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THE RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY,
56 PATERNOSTER ROW; 65 ST. PAUL'S CHURCHYARD; AND 164 PICCADILLY.
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THE LOST LAMB.
BIRDS AND BEASTS.
WILLIE AND MARY'S FIRST DAY AT SCHOOL.
THE LOST LAMB.
SEE the little Lanib: near it is its dam.
By her side to stay,
Then to frisk away,
This is pretty play:
If the mother bleat,
It with nimble feet
Runs its dam to meet,
With frolics gay:
Playful little Lamb!
Shepherd near: nothing need they fear.
Safe in his kind care,
He will lead them where
In the meadows fair
Daisies white are seen,
Grass of freshest green,
Springing flowers between;
What dainty fare!
Happy little Lamb !
watch-dog sleeps; and the Lambkin keeps
Trotting to and fro:
Says she, "Well I know
Where clear waters flow;
I should like to be
Set at liberty,
Other fields to see;
So off I'll go !"
Restless little Lamb!
roamed away, near the eve of day;
Left the Shepherd's care,
Left the meadow fair,
And she wandered where
Other sheep were none;
Soon the night drew on,
And she was alone
Her fears to bear,
Foolish little Lamb!
When the Shepherd knows day is at its close,
He his flock doth lead
From the dewy mead;
And they all with speed
Follow where the fold
Sheep and lambs will hold,
Safe from harm and cold:
But who will heed
The straying Lamb ?
Sure he is to find one is left behind:
For he counts them all,
And by name doth call
Every lambkin small.
And its dam distrest
Bleats and cannot rest;-
Who will go in quest,
Ere night shall fall,
Of the lost, lost Lamb?
He, the Shepherd will: over dale and hill
Swiftly he will go,
Searching to and fro,
No rest will he know
Till the lost he find!
He, the Shepherd kind,
With his dog behind,
Seeks the missing Lamb.
Where now has it strayed ? Better it had stayed
With the other sheep!
Stars begin to peep,
Yet it cannot sleep;
Nothing there to eat,
Piteous its bleat,
Sore its aching feet,
It can but creep:
Weary little Lamb!
Danger too is nigh; for the rocks are high:
In the drear dark night,
With its pale starlight,
Paths are lost to sight.
There without a guide,
If its feet should slide
Down the steep hill-side,
How sad its plight!
Unhappy little Lamb!
long night through, wet with heavy dew,
To and fro it moved,
Here and there it roved,
Lonely and unloved:
And the breaking morn
Found it still forlorn,
Weak and faint and worn,
Its folly proved:
Oh wayward Lamb!
Strength was nearly spent, yet it onward went:
Through the forest trees
Running brook it sees;
And its thirst to appease,
Standing on the brink,
Glad it stoops to drink:
Why now does it shrink ?
Is it the breeze
That stirs-poor Lamb ?
On the farther side, where the bushes hide,
Lurks the Wolf, who spies
With fierce hungry eyes,
And with glad surprise,
Little Lambkin by!
Quickly he draws nigh,
Sure and stealthily,
From where he lies:
Oh poor, poor Lamb!
sudden spring, on the helpless thing
Now he comes; when hark!
Loud the sheep-dog's bark!
True to hit its mark
Is the Shepherd's gun!
Man and dog quick run,
And the deed is done:
Mid brushwood dark
Lies the panting Lamb!
Trembling, yet it lives; and the Shepherd gives
Gentle, ready aid;
In his strong arms stayed,
It is not afraid:
Henceforth it will be
This is liberty
Which knows no dread:
Repentant little Lamb!
To his cottage door straight the Lamb he bore:
Hear its timid bleat!
Eager little feet
Haste with joy to meet:
How the children shout!
How they run about!
Now within, without,
All glad to greet
The rescued Lamb!
Little children dear, read a lesson here:
Jesus is to you
Shepherd good and true;
Oh if you but knew
With what tender care
He his lambs will bear,
You would ask in prayer
Your life-time through
To be his little Lambs!
will betide, if you leave his side:
Satan waits to slay
Helpless ones who stray
From the living way.
Close to Jesus keep:
Watching by his sheep,
He will never sleep
Or night or day:
How safe 'his little Lambs!
And when death shall come, to his own bright home,
Where he doth prepare
Many mansions fair,
He your souls will bear!
Sin's full pardon sought,
By his Spirit taught,
By his own blood bought,
For ever there
His happy little Lambs !
BIRDS AND BEASTS.
WE went to the Gardens together one day,
Frank, Edith, and Johnny, and I;
Zoological Gardens, not easy to say,
But still little people may try!
Come now, I will tell you what sights we saw there,
That you as you listen our pleasure may share.
We passed through the wicket and down the broad way,
With flowers and shrubs on each side;
The people were thronging to hear the band play;
And soon, with a step full of pride,
In gay trappings past us an Elephant strode,
And high on his back little boys and girls rode.
