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TEE CHILDREN’S FRIEND.
■■"VOLUME 1. OXEOED, H. 0., WEDNESDAY^ JAK'UAEY 13, 1875. I^UMBEB 2.
fSELKCTKD POETRY.] .
AJas 11 am an orphan boy,
^\’'iLh nou»‘ht on earth to cheer my heart
Iso father’ji.love, no mother's joy.
Xor kin nor kind to take my part,
ily lodifin^ is tiie cold, cold ground ;
i eat the broad of charity ;
And when tlse kiss of love goes round
There is no kiss*, alas ! for me.
Tct once I had a father dear,
A mother too I wont to prize,
■With ready hand to wipe the tear.
If chanced a transient tear to rise.
But cause of tears was rarely found,
I'or all niy heart was youtliful glee ;
And when the kiss of love wont round
Row .sweet a kiss there v/as for me.
But ah I there came a war. they say,
What is a war I cannot icil;
But dnuu.s and llfes did .s\^oetiy play,
Aiul loudly rai^g octr village bell.
In tratli it was .a pretty sound
Iibought, j)or_could I once foresee
That \vi:cn the kiss of love went roiuid.
There soon would be. no kiss for me.
A soldicr‘.-> coat my father took,
And sword as hrigiit as bright could be,
And f athers, that so gaiiy look.
All in a shining cap iiad ho.
Then hovr iny little heart did bound;
Alas ! I 'Jiougli it fine to see ;
ICor dreamed that when the kiss went
There «oou w.ould be no ki.ss 1
At length the bell again did ring;
There was .a victory, tliey s.ald'';
' i’\\-as wliat my futiicr sni'l iie\l britig;
But oh ! it broi'.glit niy father deaii !
My mother shrieked ; licr licart was wo '
ir ae clasped me to htn-trcinldiug knee
(dh God 1 that you may never kimw
IIo\T wild a kiss she gave to me i
But oticc again—but onee again, .
The.se lips a mother's kisses, felt,
Tliat 0!i«e again—tliut once again—
'i'lie tale a heart of st>ne would melt
■■ Twas when, uj.iou h-r death-bed laid.
Oh Ood I O.h God ! that sight to sec 1
>iy;hild ’. my child 1 she feebly sak.l.
And gave . parting kl.ss to me.
’Tie Power cf Thought.
IX aEV. LAVID WILL, D. p.
admiring nations. Isewton died,
hut the majestic orbs of heaven
still move on in obedience to tliat
great law w-hieh lie discovered
in the falling of an apple. Watt
died, but the power of steam j
which was first revealed to him j
by the rising of the lid of hls|
mother's tea-kettie continues to |
shake the land and the sea by |
the thunder of its thousand con-1
(paests. And our own illustrious |
countryman, Morse, has been •
gathered to bis fathers full of days |
and of honors, but the electric:
telegraph docs not cease to speak i
to the ends of the earth with |
tongues of fire. t
The inatenal grandeur of thc|
proud cities of Isinevch, Babylon, j
Tliobos, and Troy have all faded j
away and are forgotten, whilst 1
tlie learning and cloquoiice of the i
acute and imaginative Giipoks:
have entered into the entire frame-,
work of modern eivilizatlcn, and |
; have given an impulse to the ge- ^
■ nius aii'l patriotism of all peoples. ^
I Greece, feeble in everything but I
llie roscurcos of intellect and im-l
agmution. has given to England'
and America the typo and spirit j
of ail llTosc thing's winch have ^
rendered them illustrious in the ‘
i .annals cf legislation, letters, and I
I war. I
I The Dialogues of. Plato, thei
jrhiiippics of Demosthenes, and;
'Odesof Anacreon, and the Lyrics!
