
way of a firt tep.
It was under a feeling of the need of this preparation,
that the writer of the following pages has ventured to pub-
ish her instructions of an infant clan of little children;
having been induced, in the first instance, to write them
down as soon as given, with a view to the governess ree
pitlating them during her absence of some months.
The first course of these conversations she now offers to
the public, humbly hoping that it may be found useftl-
1. As afording hints to the inexperienced teacher of the
2. As a reward-book for poor children.
3. As an aid to the young mother in her convenatlao
with her child of four or five years old.
4. As a book for Sunday reading for the same child at
five or ix.
It may appear that there are many books of a similar
nature already published; but such as have met the writer'
eye, have rather been commentaries on the Scriptures, than
preparations for their perusal.
It is too common to defer rehgious inruction In schools,
ttthe child can read in the Testament. One quarter lo an
hour, daily, devoted to instruction by word of mouth, would
prepare the child for comprehending the meaning of the
Testament, when able to read; whereas now it has to com-
bat at once with the difficulties of reading, and the fau
greater dificultiea of the subject it reads of.
T aefre it is not surprisi that we should often And
childan who have read the Testament through, unable to
answer the .implt question.
THE THIRD EDITION.
TaE writer of the following pages has ventured, in this
edinon, to add some verses illustrative of each subject, in the
hope of pleasing the little pupils, who shall be instructed from
the book; and not with a view of imposing the vers asu
task to be learned by heart.
She is aware that very young children will find the greater
part of the verses too difficult to learn; and that there ae
others, who may be able to understand them, who will take
no interest in them.
As it is her desire to render religious topics as attractive as
possible, she hopes that in such cases no efforts will be used
to force them upon the attention of the little pupils.
On the other hand, shp hopes that some children may be
pleased by the expression in vese of thoughts, suggested by
the various events brought under their notice; nor does her
consciousness of the humble pretensions of the following
lines, preclude the hope; as children are not able to relish
poetry of a high order.
While therefore she pleads Inability to present those beau-
lies which children could not appreciate, she has endeavoured
to avoid falling into errors that might injure their taste.
WHEN a new work, however insignificat, opp iS it is
natural to inquire why it was written; and it is natal fr
the writer to desire to prove that there was a sufficient c e.
The present work attempts to impart religious instruction to
the infant, whose faculties are just opening. But some MW
reply-" Is not the attempt premature Is an infantl
ble of understanding sacred truths 1 Or, if capable, I it
desirable that it should be taught 1"
Upon trial, it will be found that children can usdersta s-
ligiou truths at a very early age; although the exact period
is of course very different in different individuals. The sophi*
tries which sinful inclinations suggest to the mind as lif ad-
vances, do not obscure the infant intellect. The child easily
perceives that there must be a God, and aceoowledges hu
power to be great; the onlyuetions it raise to any doc-
trine are such, in general, as have never been solved by man,
while the child finds no digculty ip blievinghat God's un-
derstanding is infinitely greater haa its own.
And will it be deemed wudeairabl to instruct te infant in
religion, when it is remembhed that impression made early
on the mind are the most vivid ad the most urabl;-t at
the rediest aees is obteiedtp the yonag and tender hept;
-that wrong notions will be conceived by the ever busy i-
tellect, if left uninstructed; and that life beu unestaJrn
the eternal happiness of a bild, already knowig go g fim
evil, may be endangered by delay 1
If these arguments be admitted, the next question will re-
gard the mans of imparting religious instruction to young
Shall they learn simple and short catechisms 1 Shall the
Scriptures be read to them with explanation 1 or shall a few
general truths be briefly stated to them 1
Our minds are so much darkened by sin, that when we
would ascertain our duty concerning spiritual things, we
shall often find assistance by examining what we should do
in an earthly matter of an analogous kind. St. Paul de-
clares this to be his motive for using the illustration recorded
in Rom. vi. 19.--. I speak after the manner of men, because
of the infirmity of your flesh."
Suppose then a father, compelled to leave hi wife and
child, and to sojourn in a distant land. In parting he com-
mits the unconscious infant to the care of the mother, and
thus expresses the feelings of a father's heart-" I know not
whet I shall return; the time may be near or far distant.
This is my earnest request, that whenever I do, I may find
my child acquainted with my love for it, and prepared to
fove me. Inspire it, if possible, with a desire to please me,
and mould its character in conformity to my views. To the
ingenuity of your affection I confide the task."
How would the mother betake herself, in pursuance of
this request I Would she take the letters of the father,
written to herself, and read them to the child, while yet its
faculties were hardly unfolded 1 Would she not fear by
this method producing weariness and disgust ? Much less
would she attempt by a series of written questions and an-
swers, to be learnt by heart as a task, to interest the child
in its father. Nor would shecontent herself by giving a
geral description of his goo4sm.
Woua -~a mother, thsm tcramstanced, often talk to
the child ft Sa tther, in laa tV suited to its capacity; re-
late anecdotes of his virtue, such as the child could com-
gpehend; repeat the gracious sayings he had uttered, yet
translating them into language intelligible to the child 1
How carefully would she goud agInst prodding eonl-
sion, by entering into complated detail; while she would
love to dwell upon the most minute incidents that would ar-
rest infantine attention. She would fe the consequence
of giving set lecture*-but would intsperse narrative with
conversation, carefully watching &vourable opportunities for
dropping a rejection. Versesin the fther's pim would be
familiar to the baby's lips; yet eve these wo be taught
with discretion, and not forciblyimpoed. To Infs a prin-
ciple of love would be the mother's aim, and she would strike
to prepare the child for the performance of llal duties,
chiefly by the strengthening of this principle.
And hau ot Christ leA his inhnt fmily with us HIa
he not given us a charge concerningtbem in the well-known
words-" Suffer the little children to come unto me and fot-
bid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven "
Touching and comprehensive words I charge too imperfectly
fulfilled I How often have efforts been made to bring thee
children to their Father' bosom, that have in act driven
them further from it I
Yet there are many mothers at the present time who ame
seeking to bring their children to Christ; and to them, a
well as to the teachers of the infant poor, this little volume
But lest a fear should arie, that in adapting sacred truth.
to infantine capacities, their awful dignity may be lowered,
let us remember that the reverence God demands is princi-
pally that of the heart: and that words which excite reve-
rence in the cilds heart should not be condemned, because
they may ofend the ear of the bystander. The use of lan-
guage in the communication of sacred truthlai olves vt
condescension on the part of God tdward W, Had he
not chosen to use this condeseemion towards ut, t* even to
speak as though He had passion, and bodily puts, he must
ever have remained to us an unknown God." Compared
to this condescension, how slight is any that can be used by
us in instructing children I
And did our Shepherd bid us feed his lambs
Behold I have prepared the tenderest grass,
That grow on Zion's hill. Here feeble lambs
May find sweet nourishment, and gather strength
To climb the verdant heights, where the fair fock
On richer pasture feed.* Say not too soon
I urge their tottering steps. Should I forbear,
On every side deceitful strangert staifd,
And beckon them away; in flowery paths
Awhile in sport; and then to wander long
Amidst the hills of darkness and of death;t
Where hungry beasts, in every thicket hid,
Wait to devourtI and should they e'er return,
With fleeces all del'd and bleeding feet
The wanderers would come. Oh can they know
Too ooa their Shepherd's voice, or love his name
Too soon, or in his gentle arms repose Ill
Then come, my little ones, and hear me tell
Of Jesus' dying love. If God shall pour
His Spirit from on high, your infant hearts
Shall thrill with tenderness; you'll run to meet
Your Shepherd's fond embrace; who shall forbid'?
'Tis Jesus bids you come, and calls you his;
And who shall pluck you from that pierced side 1T
'Tis Jesus' arms encircle you around;
In sight of all your foes, they'll bear you safe
STheir pastures shall be In all high places. Ia. xli. 9.
t John x. 5, 8.
t My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and Jpon every
hh bill. Es. nxiv. .
( They wq scattered because there is no shepherd: and they be.
eam meat Wall the beasts of the field, when they were scattered.-
Ms. xxiv. 5.
I He shall gather the lambs with his arm and carry them in his
bosom. Is. xl. 11.
I They shall never perh, neither shall any man pbeck them oat at
myhand. John x. 8.
O'er many a rugged path and dangerous steep,
To the sweet fold on Zion's summit fair.*
And have you lodg'd your darling in those arms,
Fond mother 1 Did you, as his reason dawn'd,
And he began to muse on things unseen,
Unfold the history of a Saviour's love,
And painful death 1 And has that love won his I
01 then should death's dark cloud arise,
And from your sight conceal his cherub form,
How sweet 'twill be to catch his parting smile,
To see the infant angel, as he soars,
Cling fondly round his own belked Lord I
U lpon the high meuata of Ire shall ths fold be. f.
He that scattered raul will gter him a shepherd doth hIs fsk.
Therm re thv sa some ad s ing tla heights of Zia. J.zzx
1. Of the body 1
9. 0f a .mother's care 19
3. Of a father's care *
4. Ofthe soul 98
5. Of the good angels 33
6 Of the wicked angel 37
7. The world, Part I. 44
8. The world, Part II. ...... 47
9. The world, Part III. .* 61
10. Adam and Eve 6
11. The first sin 8 5
1M. The Son of God . 8
13. The Virgin Mary .- .. .. .
14. The birth of Jesus .. .
15. The shepherds
16. The wise men *
17. King Herod ..
18. The Temptation .- . B
19. The twelve disciples . .
90. The first miracle 87
21. Several miracles 89
2. The Sinner and Simon . 99
23. The storm at sea 95
S4. Jairus' daughter 97
25. The loaves and 5she 99
26. The kindness of Jemu .... 104
97. The Lord's prayer 106
98. Jesus foretels his death .10
29. Lasars 113
30. Jesus enters Jerusalem -117
31. The temple 11
32. Judas 123
33. The last upper, Pat 126
34. The lut supper, Part IL -130
35. The lut supper, Part IIL 139
36. The garden 135
37. Peter's denial 140
38. Pontius Pilat 143
3. Jud' death 148
4. The crs, Part L 150
41. The cro, Put II. .
a The cee, Put IlII. 155
0. The soldre 157
44 The ve 159
4. The resurrection 161
4 Mary Magdalene 165
47. The two finds going to EumaM 18B
4 Thoeas 173
40. The dinner 17
I. The asce MIam * 181
*lI Petr inprisn 183
L John . . . . .
. The judgment day 19
o tato teachers l0
Qaestni on the Lesns 9
TVes to be cnmnitted to meory ..8
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THE PEEP OF DAY.
OF THE BODY.
MY dear little children;-You have seea
the sun in the sky. Who put the sun in-the
Can you reach up so high ?-No.
Who holds up the sun that it does not
fall 7r-It is God.
God lives in heaven; heaven is much high-
er than the sun.t
Can you see God ?-No.
Yet he can see you, for God sees every
God made every thing at first, and God
"Upholdig all things by the word of his power." Heb.
t He ascended up far above all heavens Eph. iv. 10.
t "The eyes of the Lord are il every place, beholdig
the evil and the good." Prov xv. 3.
takes care of every thing.' God made the
sun, and God makes it shine every day.
God made the rain. God pours it down.t
God made the wind, and he makes it blow.t
God made you, my little child, and God keeps
You have a little body: from your head
down to your feet, I call your body.
