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PRETTY LITTLE HYMNS
GOOD LITTLE CHILDREN.
duAvor of Pretty Lttu Poe for Pretty itte People,"
SSimplicity and truth's the Author's aim;
She neither writes nor hopes for other fame."
42, HOLBORN HILL.
Pfl~3td I) Lvmas and son, Finch.iaiie, Corihill.
THE very great patronage that has been bestowed
upon the Author's little work, "Pretty Little
Poems for Pretty Little People"-- sale so
large as to exceed her most ardent expectations--
has induced her once more to appear before the
public. She is aware that few undertakings are
more difficult than those professedly for very
young persons. Impressed with this sentiment,
she has endeavoured, by simplicity of style, to
render the present volume peculiarly adapted to
the minds of youth. Her experience in tuition
has given her some advantage in this matter.
Considering, therefore, that early piety is most
essential, she has endeavoured, by a method both
pleasing and instructive, to excite children to
inquiry, so that they may gradually be induced
to receive the Word of God as their greatest
blessing, and that they may thus early be
impressed with the truth that the Holy Bible is
the most excellent of all books, and that by it
they are taught what God is, and what He would
have them do.
That this little book may be conducive to the
best interests of those for whom it is written is
the fervent prayer of their affectionate friend
72, St. John's Wood Terrace,
1. Morning prayer for a very little child 9
2. An evening prayer for a very little child 10
8. Sabbath morning thoughts for a very little child 11
4. The little child's thoughts about obedience 12
5. A little child's thoughts about Jesus 18
6. Children should never tell falsehoods 14
7. A birthday hymn 16
8. God can see us everywhere 16
9. Going to the Sabbath school 17
10. Christmas day 18
11. Children should praise the Saviour 20
12. For the close of the year 21
18. For a new year 28
14. Danger of worldly amusements 28
15. Prayer against self-will 27
16. We should be thankful for our mercies 29
17. Death a blessing to pious children 81
18. Importance of improving our talents 88
19. God honours submission to his will 86
20. The child's prayer for acceptance with God 87
21. God will punish disobedience 89
22. God blesses dutiful children 41
28 The danger of delaying repentance 48
24. God commands us to repent 44
25. The afflicted child 4
26. Excuses dangerous and sinful 47
27. Little children are the lambs of Jesus 48
28 The compassion of Jesus 49
29. The Saviour's invitation .50
80. Satan, the prince of this world, deceives children 62
8L Jesus,-the Prince of Peace, wishes children to be
like Him 58
82. The Sabbath day. 4
88 The child's confession of sin 56
84. Children should love the performance of religious
58. Prayer for God's Holy Spirit 8
86. The Saviour once a poor little baby 59
87. Child's wish to see Jesus 60
88. God asks as to give Him our hearts 62
89. First part. Contention is very sinful 68
89. Second part Children must conquer a conten-
tious spirit 65
40. We must be patient under affliction 67
41. Christ commands us to take up our cross 68
42. On meekness. 70
48. Children invited to the gospel feast 71
44. For spring 78
46. Thankfulness for God's favors 74
44. The child's confession and hope 75
47. The power of God shown in everything 76
48. The blessedness of true repentance 78
49. The body of Jesus did not suffer corruption 79
60. Our four counsellors 81
1. Christ's compassion to the penitent 82
2. We should be careful how we censure others 84
68. God honours those who obey Him 85
$4. God's punishment on the Egyptians 87
65. How we may walk with God 89
M6. The sea 90
57. On the death of a father 91
68. The danger of choosing for ourselves 92
69. Faith unites us to the Saviour 94
60. Coats mentioned in the Bible .
61. The comparison of earth with heaven 94
62. Submission pleasing to God 98
68 Who is on the Lord's side I 99
64. Blessedness of the heavenly state 101
65. Gratitude for daily mercies 108
66. The solemn enquiry. 10
67. What hast thou done 107
68. On some of the mountains named in Scripture 108
69. Praise to the Redeemer 110
70. Prayer 112
71. The ten Egyptian plagues 114
72. The gifts of God 116
73. The birth of Christ 117
74. A prayer for the Holy Spirit 118
75. Sin and punishment of presumption 119
76. The narrow way to heaven 120
77. The heavenly rest 121
78. Jesus bought heaven for us with his own blood 122
79. The solemn inquiry 128
80. Thoughts about repentance 124
81. The child's prayer 125
82. The compassion of Jesus for sinners 120
83. The curiosity of Zaccheus 127
84. The danger of resentment 128
d5. The dove and the raven 129
86. The two knockers 180
87. The happy dying beggar. 181
88. The blessed engagement 182
89. The ascension of Christ 188
90. The affectionate father 184
91. Which little child loves Jesus 135
92. The sin of vanity 1
98 A prayer for converting grace 187
94. On the death of a mother 188
96. We must make our requests to God in the rame
of Jesus 189
96. The punishment for selfishness 140
97. Why Jesus came from heaven to earth 142
98. The eye of God is always upon children 148
99. On worldly sorrow 144
100. The danger of being too happy in this world 145
101. The child's confession of sin 146
102. Jesus restored to life the dead little girl. 147
108. The child's confession of secret sin 148
104. Encouragement to the humble sincere young
106. The importance of watching as well as praying 160
106. Little children must not think God does not see
their actions 151
107. God protects those who resist temptation 162
108. God's eye is upon us when we are in sorrow 168
109. The blessedness of a loving spirit. 164
110. A prayer for the Holy Spirit's sanctifying influence 166
11L The sufferings of Jesus brought angels from heaven 167
112. Children will not go to Jesus 168
118. The sweetness and value of light 160
114. Jesus loved to read and hear the Scriptures 161
116. Why God refused the offering of Cain 168
116. Jesus able and willing to save in times of danger 164
117. God suits his mercies to our state and station 166
118. Jesus taught us how to bear unkindness 167
119. The blessing and honour of serving God in youth 169
120. The happy condition of the merciful 171
121. An address to the angels 17
122. The sin and punishment of covetousness 176
128. The sorrowful disciples 177
124. The woman of Samaria 179
125. The Bible God's will to us 181
126. The gardens 188
127. For the day commonly called Good Friday 186
128. The sin and punishment of Saul 187
129. Children called to obedience 189
1l0. The good Samaritan 101
PRETTY LITTLE HYMNS
GOOD LITTLE CHILDREN.
MORNING PRAYER FOR A VERY LITTLE
I THANx Thee, Lord, again I wake,
Refresh'd by sleep and rest;
I would not of these gifts partake,
And leave thy name unblest.