.of Pindar are the cla.ssic foun-|
j tains from which all subsequent
I generations liavc drawn their pn-;
rest and noblest inspirations. lie.
wlio gives to the world one fine j
thought IS a distinguished bone-,
factor of the race, and will live in j
the gratitude and admiration of
mankind so long as the sun and
SLLKCTLD l-OR TIIE OlIILDP.EN S
A good bone docs not always
ceme to a good dog.—French.
lie was not a friend to Jesus-
net a nun of prayer, and not a
QuaintThomas Fuller, thoauth*
or of the “Worthies of England,”
Christian; and well might he;has divided scholars
pause and tremble as he thought j general classes!- In
of his child, ever striving to “step>; these would our young readers de*
in all his tracks,” onward, on-j sire to be ranked? Let thorn
ward through life's mysterious j ponder over the old moralist’s de-
licit) youmelf and heaven will,mazes and myths, toward etcrui-1scription :
help 3’ou.—French—Fonianc. ity! The little boj’s reply brought! Ist. “ Those that are ingenious
Mad drunkenness dis']oses eve-' strong, stubborn-hearted man ; a.nd industrious. The conjuuctiou
rv secret. Latin Vtrail. j to think, when even the preached; of two such planets in a youth
rpi M x- word of God had made no im- nresages much good unto him,-
i he smiles ot a pretty woman i . G ^ ^
the tears of the pur^e Ital 'upon him. linaily he , To such a lad a frown may be a
I repented, and sought and found : whipping, and a whipping a death;,
peace in believing in Christ Wc:yea, where their masters whip
believe he is now making such | them once, ebarne whips them all
tracks through life that at some j the week after. Such natures th(^-
day that son may be proud to say, | school-master useth with all gem
“Father, I step in all your tracks.” fleness.
An hundred hours cf vexation!
will not pay one debt.—Jialian.
A scalded cat dreads cold wa
Dieu et mon droit.—French.
God and my right. The motto
cf the sovereigns of Great Britain.
Fortune when she caresses a
man too mucli makes him a fool.
Solon's motto, “know thyself.”
Let this be thy brazen wall of
defence, to be conscious of no
guilt and not to turn ixiie on any
Evil be to him u’ho evil thinks. ^
—French nioiio of the kings of\
Great Brltahi. j
The longue of a woman is her;
sword which she seldom suffers to
Tho Best Friend.
“ What do You do without a
2nd. “ Those that are ingenious'
and idle. These think with th©;
hare in the fable, that running
mother to tell all vom- troubles 1 ^hey count the rest
to!-’ said a chihr\vho had a | ^^ey shall
mother to one whose mother wa8;““« "P ^oon enough to the post,
j though sleeping a. good while bs*
fore their starting. Oh, a good.
Father, I Stop ia all year Fraois.”
All true thought is imperisia-
ble. ' It is a spart struck from 'he
mind of Deity, and is immo-tal
in its natnru and duration. Ig
norance, prejudice, and pers cu-
tion may limit its influonceand
dim its lustre for a time, but :hey
cannot crush it. Bv its o-nu iii-
iict a Bad Euie.
One bright wi.iter's )uoruing,
after a snow-storm, a father took
his hat for a walk to attend to
some farm ati'airs r e q u i r i n g
attention. As ho started, his
little hoy of five ‘summers also
snatched his hat, and followed the
father with mock digmty and an
assumed business-like air. 'Whan
they readied the door, the gentle
man noticed that no track or patU-
“Mother told me whom to go;
to, betore she died,” answered the | '“P*
little orphan. I go to the Lord P'*'S-
Jesus; He was my mother's “Those thatanddlarddic^
friend, and lie is miim.” ■ ^'ines, the stronger they
Tlio other replied, -‘Jesus Christ “®>-®
the sky; lie is a great ‘"®y «''® '‘®'^- ^oys are
muddy-headed till tiiey be clarifi
ed with age, and such afterwards
prove the best. Bristol diamonds
A gentleman-, well known for
his large benefactions was asked
what part-of his income he rvas
in the liahit of contributing to the
Lord’s treasury. I do not know, \
said he. I do very much as the |
way ofl’ and has a great many
tilings to attend to in heaven. It
is not likely he can stop to mind
“I do not know about that,”
said the orphan, “all I know is,
He says ha will, cod that is enough
The oi-j)lian was right. God's
ear is as opien to babes and suck
lings as it is to divines and sena
tors. Oh that all children ivere
told as much and believed it!—
The Children’s Friend, Richmond.
