Front Cover
 Front Matter
 Title Page
 List of Illustrations
 Hymn I
 Hymn II
 Hymn III
 Hymn IV
 Hymn V
 Hymn VI
 Hymn VII
 Hymn VIII
 Hymn IX
 Hymn X
 Hymn XI
 Hymn XII
 Hymn XIII
 Hymn XIV
 Hymn XV
 Back Cover

Group Title: Hymns in prose for children : by Mrs. Barbauld ; illustrated.
Title: Hymns in prose for children
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Title: Hymns in prose for children by Mrs. Barbauld ; illustrated
Physical Description: xii, 100 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Cooper, James Davis, 1823-1904 ( Engraver )
Barnes, Robert, 1840-1895 ( Illustrator )
Kennedy, T ( Illustrator )
Wimperis, Edmund Morrison, 1835-1900 ( Illustrator )
Coleman, W. S ( William Stephen ), 1829-1904 ( Illustrator )
George Routledge and Sons ( Publisher )
William Clowes and Sons ( Printer )
Publisher: George Routledge and Sons
Place of Publication: London ;
Glasgow ;
New York
Manufacturer: W. Clowes and Sons
Publication Date: 1889
Subject: Christian life -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Children -- Conduct of life -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Conduct of life -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Devotional literature -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Glory of God -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Animals -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Natural history -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Hymns, English -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Hymns -- 1889   ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1889
Genre: Hymns   ( rbgenr )
non-fiction   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: England -- London
Scotland -- Glasgow
United States -- New York -- New York
General Note: Illustrations engraved by James D. Cooper after R. Barnes, T. Kennedy, E. M. Wimperis, and W. S. Coleman.
General Note: Baldwin Library copy 2 has a variant cover.
Funding: Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).
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Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover 1
        Front Cover 2
    Front Matter
        Page i
        Page ii
    Title Page
        Page iii
        Page iv
        Page v
        Page vi
        Page vii
        Page viii
    List of Illustrations
        Page ix
        Page x
        Page xi
        Page xii
    Hymn I
        Page 1
        Page 2
        Page 3
        Page 4
    Hymn II
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
        Page 10
    Hymn III
        Page 11
        Page 12
        Page 13
        Page 14
        Page 15
        Page 16
    Hymn IV
        Page 17
        Page 18
        Page 19
        Page 20
    Hymn V
        Page 21
        Page 22
        Page 23
        Page 24
        Page 25
        Page 26
        Page 27
        Page 28
    Hymn VI
        Page 29
        Page 30
        Page 31
        Page 32
        Page 33
        Page 34
    Hymn VII
        Page 35
        Page 36
        Page 37
        Page 38
        Page 39
        Page 40
        Page 41
        Page 42
        Page 43
        Page 44
    Hymn VIII
        Page 45
        Page 46
        Page 47
        Page 48
        Page 49
        Page 50
        Page 51
        Page 52
    Hymn IX
        Page 53
        Page 54
        Page 55
        Page 56
        Page 57
        Page 58
        Page 59
        Page 60
        Page 61
        Page 62
        Page 63
        Page 64
        Page 65
        Page 66
        Page 67
        Page 68
    Hymn X
        Page 69
        Page 70
        Page 71
        Page 72
        Page 73
        Page 74
        Page 75
        Page 76
    Hymn XI
        Page 77
        Page 78
        Page 79
        Page 80
        Page 81
        Page 82
        Page 83
        Page 84
    Hymn XII
        Page 85
        Page 86
        Page 87
        Page 88
    Hymn XIII
        Page 89
        Page 90
        Page 91
        Page 92
    Hymn XIV
        Page 93
        Page 94
        Page 95
        Page 96
    Hymn XV
        Page 97
        Page 98
        Page 99
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    Back Cover
        Back Cover 1
        Back Cover 2
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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 mixed
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.


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.

