DOMESTIC UNITY. 137
of the infant and youthful mind who will per¬
sist in the good work of domestic education, and
who will delight in the glorious task.
Before the birth of a child, who can think of
it as the mother? When the babe is introduced
into this world, who can love it as the mother?
All along the winding, spiral journey of life,
who can think about that son or that daughter
as the mother?
O, there is a depth, a height, a strength, a
sweetness in a mother's love which human lan¬
guage can not express! Now, it is this very
depth and height, and strength, and sweetness,
which endangers her child, because if such a
love is not sanctified by the superior love of God,
and controlled by that practical wisdom which
cometh down from on high, her affections will be¬
come blind and idolatrous, and she will spoil the
child. Her blind, idolatrous love has often ended in
the destruction of its object. To direct, modify,
and control her heart, she needs the enlightened
head and will that always purpose the highest
good of her son or her daughter.
Therefore, permit me to suggest that every
mother, following the example of the far-sighted
and devout Hannah, ought to pray for her child
before its birth, dedicate it to the Creator at its
birth, and as soon as possible take the tender in-