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2705. f. 5.57

LONDON: SAVILL AND EDWARDS, PRINTERS, CHANDOS-STREET,

COVENT-GARDEN.

B

CONTENTS.

PAGE

Rich and Poor..

Anonymous

Woman's Curiosity

Mrs. Hannah More... ......

The Sagacity of the Spider Oliver Goldsmith....... 7

The Stray Sheep........

Mrs. Parton.....

11

Our Son Jo...

Rev. George Aspinall, D.D. 14

The Labourer

William D. Gallagher 15

Be Kind to the Aged.

Anonymous

17

Excellence of the Scriptures...... Edwards.

18

“What is that, Mother ?". George W. Doane

19

The Weathercock.

Albert G. Greene..

20

My First Guinea......

Rev. Dr. Vaughan

23

The Poor Man's Song...

Mrs. Hannah More

24

The Three Warnings

Mrs. Thrale....

26

Choose the Right One...

Mrs. Parton....

29

The Child and the Stars.... J. E. Carpenter

32

“Rock me to Sleep, Mother”. Anonymous

33

"I Wouldn't-Would You ?"..... Anonymous

35

The Cricket on the Hearth... Rev. Thomas Cole.

37

The Oak Tree......

Rev. Henry Ward Beecher 38

The Use of Flowers...

Mrs. Mary Howitt..... 40

Spring Flowers...

The Editor

41

The Sick Man and the Angel..... John Gay...

45

Early Rising.

Anonymous

46

Immortality

Rev. W.E. Channing, D.D. 48

How Little Bessie fell Asleep Anonymous

49

The Two Weavers..

Mrs. Hannah More......... 51

An Indian Tale..

Miss Crompton

53

Light for All

Robert Gilfillan

59

Attachments of Animals... Edward Jesse

60

Calm .....

Rev. Horatius Bonar, D.D. 69

The Light of Stars...... W. H. Longfellow

70

Temper...

J. Hain Friswell

72

The Homeward Bound..

Authoress of God's Pro-

vidence House

75

The Brothers........

Anonymous

78

The Flowers of Nature............. W. Hill...

93

A Wish.....

Frederick Locker ............ 93

John Ruskin

153

On Autumn........

Alison

155

The Voyage..

Caroline Southey

157

The Slate Quarry..

Miss Crompton

158'

The Vaudois Teacher.....

John G. Whittier...

162

Raking Up the Fire...... Mrs. Beecher Stowe...... 164

We are seven.....

William Wordsworth 176

Inefficiency of Human Works..... Rev. Henry Melvill 178

The Secret of England's Glory... J. C. Tildesley

180

Autumn Leaves....

Alexander W. Butler...... 9182

Scene in the Trials of Margaret

Lindsay

Professor Wilson

184

The Mitherless Bairn.....

William Thom

186

Omniscience and Omnipresence of

God ...

East

187

Vice and Virtue.

Alexander Pope

189

The Crucifixion

Bernard Barton

190

Joe Staveley....

Author of " Kirkbeck.... 191

The Lost Day...

Mrs. Lydia H. Sigourney 203

The Presence of God.

Amelia B. Welby..... 204

The Elder's Death-bed

Professor Wilson

207

The Worship of Nature.......... John G. Whittier

211

A Psalm of Life........

H. W. Longfellow

213

The Way to be Happy......

Lord Byron.....

214

The Country Clergyman........... Oliver Goldsmith............ 215

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SUNDAY READINGS.

RICH AND POOR.

[From "Nuts and Nutcrackers ”-an interesting little volume, full of harnıless mirth and homely satire, and an admirable companion for a winter evening at home or a summer journey in a railway carriage.] “IF I was a king upon a throne this minute, an' I wanted to have a smoke for myself by the firesidewhy, if I was to do my best, what could I smoke but one pen'orth of tobacco, in the night, after all ?—but can't I have that just as asy?

“If I was to have a bed with down feathers, what. could I do but sleep there ?-and sure I can do that in the settle-bed above.”

Such is the very just and philosophical reflection of one of Griffin's most amusing characters, in his inimitable story of “The Collegians”—a reflection that naturally sets us a thinking, that if riches and wealth cannot really increase a man's capacity for enjoyment with the enjoyments themselves, their pursuit is, after all, but a poor and barren object of even worldly happiness.

As it is perfectly evident that, so far as mere sensual gratifications are concerned, the peer and the peasant stand pretty much on a level, let us inquire for a moment in what the great superiority consists which exalts and elevates one above the other. Now, without entering upon that wild field for speculation that power (and what power equals that conferred by

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