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Flora And Her Portrait.
"And was there never a portrait of your beautiful child," s...

The Dying Boy.
A little boy, by the name of Bertie, was taken very ill, an...

Flying The Kite.
Flying the kite is a pleasant amusement for boys, and when ...

Old Pipes And The Dryad
A mountain brook ran through a little village. Over the bro...

Or The Unexpected Meeting.
I must tell you who were Lettice and Myra. They were the da...

The Jew And His Daughter.
A Jew came to this country from London, many years ago, and...

The Pleasant Sail.
Down by the sea-coast is the pleasant town of Saco, Where M...

Pleasant Play.
There are many plays in which children may amuse themselves...

A Tale Of Negative Gravity
My wife and I were staying at a small town in northern Ital...

No Payno Work.
"Little boy, will you help a poor old man up the hill with ...

Gather The Flowers.
Two little girls went into the fields to gather flowers. Bu...

Asaph
About a hundred feet back from the main street of a village...

Comfort And Sobriety.
Let me here give you a few maxims to commit to memory:---- ...

Melly, Anna And Susy.
There is nothing more pleasant than to see brothers and sis...

Look Up.
A little boy went to sea with his father to learn to be a s...

Lettice And Catherine,
...

A Good Act For Another.
A man was going from Norwich to New London with a loaded te...

The Bracelet;
...

Revelation Of God's Holy Word.
Ye favored lands, rejoice Where God reveals his word...

Lily Ford.
It was now in the latter part of December--two days more an...



A BOY REPROVED BY A BIRD.








The sparrows often build their nests under the eaves of houses and
barns. A young lad saw one of the sparrows conveying materials for her
nest, which she was building under the eaves of a cottage adjoining
his father's house. He was told not to disturb it. But birds eggs form
a temptation to many boys. At a favorable opportunity the lad climbed
up to the roof of the cottage and carried away the nest with the eggs
in it. Among the materials of which the nest was composed was a piece
of paper with some printed verses on it. The boy pulled it out and
found it to be a page of one of Dr. Watts' hymns, which had been
picked up in the yard by the poor bird for strengthening her nest.
The boy unfolded the paper and read:----

"Why should I deprive my neighbor
Of his goods against his will?
Hands were made for honest labor,
Not to plunder nor to steal."

The lad says, in his after years, "I never forgot the lesson presented
to me by that leaf of paper which had been fixed to the nest of the
poor sparrow." Let young people remember that when they do wrong they
will get reproved, and it may be by the means of a bird.





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