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BEDSIDE POETRY /

A PARENTS' ASSISTANT IN

MORAL DISCIPLINE

COMPILED BY WENDELL P. GARRISON

BOSTON

D. LOTHROP & CO.

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TO

LUCY MCKIM GARRISON

AND

JOHN RICHARD DENNETT:

TWO SPIRITS.

PREFACE.

Do what we will and can, the moral discipline of our children oftenest falls short alike of our prayers and of our endeavor. All those fences with which nature and our institutions have girt them roundparents and schoolmasters,

Pulpits and Sundays, sorrow dogging sin,

Aflictions sorted, anguish of all sizes," —

afford no guaranty of protection from evil thoughts or evil ways. Nor will it ever be otherwise. To ground the youth in principle, demands not only all the inherited virtue of the remotest generations of man, but all the appliances which the highest enlightenment of the present day can devise.

The dislike of children for sermonizing; the imperfect opportunities for it at home; the want of tact or of the power of expression on the part of parents themselves these and many other causes combine to make us shift the burden on the secular or the Sabbath school, or to encourage a blind dependence on the force of our own example. The aid

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