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A FRIEND tf children, who loves them i
of infant orphans. He had been to them, and they knew him again. Whe eyes looked bright, and they were ver' Then they marched in a row, and went gallery, on which the-y were soon seated
Their friend talked to them kindly.
-.He spoke to them about the Bible, and
ery much, one day went to see a school visit them before, and had talked with n he -came into the klioolroom, their y glad that he was come once more. into another room, where there was a
He asked them about many things, the good and true 'tings in it. He gave them some short rhymes and verses, of' which they were very fond, and they said'* them afterhim. He then told them some little stories about children, and about good
men and women, and about many thingswhich God had made and j9,, given to us. There
-~i was one storythat pleased them very much, and as other children may like it too, it is put in print
that they also may know what said about it.
THE LITTLE LAMB.
SHOWING HOW IT WANDERED, HOW IT SUFFERED, AND HOW IT WAS SAVED BY THE GOOD SHEPHERD.
THERE was a Little Lamb that lived in a very beautiful green field,
Where flowers blow, and streams flow.
He was under the care of a very kind Shepherd, and was kept quite safe. The Little Lamb ran about among the grass, and played there, glad and happy. There were many other lambs, 'and they 'were never angry, they never hurt each other ;but they all lived in peace and love.
One day the Little Lamb of which we speak ran away from the rest, and
went to the end of the field. All round it there was a bank and a hedge, to keep the flock fr om going astray. The Little Lamb went up to the -top of the bank, and looked thi-ough the hedge. Everything seemed very
Z4.7pretty on,,the other 77" side; there were many
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birds were singing in the trees, and there was a large broad path that seemed to lead to some green fields beyond.
For many days the Little Lamb went to the bank, and looked through the hedge. Then he did not seem so pleased as before wNith his own field, Where flowers grow, and streams flow;
but he wanted to go on the other side, and to run in the broad path.
After some time, he looked about along the hedge to try and find a hole through Which he might creep, and then go just a little way on the other side, mnd soon run back again. After looking a long time he found a hole in the hedge He pUt in his nose, and then his neck, and then part of his body, when a sharp thorn gave him a prick on the breast that cov-ered it with blood. He pushed it aside, and went further in, when many thorns pricked his face, and his ,back, and his feet, and made his eyes almost , ï¿½ blind. He ought to have gone back, but he saw a place where the hedge seemed thinner, and he pushed towards it. It was hard work; the wool on his back was torn, and he was hurt all over; but at last he ~-ton and hewa
got through the hedge to the other side. He now seemed glad, and rested on the grass, 4r., e ard the birds sing, and looked
round and saw what a wide country there was all around, where lie could rove about from place to place.
The Little Lamb then rose, and went into the broad way: he found that it led into many other paths, and he ran on into one and another, and into a great many more paths. He seemed glad for a time, but as the sun was, setting he wanted to get back again to the field, Where flowers blow, and streams flow. So he tried to find his way back again, but the more he went from one path to another he seemed to get further and further away. He was quite lost,
lost. He then lay down under a tree,, for he was very tired,
and, oh! how he wished that he had never gone astray!1
Then it began to get dark. The clouds were very heavy, and the. rain fell fast, and a great storm came on. The lightning began to flash, and the thunder to roar, and the limbs' of the Little Lamb shook with fear. The tree under which
* he lay wais struck by the lighting;
he was only just able to run away before it came down upon the place where he had rested. Some of the branches fell on his back as he was going away, and gave hini great pain.
The Little Lamb now ran into a thick wood, and tried to find shelter there. The night soon came on; not a star was to be seen ; all was dark, dark., The Lamb was cold and wet, hungry and weak-. He knew not where to go or )vhat to' do.
In the dark night the Little Lamb heard the cries of wild beasts. Then a, .great lion roared aloud and came 'nearer and nearer. He* saw the Little Lamb and soon came near to him. Oh! how did he shake with fear! He rose and.
tried to run away, the lion was about to spring on him, when,
lo! the Little Lamb fell down into a deep and narrow pit.
The lion stood over the pit and roared and lashed his , -AA 'tail. The Lamb fell to the bottom of the pit, among
thorns, and mud, and
creeping things. Oh!
how did he suffer His
w ool was torn and dirty,
his body was full of
pain, and the lion was
near him. There the Lamb lay, and his cries became more aiid more faint, and lie seemed ready to die.