Again, throughout the day I need
Thy kind protecting care,
And pray that thou my soul wilt lead
From every hurtful snare.
Lord, bless my parents, bless each friend,
I pray Thee, Lord, again,
From every danger these defend,
For Jesu's sake, Amen.
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AN EVENING PRAYER FOR A VERY
O LORD, another day is gone;
Again I bend the knee,
To thank Thee for thy mercy shown,
And all thy care to me.
My body seeks its needful rest,
My weary eyes their sleep;
0 may I with thy care be blest;
0 Lord, from danger keep.
But, if Thou see'st it best to take
My soul from earth away,
0 may I in thy presence wake,
To dwell in endless day,
o0A GOOD LITTLE CKHInN. 11
SABBATH MORNING THOUGHTS FOR A
VERY LITTLE CHILD.
DoLLa and playthings all away,
This is holy Sabbath day,
We shall pray, and read, and sing
Praises to our heavenly King.
Soon we shall to chapel go;
Ma will take me there, I know;
I will good and quiet be,
0 how good is God, who sends
Me such kind and pious friends
For all children have not given
Friends who guide their steps to heaven.
I am taught to pray and read;
Wicked I shall be, indeed,
S I I better love to play,
Tbhn to keep the Sabbath day. -
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THE LITTLE CHILD'S THOUGHTS ABOUT
Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is
right.-Eph. vi. 1.
Go, naughty temper, go away,
I want to be quite good to day;
Why should I disobedient be,
When mama is so good to me.
Besides, it wicked is, I know;
The Bible tells me it is so;
And God is angry every day
With children who thus disobey.
And yet I almost daily feel
Inclined to passion and self-will,
Although I every morning say,
Pray God to make me good to-day.
Well, I will try and try again
To conquer every fault and siu,
Then I shall good and happy be,
And mama will be pleased with me.
wOB GOOD LITTLE OHILDRIN.
A LITTLE CHILD'S THOUGHTS ABOUT
I rNow I should the Saviour love,
Because He is so wise and kind;
I am on earth, and He above,
How then can I Him know and find.
But He was once a child like me;
He loved His friends and parents too.
I wonder much, if ever He
Did acts which He ought not to do.
Though Him I see not, He sees me,
And knows my every word and thought;
I'm getting older, so must be
Careful to practice all I'm taught.
To read the Bible I will learn,
And learn what, when on earth, He did;
Then his approval I shall earn,
By doing all that I am bid.
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CHILDREN SHOULD NEVER TELL
"Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord."
Fon the child who stories tell,
There is a dreadful place, called hell.
All who have been wicked here,
And repent not, will be there.
Who can love the wicked youth
Who has no regard for truth;
What good child with those will play
Who the truth will not obey.
Ananias and his wife,
Longer were forbidden life,
Soon as each the lie had said,
Down they fell that moment, dead.
Will you not God's anger fear,
Since you know that He can hear P
Then his wrath you must endure
Here on earth, and evermore.
0PN GOOD LITTLr CHILDREN.
A BIRTHDAY HYMN.
I'M five years old this very day;
Five years of life have passed away,
But soon the time will come that I
Shall leave this world, for I must die
I live, have health, have food, and friends.
These blessings my Creator sends;
But do I love Him as I ought,
Or serve Him as I have been taught.
If death should call my soul away
Before arrive my next birthday,
Am I prepared to die? 0 no,
rm not prepared; I feel it so.
Great Spirit, condescend to shine
Upon this wicked heart of mine;
O change it, make it fit to live
In mansions Jesus died to give I
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GOD CAN SEE US EVERYWHERE.
The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evi,
and the good.-Prov. xv. 8.
TnHEa is an Eye that doth not close
By morn, by noon, or night;
It needs not counsel or repose;
All things are in its sight.
That large large Eye is fix'd on thee,
Dear child, where'er you go;
But yet afraid you need not be;
J It is God's Eye, you know.
That Eye beholds the little child
With pleaseaf, when it prays,
Whose temper is obliging, mild,
And cheerfully obeys.
But O, dear child, beware, beware
How you that Eye offend;
Remember it is everywhere,
Either your Foe or Friend.
1oM GOOD LITTLi CHILDBR. 17
GOING TO THE SABBATH SCHOOL
HAPPY, happy, Sabbath day,
Though I may not work or play;
Yet to me thou art not dull,
For I love my Sabbath school
That dear teacher I shall see,
Who so patient is to me; .
I shall hear her voice so mild
Call me her dear little child.
At the Sabbath school this day
I shall sing, and read, and pray
O, I wish all children were
Train'd, as I am, to go there!
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MERBY, happy, Christmas day.
Day for pleasure, day for play,
Day when aged and the young
Round the same bright fire throng.
Uncles, aunts, and grandmama,
Brothers, sisters, grandpapa,
Each from school or business come,
Christmas day to spend at home.
I will think, although I play,
Merry, happy, Christmas day
Commemorates that one for man,
Brightest since the world began.
Christ, the heavenly Prince of Peace,
Came, that Satan's power might cease;
Came from his celestial throne,
Human griefs to make his own.
POB GOOD LITTLE CHILDREN. 19
Happy, merry, Christmas day,
I will think, although I play,
There is one yet happier still,
Waits for those who do God's will.
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CHILDREN SHOULD PRAISE THB
Blessed be thy glorious name which is exalted above all
blessing and praise.-Neb. ix. 5.
PauIS the Saviour, O ye children,
Praise Him with your heart and voice;
Praise the Saviour, he is worthy,
Praise the Saviour, and rejoice.
Though He reigns so high in glory,
Though uplifted from your view,
Praise Him, praise Him, praise Him,
Praise Him, for He lives for you.
Sing aloud the pleasing story,
How from heaven to earth He came,
Left those realms of love and glory,
Here to suffer grief and shame;
And for whom, dear children, know ye P
Yes, ye know; then Him adore,
Honour, love Him, serve Him, fear-Him,
Henceforth, now and evermore.
FOR GOOD LITTLE CHILDREN.
FOR THE CLOSE OF THE YEAR.
Remember how short my time is.-Ps. lxxxvii. 47.
FAST, fast old time is hurrying on;
Another year is almost gone.
Moment by moment it has passed,
And very soon will come the last.
Our being and our time were given
To fit us for the state of heaven.
On nothing can we so depend,
As this, that time with us will end.
But not our being that we know,
Whether we it desire or no;
God will command it to his seat
His favour or his wrath to meet.