Your little body is alive. Are all things
The stones are not alive. But you are not
like the stones. Feel the stones. How cold
they are! Your little body is warm. Who
makes it warm?-God.
Though God lives in heaven, he looks down
from heaven, and keeps you alive.II
Put your hand before your mouth. What
do you feel coming out of your mouth? It is
your breath. You breathe every moment.
When you are asleep you breathe. You can-
not help breathing. But who gives .1p
Lord, thou preservest man and beast." Ps. xxxvi. 6.
t Job xxxviii. 26, 27.
t He causeth his wind to blow." Ps. C1. 18.
t In him we live, and move, and te Aor being." Agct
u "Thy viitatior hath presrved my spirit ob
I "He that giveth breath unto the people that are upo
(te aa.") Is. xlii. 5.
God does every thing. God gave you this
little body, and he makes it live, and pove,
and breathe. There are bones in your body.
God has made them strong and hard.V There
are some bones for your arms, and some bones
for your legs. There is a bone for your back,
and more bones for your sides.
God has covered your bones with flesh.
Your flesh is soft and warm.
In your flesh there is blood. God has put
skin outside,t and it covers your flesh and
blood like a coat.
Now all these things, the bones, and flesh,
and blood, and. skin, are called your body.
How kind of God it was to give you a body.I
I hope that your body will not get hurt.
Will your bones break? Yes, they would,
if you were to fall down from a high place,
or if a cart were to go over them.
If you were to be very sick, your flesh
would waste away, and you would have
scarcely any thing left but skin and b
Did you ever see a child who h
sick a very long while ?-I have seen
baby. It bad not round cheeks like yo
"Thou khat fenced me *ith bones." Job. x. 11.
t "Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh." Job x. IL
"I will praise thee. for I am fearfully and wonderful
mads." Ps. cxxxix. 14.
mad a fat arm like this. The baby's flesh
was almost gone, and its little bones were
only covered with skin. God has kept you
strong and well.
How easy it would be to hurt your poor
If it were to fall into the fire, it would be
burned up. If hot water were to fall upon it
it would be scalded. If it were to fall into
deep water, and not be taken out very
soon, it would be drowned. If a great knife
were run through your body, the blood would
come out. If a great box were to fall on your
head, your head would be rushed. If you
were to fall out of the window, your neck
would be broken. If you were not to eat
some food for a few days, your little body
would be .very sick, your breath would stop,
and you would grow cold, and you would soon
You spe that you have a very weak little
Cah you keep your own body from being
"Land from getting hurt ?
yYohould try not to hurt yourself, but God
Ily can keep your body from aff harm, from
fire and water, from wounds and bruises, and
"(T1e) that dwell in house of clay, which ue orgac
ed before the mothl. Jobiv. 19
A NOTHEW'N CARE.
all kinds of sickness.* Kneel down and up
to God, Pray, keep my poor little bod from
getting hurt." God will hear you, and goan
taking care of you.
1. My little body's form'd by God;
'TiS made of flesh and blood:
The slender bones are plac'd within,
And over all is laid the skin.
2. My little body's very weak:
A fall or blow my bones might break;
The water soon might stop my breath;
The fire might close my eyes in death.
3. But God can keep me by his care:
To him I1 say tids little pray'r:
"0 God I from harm my body ke*
Both when I wake, and when I sleep"
OF A MOTHER') CAREt
I hAVE told you, my darling, about your little
body. Was your body always as big as it is
"The Lord shall preserve me from all evil." Ps.
t This lesson, and the following, are especially adapte
to por children. It would be easy to a parent or teacher
to speak to children of a higher class upon the same subject,
n an appropriate manner.
A MOTHER 8 CARE.
now ?-No. Once it was very small in-
What were you called when yor.r body was
very small ?-A baby.
Now you can take a little care of yourself,
but then you could take no care at all. Can
babies walk, or talk, or feed themselves, or
, dress themselves ?-No.
But God sent you to a person who took
great care of you when you were a baby.
Who was it ?
Your dear mother, she took care of you
then. She nursed you in her arms, and fed
you, and took you out in the air, and washed
you, and dressed you. Do you love your
I know you do. But who gave youa mo-
ther ?-It was God who sent you to a kind
A little while ago there was no such little
creature as you.* Then God made your
little body, and he sent you to your mother,
who loved you as soon as she saw you. It
VIas God who made your mother love you so
much,t and made her so kind to you.
Your kind mother dressed your poor little
"We are of yesterday." Job viii. 9.
t God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love
with 'he prince." Dan. i. 9.
... . z
A MOTHERS CARE.
body in neat clothes, and laid you in a cradle.
When you cried, she gave you food, and
hushed you to sleep in her arms. She show-
ed you pretty things to make you smile. She
held you up, and showed you how to move
your feet. She taught you to speak, and she
often kissed you, and called you sweet
. Is your mother kind to you still ?-Y4e
Your mother has sent you to this nice
school, and gives you supper when you go
home. I know she will be kind to yo% as
long as she lives.
But remember who gave you thi1smother.
God sent you to a dear mother, instead of
putting you in the fields, where no one would
have seen you, or taken care of you ?
Can your mother keep you alive?-No.
She can feed you, but she cannot make
your breath go. on.
God thinks of you every moment.* If he
were to forget you, your breath would stop.
Do you ever thank your mother for her
kindness ?-Yes. You often say, "Thank
you," and sometimes you put your arms round
"Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings 1 ad
not one of them is forgotten before God. But even the
very hairs of your head are all numbered Luke xi. 6. T
A NOTHER'U CARE,
her neck and say, I do love you so much,
dear mother I" Will you not thank God who
gave you a mother, and keeps you alive 7
You should kneel down when you speak to
God; then you should say, "0 God, how
good you have been to mel I thank you, and
Would God hear your little thanks ?-
Yes, God would hear and be pleased.*
1 Who fed me from her gentle breast,
And hush'd me in her arms to rest,
And on my cheek sweet kisses priest
S When sleep forsookmy open'eye,
Who was it sung sweet hush-by,
And rock'd me that I should not cryl
3 Who sat and.watched my infant head,
When sleeping on my cradle bed,
And tear of sweet afecdon shed 1
4 When pain and sickness made me cry,
Who gau'd upon my heavy eye,
And wept for fear that I should die 1
I wil praise the name of God with a song, and mag-
ni him withthhanksgiving. Thi also shall pase the Lonl
tbber than an ox, or bullock, that hath horns and hooa."
Po izix. 30, 31.
A MOTHleR'S CARE.
5 Who ran to help me when I fell,
And would sme petty story tell,
Or kim the place to make it well
,6 Who taught my infant lip to pray,
And love God' holy book and day,
And walk in wisdom's pleasant way
7 And can I ever case to be
Affectionate and kind to thee,
Who wa so ery kind to me,
8 Ah ol the th ht Icannot ber,
And if God please my l to parm,
I hope I shall reward thy ma,
0 When am art hA ad, and "ay,
My be y a small bel ty tay,
And I will soothe thy pais away,
10 And when I m tee hag thy head,
'Twiln be y m to water thy bed,
And tear d or t aviation shed,
11 For odwho i. a.a the skis,
Wald look wkbh v a h in k i,
If shmdd emdm &dLe
*r,. (,< Oi Mrath.
as ass *(snfa m
24 A FATHER'S CARE.
OF A FATHER'S CARE.
WHO is it that dresses you and feeds you t-
Your dear mother.
But how does your mother get money to
buy the clothes, and the food ?-Father brings
How does your father get money ?-He
works in the field.
Your father works all day long, and he gets
money and brings it home to mother. He
says to your mother, "Buy some bread with
this money, and give some of it to the chil-
dren." Will your father givw his money to
buy bread for you? that is very kind in him.
Do you love your f*er ?
How hard your poor father works in the
What is your father, little Ann ?-He is a
Your father then works bard on the farm.
In the spring he takes his scythe to mow the
grass, and as he mgrs, he bends his back till
it aches. In harvest time he takes his sickle
and reaps, whfle the hot sun beats upon his
poor hea. Afterwards he threshes the corn
with all his strength. In the cold weather he
A FATRHIR' CARl.
follovr the plough, while the cold rain and
slel beat upon his face. Why does he bear
all this 7 That you may have plenty of food,
and be fat and rosy. While he is ploughing,
he often thinks of you, and hopes that he shall
find you a good child when he comes home.
You ate glad to see him, I know. Sometimes
you run to meet him, you set a chair by the
fire, and then you climb upon his knee.
Sometimes he is too much tired to speak to
you. Then you wait till he has had his
What is your father, Mary ?-A shep.
Your father watches the sheep all day long.
Sometimes he gts up in the nigl~ to look af
ter. the you.. lambs, and th b ck sheep,
What kind fathers God hs glivef you!
Who made your father love you at firt?--
It was God.
Your father loaes you so muoh, that he
gives you all you want. He has a little cot-
tage, and he pays some of his money for it,
but he allows you to live in it with him. He
lets you sit upon one of his diairs, or upon a
little stool by his nice warm fire; and he
gives lu some of his breakfast, dimer, and
A FATHER'S CARE.
If your father were to die, what should yon
do? You would then be a fatherless child.
Could your father die? yes; many
little children have no'father. I have heard
of a little child whose father fell down from
a high ladder and was killed. Another
child's father was kicked by a horse and died.
Another father was digging a deep well, and
his breath was stopped. Some children's
fathers fall sick and die.
Perhaps your father may die, but God can
keep him alive. You can pray to God to
keep him alive. In the morning you can say,
"Let father come home this evening safe."
But if God were to let your father die, you
would still have one father left. Whom do
I mean ? whado you say in your prayer?-
"Our Fadmer who art in heaven."
Yes, you have a Father in heaven, besides
the father you have at home, for God is your
Father.* Can your heavenly Father die ?-
Does he love you --Yes.
He loves you even more than your othei
father dos.t He is always thinking of you.
"Formsch, the, a we an the eLAing of God,'
ae. Le. Acts zxi. 99.
t When my father aad mother for a me, the the
Ld will take m up." Pa. xxvi 10.
A FATRBR'S CARE.
He is always looking at you. He gives you
part of his things. He would like you to come
and live with him in heaven some day.* He
loves your father too. He is the Father of
Let us think of the things which your heav-
enly Father has given to you. Let us count
1. Father to work for you.
2. Motherto take care of you.
3. A house to live in.
4. A bed to sleep in.
5. Fire to warm you.
6. Clothes to wear.
7 Food to eat.
8. Breath every moment.
OF LITTLE ANN'S FATHER, WHO 18 A LABOURBK IN TUM
1. At early morn to plough he goes
Through wintry rain and sleet:
In summer when he reaps and mows,
He faints beneath the heat:
And what he earns, he shares with me,
flow very thankful I should be I
"God, our Saviour, who will have all men to be saved,
and to come unto the knowledge of the truth." 1 Tim.
OP LTTL I laRT'l ATBRU, WHO II A BIPBI3.R
9. On hills and moors his days he spends
In watching o'er hi sheep.
His weak young lambs at night he tends,
When I am fast asleep;
And what he earns, he shares with me,
How very thankful I should be I
or LITTLE SUSAN'9 FATHER, WHO WAS A FIISRMAN.
3 His net he casts into the sea,
And brings the fish to shore;
When waves are high, I fear lest he
Should never come back more:
And what he earns, he shares wf me,
How very thankful I Mshld be!
