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but I think you are putting the question in a wrong form. Our object in life should not be the pursuit of our own happiness, but the seeking to do the will of our Father, and, liko loving children, to trust our happiness with Him. My dears, it is quite sure to come! He loves us far better than we love one another. But see, it is past one o'clock, and we must go to dinner. Go and take off your things, and by and by, when lessons are over, perhaps we shall be able to take a walk together. And so, with lightened hearts and brighter faces, the two children left the room; and when Minnie was ready for dinner, she took out the little parcel of ribbon, just to see how it looked before she went down-stairs, and lo! the light which had returned to her own heart, had returned to the ribbon too. "See, Ellen, it is quite lovely!"
"So it is," said Ellen, and, passing her arm round her sister's neck, they went downstairs together.
Four o'clock came, and all the lessons were put away, and the room cleared. "Where are we to walk, dear mama V said Minnie, as she put the last book on the shelf.
"I think we will go to Fairleigh Green, and see how they are going on with the new church—shall you like that?"
"Very much, mama; it is a long time since we have been there, and the last time it was scarcely above the ground."
So to Fairleigh Green they went, and the walk was full of pleasure, for Mrs. Lester had a peculiar and most happy art of investing the most ordinary things with interest. The songs of the different birds, which she had taught the children to discriminate until they had become quite practised in the varied sounds—the beautiful wild-flowers—the homes and haunts of the insect tribes which were filling the air with quiet melody—everything furnished food for pleasant thought and conversation. But it was not alone the beauty of the walk to Fairleigh that had induced
Mrs. Lester to choose it to-day. She thought a lesson might bo drawn which should impress upon her children's minds, better than any words- could do, the truths which they had forgotten in the morning.
It was a long walk, but, when they arrived there, the busy scene which opened upon them made them insensible to fatigue. Mrs. Lester led them to a sheltered bank under an elmtree, where they could sit down and watch, unmolested, all that was going on, and soon their attention was completely rivetted.
Those who, perhaps with no better object than amusement, have spent a leisure halfhour in watching the progress of a building, will have observed how intent each man is in his own peculiar department of work, whether it be cutting stone, or carving wood, or mixing mortar; each man seems more or less impressed with the belief, that upon his individual labour depends the stability of the building; and it was not long before Minnie caught the impression of this fact, and she said to