Hymns in prose for children


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Hymns in prose for children by Mrs. Barbauld ; illustrated
Physical Description:
xii, 100 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Murray, John, 1808-1892 ( Publisher )
Barnes, R ( Engraver )
Kennedy, T ( Engraver )
Wimperis, Edmund Morrison, 1835-1900 ( Engraver )
Coleman, W. S ( William Stephen ), 1829-1904 ( Engraver )
William Clowes and Sons ( Printer )
John Murray
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W. Clowes and Sons
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Subjects / Keywords:
Children -- Conduct of life -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Conduct of life -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Devotional literature -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Glory of God -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Christian life -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Animals -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Natural history -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Hymns   ( lcsh )
Hymns -- 1880   ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1880
Hymns   ( rbgenr )
non-fiction   ( marcgt )
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England -- London


General Note:
Illustrations by R. Barnes, T. Kennedy, E. M. Wimperis, and W. S. Coleman.
Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).

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University of Florida
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Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
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All rights reserved, Board of Trustees of the University of Florida.
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AMONG the number of books composed for the use of
children, though there are many, and some on a very
Rational plan, which unfold the system, and give a
summary of the doctrines of religion, it would be diffi-
cult to find one calculated to assist them in the devotional
part of it, except indeed Dr. Watts's Hymns for Children.
These are in pretty general use ; and the Author is
deservedly honoured for the condescension of his Muse,
which was very able to take a loftier flight. But it
may well be doubted whether poetry ought to be lowered
to the capacities of children, or whether they should
not rather be kept from reading verse till they are able
to relish good verse; for the very essence of poetry is
an elevation in thought and style above the common
standard; and if it wants this character, it wants all
that renders it valuable.
The Author of these Hymns has therefore chosen
to give them in prose. They are intended to be com-
mitted to memory, and recited. And it will probably
be found that the measured prose in which such pieces


are generally written, is nearly as agreeable to the ear
as a more regular rythmus. Many of these Hymns are
composed in alternate parts, which will give them some-
thing of the spirit of social worship.
The peculiar design of this publication is to impress
devotional feelings as early as possible on the infant
mind ; fully convinced, as the Author is, that they
cannot be impressed too soon, and that a child, to feel
the full force of the idea of God, ought never to
remember the time when he had no such idea--to
impress them, by connecting religion with a variety of
sensible objects, with -all that he sees, all he hears,
all that affects his young mind with wonder or delight;
and thus, by deep, strong, and permanent associations,
to lay the best foundation for practical devotion in future
life. For he who has early been accustomed to see the
Creator in the visible appearances of all around him,
to feel His continual presence, and lean upon His daily
protection-though his religious ideas may be mi:ed
with many improprieties, which his correcter reason will
refine away-has made large advances towards that
habitual piety, without which religion can scarcely regu-
late the conduct, and will never warm the heart.
A. L. B.


IN offering this volume to the public, little need be
said in addition to the original Preface, in which the
Authoress fully explains the character and intention of
the work, an effort singularly successful in raising the
youthful mind to the praise of God, through the con-
templation of His works.
To realise this conception more vividly than mere
text can accomplish, has been the aim and intention
The varied and picturesque descriptions with which
the continuous thread of argument is strung, render the
task of illustration at once easy and suggestive.
Few works could be found which challenge the
pencil and fancy of the artist in a greater degree; and
it is hoped the present effort may be deemed worthy
of the text.


The blending of the illustrations with the type will
.be found no unimportant feature; a unity being thereby
obtained, which is alike pleasing and less fatiguing both
to the mind and eye, a matter of some importance with
the young.




" He made the great Whale and the Elephant" it. BARNES .. Jrontispiece
Flowers and Fruit .......... .. KENNEDY .... Titil
Heading to Hymn I. .......... .. BARNES
The Pebbly Brook .. .. .... .. E. M. WIMPERtS.. .. ..
" I will praise God with my voice" .. .. .. R. BARNES .. .. 3
" Let Him call me" .. .. . ,, .. 4
Spring Flowers and Buds .. .. .. .. .. W. S. COLEMAN .. .. .. 5
Primroses, Cowslips, and Violets .. ..,,.. .. 6
Young Goslings .. ..... .. ....., .. .. 6
Hen sitting .. .. ......... ,, 7
Young Lambs .. .. .. .. .. .. R. BARNES .. .. .. .. 7
"Butterflies flutter from bush to bush" .... W. S. COLEMAN .. ... 8
Chesnut Blossom .. .. . .. .. .. .. .. 9
" On every hill we will sing His praise" .. .. .. .. .. 9
Lark rising. .... ...... T. KENNEDY ...... 10
Shepherd and stray Lamb .......... R. BARNES .. ... II
Group of Sheep .. .. .. .... .. .. 12
Mother and Sick Child .. .. .. 13
Passion-flower .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ,, 14
Honeysuckle .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ,,.. .. ..
The Good Shepherd .. .. . .,,.. .. 16
The Moss Rose (Beauty) .. .. .. .. .. W. S. COLEMAN .. .. .. 17
The Lion (Strength) .. .. .... .. .. R. BARNES ... .. .. 18
The Sun (Glory) _........ E. M. WIMPERIS.. .... 19


