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3. The last herring smoked upon the coals before her; it was the only article of food she possessed, and no wonder her forlorn, desolate state brought up in her lone bosom all the tanxieties of a mother, when she looked upon her children: and no wonder, forlorn as she was, if she suffered the heart swellings of despair to rise, even though she knew that He, whose promise is to the widow and to the orphan, can not forget his word.
4. + Providence had, many years before, taken from her her eldest son, who went from his forest home to try his fortune on the high seas, since which she had heard no tidings of him; and, in her latter time, had, by the hand of death, deprived her of the companion and staff of her earthly pilgrimage, in the person of her husband. Yet to this hour she had been upborne; she had not only been able to provide for her little flock, but had never lost an opportunity of ministering to the wants of the miserable and destitute.
5. The +indolent may well bear with poverty, while the ability to gain sustenance remains. The individual who has but his own wants to supply, may suffer with fortitude the winter of want; his affections are not wounded, his heart not wrung.
The most desolate in * populous cities may hope, for charity has not quite closed her hand and heart, and shut her eyes on misery.
6. But the industrious mother of helpless and depending chiltren, far from the reach of human charity, has none of these to + console her. And such a one was the widow of the Pine Cottage; but as she bent over the fire, and took up the last scanty + remnant of food, to spread before her children, her spirits seemed to brighten up, as by some sudden and mysterious impulse, and Cowper's beautiful lines came uncalled across her mind :
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust him for his grace;
He hides a smiling face.
7. The smoked herring was scarcely laid upon the table, when a gentle rap at the door, and loud barking of a dog, attracted the attention of the family. The children flew to open it, and a weary traveler, in tattered garments, and + apparently indifferent
+ health, entered and begged a lodging, and a mouthful of food. Said he, “It is now twenty-four hours since I tasted bread.” The widow's heart bled anew as under a fresh complication of distresses; for her sympathies lingered not around her fireside. She hesitated not even now; rest and a share of all she had she proffered to the stranger. “ We shall not be forsaken," said she, or suffer deeper for an act of charity.”
8. The traveler drew near the board, but when he saw the scanty fare, he raised his eyes toward heaven with astonishment: “And is this all your store ?” said he, “and a share of this do you offer to one you know not? then never saw I charity before ! but madam,” said he, continuing, “do you not wrong your children by giving a part of your last mouthful to a stranger ?”
9. “Ah,” said the poor widow, and the teardrops gushed into her eyes as she said it, “I have a boy, a darling son, somewhere on the face of the wide world, unless heaven has taken him away,
and I only act toward you, as I would that others should act toward him. God, who sent manna from heaven, can provide for us as he did for Israel ; and how should I this night offend him, if my son should be a *wanderer, * destitute as you, and he should have provided for him a home, even poor as this, were I to turn you unrelieved away."
10. The widow ended, and the stranger springing from his seat, clasped her in his arms: “God indeed has provided your son a home, and has given him wealth to reward the goodness of his + benefactress : my mother! oh my mother!” It was her long lost son, returned to her bosom from the Indies. He had chosen that + disguise that he might the more completely surprise his family; and never was surprise more perfect, or followed by a sweeter cup of joy.
11. That humble + residence in the forest was exchanged for one comfortable, and indeed beautiful, in the valley; and the widow lived long with her dutiful son, in the enjoyment of worldly plenty, and in the delightful employments of virtue : and at this day the passer-by is pointed to the willow that spreads its branches above her grave.
QUESTIONS. - Relate the history of the widow and her son, as given in this lesson. Can evil ever come from judiciously obeying the dictates of benevolence ? Are there many in this world really so poor as not to be able to do something for others ?
Priceless, prob’d, principle, profitable, printed. Priceless was the offering. The wound was thoroughly prob’d. Principle may not be profitable. The books are printed. Spring flings her rosy mantle o'er the plains. The rowers ply their weary oars.
LESSON LIV. PRONOUNCE correctly. - Answer, pro. an-ser: fast-en'd, pro. fas'n'd: swad-dling, pro. swod-dling: treas-ures, pro. treas-yures : a-gainst, pro. a-genst.
1. Whirl'-wind, n. a violent wind moving dling-band) a band or cloth wrapped in a circle.
round an infant 3. Swad'-dling-band, no (pro. swod- Stay'-ed, p, stopt.
8. Wa'-ter-course, n, a stream of water.
THE WORKS OF GOD.
1. THEN the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
Who is this that darkeneth + counsel
For I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. 2. Where wast thou when I laid the + foundations of the earth?
Declare, if thou hast understanding.
And all the sons of God shouted for joy? 3. Or who shut up the sea with doors,
When it brake forth, as if it had + issued out of the womb?
+ decreed place,
And here shall thy proud waves be stayed ?
And caused the + dayspring to know his place;
And the high arm shall be broken.
Or hast thou walked in the search of the depth ?
6. Where is the way where light dwelleth ?
And as for darkness, where is the place thereof,
Or because the number of thy days is great?
Or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,
Against the day of battle and of war? 8. By what way is the light parted,
Which scattereth the east wind upon the earth ?
And to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth? 9. Hast thou given the horse strength ?
Hast thou clothed his neck with thunder ?
10. He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted;
Neither turneth he back from the sword.
QUESTION8.- Is this poetry? Select a metaphor ana a simile from the many to be found in this lesson. What is meant by the words “Ha! ha!” in the last paragraph ?
Which are the conjunctions in the 10th paragraph ? Parse “spear and "shield,” in the same. Parse “Ha! ha!” in the same. In the first sentence, parse "whirlwind.” Which word in that sentence represents the subject, or the actor? Which, the object, or the receiver ? Which, the action, or thing done? Which is the adverb of time? Is the sentence simple, complex, or compound ?
TO TEACHERS. One of the most difficult things to be learned in reading is, a proper attention to the pauses. The teacher will find various plans useful for accomplishing this. The following will often succeed : Let the first pupil read to the first pause in a sentence, the second from that pause to the next, the third to the next, and so on. In doing this, the readers must be careful to take up their parts promptly, to read in the same key as nearly as possible, and to give the proper inflection at each pause.