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last however, she became so perfectly reformed, that she studied only the pleasing parts of characters, and was never heard to speak ill of any one. 12. Maria became more and more convinced of the
pernicious consequences which arise from exposing the faults of others, and began to feel the pleasing satisfaction of universal charity. My dear children shun the voice of scandal, and still more being the authors of it, as you would plague, pestilence, and famine. BERQUIN.
Gray Hairs made Happy. 1. Opposite to the house in which Juliet's parents lived, was a little opening, ornamented with a grass-plot, and overshaded by a venerable tree, commanding an extensive view before it. On this delightful spot, Juliet used frequently to sit in her little chair, while employed in knitting stockings for her mother.
2. As she was one day thus employed, she saw a poor old man advancing very slowly towards her. His hair
for was as white as silver, and his back bent with
supported himself by a stick, and seemed to walk with great difficulty. “Poor man, said Juliet, looking at him most
10 tenderly, he seems to be very much in pain, and perhaps is
to la very poor, which are two dreadful evils!”
3. She also saw a number of boys who were following close behind this poor old man. They passed jokes upon his threadbare coat, which had very long skirts and short sleeves, contrary to the fashion of those days. His hat, which was quite rusty, did not escape their notice; his !! cheeks were hollow and his body thin.
4. These wicked boys no sooner saw him, than they all burst out laughing. A stone lay in his way, which he did not perceive, and over it he stumbled, and had like to have fallen. This afforded them sport, and they laughed loud. ly; but it gave great pain to the old man, who uttered a
quite deep sigh.
5. “I once was as young as you are, said he to the boys, but I did not laugh at the infirmities of age as you do. The day will come in which you will be old yourselves
, Mat and every day is bringing you nearer to that period. You can will then be sensible of the impropriety of your presentare conduct.
6. Having thus spoken, he endeavoured to hobble on again, and made a second stumble, when, in struggling to save himself from falling, he dropped his cane, and down
he fell. On this the wicked boys renewed their laugh, and "them
highly enjoyed his misfortune. he fa
7. Juliet, who had seen every thing that had passed, could not help pitying the old man's situation, and therefore putting down her stocking on the chair, she ran towards him, picked up the cane and gave it him, and then taking hold of his other arm, as if she had been as strong as a woman, advised him to lean upon her, and not mind any thing the boys might say to him.
8. The poor old man looking at her very earnestly, "Sweet child,” said he, “how good you are! this kindness makes me, in a moment, forget all the ill behaviour of those naughty boys. May you ever be happy.” They then walked on together; but the boys being probably made ashamed of their conduct by the behaviour of Juliet, followed the old man no further.
9. While the boys were turning about, one of them fell down also, and all the rest began laughing as they had before done at the old man. He was very angry with them on that account, and as soon as he got up ran after his companions, pelting them with stones.
10. He instantly became convinced, how unjust it was to laugh at the distresses of another, and formed a resolution for the future, never to laugh at any person's pain. He followed the old man he had been laughing at, though at some distance, wishing for an opportunity to do him some favour, by way of atonement, for what he had done.
11. The good old man, in the mean time, by the kind assistance of Juliet, proceeded with slow but sure steps. She asked him to stop and rest himself a little, and told him that her house was that before him.
Pray stay,” said she, “and sit a little under that large tree.
My parents, indeed, are not at home, and therefore you will not be quite so well treated; yet it will be a little rest to you."
12. The old man accepted Juliet's offer. She brought him out a chair, and then fetched some bread and cheese, and good small beer, which were all the pretty maid could get at. He thanked her very kindly, and then entered into conversation with her. “I find, my dear, said he, “you have
parents. I doubt not but you love them, and they
love you. They must be very happy, and may they always continue to be so !”
13. “And pray, good old man,” said Juliet, “I doubt not but you have children.”-“I had a son, replied he, who lived in Albany, loved me tenderly, and frequently came to see me; but alas! he is now dead, and I am left disconsolate. His widow indeed is rich; but she assumes the character of the lady, and thinks it beneath her to inquire whether I am dead or living, as she does not wish it to be known that her husband's father is a poor man.”
14. Juliet was much affected, and could hardly believe that such cruel people existed. “Ah! certain I am, said she, that my dear mother would not behave so cruel.” He then rose and thanked Juliet with a blessing; but she was determined not to leave him, till she had accompanied him a little further.
