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IN

IN

PROSE AND VERS E.

SELECTED AND EDITED BY

J. E. CARPENTER,
EDITOR OF "PENNY READINGS," "SONGS : SACRED AND DEVOTIONAL,”

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.LONDON:
FREDERICK WARNE AND CO.
BEDFORD STREET, COVENT GARDEN.

2705. f. 55.

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

COVENT-GARDEN.

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CONTENTS.

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Rich and Poor..........

Anonymous

Woman's Curiosity ................. Mrs. Hannah More... ......

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

The Stray Sheep........ ... ... ... ... Mrs. Parton........

Our Son Jo...........................

Rev. George Aspinall, D.D.

The Labourer................. ...... William D. Gallagher ....

Be Kind to the Aged............... Anonymous ..................

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

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

The Weathercock .... ... ... ... ... ... Albert G. Greene.. .........

My First Guinea..................... Rev. Dr. Vaughan .........

The Poor Man's Song.............. Mrs. Hannah More .......

The Three Warnings.............. Mrs. Thrale..................

Choose the Right One............... Mrs. Parton...................

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

“Rock me to Sleep, Mother”.... Anonymous ..................

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

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

The Oak Tree........................ Rev. Henry Ward Beecher

The Use of Flowers................. Mrs. Mary Howitt..........

Spring Flowers....................... The Editor ..................

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

Early Rising.......................... Anonymous ..................

Immortality ........... .......... Rev. W. E. Channing, D.D.

How Little Bessie fell Asleep ... Anonymous ..................

The Two Weavers.................. Mrs. Hannah More.........

An Indian Tale......................

Miss Crompton .............

Light for All ..................... ... Robert Gilfillan ...........

Attachments of Animals........... Edward Jesse ...............

Rev. Horatius Bonar, D.D.

The Light of Stars...... ...........

: W. H. Longfellow ..........

Temper............ ................... J. Hain Friswell ............

The Homeward Bound. ............ Authoress of "God's Pro-

vidence House.........

The Brothers..........................

Anonymous ..................

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

A W ish..................

Frederick Locker .............

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Sabbath Morn........................... J. E. Carpenter ............. 95

Sabbath Eve............ .............. J. E. Carpenter ..........

Christ a Teacher.......... . . . . .....

Rev. R. Robinson............

Baby May................... ........

W. C. Bennett .......

The Sailor's Uncle..................

Rev. George Aspinall, D.D.

The Passionate Father............. Mrs. Parton..................

104

The Mother................ ........... Charles Swain...............

The Omnipotence of God...... Anonymous ............. 108

Isaac Ashford ...........

Rev. George Crabbe ...... 111

The Common Lot....

James Montgomery ......... 113

Sorrow for the Dead...

Washington Irving......... 114

The Way to Wealth...

Dr. Benjamin Franklin... 116

The Hours..............

C. P. Cranch ............... 125

The Caterpillar and the Butterfly Christopher C. Sturm ...... 126

Father William.............. Robert Southey ............ 131

The Welsh woman and her Lodger Rev. J. S. Spencer, D.D.... 132

Going Out and Coming In.......... Isa Craig ...........

146

Human Life, the Journey of a Day Dr. Samuel Johnson . 147

The Gems of Earth....

J. E. Carpenter. ..........

151

The Clouds ..............................

........ 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 ......

Scene in the Trials of Margaret

Lindsay ..........

Professor Wilson .......... 184

The Mitherless Bairn................ William Thom ................. 186

Omniscience and Omnipresence of

God ...............

.... ... ... ... ... ... ........ East ....

East ............................ 187

Vice and Virtue..................... Alexander Pope ............. 189

The Crucifixion ..................... Bernara D

Bernard Barton ............

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 ............

The Worship of Nature............ John G. Whittier ........... 211

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

H. W. Longfellow

The Way to be Happy.............

Lord Byron..................

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

SUNDAY READINGS.

RICH AND POOR.

[From "Nuts and Nutcrackers”-an interesting little volume, sull 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 fireside why, 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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