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Hardly was the little bird

Stirring as I went along;
Not a waggon-wheel I heard,

Nor the ploughman's cheery song.
Still upon the waters grey,

Mists of early morning hung;
Buy then, lady fair, I pray,

Buy my water-cresses young.

LESSON 32.—THE HONEST SHOP BOY. Cleverness fracture damaged dismissal business purchased answered recommended honesty grieved obliged character

1. In all matters of business, the unfair dealer must soon be found out.

Trick or cleverness is of use but for a moment, but honesty and fair dealing will make its way, and will be lasting

2. A gentleman from the country placed his son with a linen-draper in the city of Exeter. For a time all went on well. At length a lady came into the shop to purchase a silk dress, and the young man waited upon her. She agreed

. to pay the price he asked, and he began to fold the goods. But he found a flaw in the silk before he had finished, and pointing it out to the lady, said, “ Madam, I ought to tell you that there is a fracture in the silk." Of course she did not take it.

3. The shopkeeper overheard the remark, and

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wrote to the father of the young man to come and take him home at once; “For," said he, he will never make a shopkeeper.The father, who had always trusted his son, was much grieved, and hastened to the city to hear what was wrong.

Why will he not make a shopkeeper ?” asked he.

4. “Because he has no tact," was the answer. Only a day or two ago, he told a lady, who was buying silk of him, that the goods were damaged; and I lost the bargain. People who buy must look out for themselves. If they cannot find out the flaws, it would be foolishness in me to find them out for them."

5. “And is that all his fault?" asked the parent. “ Yes," answered the merchant; "he is very well in other respects.' r. Then I love my son better than ever, and I thank you for telling me of the matter; I would not leave him another day in your shop on any account.

6. Some time after, the lady went again to the shop and made some very large purchases of the shopkeeper. In doing so, she took occasion to remark upon the honesty of the lad, and told the shopkeeper that for this honest conduct she should always deal with him, and at the same time she asked for the youth.

7. The shopkeeper replied that he had been obliged to part from the boy for misconduct, which very much grieved the lady. She went

away, but she soon found out the true reason of the lad's dismissal, and having sent for him, recommended him strongly to a house in London, remarkable for its fair dealing.

8. With such a character for uprightness and honesty to begin the world with, the young man obtained the confidence of his employer, he rose from one post to another, till at last he was admitted a partner of the firm; and became more wealthy every year. Then his fellow-citizens put him in office among them, because of their respect for his character, and in the end he became Lord Mayor of London.

LESSON 33.-WORK. Muscle shilling stockings strengthens endeavour merrily


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SILLY people don't like work,

Let us try to love it;
Grand and great ones of the land,

They are not above it.
Lazy people all get dull,

Mind and body weary ;
Working ones grow strong and bright,

Time is never dreary.
We who have to earn our bread,

We must all endeavour,
Strive against our laziness,

Try to grow more clever.

Elder sisters, you may work,

Work and help your mothers,
Darn the stockings, mend the shirts,

Father's things and brother's.
Younger children, you may help,

Help by minding baby ;
Little hands and little feet

Very useful may be.
" Better rub than rust,” 'tis said,

Bear in mind the saying ;
Run and jump and use your wits

Merrily in playing.
Play is good as well as work,

Strengthens mind and muscle,
Makes you active, quick, and strong,

Fit to bear life's bustle.
Running feet and ready hands,

All are a preparing ;
Work is coming-every man

Is his burden bearing.


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question annals 1. GEORGE III., grandfather of our Queen Victoria, was one day hunting through the New Forest, when his horse seemed so tired that the king turned away from his followers, and rode down the first avenue that he came to, resolving to rest himself and his weary animal.

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2. Amidst the stillness of the forest he fancied he heard a cry of distress. Again he listened.

3. “Oh, my mother!” were the words. Turning towards the direction of the sound, he saw underneath a branching oak a low bed or pallet, and near another tree sat a little swarthy girl of eight years old, with tears running down from her black eyes.

4. “What are you crying for ?” asked the kind king.

5. “Oh, sir! my poor mother,” she replied.

6. “ What ?" said the king, child ? tell me!”

7. The girl led her unknown visitor to the mother's bed. There lay a middle-aged gipsy at the point of death. She turned her eyes to the king, but could not speak. The little child wept, and stooping down, wiped the damp from her mother's brow.

8. The king was much affected, when at this moment an elder girl came up with some medicine.

9. “Oh sir,” she said, in reply to a question from the king, “my poor mother wanted some good person to teach her and to talk to her, and I ran all the way to the town before it was light, but I could get no one to come, and she is

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10. The king tried to comfort her. “I am a minister” he said, “and God has sent me to

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