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much I miss it: I learned to read like well acquainted with the full force and my neighbors, but I never learned the meaning, as well as the grammar, of meaning, and I find it a hard thing to their own tongue, and also its conturn up the dictionary for every nexion with those languages which
they learn at their other hours of The truth is, from the manner in study; if, as they advance, they be which the education of the lower or- instructed in the principles and trained ders has generally been conducted, to the practice of composition; and if parents in that rank of life have for their English reading be throughout the most part been quite satisfied that rendered the means of forming their their children have received a good taste, and the vehicle of general ineducation when they have been taught formation.” to read, conceiving that this mechani All judicious mothers do, in fact, cal attainment is in some inexplicable teach their little ones according to way or other to act as a charm, though their ability, by the explanatory methey be quite unable to apply it to any thod; and when the time comes, when beneficial purpose. In good truth, more or all mothers shall themselves set a young learner, or an old one have been taught by that inethod, the either, thus educated, to read any rising generation, before they even go book in which words occur unfamiliar to school at all, will know more than to him in the narrow range of his they now often do after they have every-day talk, and he will not under- been at some schools for a year or stand perhaps one word in twenty, two years. For, in teaching her child and that is called reading !
to read, does not the judicious mother But why speak only of the lower take pains to show her child the beorders ? Go a step higher-and you nefit of reading, or rather to make find hundreds and thousands of very him feel the benefit of it? Would pleasant ladies and gentlemen, who she not, says Mr. Wood, in picking are no deacons in their vernacular.' out for him the smallest words, when They are far indeed from being mis- she comes to the word ox, for examtresses and masters of their own ple, tell him not by any regular defitongue, however glibly they may wag nition, but in the simplest language, it. Set one of them to read rather a that it meant the animal which he had difficult sermon, on a Sunday evening, so often seen grazing in the meadows? and you will perceive from a peculiar Would she not do the same with reexpression of face, that many words— gard to every tree or plant? Or, as of considerable importance-go in at his capacities unfolded, would she not one ear, and out at the other, without gradually proceed to communicate to having deposited—in transitu—any- him such higher information, as his thing in the shape of an idea. In the lessons might suggest ? But this namore advanced classes of all acade- tural teaching has been too often bamies—grammar-schools,-a portion of nished by artificial teaching; and the the time of the lads ought to be de- meanings of words have been less atvoted to the study of their own lan- tended to than the sounds. Gentle guage. But the boys, it is said, will reader ! You can now read excellently despise such a class—and still think well, and are seldom if ever puzzled theinselves not in the grammar- to understand even our Magazine. school,” but the “reading-school.” But tell us now-were you not accusNot if the class be taught on right tomed, when saying your lesson, to principles. Not
mouth out the words as fast as you “ If, along with due attention to could, with a strong but not unpleagood reading, the understanding of the sant pulpit accent, (which, by the pupils be at the same tine cultivated, way, you still retain,) and with an which is the best source of that ele- indifference, too, and ignorance of the gant accomplishment; if they be made meaning of multitudes of them,
which, now that you have become-- This facility was partly owing to the by what means we know not—a fin- method pursued by their father and ished scholar-you look back upon me in instructing them, which was to with shame and astonishinent ?
make them thoroughly acquainted with Mr. Wood, who frequently enlivens the meaning of every word in each his discussions by little apt anecdotes sentence, that was to be committed to and allusions, refers to the account memory.' [Why only in these ?] wbich the amiable Murdoch, the pre- . By the by, this may be easier done, ceptor of Burns, gives of his own and at an earlier period, than is genemethod of instruction, which coincides rally thought. As soon as they were remarkably with that practised in the capable of it, I taught them to turn Sessional School.
verse into its natural prose order, some“The books,' he says, most times to substitute synonymous excommonly used in the school, were pressions for poetical words, and to the Spelling Book, the New Testa- supply all the ellipses. These, you ment, the Bible, Mason's Collection of know, are the means of knowing that Prose and Verse, and Fisher's Eng- the pupil understands his author. lish Grammar. They (Robert and These are expedient helps to the arGilbert Burns) committed to memory rangement of words and sentences, the hymns, and other poems of that as well as to a variety of expression.'" collection, with uncommon facility.
