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humiliation. Had he possessed the faculty of reason, he might have profitably meditated on the truthfulness of the proverb quoted.
Are all our youthful readers free from the love of display? Do they never feel a flutter when they survey the effect of a new bonnet or dress? Neatness and tidiness are always becoming. Pride and vanity are displeasing to Almighty God.
THE PEACOCK IN TROUBLE." Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall;" so says the wisest of men in that storehouse of practical wisdom, “ the Book of Proverbs.” If the opinion of our fabulists, that "In days of yore, when time was young,
The birds sonversed as well as sung,' were correct, we might suppose the feathered tribe would moralize in similar strains on the event we now record.
In a beautiful villa, where the river S-glides sweetly along the smiling vale, a peacock had found an agreeable residence. Fully conscious of his beauty, and anxious to enlist the admiration of others, he delighted to mount the wall, or perch himself on the top of the rosecrowned trellis, and become the observed of all observers; while, as he walked with consequential air in front of the drawing-room, he appeared to say, as plainly as actions could speak, “ Am I not a splendid creature? What a magnificent bird !”
On one unfortunate day, whether from lack of suitable appreciation from man. kind, or to try the effect of his charms on quadrupeds, he strove to captivate the cattle in a neighbouring field by the exhibition of his plumage. The poor cows being of prosaic perament, and caring more for the tender herbage or fragrant clover than all the colours in the rainbow, which only awakened their anger, gave chase to the haughty bird. Many were the turns and expedients to which he had recourse, to avoid his excited pursuers; but he was neither so swift of foot, nor so fleet of wing, as many less handsome birds.
In an unlucky hour he was overtaken by one of the cows. She put her rude and vulgar foot on his tail, and he only escaped by losing nearly every feather it contained. Piteous was the plight in which he returned, and most abject was his spirit after his misfortune. He rarely presented himself in public, courted privacy, and when obliged to appear was fully conscious of his deep
WHAT HE WILL DO WITH THE NAUGHTY.-A little girl, who had just rejoiced over the celebration of her third birthday, was walking with her aunt one day, when she asked :
Aunty, the Good Man made us, didn't he?"
“ Yes ; when we are good, and when we are naughty.”
" Don't He love us when we good ?”
" And what will He do to us if we are naughty ?"
Aunty not being prepared to answer this question promptly, the "wee one quickly replied herself, saying:
“I suppose He will unmake us."
This incident is not noticed to call attention to it as a “smart saying,” but to show the instinctive idea, in even very little children, of rewards and punishments.
THE SILKWORM.-Do you ever think, my little friends, when you view the lustrous beauty of the satin hangings that adorn the windows of your drawing-room, or look on the pretty silk dress in which you feel so smart, that you are indebted to a humble worm for all this beauty and luxury? It affords employment to thousands of your fellowcreatures, who attend to its production, and afterwards to the final manufacture of the beautiful materials you see in “Of course," was again replied.
“ Well, but the grass which they had formerly eaten had, by digestion, turned to feathers on the backs of the geese, to bristles on the backs of the swine, to wool on the sheep, and on the cows it had turned to hair ; do you believe that, gentlemen ?”
"Certainly,” they replied.
“ Yes, you believe it,” he rejoined; “but do you understand it ?
They were confounded and silent, and evidently ashamed, as they well might be.
shops and purchase at so cheap a price. Its produce is now very largely encouraged in the south of Europe ; but it was undoubtedly the Chinese who first made use of the labours of this little worm ; and at one time it was mystery in Europe froin what source silk was produced, until two monks purposely travelled to China to investigate the matter, and returned, bringing to Italy some of the eggs of the moth, which they concealed in the hollow canes. At one time silk was valued at its weight in gold at Rome; and we read that the Emperor Aurelian refused his empress a garment of silk, on account of its enormous cost ! The manufacture of silk was not introduced into England until the fifteenth century. James I. endeavoured to promote the rearing of the worm in our country, but was quite unsuccessful, owing I suppose greatly to the unfitness of the climate. He was a great lover of silk himself; and we are told that once, when king of Scotland, having to appear before the English ambassador, he actually begged the loan of a pair of silk stockings from the Earl of Mar!The Children's Hour.
CONSTANT occupation prevents temptation.
THE SCEPTIC AND THE CHILD.—Mr. Hone, the well-known author of the “Every-Day Book,” was, in the days of his infidelity, travelling in Wales on foot. Being tired and thirsty, he stopped at the door of a cottage where there was a little girl reading a large Bible. He asked the child if she would please to give him a drink of water.
