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 Ralph Moore, the profane boy

Title: Story of Ralph Moore
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Title: Story of Ralph Moore the profane boy
Physical Description: 24 p. : ill. ; 15 cm.
Language: English
Creator: American Sunday-School Union ( Publisher )
Publisher: American Sunday-School Union
Place of Publication: Philadelphia
Publication Date: c1848
Subject: Swearing -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Christian life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Boys -- Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Bldn -- 1848
Genre: fiction   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
General Note: Bound with: Mary, Ellen, and Lucy. Philadelphia : American Sunday-School Union, c1853.
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Entered amtqrdmgp to aet of Cougress, in the year 1848, by
1. Awa a, &Snday-sdioa Urnion, in the Clerk's of*Me* of
RUM&Act Conit of "i. Eastern Diatrict of Pennsylvania.

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IN the beautiful valley through
which the Connecticut river winds
its way, there lived, about fifty years
ago, a man by the name of Andrew
Moore, who, with his wife and mo-
ther, led a life of unostentatious but
sincere piety. At early morn and
quiet evening, the fervent prayer
and the sweet hymn of thanksgiving
and praise ascended from their
family circle.
At the time when this story com-
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mences, the family consisted of seve-
ral children, the eldest being an
only son. Ro doubt he was.the dar-
ling of his parents, and of his fond
grandmother; but they cannot be
charged with having indulged him
overmuch, for neither precept, ex-
ample nor correction were spared, to
lead him to walk in the way where,
in he should go.
Ralph was an ardent, restless
boy, impatient of restraint, and
heedless of advice; and though he
listened to the counsels of his par
rents and grandmother with appa&
rent respect, at heart he hated in-
struction and despised reproof. He
loved the society of rude, idle boys,
and often, unknown to his parents,
was to be seen loitering about the
stables of the public houses in the
vilage. When his father became

cquainted with this fact, he forbade
his going there, and in the kindest
and most affectionate manner urged
his son to beware of the company
of evil doers.
Ralph did not dare to disobey
his father, and though in heart he
longed to join the bad boys with
whom he had sometimes associated,
he did not frequent the places where
they usually met.
One day, however, when he was
but a short distance from the vil-
lage, he saw several of his rude ac-
quaintances sitting idly on the fence
by the side of the road.
Look !" said one, there is
Ralph Moore coming, as sure as I
am alive. Where have you been
this long time, Ralph said they,
as he came near.

Where do you suppose I have
been ?" replied Ralph.
"' Why, under the old man's thumb
I guess," answered the speaker with
a coarse laugh, in which the rest
joined. "So he will ziot let you
meet with a set of fellows like us,
now and then."
I could come if I chose to," re-
plied Ralph, but I have had some.
thing else to do.'
Oh yes, you have plenty to do
to listen to what the .old women
have to say," cried another.
"I am neither afraid of what the
old man says, nor of what the old
women say, as you call them," re-
plied Ralph.
"Well, show it then," said the
other, by taking a seat alongside
of us awhile."
The next moment Ralph was by

the side of the boy who had acted
as spokesman for the rest.
Let us pause here a moment, and
ee, in this step of Ralph's, the turn-
ing point in his history. Oh that he
had listened to the voice of wisdom.
" Enter not into the path of the
wicked, and go not in the way of
evil men. Avoid it-pass not by it
--turn from it-and pass away."
If he had but turned a deaf ear--
if he had but passed by in silence--
if he had only recalled the words of
the wise king, "He that keepeth
his mouth keepeth his life, but he
that openeth wide his lips shall
have destruction;" if he had but
recollected the warning, "My son,
* zeep thy father's commandment,
and forsake not the law of thy mo-
ther,'--he might have escaped years
of sin and misery and anguish.



The boys.whom Ralph joined were
not plotting any plans of outrageous
wickedness; but in their conversa-
tion they showed an entire contempt
for the authority of their parents and
teachers. Nay, more,. they spoke of
them. with the greatest .disrespect.
From this they naturally proceeded
to ridicule them, and to recount the
means they themselves employed
to gain their plans, as well as to
boast of their skill in deceiving .their
parents and avoiding punishment.
It is true, Ralph was shocked
when he heard these boys allude to
his father, mother, and grandmother
in such a rude manner, and so he
was shocked at the different recitals
of the boys, but he liked the reck-
less spirit they manifested, add there
was something in their society suited
to his taste