Cardinal 'Woolsey was the son
way liad lioeii made in the snow, of a pork batcher.
■herent energies it-will shivir ail' woman did who was famous for
the combinations of fraud and
force, and-wave its triura)hant
banner over every field of coiflict.
Like the fabled river of ytre, it
may disappear for a da;, but
will come back again in .v clear
and living stream. JSTatuie may
decay, nations dissolve, aid gen
erations of men come anc go like
the mists of the morning; but
the splendid monumenti of the
mind survive the wreck! of mat
ter and the mutations of time.
Bacon died, but the .nductive
philosophy which was torn in his
brain, still carries ib golden
treasures on wings ef ight to the
the excellence of her rhubarb
pies. She put in as much sugar
as her conscience would allow
and then shut her eyes and put in
a handful more. I give all that
iny conscience approves, and then
add a handful without counting
it.— Youth’s Companion.
Kind and judicious words spo
ken in season are often more
precious than fUe most costly gifts.
On the other hand harsh reproof
and unjust insinuations wound a
tender spirit like poisoned arrows.
Have a place for every thing
and keep every thing in its place.
and he hesitated about lotting his j Oliver Orom-n-ell was the son of
boy follow him. But the soft,! a London brewer,
fleecy snow looked so tempting, so I Whitefield was the son of an
pearly white, that he conclndedto i innkeeper at Gloucester,
allow the child to walk after him. [ Columbus was the son of a
lie took short strides throngh tlie I weaver, g,nd a weaver himself,
untrodden snow, wdien, suddenly John Jacob Astor once sold ap
ples in the streets of New York.
Bolivar was a druggist.
Virgil was the son of a potter.
Milton was the eon of a scaveu-
remembering his little boy, he
paused, looked back for him, and
“■Well, my son, don’t you find
it hard work to walk in this deep '■ g®''-
p> j Horace was the son of a shop
Demosthenes was the soii of a
, . liobert Burns was a plough-
Iruc enough, the d®“'- ®l“q ^ Ayreshire.
was planting his tiny feet justj son of a
where the parent had trodden. |
The child s reply startled the father | ^
as ho reflected that thus would his j Treat those who patronize you
child keep pace with him and ] as your friends by serving them in
“Oh, no,” said the boy, “I’m
coming; for, father, I step in all I
follow in his tracks thro'ugh life, i th* best raannev..
are both bright, and squared, and
piointecl by nature, and yet are
soft and worthless; whereas ori-’
ent ones in India are rough and
rugged naturally. Hard, rugged,
and dull natures of youth, acquit
themselves the jewels of the coun
try, and therefore their dullness
at first is to be borne with if they
be diligent. That school-master
deserves to be beaten himself %vho
lieats nature in a hoy for a fault.
And I question whether all the
whippings in the world can make
their parts which are naturally
sluggish, rise one minute before '
the hour nature hath appointed.
4th. Those that are invincibly
dull, and negligent also. Corroo-
tion may reform tiie latter, not
amend the former. All the whet
ting in the world can never set a
razor’s edge on that which hath
no steel in it. Such boys he cou-
Bigiielli over to other professions.
Shipwrights and boat-makers will
choose those crooked pieces of
timber which other carpenters re
fuse. Those may make excellent
merchants and mechanics which
will not serve for scholars.”
“"Wisdom and virtue make tha
poor rich, and the rich honorable.
If.you have already been unfortu
nate, do not give up hope. Work
a little harder, live a little cheap
er, and prove to every body, ibafi
I tyoa desins to do righl.''