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FAVORITE SONGS FOR SCHOOL AND HOME
The school-room with its inmates is like an organ with many stops and keys, and he who plays it must decide what the music of its pipes shall be. If his hand is skillful and his ear well-trained, the psalm with which the day begins, will lose none of its sweet­ness or of its strength as the hours advance. Con­scious of the importance of his mission and the re­sponsibility reposed in him, there will steal from under his tuneful fingers a strain of such wondrous melody, that they who hear can never resist its power. Still will the keys be pressed, still will the harmony go on, and still from every stop and key there will come its unpretending part, always in its own good time and always bearing upon its bars the purest lessons which government can teach. Sometimes, indeed, a discord will be heard, sometimes a note be struck not quite in tune, but the heedful ear of the master will
detect the complaining key, the firm hand will gently remove the hidden cause, and the harshness be soon forgotten in the sweeter song that follows. These in­fluences are never lost. They may seem to be unheard, uncared-for and unknown; but by-and-by they will come softly back, and the echoes, faintly though they call, still tell that they were listened to and loved, still tell that the gentleness and affection which are carried away from pleasant school-rooms do sometimes live ! long after the days of school are dead, do sometimes— | oftentimes—carry with them the burden of a song that will never be hushed again, and furnish with their dy­ing cadences convincing proof that only that school­room government which springs from genuine affec­tion will stand the test of time.—R. M. Streeter.
If you ask me wherefore song was made a part of worship, the answer must be because music is the fit
ANGRY WORDS.
Childhood Songs.
language of a service of love. No man sings when he is angry. The notes of accordant voices speak of amity and fellowship. As music is said to consist of the harmony of sweet sounds, and as sounds without harmony become mere noise, so the strains of the psalm or hymn are at once the type and sign of the commun­ion of saints. Where they are heard we know that souls are met who are without variance. They are the signal of the presence of the peace of Christ and of God. And as the chords of human hearts should thrill together in glad unison when they come before God, whenever they find expression in such singing they tend to do so. Music is the tamer of evil passions. We cannot hate each other when we sing together. The fable of Orpheus charming the beasts with his lyre represents a reality; and the Christians of the Catacombs were right when they chose Orpheus as an
emblem of Christ, and carved him over their tombs. Among all the numberless things men can do with their varied faculties, song is asked of them, to be offered before God, that they may stand before His mercy-seat in unity, and turn from His preseuce better prepared to live in charity and peace.—Swinnerton. * A clergyman, whose family was noted for amiability and mutual affection, was asked the secret of his suc­cessful training. "I call," said he, "the influence of music to my aid. If I see any of my little ones seeming to be angry,I say, 'Sing, children, sing!' and before the strain is ended every unpleasant feeling disappears, and harmony again prevails." May it not be well for parents and teachers to profit by this hint? The above melody, to the accompanying words, has been suggested by one who has often seen its happy influence in the school-room among the children.
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