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It has been thought unnecessary to annex to the work any additional columns of spelling; for if the children be accustomed to spell from the lessons which they will afterwards read in the Bible and Testament, and learn perfectly the spelling cards of the National Society, they will have attained as much, in this way, as mere Sunday scholars are likely to require.
The notes, notwithstanding the wish and endeavour to make them plain, may be sometimes beyond the children's capacity; but they will at least furnish a few useful hints to some of the teachers, who may enlarge upon them in a more familiar manner.
Let it not, after all, be overlooked or forgotten that the principal design of this little work is to lead to the knowledge and practice of religion, without which the learning to read will do more harm than good. Heaven grant that the rising generation, with the peculiar advantages of instruction they now enjoy, may be "trained up in the way that they should go;" for, otherwise, the extent of education, instead of being a blessing, will become a powerful engine of mischief and destruction.
On God, the Maker and Ruler of the World.
THE LORD, He is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else. Deuteronomy iv. 39.
By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. Psalm xxxiii. 6.
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honour, and power: for Thou hast created all things; and for Thy pleasure they are, and were created. Revelation iv. 11.
Every house is builded by some man; but He that built all things is God. Hebrews iii. 4.
The Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods: in His hand are the deep places of the earth, the strength of the hills is His also: the sea is His, and He made it, and His hands formed the dry land. Psalm xcv. 3, 4, 5.
The earth is the Lord's and the fulness thereof; the round world and they that dwell therein. Psalm xxiv. 1.
O Lord, thou art our Father; we are the clay, and Thou our potter; and we are all the work of Thy hand. Isaiah lxiv. 8.
Know ye that the Lord, He is God; it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Psalm
This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise. Isaiah xliii. 21.