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 Front Cover
 Front Matter
 Frontispiece
 Title Page
 Table of Contents
 Jesus was obedient
 Jesus was truthful
 Jesus was meek
 Jesus "pleased not himself"
 Jesus was patient
 Jesus "went about doing good"
 Jesus was perserving
 Jesus was faithful
 Jesus was kind and considerate
 Jesus was contented
 Jesus was courteous and polite
 Jesus was prompt and punctual
 Jesus was conscientious
 Jesus was prudent and careful
 Jesus loved the Bible
 Jesus was prayerful
 Back Cover
 Spine






Title: Sabbath talks about Jesus
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Title: Sabbath talks about Jesus
Physical Description: 108 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 16 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Ashton, S. G ( Sophia Goodrich ), 1819-1872
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Table of Contents
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    Front Matter
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    Title Page
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    Table of Contents
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    Jesus was obedient
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    Jesus was truthful
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    Jesus was meek
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    Jesus "pleased not himself"
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    Jesus was patient
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    Jesus "went about doing good"
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    Jesus was perserving
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    Jesus was faithful
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    Jesus was kind and considerate
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    Jesus was contented
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    Jesus was courteous and polite
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    Jesus was conscientious
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    Jesus was prudent and careful
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    Jesus loved the Bible
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    Jesus was prayerful
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ABOUT


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BT THE AUTHOR OF
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CONTENTS.





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JESUS WAS OBEDIENT .. . 3

JESUS WAS TRUTHFUL . . 8

JESUS WAS MEEK .. 13

JESUS "PLEASED NOT HIMSELF '. . 17

JESUS WAS PATIENT . ... 2

JESUS "WENT ABOUT DOING GOOD".. 27

JESUS WAS PERSEVERING . 3

JESUS WAS FAITHFUL . .. 42

JESUS WAS KIND AND CONSIDERATE. 53

JESUS WAS CONTENTED . .. 60

JESUS WAS COURTEOUS AND POLITE .. .66

JESUS WAS PROMPT AND PUNCTUAL .. .74

JESUS WAS CONSCIENTIOUS ... .. 81

JESUS WAS PRUDENT AND CAREFUL .. 87

JESUS LOVED THE BIBLE ... .. .. 93

JESUS WAS PRAYERFU.L . 98


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SABBATH TALKS.






COME to me, little one, and I will tell you
a story of the best Child that ever lived.
He was once a little baby. All children
were babies once. But all babies are
not alike. Some are prettier than
others. Some are .quieter than others.
I cannot tell you what this babe looked
like. But I can tell you that He was
gentle, and patient, and good.
You know little babies cannot talk.
They can only tell what they want by
crying. If they are hungry, they cry.






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If they are cold, they cry. If they are
in pain, they cry. If they are angry,
they cry. Some babies are easily
soothed, and quieted, and hushed. But
others will cry and scream very long
and very loud. They are not old enough
to know any better, but their fathers and
their mothers can see that seeds of ill-
temper and self-will are in their little
hearts, which are likely to bring forth
bad fruit.-But this little Babe of whom
I am speaking, had no such seeds of sin
in His heart. He was never angry, never
fretful, never self-willed. You may be
sure that whenever He cried, it was
because He was suffering.
After a while He grew bigger. You
know how babies creep about the floor,
before they can walk. You have seen
little Lizzie creeping. How pretty she
looked! Dear little girl! When babies







ABOUT JESUS.

begin to creep, they want to take hold
of everything they can reach: but they
must be taught better. Little Lizzie
must not put her fingers on the fender-
she will be burned. She must not take
hold of grandpapa's heavy cane-it will
fall upon her head. Her mother shakes
her head, and says, "No, no; Lizzie
must not touch;" and soon Lizzie will
know what her mother means. Perhaps
she will mind her, and creep away; but
if she does not, her mother will have to
slap her little fingers, and teach her in
that way.
But this little Babe, of whom I am
telling you, never did what He was told
not to do. As soon as He could under-
stand what His mother meant, He always
did exactly as He was bid. He never
grieved His mother. She never had any
good reason to speak sharply to Him,






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She never had any real cause to find
fault with Him.
He grew, and grew, and soon was old
enough to walk and follow His father
and mother about the house: and wher-
ever He went, He was still the same
obedient little boy. He was "subject"
unto them. He obeyed them, as sub-
jects obey their rulers. Their will was a
law to Him. If He asked for anything,
and His mother said "No," you may be
sure that He would never ask again. He
always obeyed cheerfully and quickly, and
never with sullen looks or slow steps.
He grew taller, but did not think Him-
self too old to mind His father and mother.
He always kept God's law, which says,
Honour thy father and thy mother."
His mother never had to punish Him.
Her heart- always rejoiced in Him.
Will you try to be like Jesus ?-for it






ABOUT JESUS.

is Jesus I have been telling you about.
He once became a little baby, that He
might be the Saviour of babes. And
He grew up a holy, obedient Child, that
He might set a pattern to children. You
know that He was God as well as man.
It was God's own Son who became a
babe at Bethlehem. Because He was
God's own Son, there was no sin in His
heart; and because there was no sin in
His heart, there was no sin in His life.
Ask that you may be made a child of
God. Then the seeds of sin will be
more and more taken out of your heart.
Then you will find it more and more easy
to obey your parents and your teachers.






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Zo to Im E ftul.

"MOTHER, have you anything more to
tell us about Jesus, and what He said
or did when He was a little child ?"
Yes. Come to me; but listen atten-
tively; for I tell you about Him because
I wish you to be like Him. I told you
Hle was obedient. Now I will tell you
that He was always truthful. A great
many little children are not careful always
to speak the exact truth; but Jesus never
spoke or acted falsely. Everybody who
knew Him believed and trusted His
word. If His father and mother asked
Him a question, they knew that iHe
would answer them quite truthfully. He







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never tried to deceive them. I am sure
He never said, "Don't tell mother;"
or, "I hope father will not find it out."
He was not like the child who does
what is wrong, when her mother is out
of sight, and then tries to hide it. He
never pretended to be doing one thing,
when He was really doing another. He
told the whole truth. From the time
He first began to speak till He was a
man, not one false word ever passed
His lips. If any one asked Him why
He did this, or that, He always gave the
true reason. His whole life was truth.
He hated falsehood.
He hates it now. He cannot smile on
those who speak or act in an untruth-
ful manner. If you wish to please Him,
and be like Him, you will be always
truthful. He cannot love little children
that tell lies.






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If your mother asks you whether you
broke her beautiful vase, speak the truth.
Even if you know she will punish you,
speak the truth. Be like Jesus. Be
brave. .He would not tell an untruth to
save His life. He stood up manfully,
and told the truth to those who hated
Him, and who wished to kill Him. It is
better to please Him, and be like Him,
than to escape any evil or gain any
good.
Act the truth. Say this over to your-
self :-" Act the truth." Sometimes
when you are tempted to be deceitful,
you will remember it, and it will help
you to do right. You wish to have your
father and mother think you are good.
Be good, then; do always what you.
know will please them; that will be
acting truly. You wish gentlemen and
ladies to think you polite and gentle.