Group of Flowers .. .. .. .... R. BARNES ..... 20
"The glorious Sun is set in the west" .... E. M. WVIMPER .. .. .. 21
Beehives and Woodbines .... ...... R.BARNES .. .... 22
Children asleep ... .. .. .... ,, 23
Maternal care ..... .. .. .. .. ,, .. 24
Sweetbriar, &c. ...... .... .. T. KENNEDY .. .... 25
Child awakening .. .. .. .. .. .. .. BARNES .. .. .. 26
"The fields were bright with summer" .... E. M.WIMPERI .. .. .. 28
Rabbits and Field Mice .. ...... .. T. KENNEDY .. .... 29
"The poppy and harebell grew among the wheat" ,, .. .. 30
In the Coppice .. .. .. .. .. .. E. M. \Vri rM R s.. .. .. 31
Moonrise .. .. .. .. ,, .. .. 32
Storm .. .. ,, 33
Child in Storm ...... .. ..R. BAR .... .34
Summer shade .. .. ...... .. .. .. VIMPERIS.. ..... 35
Cattle in stream .. .. .... .... R.BARNES .... 36
Ivy border .. .. .. .. .. .. ,, .. .. 37
Acacia ..... ............ T. KENNEDY .. .. .. 38
Foot-ball .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. R. BARNES .. .. .. 38
Fruit border .. .. .. .. .. ,, 39
Apple bough .. ...... .. .. KENNEDY .. .. .. 40
Girls at work ........ ..... R. BARNES ...... 41
Child listening to the Lark .. .. .. .. ,, .. .. 42
The Labourer's Cottage Home .. .. .. E.M. WIMPE ...... 44
The Reaper ...... ....... ... R. BARNES .... .; 45
Running to meet Father ...... ... .. .. .. 45
The Family Gathering .. ...... ,, .. .. 46
The Village .. .... .... E. WM. WIMPERIE .... 47
The Negro ................R. BARNES ...... 48
The Laplander .. .. .. ,, .. .. 48
The Italian .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ,, .. 49
The Arab .. .. .. ..... ,, .. 49
Negro Woman and Sick Child ...... ......... 50


Ivy border .. .. .... .. .. .. R. BARNES .. .... 51
The Castaway .. .. .. .. .. ,, 52
"Take up a handful of sand" ... . .. .. .. 53
The Fir and Willow ........... T. KENNEDY ....... 54
The Thistle and Mallow .. .. ... .. .. 55
The Hop and Oak .. .. . .. .. .. .. .. 56
The Daisy and Tulip .. .. .. .. .. 57
The Iris, Reed, and Heath-flower .. .. .. ,, 58
The Water-lilies and Wall-flower .. .. .. .. .. .. 59
The Thorn and Field-flowers.. .. ..,, 6o
The Tropical Forest .... .. .. .. ,,.. .. 61
The Rose and Lily .. ...... .. 62
The Snowdrop, Primrose and Carnation .... 63
Winter .. .... ........ ,,. .. .. .. 64
The Breath of Spring .. .. ...... .. 65
The Beech-trees and Brook .. .. .... .. .. 66
The Giant Oak .. .. .. .. .. .. E. M. WIMPERIS.. .. .. 68
Oak bough .... .. .. .. .. R. BARNES .. .... 69
The Germ of the Oak .......... ,, 70
Child in Cradle-Convolvulus border .. .. ,, 71
Youth at Study ...... ..... ,, 72
Ivy border .... .. .. .... ,, 73
Twin Oaks .. .. .. .. .. ,, 74
Release from the Chrysalis ......... T. KENNEDY ...... 75
Child and Sapling .. .. .... .. R. BARNES .. .... 76
Twilight .. .. .. .. .. E. M. WIMPERIS.. .. .. 77
" Bending her bright horns like a silver bow" .. ,, .. .. 78
The Pole Star, and Mariner's Guide .. .. ,, 79
Jupiter .. .. .. .. .. .. T. KENNEDY 8.. .. .. 0
Orion's Belt and Sirius .. .. .. ... .. 80
Saturn .. .. .. .... ,, .. .. 81
The Milky Way .. .. .. .. ,, ..... 81
Moonlight .. .. ... ... .. .. E. M. WIMPERIS.. .. .. 82