And, when I am prepared to die,
My soul, will it be raised on high,
To spend a blest eternity
In heaven, my Father, God, with Thee
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My Saviour, here on Thee I call,
0 save me from the sin and thrall
Attending on life's changing state,
And early a new heart create.
YOU GOOD LITTLE CHILDRn.
FOR A NEW YEAR.
Thou crownest the year with thy goodness.-Ps. xv. 11.
NEW year's day returns again
Not to me with grief and pain,
As to many, but with joy;
Praise should, then, my lips employ.
Many pleasures, many fears,
Peculiar to my sex and years,
Await me, but my earnest cry
Is, Father, guide me with thine eye.
One thing I ask, one thing I need;
O that it were mine, indeed!
Mine that new and contrite heart
Thou art willing to impart.
Gracious, gracious Spirit, hear;
With thi. gift, 0, crown this year.
Bliss provided, then, will be
For me in heaven eternally.
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May I to my parents prove,
By my acts, how much I love.
Bless them, Lord, bless all my friends,
With that bliss which never ends.
TOR GOOD LITTLE CHILDUR.N.
DANGER OF WORLDLY AMUSEMENTS.
Love not the world nor the things of the world-
1 John ii 15.
How gay the dress! how gay the scene!
O how delighted I have been!
Too quickly time hath passed away,
Too much I should have liked to stay.
To-morrow, if it do not rain,
I am invited out again;
But mama says I cannot go,
Whether it even rain or no,-
Because I am too gay inclined.
I have a very giddy mind,
Which I must try to conquer now,
Or shall not, when I older grow.
The Bible says that I should love
Those pleasures best which lead above;
But yet I feel I love the best
The merry play, the dance or jest.
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Lord, grant me a sincere desire
For holy pleasures to aspire.
And guard my heart against the wiles
Which hidden are in pleasure's smiles.
70B GOOD LITTLE CHILDREN.
PRAYER AGAINST SELF-WILL.
All of you be subject one to the other, and be ye clothed
with humility.-L Pet. v. 6.
0 LOED, I feel I've naughty been,
Self-will'd, and angry, too;
I cannot conquer this my sin,
Though it I try to do.
Self-will I find within my heart,
At almost every hour:
Though unperceived, I feel it start,
And feel its sinful power.
I sometimes am ashamed to show
The self-will that I feel,
And pride oft' whispers "do not so,
It looks so very ill."
O that, like Jesus, I could be,
Obliging, kind, and meek;
Yield my own wishes cheerfully,
And others' pleasure seek.
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"Be courteous," the Bible says;
And shall it speak in vain P
Help me, 0 Saviour, to suppress
And banish self-will reign.
OBR GOOD LITTLE CHILLBEN.
WE SHOULD BE THANKFUL FOR OUR
What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefit.-
Pa. cxvi. 13.
I THANK the goodness of my God
I am an English child;
That England's pleasant fields Fve trod,
Instead of deserts wild.
In caves or forests, dark and deep,
How many children dwell;
On beds of leaves or straw they sleep,
How coldly, who can tell P
How many children wildly roam,
Uncared for and untaught;
Then, surely I, who have a home,
Should serve God as I ought.
In sickness, sorrow, want or cold,
My friends provide for me;
And of the Saviour I am told,
And trained as I should be.
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Almighty Saviour, make me feel
Grateful to friends and Thee;
Then will the poor, whenever I kneel,
In prayer remembered be.
FOR GOOD LITTLE CHILDREN
DEATH A BLESSING TO PIOUS
Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.-Rev. i s. 1.
ALAS, my little cousin's dead,
And in the cold damp grave is laid;
She was but just as old as I,
And I, like her, may shortly die.
How could I part with parents dear,
And all the friends so much loved here P
What! could death's terrors make me brave,
And look with pleasure to my grave.
I know what I have oft' been told
Will happy make the young and old I
It is to know my sin's forgiven,-
That I am going to God in heaven.
For, truly blessed are the dead
Who have on earth to Jesus led;
Even to children such as I
It would be blessedness to die.
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O, Holy Spirit, hear my prayer,
My soul for death and heaven prepare;
And then I shall not dread the gloom
Attendant on the lonely tomb.
FOE GOOD LITTLr CHIIDBIx.
IMPORTANCE OF IMPROVING OUR
Take, therefore, the talent from him, and give it unto him
who hath ten talents.-Matt. xxv. 28.
THE man who but one talent had,
Acted with prudence very bad;
Because he talents had but one,
He thought it usefulness had none.
It matters not how many you
Dear children have, if ten or two;
But God expects you to employ
That which you have, and not destroy.
Your station, time, and property
Are talents which employed must be,
According as we these possess,
Others to teach, to feed, or dress.
Your mental talents they must be
Each cultivated carefully;
Your school-time is a talent given
To be improved for earth and heaven.
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0 may we fear, lest we should be
A useless servant, Lord, to Thee;
May each their talents well employ,
And thy approval learn with joy.
FOB GOOD ITTL~ CHILDREN.
GOD HONOURS SUBMISSION TO HIS
Take now thy son, thy only son, whom thou lowest, and
offer him there for a burnt offering.-Gen. xii. 2.
WHAT faith, and love, and duty we
In Abraham and Isaac see;
The father bade his son to slay;
That son as willingly obey.
Of God the Father, Abraham
A type is; Isaac of that Lamb
The Saviour, who obediently
To God an offering came to be.
But Abraham had a father's heart,
And could not, without suffering, part
With such a son, in such a way,
Though lifted was his hand to slay.
"Stay, Abraham, stay," Jehovah said,
"Thou hast in heart performed the deed;
Thy love and duty thou hast proved,
And thou shalt be by Me beloved."
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Lord, thus would I, when called to part
With blessings that lie near my heart,
Yield them, like Abraham, to Thee,
Though with a tear, submissively.
POR GOOD LITTLE CHtLDRI.
THE CHILD'S PRAYER FOR ACCEPTANCE
Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not thy
Holy Spirit from me.-Ps. li. 11.
MY Father, God, if I may call
Thee, Thee, my Father, low I fall
Before thy throne, and humbly pray
Thou wilt not cast my soul away.
My conscious sins oft' make me dumb,
But yet I venture still to come;
Because thy word declares I may,
And that Thou wilt not cast away.
Earth's pleasures very oft', I find,
Suspend religion in my mind;
But still again I turn and say,
O Lord, cast not my soul away."
My soul, by faith, would hear and see
That Jesus intercedes for me;
And thus I hope, although so great
My sins, Thou'lt not the sinner hate.
