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GOOD CHILD'S LIBRARY ,.
SCENES IN THE LIVES
SAINT JAMES THE LESS.
IN EASY VERSE.
FROM ORIGINAL DESIGNS,
Printed in Oil Cteu rs by Hegan Thompson.
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Entered, according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1850, by
HOGAN AND THOMPSON,
In the Clerk's Office o- the District Court of the United States, for the
Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
THE object of the "GOOD CHID's LiBRARY," is to
encourage a taste for Scripture reading, by present
ing some of the most interesting portions of the
New Testament narrative, in the attractive form
of verse. While the children read these verses,
they will not only become acquainted with the
principal events in the lives of our Blessed Saviour
and His Apostles-their travels, their sufferings and
their death,--but they will see that the Bible is a
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being that some persons suppose; and besides this,
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and the morals of children by such reading, is of
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The "GooD CHILD's LIBRARY" is composed of the
Scenes in the Life of the Saviour. Scenes in the Lives of St. Philip, St.
Scenes in the Life of St. Peter. Bartholomew, and St. Thomas.
Scene in the Life of St. John. Scenes in the Lives of St. Andrew,
Scenes in the Life of St. Paul, St. James, and St. James the Less.
Scenes in the Lives of St. Matthew, The Sermon on the Mount.
St. Jude, and St. Simon. The Parables of the Saviour.
Scenes in the Lives of St. Stephen, The Miracles of the Saviour.
Timothy, St. Mark, and St. Luke. Texts for Children.
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style as the present series.
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LIFE OF SAINT ANI)REW.
I. His First Acquaintance with Christ; 9
It' His Self-Denial, ... 14
II. His Mini try, '. '
I. His Call and Ministry, ... .25
II. His Deathr, .. .. 30
SAINT JAMES THE LESS.,
I. His Call and Ministry. . 37
II. His Death, ... .. .40
II. His Epistle, . . 51
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LlTE OF SAINT AN DREW:
HIS FIRST ACQUAINTANCE WITH CHRIST.
ANDREW was a Disciple too, '
When first he saw the Lord,
'Twas down by Jordan's flowing stream,
Where John proclaimed his word: .4 A
And said: "Behold the Lamb of God,"
When Jesus came that way;-
"And He it is, who from the world
Will take all sin away."
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Now Andrew followed Baptist John;
And heard him often cry: -
One cometh after me, whose shoes,
I cannot dare untie."
Some thought, indeed, that John was Christ,
Because he came and taught;
But John was Christ's forerunner bold,
And tidings of Him brought.
When Andrew, heard the words of John,
"Messiah cometh nigh,
Who is so great, his shoes I am
Unworthy to untie;"
And when he saw the form of Christ,
And heard His gracious word,
He to his brother Peter said:
"Behold, I've found the Lord,
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!' Come, go with me and learn f. Him,
S *~k4d love His blessed name;
For, that He is the Lamb of God,
John did to us proclaim.
"He is, I know, the Christ indeed;
For, when John did baptize
Him in"the river,--lo there came
A light down from the skies.
"And with the light there eame a dove,
And rested o'er His head;
We also heard a voice, which said,
'This is my Son indeed.'"
When Peter heard these wondrous words,
He came the Lord to see;
And when he saw and heard him too,
He felt that it was HeI
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Of whom the Prophets often spake;
For he had read their word;
And through their word he looked for Christ,
Messiah, Son of God,
With one thing I would you impress,
'When you this history read,
And if you copy it, 'twill make
You good in word and deed;
As soon as Andrew did from Christ,
The word of life receive,
He ran and told his brother too,
That he might hear and live.
Now was not that a noble act?
It was a generous part,
And showed that he his brother loved,
With earnest, honest heart.
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How different this from one who takes
No thought of those around;
Who does not for his brother care,
In chains of error bound.
The Saviour walked about, that He
Might do the people good;
And even, to secure our peace,
Pour'd out His precious blood.
And then,. by
let us ever show
always doing good,
joy we'll prove.
