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FOURTH READING BOOK.
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1. The Teeth of Animals 52 12. A Hymn for Family
3. The Blessings of the Just 59 13. Greenland Missionaries.
6. The Owl and the Farmer 65 15. Greenland Missionaries.
8. To some Children Listen- 16. Prayer
70 17. Greenland Missionaries.
10. November in Ettrick 18. The Reaper and the
11. Greenland Missionaries. 19. Structure of the Chame-
49. Savings Banks.-Part I. 164
50. Savings Banks.- Part II. 167
53. Earthenware.- Part II. 173
68. Eyes and 110 Eyes; or, the
69. Song of the Golden-crested
95. To a Lovely Infant, on the
82. The Village Blacksmith 253 97. The New Zealand Mis-
85. Lines on a Common Field 99. The New Zealand Mis-
263 100. Simple Definitions in
266 101. Hymn for the Epiphany 309
88. The Use of Machinery.- 102. The Annual motion of the
89. The Use of Machinery.- 103. The Seasons
271 104. The Terrestrial Globe. 315
91. Comparison and Meta- 106. Omnipotence
110. Milton on his Blindness 336
sion. - Part I.
FOURTH READING BOOK.
THE ADMISSION OF THE GENTILES.
THE BAPTISM OF CORNELIUS.-A.D. 40. ST. PETER had been the first to preach Christ to the Jews upon
the day of Pentecost. He was now commissioned to open the door of the Church to the Gentiles. For Christ had said unto him, “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven : and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven : and whatever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matt. xvi. 19.
Cornelius was a Roman centurion, living at Cesarea, a man who acknowledged the true God, but did not bind himself to observe the law of Moses. But he was a devout man, and had shown his piety, by giving much alms to the poor, and by continually praying unto God.
One day, about the ninth hour, (that is, about three o'clock in the afternoon,) Cornelius was fasting and praying to God, when he saw an angel standing before him, and saying, Cornelius.'
“ And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said,