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Happy shall I be if my humble efforts contribute to assist your benevolent viewsto enable young minds, by proper culture, to exhibit, in future life, examples of true goodness—to feel, themselves, the inexpressible pleasure resulting from virtuous conduct-and to impart to your bòsoms, as it were, by a kind of sacred sympathy, a satisfaction and delight that shall never know an end.

I am, LADIES,
With great respect,

Your affectionate Friend,
And Servant in your benevolent design,

THE EDITOR.

ADVERTISEMENT.

In presenting an Eighth Edition to a generous Public, the Editor gratefully acknowledges her obligations for the increasing demand for this little Book, by which she flatters herself, many of the Young are not only amused, but instructed, and the advantage of a useful Charity promoted.

THE

POETICAL MONITOR.

THE YOUNG PERSON'S PRAYER.--2 CHRON. i, 7. 12.

I ASK not wealth, nor pomp, nor power,
Nor the vain pleasures of an hour :
My soul aspires to nobler things,
Than all the pride and state of kings.

I seek for blessings more divine,
Than corn, or oil, or richest wine;
If these are sent, l'll praise my God;
Withheld, still sound his praise abroad.

One thing I ask; and wilt thou hear,
And grant my soul a gift so dear?
WISDOM, descending from above;
The choicest token of thy love :

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WISDOM, betimes to know the LORD
To fear his name, and keep his word;
To lead my feet in paths of truth,
And guide and guard my wand'ring youth.
Then, should'st thou grant a length of days,
My life shall still proclaim thy praise :
Or early death, my soul convey,
To realms of everlasting day.

THE APPEAL.

· HAST thou beheld the glorious Sun,
Through all the sky his circuit run,
At rising morn, at closing day,
And when he beam'd his noontide ray ?

Say, did’st thou e'er attentive view
The evening cloud, or morning dew?
Or, after rain, the wat'ry bow,
Rise in the east, a beauteous show ?

When darkness had o'erspread the skies,
Hast thou e'er seen the moon arise ;
And, with a mild and placid light,
Shed lustre o'er the face of night?

Hast thou e'er wander'd o'er the plain,
And view'd the fields, and waving grain;

The flow'ry mead, the leafy grove, Where all is melody and love ? Hast thou e'er trod the sandy shore, And heard the restless ocean roar, When, rous’d by some tremendous storm, Its billows roll in dreadful form? Hast thou beheld the lightning stream, Thro' night's dark gloom, with sudden gleam, Or heard the bellowing thunder's sound, Roll rattling thro' the heavens profound ? Hast thou e'er felt the cutting gale, The sleety shower, the biting hail ; Beheld bright snow o'erspread the plains; The water, bound in icy chains ? Hast thou the various beings seen, That sport along the valley green; That sweetly warble on the spray, Or wanton in the sunny ray ; That shoot along the briny deep, Or under ground their dwellings keep; That thro’ the gloomy forest range, Or frightful wilds, and deserts strange? Hast thou the wond'rous scenes survey'd, That all around thee are display'd;

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And hast thou never rais'd thine eyes
To Him who caus'd these scenes to rise ?

'Twas God who form'd the concave sky,
And all the shining orbs on high ;
Who gave the various beings birtb,
That people all the spacious earth.

'Tis He that bids the tempest rise, And rolls the thunder through the skies; His voice the elements obey : 'Thro' all the earth extends his sway.

His goodness all his creatures share;
But Man is his peculiar care:
Then, while they all proclaim his praise,
Let Man his voice the loudest raise.

GOD IN THE CREATION.

THERE is a God, all nature speaks, Through earth and air, and sea and skies ; See, from the clouds his glory breaks, When the first beams of morning rise.

The rising Sun, serenely bright,
O'er the wide world's extended frame,
Inscribes, in characters of light,
His inighty Maker's glorious name.

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