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done a great deal of work in your time ; so have we all, and are likely to do; which, although it may fatigue us to think of, the question is, whether it will fatigue us to do. Would you now do me the favor to give about half a dozen strokes, to illustrate my argument ?'
8. The pendulum complied, and ticked six times in its' usual pace. “Now,' resumed the dial, “may I be allowed to inquire, if that exertion was at all fatiguing or disagreeable to you?' "Not in the least,' replied the pendulum, 'it is not of six strokes that I complain, nor of sixty, but of millions.'
9. Very good,' replied the dial ; but recollect, that though you may think of a million strokes in an instant, you are required to execute but one ; and that, however often you may hereafter have to swing, a moment will always be given you to swing in.' "That consideration staggers me, I confess,' said the pendulur. Then I hope,' resumed the dial-plate, we shall all immediately return to our duty ; for the maids will lie in bed, if we stand idling thus.'
10. Upon this the ww.ghts, who had never been accused of light conduct, used all their influence in urging hini to proceed; when, as with one consent, the wheels began to turn, the hands began to move, the pendulum began to swing, and, to its credit, ticked as loud as ever ; while a red beam of the rising sun that streamed through a hole in the kitchen, shining full on the dial-plate, it brightened up, as if nothing had been the matter.
11. When the farmer came down to breakfast that morning, upon looking at the clock, he declared that bis watch had gained half an hour in the night.
ER R O RS.
1. kitch'n for kitchen; suddnly for suddenly ; count wance for countenance; kuntinner for continue; supprise for særprise. 2. penderlum for pendulum. 3. vassly for vastly. 4. winder for window ; raly for really. 5. calc'lating for calculating. 7. arg'ment for argument.
QUESTIONS. What Rule is over Lesson 32 ?- over Lesson 33?-over Les son 34 ?
LESSON X X X V. Rule. The habit of reading as though you were in a hurry, and wanted to get along fast, must be avoided. This mode of reading causes the scholar to miscall many words, and to puff and take breath more frequently and with inore noise than is necessary.
MORAL OF THE FABLE OF THE PENDULUM. 1. A CELEBRATED modern writer says, " Take care of the minutes, and the hours will take care of themselves.' This is an admirable remark, and might be very seasonably recollected when we begin to be "weary in well-doing,' from the thought of having much to do.
2. The present moment is all we have to do with, in any sense ; the past is irrecoverable ; the future is uncertain ; nor is it fair to burden one moment with
the weight of the next. Sufficient unto the moment is the trouble thereof.
3. If we had to walk a hundred miles, we should still have to set but one step at a time, and this process, continued, would infallibly bring us to our journey's end. Fatigue generally begins, and is always increas ed, by calculating in a minute the exertion of hours.
4. Thus, in looking forward to future life, let us re collect that we have not to sustain all its toils, to en dure all its sufferings, or encounter all its crosses at
One moment comes laden with its own little burdens, then flies, and is succeeded by another no heavier than the last :- if one could be borne, so can another and another.
5. Even in looking forward to a single day, the spirit may sometimes faint from anticipation of the duties, the labors, the trials to temper and patience, that may be expected. Now this is unjustly laying the burden
many thousand moments upon one.
6. Let any one resolve always to do right now, leaving then to do as it can ; and if he were to live to the age of Methuselah, he would never do wrong.
But the common error is, to resolve to act right after breakfast, or after dinner, or tomorrow morning, or next time ; but now, just now, this once we must go on the same as ever.
7. It is easy, for instance, for the most ill-tempered person to resolve that the next time he is provoked, he will not let his temper overcome him ; but the victory would be, to subdue temper on the present provocation.
8. If, without taking up the burden of the future,
we would always make the single effort at the present moment ; while there would, at any one time, be very little to do, yet, by this simple process continued, everything would at last be done.
9. It seems easier to do right tomorrow than today, merely because we forget that when tomorrow comes, then will be now. Thus life passes with many, in resolutions for the future, which the present never fulfils.
10. It is not thus with those, who, by patient continuance in well doing, seek for glory, honor, and immortality.' Day by day, minute by minute, they execute the appointed task, to which the requisite measure of time and strength is proportioned; and thus, having worked while it was called day, they at length rest from their labors, and their works follow them.'
11. Let us then, whatever our hands find to do, do it with all our might,' recollecting that now is the proper and accepted time.
E RRORS. 1. ta care for take care. 3. hadterwalk for had to walk ; kuntinood or kuntinered for continued. 5. forrard for forward. 7. victry for victory. 9. futer for future.
What is the Rule over this Lesson? Why are some words printed in Italic letters? If you behave well now, and whenever it is now, can you ever behave ill ?
LESSON X X XVI.
Rule. Avoid running your words together, so as to make two or more words sound like one.
POWER OF MATERNAL PIETY.
1. "When I was a little child, (said a good old man, my mother used to bid me kneel down beside her, and place her hand upon my head while she prayed. Era I was old enough to know her worth she died, and was left too much to my own guidance.
2. Like others, I was inclined to evil passions, but often felt myself checked, and, as it were, drawn back by a soft hand upon my head. When a young man 1 travelled in foreign lands, and was exposed to many temptations ; but when I would have yielded, that same hand was upon my head, and I was saved.
3. "I seemed to feel its pressure as in the days of my happy infancy, and sometimes there came with it a voice in my heart, a voice that must be obeyed,-“Oh, do not this wickedness, my son, nor sin agains thy God.'
1. Why gaze ye on my hoary hairs,
Ye children young and gay?
Will bleach as white as they.
Who o’er my pillow hung,
And taught my faltering tongue.
Would bow my infant knee,
And, kneeling, pray for me.