Winter Scene ....... ...... E. M. WIMPERIS.. ....84
"Trees lift up their naked boughs" ...... T. KENNEDY .... .85
Holly bough .. .. .. ... .... R. BARNES ...... 86
Old Age and Childhood .. .... .. .. ,, 87
The Cross .. .. ........ .. ,, .. 88
Scattered Rose-leaves .......... ..T. KENNEDY ..... 89
The Fallen Trunk .......... 90
Perishing Insects .. .... ., . .. 91
The stricken Man ..... .. .. .. R. BARNES ...... 91
Group of Flowers .. .. .. .... T. KENNEDY ...... 93
Mountain Sunrise .. .. .. .. .. .. 94
Chrysalis, Butterfly, Caterpillar, and Nas-
turtium .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 1 .. .. 95
Flowers and Insects .. .. ...... ,, .. .. 1. 96
Rose and Brambles ....... .. .. BARNES ......97
The Rainbow ........ .. . 97
Hymning Praise ...... .. ... .. .. 98
Turtle Doves .... .. 99
The Toad and Henbane .. ........ ., .. .. 99
Finis .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .... 1oo

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.L J let us praise God, for He is ex-
5 r1 ceeding great; let us bless God. for
He is very good.
He made all things; the sun to rule the
day, the moon to shine by night.
He made the great whale, and the elephant;
and the little worm that crawleth on the

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The little birds sing praises
to God, when they warble
sweetly in the green shade.
The brooks and rivers praise
God, when they murmur melo-
diously amongst the smooth


I will praise God
with my voice; for I may
praise Him, though I am but
a little child.
A few years ago, and I was .
a little infant, and my tongue
was dumb within my mouth:
And I did not know
, the great name
of God, for my
reason was not
come unto me.
But now I
can speak, and
my tongue shall
praise Him:

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I can think of all His kindness, and my
heart shall love Him.
Let Him call me, and I will come unto
Him: let Him command, and I will obey
When I am older, I will praise Him better;
and I will never forget God, so long as my
life remaineth in me.

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( N(COMIE, let us go forth into
the ticldk, lit uti see how the
Ii Hower :-pr;ng, let us listen to
:'-.the \vall lin >.f the birds, and
S sp 1rt ourselves upon the new
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"- The winter is over and gone,
S- the buds come out upon the
trees, the crimson blossoms of
ir '- the peach and the nectarine
Si are seen, and the green leaves
S sprout.

(6 )

SThe hedges are bordered with, tufts of
"' primroses, and yellow cowslips,
r-- that hang down their heads; and
the blue violet lies hid
/c7 i beneath the shade.

green, they are just hatched, their bodies are
covered with yellow down; the old ones hiss
with anger if any one comes near.

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(7 )

The hen sits on her nest of straw, she watches
patiently the full time, then she carefully breaks
the shell, and the young chickens come out.

The lambs just dropped are in the field, they
totter by the side of their dams, their young limbs
can hardly support their weight. If you fall, little
lambs, you will not be hurt; there is spread under
you a carpet of soft grass; it is spread on purpose
to receive you.

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The birds can warble and the young- lambs
can bleat, but we can open our lips in His
,, praise, we can speak of all
His goodness.
Therefore we will thank
...T Him for ourselves, and we will
thank Him for those that
cannot speak.
Trees that blossom and little
lambs that skip about, if you
could, you would say how
.- good He is; but you are dumb,
"', we will say it for you.
.- We will not offer you in
sacrifice, but we will offer
sacrifice for you; on every hill and in every green
field, we will offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and the incense of praise.

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( 12 )

But who is the shepherd's Shepherd ? who taketh
care for him? who guideth him in the path he should
go ? and, if he wander, who shall bring him back? God
is the shepherd's Shepherd. He is the Shepherd over all;
He taketh care for all; the whole earth is His fold; we
are all His flock; and every herb, and every
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( 13 )

Sp The mother cIlo.th her little
4 child; he bringcth it up on her
Lnee,; sh 0 noLuri I t I I, it Iody
\. ith ood ; The fced thI its
ni rd with knl-,wh g,..; ilr it is
i ick, shi iursetl it witIh tinder
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( 14 )

"But who is the Parent of the
mother ? who nourisheth her with
good things, and watcheth over
S her with tender love, and remem-
' bereth her every moment ? Whose
4"- arms are about her to guard her
From harm? and if she is sick,
S .&. 1-' who shall heal her ?
x' God is the Parent of the
t mother; He is the Parent of all,
for He created all. All the men
f? and all the women, who are alive
in the wide world, are His chil-
S dren; He loveth all, He is good
to all.
The king governeth his peo-
ple; he hath a golden crown
upon his head, and the royal
sceptre is in his hand; he sitteth
upon a throne, and sendeth forth
his demands; his subjects fear

( 5 )

""-before him: if they do well, he
protecteth them from danger; and
if they do evil, he punisheth
But who is the Sovereign of
the king? who commandeth him
what he must do? whose hand
is reached out to protect him
from danger? and if he doeth
Sgevil, who shall punish him?
God is the Sovereign of the
king; His crown is of rays of
light, and His throne is amongst
- the stars. He is King of kings,
and Lord of lords: if He bid-
deth us live, we live; and if He
biddeth us die, we die; His do-
minion is over all worlds, and
? the light of His countenance is
upon all His works.

