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11. “Ah!” said the owner of the cattle, we must now scorch for it. My poor wool-ox must die at once!

Bad luck, bad luck to us !a 'The sun has come back much nearer than he was before. But we hope he will happen to go away again soon, and then happen to come back further off the next time.”

12. The sun was now pouring down his heat so intensely, that they were glad to go into the house for shelterea miserable-looking place indeed. Hafed could not but compare it with his own beautiful cottage. Some timbers were rotten ;f for the tree was not, as it happened, the same thing in all its parts. Some of the boards happened to be like paper, and the nails tore out, and these were loose and coming off.

13. They invited Hafed to eat.d On sitting down at table, he noticed that each one had a different kind of food, and that no two could eat out of the same dish. He was told that it so happened, that the food which one could eat, was poison to another, and what was agreeable to one, was nauseatingh to another.

14. Selecting the food which looked most inviting, Hafed attempted to eat. What was his surprise when he found that his hands did not happen to be under the control of his will, and, instead of carrying the food to his mouth, these active servants put it into his right ear !a

15. On examining, he found it was so with all the rest, and by imitating the company, and twisting his head round over his right shoulder, and placing his mouth where the ear was, he managed to eat. In amazement, he asked how this happened. 16. “Ah !" said they, laughing at his ignorance of the world,

have no fixed laws here. All is chance. Sometimes we have one or more limbs for a long time which are not under the control of our will. It is just as it happens."

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suppose that to be coffee," said Hafed, " and I will thank

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for a cup.” 18. It was handed him. He had been troubled with a toothache' for some hours, and how did he quail,d when on filling his mouth, he found it was ice, in little pieces about as large as pigeon-shot !

19. “Do you call ice-water, coffee, here ??6 said Hafed, pressing his hand upon the cheek where the tooth was now dancing with pain.

20. “ That is just as it happens. We put water over the

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fire, and sometimes it heatsd it, and sometimes it freezes it. How can it be otherwise, when we have here no fixed laws of any kind ?d It is all chance-work.”

21. Hafed rose from the table in anguish of spirit. He remembered the world where he had lived, and all that was past. He had desired to live in a world where there was no God, where all was governed by chance, so far as there was any thing that looked like government. Here he was, and here he must live.

22. He threw himself on a bed, and recalled the past,—the beautiful world in which he had once lived; his ingratitude, his murmurings, and his blasphemy against the wisdom and the goodness of God. He wept like infancy.' He would have prayed, and even began a prayer; but then he recollected that There was no God here—nothing to direct events—nothing but chance. He shed many and bitter: tears of repentance. At last he wept himself asleep.

23. When Hafed again awoke, he was sitting under his palm-tree in his own beautiful garden. It was morning. At the appointed moment, the glorious sun rose up in the east ;the fields were all green and fresh; the trees were all right end upwards, and covered with blossoms; the beautiful deer were bounding in their gladness, over the lawn; and the song. sters in the trees, which, in plumage and sweetness, might have viedd with those that sang in Eden, were uttering their morning song

24. Hafed arose,–recalled that ugly dream, and then wept for joy. Was he again in a world where chance does not reign ? He looked up, and then turned to the God of heaven and earth,—the God of laws and of order. He gave glory to him, and confessed that his ways, to us unsearchable, are full of wisdom. He was a new man.

25. Tears, indeed, fell at the graves of his family ; but he now lived to do good to men, and to make others happy. He called a

young and worthy couple, distant relatives, to fill his house. His home again smiled, and peace and contentment came back, and were his abiding guests.

26. Hafed would never venture to affirm whether this was a dream, or a reality. On the whole, he was inclined to think it real, and that there is, somewhere, a "chance-world ;" but he always shook his head, and declared that, so far from wishing to live there, nothing gave him greater cause of gratitude,

as he dailyb knelt in prayer, than the fact, that he lived in a world where God ruled--and ruled by laws, fixed, wise, and merciful.r

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No. 1. Where was the cottage of Hafed ? Describe the place. How long had he lived here? Who lived with him? What of his son? Of his daughter? What happened to his wife ? What to his son and daughter? What were his feelings? When did he fall asleep? Where did he awake, as he supposed? What approached him ? What did he say? What kind of a world did he say that was ?