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" He made the great Whale and the Elephant"
Flowers and Fruit
Heading to Hymn I...
The Pebbly Brook
"I will praise God with my voice" .. ..
"Let Him call me".... ......
Spring Flowers and Buds.
Primroses, Cowslips, and Violets
Young Goslings .. .. .. ..
Hen sitting.
Young Lambs
"Butterflies flutter from bush to bush"
Chesnut Blossom
" On every hill we will sing His praise" ..
Lark rising.
Shepherd and stray Lamb...
Group of Sheep.
Mother and Sick Child
The Good Shepherd.. ..........
The Moss Rose (Beauty)........
The Lion (Strength)... .....
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Group of Flowers
"The glorious Sun is set in the west" .
Beehives and Woodbines.
Children asleep
Maternal care
Sweetbriar, &c...
Child awakening..
"The fields were bright with summer"
Rabbits and Field Mice
"The poppy and harebell grew among the wheat"
In the Coppice
Storm .
Child in Storm
Summer shade
Cattle in stream .. ........ ..
Ivy border ... .... .. ..
Acacia......... .. ..
Fruit border..
Apple bough ....
Girls at work
Child listening to the Lark
The Labourer's Cottage Home-
The Reaper .................
Running to meet Father ...
The Family Gathering
The Village ... .. .. .. .. .. ..
The Negro ... .. .. .. .. .. ..
The Laplander
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Ivy border

The Castaway

"Take up a handful of sand"

The Fir and Willow.

The Thistle and Mallow .. .. ..

The Hop and Oak

The Daisy and Tulip..

The Iris, Reed, and Heath-flower

The Water-lilies and Wall-flower

The Thorn and Field-flowers

The Tropical Forest.........

The Rose and Lily

The Snowdrop, Primrose and Carnation


The Breath of Spring ...... .

The Beech-trees and Brook

The Giant Oak .......

Oak bough.......

The Germ of the Oak

Child-in Cradle-Convolvulus border

Youth at Study. ....

Ivy border

Twin Oaks.

Release from the Chrysalis..

Child and Sapling


" Bending her bright horns like a silver b

The Pole Star, and Mariner's Guide


Orion's Belt and Sirius

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Winter Scene
"Trees lift up their nake
Holly bough...
Old Age and Childhood
The Cross
Scattered Rose-leaves
The Fallen Trunk
Perishing Insects
The stricken Man
Group of Flowers
Mountain Sunrise
Chrysalis, Butterfly,
turtium .....
Flowers and Insects
Rose and Brambles
The Rainbow
Hymning Praise
Turtle Doves
The Toad and Henbane


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.0. M RH, let us praise God, for He is ex-
S 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

( 2 )

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The little birds ,ing pr._ies
t Go;d, when they w.irble
-\vctly in the gi'ren sh.idc.
TheL br, ,ks and tl river-, pr.isei
(T i: d, wheXI' thli itlri' Lif" dLI l-
dil' us-l amnIi'2i-t the s--111

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( 3 )

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..', .'" I w ill praise G ,od ""
', with my voice; for I mv
praise Him, though I am but
i J a little child.
A few years iag, and I was
i, a little infant, and my tongue
i., was dumb within my mouth:
SAnd I did linot know ",
*;, the great name ,,
o'f- d (ud, for my
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Ci.al speak, and
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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.

( )

rC:oE, let 1s go forth into
I the fitelds let us see how the
1 Howers s'prin let us listen to
--I the w-lrblingr of the birds, and
S, sport ourselves upon the new


the buds come out upon the
'y -' -
trees, the crimson blossoms of
the peach and the nectarine.
I, are seen, and the green leaves

( 6 )

The hedges are bordered 'with tufts of
primroses, and yellow cowslips,
( that hang down their heads; and
0 the blue violet lies hid
beneath the shade.

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The young goslings are running upon the
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.

( 8 )

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i The buttertl utter
S. itron bush to bush and
o pen their wiygs to the .
arr sun.._
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The vyOcing animals of every
Skin are sporting about, they j.
Sfeel themselves happy, they are
glad to be alive,-they thank
Him that hath made them alive.
They m ay thank Him in
their hearts, but we can thank
I Him with our tongues; we are
better than they, an can praise
Him better.