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Be polite and gentle always, at home and
in company. You will then be acting
truly. Never try to make any one think
you are better than you are, but always
try to be just what you wish them to
think you. You wish your little play-
mates, and brothers and sisters, to love
you and trust you. Be gentle, loving,
and sincere to them. You will then be
acting as you wish to appear.
Little Mary and her sister had been
forbidden to take the china jug off the
mantel-piece, for fear they should break
it; but this day they had got it down;
and they had shut the door because they
knew they were doing wrong. They
heard their mother's step in the hall.
They put the little jug quickly back into
its place; and when their mother came.
in, they were at the other end of the
room. She called them good little girls,







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and smiled pleasantly because they seemed
so happy. But they were not good.
Their sin was none the less, though
their mother had not found it out.
Nay, it was all the worse, for they had
been untruthful. They were not at all
like Jesus.
A child that is untruthful is called a
liar; and Jesus has said that no liar
shall ever live in heaven with Him.
Be truthful when you pray. Those
who pray, speak to God; and it is not
truthful to kneel down and say the
words of a prayer and not think whom
you are speaking to, .,nd what you are
saying. God is not pleased, and you
are not like Jesus, when you say your
prayers carelessly.
When daily I kneel down to pray,
As I am taught to do,
God does not care for what I say
Unless I feel it too.






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Do you know what it is to be meek?
I will try to help you to understand it.
If you were playing with your little
companions, and one of them were to
snatch away your hoop or your ball,
you would be very likely to feel cross,
and begin to cry, or run after him, and
speak angrily, and try to snatch it back
again. But if, instead of doing so, you
were to keep down all angry feelings,
and speak mildly, and quietly ask him
to give it back to you, that would be
showing a meek spirit. If some mis-
chief were to be done, and your sister
were to say, Yo did that !" when
You did not do it,-you would perhaps






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speak very impatiently to her in return.
But if you were to say gently, No, I do
not know who did it; it was so when I
came into the room,"-that would be a
meek answer. If anybody speaks harshly
to you, and you look up kindly and speak
pleasantly, then you are a meek child.
Jesus was always meek. No one ever
heard Him give an angry answer. If
things did not please Him, He never be-
came vexed, or angry, or cross, or pas-
sionate. He did not "lift up His voice,"
or cause it to be "heard in the street"
in loud, rough tones. If those around Him
were out of temper, He never was. He
always spoke very lovingly and gently,
for He was lowly in heart.
He was meek when He was a little
boy, and He was meek when He was a
man. Wicked men ill-used Him, but
He never returned an angry or unkind






ABOUT JESUS. 1I

answer. They called Him hard names,
but He did not call them by any such
names in return. They said He was
wicked. They tried to hurt Him. Once
they tried to push Him from the top of a
steep hill, and kill him. One man struck
Him in the face. Another spat upon
rAim. They laughed at Him. They
oeat Him. They nailed Him to a cross.
It makes you almost angry to think of it.
But He was not angry. He did not hate
those wicked men. He prayed to God to
forgive them. "Father, forgive them,"
He said; "they know not what they do."
Will you try to be meek? Will you
try to be like Jesus? Sometimes it is
hard to answer gently when we are
spoken harshly to; but we can learn.
Jesus will help us, if we ask Him. I
hope you will be learning every day,
Keep down the angry feelings. If your






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l;tle brother breaks your playthings, do
not speak sharply to him. Be meek and
kind. Speak gently to him, and teach him
to do better. He is a little boy, and you
should set him a good example. He will
do as you do. If you look cross, so will
he. If you grow like Jesus, so may
anybody wrongs you, don't grow impa-
tient and cry. Be meek and quiet, and
bear it patiently. If you are meek, you
will be much loved, and will make all
around you happy. Do not forget that
'the meek and lowly Jesus has said,
SLearn of Me."






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LITTLE children almost always wish to
please themselves. Some children are
very discontented and cross if they can-
not please themselves. See little George,
He has scattered his playthings all about
his mother's parlour. He knows better.
The parlour is not the place for play-
things. When his mother comes in, she
will not be pleased. If her friends come
to see her, she will be ashamed to have
her parlour in such confusion. George
likes to please himself. He does not see
why he cannot play there. He does not
want to stay always in the nursery. He
has not thought of pleasing his mother,
but only of pleasing himself. Then he is
a






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not like Jesus. Jesus pleased not Him-
self, but thought of what would please
His Father in heaven.
James and Henry are playing together.
"Come," says James, let's run a race."
" No," answers Henry, "I want to roll
my hoop now, and by-and-bye we will
run." I won't play at hoop ; I want to
run," says James; and away he goes,
never stopping to please Henry, but
doing what he himself likes best. James
i- not doing right. If he were like Jesus
he would have said, "What shall we play
at, Henry ?" for Jesus thought of others
before Himself.
Look at Mary sitting in the corner, her
eyes full of tears, her lips pouting out,
her pretty face all sour and cross. Speak
to her. How she tosses her head, and
shrugs her shoulders! What is the
matter with Mary ? Sister Annie will






ABOUT JESUS. 19

not come and play with her. Annie has
a lesson to learn. She cannot spare time
to play now. She will come soon. But
Mary is not content with that. She
wishes to please herself. She is not like
Jesus. Never did any one see Jesus look
unkind or unloving.
A child should never be selfish. If his
mother is too busy to attend to him, he
must quietly wait till she can. If he
wishes to do one thing, and she asks him
to do another, he must please his mother,
not himself. If his brothers ever ask him
to leave his play, and do something for
them, he should seek to please his brothers
instead of himself. He should never take
the largest piece of cake, or the ripest
peach. It should always make you happy
to see others pleased and happy.
To be unselfish is to be lovely. You
should learn to be unselfish. If you






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would be unselfish, you must learn to play
at what John wishes, instead of what you
wish. You must not take your wheel-
barrow from Willie when he comes to
see you, nor say that it is your wheel-
barrow, and that you want it. You can
have the wheelbarrow to play with, after
Willie is gone. See how happy it makes
Willie to wheel those sticks along. How
bright his face looks How like a man
he steps It would not make you half
so happy to wheel them yourself as to see
him.
Do not run away from your little brother,
and say, Mother, he is such a little boy,
he can't play with us; he spoils all the
fun. Do not be cross when he runs after
you; do not speak unkindly to him. Let
him go with you. Be gentle to him.
How his little face brightens How
dearly he loves you Try to please him







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instead of yourself. It will make you
very happy. Think what Jesus would
have done. If He were in your place,
would He leave His little brother or sister
to fret and cry alone ? No, He was un-
selfish. He would have pleased the little
one, and not Himself.
If Jesus had thought only of His own
ease and comfort, He would never have
come to die for us. But He pitied us.
He wished to save us. And therefore He
died that we might live. He came away
from heaven for a time, that we might go
there and be happy for ever. He denied
Himself for us; and now He bids us
deny ourselves for His sake, that we may
seek the good of others. If you will
always try to make others happy, you
will oftener be happy yourself.







