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A Manual for Infant Schools:
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Compiled by Farr, S. L.
Ed. by Summers, Thomas O., 1812-1882

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(title page) A Manual for Infant Schools. Compiled by S. L. Farr
Edited by Thomas O. Summer, D. D.
16 p.
Richmond, VA.
Soldiers' Tract Association, M.E. Church, South.

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        QUESTION. Who made you?

        ANSWER. God.

        Q. What is God?

        A. An infinite and eternal Spirit.

        Q. Who is God?

        A. The Creator of all things.

        Q. Where is God?

        A. He is everywhere.

        Q. How long has he lived?

        A. He has always lived.

        Q. How long will he live?

        A. For ever and ever.

        Q. What can he do?

        A. He can do all things.

        Q. What do you know of God?

        A. God is holy, just, and true.

        Q. What else do you know of God?

        A. He is merciful, good, and gracious.

        Q. What does he know?

        A. He knows all things, even the thoughts of our hearts.

        Q. Does he always see us?

        A. Yes; nothing can hide us from God.

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        Q. Does he care for us?

        A. Yes, as a father careth for his children.

        Q. Will he call us to account for our acts?

        A. Yes, even for our thoughts.


        Q. Of What did God make man?

        A. Of the dust of the earth.

        Q. Was man's soul made of dust?

        A. No.

        Q. Will the soul ever die?

        A. No; it will live forever.

        Q. In whose image was man made?

        A. In the image of God.

        Q. Where did God place man?

        A. In the garden of Eden.

        Q. Was man happy in Eden?

        A. Yes; he had no pain or sorrow.

        Q. What was his character?

        A. Holy, happy, and good.


        Q. Did man continue holy and happy?

        A. No; he fell into sin.

        Q. What is sin?

        A. Doing what God has forbidden.

        Q. When God told Adam not to eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, did he obey God?

        A. No; he ate of the fruit.

        Q. How came he to eat of it?

        A. The devil tempted the woman, and she did eat.

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        Q. What did she then do.?

        A. She gave to her husband, and he did eat.

        Q. What did God do to them?.

        A. He turned them out of Eden.

        Q. What did they suffer?

        A. They lost their happy state.

        Q. What else befell them?

        A. They became subject to pain and death.

        Q. Did their sin injure their children?

        A. Yes; it caused all to be born with an evil nature.


        Q. Does God now love man?

        A. Yes; he loves all his creatures.

        Q. How does he show us his love?

        A. By giving us a Saviour.

        Q. Who is our Saviour?

        A. Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

        Q. Is Christ God?

        A. Yes; he is very God.

        Q. What has Christ done for us?

        A. He became man, suffered, and died for us.

        Q. Why did he do this?

        A. To redeem us from sin.

        Q. Is Christ now dead?

        A. No; he arose from the grave.

        Q. How long was he in the grave?

        A. Three days.

        Q. Did anyone see him after he arose?

        A. Yes; he was seen by many.

        Q. How long did he stay on earth after his resurrection?

        A. About forty days.

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        Q. Whither did he then go?

        A. He ascended into heaven.


        Q. To what place will sinners go, if they do not repent?

        A. To hell.

        Q. What kind of place is hell?

        A. A place of endless torment.

        Q. How can you be saved from hell?

        A. By being saved from my sins.

        Q. Have you ever sinned?

        A. Yes; all have sinned.

        Q. Who can save you?

        A. None but Christ.

        Q. Will he save you?

        A. He will, if I repent and believe on him.

        Q. Will he not save all?

        A. No; only those who repent and believe.

        Q. What is it to repent?

        A. To be sorry for my sins and forsake them.

        Q. What is it to believe in Christ?

        A. To receive him into my heart as the only Saviour.

        Q. Can you do this of yourself?

        A. Not without the help of Christ.


        Q. Whither will believers go after death?

        A. To heaven.

        Q. What kind of place is heaven?

        A. A holy and happy place.

        Q. Where is Christ now?

        A. In heaven, interceding for us.

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        Q. Will Christ come again out of heaven?

        A. Yes; at the last day.

        Q. For what will he come?

        A. To judge all men.

        Q. How will he come?

        A. In glory, with all the holy angels.

        Q. What will take place then?

        A. The dead shall all be raised.

        Q. What will become of those who shall be alive?

        A. They shall be changed in a moment.

        Q. Will they be glorified like Christ?

        A. They will.

        Q. What will become of the earth?

        A. It will be burned up.

        Q. Who will be present at the judgment?

        A. All; both the righteous and the wicked.

        Q. What will be the welcome of the righteous?

        A. Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

        Q. What will be the sentence of the wicked?

        A. Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.