O !_" T_ ... ......... .

( 9 )

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
S Him for ourselves, and we will
S' thank Him for those that
cannot speak.
S Trees that blossom and little
4 lambs that skip about, if you
/ could, you would say how
good He is; but you are dumb,
-we will say it for you.
N, 1.6 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.


( 10 )


( II )

SBEHOLD the shepherd of
the flock, he taketh care.
l: or his sheep, he leadeth
. them among clear bruok,, he
gideth them to fresh pas-
L tuLre: it the 1voLun Iami are
\earyv, he cirrieth them in
hi, arms; if they wandc:,
She bringeth them back.

( 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 .
green fi-ld,, 1i, Lhe p.1stuirc
which He h:ith prepared
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( 13 )

The mother lovth her lit ie
child ; she bri, ngeth it up on her
knees; she noiurishleth its bod\-
,with lood; she feecdeh its
Mind with knovwlcdge; if it is
,111 sick, she nurseth it with tender
love; she watcheth over it
'*' when asicep; she foirgetteth
Sit not fr a Iomelnit ; she
Steacheth it how to be
o'- ood; she rejoiceth daily
in its growth.

( 14 )

But who is the Parent of the
mother? who nourisheth her with
good things, and watcheth over
her with tender love, and remem-
bereth her every moment ? Whose
arms are' about her to guard her
from harm? and if she is sick,
who shall heal her?
God is the Parent of the
mother; He is the Parent of all,
for He created all. All the men
'and all the women, who are alive
in the wide world, are His chil-
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

( 15 )

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
evil, 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.

( 16 )

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.


17 )

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..9 COIE and I i"l I -how VOLI hat

with h wl we4et odour; she is the

delight of every eve.
'+ CoME, and I will dtcw you what

iShe i beau tif ull. It i there fis
blown. See how she sits upon

S' a fairer cthan ste, like that made
. 'I f allth the rose fl more b hutrful than
"-~8d:-- ~ low like lire: the air is filled
i.-j with her sweet odour; she is the
t ..--,4% delight ofe' very eve.
She is beautiful, but there is
K / a tirer" than she. I-IH that made
{ /,""; the ro-se is more beautiful than
t-. I e rose; He is all lovely; He
is the delight of every heart.

( 18 )

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.
.-, 1 stronger than he: His anger is ter-
Srible: He could make us die in a
moment, and no one could save us.
-- out of His hand.

( 19 )

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I 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 carn 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
S 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
1 anvil; nor the harsh saw of the carpenter.
All men are stretched on their quiet
beds; and the child sleeps upon the breast
of its. mother.
Darkness is spread over the skies,
and darkness, is upon the
ground; every eye is shut
and every hand
is still.

( 23 )

SWho 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 eye seeth everywhere, in all places, and
watcheth continually over all the families of
the earth.
The eye that sleepeth not is God's;
His hand is always stretched our
)N\[elr us.
He made sleep to refresh us -
when we are weary: He maude .1'1
night that we might sleep .
ini quiet.

( 24 )

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.
of darkness around us; so
'1-1e mnaketh all things to
b'e hulised and still, that
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iI, H is I. u >11[ i" iPe .
.. id, 'l.: .lee ill peace.

( 25 )

Labourers, spent with toil, and young children, and
every little humming insect,
sleep quietly, for God watcheth
-- over you.
You may sleep, for He
never sleeps; you may close
4 your eyes in safety, for His
'i '- -eye is always open to pro-
tect you.
i '.i When the darkness is passed
N away, and the beams of the
*j morning sun strike through
Sj). '.: our eyelids, begin the day
-. : with praising God, who
hath taken care of you
'.' \ 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.