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|?ws Ing Vtant.
"PLEASE, mother, may I have my
slate?" says Freddie. He asks very
properly, but his mother has just taken
the baby, and cannot get up this moment.
Freddie must wait. He goes away, and
in a few minutes he comes again. "Do
get my slate, mother; I want it now."
"Be patient, Freddie," says his mother;
"I will get it as soon as I can." But
Freddie is not patient. He is not willing
to wait. He begins to cry. He is not
like Jesus. If he were like Jesus, he
would wait patiently and quietly, till his
mother is quite ready.
Lucy comes running into the parlour,
where her mother is sitting with visitors,






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and asks if she may go out to walk. It
is not polite to interrupt those who are
talking, and Lucy stops and waits. She
is in great haste. Emma is waiting at
the door till she comes down. But Lucy
can be patient, and she stands quietly at
her mother's side till she has done speak-
ing, znd then says, softly, Mother, may
I walk up the street with Emma?"
Lucy is patient. She is trying to be like
Jesus.
I saw Ellen sewing not long ago. A
knot came in her thread. At first she
tried to undo it; but then her face grew
red, and she jerked the thread, and broke
it, and looked very disagreeable and cross.
Ellen was not patient. She was not like
Jesus.
George has the toothache. The tooth-
ache is very hard to bear. But George
is very patient. He lays his head in his







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mother's lap, and tries not to cry. He
gets his bricks and builds a house, hoping
he shall forget the pain. He does not
grow impatient, and troublesome and
fretful. He goes like a man to the
dentist's, and though it hurts him very
much to have the tooth taken out, he
bears it well. A few tears roll down his
cheeks; but he wipes them away, and
looks up -,tili l' at his mother, as she
leads him home. George is patient, very
patient. I think he has heard of Jesus,
and wishes to be like Him.
The Lord Jesus suffered (as all little
children suffer) various pains and sor-
rows; but He was always patient. He
was often hungry; but He waited pa-
tiently for His food. He was often
weary, but He was never ill-tempered.
If He needed anything done for Hin,
He was not one who would fret if He






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was kept waiting for it. If He was
doing any work, He was not one who
would throw it angrily down because
of its taking a long time to do. He was
patient under suffering, and patient when
at work, patient always and patient every-
where.
When you are older, you will learn
how patient Jesus was when He grew to
be a man. I can tell you something
about it now. Jesus was always good,
but wicked men hated Him and ill-used
Him: Once they mocked Him, and
cruelly scourged Him with a sharp whip
till the blood ran down His back. He
did not deserve this. He had never
done any anybody any harm. He had
always been gentle and kind. It was
very wicked to treat Him so. But He
was patient still. He did not complain.
They put a crown of thorns upon His






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head, and the thorns pierced Him, and
the blood ran down His face. They laid
Him down on a cross, and drove sharp
nails through His hands and feet, and
then they planted it in the ground, and
made Him hang there. Words cannot
tell what He suffered. Do you think He
was patient then? Yes. He did not
once complain. He was always patient,
even unto death.
Little children, try to be like Jesus.
If you are sick, or in pain, think of Him,
and bear it patiently. Do not fret or
be peevish. Keep down such feelings.
Ask the Saviour to help you. He knows
how you feel. If anything troubles you,
be patient. Patient children will always
be loved much more than impatient ones.
A fretting, crying child is disagreeable as
well as naughty.
Little children, be like Jesus, patient.






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JESUS was benevolent. That is a long
word. What does it mean? We shall
see. When Jesus saw any in trouble,
He always did what He could to help
them. He went about doing good.
Once when He was passing along the
road, a poor blind man hearing the steps
of the people as they were going by,
asked who was there. A man told him
it was Jesus. Then he called out,
"Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy
on me." The mantold him to be quiet,
and said Jesus would not wish to be
hindered. But Jesus heard him, and
kindly stopped to ask him what he







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wished. "Lord, that I might receive
my sight," said the poor blind man. It
is dreadful to be blind, and not to see
the bright sun and beautiful flowers, nor
ever to look in the faces of dear friends.
Jesus was sorry for the poor man, and
He cured him of his blindness, and made
him see.
Another time He saw a poor sick and
lame man who could not rise froil his
bed. He had lain there a great many
years. He could not walk nor work.
Jesus said, Wilt thou be made whole ?"
And when the man said "Yes," He
gave him strength so that he rose from
his bed, and walked away to his home.
Jesus was benevolent. He wished to do
good.
Sometimes he went to a town to spend
the night, and the people would bring all
the sick, and blind, and lame they could






ABOUT JESUS. 29

find, that He might heal them all. He
loved to see how happy they were. It
made Him glad to do them good. He
was benevolent.
Once a father who had a sick little
girl came to Him, and oegged Him to go
and see her and cure her. She was so
ill that they all thought her dying, and
her father and mother were very sorry
at parting with her. They would be
very lonely without her. Jesus was
sorry for them. He went to the bed-
side, and found she was dead; but He
took hold of her hand, and gave her new
life, and she sat up in the bed, and then
arose and walked. And no one was
more happy than Jesus, who had done so
much for them all.
Can little children be benevolent?
Yes; every little girl and boy can do
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Jesus did. You cannot give sight to
the blind, nor heal the sick. But you
can do a great many things for their
comfort. If your mother is ill, you
can read to her; or you can stand by
her bed, and be ready to do a message
for her; or brush the flies away; or fan
her. If you are too young to do these
things, you can keep very still, and walk
very softly. The sick do not like a noise.
It disturbs them. Speak softly, and step
lightly, when your father or mother is ill.
That will be benevolent. If your brother
or sister has a headache, do not jump
about the room'. Do not sing. Do not
make a thumping noise. Be quiet; then
you will be like Jesus in one thing, be-
cause you will be benevolent.
You cannot make the blind see, as
Jesus did, but you can comfort them.
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or children, you can speak kindly and
cheerfully to them. You can give them
your hand, and show them where to go.
You can read to them. You can tell
them what you see. You can sing to
them. You can pity them. Then you
will be like Jesus, in trying to do good.
You cannot make the lame walk. But
you can walk for them. Some little chil-
dren have a lame father or mother." If
your mother is lame, you can go up and
down stairs for her. You can run and
do her errands for her. You can make
yourself useful to her in a great many
ways. You can make her very happy.
She will call you her little messenger.
She will tell father that you are her little
feet. It will make you happy to do good
to your lame mother.
You cannot make the little girl well
who is ill down by the market. She

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lies in bed, and looks pale, and coughs.
She cannot play out of doors any more.
She cannot go shopping for her mother,
as she did last month. She will not live
long. She is going home to heaven.
You cannot cure her cough, and heal her
all at once. Only Jesus could do that.
But you can go and see her, and let her
know that you would like to make her
happy. You can carry her some of your
books. You can show her your dolly. You
can carry her some nice baked apples. Per-
haps she likes flowers, and she cannot go
out to see them. You can take her a nose-
gay. You can tell her of all the beauti-
ful things you saw on the way to her
house. You can sing to her. You can
tell her stories about little Samuel," or
bout Eva and Topsy." She will love
to hear you, and it will comfort her as
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much, and she knows she is soon going
to see Him. Sing "There is a happy
land" to her; or, "I want to be an
angel;" and tell her you hope you shall
go to heaven, too, and see her there some
day. If you are kind to her you will also
comfort her poor mother. Poor woman !
she is very sad. She has only one little
girl, and soon she will have none. She
is willing that Jesus should take her
dear little girl to live with Him up above
the beautiful sky; but she will be very
lonely without her. She wishes to have
her safe in heaven, where she will never
be sick nor sorrowful any more. She
knows she will be an angel soon, and
have a golden harp. But it will be sad
to live without the little treasure she
has loved so dearly. Comfort the little
sick girl and her mother. Be benevo-
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There are a great many little children
in the world who are very ignorant.
They cannot read the Bible. They havt
never heard of God or heaven. They
are not happy. Can we do anything for
them? Yes; we can read about Jesus,
about the way in which their souls may
be saved. Set apart your pennies to buy
books for the little heathen children.
Little children can be benevolent. You
cannot take long journeys as Jesus did.
Perhaps you are not able to go out at all
alone. But you need not go away from
home in order to do good. You may go
about the house, doing good. A kind
word often does good. A loving look
often does good. Little children, ask
God to give you His Holy Spirit. Ask
God to bless you, and to help you to
bless others.