I OFTEN think of those poor men,
Who dwelt in Judah's land,
Who were at once obedient to
The Saviour, Christ's commands.,
And when we think how poor He was,
For we have often read
That many times He could not find
A place to lay His head;
That in the-mountains He did sleep,
And by the seaside walked;
And with the publicans did eat,
". And with the sinful talked.
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We wonder much, that those poor men,
Who His Disciples were,
Should leave'Oheir homes and all forsake,
His sufferings to share..
But if, instead of lowliness,
His head had worn a crown;,
And had not in the mountains lain,
But sat upon a throne;
And if a sharp and two-edged sword,
He'd held in His right hand;
No wonder then, if they obey'd
A conqueror's command.
But He who came to save the world,
Came with humility;
And He who once was rich, for us
Was pressed with poverty.
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He came with humble poverty,
To bless our sinful race;
And unto all, with joy to give
The blessings of His grace.
And so He called these humble men,
And them Disciples made;
That they might all His works behold,
And publish what He said.
Now Andrew, he was one of these,
He loved the Saviour well;
And when the Lord ascended high,
He went abroad to tell,-
The tidings of the Saviour's love,
And ever did proclaim
To all who listened to his word,
His Master's blessed name.
LIFE OF SAINT ANDREW.
WHEN Christ, the Lord, ascended high,
The tidings of His Word
By these Disciples soon was spread
Through all the earth abroad.
Before He left this lower world,
The Saviour said to. them,
"Go preach my word; but tell it first
In all Jerusalem.
"Let those who treated me. with scorn,
Who would not me believe,
Let those who crucified me, first
The Word of life receive,
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"Fear not, for I shall be with you,
Your ever present friend;
And though the world should you despise,
I'm with you till the end."
So they went forth from place to place,
And told to all abroad
The wondrous grace of Him they served,
Their dying, risen Lord.
Now Andrew preached for many years
Unto the wicked Jews;
And told the word of life to' them;
Who did the Lord refuse.
The Jews expected Christ would come,
A great and glorious King;
That they would be from bondage freed,
And loud his praises sing.
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But when He came of lowly birth,
They followed him to Death,
And "Crucify Him," loud they cried,
And gnash'd on Him their teeth.
0! how benevolent was Christ,
To bid His servants, go,
And offer mercy first to them,
And His salvation show,
To these-did Andrew preach the word,
Though dangers press'd him sore;
And every trial that he met,
With. fortitude he bore.
The name of Andrew signifies,
A person "stout and strong;"
It needed those of courage bold,
Of heart and mind, and tongue,
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To brave the dangers of the world,
And Satan's wrath defy;
Not knowing but they'd soon be called,
A martyr's death to die.
But Andrew left Jerusalem,
And to the Gentiles came;
And unto them, as to the Jews,
Proclaim'd the Saviour's name.
Nor persecution rear'd its head,
And raged both far and wide;
And dangers threatened every where
And many woes betide.
And Andrew felt its fearful power,
And fell beneath its. wrath;
His enemies devoted him,
Unto,a martyr's death.
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'Tis said that they him crucified-
A fearful deuth to die;
It drags the frame, and. tears the flesh,
In dreadful agony.
But He who sits upon the throne,
And rules the worlds above,
Did give His servants, patience, strength,
That they might ever prove
Their faithfulness to Him inf all
That they might say or do,
And e'en in death might show to all
His Gospel ever true.
And now he wears a martyr's crown,
His sufferings all are o'er,
His faith and hope are swallow'd tip,
In love for evermore.
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And near the great Redeemer's throne,
He stands with joy complete;
And as eternal ages roll,
He'll songs of love repeat.
LIFE OF SAINT JAMES.
LIFE OF- SAINT JAMES.
HIS CALL AND MINISTRY.
ST. JAMES he was a brother to
Beloved Apostle John,
His father's name was Zebedee,
His mother was Salome.
-He, with his brother John, was called
To leave his father's home;
J o more to sail his father's ship,
But with the Saviour roam.
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And he obey'd the gracious call:
And did at once believe
That He was Christ, who came or
Eternal life to give.
The Saviour called another James,
The son of Alpheus,
And he in Scripture history,
Is known as James the Less.
Of either one there's little said,
Their history is short,
We know they were Disciples, an
The word of life they taught.
