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2. I took the child upon my knee,
With sad and earnest face,
And caught his breath with wild surprise,
3. "A weakly orphan boy was John, A barefoot, stinted child,
Whose work-day task was never done, Who wept when others smiled. Around his home the trees were high, Down to the water's brink, And almost hid the pleasant sky, Where wild deer came to drink.” (") "And did they come, the pretty deer'? And did they drink the water here'?"
4. Cried Edward, with a wondering eye:
And stouter every way;
5. "His mother used to spin and weave; From farm to farm she went;
And, though it made her much to grieve,
He lived with one, a woman stern,
And he must bring her wood to burn,
And then, at night, on cold, hard bed,
6. "The weary boy had toiled all day
And bring her home some sticks of wood,
And then she charged him not to stay,
7. "He went; but scarce his toil-worn feet Could crawl along the wood,
He was so spent with work and heat,
He bent his aching, little back
8. "The load was small, quite small, 'tis true, But John could bring no more; The woman in a rage it threw,She stamped upon the floor. (f.) 'No supper you shall have to-night; So go along to bed,
You good-for-nothing, ugly fright,
Said Edward: "I would never go;
9. "The moon-beams fell upon the child
When up rose John, at dead of night;
That narrow creek he forded o'er,—
10. "But here the shore is rough, you see;
And John, who climbed on hands and knee,
He backward fell, all, all alone;
Too weak was he to rise;
(pl.) And no one heard his dying moan, Or closed his dying eyes.
How still he slept! And grief and pain
11. "A stranger, passing on his way,
And then his foot-prints showed the path
When he escaped the woman's wrath,
And people now, as you have heard,
Do call the place, THE DEAD CHILD'S FORD."
QUESTIONS.-1. Was John an orphan, or half orphan? 2. Wat he drowned at night, or in the daytime? 3. By whom was he found? 4. What is the place called where he was drowned ? 5. Give the rule for the rising inflections, as marked in the 1st, 2d, and 4th verses. 6. Why are there no quotation marks at the beginning of the 2d verse? 7. Why are half quotations used in the 3d and 8th verses? 8. How should a part of the 8th and 10th verses be read, according to the notation marks? See page 41.
EX CLAIM' ED, cried out.
DE MAND' ING, asking; requiring.
VIS' ION, sight; view.
LAME AND LAZY.
1. Two beggars, LAME and LAZY, were in want of bread. One leaned on his crutch, the other reclined on his couch. Lame called on Charity, and humbly asked for a cracker. Instead of a cracker, he received a loaf.
2. Lazy, seeing the gift of Charity, exclaimed: "What!
*For an explanation of the term fable, see page 236
ask a cracker and receive a loaf'? Well, I will ask a loaf.” Lazy now applied to Charity, and called for a loaf of bread. "Your demanding a loaf," said Charity, "proves you a loaf-er. You are of that class and character who ask and receive not; because you ask amiss."
3. Lazy, who always found fault, and had rather whine than work, complained of ill-treatment, and even accused Charity of a breach of an exceeding great and precious promise: "Ask, and ye shall receive."
4. Charity pointed him to a painting in her room, which presented to his vision three personages, Faith, Hope, and Charity. Charity appeared larger and fairer than her sisters. He noticed that her right hand held a pot of honey, which fed a bee disabled, having lost its wings. Her left hand was armed with a whip to keep off the drones.
5. "I do not understand it," said Lazy. Charity replied: "It means that Charity feeds the lame, and flogs the lazy." Lazy turned to go. "Stop," said Charity, "instead of coin, I will give you counsel. Do not go and live on your poor mother; I will send you to a rich ant.”
6. "Rich aunt'?" echoed Lazy. "Where shall I find her' ?" "You will find a description of her," replied Charity, "in Proverbs, sixth chapter, sixth, seventh, and eighth verses, which read as follows: Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise; which, having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.'"
7. MORAL. Instead of waiting and wishing for a rich UNCLE to die, go and see how a rich ANT lives.
QUESTIONS.—1. Where is the quotation in the 3d paragraph to be found? Answer. John, 16th chapter, 24th verse. 2. Where, the quotation in the 6th paragraph? 3. Why does it commence with a half quotation? Answer. Because it denotes a quotation within a quotation.