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The Young Teacher. a woman who tried to love the Lord with
all her soul, and her neighbour as herself; “Cast thy bread upon the waters, for thou and had taught her boy that it was right shalt find it after many days.”—Ecc. xi. 1. for him to try and do the same; and every
Sabbath morning they were to be seen “I wish I knew how to read,” said one lit- going up to the house of God. She looked tle boy to another.
on and sistened with a heart full of pleasure “ Then, why don't you learn?” asked to the young teacher and his pupil. his companion.
“You say you know all your A B c?”. “ Because I have no one to teach me; and said Albert, as soon as he had taken his mother is too poor to send me to school,” books from the shelf. replied the boy.
· Yes; I know every one of them.” The name of the little boy who could " Then you must learn a-b ab, i-b ib, o-b read was Albert Parker; and the name of ob, next,” continued Albert. the one who could not read, was Henry “ Well, where are they?” Morrison.
“Here they are,” said Albert, turning “I think I could teach you,” said Albert, over the leaves of his little book. kindly.
begin. What letter is that?” Oh, I wish you would try; then, for I want to learn to read very much.”
“ And the little one alongside of it?” The earnestness with which Henry spoke made Albert resolve that he would at least “Well: A-b spells ab. Now, what lettry, although, as he was but a little boy, ter is that?” and had only just learned to read himself, he did not feel certain that he could teach " And the little one?” Henry; but he determined, in his own mind, young as he was, that he would make a “That spells eb. And this i-b ib, o-b trial.
ob, and u-b ub,” continued Albert, quite • Do you know your A B c?” asked pleased with his little scholar. Albert.
and see if you can say the whole line?” yes. I can say them all through.” “ A-b—Oh, I forget what a-b spells!" “ Will you come into our house now, and said Henry. try to learn?”
“You must try not to forget,” replied Henry, of course, consented; and the Albert. “ A-b spells ab.” two boys went into the house, and sat down. “O yes, now I can read it: A-b ab, e-b Albert's mother felt very glad to see her eb, i-b'ib, o-b ob, u-b ub." son trying to do good so early, for she was “ Yes; that is all right. Why, how fast
you learn! Now, go over it again,” said Why, you know, father, that Henry Albert, in an encouraging tone.
cannot go to school as long as I can, and so Henry commenced the lesson, and went he ought to learn a great deal faster. I all through it, without missing one of the shall be learning on when he has to be put little words. Then Albert tried him in b-a out to a trade, to get his own living." ba, &c., and soon he could say all of these. “ And so you do not envy him, because For an hour the little boys were all intent, he learns so much faster than you do ?” the one in teaching, the other in learning. “Oh no, father; why should I? Besides, At the end of this time, Henry could give he is kind to all the boys, and never boasts the true sound of most of the words of two of his ability, so that we cannot be jealous letters in the primer.
of him." Albert's mother had been attentive to all “I am very glad to hear you say that that passed, as she sat sewing, and when you are pleased your little friend learns the little boys laid aside their book, she faster than you can. It shows a right state said
of mind when we can see another get be" You may come here every day, Henry; fore us in our studies without a tendency to and Albert will soon teach you to read.” envy. Still, you must try your best,
Henry promised that he would come; Albert." and then the little boys went out and played “And so I do, father. And I learn as until it was time for Henry to go home. fast as any boy in my class. But the school
On the next day, after Albert had re- master says that Henry is the fastest boy turned from school, Henry Morrison came in the whole school." again, and took another lesson. And so he For three years, Mr. Parker continued continued coming every day. At the end to send Henry to a school; after which it of a week, he could spell out some of the became necessary for him to go out to a easy lines that were in the first reading trade, as his poor mother could not support book-such as, “ My son, go not in the way him any longer. When he left the school, of bad men,” very nicely.
