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[LESSON XLVIII. very forcibly pictures the rapid flight of time-from youth to old age-from moments, through minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years; until the tolling bell warns that "there is no more time" for the weary soul that is gone.

Illustrations. The first illustration is a picture of the period of Youth. A lad on his way to school-the school-house being seen in the distanceis urged by his companion to turn aside, and spend the day in pleasure. As each one now decides, so, it is probable, will his future life be marked, as one of honor, or of dishonor.

The second picture is that of Youth taking lessons from the experience and wisdom of Age.

The remaining illustrations require no explanation.]


1. In the school-room while we stay,
There is work enough to do;
Study, study through the day,

Keep our lessons all in view.

2. There's no time to waste or lose,
Every moment we should use,
For the hours are gliding fast;-
Soon our school-days will be past.

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1. Here is a country scene-a farmer's home. Here is the plain, low farm-house, only a story and a half high; so unlike the high buildings we see in the city. But why do people in the city build houses so much higher than in the country'? Can any one tell'? Many of the city houses are four and five stories in height.

2. It is early in spring. The trees and shrubs around the farmer's dwelling are now covered with leaves. Some flowers are growing in earthen pots, which stand on a shelf between the window and the porch, on the sunny side of the house. Two persons, one of whom is a little girl, are standing on the steps at the end of the piazza. A boy

driving the cows to the pasture, and the dog is going with him. It is a quiet country scene. It is a morning in spring.

3. I like the country. Who does not like its green fields', its waving grain', its golden harvests', its old forests' and pleasant groves', its bubbling springs' and winding streams', its herds of cattle', its flocks of sheep and its good honest people too'?

4. Has any one more cause to be happy than the farmer? Who has purer air to breathe', purer water to drink', and more wholesome food to eat, than the farmer'? Who has more real comforts, and less care than he'? Ought not the farmer to be very thankful' ?


5. The farmer rises early, and goes forth to his work in the field while the dew is still on the grass, and the morning air is fresh and balmy. The birds welcome him with their songs. His eye beams with delight at all he sees; his step is firm and elastic; and the glow of health is on his cheek.

6. Happy the man whose wish and care

A few paternal acres bound;

Content to breathe his native airf

In his own ground.

7. Whose herds with milk', whose fields' with bread', Whose flocks' supply him with attire';

Whose trees' in summer yield him shade',

In winter', fire'.

STO'-RY, the height of one room.

b PORCH, entrance to a house; portico. CPI-AZ-ZA, a covered walk or portico. d BÄLM'-Y, fragrant; sweet.

e "PA-TER'-NAL ACRES," land left by one's
f"NA-TIVE AIR," the air of his birth-
AT-TIRE', clothing.

[LESSON XLIX. is the beginning of a series of lessons on "The Farmer's Life," illustrated by a picture of a farmer's home. The farmer is rep

resented as leading a quiet, healthy, and happy life, for which he has cause to be very thankful. For the benefit of the pupils, let the teacher give a more free reading of the seventh verse. Thus: "Whose herds supply him with milk, whose fields supply him with bread, whose flocks supply him with clothing," etc.]

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Making Maple Sugar.

1. Maple sugar is made from the sap of the tree known as the sugar-maple; but muscovado sugar is made from the juice of the sugar-cane. In some parts of the country, where the sugar-maple-tree grows, the farmer's first work in the spring is the making of maple sugar. It is only in the spring, when the frost begins to leave the ground, that the sap can be obtained, as it then rises from the roots of the trees, and ascends to the buds and leaves.

2. The following is the manner in which the sap is obtained. A hole, about an inch deep, is bored into the tree, with an auger; and a tube, sometimes made of the wood of the elder, or of the sumach, or perhaps of pine, is then driven in. Through this tube the sap flows', sometimes in slow drops', and sometimes in almost a running stream'.

3. The sap is caught in troughs, or in wooden buckets, as we see in the picture. A pailful a day is sometimes obtained from a single tree. The sap is carried to the sugar-house, where some of it is boiled down into a thick sirup, or molasses; and some of it is boiled until it becomes sugar.

4. At the head of this lesson we see a picture of the farmer's sugar-house, which is a rude cabin in the woods, where the maple-trees are abundant.a The farmer and his sons are going around to the trees and gathering the sap, which they take to the cabin, where it is poured into a large vat, or into a cistern, ready to be drawn off into the boiler as it may be needed.

a AS-CENDS', goes up.

b MAN'-NER, way; mode; method.

TROUGH (trauf), a long hollow vessel. dA-BUN'-DANT, plentiful.

[LESSON L. represents the farmer in spring. The making of maple sugar is described, and illustrated.]


Priceless gem! the pearl of TRuth'!
Brightest ornament of youth'!
Seek to wear it in thy crown;
Then, if all the world should frown,
Thou hast won a glorious prize,
That will guide thee to the skies.

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