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Impatience.—Light breaks in. - The "garment of praise.”—Song.
for quiet and order in laying aside their books. It was, however, a fixed habit with the teacher, never to give the signal for leaving the room till all the pupils had taken the proper attitude for passing out with regularity, and then had composed themselves to perfect silence. On this occasion perhaps two minutes passed away while the boys were gradually, almost impatiently, bringing themselves to a compliance with this rule of the teacher.
During this interval of waiting, the cloud, unperceived by the teacher, had been slowly raised up from the western horizon, just in time to allow the setting sun to bestow a farewell glance upon the sorrowing world at his leave-taking. Through the Venetian blinds that guarded the windows toward the west, the celestial light gleamed athwart the apartment, and painted the opposite wall, in front of the pupils, with streaks of burnished gold! In an instant every countenance was changed. A smile now joyously played where before sadness and discontent had held their moody reign. The teacher was reminded, by all these circumstances, of the beautiful language of the prophet, which promised the gift of “the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.” What could be more appropriate on this occasion than a song of praise ? Without speaking a single word, the teacher commenced one of the little songs already familiar to the whole school :
Lo the heavens are breaking,
Pure and bright above;
Singing with the spirit.-An impression.-God is good.
Life and light awaking,
GOD 18 LOVE.
Round yon pine-clad mountain,
Flows a golden flood;
GOD IS GOOD.
Wake, my heart, and springing,
Spread thy wings above,-
GOD IS GOOD.
Instantly every voice that had ever sung, now uttered heartfelt praise. The attendant circumstances, taken at the happy moment, furnished such an impressive commentary upon the import of the words, that they were felt, as they never before had been felt, to be the words of precious truth. Every heart throbbed in unison with the sentiment. At the close of the song, there was profound silence in the room. moment's pause, during which the truth that God is good seemed to pervade each mind and hold it in silent reverence,—the signal for departure was given. One after another the boys passed from their seats with a light and careful step, as if noise and haste would be a desecration both of the time and place, -and when they reached the open air, refreshing and exhilarating as it was, there was no boisterous shout, no rude mirth; each took his homeward course, apparently with a new and lively conviction that GOD IS GOOD.
Other occasions. -Teacher's satisfaction.
It has always been a source of pleasure to that teacher to recall from the “buried past the associations connected with that delightful hour and that charming song; and it has been among the most gratifying incidents of his experience as a teacher, to hear more than one of those pupils in later life recur to the memory of that day, and acknowledge with thankfulness the lasting impressions which then and there were made
It would be easy to furnish examples to almost any extent, of the manner in which this principle has been, or may be carried out in practice. The degradation of an intoxicated person who may pass the school, the pitiable condition of the man who may wander through the streets bereft of his reason,—any instance of sudden death in the neighborhood, particularly of a young person,--the passing of a funeral procession,in short, any occurrence that arrests the attention of the young and enlists their feeling, may be seized upon as the means of making upon their minds an impression for good. The facts developed in many of their lessons, too, afford opportunities for incidental moral instruction. The adaptation of means to ends,—the evidence of design and intelligence displayed in the works of creation,—the existence of constant and uniform laws as developed in the sciences, all furnish the means of leading the young mind to God.
That teacher will enjoy the richest satisfaction in
the evening of life, who, in looking back upon his past experience, shall be conscious that he has improved every opportunity, which God has given him, to turn the youthful affections away from the things of earth to seek a worthier object in things above.
Low pecuniary reward. - Illustrated.
THE REWARDS OF THE TEACHER.
It is proverbial that the pecuniary compensation of the teacher is, in most places, far below the proper standard. It is very much to be regretted that an employment so important in all its bearings, should be so poorly rewarded. In New England there are many young women who, having spent some time in teaching, have left that occupation to go into the large manufacturing establishments as laborers, simply because they could receive a higher compensation. I have known several instances in which young ladies, in humble circumstances, have left teaching to become domestics, thus performing the most ordinary manual labor, because they could receive better pay; that is, the farmers and mechanics of the district could afford to pay more liberally for washing and ironing, for making butter and cheese, for sweeping floors and cleaning paint, than they could for educating the immortal minds of their children!
Nor is this confined to the female sex. Young mechanics and farmers, as well as those employed in manufacturing, frequently receive higher wages than the common-school teacher in the same district. Many