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SICK BEDS OF CHILDREN. YEARS of my life have been spent, day after day, by the sick beds of children. I have made friendships with them on their little pallets, sometimes visiting at their own poor homes a score in a day, and now and then keeping a night-long watch by one of them. I know too well what a vain struggle of love it is when mothers, living by the toil of their bodies, after hard labor by day, deny themselves their sleep by night-fathers do that only when death is near, There is a refinement in poor women that is seldom to be found among poor men, which often shines with a pure lustre by the sick bed of a child. It is very beautiful and pitiful ; it prompts to perform so much, those who can really achieve so little. Little, I mean in man's eyes; much, we know, in God's; it rises and falls with a rapid tide. Fatal disease runs its course often with a rapidity unknown among adults; a trifling matter, noticeable in the morning, may become serious if not observed and attended to before the noon, deadly if left unnoticed until night. If we knew all the causes of the terrible mortality among young children in this country, we should fill England with hospitals for children, and the rich would be almost as ready as the poor to use them. In them only is it possible for each one of the little sufferers to be watched even from hour to hour by an eye specially trained to observe the turn peculiar to the disease of a child. Such diseases are unlike those of adults; they never are so hopeless, and yet they are infinitely more beset with risk of unexpected turns produced by unexpected causes. In the homes of the poor those unexpected causes are, in a vague sense, expected hurts. It is impossible, with the best care, to protect the child against imprudence and negligence in some one among a household of people ignorant and little trained to think, who often are most dangerous when they open only the impulses of love.
THE DIFFERENCE OF MEN. The difference of men is very great. You would scarce think them to be of the same species, and yet it consists more in the affection than in the intellect. For as in the strength of body two men shall be of an equal strength, yet one shall appear stronger than the other, because he exercises and puts out his strength, the other will not stir nor strain himself. So it is in the strength of the brain : the one endeavours, and strains, and labors, and studies, the other sits still, and is idle, and takes no pains, and, therefore, he appears so much the inferior.-Selden.
NOBLEST WORK. It requires great wisdom and industry to advance a considerable estate ; much art, and contrivance, and pains, to raise a great and regular building; but the greatest and noblest work in the world, and an effect of the greatest prudence and care, is, to rear and build up a man, and to form and fashion him to piety and justice, and temperance, and all kind of honest and worthy actions. Now, the foundations of ithis great work are to be carefully laid in the tender years of children, that it may rise and grow up with them ; according to the advice of the wise man.
“ WISE MEN LAY UP KNOWLEDGE.”—Prov. x. 14.
A SHORT SERMON FOR CHILDREN.
In Eastern Countries men lay up garments, and pride themselves in the number of their suits of apparel. In our land, men lay up money. But this is not “ wisdom." In Egypt, Joseph laid up corn for the day of famine; and in Syria men lay up water for the summer in cisterns under their houses. This is wisdom; but still it is not the wisdom of which Solomon speaks. The astronomerlays up the knowledge of the stars; and the botanist lays up the knowledge of plants and flowers. This is wisdom, but it is not that of which the text speaks.
The knowledge of that which is best for us is the knowledge of God Himself; and though the knowledge of His works is good, the knowledge of Himself is far better. It is only this knowledge that can make you happy, or bring blessing to your soul.
A scholar once turned away from a poor man, smiling at him, and saying, “He does not know the name of Plato." Yet that same poor man knew something which the learned man did not know,- something far better than the name of Plato ; he knew the name of God; and that name was the light of his soul, the joy of his heart.
It is a great thing, my dear children, to know God,- the living and the true God; and it is a sad thing not to know Him ; for to know Him is everlasting life. It was to make Him known to us that the Son of God took man's flesh upon Him, and came into our world, that by what He was, and what He did, and what He said, we might know the Father and the Father's love.
This is the true knowledge, in having which we become wise, and without which we are fools. This is the knowledge which we are to “lay up;' adding to our stores of it every hour.