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

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CHILD Of reason, whence comes
thou ? What has thine eve 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-
Sor reposing in the cool shade;
Sthe corn sprung up in the
U irrows; 4 /

( 30 )

the poppy and the harebell grew among
the wheat; the fields were bright with
summer, and glowing with beauty.
Didst thou see nothing more?
Didst thou observe nothing besides ?
Return again, child of reason, for
there are greater things than these.-
God was among the fields; and
Sdidst thou not perceive Him? His
beauty was upon the meadows:
His. smiles en-
livened the

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( 31 )

I have walked
through the thick fo-
rest ; the wind whis-
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, O child of reason, is without
God;-let God-therefore be in all thy thoughts.

( 35 )

Corir, let i P, :IL. the th ck

the su r sn bats ot un ur

The 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.
quite alone.


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 s. .
He m.idc the w\\,rmn u,-, ;-.

aInd the cool ,-h.tde; the tree.--. 4 'c,' i --"- ,

that ii'dw upwards, and the
I-rooks that run murrnLlrin- .- i

al.nig. All t th ing, th:it
'We sIrve ire H i, woi rk. a'r'.,'c'

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Can we raise our voices up to
the high heaven? Can we make Him
hear who is above the stars? We
ne-ed not raise our voices to the stars:
for He heareth us when we only
whiper: when we breathe out words
s.:ftly with a low voice. He that
tileth the heavens is here also.
I\ay we that are so young speak
tr. Him that always was? May we,
that can hardly speak plain, speak to
G,-.d ?
We that are so young are but
lately made alive; therefore we should
inot forget His forming hand who hath
made us alive. We that cannot speak
plain, should lisp out praises to Him
who teacheth us how to speak,
S and hath opened our
S-. dumb lips.

( 38 )

"i" ' '!" '

When 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, ard 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.

( 3.9 )

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
Sthe earth.
Ask them if they will tell
Sthee; 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-
lent : no sound is in the still air;
no murmur of voices amongst
the green leaves..

( 40 )

SThe plants
i, and the trees
S. are made to
S give fruit to
Sman; but man is
. ', made to praise God who
'i I. made him.
We love to praise Him,
because He loveth to bless
us; we thank Him for
-- 't 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
are the creatures of God.
We cannot be good, as God is
.,_ ,xd, to all persons everywhere;
but we can rejoice that
k : everywhere there is a
God to do them good.

( 41 )

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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( 45 )

,'. SEE where stands the cot-
",'; tage of the labourer co-
,i vered with warm thatch!
.+,.,.. The mother is spinning at
the door; the young chil-
.'' ,, dren sport before her on
the grass; the elder ones
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.

( 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.

( 47 )

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 pbor, 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.
SIf 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
-_. y and peace i-
together ; --,"-
r -a king is -
--ke p- ti the ruler t r
-- kingdoms
full of .
-. and
and large -'
.and -
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
--. .I'Lrunning stream.
are God' o l

He te n a
ever. o.ne- -

shepherd '
his fl-ock;
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 o\v r thy
-.-" -' sick child: though no
,oe seeth thee, God seeth
thee; though no one
pitieth thee, G od pitieth
thee; raise thy voice, for-
lorn and abandoned one;
call upon Him froil allidut
Sthy bonds, f )ir assuredly
He \\ill hear thee.



( 5I )

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
if thou doest ill, assuredly He will
punish' thee.
Nations of the earth, fear the Lord;
families of men, call upon the name, of
your God.
Is there any one whom God hath
not made? let him not worship Him:
is there any one whom He hath
not blessed ? let him not
praise Him.


( 52 )

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( 53 )

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COMiE, let us walk abroad;
let u, t Ilk of the works of God.
Tike 1u a h ndful of sand
number the grains of it; tell them

Tr if Nyou can count the
blades of grass in the htid
or the leaves on the trees.
You cannot count them, they are innumerable;
much more the things which God has made.
much more the things which God has made.

( 54 )

The fir girc.vth
on the high moun-
tain, 7and thc gre-,
Nvjllovv bonds above
the .1rcam.

