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Their evening union was one of peace, love, and joy. Every and feeble in health. Tó éut-down a single Mississippi one, even the youngest boy, scarcely five years old, brought sycamore of the large size, required three days of his best kindness and good feeling to the common stock. The bright exertions. Of course he was compelled to let all the largest evening fire was kindled: the Bible was read : they prayed trees to stand in his clearing, only deadening them by girltogether; and each of these affectionate inmates loved the ling. How it grieved him to see his rich and level fiel other as he loved his own soul. This mutual affection marred in its appearance, by a hundred huge standing dai showed in every word and action. When the members of trees, and the broken limbs and branches, which the wini a family really love one another, this is food and raiment, was constantly detaching from them. It was trying to t.. and society and cheerfulness, and every thing. To such a temper, too, to have one of his rude neighbour plantera (far family external sorrows are like weights pressing upon an since the Mason family had ceased to be a novelty, thry er. arch, the strength of which increases with the amount of perienced a sensible diminution in the kindness with whi: pressure applied. But when to poverty and trouble, and the other settlers had received them) surveying his wort sickness, are added selfishness, disputing, and quarrelling with affected pity, expressed in conversation something lik within, I know not how the members of such a family can this :—“ Why, Doctor, if you do not get a greater teran sustain life.

you will have a field hardly large enough for a 'trari With this resource, the winter wore away comfortably patch.' One of my negroes would cut many more trey and pleasantly, notwithstanding their passing disquietudes a day, than you will in a month. Doctor, you must hsu and vexations. On every fine sunshiny day, Mr. Mason some negroes.” But he took especial care not to oñer en was employed with yourg George, before the sunbeams had services of his. dissolved the frost, girdling the trees. The latter had his

But the severest of the whole was splitting rails. T:1 little axe and grubbing hoe, cutting down the smaller

was a task absolutely beyond the strength of young George trees, delighted with the mellow appearance, and the healthy The kind hearted boy was assiduous to hand the wedges aan smell of the virgin mould. A hundred times his delight the maul to his exhausted father. In this most labur sadi was excited by seeing the grey and black squirrels skip business there is a dexterity only to be acquired by prata", away from the trees which he began to fell. The paroquets Many a tree, cut down with great labour, would make sense in their splendid livery of green and gold were fluttering at all. It was long before Mr. Mason, with his utmest aaabout the sycamores, raising their shrill scream, as dis- ertions, could make five-and-twenty in a day. It did agreeable as their plumage is brilliant; and seemed to be mend the matter to be told, by those who looked . scolding at these meddlers in their empire. The red-birds,

vork, that one hundred and fifty a-day was the regis springing away from the briar copse, which he began to

task of each of their negroes. At night Mr. Mason's aastas dissurb with his grubbing hoe; the powerful mucking bird, were one blister. Poor George could count his blister. seated at its leisure on a dead branch, and pouring its gay

Mrs. Mason bound up their sore hands, and turid song, and imitating every noise that was heard ; the loud

away her face to conceal her tears. The severe toil camera and joyous bark of their favourite dog, as he was pursuing Mr. Mason rheumatic pains and sleepless nights. He fan his own sport beside them, digging for an opossum; the moreover, when stormy weather confined him to the face. morning crow of the cock ; the distant cry of the hounds that a body full of the pains of exhausting laborar unéta in the settlement, ringing through the forests ; the morning him for mental exertion. But neither the voice of onmists lying like the finest drapery of muslin, spread over

plaining or of dejection was heard ; for in this cabin the the tops of the trees; these, and a thousand mingled and

was union, mutual love, confidence in God, and the boppe joyous cries of animals in the woods, filled his young heart

immortality. with joy, and often arrested his axe and his hoe. In such pursuits passed away the morning till breakfast.

The middle of March approached, and in this climate * When the labour of clearing was resumed after break- is the dawn of spring. The wilderness began to be p": fast, the mother and Eliza came out, attended by the younger the rose-bud in a thousand places was one compact tuft ** children, and looked on the work as they sat on the logs peach-blow flowers ; the umbrella tops of the dog.irtas already cut. A falling tree was a grand object to them. were covered with the large blossums of brilliant white : Henry, now a stout boy of ten, had already obtained pere every step the feet trampled on clusters of violets; the sur mission to take his share in these labours. Not unfre- ling buds and the half-formed leaves diffused on every st quently the whole group would suspend their toils, and the delicious perfume of spring. The labour of Mr. M laugh to watch him tugging at the branch of a shrub, son had been slow and painful, but they had been coasta catching by its points upon others, and pulling him back, and persevering. A little 'every day produces a great * delighted to see his little cheeks flush with exultation and sult. In four months the clearing was increased from exercise, and note the promise of future perseverance in the to nine acres, which were well fenced, and fit for plantia efforts thich he made, until he had overcome the resistance The surface of the soil was black, rich, and perfectly and added it to the pile.