        Q. Who will live with Christ in heaven?

        A. Those who are holy in heart and life.

        Q. How will they be employed?

        A. In praising and serving God.

        Q. Who will be their companions?

        A. The holy angels.

        Q. What is it to be holy in heart?

        A. To be cleansed from all inward sin.

        Q. What is it to be holy in life?

        A. To do my duty to God and man.

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        Q. How can you do this?

        A. By the grace of God.

        Q. Who works this grace in us?

        A. The Holy Spirit.

        Q. Where can you learn your duty?

        A. In God's holy word.

        Q. What is your duty to God?

        A. To love him with my whole heart.

        Q. What will this lead you to do?

        A. To honor and worship him.

        Q. What is your duty to man?

        A. To do as I would be done by.

        Q. What is your duty to your parents?

        A. To love, honor, and obey them.


        Q. How many commandments are there?

        A. Ten.

        Q. Upon what did God write them?

        A. Upon two tables of stone.

        Q. What does the first table contain?

        A. Our duty to God.

        Q. What does the second table contain?

        A. Our duty to man.

        Q. What is the first commandment?

        A. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

        Q. What is the second commandment?

        A. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them; for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.

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        Q. What is the third commandment?

        A. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

        Q. What is the fourth commandment?

        A. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work; but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day; wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.

        Q. What is the fifth commandment?

        A. Honor thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

        Q. What is the sixth commandment?

        A. Thou shalt not kill.

        Q. What is the seventh commandment?

        A. Thou shalt not commit adultery.

        Q. What is the eighth commandment?

        A. Thou shalt not steal.

        Q. What is the ninth commandment?

        A. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

        Q. What is the tenth commandment?

        A. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor's.

        Q. How has Christ taught us to pray?

        A. Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name: thy kingdom come: thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven: give us this day our daily bread; and

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forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those that trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

        Q. What is your belief?

        A. I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead; I believe in the Holy Ghost; the Church of God; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.



        Q. Who was the first man?

        A. Adam.

        Q. Who was the first woman?

        A. Eve.

        Q. Who was the first murderer?

        A. Cain.

        Q. Who was the first martyr?

        A. Abel.

        Q. Who was the first translated?

        A. Enoch.

        Q. Who was the oldest man?

        A. Methuselah.

        Q. Who built the ark?

        A. Noah.

        Q. Who was the most faithful man?

        A. Abraham.

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        Q. Who was the meekest man?

        A. Moses.

        Q. Who was the most patient man?

        A. Job.

        Q. Who wrestled with the angel of God?

        A. Jacob.

        Q. Who led Israel into Canaan?

        A. Joshua.

        Q. Who was the strongest man?

        A. Samson.

        Q. Who killed Goliath?

        A. David.

        Q. Who was the wisest man?

        A. Solomon.

        Q. Who was in the whale's belly?

        A. Jonah.

        Q. Who was cast into the lions' den?

        A. Daniel.

        Q. Who saves lost men?

        A. Jesus Christ.

        Q. Who is Jesus Christ?

        A. The Son of God.

        Q. Who was the mother of Christ?

        A. Mary.

        Q. Who was the beloved disciple?

        A. John.

        Q. Who betrayed his Master?

        A. Judas.

        Q. Who denied his Master?

        A. Peter.

        Q. Who were struck dead for lying?

        A. Ananias and Sapphira.

        Q. Who was the first Christian martyr?

        A. Stephen.

        Q. Who was the chief apostle of the Gentiles?

        A. Paul.

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                         AND now I raise me up from sleep,
                         I thank the Lord, who did me keep
                         All through the night; and him I pray
                         That he may keep me through the day.


                         THE morning bright,
                         With rosy light,
                         Has waked me up from sleep:
                         Father, I own
                         Thy love alone
                         Thy little one doth keep.

                         All through the day,
                         I humbly pray,
                         Be thou my guard and guide:
                         My sins forgive,
                         And let me live,
                         Blest Jesus, near thy side.

                         O make thy rest
                         Within my breast,
                         Great Spirit of all grace:
                         Make me like thee,
                         Then shall I be
                         Prepared to see thy face.


