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I would make one rule: there should be no such thing as 5 work''; it should be one long holiday all the year round.
Your great folks have strange whims in their heads, that is 6 certain. I do not know what to make of him : not I. 7 Now
there is all yon great park there, kept for his lordship to 8 look at, and his lordship has not seen it these twelve years.
Ah! if it was mine, I would let all the villagers turn their cows in there, and it should not cost them a farthing: then,
as the parson said last Sunday, I should be as rich as any in 9 the land ; for I should have the blessings of the poor. Hang 10 it! here comes Snacks. Now I shall get a fine job, I sup11 pose'. (Enter Snacks, bowing very obsequiously : Robin
takes his hat off, and stands staring at him.) 12 I am very tired, Master Snacks: so I stopt to rest myself a 13 little. I hope you will excuse it. 14 I wonder what in the
world he is grinning at. . (Aside.)
DEFINITIONS, &c.—All day long—all the long day; or along through the day. Define stopping, steward, look-out, slap, plump, (at once, suddenly,) chap, holiday, round, (round the circle of the year,) whims, yon, park, vil. lagers, farthing, parson, blessings, (here “the God bless you's” of the poor.)
SECT. VIII.-AN ORPHAN BOY.
Tre people's shouts were long and loud !
My mother, shuddering, closed her ears :
My mother answered with her tears !
Cried I, “ while others shout for joy !"
She called me her poor orphan boy!
When suddenly she gasped for breath,
But, ah! her eyes were closed in death!
But now no more a parent's joy,
What 'tis to be an orphan boy.
DEFINITIONS, &c.—Define shuddering, closed, ears, crowd, rejoice, steal down, (run down stealthily,) kissed, accents, weak, orphan, suddenly, gaspo ed, shrieked, aid, hardships, since, tell, parent, lady, learn.
SECT. IX.-BOOTS WITH A PUPPY IN THEM. 1 A city fop, with boots that lace,
So varnished they reflect his face. 2 As thus equipped, he moved gentee.,
A pup ran barking at his heel. 3 A stranger there, ('twas near the Park,)
Inquired, “What makes that puppy bark ?" 4 A lad replied, of mind acute,
“He sees a puppy in the boot.” DEFINITIONS, &c.—Define fop, lace, boots, varnished, reflect, equipped, genteel, barking, heel, puppy, acute. Supply I am speaking of, or I am about to speak of, before Sent. Ist.
SECT. X. -THE FIRST OATH.
“My lads,” said a captain, when reading his orders to his 1 crew on the quarter-deck, to take the command of a ship,
“ there is one law I am determined to make ; and I shall insist upon its being kept : indeed, it is a favor which I ask
of you, and which I expect will be granted to a British 2 officer by a crew of British seamen. What say you, my 3 lads ? Are you willing to grant your new captain one fa4 vor ?” “Ay: ay,” cried all hands : “ let us know what it is,
sir.” “Well, my lads," said the captain, “it is this : that you 5 must allow me to swear the first oath in the ship: no man
on board must swear an oath before I do: I am determined 6 to have the privilege of swearing first. What say you, my 7 lads? Will you grant me this favor ?" 8 The men started, and stood for a moment quite at a loss
• They were taken,” says one, “all a-back :" 10" they were brought up,” said another, "all standing.” The
captain repeated : “Now, my fine fellows, what do you say? 11 Am I to have the privilege of swearing the first oath on
board ?” The appeal seemed so reasonable, and the manner 12 of the captain so kind, that a general burst from the ship’s
company announced, “ Ay: ay, Sir !” with their accustomed
9 what to say.
WILL IT MEND THE MATTER ?- BE KIND.
13 three cheers. The effect was good : swearing was wholly
abolished in the ship. Definitions, &c.—Define lads, captain, crew, quarter-deck, ay, hands, (for men ?) oath, privilege, started, at a loss, all a-back, appeal, reasonable, burst, abolished, wholly.
SECT. XI.-WILL IT MEND THE MATTER
? 1 “Will your putting yourself into a passion mend the
matter ?” said a gray-headed old man to a boy who had 2 picked up a stone to throw at a dog. “ The dog barked at
you in playfulness, and had no intention of biting you'.” 3“ Yes, it will mend the matter," said the passionate boy;
and immediately he dashed the stone at the dog. The 4 animal thus enraged, sprang at the boy and bit his leg ;
whilst the stone bounced against a shop window, and broke
a pane of glass. Out ran the shopkeeper, and seized the 5 boy; who had mended the matter finely; for not only had
he been bitten by the dog, but he was obliged to pay several shillings before he was set at liberty. 6 Alas ! I wish this were the only instance wherein impa
tience has changed an imaginary evil into a real calamity. 7 I well knew a man who had every comfort around him : 8 houses, lands, and money in his possession. Unfortunately,
he quarrelled with a neighbor, and would go to law with him ; and sure gh he did go to law with him; and to bis sorrow; for he lost his houses and his lands; and I knew him when his pockets contained not a single shilling. Definfrions, &c.—Define playfulness, biting, mend, passionate, ani. mal, sprang, bounced, window, pane, glass, finely, wherein, imaginary, calamity, quarrelled, unfortunately.
