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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!
A little child, God's glorious Hosts shall lead,
The Son of God upon the Cross denied,
And so, a little child shall lead the world,
Yes, each seraph we'll entreat,
By the Lord of glory given,
And unlock the gates of Heaven
To the bliss of sins forgiven,
Yes, a little child shall lead them!
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,
Such resemblance to complete,
Such as Jesus loved to meet, Breathing incense at His feet;
With such wondrous rapture greet
The blissful song in Bethlehem given,
By the Hebrew Prophets taught,
Where the streams of Life are fowing,
And the lilies blooming where