Said I,-In his own native forests he takes
The fruit for his food from the trees;
The boughs in his way with his long trunk he breaks,
And marches along at his ease:
He swims in broad rivers, and bathes in the streams,
And never of being made prisoner dreams.
If treated with kindness he gratitude shows;
So strong, yet most gentle withal;
Attached to his keeper, his voice he well knows,
And readily comes at his call.
They feed him with hay and whole quarterns of bread,
And, would you believe it? he eats his straw bed.
We walked to the terrace, and there in their cage
The Lion and Lioness saw.
The bars need be strong," Johnny said; see his rage,
And look at the strength of his paw !"
He shook his broad mane as he paced to and fro,
The Lioness quietly crouching below.
The king of the beasts, how dread is his sway;
In Africa's deserts his home;
Asleep in his lair he reposes by day,
But hunger at night makes him roam.
He creeps to his prey with a slow, noiseless tread;
A spring, and a growl, and the victim is dead !
We saw in the cage to which we next turned
Some Tigers with beautiful skin;
And much to our pleasure we presently learned
That feeding time soon would begin;
SOh wait here," said Johnny, it will be a treat
To see what a Tiger for dinner will eat."
Young Sir," said the man, hearing what Johnny said,
Wide, indeed, would you open your eyes,
If only you knew how these beasts are all fed-
How varied and vast the supplies!
This Tiger you see, Sir, will quickly devour
Full twelve pounds of meat, and growl then for more."
We passed to the Leopard: how handsome its fur!
Fawn-coloured, with rich spots of black.
AWe saw the Hyena, with stripes, and long hair
That grows thick and rough on its back:
The Hyena laughed to the children's delight,
But Edith declared it unmusical quite.
W'e looked at the White Polar Bears, who, you know,
Belong to the far distant North;
TWhere fierce, from their lair 'mid the ice and the snow,
Beside the rough waves they go forth:
So swiftly they swim, and so cleverly dive,
Not often their prey can escape them alive.
--We thought of His might, whose hand did create
Those creatures His power doth control;
And His goodness to us, in our higher estate,
To whiom He has given a soul:
If we who can think, praise, love, and obey,
Our Maker forget, are we better than they ?
--But now for the Black Bears: they cleverly clifm
The pole for a biscuit or bun;
Our forests were full of such once on a time
But happily now there are none:
They eat the wild berries, roots, honey, and ants,
Yet often for flesh the Bear greedily pants.
We rested, then entered the Monkey House, where
The children were highly amused;
Frank emptied his pockets of nuts a full share,
Which are never by Monkeys refused;
They chattered, they fought, and they made such a din,
We went thankfully out, as eagerly in.
I must not forget of the Zebras to tell:
How pretty their stripes, black and white;
To see them in troops on the plains where they dwell,
All fearless and free, what a sight!
The graceful Gazelle, with its soft beaming eye,
The Reindeer and Antelope, too, we passed by.
The Laplanders value the Reindeer as here
We value the Horse and the Ass;
With the reins on its horns, o'er the ice without fear,
In sledges they rapidly pass:
Their burdens it carries, their milk it supplies,
Its thick furry skin is their coat when it dies.
We went to the Reptile House, serpents to see,
Large Boas and poisonous snakes:
Some sleep in the forests, oft coiled on a tree,
Or lurk by the rivers or lakes;
Loud hissing they dart, if disturbed, o'er the ground,
And with terrible strength tuine their victim around.
And now, once again, what a din and uproar!
For close to the Bird House we are,
Where Cockatoos, Love-birds, and Parrots a score,
Are brought from warm regions afar:
They talk and they call, they scream and they climb,
Forgetting the precept of one at a time."
We found it fine fun to see Pelicans feed,
And we thought that if ever before
We were selfish or greedy, we all must take heed,
And never be so any more:
We laughed, as half running, half flying, they sought
To rush to the pond where the fish had been brought.
The swift-footed Ostrich we greatly admired,
For its beautiful feathers and height;
Two men it can carry, nor is it soon tired;
It runs with wings spread as for flight;
When chased o'er the sands, the huntsmen oft find
Themselves and their steeds in the distance behind.
And Eagles we saw-Black, Golden, and White:
These build their lone nests far on high;
With eye that can meet the noon's blazing light,
They soar on strong wing through the sky;
And downward they swoop with a pounce on their prey,
And bear it in strength to their eyrie away.
The spotted Giraffe, with its neck slim and long,
Stood tall as the boughs of the trees;
The huge Hippopotamus, clumsy and strong,
Was diving and swimming at ease;
-But how can I tell you of all we saw there ?
One word for the Camel alone can we spare.
Oh, what were the Arab his Camel without ?
