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of business, perhaps, soured by intercourse with harsh and unfriendly spirits. She should spare to add to his secret burdens, the irritation of her own repinings. Household inconveniences, though

they may be great to her, are apt to appear to [194] him, as the "small dust of the balance." It is not wise to choose them as the subjects of discourse, except where his counsel or decision, are imperatively needed. It is sweet to a wife to feel that she is regarded as

 "The light and music of a happy home.
 It was her smile that made the house so gay,
 Her voice that made it eloquent with joy,
 Her presence peopled it. Her very tread
 Had life and gladness in it."

But if the lineaments of happiness are so beautiful in a wife, they are still more indispensable to a mother. The little child opens the door of its heart to the kind tone, the smiling brow, the eye looking above this world, to a brighter sun. Especially while engaged in teaching her little ones, let the mother preserve every symbol of cheerfulness; the mild manner, the gentle word, the tender caress. Love and knowledge entering in together, form a happy and hallowed alliance. We are scarcely aware, how much little children admire pleasant faces.

"My children, said a widowed father, our circle has been long desolate. I hope ere long