OF THE BOUL.
His God been kind to dogs Has he given
them bodies ?-Yes.
Have they bones, and flesh, and blood, and
The dog has a body as well as you. Is.the
dog's body like yours ?-No.
How many legs have you ?-Two.
How many legs has the dog ?-Four.
Have you got arms ?-Yes two.
Has the dog got arms ?-No, it has got no
arms, or hands. But the dog has legs instead.
Your skin is smooth, but the dog is covered
Is the cat's body like yours ?-No, it is cov-
ered with fur.
Is a chicken's body like yours ? How many
legs has the chicken ?-Two.
And so have you. But are its legs like
yours? No, the chicken has very thin, dark
legs, and it has claws, instead of feet.
Have you feathers on your skin? Have you
wings ? Is your mouth like a chicken's beak ?
Has the chicken any teeth ?-No, the chick-
en's body is not at all like yours. Yet the
chicken has a body-for it has flesh, and bones,
and blood, and skin.
Has a fly got a body ?-Yes it has a black
body, and six black legs, and two wings like
glass. Its body is not at all like yours.
Who gave bodies to dogs, horses, chickens,
and flies? Who keeps them alive?
God thinks of all these creatures every mo-
Can a dog thank God ?-No; dogs and
horses, sheep and cows, cannot thank God.
"Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings and not
one of them is forgotten before God." Luke xj. 6.
Why cannot they thank God? Is it be.
cause they cannot talk ?
That is not the reason.
The reason is they cannot think of God.
They never heard of God. They cannot un-
lerstand about God.*
Why not?-Because they have no souls,
or spirits, like yours.
Have you got a soul ?-Yes, in your body
there is a soul which will never die. Your
soul can think of God.
When God made your body he put. your
soul inside. Are you glad of that? When
God made the dogs, he put no soul like yours
inside their bodies, and they cannot think of
Can I see your soul ?-No; I cannot see
it. No one can see it, but God.t He knows
what you are thinking of now.
Which is best, your soul or your body?-
Your soul is a great deal the best. Why is
your soul the best ?-Your body can die, but
your soul cannot die.t
Shall I tell you what your body is made
Be not as the horse or the mule, which have no under-
Standing." Ps. xxxii. 9.
t "Thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the
children of men." 1 Kings iii. 39..
: What shall a man give in exchange for his soul "
Matt. xvi 26.
of?-Of dust. God made the dust into flesh
What is your soul made of?--Your soul
or spirit, is made of the breath of God.'
That little dog will die some day. Its body
will be thrown away.t The dog will be quite
gone, when its body is dead.t But when
your body dies, your soul will be alive, and
you will not be quite gone.t
Where would you be put, if you were
dead ?-Your body would be put in a hole in
the ground, but your soul would not be in the
hole Even a little baby has a soul or a
One day as I was walking in the streets, I
saw a man carrying a box. Some people
were walking behind, crying. There was a
dead baby in the box. Was the soul of the
baby in the box !-No its soul was gone up
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the
ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and
man became a living soul." Gen/ii. 7.
t "The beasts that perish." Ps. xl. 20.
S" Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward,
and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the
earth ?" Eccles. iii. 21.
I "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was, and
the spirit shall return unto God that gave it." Eccles. xii.
I I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me." 9
sam. xii. 23.
Will you not thank God for giving you a
spirit? Will you not ask him to take your
spirit to live with him, when your body dies ?'
Say to God, "Pray, take my spirit to live with
thee when my body dies and turns into dust."
Tell me, mamma, If I must die,
One day, as little baby died;
And look so very pale and he
Down in the pit-hole by his side 1
Shall I leave dear papa and you,
And never see you any more I
Tell me, mamma, if this is true;
I did not know it was before.
Tis true my love, that you must die,
The God who made you says you must;
And every one of us shall lie,
Like the .dear baby, in the dust.
These hands, and feet, and busy head,
Shall waste and crumble quite away:
But though your body shall be dead,
There is a part which can't decay.
Jane Tayor's Hyns for Infant Minds.
What is that part which can't decay -ll
is your soul.
"We are willing rather to be absent fromthe body, and
present with the Lord." 2 Cor. v. 8.
THE (1005 ANGELS.
Your body will decay: it will turn to dust;
but your soul will live for ever: it will never
OF THE GOOD ANGELS.
You know that God lives in heaven. He
sits on a great white throne.* He has no
body, for he is a spirit.t
Does he live in heaven alone ?-No; an-
gels stand all around his throne.t
What are angels ? Angels are spirits.1
They are bright like the sun,I but they are
not so bright as God, for he is brighter than
the sun. The angels are always looking at
God," and it is God that makes them shine so
"And I saw a great white throne, and him that mt on
it.' Rev. xx. 11.
t "God is spirit." John iv. 94.
I "All the angels stood round about the throne." Rev.
Who maketh his angels spirits." Ps. civ. 4.
His countenance was like lightning." Matt. xxviL.3.
'" I sawin the waya light from heaven, above the
b:ightnes of the sun." Acts xxvi. 13.
Their angels do always behold the face of my Fathe
which is in heaven." Matt. xviii. 10.
Pp oMfor. 3
THE GOOD ANGELS.
* They sing sweet songs about God.* They
say, "How good God is! how wise! how
There is no night in heaven,t for the angels
are never tired of singing, and they never
wish to sleep.t They are never sick, and
they will never die.
They never weep; there are no tears upon
their cheeks, but sweet smiles, for angels are
If the angels were naughty they would be
unhappy. Naughtiness always makes people
unhappy. The angels are quite good.ll They
love God very much, and mind all he says.T
"I heard the voice of mkny angels, saying with a loud
voice, Worthy is the Lamb, &c. And every creature which
is in heaven, &c. heard I saying, Blessing and honour, and
glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne,
and unto the Lamb for ever and ever." Rev. v. 11. 12.
t There shall be no night there." Rev. xxii. 5.
t It is said of the four beasts (which evidently signify
saints,) "That they rest not day and night, saying, Holy,
holy, holy, Lord God Almighty." Rev. iv. 8. Angels
"excl in strength." Pa. ciii. 20.
It is said of the saints, "God shall wipe away all tears
from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither
sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain.'
Rev. xxi. 4. Now the saints will then be "equal unto the
angels." Luke xx. 35, 36.
I "God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast there.
down into hell." 2 Peter ii. 4.
S" Blem the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his
that do his pleasure." Pa. ciii. 21.
THE GOOD ANGELS,
They have wings,* and can fly very quick.
ly.t God sends them down here to take care
of us.t As soon as God tells an angel to go,
he begins to fly. They are very strong, and
can keep us from harm.I
Should you like the angels to be near you
at night? Do you know this pretty verse of
I lay my body down to sleep,
Let angels guard my head,
And through the hours of darkness, beep
Their watch around my bed.
You must ask God to send the angels, for
they never go except when God sends them.
God is their father." They have not two
fathers, as you have. The angels are the
"Above it stood the seraphim: each one had ix wing."
t "The man Gabriel being caisn to Sy wift." DaL
S" Are they ot all ministering spirits, ent forth to min-
istertothose who shall be heirs ot salvation Heb. L 14.
I" (7Ty) do his commandments, hearkening to the
voee of his word." Ps. cii. 90.
I" (Ange) shall ber thee up in their hand, lt then
dah thy foot pagst a tone." Ps. ze. 1.
I Thinkes thou that I cannot now pray to my Fathw,
and he hall presently give me more than twelve egion of
ineleb" Matt. xx. 53.
** "Where wst the when I laid the fondation of the
eth When the morning tar together, and a the
"M of/ Od OM ted or joy r Job n iuL 4, 7.
THE GOOD ANGELI.
children of God, and live in God's houe in
heaven. When you mind what your Father
tells you, then you are like the angels who
The angels love us very much. They
wish us to grow good, and to coine to live
with them in heaven.* When a child is sor-
ry for its naughtiness, and prays to God to for-
give it, the angels are very much pleased.t
When a little child, who loves God, falls
sick, and is going to die, God says to the an-
gels, Go and fetch that little child's soul up
to heaven."t Then the angels fly down, the
little darling shuts its eyes, it lays its head on
its mother's bosom, its breath stops;-the
child is dead. Where is its soul ?-The an-
geis are carrying it up to heaven.
How happy the child is now Its pain is
over; it is grown quite good;1 it is bright
like an angel.l It holds a harp in its hand,
Take heed that ye despise not one of thee little ones;
for I sy unto you, that in heaven their angels do always be-
hold the face of my Father which is in heaven." Matt.
t 'There is joy in the presence of the angels of God
over one sinner that repehteth." Luke xv. 10.
t "And itcame to pas that the beggar died, and was
carried by angels into Abraham's bosom." Luke xvi. Zt.
I "The spii~ 6f just men made perfe." Heb. xii. 9.
1" Then shall the righteous shine forth as the son in the
kingdom of their Father." Matt xi. 43.
THE WICKED ANQBLa .. 37S
Auu fints to sing a sweet song of praise to
God* Its little body is put into a grave, and
turns into dust. One day God will make its
body alive again.
Dear children, will you pray to God to send
his angels o fetch your souls when you die?
Around God's glorious throne above,
The happy Angels stand,
And ever praise the God they love,
And fly at his command.
Their faces, like the sun, are bright,
And sweetest smiles they wear;
They never sleep; there is no night,
Nor need of candle there.
But though the Angels live so high,
They love us men below:
And hope to see us in the sky
In garments white as snow.
And when a dying infant lies
Upon its Mother's breast,
The Angels watch it while it dies,
And take its soul to rest.
OP THE WICKED ANGEL..
When did God begin to live in heaven ,-
God always lived in heaven.t
S" I herd the voice of harpers harping with their harps
These were redeemed from among men." Rev. xiv. 9, 4.
t" Prom everlasting to everlasting thou art God." PI. ze. .
~ .- ..4 Ti7
38 tME WICoKD ANGSLI.
Once thee wiis ho such little child a'
but there always wal God. I
Once theie was no sun, but therd always
Once there were no angels,* out there'al-
ways was God.
No one made God; God was the first of
all things, and God made everything.
A very long while ago God made the angels.
How many angels did he make ?-No one
could tell how many. There were more than
could be counted.t They: were all good and
But some of the angels grew bad. They
left off loving God, and grew proud and diso-
Would God let them stay in heaven after
they were bad ?--No; he cast them out, and
put them in chains, and shut them up in alark
One of these bad angels was called Satan.
He was the chief, or prince of the bad angels.
By him were all things created that are in hrven, and
that are in earth, visible and invisible." Col. i. 16. 17.
t "An inmaiftl N dempany of angels'" eb. xi.i
S" The angels which kept not their Artt estate but left
their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains
wader darkne,; nto the judgment of tM great day."
TU5: WfCERD AN031&
Ue i called the devil.' The. devil is r y
wicked,t and hates God.
He can, never go back to heaven again,t
but he comes here where we live,i and hI
brings the other devils with him.U~:
We cannot see Satanbecaue he is a spirit
but he is always walking-about, and trying to
make people naughty.q .