( 6 )

God is our Shepherd, therefore we will
follow Him; God is our Father, therefore we
will love Him; God is our King, therefore
we will obey Him.

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( 7 )

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] Co'M, and I will show you V what
I. is beautiful. It is a rose fully
" _bl-'own. See how- she sits uLIon
her mossy stem, like the queien
i of all the flowers! her leaves
S:, \ glow(, like fire : the air is filled
with her sweet odour; she is the
L d- elight of every eve.
"" She is b beautiful, but there is
S -, a fairer than she. He that made
-. the rose is more beautiful than
the rose; He is all lovely; He
is the delight of every heart.

( i8 )

I will show you what is strong. The lion is strong;
when he raiseth up himself from his lair, when he
shaketh his mane, when the voice of his roaring is heard,
the cattle of the field fly, and the wild beasts of the
desert hide themselves, for he is very terrible.
The lion is strong, but He that made the lion is
-- . stronger than he: His anger is ter-
"" ib l: Hc could make us dic il a
M fimoment, and no uile could .1 vC uS


( 9 )

SI will show you what
is glorious. The sun is
S" glorious. When he shineth in the
clear sky, when he sitteth on the bright
throne in the heavens, and looketh abroad
over all the earth, he is the most excellent
and glorious creature the eye can behold.
The sun is glorious, but He that made the
sun is more glorious than he. The eye beholdeth
Him not, for His brightness is more dazzling than we
could bear.

( 20

He seeth in all dark places; by night as well
as by day; and the light of His countenance
is over all His works.
Who is this great Name, and what is He
called, that my lips may praise Him?
This great Name is GOD. He made all
things, but He is himself more excellent than
all which He hath made: they are beautiful,
but He is beauty; they are strong, but He
is strength; they are perfect, but He is per-

( 21 )

THE glorious sun is set in the
west; the night dews fall; and the
air, which was sultry, becomes cool.
The flowers fold up their coloured
leaves; they fold themselves up, and hang
.-,' their heads on the slender stalk.
The chickens are gathered under the
wing of the hen, and are at rest; the hen herself is
at rest also.
The little birds have ceased their warbling, they
are asleep on the boughs, each one has his head
behind his wing.

(. 22 )

There is no
murmur of bees around the
hive, or among the honeyed wood-
bines; they have done their work,
and lie close in their waxen cells.
The sheep rest upon their soft fleeces,
and their loud bleating is no more heard
amongst the hills.
There is no sound of a number of voices, or "
of children at play, or the trampling of busy
feet, and of people hurrying to and fro.
"The smith's hammer is not heard upon the
"A-anvil; nor the harsh saw of the carpenter.
All men are stretched on their quiet i
.beds; and the child sleeps upon the breast
S of its mother.
Darkness is spread over the skies,
and darkness is upon the
Ground; every eye is shut
and every hand


Who taketh care of all people
when they are sunk in sleep; when
they cannot defend themselves, nor see if
danger approacheth ?
There is an eye that never sleepeth;
"\ there is an eye that seeth in dark night
as well as in the bright sunshine.
\' When there is no light of the sun, nor of the
moon; when there is no lamp in the house, nor
any little star twinkling through the thick clouds;
that eve seeth everywhere, in all places, and
w'atiheth continuiallv over all tile linilies ,ft I":'
tihc earth.
"FThile e'ye that sleepcth nit is (Go_;-d' ;
His hand i, always tretchedl uit
(iver tk,
He made sleep tn refreshI.i ti .
when wc are wNeary: He in ide
night_ that N m-c sleep1" I" Iee
in quiet.


As the mother moveth about the house with her
finger on her lips, and stilleth every little noise that
her infant be not disturbed,-as she draweth the
curtains around its bed, and shutteth out the light
from its tender eyes, so God draweth the curtains
Sof darkness around us; so
S He maketh all things t,)
.. be hushed and still, that
His large tlfmilN m-ay
1.. ", ce ill peace.

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( 25 )

Labourers, spent with toil, and young children, and
S . every little humming insect,
sleep quietly, for God watcheth
over you.
Y i ou may sleep, for He
never sleeps; you may close
Your eyes in safety, for His
,. t,-'- eye is always open to pro-
S -tect you.
S1 When the darkness is passed
away, and the beams of the
morning sun strike through
)your eyelids, begin the day
.. with praising God, who
-L'...-' hath taken care of you
"v -- through the night.
-Flowers, when ,you open
again, spread your leaves,
'". and smell sweet to His
Birds, when you awake, war-
Sble your thanks amongst the
green boughs; sing to Him
before you sing to your mates.

