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SECOND SERIES-VOLUME X
“And they brought young children to Him, that He should touch them :
“But when Jesus saw it, He was much displeased, and said unto them.
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-glad that I can address so many young people at the same time, and anxious that what I say may do them good, without any mixture of ill. If we should be careful that our words be of the right kind when we are only speaking to others with our voice, how much more careful ought
we to be when we write our NEW YEAR. thoughts; so that people far and What plea- near, now and hereafter, may sant words! read them !
What a happy As I write world ours would be, if men them I had never written anything that
fancy I see their fellow-men could be inan array of happy faces; I mean jured by; if all that has been the readers of “Early Days,” put into books were true, and to whom I have so often spoken, good, and beautiful. Well, if 80 far as a printed page can we cannot look for so much as speak, during the last twelve this, seeing that human nature months, and, indeed, for years is of itself so evil, we can at past. If every number of our least try for ourselves neither to little Magazine is read, at one write nor to read anything but time or another, by only five what is in agreement with the persons, nearly two hundred Scriptures, and with what we thousand pairs of eyes will know is the will of God. meet the words I am
I did not intend to write about writing. “What a host !” you the great number of the readers are ready to say. It is indeed of "Early Days” when I took a host; and, when I think of the pen just now into my hand; it, I am both glad and anxious, but the mentioning it has raised
VOL. X. SECOND SERIES.—January, 1870.
some thoughts in my mind, see Him in the world above. which it may not be amiss in Though I am now far from part to tell you.
being young, and the hair on First, then, the circle of my my head is even turning grey, readers is so great, that I may I often think of her, and feel be almost sure that some who drawn all the more towards listen to me in January are heaven because she is there. taken every year to their “long But now for us the toils home" before December comes and dangers of the old year are round again. I know that this gone, and a new one lies all has been the case with some before us, to make it, if we are who, twelve months ago, were spared to its close, almost what in as good health as any of us
Which shall it be? now are. But, then, is this a a good or a bad one? I think cause for sorrow only ? No, none of us would wish it to be very far from that; for I believe a bad one; but, then, it will not that a large part of the young be a good one without proper people for whom I write are care on our part. among those who read the Bible, Perhaps you would ask, if we who love Jesus, and who try to were just now in a room talking please God in all they say and with each other, what is it needdo. So that, although I sorrow ful to take care about, in order with father and mother, brothers to spend a happy year? But I and sisters, that are left behind, think most of you know already there is a deepjoy under it all, what is the secret of a pleasant the joy of knowing that, though life; so that, I only need to rethe little ones are no more,
mind you of your Bible, your they have gone home to heaven teachers' advice, and your
kind and to Jesus; and that if the parents' wishes. Is there anyelder who have been thing else to which you must taken, repented of their sins listen ? Yes, you know there and asked Jesus for pardon, is conscience, that inward voice they also are now for ever that tells
do right safe in His hands. I had a and when you do wrong; and little sister, when I was a child, there is the good Spirit of God, who died when she was only five who, for Jesus' sake, comes years old. She loved God, and often to you, and whispers good I doubt not went thus early to things into your heart. It is
only by attending to these because the doctor says you things, day by day, that people, must, when all is joyous around whether young or old, can have you, the bright sun shining in what in the Bible (Prov. xv. at the window, and the little 15) is called "a merry heart;" birds in the jessamine outside that is, a mind cheerful, and joining their cheerful notes to at peace with itself and with
the merry voices of children at God.
play. The draught of medicine I shall often think of my is bitter even when a loving young friends during the year hand brings it to you. Sickwe are just entering. The faces ness, though you are in the of most of them are, of course, midst of friends and comforts strange to me. But how plea- of all kinds, with a skilful docsant it is to know that all who tor to call and see you every fear and love God are going to day, is often bad enough to dwell in one city, where they bear. But if, when you are will be one blissful family for laid aside by affliction, you can ever! May God have you, my see in the lonesome night the dear children, in His gracious stars shining bright, but cold, keeping, and preserve both you through the roof of your humble and me unto everlasting life. dwelling, and feel the rain drop
on your thin pallet ; if the
bare walls are your curtains, ETHEL'S CHRISTMAS-DAY. and there is no hand to reach
your medicine for you at the Tis hard to lie on a sick-bed, right time; if the voice that to toss wearily from side to would have cheered you in such
side, counting the hours, restless hours is hushed in death, and longing for the daylight; and you lie thinking with a to hear the wind moan among heavy heart of friends and the trees, and the rain beat happy scenes that you
will heavily against the window- behold no more; how hard then panes; this is hard, even when appears the lot which it seems you lie on a bed of down, and good to our Father who is when all that love and riches in heaven to appoint to you ! can procure is lavished on you. How difficult it is sometimes It is not pleasant to be forced to not to give way to a distrust of lie quite still, hour after hour, His goodness and mercy, His