You are sent to school for education ; and you know that education is the training of the mind in knowledge, and of the will in obedience. Now this is the education which the Son of God came to give us, and by which He fits us for His kingdom. From Him, through the Holy Spirit, we get the heavenly knowledge and the heavenly blessing, for He said, “ Learn of Me." Let us go to Him for that knowledge which saves, and heals, and comforts. Store it up; it is the only substantial knowledge, the only knowledge to be relied upon; and, unlike the transitory acquirements of this world, it corrupteth not, it fadeth not away, but abideth for ever, to those that fear the Lord.
A poor woman, that could not read a word, once said to me, “ You see I'm no scholar; but I'm Christ's scholar, and that will do." Yes, it was enough; for it made her "wise unto salvation," She was one of the wise women that "lay up knowledge." Dear children, this is the knowledge which you must have. Where will you find it? Why, in the Bible ; and the Holy Spirit is most willing to become your teacher.
The General Reader.
EASTERN DERVISES. Cleanliness may be considered under In Hindostan, are dervises who bethe three following remarks. First, take themselves to the top of hills it is a mark of politeness, for no one shaded with trees, where they fix unadorned with this virtue can go their habitations, and from which into company without giving a mani- they will not stir. Their usual form fest offence. Secondly, cleanliness of prayer is uttered with a loud voice, may be said to be the foster-mother of and is, “ Almighty God! vouchsafe to affection. Beauty commonly produces look upon me: I love not the world, love, but cleanliness preserves it. Age but thee, and I do all this for thy itself is not unamiable, while it is sake.” After their retirement they preserved clean and unsullied. In suffer their hair and nails to grow, the third place, it bears analogy with and will rather perish than go out of purity of mind, and naturally inspires their cells, depending on the charity refined sentiments and passions. It of others for the means of support. is an excellent preservative of health, and several vices destructive both to
PATIENT ENDURANCE. mind and body, are inconsistent with the habit of it.
Titus, the son of Vespasian, followed his father's example in reservedness
and patience, not suffering any person IDLENESS.
to be prosecuted for speaking disThe ruin of most men dates from respectfully of him. “If they blacken some vacant hour. Occupation is the my character undeservedly," says he, armour of the soul. I remember a they ought rather to be pitied than satirical poem, in which the devil is punished ; if deservedly, it would be a represented as fishing for men, and crying piece of injustice to punish fitting his baits to the taste and them for speaking truth." business of his prey; but the idler, he said, gave him no trouble, for he bit MAN'S CHARACTER. the naked hook.
We may judge of a man's character by what he loves-what pleases him.
If a person manifests delight in low AN UNJUST PREJUDICE,
and sordid objects-the vulgar song The author of the New View of and debasing language; in the misLondon 1708, reports that one James fortunes of his fellows, or cruelty to Farr, a barber, who kept the coffee animals, we may at once determine house which is now called the Rain- the complexion of his character. On bow, by the Inner Temple Gate, (one the contrary, if he loves purity, moof the first opened in England) was desty, truth—if virtuous pursuits enin the year 1657, presented by the gage his heart, and draw out his inquest of St. Dunstan's in the West, affections—we are satisfied that he is for making and selling a sort of liquor an upright man. A mind debased called coffee, to the great nuisance shrinks from association with the good and prejudice of the neighbourhood." and wise.
neighborhood, or family do not cultiSurely it is true wisdom to consider vate a kind and affectionate temper, our present existence, with its cares, there will be discord and every evil joys, sorrows, relationships, and en- work.-" Lone Star," an American gagements, as a scene of discipline and Paper. trial, yet as a sphere where we may become blessed, be made blessings,
LIGHT. and be trained up for a glorious des- Edwin Sherratt, in the introduction tiny. We should, therefore, study to his “Popular Treatise on Light," "every-day life" in the light of infal- says, “What an immense and unlible truth, and with relation to that bounded field does light throw open coming existence, compared with to our vision--enabling us to gaze which the present, with all its noise into the spacious atmosphere by sunand turmoil, its songs and sighs, its lit day, or moon or star-lit night. It gettings and its losings, is but "a is in itself a grand and indescribable vapour, which appeareth for a little phenomenon, and it must have been while, and then vanisheth away." created by a Being possessing an Sketches and Lessons from Daily Life Almighty hand, and an eye of infinite by FELIX FRIENDLY.
