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love thee, and live in peace with each other. Without new hearts we cannot be happy; we should not be happy even in heaven, without clean hearts. O Lord, we ask for clean hearts, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, thy beloved Son, who for our sakes was nailed upon the cross, and there gave up his life for us. O Lord, hear the prayers of us poor wicked children, and give us clean and holy hearts.
Our Father, &c. &c.
On our original :
In our first father's fall.
But prono to all that's ill!
How obstinate our will
Can pure productions bring?
From a corrupted spring?
Can make our nature clean!
The temptcr, death, and sin.
The ruins of the first :
Which new-creates our dust ?
GENERAL DEPRAVITY OF MANKIND IN ALL
COUNTRIES AFTER THE FALL.
Mr. Fairchild had a little tame hare, which he kept in his study. He had it many years. This hare had a little wouden house, with a small door, in the study ; and whenever any thing frighted it, it used to run into its house, where it reniained in safety. Emily and Lucy and Henry used to go every morning into the garden, to get parsley and other green things for the hare. Ono day, when they came in with the haro's food, they saw their papa sitting at his study table examining a largo round ball, or globe, which was fixed upon a stand derore him. The children had never seen this before, because it was just come from London, a present from Mr. Fair. child's uncle.
“Oh! papa! papa! what pretty thing is that ?" said the children: “ pray let us see it."
“ It is a globe, my dears," said Mr. Fairchild; “ your kind uncle sent it from London for your use."
“Oh, that was good, papa," said Lucy; "it is very pretty."
“Yes, it is very pretty indeed,” said Henry: "but I do not understand its use."
“My little people, come here," said Mr. Fairchild; "and stand round the table, and I will try to make you understand what is the use of the globe.”
So the children gave the hare his parsley, and gathered round their papa.
“Of whai shape is this thing, my dears ?" said Mr. Fairchild. " It is round, papa," said Lucy : “round like an apple."
“This thing, my dears," said Mr. Fairchild,“ is called a globe ; it shows the shape of the world in which we live ; and upon it are drawn, as in a picture, all the countries of the world."
“Oh, papa ! how pretty!" said Emily; "and is the world in which we live round like this ?"
Mr. Fairchild. Yes, my dears; and it hangs in the heavens as the moon does, kept there by the almighty power of God.
“Papa," said Henry, “ will you teach us where all the countries are upon the globe ?"
Mr. Fairchild. Yes, my dear; you shall come into my study; and I will teach you a little every day; and we will talk about the various nations and people who live on this globe.
The next morning the children came again into Mr. Fairchild's study, and he gavo them the instruction he had promised them. And first he taught them that the globe was divided, by general agreement, into four unequal parts-namely, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Ame. rica. * Asia is that part of the world,” said Mr. Fair. child, “in which the garden of Eden, or Paradise, is supposed to have been placed, where the first man, Adam, lived."
“ Oh papa !” said Emily, “show us where the garden of Eden was."
"plore it was," said Mr. Fairchild, “as is supposed, apon the borders of the river Euphrates, which was one of the four rivers of Paradise.”
“Papa," said Henry, “I can repeat the verses in Genesis about Paradise. And the Lord God planted a gar den eastward, in Ein; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food : the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And a river went out of Eden to water the garden ; and from thence it was parted, and becanje into four heads. The name of the first is Pison; that is it which compasseth the whole 'and of Havilah, where there is gold; and the gold of ihat land is good; there is bdellium, and the onyx stone. 4.d the name of the second river is Gihon; the same is :: that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. And the name of the third river is Hiddekel; that is it which goeth towarıls the east of Assyria. And the fourth is the Euphrates. And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden, to dress it, and to keep it.' ” Gen. ii. 8–15.
“Paradise, my dears," said Mr. Fairchild, “was a most lovely place, such as we never saw ; for there is no place in this world in which the ruin caused by sin does not appear. But when Adam and Eve were tempted by the devil to cat the forbidden fruit, they were cast out of Paradise ; their bodies became subject to sickness and death; and their hearts becanie exceedingly corrupt, and all their children, who have since been born in their likeness, aro utterly and entirely sinful: so that of our. selves we cannot do a good thing, or think a good thought."
" Papa," said Lucy, “may we say some verses, about mankind having bad hearts ?"
“ Yes, my dear," answered Mr. Fairchild.
Then each of the children repeated a verse from the Bible to prove that the nature of man, after the fall of Adam, is utterly and entirely sinful.
Lucy's verse.--"And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually; and it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. The earth also was corrupt before God; and the earth was filled
with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and be. hold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.” Gen. vi. 5, 6, 11, 12.
Emily's verse." And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord, and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt-offerings on the altar. And the Lord smelled a sweet savour: and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth: neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done." Gen. viii. 20, 21.
Henry's verse.-“ For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing." Rom. vii. 18.
"You find, by these verses, my dear children," said Mr. Fairchild, “that the heart of man is entirely and utterly corrupt ; that there is no good in us whatever ! so that we cannot, without God's help, think even one good thought. This is the dreadful state into which Adam brought himself and his children by his disobedience; he made us children of wrath and heirs of hell. But, at the very time that Adam fell, and was turned out of Paradise, God, in his very great goodness, gavo him a promise to be his comfort: this promise was that One born among his children should destroy his enemy the devil, and save his brethren."
“I know who that is,” said Lucy, “ who was to be born among the children of Adam to destroy the works of the devil: it is the Lord Jesus Christ; who, though he is God, took the body of a man, and was born like a baby, and died for us all."
"Oh !" said Henry, “I wish I could love the Lord Jesus Christ more than I do; but my wicked heart will not let me."
"Ah! my boy," said Mr. Fairchild, " we may all say the same: but there is one comfort, that we could not wish to love him if he did not put this wish into our hearts. And now, my dears," said Mr. Fairchild, “let us pray that God will give us a knowledge of the ex
ceeding wickedness of our hearts ; that we may, know | ing our wretched state, look up to the dear Saviour, who only can save us from hell."
So saying, Mr. Fairchild taught his children a prayer: after which he kissed them, and sent them to play in the garden, telling them to come to him at the same hour the next day, when he promised to show them moro
of the countries upon the globe. As I think Mr. Fair. child's prayer may be useful to you, I will put it down in this place, together with a hymn, which he taught his children to sing.
A Prayer that God would give us a Knowledge of the
Wickedness of our Hearls. O Lord God Almighty, hear the prayer of a child, who comes unto thee to lament the hardnesss of his heart The Holy Bible teaches us that our hearts are wicked ; and we can see that all the people about us, our brothers and sisters, and playsellows, and even the grown people we live with-have much sin in them; but we do not rightly feel the vileness of our own hearts. Hear, therefore, my prayer, O Lord, and send thy Holy Spirit to show unto me the wickedness of my own heart; that I may hate myself, and know, that, had I my de. serts, I should be now dwelling with everlasting burnings.
Oh ! how proud I am! and how highly do I sometimes think of myself! and how do I despise my neighbours! and yet I have a heart full of all manner of evil, and a body full of corruption! O my Saviour! thou in whom is no spot or stain of sin ; thou who didst die to save little children such as I am, have mercy on me have mercy on me! and send thy Holy Spirit to make me know all my sins. Set them all before me in order, that I may know that I am a poor miserable wretch by nature, and that I may feel more and more that I can never save myself by any good thing that I can do, and that without thee, my Saviour, I should be utterly lost L for ever, and ever and ever.
Now to God the Father, God the Son, and God th Holy Ghost, be all glory and honour for ever and over Amen.
The Lord will happiness divine
On contrite hearts bestow;
A contrite heart, or no ?
Insensible as steel;