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useful) employments through the day, and what she proposes for her to-morrow's task.
7. “Her heart and her features are changed by the duties of her situation. To the boys she never appears other than the master's wife, and she looks up to me as the boys' master, to whom all show of love and affection would be highly improper, and unbecoming the dignity of her situation and mine. Yet this my gratitude forbids me to hint to her. For my sake she submitted to be this altered creature, and can I reproach her for it ?”
CXIII.—THE TRUE TEACHER.
J. G. HOLLAND. 1. I hold the teacher's position second to none. The Christian teacher of a band of children combines the office of the preacher and the parent, and has more to do in shaping the mind and the morals of the community than . preacher and parent united. The teacher who spends six hours a day with my child, spends three times as many hours as I do, and twenty fold more time than my pastor does. I have no words to express my sense of the importance of your office.
2. Still less have I words to express my sense of the importance of having that office filled by men and women of the purest motives, the noblest enthusiasm, the finest culture, the broadest charities, and the most devoted Christian purpose. Why, sir, a teacher should be the strongest and most angelic man that breathes. No man living is intrusted with such precious material. No man living can do so much to set human life to a noble tune. No man living needs higher qualifications for his work. Are you “fitted for teaching"? I do not ask you this question to discourage you, but to stimulate you to an effort at preparation which shall continue as long as you continue to teach.
CXIV.-THE MORAL DIGNITY OF THE EDUCA
W. E. CHANNING. 1. One of the surest signs of the regeneration of society will be the elevation of the art of teaching to the highest rank in the community. When a people shall learn that its greatest benefactors and most important members are men devoted to the liberal instruction of all its classes,—to the work of raising to life its buried intellect, it will have opened to itself the path of true glory.
. 2. There is no office higher than that of a teacher of youth; for there is nothing on earth so precious to the mind, soul, and character of the child. No office should be regarded with greater respect. The first minds in the community should be encouraged to assume it. Parents should do all but impoverish themselves, to induce such to become the guardians and guides of their children. To this good all their show and luxury should be sacrificed.
3. Here they should be lavish, whilst they straiten themselves in everything else. They should wear the cheapest clothes, live on the plainest food, if they can in no other way secure to their families the best instruction. They should have no anxiety to accumulate property for their children, provided they can place them under influences which will awaken their faculties, inspire them with pure and high principles, and fit them to bear a manly, useful, and honorable part in the world. No language can express the cruelty or folly of that economy which, to leave a fortune to a child, starves his intellect, impoverishes his heart.
CXV.-THE SOLDIERS' RALLY.
ATLANTIC MONTHLY. 1. Oh rally round the banner, boys, now freedom's chosen
sign! See where amid the clouds of war its new-born glories shine! The despot's doom, the slave's dear hòpe, we bear it on the
foe! God's voice rings down the brightening path! Say, brothers, will ye go ? 2. “My father fought at Donelson ; he held at dawn of day That flag full blown upon the walls, and proudly passed away." “ My brother fell on Newbern's shore; he bared his radiant
head, And shouted On! the day is won !'-— leaped forward and was
dead.” “My chosen friend of all the world hears not the bugle-call; A bullet pierced his loyal heart by Richmond's fatal wall.” But seize the hallowed swords they dropped, with blood yet
moist and red ! Fill up the thinned, immortal ranks, and follow where they
led! For right is might, and truth is God, and He upholds our
cause, The grand old cause our fathers loved, - Freedom and Equal
3. “My mother's hair is thin and white; she looked me in
the face, She clasped me to her heart and said, 'Go take thy brother's
place !'” “My sister kissed her sweet farewell ; her maiden cheeks were
Around my neck her arms she threw; I feel the pressure
yet.” “My wife sits by the cradle's side, and keeps our little home, Or asks the baby on her knee, "When will thy father
come ?'” Oh, woman's faith and man's stout arm shall right the ancient
wrong! So, farewell, mother, sister, wife ! God keep you brave and
strong! The whizzing shell may burst in fire, the shrieking bullet fly, The heavens and earth may mingle grief, the gallant soldier
die; But while a haughty rebel stands, no peace, for peace is war; The land that is not worth our death is not worth living for!
4. Then rally round the banner, boys! Its triumph draweth
nigh! See where above the clouds of war its seamless glories fly! Peace hovering o'er the bristling van, waves palm and laurel
fair, And victory binds the rescued stars in freedom's golden hair!
2. There is no flesh in man's obdurate heart;
3. Lands intersected by a narrow frith
4. Then what is man? And what man seeing this,
5. We have no slaves at home—then why abroad? And they themselves, once ferried o'er the wave That parts us, are emancipate and looscd.