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To persevere is to keep on doing what
we have begun to do, until we finish it.
Little Emily wishes to learn to sew.
Her aunt has given her a nice work-
basket, with scissors, and thimble, and
a needle-book full of needles, and some
beautiful little pieces of print for patch-
work. Emily is delighted. She carries
the little basket round in her hand, and
shows it to all her friends, and talks very
fast and earnestly about the sewing she
shall do when she has learned. She begs
her mother, day after day, to teaah her,
At last her mother finds time, and Emily
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little chair, and waits as patiently as she
can, while her mother bastes her work,
and gets it ready for her to begin. She
is so eager and hopeful, she really thinks
she shall be able to make an apron to-
morrow. Her mother says, Now, Emily,
I will teach you a little every morning,
and if you are persevering you will soon
learn." Emily says, "Oh, yes, mother,
I will try every morning, and I know
I shall soon learn." The first day she
tries, and is diligent. The next day, she
wants to put by her work sooner. The
third day she grows impatient, and frets
and does not want to learn to sew; and
at the end of a week, her basket is for-
gotten, and she has given up her sewing
lessons. Emily is not persevering. She
is not like Jesus. He always finished
what He took in hand.
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and some wool, and she says, "Please,
mother, teach me to knit." Susan's
mother is very glad when her little girl
wishes to learn anything useful, and she
says, "Yes, I will teach you; but it
is tedious work for little girls to learn
to knit, and you will have to be very
patient, and try a long time." Susan
stands by her mother's side, and attends
to all she says, and does just as she bids
her. She is soon tired, though, and
the needles make her fingers ache. So
her mother bids her put them in the
drawer, and she will give her another
lesson to-morrow; and promises her that
if she will be diligent and learn well, she
shall knit a pair of stockings for her baby
brother. Susan remembers, and brings
her work to her every day, and keeps on
trying. Sometimes it seems very tire-
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never learn-sometimes she wishes very
much to go out and play; but she will
not give up. At last she has learned so
well, that her mother begins the baby's
stocking. Then Susan works more dili-
gently than ever. Every day she knits a
piece, till at last she sees her little
brother's feet in the nice, warm stockings,
which she has knit with her own hands.
Susan is persevering. In this, she is like
Jesus. He loves to have such little girls
for His lambs.
Johnny's father intends he shall go to
college. He hopes he will be a judge or
a minister some day. But if John is
going to college, he must learn reading
and spelling, and a great many more
things, and must be a good scholar.
It is tiresome work for some little boys
to learn. They are full of fun and play.
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books. John says, "Yes, father, I will
study diligently, and try to be an excel-
lent scholar. And he does try for a few
days; but then he grows tired, and frets,
and wishes he had not to study, and
wishes he could play, and says he does
not care if he is a dunce. John is not
persevering. He is not like Jesus. He
must turn over a new leaf. He must
pray for a better spirit. He must study
a little every day, and then play. John
will learn, if only he perseveres.
Jesus came down from heaven to teach
men how to obey God and please Him;
and He stayed here a great many years,
obeying God Himself, and teaching
others to obey. He did not grow tired,
and give up His work. He persevered
till it was done. He came to do good
to the poor and suffering; and, all His
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made a great many sick people well, and
comforted a great many who were sad.
Even when weary, He did not cease to do
good.. Once, when He had been walking
a long way, he sat down by a well, tired
and hungry, and His disciples went to get
something for Him to eat. A poor,
ignorant woman came to the well to get
water, and Jesus began to teach her about
God and heaven; and He did not eat
what was brought Him, until He had
taught her all He wished.
But the chief reason why Jesus came
to this world was, that He might die on
the cross to save our souls; and He did
not go back to heaven till He had done
this. You will understand it better when
you are older, and then you will learn how
persevering He was. Long years He
stayed here, away from His home
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many hardships; but He did not give up
the work which He had begun. He per-
severed untilHe could say, "It is finished;"
and then He went back to heaven.
Try to be like Jesus. Persevere in
doing good. When you begin a thing,
work on till it is complete. If you have
begun to try to be like Jesus, do not be
discouraged. Try more and more every
day, praying to Him to help you; and at
last you will be like Him, and live with
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|kw Woas aiftful.

"TAKE good care of your little brother,
Alice. I am going out to do some
errands, and shall not be home for an
hour; and I shall trust to you to see that
Eddie does not fall and get hurt, nor put
anything into his mouth which he ought
not. Amuse him, and be kind to him."
Alice said, Yes, mother, I will take good
care of him. Dear little fellow nothing
shall harm him."
Mrs. Morton went away, and Alice sat
down by the cradle with a book in her
hand till Eddie should wake. She sat so
still, and was so careful not to disturb
him, that you would not have known any-
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to stir, and stretch, and open his eyes,
and talk in his baby way, and was very
happy after his refreshing sleep. Alice
had heard her mother say that she liked
to have-Eddie lie still as long as he would
in his cradle; so she did not take him up
till he began to cry and want his mother.
Then the little girl lifted him up, and tried
to amuse and comfort him. She carried
him to the window. She gave him his
rattle. She sang, and danced, and
laughed; and when he would not stop
crying, she put him in his little waggon
and drew him round the garden. Not a
moment did she leave him, though she
found it no easy task to take care of him.
One of her little playmates came in and
asked her to go to the woods to gather
strawberries, and said she could leave
Eddie with the nurse. But Alice said,
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him myself, and I would not leave him
for anything. Alice was faithful. She
did as Jesus would have done. She
could be trusted. Her mother had con-
fided in her, and was not disappointed.
Alice was faithful to her trust. Jesus
was faithful, and he would have us to be
faithful too.

