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THE LITTLE LAMB.AFRIEND tf children, who loves them very much, one day went to see a schoolof infant orphans. He had been fo visit them before, and had talked withthem, and they knew him again. When he came into the 3choolroom, theireyes looked bright,, and they were very glad that he was come once more.Then they marched in a row, and went into another room, where there was agallery, on which they were soon seated.Their friend talked to them kindly. He asked them about many things.-He spoke to them about the Bible, and the good and true'ings in it. HeS gave them som eshort rhymes andverses, of wliichthey were veryfond, and theysaid' them after-him. He thentold them somelittle storiesabout children,and about goodmen and women,, and about manythingswhich Godhad made and- i given to us. Therewas one storythatS pleased themvery much, and"as other childrenmay like it too, itis put in printthat they also,may know whatS e said about it.*L- 9SJL
THE LITTLE LAMB.ISHOWING HOW IT WANDERED, HOW IT SUFFERED, AND HOW IT WAS SAVEDBY THE GOOD SHEPHERD.THERE was a Little Lamb that lived in a very beautiful green field,Where flowers blow, and streams flow.He was under the care of a very kind Shepherd, and was kept quite safe. TheLittle Lamb ran about among the grass, and played there, glad and happy.There were many other lambs, and they were never angry, they never hurteach other ; but they all lived in peace and love.One day the Little Lamb of which we speak ran away from the rest, andwent to the end of the field. All round it there was a bankand a hedge, to keep the flock from going astray. The LittleLamb went up to the top of the bank,Sand looked through the hedge. Every-3* thing seemed verypretty on the otherside; there were manyfine plants, and the"I43
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birds were singing in the trees, and there was a large bioad path that seemedto lead to some green fields beyond.For many days the Little Lamb went to the bank, and looked through thehedge. Then he did not seem so pleased as before with his own field,"Where flowers grow, and streams flow;but he wanted to go on the other side, and to run in the broad path.After some time, he looked about along the hedge to try and find a holethrough which he might creep, and then go just a little way on the other side,and soon run back again. After looking a long time he found a hole in thehedge. He1 put in his nose, and then his neck, and then part of his body,when a sharp thorn gave him a prick on the breast that covered it with blood.He pushed it aside, and went further in, when many thorns pricked his face,"and his iback, and his feet, and made his eyes almostblind. He ought to have gone back, but he saw a place" where e the hedge seemed thinner, and he pushed to-wards it. It was hard work; the wool on his backwas torn, and he was hurt all over ; but at last hegot through the hedge o the other side. He nowseei ed glad, and rested on the grass,and heard the birds sing, and looked554 T jr,"4 I:~U'Y-
round and saw what a wide country there was all around, where he could roveabout from place to place.The Little Lamb then rose, and went into the broad way: he found thatit led into many other paths, and he ran on into one and another, and into agreat many more paths. He seemed glad for a time, but as the sun wassetting he wanted to get back again to the field,Where flowers blow, and streams flow.So he tried to find his way back again, but the more he went from one pathto another he seemed to get further and further away. He was quite lost,lost. He then lay down under a tree, for he was very tired,and, oh! how he wished that he had never gone astray!Then it began to get dark. The clouds were very heavy,and the rain fell fast, and a great storm came on. Thelightning began to flash, and the thunder toroar, and the limbs of the Little Lambshook with fear. The tree under whichbe la was struck by the Jighfoing7m: -1: ~~
he was only just able to run away before it came down upon the place wherehe had rested. Some of the branches fell on his back as he was going away,and gave him great pain.The Little Lamb now ran into a thick wood, and tried to find shelter there.The night soon came on; not a star was to be seen; all was dark, dark. TheLamb was cold and wet, hungry and weak. He knew not where to go orwhat to do.In the dark night the Little Lamb heard the cries of wild beasts. Then agreat lion roared aloud, and came nearer and nearer. He' saw the Little Lamband soon came near to him. Oh! how did he shake with fear! He rose andtried to run away, the lion was about to spring on him, when,lo! the Little Lamb fell down into a deep and narrow pit.The lion stood over the pit and roared and lashed his'tail. The Lamb fell to the bottom of the pit, amongthorns, and mud, andcreeping things. Oh!Show did he suffer H iswool was torn and dirty,his body was fiull ofpain, and the lion was8
