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PROSE AND VERS E.

SELECTED AND EDITED BY

J. E. CARPENTER,

EDITOR OF “PENNY READINGS," "SONGS: SACRED AND DEVOTIONAL.”

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LONDON :

XAVILL AND EDWARDS, PRINTERS, CHANDOS-STREET,

COVENT-GARDEN

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CONTENTS.

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The Wreck of the "London" G. M.

40

Consolation...

Rev. Thomas Dale

44

Angels.....

Rev. Timothy Dwight.... 45

Home Religion

Mrs. Harriet Beecher

Stowe

47

Strife and Peace..

Jean Ingelow

62

Wasted Days

S. H. Bradbury (Quallon.) 64

The Children and the Black-

berries

Henry C. Wright

65

The Widow's Mite..

Frederick Locker

72

The Last Boat.....

J. Hain Friswell...

73

My Old Mother

Rev. J. S. Spencer, D.D... 74

The Law of Love

Archbishop Trench

83

Bruce and the Spider

Eliza Cook

84

Different Minds

Archbishop Trench 86

Frozen to Death..

Anonymous

87

Evening

Rev. John Keble

92

The Happy Blind Girl

J. E. Carpenter

94

The Sapphire Throne..... Rev. George Aspinall, D.D. 96

The Mother and her Dead Chili. Hans Christian Andersen 97

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George Herbert

207

The Everlasting Memorial.... Rev. Horatius Bonar, D.D. 208

Faith

Rev. Henry Ward Beecher 210

Christ an Example......

Rev. R. Hall

213

The Widower's Only Child Mrs. Edward Thomas 215

The Better Land

Mrs. Hemans

"Are we almost There ?!! Anonymous

217

The Christian Woman

Phoebe Carey

218

The Christian's Death.

George W. Doane 220

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SUNDAY READINGS.

LESSONS OF CREATION.

John RUSKIN.

It has always appeared to me that there was, even in healthy mountain districts, a certain degree of inevitable melancholy; nor could I ever escape from the feeling that here, where chiefly the beauty of God's working was manifested to men, warning was also given, and that to the full, of the enduring of His indignation against sin.

It seems one of the most cunning and frequent of self-deceptions to turn the heart away from this warning, and refuse to acknowledge anything in the fair scenes of the natural creation but beneficence. Men in general lean towards the light, so far as they contemplate such things at all, most of them passing by on the other side," either in mere plodding pursuit of their own work, irrespective of what good or evil is around them, or else in selfish gloom, or selfish delight, resulting from their own circumstances at the moment. Of those who give themselves to any true contemplation, the plurality, being humble, gentle, and kindlyhearted, look only in nature for what is lovely and kind; partly, also, God gives the disposition to every healthy human mind in some degree to pass over or even harden itself against evil things, else the suffering would be too great to be borne; and humble people, with a quiet trust that everything is for the best, de

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