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6. Look'! look at him now'! how he sitteth afloat

On the broad water-lily leaf, as in a boat'!
See the antics' he plays'! how he dives in the stream
To and fro—now he chases that dancing sunbeam;
Now he stands for a moment, as if half perplexed,!

In his frolicsomeh heart, to know what to do next. 7. Ha'! see him now'! that dragon-fly sets him astir,

And he launches away like a brave mariner;
See there'! up the stream how he merrily rows,
And the tall fragranti water-reed bows as he goes'!
And now he is lost at the foot of the tree;-

'Tis his home, and a snug little home it must be. 8. And 'tis thus that the water-rat liveth all day,

In these small pleasures wearing the summer away';
And when winter comes', and the water-plants die',
And the little brooks yield him no longer supply',
Down into his burrow he cozilyl creeps,
And quietly through the long winter-time sleeps.
Thus, in summer, his table by Nature is spread';
And old mother Earth makes, in winter, his bed.

Mrs. HOWITT. OR-DĀINED', appointed.

& PER-PLEX'ED, puzzled. 6 GRĀVE'-LY, solemnly.

FROL'-IC-BOME, full of playfulness. SE-DĀTE', calm; undisturbed.

i MAR'-I-NER, seaman; sailor. • ELĒAVES, divides by swimming.

; FRA'-GRANT, sweet-smelling. e PLEN'-TI-FUL, bountiful; abundant. * BUB'-Row, hollow place in the earth. AN'-TI€8, queer motions; oddities. | Co'-zi-LY, snugly; comfortably.

[LESSON LXXXIII. is a description of the habits of the water-rat, in his home by the meadow-stream. The innocent pleasures in which he “wears the summer away,” when he is undisturbed, are described. He sleeps in his burrow through the winter. ]

GENTLE WORDS AND KIND DEEDS.
One gentle word that we may speak,

Or one kind, loving deed,
May, though a trifle poor and weak,

Prove like a tiny seed :
And who can tell what good may spring
From such a very little thing!

LESSON LXXXIV.
WHAT ARE LIVING OBJECTS.

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1. “How many living objects do you see in this picture ?” asked Willie.

2. “Let me see,” said Lucy. “There are two

men', and two women', and a bird', and a rabbit. That makes six in all. Six living objects.”

3. “Are you sure that is right' ?" asked Willie. Can't you find any

more? I think I can see a great many more."

4. “Now where, Willie'? There may be some more over the ridge of the hill, or in the grass', or among the flowers': but I can't see them'. There may be a great many insects flying about the flowers; but I am sure they are not in the picture.” 5. “I think I can see more than a dozen living

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trees';

objects,” said Willie. “Don't you see the lilies in the water, and the flowers around the rabbit', and all the grass on the ridge where the people are', and the three little trees on the hill-side beyond them' ? And are not all these living objects' ? Are not all those plants alive'? and the grass,

and the trees' ?!?

6. “Now', Willie', you are always trying to puzzle' me.” Lucy sat silent for a while'; but pretty soon she asked, “Why do you call the trees, and the

grass, live objects'? They can not move about, like animals'."

7. “No,” said Willie; “ but they grow', and they are alive', are they not? There are some dead

and there is some dead grass'; but when the trees and the grass grow, are they not alive' ?”

8. “ Are stones, and rocks, alive' ?” asked Lucy.

“No” said Willie. “Uncle John says they were made as they are; and that they were never alive.”

9. Just then Uncle John came in, when Lucy asked him why trees and plants are live objects, any more than stones.

10. “Because,” he replied,“ the tree and the little plant have roots by which they get their food from the earth, leaves by which they breathe, and little tubes, or sap vessels, through which the sap flows to nourish them. Have stones any such way of living ?"

· 11. Lucy saw there was a greater difference between plants and stones than she had ever thought of; and that plants, as well as animals, really live,

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and grow.

“But why,she asked,“ do not stones live and grow also'?"

12. “I can not tell you why they do not,” said Uncle John, “any more than I can tell you why God did not make all things alike. All we can say, is, God made them so."

[LESSON LXXXIV. The chief design of this lesson is to lead children to reflect upon the leading distinctions between animate and inanimate

Let the teacher aid the pupils in following out the reflections which the lesson naturally suggests.]

nature.

LESSON LXXXV.

Now AND THEN :-By-and-By. 1. “Now" is the syllable ever ticking from the clock of Time. Now” is the watchword of the wise. Nowis on the banner of the prudent.

2. Let us keep this little word always in mind. Whenever we have any work or study to do', we should do it with all our might', remembering that Now” is the only time we can call our own.

3. We shall find it a poor way to get through the world, if we fall into the habit of putting off till to-morrow, what should be done to-day', saying, Then' I will do it.” No'! this will never answer. “Now" is ours. Then" may never be.

4. Do not trust to that mischief-maker By-andBy. He is a bad pilot'; and if you listen to him', on the desolate shores of NEVER he will be sure to land youby-and-by.

5. There is a little mischief-making

Elfin,a who is ever nigh',
Thwarting every undertaking';'

And his name is By-and-By.

6. What we ought to do this minute,

“ Will be better done,” he'll cry,
“ If tomorrow we begin it :"

Put it off," says By-and-By.
7. Those who heed the treacherous wooing, a

Will his faithless guidance rue;e
What we always put off doing',

Clearly we shall never do.
8. We shall reach what we endeavor,

If on “Now" we more rely;
But, unto the realms of NEVER,

Leads the pilot By-and-By. • Elr'-IN, a fairy; an imaginary wander. c UN-DEB-TĀK'-ING, any kind of business, ing spirit.

work, etc.

[tation. • THWART/-ING, opposing; frustrating. Wooʻ-ING, solicitation; persuasive invi

• RUE, regret; be sorry for. [LESSON LXXXV. This is a lesson upon the danger of Procrastination -of putting off, till to-morrow, what should be done to-day. It is a fitting sequel to LESSONS XX., XXI., XXXI., XXXII., and LXXIV.]

LESSON LXXXVI. THE CROWS AND THE WIND-MILL.-A Fable. 1. It seems there was once a wind-mill — his. tory does not tell us exactly where, and I suppose it is not much matter where it was which went round and round, day after day. It did no harm to any body. It never knocked any body down, unless he got under it, within reach of its great arms. What if it did use the air! It did not hurt the air any, for the air was just as good for breathing after it had turned the mill, as it was before.

2. But there was a flock of crows in the neighborhood, that took quite a dislike to the innocent mill. They said there must be some mischief about

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