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DO NOT WAIT.
[To be spoken by a little girl.] “I wish I was a big woman to help you, mother," said a little girl.
“ Bring mother's thimble; that will help me," said mother, smil. ing.
Just as if God meant for little children to grow up before helping their dear parents! No, no! God gave them two nimble feet on purpose for them to take steps for mother, and eight fingers and two thumbs on purpose to bring and carry for her!
HOW THE LEAVES OAME DOWN.
[With simpleness and life.]
The great Tree to his children said,
Yes, very sleepy, little Red;
“Ah!" begged each silly, pouting leaf,
“Let us a little longer stay!
'Tis such a very pleasant day
So, just for one more merry day,
To the great Tree the leaflets clung,
Upon the autumn breezes swung,
Perhaps the great Tree will forget
And let us stay until the spring,
But the great Tree did no such thing;
“Come, children, all to bed !" he cried;
And, ere the leaves could urge their prayer,
Fluttering and rustling everywhere
I saw them; on the ground they lay,
Golden and red, a huddled swarm,
White bed-clothes heaped upon her arm,
The great bare Tree looked down and smiled,
“Good-night, dear little leaves," he said ;
Replied, "Good-night," and murmured
BOYS, THINK OF THIS!
(Boldly and forcibly.] Boys, did you ever think that this world, with all its wealth and woe, with all its mines and mountains, oceans, seas and rivers—with with all its shipping, its steamboats, railroads and magnetic telegraphs--with all its millions of grouping men, and all the science and progress of ages, will soon be given over to the boys of the present age_boys like you? Believe it, and look abroad upon your inheritance, and get ready to enter upon its possession. The presidents, kings, governors, statesmen, philosophers, ministers, teachers, men of the future-all are boys now.
M. C. BARTLETT.
[To be spoken by a little girl very tenderly.]
Mamma, keep your eyes from tears, Keep your heart from foolish fears, Keep your lips from dull complaining, Lest the baby think 'tis raining.
THE RABBIT ON THE WALL.
The cottage work is over,
The evening meal is done
You hear the river run.
Then speak out one and all:
The rabbit on the wall."
They gather round his chair;
Don't let the candle flare."
He throws a shadow tall,
A rabbit on the wall.
The children shout with laughter,
And Johnny chirps and crows.
Hung up in lordly hall,
Of this rabbit on the wall.
[For a class of little ones in two divisions. Briskly.]
Spring, Spring, beautiful Spring
Is come, is come, is come! Ist division. On the hills the grass is springing, 2d
On the trees the birds are singing; 1st
All the air is soft with showers, 2d
Fields and woods are bright with flowers; AU.
All things beauty and gladness bring,
With Spring returning, delightsome Spring! Ist division
Spring, Spring! 2d
Lovely Spring! All.
Welcome, welcome, welcome Spring.
Ist division. Carefully turn the furrowed land, 2d
Scatter the seed on every hand; Ist
Faithful labor is never in vain,
Faithful sowing shall harvest again. 2d
Heaven shall send the sun and rain,
Crown the Autumn with store of grain.
Trust, trust, Heaven shall send
[More slowly.] 1st division.
In the youthful heart;
It will flourish, AU.
And new life impart
Sinking in our hearts, all glowing,
And through storm and sunshine growing, 2d division. By and by the fruit shall be
Fruit the angels love to see,
Ripe for immortality.
And the angels-
[Very slowly.] Ist division.
Bringing us to Heaven and home!
WORK FOR ALL,
[Recite in a bold, distinct way.]
They do not say “of what uso am I?"