“Oh, yes, sir,” she said; “ if you will come in, mother will give you some milk.”
Mr. Hone followed the little girl into the cottage, where he partook of the nutritious beverage, the little girl again resuming her seat and her book. After a short conversation with her mother, Mr. Hone came out and accosted the child at the door
"Well, my little girl, are you getting
“Ob, no, sir,” she replied, “I am reading the Bible.”
“ But,” said Mr. Hone, “you are getting your task out of the Bible.”
“Oh no, sir; it is no task to me to read the Bible, it is a pleasure.”
These words of the child har such an effect upon Mr. Hone that he determined to read the Bible for himself. By God's blessing this led to the conversion of this sceptic, and he became a champion in upholding and defending the great truths contained in that blessed Book.
BELIEVING, BUT NOT UNDERSTANDING.—“I will not believe anything but what I understand,” said a self-confident young man in an hotel one day.
“ Nor will I," said another.
“ Gentlemen,” said one well known to me, who was on a journey, and who sat close by,“ do I understand you correctly, that you will not believe anything that you don't understand ? "
“I will not,” said one; and so said each one of the trio.
“ Well,” said the stranger, “ in my ride this morning, I saw some geese in a field eating grass ; do you believe that?”
Certainly,” said the three believers.
“I also saw pigs eating grass ; do you believe that?"
“Of course," said the three.
" And I also saw sheep and cows eating grass ; do you believe that ? "
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SUNDAY TEACHERS' TREASURY.
DO OUR SCHOLARS PRAY?
FELLOW-TEACHERS, have you ever the examination a little further with seriously considered this question, these, and inquired, “Do our scholars pray?"
pray, do you ask God in your own have not, it is one which has a claim words for what you want, or do you upon your earnest attention.
merely repeat some written prayer ?" Prayer is one of the first steps in the reply of one was, “I always say, the march to heaven ; and until our 'Gentle Jesus, meek and mild,' and children have learned to pray, they the Lord's Prayer.” The others will be making little progress thither- gave somewhat similar answers. I ward. I have on more than one told them God was a kind and loving occasion been much surprised—after Father, and that He wished His teaching a class of boys for many
children at all times to approach months, during which period the Him in a simple, trustful spirit, to ask subject of private prayer has been for all they need ; and that such forms frequently alluded to, and the im- as those they had mentioned were portance of observing fixed times prepared to teach them how to pray. for morning and evening, prayer Then I asked, “Will you begin this duly urged upon my scholars—to sabbath evening, and try to pray to find, on coming to a close exami- God in your own words ?". They all nation of each individual child, how hung down their heads in silence, few
among them ever practised as if they deemed the thing imposprivate prayer:
The objections sible, until one little boy, more bold raised against it, the difficulties in than the rest, broke the silence by the
way of it, the inability to uttering, in a half bashful, half inengage in it, set forth in the replies quiring tone, these simple words, given to questions kindly put at such " Teacher, I don't know what to times, have often much astonished
It is not my intention here to On one occasion I remember, when describe the way in which I dealt giving a lesson on prayer, I put the with this honest assertion at that question to my class, "Do you kneel moment; but, as I have been led to down to pray to God when you rise believe, by later observation, that in the morning, and before you get this obstacle one which often into bed at night?” There were presents itself to our young disciples, only four boys, out of a class of and deters them from the exercise of sixteen, who could answer in the private extemporary prayer, I venaffirmative. And when I pressed ture to suggest a simple method
which I have often found a useful this,- it is useless to proceed farther. means of overcoming this difficulty. But I have generally found that the
It is as follows. First, require the process of learning them, accomchildren to repeat perfectly St. Paul's panied by a little interrogatory pracexhortation to the Philippians,—"Be tice, similar to that described above, careful for nothing; but in every- is sufficient to accomplish this end. thing by prayer and supplication It is most important that these with thanksgiving let your requests five parts of worship be well underbe made known unto God” (Phil. iv. stood by our scholars : unless terms 6); and then direct them to imprint | like these, which we continually these three words, “Prayer," "Sup- make use of, and the relative duties plication," and " Thanksgiving,” by they imply, be fully comprehended memory, upon the three centre fin- by children, we can hardly expect gers of the left hand. After giving them to make practical use of our a simple explanation of the word lessons. Spare no pains, therefore,
supplication,” dispense with it, in reducing the various names emsupplying its place by the word ployed, and the acts they signify, to 56 intercession."
