Imatges de pÓgina

Din'-gy, soiled, dusky, dug, sullied, brown.
Tran-sient, of short duration, hasty, momentary.

What kind of a word is Nightingale? Charming? Turn. ing? What is the opposite of come? Sweetest? Best? Wealth? Friend? Which verse contains the greatest num. ber of derivative words?




The Nightingale and the Goldfinch.

“Come dear papa,” cried The'-o-dore,

“Come listen to this charming bird:-
Sing little warb'-ler, sing once more

The sweetest notes I ever heard."
“And now, another bird, I hear;

But not of music such a treat;-
His note though pleasing to my ear,

Is not so strong, nor half so sweet."
A lesson for his child in view,

Of much more worth than song or tale,
The father brought, in cages two,

“Look at these birds, observe them well,"

He said—“And try, I do not jest,
If, by their looks, my boy can tell,

Which is the bird that sings the best."
How Theodore the GOLDFINCH praised,

With velvet head and golden breast!
He cried delighted as he gazed,

This is the bird that sings the best.”
Then turning to the NightINGALE

“ This little brown and dingy thing,” He said, “with dusky back and tail,

I'm pretty sure he cannot sing."






The father cried, " I see the cause,

And in the world 'tis likewise so;
There-oft will beauty gain applause

While talent must neglected go.
“But learn, my boy, to wiser be,

And ne'er in outward show confide,
Which often proves, as soon you'll see.”

A mask to hide conceit and pride.”
“Be talent, modesty, and worth,

Your objects—when you seek a friend;
More to be prized than wealth or birth,

On whicħ mere transient joys depend.”




Al-tér-nately, by turns, “ first one then the other.'
In-cúrred, were liable to, were subject to.
Héin-ous, great, enormous, hateful, odious.
E-vá-sion, the art of avoiding, equivocation.
Wisé-a-cre, a fool, a simpleton, a dunce.

What kind of word is teacher? From what is it derived? How many words can you mention that are derived from teach? What is the opposite of pursuit? Mean? Wiser? Falsehood? Evasion? Little? How many compound words in this lesson?

Honesty is the best Policy. 1. As Edward and Charles were, one day, playing in their school-room, a boy by the name of Fellows came in, bringing a little dog that belonged to one of their teachers.

2. “Now,” said Fellows, “we will have some rare sport.” “Here Fido,” said he to the dog, “let us see what you can do,-here catch this rule.” The dog did

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as he was ordered to the no small diversion of Edward and Charles.

3. They all engaged eagerly in the sport, and for a long time amused themselves by making Fido jump over a desk which stood in the room, to pick up a glove, or an apple, which they alternately threw to the other side.

4. In the eagerness of their pursuit, they did not perceive that an ink-glass had been carelessly left on the desk by another lad, till, by an unexpected leap, Fido struck 'his hind feet against it, and, in an instant, it lay, in pieces on the floor.

5. Their play immediately ceased; the boys for a moment looked at each other with much alarm, for they well knew that the teacher to whom it belonged, was a severe man, and that acts of carelessness frequently incurred an equal punishment with errors of a far more heinous nature.

6. What can we do?" said Fellows, turning to his companions, as they stood gazing on the sparkling fragments: “ what can we do?" “Do!” replied Edward; “ we must go instantly, and tell Mr. Smith the whole truth.”

7:“What, tell Mr. Smith!" answered Fellows, in astonishment: “why, you would not surely be such a fool, as to get a flogging for such a trifle. "Better, by half, shut Fido into the room, and let them suppose it was his

puppy which broke it; and he won't flog his own dog, I'll be bound to say.' 8.

see no harm will be done, and the blame will fall where it should on Master Fido: eh, Fido! eh!" he said, patting the dog's long ears, “what say you to a whipping, Master Fido?” “You would not be so mean, surely?" said Charles.

9. “Mean, indeed,” answered Fellows, “that's just like you: always preaching up nursery notions. Let me tell you, young gentleman, when you have seen a little more of the world, you will become wiser." 10. “Besides, I say,” he repeated, seeing that Charles

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was about to reply; "it was his dog that broke it, and I see no reason why we should suffer for his fault.”

11. “But Fellows," said Edward, evasion is as wrong as positive falsehood. It is true, that it was the puppy's feet that threw down the glass, but it was you who enticed him into the room; and it was through our carelessness, in not examining the desk, that the accident happened."

12. "Well, Master Wiseacre,”, retorted Fellows, as you like; but I shall take care how I play again with such mighty men of truth.”

13. Notwithstanding the sneer with which this speech was accompanied, and which shook for a moment poor Charles' resolution, more than all the arguments which had been used, they went directly to Mr. Smith, generously taking upon themselves the whole blame, and not even alluding to the presence of Fellows at the same time.

14. “My good boys,” said Mr. Smith, (who, though a severe, was by no means an unjust man,) “ the honor and truth that you have this day evinced, deserves encouragement instead of blame.

15. The act of carelessness will not, I trust, occur again, and I shall, therefore, pass it over without any further observation, hoping that your example will extend its influence through the school, and ardently wishing that you may ever retain the excellent principles that you have received."

16. " Trifles, my lads, make the sum of human things; trifles often stamp our character through life; and he who disdains falsehood, or even evasion, in a matter of little consequence, may be trusted in things of moment."

17. “ Thirty years after this incident took place," said Mr. Smith, "Edward and Charles belonged to the most honorable, wealthy, and respectable class of society in the city where they resided.” “But Fellows, continued he,"was an inmate of the State's Prison. He had committed numerous crimes-was tried--found guilty-and sentenced to hard labor for life.

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Or-phan, a child who has no parents living.
Char-i-ty, things given to the poor, alms.
Tran-sient, lasting but a moment.
Shrieked, screamed, uttered a loud cry.
Clasped, pressed with the arms.
Kin, kindred, relations.

The Orphan Boy.--EUROPEAN MAGAZINE. 1. Alas! I am an orphan boy,

With nought on earth to cheer my heart;
No father's love, no mother's joy,

Nor kin nor kind to take my part.
My lodging is the cold, cold ground,

I eat the bread of charity;
And when the kiss of love goes round,

There is no kiss, alas, for me.
2. Yet once I had a father dear,
A mother, too, whom I could prize;

.tWith ready hand to wipe the tear,

the If transient tear there chanc'd to rise. The But cause for tears were rarely found:

or his
For all my heart was youthful glee;
And when the kiss of love went round,
How sweet a kiss there was for me! him

lot 3. But ah! there came a war they say;

What is a war? I cannot tell;
The drums and fifes did sweetly play,

And loudly rang our village bell.
In truth it was a pretty sound,

I thought, nor could I thence foresee,
That when the kiss of love went round,

There soon would be no kiss for me. 4. A scarlet coat my father took,

And sword as bright as bright could be;


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