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In Works of labour, or of skill,
I would be busy too;
For idle hands to do.
In books, or work, or healthful play,
Let my first years be past ;
Some good account at last.
Industry will ever bring its own reward. The boy who goes to school and studiously learn his lessons, is a far happier boy than he who is lazy, and will not learn without being made.
“For Satan finds some mischief still,
For idle hands to do."
Who fed me from her gentle breast,
When sleep forsook my open eye,
Who taught my infant heart to pray,
And can I ever cease to be
Ah, no! the thought I cannot bear,
THE USE OF FLOWERS.
God might have made the earth bring forth
Enough for great and small,
Without a flower at all.
We might have had enough, enough,
For every want of ours,
And yet have had no flowers.
The ore (2) within the mountain mine,
Requireth none to grow,
To make the river flow.
The clouds might give abundant rain,
The nightly dews might fall,
Might yet have drunk them all. (1) Cedar-An evergreen tree. | (2) Oro-Metal in the mineral state.
Then wherefore, wherefore were they made,
All dy'd with rainbow light,
Upspringing day and night.
Springing in valleys green and low,
And on the mountains high,
Where no man passes by ?
Our outward life requires them not
Then wherefore had they birth ?
To beautify the earth
To comfort man-to whisper hope,
When e’er his faith is dim,
The lovely flowers of the Earth not only serve us in various useful ways, but are intended besides to awaken in us ideas of beauty, taste and grace, and to lead our thoughts to him who said “Consider the lilies of the field they toil not, neither do they spin, yet Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."
AGAINST QUARRELLING AND FIGHTING.
Let dogs delight to bark and bite,
For God hath made them so ;
For 'tis their nature too.
But, children, you should never let
Such angry passions rise ;
To tear each other's eyes.
Let love through all your actions run,
And all your words be mild;
That sweet and lovely Child.
His soul was gentle as a Lamb;
And as his stature grew,
And God, his Father, too.
Now, Lord of all, he reigns above,
And from his heavenly throne
And marks them for his own.
This is a piece which should be applied to every little boy and girl,-in order that they may learn how wicked it is to quarrel and fight.
Those whom we quarrelled with yesterday may to-morrow, or next day be taken from us altogether, and how fearful then would be the recollection that that brother or sister is dead, whom the last time we saw on earth, we quarrelled with. Let it not be so with you.
GRATITUDE TO GOD.
Whene'er I take my walks abroad,
How many poor I see!
For all his gifts to me ?
Not more than others I deserve,
Yet God hath given me more:
Or beg from door to door.
How many children in the street
Half naked I behold!
And cover'd from the cold.
While some poor wretches scarce can tell
Where they may lay their head;
And rest upon my bed.
While others early learn to swear,
And curse, and lie, and steal ;
And do thy holy will.
Are these thy favours, day by day,
To me above the rest ?
And try to serve thee best.
How thankful should those be who have food to eat, and comfortable clothing, and a pleasant home, and kind parents. Not only should they be grateful to God for his goodness to them, but they should seek at all times to do his will, ---by serving him faithfully, and keeping his commandments. They should endeavour to assist those who are poorer than themselves, and should prefer giving a penny to a poor hungry child, than spending it upon sweetmeats or toys.