he was far in advance of all the other When Albert's father saw that Henry scholars, and his desire to learn was still Morrison was so eager to learn, he deter- greater then it had ever been. He felt very mined that he would send him to school. grateful to Mr. Parker; and, before he So, after he had been to see, and had talked went to his trade, came and thanked him with his mother, who promised to keep for his great kindness to him. him always clean, and his clothes neatly “You are now far in advance, Henry, of mended, he sent him, at his own expence, most boys when they go to work,” said Mr. to the same school to which his son went. Parker to him at this time; "and if you
The reason why Mr. Parker was willing will only employ your spare hours in imto place Henry at the same school with his proving yourself, you may rise high in the own child was, because he saw that Henry world, and be very useful when you grow was a good boy; that he never said bad up to be a man. Some of the best and words, nor had any bad habits. He was greatest men in the country, when boys, not, therefore, afraid to let his son keep were poor like you, and had to work hard
all day. Persevere, ther, as they did, and You may guess that Henry, Morrison you will rise as high. But above all, Henry, learned very fast at school. And so he did. ever remember that you are in the presence In a few months he caught up Albert, and of the good and holy God, that the eyes soon went rapidly past him. But it is of the Lord are in every place, beholding pleasing to be able to say, that Albert Par- the evil and the good,' (Prov. xv. 3.) Let ker had not a single unkind or envious his commandments be ever before you. “In feeling towards Henry on this account; but all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall was, on the contrary, exceedingly pleased. direct thy paths,' (iii. 6). And do not break
“ How is it, Albert,” his father said to the least one of them wilfully; for, if you him one day, “ that Henry learns so much do, unhappiness will surely follow. Keep faster than you do?”
the precept of Solomon ever in your mind, Albert thought, at first, that this ques- “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou tion was meant for a rebuke; but when he not. Walk not thou in the way with them; looked up into his father's face, he saw that refrain thy foot from their path, (i. 10. 15). it was not.
And now, my boy,” his kind benefactor ad“I dont know how it is, father,” he an- ded, fervently, “may our heavenly Father swered: “but he can and does learn faster ever have you in his keeping." than I can, and I am glad of it.”
Throughout his whole life, Henry Mor. “Glad of it, Albert! And why are you rison did not forget the impression of that glad?”
hour; and he experienced the truth of Mr.
company with him.
Parker's remarks. As an apprentice, in- In closing, he said—“I will give you a stead of wasting the leisure time in idle- practical illustration of what I have been ness, as too many boys do, his Bible and trying to impress upon your minds. Two his other books were always resorted to, little boys, about seven years of age, were and some information gained at every spare playing together. One of them was a poor
Still, he was careful never to boy, and could not read. Young as he was, neglect his work, nor to hurry through it, he felt an anxious desire to learn like other so as not to do it well. This his master, boys; but his mother was poor, and could who was a kind man, saw; and he there- not send him to school. I wish I could fore took pleasure in seeing him at his read,' he said to his companion. “Then studies, when his work was done.
why don't you learn?' asked the other little Albert continued to be the friend of boy; and he replied, “Because I have no Henry. They met every Sabbath at the one to teach me, and mother is too poor to Sunday-school; and frequently in the week, send me to school. Then the boy who the latter spent the evening in Mr Parker's could read said, that he thought he could family.
teach him; and, if the other were willing, Thus he continued to improve his mind, he would try Of course he was willing, until he arrived at the age of manhood, and the two little boys sat down together, when, his mother having died several years one as teacher and the other as scholar; before, removed many hundred miles and while the one endeavoured to impart away from his native place.
the little that he had learned, the other It was about ten years afterwards that tried as hard to improve the opportunity Albert Parker was travelling in the west of given to him. And in this way the poor England, and chanced to stop a few days boy learnt to read. The father of his little in the neighbourhood where Henry Morri- friend, on seeing him so anxious to learn, son had settled.
sent him to school for three years. That He attended church on the Sabbath-day, poor boy, in the providence of the Lord, as was his custom, whether at home or is now your minister. His kind teacher he abroad; for the pious instructions that he has neither seen nor heard from for many had received in early life had been like good years, but he yet hopes to meet him. The seed sown upon good ground. When the bread he cast, more than twenty years ago, minister arose in the pulpit, there seemed to upon the waters, he will yet find. Albert something strangely familiar in his As soon as the minister began to speak face and form; but when he spoke, his of that early scene, the countenance of voice sounded like that of an old friend. Henry Morrison grew at once familiar to
“Surely I have seen him before,” he said, Albert Parker. Their meeting after service as he looked at him earnestly, and tried to was, indeed, a joyful one. Tears moistened remember when and where he had met with their eyes, as they grasped each other's him. But he could not recall the time, the hands, and uttered their heartfelt expresplace, nor the circumstances.
sions of delight. He listened to the sermon with attention. Years have passed since that pleasant inIt was full of true and beautiful thoughts, terview; and both are now ministers, emiand the style and language were eloquent nent for talent and usefulnes. and imposing: His text was“Cast thy
-Mothers Magazine. bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days,” (Eccl. xi. 1).
