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My first possessor was a child.

I am old and defaced now; my coat is tarnished,
my leaves are time-tinted, worn, and ragged; my
silver clasps are gone. Then, I was bright and gay
in gold and purple.

But it was not the purple and gold that drew
towards me the boy's love, and made me his choice;
for choose me he did. Turn to my fly-leaf and see.
The record is pale with age; it has been stained
with many tear-drops since it was written ; but it
is legible yet

“ This Bible is given to you, our dear boy, at

your own request, on your sixth birthday. Your

parents rejoice at your choice, and earnestly hope

that you may ever esteem the word of God above

all riches, embrace the gospel of God's dear Son

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held me in his hand, fine Bible too. But l, child? Thou canst

Thou lovest play full i have pleased and suited

n-born spirit rebuke the -pers of love, sprung from I', "I love them that love me EARLY shall find me:"* from the wise and prudent," ·m unto BABES ?”

W groundless were such fears, ily owner took to preserve me ge. I was almost immediately an outer covering, which, though 1 for an instant that my unsullied 12, was carefully replaced when the 1. After a short time, even this

continued; and years passed away 1 rich gloss of that coat had dis

could not at first hold converse with

I unassisted. He was a dull scholar, : once and again ; but surely it was th. Nor, while my letters presented no ideas to his mind, was I unemployed in

Indeed, the fact was that my young Prov. viii. 17.

+ Matt. xi. 25.

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