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to God; we can speak of all his goodness. So we must thank him for ourselves and we must thank him for those that cannot speak.
Almira and Jane.
Almira was a very thoughtful girl; she took delight in viewing the beauties of nature; and for this purpose, often took a walk near the close of the day.
On her return, one fine evening, she was acosted by Jane; who, though younger than herself, was always pleased with Almira's company.
After inquiring where she had been, and looking at the lilies she had gathered; Jane requested the pleasure of walking with her the next day.
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Almira did not forget, but having obtained leave, (rather earlier than usual, that they might have the more time to converse) proceeded on her walk.
Jane had already informed her Mother of what had passed; and made request, that she and her little brother, might join Almira in her ramble.
Her Mamma was very willing, and said, as she was about to go; Do not forget, my child, that it is God, who permits you to enjoy so many pleasures.
By this time Almira had arrived; and Jane and George were ready to go with her.
It was a fine day, and all around seemed to inspire them with delight.
Almira and Jane soon began to converse, and little George listened with attention,
How pleasant it is, said Jane, to see the earth decked so gaily; the grass so fresh and green; and do see the little lambs yonder!
Al. O yes; emblems of innocence; how sweetly they play; the musick of the birds aiso affords me much pleasure; do you not like to hear it?
Ja. I do; but I suppose I have not listened to it so much as you have.
Al. Indeed, I sometimes rise very early on purpose to hear them; but I do not say right, I rise because their sweet notes seem to say; Awake, and give thanks too.
The same God that made them, and teaches them to sing, made us, and takes care of us. Ja. And bestows on us many blessings which they never knew.
Geo. But how can you say so; sister? I think the birds are very happy, and sometimes wish, that, like them, I could skip from bough to bough.
Ja. Why George, they know but very little; they were never taught to read, as we have been..
Al. Nor did they ever hear of heaven; but we, if we love the Lord, and obey him, may hope to be happy here, and happy in the world to come.
Geo. Now I see the folly of my wishes; I think I shall never, again, desire to be a bird; I would much rather learn to read, and become wise.
Ja. Have we not yet arrived at the extent of your walk; Almira?
Al. Yes; this is the very place where I gathered the lilies.
On the banks of this little rivulet I admire to sit, among the shrubs, or under the shade of some of these willows.
Ja. George, I believe is delighted by looking into the brook; what do you see George? Geo. Some frogs, and a great many little fishes; I wish I had brought my hook and line, I believe I could catch some.
Ja. But put in your hand,and catch some; they will not hurt you.
Geo. But they are so shy, and nimble,that, before I can touch them, they dart away.
As they walked along the side of the stream, viewing the beauties of nature, and listening to the inelody of the birds, Jane began to be very pensive:
I have been thinking, said she that the God who made, and takes care of all those things, must be very grea', and very good. Al. He is so, indeed; he is worthy of all I no praise.
Ja. If he makes this earth so pleasant, what must heaven be ? I suppose it will be a much happier place than this.
Al. What does the word of God say ? Eye hath not seen; neither has it entered into the heart of man, to conceive the glory, that shall be revealed in that world.
O may we meet in heaven; we shall then be happy indeed; we shall never grow weary of admiring the goodnes of God
The evening drew on, and they returnedhome; little George being so well pleased, that he related the whole story to his