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“NEW EVERY MORNING”
A YEAR BOOK FOR GIRLS
ANNIE H. RYDER
FRANKLIN AND HAWLEY STREETS
W ITHIN the past few years numerous
books have been written providing special spiritual thought for each day's wants. These have lifted the souls of thousands and encouraged them to worthier efforts after a heavenly nature; people have come to depend upon these works as on scriptural readings; they have opened the day with a thought from them, or hallowed its close with a selected portion. The books have been indeed Daily Strength for Daily Needs, Helps by the Way, and Gold Dust from the mines of holiness. And there have been calendars, dropping for each day the word of inspiration or of wisdom, giving sweet coun: sel from the prose and poetry of great authors. With what eagerness do we look for what the new day will say to us when we tear the old leaf away from the month !
Realizing how much good these works are
doing, and knowing how valuable portions of them are to the young, I have thought a little volume entirely devoted to girls inight be acceptable. Out of a sincere love for the girls and an earnest desire to help them cheerfully along the way of life, I have striven to bring together such selections as seemed most practical.
Thoughts have been chosen which offer suggestions for daily conduct, and which furnish hints about such common subjects as talking, reading, studying, exercising, caring for health, working, dressing, and other necessary acts. Duty, particularly in its everyday phases, is encouraged on many a page, while other qualities which tend to the growth of character — cheerfulness, perseverance, honesty, courtesy, courage and aspiration, have been leading motives in compiling the work.
Here and there a bit of helpful experience from some well-known woman's life is held up to encourage girls and to increase their reverence for noble womanhood.
In choosing from the many helps to girls, Nature has been deemed most worthy of consideration among the days of the year. If you love her, girls, and daily note some added beauty in her charms, you will grow stronger not only in body and in mind, but in spirit too. Your love for what is pure and for what is beautiful, however common, will increase, and your stock of happiness will be enlarged by riches which no condition in life can impoverish.
For every seventh day a quotation is given bearing directly on spiritual things, though it has been the sincere wish of the compiler to make such selections for each day as shall lead to the fullest development of the soul.
To those large-hearted men and women who have written so helpfully for us, and who allow me to bring together in this year-book their thoughts, please give your thanks, while I in full sincerity add mine. Grow familiar with the works these authors have written in your behalf, and then be glad again that the world has so many good and wise people who love just you yourselves.
If I have too frequently used some thought of my own, it has not been because I believed it worthy of a place among the thoughts of cele