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2.“ Who is that, said Stephen, that you intend to be revenged on?” Philip as though awaked from a dream, stopped short and looking at his friend, soon resumed the smile that was natural to his countenance. Ah! (said he) come with me, my friend, and you shall see whom I will be revenged on.
3. I believe you remember my supple jack, a very pretty little
You see it is now all in pieces. It was farmer Robinson's son, who lives in yonder thatched cottage, that reduced it to this worthless state.
4. Stephen very cooly asked him what induced the fare mer's son to break it. “I was walking very peaceably to along, (replied Philip) and was playing with my cane by die twisting it round my body. By some accident or other, one of the two ends got out of my hand when I was oppo- lilace site the gate, just by the wooden bridge, and where the little miscreant had put down a pitcher full of water which fast he was carrying home from the well.
5. It so happened, that my cane, in springing, overset tihen the pitcher, but did not break it. He came up
close to me, and began to call me names, when I assured him I did not liste intend any harm, what I had done was by accident, and I was very sorry for it. Without paying any regard to what I said, he instantly seized my supple jack, and twisted it as you here see; but I will make him heartily, repent it.”
6. “To be sure, (said Stephen) he is a very wicked boy, kimi and is already very properly punished for it, since nobody hain likes him, nor will do any thing for him. He finds it very 13 difficult to get any companion to play with him, and if he attempts to intrude himself into their company, they will all instantly leave him. To consider this properly, I think, should be sufficient revenge to you.”
7. “ All this is true, (replied Philip) but he has broken my cane. It was a present from
a very pretty cane you
know it was. My father will perhaps ask me what is become of it; and as he will suppose I have carelessly lost his present, he will probably be angry with me, of which this little saucy fellow will be the cause. I offered to fill his pitcher again, having knocked it down by accident-I will be revenged.”
8. “My dear friend (said Stephen) I think you will act better in not minding him, as your contempt will be the best punishment you can inflict on him. He is a mischiev
ous boy, and you may be assured that he will always be able to do more mischief to you than
would choose to to do him. And now I think of it, I will tell you what hapE pened to him, not long since.
9. “ Very unluckily for him, he chanced to see a bee hovering about a flower, which he caught and was going
to pull off its wings out of sport, when the animal found mit means to sting him, and then flew away in safety to the si hive. The pain put him in a most furious passion, and
he vowed to take a severe revenge. 10. “ He accordingly procured a little hazle stick, and fa thrust it through the hole into the bee-hive, twisting it abis about therein. By these means, he killed several of the e by little animals; but in an instant, all the swarm issued out that and falling upon him, stung him in a thousand different Pri places.
11. “You will naturally suppose that he uttered the hit most piercing cries, and rolled upon the ground in the excess of his agony.
His father ran to him, but could not without the greatest difficulty put the bees to flight after
having stung him so severely, that he was confined several A days to his bed. 12. Thus
you see, he was not very successful in his pursuit of revenge. I would advise you, therefore, to pass i over his insult, and leave others to punish him without
your taking any part in it. Besides, he is a wicked boy, and much stronger
than you are; so that your ability to obtain revenge may be doubtful.”.
13. “I must own, replied Philip, that your advice seems hi very good. So come along with me, and I will go and tell i my father the whole matter, and I think he will not be anki gry with me. It is not the cane that I value on any other
consideration than that it was my father's present, and I would wish to convince him that I take care of every thing he gives me.”
14. He and his friend then went together, and Philip told his father what had happened, who thanked Stephen for the good advice he had given his son, and gave Philip another cane exactly like the first.
15. A few days afterwards Philip saw this ill-natured boy fall as he was carrying home a very heavy log of wood, which he could not get up again. Philip ran to him, and replaced it on his shoulder.
16. Young Robinson was quite ashamed at the thought
of having received this kind assistance from a youth he had treated so badly, and heartily repented of his behaviour. Philip went home quite satisfied, to think he had assisted one he did not love, and from pure motives of tenderness and humanity. * This, said he is the noblest vengeance I could take, in returning good for evil.”
Flora and her little Lamb. 1. A poor countryman's little daughter, whose name was Flora, was one morning sitting by the side of the road, holding on her lap a pan of milk for her breakfast, into which she was breaking some bits of coarse black bread.
2. While Flora was thus busily employed at her breakfast, a farmer was passing the road with his cart in which were about twenty lambs, and these he was going to carry to the market for sale.
These pretty little lambs were tied together like so many criminals, and lay with their legs fastened with cords, and their heads hanging down.