able. It was a pleasant novelty to him to plant corn with After sunset it was a high treat to the children to fire tlie out ploughing, and among thick deadened trees, reacbi. huge piles of dry bushes and logs, heaped for burning, and almost to the clouds. The field was laid out in roF: 3 to see the flames rising above the tops of the highest trees, right lines, by taking sight from one tree to another. 1) enlightening every object around, and disturbing the owls father went before making a hole for the com with his ber. and roosting birds from their retreats. The noise of the George followed, dropping the corn into the hole, and a bursting cáne-stalks was like the report of a thousand guns, vering it with his. Eliza, with her face shaded by her large and they called these nightly fires their celebrations. Not sun-bonnet

, and Henry with his broad-leafod stra-bar

, but there were also discouragements and difficulties in this with little bags pinned to their sides, walked beside Georpo work of clearing. Mr. Mason was both unused to labour and their father. They carried beins, the seed of proper


kins, squashes, cucumbers, and the different kind of melons, more than an hour in the day, and that in the morning to hand to each, where a place offered that seemed suitable before the sun was above the trees. to these seeds. A garden, or as the people call it, a truck. The heavy dews, which lay like rain upon the leaves of patch, was also prepared, and sowed and planted with such the corn and the rank weeds, were found scarcely less noxseeds and vegetables as their more considerate neighbours ious to his health when he was drenched by them, than the had taught them were congenial to the soil and climate. heats of the sun. Young George, fully comprehending the

The vialent thunder-storms of that country and season case, laboured from morning till night to spare his father, were at first a source of alarm to the family. They and to keep down the weeds. It discouraged him to see trembled as they heard the thunder echoing through the that more grew up in a night, than he could cut down in a forests, and saw the lightning firing the high dead trecs. day. They soon perceived that the thunderbolts fell harmless to In attempting to work with his son in the sweet potato the earth. Their ears became accustomed to the crash, and patch, in the middle of July, under the influence of a powerthe beautiful mornings that followed, hailed by all the ful sun, Mr. Mason experienced a coup de soleil, and was birds -of spring, and embalming the air with the mingled assisted to his bed by the united exertions of his wife and

children. During three hours, he was not expected to surdours of the forest, more than compensated for the passing vive from one minute to another. I do not design to deerrors of the night. There are a few lovers of nature who scribe the agony of his family. He who knows how they will be able to comprehend the enjoyment of this family on loved one another can imagine it. There are events whose risiting the field the first sabbath after the crops had come suddenness throw the mind into a kind of stupefaction, and ully up. It is a delightful spectacle to one that has eyes it was only when Mr. Mason exhibited signs of being ont ind a heart. It was the promise of future support to those of immediate danger, that tears were shed by those who

watched over him. Mr. Mason died, exhorting his family Tho had nothing else on which to depend ; of subsistence never to despair, and the duties of a father to the orphan hd comfort to all they loved on earth. It was cultivated flock devolved upon George. egetation sprung up on the wild soil, where nothing but I should be glad to give the reader as distinct an image reeds and bushes had flourished from the creation. I en-, as I have myself of this rustic funeral in the Mississippi

forest. I see the two solitary cabins standing in the midst er into their delight, as their eyes caught the straight of the corn, which overtopped the smaller cabin. I see the tems of the corn, rising in lines that already marked the high and zig-zag fence, ten rails high, that surrounds the field, os with a vigour of vegetation and depth of verdure and the hewn “puncheon" steps in the form of crosses, by which they had never seen corn wear before. Parents and which the people passsed over the fence into the enclosure; hildren guzed with unsated eagerness upon the welons and through the corn-field to the cabins. I see the dead trees

the smooth and beaten footpath amidst the weeds, that leads teumbers, starting up with leaves broader and fresher than throwing aloft their naked stems from amidst the corn. ay they had ever beheld in New England. There they I mark the square and compact enclosure of the deep green sad required great care in preparing the hills, and laborious forest, which limits the prospect to the summits of the corn. ittention to the kind and amount of manure; here, they stalks, the forest, and the sky. A path is cut through the

