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Which so offended the gods, that they
Sent sore disease his folly to pay:
Thinking it right the man to chastise
For so distrusting his natural eyes,
And being led by palpable lies
To offer a dog as a sacrifice.


Look out for the arts of the puffing tribe,-
People that praise for the sake of a bribe;
Lavishly lauding a book or a pill,

Or any thing else the pocket to fill;
Singing Simplicity fast asleep,

And making her dream a dog's a sheep.

QUESTIONS.-1. What trick did the three rogues play off on the Brahmin ? 2. In what way did they do this? 3. What moral is taught in this fable?


E LAS TIC I TY, returning vigor.
MIN' I FIE$, lessens; makes small.
DEG RA DA TION, abasement.
ES TRANG' E$, alienates.
UN AM$ ED, not having received
HA BIT U AL, accustomed. [pense.
EX TRAV' A GANCE, superfluous ex-



IM PER TI NENCE, that which is not pertinent.

SUS PI' CIOUS, distrustful.

E CON' O MY, frugality.
TRAN' QUIL, calm; undisturbed.
BE NUMBING, dull; stupefying.
IM PROVIDENCE, wastefulness.



Oh, beware of debt!

It crushes out the manhood of a man,

Robs his bright eye of boldness, cheats his limbs
Of elasticity, unnerves his hand,

Beclouds his judgment, dulls his intellect,
Perils his uprightness, and stains his name,
And minifies him to his fellow-men;

Yea, far worse degradation, to himself.

2. Who hath the hurried step, the anxious eye, Avoids the public haunt and open street, Restlessly

And anxious waits for evening?

Tosses upon his bed, and dreads the approach

Of the tell-tale morning sunlight? Who, unmanned,
Starts at the sudden knock, and shrinks with dread
E'en at his own shadow ; shuns with care

The stranger's look, skulks from his fellow's glance,
And sees in every man a creditor?

3. The debtor ;-he is only half a man;

He saddens and estranges his chief friends,
Burdens his dearest relatives; he hears
In vain the stranger's tale, the widow's prayer,
And sends away the orphan all unalmsed.
None dare to place him in a post of trust,
And business men regard him with a shrug.

4. "Owe no man aught." Stand in the world erect,
And lean alone upon thyself and God.
The habitual borrower will be ever found
Wicked, or weak, or both. Sweat, study, stint,
Yea, rather any thing than meanly owe.
Let thine own honest hands feed thee and thine,
And, if not thy friend's purse, at least, respect
Thine own sweet independence.

5. Have fewest wants: the book, however good, Thou shouldst not purchase, let it go unbought;


And fashion's vests by thee be all unworn.
Soon luxuries become necessities,

But self-denying thrift more joy affords
Than all the pleasures of extravagance.
A cottage, free from clamorous creditors,
Is better than a mansion dunned; a coat,
However darned, if paid for, hath an ease,
And a respectability beside:

Gay, ill-afforded vests can never boast.

However cheap,

Whate'er thou want'st not, buy not.

A mere extravagant impertinence,

That is dear,

For which thou hast no need. Feel first the want

Ere it be satisfied: bargains full oft

Are money-wasting things, that prudent men

Will keep afar from with suspicious eye;

Perchance to any but of little use,

And to themselves, most likely, none at all.

7. The habit of economy once formed,

'Tis easy to attain to prosperous things.

Thou then shalt lend, not borrow: shalt not want
A helping trifle when thy friend hath need,
Or means to seize an opportunity,-

Seed-coin, to ensure a harvest. Thou shalt then
Want not an alms for pinching poverty;

And, though a sudden sickness dam the stream,
And cut off thy supplies, thou shalt lie down
And view thy morrows with a tranquil eye;
Even benumbing age shall scare thee not,
But find thee unindebted, and secure
From all the penury and wretchedness

That dog the footsteps of improvidence.


OM NIPO TENT, all-powerful.
IN TER MI NA BLE, endless.
MILK' Y-WAY, galaxy; luminous cir-
ASTRAL, starry. [cle in the heavens.
IN FIN'I TUDE, unlimited extent.
IM PET U OUS, rushing.

AS TRON' O MER, one skilled in the
science of the stars.
AP PROX' I MATE LY, nearly.

OM NIS CIENCE, knowledge of all

PER TUR BA' TION$, irregularities of
AB'SO LUTE, entire. [motion

PRE CIS' ION, exactness.

AD JUST MENTS, arrangements.
RETI NUE, Company.

SAT EL LITES, small planets revolv
ing round others.



1. If you would know the glory of the Omnipotent Ruler IF of the universe, examine the interminable range of suns and systems which crowd the Milky-Way. Multiply the hundred millions of stars which belong to our own "island universe" by the thousands of these astral systems that exist in space, within the range of human vision, and then you may form some idea of the infinitude of His kingdom; for lo! these are but a part of His ways.

2. Examine the scale on which the universe is built. Comprehend, if you can, the vast dimensions of our sun. Stretch outward through his system, from planet to planet, and circumscribe the whole within the immense circumference of Neptune's orbit. This is but a single unit out of the myriads of similar systems.

3. Take the wings of light, and flash with impetuous speed, day and night, and month, and year, till youth shall wear away, and middle age is gone, and the extremest limit of human life has been attained;-count every pulse, and, at each, speed on your way a hundred thousand miles; and when a hundred years have rolled by, look out, and behold! the thronging millions of blazing suns are still around you,

each separated from the other by such a distance, that, in this journey of a century, you have only left half a score behind you.

4. Would you gather some idea of the eternity past of God's existence, go to the astronomer, and bid him lead you in one of his walks through space; and, as he sweeps outward from object to object, from universe to universe, remember that the light from those filmy stains on the deep pure blue of heaven, now falling on your eye, has been traversing space for a million of years.

5. Would you gather some knowledge of the omnipotence of God,-weigh the earth on which we dwell, then count the millions of its inhabitants that have come and gone for the last six thousand years. Unite their strength into one arm, and test its power in an effort to move this earth. It could not stir it a single foot in a thousand years; and yet under the omnipotent hand of God, not a minute passes that it does not fly more than a thousand miles.

6. But this is a mere atom, -the most insignificant point among his innumerable worlds. At his bidding, every planet, and satellite, and comet, and the sun himself, fly onward in their appointed courses. His single arm guides the millions of sweeping suns, and around His throne circles the great constellation of unnumbered universes.

7. Would you comprehend the idea of the omniscience of God,-remember that the highest pinnacle of knowledge reached by the whole human race, by the combined efforts of its brightest intellects, has enabled the astronomer to compute approximately the perturbations of the planetary worlds. He has predicted roughly the return of half a score of comets. But God has computed the mutual perturbations of millions of suns, and planets, and comets, and worlds, without number, through the ages that are passed,

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