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LESSON X XI.
THE PAPER KITE.-A FABLE
Iambic. Four feet, with a short syllable sometimes added.
Once on a time a paper Kite'
It thus expressed self-admiration :-
Admire my flight above the steeple ;
Were I but free', I'd take a flight,
But', ah'd like a poor prisoner bound,
Might I but fly without a string.'
To break the string ;-at last it broke'!
Unable its own weight to bear',
Unable its own course to guide',
How could'st thou fly without a string'? 25. My heart replied, “ O Lord', I see
How much the Kite resembles mè!
How oft I've wished to break the lines' 30. Thy wisdom for my lot assigns !
How oft indulged a vain desiré
Anapestic; first foot often an iambus or spondee. First, third,
and fourth lines have four feet each; the second and fifth
Without fearing for whēre you may throw.
With a little more căre than before :
He resolved to have fifty throws morè.
And no mischief had happened at allo;
In popped his unfortunate ball.
Was gazing at what he had done;
Till Henry repented his fun.
And what is forbidden them dom
And that one' of the fifty goes through.
THE SPIDER AND HIS WIFE.
Same measure as Lesson 22. 1. In a little dark crack half a yard from the ground,
An honest old spider resided :
So pleasant and snug', and convenient 'twas found',
It seemed for his pleasure provided.
This spider was thoroughly tired":
"Twould be easy for him to provide her ;
Those pitiless foes to a spider.
Just when his neat web was completed',
He thought himself cruelly treated.
His wifé, Mrs. Hairy-leg Spinner',
can't find the leg or the wing of a fly',
For nothing he ever denied her';
And saw the unfortunate spider.
In the cobwebs continued to linger',
Preferring his stick to his finger.
Not stopping at all to consider',
poor little spider was heard of no more",
POOR DONKEY'S EPITAPH. lambic. First and third lines contain four feet; the second
and fourth, three feet. Trochees and spondees sometimes
Who jogged with many a load;
Browsed up and down the road.
Whatever winds might blow";
Though dressed in sheets of snow.
To nip the dainty grass';
To some more hungry ass.
Beneath the gardener's load,
To friends upon the road.
Or cabbage leaf so sweeť,
For twenty years to eat.
Was such a steady jack“,
Heels upward' on his back.
And labors' now are o'ero;
He could withstand no more.
His blood was freezing slow";
Stone dead upon the snow.
Thy cold remains shall see;
A TALE.-A CHAFFINCH AND HIS MATE.
Iambic. Same as last lesson.
Nor even shrubs abound',
Some better things are found'; 2. For husband there', and wife'
As hedge rows in the wild';
This' hist’ry chanced of latel-
A chaffinch and his mate.
With genial instinct filled";
But found not where to build.
Except with snow and sleet',
Could yield them no retreat.
Till both grew vexed and tired";
The good so long desired.
Afford them place to rest“?
The homeless birds a nest'?
This racer of the sea'
It served them with a tree.
* Bad grammar;-should be thou.