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should be more earnest to save our friends, than
d DI-RECT', guide. 6 PEB'-BLES, small round stones.
GLIDES, moves gently and quickly. c RE-MÖV'-ING, carrying.
* RE-SIST', oppose; withstand. [LESSON XXX. illustrates the principle that it is better to save, than to destroy: better to do a kindness to our friends, than an injury to our enemies.—What feelings is a light-house calculated to awaken in us? A fort? If all were good, would there be any need of forts, and jails, and locks and bolts for our doors ?]
TRUST AND TRY.
1. Did you say, Edward, that you can not learn the lesson'?' Do you think it a hard lesson'?" How do you know it is a hard lesson"? How can you tell, unless you have tried to learn it'?
2. “Can not," did you say'?! Can not try to learn it' ?' What lazy words those are'! What false words they are'! And I am afraid the boy who uses them is a lazy boy.
3. Where is your book, Edward' ? “On the shelf,” did you say'? Why is it there'? Can
you learn your lesson without the book'? Are lazy to get your book'?
4. Do not sigh' about it'. Do not cry'!' That is not the way'! No'; no! Get your book. Try! to learn your lesson. Try': try! !
5. “Can not,” Edward, did you say'?
Chase the lazy thought away;
6. Take your book from off the shelf,
Don't be lazy; help yourself;
O'er your lesson do not sigh:
Try to learn it-trust, and try. 7. “Can not help being naughty,” did you say'?' And why not?? Because you forget what I told you'? Because you get angry when you are playing'? Is that the reason why you struck Nelly?"
8. But you must try not to forget. You must try not to get angry. You must try to be kind and good.
9. “Can not,” Edward'? Say not so';
All are weak', full well I know';
will seek the Lord',
He will aid you—trust, and try. 10. Do not say you can not. Drive such a thought away. Try to do right. Try to do your duty. It is a lazy boy who says he can not. It is a wicked boy who says he will not. 11. “Can not,” Edward' ? Scornd the thought;
You can do whate'er you ought;
Do your duty: trust, and try. & NEED'-FUL, necessary; requisite.
d SCORN, de-spise; disdain. AF-FORD, give; grant.
e STRIVE, try; labor hard. CON'-QUER, overcome.
RE-LY', trust in; depend upon. [LESSON XXXI. This is another enforcement of the principle illustrated in Lesson XX. Those only who “try,” will succeed; while those who think they can not,” are almost sure to fail. The plea of " can not do right," is no excuse for doing wrong.]
“I Can,” AND “I WILL.”
And WILL', a brother twin';
They'll either die or win.
All firm and fearless still
“I Can,” and brave "I WILL.”
And plows the billowy main';
And drives the saw and plane.
There is a volume there :
Then soar, and do, and DARE.
And show yourself a man;
Led by the brave “I Can.” [LESSON XXXII. contains, in the first three verses, a spirited allegorical enforcement of the principle illustrated in LESSONS XX. and XXXI. “I Can” and “I WILL” are represented as twin brothers, who can accomplish almost any thing they undertake, by their united labors. The same principle is expressed in the old saying, “Where there's a will, there's a way.” In verses four and five, the allegory is dropped.—This piece is suitable for declamation.]
THE CROCODILE AND THE ICHNEUMON.—A Fable.
1. A long time ago a crocodile, of great size and exceedinga fierceness, that dwelt on the marshy banks of the River Nile, by his ravages spread
desolationo over the whole country around. He seized the shepherds, together with the sheep, and devoured the herdsmen as well as the cattle.
2. Growing bold by success, and by the terror which spread in advance of his ravages, he ventured to carry his incursionsd even into the island of Tentyra, whose people had long boasted that they were the only tamers of the crocodile race.
3. But even they were now struck with horror at the appearance of a monster', so much more terrible than they had ever before seen. Even the boldest of them were afraid to attack him openly; and with all their art and addresss it was in vain that they attempted to surprise him.
4. While they were consulting together in great fear and trepidation", as to what they should do under these circumstances, an ichneumon, a little animal not so big as a weasel, stepped forth, and thus addressed them :
5. “I perceive your distress, neighbors; and though I can not assist you in the present difficulty, yet I can offer you some advice that may be of use to you in the future. A little prudence is worth all your courage: for although it may be glorious to overcome a great evil, it is often the wisest way to prevent it.
6. “ You despise' the crocodile while he is small and weak, and do not sufficiently consider that he is a long-lived animal, and continues to grow as long as he lives. You see I am a poor, little, feeble creature; yet I am much more terrible to the crocodiles, and more useful to the country, than
I attack him in the egg: and while you are contriving for months together how to get rid of one crocodile', and all to no purpose', I easily destroy fifty of them in a day.”
7. This fable, dear boys, is intended to show
The danger of suff'ring bad habits to grow;
a Ex-CEED'-ING, very great; excessive. I MON'-STER, something horrible.
DES-O-LA-TION, ruin; destruction. h TREP-I-DA'-TION, a trembling caused by d IN-CUR'-SIONS, inroads; forays.
excessive fear. e HOR'-ROR, excessive fear; terror.
i DE-SPISE', scorn ; regard with disdain. [Lesson XXXIII. illustrates the principle that it is much easier to prevent an evil, than to overcome it; or, as the proverb expresses the same truth, that “
an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The moral of the fable is well enforced in the seventh verse.]
How BEAUTIFUL THE WORLD IS.
1. How beautiful the world is' !" If we look up', we see the blue sky'; if we look down', we see the green grass. The sky is like a curtain spread over our heads'; the grass is like a carpet under our feet'; and the bright sun is like a ball of fire to give us light:
2. Who made this beautiful world' ? God made the world. He said, “Let there be light; and there was' light.” He spake, and it was done! He made the air' we breathe', the clouds' that give us rain', the waters' that fill the rivers and the seas'; and he made the dry land also.
3. And he made herbs', and plants of all kinds',