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PROGRESSION-COMMON METRE.

By Mr. H. Dennis.

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Queen Victoria.

of stories, particularly those told by super

stitious, vicious servants. How criminally DURING the last illness of her Majesty's indifferent are parents to the influence honoured and lamented father, his roya

which servants have over the youthful part Highness the Duke of Kent, when he felt of the family! “If the little girl cries while he was approaching the termination of his mestic recently hired, “ tell a story and she

I am gone,” said a mother to an Irish doearthly career, he desired the infant prin- will be quiet.” Ah! what kind of story? You cess to be placed before him while he sat will not be there to hear it. But the tender up in bed. In this posture be offered a intellect already sufficiently advanced to be most affecting prayer over her, the last soothed with stories, may imbibe foolish, or part of which was to this effect, if not in vulgar, or frightful images, and take their this very language, that “if ever this child colouring, like soft wool, sinking in Tyrian should become Queen of England, she purple. “Tell her a story!" Why, that might rule in the fear of God.”. Having is the very aliment which her opening mind uttered these words, he said “take away seizes with the greatest eagerness. And the child:” and this was I think the last you are ignorant whether the aliment may time he ever beheld her. This anec- not be mingled with corruption. It was a dote I had from his royal highness's chap; wise man who said he cared not who made lain, the late Rev. Leigh Richmond; and the laws of a nation, if he might only have it was communicated to him by the medical the making of their songs. With greater attendant, who if I mistake not was present truth may it be said of the unfolding on the occasion. Who is not prepared to infancy: any one who chooses may give it join in the prayer that this last petition of grave lessons, but look out for its storya dying parent may be found eminently tellers. Thus it is, that unfortunate babes answered in the character and history of are terrified, and made to dread a dark our beloved Sovereign.—Innes.

room or a lonely chamber, until the sleep

that should solace them is but a communDocility of the Infant Mind, ion with nameless monsters, and they are

frightened out of their sweet birthright, MRS. SIGOURNEY, in her “Letters to the fearlessness of innocence. Mothers,” thus remarks on the influence

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VANITY IN CHILDREN.

Juvenile Preaching.

Vanity in Children. The Most High commands wives to be in Many persons remark the vanity of chilsubjection to their own husbands, that if dren, or express astonishment at the any obey not the word, they may, without amount of it, without adverting to its the word, be won by the conversation of

“No such thing,” says their wives. One method in which the principal cause. moral influence of a wife operates with

some reader, “almost all persons advert to prodigious power, consists in the tact and the early depravity displayed by the human devotedness with which she educates her mind, and know full well that folly is children. A mother, in almost every case, bound up in the heart of a child.'” But I possesses more opportunity, more persua- do not say that a child's own folly or desive energy, and more practical acheivement, to form a child's habits and mould its pravity is the principal cause of its vanity: character, than a father; and, when her I say, on the contrary, that the principal husband is an irreligious man, she may, cause of this vice is the indiscretion and with amazing facility, so train the moral absurd conduct of parents. A fond father feelings of her little ones, as to raise up watches the prattles of an infant, or the before him in their temper and demeanour, a constant machinery of instruction and early efforts of a schoolboy; and, on obserreproof far more fitted to impress and ving any mark of smartness such as almost reform him, than any possible course of every prattler or little scholar displays, he persuasion from her own lips. The fol- exclaims, “ Oh, how clever! Well, now, lowing anecdote will illustrate, in a degree, John is a fine talker; John is a fine how strong an influence a wife and mother

learner; John will soon be as wise as his may exert:

• It was late in the evening,” says a sai. uncle, or as knowing as his grandfather!" lor, “when I arrived from my last voyage; A fond mother not only remarks and menand I had not an opportunity of seeing my tions the bright eyes, or neat chin, or nice eldest girl till the following day. When we little hands, of her boys and girls when sat down to dinner. I began to eat without they and she are alone; but she exhibits thinking from whence my mercies came; and glancing towards my daughter, of her darlings and repeats their little sayings whom I was doatingly fond, I observed in their own hearing, to any relative or her looking at me with a stare of astonish, casual visitor whom she can interest in her

After a moment's pause, she asked maternal feelings; and when she incites me, in a serious or solemn manner, ‘Father,

them to obey her, she tells them of the indo you never give thanks before eating? I felt an instant rush of conviction, which tended purchase of a charming dress which suddenly confounded me, and I could not will make them “look so beautiful;" or, in immediately make answer. Her mother order to fill their young hearts to the brim observed that I looked hard at her, and with happiness, she puts some gewgaw and held my knife and fork motionless in my dashing apparel upon them, and delightedly hand; and apprehending a reproof from expatiates on the beauties of the dress, and me, she said softly to her, “ Do you give on the charms of their own figure or apthanks, Ann?” I still kept my eyes rivetted pearance. Who does not see that but a on the child; for I knew I had never in- tenth less of this conduct than is usually structed her to pray, and felt conscious that practised, would produce all the vanity I had never set her a religious example; which makes the most of children strut and I was utterly at a loss what to think about at times as if they had souls like a or say. The child seeing me still staring peacock's! Even casual visitors, and esat her, and supposing that I waited for her pecially relatives, often create or aggravate to begin, folded her little hands, and lifting the evil, as really as inconsiderate parents. them towards heaven, breathed forth the “I once knew a little boy,” says Mr. Ab. sweetest prayer I had ever heard. This bot, of unusually bright and animated

oo much for me: the nife and fork countenance. Every one who entered the dropped from my hands, and I gave vent house noticed the child, and spoke of his to my feelings in tears.”

beauty. One day a gentleman called upon

ment.

was

EXAMPLE, PRECEPT.