ME? Their plaintive bleatings pierced the heart of poor Flora, but they had no manner of effect on the farmer.
3. As soon as he came opposite to the place where little Flora was sitting, he threw down to her a lamb, which he te was carrying across his shoulder, saying, “ There, my girl, is a poor sorry creature that has just died, and made me some shillings poorer than I was. You may take it, if you han will, and do what you like with it."
4. Flora put down her milk and bread, and taking up the lamb, viewed it with looks of tenderness and compas. sion. “But why should I pity you? (said she to the lamb.) Either this day or to-morrow they would have run a great knife through your throat, whereas now you have f spa nothing to fear."
5. While she was thus speaking, the warmth of her arms somewhat revived the lamb, which opening its eyes a little, PE made a slight motion, and cried baa in a very low tone, as if it were calling for its mother. It would be impossible to express little Flora's joy on this occasion.
6. She covered the lamb in her apron, and over that put her stuff petticoat; she then bent her breast down towards her lap, in order to increase the warmth, and blew into its
mouth and nostrils with all the force she could. By dech grees, the poor animal began to stir, and every motion it
made conveyed joy to her little heart. e hain
7. This success encouraged her to proceed: she crumbled some of her bread into her
in her fingers, she with no small difficulty forced it between its teeth, which were very firmly closed together. The lamb, whose only disorder was hunger and fatigue, began to feel the effects of this nourishment. It first began to stretch out its limbs, then to shake its head, wag its tail, and at last to prick up its ears.
8. In a little time it was able to stand upon its legs, and then went off itself to Flora's breakfast
who was highly delighted to see it take such pleasing liberties, for she . cared not about losing her own breakfast, since it saved the life of the little lamb. In short, in a little time it recovered its usual strength, and began to skip and play about its kind deliverer.
9. It may naturally be supposed, that Flora was greatly pleased at this unexpected success. She took it up in her arms, and ran with it to the cottage to show it to her mother. He baba, for so Flora' called it, became the first object of her care, and it constantly shared with her in her little allowance of bread and milk, which she received for her meals.
10. Indeed so fond was she of it that she would not have exchanged it for a whole flock. Nor was baba insensible of the fondness of its little mistress, since it would
follow her wherever she went, would come and eat out of le s her hand, skip and frisk round her, and would bleat most piteously, whenever Flora was obliged to leave it at home.
11. Baba, however, repaid the services of its little mistress in a more substantial manner, than that of merely dancing about her; for it brought forth young lambs, those lambs grew up, and brought forth others; so that, within the space of a few years, Flora had a very capital flock, that furnished the whole family with food and raiment. Such, my little readers, are the rewards which Providence bestows on acts of goodness, tenderness and humanity.
The fruitful Vine. 1. It was in the beginning of the spring, when Mr. Jackson went to his country house, and took with him his little son Június, in order to treat him with a walk in the garden. The primroses and violets were then displaying all their beauties, and many trees had begun to show what dress they were soon to wear.
2. After walking some time about the garden, they happened to go into the summer-house, at the foot of which grew the stump of a vine, which twisted widely, and extended its naked branches in a rude and irregular manner. As soon as little Junius saw this tree, he exclaimed sadly against the ugly appearance it made, and began to exert all his strength to pull it up, but he found his efforts in vain, it being too well rooted to yield to his weak arm.
3. He begged his papa to call the gardener to grub it up, and make fire-wood of it; but Mr. Jackson desired his son to let the tree alone, telling him that he would, in a few months, give him his reasons for not complying with his request.
4. This did not satisfy Junius, who desired his father to look at those lively crocusses, and snow-drops, saying, he could not see why that barren stump should be kept, which did not produce a single green leaf. He thought it spoiled and disfigured the garden, and therefore begged his father would permit him to fetch the gardener to pluck it up:
5. Mr. Jackson, who could not think of granting him his request, told him, that it must stand as it then was, at least for some time to come. Little Junius still persisted in his entreaties, urging how disgraceful it was to the garden; but his father diverted his attention from the vine, by turning the conversation.
6. It so happened, that Mr. Jackson's affairs called him to a different part of the country, whence he did not return till the middle of autumn. He no sooner came home, than he paid a visit to his country-house, taking little Junius with him. As the day happened to be exceedingly warm, they retired to enjoy the benefit of the shade, and entered the arbour, in which the vine stump had before so much offended his son Junius.
7. “Ah! papa, said the young gentleman, how charming and delightful is this green shade? I am much obliged