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He thus the dame address'd,
“ I hope, my dear, I don't intrude,
the fair without a word ;
she that e'er was born,
" What, silent !--Ah, those looks demure, And
eyes of languor make me sure
I met hard by, in quaker suit,
“But come, my dear, I know you're wise :
merit.” He ceas'd-Linetta thus replied, With cool contempt and decent pride :
“ 'Tis pity, Sir, a youth, so sweet, In form and manners so complete, Should do an humble maid the honour To waste his precious time upon
her. А poor
forsaken she, you krow, Can do no credit to a beau ; And worse would be the case If meeting one whose faith was plighted, He should incur the sad disgrace Of being slighted.
Now, Sir, the sober-suited youth,
This said, away she scuds,
ON THE PINE AND FIR TRIBE.
Tutor-George-Harry. Tut. Let us sit down awhile on this bench, and look about us.
What a charming prospect !
Har. I admire those pleasure grounds.
What beautiful clumps of trees there are in that lawn !
Geo. But what a dark gloomy wood that is at the back of the house! Tut. It is a fir plantation; and those
i trees always look dismal in the summer, when there are so many finer greens to compare them with. But the winter is their time for show, when other trees are stripped of their verdure.
Geo. Then they are evergreens.
Tut. Yes; most of the fir tribe are evergreens; and as they are generally natives of cold mountainous countries, they contribute greatly to cheer the wintry landscape.
Geo. You were so good, when we walked out last, to tell us a great deal about Oaks. I thought it one of the prettiest lessons I ever heard. I should be glad if you would give us such another about firs. Har. So should I too, I am sure.
Tut. With all my heart, and I am pleased that you ask me. Nothing is so great an encouragement to a tutor as to find his pupils of their own accord seeking after useful knowledge.
Geo. And I think it is very useful to know such things as these.
Tut. Certainly it is. Well thenYou may know the Pine or Fir tribe in general at first sight, as most of them are of a bluish-green colour, and all have leaves consisting of a strong narrow pointed blade, which gives them somewhat of a stiff appearance. Then all of them bear a hard scaly fruit, of a longish or conical form.
Har. Are they what we call Firapples ?
Tut. Yes; that is one of the names boys give them.
Har. We often pick them up under trees, and throw them at one another.
Geo. I have sometimes brought home