"Remember your promise, Mary,"
said Annie to her sister, as she got into
the carriage, "remember your promise."
Mary was going away from home to be
absent a year, and she had promised her
sister Annie that she would read a chapter
in the Bible every day, and write her a
letter every Tuesday. She was going to
stay with her aunt Fanny and several
little cousins, and was going to school
with them, and she expected to be very
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fast, and soon Mary was at her aunt's
house; and Susan, and Emily, and Frank
came running out, and said, "Here she
is! Here she is! Oh, I am so glad!
How do you do, cousin Mary ? Have
you really come to stay with us a whole
year ?"
Mary's aunt had given her a little
room all to herself, which she was to take
care of, and call her own. Her trunk
was carried to it, and Mary soon took out
her clothes, and put them nicely into the
chest of drawers. On a small table, in
one corner of the room, she laid her Bible,
which her sister Annie gave her; and her
portfolio, in which were good pens, and
beautiful paper, and envelopes, all ready;
and Mary said to herself, I will try and
remember to come up here every morning
and read, and here I will sit to write my
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The next day was Saturday. It was a
whole holiday. The children had planned
a walk in the woods, and began to talk
about it as soon as they were up. After
breakfast they were busy making their
preparations, and wished to start as soon
as they could. Mary thought of her
Bible, but there seemed to be no time to
read it then. So she said to herself, "I
will read the chapter when I get home."
They went to the woods, and did not get
home till dinner-time. After dinner some
little girls from the next house came in to
play with them; and though Mary
thought again of her promise and her
Bible, she did not like to go away from
such pleasant company, and she said, "I
will read. it when they are gone." But
they played a long time, and the little
girls did not go till tea was ready;
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Then it was time to go to bed. Mary
bade good night," and went to her little
room. She was very tired. Her feet
ached with her long walk, and her eyes
would hardly keep open. She had for-
gotten her promise, till, just as she was
getting into bed, she saw her little Bible
on the table. She put her shawl round
her, and sat down and tried to read, but
her eyes kept shutting, and she could not
see the words. She got into bed with a
sad heart. That day she had not been
faithful. She had neglected God's book.
She had not been like Jesus. He de-
lighted to keep His Father's holy law.
The next morning Mary woke early.
There was no one up in the house. But
the sun was shining brightly, and the
little birds were singing sweetly. Mary
remembered how unfaithful she had been
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best time to read. No one is up. I shall
not be disturbed. I will get up every
morning and read my Bible before break-
last, and then I shall be sure to fulfil my
promise." So she jumped out of bed,
and knelt down to ask the Lord that He
would forgive her, and help her to be a
faithful child. She knew she was apt to
forget, and that she loved to play; and
she was afraid, if He did not help her, she
would often fail of doing right. From
that time, Mary was able to be faithful.
Almost always she was up early, and read
her chapter in the quiet morning; but if
she ever slept till breakfast-time, she went
up stairs as soon as breakfast was done.
She wrote a little every Tuesday to her
sister;, and because she trusted in the
Lord Jesus, and prayed daily to Him,
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Mary was once unfaithful; but after
that, she was always faithful. She
kept her promises; and all who knew
her, knew they could believe and trust
her.
When you are older, you will read in
the Bible a great deal about being faithful.
Ask your mother to tell you about
Daniel, who, "because he was found
faithful to his duty, was made a prince
and ruler in the land; and because he
was faithful in prayer every day, he was
saved from the lions by his God. Ask
her to read about Abraham, the father
of the faithful;" and about Moses ; and
about the three men who were put into
the fiery furnace.
Jesus was faithful. A great trust was
committed to Him. The souls of men
were given to Him to bless and save, and
He was faithful to His trust. Thousands
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of years ago He promised to come from
heaven to this world to teach and to save
men; and He came. Heaven is a great
deal pleasanter than earth. But He did
not stay in heaven. He kept His pro-
mise. Nobody in this world knew Him
when He first came, and He never had
many to love Him. He often thought
of His hore, and of His Father in
heaven. He could have gone back any
time if He had wished; but to have gone
back before His work was done, would
have been unfaithful. He would not
break His promise. In heaven He never.
suffered: He was never in pain, nor
in any distress. But here He had to
suffer a great deal. He was sometimes
hungry, and sick, and tired, and had
many long journeys to take. If He
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again. But that would have been un-
faithful. Jesus kept His promise, though
wicked men killed Him because He
would not break it. He was faithful
unto death."
Jesus was faithful to His friends.
Those whom He had once loved, He
always loved. He loved His mother
when He was a little baby; and He
loved her when IIe was a man. When
He was hanging on the cross, and knew
that He was going to die, and to leave
this world, He thought of His mother,
and was a faithful son. He spoke to one
of His friends, and told him to be like a
son to her and to comfort her; and He
looked lovingly and pityingly on her, and
asked her to let John be her son. He
knew she would be lonely and sad when
He was gone, and He wished to provide
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Little children, learn to be faithful
Always fulfil a trust. Always keep
your promises. Always cling to your
friends.






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SARAH H. came with her mother and
aunts to visit me last night. She is a
little girl, but her good mother has
taught her to be kind, and thoughtful of
the comfort of those around her. I was
standing talking to a lady, and did not
see any one behind me till I heard
Sarah's pleasant voice saying, Here is
a chair, Mrs. M. It will tire you to
stand." It was very kind of Sarah to
bring me the chair." Most little girls
would not have thought of it. But I
believe Sarah is always kind. I see her
often, and she seems always watching for
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comfort of others. She is learning of
Jesus, and He calls her one of His little
lambs.

A few days since, little Lucy's mother
was lying on the bed asleep. She did
not feel well. Her head ached sadly,
and she had lain down, hoping a little
sleep would cure it. Lucy came up
stairs, and ran into her mother's room. I
expected she would stop when she saw
her mother sleeping, and go very softly
away. But instead of this, she went to
the bedside and tried to open her mother's
eyes, and said, in a loud voice, "Mother
-mother dear wake up !" Lucy loves
her mother very much, but she was not
kind to her that day. If she had been
kind to her mother, she would have gone
directly out of the room, and shut the
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she might have watched her mother a few
minutes to see if she looked any better,
and whether she was sleeping sweetly;
but instead of making any. noise she
would have done all she could to keep
the house quiet.
Little Annie sat on the floor, trying to
build with wooden bricks. She was a
very little girl, only three years old, and
she did not know much about building
houses. But she had put one brick on
another, until she made quite a high pile.
She thought it very pretty, and was ask-
ing her mother to look at it, when her
brother Henry came in, and knocked it
down with his foot. Annie began to
cry, and her mother chid the naughty boy.
He said he only did it for fun. But
Henry was not kind. He was not at all
like Jesus.
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sitting together in the nursery, making
dolls' clothes. They were all very happy,
until Susan began whispering to Emily
something which she would not let
Mary hear. They whispered together a
long time, and laughed, and seemed very
much amused with what they were saying,
while Mary sat alone and uncomfortable.
Susan and Emily were not kind. If
they had anything to say to each other,
they should have waited till Mary was
gone. It was very unkind to treat her
so. Jesus is always displeased with such
conduct. He would never have us do
what would make anybody feel hurt or
sad.
After a while, Mary began to cry; and
then the two little girls thought they
had done wrong; and they were sorry,
and told Mary if she would forgive
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Mary was angry, and displeased, and
would not forgive them, but went pout-
ing away.
Now, MJary was unkind. She was
'not like Jesus. If He had been there,
He would have said to them all, "Be
ye kind, tender-hearted, forgiving one
another, as God, for Christ's sake, hath
forgiven you."
Jesus was always kind. He had a
loving heart, and never in His whole life
did anything to grieve His parents, or
those around Him. He never spoke
unkind words. He was considerate;-
that is, He tried to find out what would
please His friends, and then to do it.
I have already told you that almost the
last thing He-did before He died on the
cross was to provide for His mother's
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unkind. If you wish to be like Jesus,
you must try always to obey a rule
which He has given us, and which He
Himself always obeyed. It is called
"the golden rule." It is this: "Do
unto others as you would they should
do unto you." You like to have others
kind to you; be always kind to them.
Ask your mother to teach you how you
can be kind. Think what you can do.
When your father comes home at night,
go and bring his slippers for him, and
stand by his chair, and be ready to do
anything he wishes. You will be kind
to your father then. He likes to have his
newspaper ready. Remember every day
to lay it in his chair. When you see
your mother pale and tired, ask her if you
cannot do something for her. Ask her
to let you take the baby. Tell her you
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while. That will be kind to your mother.
Answer your little sister's questions, and
comfort her little heart when something
has troubled her. Be kind to everybody;
hut especially be kind to old people.
They will soon be gone out of the world.
They have not many comforts. Do all
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"MOTHER, Maggie's baby-house is prettier
than mine," says little Lucy, with a pout-
ing lip, and tears rolling down her cheeks.
"Will you get me one like her's, with
nice carpets on the floors, and pretty
paper on the walls ?"
Little Lucy is not contented. She
is not like Jesus. She will have to cry
a great many times in her life, if she goes
on in this way.
Let me tell little Lucy about Jesus.
You have often read, or your mother has
told you, that He was born in a stable.
and His only cradle was a manger. He
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you have. His father and mother were
poor, and had no money to buy nice
things for Him. When He was a little boy,
He must often have seen children dressed
in clothes a great deal better than He
ever wore. Do you think that this made
Him unhappy? No, not for a single
moment. He well knew that His father
and mother were poor. He well knew
that God is ready to love little boys in
plain clothes, as much as those who are
finely dressed. He went to His home,
and was contented and happy. He saw
a great many beautiful houses, while He
lived in a poor one. Every day He saw
somebody who had better and prettier
things than He had. But He did not
cry, or complain, or show Himself dis-
contented. He was always satisfied; for
He could say, "The Lord is the portion
of mine inheritano and of my cup."






