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I wish that I was now a man,
I'd free my country too,
And cheer as loudly as the rest;
But, father, why don't you?


I'm getting old and weak; but still
My heart is big with joy;

I've witnessed many a day like this,
Shout you aloud, my boy!



God bless our native land!

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Well done, my boy, grow up, and love
The land that gave you birth,-

A land where Freedom loves to dwell,-
A paradise on earth.

QUESTIONS.-1. Of what is our flag a symbol?

2. What is meant by

Freedom's jubilee? 3. What is the use of the apostrophes in the words Id,

I'm, I've, &c.

BIL' LOW$, waves; surges.
DE LIGHT', joy; pleasure.
DOOм, fate; end.


TWINK' LE$, sparkles.
GLARE, bright, dazzling light.
EX PANSE', surface, extent.

SWEEP, pass or drive over.
RIFE, filled; abounding.
Vor' AGE, passage: journey.
AN' CHOR ED, moored; fixed.
HA' VEN, harbor.

PEACE' FUL LY, quietly; calmly.

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And the angry billows swell,
I mind not the strife,

Which to me is rife

With thoughts that I can not tell.

6. When life's voyage is o'er,

And I sail no more

On the ocean's troubled breast,

Safe anchored above,

In the haven of love,

May the sailor boy peacefully rest!

QUESTIONS.-1. What is meant by coral tomb, 2d verse? 2. What, by watery pillow, third verse.


FOUN DA' TION, commencement.
DO MES' TI CA TED, tamed.
FA' VOR ITE, one specially favored.
CA RESS' ED, fondled; petted.
GAM' BOL ING, Skipping; frolicking.
IM' PULSE, feeling of excitement.
DI LAT ED, distended.

SPEC TA' TOR$, observers; lookers on.
In this lesson every pause is marked

EN DEAV' OR ED, tried; attempted.
ANX' IOUS, very desirous.
IN TER CEPT', (INTER, between; CEPT,

to take or seize ;) to stop on the way.
BE TRAY' ED, showed; disclosed.
RE STRAIN' ED, held back; checked.
Cow' ED, depressed with fear.
EN GRAV' ED, cut; inscribed.
with its appropriate inflection.



1. Within twenty years from the foundation of our village', the deer had already become scarce', and', in a brief period later', they had almost entirely fled from the country'. One of the last of these beautiful creatures', a pretty little

* Cooperstown, New York.

fawn', had been brought in from the woods', when it was very young', and had been nursed and petted by a young lady in the village', until it became completely domesticated'.

2. It was graceful', as those little creatures always are', and so gentle and playful that it became a great favorite'. Following the different members of the family about', it was caressed and welcomed everywhere'. One morning', after gamboling about as usual', until weary', it threw itself down in the sunshine', at the feet of one of its friends', upon the door-step of a store'.

3. There came along a countryman', who', for several years', had been a hunter by pursuit', and who still kept several hounds', one of which came to the village with him', on this occasion'. The dog', as it approached the place where the fawn lay', suddenly stopped'; the little animal saw him', and darted to its feet'.

4. It had lived more than half its life among the villagers', and had apparently lost all fear of them'; but it now seemed to know instinctively that an enemy was at hand'. In an instant', its whole character and appearance seemed changed; all its past habits were forgotten'; every wild impulse was awake'; its head erect', its nostrils dilated', its eyes flashing'.

5. In another instant', before the spectators had thought of the danger', and before its friends could secure it', the fawn was leaping wildly through the street', and the hound in full chase'. The by-standers were eager to save it'; several persons instantly followed its track'; the friends who had long fed and fondled it', were calling the name it had hitherto known; but', in vain'.

6. The hunter endeavored to call back his dog'; but', with no better success'. In half a minute', the fawn had turned the first corner', dashed onward toward the lake', and thrown

itself into the water'. But', if', for a moment', the startled creature believed itself safe in the lake', it was soon undeceived; for the hound followed in hot and eager chase', while a dozen village dogs joined in the pursuit`.

7. A large crowd collected on the bank'-men', women', and children',-anxious for the fate of the little animal'. Some threw themselves into boats', hoping to intercept the hound before he reached his prey'. But the splashing of the oars', the voices of men and boys', and the barking of the dogs', must have filled the beating heart of the poor fawn with terror and anguish`; as if every creature on the spot where it had once been caressed and fondled', had suddenly turned into a deadly foe'.

8. It was soon seen that the fawn was directing its course across a bay', toward the nearest borders of the forest'. Immediately the owner of the hound crossed the bridge', ran at full speed in the same direction, hoping to stop his dog as he landed'. On swam the fawn', as it had never swam before'; its delicate head scarcely seen above the water', but leaving a disturbed track which betrayed its course alike to anxious friends and fierce enemies'.

9. As it approached the land', the interest became intense'. The hunter was already on the same side of the lake', calling loudly and angrily to his dog'; but the animal seemed to have quite forgotten his master's voice in the pitiless pursuit. The fawn touched the land'; in one leap', it had crossed the narrow piece of beach', and', in another instant', it would reach the cover of the woods'.

10. The hound followed true to the scent', aiming at the same spot on the shore'. His master', anxious to meet him', had run at full speed', and was now coming up at the same critical moment'. Would the dog listen to his voice'? Could the hunter reach him in time to seize and control him'? A

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