education, inspired by the divine command,
"Train up a child in the way he should go,"
confiding in the divine promise that " When he
is old he will not depart from it."
5th. There will be a divine influence encircling
such a pious mother and her consecrated child
(Hebrews i, 13, 14; Psalm ciii, 17, 18; Psalm
xxxiv, 7), which godless parents can never realize.
6th. Acting under such thoughts, sentiments,
and influences, the mother will have power over
the head, the heart, and the will of the child,
such as no other human being can exert—the
father of the child himself not excepted. If
qualified, the mother can be, for she ought to be,
the first educator in letters, the first in morals,
the first in religion.
a. From the first day after the birth of her
child, to the hour of the day when that child
enters the common-school or the select-school to
take the first lessons which the school-master or
school-mistress can impart, what glorious oppor¬
tunities nature and God have placed at her com¬
mand to instruct, to guide, to control the immor¬
tal mind !
b. O, if she be wise, how she can affect both
earth and heaven, both time and eternity, by her
diligent, daily, prayerful teachings, and her Chris¬
tian examples of holiness and self-abnegation!