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Ju ly
Au gust

The Four Seasons. June
Sum mer
Au tumn

Sep tem ber
Win ter

Oc to ber The Twelve Months. No vem ber

De cem ber

Holidays. March

Christ mas

East er May

E piph a ny

Lam mas
Mar tin mas
Mich ael mas
Shrove tide
Whit sun tide

Cardinal Points.

Jan u a ry
Feb ru a ry

A pril

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Ev-e-ry good and per-fect gift com-eth from a-bove. It is from God that we de-rive all the en-joy-ments of life : not on-ly those which re-sult from our de-sire of plea-sure, our love of rich-es, and our thirst af-ter pow-er, but the high-er and more pleas-ing com-forts of friend-ship, all the bless-ings which are gain-ed from the use of our men-tal pow-ers, and all the en-dear-ments of so-cial life. These are as much due to the good-ness of God, as are the sun, the moon, and stars, which give us light, the plants which he has made for our food, and the stream which quench-es our thirst.



Man is, of him-self, a ve-ry help-less be-ing, and is sub-ject dai-ly to the great-est dis-tress and

He is be-set with dan-gers on all sides, and may be-come wretch-ed by ma-ny e-vents which he could not fore-see, nor pre-vent even if he had fore-seen them. It is our com-fort, while we are sub-ject to so ma-ny dan-gers, that we are un-der the care of One who di-rects all e-vents, and has pow-er o-ver all things that can an-noy or of-fend us; who knows the help we stand in need of, and is al-ways rea-dy to be-stow it on those that ask it of him.


Ev-e-ry man has one or more qual-i-ties which may make him use-ful both to him-self and others. Na-ture nev-er fails of point-ing them out; and while the in-fant is un-der her care, she brings him on in his way, and then of-fers her-self for a guide in what re-mains of the jour-ney. If he pro-ceeds

. in that course, he can hard-ly mis-car-ry; na-ture makes good her en-gage-ments ; for as she never prom-is-es what she is not a-ble to per-form, so she nev-er fails to per-form what she prom-is-es.


Let no-thing ob-struct your du-ty tow-ards God, at the pro-per and sta-ted sea-sons. Do not think it a mat-ter of lit-tle con-cern, that may be done or


left un-done, just as it suits the pres-ent hu-mour. Be sure, the ne-glect of it will co-ver you with sor-row and shame; but the due dis-charge of it will fill your heart with joy and com-fort, when this world, and all the good it can af-ford, is a-bout to van-ish for ev-er.

V. Men in the low-est ranks of life can do us good, and we of-ten want their help. Ma-ny dumb crea-tures, al-so, save us trou-ble, and sup-ply us with com-forts. We could not do well with-out the horse. He car-ries us, he draws our heav-y bur-dens, and does a great deal of hard la-bour for

The cow gives us milk, but-ter, and cheese. The sheep sup-plies both rich and poor with whole-some food, and her wool makes the most use-ful cloth-ing. She al-so im-proves the land on which she feeds, and well re-pays the farm-er for her keep. When we think of our wants, there-fore, of how lit-tle we can do for our-selves, and on how ma-ny we must de-pend for food and rai-ment, we should not be proud, but love, pi-ty, and as-sist our poor-er breth-ren, and nev-er be cru-el to any of God's crea-tures.

VI. Be-fore we can have bread to eat, the ground must be got read-y to re-ceive the seed. This is done with great la-bour in the au-tumn. When the wheat is sown, lit-tle boys are hi-red to fright-en away the rooks and crows that would eat it up.


In the spring, when it is green, it must be weed-ed at a great ex-pense. Then, in Ju-ly and Au-gust, the har-vest comes, when the far-mer prays for fine wea-ther; as much rain would spoil it.

The reap-ers work ve-ry hard, and in the hot-test months of sum-mer. When it is got in-to the barn, the thresh-er goes to work in the win-ter, and pre-pares it for the mill. The mil-ler grinds it in-to flour, which goes to the ba-ker, who mix-es it with wa-ter, fer-ments it with yeast, kneads it in-to dough, and bakes it in his o-ven till it be-comes bread. So much la-bour does it re-quire to sup-ply us with our dai-ly food; and so much do we owe to those who toil all the year through, and yet re-ceive but a scan-ty pit-tance for it.


See, how the bee flies from flow-er to flow-er, and col-lects ho-ney while the sun shines. Ob-serve, how hap-py the birds are to seize the first fine wea-ther in spring, to build their nests; how bu-sy they are in pick-ing up sticks and straws to guard them, and hair and wool to keep their young ones

Watch the lit-tle ant al-so, and see how she lays in her store, at all sea-sons when she can go a-broad, that she may not starve in winter. Do this, and ne-ver be i-dle, bụt learn the true va-lue of time,


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