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5. He'll keep us when the storm is wild,
And we have nought to fear. [Lessox XXVIII. God looks down upon all our ways. He extends his protecting care over the birds of heaven; he clothes the field with flowers; pours the light abroad for our good; and numbers the hours of the day. These things should lead us to put our trust and confidence in him, assured that, if we do so, we have nought to fear.]
THE BLIND Boy. 1. Do you pity the poor blind boy'? Do you think he is unhappy'?" He may not be very unhappy', after all'. He never has seen the sunlight', nor the trees in the field', nor the cattle on the plains', nor the green grass' and the flowers! But as he knows not what sight is', he knows nothing of the loss of it.
2. He may well ask, in wonder, what is that thing you call light'?"* Can you tell him' ? Can you explain it to him' ? If he has never seen any thing', how can you explain to him what light is'?" We may pity' him', for he is deprived of many pleasures that we enjoy': but we are glad to believe that he is not unhappy.
3. O say', what is that thing called light',
Which I can not enjoy'?3
O tell your poor blind boy.
You say the sun shines bright';
Make either day or night'?3
5. My day or night', myself I make',
Whene'er I sleep or play';
It would be always day'.
You mourn my haplessb wo';
A loss I ne'er can know.
My peace of mind destroy';
Although a poor blind boy'.
[LESSON XXIX. shows that, while we should pity those who are born blind, yet that God, in his mercy, has so made them that they shall not feel the want of sight, so much as we should feel the loss of it. Those born blind do not even know what sight is! They can have no knowledge of colors. A blind person, when asked what he thought green was like, replied, that he thought it was like the sound of a trumpet !—The poetry in this lesson is suitable for declamation.]
RESENTMENT AND FORGIVENESS. 1. One day a gentleman called upon a judge for counsel," and having stated to him an injury that he had received from a neighbor, asked him if he did not think it manly to resent it.
2. “Yes," said the judge, “it would be manly to resent it, but it would be Godlike to forgive it!” This reply completely altered the feelings . of the applicant."
advice. 6 COM-PLETE'-LY, entirely.
C AL'-TERED, changed
Good counsel is above all price.
1. Four children were playing on the sea-shore. They had gathereda bright pebbles and beautiful shells, and written their names in the pure, white sand; but at last, tired of their sport, they were about going home, when, as they came to a pile of stones, one of them cried out, “Oh! let us build a fort."
2. “Yes, yes !” replied Edward ; “let us build a fort, and we will call that ship, away out there, an enemy's vessel, and make believe we are firing cannon balls into her!” And the two boys—for two of the party were boys, and two were girls — ran off to the pile of stones, and began removing them to a place near the water.
3. “Come, Anna and Jane,” said they, “come and help us.” “Oh, no! don't let us build a fort," said Jane. 'Yes', we will build a fort,” replied the boys. “What else can we build? You would not put a house down here upon the water's edge, would
?" 4. “No! but we will tell you what we can build, which will be much better than a fort. We can build a light house,” said the girls; " and that will be just as much in place on the edge of the sea, as a fort would be. We can call the ship, yonder, a vessel lost in the darkness; and we will hang out a light to directo her in the true way. Will not that be much better than to call her an enemy, and build a fort to destroy her?
5. “See how beautifully she sits upon and glides over the smooth water! Her sails are like the
open wings of a bird, and they bear her gracefully along. Would it not be cruel to shoot great balls into her sides, tear her sails in pieces, and kill the men who are on board of her?
6. “Oh! I am sure it would make us all hap. pier to save her when in darkness and danger. No, no! let us not build a fort, but a light-house; for it is better to save than to destroy."
The girls spoke tenderly and earnestly, and their words reached the better feelings of the boys.
7. “Oh, yes !” said they; “we will build a lighthouse, and not a fort.” And they did so.
They were right. We should be brave to resist a real enemy, when he seeks to do evil; but we
should be more earnest to save our friends, than to destroy our enemies. a GATH'-ERED, collected.
d DI-RECT', guide. 6 PEB'-BLES, small round stones. 1: GLIDEs, moves gently and quickly. c RE-MÖV'-ING, carrying.
RE-BIST', oppose; withstand. [Lesson XXX. illustrates the principle that it is better to save, than to destroy: better to do a kindness to our friends, than an injury to our enemies.—What feelings is a light-house calculated to awaken in us? A fort? If all were good, would there be any need of forts, and jails, and locks and bolts for our doors ?]
TRUST AND TRY. 1. Did you say, Edward, that you can not learn the lesson'? Do you think it a hard lesson' ?" How do you know it is a hard lesson"? How can you tell, unless you have tried to learn it'?
2. “Can not,” did you say' ?" Can not try to learn it' ? What lazy words those are'! What false words they are'! And I am afraid the boy who uses them is a lazy boy.
3. Where is your book', Edward'? “On the shelf,” did you say'? Why is it there'? Can you learn your lesson without the book'? Are
too lazy to get your book'?
4. Do not sigh about it. Do not cry'! That is not the way'! No'; no! Get your book. Try to learn your lesson. Try': try!
5. “Can not,” Edward, did you say' ?
Chase the lazy thought away;