Little Jane, for her industry and good scholarship, obtained quite a number of “rewards of merit,” which her schoolmates said she justly deserved. There is one of them with these lines:
For conduct good and lessons
Your teacher can commend;
Good scholarship has richly earned
This tribute from your friend.
On one day, she came running home very much pleased with her card, which her teacher gave herself and her little sister Emma, for their good conduct and attention to their studies. The card contained these lines:
See, Father! mother, see!
To my sister and me,
Has our teacher given a card,
To show that we have studied hard.
To you we think it must be pleasant,
To see us both with such a present.
Every good boy and girl will be rewarded, and all such as are studious, and respectful to their teachers, will always get a reward.
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God never allowed any man to do nothing. How miserable is the condition of those men who spend their time as if it were given them, and not lent.—Bishop Hall.
Now the golden ear wants the
Banish every fear, plenty fills the land.
Joyful raise songs of praise,
Goodness, goodness, crowns our days.
Yet again swell the strain,
He who feeds the birds that fly,
Will our daily wants supply.
As the manna lay, on the desert
So from day to day, mercies flow around.
As a father’s love gives his children bread,
So our God above grants, and we are fed.
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Think in the morning what thou hast to do this day, and at night what thou hast done; and do nothing upon which thou mayest not boldly ask God’s blessing; nor nothing for which thou shalt need to ask his pardon.—Anon.
There is a company of girls met together, and what can they be talking about. Hark! “Now I will tell you something, if you’ll promise never to tell,” says Jane. “I will, certainly,” replied Anne. “And will you promise never to tell a single living creature as long as you live?” The same reply is given, “I will never tell.”
Now Jane tells the secret, and what is it? It turns out to be just nothing at all, and there is no good reason why every body should’nt know it. It is this—“Lizzy Smith is going to have a new bonnet, trimmed with pink ribbon and flowers inside.” Anna thinks no more of her solemn promise, and the first school-mate she meets, she opens the secret, with a solemn injunction for her not to tell. By and by the secret is all out among the girls—the promises are all broken. Now, children, remember your word—keep it true, and never make a promise which you do not intend to keep, and always avoid telling foolish secrets.