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emptied the prisons, by so reducing crime that the dearth of criminals to possess the cells was so great that the buildings had to be turned over to the local authorities, to be occupied for schools and preaching places. The Book of the Word of God, instead of penal institutes, instead of the sword, had done all this. The first government in the world that shall adopt the Gospel of Christ as its sanction and its force “will ride on the high places of the earth.” God, and His laws of Love in Christ, as the obligation upon every citizen, shall yet be the ground and inspiring genius of all law. “The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him, and His righteousness UNTO CHILDREN'S CHILDREN, to such as keep His covenant, and to those that remember His commandments to do them.”

Both the parents and the government were appointed to teach all the children upon earth God's holy laws. If they refuse this, and forbid the teaching of His Word to their children from generation to generation, He will punish them accordingly, giving them over to their own chosen destruction, of their own children, by their own cruelty and wickedness. In keeping back the Word of God and the knowledge of Christ and His Gospel from them, they voluntarily destroy both themselves and their offspring. “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me." Every faithful, prayerful Christian parent is thus in fact one of our Blessed Lord's most merciful missionaries for mankind. Fathers and mothers, united in obedience to Christ's command, “bring all your little ones to me,”—are the most useful and most blissfully happy of all God's faithful ministers on earth. The simplest work of teaching children concerning Christ their Saviour, and setting the example of obedience and love to Him, is the most exquisite prepossession of the soul, with the very Spirit of our Divine Redeemer, making us all hereditary children, generation after generation, of “the Riches of the glory of Christ's own inheritance in the Saints."

The effect of prejudice and doubt upon our first ideas of truth, that were intended and deposited to germinate by a childlike faith into the certainty of a progressive life, may be illustrated by that of varnish on an egg. Eggs varnished cannot be hatched. The mother-hen might brood upon them with all the requisite constancy, but the embryo will not germinate into life with the external varnish on the shell. The air cannot pass through that envelope, and so there is no life, but death, after a little while of doubting. And such are the workings of prejudice and doubt upon the germs of truth, even in minds by nature the most active. The more precious and costly the life, the more destructive and diabolical the process of its suffocation, and the more incessant will be the watchfulness of a true spiritual husbandman against it. A breed of Shanghai fowls would be protected carefully from such experiments. Are the minds of our children of such physiological toughness that they relieve us of such care? Catch a philosopher varnishing the eggs under your barn-door fowls, and there is not a farmer but would turn him over to the police, even though he bore the name of Stuart Mill or Herbert Spencer. Our Common Schools cannot be submitted to such regulators—such a discipline for addling the eggs.

AND A LITTLE CHILD SHALL LEAD THEM!
Shall lead them to Jesus! O wonderful word,
By the Spirit of Prophecy uttered and heard,
From the Womb of the Morning the Dew of Christ's Youth,
Drops down on the earth, with the rainbows of Truth,
And the germs of Eternity's blissfulness given,
Each reaper's reward for the labors of Heaven.

A little child, God's glorious Hosts shall lead,
A little child each Victory precede ;
The meek and lowly shall inspire the strong
And fill the Universe with one sweet song-
The song of Moses and the Bleeding Lamb;
Eternal glory of the great I AM!
Humility, the dearest grace in Heaven ;
Self-sacrifice, the costliest offering given ;

The Son of God upon the Cross denied,
Terrific scene of human guilt and pride,
That yet could never God's dear mercy hide,
But make the sinner in His love confide ;
A broken, contrite heart, his faithful guide!

And so, a little child shall lead the world,
That otherwise by Satan had been whirled ;
And so, dear Lord, thy loved ones shall obey
Thy sweet command for every soul astray,
To bring them back where Thou hast taught the glory,
For Jesus to repeat Redemption's story!

Yes, each seraph we'll entreat,
Meeting them at the Mercy Seat,
With all the Cherubim we find
Girded with a grateful mind,
That they may our song of glory,

By the Lord of glory given,
In each starry world repeat,

And unlock the gates of Heaven
For the Penitent's retreat,
At the Saviour's loving call,
From the misery of the fall,

To the bliss of sins forgiven,
And the Crown of Glory worn
By the wretched and forlorn,
In the Paradise above,
Gift of Jesus' dying love !

Yes, a little child shall lead them!
Oh the joy such grace to win!
In a world so full of sin !
Keep, o keep us, gracious Saviour !

Pure amidst a world of guilt !

Let it be our sweet endeavor,

By Thy blood on Calvary spilt, The heaven of gratitude to win,

That we may obtain Thy favor, And hear Thy welcome words, “Come in.”

Thus assured to dwell forever,
In Thy presence white as snow,
From this guilty world to go.
Thou wilt give us grace and glory,

Such resemblance to complete,
That we may, as new-born lilies,

Such as Jesus loved to meet, Breathing incense at His feet;

With such wondrous rapture greet
Every Angel choir we meet,
That they shall anew repeat

The blissful song in Bethlehem given,
For the endless joy of Heaven.
In the Covenant of Redemption,

By the Hebrew Prophets taught,
By the Lamb's most precious blood,
Atonement through the Son of God;
For the parents and their children,
In each rising generation.

Where the streams of Life are fowing,
And the trees with fruits are growing,

And the lilies blooming where
Martyrs and Apostles trod,
Hearing their Incarnate God,
Teach the dear lessons of His Word
Dropt from His lips with grace so sweet,
For listening angels to repeat
And cast their crowns at Jesus' feet!

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