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her peculiar talents and disposition into more particular and immediate exercise.

16. They were both accomplished in the simple music of the north, and Mordaunt, who was their assistant,P and sometimes their preceptor, when they were practising this delightful art, might be nowe seen assisting Minna in the acquisitione of those wild, solemn, and simple airs, 4 to which Scalds and harpers sung of old the deeds of heroes, and presently found 4 equally active in teaching Brenda the more lively and complicated music, which their4 father's affection caused to be brought* from the English or Scottish capital, for the use of his daughters.

17. And while conversing with them, Mordaunt, who mingled a strain of deep and ardent enthusiasm with the gay and ungovernable gayety of youth, was equally ready to enter into the wild and poetical visions of Minna, or into the lively,4 and often humorous chat of her gayer sister. In short, so little did he seem to attach himself to either damsel exclusively, that he was sometimes heard4 to say, that Minna never looked so lovely4 as when her light-hearted sister had induced her, for the time, to forget her habitual4 gravity; or Brenda so interesting as when she sat listening, a subdued and affected partaker of the deep pathos of her sister Minna.

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4. Give the vowel sound.

No. 1. Who were Minna and Brenda ? How old were they? What did Minna inherit from her mother ? How was she affected by a tale of woe?

What was her character ? How did Brenda differ from her sister ? What can you say of her character and appearance? What of their education? How were these sisters regarded by the inhabitants? Who had celebrated them? What was this poem called? What of their father's love? Whose affections had they gained? What is the character of that country? How was he regarded by the public of Zetland ? Which did he love best? In what were they both accomplished ? Who assisted them ?

No. 2. Delicately, undue, proportion, exhibit, quietude, occurrence, unaffected, visitant, innocent, dangerous, unquestionable, attached.

No. 3. Cher-ful for cheer-ful, change for chainge, yaller for yellow, angel for ain-gle.

No. 4. Pro'gress and prog’ress, in'terest and interest'.

No. 5. Hare and hair, two and too, deer and dear, fare and fair, tale and tail.

No. 10. Give the subjects, predicates, and objects, with their various modifications in the first verse.

No. 12. Spell and define all the words in the last verse.
How many different meanings has rage, famed, air, like, kind, race ?

Mention the opposite meaning to up, long, right, holy, great, indolent, vicious.

LESSON XVI.

IT SNOWS.

1. “ It snows !"a cries the school-boyb“ hurrah !"a and his

shout
Is ringing through parlor and hall,
Whiled swift as the wing of a swallow, he's out,

And his playmates have answered his call :C
It makes the heart leap but to witness their joy

Proude wealth has no pleasure I trow,
Like the rapture that throbs in the pulse of the boy,

As he gathers his treasures of snow ;
Then lay not the trappings of gold on thine heirs,
While health, and the riches of Nature, are theirs.

2. “ It snows!”f sighs the Imbecile,—" Ah !" and his breath

Comes heavy, as clogged with a weight;m
While from the pale aspect of Nature in death,m

He turns to the blaze of his grate ;
And nearer and nearer his soft cushioned chairm

Is wheeled towards the life-giving flameb-
He dreads a chill puff of the snow-burdened air,

Lest it wither his delicate frame :c
Oh! small is the pleasure existence can give,
When the fear we shall die only proves that we live!

3. "It snows!” cries the Traveler—" Ho!" and the word

Has quickened his steed's lagging pace;
The wind rushes by, but its how\m is unheard-

Unfelt the sharpe drift in his face;
For bright through the tempest, his own home appearedm--

Ay, though leagues intervened, he can see :c
There's the clear, glowinge hearth,m and the table pre-

pared,
And his wife with her babes at her knee.

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Blest thought! how it lightens the grief-ladene hour,
That those we love dearest are safe from its power.

4. “It snows !" cries the Belle" Dear, how lucky !”a and

turns From her mirror to watch the flakes fall ;) Like the first rose of summer, her dimpled cheek burns,

While musing on sleigh-rides and ball :There are visions of conquests, of splendor, and mirth,m

Floating over each drear winter's day;
But the tintings of Hope, on this storme beaten earth,m

Will melt, like the snow-flakes,d away;
Turn, turn thee to Heaven, fairm maiden, for bliss,
That world has a pure fount ne'ers opened in this.

5. " It snows!" cries" the Widow—“Oh God!" and her sighs

Have stifled the voice of her prayer !a
Its burden ye'll read in her tear-swollene eyes,

On her cheek, súnk with fasting and care.
"Tis night and her fatherless ask her for bread

But “ He gives the young ravens their food,” And she trusts, till her dark hearth adds horror to dread,

And she lays on her last chip of wood. Poor suff’rer! that sorrow thy God only knows'Tis a most bitter lot to be poor, when it snows !

a $ 14. 4. b § 14. 2. c § 13. 1. d § 19. 1. e § 26. 3. f § 43. 10. 8 $ 43. 1. 1 43. 12. m Give the vowel sound. n Why not ys?