SSatan loves mischief; he does not wish to
be, good. It pleases Satan to see people in
pain and in tears," but it pleases him best to
see them naughty, because then he thinks that
they will come and live with him in his dark
place. He wishes that there should be a great
many people in hell, so he tries to jnake us do
*"That old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, which
deceiveth the whole world, for he wa cast out into the earth
Wad his ageb were at out with him." Re. xii. 9. Tb
prini of the power of the air." Eph. ii. .
t" The devil sinneth from the beginning." 1 Johnil. .
:" But the aigels which kept not their Afit estate he hath
reserved in eterasting chain." Jude 6.
t" Then Satin answered the Lord, and said, From gol1
to ind fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in
it." Job i. 7.
I (Satan) "wau cast out into the earth, and tb atigls
were cast out with him." Rev. xii. 9.
1 "The spirit which now worketh in the children of di-
obedience." Eph.ii. .
** In mine adversity they rejoiced." Pa. xxx. 15.-
*ThdufToett evil more than good." Ps. i. 3. "Heloved
outing." Pa. cix. 17.-All that is satI f the wicked ap-
THE WICKED ANGELS.
wicked things, and to keep us from praying
I cannot tell you how very bad Satan is.
He is very cruel, for he likes to give pain.l
He is a liar, and teaches people to tell lies.a
He is proud,I and wishes people to mind him
more than God. He is envious, and cannot
bear to see people happy.I
The devil hopes very much that you will
come and live with him when you die. He
knows that if you are bad like him, you will
live with him. So he tries to make you like
himself. When you are in a passion you are
like the devil. When you say, "I don't care,
you are like the devil. When you think your-
self good, you are proud like the devil.
plies in a higher degree to Satan, as the author of min, for
Christ said to the wicked, Ye are of your father thedevil,
and the h.s of your faaer ye will do." John viii. 44.
Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he
may sift you as wheat." Luke xxii. 31. "For if our goe-
pel be hid, itis hid to them that are lot: in whom the god of
this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe
not." 2 Cor. iv. 3, 4.
t Satan is called a roaring lion." 1 Peter v. 8. His
Sfiery darts" are spoken of. Eph. vi. 16.
: He is a liar, and the father of it." John viii. 44.
I "All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt falldown
nd worship me." Mat. iv. 9.
I This is proved by Satan having ruined man, and by his
continuing to tempt him.
TER WICKXD LAOX46
Can God keep you from minding the devil
Yes; he can, for God is a great, dal stronger
than Satan.' Besides this, God is always
near you, for God is everywhere. Now Sa-
tan cannot be everywhere at the same time.
It is true that Satan has a great many angels,
who go where he tells them: and that Satan
and his angels come near you very often.
But God is always with. you; he is before
you and behind you, and on every side of you:
he is about your bed when you sleep, and
about your path when you walk.t Therefore
you need not be afraid of Satan; only ask
God to help you and he will do so.
Satan is much stronger than you are;t but
God is stronger, than all. If anybody were
to come to hurt you when you were alone,
you would be frightened: but if you saw your
father coming, you would run to him, and you
would not be frightened any more. Now
God is your father, he can keep Satan from
hurting you. Pray to him and say; "0 dear
"0 Lord God of hosts, who is a strong Lord, like unto
t Thou compasseth my path and my lying down, and
art acquainted with all my ways. Thou hast beset me be-
hind and before." Ps. cxexix. 3,; .
t "I'or Wewretle not against flesh and blood, but agalst
princpliti e, against powers." Eph. vi. 1t
THE WICKED ANGELS.
Father, keep me from being wicked like the
devil, and from going to hell."
Satan was once an ange. bright,
And worshipp'd God on high;
But now he dwells in darkest night-
And endless misery.
Daring his God to disobey
He lost his happy state:
Sinners above could never stay
Around God's throne to wait.
Thousands of angels with him fell,
Who owned him as their king;
S Hoping with us to share their hell,
S They tempt our souls to sin.
God, unto Thee I'll lift my pray'r,
(Hell hear an infant cry,)
"Save me, 0 God, lest I should share
In Satan'a misery."
VZIE RS OR VERY YOUNG CHILDREN.
On the subject of te preceding weons.
God lives on high This God can see
Beyond the sky, Both you and me;
And angels briht Can se at night,
All cloth'd in white As in the light:
The pre ing And all we do
SOf Heaven's Eing. Remember too.
"Resist the devil, and he will ee from you." Jame
rv. 7. One of the directions for withstanding the wiles of
the devil is, "Praying always with all prayer and supplica-
tion." Eph. vi. 1
THR WICKED ANGELS.
"I He bestows
My food and clothes,
And my soft bed
To ret my head.
And cottage neat,
And mother sweet.
And should not I
For ever try
To do what He
Has ordered me,
And dearly love
This Friend above I
I always should
Be very good;
At home should sind
My parents kind;
At school obey
What teachers say.
Now if I fiht,
And scratch, and bite,
In passions fall,
And bad names call,
Full well I know
Where I shall go.
Satan is glad
When I am bad,
And hope that I
With him shall lie
In fire and chains
And dreaululA pa
All liar dwell
With him in hell,
And many more
Who curs'd, and swore,
And all who did
What God forbid.
And I have not
Done what I ought:
I am.not it
With Gad to it
And angel bright
All cloth'd in white.
I will confess
And will entreat
For mercy sweet.
0 Lord forgive,
And let me live.
My body must
Be turned to dust,
Then let me ly,
Beyond the sky
And see thy face
In that sweet place."
THE WORLD-PART I.
Gen. i. 1-10.
THIs large place we live in is called the
world. It is very beautiful. If we look up
we see the blue sky, if we look down we see
the green grass. The sky is like a curtain
spread over our heads, the gess like acaglpet
under our feet, and'the bright-l1 is like a can-
die to give us light. It was very kind in God
to make such a beautiful world, and to let us
live in it.
God was in heaven and all his bright an-
gels round him, when he began to make the
God's Son was with' him-for God always
had a Son,t just like himself.t His Son's
name is Jesus Christ. He is as good and
great as God his Father. The Father and the
Son are God: they always- lived together,
"Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the
earth 1 when all the sons of God shouted for joy 1" Job
t I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or
ever the earth was. When he appointed the foundations of
the earth, then I was by him."- Prov. viii. 23,29, 30.
t The express image of his person." Heb. L 3.
and they love each other exceedingly.* The
Father and the Son are one God, and they
made the world.t
How did God make the world?-By speak-
ing. First of all God made the light. God
said, Let there be light," and there was light.
No one can make things by speaking but God;
God made things of nothing. He only spoke
and the light came.t
Then God made the air. You cannot see
the'air but you au feel it. The air is every-
where. You den sometimes hear the noise
it makes, for you can hear the wind blow,
and the wind it air.
Next God put some water up very high.
The clouds are full of water, and sometimes
the water comes down, and we call it rin
God made a large deep place and filed
it with water. God spoke to the water, and it
rushed into the deep place. God called this
water the semi
I wa daily hi delight." Proa iii. 3. "But that
the world may know that I love the Father." John xiv. 31.
t In the beginning was the Word, and the Word war
with God, and the Word was God. All thing were made
by him." John i 1, 3.
t "Through th w undOertand that the worlds wer
framed by the word of God, o that things which am ses
enotade ofthingsthktdosappar." Heb. i. 3.
v" The waters stood above the mountains. At thy w
Wheh He began the *ld to make,
These were the mighty words He spake;
Let there be light:" His voice was heard:
And (he obedient ght appeared.
The angels saw the light arise,
And with their praise filled the skies.
How great our GodI How wisely How strong!"
Such is their never-ending song.
THE WORLD.-PART II.
Gen. i 11-19.
WHEN God made the dry land, there was
nothing on iti it was bare. So God spake,
and things grew out of the ground.
Trees came up out of it; they were covered
with green leaves of different shapes. Some
were called oak-trees, and some were called
elm-trees, and some beech-trees. And some
trees bore nice fruit, such as plum-trees, ap-
ple-trees, orange-trees, and fig-trees.
Vegetables grew out of the earth; pota-
toes and beans, calbages 'and lettuce, they
are called vpgetale~ .
Corn came out of it. Some corn is called
48 gfiS woRLD.
wheat, and sdme cor is called barley, and
some is called oats. The ears of corn bend
down when they are ripe, and look yellow
God made the soft green grass to spring up,
and the powers to grow among the grass--
flowers of all colours, and of sweetest smell.
The yellow butter-cup, the white lily, the blue
violet, and the rose, the most beautiful of all
I have told you of five sorts of things which
grow out of the earth.
2. Vegetables. 4
The world looked very beautiful when it
was covered with graqand trees. Bat only
God and the angels saw its beauty.
Afterwards God placed the sun in the sky,
and bade it shine all day, and go from one
end of the world io the other.* God made
the moon to shine at night, and he covered
the sky with stars.
You never saw anything so bright as the
*God demands of Job, Hat thou commanded the morn.
Siug since thy days: and caused the dayspring to know his
place 1" Job zrrl. 19.
sun. It is wry latg indeed, only it looks
small, because it is a great way off. It can-
not fall for God holds it up.' God makes it
move across the sky. Did yit ever hear this
pretty verse about the sun
"My God, who makes the sun teknow
His proper hour to rise;
And to give light to all below,
Doth send hinr round the skies."
The moon does not shine as brightly as the
sun, for God lets it be dark at night, that we
may rest, and sleep soundly.t
Who could count the stars ?-No one but
God.t He knows their names and their num-
ber too. When we look at the moon and
stars, let us think "how great God is!" Yet he
carerfor the little birds, and loves little chil-
"Upholding all things by the word of his power." Heb.
t He appointed the moon for sltons; and tie un
knoweth his going down. Thou makes darkness, and it is
night. Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour
until the evening." Ps. civ. 19, 20, 23.
S"As the host of heaven cannot be numbered." Jer.
S" Behold who hath created these things, that bringeth
out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by
the greatness of his might." Isa. xl. 26.
I When I consider the heavens, the work of thy fingers,
I saw the glorious sun arie
From yonder mountain gray;
And as hdtrvell'd through the skes,
The darkness went away;
And all around me wau i bright,
I wish'd it would be always light.
But when his shining course was done,
The gentle moon drew nigh,
And stars came twinkling, one by one,
Upon the shady sky,
Who made the sun to shine so far,
The moon, and every twinkling star I
'Twa Gtdl, my child, who made them all,
By his Almighty skill;
He keeps them, that they donot fall,
And guides them as he will:
That gloriutu God, who lives afar,
In heaven beyond the highest star.
Jae Taylor's Hymns for Infant Mind.
the moon and the star, which thou hast ordained; what is
man, that thou art mindfl of him 1" Ps. viii. 3, 4.
THE WORLD.-PART III.
Gen. i 90-45.
GOD had made a great many things; but
none of these things were alive. At last he
made some living things. He spoke, and the
water was filled with fishes, more than could
Some were very small, and some were
very large.' Have you heard of the great
whole? It is a fish as long as a church.t
Fishes are cold and they have no feet, and
they cannot sing, nor speak.
God made some creatures, more beautiful
than fish, to fly out of the water. The birds:
they perched upon the trees, and sang among
Birds have wings and are covered with
"This great and wide sea, wherein are things creepng
isumerable, both small and great beasts." Ps. civ. 25.
t Some have been taken of 100 feet long, and almost as
much in circumference; though now, in consequence of the
ireased activity of the fishery, whales seldom live long
doough to attain their full growth. Encyclopedia Britan-
nia. Art. Cetology.
t" The fowls of the heaven, which dia among the
brbches." Ps. civ. 12.