( 26 )

Let His praise be in our hearts, when we
lie down; let His praise-be on our lips, when
we awake.



( 29 )


CHILD of reason, whence comest
thou? What has thine eye ob-
served, and whither has thy foot
been wandering ?
I have been wandering along
the meadows in the thick grass;
the cattle were feeding around me
or reposing in the cool shade;
the corn sprung up in the

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the poppy and the harebell grew among
the wheat; the fields were bright with
sunmmletr, and glowing with beauty.
f i. Did-t thou see nothing more ?
"- Dhidt tlhu observe nothing besides
S Return again, child of reason, for
there are greater thing than these.--
.d- \\Was among the fields; and
did thou not perceive Him ? His
be I autv was tipo-l_ the meadow-vs
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( 3 )

I have walked
through the thick fo-
rest ; the wind whi
pered among the trees; the
brook fell from the rocks
with a pleasant murmur;
the squirrel leapt from
bough to bough; and the
birds sung to each other
amongst the branches.


( 32 )

Didst thou hear nothing but the murmur of the
brook? no whispers but the whispers of the wind ?
Return again, child of reason, for there are greater
things than these.-God was amongst the trees;
His voice sounded in the murmur of the water;

His music warbled in the shade; and didst
thou not attend?
I saw the moon rising behind the trees; it
was like a lamp of gold. The stars one after
another appeared in the clear firmament.

(33 )

Presently I saw black clouds arise, and roll to-
wards the south; the lightning streamed in thick
flashes over the sky; the thunder growled at a
distance; it came nearer, and I felt afraid, for it
was loud and terrible.

Did thy heart feel no terror, but of the thun-
derbolt ? Was there nothing bright and terrible
but the lightning ? Return, 0 child of reason,
for there are greater things than these.-God was
in the storm, and didst thou not perceive Him?



His terrors were abroad, and did not thine
heart acknowledge Him ?
God is in every place; He speaks in every
sound we hear; He is seen in all that our eyes
behold; nothing, 0 child of reason, is without
God;--let God therefore be in all thy thoughts.-

( 35 )

as with a g n COME, let us go into the thick
d a cr b k shade, for it is the noon of day, and
tT the summer sun beats hot upon our
SThe shade is pleasant and cool; the
branches meet above our heads, and shut out the sun
as with a green curtain; the grass is soft to our feet,
and a clear brook washes the roots of the trees.
The sloping bank is covered with flowers; let us
lie down upon it; let us throw our limbs on the fresh
grass and sleep; for all things are still, and we are
quite alone.

( 36 )

The cattle can lie down to sleep in the cool
shade, but we can do what is better; we can raise
our voices to heaven; we can praise the great God
who made us.
He made the warin sun I,
and the cool shade ; the trees I "
that gIlgrow Utp-ards, and the :
-k, that 11till mu11uri a
alnK All the things th 1at .
we C .-re His work.



Can we raise our voices up to
the high heaven ? Can we make Him ,
hear who is above the stars? We
Need not raise our voices to the stars:
for He heareth us when we only
S whisper: when we breathe out words
j softly with a low voice. He that
filleth the heavens is here also.
May we that are so young speak
to Him that always was? May we,
that can hardly speak plain, speak to
,i, God?
'-We that are so young are but
"lately made alive; therefore we should
not forget His forming hand who hath
naudel us alive. We that cannot speak
plain, should lisp out praises to Him
\who teacheth us how to speak,
S.. and hath opened our
L dumb lips.


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SWhen we could not think of Him, He
thought of us; before we could ask Him to bless
us, He had already given us many blessings.
He fashioneth our tender limbs, and causeth them
to grow; He maketh us strong, and tall, and nimble.
Every day we are more active than the former
day, therefore every day we ought to praise Him better
than the former day.



The buds spread into leaves,
and the blossoms swell to fruit;
but they know not how they
grow, nor who caused them to
spring up from the bosom of
the earth.
Ask them if they will tell
thee; bid them to break forth
into singing, and fill the air
with pleasant sounds.
"They smell sweet; they look
beautiful; but they are quite si-
Slent : no sound is in the still air;
no murmur of voices amongst
the green leaves.



S- The plants
r and the trees
Siare made to
give fruit to
Sman; but man is
,i.t -, made to praise God who
made him.
ir .'"I'.-' We love to praise Him,
.. because He loveth to bless
"i 'us; we thank Him for
life, because it is a plea-
^ sant thing to be alive.
-. ,- We love God, who
hath created all beings; we
love all beings, because they
SI are the creatures of God.
S We cannot be good, as God is
'r oid, to all persons everywhere;
S but we can rejoice that
everywhere there is a
S God to do them good.

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We will think of God when we play, and
when we work; when we walk out, and when
we come in ; when we sleep, and when we
wake; His praise shall dwell continually upon
our lips.