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When He grew to be a man, He was
still very poor. He had not always
enough to eat; and He had no home.
Most likely His father was dead, for you
will remember His mother had no home
when He died. He saw a great many
rich people every day. He passed by
their houses. But He had no house of
His own: Shall I tell you what He
once said about this ? The foxes have
holes, and the birds of the air have nests,
but the Son of man hath not where to
lay His head." Do you think this made
Him unhappy? No; He went about
from place to place preaching, and good
people invited Him to their houses, and'
He had many a comfortable night, al-
though He had no bed of His own.
There was one house where He often
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Lazarus. They loved Jesus very much,
and He loved them. They lived in
Bethany; and whenever Jesus went to
Bethany, He stopped at their house, and
Martha used always to get Him a nice,
comfortable supper, and they did every
thing they could for Him. Sometimes
He went to Peter's house. Sometimes a
rich man invited Him to dinner. Some-
times He asked a dinner, as He did of
Zaccheus. But He had no home of his
own. Do you think, if you had seen
Him, He would have looked unhappy
and discontented? No; He knew He
should soon go to heaven, to His beauti-
ful home in the sky; and He was con-
tented to depend on the kindness of
others, while He lived here on earth.
Little children, learn to be contented.
Every day you will perhaps see some
thing which you think pretty, and which






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you would like to have. But do not ask
for things. Do not covet. Do not fret
if some little playmate has a larger doll,
or a nicer dress, or a prettier book than
you.
Remember Jesus, and be contented.
If you do not try to learn this when
you are young, you will be unhappy all
your life; for unless you were the richest
person in the world, you would always
see somebody whom you would think
happier than yourself. And even if you
were the very richest man, and had
money to buy everything you liked, still
there would be something to be discon-
tented about-(for you might be ill, and
somebody else well),-and so you would
still be unhappy.
Always remember that God gives us
just as many good things as He thinks
best; and He wishes us to be satisfied






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with what He has given us. He seems
to give some persons more than He gives
others; but we must all be contented.
You lie down every night on a comfort-
able bed; Jesus "had not where to lay
His head," yet He did not complain.
Try to grow like Him. So you will
always be cheerful, and feel ready to
sing; and God will bless you; and at
last you will dwell in heaven with Jesu?
and have everything your heart can desire
and be perfectly happy for ever.