Mounted high on its hump he can ride;
It speeds o'er the desert, enduring the drought,
Pressing onward, though water denied;
It carries his goods, and it brings him his gains,
When in large caravans it crosses the plains.
-And now when the children their visit recall,
I tell them how great God must be,
Who fashioned these creatures, the large and the small,
The Ruler of land and of sea!
His hand formed them all, their wants he supplies,
He is great, he is strong, he is kind, he is wise.
Then surely to us will he give what is good;
Both body and soul are his care:
He hears the young ravens who cry for their food;
And will he not hear a child's prayer ?
For us He hath sent his own Son from above;
Oh, ask for his Spirit, his pardon, and love.
S A-pply thine heart unto instruction. Prov. xxiii. 12.
TWENTY-SIX little Letters, on pleasure intent,
At Alphabet House a holiday spent:
Observe now, and see in what order they went.
STheir leader was A: then B C D E,
F G H and I J, K L M N 0 P:
0 IThen Q, and then R, then S, and then T:
SNext U V and W did their way wend,
SAnd X Y and Z came up at the end:
SNow learn to repeat them, my dear little friend.
S. H. 0. U. T. with delight gave a SHOUT,
As, quick with permission dispersing about,
Amusement they sought within doors and out.
SB-e not wise in thine own eyes. Prov. iii. 7.
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S% E-nter ye in at the strait gate. Matt. vii. 13.
A in the garden a large Apple found,
Ripe, red, and rosy it lay on the ground;
A first divided, then handed it round.
Switched the Bees, all the summer day long
SBusy the sweet honied flowers among,
Filling the air with their soft droning song.
0 I stroked the Cat as it slept in the sun,
S C never sleeps till her lessons are done;
S Puss is but Puss, and tasks she has none.
D called the Dog: in his kennel he lay,
But readily came at the summons to play;
Are we always willing and quick to obey ?
F- I-ear God and keep his commandments. Ece. xii. 13.
1 love then
E fetched the
One from the n
She begged, as
F fed the Fo
Clucking for fo
If children, for|
G heard a Go
Billy himself b
Bill tossed his
H saw the H
And round the v
J-esus said, Si
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That love Me. Prov. viii. 17.
Eggs-three, two, five-making
est of a favourite hen
a gift for sick little Ben.
vls: how eager they came
od : it would fill me with shame
getting themselves, did the same.
)at bleat; and turning around,
y the gateway he found:
head and was off with a bound.
orse, and he asked leave to ride;
;uredly put him astride,
vide meadow kept close to his side.
IJfer little children to come unto Me. l
LUKE XVIII. 16.
M-y son, give Me thine heart.
I pulled the Ivy which round the tree twined,
To make a green garland, whilst J sought to find
A Jackdaw which flew to the thicket behind.
K saw the Kine in the meadows, and learned
How the sweet milk to cheese could be turned,
Cream making butter if properly churned.
L loved the Lambs, how pretty their play !
Oh, to be gentle and harmless as they,
Happy and innocent all the long day!
y- saw the Mole, with fur black as night:
It works under ground with scarce any sig
Better than many who work in the light!
N-ow is the day of salvation.
2 Cor. vi. 2.
Q- quicken Thou me according to thy word.
Psalm cxix. 25.
P heard the Parrot say,
"How do you do ?"
" I'm wiser, Miss Polly, than you;
I know the words, and their meaning too !"
In the library Q saw a bust of the Queen:
"Hats off!" said Q.
" If," said P "we had see
N and 0 at dessert Nuts and Oranges sought
When asked to take more, had enough as they
And said "N 0" with a "thank you," as little
Her real in her Robes, how pleased we had been
S found the Scriptures;
and happy was he
To read the sweet words from the book on his knee,
"Forbid not the children to come unto ME."
R-emember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth.
ECCLES XII. 1.
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U-phold me with Thy free spirit. Psalm li. 12.
T asked the Time. Ah, soon home they must go;
Swiftly the pendulum moves to and fro,
Time waits for no one, as wise people know.
9 who was Useful, to help and to learn,
Ran to the kitchen, and bringing the Urn,
Tea and plum cake all partook of in turn.
V from the Vine gathered grapes for a treat;
walked the large Waggon to meet;
And with full hands and hearts each took his seat.
X, Y, and were sorry that they
Had found little to see, to hear, or to say;
But hoped to do better the next holiday.
V- erily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on Me hath
everlasting life. John vi. 47.
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WILLIE AND MARY'S FIRST DAY
" W ILLIE and Mary to school shall go!"
SV Father said this: they will like it I know;
Give them to-morrow a book and a slate:
Nurse should be told, for they must not be late."
Off set the children betimes the next day,
Laughing and chatting with Nurse by the way;
Soon the school windows they gladly espy,
" Now Nurse," said Willie, we wish you good-bye."
