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He called James to his room, and after he had spoken to him of the wrong he had done, he said that he must punish him.

James said that he knew he had done wrong, and he was very sorry, but it was right that his father should punish him.

As his father was raising the rod to punish his son, James saw that his father was in tears, and he said, “Strike me father, but do not cry."

It made James feel worse to see his father in tears, than it did to bear the rod. James was sorry

that he had done wrong; and he was sorry that he had given pain to his father, more than because he had to suffer pain himself.

Here we can see how children should feel when they have done wrong. They offend God, who is our Father in heaven, and they should repent of their sins, because they have sinned against him.



THE Lord is good to all, and his tender mercies

are over all his works. All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee.

They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power.

The eyes of all wait upon thee, and thou givest them their meat in due season.

The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.

He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him; he also will hear their cry and will save them.

Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.

Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord, that walketh in his ways.

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth : make a loud noise and rejoice and sing praise.

Sing unto the Lord with the harp, and the voice of a psalm.

With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the Lord, the king.

Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; the world and they that dwell therein.



If you wish to become a good reader, you must

learn to read well now. If you form a habit of reading too fast or too slow, too loud or too low, it will be hard to correct the habit when you are older.

You have been told before to look at one word at a time, and then to pronounce it. If you see a long


word in the line that you are reading, you will be very apt to call the little words wrong that come just before it.

But if you look at each word as you try to read, and speak each word as you come to it, you

will learn to read with ease.

Do not try to read fast, but try to read well.

Mind the stops. When you come to a pause like this ( , ) called a comma, rest long enough to count one, and when you find a pause like this ( ; ) called a semicolon, rest a little longer.

A colon is made with two dots ( : ), and a period is a full stop ( . ), when you should let your voice fall, as if you were done reading.

Many children do not look at the stops, when they read, but hurry on, as if they were afraid they would not have time to get through the lesson.

Such children will not become good readers, unless they attend to the rules we have here given, to correct and guide them.

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IT is well for children to plant flower seeds, and

take care of the plants when they are growing. There is a great pleasure to be found in tending them, and the beauty of the flowers will repay for all the labour that is spent upon them.

A flower garden is a very pretty place, and those children who have a taste for working in it, and who love to see the roses and other flowers as they are in bloom, will not be so fond of those low and evil sports in which some children take pleasure.

But it requires much care to raise plants and flowers. They must be watered, and the weeds must be kept out, or they will not flourish.

It has been well said that the heart is like a flower

garden. The weeds will grow in it, unless


watch it with great care.

By the weeds we mean sinful thoughts and desires, which children and others should watch against, and try to avoid.

If the heart is full of evil thoughts, the life will be wicked. But if the heart is right, the life and conduct will be like a well kept garden full of flowers and fruits.



FANNY was a little girl who had been left by

those who had the care of her, to have her own way. She could get up in the morning when she was ready, and come to breakfast when she pleased.

When she wanted to go out, she went without asking, and came in when it pleased her, and no one thought of finding fault with her, or of telling her it would be better for her to act in


way. Now many children will think that Fanny must have been very happy, for they are sorry when they are told that they must not do what they wish to do. They do not like to be told they must rise in the morning before they please, or that they must not play, when they think it is just the time.

But Fanny was never happy. If it was raining when she wanted to go into the fields, she was angry;

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