But James, the son of Zebedee,
Was with the Lord when He
Was lifted up above the mount;
And did His glory see.
LIFE OF SAINT JAMES.
Christ took him also when He went,
To dark Gethsemane;
And there he saw Him weep and pray,
In deep humility.
He saw the Saviour's wondrous works,
He heard His blessed word,
His mind was full of wisdom, and
His heart with grace was stored.
He was a tender one like John,
But brave and fearless too,
And must have show'd a courage bold
In all that he did do;
For he was. "Son of Thunder" called;
Which surely meant that he
Did show unto the rest, a soul
Of zeal and bravery.
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I've often thought it wonderful
That to the Twelve was given,
The power to teach the word of life,
And point the way to Heaven.
And though the world did them despise,
And treat with scorn their name;
Though Satan raged and filled their way
With grief and tears and shame,
Yet on they went and nothing fear'd,
And preach'd from place to place,
And spake with boldness and with love,
The words of saving grace.
How strange it seems, and yet 'tis true,
That all the world should hear
Through these, the blessed Saviour's name,
And to His Cross draw near.
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Though eighteen hundred years have passed
Since Jesus came to earth;
Since Angels sung to shepherds, sweet,
Messiah's humble birth;
Yet now the Gospel fills the world,
And kings its voice obey,
And onward still with joy it keeps,
Its conquering, cheering way.
No power can now its Throne o'erthrow,
'Tis fix'd firm in the heart;
And millions now rejoice to see
Their -sorrows all depart.
These men were therefore brave and true,
Who published first abroad-
What now the listening world receives,
The mercy of our God.
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We do not know where James did preach,
His ministry was short;
Perhaps 'twas in Jerusalem,
That he the Gospel taught.
He must have met with good success,
In calling men to God;
For Herod soon put forth his hand,
And killed him with the sword.
Why should we fear to take the cross
And face our enemy,
When those who taught the in urch
So boldly dared to die?
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They did not care for Satan's power,
Nor all that men could do;
They trusted in the Saviour's strength,
' And proved His Gospel true,
By laying down for Him their lives;
SAnd with their dying breath,
Proclaimed that they through Him received,
A victory over death.
No good man is afraid to die;
But always feels his heart
Is full of faith, so that he says- .
"P'm ready to depart." ,
The Saviour to His followers said,
"Ye shall my glory share,
And I for yon in Heaven above,
Blest mansions will prepare.
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"Now faithful prove unto the end,
Bear every cross and shame,
'And to the nations of the earth,
My dying love proclaim.
"And I will always be with you;
And when you come to die,
I'll cheer your hearts with heavenly hope
And bring you up on high."
The Saviour's promise them prepared
To suffer all things here,
Assured that after death they would
Partake His glory there.
They treasured up the Saviour's words,-
"Ye shall not fear at all
Those who can but the body kill,
But cannot kill the soul."
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.They gave their bodies up to dbath,
.And had no thought of fear;
They knew their souls, forever blest,
Would with the Lord appear ,
They knew that they would ever reign
With all the saints on high,
With. crowns of glory, and with robes
So James, relying on the word
Of Christ, with fervent faith,
When Herod came with dread intent,
He did not fear his wrath;
But bared his neck unto the stroke
Of his most deadly- sword;
And gave his soul into the hands-
Of his ascended Lord.
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A martyr's crown now decks his brow;
Through everlasting days
He'll sing with high and holy joy,
His Saviour's glorious praise.
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SAITJAE THE LESS.
SAINT JAMES THE LESS.
James the Less.
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SAINT JAMES THE
HIS CALL AND MINISTRY.
OF James the Less, I now will write
To you in simple verse;
Simon and Jude his brothers were,
His father, Alpheus.
In Scripture history he is calld,
The brother of the Lord;
But in those times, a relative,
As you have often heard,
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Was brother called: 'twas so with James,
For in the blessed word,
We find his mother sister to
The mother of the Lord.
How he was called, or when or where,
The Scriptures do not tell;
We know he loved his Master much,
And followed Him with zeal.
'Tis said he was surnamed the Just,
Because in every place
He showed to Christians and to Jews,
Such constant holiness.
