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1. Methought a thrush upon a tree

Sweetly sang one day to me,
Poet', poet', hear me', hear me'!!"
“ Hear thee'?” I at once replied ;)
“Honest fellow, yes, with pride.”
And then he poured out such a tide

Of joy, to cheer me.
2. “Happy, happy bird,” said I,

“Ever would I lingerc by."
Poet', poet', hear me, hear me |
Loud, and louder yet he sang,
Till the distant woodlands rang
With his wild and merry clang! —

And all to cheer me. a ME-THOUGHT', I thought.

© LIN'-GER, loiter.

" CLANG, song (Lesson LXXVII. The sounds produced by a correct reading of the third line in each verse are in imitation of the notes of the thrush. The family of the thrushes includes our wood-thrush, the English mavis, the American robin, the mocking-bird, etc. The cut at the head of the lesson represents the mocking-bird.]

b RE-PLIED)'. answered.


1. Speak gently: it is better far

To rule by love than fear:
Speak gently: let not harsh words mar

The good we might do here.
2. Speak gently: 'tis a little thing

Dropped in the heart's deep well:
The good, the joy, which it may bring,

Eternity shall tell.
3. Speak kindly to thy fellow-man',

Lest he should die while yet
Thy bitter accentså wring his heart

And make his pale cheeks wet.
4. Speak not harshly': much of care

Every human heart must bear.
By thy childhood's gushing tears', *
By thy grief in after years,
By the anguish thou dost know',

Add not to another's woe'.
5. Speak not harshly': much of sin

Dwelleth every heart within.
By the wrongs thou didst not shun',
By the good thou hast not done,
With a gentle spirit scan

The weakness of thy brother man. 6. Speak kindly to thy brother man', for he has many cares thou dost not know'; he has many sorrows thine eye has not seen'; and his heart may, even now, be breaking.

7. Oh, speak kindly to him. Perhaps a word from thee will kindle the light of joy within him, * Earnest entreaty reqnires the falling inflection. Sec Rules IX. and X.

and make his pathway of life more pleasant. Harsh words can never recalla the erring-kindness may. AC'-CENTS, words; modulation of the • Scan, look upon; examine closely. voice in speaking.

• RE-CALL', call back. • AN'-GUISH, grief; agony.

[Lesson LXXVIII. is an exhortation to gentleness and kindness, in speech and conduct, on the principle that it is better to rule by love than by fear—that harsh words mar the good we might do, etc. We are appealed to, through the remembrance of our own sorrows, not to add, by harsh words, to another's woe; and we are exhorted, by being reminded of our own errors, not to be too severe upon the errors of others.]

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1. Here is a picture of an autumn scene in the country, showing the farmer at work after he has finished his summer harvest. He now plows over

his summer-fallows,* and sows his winter wheat and winter rye—that is, wheat and rye that are to remain in the field during the winter, and be harvested the next summer. After the wheat is sown, it is covered with earth by the use of a drag, or harrow. Wheat and rye that are sown in the spring are called spring wheat, and spring rye.

2. The fall-sown grain comes up before the winter sets in': but if there is but little snow during the winter', and if the ground freezes and thaws often', the roots of the grain are apt to be thrown out of the earth, and the grain then dies! The farmer says it is winter-kille

it is winter-killed. Much snow, during the winter, is good for the wheat and rye, as it keeps the ground warm.

3. After the fall-sowing, comes the general gathering of the apples. And first, the winter apples must be carefully picked from the trees. They

must not be shaken off, for they would be bruised by the fall, and the bruising would cause them to decay.

4. Who can name the best kinds of winter apples'? Is not the greening a gener

al favorite? Is it as good in the fall of the year, as in the winter' ?


* Land left fallow, or unsown, during the summer. See page 116.

Gathering Apples.

Why not?

What can be said in favor of the pippin, the seek-no-farther, and the russets' ?

5. After the winter apples have been carefully gathered, the trees are shaken, and cleared of their fruit; or the apples are beaten off with a pole. These remaining apples are picked up and carried to the cider-mill, where they are ground into a soft pulpy mass.

6. Formerly the apples were crushed by a large wooden wheel, which was drawn around in a large circular trough, as we see in the picture below. The new and better kind of cider - mill is also shown in the picture.

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7. When the apples have been crushed, or ground fine, the pulp is put into presses, and the juice is pressed from it. This fresh juice is the sweet cider

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