corn a few feet wide to a large sycamore, left in its full verFere barely deposited in the virgin soil. There, in March, dure in one corner of the field, where Mr. Mason used to he ground was still covered with snow; here, these vege- repose with George when he was weary, and where he had ables had already thrown out their second leaves. The expressed a wish, during his sickness, that he might be nspection of the sweet potato patch, which was large, and buried. Under that tree is the open grave. Before the he hills of which had been prepared with great care, was

door of the cabin, and shaded by the western slope of the

sun behind it, is the unpainted coffin, only wanting the e source of still more gratifying curiosity. Our emigrants covering plank. In it is the lifeless body of the pastor, were all fond of this vegetable, and had never seen it grow. the cheek, blanched to the colour of the bands about the ng. It was therefore with the highest gratification that neck, and contrasting so strongly with the full and flowing hey watched the unfolding stem, and the first development black silk robe, in which, in the far country of his birth, of the leaves of this beautiful creeper.

he had been accustomed to go up to the house of the Lord..

I see the white mothers, their children, and a considerable The season was favourable, and their crops came forward number of blacks who had been permitted to attend the to their utmost hopes. To watch it daily advance was a funeral, in consideration of the service which was to be per. constant source of amusement. But the sad leaven of sor- formed by one of their number. I see the tall and swarthy row remained at the bottom of their cup. The great heats planters, with the stern authority and rude despotism, which of the climate began to make themselves felt early in April. their standing and importance, impressed upon their coun.

they exercise over their slaves, and their conscious feeling of The lassitude that ensued was a new sensation to this fa

I see the pale faces of the little group of mourn. mily, and at first not unpleasant. But the increase of this ers, struggling hard with nature against lamentation and Lassitude, as the season and the heat advanced, became a tears. They could not have, and they needed not, the ex. kource of apprehension to Mr. Mason. Half an hour's pensive and sable trappings which custom has required for labour in the field, after the sun

the show of grief. Their faded and mended dresses were in

was up, completely drenched him in perspiration, and left him powerless to

perfect keeping with the despondency in their countenances,

and their forlorn and desolate prospects. renew his work, until he had rested an hour upon his mat The assembled group was summoned to prayer." The trees. Hiş inward apprehension was, “ If such be the ef- black, who officiated, was dressed, by the contributions of lict of an April sun, what will be that of July and Au- his fellow-servants of the whole settlement, in a garb as

nearly like that of the methodist ministers, who were in

the habit of preaching in the settlement, as the case would Midsummer already furnished their table with green admit. The position was to hiin one of novelty and awe. com and the common vegetables of the season in ample His honest and simple heart was affected with the extreme abundance ; ,Inut their joy in the prospect of their crops was, distress of the mourners

. Ile began, at first, in awkward damped by observing, that as the summer heats advanced and unsuccessful attempts to imitate the language and man.

ner of educated ministers. He soon felt the hopelessness of the health of Mr. Mason more visibly sunk under the in- the effort, and poured out the simple, earnest effusions of

He could no longer labour abroad I real prayer, in language not less impressive from being


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uttered in the dialect of a negro. He dissolved into tears The clothes which they brought with them from des from his own earnestness; and, while the honest and sable England were wearing out, and they had no ieans of ion faces of his fellow-slaves were bathed in tears, the contagion placing them. The deer-skin dresses, so common in u of sympathy extended through the audience, producing a country, were still more expensive to ptrchase, than general burst of grief. I should despair of being able to cheap domestic articles. Either were alike beyond to ca'ch the living peculiarities and dialect of the discourse, means, which, as regarded nioney, were entirely enhans or exhortation, which followed. Nevertheless, I shall at- by the sickness of Mr. Mason. There are many rpm tempt an outline of the beginning, which may fairly serve and expedients in such cases, to which back-Fool's my as a sample of the rest :