When Christ was risen from the dead,
He came to James alone;
Some think He told to him some things,
He told no other one.
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'Tis said that at Jerusalem,
SHe preach'd with zeal and love;
Exhorting those who followed Christ,
'To bold and faithful prove.
He must have showed great wisdom, too,
For at Jerusalem,
The general council called him forth
To give advice to them.
He told them that both Jew and Greek,
Were bought with Jesus' blood;
That all were subjects of the grace,
The wondrous grace of God.
And to his words they all agreed;
And published far abroad,
That every nation, every tongue,
Should hear of Christ the Lord.
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The Gospel spread both far and wide;
And all the nations heard,
The blessed sound of Jesus' name,
And trusted in the word,
Which James and others told to them,
That they should life receive,
If they would hear the Saviour's word,
And in His truth believe.
The Jews did leave their sacrifice,
The Greeks their foolish ways;
And every where around was heard,
.The voice of prayer and praise.
The name of Christ had wondrous charms,
To please the hearts of all;
The Jew, the Gentile, bond and free;
The rich, the great, the small.
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How pleasing these successes were,
To those whQ fear'd the Lofd, :
Especially to.those who taught
The blessed Saviour's word.
And though they 'made great sacrifice,
The Saviour to proclaim,
And saw their earthly good destroyed,
And heard reviled their name,
Yet they remembered Him, their Lord,
Who suffered on the tree,
That all the sorrowing sons of men
Forever blest might be.
They therefore did not look on earth
To have their great reward,
But waited patiently the time,
"The coming of the Lord."
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And yet they consolation had;
They saw their word. did prove,
To thousand souls, where'er they went,
The Saviour's dying love.
They gave their bodies o be burn'd,
And suffered every loss;
Assured that they should wear the crown
If they sustained the cross.
So up and down the world they went
Like sheep exposed to. rage
Of fiercest wolves, in shape like men
Who constant strife did wage.
And though they kill'd these holy men,
They could not hurt their word;
For that- was borne on every wind,
To all the earth abroad.
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It was like seed sown in the ground,
Wherever it did fall,
It soon came up again, and gave
Its healing fruit to all.
And so they killed our James the Less,
With malice and with hate;
And to, you in this simple verse,
The story we'll relate.
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THE Jews were very wroth. to find,
The Gospel have success;
The people all received 'the truth,
It did their spirits bless.
And in their rage, they ordered James
To ascend the Temple high,.
And standing on a gallery,
That he should loudly cry,
To all the people there around,
That Christ was not the Lord,
That all who had received His name,
Should there renounce His word.
LIFE OF SAINT JAMES THE LESS.
So he rose up;, but how'could he
Renotnce his graciouss Lord?
And how unto the people tell,
The Jews' most wicked word?
He could not; for his soul did burn
Within, with sacred fire,
And as he saw the people stand,
He yearn'd, with great desire,
To publish in each listening ear,
The words of truth and love,
And so he did, for he did feel
His strength come from above.
He saw the Jews' most wicked rage,
And felt that he must die;
But for that could not hold his peace,
But did most loudly cry:
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"This Jesus was the Son of God-
The Father's only love,
Who to redeem the sons of men
Descended from above.
-" He was possessed of power and might,
And mercy was His choice;
He came with blessing in His hand,
AAnd music in His voice.
"He had a tear for every pang,
And grief for every wo;
He scattered blessing all around,
Wherever He did go.
"He suffered long, He suffered much,
- From persecuting men;
And though they all reviled His name,
He ne'er reviled again..
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"He died at last upon the tree,
He suffered in our stead,
That He might give to sinners peace,
And life unto the dead.
"But now Ie is ascended high,
Upon the Throne above,
And ever sits at God's right hand,
To show to sinners love.
" And soon He'll come again, to give
To all His people peace;
And, judge the nations of the earth,
With truth and righteousness.
"This Saviour, we to all around
With joyful hearts proclaim,
And publish far in.every land
Salvation through His name.
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"0!O come and hear his welcome voice,
And be of Him possessed,
And let your tongues proclaim His praise,
And feel your spirits blest."
