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with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and be.' hold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.” Gen. vi. 5, 6, 11, 12
Emily's verse." And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord, and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt-offerings on the altar. And the Lord smelled a sweet savour: and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth: neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.” Gen. viii. 20, 21.'
Henry's verse. -" For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing." Rom. vii. 18.
* You find, by these verses, my dear children,” said Mr. Fairchild, that the heart of man is entirely and utterly corrupt; that there is no good in us whatever! so that we cannot, without God's help, think even one good thought. This is the dreadful state into which Adam brought himself and his children by his disobedience; he made us children of wrath and heirs of hell. But, at the very time that Adam fell, and was turned out of Paradise, God, in his very great goodness, gave him a promise to be his comfort: this promise was that One born among his children should destroy his enemy the devil, and save his brethren."
“I know who that is,” said Lucy, " who was to be born among the children of Adam to destroy the works of the devil: it is the Lord Jesus Christ; who, though he is God, took the body of a man, and was born like a baby, and died for us all.”
“Oh!” said Henry," I wish I could love the Lord Jesus Christ more than I do; but my wicked heart will not let me.”
“Ah! my boy,” said Mr. Fairchild,“ we may all say the same : but there is one comfort, that we could not wish to love him if he did not put this wish into our hearts. And now, my dears,” said Mr. Fairchild, “let us pray that God will give us a knowledge of the exceeding wickedness of our hearts; that we may, know ing our wretched state; look up to the dear Saviour, who only can save us from hell."
So saying, Mr. Fairchild taught his children a prayer: after which he kissed them, and sent them to play in the garden, telling them to come to him at the same hour the next day, when he promised to show them more of the countries upon the globe. As I think Mr. Fairchild's prayer may be useful to you, I will put it down in this place, together with a hymn, which he taught his children to sing.
A Prayer that God would give us a Knowledge of the
Wickedness of our Hearts. O Lord God Almighty, hear the prayer of a child, who comes unto thee to lament the hardnesss of his heart.. The Holy Bible teaches us that our hearts are wicked ; and we can see that all the people about us, our brothers and sisters, and playfellows, and even the grown people we live with-have much sin in them ; but we do not rightly feel the vileness of our own hearts. Hear, therefore, my prayer, O Lord, and send thy Holy Spirit to show unto me the wickedness of my own heart; that I may hate myself, and know, that, had I my deserts, I should be now dwelling with everlasting burnings.
Oh ! how proud I am! and how highly do I sometimes think of myself! and how do I despise my neighbours ! and yet I have a heart full of all manner of evil, and a body full of corruption! O my Saviour! thou in whom is no spot or stain of sin; thou who didst die to save little children such as I am, have mercy on me, have mercy on me! and send thy Holy Spirit to make me know all my sins. Set them all before me in order, that I may know that I am a poor miserable wretch by nature, and that I may feel more and more that I can never save myself by any good thing that I can do, and that without thee, my Saviour, I should be utterly lost for ever, and ever and ever.
Now to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost, be all glory and honour for ever and ever. Amen.
The Lord will happiness divine
On contrite hearts bestow;
A contrite heart, or no ?
Insensible as steel;
I sometimes think myself inclined
To love thee if I could;
Averse to all that's good.
Í fain would strive for more:
Seem weaker than before.
And love thy house of prayer:
But find no comfort there.
O make this heart rejoice or ache;
Decide this doubt for me :
And heal it, if it be.
STORY ON THE COMMANDMENTS.
The next morning, at the time fixed by Mr. Fairchild, the children went into the study; and Mr. Fairchild showed them more places on the globe, and taught them many things which they did not know before. I shall put down what he taught them in this place, as you may perhaps like to read it.
« After Adam and Eve were turned out of Paradise,” said Mr. Fairchild, “ on account of their disobedience to God, they had many children born; and these children had children, and children's children, till, at the end of two thousand years, they had multiplied exceedingly; but these people were very wicked; so very wicked, that it repented God that he had made them; and he sent a flood of water to destroy all the people that were upon the face of the earth, excepting only one person and his famly.”
Henry. And that was Noah, who was saved in the ark.
“ The account of Noah's preservation is given us in Heb. xi. 7,” said Mr. Fairchild; “By faith, Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house : by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.” Mr. Fairchild then showed to his children, upon the globe, a mountain in Asia, which he said was Ararat, where Noah's ark rested after the flood. And he showed them also a place not very far distant, to which Noah's children travelled after they began to multiply upon the face of the earth, called the Plain of Shinar.
“Oh !” said Emily, “ and I know what the children of Noah did in the Plain of Shinar.”
“Let us hear, then,” said Mr. Fairchild, “ if you can repeat the account from the Bible.”
Emily. Yes, papa. “And the whole earth was of one language and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly : and they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar. And they said, Go to, let us build a city, and a tower whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded ; and the Lord said, Behold, the people are one, and they have all one language; and This they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of the whole earth, and they left off to build the city: therefore is the name of it called Babel ; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon all the earth.” Gen. xi. 1-9.
“Very well, my dear,” said Mr. Fairchild. “From this place, which is called Babel, or Babylon, to this day, the families of the children of Noah spread themselves all over the face of the earth; some going one way, and some another, and settling themselves in different countries : some going towards the north, where it is extremely cold, and the fields are covered with frost and snow; and others towards the south, where the sun has immense power, and the earth is in some seasons scorched with burning heat.
“But wherever the families of the children of Noah settled themselves," added Mr. Fairchild, “ they have, from
the time of Noah, even till now, filled the earth with vio: lence and wickedness. How many nations have for ages past, forgotten the name of the true God, and have made to themselves vile gods of wood and of stone! changing the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like unto corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.?” Rom. i. 23.
“Papa," said Emily, “is not this verse made about these people? “The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands: they have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not; they have ears, but they hear not: neither is there any breath in their mouths: they that made them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them."" Psalm cxxxv. 15-18.
“ But, papa,” said Lucy,“ surely there are not many people in the world who now worship gods of wood, and of silver, and gold : I thought people in these days knew better than that.”
“The people who worship these gods," said Mr. Fairchild," are called idolaters; and it is a great mistake, my dear, to suppose that there are no idolaters left in the world : more than one-third of the inhabitants of the globe are supposed to be idolaters : there are numbers in Africa, in Asia, and in America, and the Roman Catholics in Europe, and other parts of the world, who address their prayers to images of saints, and of the Virgin Mary, the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, may also be called idolaters. Many people in England are very wicked; but the people in those countries which serve idols, are more horribly wicked than you can imagine; their ways and manners of life are so bad, that they are not fit even to be spoken of. St. Paul speaks of the wickedness of the heathen in these words:
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness ; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful; who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only