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into a violent passion, and could not bear the jokes of her brother, taking them all (and how should she do otherwise ?) as intended to affront her.
Away, therefore, she ran to her father, and said it was a shame that a boy who was born to be a man, should speak such cowardly words.
The good gentleman replied, "My dear children, I wish that each of you would view yourselves in the glass every day of your lives; you, my son, that you may never disgrace your beauty by an unworthy action—and you, my daughter, that you may cover the defects of your person with the charms of virtue."
A BAD CONSCIENCE.
EXAMPLE I: THE SLAVE AND HIS MASTER.
There was once a slave who had run away from his master. Some time after the master went to a certain city, where he saw the slave, and seized him. But the slave at the same time caught hold of his master, saying, "You are my slave; you robbed me of a deal of money, and then ran away." At length they both went before the judge.
He made them both put their heads out of a window, at one and the same time. There, then, they both stood with their heads bent out of the window.
Next, the judge suddenly called out to the executioner "Cut off the slave's head with your sword." The one man instantly drew in his head, whilst the other remained as before.
The slave was therefore self-convicted; and he was thrown into prison accordingly.
EXAMPLE II: THE THIEVES AND THE COTTON.
In a certain city a large quantity of cotton had been stolen; and the thieves could not be found out. The magistrate was anxious to discover them, and he set about it in the following manner:—
He invited all the men of the town, small and great, to a feast.
All having met, the magistrate, looking the company in the face, said, " What ill-bred, impudent fellows those men are, to come to the feast with the stolen cotton sticking in their beards!"
The thieves immediately put their hands to their beards, and thereby convicted themselves.
Nor crush that helpless worm \
Required a God to form.
The sun, the moon, the stars he made
For all his creatures free;
For worms as well as thee.
Let them enjoy their little (lay,
Their humble bliss receive:
The life thou canst not give.— Gisborne.
He held a goose upon his arm,
He uttered rhyme and reason,
"Here take the goose and keep you warm,
It is a stormy season."
She caught the white goose by the leg,
A goose 'twas no great matter,
The goose let fall a golden egg,
With cackle and with clatter.
She dropt the goose and caught the pelf,
And ran to tell her neighbours;
And blessed herself and cursed- herself,
And rested from her labors.
And feeding high and living soft,
Grew plump and able bodied;
Until the grave churchwarden doffed,
The parson smirked and nodded.
So sitting served by man and maid,
It cluttered here it chuckled there;
"A quinsy choke thy cursed note:"
Then yelped the cur and yawled the cat;
As head and heels upon the floor
He took the goose upon his arm,
The wild wind rang from park and plain
The glass blew in, the fire blew out,
The blast was hard and harder,
Her cap blew off, her gown blew up,
And a whirlwind cleared the larder.— Tennyic
Talons—claws. Suspended, hung.
THE BUTTERFLY'S BALL.
Comb, take up your hats, and aways let us haste,
On the smooth-shaven grass, by the side of a wood,
And there came the Beetle, so blind and so black,
And there came the Moth, in his plumage of down,
A mushroom their table, and on it was laid
There, close on his haunches, so solemn and wise,
Then out came a Spider, with fingers so fine,
But just in the middle, oh! shocking to tell!
From his rope in an instant poor Harlequin fell;
Yet he touched not the ground, but with talons outspread,
Hung suspended in air at the end of a thread.
Then the Grasshopper came, with a jerk and a spring;
With steps quite majestic, the Snail did advance,
Then as evening gave way to the shadows of night,
light; Then home let us hasten while yet we can see, For no watchman is waiting for you and far me Roscoe.