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Of all her plans to save our little darling.
heart throbbed as forth I sprang to join them,
Joyfully I hastened
thee. With joy I clasped my baby to my bosom, And bore him home rejoicing.
Blessed be God! The God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Jacob The God who heareth prayer; whose mercy Is treasured up for thousands; and whose goodness Is boundless as his own eternity.
Come now, my Miriam, sing us the Lord's song. For though as strangers in this land we dwell, The Lord hath not forgotten us.
All our sorrows
Who, like Him, doeth wonders ?
habitation. Thou shalt plant them in the mountain of their inheritance, In the sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established.
The LORD shall reign for ever and ever!
THE LOVE OF CHILDREN.
TO BE READ TO YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.
“SPEAK gently to the little child, so guileless and so free,
Who with a trustful, loving heart, puts confidence in thee." Can anything be dearer to you than your tender offspring ? Is not their loveliness, their innocent simplicity and artlessness, delightful to you; and are not all their fond affections like so many ties around your hearts ? They are pledges of the endearment subsisting between yourselves in this world of trouble, and they are entrusted to your care and keeping by that Great Being who gave you birth, and who watches over and provides for all the human family. In their infancy when life hangs as it were by a thread, they require the most tender care, and can only make their wants known by cries and very faint attempts at words, and are oftentimes the source of the deepest anxiety; yet they richly repay those who are fond of them, and strive to make them happy.
If parents were fully aware that much crying is hurtful to their infants, in spoiling their tempers and dispositions, and even laying the foundation of disease, they would use all means to prevent such evil consequences ? and if they reflected for a few moments on the time when they themselves were children, and were now to look upon them as little parts of themselves, it would greatly strengthen the bond of love towards them, and add much to the comfort of home. They are sometimes spoken to by those who have the care of them, with a harshness which wounds their tender feelings, yet they know the difference between kind and unkind treatment, and it is delightful to them to be noticed. Fathers and mothers need not fear spoiling their children by making them too happy, and it is impossible for them to commence too early in training the infant mind; education begins when the child can tell father from mother, and the heart of the little one is open to the most tender impressions.
Little children are interesting charges—they thrive in the element of love, and can well understand the language of kindness. Happy indeed is the home, and thrice happy the parents and little ones, where this feeling is habitually prevalent. It is in their nature to be fond and loving.
"Blessings on them! they in me
And their small experience.” The poorest of the poor can have a joy of their children which is sometimes unknown to the wealthy; and their love of their own little ones is better than the carelessness of those who are rich and ought to set a better example.
It is much to be feared that some parents seek to subdue the tempers and dispositions of their children by violence rather than by love; this is wrong in the Divine sight, and offensive in the eyes of men; the result of such training is sometimes seen in the miserable end of these unhappy chil.dren; but parents who are fond of their offspring, studying their health and cleanliness, teaching them right things, to love their brothers and sisters, and all their play-fellows, will have a reward in their dutiful conduct, and thatsweet inward consolation of which no stranger can deprive them.
The Saviour of the world rebuked his disciples who would have prevented their being brought to him, and said, “Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God, and he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them and blessed them.”
Doubtless many of you have cares and troubles to contend with in addition to making a provision for your families; this is the common lot of humanity, to which all are subject; high and low, rich and poor, gentle and simple, wise and unwise,- share alike in this respect; this should not lessen the love, but on the contrary, cause it to flow more strongly; as the ivy clings around the oak for protection, and the weaker plant around the stronger, so will your offspring cleave unto you, and be a comfort in old age. Thus loving and caring for these little ones, shewing all patience and forbearance, you will perform your part towards them; having done this duty, you may rely on the fulfilment of the promise, that by training up your children in the way they should go, when they are old, they will not depart from it. London.
E. D. H.