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Caet from thy presence not my soul;
0 make the leprous creature whole:
And pity, Lord, the child, whose prayer
Is that for Jesu's sake should spare.
FOR GOOD LITTLE CHILDREN.
GOD WILL PUNISH DISOBEDIENCE.
Honour thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be
long in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.-
Exod. xx. 12.
OBEDIENCE is a duty
Which every child doth owe
Unto their friends and parents,
If noble or if low.
God says the hungry raven
Shall pick out the eyes of those
Who rudely act and disobey.
He will count them as his foes.
When Absolom rebell'd against
His father and his king,
He did not think of punishment
For doing such a thing;
But, riding quickly through the wood,
The branches caught his hair,
And there he hung, in that sad state,
Suspended in the air.
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And very soon a soldier came
And kil'd him, as he hung,
And David's grief was very great,-
The palace with it rung.
Dear children, fear to disobey
Your parents, if you do,
Sorrow and grief will come one day,
And God will frown on you.
FOR GOOD LITTLE CHILDREN.
GOD BLESSES DUTIFUL CHILDREN.
Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother.-
John xix. 25-27.
"BEHOLD thy mother!" Jesus said
To his disciple John,
And He the weeping Mary led
To make his house her own.
For Jesus knew, though many wept
Who stood beneath his cross,
There was not one would feel like her
His sufferings and her loss.
How greatly Joseph longed to see
His father, old and poor,
Compared with his own dignity.
The best of Egypt's store,
He fondly, by permission, gave.
Of nothing half so glad
As that he could his father have
Well housed, and fed, and clad.
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It is delightful to behold
Children obedient, meek
Unto their parents, young or old,
Infirm, and poor, and sick.
God's blessing, in a thousand ways,
Descends upon them here;
And, when old age their brow displays,
He for their wants will care.
TOR GOOD LITTLE CHILDREN.
THE DANGER OF DELAYING
And God said unto Noah, the end of all flesh is come
before me.-Gen. vi. 1.
REXPNT, repent, 0 cease to sin,
God long with you has angry been.
"Repent," said Noah, "for fast the day
Comes when God's wrath He will display."
But none obey'd his warning voice ;
They still sin made their darling choice.
At length the dreadful day it came,
And left them but themselves to blame.
The rain descended day and night,
Surprise, grief, fear, astound them quite
While in the ark they safely see
Noah and his happy family.
Repentance now and grief are vain,-
The ark they cannot reach again.
They were invited to go in ;
But no, they loved too well their sin.
Dear children, do not dare despise
God's messengers; 0 hear their cries,
That you to Christ, the Ark, will flee,
Or live in endless misery.
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GOD COMMANDS US TO REPENT.
Be pleased, 0 Lord, to deliver me, 0 Lord, make haste
to help me.-Ps. xl. 13.
LORD, I am told I must repent,
If I to heaven would go;
Then let on me thy care be bent,
And help me to do so.
My heart is hard,-I cannot pray,
I cannot think of Thee;
My thoughts on foolish subjects stray,
To help it, Lord, help me.
My parents teach me what will right,
And what will naughty be;
But often I forget it quite,
And ask not help from Thee.
But, to obey Thee, I will try
With deep sincerity;
And Thou wilt hear a child's weak cry,
Who asks for help from Thee.
O, help me sin to hate and shun,
O, help me, Lord, to pray;
Help me to make thy will my own,
Lord, help me every day.
POB GOOD LITTLE CHILDREN.
THE AFFLICTED CHILD.
"I am poor and low, but the Lord thinketh upon me."
THi cheerful moon appears again,
But O, to me with grief and pain;
Without a friend or parent dear
To soothe my pain, or wipe the tear.
I sometimes find it hard to bear
The unkind word, and scanty fare;
But, though I am so poor and low,
God thinketh upon me, I know.
For I to Sabbath school have been,
And I both know and feel my sin;
But hope oft' makes impatience flee;
There is a home in heaven for me.
Oft', as I lie upon my bed,
I think of what the Saviour said;
How kind He was on earth to all
Who did to Him in sorrow call.
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Poor and afflicted though I am,
The same was Jesus Christ the Lamb;
On earth He suffered grief and pain,
That sinners endless joy might gain.
FOB GOOD LITTLE CHILDREN.
EXCUSES DANGEROUS AND SINFUL.
Come, for all things are ready.-Luke xiv. 17.
ALL things are ready for the feast,
For children, eldest and the least;
The King of heaven doth it prepare;
0, who is willing to go there ?
Saith one dear child, "I cannot go;
I have no clothing fit, you know."
"But," saith the King, "there's clothing, too,
Prepared by my own Son for you."
Another child says, "I will go;"
But makes no effort to do so.
He plays and idles all day long,
Then fears to go such guests among.
Another says, "I love too well
The home and friends with whom I dwell;
Another time I cheerfully
Will come, but now excused must be."
Dear children, do you thus neglect
God's invitation, and reject
The offered dignity ?-then know
Where God is you can never go.
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LITTLE CHILDREN ARE THE LAMBS OF
I am the good Shepherd and know my sheep, and am
known of mine.-John x. 14.
0 YE pretty, sportive lambs,
How happy ye appear,
Sporting beside your parent dams,
Who guard you with such care.
But the kind shepherd guards you more,
Whether in field or fold;
Provides of food the future store,
And guards you from the cold.
I have a mother just like you,
Who guards and nurtures me;
I also have a Shepherd too,
Though Him I cannot see.
Jesus my Shepherd is, in heaven.
And pastures green and fair
Will unto all those lambs be given
Who love and serve Him here.
May I that number be among
Who listen to his voice;
Then I shall join the happy throng
Who evermore rejoice.
FOR GOOD LITTLE CHILDREN.
THE COMPASSION OF JESUS.
Jesus wept.--John xi. 85.
WHEN Jesus saw the sisters weep
Of Lazarus, as dead he lay,
Could his refined compassion sleep ?
Oh no, He wept as well as they.
He loved the sisters, Lazarus, too;
And well they each returned his love.
Their mental anguish Jesus knew,
And came that anguish to remove.
How kind of Jesus thus to come
And share their strong fraternal pain,
To raise their brother from the tomb,
And yield him life and health again.
Dear Saviour, O, like Thee, may I
Feel deeply for another's woe ;
And, if I cannot help supply,
I'll come and ask Thee to do so.
O may I, like the sisters, love
And come to Thee, in all my care,
Until Thou call'st my soul above,
To see Thee and the sisters there.