What were Hafed's feelings? What of the grass ? Of the apple-tree? Of the peach-tree? How deep were some of the holes, and for what were they dug ? What of the fruit of these trees? Whom did they meet ? Describe him. What of his eyes? What of his brother ? What of their animals ? Describe the owner. What did he say of his cattle ? What soon happened? What of the sun ? Describe the cottage. What of the dinner? How did he like his coffee? What were Hafed's feelings? Where did Hafed find himself when he awoke? Whom did he call at his house? Did Hafed think that was a dream or a reality? What is the moral of the story? How was he satisfied with the government ?

No. 2. Luxuriant, destroy, symmetrical, impatiently, supposed, exclaiming, proceeded, painful, collection, owner, inexpressible, intensely, recall, gratitude, merciful.

No. 4. Ex'port and export', per’mit and permit', des'cant and descant', di'gest and digest', gallant and gallant'.

No, 6. Punctuate first verse.

No. 8. Felon and fellon, intension and intention, bite and bight, seth and saith, sense and cense, weald and wield.

No. 10. Mention the different subjects, predicates, and objects, together with their modifiers, in the first verse. No. 12. All the words in the first verse.

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LESSON XXIV.

RECIPROCITIES.

Beasts of each kind their followers spare ;
Bear lives in amity with bear.

1. “The world,” says Locke,a “ has people of all sorts." As in the general hurry produced by the superfluities of some, and necessitiesb of others, no man needs to stand still for want of employment, so in the innumerable gradations of ability, and endless varieties of study and inclination, no employment can be vacant for want of a man qualified to discharge it.e

2. Such is probably the natural state of the universe ;d but it is so much deformed by interest and passion, that the benefit of this adaptation of men to things, is not always perceived. The folly or indigence of those who set their service to sale, inclines them to boast of qualifications which they do not possess, and attempt business which they do not understand ;f and they who have the power of assigning to others the task of life, are seldom honest, or seldom happy in their nominations. Patrons are corrupted by avarice, cheated by credulity, or overpowered by resistless solicitation.

3. They are sometimes too strongly influenced by honest prejudices of friendship or the prevalence of virtuous compassion or whatever cool reasons may direct it is not easy for a man of tender and scrupulous goodness to overlook the immediate effect of his own actions by turning his eyes upon remoter consequences and to do that which must give present pain for the sake of obviating evil yet unfelt or securing advantages in time to come what is distant is in itself obscure and when we have no wish to see ita easily escapes our notice or takes such a form as desire or imagination bestows

upon it.

4. Every man might, for the same reason, in the multitudes that swarm about him, find some kindred mind with which he could unite in confidence and friendship;yet we see many struggling single about the world, unhappy for want of an associate, and pining with the necessity of confining their sentiments to their; own bosoms.

5. This inconvenience arises, in like manner, from struggles of the will against the understanding. It is not often difficult to find a suitabled companion, if every man would be content with such as he is qualified to please. But if vanity tempts him to forsake his rank, and post himself among those with whom no common interest or mutual pleasured can ever unite him, he must always live in a state of unsocial separation, without tenderness and without trust.

6. There are many natures which can never approach within a certain distance, and which, when any irregular motive impels them towards contact, seem to start back from each other by some invincible repulsion. There are others which immediately cohere, whenever they come into the reach of mutual attraction, and with very litile formality or preparation, mingle intimately as soon as they meet.

7. Every man, whom either businesso or curiosity has thrown at large into the world, will recollect many instances of fondness and dislike, which have forced themselves upon him, without the intervention of his judgment; of dispositions to court some and avoid others, when he could assign no reason for the preference, or none adequate to the violence of his passions; of influence that acted instantaneously upon his mind, and which no arguments or persuasions could ever overcome.e

8. Among those with whom time and intercourse have made us familiar,c we feel our affections divided in different proportions, without much regard to moral or intellectual merit. Every man knows some whom he cannot induce himself to trust, though he has no reason to suspect that they would betray him ; those to whom he cannot complain, though he never observed them to want compassion ;' those in whose presence he never can be gay, though excited by invitations to mirth and freedom; and those from whom he cannot be content to receive instruction, though they never insulted his ignorance by contempt or ostentation.c

9. That much regard is to be had to those instincts of kindness and dislike, or that reason should blindly follow them, I am far from endeavoring to inculcate : it is very certain, a that by indulgence we may give them strength which they have not from nature ;f and almost every example of ingratitude and treachery proves, that by obeying them we may commit our happiness io those who are very unworthy of so great a trust.

10. But it may deserve to be remarked, that since few con

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