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!fl; r SEE where stands the cot-
I Htage of the labourer co-

,, vered with warm thatch!
SThe mother is spinning at
if. the door; the young chil-
-G.. ; dren sport before her on
,the grass ; the elder ones
-'Wf". a learn to labour, and are
obedient; the father worketh to provide them food:
either he tilleth the ground, or he gathereth in the corn,
or shaketh his ripe apples from the tree. His children
run to meet him when he cometh home, and his wife
prepareth the wholesome meal.

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(46 )

The father, the mother, and the children make a
family; the father is the master thereof. If the family
be numerous, and the grounds large, there are servants
to help to do the work: all these dwell in one house;
they sleep beneath the same roof; they eat the same

bread; they kneel down together and praise God every
night and every morning with one voice; they are very
closely united, and are dearer to each other than any
strangers. If one is sick they mourn together; and
if one is happy they rejoice together.


Many houses are built together; many families live
near one another; they meet together on the green,
and in pleasant walks, and to buy and sell, and in the
house of justice: and the sound of the bell calleth them
to the house of God in company. If one is poor, his

neighbour helpeth him; if he is sad, he comforteth him.
This is a village; see where it stands enclosed in a green
shade, and the tall spire peeps above the trees.
If there be very many houses, it is a town, it is
governed by a magistrate.

(48 )

Many towns, and a large extent of country, make
a kingdom; it is enclosed by mountains; it is divided
by rivers; it is washed by seas; the inhabitants thereof
are countrymen; they speak the same language; they
make war
,,-I and peace
together ;
a king is
A"i w7 the ruler
h ., thereof.
full of
people, o it li
S : and large
l different
make up this whole world-God governeth it. The
people swarm upon the face of it like ants upon a
hillock; some are black with the hot sun; some cover


themselves with furs against the sharp cold; some drink
of the fruit of the vine; some the pleasant milk of
the cocoa-nut, and others quench their thirst with the
running stream.
- are God's :
--: - family ;
S He
-e- h-- tknoweth
every one

as a
-- shepherd
his flock;
pray to -
in different
but He understandeth them all;
He heareth them all; He taketh care of all: none are
so great that He cannot punish them; none are so
mean that He will not protect them.

( 50 )

Negro woman, who sittest pining in captivity,
and weepest over thy
sick child: though no
one seeth thee, God seeth
thee ; though no one
"pitieth thee, God pitieth
thee; raise thy voice, for-
lorn and abandoned one;
call upon Him from amidst
thy bonds, for assuredly
He will hear thee.


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Monarch, that rulest over a hundred
states; whose frown is terrible as death,
and whose armies cover the land, boast
not thyself as though there were none
above thee :-God is above thee; His
powerful arm is always over thee; and
S if thou doest ill, assuredly He will
punish thee.
Nations of the earth, fear the Lord;
S families of men, call upon the name of
your God.
Is there any one whom God hath
not made? let him not worship Him:
S is there any one whom He hath
not blessed ? let him not
praise Him.


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S"- "- E, let us Wi k a br ad

let us talk of the Irks of God.
Take up a handful of sand ;
urn m ber the grains of it; tell them
S- e b one into 'our 11 p.
Try if you can count the
- bladls of grass in the oeld
or the leaves on the trees.
You cannot count them, they are innumerable;
much more the things which God has made.

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The thistle' i,, armi ed with %%, f.
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S fj The hop
Slaveth hold with
her tendrils,

and claspeth the
tall pole;
lthie Oak hath hrm
root in the
and resisteth the
winterr .torm.

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The daisy
enamelleth the meadows, and growth beneath the
foot of the passenger.
The tulip
asketh a rich soil, and the careful hand of
the gardener.

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( 58 )

The iris and the reed spring up in the
/ marsh; the rich grass covereth
7-.-,, *the meadows; and ,
''% ["11hel purple heatli-iower
S .r len eth the \,l-te .

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Thl wat.r-lilies _ron beneath
the stream; their br.iil Ic aves
flO.it on the surt.lce ,t the water;
the w\.ll-flo. ver t.kc, root in thi
h.ard Stoe, and :pre.il. its ia-
-rance amIongl-t i hrkcn ruin, -

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( 60 )

~-: '-% F "' .., e a

E\LrV leaf
^ ^I t JitcllA nt tfrm;l
rvc-r pl-n t lhth a sepa-

Lnok at the thlrns that
S- .re hit xithi ll i s, and
t .the [iI. -cIt that c \'vcr the hklds,
S" nd the plant, that are trodden
in t'he r-, l n path. The hand
.',l ::_ of man hath Int planted them;
. the -xvc r hath 1n1t scattered
Sl +. t C s Leed f'roim li hand, nor
: the gardncr digged a place
fI" them ith hi- pade.

