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you say'?"

O’er your lesson do not sighi:

Try to learn it-trust, and try. 7. “Can not help being naughty," did And why not' ?' Because you forget what I told you'?” Because you get angry when you are play. ing'?" Is that the reason why you struck Nelly'?"

8. But you must try not to forget. You must try not to get angry. You must try to be kind

and good.

9. “Can not,” Edward' ? Say not so';

All are weak', full well I know';
But if you will seek the Lord',
He will needful strength afford','
Teach you how to conquero sin,
Purify your heart within.
On your Father's help rely;

He will aid you-trust, and try. 10. Do not say you can not. Drive such a thought away. Try to do right. Try to do your duty. It is a lazy boy who says he can not. It is a wicked boy who says he will not. . 11. “Can not,” Edward' ? Scornd the thought;

You can do whate'er you ought;
Every duty's call obey,
Strive to walk in wisdom's way.
Let the sluggard, if he will,
Use the lazy “can not” still;
On yourself and God rely:

Do your duty: trust, and try. a NEED'-FUL, necessary; requisite.

d Scorn, de-spise; disdain. 6 AF-FŰRD, give; grant.

e STRIVE, try; labor hard. • CON'-QUER, overcome.

| RE-LY', trust in ; depend upon. [Lesson XXXI. This is another enforcement of the principle illustrated in LESSON XX. Those only who "try,” will succeed; while those who think they can not,” are almost sure to fail. The plea of “ do right,” is no excuse for doing wrong.]


can not


1. “I Can'!” He is a fiery youth',

And Will', a brother twin';
And, arm in arm, in love and truth',

They'll either die or win.
2. Shoulder to shoulder, ever ready',

All firm and fearless still
The brothers labor—true and steady-

“I CAN," and brave "I WILL."
3. “I CAN" climbs to the mountain-top,

And plows the billowy main';
He lifts the hammer in the shop',

And drives the saw and plane.
4. Then say “I can'!" Yes, let it RING';

There is a volume there :
There's meaning in the eagle's wing':-

Then soar, and do, and DARE.
5. Oh, banish from you every can't,

And show yourself a man;
And nothing will your purpose daunt,

Led by the brave “I Can." (LESSON XXXII. contains, in the first three verses, a spirited allegorica, enforcement of the principle illustrated in LESSONS XX. and XXXI. I CAN” and “I WILL” are represented as twin brothers, who can accomplish almost any thing they undertake, by their united labors. The same principle is expressed in the old saying, “Where there's a will, there's a way.” In verses four and five, the allegory is dropped. This piece is suitable for declamation.]

LESSON XXXIII. THE CROCODILE AND THE ICHNEUMON.-A Fable. 1. A long time ago a crocodile, of great size and exceeding fierceness, that dwelt on the marshy banks of the River Nile, by his ravages spread desolation over the whole country around. He seized the shepherds, together with the sheep, and devoured the herdsmen as well as the cattle.

2. Growing bold by success, and by the terror which spread in advance of his ravages, he ventured to carry his incursions even into the island of Tentyra, whose people had long boasted that they were the only tamers of the crocodile race.

3. But even they were now struck with horror at the appearance of a monster', so much more ter. rible than they had ever before seen. Even the boldest of them were afraid to attack him openly; and with all their art and address it was in vain that they attempted to surprise him.

4. While they were consulting together in great fear and trepidation", as to what they should do under these circumstances, an ichneumon, a little animal not so big as a weasel, stepped forth, and thus addressed them :

5. “I perceive your distress, neighbors; and though I can not assist you in the present diffi. culty, yet I can offer you some advice that may be of use to you in the future. A little prudence is worth all your courage: for although it may be glorious to overcome a great evil', it is often the wisest way to prevent it.

6. “You despise the crocodile while he is small and weak, and do not sufficiently consider that he is a long-lived animal, and continues to grow as long as he lives. You see I am a poor, little, feeble creature; yet I am much more terrible to the crocodiles, and more useful to the country, than you


I attack him in the egg: and while you are contriving for months together how to get rid of one crocodile', and all to no purpose', I easily destroy fifty of them in a day.”

7. This fable, dear boys, is intended to show

The danger of suff’ring bad habits to grow;
For the vice of a week may be conquer'd, 'tis clear,

Much easier than if it went on for a year. · Ex-CEED'-ING, very great; excessive. I MON'-STER, something horrible. b Rav'-A-liEs, destruction by violence. & AD-DRESS', tact; skill; adroitness. C DES-O-LA'-TION, ruin ; destruction. HTREP-I-DA'-TION, a trembling caused by 0 IN-CUR'-NIONS, inroads; forays.

excessive fear. e HOB'-ROR, excessive fear; terror.


scorn ; regard with disdain. [Lesson XXXIII. illustrates the principle that it is much easier to prevent an evil, than to overcome it; or, as the proverb expresses the same truth, that “ an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The moral of the fable is well enforced in the seventh verse.)


How BEAUTIFUL THE WORLD IS. 1. How beautiful the world is' !" If we look up', we see the blue sky'; if we look down', we see the green grass! The sky is like a curtain spread over our heads'; the grass is like a carpet under our feet'; and the bright sun is like a ball of fire to give us light.

2. Who made this beautiful world'? God made the world. He said, “Let there be light; and there was' light.” He spake', and it was done! He made the air' we breathe, the clouds that give us rain', the waters' that fill the rivers and the seas'; and he made the dry land also.

3. And he made herbs', and plants of all kinds',

and trees', to grow upon the land! And he made
the sun, and placed it in the sky, and både it
shine all day. He made the moon' to shine at
night', and he filled the sky with stars. And God
made man also.
4. I saw the glorious sun arise

O'er yonder mountain gray;
And as he traveled through the skies,

The darkness fled away;
And all around me was so bright

I wished it would be always light.
5. But when his shining course was done,

The gentle moon drew nigh;
And stars came twinkling, one by one,

Upon the shady sky.
Who made the sun to shine so far'?

And moon, and every twinkling star'?
6. 'Twas God, my child, who made them all

By his almighty skill;
He keeps them, that they do not fall,

And guides them by his will:
That glorious God, who lives afar

In heaven, beyond the brightest star. [LESSON XXXIV. directs attention to the beautiful world in which we live, the sun, the moon, the stars, etc. ; and to God as the maker and supporter of all.]


THE Echo. 1. Little George had not the least idea of an echo. One day he happened to cry out in the fields, “ Ho! ho!" and he instantly heard the same words repeated from the thicket near him.

2. Surprised at the sound, he exclaimed, “ Who

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