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1. Many pretty little poems have been written about the katydid, and many times the question has been asked of this evening minstrel", “Who is this Katy, about whom you are constantly singing, and what is it that Katy did'?” It has been supposed by some that Miss Katydid sings the song we hear. Thus, one has written: 2. “Thou art a female', katydid'!

I know it by the trillb
That quivers through thy piercing notes,

So petulanto and shrill." 3. But no'! For once, the poet was mistaken; for it is found that Miss Katydid has no words in which to expressa either her joys or her sorrows. The unfortunate creature is dumb!

4. Again, some one pretends that, while he was listening to the katydid's song, he heard the gentle notes of some little unseen fairy, complaining of what the katydid sung, but hoping that he would not tell any thing more. To this complaint, and request, we may suppose the kind katydid made the following reply: 5. “But never fear' me, gentle one',

Nor waste a thought or tear,
Lest I should whisper what I heard

In any mortale ear.
I only sport among the boughs',

And, like a spirit hid',
I think on what I saw and heard,

And laugh out 'Katydid.'
6. “I sit among the leaves here,

When evening zephyrs' sigh,
And those that listen to

my

voice
I love to mystify:8
I never tell them all' I know',

Although I'm often bid;
I laugh at curiosity,

And chirruph Katydid.'” 7. So, after all our curiosity, we must still remain ignorant of what “ Katy did,” although the little chirping' minstrel says he knows. We half suspect, however, that the “Katy" of the song is Miss Katydid herself, and that she did just nothing at all but listen to the evening serenade of her joyful mate.

a MiN'-STREL, a musician; a singer.
U TRILL, a quaver, or shaking of the voice

in singing.
c PET'-U-LANT, saucy; pert.
• Ex-PRESS', relate; tell.
¢ MOR'-TAL, human.

ZEPH'·YR, any soft, gentle breeze.

& Myg'-TI-FY, perplex; puzzle.
h Chir'-RUP, to chirp, like a cricket.
1 CHIRP'-ING, pronounced churp'-ing.
SER-E-NĀDE', music usually performed at

night, and under windows, for the en-
tertainment of ladies,

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[LESSON LXI. A fanciful and poetical view is here given of those interesting insects, the katydids. It is a singular fact, that all the musicians among the crickets, the grasshoppers, etc., are, like the feathered minstrels of grove and garden, of the masculine sex.]

LESSON LXII.

THE GOODNESS OF GOD. 1. The Lord is good to all; and his tender merciega are over all his works.

2. The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion;o slow to anger, and of great mercy.

3. The Lord upholdetha all that fall, and raiseth up all those that are bowed down. He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

4. The eyes of all wait upon thee, O Lord; and thou givest them their meat in due season.

5. Thou openest thy hand, and satisfiest the desire® of every living thing.

6. The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him: he will fulfill the desire of them that fear him; he will also hear their cry, and will save them.

7. The Lord preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.

8. As for me, I will call upon the Lord, and he shall save me. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray,

and cry aloud; and he shall hear my voice.

9. In God have I put my trust; and I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

a MER'-CIES, goodness; disposition to treat d UP-HOLD'-ETH, holds up; supports ; keeps kindly.

from falling. GHĀ-CIOUS, disposed to forgive; merciful. • DE-SIRE', wants ; longings. • COM-PAB’-BION, pity; a desire to relieve ? TRUST, reliance; confidence.

those who suffer. [LESSON LXII. consists of verses selected from the Psalms, in which the

psalmist celebrates the goodness of God; closing with the declaration that in God he will put his trust, and will not fear what man can do unto him. More solemnity of tone and manner is required in reading this, than an ordinary narrative piece. See also Note to Lesson LXX.]

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1. While Edward Jones and George Williams were strapping on their skates, they heard a cry of terror from Henry Lee, who had reached the pond some little time before them. Looking up, they saw Henry struggling in the water. He had broken through the ice, where it was very

thin; and as at every attempt he made to get out, the iče broke with the weight of his body, he was in danger of drowning, or of being chilled to death, unless speedy assistance came to him.

2. But what did his two companions, Edward and George, do? Edward was so frightened that he threw off his skates and ran back, screaming, toward home; but George, with more presence of mind and courage, seized a long pole that lay upon the shore, and ran as quickly as possible to the place where Henry was struggling in the water.

3. “Don't be frightened, Henry,” he called out; “don't be frightened—I'm coming to help you.” At this Henry ceased his violent efforts, and remained quiet until George came up as near as it was prudent to come, and reached out the pole carefully to him.

4. “ Now hold on to that,” said he, coolly. The poor lad in the water did not wait to be asked twice. With both hands he grasped the pole. Then George lay down at full length, and keeping one hand, for support, on the pole, he crept up so close to the broken place in the ice, that he could grasp one of Henry's hands.

5. “Easy-easy,” said he, in a calm, encouraging voice, as Henry caught his arm eagerly, and was in danger of dragging him in also. “Don't struggle so hard," said George; “ be a little more quiet, and I will get you out." This gave Henry more confidence;' and after this it took but a moment for George to pull the lad out of the water, and get him beyond all danger. 6. The two boys were more than half way

home when they met a number of men, whom Edward Jones had alarmed by his cries for help, running at full speed to rescued the drowning lad. They

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