UB THE WORLD.
feathers of all colours. The robin has a red
breast; the goldfinch has some yellow feath-
ers; and the jay some blue ones: but the
peacock is the most beautiful of 6irds.' It
has a little tuft upon its head, and a long train
that sweeps behind; sometimes it spreads
out its feathers, and they look like a large fan.
The thrush, the blackbird, and the linnet, can
sing sweetly; but there is one bird that can
sing.more sweetly still-it is the nightingale.
At night, when all the other birds have left
off singing, the nightingale may be heard in
Some birds swim upon the water; such as
geese, and ducks, and the beautiful swan with
its long neck, and its feathers like the snow.
Some birds are very tall. The ostrich is
as tall as a man. It cannot fly like other
birds, but it can run very fast indeed.
The eagle builds its nest in a very high
:.lace.t Its wings are very strong, and it can
*iy as high as the clouds.t
The gentlest of the birds is the dove. It
*."Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocksl"
Jo xxxix. 13.
t Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make
hernet on high ?" Job xxxix.7.
t "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their
strength; they hull mount up with wings a eagles." Is.
cannot sing but it sits alone, and moans softly,
as if it were sad.'
I cannot tell you the names of all the birds,
but you can think of the names of some other
There is another sort of living creature
called insects. God made them come out of
the earth, and not out of the water, like birds
and fishes. Insects are small, and creep upon
the earth; such as ants. Some insects can
fly also; such as bees, and butterflies. The
bee sucks the juice of flowers, and makes wax
and honey. How gay are the wings of the
butterfly! they are covered with little feath-
ers, too small to be seen.
All the insects were good and pretty when
God made them.
At last God made the beasts. They came
out of the earth when God spoke. Beasts
walk upon the earth: most of them have four
legs. You know the names of a great many
sorts of beasts. Sheep and cows, dogs and
cats, are beasts. But there are many other
sorts besides. The squirrel that jumps from
bough to bough, the rabbit that lives in a
hole under ground, and the goat that climbs
S" They that scape of them shall escape, and shall e
on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of theb
mourng, very one for his iniquity." Ezek. vi 16.
the high hills; the stag with his beautiful
horns, the lion with his yellow hair, the tiger
whose skin is marked with stripes. The ele-
phant is the largest of the beasts, the lion is
the strongest, the dog is the most sensible, the
stag is the most beautiful, but the lamb is the
gentlest. The dove is the gentlest of the
birds, and the lamb is the gentlest of the
Now God had filled the world with living
creatures, and Qtey were all good; even lions
and tigive were good and harmless. I have
told you of four sorts of living creatures.
1. Fishes. 3. Insects.
2. Birds. 4. Beasts.
All these creatures have bodies, but they
have not souls like you. They can move and
breathe. God feeds them every day and
keeps them alive.* The Lord is good to
When God first cloth'd the earth with green,
And sprinkled it with flowers,
There were no living creatures seen
Within its pleasant bow'rs.
Soon by hi word God filled the earth,
And waters underneath,
With things above the plants in worth,
That feel and move and breathe.
These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them
their meat in due season." Ps. civ. ~.
THE WORLD. 8
The fishe, covered o'er with scales,
In ocean swiftly glide;
With their vat tails the wondrous whale
Scattered the waters wide.
The birds among the branches sing,
And chief the nightingale;
The peacock shines with painted wing
The dove.does softly wail.
Insects with humming fill the air,
And sparkle in the sun:
The butterfly by coleur fair
Surpases every one.
The beast tread firmly on the ground,
The goat has nimble feet;
The stag's with branching antlers own d;
The lamb's most soft and weet.
Pleasure the whole eation dlls;
They leap, they swim, they fly;
They skim the plains, they climb the hills,
Or in the valleys lie.
With herb for meat the Lord provides
His numerous family;
The lion with the lamb abides,
The dove and hawk agree.
In all the woods no sounds of strife,
Or piteous moans arise;
None takes away his fellow's life,
And none expiring lies.
These happy days, alas I are past,
And death has entered here;
Why did they not for ever last,
And wken did death appear I
ADAM AND EVE.
ADAM AND EVE
Gen. L 96, to the end of chap. ii.
Now I shall tell you of the last thing Goo
God took some of the dust of the ground,
and made the body of a man; then he breath-
ed on it, and gave it a soul; so the man
could understand about God. Adam was
quite good like God.* Adam loved God very
God put him in a very pretty garden full
of trees covered with fruit This garden was
called the garden of Eden. God showed
Adam all the beasts and birds, and let Adam
give them what names he pleased. He said
to Adam, "I give you all the fishes, and in-
sects, and birds, and beasts; you are their
master." So Adam was king over all things
on the earth.
God said to Adam, "You may eat of the
fruit that grows on the trees in the garden."
Still God did not let him be idle, but told him
to take care of the garden.
God hath made man upright." Eccles. vi. 9.
ADAM AND 3VK. V,
You see how very kind God was to Adath.
But Adam had no friend to be with him: for
the beasts and birds could not talk to Adam.
Then God said, he would make a woman to
be a friend to Adam. So God made Adam
fall fast asleep, and while he was asleep, God
took a piece of flesh out of his side, and made
it into a woman. When Adam woke he saw
her. He knew that she was made of his ifesh
and bones, and he loved her very much. Her
name was Eve.
You have heard of all the things God made.
They were all beautiful; and all the living
things were quite happy: there as no pain,
and no sighing, and no sin in all the world.
God had been six days in making the
world. And when he had finished it, he rest-
ed and made no more things.
The angels saw the world that God had
made: they were pleased and sang a sweet
song of praise to God.' Jesus Christ the
Son of God was pleased, for he loved Adam
How did I know about the world being
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the
earth 1 When the morning stars sang together, and all the
sons of God shouted for joy." Job. xxxviii. 4, 7.
t Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my
delights were with the sons of men." Prov viii. 31,
THE FIRST SIN.
made? It is written in the Bible, which is
God's own book.
Let us count over all the things that God
5. Dry land.
6. Things that grow out of the earth.
7. Sun, moon, and stars.
8. Living creatures.
THE FIRST SIN.
ADAM and Eve were very happy in the gar-
den of Eden. They talked to each other,
and walked together, and they never quar-
relled, and they praised God for all his kind-
ness to them.
God used to talk with them sometimes.
They were pleased to hear his voice, for they
were not afraid of him.
THEi rIlr 8NW.
There was one thing that God had tdid
them not to do.
There was a tree in the middle of the gar-
den; it grew by the side of the river. Some
beautiful fruit grew upon it; but God said to
Adam and Eve, "You must not eat of the
fruit of that tree; for if you eat of it you shall
Adanm and Eve liked to obey God, and they
did not wish to eat of this fruit.
You know that the wicked angel Satan
hates God, and he hated Adam and Eve.'
He wished to make them naughty, that they
might go to hell, and be burned in his fire.
So he thought he would ask them to eat of
that fruit. He went into the garden and
looked like a serpent.t He saw Eve alone
near the tree. He said to her, "Why do fo
not eat of this nice fruit ?"
Eve answered, "No, I will not; we must
not eat of that fruit. If we do, God has said
we shall die." Then the serpent aid, "You
shall not die; that fruit will make you wise."
Eve looked at the fruit, and thought it
seemed nice and pretty, and she picked some
"Love is of God; and every one that loveth is born o
God, and knoweth God." 1 John, iv. 7.
t "That old serpent, called the devil, and Satan, which
deceveth the whole wold." Rev. xii.9.
THE FIRST SIN.
and ate it; and she gave some to Adam, and
he ate it.
It was very wicked of them to eat this
fruit. Now they were grow;l naughty, and
did not love God.'
Soon they heard God speaking in the gar-
den; then they were frightened, and they
went and hid themselves among the trees
But God saw them, for he can see every-
And God said, "Adam, where art thou?"
So Adam and Eve came from under the
God said to Adam, "Have you eaten the
fruit that I told you not to eat ?"
And Adam said, It was this woman who
asked me to eat some."
And God said to Eve, "What is this that
thou hast done ?"
And Eve said, The serpent asked me to
God was very angry with the serpent, and
said he should be punished for ever and
God said to Adam and Eve, "You shall
"By one man's disobedience, many were made sla-
nem" Rom. v. 19.
t "It shau bruise thy bed." Ge. iiL 15.
T'lH WL T 'IM.
die. I made your bodies of dust, and they
will turn to dust again."
God would not let them stay in the sweet
garden, but he sent an angel with a sword of
fire-and he drove them out.
The angel stood before the gate with his
sword, so that they could not come again in-
to the garden.
Neat Eden's land, in days gone by,
A lovely garden stood;
The trees were pleasant to the eye;
The fruit was good for food.
Two holy creatures spent their days
Within that garden fair;
In love they dwelt-they sang God's praise,
And humbly knelt in prayer.
In that sweet land one tree was placed
Their faithful love to try:
"That fruit," God said, "you shall not tatei
Who eats shall surely die."
0 why did Eve to Satan's ies
So readily attend I
Upon the fruit why fix her eyes,
Then pluck it with her hand I
No more shall Eve or Adam stay
Within that garden fair;
An angel stands to guard the war
That none may enter there
TRI sIOX W GOD.
THE sON OF GOD.
Gen. iii 14-24.
ABE you not very sorry to hear that Adam
and Eve were turned out of the garden ?
It was nt so pleasant outside of the gar-
den. A great many weeds and thistles grew
outside; but in the garden, there are only
pretty flowers and sweet fruits.
Adam was forced to dig the ground, till he
was hot and tired, for he could not always
find fruit upon the trees.
Now Adam felt pain in his body some.
times; and his hair became grey, and at last
he was quite old.
Eve was often very sick and weak, and
tears run down her cheeks. Poor Adam and
Eve! if you had obeyed God, you would have
been happy for ever.
Adam and Eve knew that they must die at
last; God gave them some little children;
and Adam and Eve knew that their children
must die too. God had toll them that their
bodies were made of dust, and that they must
turn to dust again.
Rut there was something more sad still
THI ioN. O FOD.
They were grown wicked. They did not
love praising God as they once had done, but
they liked doing many naughty things.*
They were grown like Satan, so Satan hoped
that when their bodies were put into the
ground, their spirits would be with him; for
Satan knew that the wicked could not live
with God in heaven.t
And they would have gone to hell, nd all
their children too, had not God taken pity
upon them. God, who is very kind, had
found out a way to save them.
God fl said to his Son, a long, long while
before, Adam and Eve, and all their child-
ren must go to hell for their wickedness, un-
less you die instead of them.t )My beloved
Son, I will send you; you shall have a body;
you shall go and live in the world, and you
"The carnal mind enmity against God: for it i not
subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." Rom
t "And the ord sid, Simon, Simon, behold Satan hath
deire to have you." Luke xxii. 31.
The constant efforts of Satan to tempt man to commit
sin, show that he is aware of the destructive nature of in ;
as it is undeniable that he desiree to destroy man.
$ Herein s love, not that we loved God, but that he
loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for or
irn." 1 John, iv. 10. "Who verily was foreordained
re the foundation of the world 1 Peter, i. 0.
THIB ION O GOD.
shall obey me, and you shall die for Adam
and his children."
