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attentive yourself to what you are doing, and to have your mind wholly fixed upon it; for, if you grow careless, your class will presently become careless too. But you must not be harsh, nor cross; you know that, in National schools, threats, and blows, and sticks are to be laid aside; all should be done by emulation; that is, by a desire to excel; there should be a wish in every boy or girl to do the best in the class; but, if they are once frightened and terrified, there is presently an end of this emulation, and of all fondness for their studies. You will find that teaching is very trying to the temper; you must therefore seek to keep a guard over yourself, that nothing hasty or passionate may appear in your words or behaviour, for this will be teaching your class harm instead of good. The milder you are, the more your class will like their lessons, and the more they will improve, and the pleasanter, as well as the more creditable, it will be to you. Attend to the rules for teaching, which belong to National schools. If you break these, you will lose the chief benefit of

this plan of education, and your class will make much less progress than it ought to do.


OVER the south portico of St. Paul's church, there is a figure of a phoenix rising out of the flames, with the word Resurgam underneath it. The word Resurgam is Latin, and means I shall rise again. We often see the figure of the bird called the phoenix, but there is, in reality, no such bird. There was for a long time a curious notion that there was one such a bird in the world, that it lived some hundred years, and that it was at length consumed by fire, and that then another bird with new youth and beauty, rose out of the ashes of the old one. This phoenix and the motto is then a suitable emblem of St. Paul's church being built again with increased splendour after its de. struction by fire *. And the word Resurgam is well suited to a sacred building, to remind us, when we read it, that we shall all rise again from our

* See page 227, vol. 1.

graves, and to teach us therefore to seek for a lively faith in our Saviour Christ, and a life of holy obedience to his commands, that our resurrection may be to the "resurrection of life."

The following curious occurrence is said to have taken place at the time that Sir Christopher Wren was preparing to rebuild St. Paul's after the fire. Having set out the dimensions of the building, and fixed upon a place for the centre, he asked one of the workmen to bring him a flat stone from amongst the rubbish to mark the place with. The stone which the workman brought, happened to be a piece of a grave stone, with nothing remaining of the inscription but this single word, in large letters, Resurgam, a circumstance which Sir Christopher Wren never forgot.

We often see this word on monuments, and grave-stones, and hatch ments.


Let us think well of its mean


"Be ye ready, for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of Man com. eth," Mark xxiv. 44.

"The hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation," John v. 28, 29.

Sporting on the village green,
The little English girl is seen;
Or beside her cottage neat,
Knitting on the garden seat.
Now within her humble door,
Sweeping clean the kitchen floor,
While upon the wall so white,
Hang her coppers polish'd bright.
Mary never idle sits,

She either sews, or spins, or knits;
Hard she labours all the week,
With sparkling eye and rosy cheek.
And on Sunday Mary goes,
Neatly drest in decent clothes,
Says her pray❜rs, (a constant rule,)
And hastens to the Sunday School.

O, how good should we be found,
Who live on England's happy ground!
Where rich, and poor, and wretched, may
Learn to walk in wisdom's way.



O that it were my chief delight
To do the things I ought!
Then let me try with all my might
To mind what I am taught.


Wherever I am told to go
I'll cheerfully obey;

Nor will I mind it much, although
I leave a pretty play.


When I am bid, I'll freely bring
Whatever I have got;

And never touch a pretty thing
If mother tells me not.


When she permits me, I
About my little toys;

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But if she's busy, or unwell,
I must not make a noise.


And when I learn my hymns to say,
And work, and read, and spell;
I will not think about my play,
But try and do it well.


For God looks down from heaven on high, Our actions to behold;

And he is pleas'd, when children try

To do as they are told.

Hymns for Infant Minds.

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