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not only of the Samaritan, but of him whose

type he is. "Do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you, and persecute you. If ye love them that love you, what thank do not even the publicans and same?" Now George, you see




sinners the Emily did

not deserve to be called the good Samaritan; she only did an office of kindness to one who was incapable of being her enemy.'

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EMILY. Indeed it would have been not only unkind but cruel, George, if I had not done what gave me little trouble and relieved the poor little sufferer.'

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MRS. M. You are right, Emily; George is too much inclined to see every good action of yours through a magnifying glass; we must teach him to see without one.-But we must shorten our conversation this evening, for I am very languid, having had a very painful night.' GEORGE. 6 My poor mamma, it is very good of you to talk so much to us.'

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sures, my son, to converse with you on subjects so dear to my heart. Let us now pray that we may be enabled to imitate the example of the good Samaritan as far as our sinful nature will admit.-May we, O Lord, be ever ready to relieve the distressed, of whatever nation or whatever creed soever they be ; enable us to do good, if opportunity offer, to our enemies. Grant that we may not, like the priest and the levite pass by on the other side, and leave a fellow creature to perish; but endeavour with all our might, to act the part of the good Samaritan, not alone in soothing the distresses of the body, but in pouring in the oil and wine of the Gospel. May we be enabled to feel that though helpless as the wounded man, Dead in trespasses and sins, we have the protecting care of our blessed Saviour; that we are amongst his own flock, members of his true Church, whom he has committed to the care of faithful Shepherds, and that when he comes again, we shall be received by him into glory everlasting and that fadeth not away.' Amen, Amen.

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THE IMPORTUNATE WIDOW.-Luke xviii. 1-5. xi. 21—27.

EMILY. Mamma, there is something like a parable, but I am not sure whether it is one, which George and I wish you to explain to us to-night, if you please: we have some notion of what it means, but do not understand it clearly.' GEORGE.

Here it is, mamma.


the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest: and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house, whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits, more wicked than himself, and they

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