The Son said to his father, "I will come:
I will do all that you desired me to do. It is
my delight to obey you.'t
So the Son promised that he would die for
Adam and Eve, and for their children
How kind it was in the Father to spare his
dear Son whom he loved so very much !t
How kind it was in the Son to leave his throne
of light, his bright angels, and his dear Father,
and to take a body and to die 1I
You know that we are some of Adam's
children's children. It was for us that Jesus
came to die. We are wicked, and we should
go to hell, if Jesus had not promised to die
for us.l We ought to love the Father, and
the Son, because they had pity on us.
Let us praise God with the angels and say,
I have kept my Father's commandment, and abide in
his love." John xv. 10.
t Then said I, Lo, I come: I delight to do thy will, 0
my God: yea, thy law is within my heart." Ps. xl. 8.
$ Thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world."
John xvii. 94.
1 "The glory which I had with thee before the wed
was." John xviii. 5.
I As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made
alive 1 Cor. xv. o.
1 "I heard the voice of many Angels, saying, Worthy b
the Lamb that was slain. And every creature heard I say
TUB ION OF GOD.
"We thank thee, 0 Father, for thy tender
ove, in giving up thine onlp8on.
"We thank thee, O Son, for thy tender
love, in coming down to bleed and die."
The Father waited a long while before he
sent his Son down to be a man.
All the time the Son waited in-heaven, he
thought of what he had promised to do;' but
he would not go and be a man till his Fathue
pleased to send him.t
Adam has sined, and on the ground
Shall thorns and thistles grow;
His body lie in dust; his soul-
Ah whither shall it go 1
Shall one, who dared to disobey,
With God for ever dwell 1
When angels sinned, God did not spare,
But cast them down to hell
ng, blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto
him that stteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever
and ever." Rev. v. 19-14.
Visits of the Son of God to man, in anticipation of hb
sacrifice, are often recorded in the Old Testament. Hh
visit to Abraham in Gen. xviii. to Jacob, Gen. xxxii, to
Moses in the bush, to Joshua, Jos. v. to Isaiah, I. vi. com-
pWd with John xii. 41.
The Son of God s evidently referred to in the folloing
passage: He base them, and carried them all the day of
old." Is. lxil. 9.
t "When the fulnes of the time was come, God eent
forth his Son." Gal. iv. 4.
THE VIRGIN MART.
Yet long before the world was mad,
Our God aotrived a plan,
By which his sinful soul to save,
And pardon guilty man.
The Father said his Son should die,
The Son replied "I will;
A feeble body I will take;
This body men shall kill."
Father, how great thy love to man
To send thy Son from high t
How great thy love, 0 glorious Son
To come, and bleed, and diet
THE VIRGIN MARY.
Luke L 26--5.
GOD told Adam and Eve, that he would send
his Son down some day to die for them.
But Adam and Eve did not love God; for
they were grown wicked.
Could God make them good?
Yes, he could: for there is a Holy Spirit
in heaven, and the Holy Spirit could come
into them and make them good.
You know, my little children, we are
wicked but God can make us good with his
THU VIney MAr. R* W
Holy Spirit. If God puts his Holy Spirit is
us, we shall not go to hell, and live wi&
I hope you will ask God to give you his
Holy Spirit. Say to God, "0, give me thy
Holy Spirit, to make me good !"
Adam had a great many children, and
grandchildren, and they had more children;
at last the world was full of people-more
people than you could count.
After Adam and Eve had been dead a long
while, and .when the world was full of peo-
ple, God said to his Son, Now go down into
But the Son must be a little baby first-
every body is a little baby at first.
So God chose to send his Son to be the
baby of a poor woman. This woman's name
was Mary. Mary had no little children.
She was a good woman, and loved God.
God's Holy Spirit was in her, and made her
meek and gentle.
One day an angel came to her. When
Mary saw the bright angel, she was fright-
ened; but the angel said, "Fear not Mary,
God loves you. He will send you a baby,
God hath, from the beginning, hosen you to alvatio,'
through sacndiAis of the Spirit, ad' blie of the trat
2 Them. ii. 13.
THM VIRGIN MART.
that shall be the Son of God. You shall call
Shis name Jesus. He will come to save people
Mary was much surprised at what the
angel said. She thought she was not good
enough to have such a baby as the Lord
When the angel was gone back to heaven,
Mary sang a sweet song of praise to God for
his goodness. Mary said, "My soul praises
God, and my spirit is glad because of my
Mary called her baby her Saviour, for she
knew that he would save her from hell.
I wonder not that Mary feared,
When Gabriel to her appeared;
How eould she know he came to bring
So sweet a merage from his King I
Full long the Son in heaven had stayed,
Since fist the promise had been made
To shed his blood for Adam's sin,
And happiness for man to win.
But yet the Son had ne'er forgot,
And what he said he changed not;
The time was come he should be born,
And in this world should live forlorn.
Mary shall be thy mother dear,
Who in er armn the child shall bear,
The aanel came thi news to bring,
And Mar listened wondering.
THI BIRTH OP 7 lU&S
And hall trh Lord a poerad kshse,
Apd all the gat and rich reful
But God high honour loves to place
On those who humbly seek his face.
THR BIRTH OF JEBSS.
Luke ii. 1-7.
MARY had a husband called Joseph. He was
a good man, and very kind to Mary.
Now before Mary's baby was born, a great
king said that every body must pay him some
money. So Mary and Joseph took some
money, and left their house, and went a great
way to pay the money to the king. At last
they came to a town called Bethlehem.
It was night. Where could they sleep
They went to an inn, and said, "Will you let
us itn we have come from a great way off."
But the master of the inn said, I have no
room in'my inn for you."
What could poor Mary do? Must she
sleep in the street? Mary said she would
sleep in the stable, if the master would let
70 TBH BIRTH OF JESUB.
So Mary and Joseph went into the stable.
There were cows and asses in the stable.
While Mary was in the stable, God sent
her the little baby he had promised her.
She knew it was the Son of God, though it
looked like other little babies.
She wrapped it in some long clothes, called
swaddling clothes; but she had no cradle for
it to sleep in, and she could not lay it on the
ground, lest the beasts should tread upon it;
so she put it in the manger, and she sat by
it to take care of it.
How dearly Mary loved this sweet babel
It had no sin like other babes,* but was
quite meek and lovely. Yet other babes have
cradles and soft pillows, while Jesus lay in a
I will tell you a verse to say to your little
baby-brother when you rock his cradle.
Sof aid eayy s thy cradle,
Corse and hard thy Saviour ly,
When his birth-plce was a stable,
And his softest bed was hay."
Dr. Wat's Cradle gpy
That hol thing which shall be born of thee. Luke
Wu in all point, tempted like as we r, yet without sin.
eb. iv. 16.
Luke ii. 8-20.
THERE were some fields near Bethlehem.
On the night when Jesus was born, some
shepherds were sitting by their sheep in those
fields. Why did they sit up at night? To
keep their sheep from the wolves and lions,
who walk about at night. There are no
wolves and lions where we live, but near
Bethlehem there were a great many wild
These shepherds saw a great light A
beautiful angel came from heaven. The poor
shepherds were afraid; but the angel said,
"Fear not, I have sweet news to tell you.
God has sent hit own Son from heaven to save
you from hell. He is a baby now, lying, in a
manger. Go to Bethlehem, and you will find
The angel had scarcely done speaking,
when hundreds and hundreds of bright angels
filled the sky, and began singing songs of
praise to God.
The great God has sent his Son to save
men: praise him for his goodness "
7t THEN BUBHPZRDI.
At last the angels went back to heaven, and
the shepherds were left alone.
Did they stay with their sheep
No; they said, "Let us go and see the Son
They ran to Bethlehem, and went to the
stable of the inn. There was a babe lying in
the manger; Mary and Joseph were sitting
by. The shepherds said, "This is the Son of
God. Angels have spoken to us to-night, and
told us where to find him."
All the people in Bethlehem were much
surprised when the shepherds told them about
the angels and the Son of God.
Bleed babe I what glorious feature,
Spotless fair, divinely brightt-
Must he dwell with brutal creatures
How could angels bear the might I
Wa there thing bet a manger
Sinners could to him afford,
To receive the heavenly stranger I
Did they thus affont the Lord 1
See the kinder sepherds round him,
Telling wonders from the sky ;
Where they sought him, there they found him,
With his virgin mother by.
ee the lively babe dressing,
Lovely infant, how he smil'd I
When he wept, the mother's blesing
Booth'd and hash'd thiholy chiM.
Dr Hwts OwMl flnt.
TaH WIll MEN. T7
THE WISE MEN.
THERE were some wise and rich men. They
lived a great way from Bethlehem. They
knew that God had sent his Son to be a babe;
but the men did not know where to find him;
so God put a beautiful star in the sky, and
God said to them, Go where the star moves."
So the wise men left their houses, and set
out on a long journey; but first they said,
"Let us bring some presents for the Son of
God: for he is a King."
They took some gold, and some sweet-
smelling stuff to burn. They looked at the
star as they went. At last it stopped over a
house in Bethlehem. The wise men were
very glad indeed. They longed to se the
Son of God. They came in, and there they
saw Mary and her child Jesus; they fell down,
and began to praise him, and to call him the
Son of God, and the King.
They took out their presents and gave them
to him. Mary was. poor; but now she had
some money to buy things for her little baby.
THE WISE MEN.
Lo I traveller enter Bethlehem's gate;
Arriv'd from some far distant land:
They seem to be of high estate,
And hold rich presents in their hand.
They swiftly pas from street to street,
Nor need they fear to go astray,
Nor need they ask the men they meet,
To guide them in their unknown way.
For see where shines a beauteous star;
On it they fix their joyful eyes:
That heavenly guide has led them far,
And now it lightens Bethlehem's skies.
But lo it stops, its corse i done;
On Mary's roof it sheds a light:
Enter; there dwells God's blessed Son-
Enter; enjoy the glorious sight.
But where is He, the Lord of all,
Who made the heav'ns and earth and seas
Behold Him there, an infant small.
Lying upon his mother's knees.
Their Lord full well the strangers know,
And humbly worship at his feet,
Joyful their golden treasures show,
And burn their precious spics sweet
0 happy they who knelt that day,
Before the lovely infant's face,
And who believed, tho' clad in clay,
That he was Lord of every place.
And shall not I be hap too,
If tho' His face I never saw,
I feel for him affection true,
And stillobey His holy law
Nor gol, ar spices need I give,
To show my Lord how much I loe,
But Imay srve him while I live,
And thu my warm affection prove.
Matt. ii.; Luke ii. 51, 59.
THERE was a very wicked king called Herod.
He lived a little way from Bethlehem. He
heard that a babe was born in Bethlehem,
and that some people said that the babe was a
Now Herod did not like that there should
be any other king beside himself. Herod did
not like that even the Son of God should be
king. So Herod said, "I will kill this babe
that is called a king."
Herod knew that this babe was in Bethle-
hem,; but there were many babes in Bethle-
hem, and Herod did not know which was the
babe that was called a king.
Some people knew which 't was; but they
loved Jesus, and they would not tell Herod.
A very wicked thought came into Herod's
mind He thought. "I will kill all the babes
in Bethlehem." Do you think God would let
Herod kill his Son ? No; God knew what
Herod meant to do. God sent one of his
bright angels to speak to Joseph when he was
The angel said, A wicked king wants to
kill the baby. Get, up, Joseph, take Mary
and the baby a great way off." So Joseph
got up quickly; he took his ass, he put Mary
on it, and she held the baby. It was dark
when they set off. Nobody saw them go.