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Some grow on steep rocks, where
no man can climb; in shaking bogs,
and deep forests, and desert islands:
they spring up everywhere, and cover
the bosom of the whole earth.
Who causeth them to grow
everywhere, and bloweth the seeds
about in winds, and mixeth them
with the mould, and watereth
them with soft rains, and cherish-
eth them with dews ? Who fan-
neth them with the pure breath of
heaven; and giveth them colours
and smells, and spreadeth out their
thin transparent leaves?

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How doth the rose draw its crimson
5_- from the dark brown earth, or
the lily its shining white ? How
can a small seed contain a plant ?
How doth every plant know its
season to put forth ? They are
Smarshalled in order: each one
knoweth his place, and standeth
up in his own rank.



The snow-drop and the prim-
rose make haste to lift their heads ',
above the ground. When the spring
cometh they say, Here we are.
The carnation waiteth for the .-
full strength of the year; and 7''
the hardy laurustinus cheereth the
; 1,
winter months., ,
Every plant produceth its like. .
An ear of corn will not grow '
from an acorn; nor will a grape-
stone produce cherries; but every
one springeth from its proper



Who preserveth them alive through the cold winter,
when the snow is on the ground, and
the sharp frost bites on the
plain ? \\IIho soCeth a small
seed, and a little warnlth in
the bo-,l of the earth, and
Scaluseth them to spring up
afrsh, anrd sap to rii e
thl..r h the hl.ared 1ibres ,
The tries are withered,
naked and bare; they are
-ike dry bot-e.


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Who breathed on them with the breath of spring,
and they are covered with verdure, and green leaves
sprout from the dead wood ?
'-" .. Lo, these are i. p.trt C f His w\..rk.;
_--'ts" . .'.- "-'-. and a little p, ,rth" -,t" H is w\ -,nder:.
Tlhere is little nEwd tlhat I
shnuIld tell you ( ;(-.d, for
: every thing speaks of Him.
Evx-ry field is like an open
bh,.,.k; every painted flower h.ith
.a less,_,n written on it, leave.
-E N-ry murmuring brook hath
a t,:,ngue; a voice i, in eVerO
v.hispering w\ind. ..



They all speak of Him who made them; they all
tell us, He is very good.
We cannot see God, for He is invisible; but we
can see His works, and worship His footsteps in the
green sod. They that know the most will praise God
the best; but which of us can number half His
works ?




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LOOK at that spreading oak,
the pride of the village green:
its trunk is massy, its branches
are strong. Its roots, like
crooked fangs, strike deep into
the soil, and support its huge
bulk. The birds build among
P F.- the boughs: the cattle repose
,. beneath its shade : the neigh-
bours form groups beneath the
"shelter of its green canopy. The
old men point it out to their
children, but they themselves
c remember not its growth: gene-
A rations of men one after an-
,, other have been born and died,
i, and this son of the forest has
"-a,''-, remained the same, defying the
storms of two hundred winters.

(70 )

Yet this large tree was once a little acorn; small
in size, insignificant in appearance; such as you are
now picking up upon the grass beneath it. Such an
acorn, whose cup can only contain a drop or two of
dew, contained the whole oak. All its massy trunk,
all its knotted branches, all its multitude of leaves, were
in that acorn; it grew, it spread, it unfolded itself by
degrees, it received nourishment from the rain, and the
dews, and the well-adapted soil, but it was all there.
v ..Rain and dews, and soil,
could not raise an oak
without the acorn ;

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nor could they make the acorn any-
thing but an oak.
The mind of a child is like the
acorn; its powers are folded up, they
do not yet appear, but they are all
there. The memory, the judgment,
the invention, the feeling of right-and
wrong, are all in the mind of a child;
of a little infant just born; but they
are not expanded, you cannot perceive
Think of the wisest man you ever
knew or heard of; think of the greatest (
man; think of the most learned man,
who speaks a number of languages
and can find out hidden things; think
of a man who stands like that tree,


( 72 )"
sheltering and protecting a number of his fellow men,
and then say to yourself, the mind of that man was
once like mine, his thoughts were childish like my
thoughts, nay, he was like the babe just born, which
knows nothing, remembers nothing, which cannot dis-
tinguish good from evil, nor truth from falsehood.

If you had only seen an acorn, you could never
guess at the form and size of an oak; if you had
never conversed with a wise man, you could form no
idea of him from the mute and helpless infant.
Instruction is the food of the mind; it is like the
dew and the' rain and the rich soil.


As the soil and the rain and the
dew cause the tree to swell and put
forth its tender shoots, so do books
"and study and discourse feed the
mind, and make it unfold its hidden
Reverence therefore your own
mind; receive the nurture of instruc-
Stion, that the man within you may
grow and flourish. You cannot guess
how excellent he may become.
It was long before this oak showed
its greatness; year after year passed
away, and it had only shot a little
way above the ground, a child might
have plucked it up with his little
hands; it was long before any one
called it a tree; Iit is long
before the child becomes ,
a man.


