The New England Primer
An Alphabet of lessons for Youth
A In Adam's Fall, We Sinned all.
B Thy Life to Mend, this Book Attend.
C The Cat doth play and after slay.
D A Dog will bite a Thief at night.
E An Eagle's flight is out of sight.
F The Idle Fool is whipt at School.
G As runs the Glass, Man's life doth pass.
H My Book and Heart shall never part.
J Job feels the Rod, yet blesses GOD.
K Our KING the good, no man of blood.
L The Lion bold, the Lamb doth hold.
M The Moon gives light in time of night.
N Nightingales sing in time of Spring.
O The Royal Oak was the Tree that saved His
P Peter denies His Lord and cries.
Q Queen Esther comes in Royal State to save
the Jews from dismal Fate.
R Rachel doth mourn for
her first born.
S Samuel anoints whom God appoints.
T Time cuts down all both great and small.
U Uria's beauteous Wife made David seek his
W Whales in the Sea, God's Voice obey.
X Xerxes the great did die, And so must you
Y Youth forward slips, Death soonest nips.
Z Zacheus he did climb the Tree, His Lord
The Dutiful Child's Promises
I will fear GOD and honor the King
I will honor my Father & Mother.
I will Obey my Superiors.
I will Submit to my Elders.
I will hate no Man.
I will forgive my Enemies, and pray to God for them.
I will keep all God's Holy Commandments.
I will learn my Catechism.
I will keep the Lord's Day Holy.
I will Reverence God's Sanctuary.
Duty of Children Towards Their Parentws
God hath commanded saying, Honor thy Father and
Mother, and whoso curseth Father or Mother, let
him die the Death.
The Eye that mocketh his Father, and despiseth
the Instruction of his Mother, let the Ravens of
the Valley pluck it out, and the young Eagles eat it.
Whoso curseth his Father or his Mother, his Lamp
shall be put out in obscure Darkness.
The Shorter Catechism
Q. What is the Chief End of Man?
A. Man's chief End is to Glorify God, and to
Enjoy Him forever.
Q. What Rule has God given to direct us how we
may glorify and enjoy Him?
A. The Word of God which is contained in the
Scriptures of the Old and New Testament is the
only Rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him.
Q. What is God?
A. God is a Spirit, Infinite, Eternal, and
Unchangeable, in His Being, Wisdom, Power,
Holiness, Justice, Goodness and Truth.
Q. Are there more Gods than One?
A. There is but ONE only, and living and true
Q. How did God create men?
A. God created Man Male and Female, after his
own Image, in Knowledge, Righteousness, and
Holiness, with Dominion over the Creatures.
Q. What Special Act of Providence did God
exercise towards Man in the Estate wherein he
A. When God had created Man, He entered into a
Covenant of Life with him, upon condition of perfect
Obedience, forbidding him to Eat of the Tree of knowledge
of good and evil upon pain of Death.
Q. Did our first Parents continue in the estate
wherein they were created?
A. Our first Parents being left to the freedom of
their own Will, fell from the estate wherein they were
created, by sinning against God.
Q. What is sin?
A. Sin is any want of Conformity unto, or
Transgression of the Law of God.
Q. What was the Sin whereby our first Parents fell
from the estate wherein they were created?
A. The Sin was their eating the forbidden fruit.
Q. Did all Mankind fall in Adam's first
A. The Covenant, being made with Adam, not only
for himself but for his Posterity, all Mankind, descending
from him by ordinary Generation, sinned in him, and fell
with him in his first transgression.
Q. Into what estate did the Fall bring Mankind?
A. The Fall brought Mankind into an estate of Sin
Q. What is the Misery of that estate whereinto Man
A. All Mankind, by their fall, lost Communion with
God, are under his Wrath and Curse, and so made liable to
all Miseries in this Life, to Death itself, and
to the pains of Hell forever.
Q. Did God leave all Mankind to perish in the
estate of Sin and Misery?
A. God, elected some to everlasting Life, and did
enter into a Covenant of Grace, to deliver
them out of the state of Sin and Misery, and to bring
them into a state of Salvation by a Redeemer.
Q. Who is the Redeemer of God's Elect?
A. The only Redeemer of God's Elect is the Lord
Q. What benefits do Believers receive from Christ
at their Death?
A. The Souls of Believers are at their Death made
perfect in Holiness, and do immediately pass into Glory,
and their Bodies being still united to Christ,
do rest in their Graves till the Resurrection.
Q. What benefits do Believers receive from
Christ at the Resurrection?
A. At the Resurrection Believers being raised up
to Glory, shall be openly acknowledged and acquitted in
the Day of Judgment, and made perfectly blessed in full
enjoying of God, to all eternity.
*From The New England Primer:
A History of Its
Origin and Development, Paul Leicester, Ford, ed. Dodd,
Mead & Co., (New York: 1897).
September 7, 2004
by Tom Gallup