Our Young people.
Choice of a Wife.
As for the first, I shall always endeavour
to make choice of such a woman for my (From Burnets · Private Thoughts.') spouse, who hath first made choice of Christ
as a spouse for herself; that none may be Though it may not be necessary for me to made one flesh with me, who is not made resolve upon marrying, yet it may not be one spirit with Christ my Saviour. For I improper to resolve, in case I should, to look upon the image of Christ, as the best follow these rules of duty; first, in the mark of beauty that I can behold in her, choice of a wife and secondly, in the and the grace of God as the best portion I affection I ought to bear towards her. can receive with her. These are excellen
cies which, though not visible to our carnal as the Head of the church: in a word, to do eyes, are nevertheless agreeable to a spiri- all the kind offices they can for them in tual heart; and such as all wise and good their civil capacities; and to help and for. men cannot choose but be enamoured with. ward them by all means possible, in the For my own part, they seem to me such way that leads to heaven; that as they are necessary qualifications, that my heart united in the flesh, so they may likewise be trembles at the thought of ever having a united in the spirit, and raised and rewarded wife without them.
together at the general resurrection. What!—shall I marry one that is already And, as love is the great duty, so is it married to her sins? or have possession of likewise the chief happiness of a married her body only, when the devil has posses- state. I do not mean that love whereby sion of her soul?
she loves me,
but that wherewith I love her. Shall such an one be united to me here, For, if I myself have not a cordial esteem who shall be separated from me for ever and affection for her, what happiness will it hereafter, and condemned to scorch in be to me to be beloved by her? or rather, everlasting burnings ?--No; if ever it may what a misery would it be, to be forced to be my lot to fall into that estate, I beg of live with one whom I know I cannot love? God that he would direct me in the choice As ever, therefore, I desire to be happy, of such a wife only, to be in my bosom here, I must perform my duty in this particular, as may afterwards be admitted to rest in and never aim at any other end in the Abraham's bosom to all eternity: such an choice of a wife, or expect any other hapone as will so live and pray, and converse piness in the enjoyment of her, but what is with me upon earth, that we both may be founded in the principle of pure and invioentitled to sing, to rejoice, and to be blessed lable love. together for ever in Heaven,
If I should court or marry a woman for That this therefore may be my portion riches, whenever they fail or take their and felicity, I firmly resolve never to set flight, my love and my happiness must drop upon such a design tefore I have first soli- and vanish together with them. cited the throne of grace, and begged of my If I choose her for beauty only, I shall heavenly Father to honour me with the love her no longer than while that conpartnership of one of his beloved children; tinues; which is only till age or sickness and shall afterwards be as careful and as blasts it, and then farewell at once both to cautious as I can, never to fix my affections duty and delight. upon any woman for a wife, till I am thor- But if I love her virtues, and for the sake oughly persuaded of the grounds I have to of God who has enjoined it as a duty, that love her as a true Christian.
our affections should not be alienated, or If I could be thus happy as to meet with separated, by any thing but death, then a wife of these qualities and endowments, though all the sandy foundations fail, yet it would be impossible for me not to be will my happiness remain entire, even hearty and sincere in my affections towards though I should not receive those mutual her; even though I had the greatest temp- returns of love, which are due to me from tation to place them upon another. For her upon the same bottom. how could I choose but love her, who has But, oh! the happiness of that couple, God for her Father, the church for her whose inclinations to each other are mutual mother, and heaven for her portion; who as their duties; whose affections as well as loves God and is beloved by him? especially persons are united together with the same when I consider, that thus to love her will tie! This is the chief condition required be not only my duty, but my happiness too. to make the state of matrimony happy or
As to the duty, it is frequently inculcated desirable ; and shall be the chief motive in scripture, that husbands should love their with me, to induce me to enter into it; for, wives, and that not with a common love, though it be no happiness to be beloved by but as Christ loved his church-as their one I do not love, yet it is certainly a very own body or as themselves; and they are great one to be beloved by one I do. so to love them, as not to be bitter against If this then be my lot, to have mutual them; not to be passionate or angry with expressions of love from the person I fix them upon every light matter, nor suffer my affections upon, what joy and comfort their resentments to rise to that height will it raise in my heart, with what peace upon any occasion whatsoever, as to abate and amity shall we live together here, and the least spark of conjugal affection towards what glory and felicity may we not promise them, but to nourish and cherish them, even ourselves hereafter?
