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PREFACE TO THE THIRD EDITION.
It only needs that attention be called to the fact that the compiler has tried to make this third edition of the Hand-book still more worthy of the demand that has exhausted the other two. It has been carefully revised, and yet more enlarged. Its size, however, has still been limited by the original intention of fitting it to be easily carried in the pocket.
Though prepared specially for the use of ministers, it has been found that many others have wished to possess this collection of prose and verse for its own sake.
SHELBURNE, N.H., July, 1889.
Baptism of Children.
AND Jesus took a child and set him in the midst; and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them, Whosoever shall receive one of such children, in my name, receiveth me; and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but Him that sent me.
And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them; and his disciples rebuked those that brought them; but when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.
Whosoever, therefore, shall humble himself as a little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
In sympathy, as we believe, with the spirit of Jesus, we are about to dedicate this child to God, in baptism. This water is the emblem of tha