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( 55 )

The thistle is armed with
sharp prickles,

the mallow ,.
is *
soft and woolly. 'A:


( 56 )


The hop
layeth hold with
her tendrils,
and claspeth the
tall pole ;
the oak hath hrm
root in the
Olrii nd,
and resisteth the
Winter stornl.

( 57 )

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.

'( 58 )

/The iris and the reed spring up in the
I:-f" marsh; the rich grass covereth
^^ ~the meadows; and '
the purple he.th-olcvr "
i enliveineth the waste -

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( 59 )

The water-lilies grow beneath
,the stream; their broad leaves
float on the surface of the water;
ithe wall-flower takes root in the
hard stone, and spreads its fra-
grance amongst broken ruins.

( 6o. )

.5- .
Every leaf
is of a different torm ;
every plant hath a sepa-
rate inhabitant.
Look at the thorns that
are white with blossoms, and
the flowers that cover the fields,
and the plants that are trodden
in the green path. The hand
of man hath not planted them;
the sower hath not scattered
the seeds from his hand, nor
the gardener di;ged a place
for them with his spade.

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( 61 )

Some grow on steep r.-ck;, where
no man can climb; in shaking bogs,
and deep tore-sts, and desert islands:
they spring up every-where, and cover
the bo-om of the whole earth.
W'ho 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?

( 62 )

HIow doth the irce draw its crimson
from the dark brown earth, or
Sthe lily it- s'hininz white ? How
can a Imall seed contain a plain ?
[-. [
How c -th every plant know its.
S season to put f:trth ? They are
mar halled in order: each one
S knoweth his place, and standeth
up in his own rank.

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( 63 )

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

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( 64 )

Who preserveth them alive through, the cold winter,
when the snow is on the ground, and
,the sharp frost bites on the
; plaiiI ? Who soweth a small
Sseerd, and a little warmth in
'tle b so of the earth, and
-- causeth them to, spring uip
2lfresh, and sap to rise
thrc ukPh the h-lard fibre,
--_--. The tree, ar e wXitl-,-red,
I- aked and kbare; they are
like dry boncs.

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( 65 )

Who breathed on them with the breath of spring,
and they are covered with verdure, and green leaves
sprout from the dead wood ?
--"- -LO- Lo, these are a part of His works;
-.r-- --. 1a1nd a little portion of His wonders.
-i There is little need that I
should tell you of God, for
everything speaks of Him.
Every field is like an open
3 book; every painted fower hath
a lesson written on its leaves.
S-Every l muIrmuring brook hath
a tongue; a voice is in every

whis-ering ind. -t

( 6:6 ;)

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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( 69 )

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
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
remember not its growth: gene-
rations of men one after an-
Sother have been born and died,
and this son of the forest has
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.
:.. ,;.., ~ i. Rain and dews, and soil,
,' could not rais e an oak
. tz t .. wxithO, ut the acorn ;

(7 )

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 pot 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, -

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( 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.

Ill 1 I II l, I 1 ..

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.

( 73 )

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-
tion, 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 ; it is long
before the child becomes
a man.

( 74 )

The acorn might have.-
perished in the ground, ,S^
the young tree might ..a..
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 he 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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( 76 )

( 77 )

THE golden orb of the sun is
S 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

( 78 )

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 he'aves 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-
terse ?

( 82 )

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 )

- I ".. IT is now Winter, dead
X Winter. Desolation and
silence reign in the fields,
nio singing, of birds is heard,
no humming of ilnects. The
streams m iturmLiLr no longer ;
they are locked up in fi'osr.
The trees liIt 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-
caved to their roots.
The sun hinmelf looks cold
and cheerless; he gives light
only eno ugh to show
the universal


( 86 )

Nature, child of God, mourns;
for her children. A little while
ago arid she rejoiced in her off-
spring: the rose spread its per-
fume upon the gale ; the vine
gave its fruit; her children were
springing 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 ?
has He left thee to perish? Art
thou no longer the object of His
care ?
He has not forsaken thee, O
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

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