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business, and being engaged in conversation notice, but not succeeding, he at last placed did not pay that attention to the child to himself full in front of the gentleman, and which he was accustomed, and which he asked, “Why don't you see how beautiful now began to expect as his due. The vain I be.'” little fellow made many efforts to attract

Sabbath-school Treasury.

An Infant Scholar Teaching Her anything; or, that if something must be Mother.

there, that something is better supplied by

chance than by design, as if fortune were In a Sabbath School in NConnecticut, wisdom's surest guide. But, “nothing” will there was an infant class of coloured chil. dren, under the instructions of a pious never keep its hold my mind. Be it as young lady who loved to do good. “One it may with space, nature endures no vacuum little girl in this class was taught her letters, in minds. The mind is a field, in which, and to read in the Bible, in three months, so sure as man sows not wheat, so sure will so that she would commit three verses a week the devil be to sow tares. Another strange for her sabbath lesson. After having recited just three verses for several sabbaths, notion, if another it may be termed, which the teacher told her one day, that she must

has been entertained - as if there were a try to get as many verses as she could. repugnancy between morality and letters, The little girl said she could not get more as if the health of the affections and mora) than three verses as she had so much to do. faculties depended, in this rank of life more When asked what she had to do, she replied, “I have to take care of the babe, and than any other, upon a morbid state of the teach my mother to read.” Miss T- her intellectual—letters, it has been said, may teacher, was so much interested in this re- be an instrument of fraud; so may bread, ply, that she resolved to visit the mother, if discharged from the mouth of a cannon, that she might ascertain the particulars of be an instrument of death.—Bentham. this singular case. On making a visit, she learned that this mother, who, previous to

Example, Precept. the instructions she had received from her little child, could not even say her letters, EXAMPLES do more compendiously, easily, had been taught by that child, so that then and pleasantly inform our minds, and direct she could spell in words of one syllable. Miss T-- finding the mother but poorly way or instrument of discipline. Precepts

our practice than precepts, or any other clad, kindly made arrangements to furnish

are delivered in a universal and abstracted her with clothes, so that she could attend

manner, naked, and void of all circumstanpublic worship on the Sabbath; and that tial attire, without any intervention, assistmother, through the dilligence and filial love of her daughter, and the benevolence ance, or suffrage of sense, and consequently of Miss TV, is now enjoying, Sabbath fancy, and soon do fly the memory:

can have no vehement operation upon the

But after Sabbath, the privilege of Bible class good example, with less trouble, more instruction. How small a child can do good? speed, and greater efficacy, causes us to How rich the reward that teacher is receiving for all her patient toilings and self comprehend the business, respecting it like denials to teach that little one to read. orderly disposed, and completely united,

a picture exposed to sense, having the parts Philadelphia Saturday Courier.

contained in a narrow compass, and perEducation

ceptible at one glance, so easily insinuating

itself into the mind, and durably resting On this subject, as most others, strange and delightful way of instruction, which is

therein. And this the most facile, familiar, notions have been entertained in the world by experience, history, and observation of --that nothing in a mind is better than sensible events.-Barrow.

Poetry.

Heaven, the Home of God's Children.

Oh! bright are the mansions, prepared by the Lord,
For those who have lov'd and believed on His word :
No longer on earth—they have passed from our sight,
To the House of their Father," that " dwelling of light."
We hear not their song, but we'll join in the strain,
And sing while on earth to a Saviour's lov'd name:
Midst harps of bright seraphs and angels above,
He will list to poor children redeem'd by His love.

Then sing Hallelujah to God and the Lamb,
For ever and ever! Amen and Amen!

This earth we are sure cannot long be our rest;
Our places by others must soon be possess'd ;
And therefore has Jesus those mansions prepared,
For all who believe what His word has declared.
No sin can alloy, no impurity stain,
Their anthems of praise, to a Saviour's loved name;
But midst the pure songs of the ransomed above,
He will list to poor children redeemed by His love.

Then sing Hallelujah to God and the Lamb,
For ever and ever! Amen and Amen!

No sorrow dwells there, no disease, no decay ;
All tears from their faces has God wiped away ;
No friend shall depart, no enemy come,
To trouble the peaceful enjoyment of home.
Through deaths gloomy vale we must pass ere we join
In their raptures of joy, those praises sublime;
But in sorrow or joy to our Saviour we'll cling,
And trust in His love whose praises we sing.

Then sing Hallelujah to God and the Lamb,
For ever and ever! Amen and Amen!

Dying Hours.

Martyrs at their Execution. the executioners about to set fire to the

wood behind his back, cried out, “Bring Huss, when the chain was put about him thy torch hither! Perform thy office beat the stake, said with a smiling counte- fore my face! Had I feared death I might sance, “ My Lord Jesus Christ was bound have avoided it.” Lambert, just before he with a harder chain than this for my sake, expired, lifted up bis hands, all flamand why should I be ashamed of this old ing with fire, and cried out to the peorusty one?” Jerome, of Prague, observing ple with his dying voice, “None but Christ,

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