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His tutor, who was present, now thought it a good opportunity to ask his lordship if he would read a little.
WhyI think—I will—for I am tired of doing nothing. What shall we have ?''
“ Your lordship left off last time in one of the finest passages of the Æneid. Suppose we finish it.”
“ Well--ay; But-no-I had rather go on with Hume's history. Or-suppose we do some geography ?”
“ With all my heart. The globes are upon the study table."
They went to the study; and the little lord, leaning upon his elbows, looked at the globe-then twirled it round two or three tiines and then listened patiently while tlie tutor explained some of its parts and uses. But whilst he was in the midst of a problem, “ Come”—said his lordship_" now for a little Virgil."
The book was brought ; and the pupil, with a good deal of help, got through twenty lines.
“ Well,” - said he, ringing the bell -“ I think we have done a good deal. Tom ! bring my bow and arrows.'
The fine London made bow, in its green 'case, and the quiver with all its appurtenances, were brought, and his lordship went down to the place where the shooting butts were erected. He aimed a few shafts at the target, but ņot coming near it, he shot all the remainder at random, and then ordered out his horse.
He sauntered, with a servant at his heels, for a mile or two through the lanes, and came, just as the clock struck twelve, to a village green, close by which a school was kept. A door flew open, and out burst a shoal of boys, who, spreading over the green, with immoderate vociferation, instantly began a
variety of sports. Some fell to marbles --some to trap-ball- some to leap-frog. In short, not one of the whole crew but was eagerly employed. Every thing was noisé, motion, and pleasure. Lord Linger, riding slowly up, espied one of his tenant's sons, who had been formerly admitted as a playfellow of his, and called him from the throng.
“ Jack," --said he _“ how do you like school ?"
0-pretty well, my lord.” “ What-have you a good deal of play?”
“O no! We have only from twelve to two for playing and eating our dinners; and then an hour before supper.
“ That is very little, indeed!"
“ But we play heartily when we do play, and work when we work. Good by, my lord! It is my turn to go in at trap.”
So saying, Jack ran off.
“ I wish I was a schoolboy !"-cried the little lord to himself.
THE GOOSE AND HORSE.
A Goose, who was plucking grass upon a common, thought herself af. fronted by a Horse who fed near her, and in hissing accents thus addressed him. “ I am certainly a more noble and perfect animal than you, for the whole range and extent of
facul ties is confined to one element. I can walk upon the ground as well as you: I have besides wings, with which I can raise myself in the air ; and when I please, I can sport in ponds and lakes, and refresh myself in the cool waters i I enjoy the different powers of a bird, a fish, and a quadruped.”
The Horse, snorting somewhat disdainfully, replied, “ It is true you in. habit three elements, but you make no very distinguished figure in any one of them. You fly, indeed; but your flight is so heavy and clumsy, that you have
, no right to put yourself on a level with the lark or the swallow. You can swim on the surface of the waters, but you cannot live in them as fishes do ; you cannot find your food in that element, nor glide smoothly along the bottom of the waves.
And when you walk, or rather waddle, upon the ground, with your broad feet, and your long neck stretched out, hissing at every one who passes by, you bring upon yourself the derision of all beholders. I confess that I am only formed to move upon the ground; but how graceful is my
make! how well turned my limbs! how highly finished my whole body! how great my strength! how astonishing my speed !