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3. Then wherefore, wherefore were tney made.
All dyed with rainbow light?
All fashioned with supremest grace,
Upspringing day and night?

4. Springing in valleys green and low,
And on the mountains high,
And in the silent wilderness,
Where no man passes by?

5. Our outward life requires them not,
Then wherefore had they birth?
To minister delight to man,
To beautify the earth.

6. To comfort man-to whisper hope, Where'er his faith is dim,

For he who careth for the flowers,
Will also care for him.



COME, let us walk abroad; let us talk of the works of God. Look at the flowers that cover the fields. The hand of man hath not planted them, nor the gardener digged a place for them with his spade. They spring up every where, and cover the face of the earth.

Who causeth them to grow every where, and watereth them with soft rains, and cherisheth them with dews? Who giveth them colors, and smells, and spreadeth out their thin transparent leaves?

How doth the rose draw its crimson from the dark brown earth, or the lily its shining white? How can a small seed contain a plant? How doth every plant know its season when to put forth ?

When the spring cometh they shoot up. Every plant produceth its like; a cherry stone will not produce grapes; every one springeth from its proper seed. Who preserveth them alive through the cold winter, when the snow is on the ground, and the sharp frost bites?

The trees are naked, withered, and bare; they are like dry bones in winter; in spring they are covered with blossoms, and green leaves. These are a little portion of His wonders. They all speak of Him who has made them; they all tell us He is very good. They who know the most will praise God the best; but which of us ean number half His works?



Transparent. Admitting light. Glass is trans parent-water is transparent. Those substances which exelude, or keep out light, are opaque— wood and iron are opaque.

Preserve. To keep in safety.

Verdure. Green leaves, or green grass.

Portion. A part separated from the rest of a thing.

Hymn. A song of praise.

The righteous. Those who do right; the good.

Myriad. A number greater than can be counted. There are myriads of grains of sand, even in a small quantity.


1. The Son of God who came from heaven
The erring world to save,
Who "says, repent and be forgiven,
And live beyond the grave;"

2. By actions holy and serene
He won his Father's love;
He was superior far to men,
And harmless as the dove.

3. He raised the dying from the bed,
He made the blind to see;

He made the tombs give up their dead,
And set the prisoner free.

4. From laboring hard to do the will
Of God, he would not rest;
But friends and parents warmly still
Were treasured in his breast.

5. He knew that when his days were done His mother's joy was past;

But gave her to a faithful son

Before he breathed his last.

6. They nailed him to the cross, and there Deep insult on him threw,

And yet "Forgive them" was his prayer,
They know not what they do."


7. No wonder darkness reigned around
When such a heart grew cold ;
No wonder o'er the guilty ground
The angry earthquake roiled.

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THE rose is sweet, but it is surrounded wita thorns, the spring is pleasant, but it is soon past, the rainbow is glorious, but it vanisheth away; life is good, but it is quickly swallowed up in death.

There is a place of rest for the righteous; in that land there is light without any cloud, and flowers that never fade. Myriads of happy souls are there, singing praises to God.

This country is Heaven: it is the country of those that are good; and nothing that is wicked must inhabit there. This earth is pleasant, for it is God's earth, and it is filled with delightful things.

But that country is better: there we shall not grieve any more, nor be sick any more, nor do wrong any more. In that country there are no quarrels, all love one another with dear love.

When our friends die, and are laid in the cold ground, we see them here no more; but there we shall embrace them, and never be parted from them again. There we shall see all the good men whom we read of.

There we shall see Jesus, who is gone before us to that happy place; there we shall behold the glory of the high God.


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THE Lord our God is one Lord.

In him we live, and move, and have our being. The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see? he that teacheth men knowledge, shall he not know?

The darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

Live in peace, and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

Great is the Lord, and of great power.

There is one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Fear God and give glory to him. God created man in his own image.

God created man's mind in some respects like himself" God is a spirit," that is, he is a being who possesses intelligence.

God saw every thing that he had made, and behold, it was very good.


Jesus Christ was the Son of God. He says of himself," I am the way, the truth, and the life."

"I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shalt have the light of life.”

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