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THE SAVIOUR'S INVITATION.
Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not,
for of such is the kingdom of heaven.-Matt. xix. 14.
LITTLE children, come to Me;
Do not so neglectful be.
Earth with pleasures now is strown,
But you soon will find them flown.
Though you have not seen Me yet,
Still, dear child, do not forget,
In your memory, in your mind,
I, your Friend, a place should find.
I can hear you, when you pray;
See you, when you disobey.
All your thoughts and acts I view
Just as if quite close to you.
If on earth to Me you come,
I to heaven will take you home.
You shall my companion be,
Have crowns of gold, and live with Me.
POR GOOD LITTLE CHILDREN.
If to Me you do not come,
Satan has for you a home.
With the wicked you must dwell
In that dreadful place called hell.
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SATAN THE PRINCE OF THIS WORLD
The prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now
worketh in the children of disobedience.-Eph. ii. 2.
THERE is a prince whose power is known
In every land and clime.
He tries to make all hearts his own,
And has done throughout time.
He tells poor children they may steal
And live just as they please;
He cares not to what gods they kneel,
And sin with joy he sees.
He tells them that they need not pray,-
'Tis folly so to do;
So he deceives, throughout life's way,
All who him listen to.
And then, at death, he takes the soul,
Dear child do you know where P
Down to a pit, where millions roll
In endless, deep despair.
Confined in darkness, chained from all
Who could one comfort give,
To God in vain they pray or call;
Sin's wages they receive.
FOR GOOD 0 LITTLE CHILDREN.
JESUS, THE PRINCE OF PEACE, WISHES
CHILDREN TO BE LIKE HIM.
To be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to
Israel, and the forgiveness of sins.-Acts v. 31.
THERE is a Prince, so good and kind,
That sin He cannot bear;
He bids us drive it from the mind,
Nor let one sin reign there.
He tells us that we must abstain
From every kind of sin;
Not merely those appearing plain,
But those which dwell within.
He left his holy, glorious throne,
To dwell among mankind;
Did everything they should have done;
Was pure in act and mind.
And then sin's punishment He bore,
That man might be forgiven;
And now He lives for evermore,
To plead their cause in heaven.
Dear child, do you this Prince obey,
Do you Him fear and love ?
Blessed are those who choose his way;
He such will own above.
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THE SABBATH DAY.
Blessed are they that dwell in thy house, they shall be still
praising Thee.-Ps. lxxxiv. 4.
'Tis Sabbath day, the Sabbath day,
The day of peace and rest;
It calls from labour those away
Who by it are oppress'd.
'Tis Sabbath day, 'tis Sabbath day
The chiming bells proclaim;
It bids me leave my toys and play,
Nor think about the same.
This holy, happy, Sabbath day
God made for us to spend
With Him in thought, to Him to pray,
And honour as our Friend.
I to his holy courts shall go
And join in praise and prayer;
0, may I feel, as well as know,
That God is present there.
I know each word, and look, and thought
Is noticed, Lord, by Thee;
I'll try to serve Thee as I ought,
Then Thou my Friend will be.
FOB GOOD LITTLE CHILDREN.
THE CHILD'S CONFESSION OF SIN.
All liars shall have their portion in the lake that burneth
with brimstone and fire.-Rev. xxi. 8.
LORD, I a falsehood told to-day,
Although I knew it sin;
Now for forgiveness I would pray,-
Oh! teach me to begin.
I did what had forbidden been,
And punishment then feared;
Then, to conceal my first-known sin,
To tell a lie I dared.
The Bible says, "All liars shall
The dreadful doom endure
In that eternal state called 'hell"'
I know that word is sure.
I think Im sorry for my sin,
As well as its disgrace;
And, while to-day I've punish'd been,
I think its cause I trace.
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Self-will first made me disobey;
And disobedience led
To lying; but forgive, I pray,
And make me all sin dread.
POR GOOD LITTLE CHILDREN.
CHILDREN SHOULD LOVE THE PER-
FORMANCE OF RELIGIOUS DUTIES.
And the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before
Eli-Sam. iii. 1.
WHEN Samuel was a little boy,
He in the temple served;
From much temptation his employ
Had doubtless him preserved.
With ev'ry service, ev'ry rite
Familiar he became;
These to attend were his delight;
They fed devotion's flame.
Thus, in the path of duty found,
God nearer to him drew;
The child who heard with awe profound
What God designed to do.
If you, dear child, like Samuel, make
God's service your delight,
He will not, when you're old, forsake
Or cast you from his sight.
No; He will guide you with his eye,
Will make your soul his care,
Will ev'ry earthly need supply;
And heavenly bliss you'll share.
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PRAYER FOR GOD'S HOLY SPIRIT.
Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk, for I
lift up my soul unto Thee.-Ps. cxliii. 8.
ALMIGHTY God, thy Spirit give,
That I each day may rightly live;
And make me earnestly begin
To conquer ev'ry fault and sin.
O, make me of all sin afraid,
And to remember Thou hast said
The wicked shall not with Thee dwell,
But shall be turned away to hell.
I know I very soon may die;
For many children young as I
Are laid within the deep cold grave;
From death my mother could not save.
For I cannot cease from sin,
Nor can I make my own heart clean;
But in thy mercy, Lord, I trust,
For O, Thou know'st, I am but dust.
Thy Spirit's sanctifying power
Grant me in ev'ry trying hour;
But I will try, as well as pray,
To conquer what is wrong each day.
POB GOOD LIMAE CHILDXIr.
THE SAVIOUR ONCE A LITTLE BABY.
Where is He that is born King of the Jews, for we have
seen his star in the east, and are come to worship Him.
-Matt. ii. 2.
TaE Saviour was once but a little child born,
Unable to walk or to stand;
His mother attended him night, noon and morn,
And swathed him with many a band.
He was lain in a manger; no warm crib or cot
Supported his delicate frame;
But, although so mean and so lowly his lot,
To see him the wise men soon came.
They had seen in the heavens a wonderful star,
Which they thought a King's birth must portray;
And they followed andfollow'd, although'twas so far,
Till it stood o'er the place where He lay.
And then they presented Him spices and gold,
And worshipp'd Him there as He lay;
Because they believed, as they had been foretold,
He was born kingly power to sway.
Dear Saviour, whenever I a little child view,
May I think what Thou once deign'd to be;
And, like the wise men, may I worship Thee too,
And bring my best gifts unto Thee.
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CHILD'S WISH TO SEE JESUS.
When they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
they took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet
Him-John xii. 12, 13.
