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I SONG FOR THE LITTLE ONES.
“ And they brought young children to Him, that He should touch them: and His disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And He took them up in His arms, put His hands upon them, and blessed them.”
MARK X. 13-16.
OME, dear children, gather round me, leave awhile your books and toys,
Come each one and nestle fondly close around my easy chair,
Black-eyed, blue-eyed, gray-eyed darlings, curly-headed boys and misses,
Dimple-cheeked and tender-hearted, each with eager listening ear,
Listen while I tell the story, richest, sweetest, brightest, best,
How when big and grown-up people little ones would drive away,
Suffer them to come to Me, and let them too enjoy My love,
And the Saviour took the children in His loving arms and blessed them,
And though many years have passed since that Saviour was on earth,
He ascended up to Heaven to His home in the blue sky,
But the gates to that bright dwelling none can ever enter in,
Sin is disobeying Jesus, breaking God's most holy laws;
Little children, look to Jesus in His childhood and His youth,
A SONG FOR THE LITTLE ONES.
Love to learn, and learn to love, learn to keep the Sabbath day,
And the seventh day is the Sabbath-Sabbath means the day of rest,
Be unselfish, little children, think not only of your play,
Be not saucy, rude or idle, count how many precious hours
God has lent them to us only, He requires them back again,
When you rise from bed each morning, lowly bend upon your knees,
After asking Him to bless you, think of Him the wbole day long,
If you ever feel you're tempted just to do some little thing,
your conscience says is sinful, straight your case to Jesus bring :
He has promised to assist you, if you wish to do the right,
Satan, as a roaring lion, seeketh whom he may devour,
Ever gentle be and loving, with a modest, docile mind,
Be the friend of all dumb creatures, who have not a voice to plead,
Evermore remember Jesus, how He called the children near,
And whatever else neglecting, seek His blessing night and day,
your sins to take completely, wash you white as driven snow, Purify your words and actions while you live on earth below:
Then, dear children, bright-eyed darlings, clustering now about my chair,
Then--when all your life is ended, still rejoicing in His love,
PREPARE TO MEET TKY GOD.
“I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning : yet have ye not returned unto Me, saith the Lord. Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel : and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.”.
Amos iv. 11, 12.
RAGKEL'S LAMENT FOR FER KILDREN." *
* Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not."
Matt. ii. 17, 18.