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LITTLE children, do you wish to be
loved? Do you wish others to be glad
when you come, and sorry when you
go away? If you do, you must not
only feel kindly to all around you, but
you must look kindly, and speak kindly
and act kindly. Courtesy and politeness
are the outward expressions of inward
kindness. Kindness in the heart should
show itself by politeness; and politeness
may show itself in looks, and words, and
deeds.
Those who are known to be like
Christ always look kind and loving.
Jesus was courteous and polite. He
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were always glad to see Him. It seemed
to them like the sunshine whenever He
came in. He wished to have all around
Him happy, and He looked as if He
wished it.
Do children always look bright and
sunny? Come with-me to yonder little
parlour. Mr. and iMrs. Searle are sit-
ting at table, and the breakfast is all
ready. "Ring the bell again, Betty,"
says Mrs. Searle; "I think the children
did not hear." Betty rings loud, and
soon they come,-Charles, Henry, Bell,
Sarah, and Ellen. "Be quick, children,"
says their mother; "it is late, and your
father is in a hurry." They sit down at
the table, and the four eldest begin to
talk cheerfully while they eat their break-
fast. But Ellen's face is clouded. I do
not know what is the matter with her.
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and the sun shines brightly this morning;
and the breakfast is good; and all around
her are kind and happy. But there
Ellen sits, looking glum, saying nothing,
and seeming to wish that nobody would
speak to her. Ellen is not polite.
Perhaps if you were to ask her she
would say that she loves her father, and
mother, and brothers, and sisters, and is
glad to see them so happy this morning;
but she does not look as if she did. She
looks as if she did not love them at all.
She looked vexed to see them so happy.
Little children, take care that you never
look as Ellen does now. When you look
ill-tempered, you are not like Jesus.
Let words be polite as well as looks.
Take care what you say to each other.
Hark !
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Do you think I don't know ? I say
I did, and I shall keep on saying it till
night."
Oh, what unpleasant sounds! Where
can they come from? George and
Robert are contradicting each other. To
contradict is very impolite. It is just
like telling people that they do not
speak the truth. Never, never do any-
thing so rude If you wish to be like
Jesus, you will keep from speaking in
this way. If Martha or John says any-
thing which you think not quite true,
do not flatly contradict them. Speak
politely. Say, I was told differently;"
or, "Are you quite sure it was so?"
Try to speak in a pleasant, gentle voice,
and to use pleasant words. Do not tell
Mary that Susan has a prettier baby-
house than she has. Even if you think
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and it may make Mary feel vexed. It
would not be polite. You need say
nothing about it, unless you are asked.
If Mary asks you which is the prettiest,
then you must speak the truth; .but
speak it in a pleasant way, as if you did
not wish to hurt her feelings. If Susan's
is larger, perhaps Mary's is the best
filled; or if Susan's has more furniture,
perhaps Mary's has the prettiest carpets.
Praise i.ijy's as much as you can, and
then she will not mind your praising
Susan's too. In this way you can
make Mary happy. Remember Jesus.
He was not one who could be unkind or
unfeeling.
When you are at table; do not find
fault with what is put before you.
Never say, This bread is not good;"
"I do not like this tea;" Mrs. John-
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these." Such speeches are very rude.
Learn, while you are young, to be polite
at table; and never, unless you are
asked, say anything at all about the
food.
Speak politely and courteously to those
who are older than yourselves. Do not
talk much and loud in their presence.
You are young, and you do not know as
much as they. There will be time
enough for you to talk when you are
older, and when you know better what to
say. Listen, that you may learn. Speak
when you are spoken to; not in a rude
or boisterous manner, but gently and
respectfully.
Act as well as speak politely. You
can easily learn to be attentive. Rise and
place a chair for any gentleman or lady
who may come into the room. Close
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annoyed by the air or the sun. Get a
footstool for the old lady who sits in the
easy-chair. Hand a newspaper to the
gentleman who is waiting in the parlour
for your father to come home. Be ready
to do any little thing you can to help
your mother, especially when she is busy.
Carry your sister's parcel for her, and
shade the light from your brother's weak
eyes.
Never do rude things. When a dish
of apples was passed round, I have seen a
man who called himself a gentleman, take
up one after another and put it down,
cookingg them all over, and at last picking
out the largest and best of them for him-
self. It was a very impolite act. It is
easy to see that he did not learn how to
behave when he was a little boy. His
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There are polite things to be said and
done every day, and unmannerly ones
day by day to be avoided. Your parents
will be often telling you what these acts
are. Try to remember what they teach
you about these things, and to behave as
they would have you behave. Be kind
and unselfish in your heart; act with
courtesy and politeness; and try to let it.
be said of you as it was of Jesus, "He
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THERE is an old saying, that "if you lose
an hour in the morning, you may run all
day, and you cannot catch it." It means
that if you lie in bed, instead of getting
up early to do your work, you will be in
a hurry all day, and not get through
much after all. Grown people under-
stand this better than children, but chil-
dren must learn it.
I suppose you wonder what it is to be
prompt and punctual. To be prompt is
to do things just when you ought to do
them. To be punctual is to be at school,
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has given you a piece of work to do
immediately after breakfast, and you put
it off till after dinner, you will not be
prompt. If your father tells you to
meet him on the beach at five o'clock,
and you wait till half-past five, you will
not be punctual.
Nothing is more pleasing than to see
little children begin to be prompt and
punctual, while they are children. All
good fathers and mothers try to teach
their children this.
Fanny is a little girl not quite seven
years old. Her mother very much
wishes to see her grow up a useful
woman, and she teaches her a great
many things, now she is young, which
she hopes she will remember when she
is older. Every morning, after break-
fast, Fanny is to knit six rows, while
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After that they sit down together, and
her mother reads to her a Bible story,
and hears her repeat a text. There
comes a little boy from the next house,
to learn a lesson with Fanny.
Now, if Fanny is not prompt and
punctual, a great many evils will follow.
If she loiters, and does not get her knit-
ting as soon as breakfast is over,-or if
she is slow at, it, playing and talking in-
stead of knitting,-the time will slip away
before she knows it. She will not be
ready for the Bible story. The little boy
will come, and Fanny will still be knitting.
Then she will feel very sad, and the tears
will come into her eyes, because there is
so much to do before she can go to piay,
and she will think knitting very tedious
work. But if Fanny is prompt and
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will get her work as soon as breakfast
is over. She will knit diligently, and
her six rows will soon be finished. She
will have heard the reading, and learned
her verse, long before school time; and
when lessons are over, perhaps she will
have a nice walk in the garden with
her mother, or a ride with her father.
She will be glad that she knows how
to knit, and she will think it very plea-
sant work.
If little children are prompt and punc-
tual, they will always find time both for
work and play, and will be much happier
than those who linger and loiter. If we
are not prompt, we cannot do all our
work. We shall neglect something. If
we are not punctual, we shall keep others
waiting, and waste their time as well as
our own.
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He had any work to do, you would have
found Him beginning at exactly the right
time. If He said He would be in any
place at a certain hour, He was sure to
be there.
Jesus had said that He would be in
Jerusalem, ready to die upon the cross.
The day-the very hour-was fixed. He
knew, from the beginning, when it would
come. He had a long journey to take.
Ask your mother to show you on the
map where Jesus was when the time
came for Him to start on His sorrowful
journey. He was in Galilee. It was
hard, very hard, for Him to go to a place
where He knew He must suffer so much.
He might have lingered and loitered by
the way, and put off this sad work. But
no; He was always ready to do His duty
at the right moment; and when the time
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His face to go to Jerusalem." No plea-
sant sight that He saw on the road could
detain Him. He did not for one moment
forget what He ought to be doing.
When the time appointed for His trial
came, He was there, all ready for tha
work which God had given Him to do.
He was punctual in the last act of Hi,
life.
He was always prompt to do good
wherever He was, as well as prompt to
go where He ought. On His way to be
crucified, He passed through Samaria.
As He came to a certain village, ten men
met Him, who were lepers. Your mother
or your sister will tell you what lepers
are, and all about them. These poor
men had not been to their homes for a
long time. They were not allowed to
see their wives, nor their little children.
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(for they might not go near anybody),
and they lifted up their voices, and said,
'Jesus, Master, have mercy on us." Do
you think He said, I am going a jour-
ney; I cannot stop?" No; He healed
them immediately, and then, without
lingering, He went His way.
"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do,
do it with thy might." So God's Holy
Book directs; and I hope you will re-
member it. If your mother bids you do
anything, do not be slow and t:rdy about
it. If you have any work to do, or any
lesson to learn, do not be slow about it.
Remember Jesus. Be prompt and punc-
tual.