I WISH that I a child had been,
And in that land had birth
Where Jesus lived, and where was seen
His gracious acts on earth.
I would have sung hosannas, too,
As children then did sing;
Have joined with them, his path to strew
With palms, and hail Him King.
When to the mount so oft' He went,
To hide from public view,
And, when in prayer so oft' He bent,
I would have followed too.
And 0, how pleased I should have been
Had He permitted me
To be with Him in public seen,
And hear Him talk to me.
FOB GOOD LITTLE CHILDREN.
But vain the wish, so I will try
His wishes to obey;
Then I shall see Him when I die.
Haste time and bring the day.
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GOD ASKS US TO GIVE HIM OUR HEART.
My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my
ways.-Prov. xxiii. 26.
Grv me thy heart," the Saviour cries,
"In childhood's happy hours."
"Not yet," the little one replies,
I'm plucking pretty flowers."
Give me thy heart," the Saviour says,
While health and youth are thine."
He hears, but to comply delays;
Earth's joys around him shine.
Give me thy heart," the Saviour cries,
Thy hair is turning grey."
"I cannot," he again replies;
Earth calls me night and day."
"Give me thy heart, thou aged man."
"I will," he faintly cries.
But, ere repentance is begun,
Or the heart yielded, dies.
Thus thousands act, and so may I,
Though now I hear Thee call,
"Give me thy heart." I, answering, cry,
"Lord, take now, take it all!"
FOR GOOD LITTLE CHILDREN.
CONTENTION IS VERY SINFUL.
It is an honour for a man to cease from strife.-Pror. xx. 8.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the
children of God.-Matt. v. 9.
CONTENTION, contention, 0 what a sad thing!
How many great sins from contention may spring!
But what says the Bible ? How often we there
Of spirits contentious are bidden beware!
King Solomon once was the wisest of men.
He warns of contention, again and again,
And says, "It is better to dwell quite alone
Than with those who a spirit contentious have
And what says the Saviour ? In Him do we find
A spirit contentious, or even unkind
He, the kind and the gentle and loving approved.
Such was John the disciple, and John was beloved.
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How honour'd his station at supper, to lie
Reclined on the Saviour; 0, who does not cry,
"I wish I, like John, was by Jesus approved."
Be like him, and then you, like him, will be loved.
0 think, my dear children, at night, ere you pray
How often contentious you've been in the day,
And think of the ills which arise from that sin;
To correct it you then will most surely begin.
JOE GOOD LITTLE CHILDREN.
CHILDREN MUST CONQUER A CONTEN.
Whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause, is in
danger of the judgment.-Matt v. 22.
How grievous it is to see children at play,
Each anxiously striving to have his own way.
"I will have it my way," "it shall not be so,"
Are words very often arising, you know.
O think, would it not be much better to say,
"Permit me this time, you shall then have your
In kind, gentle accents, and not with a frown
Declare you will not play, and rudely sit down.
Nor is it sufficient offence not to give,
We careful should be how offence we receive;
This is taught by the Saviour, again and again,
And He was the wisest and kindest of men.
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Great talents are nothing, and riches are vain,
If a spirit contentious is suffered to reign;
And, in youth unresisted, so strong it will grow,
It will prove your tormentor, your bitterest foe.
0, seek, then, the grace of that Saviour who gave
Himself to redeem you from being sin's slave;
With sef then contend, over self conqueror be,
For self is your strongest and worst enemy.
FOR GOOD LITTLE CHILDREN.
WE MUST BE PATIENT UNDER AFFLIC-
The people spake against God and against Moses.-
Numb. xxi. v.
WHEN troubles attend us, 'tis wrong to repine;-
This truth in the Bible is taught;- [divine,
Since they are sent for our good with commission
We should pray them to bear as we ought.
We read that the Israelites, day after day,
Had some trial or conflict to bear,
Though God's chosen people; He guided their way,
But He would not their punishment spare.
Their angry repinings could only increase
God's anger, and with it their woe; [release,
From the fierce burning serpent they found but
When repentant submission they show.
When your parents correct you, dear children,
How you angrily fret or rebel; [beware
That punishment strive with submission to bear
Which you know you have merited well.
And, if deep affliction your pathway attend,
Dear child, may this blessing be given,
To bear it with meekness, while prayers it attend,
For relief to your Saviour in heaven.
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CHRIST COMMANDS US TO TAKE UP
If any man will come after Me, let him take up his cross
and follow me.-Matt. xvi. 24.
TAx up thy cross," the Saviour says,
"Now, in thy blooming youthful days;
Take up thy cross, and learn of Me
Obedience and humility.
Take up thy cross and turn thine eyes
From earth's delusive vanities.
O, think how many, many fall
Victims to its incessant call
My soul, it hears thy warning voice,
0 Lord, and fain would fix its choice
Of pleasure where Thou lead'st the way,
And thus forsake the thoughtless gay.
Thou dost not bid me seek the wood,
And dwell in silent solitude,
But mingle with the world, and there
Show by mine acts whom I prefer.
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Thus did'st Thou, while on earth, and I
Must also join society;
But Thou who know'st temptation's power,
O, guard me in the trying hour.
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Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.-
Matt. v. b
How blessed are the meek
Who strife and passion flee;
Those children are approved by God
Who love humility.
Yes, blessed are the meek;
The Saviour says they are.
The petulant and angry make
Life painful oft' to bear.
Who does not love to see
The meek and placid child?
The face of such will never be
By pride and passion spoil'd.
The meek, how bless'd are they I
For trials they can bear
Submissively, which make life's way
So rough to some appear.
Then I will strive to be
More humble, meek and mild.
A faint resemblance, Lord, of Thee
When Thou wert but a child.
iORl GOOD LITTLE CHILDREN.
CHILDREN INVITED TO THE GOSPEL
And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast com-
manded, and yet there is room.-Luke xiv. 22.
YE blind, and lame, and wretched, come,
Come to the feast, there yet is room;
The King for you his servant sends;
He waits to treat you as his friends.
Your teachers, on the Sabbath day
Invite you, and direct the way;
And you who will not it attend,
In what will such indifference end.
The ministers ye so oft' hear,
Urge and entreat you to go there.
They say, repentant children go;
For you there's room enough, we know.
The God who made you, sent his Son
To make his love and mercy known;
Christ is the feast, the Lamb that's slain,
To save you from eternal pain.
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And will you, then, that feast refuse ?
Still, still earth's trifles will you choose?
Or, do you say, Dear Lord, I come
To Thee, the feast; O make me room?"
