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THE CHILDREN'S CORNER.
SOME ARE APT TO THINK that
Poette Selections. because they have not been able
AN INSCRIPTION ON THE TOMBSTONE to do great things for Christ, they
OF MARGARET SCOTT, shall not be noticed in that day. This is a mistake. For if faith.
Who Died at Dalkeith, Feb. 9, 1738. ful over a few things, they will STOP, Passenger, until my life you've read; be made rulers over many things.
The living may get knowledge from the
dead. SOME CHRISTIANS have yet such Five times five years I lived a virgin life: awkward unsubdued tempers left,
Ten times five years I was a virtuous wife;
Ten times five years I lived a widow that we can only love them for
chaste; Christ's sake. What a pity! Now, tired of this mortal life, I rest.
I, from my cradle to my grave have seen, THE BEST WAY to show we are Eight mighty Kings of Scotland and one thankful if God gives us abundance, Queen. is to imitate him, and give of it to
Four times five years the Common-wealth
I saw; others.
Ten times the subjects rose against the law. IF WE GIVE to him that needeth 1
Twice did I see old prelacy pulled down;
And twice the eloak was humbled by the for Christ's sake, our charity is be.
I saw my country sold for English ore.
The Children's Corner.
THE BIG UMBRELLA;
OR, LITTLE MARY'S Faith. Some time ago a great drought prevailed in some of the midland counties of England. Several pious farmers, who dreaded lest their expected crops should perish for lack of moisture, agreed with their pastor and others to hold a special prayer meeting to pray God to send the needed rain. They met accordingly; and the minister corcing early had time to exchange kindly greetings with several of his flock. He was surprised to see one of his little sabbath scholars bringing a big old family umbrella. “Why, Mary," said he, “ what made you bring that umbrella on such a fine evening as this ?" The child, gazing on his face with evident surprise at the inquiry, replied, “Why, sir, I thought as we were going to pray to God for rain, I'd be sure to want the umbrella." The minister smiled on her, and the service shortly after commenced. Whilst they were praying the wind rose; the sky, before so elear and bright, became overcast with clouds, and a heavy shower of rain followed. Those who attended the meeting unprepared to receive the blessing they sought reached their homes drenched with wet, whilst ! Mary and her minister returned together under the big old umbrella.
WINKS AND SON, PRINTERS, LEICESTER.
The Editor to his Readers.
Turs is our Fourteenth Volume, and there is both pleasure and hope in the fact. . .,
There is pleasure in the thought that so many hundreds of thousands of copies of this humble but useful periodical have found their way into the homes of the working classes. And there is hope, from its increasing circulation, that it is finding, and will yet find, a hearty welcome in many more.
Men, women, and children, are all reading something now-adays. They will read, and we rejoice in the fact. That they might learn to read, our numerous day and sabbath schools were opened. . .
But here a question arises. What do they read? Reading is for the mind, as food is for the body. If it be good reading it feeds the mind and makes it healthy and strong; but if it be bad reading it injures the mind, and makes it feeble and sickly. | Men are careful what food they eat, and they should be careful what books they read.
No man can deny this. John MILTON said, and he knew all about it-"Books are not absolutely dead things, but do con|tain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are. A Good Book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.”
In every number of this cheap little magazine we try to give as much good food for the mind as we can put into it.
We now thank those who have helped us, by sending, either in prose or poetry, many very useful papers, and we request | the continuance of their favours.
As long as God permits we shall continue to do all that in us lies to provide useful and entertaining reading for the cottage homes of our beloved land.
William Tyndale ...
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