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4 And then he ran to her and laid
His head upon her arm,
You'll guard me from all harm.”
5 “What makes the lamb love Mary so ?”
The eager children cry; ;
6 “And you each gentle animal
In confidence may bind,
Affectionate, and kind."
HAVING ONE'S OWN WAY.
THIS HIS little song the children were fond of singing, and the lesson they learned from it was a good
It was this : “We must love others, if we would have them love us."
At the same school in which John and Jane were learning to read, there was a boy by the name of Peter. He was so selfish that he was not willing to share with the others, either in work or play.
He would have his own way in all things : when the rest of the boys wanted to have a game of ball he would name some other play, and if they were willing to work, he wanted to play.
He did not try to make himself pleasant to those who were with him, but would often say to them, “ You do as you like, and I will do as I like.”
It is very easy to see that such a boy would have few friends in school. The boys called him “ Selfish Peter,” because he loved his own comfort, more than any thing else.
It was not right in the boys to call him by this or any other bad name, for if they had been kind to him, when he was unkind to them, perhaps they would have led him to feel how much better it is to make friends, than to be cross and unkind to those who are near us.
ONE WAY TO BE HAPPY.
PETER, who was called by the other boys “ Selfish
Peter,” had been very unkind to John, and had even struck him, because he did not go out of his way, when Peter told him to do so.
One day as John came to school before the time, he found Peter crying, and asked him what was the matter.
“ Matter enough,” said Peter; “I never can get this lesson, and you will not make it any better by coming in to hinder me.”
“I did not mean to hinder you, but I should like to help you. I learned it last night, and hard work I had too; and if you wish it I will show you how it is done."
Peter was so much affected with the kindness of John that he could hardly speak to him. But he looked up to him, and then looked down on his book, and John took a seat by his side.
They were soon hard at study, and in a short time John had been over the whole lesson with Peter, who now thought it was easy enough.
When they were through with the lesson, Peter put his arm around the neck of John, and said to him as he sat on the seat, “I have been a bad boy, and I am sorry. Tell me how to be good.”
Then they both wept: John wept to think that Peter should feel so sadly, and Peter was sorry that he had been so wicked.
John told him that if he would try to make others happy, he would be happy himself.
It was seen by all the boys in the school, that Peter was a better boy after that, than he had been before. They did not call him by any bad name, but tried to forget his former habit of always wishing to have his own way.
STEALING BIRDS' EGGS. A WICKED boy found a bird's nest on a tree,
and taking the eggs out of it, he carried them away.
The birds came back to the nest, and were sorry to find that their nest had been robbed by some bad boy.
The lad who had taken the eggs, did not know what to do with them, for he was afraid to have it known that he had robbed a nest.
So he took the eggs and hid them away in the room where he slept, and where he thought no one would find them.
There they lay for many days, and gave him no pleasure, for he could not play with them lest it should be found out that he was a thief.
A few weeks after this, he was going by the tree where the nest was made, and he saw the birds flying around it as if they were at home.
He climbed up into the tree, and found that the birds had laid three eggs more.
These he did not take, but said to himself that he would wait till the young
birds were hatched. So he watched the nest, and went to see it very often. At last he found three little birds in the nest, and when they had grown to be so large that they were nearly ready to fly, this cruel boy took them out of their nice warm nest, and carried them home.
One of them died on the way, but two were alive when he came to the house. His father saw him with the birds in his hand, and asked him where he got them.
He said that he found them on the side of the road, and he was so afraid they would be killed he had brought them home to take care of them, as they had no mother.
This was a sad untruth, and it shows us that one wicked thing leads to others. This boy went on from bad to worse. First he took the eggs; then he took the young birds, and then he told a lie.
He grew up to be a bad man, and it would not be strange if he came to some bad end.
THE PENITENT CHILD.
James Wilson had done wrong, and his father
thought that he must punish him. always hard for his father to punish his children, and he said that he would rather suffer the pain himself than make his children suffer.
But he was a good parent, and he knew that if he did not correct his children for doing wrong, they would grow up in sin, and become worse and worse, as they became older.