15. As they walked on, they saw the little boy who had been following them; for he ran on some way before, and was then sitting on the grass: When they looked upon him he cast his eyes downwards, got up after they had passed, and followed them again. Juliet observed him, but said nothing.
16. She asked the old man if he lived alone. “No, little lady, answered he, I have a cottage on the other side of that meadow, seated in the middle of a little garden, with an orchard and a small field. An old neighbour whose cottage fell down through age, lives with me and cultivates
17.“ He is an honest man, and I am perfectly easy in his society; but the loss of my son still bears hard nor have I the happiness to see any of his children, who must by this time have forgotten me.”
18. These complaints touched the heart of Juliet, who stars told him, that she and her mother would come and see him. The sensibility and kindness of this little girl served with only to aggravate his grief, by bringing to his mind them al loss he had sustained in his son. Tears came in his eyes when he pulled out his handkerchief to wipe them; and, : instead of again putting it into his pocket, in the agitation of his mind, it slipped aside, and fell unnoticed by him or 11 Juliet.
19. The little boy who followed them, saw the handker.chief fall, ran to pick it up and gave it the old man, saying; “Here good old man, you dropped your handkerchief, and
les al here it is.”—“Thank you heartily my little friend said the
old man. Here is a good natured lad, who does not ridi"I de cule old age nor laugh at the afflictions that attend it. You -piedł will certainly become an honest man.
Come both of you request to my habitation, and I will give you some milk."
20. They had no sooner reached the old man's cottage
than he brought out some milk, and the best bread he had, her to which though coarse, was good. They all sat down upon the grass,
and made a comfortable repast. However, Juliet began to be afraid her parents might come home, and be uneasy
at her absence; and the little boy was sorry to go, but was sadly afraid, should he stay, of being scolded rel"s by his mother,
-To bless is to be blest!
1. Frank and Robert were two little boys, about eight years old.
2. Whenever Frank did any thing wrong, he always told his father and mother of it; and when any body asked. him about any thing which he had done or said, he always told the truth: so that every body, who knew him, believed him: but nobody, who knew his brother Robert, believed a word which he said, because he used to tell lies.
3. Whenever he did any thing wrong, he never ran to his father and mother to tell them of it; but when they asked him about it, he denied it, and said he had not done the things which he had done. 4. The reason that Robert told lies was, that he was
afraid of being punished for his faults, if he confessed them. He was a coward, and could not bear the least pain: but Frank was a brave boy, and could bear to be punished for little faults: his mother never punished him so much for such little faults, as she did Robert for the lies which he told, and which she found out afterwards.
5. One evening, these two little boys were playing together, in a room by themselves; their mother was ironing in a room next to them, and their father was out at work in the fields, so there was nobody in the room with Robert and Frank; but there was a little dog, Trusty, lying by the fire-side.
6. Trusty was a pretty playful little dog, and the children were very fond of him.
7. “Come," said Robert to Frank, “there is trusty lying beside the fire asleep; let us go and waken him, and he will play with us.”
16. 8.“ O yes, do let us," said Frank. So they both ran to baby gether towards the hearth, to waken the dog. 9. Now there was a basin of milk standing upon
the hearth; and the little boys did not see whereabouts it sed stood; for it was behind them: as they were both playing with the dog, they kicked it with their feet, and threw it down; and the basin broke, and all the milk ran out of it over the hearth, and about the floor; and when the little boys saw what they had done, they were very sorry, and frightened; but they did not know what to do: they stood for some time, looking at the broken basin and the milk, without speaking,
10. Robert spoke first. “So we shall have no milk for supper to-night,” said he; and he sighed _“No milk for supper
-why not?” said Frank; "is there no more. milk in the house?"
1: “ Yes, but we shall have none of it; for do not you remember last Monday, when we threw down the milk, my mother said we were very careless, and that the next time we did so, we should have no more; and this is the next time; so we shall have no milk for
supper to-night.” 12. “Well, then," said Frank, “we must do without it, that's all: we will take more care another time; there's no great harm done: come, let us run and tell our mother. You know she bid us always tell her directly when we broke any thing; so come,” said he, taking hold of his brother's hand.
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