Our Gift eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 82 pages of information about Our Gift.

Viewing these fair works of Nature,
With the art of man combined,
Are our thoughts not tending upward
To the Author of mankind? 
Yes, with grateful hearts we thank Him,
For our lives so truly blest;
Asking strength to meet time’s changes,
Faith to think them for the best.

We must learn life’s varied lessons,
Their deep meaning must unfold;
Sad or merry, they will yield us
More true wealth than mines of gold! 
Hark! the breakfast bell is calling! 
Hasten to your homes away! 
Let us hope to meet here often,
Welcoming the early day.


To the faithful teacher, there is no greater pleasure than is afforded on each returning Sunday, by his labors with his class.  Wielding Christian truth in the full exercise of human affections, he moulds the young heart as with a hand divine.

Punctuality.—­One of the beauties of the Sabbath school is the punctuality of its scholars and teachers.


In ancient days female education was almost entirely neglected, and woman’s intellectual powers were left to slumber.  Her mind was a barren waste, exhibiting no rich, luxuriant verdure, diversified only by a few outward accomplishments, which served to please the fancy of the stronger sex.  The Spartan woman, distinguished for her sternness of character and warlike disposition, looked with shame upon a son who could return from battle unless victorious, ever teaching him, from his earliest infancy, “to conquer, or to die on the battle-field.”  All the gentle and amiable qualities of the heart were repressed in their growth; and, while Sparta offered to her sons the rich boon of intellectual culture, her daughters were thought unworthy of the gift.

And Athens, that great and mighty city, exercising a most powerful influence over the civilized world, distinguished for her legislators, her philosophers, and her historians,—­what was the condition of woman there?  The slave, rather than the companion of man, she knew not that, were the storehouse of knowledge opened for her, she could come forward and stand on an equality with the “proud lord of creation!” Rome, too, the metropolis of the world, denied to woman her proper station in society, not dreaming of the hidden gems of thought which lay undiscovered beneath the thick incrustations of ignorance and superstition.

But now, all the precious gifts which learning can bestow are justly extended to her also; and man, with his increase of knowledge, has wisely learned to respect the mental abilities with which God has endowed her; has found that she may, like himself, ascend the steep hill of science, enjoy its pleasures, cull its sweetest flowers, and drink of the pure and living waters from the inexhaustible fountains of knowledge.

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