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9. But such, a tree! 'twas shaven déal";

The trèe they call a māst',
And had a hollow with a wheel',

Through which the tackle passed. 10. Within that cavity aloft

Their roofless home they fixed'; Formed with materials neat and soft',

Bents', wool', and feathers' mixed. 11. Four ivory eggs soon pave its floor

With russet specks bedight':-
The vessel weighs -forsakes the shoré,

And lessens to the sight.
12. The mother bird is gone to seá,

As she had chang’d her kind";
But goes

the maté ? Far wiser he" Is doubtless left behind'. 13. No !-Soon as from the shore he saw

The winged mansion mové,
He flew to reach it", by a law

Of never-failing love !
14. Then perching at his consort's sidé,

Was briskly borne along ;
The billows and the blasts defied,

And cheered her with a song.
15. The seaman', with sincere delighť,

His feathered shipmate eyes',
Scarce less exulting in the sight,

Than when he tows a prize.
16. For seamen' much believe in signs',

And from a chance so new,
Each some approaching good divines;

And may his hopes be true! 17. Hail ! honored land'! a desert', where

Not even birds' can hide ;
Yet parent of this loving pair',

Whom nothing could divide. 18. And yè, who rather than resign'

Your matrimonial plan',
Were not afraid to plough the brine',
In company

with man; 19. To whose lean country', much disdain

We English often show";

Yet from a richer nothing gain'

But wantonness and woe ;-
20 Be it your fortune', year by year,

The sāme resource to provè;
And may ye', sometimes landing here',

Instruct us how to love!

LESSON XXVI.

THE FOX AND THE CROW.

1st, 2d, 4th and 5th lines have an iambus and one anapest in

each ; the 3d and 6th lines are anapestic.

1. The fox and the crow',

In prose“, I well know',
Many good little girls can rehearsè ;

Perhaps it will tell

Pretty nearly as well,
If we try the same fable in versel.
2. In a dairy a crown

Having ventured to gó,
Some food for her young ones to seek,
Flew

up

in the trees',
With a fine piece of cheese',
Which she joyfully held in her beak.
3. A fox', that lived nigh’,

To the tree saw her fly,
And to share in the prize made a vow'

For having just dined',

He for cheese felt inclined';
So he went and sat under the bough.
4. Shè, was cun'ning', he knew";

But sô was he, too,
And with flatt'ry, adapted his plan;

For he knew if she'd speak,

It must fall from her beako;
Sô, bowing politèly', began :
5. “ 'Tis a vēry fine day' ;"

(Not a word did she say ;)
“ The wind', I believe ma'm', is south“;

A fine harvest for pēåse;"

He then looked at the cheese ;-
But the crow didn't open her mouth.

6. Sly reynard', not tired',

Her plumage admired' ;-
“How charm'ing? how brilliant its hué !

The voice must be finé

Of a bird so diviné ;-
Ah ! let' me just hear it-pray do.
7. “Believe me', I long

To hear a sweet song.”
The silly crow foolishly tries;

She scarce gave one squāll,

When the cheese she let fall",
And the fox, ran away with the prize.

MORAL.
8. Ye innocent fair',

Of coxcombs beware',
To flattery never give ear;

Try well each pretence,

And keep to plain sense,
And then ye have little to fear.

LESSON X XVII.

THE NOTORIOUS GLUTTON.

Anapestic verse.
1. A DUCK', who* had got such a habit of stuffing',

That all the day long she was panting and puffing',
And by every creature', who did her great crop seé,

Was thought to be galloping fast for a dropsy', 2. One day, after eating a plentiful dinner',

With full twice as much as there should' have been in her', .
While up to her eyes in the gutter a roking',t

Was greatly alarmed, by the symptoms of choking. 3. Now thère wās an old fellow, much famed for discerning,

(A drakè, who had taken a liking for learning',)
And high in repute with his feathery friends,

Was called Dr. Drāke;-for this doctor she sends. 4. In a hole of the dunghill was Dr. Drake's shop',

Where he kept a few simples for curing the crop; * It is improper to apply the pronoun who to irrational creatures; instead of it, that, or which, should be used; though it is admissible in a case like this if anywhere.

+A provincial, or low word ;-not to be used.

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Some gravel and pebbles, to help the digestion,

And certain fāmed plants of the doctor's selection. 5. So, taking a handful of comical things',

And brushing his topple and pluming his wings',
And putting his feathers in apple-pie order', ,

Set out, to prescribe for the lady's disorder.
6. “ Dēar sir'," said the duck', with a delicate quack,

Just turning a líttle way round on her back,
And leaning her head on a stone in the yard',

My case“, Dr. Drake', is exceedingly hard. 7. I feel so distēndēd with wind“, and oppresť,

So squeamish and faint,—such a load at my chesť;
And day after day, I assure you it īs' hard,

To suffer with patience these pains in my gizzard."
8. “Give me leave,," said the doctor', with medical look',
As her flabby cold pāw in his fingers he took ;-
By the feel of your pulse'—your complaint', I've been

thinking',
Is caused by your habits of eating and drinking.”
9. "no, sir', believe mé," the lady replied,

(Alarmed for her stomach as well as her pride",)
“I am sūre, it arises from nothing I eat“,
For I rāthēr sūspēct I got wet in my

feet. 10. I've only been ro‘king a bit in the gutter',

Where the cook had been pouring some cold melted butter',
And a slice of green cabbagé, and scraps of cold meát,

Just a trifle or twó—that I thought I could eat.' 11. The doctor was just to his business proceeding',

By gentle emetics', a blister', and bleeding,
When all on a sudden she rolled on her side',-

Gave a horrible quackle—a strugglé—and died !
12. Her remains were interred in a neighboring swamp',

By her friends', with a great deal of funeral pomp ;
But I've hēard, this inscription her tombstone was put on',
“ Here lies Mrs. Duck', the notorious glutton.”
And all the young ducklings are brought by their friends'
To learn the disgrace in which gluttony ends.

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LESSON XXVIII.

THE JACKDAW.

Tambic, with frequent use of trochees, and other short feet. The third and sixth lines have three feet each ; the others, four.

1. THERE is a bird, which', by his coat,
And by the harshness of his note',

Might be supposed a crow";
A great frequenter of the church',
Where', bishop-like', he finds a perch',

And dormitory too.
2. Above the steeple shines a plate',
That turns, and turns, to indicaté

From what point blows the weather
Look up—your brains begin to swimo;
'Tis in the cloûds—that pleases him;

He chooses it the ràther'.
3. Fond of the speculative height',
Thither he wings his airy fight',

And thence securely sees'
The bustle and the raree show
That occupy mankind below',

Secure', and at his ease.
4. You think, no doubt', he sits and muses'
On future broken bones and bruises',

If he should chance to fall.
Nò; not a single thought like that
Employs his philosophic pate',

Or troubles it at all.
5. He sees that this great roundabout
The world', with all its motley rout',

Church, ārmy, physic, lāw',
Its customs, and its bus'nēsses',
Is no concern at all of his',

And says —whật says he'?—Cāw.
6. Thrice hāppy bird! I, too, have seen
Much of the vanities of men';

And, sick of having seen them',
Would cheerfully these limbs resign'
For such a pair of wings as thine',

And such a head between them.

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