Friendly Monitions to Parents.
Twelve Golden Maxims for Families. worm at the root of domestic love and
happiness; and this want of confidence I. Health must be regarded.
will increase, until everything that is This demands the first attention, and petulant and malicious will be discovered. unceasing regard The laws of health VI. A continual desire for domestic tranmust be observed, and those wise and effi- quillity must be cherished. cient means must be uniformly employed, What can be more desirable than peace by which, in connexion with the Divine in our dwellings?—that peace which is the blessing, the health of the various members result of love, - which springs from mutual of the family may be secured. It is deeply respect and forbearance,—which is associato be regretted that so many families disre- ted with principle,—which is the consegard the laws of health; we cannot wonder quer.ce of the fear of God,—which is identhat illness so often prevails- that death so tified with filial and unwavering trust in prematurely ensues.
Him. A tranquil, happy home, is the very II. Education must be earnestly attended emblem of Heaven.
VII. The parental character must be highly The mind must be early cultivated: respected. acquisitions, varied and important, must There will be no domestic blessing, be continually gained. The faculties must without this. There will be no true dignity be wisely and vigorously disciplined, not in the family, without this. There will be only from the consideration of the happi- no real prosperity at home, without this. ness which will be secured, and the true Parents must occupy their appropriate respectability which will be attained; but place: they are the heads of families, and from the conviction that, at the present they must be regarded as such. There period, a good sound education will be must be no neglect; no disrespect must be essential to the members of our households shown them. There must be no contempt in future life,—that they will be worth of their authority, no indisposition to rencomparatively nothing without it.
der obedience. Children must value and III. Amiable tempers must be cherished. honour their parents, else instead of having
The kindly dispositions in our families a blessing through life, they will be sure to are not only desirable, but indispensable; have a curse. there is no domestic happiness without VIII. Domestic order must be maintained. them. One must be bland, courteous, and Where there is disorder, there is no tranamiable to another. The law of kindness quillity, no excellence, no advancement, no must be the rule-governing, moulding, happiness. Order in families is essential harmonising the family. There must be to their peace, elevation, and progress. In nothing hard, stern, or unyielding: but our households, everything should be done mutual concessions, mutual tenderness, at the best time, as well as in the best mutual love.
There should be rules to direct IV. Industrious habits must be formed. and govern, from which there should be no
Nothing is more essential. Unless active deviation, unless necessity compel. Disorhabits are cultivated, and cultivated from derly habits, a constant want of arrangeprinciple, no progress can be made in any- ment, will entail nothing but loss and thing that is valuable; no respectability, misery; and, as the children grow up, intellectual, social, or moral, can be gained; these habits will be rendered fixed and no confidence on the part of others can be permanent, so that they will become men realised; no blessing from Heaven can be and women, fathers and mothers, without vouchsafed. Indolent, apathetic families, any love of rule or order. habitually sluggish, and indisposed to İX. The love of home must be fostered. labour, are ignorant, unhappy, immoral. There is no affection, when it is cherished This may be regarded as an indisputable from an early period, and from principle, fact.
which is stronger: and sure we are, that V. Mutual confidence must be reposed. there is no feeling which is more valuable There must be no shyness of each other. and important. It is connected with a There must be no jealousy, no undue thousand endearments; it preserves from caution, no distrust. If these feelings be a thousand temptations; it is identified manifested in the family circle, there will with the cultivation of the noblest princibe no comfort; there will be a canker- ples, and purest emotions; and it is insepa