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EMMA'S BIRTH-DAY.


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IT was a pleasant morning in
May, and the village clock was
just striking six. The bright
sunbeams came streaming in at
*the chamber window as Emma
drew aside the white curtain, and
opened the casement with a gentle




2 EMMT"~ H-DAY.
hand. She moved softly about
the room, sometimes glancing to-
wards the bed where her sister
Fanny was still sleeping; for
Fanny was not an early riser, and
would be angry, Emma knew, if
she should wake her too soon.
For her the early dew drops
sparkled in vain ; she did not
hear the soft bill of the blackbird
as he perched among the apple-
blossoms in the orchard; nor did
she heed the sweet fragrance of
thehoney-suckle, which stole into
the room with the fresh morning
air.
Emma took her little Bible in
her hand, and sat down by the
open window. The chapter was
soon found: it was that which
tells us to remember our Creator
in the days of our youth, Eccles.
xii. 1. But before she began to




EMMA'S BIRTH-DAY. 3
read, she offered a short prayer
that God would teach her by his
Holy Spirit rightly to understand
the word of truth, that she might
learn to know and do his will. It
is a hopeful sign when we feel
our need of help fiom above; and
we have a promise which cannot
fail, that it shall be given to them
that ask it, Matt. vii. 7.
All was still and quiet in the
room as Emma shut the book,
and sat for some time in thought
before she knelt down to pray.
It was the morning of her birth-
day, and she was now twelve years
old. She had many things to
think of; for she wished to find
out what were her chief faults,
that she might try to guard
against them in future; and she
had some good resolves to make,
which she hoped that the grace




4 EMMA S BIRTH-DAY.
of God would enable her to fulfil.
She knew that she could do no
good thing unless he gave her
help and strength. And now that
she was about to begin another
year, she desired to lead a new
life; to forsake all her old sins
and failings, and to act like a
child of God, by keeping his
commands, and trying to obey
her parents and teachers, and by
showing kindness and good will to
all. She knew that as she grew
older every year, so she ought to
grow in wisdom and goodness;
but yet poor Emma felt that she
should have enough to do before
she could get rid of some idle
habits that she had formed, and
some faults which often beset her,
and caused her much trouble and
many tears.
She looked very sad as she put




EMMA'S BIRTH-DAY. 5
the little Bible down beside her,
and leaned her head upon her
hand. She thought of the kind-
ness of her parents, who had been
at such pains and expense on her
account, and had placed her in
a school where all the needful
means of gaining knowledge were
in her power. She knew it to be
their great desire that she should
make the best use of her time,
and apply to her studies with
care, because youth is the season
for learning, and when gone by,
can never return. Emma had
often been heedless and giddy,
only half learning a lesson, or
else just saying the words with-
out thinking about the meaning,
or trying to understand it. She
was well aware that all this had
been very wrong; and while she
grieved for her misconduct, she




6 EMMA'S BIRTH-DAY.
hoped that it would never be the
case again. Children may indeed
justly blame themselves when
they have been guilty of such
neglect; for their parents and
teachers, who spend so much time
and trouble upon them, have a
right to expect that they will do
their best to improve.
While Emma was thus think-
ing, she heard a little stir, and
turning her head, saw Fanny
half awake. She moved upon the
pillow, and her sleepy eyes just
opened, but in a moment were
closed again for another quiet
slumber. This brought fresh
thoughts of self-reproach to
Emma's mind. Fanny was some-
times cross, and fond of finding
fault, and being an elder sister,
she was apt to give herself airs,
and to fancy that Emma ought




EMMA'S BIRTH-DAY. 7
at all times to submit to her plans
and wishes. This caused fre-
quent quarrels between them; for
Emma was hasty in her temper,
and liked to have her own way
as well as Fanny, and she had
not yet learned to deny herself,
and to give up her will to the will
of others, for the sake of peace.
But she knew that this must be
done; and she thought of the
pattern set before her by the
lowly Jesus, who pleased not
himself;" "who, when he was
reviled, reviled not again ;" from
whose lips there fell no angry
words, and whose acts were only-
those of kindness and of love.
Emma made the resolve to read
and think of her Saviour more
and more; and to pray daily that
she might have the ornament
of a meek and quiet spirit, which




S EMMA BIRTH-DAY.
is in the sight of God of great
price," 1 Peter iii. 4.
But if Emma had reason to be
humbled on account of her con-
duct as it regarded her fellow-
creatures, how much more when
she thought of her sins against
God, which were so many and so
great. And first, she had often
broken his holy sabbaths by doing
the things which he forbids, or
joining in light and idle talk, or
keeping her mind fixed upon
worldly pleasures or concerns.
Only a little thought was needed
to convince her that she must
alter this without delay; for her
conscience told her that if she did
not love God's earthly sabbaths,
which are like a little heaven
below," she could have no just
reason to hope that he would re-
'eive her to his kingdom of glory,