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ANOTHER long word! Do you think
you shall ever learn what it means ? Oh,
yes, very soon, when I have explained it
to you. Have you read the story of
"Jerry and the voice ?" You remember
Jerry wished that God would speak to
him as He did to little Samuel; and his
mother told him, that if he would listen
sometimes, when he felt inclined to do
anything wrong, he would hear a voice
speaking in his heart. You remember
how he went to the closet to get an apple,
and saw the nice cake, and wished for' a
piece; but a voice whispered to his
thoughts, "Jerry, touch it not;" and
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Jerry shut the cupboard door, and went
away directly without taking a bit. Jerry
was conscientious. He did what was
right.
There is a voice which whispers in
every little child's heart, when he is going
to do wrong, and it bids him not to do
it. That voice is called the voice of con-
science; and if a child obeys it, he is said
to be conscientious.
I once knew a little girl who had been
forbidden ever to go out of her father's
gate without leave. Her father had a
large, pleasant farm-yard. There was a
wood-pile in it, and a great many pretty
places could be found to play in. There
were chickens and kittens running about;
and there was a nice barn near, where
the sweet hay was put; and a stable,
where the horses stood eating.
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play wherever she chose in the farm-yard
and in the barn, but that she must not
go out at the gate. One day Anna walked
slowly down the walk, and began to swing
upon the gate. Then she looked up and
down the road, and wished she could go
out. She thought it looked pleasanter
outside than in the farm-yard. She stood
a long time, thinking and wishing. But
a voice whispered, "Do not go. Your
mother told you not." Once she opened
the gate wide, and stepped out; but the
voice spoke more earnestly to her thoughts,
"It is not right. Do not go." Anna
obeyed the good voice, and shut the gate,
and went skipping back to the wood-pile.
She was conscientious. She had done
right. She was wishing to be like Jesus,
and He helped her, and blessed her all
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morning to do an errand at a neighbour's
house. Sarah often went on errands for
her mother, and she was always bid to
come back directly, and never to stop
anywhere without leave. One of her
little playmates lived in the house to
which she was sent on the morning of
which I am speaking; and when Sarah
saw Emma and her babyhouse, she wished
very much to stay a little while and play
with her. She knew it would not be
right for her to do this. The kind voice
spoke to her thoughts; but she did not
listen. She took off her hood, and sat
down on the floor, and began to play.
She was not happy. There was trouble
in her heart. But she said, "I will only
stay a few minutes, and perhaps mother
won't care." Sarah was not conscien-
tious. She was not like Jesus. He was
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See those boys sliding on the ice.
They have been forbidden to go there.
But their father and mother have gone on
a journey. They are not likely to know
that the boys have disobeyed them. Are
those boys conscientious ? No; if they
were, they would do right always, whether
anybody knew it or not. God always
sees us, and it is He who makes our
thoughts tell us what is right. We
should always obey His voice in our
hearts. Never do things when your
mother is away, which you would not do
if she saw you. Never speak words
which you would not like her to hear.
Never do your work carelessly, because
no one is standing at your side to watch
you. Do right always.
Jesus was conscientious. Not once in
His whole life did He do that which the
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to do the will of His Father in heaven.
He could say, I do always those things
that please Him." He could say at the
last, "I have finished the work which
Thou gavest me to do." And more than
once a voice from heaven was heard say-
ing of Him, This is my beloved Son, in
whom I am well pleased."
Now Jesus is in heaven. But He sees
all little children. He knows who try to
be like Him; H-e knows who are con-
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Do you know who made you, little
child? who gave you eyes to see with ?
and feet that you might walk? who
gives you strength to use your limbs?
and health that you may enjoy all the
good things you have?
God gave you all these, and He ex-
pects that you will take care of them.
God provides you food; He makes the
grain to grow; and from grain, bread is
made. God provides you with clothes;
He made the sheep that gives you wool,
and the plant on which the cotton grows.
It is by His kindness that you have a
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God wishes you to be very careful of
the things He has given you; because
if you do not take care of them they
will be lost or spoiled; and that would
make you unhappy, and it would dis-
please Him. If your mother does not
take care of the food, it will become
unfit to eat; and if your father does
not take care of the house, it will go
to ruin. If you do not take care of
your eyes, they will pain you, and per-
haps you will be blind. If you do not
take care of your health, you will be ill,
and unable to go out, or enjoy any-
thing; and you will not then be as use-
ful as if you were well. If you are not
careful of your clothes and your books,
they will soon be spoiled. It is your
duty to be prudent, and take care of all
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dent. He lived a great many years in
this world to show us what God would
have us do. Jesus took care of every-
thing that was given Him. He taught
His disciples to be careful; and He
teaches us to be so.
Once He was preaching out in the
fields to a great many people. There
were fathers, and mothers, and chil-
dren, all around Him, listening to His
pleasant words. When He had preached
a long time, they all began to be
hungry; but they were far away from
any houses, and there was no place
near, where they could get anything to
eat. Jesus was sorry for them. They
spoke to His disciples, and asked them
what they had in their baskets. They
said, "Five loaves of bread, and two
small fishes." That was hardly enough,
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could they do? The poor little chil-
dren must have been crying, and their
fathers and mothers felt hungry too.
Jesus knew what to do. He told them
all to sit down on the grass; and iHe
lifted up His hands and gave thanks
to God for the food which they had.
Then He told His disciples to give a
piece of bread and a piece of fish to
every one in the crowd. How could
they, when there was so little? Jesus
was God as well as man, and He could
have turned a stone into bread if He
had chosen. He made the bread and
fish to be enough for all those hungry
people; so they all ate a good supper,
and were very happy. But though
Jesus could increase the quantity of
bread so easily, He would not allow
any to be wasted. He told His dis-
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had done eating, and to pick up all
the pieces that were left, and put
them into their baskets to be eaten
another time. I wish you would learn
His words, and remember them when
you are inclined to be wasteful :-
" Gather up the fragments that remain,
that nothing be lost."
Try to be prudent and careful. Do
not fret when your mother bids you
put by your story-book at twilight for
fear you should hurt your eyes. Do
not be cross when she teaches you to
take care of your teeth, and your hair,
and wishes you to put on your thick
shoes before you go out, that you may
not take cold. Do not pout, and push
away your plate, and waste your food,
because you would like something
different. God will call you to account
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given you; and He will be displeased
with you, if you are not willing to be
like Jesus in carefulness and prudence as
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THE Bible is God's book. His thoughts
and His words are in it. It tells us just
what He wishes us to know about Him-
self, and about ourselves, and about all
things which He sees fit to make known
to us. He does not speak to people now
in a voice which they can hear. The
only way in which they can learn His
will and His ways is by studying the
Bible. In that holy book He tells us
what He was doing before we were born,
and what He will do in days to come.
He tells us that He is our Creator, and
keeps us alive; that He has sent us to
live in this world a few years, and that
then we shall die. He tells us, too, that if






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we have loved Him, and obeyed Him,
and taken His Son to be our Saviour, He
.will then take us to live with Him for
ever; but if not, He says He will never
let us see His face.
All good people love the Bible. All
good fathers and mothers teach their chil-
dren to read it, and all good children love
its sacred pages.
There was once a little boy who
lived with his mother in an old-fashioned
house, which had, round the chimney,
a great many pictures of things the Bible
tells us about. There was a picture of
Moses looking at the burning bush, and
Joseph's brethren selling him to the
Ishmaelites, and Daniel in the lion's den,
and many others. This little boy asked
his mother a great many questions about
these pictures; and they talked together
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there was never such a wonderful book
as the Bible, and he loved no stories so
well as Bible stories. He grew up to be
a very good man, and studied and loved
the Bible all his life, and did all he could
to make its meaning clear to those who
knew less about it than he did. His
name was Philip Doddridge.
There was another little boy who
lived a great many hundred years ago,
who had a good mother and a good
grandmother. They loved him very
much. What do you think they did
for him? Did they get him a great
many toys ? Did they make nice things
for him to eat? I cannot tell about
that; but I know that they taught him
to love the Bible, and that he learned to
seek God, and that God blessed him
Ind made him a very useful man, and
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almost all the little boys who lived when
he did are forgotten.
David loved the Bible. I can tell you
some beautiful things which he said
about it. "Oh, how I love Thy law it
is my meditation all the day. Thy testi-
monies are the joy and the rejoicing of
my heart. More to be desired are they
than gold, yea, than much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey and the honey-
comb."
Jesus loved the Bible. He knew it
well. He was once walking with two
men who did not rightly understand it, and
they were astonished when He explained
one part after another, and told them all
that they wished to know, and brought
to their minds all they had forgotten.
When He was talking to some proud
Pharisees, who had read a great many
other books, and thought they knew a




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