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much explanation or apology, beyond those which the candour of indulgent readers might suggest on behalf of any author attempting to carry such object into effect. That in the simple, touching, and beautiful narratives, recorded in Holy Writ, are many scenes and incidents calculated most powerfully to appeal to the best and purest feelings of a child's heart, is a position which every pious and affectionate parent, as well as every judicious and experienced preceptor, will readily admit; in truth, the repeated recurrence to them, as themes of interest and instruction, is the best proof which could be adduced of the estimation in which they are held for such purposes. The humblest effort, therefore, to give them, by novelty of form or manner, any probability of additional attraction to a child, may at least be pardoned.
Such being the plan and object of this unpretending little volume, it is respectfully submitted to the appreciation of those most deeply concerned in the welfare of that large and interesting class of readers for whose use it was designed, with the distrust natural to a first attempt in so important a field of labour, on the part of its author; and on that of her father, with an equally natural feeling of solicitude for its indulgent reception; but with a still more earnest wish that its tendency and influence may, through the Divine blessing, prove that indulgence not to have been misplaced.
VIII. Death of Joseph-Moses-The Pass-
over-Departure of the Israelites from Egypt 27
IX. On Miracles-Wanderings of the Israel-
Friendship of David and Jonathan, page 66
XVII. On Jealousy-Death of Saul and
XVIII. Death of David-Solomon builds
XIX. Rehoboam-Division of the Twelve
Tribes into the kingdoms of Israel and
XXII. Elijah taken up into Heaven-Elisha
and the Widow's Pot of Oil-The dead
XXIII. Naaman's Leprosy cured........ 101
XXIV. Other Miracles of Elisha-his Death 109
XXV. Jonah-God's Mercy to Nineveh 115
XXVI. Idolatry of Judah and Israel-carried
XXVII. Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon-
The Prophet Daniel-Shadrach, Meshach,
XXVIII. Belshazzar's Feast-Daniel in the
XXIX. Return from the Captivity-Build-
ing of the second Temple-Queen Esther
-Punishment of Haman-The Jews con-
"And learn with wonder how this world began,
"THOSE Bible days! those Bible days!" I hear some reader say;
"What themes for wonder, love, and praise, Their Chronicles display!
It must have been like heaven on earth,
"For then, in EDEN's garden fair
There bird and beast around them played,
In gentleness and glee;
And glorious beings, in its shade,
Their guests were said to be.
"But Disobedience, like a blight,
“Then PATRIARCHS led within their tent, And SHEPHERDS on the plain,
A life so glad and innocent,
When will such come again?
"Then JACOB for the blessing strove
By angels trod. Then JOSEPH, sold
Fulfil'd the visions he foretold,