The next morning some men came with
swords. Herod had sent them. They were
come to kill all the babies. They opened
every door and said, Is there a baby here ?"
Then they snatched it from its mother, and
killed it, and the poor mother cried bitterly.
Had you walked down the streets you
would have heard nothing but women weep-
ing and crying out, My pretty baby is dead;
I shall never see it more."
Was Jesus killed ?
No: he was gone far away. His Father,
God, had sent him away. Herod could not
kill him, for God would not let him die so
At last king Herod died. Then God sent
an angel to speak to Joseph when he was
asleep. The angel said, Joseph, go back to
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KING BiROD. 77
your own country; Herod is'dead." So Jo-
seph took the ass, and Mary, and the sweet
child Jesus, and they all came back to their
Joseph was a carpenter. Jesus lived with
Joseph and Mary, and minded all they said.
He was a wise child, and loved to think of
God. God his Father loved him, and every-
body loved him, because he was so meek and
kind. The older he grew,-the more they
From babies dear the blood is streaming,
Around behold the mothers screaming;
For cruel Herod sent an order
To kill the children of that border.
He seeks to kill the heav'nly stranger;
But God has sav'd his son from danger;
An Angel Joseph did awaken;
To distant lands the Babe is taken.
How safe are those within God's keeping I
How safe awake, how safe when sleeping
For night and day His eye can watch them,
His hand from every evil snatch them ..
Mtt. vi 1-11.
AT last Jesus grew to be a man. He knew
that he must go from place to place and teach
people about God.
But first he went into a place by himself-
a wilderness. He had no house to sleep in
there, no friend to speak to, no food to eat.
In the night it was cold, in the day very
There were no men, but there were lions,
wolves, bears.* At night they roared and
howled, but Jesus trusted in his Father.
He ate nothing for forty days and forty
nights: God kept him alive. When Jesus
was alone, then he spoke in his heart to his
At last some one came and spoke to him.
Who was it 7
Not a man, nor a bright angel, not God; it
was Satan. I do not know how he looked.
He was come to tempt Jesus to do wickedly,
"And he was with the wild beut." Mrk i. 1.
t u Yet I am not alon becaum the Father i with me"
John zv. 3.
and not to mind God his Fathr. Stan
knew that Jesus was hungry. he said to
him, "Turn these stones into bread;" but
Jesus would not, for God had promised to
feed him himself.
After that Satan took Jesus to the top of
a great building, that was much higher than
a church. It is dreadful to be on the top of a
wery high place. It makes one tremble to
look down from the top.
Satan said to Jesus, "Throw yourself
down from this place; your Father will send
his angels to keep you from being hurt, for
you know that he has promised to take care
Would Jesus have done right, had he thrown
himself down ? No; Jesus knew that his Fa-
ther would be displeased, if he threw himself
down: and Jesus always did the things that
pleased his Father.
Then Satan took him to the top of a very
high hill. He showed him the most beautiful
things in the world, gardens, and houses, ships,
and carriages, and fine clothes and feasts. He
said, "Look at these fine things. I will give
them all to you. You shall have all the
world for your own: only kneel dowr and
call me' God.' "
But Jesus said, "I will pray to my Father,
and not to you."
Jesus loved his Father better than all the
things in the world.
Adam and Eve minded Satan, and dis-
obeyed God; but Jesus did all his Father had
told him; Adam was disobedient, Jesus was
Then Satan went away, and angels came
from heaven and fed Jesus.
Satan goes about, trying to make children
naughty. A lion could only eat your body,
but Satan waits to have your soul and body
in hell. Satan hates you. He is your ene-
my. But God is stronger than Satan.* Say
to God, "Keep me from minding Satan," God
will keep you.
Upon that mountain's height
Two mighty princes stand :-
Jesus, the Prince of light,
Satan at his right hand.
Below them lies the prospect fair
Of all earth holds of rich or rare.
Tables are seen around
Spread with delicious meats:
Gardens where fruits abound
And thousand tempting sweets:
Silver and gold and precious stones,
Chariot and palaces and thrones.
Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
1 John, iv. 4.
Satan did ae p-evll
On Eve to ldaby:
And now why should he fAh
To tempt the Lord aray I
For Eve abundant good possm'd.
Whle Christ with hunger is distressed.
In vain the temptetries
The Saviour to deceive,
For Jeu let the skies
Our mi'ry to rlie:
Hi Father dear he soght to please,
Nor wish'd for earthly joy and ese
He had sen brighter things,
And sweeter joys hd known,
Where angels tonh the strings
Around his Father' throne:
And shll He fom that throne desead
Before the evil oe to bend 1
No, He wil hnger bear,
And safr sharpest pain,
Til God hallhear hi pry'r
And his weak lie sustain.
And lo! I ham'd the tempter ties,
And angels feod him om- the skiB.
Full oft does Satan try
Te draw my steps aside;
Now bids me tell a i,
My fults ~ om all to hide,
And tempts me woon to in again,
That I new pleasures may obtain.
rp.p D.. 6
8U THI TWELVE DISCIPLES
Whenever I consent
To walk in Satan's ways,
It is, a though I bent
My knee before his fe.
And what reward will Satan give?
In his own hall with him to lie.
How shall my feeble heart
Be kept from Satan's pow'r l
0 Lord thy strength imprt
In ev'ry tempted hour,
Tha I my sinful joys retee,
And thy sweet eice ever choose.
THE TWELVE DISCIPLES.
Mark i 16-90.
WHEN Jesus was a man, he began to teach
people about his Father. Jesus used to preach.
What did he preach
Sometimes he preached to people in a place
like a church; sometimes he preached in the
fields; sometimes he sat on the top of a hill
and preached; and sometimes he sat in a ship,
and the people stood by the edge of the water
to hear him. Jesus did not always live in the
same place: he used to walk about from one
place to another.
THE TWELVE DOIMPLE
Did Jesus walk about alone ?-No; he had
twelve friends always with him. He called
them his twelve disciples.
How many are twelve---Let us coiut the
little children in this room. Here are twelve.
Jesus had just so many disciples.
One was called Peter, -and another John,
and another James, and another Thomas. But
I will not tell you the names of all, lest you
should forget them.
Peter was a fisherman. He had a little
ship, and he used to catch fish in the day and
in the night. James and Jihn had another
little ship, and they used to catch ish.
One day, Jesus passed by their ships, and
Jesus saw Peter and his brother Andrew
throwing a net into the sea to catch fish, and
Jesus said to them, "Come with me." And
Peter and Andrew left their nets, and their
ship, and went with Jesus.
And Jesus went a little farther, and he saw
James and John sitting in their ship, mending
the holes in their nets, and Jesus said to them,
"Come with me;" and they left their nets,
and went with Jesus.
Jesus called what people he pleased to come
Shall I tell you why Jesus chose to have
84 TAX TWELVE DISCIPLE.
twelve friends always with him? What do
you think was the reason?
Jesus wished to teach them about God his
Father,* that they might teach other people
about him.t They liked being with him, and
listening to his words.t Would you have
liked to have been always with Jesus?
When Jesus was alone with his disciples he
used to tell them secrets about Godi and hea-
ven. They loved him very much indeed ;I
they called him Master and Lord.1 Jesus
loved them still more than they loved him,"
and he called them his friends.tt
Jesus used to give them part of his things.
Christ said in prayer to his Father, I have manifest.
ed ty name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the
world." John xvii. 6.
t And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him,
and that he might send them forth to preach. Mark iii. 14.
t Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go
away1 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom
shall we gol thou hast the words of eternal life. John vi.
I When they were alone he expounded all things to his
disciples. Mark iv. 34.
I The father himself loveth you, because ye have loved
me. John xvi. 27.
I Ye call me Master and Lord. John xiii. 13.
** As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you.
John xv. 9.
tt I have called you friends. John xv. 15.
Tan TWRLVII DIWOIIPLEU
But Jesus had no house to live in,* and he
had very little money.t Sometimes they
were very much tired with walking far,t and
sometimes they were very hungry and thirs-
ty.f But kind people often asked them to
come into their houses, and gave them
Other people laughed at Jesus, and called
Were the disciples good? They were bad,
like us; but Jesus put his Spirit into them,
and made them better." The disciples were
not quite good like Jesus; they often quarrell.
The Son of man hath not where to lay hs head. Luke
.t Jens having bad ecourme to a miracle to procure
money to pay tribute, tesie to his poverty; and his share
ing it with Peter, (" Give unto them fbr me and thee,")
shows that he shared his supplies with his disciples. Matt.
: Jesus therefore, being wried with his journey, at
thus on the well. John iv. .
I His disciple werean hngored, and began to pluck tho
ears of corn. Matt. xii. 1.
I A certain woman named Martha received him into her
house. Luke 38.
There they made him a supper. :Jeb. aii. .
SSay we not well that thou at a Samaitan and bat a
devil 1 John viii. 48.
** Now ye are clean through the word which I have
spoken unto you. John xv. 3.
86 THU TVELVU DIOII'LUN.
ed with each other, and sometimes they,
were unkind to poor people.t
How happy they who hared the bread
Of Jesue here below I
From place to place he travelled
And they with him did go.
What th thothey never had a place,
Where safely to abide,
They saw their loving Master's fce,
And fllow'd by his side.
They heard him preach from hills and ships,
Of things to men unknown;
But sweeter words dropped from hi lips
When they were all alone.
For then he would the things explain
They could not understand,
That heavenly wisdom they might gan,
And (eah it through the land.
Titrou, I cannot here below
With thee, my Saviour, dwell
To eav'none day I hope to go
And there to know thee wal.
And there was alo a strike among them, which of them
should be accounted the greatest. Luke xi. 24.
t Wites theirooduct tothe woman of Canaan. Mt.
THE FIRar MIRACLE. o
THE FIRST MIRACLE.
John L 1-11.
I TOLD you that some people used to ask
Jesus to come into their houses. I shall now
tell you of a man who did ask Jews. This
man gave a feast, and Jesus came to the feast:
Mary, Jesus' mother, came; and the disciples
came. There were a great maey people be-
sides at the feast.
There was some wine for the people to
drink: but there was so little, that very soon
it was all gone.
Jesus knew that the wine was gone. Could
not Jesus give the people more wine ?-Yes;
for he made the world, and all things in it.
ropre were some large stone jars in the
room. Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the
jars with water," and they filled them quite
Then Jesus said, Dip in a cup, and give
it to the master to drink." The servants gave
it to him; but Jesus had turned the water
When the master had tasted it he said,
88 THE FIRST MIRACLE.
"What nice wine this is I- where did it come
The servants told him how Jesus had told
them to fill the jars with water. Then all the
people at the feast knew that Jesus had turned
the water into wine.
This was the first wonder that Jesus did:
it was called a miracle.
Why did' Jesus do miracles ?
To show people that he was the Son of God.
The disciples now felt quite 'sure that Jesus
was the Soa of God.
Once Jesus to a marriage went,
The numerous guests surround the board,
When lo I they find the wine is spent;-
This Mary hears, and tells the Lord.
Before the guests' astonished eyes
Christ make his heavenly glory shine;
The thing desir'd He soon supplies
And changes water into wine.