While the Lamb was going astray, the kind Shepherd, on walking round the field, missed him. Hte saw the foot-marks, and found the hole in the liedgye, and some of the wool left there, and knew the sad state of his Little
'am He then took- his crook in one hand, adalm nteohr n
wNent after the lost one. When he came into the dark wood he stopped, for hie heard the faint cries of his Little Lamb. He then ran to the pit. The lion saw him and his lamp, and turned round and ran away, for he was afraid of the Shepherd. The cries of the Little Lamb had almost died awvay when the Shepherd came near. By the light of his lamnp he saw the Lamb, and lie spoke kindly to him. Then with his rod and with his crook he drew the Little Lamb out of the dirty pit.
The kind Shepherd then took the Little Lamb, and washed him' , quite clean, and put oil on his wounds, and bound them up, and took him up in his arms and carried him in his bosom. Oh! how ha-ppy was the Little Lamb now! When he heard the lion and the'wild beasts roar, he clung
the closer and closer to the Iarm and the heart of the kind Shepherd, who bore him back to the field, Where flowers blow, and streams flow. Now the Little Lamb no more wished to go astray. He loved to keep near the Good Shepherd, and was safe and happy in his fold.
When the kind friend who had thus spoken to the children had done, he and they had a great deal to say to each other. He first of all asked them "Who is like the Little Lamb?" Several said, "We are, sir." H1e stopped as if he wanted some other answer, when at last a little girl ;added, "1 1 am, sir." He then said,-" That is right, every one should feel that he or she has gone astray like the Little Lamb." Then he taught them, a line at a time, to say this text after him
"All we like sheep have gone as tray;
We have turned every one to his own way
And the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all."
Yes," said he, " Jesus Christ bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that is, the cross. Oh! how we ought to love Him who saw us going astray, and came to seek and to save the lost."
Then they talked about the naughty ways of the Little Lamb. How he wanted to get out of -the field. How he would not go back when the thorns 'Pricked him ; like children, who know what is right and do what is wrong. And of the lion, and the text which says, that Satan, " as a or7 in walketh, about, seeking whom he may devour." And of the cries of the Little Lamb, and how the kind Shepherd was so quick to hear him,, and how the true Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, is always ready to hear all who pray toF Him-i.
Then their friend asked who was like the kind Shepherd, when many little tongues said, " Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd." " Yes," he said, " you are quite right; and now say these words again after me.
'He shall feed his flock like a shepherd;
He shall gather the lambs with his arm,
And carry them in his bosom.' "-Isaiah xl. 11.
The little orphans said these words over and over again. Then their kind friend said, " Yes, my dear children, Jesus is the Good Shepherd; and you all know how he took little children in His arms, and put His hands on them, and blessed them. And He is now ready to bless you, my dears. He is as kind now He is in heaven as when on earth. And let us never forget that Jesus Christ said, 'I am the Good Shepherd: the Good Shepherd giveth His life
for the sheep,' John x. 11. And He did give up His lifeon the cross to save us. We must believe on Him, love Him, and obey Him.
" Now let me add, that Christ, after He had died for us and rose again, and before He went back to heaven, said unto Peter, 'Feed iny lambs.' Oh! how kind He was! Oh! how kind He is! How we should love Him!
" Now, my dear' children, I have been trying to feed you little lambs before me, and to lead you into green pastures and beside the still waters, so I hope you will all try to think of what I have said and taught you from the Bible,"
It was past school-time, and play-time was come, but the dear little children wanted their friend to stay longer: he did so; and they had much to say to " one another. As he left the room, the eyes and faces of the little ones seemed to say, " We hope, sir, you will come to see us again."
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_ wI . GREEN PASTURES.
" The Lord is my Shepherd; )7, T. I shall not want.
MlHe maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters. A He restoreth my soul:
Rfe leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me."
THE LITffLE -LAI
)LORD, our Sheplerd, deign to
Thy little lambs, Thy feeble s ad when our feet :ould go astra, phold and guide Ls in Vy way. ur Shepherd, Jesus, kindly gave is precious life, the flock to save 1i may. we hear and know His v( ad in His love alone rejoice. 'hen faint and trembling with ala h1 gather us Within thine. arms: nd Shepherd, on Thy gracious b le weakest lamb may safely rest. ,ad us to pastures rich and greei 'here Thy free bounties most are iere may Thy gentle waters roll, o cheer and save the fainting sotL lv~ blest, through we should wall There death's deep shadoivs wW] Te shall our heavenly Uoph rd s
-is rod and staff our comfort be. Lirely T y, goodness anbpour prai* Liall fill up all our-fadig days: lhen dying, gather us above