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It was the custom of the good fa-
ther of these children when he walk-
ed out with them, to talk to them
about holy things, and he had so plea-
sant a manner of treating these sub-
jects, that the children were never so
happy, as when they were hearkening
to their father ; ami this day the sub-
ject which he chose to speak of was,
the wickedness of man's nature, and
the change which takes place in him,
when he is born again and receives a
new heart.

" I have often told you, my chil-
dren," he said, "how man's nature
became sinful by the disobedience of
the first man; and I have represented
to you, the total corruption, and utter
deadness to all that is good, which
reigns in our hearts, before they are
converted to God. "

" We do not know what you mean
by deadness, father," said one of the
little boys.

"What I mean by deadness," re-

turned the father, " is this, that a man
or woman, or child, who has not re-
ceived a new heart, is as unable to
turn to any real goodness and holi-
ness, as a dead man to get up and
walk, and eat and drink; a dead
corpse may indeed be moved from
place to place, but still he is dead,
and still he is going fast to corruption.
And in like manner, a man whose
heart is unchanged, or a wicked child,
may be hindered from committing
one sin or another sin, but still there
is no spiritual life in him, and he is
tending as surely to everlasting mise-
ry and eternal death, as the dead
corpse is tending to dissolution."
And now," added the father, "what
are those sticks in your hands."

" They arc our arrows, father,'' said
the little boys, "we broke our bows,
and we have taken the weights out of
the heads of our arrows, and we
thought you woultl not be angry at
our carrying these little sticks."


" Let me look at them," said the
father, and he took them in his hand,
and then returned them to the chil-

"They are willow sticks," said
Francis, " and are quite dead and

" They seem to be dead," replied
the father,' "and good tor nothing,"
and he directed his two little sons to
lay them on the earth, in a retired
place, near a brook by which they
were walking: so his little boys did
as they were required to do, and the
father and his children walked on.

About three months after this,
when the winter was gone, and every
hedge and tall tree were clothed with
leaves and blossoms, and every field
was covered with fresh grass and
springing corn; the father and his
sons took another pleasant walk, and
coming to the brook, the little boys
remembered their sticks, and asked
tlieir father if they might see if they


were where they had left them,
" though I dare say," added Francis,
" that they are all rotten and fallen
to pieces by this time."

"Perhaps not," said the father,
".for the time has been too short even
for the dryest stick to go to dust, hut
you may look for them, and let me
know the state in which you find
them. " So the little boys began to
grope among the willow bushes which
grew by the brook, till they had found
the exact spot where they had laid
their arrows, and when they had
found it, they cried, " Oh father,
father, here are our sticks just where
we left them, and one is green and
fresh, and covered with a new rind,
smooth and shining, and it has put
forth leaves and little buds; but the
other is dry and bare, and will soon
fall to pieces. Come, father, coine
and see."

The kind father came, and he look-
ed at the two arrows, and one was

indeed become a blooming little tree,
whilst the other was fast tending to
decay: and these were the remarks
which lie made as he stood looking
upon them

< My little boys," he said, here
is the finger of God, and here in this
book of nature he makes known the
mysteries of his providence; these
little branches, both of which appear-
ed at one time dead and past nope,
are holy emblems of the two sorts of
men: the dead branch is the type of
the unregenerated man, him in whom
there is no spiritual life, whose heart
has remained unchanged, ^who has
been left in his natural corruption
for such nothing is prepared but in-
evitable destruction. Whilst the liv-
ing branch is the type of the true
Christian, of him who has received
a new nature and a clean heart; and
in whom dwelleth the root of immor-
tal life.



" No difference ap|>eared in these
little sticks, when you laid them down
in this place, and so for a while there
often seems to be an exact similitude
between the children of God, and the
children of the evil one. Both of
these arrows were bare and without
root or branch, and appeared to be
cast away; and in like manner, those
little children who have received a
new nature, sometimes appear to be
parted from Christ, and without hope
from the strength of sin. But there
is life in them, and they are again
restored to holiness, they bud and
blossom afresh, and "spring up as
among the grass, as willows by the
water brooks." Whilst the wicked
"are cast wit of their graves like an
abominable branch."


This clumsy bear can dance and skip
As well as gloom and scowl :

And when he feels his master's whip
He'll shake his frame and growl.

This is a very solitary animal, resi-
ding far from the haunts of man, in
caverns or the hollow of a decayed
tree, where he spends the winter.
The are three kinds, the white, the
brown, and the black, and the differ-
ence of color may be owing to the
climate where they are found. "When
taken young, they may be taught ma-
ny tricks, and are often exhibited in
our streets.




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