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round and flung his heels at the dog. That animal, not liking to receive a drubbing, however much he liked to give one, slunk off with his tail between his legs.
The brave horse then strutted round the helpless donkey, seemingly proud of his victory, as indeed he had good reason to be.
Arrested, drawn to, roused. Manner, way. Mystery, something not understood or unintelligible. Plumed, dressed (his feathers with his hill). Appear, seem. Achievement, any difficult thing done, performance.
A GENEROUS BANTAM COCK.
My attention was lately arrested by a flock of sparrows flying about a house in Falkirk, in a very strange manner. I was curious to find out the cause, and, on observing more closely, the mystery was explained. I was sorry to see that one of the young birds had fallen from its little warm nest under the tiles of the house. There the poor little thing lay on the ground, unable to fly, and the older birds were unable to lift it up.
A fine bantam cock, which appeared to understand what was wanted, walked forward, and carefully took up the poor little bird in his bill. He then mounted an empty cart, from which he flew upon the tiles, then, stretching his neck out over the edge of the tiles he placed his charge safely in its warm, comfortable nest again.
In doing so, however, the noble bird overbalanced itself and fell down to the ground. He appeared frightened, but not much hurt. After pluming his feathers for a short time, he began to strut about and crow, seemingly quite proud of his achievement. What lesson does this bantam teach us ?*
* Children'i Friend.
THE COCK AND THE POX.
A Dog and a cock
A journey once took:
The dog he made free
In the hollow of a tree,
The cock nothing knowing,
In the morn fell a crowing; ,
Upon which comes a fox to the tree:
Says he, "I declare
Your face is as fair
The cock, smiling, looks down
On the sly fox's crown,
Step in, if you please,
And have some bread and cheese:"
Adopt, take and bring up as one's own.
Descend, come down; opp., ascend, go up.
Refuse, not to accept.
THE FATHERLY DORKING.
A Hen having sat on Guinea fowls' eggs forsook them when hatched. They were adopted by a fine Dorking cock, who watched over them with fatherly care. I have frequently seen them, unable to mount alone to the roosting place, patiently wait until little Chanty made his appearance. Then he would stand while one mounted on his back, and then he would fly with it to the perch. When he had settled the little orphan, he would descend for another, and so on.
After the fowls were fully grown they were given away, and they were for some days so unhappy that they refused all food, pining for their kind friend.*
Sear, withered and yellow, as dead leaves are.
ADDRESSED TO THE LITTLE GIRL WHO KEPT HIM.
A Native of the dark green woods, my home is far
away, Where gaily 'mid the giant oaks, my bright-eyed offspring play; Their couch is lined with softest moss, within an aged
tree; The wind that sweeps the forest boughs, is not more
blithe than we; And oft beneath our nimble feet the old sear branches
shake, As lightly through the beechen groves our merry way
we take; The boundless forest was my home—how hard my fate
must be, Confined within this narrow cage—oh! set your captive
Oh! think how hard your lot would be, in this dark
room confined, Without a single friend to cheer the anguish of your
mind; Severed from every kindred tie, and left alone to weep O'er perished joys, when every eye is closed in tranquil
sleep! The glorious sunbeams to your heart no cheering light
would bring, But heaviness and gloom would rest on every pleasant
thing: If freedom to your soul is dear, have pity, then, on me, Unbar the narrow cage, and set your hapless prisoner free.
* The Children's Friend.
THE ROBIN'S FOUNDLINGS.
"Swish, Swish," went the scythes, as the men, early in the morning, were mowing the tall grass. Round the field they went, not minding the grasshoppers that leapt in terror, or the meadow-mice that scampered in the thickest grass. By-and-bye the owner of the field came to them, when one of the men pointed to a little stick which he had stuck in the ground.
The gentleman went to the stick, and there found a poor lark with her head cut off by the scythe! She was on her nest, keeping her little young birds warm, when she met with her death, poor thing.
The gentleman took up the nest, containing four very small featherless birds. He carried them home, and on his way recollected that near his house was a faithful old robin, which had made her nest in the cherry-tree, and also that she had just begun to sit.
On reaching the tree, there the robin was, to be sure: still he well knew that she must have her own way. So he watched her. In a few hours she flew off to get her food.
The moment she was out of sight, the gentleman climbed up and took out the four little blue robin's eggs and put the four little larks in their place. Again he prepared to watch.
In a short time Mrs. Robin came flying back to her nest. She went straight to it, and was just going to hop in, when lo! what is this? She raised her wings and stood in utter amazement. A few minutes ago she had left eggs, and now they were birds. She stood and looked, turning her head one way and then the other, and seeming to scan them very closely.
After her amazement had gone past, she flew off, and in a few moments came back with the male robin. They both planted themselves, one on each side of the nest and looked in, most earnestly, with raised wings. Sure enough it was even so! They were birds and not eggs f Then they began to chatter, as if talking the matter over and trying to explain this queer state of things. After a while they flew off in great haste.
The gentleman feared it was now all over with the poor orphans. But no! In a very few minutes, they both returned, each bringing a worm, with which they began to feed them. They had adopted them, and from that hour they took care of them and brought them up as their own.*
Captivate, delight, charm. Counsel, advice.
Touch it, and 'tis instant fate;
* Sunday-School Times.