near him. There the Lamb lay, and his cries became more and more faint,and lie seemed ready to die.While the Lamb was going astray, the kind Shepherd, on walking roundthe field, missed him. He saw the foot-marks, and found the hole in thehedge, and some of the wool left there, and knew the sad state of his LittleLamb. He then took his crook in one hand, and a lamp in the other, andwent after the lost one. When he came into the dark wood he stopped, forhe heard the faint cries of his Little Lamb. He then ran to the pit. Thelion saw him and his lamp, and turned round and ran away, for he was afraidof the Shepherd. The cries of the Little Lamb had almost diedaway when the Shepherd came near. By the light of his lamp hesaw the Lamb, and he spoke kindly to him. Then with his rod andwith his crook he drew the Little Lamb out of the dirty pit.The kind Shepherd then took the Little Lamb, and washed him'quite clean; and put oil on his wounds, and bound them up, andtook him up in his arms and carried him"in his bosom. Oh! how happy was theLittle Lamb now! When he heard thelion and the wild beasts roar, he clung9
the closer and closer to the arm and the heart of the kind Shepherd, who borehim back to the field,Where flowers blow, and streams flow.Now the Little Lamb no more wished to go astray. He loved to keep nearthe Good Shepherd, and was safe and happy in his fold.When the kind friend who had thus spoken to the children had done, heand they had a great deal to say to each other. Hefirst of all asked them " Who is like the Little Lamb ?"Several said, " We are, sir." He stopped as if hewanted some other answer, when at last a little girladded, " I am, sir." He then said, " That is right,every one should feel that he or she has gone astraylike the Little Lamb." Then he taught them, a line ata time, to say this text after him :" All we like sheep have gone astray;We have turned every one to his own way ;And the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all."" Yes," said he, " Jesus Christ boreour sins in His own body on the tree,that is, the cross. Oh! how we oughtto love Him who saw us going astray,and came to seek and to save the lost."Then they talked about the naughtyways of the Little Lamb. How hewanted to get out of the field. How Ahe would not go back when the thornspricked him ; like children, who know 1.what is right and do what is wrong.And of the lion, and the text whichsays, that Satan, " as a roariug lion, Iwalketh about, seeking whom he maydevour." And of the cries of the LittleLamb, and how the kind Shepherd wasso quick to hear him,. and how thetrue Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, isalways ready to hear all who pray toHim.10.
Then their friend asked who was like the kind Shepherd, when many littletongues said, " Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd." " Yes," he said, " you arequite right; and now say these words again after me.'He shall feed his flock like a shepherd;He shall gather the lambs with his arm,And carry them in his bosom.' "-Isaiah xl. 11.The little orphans said these words over and over again. Then their kindfriend said, " Yes, my dear children, Jesus is the Good Shepherd; and you allknow how he took little children in His arms, and put His hands on them, andblessed them. And He is now ready to bless you, my dears. He is as kindnow He is in heaven as when on earth. And let us never forget that JesusChrist said, 'I am the Good Sehepherd: the Good Shepherd giveth His life1.2
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for the sheep,' John x. 11. And He did give up His life on the cross to saveus. We must believe on Him, love Him, and obey Him." Now let me add, that Christ, after He had died for us and rose again,and before He went back to heaven, said unto Peter, 'Feed my lambs.' Oh!how kind He was! Oh! how kind He is! How we should love Him!" Now, my dear children, I have been trying to feed you little lambs beforeme, and to lead you into green pastures and beside the still waters, so I hopeyou will all try to think of what I have said and taught you from the Bible,"It was past school-time, and play-time was come, but the dear little childrenwanted.their friend to stay longer: he did so; and they had much to say toone another. As he left the room, the eyes and faces of the little ones seemedto say, " We hope, sir, you will come to see us again."144
S' THE1N GREEN PASTURES.C " The Lord is my Shepherd;S / I shall not want."He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;He leadeth me beside the still waters.i l He restoreth my soul:" He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness forHis name's sake.Yea, though I walk through the valley of theshadow of death,I will fear no evil: for Thou art withme;Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me."L16C
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'. .... " 0- 7 -' J. .4fTHE LITffLE LAMB.O LOQD, our Sheplherd, deign to keepThy little lambs, Thy feeble sheep,And when our feet w.ould go astray, *Utphold and guide u.s in Vy way.Our Shepherd, Jesus, kindly gaveHis precious life, the flock to save :Oh may. we hear and know His voice,And in His love alone rejoice.When faint and trembling with alarms,Oh gather us within thine., arms:Kind Shepherd, on Thy gracious breastThe weakest lamb may safely rest.Where Thy free bounties most are seen;.There nay Thy gentle waters roll,S To cheer and save the fainting soul.Tlm blest, though we should wa& the valWhere death's deeep shado~vs wil ptevaV,We shall our heavenly @aphird see, b-His rod ad8 staff our comfort be.Surely Thy goodness andpour praiseShall fill up all our fadinug day s:Then dying, gather us aboveTo- Thy own fold, the heaven of love.* ..~a$~ 4pb bt j~~~t19-.,