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THE CHILDREN'S CHOICE.

From America.

JOHN.
I MEAN to be a soldier

With uniform quite new;
I wish they'd let me have a drum,

And be a captain tov;
I would go amid the battle

With my broadsword in my hand,
And hear the cannon rattle,
And the music all so grand.

MOTHER.
My son ! my son! what if that sword
Should strike a noble heart,

And bid some loving father

From his little ones depart! What comfort would your waving plumes

And brilliant dress bestow, When you thought upon his widow's tears, And her orphans' cry of woe!

JOHN.
Then I will be a president,

And rule each rising state,
And hold my levees once a week,

For all the gay and great.
I'll be a king, except a crown,

For that they won't allow;
I'll find out what the tariff is,
They talk of so just now.

MOTHER.
My sop! my son! the cares of state

Are thorns upon the breast,
That ever pierce the good man's heart,

And rob him of bis rest;
The great and gay to him appear

As trifling as the dust,
He knows how little they are worth-
How faithless is their trust.

LOUISA.
I mean to be a cottage girl,

And sit behind a rill,
And morn and eve my pitcher there

With purest water fill ;
And I'll train a lovely woodbine

Around my cottage door,
And welcome to my winter hearth

The wandering and the poor,

THE CHRISTIAN MOTHER.

MOTHER.
Louisa, dear, an humble mind

'Tis beautiful to see ;
And you shall never hear a word

To check that mind from me;
But ah! remember, pride may dwell

Beneath the woodbine shade;
And discontent, a sullen guest,
The cottage heart invade.

CAROLINE.
I will be gay and courtly,

And dance away the hours,
Music, and sport, and joy, shall dwell,

Beneath my fairy bowers;
No heart shall ache with sadness

Within my laughing hall,
But the note of joy and gladness
Re-echo to my call.

MOTHER.
Ob, children ! sad it makes my soul

To hear your painful strain ;
I cannot bear to chill your youth

With images of pain.
Yet humbly take what God bestows,

And, like his own fair flowers,
Look up in sunshine with a smile,

And gently bend in showers.

THE CHRISTIAN MOTHER. A pious mother had the happiness of seeing her children in early life brought to a knowledge of the truth, walking in the fear of the Lord,

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and becoming ornaments in the christian church. A minister thinking that there might be something peculiar in her mode of giving religious instruction, which rendered it so effectual, visited her, and inquired how she discharged the duties of a mother in educating her children? She replied, that she did not know that she had been more faithful in the religious instruction of her children than any christian mother should be, but added, “I believe I never gave my children the breast without praying in my heart, that I might nurse a child for the Lord; as I washed them I raised my heart to God, that he would wash them in that blood which cleanseth from all sin; as I clothed them in the morning, I asked my heavenly Father to clothe them with the robe of Christ's righteousness; as I provided them food, I prayed that God would feed their souls with the bread of heaven, and give them to drink the water of life. When I prepared them for the house of God, I prayed that their bodies might be fit temples for the Holy Ghost to dwell in; when they left me for the week-day school, I followed their infant footsteps with a prayer, that their path through life might be like that of the just which shineth more and more unto the perfect day; and as I committed them to rest at night, the silent breathing of my soul has been, that their Heavenly Father would take them to his embrace, and fold them in his gracious arms."

TEACHING CHILDREN TO LIE.

Reader, be exhorted to use the same patient persevering, believing prayer, and not only pray for, but with your children, let them see and hear you wrestle with God on their behalf, till Christ is formed in their heart the hope of glory. To prayer join instruction, as directed Deuteronomy vi. 6—9, and to these instructions, add watchfulness over your own spirit and conduct, that your prayers for them may not be hindered by your irritable, worldly, selfish, censorious spirit. Children more readily imitate what you do, than practise what you say, and make more use of their eyes and ears, than of their understanding and reason.

Pray then earnestly, instruct diligently, and walk circumspectly and uprightly; be instant in season and out of season, and verily your labour shall not be in vain in the Lord.

TEACHING CHILDREN TO LIE. My nearest neighbour, when I resided in Connecticut, was a man moving in the ordi. nary walks of life, and was a prudent, careful, honest, and industrious husbandman. Being at a certain time on some occasion at his sonin-law's, one of the boys of the family wished to go home with his grandfather; it not being convenient at the time, the grandfather told the boy that he could not very well carry him at that time; but, he added, “ Next time grand

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