With Texts and Simple
Hymns for Infant Minds by Mrs. C. P. Traill (1873)
As in the early period of infancy little
children require simple food for the nourishment of their bodies, so in
like manner does the young child require simple instruction for the
nourishment and growth of the soul.
Many young mothers confess that they find a difficulty in teaching their
little ones to pray in words adapted to their infant minds.
It is with the view of helping the mother, or nurse, in this matter,
that this little work has been written and arranged by one who has been
the mother of a large family, and has known by experience how precious
is the practice of prayer in leading the young child in the paths of
obedience, of honesty, and of truth. "The fear and the love of God is
truly the beginning of wisdom," and this the little one must be taught
by easy steps.
The prayers in the first section are suited to the comprehension of the
very young child. The verses and text such as can be easily learned and
The second part is adapted to children from the ages of six to eight, or
nine years of age. The scripture texts and hymns are selected with care
and adapted to the occasion, and are such as are brief and may be
committed to memory with ease. The beautiful hymns at the end of the
book were eagerly learned by the writer, and her sisters, at a very
Young children are great lovers of really good sacred poetry; and will
usually select the best, if they are left to make their own choice.
The good seed early sown may, in after years, by God's grace, spring up
and bear good fruit. Happy will those parents be who live to reap the
harvest sown by their means. Their children shall rise up, and call them
That this little book may aid them in the good work of leading the
little ones to their Saviour, and their God, is the earnest desire of
Catharine Parr Traill.
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