The acorn might have -
perished in the ground, ,
the young tree might j
have been shorn of its
graceful boughs, the
twig might have bent,
and the tree would have been
crooked; but if it grew at all,
it could have been nothing
but an oak, it would not have
been grass or flowers, which
live their season and then
perish from the face of the
The child may be a foolish
man, he may be a wicked
man, but h& must be a man;
his nature is not that of any
inferior creature, his soul is
not akin to the beasts that


O cherish then this precious mind, feed it
with truth, nourish it with knowledge; it comes
from God, it is made in His image: the oak
will last for centuries, but the mind of man
is made for immortality.
Respect in the infant the future man.
Destroy not in man the rudiments of an

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(77 )

THE golden orb of the sun is
sunk behind the hills, the colours
fade away from the western sky,
and the shades of evening fall fast around me.
Deeper and deeper they stretch over the plain;
I look at the grass, it is no longer green ; the
flowers are no more tinted with various hues; the
houses, the trees, the cattle, are all lost in the dis-
tance. The dark curtain of night is let down over

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the works of God; they are blotted out from the
view as if they were no longer there.
Child of little observation, canst thou see nothing
because thou canst not see grass and flowers, trees and
cattle ? Lift up thine eyes from the ground shaded

with darkness, to the heavens that are stretched over thy
head; see how the stars one by one appear and light
up the vast concave. There is the moon bending her
bright horns like a silver bow, and shedding her mild
light, like liquid silver, over the blue firmament. There
is Venus, the evening and morning star; and the


(79 )

Pleiades, and the Bear that never sets, and the Pole-
star that guides the mariner over the deep.
Now the mantle of darkness is over the earth; the
last little gleam of twilight is faded away; the lights are
extinguished in the cottage windows, but the firmament

burns with innumerable fires; every little star twinkles
in its place. If you begin to count them they are more
than you can number; they are like the sands on the
sea shore. The telescope shows you far more, and
there are thousands and ten thousands of stars which
no telescope has ever reached.

Now Orion heaves his bright shoulder above the
horizon, and Sirius, the Dog-star, follows him the
brightest of the train.
Look at the milky way, it is a field of brightness;
its pale light is composed of myriads of burning suns.
All these are God's families. He gave the sun to
shine with a ray of His own glory; He marks the path
of the planets, He guides their wanderings through the
sky, and traces out their orbit with the finger of His
If you were to travel as swift as an arrow from a
bow, and to travel on further and further still for millions
of years, you would not be out of the creation of God.


New suns in the depth of space would still be burning round
you, and other planets fulfilling their appointed course.
Lift up thine eyes, child of earth, for God has given
thee a glimpse of heaven. The light of one sun is with-
drawn that thou mayest see ten thousand. Darkness
is spread over the earth that thou mayest behold, at
a distance, the regions of eternal day.
This earth has a variety of inhabitants; the sea, the
air, the surface of the ground, swarm with creatures
of different natures, sizes, and powers; to know a very
little of them is to be wise among the sons of men.
What then, thinkest thou, are the various forms and
natures and senses and occupations of the peopled uni-
verse ?


Who can tell the birth and generations of so many
worlds ? who can relate their histories ? who can de-
scribe their inhabitants ?
Canst thou measure infinity with a line? canst
thou grasp the circle of infinite space.
Yet all these depend upon God, they hang upon
Him as a child upon the breast of its mother; He
tempereth the heat to the inhabitant of Mercury; He
provideth resources against the cold in the frozen orb
of Saturn. Doubt not that He provideth for all beings
that He has made.
Look at the moon when it walketh in brightness;
gaze at the stars when they are marshalled in the
firmament, and adore the Maker of so many worlds.





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( 85 )

IT is now Winter, dead
Winter. Desolation and
silence reign in the fields,
no singing of birds is heard,
no humming of insects. The
streams murmur no longer ;
they are locked up in frost.
The trees lift their naked
boughs like withered arms
into the bleak sky, the green
sap no longer rises in their
veins; the flowers and the
sweet-smelling shrubs are de-
cayed to their roots.
The sun himself looks cold
and cheerless; he gives light
only enough to show
the universal

7 S - _.-.


SNature, child of God, mourns
"' for her children. A little while
"ago and she rejoiced in her off-
Sspring: the rose spread its per-
fume upon the gale; the vine
"" gave its fruit; her children were
springingg and blooming around
her, on every lawn and every
green bank.
O Nature, beautiful Nature,
beloved child of God, why dost
thou sit mourning and desolate?
Has thy Father forsaken thee ?
Shas He left thee to perish? Art
thou no longer the object of His
care ?
He has not forsaken thee, 0
Nature ? thou art His beloved
child, the eternal image of His
perfections: His own beauty is
Spread over thee, the light of
His countenance is shed upon