(To be continued.)
YOU'LL COME TO OUR BALL.
“ Comment ! c'est lui ?-que je le regarde encore !--c'est que vraiment il est bien changé; n'est pas, mon papa ?”—Les premiers Amours.
You'll come to our Ball;—since we parted, In the shade of your favorite oak:
I've thought of you, more than I'll say; When I sat in July to Sir Lawrence, Indeed, I was half broken-hearted,
I sat in your love of a shawl; For a week, when they took you away. And I'll wear what you brought me from Fond Fancy brought back to my slumbers Florence,
Our walks on the Ness and the Den, Perhaps, if you'll come to our Ball. And echoed the musical numbers
Which you used to sing to me then. You'll find us all changed since you vanish'd: I know the romance, since it's over,
We've set up a National School; "Twere idle, or worse, to recall :
And waltzing is utterly banished; I know you're a terrible rover;
And Ellen has married a fool; But, Clarence,-you'll come to our Ball! The Major is going to travel;
Miss Hyacinth threatens a rout; It's only a year, since at College
The walk is laid down with fresh gravel ; You put on your cap and your gown; Papa is laid up with the gout: But, Clarence, you're grown out of know. And Jane has gone on with her easels, ledyo,
And Anne has gone off with Sir Paul; And changed from the spur to the crown; And Fanny is sick of the measles,The voice that was best when it faltered
And I'll tell you the rest at the Ball. Is fuller and firmer in tone ; And the smile that should never have al. You'll meet all your Beauties ;-the Lily, tered,
And the Fairy of Willowbrook Farm, Dear Clarence, it is not your own: And Lucy, who made me so silly Your cravat was badly selected,
At Dawlish, by taking your arm; Your coat don't become you at all; Miss Manners, who always abused you, And why is your hair so neglected ?
For talking so much about Hock; You must have it curled for our Ball. And her sister who often amused you,
By raving of rebels and Rock; I've often been out upon Haldon,
And something which surely would answer, To look for a covey with Pup;
An heiress, quite fresh from Bengal ; I've often been over to Sbaldon,
So, though you were seldom a dancer, To see how your boat is laid up:
You'll dance, just for once, at our Ball. In spite of the ierrors of Aunty, I've ridden the filly you broke;
But out on the world !—from the flowers And I've studied your swuct little Dante, It shuts out the sunshine of truth ;
It blights the green leaves in the bowers, But of those you remember most newly, It makes an old age of our youth:
Of those who delight or enthrall,
Like a streamlet beginning to freeze, As some you will find at our Ball.
They tell me you've many who flatter, Time treads o'er the grave of Affection;
Because of your wit and your song ; Sweet honey is turned into gall :
They tell me (and what does it matter?) Perhaps you have no recollection
You like to be praised by the throng: That ever you danced at our Ball.
They tell me you're shadowed withi laurel,
They tell me you're loved by a Blue; You once could be pleased with our ballads; They tell me you're sadly iminoral,To-day you have critical ears :
Dear Clarence, that cannot be true! You once could be charmed with our salads; But to me you are still what I found you
Alas! you've been dining with Peers; Before you grew clever and tall;
You've forgotten the when and the how : you;
our Ball !
[The following is an extract from a letter with iron wheel, and thing to push up supposed to be written by a Frenchman, inside, and handle to turn. It seemed showing the extreme difficulty of teaching to be ingenuous, and proper to hoist our language to foreigners, on account of great burdens. They use it for shovour having so many significations to the ing the timber, what come down of same word,-a beauty and a fault (and it is the vessel, into the place; and they both) in which, it is believed, the English tell me it was call “ Jacques in the language surpasses all others. The amus- box :" and I was very much plcase ing stranger complains that the servants with the invention so novel. mystified him “ with all the boxes," so Very well. I go again promenade " that it was impossible that a stranger upon the board of the vessel, and I could miss to be perplexed."]
look at the compass, and little boy
sailor come and sit him down, and beI am a gentleman, and my goods are gin to chatter like the little monkey. in the public rentes,* and a chateau Then the man what turns a wheel with a handsome propriety on the bank about and about laugh, and say, “veof the Loire, which I lend to a mer- ry well, Jacques,” but I not underchant English, who pay me very well stand one word the little fellow say. in London for my expenses. Very So I make inquire, and they tell me well. I like the peace, nevertheless he was
oc boc the compass.”