are accustomed, which the Masons had yet to learn. I “ White Massas and people, please to hark and hear the decent habits of the mother had hitherto kept the cluido poor words of Pompey. Great God let white men bring of her children whole, by patching and darning. But 1: poor Pompey over the sea, and make him work hard in field. could not be possible much longer. There are severe :* Great God good, when he si em hard with us. He send good even in that fine climate ; and five children could as men to turn Pompey's heart, and make him Christian. always confined to the nariow precincts of a log-hous. I Strange things God work. Here Massa Vason, great the bright and delightful frosty mornings of Decembe. Yankee preacher, kuow all tongues, read all books, wear is natural that children should feel the cheering elast.. the grand gown you see there in coftin, preach in big meet- and invigorating influence of the frosts as other an... ing. He come way off here to Massa seepa to die, die in They soon, like the domestic fowls and animals, bei ... the woods. Nobody pray over him but poor Pompey. accustomed to running abroad unshod. But when it Well, me think all one thing for God. Me teel here when returned from their excursions, to hover round the fire, live me die, me go to Heaven. God no turn me out cause me feet red, inflamed, and smarting to agony with the s. no got book learning. Massa Mason he die, he go to Heaven. action of the fire, the tender mother felt the inflamms Oh! Lord God, touch Pompey's lips, that he speak a word as keenly as though it had been in her own heart It in season to poor Missis and the dear children. Oh! Missis, own sufferings of the same sort were as nothing in the co you see Heaven, you no want him back. No sin, no labour, parison. no tears."

Whenever the question of the future course of the fil. And the poor earnest slave proceeded to pour forth from was in discussion, and the question of " What were the the fulness of his heart all the motives of resignation, do ?” followed by gloom and despondency, George failed patience, and hope, that his retentive memory enabled him to recall to them his father's last declaration : “That (oto utter. The audience melted anew into tears. When the never forsakes them who do not forsake themselves." service was finished, he recited in his peculiar accent and “ They were in good health," he said, “and in a 6411 dialect those beautiful verses of a funeral hymn, which he where sustenance was easy to be procured ; and, it is had so often heard repeated as to have committed it to could only hit upon the right way, some ove might ** memory :

be devised, in which they might become independer." ~ Those eyes he seldom could close,

every body, and take care of themselves.” The By sorrow forbidden to sleep," &c.

object of all their conversations was to find this way. I have never heard voices so sweet as those of some black Few if any of my young friends can have any idea young women on such occasions. The thrilling tones will remain heart-wearing study of this family, to find some true's on my memory as long as I live. To me, too, there is following which, they might obtain sushcient mort something very affecting in that sacred music in which the clothe themselves, and pay the doctor's bill and taxes. Die whole congregation unite. Every one joined in this hymn, titute as they were, these bills were preunced, wul 1. and it seemed to be a general wail sent up from the wood3 ment pressed with persevering importunity. In discut to Heaven.

ing every evening upon this matter, Mrs. Mason, 6*** When the hymn wis ended, the man whose business it and Lizzy, were of course chief speakers, thongh Mas was to direct the ceremony, proposed to those who wished | Thomas, and even little William, often made their spesia to take a last look at the deceased to come forward. It is and threw their light upon the subject. If the reader 15 cm the common cus om in that country for widows, who affect not feel a smile out of place in the circle of this st" refinement, to shut themselves up in retirement from the family, he could not have restrained one at herrin: funeral solemnities of their husbands. But not so did Mrs. of the propositions of the junior branches of the fato Mason. She walked firmly to the coffin side, and all her counsel. Ilenry proposed the mystery of binlcic children came with her. They looked long at the pale and and sending cages of mocking-birds, red birds, Fa". care-worn, but peaceful countenance, of the being who had quets, and turtle doves, to New Orleans for ale * been, next to God, their stay and dependence. At a signal was for applying their exertions to the gathering : from the same man, the lid was placed on the coffin and canes, and sending them to the northern mannfacture nailed down. Twelve of the principal planters were the weaver's sleys. George had high hopes from a diu. * bearers. The mourners walked directly behind the coftin, composition for ink and blacking, which he espet** and the whole mass of people followed through the coria complete from the vegetables of the country. Mis field. The coffin was let down with cords into the grave, and Lizzy limited their projects to the tried and 37 and the fresh black soil heaped upon it. According to the experiment of raising cotto:1, and spinning wight and custom of that region, each one present took up a handful to clothe themselves, and manufacture a little surplus of earth, and threw it into the grave. A couple of stakes sale. A thousand inconveniences attended every times were planted, one at the head and the other at the foot ; ment, as preliminary difficulties equally insuperable app the neighbours dispersed to their several abodes; and the ed to another. Night after night, and week after ** widow and her children returned to their desolate dwelling. wore away in unprofitable speculations. The party s A season was claimed by natural grief, but the family did rally retired from the evening fire to their beds, their bodie not give themselves up to despair.