Nurse left her charge, with a kiss, at the door;
" Be good, now!" she said, I shall fetch you at four."
Martha took care of each jacket and hat,
Bidding them wipe their feet well on the mat.
Following her to the school-room they went,
There stood the children on lessons intent.
Willie and Mary went quietly in;
" Now," said Miss Thorne, "let the reading begin."
Willie, delighted, the story heard read
Nurse had oft told of the truant boy, Ned:
Tempted one fine summer morning to stray,
He called to the Bee to come join him at play.
"' Boy !" said the bee, I have no time to stay!
'Midst the sweet flowers I am busy all day,
Gathering honey, a full winter store,
Flowers will be gone when the summer is o'er."
" Ah, then! the Birdie must play," said young Ned.
" No," said the Birdie, my brood must be fed;
Hungry, my nestlings are chirping, and I
Go to find worms for their dinner-good bye!"
" Well, Dobbin, you are at leisure I see;
Round the wide field, come, gallop with me."
" Master," said Dobbin, they're carting the hay,
I to, help pull it must hasten away."
" All then are busy," said Neddy, and I
Only am idle! Oh, truant, fie, fie !
I'll to my school, and my foolishness own;
The future, I hope, for the past shall atone."
" Ah !" said Miss Thorne, he was wise to return;
From his example a lesson we learn:
Duties neglected will rob us of peace;
Happiness comes when from folly we cease."
" Now to your seats"-she said: all look at me!
Then at these figures-can all of you see ?
How many are there ? to count them right strive."
" Ma'am, I have counted," said George: there are five."
" Once in a meadow ten little lambs
Capered and frisked by the side of their dams:
From them the farmer's man took away eight ?"-
" Two then were left in the meadow," said Kate.
" Annie once begged," said Miss Thorne, "for a treat,
Mother would give her just one plum to eat;
Shaking the tree father gave her three more:"
" Oh then," cried Willie, Miss Annie had four."
" How many books have I here ?" she asked next:
" Spelling, Geography, Grammar, and Text ?"
" Four, Ma'am," said Mary. Then three she laid down:
" Take three from four," said Tom, leaves only one."
" Little ones, count fingers How many, Ben ?"
Carefully counting, he answered her, Ten !"
" Two of our fingers are thumbs, Ma'am !" said Kate,
" Ben answered wrong,-he has not ten, but eight."
" Writing comes next," said she: books put away;
Turn to the writing desks-here's Mr. Grey.
Elder girls write from dictation-the rest
Open their copy-books-all do their best.
"' See that your pens are quite ready for use:
Here, little Ben, is the quill of a Goose;
When you can write and will send me a letter,
A steel pen I'll give you, which children like better."
Willie made strokes; yet he listened, and heard
Tales of the Swallow, that swift-winged bird:
Friend of the sunshine, it flies from our shore
In autumn-returning when winter is o'er.
Mr. Grey of the Pigeon then bade the girls write:
Willie's surprise was as great as delight,
Hearing them called Fantail, Pouter, and Nun;
Never before had he known but of one.
Next of the Owl he wondered to hear,
Flying by night without danger or fear;
Easily seeing and catching its prey,
Dining at mid-night instead of mid-day.
Lessons are over; now out for the drill:
Off run the children with ready good will;
Exercise freshens them-hungry they feel;
Hark! 'tis the dinner bell! welcome its peal.
Miss Thorne from the table cried, Each to a seat !"
Asking a blessing on what they should eat,
She prayed that the Lord who gave them their food
Would make them all thankful and happy and good.
Dinner is finished; and eager for fun,
Quick to the playground they merrily run;
Marbles and skipping ropes-tops, balls, and kites;
Something for all-no end of delights.
Soon the bell calls them; and now for a rush!
-Steady, boys, steady! your sisters don't push:
Stop at the door-way, and join hand in hand,
Enter the house like an orderly band.
-" All take your Bibles; on one side the boys;
Little ones, quietly listen; no noise.
God's word is holy; and when it is read
The heart should grow wiser, as well as the head.
" Even the youngest amongst you should know
Something of Jesus, who lived here below;
And in the Bible we read of his love,
His Father-his Spirit-his bright home above."
Gently the door opens-Nurse is outside;
Pony and chaise wait; the children will ride.
Kissing Miss Thorne, they are off and away;
Presently all will have left for the day.
Round by the roadside, and over the green,
Father is driving them; Nurse sits between.
Home is soon reached; and when Mother appears,
Wonderful stories of school-time she hears.
Bed-time has come; and now at her knee,
Praying, our two little friends we may see,
Asking God's blessing, forgiveness and care.
Happy the day thus ended in prayer !
Kiss, and good night! with Nurse they are gone;
Sleep without dreams: awaking at dawn;
Eager for school again; breakfast is o'er;
Nurse has set off with the children once more.