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times a day, he will mend it over and over again.
4. The common spider may be called a weaver, but some spiders may be called builders. There is one called the trap-door spider, which makes his nest in a dry spot. He makes a long hole in a bank, and inside of this he forms his nest.
5. This nest has a trap-door with a hinge, which allows the door to open when the spider comes out, or when pulled, to let the spider in, but always shuts again of its own accord, the same as some doors which have a spring-box behind them.
6. There is another kind of spider called the water spider, which spins a web like a cup, and which descends deep into the water, like a diving bell. The spider sits in this quite safe, and catches the little water insects that live around him. He works hard to build his diving bell and net.
7. Thus it is that all things live by work, and God has willed for our good that we should also love work if we would be happy.
LESSON 27.-THE SPIDER AND THE FLY
Parlour prettiest cunning affection
flattering counsellor 66 WILL
you walk into my parlour ?”
That ever you did spy:
Is up a winding stair,
To shew you when you are there.”
“ To ask me is in vain ;
Can ne'er come down again."
With soaring up so high-
little bed ?"
The sheets so fine and thin,
I'll snugly tuck you in!”
“For I've often heard it said,
Who sleep upon your bed !”
“Dear friend, what can I do
prove the warm affection I've always felt for you? I have within my pantry
Good store of all that's nice;
I'm sure you're very welcome
Will you please to take a slice ?” “Oh, no, no," said the little fly,
“ Kind sir, that cannot be; I've heard what's in your pantry,
And I don't wish to see." “Sweet creature !” said the spider,
“ You're witty and you're wise ; How handsome are your gauzy wings !
How brilliant are your eyes !
Upon my parlour shelf;
You shall behold yourself.”
“For what you've pleased to say ;
I'll call another day.”
And went into his den,
Would soon come back again.
In a little corner sly,
To dine upon the fly.
And merrily did sing,
With the pearl and silver wing; Your robes of green and purple
There's a crest upon your head; Your eyes are like the diamond bright,
But mine are dull as lead." Alas! alas ! how very soon
This silly little fly,
Hearing these wily flattering words,
Came slowly flitting by :
Then near and nearer drew,
And her green and purple hue ;
Poor foolish thing ! at last
And fiercely held her fast.
Into his dismal den,
But she ne'er came out again!
Who may this story read,
pray you ne'er give heed :
eye ; And take a lesson from this tale
Of the spider and the fly.
LESSON 28.-ADROITNESS OF A SPIDER. Adroitness gentleman studying habits insects stretching
straight presently returned
different carefully escape machine coil
thread enough float
breeze sliding scampered 1. A GENTLEMAN, who was fond of studying the habits of insects, one day found a large spider near a pond of water. He took a long stick and put the spider on one end of it.
2. Then he went to the side of the pond; and stretching out as far as he could, he fixed the other end in the bottom of the pond, and left the stick standing straight up out of the water, with the spider upon it. He then sat down on the bank to watch what the spider would do.
3. Presently the spider began to move. First, he went down the stick till he came to the water. Finding that there was no hope of getting off there, he returned to the top.
4. Then he went up and down the different sides of the stick, feeling and looking carefully till he found there was no way of escape at any part. And then he went once more to the top, and remained quiet for a while.
5. It seemed to the gentleman as though the spider were now saying to himself—“Well, I am in a nice fix; what in the world am I to do ?” But the spider was not long in making up his mind.
6. After a short pause, he set his spinningmachine to work, and soon wove out a long coil of thread—long enough to reach from his prison to the shore.
7. When he had done this, he fastened one end of the thread to the top of the stick, and let the rest of it float in the breeze. He waited till the thread stretched away on the breeze towards the side of the pond; and then he went