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pleasant thing to be alive. We love God;
THE REWARDS OF GOODNESS.
1. If I do right, my weary head
2. Days in joy shall then be past,
3. Fears for me shall then depart
4. Then my heart shall rest in love
5. God in heaven with smiles will view
And when Jesus wakes the dead,
THE father, the mother, and the children, make a family; if the family require it, there are servants to help do the work; all these dwell in one house; they sleep beneath one roof; they eat of the same bread; they are very closely united, and are dearer to each other than any strangers. If one is sick, they mourn together; and if one is happy, they rejoice together.
Many houses are built together, many families live near one another; they meet in pleasant walks, and to buy and sell, and they gather together to worship the great God, in companies. If one is poor, his neighbour helpeth him; if he is afflicted, he comforteth him.
Where there are a few houses, it is a village. If there be many houses, it is a town or city, and is governed by a magistrate.
Many towns, and a large country, make a state, or kingdom; in it are mountains and rivers, and it is washed by seas, and joined by other countries. The people who live in the same state, are countrymen; they speak the same language, and have the same rulers.
Many kingdoms, and countries full of people, and continents, and islands, make up the world. The people are not all of one colour; and some countries are much hotter than others. Some men are black with the hot sun; others cover themselves with furs against the sharp cold.
All are God's family; He knoweth every one of them; they pray to him in different languages, but He understands them all; He heareth them all, and taketh care of all.
Magistrate. A person appointed to enforce laws. Children know what is meant by laws, or rules. They have laws at school. It is a law in some schools to begin at nine o'clock. the people in the state, or city, have laws. is a law, that one man shall not take another
man's money. The laws of the people are printed in books : some people break these laws; then they are called before a magistrate; he understands the laws, and knows how much he who breaks them ought to be punished. The magistrate tells what shall be done to the offender or law breaker; and it must be done as he says. This is to enforce the law.
The governor of the state is a magistrate. The mayor of the city is a magistrate. Continents. Very large portions of land surrounded by water.
Islands. Smaller portions of land surrounded by water.
PUNISHMENT OF SIN.
1. If I do wrong, my troubled breast
2. Angry foes will then proclaim
3. Fast my burning tears will flow;
4. Parents will with bitter pain
5. When the arm of death destroys
6. I shall see the blest afar
COME, let us walk abroad; let us talk of the works of God. Look at the flowers that cover the fields. The hand of man hath not planted them, nor the gardener digged a place for them with his spade. They spring up every where, and cover the face of the earth.
Who causeth them to grow every where, and watereth them with soft rains, and cherisheth them with dews? Who giveth them colours, and smells, and spreadeth out their thin transparent leaves?
How doth the rose draw its crimson from the dark brown earth, or the lily its shining white? How can a small seed contain a plant? How doth every plant know its season when to put forth?
When the spring cometh they shoot up. Every plant produceth its like; a cherry stone will not produce grapes; every one springeth from its proper seed. Who preserveth them alive through the cold winter, when the snow is on the ground, and the sharp frost bites?
The trees are naked, withered, and bare; they are like dry bones in winter; in spring they are covered with blossoms, and green leaves. These are a little portion of His wonders. They all speak of Him who has made them; they all tell us He is very good. They who know the most, will praise God the best; but which of us can number half His works?
Transparent. Admitting light. Glass is transparent-water is transparent. Those substances which exclude, or keep out light, are opaque— wood and iron are opaque.
Preserve. To keep in safety.
Verdure. Green leaves, or green grass. Portion. A part separated from the rest of a quantity.
Hymn. A song of praise.
The righteous. Those who do right; the good.
Myriad. A number greater than can be counted. There are myriads of grains of sand, even in a small quantity.