EMMA'S BIRTH-DAY. 9
where the angels and happy spi-
rits keep one long and blissful
sabbath, serving him and giving
him praise for evermore.
Emma felt that she did not
pray as she ought to do, nor de-
light in reading the word of God
more than all other books, nor
had she made the welfare of her
soul her first and greatest care.
From this time she resolved to
read her Bible daily, to be more
earnest in prayer, and to seek,
above all other knowledge, to
learn the way to heaven. .This
life is very short; its joys and its
sorrows will soon be over: while
the world that is to come has no
end; and there our souls must
live, either in bliss or in woe, for
ever and ever. Therefore, my
young reader, you will do wisely
to imitate and to act upon little




10 EMMA'S BIRTH-DAY.
Emma's resolve, and to renew it
year after year, with every birth-
day that you may be spared to
see.
But Emma knew that she had
many sins to grieve for, many
more than she could number, for
she had an evil heart which was
a constant snare to her, and had
often led her to forget God and
to break his laws. She was a
child of Adam, and, like all his
children, was born with a sinful
nature, at enmity with God.
Emma had been taught that if
she trusted to this evil heart,
her best resolves would soon be
broken, and her good desires for-
gotten: but there was reason to
hope that she felt her guilty and
helpless state, and that she had
fled for mercy to Christ, the Son
of" God, who alone is able to




EMMA'S BIRTH-DAY. 11
wash away our sins, and to keep
us by his Holy Spirit from every
snare.
Yes, Emma had learned the
blessing of prayer. She knelt
down to implore pardon through
a Saviour's blood; and to plead
in his name the promise which
God has given to those who be-
lieve in him. A new heart will
I give you, and a new spirit will
I put within you; and I will take
away the stony heart out of your
flesh, and I will give you an heart
of flesh," Ezek. xxxvi. 26. She
prayed that she might have grace
to put all her trust in Jesus, who
died to save her soul; and that in
every trial she might look to him
for help, who once took upon him
our nature, and was "in all points
tempted like as we are, yet with-
out sin," Heb. iv. 15.




12 EMMA'S BIRTH-DAY.
An hour had passed away, and
Emma heard the school-bell ring-
ing. It was seven o'clock, and
time for Fanny to awake, in order
that she might be ready to go
down stairs when the teacher
came to tap at their chamber-
door. Emma stepped up to the
oed-side, and tried to rouse her
by a gentle shake, a kiss, and a
few kind words. Fanny was still
sleepy, and did not like to be
disturbed; but her sister knew
that this would not do, because
the rules were strict, and for lazi-
ness their governess would admit
of no excuse.
At last the drowsy girl awoke,
gaping, and rubbing her eyes, and
looking as unlike the cheerful,
smiling, active Emma as you can
well conceive. She was peevish
and fretful, as people often are




EMMA S BIRTH-DAY. ^
when they have slept too long;
she had to hurry in dressing, to
make up for lost time; and as she
had not her sister's habits of neat-
ness and order, there was a string
wanting on her morning frock,
and one of her slippers was no-
where to be found. Emma was
ready to help her through all her
troubles; and though Fanny was
cross, she would not quarrel, but
sat down, with needle and thread
and tape, to sew on the string;
and then began a search about
the room, and brought out the
missing slipper from its hiding.
place behind the chest of drawers.
Now, do you think that these
little acts of kindness were thrown
away ? No; Fanny could not
help feeling grateful to the gentle,
loving sister who was ready to
serve her ; and there was some-




14 EMMAS BIRTH-DAY.
thing in her mind which urged
her to copy the good example
thus set before her. It is well
when the kindness that we show
to others causes them to be kind
to us; but even if this should not
be the case, we shall find that
there is a pleasure in trying to do
right, which will repay us for the
hardest effort we may have to
make.
When all was ready, Fanny and
Emma went down into the school-
room; and after prayer and Scrip-
ture reading, the morning lessons
were said. Breakfast then came
in; but while the others were
taking their seats, Emma cast one
look through the window, and saw
a porter passing by with a bas-
ket in his hand. Her heart beat
quickly-there was a ring at the
gate-two minutes of suspense,




E'MA' tSER AY. 15
and the basket was brought in.
For Emma-a birth-day present
from home! She started up from
the breakfast table, then looked
at her governess, who smiled and
nodded consent ; and soon, with
the help of Fanny, paper and
string were cut away, and the
welcome gifts were spread before
her sight. A large plum-cake;
large enough to feast all the
school; a box of oranges, nicely
packed; a handsome book for
each of the sisters, from their
kind father; a small note, in very
large hand-writing, from little
George; and, best of all, a long.
letter from dear mamma. Was
ever a school-girl more happy on
her birth-day than Emma now!
But, welcome as these tokens
of love from distant friends must
have been, do not suppose that




16 m M~ TH-DAY.
there was no other cause for the
pleasure that sparkled in her eye,
and brought the smile to her lip-
Emma had a heart at peace with
God. She had learned that the
sure way to be happy was to give
up herself to him, with a firm
resolve, by the help of his grace,
to love and serve him all the days
of her life.
Have you ever tried this way,
or have you ever made this re-
solve ?


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