TOE GOOD LITTLE CHILDREN.
Thou crownest the year with thy goodness, thy paths
drop fatness.-Ps. lxxxv. 11.
HAIL, lovely season! joyous spring!
What comforts thou to earth doth bring;
The sun the cheerful day prolongs,
And all the air is filled with songs.
Forth from each crevice and each nook
The insects forth in thousands look;
And birds, with wearied pinions, roam
With new found mates, to build a home.
Array'd in every shade of green
The meadows, fields and trees are seen;
And everything on earth I view
Hath usefulness and beauty too.
This beauty, usefulness and plan
Have all been made for favour'd man;
For max3who so his God neglects,
Whose laws and guidance he rejects.
My God, now, in the spring of youth,
Sow in my heart the seeds of truth;
Then useful I may hope to be,
And live a life approved by Thee.
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THANKFULNESS FOR GOD'S FAVORS.
God who giveth us all things richly to enjoy.-
1. Tim. vi. 17.
How pleasantly another day
Again to me hath pass'd away;
How pleasant with fond friends to roam,
And to return to friends at home.
Each day in cheerful ease is spent,
Nothing to cause me discontent;
Instruction daily kindly given
To fit me both for earth and heaven.
What loving parents, friends how kind,
Providing every day, I find.
All children do not this enjoy;
Then what a favour'd child am I.
But it is God who all bestows;
It is from Him each comfort flows.
How grateful, then, I ought to be,
My God, for all these gifts to me.
O Lord, with Thee I close this day;
I Thee will thank, I Thee will pray
That Thou wilt give me grace to live,
So that at death Thou'lt glory give.
FOE GOOD LITTLE CHILDREN.
THE CHILD'S CONFESSION AND HOPE.
Cause me to hear thy loving kindness in the morning.-
Ps. cxliii. &
LORD, though I am but a child,
Make me bumble, meek and mild;
Loving and obedient, too,
Minding all I'm told to do.
Thou canst see me night and day,
Whether I may work or play ;
Thoughts thou know'st, and all my fears,
All my pleasures and my tears.
No, I could not, if I tried
Any action from Thee hide;
Then how careful I should be
That Thou nothing wrong may see.
Many, many sins are known
Only unto Thee alone
May I hope Thou wilt forgive,
And let me in heaven live.
Yes, for Jesus sake I may
Hope to come to Thee one day;
Not for promises or prayer-
None but Christ can take me there.
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THE POWER OF GOD IS SHOWN IN
Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high,
who humbleth Himself to behold the things that are
in the heaven and in the earth.-Ps. cxiii. 4. 5
THon sovereign Ruler, what can be
Conceal'd within the earth or sea ?
What in the vast creation lies
Conceal'd or hidden from thine eyes!
Where is the meanest reptile, where,
That has not thy providing care ?
Whether in desert lands it dwell,
Or in the sea, in tiniest shell.
My thoughts, they very often soar,
Wishing yon distant worlds t'explore;
But 0, not yet my soul can be
Acquainted with their mystery.
But every planet, every star,
With all that is contained there
Is clearly seen by that vast eye
Which scans at once infinity.
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Astonishment and awe combined,
Great God, from thoughts like these I find;
But still assured of this I'll be,
Though but a child, Thou seest me.
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THE BLESSEDNESS OF TRUE REPENT-
And He said unto her, thy sins are forgiven.-
Luke vii. 36-48.
SAD Mary took her lowly seat
In silent, deep despair,
To bathe with tears her Saviour's feet,
And wipe them with her hair.
Hers was the lowly, contrite heart,
By Him so well approved;
Willing with everything to part,
To be by Him beloved.
Her beauty, titles, wealth and power,
No more to earth enchain'd,
That w*6 holiest, happiest hour
When she forgiveness gained.
Like thee, O Mary, may I be
Willing with all to part;
That Jesus may behold in me
The lowly, contrite heart.
And then, if every sin I fear,
If really 1 seek heaven,
I too, like Mary, then shall near
My sins are all forgiven.
FOR GOOD LITTLE CHILDREN.
THE BODY OF JESUS DID NOT SUFFER
And He made his grave with the wicked.-Isai. liii. 9.
Surely He hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows.-
Isai. liii. 4.
DEAx Saviour, when I think of Thee
Extended on the cross for me,
The tear of sorrow fills my eye
To think Thou such a death should'st die.
The vulture scents thy trickling blood,
And waits to make thy flesh his food;
And many a prowling, hungry beast
Waits, on thy flesh to make aje t.,
But vultures scent thy blood in vain;
The beasts retrace their steps again;
The dying thieves their food may be,
But Thou corruption must not see.
Though with the wicked Thou must die,
Thou in the rich man's grave dost lie;
Joseph and Nicodemus, too,
Now prove their love and faith are true.
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Thus were the timid render'd bold;
Hearts glow'd with love that once were cold;
Lord, grant that I may honoured be,
Like them, by proving true to Thee.
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OUR FOUR COUNSELLORS.
Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel and afterwards
receive me to glory.-Ps. Ixxiii. 24.
LORD, thy counsels, pure and wise,
Let me not, though young, despise;
Make, 0 make my soul attend
To the counsels of its Friend.
Make the counsels of thy word
More attentively be heard;
And, when I thy servants hear,
Disobedience may I fear.
When my conscience warns of wrong,
By my action, thought or tongue,
May its silent counsel gain
All my powers, nor speak in vain.
When thy Holy Spirit, too,
Warns me what or not to do;
O, my soul, dare not despise
Counsels thus divinely wise.
Lord, with counsellors like these
I Thee never ought displease;
But I more will strive to mind
Counsellors, thus wise and kind.
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CHRIST'S COMPASSION TO THE PENI-
And Jesus said unto her, neither do I condemn thee, go
and sin no more.-Luke viii. 1L
WHAT mercy and what love divine,
In all thy acts, dear Saviour, shine;
0, where compassion can we see
Like that which shone, O Lord, in Thee.
The woman stood condemned by law;
She from it could no comfort draw;
And conscience cried, "Thy sins so great,
Thou must incur the Saviour's hate."
And tempting Satan cried again,
"Thy penitence and tears are vain."
The censuring world it stood around,
But from it she no comfort found.
0, sad, sad state of sin and grief.
Who can describe her soul's relief,
When Christ, in words of grace and power,
Said, Woman, go, and sin no more P"
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Help Of the helpless sinner's Friend,
I too, like her, stand self-condemn'd
I lift my weeping eyes to Thee;
0 Saviour, pardon, speak to me.
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WE SHOULD BE CAREFUL HOW WE
And he said unto Him, Lord, I am ready to go with Thee
to prison and to death.-Luke xxii. 33.
