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READINGS AND RECITATIONS

FOR JUNIORS.

A LESSON OF THANKFULNESS.

ROAMING in the meadow,

Little four-year-old
Picks the starry daisies,

With their hearts of gold.

Fills her snowy apron,

Fills her dimpled hands;
Suddenly, how quiet

In the grass she stands!

• Who made f’owers so pitty,

Put 'em here? Did God ?"
" Yes, 'twas God," I answered,

“Spread them o'er the sod."

Dropping all her blossoms,

With uplifted head,
Serious face turned heavenward,

“Thank you, God!” she said.

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Then, as if explaining,

(Though no word I spake,) Always must say, “Thank you,' For the things I take."

Blessed little preacher,

Clad in robes of praise !
Would we all might copy

Your sweet, thankful ways!

Time to fret and murmur

We could never make,
Should we first say, " Thank you,


For the things we take.

THE FOOLISH HAREBELL.

A HAREBELL hung its wilful head: “I am tired, so tired! I wish I was dead."

She hung her head in the mossy dell: “If all were over, then all were well.”

The wind he heard, and was pitiful;
He waved her about to make her cool.

“Wind, yoù are rough," said the dainty bell; " Leave me alone-I am not well.”

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