dry and exhausted by useless searching for some practical I do not purpose very particularly to narrate the subse- project, and their hearts sunk with the discouraging * ! quent fortunes of this family, any further than as their pression, that nothing was before them but the same hapa circumstances are calculated to develop the character and less poverty. conduct of George. It is only necessary to say, that, for But when their supper of milk, corn-bread, and sam the present, the family were amply supplied with corn, and potatoes was finished, and they were azain assembled and the common vegetables from their field, which nature had the evening fire, the repetition of Mr. Mason's m?!.. been beneficent in ripening for them, during their utmost “ never despair,” like a voice from Heaven, renewed there" distress. They might, therefore, behold the approach of courage and strength for a new discussion of their pets winter without any immediate apprehension of starving. pects. Success, as it ought, ultimately attended the But people may suffer, and suffer acutely from poverty, counsels ; but we must defer the remainder of the history in after the fear of the inninediate want of food is removed. next week

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" Who made the cloth ?”

“ Men, whose business it is to make cloth by a (For the Schoolmaster.)

machine, called a loom, and by an operation called LÉTTER VI.

weaving." The idea of a Supreme Intelligence, the creator

« But of what is the cloth made ?" and preserver of all things; the disposer of all

« Of a substance called wool." events; the ever-present moral governor and judge

“ Whence do they get the thing called wool?” of all accountable beings; the constant inspector It grows on the backs of sheep." of every heart,-is the foundation of all right

“ Who makes it grow there ?”. feeling, and of all good action. Let this idea, then,

« God.” be given to children as soon as their tender minds

“ Who made this table ?" can admit it. Let it be arrayed in the most at

« The cabinet-maker.” tractive colours. Let it be surrounded by a crowd Of what is it made ?" of pleasing associations.

« Of wood.” + The human mind is capable of receiving the

“ What is the wood ?" idea of a GREAT and GOOD God sooner than many

“ Part of a tree named an oak.”. writers have been willing to admit. Some have

“ Who made the tree?". thought that this idea should not be attempted to

“ A man planted a kind of nut called an acórn, be imparted until all the mental powers be com

which is the seed of the oak-tree, 'and the tree pletely expanded, and called into action. Others grew up from that.” have deemed it wiser not to impart it at all, but to

“ But who made it grow ?" leave the youthful mind to make the discovery

66 God.” itself. To comprehend the nature and attributes

All the men in the world together could not of the great First Cause, is, indeed, far above the make a sheep, nor wool, nor an acorn, nor an capacity of children; it likewise is beyond the oak-tree. Therefore there must be a Being more grasp of the human intellect in its fullest vigour; powerful and wiser than all men, and that Being is it is beyond the capability of the most exalted in- God.” telligence. “Who can by searching find out God; Thus, there is no need at all of telling the child who can find out the Almighty to perfection ?" that God made the coat and the table. This would But some ideas, influential ideas, of the incompre- only puzzle the child, as he would probably know hensible, all-comprehending Deity, may be com

that Mr. A. was the immediate maker of the coat, municated, even to young children, in some degree, and Mr. B. of the table. and in a certain manner, which may have a power In this manner all the productions of human art ful influence, both on their present and future life. and labour may be referred to the Deity; and

To tell inquiring children that God made the such reasoning appears to be level with the capathings with which they are most familiar, exactly city of a child beginning to observe and to ask in the same state and form in which they behold questions. With respect to the grend objects of them, might confuse their thoughts, and lead them nature, he might be informed that God made them, astray. But most of those things may be easily just as he sees them; because he would not imaand naturally traced to God, ultimately. For gine that men could possibly have formed the gun, example,

the moon, the stars, the mountains, the seas, and A father asks his little boy, “ Who made the so on. By such means may some idea of God 'be coat which I wear?".

conveyed to the minds of young children. The “ The tailor made it."

sooner this is done the better, that the most imHe did so; for he cut out the pieces of which portant of all ideas may take root in the mind it is composed from a very large piece of cloth, early, and grow with it as it grows. With this and fitted and sewed them together. But who idea may be easily associated that of goodness, of made the tailor himself?”

kindness. For, if God be the author of all the « God."

conveniences and comforts of life, then He is their

giver likewise, and consequently He must be good How readily will they, to whom, in the days of and bountiful.

