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braced him, “How could we live so long a stranger to this charming child?'—And now nothing but the Divine assistance of Him who will not suffer his chosen to be tempted above that which they are able to bear, could have saved Henrie from being spoiled by the praises and flattery which he received, and the finery and rich meats and drinks which were put in his way. His mother had expected that her son would have had an awkward and low appearance ; she was therefore greatly surprised at his courteous and polite manners, which delighted her as much as his beauty.

“All that evening Henrie remained silent, modest, and serious; and as soon as his parents would give him leave, he asked to go to bed. He was shown into a room richly furnished, and so large that the whole of Claude's little cottage would have gone into it. The servant who attended him would have undressed him ; but he begged to be left alone, saying he had been used to dress and undress himself. As soon as the servant was gone, he took out his Bible and read a chapter ; after which, kneeling down, he prayed his Almighty Father to take care of him now in this time of temptation, when he feared he might be drawn aside to forget his God. I shall put down Henrie's prayer in this place for your use, and also a translation of the hymn which he sang

afterwards he was going to bed. You may like, perhaps, to have this prayer to turn to, should you ever find yourself in a state of trial resembling Henrie's.”

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And here I shall finish my chapter, as Mr. Fairchild called to his children to tell thern that he wanted his dinner; and whilst the little girls laid the cloth and set out their dinner, their brother went down with his pitcher to fetch some water from the brook,

A Prayer to be used in Time of Temptation.

O holy Father! hear the prayer of a poor weak child. Through the grace of thy Holy Spirit I wish to be a good child : I wish to serve thee in this world, and to go to heaven when I die. I love thy holy children, the saints of God; and I wish to love my Saviour, who died for me; but there are many things about me which tempt me to forget God, and to follow after the vain and wicked pleasures of this world : my own evil heart, too, is always longing after earthly things ; so that, what with temptation within and temptation without, I shall certainly turn again into wickedness, and forget thee, my God, unless thou, O Lord, wilt have pity on me. And now again I call on thee, my dear Saviour, that thou wouldest intercede for me, when by reason of my sin and the sore temptations which surround me, I cannot pray for myself

. O plead for me before thy holy Father : beseech him to send me his Holy Spirit; tell him how thou didst bleed and die to save me. Oh! I cannot save myself; I cannot stand in the hour of temptation, if thou dost forsake me. I am a poor, young, ignorant creature, the child of sinful parents, and without power to do one good thing. O glorious and holy Father, if thou dost not take care of me, what will become of me? Oh! save me, save me, in this hour of temptation. Save me from the world, my own wicked heart, and the power of the devil, who like a roaring lion goeth about seeking whom he may devour: for Thou, O holy Trinity, art able to save all who come unto thee—even the most miserable of sinners.

And now to God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be all glory and honour for ever and

Amen.

ever.

HYMN XXI.

Come, thou fount of every blessing !

Tune my heart to sing thy praise ;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,

Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,

Sung by flaming tongues above :
Praise the Mount; O fix me on it!

Mount of God's unchanging love.
Here I raise my Ebenezer ;

Hither by thy help I'm come;
And I hope, by thy good pleasure,

Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,

Wand'ring from the fold of God;
He, to save my soul from danger,

Interposed his precious blood.
O to grace how great a debtor

Hereby I'm constrained to be !
Let thy grace, Lord, like a fetter,

Bind my wand'ring heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it ;

Prone to leave the God I love :
Here's my heart, Lord—take and seal it :

Seal it from thy courts above.

SECOND PART OF THE STORY IN

LUCY'S BOOK.

WHEN Mr. and Mrs. Fairchild and the children had dined, Henry went on with the story.

“ The young son of the Marquis de Roseville did not awake early, having been much tired with his journey. When he had dressed, he was taken to breakfast in his mother's dressing-room : she was alone, as the Marquis had gone out after the ball the night before, and was not returned. The Marchioness kissed Henrie, and made him sit down by her, showing him every proof of her love; nevertheless, everything he saw and heard made him wish himself back again in the cottage amongst the hills. He could perceive by the daylight, what he had not found out the night before, that his mother was painted white and red; and that she had a bold and fretful look, which made her large dark eyes quite terrible to him. He was grieved also to see all the vain ornaments that were scattered about the room ; and he wondered at the number of looking-glasses, and phials of washes, and pots of paint, and brushes, which he saw in differ ent places.

" Whilst the Marchioness and Henrie sat at breakfast, she asked him a great many questions about his education and manner of life among the mountains. He did not hide anything from her, but told her that he never intended to become a Roman Catholic.. She answered, that it was time enough for him to trouble himself about religion. You have a long life before you, Henrie,' she said, and have many pleasures to enjoy ; it will be well enough to become devout when you are near death.' - May not death be near now ?' said Henrie, looking very serious ; had my brother Theodore any greater reason to expect death than I have ? and yet he was suddenly called before God, to give an account of his actions.' The Marchioness looked gravely for a moment; then smiled, and said, • Oh ! Henrie, Henrie ! how laughable it is to hear one at your age speaking so seriously! thing sounds prettily out of your mouth,' she added, kissing him, "for you are a charming boy. But come,' she said, ' I will be dressed ; and we will go out and pay visits, and I will show you something of this fine city.

Yet every

“ When the Marchioness was dressed, she and Henrie went out in the carriage : and, returning at dinner-time, they found the Marquis at home : he looked pale and fatigued, but was pleased to embrace his son, with whom he seemed better and better satisfied as he saw more of him.

“ The next day a tutor was appointed for Henrie : he was a Roman Catholic priest, or clergyman ; and although he bore the character of a clergyman, he seemed to have no thought of religion : he took great pains to teach Henrie such things as he thought would please his father and mother, and make him appear clever before his fellow-creatures, but he had no desire to make him a good man. Besides this tutor, Henrie had masters to teach him music and dancing and drawing, and all such things as were wont to be taught to the children of the great men at that time in France. Thus Henrie's mornings were employed by attending on his masters ; and his mother often in an evening took him out to pay visits, and to balls and public amusements. introduced several times to the King, and became acquainted with all the nobility in Paris. But, amongst all these worldly pleasures and enjoyments, the blessed Lord God, with whom all things are possible, still held the heart of Henrie ; so that he took no delight in all these fine things, but was willing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasure of sin for a season.” (Heb. xi. 25.)

6. When Henrie had been in Paris about six months, it happened that one day his father went to the King's palace to pay his court : so it was, that something had vexed the King that day, and he did not receive the Marquis so cordially as he had been used to do. This affronted the Marquis so much (for he was a very proud man), that from that time he

gave himself up altogether to abusing the King, and con

He was

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