Their conversation was frequent-
ly intermixed with profane and vul-
gar phrases, which I need not re-
peat. They are used by boys who
have not become quite bold enough
to take the name of God in vain.
One boy, who had a bad countenance,
began his sentences with such phrases
as, "I will be shot if I do this or
that; or I will be hanged if I tlfink
thus or so." Boys who allow them-
selves to use such expressions as
these, are making rapid progress to-
wards profane swearing; for He
who engraved upon tables of stone
the command, Thou shalt not
take the name of the Lord thy God
in vain," has said with equal au-
thority, "Swear not at all, neither
by heaven, neither by earth, neither
by any other oatk."
Ralph felt that it would be quite

manly to use expressions similar .to
those: spoken by these boys; -but coni
science remonstrated, and the words
that rose to his lips: he dared. not
utter. Nor did a profane expres-
sion ever escape from his tongue,.till
one day when he became. angry
with one of his companions who had.
been at play with him for some
time. Ralph happened.to be thrown
down, His companion stood. over
him. laughing, .good naturedly, and
saying, Cry quarter,' say 'enough,'
and I will let you up." Ralph
became angry, and as he struggled
to free himself, he uttered a profane
oath !
The boy who had held him down
sprang from him, saying, why Ralph
Moore, how dare you swear ?"
I did not swear," replied Ralph,
"I rnly said4.j word. that sondled

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like pofae wrd, that is n
swearing. I said" I wilbT b dmea
My mother and grandmother. lk
about darning clothes and darning
stockings every day, and if I swea,
they do."
"Oh," replied his play-mate, you
meant in your heart just what we
say, only you didnot quite dare to
say it. But father says, it is just
as sinful to use the word you did, as
it is to use the word you Yeant."
"Oh, Mr. Preacher d6 take a
text," replied Ralph sneeringly;
" how long is it sinee you: became
religious "
Reader, think a moment of RaIphe
fearful position. He was learning
to scoff. Whose wilL did he per-
fortm Whose suggestions did .h
listen tot Whose servant :ws .het
" Know ye aot"' .mith'thb Soaiptre,



" that to whom ye yield yourselves
servants to obey, his servants ye are
to whom ye obey." The -devil (who
is ever watchful to secure those who
yield themselves up to sinful ways)
is leading him on, he tempts him to
profaneness, to scoffing, to sneer at
the advice of friends! He is about
him now as a roaring lion seeking to
devour him. Instead of resisting this
enemy of mankind, he admits him
to his breast. He gives place to
the devil I
His next oath called for that. aw-
ful doom upoh his soul, from which
the Redeemer died to save him.
He was shocked at his own boldness,
but the second attempt was more
easily passed over. by conscience.
Thus he posted onward in guilt till
at length he was a bold blasphemer.
But he. did not arrive at this stq

of iniquity, without frequent and
earnest remonstrances. Many pray-
ers were offered for him, many
efforts made to reclaim him, but
they were of no avail.
When he was about eighteen
years of age, he had a very danger-
ous illness which threatened his life.
He became greatly alarmed, and it is
probable he secretly resolved that if
his life was spared, he would leave
off his sins. He was restored, but
his goodness was like the morning
cloud and the early dew.
He arrived at years of manhood,
still a profane swearer. He married
a woman quite too good for him.
His companions used often to say
that Ralph Moore could beat all the
men in the country at swearing
He had seveIal little boys, as
interesting children as any in th


neighborhood, and when thQ.eldest
of these was about four years old,
Ralph left the home of his child-
hood, and removed to a place far
distant. Here he .soon found kin-
dred spirits, yet none so bold or dar-
ing in prolineness as himself. But
the way of transgressors is hard,
aud the day of vengeance was at
One day when Ralph was with a
set of his profane companions in a
bar-room, he stated something as.a
fact, which every one knew was a
lie. Hearing this said, he repeated,
with a shocking oath, that if it wime
not true, he hoped his Maker would
strike him dumb? Even his har-
dened companions were silenced and
shocked. In sa infant After, Je
was observed to faleK, then to reel,
4MLd. wquld havw fallen had he Jot


been supported by those present.
His countenance indicated excessive
terror. He attempted to speak, but
only a strange sound, conveying
no meaning, was heard from his
lips. Terror and dismay filled
every countenance, and there was a
dead silence in the company of
A complete paralysis of the
tongue and half the body had for
ever silenced the wretched blas-
phemer He could no longer curse
and swear, no longer instruct his
young children in the language of
blasphemy. Here was no thunder-
bolt, no accidental occurrence, but
it seemed as if the wretched man
was smitten by the direct visitation
of God. He was carried home, and
this incident, which was well known
in the neighbourhood, was regarded


am a striking and solemanwarning tou
Q4 profane swearers.*
Still his heart remained unhum
bled, and so continued many years,
till his eldest son grew up. And
who visited him in his affliction.?
His profane companions ? No, they
had no desire to look upon what

