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mild firmness and forbearance of Henry's. While at the academy, and through their college course, their early friendship remained unbroken. Indeed they continued very useful to each other through their whole lives.
30. Julius became a lawyer, and was an ornament to his profession. Henry devoted his heart and all his talents to the ministry ; and he who was once blind, became the blessed instrument of conveying light and life to many a benighted soul.
31. To their mutual friends their excellent conduct afforded the purest happiness. Henry's mother would often gaze on her son, and with a full heart say to herself, “Can this be my boy, who was born blind ! Bless the Lord, Oh, my soul, who healeth our diseases — who crowneth us with loving kindness and tender mercies.'
5. wawmly for warmly. 12. feller for fellow. 21. diffikilty for difficulty ; larned for learned. 26. exslent for excellent. 31. frens for friends.
What is this Rule? Can you give any more account of the Blind Boy? Who continued so friendly to him; Who paid for his education ? What profession did Julius choose ? What did Henry select ?
LESSON X L V.
Rule. As we cannot read well what we do not understand we need to study what seems difficult, and look in a dictionary for the meaning of all hard words.
Remark. No scholar that can use a dictionary, should neg lect at any time to use it every day, and whenever he finds e hard word.
LOVE OF THE DIVINE PROVIDENCE.
1. Very few persons have learned to love the Lord so well, as to be cheerful and happy in all that He does for them. Most of us are continually striving to bring everything to pass in our own way. We lay our own plans, not only for today, but for tomorrow, and for our whole lives ; yet we know not what a day shall bring forth, and are continually liable to have all our purposes subverted.
. 2. When our plans fail, we are disappointed ; and not unfrequently we are offended with those who seem to destroy our hopes. Hence come quarrels. A man, o
] woman, or child has laid a plan, and is deeply interested to have it succeed. Some other person has another plan that interferes with this, and perhaps destroys it. Hard thoughts, hard feelings, hard words, and sometimes the grossest quarrelling, are the consequences.
3. Many times, also, our plans fail, when no one appears to oppose them. Sickness, death, and a thousand unforeseen occurrences, which we can neither prevent nor control, render it necessary to change our purposes, or entirely abandon them. Indeed, if we carefully noticed for a single week, how differently from
our own plans and desires all things come to pass, we should be ready to exclaim —-0 Lord, I know that the way
man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh, to direct his steps.' 4. Those who rightly consider this, rejoice that it is
They see and know that their own wisdom, and their own desires, are not proper to direct them. They rejoice that the Lord reigns in heaven and in the earth : and they know that their true wisdom and happiness consist in learning the ways of the Lord, and doing His pleasure. If we were entirely satisfied to have the Lord rule, and order all things according to His mercy and His truth, nothing would disappoint us nothing would offend us — nothing would harm us.
5. In the course of a life which is yet not very long, Providence has placed me in a great variety of situations, and among persons of different nations, different habits, and different religions. In every place I have found some who know that the Lord made, and that he governs the world : and among these I have found.some who love, at certain times, to have the Lord govern.
6. But among all whom I have known, my memory tells of only one, who daily, and at all times, and under all circumstances, seemed to say with a full heart to the Lord — NOT MY WILL, BUT THINE BE DONE.' Only this one person have I known, who never seemed to feel in any degree anxious for the future, or disappointed and irritated by the present.
7. This remarkable person was a lady, who, when I was acquainted with her, was about sixtyfive years
She lived in the United States, had several children, was the mistress of a large family, and had
the principal care of a public-house or tavern. I am not at liberty to tell her name, nor where she lived ; but the reader may wish to know many other things respecting her, and I shall reply to his questions and remarks as correctly as I can. I must first, however, state, that twenty years have passed since my acquaintance with the lady.
8. Reader. I suppose that every one tried to make the lady happy, and to do everything to please her.
9. Writer. There were about a dozen persons in the family; and no one, except herself, was uncommonly kind or amiable. There were frequently many travellers, or other visiters, who came for refreshments and lodging. They were not allowed to be rude and disorderly, but they made work to be done, and rendered the family more difficult to be kept in good order.
10. Reader. It seems, then, that the lady was an active, working woman. I
suppose she must have sat quietly in her room, while others did all the work.
11. Writer. She was not able to do the hardest of the work, but she was always active, and took the principal care of the whole household. Others workod, but she directed them.
12. Reader. And was she always kind and goodhumored towards those who worked for her ? When they did wrong, did she not scold or fret, like other folks ?
13. Writer. Every person in the family told me she was uniformly and equally kind and pleasant ; and I resided in the family four or five months, and saw her a great deal every day; and no fretful word, or harsh expression, or unpleasant look, or sharpness of voice, was known in a single instance. If others behaved ill, (which was often the case,) she would reprove them with great firmness, but with perfect mildness, and evithout any anger.
14. Reader. But if others spoke harshly to her, and were impudent, how would she bear that ?
15. Writer. No one who was not very angry, and wholly unreasonable, would treat her disrespectfully, for no one suspected for a moment that she felt wrong, or did wrong. But the naughty boys, and the cook, and even her husband, were sometimes angry enough to treat her very unkindly and disrespectfully. I have, then, and at other times, seen her look grieved ; but I never saw her countenance lose anything of its expression of love towards any individual ; nor did she return a word of scolding reproof.
16. Reader. There are some persons who seem always good-humored, but who are weak, and silly, and incapable of thinking or feeling much about anything : was not the lady one of that sort ?
17. Writer. No, nothing like it. She was an intelligent, thoughtful woman ; capable of conducting all the affairs of her household with great judgment and prudence ; of appearing with great dignity in any company, and was full of warm-hearted benevolence. The dignity, which she displayed on all occasions, was by no means that mighty, self-considerate, and self-important air, which some persons assume ; but it was the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit. She was always interested in the welfare of those around her; and while endeavoring to promote it, with good judgment and pure affections, her whole demeanor appeared to every one to be most graceful and dignified.