How ready does my Lord appear
Our fond desires to satisfy I
And all that we can wish for here
He is well able to supply.
Both health and eas He codd bestow,
Plenty, and ev'ry earthly jo";
And always -w-fd, did He not know
These would at length our souls dei y.
SViERAL MIRACLEk W
For ho he allU ar wihe grant,
We Should fora hoev'nly home:
But when we ndr, then we pnut
After those brigter joy to coe
Luke vii. 11-16
AFTER Jesus had turned the water into wine,
he did a great many wonders. He made
blind people see, and sidl people well, and
dumb people speak, and lame people walk.
When Jesus came to a place, all the sick
people crowded round him.
Jesus did not send them away, because
they disturbed him, but he cured them all.'
This was the way in which he cured one
blind man. He said, "See P and the man
could see that moment.t
This was the way in which he cured a man
who was deaf and dumb. Jesus put his fin-
gers into his ears, and touched his tongue,
He laid his hand on emvy e of them, and healed
them. Lke ly. 40.
t Lake xrvii. 49.
and looked up to his Father in heaven, and
said, Be opened!" and immediately the
string of his tongue was loosed, and he could
Once Jesus saw a poor sick man lying on a
bed, and Jesus said to him, Should you like
to be made well?" The poor man said he
wished very much to be made well. Then
Jesus said, "Get up, carry your bed, and
walk." The man tried to get up, and he found
that he could; for Jesus gave him strength.t
One day Jesus was in a place like a church;
he was preaching; when he saw a poor wo-
man whose back was bent, so that she could
not lift up her head. Jesus said, Woman, I
have made you well;" and then Jesus touched
her with his hands, and her back grew straight,
and she began to praise God.t
Sometimes Jesus made dead people alive
again' That was more wonderful than mak-
ing sick people well.
Once Jesus was walking on the road. A
great many people were walking after him,
for people liked to see him do wonders, ard
to hear him talk. They met some men car-
rying a dead man to put him in the ground.
A poor old woman came after, crying very
Mark vii. 3--35. t John v. 5-9.
s Luke xiii. 11-13.
~vrEAt tItACLZS. 91
much. She was the mother of the dead man.
He was her only son.
Jesus was very sorry to see her cry. He
came up to her and said, "Do not cry," and
then he touched the coffin. There was no
top tq it; the dead man was lying in it.
Jesus said, Get up, young man." He sat
up and began to speak. Then Jesus said to
his mother, "Here is your son."
All the people were surprised and said,
"This must be the Son of God. He can
make dead people alive again."
The dumb, the deaf, the lme, the bind,
Assembled found the Lord,
He to their pray'r his ers indin'd,
And he'd them by his word:
They speak, they hear, they leap, they ee
And pai his name most joyfully.
My spech, sight, being, and my limbs,
I owe, dear Lord, to thee;
Thy praise I'll sing in gra hymns,
To thee I'll bend my knee.
With all I am and all I have
I'll ere the Lord, who freely gave.
My tongue shall kindly speak to all,
And read aloud Gods book;
My ears shall heed my parent's call,
My eyes attentive look:
My feet in swift obedience mee,
And haste on message of lov
.t9 TRHB imX5 AND SIMON.
THE SINNER AID SIMON.
L 1ohrism, to Md.
WeY did- Jesus come into the world .-To
save us from hell.
BdI jy did God sy that people must go
to lh4-ecause every body was naughty.
Jems can forgive people thair naughtiae,
and make tr8 e. od. B, Jesus will not
forgive people who klt saorty. I will tell
you of a proud man who was not sorry, and
of a poor woman who was sorry.
A rich proud man asked Jesus to come and
dine with him. Why did he ask Jesus ? he
did not love him;-He only asked him that
he might hear what he said, and laugh at him:
but Jesus aid he would come.
The proud man treated Jesus very unkind-
ly. He gave him no water to wash his feet,
put no sweet ointment upon them, gave him
A poor woman, who had been very naugh.
ty, saw Jesus go into the rich man's house.
She came up behind Jesus, and began to cry
for all her naughtines. She knew Jesus
could forgive her, and she loved Jess.
THU mm1wnr AND SIMON. 93
She had brought a box of ointment with
her: she stooped down, and her tears fell upon
Jesus' feet, and with her tears she washed
them: she wiped them with her long hair,
and then pured the sweet ointment upon
them, and kissed them.
The rich nu looked at the woman very
angrily; he X she had been very naughty,
and he was angry at seeing Jesus se kidl to her.
But Jesus said to the proud man, "This
woman has been very naughty: but she is
sorry, and I have forgiven her, and she loves
me very much. She loves me a great deal
more than you do. She has been kind to me,
but you have been unkind. You gave me no
water for my feet; but she has washed my
feet with her tears. You gave me no kiss;
but she has kissed my feet ever since I came
in. You gave me no ointment, but she has
poured very sweet ointment upon my feet."
Then Jesus spoke kindly to the woman, and
said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."
So Jesus comforted this poor woman; but
the proud man and his friends grew still more
Jesus will forgive your sins if you are sorry
and if you ask him ; but if you think yourself
If we oonfeu our sins, He is faithful and just to forgie
Sour ins 1 John L 9.
94 THE SINNER AND SIMON.
good, he will not forgive you; for Jesus can-
not bear proud people.*
Tell me who is standing there
With weeping eyeeand flowing hair,
And box of ointment sweet
Now on the ground she's bending low;
Her tears yet fast and &ster flow;
They Ml on Jesu' fet.
To her dear Lord such love she bears,
His feet se washes with her tears,
And wipe them with hr hair;
And then with pious tenderness,
Fond kisses eses not to press;
And pour the ointment rare.
Ah! she, whose love is now so strong,
Has wander'd far, has wandered long,
And from her God has gone;
But new with willing feet returns,
And now with deepest sorrow mourns
The deeds that she has done.
And will the Lord in pity look,
And blot her crimes out from his book,
And words of comfort say 1
Ah I yes; e'en now He pardon gives,
E'en now the weeping sinner lives,
And wipes her tears away.
And would the Lord thus deal with me,
If I should humbly bow my knee,
And all my sins confess 1
See the parable of the Pharisee and publican. Luke
Trit ,.mo at a, A 93'
For 6rh- ftma r I wami& htr,
My dri, I know, mst haith an
Ujto Gal'. balMls.
But if thi Lol meibnerm heaud
And sweetly qAlse pud'nafa werd,
Why d sedUkMt n krm
B& iM wEL kl; (1 wl tew9;1
Ad w isirw, Bm a e
.Asd =eneUlo be.
THB STORM AT lBA.
Luake TaL .-.
JEus often went into a ship with his disciple.
Peter had a ship of his own, sod JohbaWld
another ship, and they liked to lend thdbrhips
Once they were all in a ship, when the
wind blew very hard, and the water moved
up and down, and came over the ship. The
disciples were afraid that they should be
Jesus had fallen asleep, and was lying on
a pillow. The noise of the wind and of the
water had not awakened him.
His disciples ran to him and cried, "0
96 'rTH sTOYRM AT suA.
Master! do you not care for us-? will you let
Then Jesus got up, and said to the wind,
"Wind, be still," and he said to the water,
"Be still." The wind. left off blowing, and
the water was smooth and quiet.
Then Jebta said to his disciples, "Why
were younafraid? Why did you not believe
that I would take care of you ?"
Jesus knew that they were tossed about,
and he would have kept them safe, though he
The disciples said one to another, "Jesus
is the Son of God; even the wind and the
water obey him."
The dicipl, with Jesu their lrd,
On the se in a r~Tel were tot,
As the wind 1omf Mew, and waves ror'd,
Muh they 6f4M that they ll should be lit.
Soee the water ruh'd into the ship;
For the Muter all eagerly look:
On a pillow they find Him asleep-
Had the Lord his dear children forook
Ah I not so; while He slept, He still thought
Of their danger and bitur ditrm:
For His mercif eye slumbers not,
But is watching his children to blem,
To ther prayer his ear He inclia'd:
To the wind and the water He spake;
SPeace, be still," and soon hush'd is t wind
And the waters their roaring forke.
Ah. how ready i Jesus to save I
And how strong i His arm to protect;
Then His mercy we ever will crave:
And an answer will ver expect
Luke iii. 41, to the end.
A RICH man came to Jesus, and ll down at
his feet and said, "I have one little girl, and
she is very sick, pray come and make her
well." And Jesus went with the rich man.
When they were near the house, some ser
vants came out and said, The little girl is
just dead; no one can make her well now."
But Jesus said, "Do not be afraid; I can
make her well."
Jesus said to the father and mother of the
little girl, "Come with me into the house.
Peter, James, and John, you may come in, but
no one else."
So they went up into the room where the
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98 JIABstu' DAVOeT3m.
little girl was lying in bed. A great many
people were in the room, playing sad music,
and singing sad songs, and crying, because
the child was dead. But Jesus said, "Leave
off crying. The girl is only sleeping: she is
Jear said she was asleep, because he meant
to make her alive so soon again. But the
people laughed at Jesus, and said, "She is
dead; and they would not believe that he
could make her alive again.
Jesus said, Those people must be put out
of the room." So he sent them out, and shut
the door; but he let the father and mother,
and Peter, and James, and John, stay in the
room. He took the little girl's hand, and said,
"Aris;" and fist she sat up, and then she
roe up out of bed, and walked about the room.
She was twelve years old. Jesus then said,
"Bring her something to eat."
The father and mother were very glad, and
all the people were much surprised at what
HarkI 'tit a father cryig,
And this is what he iith;
SMy little dtughter'e lyin
Juat Athe point of death."
The Sviour moo conented
To come and hal the maLd:
THU LOATV AND .VPIR.
Nor wa He e'ae pemated
By hearing he was dead.
Be bknddth people weesia
Because her breath wm gone:
And when He said, She's leaping
They laughed Him to scorn.
The Lard no ianf" l mockery
Would eufer to remain:
Then by the hand He took her,
And bade her ri again.
Ah! see the maid arising
According to His word;
Does not the deed surpriing
Show Jeeus to be Lord
See in their fond embrace
The parents clamp the maid:
Asham'd are now the fare
Who mok'd at what He mid.
THE LOAVES AND FIBHES.
Matt. xi,. 13--.
ONCE Jesus went into the wilderness with his
disciples, and a great many people came after
him: then Jesus preached to all the people,
and told them about his Father, and how he
himself had come down from heaven to wft
LOAVE2 AND VJUHeI.
them from Satan. They listened to him from
morning till night.
When it was getting dark, the disciples
came to Jesus and said, "Will you not send
the people home, for it is late ?"
But Jesus knew that the people had had
nothing to eat all day, and he did not like to
send them home, tired and hungry. So he
said to his disciples, Cannot you feed them ?"
No," said they, we have only five loaves
and two small fishes, and see how many peo-
ple there are."
But Jesus said, "Make them sit down on
the grass, and bring the loaves and fishes to
me." So the disciples made them all sit
There were a great many people, as many
as would fill ten churches-five thousand men,
besides women and little children.
How tired the little children must have
been! it was time for them to have their sup-
per and go to bed. We shall hear how Jesus
fed all these people.
They sat down on the green grass. Jesus
took the loaves and fishes; first he lifted up
his eyes to his Father, and thanked -him for
the food, and then he took a piece of bread
and gave it to Peter, and said, Feed all those
people sitting there;" and he gave another