Thus spake the bold Apostle James,
He could not Christ renounce,
But with loud voice, and earnest zeal,
, He did the truth pronounce,
Unto the wicked Jews, who there,
SWere eager for the strife;
He knew that this bold speech and true,
Might cost him then his life.
And so it did; for in the sight
Of all the people round,
They went up high, to where he stood,
*. And cast him to the ground.
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They cast him down, 'amd the crowd,
And loudly they did cheer;
They should have felt most sore amazed,
And trembled much with fear;
For God, whom this Apostle served,
Could have stretched forth His arm,
And scattered all this cruel mob,
And saved His child from harm.
He died; his work on earth was done,
He served his Lord with zeal;
And at the last, with faith could say,
: "The Lord doth all things welt."
And those who suffer here below,
Shall wear the crown above,
The Saviour will forever bless,
And crown them with His love.
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S Will you not, be a follower too,
Of ,Christ the Heavenly Lamb,
Who to redeem us from our sins,
A sufferer beca-me!
SCome, children, bow before the Lord,
And give to Him your heart,
And promise that you from- His ways
Will never more depart.
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HOW sweet it is when far away,
For friendship has no end,
To have our absence gladden'd with
A lett6 from a friend.
And when that letter comes. to us,
With words of love and truth,
It then doth have a sacred charm,
To aged, and to youth.
Now James, before he left the earth,
Had published far abroad,
A, letter telling to his friends
The blessed Gospel word.
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His letter thus begins, "I, James,.
The servant of the Lord,
To the twelve tribes send greeting love,
Now scattered all abroad;.
'" My brethren, count it greatest joy,
And do not fret and pine,
SWhen ye into temptations fall,
But prove your faith Divine;
"For when your faith doth have its work,
You will with patience bear
The burdens that you feel, and know
That Christ your sorrows shares.
If any, of you lack for grace,
SOr wisdom, ask of God,
iHQ givethi liberally to all,
According to His wort.
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"But you mustask with strongest faith.
Nor waver in your mind;
He never will upbraid you, but
You shall His mercy find.
"But He that asks with wavering faith,.
Or with a doubtful mind,:
Is like the raving of the sea
When driven by the wind.
"He cannot when he asks with doubt,
Blessing from. God receive,
For God bestows His mercy to
Those only who believe.
"And f you are of low degree,
Remember 'tis no fault; A
For if you trust in Jesus' Grace
The Lord will you exalt..
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S For riches fade away and die,..
. Just as the morning flower;
And though they seem so full and gay
They perish in an hour.
And blessed is the man who shall
Endure unto the end,
For when all things, beside shall fail
Then God shall be his friend.
"And every good gift that you have,
SComes down from God above;
In Him you never can find change,
But always perfect love.
"And he hath bought us by His grace,
And made us sons of God,
Then let us walk, not after men,
But after. His own word.
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"Religion pure, is this, to have
A heart .that loves to bless
The weary, wandering sons of want,
And pity"their distress,
"The Faith of Christ, which you profess,
Show out to every man,
And always when you show it, be
As.humble as you can.
"And' do not give unto the rich
More favours than you show
i.Unto the poor; but be the same
STo all to whom you go,
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Break no commandment of the law;
But keep them -all in love;
And thus you'll have a conscience pure,
And praise of God above.
' "The great commandment is, that you
Shall love the Lord your God,
.And love your neighbour as yourself,
In, thought, and ded, and word.
" "And, let the faith you have to God,
By works be shown to men;
And all that you shall lose, the Lord
Will pay to you again.
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"We put bis into horses' mouths,
To turn them in the way;
And by the bit they know our will,
And they at once obey.
"A ship you know is very large,
And by fierce winds is driven,
And yet the rudder turns it in,
Unto the happy haven.
S"A bit is small; the rudders too,
That to great ships belong;
Another very little thing,
Is the unruly member-tonguel
"You cannot tame the tongue; 'tis wild;
It is a raving fire;
With it we praise the Lord our God,
And call our brother liar.
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"Take care, and let your tongues be still,
Talk meekly, wise and kind,
And let your conversation prove,
You have a heavenly mind.
"To one another tell your faults,
For one another pray,
And learn to love, and you will grow
In grace from day to day."
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