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suppose that boy will ever forgive himself for throwing the stone ?
“ But the other story is still more sad. A son of a Captain Edwards was returning home from school. Just as he was entering bis father's gate, he heard a sound in the street, and, turning his head, was struck by a stone thrown by another little boy, which hit him in the eyè, and instantly destroyed his sight. Now that poor boy must go all his days with a disfigured face and a blind eye, just because the other little mischievous fellow would amuse himself by throwing stones. . These two cases met my eye the same day in the newspapers, which shows that such things occur very often. And probably if, in the last case, the stone had hit the boy on his temple, it would have killed him. Don't THROW STONES.'
A RAGGED SCHOOL WITHOUT A
BIBLE. TRAVELLING down the Shannon, in a Limerick steamer, I got into conversation with a Roman Catholic priest. He was an intelligent, kind-hearted man, and much interested in efforts made on behalf of the neglected poor. I told him of our ragged schools—of our collecting them from the highways and by-ways, the lanes and streets of the city-of our teaching them their duties to God and man by means of the word of God.
He listened with great interest, and told me at last that he had opened a ragged school in his own locality (somewhere in Clare), and that he was succeeding beyond his most sanguine hopes in humanizing and civilizing his rude scholars I ventured to ask if his scholars read the Bible, or if he used it in his school. He answered, “That is a book we don't think fit to put into the hands of the young or the unlearned." “Then,” said I, “you consider yourselves wiser than God, for he says, “Teach these things diligently to your children ;' and Christ himself says, 'Search the Scriptures,' &c., 'for they are they that testify of me.' How can your people search the Scriptures if you keep them from them?"
We shortly after parted, but I felt very sad at the thought of a Ragged School without a Bible.
KIND WORDS. A MAN
was once driving a cart along the street. The horse was drawing a heavy load, and did not turn as the man wished him. The man was in an ill-temper, and beat the horse; the horse reared and plunged, but he either could not, or would not, go the right way. So another man who was with the cart, went up to the horse, and patted him on the neck, and called him kindly by his name. The borse turned his head, and fixed his large eyes on the man, as though he would say, “I will do anything for you, because you speak so kindly to me;" and then, bending his broad chest against the load, he turned the cart down the narrow lane, and trotted on briskly, as though the load was a plaything. How powerful are kind words !
THE HOLY CHILD, JESUS. When Jesus, our blessed Saviour, was born into the world, He was made “under the law." He became a debtor to do the whole law, and this for our sakes. He, the mighty God, came down from heaven, and submitted to fulfil a law of his own appointment,-a law which God had given for man to obey,- that those who had sinned against that law, and broken its holy commandments, might be delivered from the curse of the law, and be made partakers of everlasting life. When a little child, the holy Jesus was obedient to his Father's will. With the first dawn of intelligence, He began to fulfil all righteousness; as He increased in stature, so did He increase in wisdom and holiness and favour with God. He was born into the world to feel like other children feel; to weep like other children weep. He could love what children love. Beautiful to him were the flowers which He had made ; for He was God, and without Him was not anything made that was made. Pleasant to his ear was the voice of the singing rill, and musical to his infant heart was the soft, loved tone of his mother's voice. But He
was altogether without sin. In his intercourse with other children at Nazareth, no angry word ever escaped his lips, no stain of passion de Sled his spotless soul. When his companions were unkind to him, He bore it meekly, not rendering evil for evil, but being kind and forgiving to all. We read about the brethren of Jesus, who did not believe in him when He went about preaching the gospel; and we may suppose that when He was a child He did not escape their harsh treatment and angry words, for those who do the will of God, bring upon themselves the persecution and anger of those who do not live in the fear of God. But, oh! with what sweet. ness, what love, did He bear all! Though his heart was filled with sorrow, and his eye with tears, there was no resentment, no revenge, in God's holy child. How beautiful was his obedi. ence to Joseph and Mary. He was subject to them -- He obeye them. He who made the heavens and the earth, to whom the mighty angels owed their being, He attended to the wishes of his mother, and cheerfully complied with her commands. Jesus is an example set before children, that they may copy him in all the holiness and beauty of his character. Let little children go to Jesus, let them see what He did, and let them ask God for grace that they may do the same. But Jesus was a holy child, not only that He might leave an example for children to follow in his steps; He was holy child that he might be the righteousness of child.
God requires of children perfect obedience to his law; but children have broken his law by sinning against it, and therefore cannot render that perfect obedience. Children break God's law every time they think an angry thought, or speak a passionate word; when they are way. ward and fretful, disobedient to their parents and teachers, and neglectful of the means God has provided for their improvement. Every vain thought which creeps into their mind during prayer; all their listlessness and inattention at church, this is sin,-and sin brings down the curse of God. Jesus never sinned. All He did was holy; and if we believe in him, God will impute, or reckon, his righteousness unto us. This holy child was obedient in all his thoughts, and words, and deeds, that his Father, being well pleased in him, may also be well pleased in those who believe in him. This is the righteousness we must seek to be the covering of our souls. No works that we can do can make us righteous and holy before God, for we are sinners, guilty sinners, and all that we do, is stained with sin: but the purity of Jesus, the obedience of Jesus, that God will reckon as ours, if we belong to him as the branch belongs to the vine, and if we know what it is to have him for our Saviour. In the 61st chapter of Isaiah, this righteousness is called a
“ robe.” white robe, in which we may stand accepted at the last, the judgment day. And is Jesus ready to put this robe upon little children? Will He
It is a pure