infancy, religion #ås rendered an oppressive bur. To assuciate these ideas in the minds of children, den, when they attain to the season of youth, lisis of the utmost moment, as this will habituate ten to the song of the siren, Pleasure to the enthem to regard God as their protector, their best snaring sophistry of infidelity! They will pro. friend, and benefactor; and will thus gradually bably disengage themselves from the beneficial and naturally introduce love for lim, trust in influences of true religion, while they may still Him, desire of pleasing and serving Him, into the remain under the tyranny of slavish fear and su. soul, and establish them there as perpetual inmates. perstitious dréad. Blessed and blessing inmates will they prove, Let us be solicitous to connect in the minds of enlightening, purifying, cheering, invigorating the our children, indissolubly to connect, the ideas of mind,--steering steadily through life,-sustaining God, religion, and virtue, with those of enjoyment in the hour of death,—and conducting safely to a and happiness; and the idea of vice, with that of new and more exalted state of existence.

misery. Let us take care that their first impres. Let parents take heed that they do not deprive sions concerning those most momentous objects be their children of this most precious blessing, by cheerful, agreeable, encouraging. Then will there introducing the idea of God into their minds, so be every reason to hope that those principles of as to produce associations of terror and aversion, true wisdom will be so deeply planted in their instead of confidence and love. The sensible and hearts, as to stand firm against the attempts of pious female writer, to whom I have already al scepticism, the temptations of prosperity, the luded more than once, says upon this subject-trials of adversity. Let, then, the idea of God, " By pious, but ill-judging parents, the idea of the whose high and holy name is Jesus Christ*—the Deity is introduced to the imagination of infants, bestower of good, be intermingled with all the accompanied by exactly similar impressions to pleasures, the comforts, the enjoyments of children, those which were conjured up by the name of some -with every thing which affords them delight. Let terrific, imaginary being. Their kind heavenly them be taught thus to feel and reason : " Our Father is made to appear to them in the light on parents and friends provide for us food, and cloth. an invisible, but avenging tyrant, whose service is ing, and habitation, and amusements, and give bi perfect bondage. That hatred of sin, which springs knowledge and instruction; but it is God who from the perfections of the moral attributes of the enables them to do so, and therefore it is God Deity, is prematurely presented to their minds, at who, in fact, affords us all those good things." a period when they are yet incapable of perceiving

These ideas of the Divine Being may be comabstract truths. The impression that is, by this municated much more easily, and far more impres means, made upon their senses, is, however, suffi-sively, from the lips of parents who sedulous! ciently deep to remain permanent. The associa- embrace every opportunity of conveying them which tions thus produced must surely be those of aver may arise in their daily intercourse with their sion. Would good people permit their żeal to be children, than by formal lessons and catechisms, in under the dominion of their judgment, would learning which they too often learn only words, they pay some attention to the progress of minds, and the labour of committing which to memory and observe the slow and gradual progress of na

hazards the excitement of disgust, and sentiments ture in the development of the faculties, they unfavourable to the formation of the religious would not idly attempt to explain to children frame and temper. Children may gently, gradosubjects of abstract speculation, at a period when, ally, and pleasingly, be led through nature, up to at best, it can have no other effect than to leave nature's God.” Every object of the creation, espeupon their minds impressions of weariness and cially the more grand and beautiful objects, which wonder,"

raise delight and admiration, may be made sub. If parents, therefore, wish that the celestial servient to this purpose. The power, the wisdom, plants of piety and religion should be rooted in the goodness of God, may be pointed out, as apya the hearts of their children, let them be careful to rent on all sides; and pleasurable ideas may nagive them, early in life, the idea of a supreme

turally be united with those displays. Lord of all, and to let that idea be connected with infint mind, then may his omnipresence he mak

If the Divine Being be thus represented to the the most pleasing associations. Let the idea of almighty power be united with the ideas of infinite

a source of joy, of trust, of confidence; as well as knowledge, wisdom, benevolence, bounty, and mer

of reverence, awe, self-command, obedience, ami cy. If God and religion be presented to the in regard for sincerity. The idea of the constant fant mind, as surrounded with gloom, as clothed in presence of a God who loveth truth, peace, kind. severity, as dressed in frowns, as tremendously infixed in the heart, as it will probably prove the

ness, and purity, should be early and deeply awful and threatening,---such representations will, assuredly, awaken terror and oversion, not confi- powerful friend and supporter of virtue in after

life. dence and love; and most probably will end in

The idea of the constant presence of God, not only breaking such a heavy yoke of bondage,

as a benefactor, a father, a protector, ever reads but also in completely throwing off the curb of restraint

"For in His dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead backis,"

Col. ii. 9.

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