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milk for her breakfast, into which she was breaking some pieces of bread.
2. While she was thus busily employed,,a farmer was passing by with his cart, in which was a number of lambs, which he was carrying to market for sale.
3. These pretty little lambs were tied together like so many
criminals, and lay confined with their heads hanging down.
5. Matilda put down her milk and bread, and took up the lamb, and viewed it with looks of tenderness and compassion. ‘But why should I pity you ‘2’ said she to the lamb, ‘ either this day or to-morrow, they would have cut your throat with a great , knife ; whereas, now you are lifeless and have nothing to fear.’ 1, 6 . While she was thus speaking, the warmth of her arms some
what revived the lamb, which made a slight motion, and opening its eyes a little, cried in a very low tone, as if it were calling for its mother. It would be impossible to express little Matilda’s joy on this occasion. 7. She covered the lamb in her apron, in order to make it ‘ warm, and took great pains to bring thepoor little thing to life. ‘ By degrees it began to stir more freely, and every motion it ’ made conveyed joy to her little heart. 8. This success encouraged her to proceed; she crumbled some of her bread into her pan, and taking it up in her fingers,
' she with no small difi‘iculty forced it between its teeth, which
i were very firmly closed together. ‘ 9. 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, and at lasLto raise 11p its ears.
10. In a little time it was able to stand upo’nits legs, and then went of itself to Matilda’s breakfast-pan, who was highly delight‘ ed to see it take such pleasing liberties ; for she cared not about
f losing her own breakfast, since it saved the life of the little lamb.
', In a little time it recdvered its usual strength, and began to skip ‘- and play about its kind deliverer.
‘r; 11. It may naturally be supposed, fliat Matilda was greatlyQépleased at this unexpected success. She took it up in her arms,
and ran with it to the house to show it to her mother. Thus
12. Indeed, so fond was she ofit, that she would not have ex-
13. The lamb, however, repaid the services of its little mistress in a more substantial manner, than that of misrer playing about her ; for in the space of a few years the increase from this lamb furnished Matilda, and her whole family, with food and raiment. Such, my little readers, are the rewards which Providence bestows on acts of goodness, tenderness and humanity.
The Little Boy and his Father; \ i. ON one of those fine mornings which the month of June frequently afl‘ords us, a little boy was busily employed B preparing to set out with his father on a party of pleasure, which, for several days before, had engrossed all his attention. Though, in general, he found it very diflicult to rise early, yet this morning he got up soon, without being called ;‘so much was his mind fixed on this intended jaunt. . It often happens, with young people in particular, that all on a sudden they lose the object of which they flatter themselves they are almost in possession. So it fared with this little boy ; for just as they were ready to set out, the sky darkened all at once, the clouds grew thick, and a tempestuous wind bent down the trees, and raised a cloud of dust. _ 3. The little boy was running up and down in the garden every minute to see how the sky looked. and then ran into the house to examine the barometer ; but neither the sky nor the barometer seemed to forbode any thing in his favour. ' 4. Notwithstanding all this, he gave his father the most flattering hopes that it ‘would still be a fair day, and that these un- 1,, favouraoie appearances would soon be dispersed. He doubted '1‘ not but it would be a very fine day, and therefore, thought that the sooner they set out the better, as it would be a pity to lose a moment of their time. . a 5. His father, however, did not choose to be too hasty it giv- .'__
y a little walk, and off they set.
mg on this matter, the clouds burst, and down came a very heavy shower of rain. The little boy was now doubly disappointed, and vented his grief in tears, refusing to listen to the voice of consolation.
6. The rain continued without intermission, till three o’clock in the afternoon, when the clouds began to disperse, the sun resumed its splendour, and all nature breathed the odours of the spring. As the weather brightened, so did the countenance of the little boy, and by degrees he recovered his good humour. _
’7. His father now thought it necessary to indulge him with The calmness of the air. the music of the feathered songsters, the lively and enchanting veadure of the fields, and the sweet perfumes that breathed all around them, completely quieted and composed the troubled heart of the disappointed little boy.
8. ‘ Do you not observe, said his father, how agreeable is the change of every thing before you ’2 You cannot have yet for gotten how dull every thing appeared to as yesterday; the ground as parched up for want of rain ,- the flowers had lost their co our, and hung their heads in langour ; and, in short, all nature seemed to be in a state of inaction. What can be the reason that nature has so suddenly put on such a difi'erent aspect I" ‘ That is easily accounted for, said the little boy ; it undoubtedly is occasioned by the rain that has fallen to-day.’
9. The little boy had no sooner pronounced these words, than he saw his father’s motive for asking him the question. He now plainly perceived the impropriety of his late conduct, in being so unhappy about what was evidently, so universally serviceable.