I was that I was force, at other time, to go surprise, but I tell myself, “ well, ne. to war with Napoleon. But it is ver mind ;'' and so we arrive at Doupassed. So I come to Paris in my I find myself enough well in proper post-chaise, where I selled the hotel, but as there has been no tabim, and hire one, for almost nothing ble d'hote, I ask for some dinner, and at all, for bring me to Calais all alone, it was long time I wait: and so I walk hecause I will not bring my valet to myself to the customary house, and speak French here where all the world give the key to my portmanteau to the is ignorant.
Douaniers, or excisemen, as you call, The morning following, I get upon for them to see as I had not no snugthe vaporing boat to walk so far as gles in my equipage. Very well—I Douvres. It was fine day—and, after return at my hotel, and meet one of I am recover myself of a malady of the waiters, who tell me, (after I stand the sea, I walk myself about the shep, little moment to the door to see the and I see a great mechanic of wood, world what pass by upon a coach at
* Rentes public funds.
the instant,) “Sir," he say, “your been to give his physic too long time dinner is ready.” Very well,” I at a cavalier old man, was condemned make response, “ where was it ?" to swallow up a whole box of his pro“ This way, sir,” he answer, “I have per pills. Very well,” I say, "that put it in a box in the café room.' must be egregious. It is cannot be “Wellnever mind,” I say to myself, possible ;" but they bring little a box « when a man himself finds in a stran- not more grand nor my thumb. It ger country, he must he never sur seem to be to me very ridiculous; 80 prised. “Nil admirari.' Keep the eyes I returned to my hotel at despair how opened, and stare at nothing at all.” I could possibility learn a language
I found my dinner only there there, * what meant so many differents in one because I was
come from word. France; but, I learn, another sort of I found the same waiter, who, so the box was a partition and table par- soon as I come in, tell me, “ Sir, did ticular in a saloon, and I keep there you not say that you would go by the when I eated some good sole fritted, coach to-morrow morning ?” I repliand some not cooked mutton cutlet; ed “ Yes—and I have bespeaked a and a gentleman what was put in ano seat out of the side, because I shall ther box, perhaps Mr. Mathew, be- wish to amuse myself with the couocause nobody not can know him twice, try, and you have no cabrioletst in like a cameleon he is, call for the your coaches.” “Sir,” he say, very
pepper box." Very well. I take a polite,“ if you shall allow me, I would cup of coffee, and then all my hards recommend you the box, and then the and portmanteau come with a wheel- coachman shall tell everything.". barrow; and, because it was my in “ Very well," I reply, “yes—to be tention to voyage up at London with sure-I shall have a box then-yes ;" the coach, and I find my many little and then I demanded a fire into my things was not convenient, I ask the chamber, because I think myself enwaiter where I may buy a night sack, rhumed upon the sea, and the maid of or get them tie up all together in a the chamber come to send me in bed : burden. He was well attentive at my but I say, “No so quick, if you cares, and responded, that he shall find please; I will write to some friend how me a box to put them all into. Well, I find myself in England. Very well I say nothing to all but “ Yes,” for-here is the fire, but perhaps it shall fear to discover my ignorance ; so he go out before I have finish.” She was bring the little box for the clothes pretty laughing young woman, and and things into the great box what I say, “Oh no, sir, if you pull the bell, was put into ; and he did my affairs in the porter, who sit up all night, will it very well. Then I ask him for come, unless you like to attend to it some spectacle in the town, and he yourself, and then you will find the send boot-boy with me so far as the coal-box in the closet.” Well— I say Theatre, and I go in to pay. It was nothing but “yes-oh yes.” But, shabby poor little place, but the man when she is gone, I look direct into what set to have the money, when I the closet, and see a box not no more say “how much,” asked me if I would like none of the other boxes what I see not go into the boxes. “ Very well,” all day than nothing. I
say, never mind-oh yes—to be Well-I write at my friends, and sure ;” and I find very soon the box then I tumble about when I wake, and was the loge, same thing. I had not dream in the sleep what should possiunderstanding sufficient in your tongue bly be the description of the bor what then to comprehend all what I hear, I must be put in to-morrow for any only one poor maiger doctor, what had voyage.