No. 2. Pleasure, unheard, fatherless, intervene, appeared, lighten, conquest, unfelt.

No. 3. Hirth for harth, fu-tur for fute-yure.

No. 7. Heir and air, grate and great, wait and weight, through and threw, by, buy, and bye.

No. 8. § 3. 15. 7. 5. Which word should have the accent ?
No. 11. Analyze the first verse.

No. 12. All the words in first verse, and all important words in the lesson.

LESSON XVII.

INFLUENCE OF THE NATURAL LAWS ON THE HAPPINESS OF IN

DIVIDUALS.

1. It happened in a remotea period that a slater slippedb from the roof of a high building in consequence of a stone of the ridge having given way as he walked upright along it, he fell to the ground had a leg broken, and was otherwise severely bruised. As he lay in bed suffering severe pain from his misfortune, he addressed Jupiter in these words : " Jupiter, thou art a cruel god, for thou hast made me so frail and imperfect a being that I had not faculties to perceive my danger nor power to arrest my fall, when its occurrence showed how horrible an evil awaited me. It were better for me that I had never been.”

2. Jupiter, graciously bending his ear, heard the address, and answered : “ Of what law of mine dost thou complain ?"g “ Of the law of gravitation,” replied the slater ;f" by its operation, the slight slip which my foot made upon the stone, which, quite unknown to me, was loose, precipitated me to the earth, and crushed my organized frame, never calculated to resist such violence.” “I restore thee to thy station on the roof,” said Jupiter, “ heal all thy bruises, and, to convince thee of my benevolence, I suspend the law of gravitation" as to thy body and all that is related to it; art thou now content ?"

3. The slater, in deep emotion, offered up gratitude and thanks, and expressed the profoundest reverence for so just and beneficent a deity. In the very act of doing so, he found himself in perfect health, erect upon the ridge of the roof, and, rejoicing, gazed around. His wonder at so strange an event, having at last abated, he endeavored to walk along the ridge to arrive at the spot which he intended to repair ; but the law of gravitation was suspended, and his body did not pressd upon the roof.

4. Therei being no pressure, there was no resistance, and his legs moved backwards and forwards in the airk without his body making progress in space. Alarmed at this occurrence, he stooped, seized his trowel, lifted it full of mortar, and made the motion of throwing it on the slates ; but the mortar, freed from the trowel, hung in mid-air ;m the law of gravitation was suspended as to it also. Nearly frantic with terror at such unexpected novelties" of existence, he endeavored to descend to seek relief ;' but the law of gravitation was suspended as to his body, and it hung poised at the level of the ridge, like a balloon in the air.

5. He tried to fling himself headlong down, to get rid of the uneasy sensation, but his body floated erect, and would not move downwards. In an agony of consternation, he called once more upon Jupiter. He, ever kind and compassionate, heard his cry and pitied his distress, and asked, “ What evil hath befallen thee now, that thou art not yet content ;m have I not suspended, at thy request, the law which made thee fall ? Now thou art safe from bruises and from broken limbs; why, then, dost thou still complain ?”

6. The slater answered, “ In deep humiliation I acknowledge my ignorance and presumption ; restore me to my couch of pain, but give me back the benefits of thy law of gravitation.” “Thy wish is granted,” said Jupiter, in reply. The slater in a moment lay on his bed of sickness, endured the visitation of the organic law, was restored to health, and again mounted to the roof that caused his recent pain.

7. He thanked Jupiter anew from the depth of his soul, for the law of gravitation, with its countless benefits; and applied his faculties" to study and obey it during the remainder of his life. This study opened to him new and wonderful perceptions of the Creator's beneficence and wisdom, of which he had never even dreamed before ; these views so excited and gratified his moral and intellectual powers, that he seemed to himself to have entered on a new existence.

8. Ever after he observed the law of gravitation, and, in a good old age, when his organic frame was fairly worn out by natural decay, he transmitted his trade, his house, and much experience and wisdom, to his son, and died thanking and blessing Jupiter for having opened his eyes to the true theory of his schemes of creation.

9. The attention of Jupiter was next attracted by the loud groans and severe complaints of a husbandman, who addressed him thus : “O Jupiter,e I lie here racked with pain, and pass the hours in agony without relief? Why hast thou created me so miserable a being ?" Jupiter answered, "What aileth thee, and of what institution of mine dost thou com

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