10. He blushed, but his'father took no notice of it, judging that his own sense would so ently teach him another time, without reluctance, to sacrifice selfish pleasures to the general
good of the community at large.
. flesh and flmanda.
1. AN afl'ectionate father, one fine summer’s day, having pro mised his two children, Alexis and Amanda, to treat them with a walk in a fine garden a little way out of town, went up into his dressing room to prepare himself, leaving the two children in the parlour. ,
2- Alexis was so delighted with the thoughts of the pleasure he should receive from his walk, that he jumped about the room. without thinking of any evil consequence thatcollld hal"
pen; but unlucki'ly the skirt of his coat brushed against a verv valuable flower, which his father was rearing with great pains, and which he had unfortunately just removed from before the . window, to screen it from the scorching heat of the sun.
3. ‘ O brother !' brother!’ said Amanda, taking up the flower, which was broken off from the stalk, ‘ what have you done ’." The little girl was holding the flower in her hand when her father came into the room. ‘ Bless tne, Amanda,’ said her father, ‘ how .1 could you be so thoughtless as to pluck a flower, which you . have seen me take so much care to rear, in order to have seed _ from it!’ ’
4. Amanda was in such a fright, that she could only beg her ‘ father not to be angry. Her father replied that he was not angry, but reminded her, that as theylwere going to a garden where there was a variety of flowers, she might have waited till they arrived there to indulge her fancy. He therefore hoped she would not take it amiss if he left her at home.
5'. 'This was a terrible situation for Amanda,-v who held her head dawn, and said nothing. Little Alexis, however, was of too I generous a temper to keep silence any’longer. He went up to' _ his father, and told him that it was not his sister, but himselfy/f.= who had accidentally beaten off the head of the flower with the skirt of his coat. He therefore desired that his sister might go and take a walk, and he stay at home. ' '
6. The father was so delighted with the generosity of his children, that he instantly forgave the accident, and tenderly caressed' them both, being happy to see them have such an affection for each other. He told them that he loved them equally alikeg-and that they should both go ivith him. ’ ‘
7. They all threethen walked to the garden, where they saw plants of the most valuable kinds Amanda pressed her clothes _ on each side, and Alexis kept t e skirts of his coat under his arms, for fear of doing any damage in their walk among the flowers. _
8; The flower which their father had lost would have given him some pain, had it happened from any other circumstance ; but the pleasure he received from seeing such mutual alfection and regard subsist between his two children, amply repaid him for the loss of his flower.
9. I cannot omit the opportunity that here presents itself,‘ of reminding my young friends, not only how necessary, but how amiable and praiseworthy it is for brothers and sisters to live together in harmony and love. It is not only their most important interest to do so. but what should be a still stronger
"hrgument with them, such are the commands of Him who made them.
The little Boy, his Sisters, and the Sa-allow’s Nest.
h , 1. A LITTLE boy having one day espied a swallow’s nest un
derthe eaves of the house, ran directly to inform his sisters
of the important discovery, and they immediately fell into con
sultation concerning the manner in which they should take it.
It was at last agreed, that they should wait till the young ones
‘-were fledged, that the little boy should then put a ladder up
against the wall, and that his sisters should hold it fast below. while he mounted after the prize.
2. As soon as they thought these poor little creatures were properly fledged, preparations were made for the execution of their intended plan. The old birds flew backwards and forwards a t the nest, and expressed as well as they were able, 1he sorr and afiliction they felt on being robbed of their young. The little boy and his two sisters, however, paid no
-\ regard to their pious moans ; for they took the nest with three young ones in it.
3. As the littleinnocent prisoners were now in their possession, the next thing to be considered was, what they should do with them. The youngest sister, being of a mild and ten der-hearted disposition, proposed putting them into a cage, promising to look after them herself, and to see that they wanted for nothing. She reminded her brother and sister how
i ' pretty it would be to see andhear those birds chirp when grown up. 4. The little boy, however, was of a very diti'erent opinion ; for he insisted on it, that it would be better to pluck off their , feathers, and then set them doyvn in the middle of the room, as it would be very amusing to see them hop about without feathers. The elder sister was of the same way of thinking as the younger; ‘ but the little boy was determined to have the matter entirely
his own way.
, 5. The two little girls finding,r they were not likely to have things as they wished, gave up the point without mach hesita~ * tion ; for their brother had already begun to strip the poor help less birds. As fast as he plucked them, he put them down on the floor, and it was not long before the little birds were stripped of all their tender feathers. The poor things cried, and h complained in the most piteous accents; they shook their httle
wings, and shuddered with the cold. _