wisdom. When we gaze into the
firmament by night, or look into the THE EVIL OF A BAD TEMPER. azure vault, lighted by one central
luminary by day, the reflecting mind A bad temper is a curse to its pos- is smitten with mysterious awe at the sessor, and its influence is most deadly imposing sight!" wherever it is found. It is allied to martyrdom to be obliged to live with
EXTRAORDINARY CHARITABLE one of a complaining temper. To hear one eternal round of complaint and
DISPOSITION. murmuring, to have every pleasant A foreign jew named Simeon Cafton, thought scared away by their evil whilst rich was exceedingly charitable. spirit, is a sore trial. It is like the Having sunk into poverty, and consesting of a scorpion-a perpetual nettle, quently unable to give money himself, destroying your peace, rendering life this benevolent man to satisfy the a burden. Its influence is deadly; cravings of his heart and his long and the purest and sweetest atmosphere cherished charitable disposition, actuis contaminated into a deadly miasma ally performed the work of a common wherever this evil genius prevails. laborer, in order to gain the means for It has been said truly, that while we relieving the distressed. ought not to let the bad temper of others influence us, it would be as un
GOOD ADVICE. reasonable to spread a blister upon Honor the good, that they may love the skin, and not expect it to draw, thee; be civil to the bad, that they as to think of a family not suffering may not hurt thee, Lend money to because of a bad temper of any of its an enemy, and thou'lt gain him ; lend inmates. One string out of tune will to a friend and thou'lt lose him. destroy the music of an instrument Withhold not thy money where there otherwise perfect, so if all the members is need, and waste it not where there of either a church, Sunday school, I is none.
to keep it till he should meet with Foulques de Neully, a celebrated one who was a greater fool than himpreacher of his day, addressing him- self. Not many years after, the nobleself in a prophetic style to Richard I. man fell sick, even unto death. The King of England, told him he had fool came to see him. His sick lord three daughters to marry, and that, said to him, “I must shortly leave if he did not dispose of them soon, you.”—“And whither are you going p" God would punish him severely. “You said the fool.—"Into another world,', are a false prophet," said the King; replied his lordship.—“And when will “I have no daughter." "Pardon me, you come again ? Within a month ?! sir," replied the Priest," your Majesty
"No."-“Within a year
"No." has three, Ambition, Avarice, and “When then ?” “Never.”—“Never!” Luxury ; get rid of them as fast as
said the fool : " and what provision possible, else assuredly some great
hast thou made for thy entertainment misfortune will be the consequence." there, whither thou goest ?”
“None “If it must be so then," said the at all.”—“No!" said the fool, "none King, with e sneer, “I give my Am- at all! Here, then, take my staff; bition to the Templars, my Avarice to for, with all my folly, I am not guilty the Monks, and my Luxury to the of any such folly as this.” Prelates."
It has been urged as an excuse for Ingratitude is a crime so shameful, etiquette, that it produces, or is conthat there never was a man found ducive to good order. that would own himself guilty of it. analyzing the forms, they are found, The ungrateful are neither fit to serve for the major part, to be nothing God, their country, nor their friends. more than polite ceremonies, to blind Ingratitude perverts all the measures the proud, the foolish, and the unof religion and society, by making it wary; and in their garb many of the dangerous to be charitable and good worst injuries to private society are natured : however, it is better to ex-effected. Depend upon it the Truth pose ourselves to ingratitude than to does not require dressing. Error be wanting to the distressed. alone needs artificial support; Truth Great minds, like Heaven, are pleas’d with do can stand by itself.”
ing good; Though the ungrateful subjects of their favours Are barren in return.
When the Tumbese Indians first DEATH.
heard the crowing of Chanticleer, " that they were wise, that they they supposed he was talking to them, would understand these things, and and therefore eagerly inquired what consider their latter end!" Death is he said; and Pizarro having taken a the introduction into an eternal state; negro with him, they set about washand to live unprepared for it must, ing his face, but finding that they therefore, be the extreme of folly.--A could not in the least impair the certain nobleman kept a fool, to whom blackness of it, they all burst out be one day gave a staff, with a charge laughing.