the simplest form of words in which Having made quite sure that these their meaning can be expressed; and, words are clearly understood, and for your own satisfaction, do not securely fixed in the children's me- consider the task accomplished until mories, by making them repeat them the children can tell you their meanbackwards and forwards, and also ing in their own words. Then supby asking them irregularly “What ply them with examples, and require word have you upon this finger ?” them to tell you to which section and so forth, proceed to subdivide they belong :-2.g. Give us this the first and third divisions into two day our daily bread ;” to which sections, using the thumb and the section does that belong ? Is it conlittle finger as bearers of the supple- fession, petition, or intercession ? mentary names, thus—the first fin. And, finally, require them to furnish ger bears prayer, this divide into two you in their own words with illussections — confession and petition, trations of each section, so as to asPlace confession on the thumb, and sure yourself that the subject is perpetition on the first finger, which we fectly understood by them. originally called prayer. The second I feel we cannot be too simple in finger still remains unaltered, bearing our language, or too clear in our exintercession only.
planation of terms, to meet the The third finger bears thanksgiving capabilities of some of our scholars. This subject divide into thanksgiving And I am inclined to believe we are and praise; the third finger remain- more often unsuccessful in our lesing unchanged, only being supple- sons from lack of attention to this mented by praise, which place on the important part of our work than little finger.
from any other cause.
Far better The hand is now full of names, is it, in my estimation, to offend the and our subject is divided into five ear of eleven intelligent children in sections-Confession, Petition, Inter- this respect, than to let sabbath cession, Thanksgiving, and Praise. after sabbath pass away without the Until these words are fully commit- twelfth learning anything, because ted to memory,—and the fingers will the teaching goes beyond his cagreatly aid in the accomplishment of pacity.
Each section of the lesson needs to The answer of conscience to these be explained, and should be taught five questions would assist in fursomewhat after this manner :
nishing a child with ample words of Confession means telling our
prayer: faults to God; it comprehends the 1. How have I sinned in thought, process of examining our hearts, by in word, and in deed ? trying to call to mind what wicked 2. What good things do I need things we have thought, or said, or for my body and my soul ? done, and then humbly telling them 3. What blessings do others lack, to God with a view to obtain His which God alone can supply ? mercy and pardon.
4. What good gifts have I rePetition means asking God ear- ceived from God ? nestly for what we want. We 5. What can I render to Him who should begin by asking His forgive- has done so much for me ? ness for the sins we have confessed, If the five sections of worship Intercession means “going between," were fully understood by our schoand of course here signifies going by lars, the obstacles presented to exprayer between fellow-sinners and
temporary prayer would, I believe, God, to ask Him to bestow blessings in a great measure be removed ; and upon them; as, for example, when if they were carefully taught to Israel sinned by worshipping the make use of this knowledge in early golden calf Moses says (Deut. ix. youth, they would more frequently 25, 26), “ I fell down before the Lord be found upon their knees in after forty days and forty nights, as I fell years, and their spiritual welfare down at the first; because the Lord would be greatly enhanced, had said He would destroy you. I How many blessings do prayed therefore unto the Lord, and scholars lack, simply because they said, O Lord God, destroy not Thy “ask not"! How many of them people and Thine inheritance, which fail to ask, merely because they Thou hast redeemed.” That was in- think they know not how to pray! tercession, or intercessory prayer. If they had been taught and enWe should also remember that couraged in early childhood, at the Christ is our
reat Intercessor, and close of each day, quietly to kneel should in this part of prayer remind down, and to spend a few moGod of His promises to us through ments in silence, to exclude all Christ, as a ground for seeking His worldly thoughts from their minds, favour.
and endeavour to realize themselves Thanksgiving consists in calling in the presence of Him who is to mind God's mercies to us, and ex- omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipressing our gratitude to Him for present, and then to examine themthem.
And praise is the act of selves after the manner above sugdeclaring our sense of God's great- gested, this difficulty would never ness and goodness; or, as David have presented itself to them. The beautifully expresses it (Ps. c. 4), it Spirit helping their infirmities, they is to be thankful unto Him, and would begin to ask, and so in truth bless His name."
begin to pray.*
* On first reading this paper we were inclined to think the plan it proposes somewhat intricate, and not likely to be put in practice by our teachers; but a second perusalmodified our opinion; and, as our friend has tried it and found it successful, we do not doubt others will also be benefited by it. The subject treated of is all-important, and we urge our readers to give it their best and most patient attention.-Editor.