SINCE we know not at all the events of a day,
What sins or what sorrows may be in our way,
In censuring others we careful should be,
Lest we do the wrong acts which in others we see.
*' Though all men forsake Thee," said Peter, "yet I
Will never forsake Thee, I rather would die."
He meant what he said; but he knew not how strong
Would prove the temptation he felt before long.
0, think not, dear children, that one little sin
Can be of no consequence; it may begin
A course of transgression, and public shame
May hang, as to Peter's, henceforth on your name.
But Peter repented, and perhaps so may you;
And he was forgiven, and you may be too;
But remember, temptations are often so great,
You may sin till you die, and repent when too late.
Beware, 0, beware on your strength to depend,
Or on good resolutions; they fail in the end.
Be humble, be careful, and strive to obey
The commandment of Jesus,-to watch and to pray.
FOR GOOD LITTLE CHILDREN.
GOD HONOURS THOSE WHO OBEY HIM.
Those that honour Me I will honour, and they that despise
Me shall be lightly esteemed.-1 Sam. ii. 80.
GOD saith, "To him that honoureth Mo
Shall honour, too, be known."
And in the Bible we may see
To whom tkis honour's shown.
A king commands three pious men
Before his idol fall;
But the vast furnace raged in vain
Their spirits to appal.
"The God we serve," they meekly said,
"Can save us from thine ire;
If not, O king, we do not dread
The all-consuming fire."
Determin'd, thus, to honour God,
God honour' d them again;
Jesus with them the furnace trod,
And shielded them from pain.
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By God and man thus honour'd, they
To us ensamples are,
If we God honour and obey
We shall his favour share.
FOR GOOD LITTLE CHILDREN.
GOD'S PUNISHMENT OF THE EGYPTIANS.
And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses
where ye are, and, when I see the blood, I will pass over
you.-Exod. xii. 13.
How melancholy was the night!
Who can express the wild affright,
When from each house the cry was spread,
"My child, my eldest child is dead?"
Their deep repentance, 0, how vain,
When they beheld where'er was slain
The lamb, and on the door its blood,
Pass'd over was that house by God.
And vain was all intention, too,
To do as they were told to do;
And also vain, if blood had been,
If still it could not there be seen.
O may I fear that God to offend
Who can on earth such judgments send
And thus the wicked make confess,
God can on earth destroy or blmss."
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Jesus, this scripture points to Thee,
As none in Egypt saved could be
Without the blood, so even Thou
By thy own blood must save us now.
FOR GOOD LITTLE CHILDREN.
HOW WE MAY WALK WITH GOD.
And Enoch walked with God, and was not, for God took
him.-Gen. v. 24.
BESIDE the gently flowing sea,
Or, if the fields he trod,
Good Enoch, not alone was he,-
O no, he walk'd with God.
Whate'er of toil his hours employed,
Whether in fold or field,
He there this honour still enjoy'd,-
God was to him revealed.
Earth's pleasures and earth's sorrows, too,
Alike employed his mind;
From God his pleasures came, he knew;
He God in grief could find.
And so may we thus walk with God,
In public or alone;
At play, at school, at home, abroad,
His presence may be known.
And bless'd those children are, indeed,
Who, like that holy man,
Find God with them, in bliss or need:-
Thus heaven on earth began.
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They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in
great waters, these see the works of the Lord, and his
judgments in the mighty deep.-Ps. cvii. 2, 24.
THE sea, I love to gaze on the sea,
Bright and sparkling as now it be;
And I love to see the vessels ride
Gaily upon the briny tide;
And I think what a wonderful Being is He
Who made the beautiful, useful sea
I love to play on the pebbly beach,
With brothers, and sisters, and cousins, each
To pick up the shells and the dark sea-weed
On the sands or the cliffs, is delightful indeed;
And I think of the goodness of God to me,
While inhaling the healthful breeze of the sea.
I never have seen, but I oft' have read,
How the seamen's hearts are fill' with dread,
When the lightning flash, and the thunders roar,
And the large waves dash the ship o'er and o'er;
And I think what an awful thing it must be
To die unprepared on the stormy sea !
FOB GOOD LITTLE CHILDREN.
ON THE DEATH OF A FATHER.
Thou art the Helper of the fatherless.-Ps. x. 14.
MY father is gone to the grave;
He lies in that dark place alone;
The long grass will over him wave,
Or heavily lie the cold stone.
No more shall I stand by his chair,
And read in the Bible, or sing;
Nor ever again shall I share
The nice things he so oft' would bring.
My father, my father, thou'rt gone
To that heaven thou lovedst below;
Then I will be glad (though I mourn),
That thou no more suffering canst know.
For God, He has promised to be
The Friend of the fatherless child;
I now to my mother will be
More dutiful, loving, and mild.
And then, O my father, O then,
When death shall take hold upon me,
I shall see thee and love thee again,
And no more be parted from thee.
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THE DANGER OF CHOOSING FOR OUR-
He shall choose our inheritance for us.-Ps. xlvi. 4.
O LET there not be strife between
Thy men and mine, I pray;
Ascend the hill, let it be seen
Whither you choose your way.
Thus Abram said; and thus did Lot;
The water'd land he chose;
And of the wicked there thought not,
But dwelt among God's foes.
His soul was shortly grieved to see
The actions of these men;
And much he long'd and wish'd to be
Away from them again.
And God an ear of mercy lent,-
So pitiful is He,-
That He two guardian angels sent
To help him thence to flee.
FOR GOOD LITTLE CHILDREN.
0, gracious Father, choose my lot,
Though poor and rough it be;
For blessed is the humble cot,
If visited by Thee.
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FAITH UNITES US TO THE SAVIOUR.
I am the vine, ye are the branches.--John xv. L.
How lovely looks the branching vine;
How curiously its tendrils twine;
How green the leaves, how large the fruit;
And all are nourish'd by the root!
Some branches at a distance grow,
And little fruit and foliage show,
While others grow quite near the root,
And yield much foliage and fruit.
The Saviour, in his word divine,
Hath deign'd to call Himself the vine,
And calls his people branches, too,
Though 'tis from Him, if fruit they shew.
Dear Saviour, it is faith in me
That makes my soul a part of Thee;
A loving and obedient faith,
That will continue until death.
rm like a little tendril now,
Just starting from its parent bough;
Sap to this little tendril give,
Or it will never thrive or live.