*This statement is believed to be welt au-
thenticated. We need not suppose, how-
ever, that there was any thing atpernatraa~
about it. The paralysis thight htve beea
occasioned by any other excitement, or have
followed any other words. The impression
it makes is, nevertheless, very -solemn and very
natural. That the profane swearer should
be struck dumb the moment he had impious*
ly defied God's vengeance, was indeed an
awful warning, not unlike the case of Anu
anias and Sapphira. God sometimes seems
to inflict instant punishment on bold sinners,
but the final judgment is Beeerea to the great
mad ei.tie day- ahen -e secrets of allheat
shalU be,nevealed.


haey regarded as: such- a signal. i
stance of the displeasure: of that God
"who will not hold him guiltless
that- taketh his name in vain."
He was now nearly sixty yeaw
of age. His eldest son had become
a religious man, and having married
a woman of like Christian spirit
with himself, he took his aflictejd
father to his own house, and by a
dutiful and affectionate deportment.
night .to win him to apply to the
twly source.of happiness and peacw
The old man's hearingg was perfect)
and George (his son) used to read
to him and converse with him; but
al communication on. the father's
prst was -by writing, which* he did
with .his left hand on a slate, or
idack-board. Anxious as he. was to
me. his fathr become a religious
ua, b.be -umA4 yeet difeioulty in oow


versing with him freely on those
subjects connected with the salvation
of the soul. Still he was stubborn
and unbelieving, and each morning
when the household assembled for
worship, his chair, which was placed
on rollers to enable him to move
about, was at his own request
wheeled out of the room!
But many and earnest were the
prayers offered for him, that his
heart might be softened; and at last
a merciful God, (not willing that
even so great a sinner as he had
been, should perish,) in the midst
of wrath remembered mercy.
The writer does not know the
exact circumstances connected with
the conversion of Ralph Moore. Per-
haps he was prevailed to remain
some day during family prayer, or
it may have been a word dropped

THs eoFrms \.bOY. SH
in season by some pious n ighbour
or a child's Sunday-chool book, or a
tract, possibly, spoke silently to his
conscience. Whatever it was, the
Spirit of God, who can make the
feeblest means mighty, caused it to
prove efficacious in producing deep
conviction of sin, and now the. of-
fences of his whole life rose in re
view before his 'eyes. Deeply peni-
tent, he sought the mercy of God in
Christ .Jesus, acknowledging .the
divine justice in the judgments he
had suffered, and His mercy in not
cutting him off in his sins.
Deep groans were often heard
from his burdened heart, and long
and tearfully did he pray for deli-
Salvation came at. length! and
now indeed he longed" for a tongue
to speak his gre Bdeemer's

praise," but this happiness he was
never to enjoy on earth.
The change wrought in his heart
was very apparent. He had often
been sullen, petulant and difficult to
please. Now he was patient, quiet
and resigned. Often did he write
and re-write upon his slate, The
blood of Jesus Christ cleanses from
ALL SIN." He said, It was just,
that his tongue should never speak
the blessed name of Jesus, whatever
other tongues might do." But his
heart leaped and his eye beamed at
the sound of the Saviour's name.
None doubted that he was now a be-
liever, and that he loved and revered
that name which he once blast
Thus lived Ralph Moore, patient,
ly waiting his release from earth,
when faith should be exchanged for

THW 'r~nmANZ BM.

sight, -and silence for songs of prah-
He died in 1842.
Have you ever dared to break the
command Thou shalt not take
the name of the Lord thy God in
vain ?" Have you ventured to take
on your lips, in a careless manner,
when trifling, or when angry, that
holy name, which in heaven is only
pronounced with the deepest reve-
rence ? How can you escape if you
persist in this course? You may
be much more guilty than Ralph
Moore, though you may not suffr
in this world as he did. Tremble
to think of the fearful danger in
which you have placed your immor-
tal soul, and break off this sinful
habit without an hour's delay. Con*
fessing this and all other sins to
your heavenly Father, seek his
mercy through Jesus Christ, that

yAr mpy. escape. quences of sin in this Hfe,_ and the.
fi: more dreadful and endless suffer-
inp. of the finally impenitent !

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