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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.]
THE GOODNESS OF GOD.
1. The Lord is good to all; and his tender mercies are over all his works.
2. The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
3. The Lord upholdeth" 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
9. In God have I put my trust; and I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.
d UP-HOLD'-ETH, holds up; supports; keeps
e DE-SIRE', wants; longings.
a MER-CIES, goodness; disposition to treat kindly.
b GRA'-CIOUS, disposed to forgive; merciful. • COM-PAS'-SION, pity; a desire to relieve
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.]
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 ice 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
praised George for his noble conduct; and this was very pleasant to him, but not half so pleasant as the reflection that he had saved the life of his young playmate.
7. On the evening of the same day, Mr. Jones, the father of Edward, took his son into his room, and when they were alone, said to him, "Why was it, my son, that you did not, like George Williams, go immediately to the aid of Henry Lee, when you saw him struggling in the water?".
8. "I was so frightened,” replied the boy, "that I did not know what I was doing." "And this fright," said his father, "would have cost Henry his life, if there had not been another boy near to save him." Edward looked serious, and his eyes were cast upon the floor. "I'm sorry," he said, "but I could not help it."
9. "Don't say that you could not help it, my son," replied Mr. Jones. "It is the duty of all to overcome such fear, for every one should be brave, and ready to risk even life itself to save others. And now let me tell you what happened when I was a boy.
10. "Two children were playing near a deep spring, that was walled up at the sides. One of them was only four years old; the other was seven. The larger boy's name was Frank. While Frank was playing by himself, he heard a splash, and turning round, he saw that his brother had fallen head foremost into the spring, and was struggling in the water.
11. "Frank was terribly alarmed, and his heart
beat so loud that it seemed to him any one standing near might have heard it. What did he do? Did he run away for help'? No. Little as he was, he was thoughtful and brave, and instead of starting off to get some one to come and save his brother, he laid hold of him by the legs, and after a great effort succeeded in dragging the already halfdrowned child from the spring.
12. "I must tell you another circumstance that happened to these two brothers. One day they were playing by the side of the deep trough that receives the water from your uncle's mill-race," when the little one slipped off the bank into the rapid current. In an instant the child went sweeping down toward the open mill-gate, through which the water was rushing right down upon the great wheels.
13. "If Frank had hesitated a moment, his little brother would have been lost: but the brave boy sprang at once to the rescue,' and leaning down, he caught the child by the clothes, and held on to him eagerly. The water was so far down, and Frank had to stoop so low, that he had not strength to pull his brother out; so he could do nothing but hold on to him, and scream loudly for help.
14. "But the noise of the mill was so great that the millers could not hear his voice, and thus nearly five minutes passed away, and Frank was nearly exhausted, when a man who was going by saw him, and ran down along the mill-race, and rescued the drowning child.
15. "Thus it was that the courage and presence