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the house, day or night. If his master pulled off his coat in the field to help his workmen, as he would sometimes do, Fido always sat by it, and would not suffer either man or beast to touch it. By this means he came to be considered as a very trusty protector of his master's property.
His master was once confined to his bed with a dangerous illness. Fido planted himself at the chamber-door, and could not be persuaded to leave it, even to take food; and as soon as his master was so far recovered as to sit up, Fido, being admitted into the room, ran up to him with such marks of excessive joy and affection, as would have melted any heart to behold. This circumstance wonderfully endeared him to his master; and some time after, he had an opportunity of doing him a very important service. One hot day, after dinner, bis master was sleeping in a summer-house, with Fido, by his side. The building was old and crazy;
' and the Dog, who was faithfully watching his master, perceived the walls shake, and pieces of mortar fall from the ceiling. He
He comprehended the danger, and began barking to awake his master; and this not sufficing, he jumped up and gently bit his finger. The master, upon this, started up, and had just time to get out of the door before the whole building fell down. Fido, who was behind, got hurt by some rubbish which fell upon him; on which his master had him taken care of with the utmost tenderness, and ever after acknowledged his obligation to this animal as the preserver of his life. Thus his love and fidelity had their full reward.
Moral. The poorest man may repay hisobligations to the richest and greatest by faithful and affectionate service.no
the meanest creature may obtain the favour and regard of the Creator himself, by humble gratitude, and stedfast obedience.
THE MASQUE OF NATURE.
Who is this beautiful Virgin that approaches clothed in a robe of light green? She has a garland of flowers on her head, and Howers spring up whereever she sets her foot. The snow, which covered the fields, and the ice, which was in the rivers, melt away when she breathes
lambs trisk about her, and the birds warble in their little throats to welcome her coming; and when they see her, they begin to choose their mates, and to build their nests. Youths and maidens, have ye seen this beautiful Virgin ? If ye have, tell me who she is, and what is her name.
Who is this that cometh from the south, thinly.clad in a light transparent garment; her breath is hot and sultry; she seeks the refreshment of the cool shade ; she seeks the clear streams, the crystal brooks, to bathe her languid limbs. The brooks and rivulets fly from her, and are dried up at her approach. She cools her parched lips with berries, and the grateful acid of all fruits ; the seedy melon, the sharp apple, and the red pulp of the juicy cherry, which are poured out plentifully around her. The tanned hay-makers welcome her coming ; and the sheepshearer, who clips the fleeces off his flock, with his sounding shears. When she cometh let me lie under the thick shade of a spreading beech tree,-let me walk with her in the early morning, when the dew is yet upon the grass, let me wander with her in the soft twi. light, when the shepherd shuts his fold, and the star of evening appears. Who is she that cometh from the south ? Youths and maidens, tell me, if
you know, who is she, and what is her name?
Who is he that cometh with sober pace, stealing upon us unawares ? His garments are red with the blood of the grape, and his temples are bound with a sheaf of ripe wheat. His hair is thin and begins to fall, and the auburn is mixed with mournful grey. He shakes the brown nuts from the tree. He winds the horn, and calls the hunters to their sport. The
sounds. The trembling partridge and the beautiful pheasant flutter, bleeding in the air, and fall dead at the sportsman's feet. Who is he that is crowned with the wheat-sheaf? Youths and maidens, tell me, if ye know, who is he, and what is his name?