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12. “Remember," said the South Wind kindly, “ that of ourselves we are nothing. We only do the bidding of one Mightier than we, and we can serve him as much in yielding', as in doing —as much in being set aside, as in being set up."
“Well,” sighed Jack Frost,“ perhaps it is so." Tears ran down his cheeks, and he shrunk away.
* STERN, harsh; severe.
| Whis'-PERED, spoke with a low hissing 6 A'-GED), old.
voice. • I'-CI-CLES, pronounced i'-8°-kelz.
& Blus'-TERET, talked in a loud and swag. d SUF'-FER-INGS, distress; sorrows.
gering manner. • AU'-BURN, reddish brown.
h UN-CHAINED', loosed. [Lesson XXVII. The harshness, the cold, and the severity of winter, are here pictured under the unrelenting character of Jack Frost; and the mild influences of spring, under the genial character of the South Wind. Jack Frost is tyrannical, and unmerciful. The South Wind is a mild and gentle monarch, who does all the good he can. The former is compelled to yield; and in the twelfth verse the moral of the lesson is set forth. We are all instruments in the hands of a Mightier than we.]
WHY SHOULD WE FEAR'?
There is in heaven an Eye
On all the paths we try.
And guards her little brood' 3
And fills them all with food'?3
And pours the light abroad';
Our Father, and our God.
His most peculiar care';
And not regard our prayer' ?1
5. He'll keep us when the storm is wild,
And when the flood is near;
And we have nought to fear. [LESSON XXVIII. God looks down upon all our ways. He extends his protecting care over the birds of heaven; he clothes the field with flowers; pours the light abroad for our good; and numbers the hours of the day. These things should lead us to put our trust and confidence in him, assured that, if we do so, we have nought to fear.]
THE BLIND Boy.
1. Do you pity the poor blind boy'?' Do you think he is unhappy'?' He may not be very unhappy', after all!. He never has seen the sunlight', nor the trees in the field', nor the cattle on the plains', nor the green grass' and the flowers! But as he knows not what sight is', he ķnows nothing of the loss of it.
2. He may well ask, in wonder, “what is that thing you call light ?? Can you tell him' ?" Can you explain it to him' ? If he has never seen any thing', how can you explain to him what light is'? We may pity' him', for he is deprived of many pleasures that we enjoy': but we are glad to be lieve that he is not unhappy.
3. O say, what is that thing called light',
Which I can not enjoy'?3
O tell your poor blind boy.
You say the sun shines bright';
Make either day or night'?3
5. My day or night', myself I make',
Whene'er I sleep or play';
It would be always day.
You mourn my hapless wo';
A loss I ne'er can know.
My peace of mind destroy';
Although a poor blind boy » WON'-DROUS, wonderful; strange. | LUCK'-LESS, unhappy; unfortunate.
[LESSON XXIX. shows that, while we should pity those who are born blind, yet that God, in his mercy, has so made them that they shall not feel the want of sight, so much as we should feel the loss of it. Those born blind do not even know what sight is! They can have no knowledge of colors. A blind person, when asked what he thought green was like, replied, that he thought it was like the sound of a trumpet ! — The poetry in this lesson is suitable for declamation.]
RESENTMENT AND FORGIVENESS. 1. One day a gentleman called upon a judge for counsel, and having stated to him an injury that he had received from a neighbor, asked him if he did not think it manly to resent it.
2. “Yes,” said the judge, “it would be manly to resent it, but it would be Godlike to forgive it!” This reply completely altered the feelings of the applicant."
« COUN'-SEL, advice.
C AL'-TERED, changed.
Good counsel is above all price.
1. Four children were playing on the sea-shore. They had gathereda bright pebbles and beautiful shells, and written their names in the pure,
white sand; but at last, tired of their sport, they were about going home, when, as they came to a pile of stones, one of them cried out,“ Oh! let us build a fort.”
2. “Yes, yes!” replied Edward; “let us build a - fort, and we will call that ship, away out there, an enemy's vessel, and make believe we are firing cannon balls into her!” And the two boys—for two of the party were boys, and two were girls — ran off to the pile of stones, and began removing them to a place near the water.
3. “Come, Anna and Jane," said they, “come and help us.” “Oh, no! don't let us build a fort,” said Jane. “Yes', we will build a fort,” replied the boys. “What else can we build? You would not put a house down here upon the water's edge, would you ?"
4. “No! but we will tell you what we can build, which will be much better than a fort. We can build a light house," said the girls; “ and that will be just as much in place on the edge of the sea, as a fort would be. We can call the ship, yonder, a vessel lost in the darkness; and we will hang out a light to directa her in the true way. Will not that be much better than to call her an enemy, and build a fort to destroy her?
5. “See how beautifully she sits upon and glideso over the smooth water! Her sails are like the open wings of a bird, and they bear her gracefully along. Would it not be cruel to shoot great balls into her sides, tear her sails in pieces, and kill the men who are on board of her?
6. “Oh! I am sure it would make us all happier to save her when in darkness and danger. No, no! let us not build a fort, but a light-house; for it is better to save than to destroy."
The girls spoke tenderly and earnestly, and their words reached the better feelings of the boys.
7. “Oh, yes !" said they; "we will build a lighthouse, and not a fort.” And they did so.
They were right. We should be brave to resist a real enemy, when he seeks to do evil; but we