SECT. XII.-BE KIND. 1 Some people have a spirit of kindness about them that is 2 ever showing itself. It was delightful to see my brother
walk down the village where for a time he had lived : he 3 had a kind deed for many, and a kind word for all. Thus 4 would he talk to the good people as he passed. “Ay: ay,
Joseph, so you are getting your potatoes in the ground : I
will send you a few of my blue kidneys to put in among them. 6 They will soon spring up, and you will find them to be some
EXTENT OF THE UNITED STATES. SA PARABLE.
6 of the very best you ever saw.”—“Well, Molly, how does 7 your husband go on? But poor soul, I see that he looks 8 but weakly yet'. I am going to the butcher's, and shall
send him a bit of mutton; and you must make him a basin 9 of mutton broth. Take care of him, Molly, for good hus
bands and honest men do not grow on every bough”.”10“ Why, Sally, have you done your churning already this 11 morning? That is right, my girl : industry puts a color into your cheek, that
need not be ashamed of.” Why, every one in the village loved him ; and every one 13 will love
you manifest kindness". Be kind then one to another. DEFINITIONS, &c.—Defino potatoes, mutton, broth, husband, bough, already, color, industry, cheek, ashamed of, manifest, another.
SECT. XIII.-EXTENT OF THE UNITED STATES. 1 The United States have a frontier of more than 10,000 2 miles. We have a line of sea-coast of nearly 4,000 miles, 3 and a lake-coast of 1,200 miles. One of our rivers is twice 4 the size of the Danube : the largest river in Europe. The
Ohio is 600 miles longer than the Rhine, and the Hudson 5 has a navigation 120 miles longer than the Thames. The
state of Virginia is a third larger than England. Ohio con6 tains 5,130,000 acres more than Scotland : from Maine to
Ohio is further than from London to Constantinople; and so we might go on and fill pages: enumerating distances, rivers, lakes, capes, and bays, with comparative estimates of size, power, and population. DEFINITIONS, &c.-- Define frontier, miles, line, coast, lake, twice, size. Where is the Danube? the Rhine ? Thames ? England ? Scotland ? London? Constantinople ? Define further, fill, pages, enumerating, capes, bays, comparative estimates, size, power, population.
SECT. XIV.-A PARABLE. 1 A CHILD went out one fine morning into the orchard, and
saw the fruit-trees all in bloom. The scene gladdened him 2 beyond all expression : the great joy, like an ocean, floated
a new cargo of beauty into his soul; and afterwards he was
a greater and better being. 3 But in a few days he went out again, to behold the rich
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sight, and the corolla had fallen off, and leaves clothed the
trees. 4 Then the child wept, and would not be pacified. Even 5 when his mother told him of the luscious fruit that would
be the result of the flowers next fall, he could not believe it. 6 He could see no life emanating from that death, and could accept no promise that such should be the case.
His sight 7 was too short to see so far forward ; nor was his faith strong enough to believe the prophecy.
But he lived till autumn, and then saw the fruit, with a 8 greater joy than the flowers had given him ; and the follow
ing winter he ate of the fruit: waxing strong and great thereby. DEFINITIONS, &c.—Define orchard, bloom, floated, new, cargo,sight, (spectacle ?) again, fallen, corolla, clothed, wept, pacified, luscious, result, fall, (of the leaves : Autumn ?) emanating, accept, promise, case, (fact?) forward, prophecy, waxing, thereby.
-EDUCATION OUT OF SCHOOL. Education does not commence with the alphabet'; it begins with a mother's look: with a father's nod of approbation, or a sign of reproof : with a sister's gentle pressure of the hand, or a brother's noble act of forbearance : with handfuls of flowers in green dells, on hills and daisy meadows: with birds' nests admired, but not touched : with creeping ants and almost imperceptible emmets : with humming bees and glass hives: with pleasant walks in shady lanes : with thoughts directed in sweet and kindly tones and words, to nature, to beauty, to acts of benevolence, to deeds of virtue, and to the sense of all good; to God himself. DEFINITIONS, &c.—Define education, commence, alphabet, nod, approbation, sign, reproof, pressure, act, forbearance, handful, dells, daisy, meadows, nests, touched, creeping, ants, imperceptible, emmets, hum. ming bees, walks, shady, lanes, tones, words, nature, beauty, benevolence, deeds, virtue, sense, good, God.
SECT. XVI.—THE END OF A LAWSUIT. 1 “Well, we shall see," rejoined Bunker, eyeing his opponent
with a look of mingled doubt and defiance.