                         AND now I lay me down to sleep,
                         I pray the Lord my soul to keep;
                         And if I die before I wake,
                         I pray the Lord my soul to take.
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                         THE daylight fades,
                         The evening shades
                         Are gathering round my head:
                         Father above,
                         I praise that love
                         Which smoothes and guards my bed.

                         While thou art near,
                         I need not fear
                         The gloom of midnight hour:
                         Blest Jesus, still
                         From every ill
                         Defend me with thy power.

                         Pardon my sin,
                         And enter in
                         And sanctify my heart;
                         Spirit Divine,
                         O make me thine,
                         And ne'er from me depart.


                         OUR Father in heaven,
                         We hallow thy name;
                         May thy kingdom holy
                         On earth be the same.
                         O give to us daily
                         Our portion of bread;
                         It is from thy bounty
                         That all must be fed.

                         Forgive our transgressions,
                         And teach us to know
                         That tender compassion
                         That pardons each foe;
                         Keep us from temptation,
                         From weakness and sin;
                         And thine be the glory
                         For ever. Amen.

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                         BEAUTIFUL Zion, built above,
                         Beautiful city, that I love,
                         Beautiful gates, of pearly white,
                         Beautiful temple--God, its light!--
                         He who was slain on Calvary
                         Opens those pearly gates to me.

                         Beautiful heaven, where all is light,
                         Beautiful angels, clothed in white,
                         Beautiful strains, that never tire,
                         Beautiful harps through all the choir!
                         There shall I join the chorus sweet,
                         Worshipping at the Saviour's feet.

                         Beautiful crowns on every brow,
                         Beautiful palms the conquerors show,
                         Beautiful robes the ransomed wear,
                         Beautiful all who enter there!
                         Thither I press with eager feet;
                         There shall my rest be long and sweet.

                         Beautiful throne for Christ our King,
                         Beautiful songs the angels sing,
                         Beautiful rest, all wanderings cease,
                         Beautiful home of perfect peace!
                         There shall my eyes the Saviour see;
                         Haste to this heavenly home with me.


                         I WANT to be angel,
                         And with the angels stand,
                         A crown upon my forehead,
                         A harp within my hand;
                         There right before my Saviour,
                         So glorious and so bright,
                         I'd make the sweetest music,
                         And praise him day and night.

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                         I never would be weary,
                         Nor ever shed a tear,
                         Nor ever know a sorrow,
                         Nor ever feel a fear;
                         But, blessed, pure, and holy,
                         I'd dwell in Jesus' sight,
                         And with ten thousand thousands
                         Praise him both day and night.

                         I know I'm weak and sinful,
                         But Jesus will forgive;
                         For many little children
                         Have gone to heaven to live.
                         Dear Saviour, when I languish,
                         And lay me down to die,
                         O send a shining angel
                         To bear me to the sky.

                         O there I'll be an angel,
                         And with the angels stand,
                         A crown upon my forehead,
                         A harp within my hand;
                         And there before my Saviour,
                         So glorious and so bright,
                         I'll join the heavenly music,
                         And praise him day and night.


                         MORN amid the mountains,
                         Lovely solitude,
                         Gushing streams and fountains,
                         Murmur, God is good.

                         Now the glad sun, breaking,
                         Pours a golden flood;
                         Deepest vales awaking,
                         Echo, God is good.

                         Hymns of praise are ringing
                         Through the leafy wood;
                         Songsters, sweetly singing,
                         Warble, God is good.

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                         Wake, and join the chorus,
                         Man, with soul endured;
                         He whose smile is o'er us,
                         God, our God, is good,


                         HOLY angels in their flight
                         Traverse over earth and sky,
                         Acts of kindness their delight,
                         Winged with mercy as they fly.
                         Don't you hear them coming over hill and plain,
                         Scattering music in their heavenly train?
                         O! don't you hear the angels coming, singing as they come?
                         O bear me angels, angels, bear me home!

                         Though their forms we cannot see,
                         They attend and guard our way,
                         Till we join their company,
                         In the fields of heavenly day.
                         Don't you hear, etc.

                         Had we but an angel's wing,
                         And an angel's heart of flame,
                         O how sweetly would we ring
                         Through the world the Saviour's name!
                         Don't you hear, etc.

                         Yet, methinks, if I should die,
                         And become an angel too,
                         I, perhaps, like them might fly,
                         And the Saviour's bidding do.
                         Don't you hear, etc.