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Awake, my soul, and with the sun,
Thy daily stage of duty run;
To pay thy morning sacrifice.
Redeem thy mis-spent moments past,
And live this day as if the last :
For the great day thyself prepare.
Let all thy converse (1) be sincere,
Thy conscience as the noon-day, clear;
Thy secret thoughts, thy works, and ways.
Wake, and lift up thyself, my heart,
And with the angels bear thy part;
High glory to the Eternal King.
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
(1) Converse-Conversation. I (2) Unwearied—Without being weary.
This and the Evening Hymn should be early learnt and frequently repeated by the younger pupils.
THE LITTLE STAR.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
In the cold blue sky you keep,
GREEN. What a glorious sight it is to look at the Heavens on a fine clear night! What thousands and thousands of stars do we not see on every side of us! And when we consider that Astronomers have told us that those stars are millions of miles distant from us, and are like worlds to our own, should we not lift up our hearts to that Great Being who created the world we live in that firmament studded with stars and everything we see or know.
AGAINST IDLENESS AND MISCHIEF.
How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
From every opening flower!
How skilfully she builds her cell!
How neat she spreads her wax!
With the sweet food she makes.