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Hung down his head, and opened his parched lips
“God stay thee in thine agony, my boy ;
Upon thy brow to look,
And could I see thee die!
I did not dream of this when thou wast straying,
Or wearing rosy hours,
So beautiful and deep.
Oh no! and when I watched by thee the while,
And thought of the dark stream
A heritage for thee!
And now the grave for its cold breast hath won thee,
And oh! my last caress
Upon his clustering hair!"
She stood beside the well her God had given
N. P. WILLIS.
Thy will be done ! how hard a thing to say
eyes grow dim!
To the wild winds that fan his early grave,
Mourners ! who linger in a world of woe,
Pray that ye too may journey, when ye die,
A PSALM OF LIFE.
Tell me not in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
And things are not what they seem.
Life is real! life is earnest !
And the grave is not its goal;
Was not spoken of the soul.
Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way,
Find us further than to-day.
Art is long, and time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Funeral marches to the grave.
In the world's broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of life,
Be a hero in the strife!
Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Heart within, and God o'er head.
We can make our lives sublime,
Footprints on the sands of time;
Sailing o'er lite's solemn main,
Seeing, shall take heart again.
H. W. LONGFELLOW
MATERNAL INFLUENCE. The minds of children are easily interested, as every thing is new to them, and a new and most beautiful world is opening before them, with all the attractions of nature and art. Their capacities expand astonishingly, with even moderate instruction, if it be systematic and regular, as it leads them to investigation and inquiry, far beyond the sphere of the instructions they receive. At this time, how necessary it is, to endeavor to stamp upon their minds some salutary truths, not to be effaced. The works of nature present an extensive field for instruction, wherein a child may be soon taught to acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being, from the convictions of reason.
In connection with the book of nature, the Bible should be the first book used, from whence to draw our precepts, as containing instruction suitable to the earliest age. It is not necessary to wait until the child is able to read for itself. The best mode of presenting instruction is by familiar verbal communication. Its truths are thus better remembered, and in this manner, too, a large portion of the Bible can be condensed into a small compass.
Give the young minds subjects for thought; they are ever active, ever busy; and, if not provided with proper aliment by those who have the care of them, they will resort to something themselves, which may be adverse in its influence.
The precepts of the gospel are ennobling and refining in a high degree; and they will ere long show their effects upon the mind, trained in their discipline. I have often been led to observe the striking difference between children who have been brought up according to the wisdom of this world, and of those, taught according to the gospel; how much more expanded is the young mind of one, instructed in the gospel precepts; how much more elevated in its character; how much more ready to sympathize with suffering, and to respond to benevolent and noble sentiments. It has partaken of the true and proper food of the soul, and by it has flourished and become vigorous. It is the fostering atmosphere of the nursery, where the form is given to the young and tender plant. A celebrated artist once said, my mother's kiss made me a painter. How many thousands might say, my mother's kiss made me a christian or an infidel, a useful or a useless member of society.
If mothers wish to know the extensive influence which their precepts and examples exert, either for good or evil, upon the career and destiny of their children, they need only refer to some striking examples for proof sufficient to establish this fact. In observing, and reading the history of great and good men, the thought rarely occurs, that they have once been children, have passed through the helpless years of infancy, and have been acted upon by influences which have formed their characters; and yet, if we should trace their goodness or their crimes to the right source, we should find, that, for the most part, the seeds of early influence have produced the correspond
And I have no doubt, that, could we know the history of very many philanthropists, we should find, that the seeds of their usefulness had been sown in the nursery, and the germs fostered by the kind and gentle instruction of some CHRISTIAN MOTHER, whose voice sounded like music on the ear, and whose sympathy fell like balm upon the heart, grieved by the little trials and pains of childhood. Mrs. A. WIELPLEY.