* Là là, signifies passable, indifferent.
† The cabriolet is the front part of the old French diligence, with a hood and apron, holding three persons, including the guard, or “ conducteur."
In the morning, it was very fine him.-" Oh !” he responded again, time, I see the coach at the door, and That is a shooting box of Lord KillI walk all round before they bring the fots.”_"Oh!” I cry at last out,“ that horses ; but I see nothing what they is little too strong ;” but he hoisted can call boxes, only the same kind as his shoulders and say nothing. Well, what my little business was put into. we come at a house of country, anSo I ask for the post of letters at a cient, with the trees cut like some little boots boy, who showed me by peacocks, and I demand, “What you the Quay, and tell me, pointing by his call these trees ?"_" Bor, sir," he finger at a window-" There see, there tell me. “ Devil is in the bor,” I say was the letter-box," and I perceive a at myself. “ But-never mind; we crevice. “ Very well-all box again shall see.” So I myself refreshed with to-day,” I say, and give my letter to a pinch of snuff and offer him, and he the master of postes, and go away take very polite, and remark upon an again at the coach, where I very soon instant, “ That is a very handsorne find out what was coach-box, and box of yours, sir.” mount myself upon it. Then come the “ Morbleu !” I exclaimed with incoachman, habilitated like the gentle- advertencyness, but I stop myself. man, and the first word he say was— Then he pull out his snuff-box, and I “Keep-horses! Bring my box-coat!” take a pinch, because I like at home and he push up a grand capote with to be sociable when I am out at voymany scrapes.
ages, and not show some pride with in“ But-never mind,” I say ; “I ferior. It was of wood beautiful with shall see all the boxes in time." So turnings, and color of yellowish. So he kick his leg upon the board, and I was pleased to admire very much, cry “cheat!” and we are out into the and inquire the name of the wood, and country in lesser than one minute, and again he say, “ Box, Sir!” Wellroll at so grand pace, what I have I hold myself with patience, but it was had fear we will be reversed. But af- difficilly; and we keep with great galter little times, I take courage, and we lop, till we come at a great crowd of begin to entertain together : but I hear the people. Then I say, “What for one of the wheels cry squeak, so I tell all so large concourse ?"_" Oh !” he him, “ Sir-one of the wheel would response again, “ there is one grand be greased;" then he make reply, boring inatch-a battle here to-day.”nonchalancely, “Oh-it is nothing but “ Peste !" I tell myself, “a battle of one of the boxes what is too tight.” boxes! Well, never mind! I hope it But it is very long time after as I learn can be a combat at the outrance, and that wheel a box was pipe of iron what they all shall destroy one another, for go turn round upon the axle.
I am fatigued.” Well—we fly away at the pace of Well-we arrive at an hotel, very charge. I see great castles, many; superb, all as it ought, and I demand then come a pretty house of country a morsel to refresh myself. I go
into well ornamented, and I make inquire a salon, but, before I finish, great what it should be. “ Oh!” responded noise come into the passage, and I pull he, “ I not remember the gentleman's the bell's rope to demand why so great name, but it is what we call a snug tapage? The waiter tell me, and he country box.”
laugh at same time, but very civil no Then I feel myself abymed at de- less, “ Oh, sir, it is only two of the spair, and begin to suspect that he women what quarrel, and one has giamused himself. But, still I tell my- ven another a box on the ear.” self, “Well-never mind ; we shall Well—I go back on the coach-box, see.”
And then after sometimes, but I look, as I pass, at all the women there come another house, all alone in ear, for the box ; but not none I see. a forest, not ornated at all. What, Well,” I tell myself once more, how you call that ?" I demand of “never mind, we shall see ;', and we
10 ATHENEUM, VOL. 2, 3d series.