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away, to feel the shame and misery of their selfishness and folly.
8. Here conies Alfred, crying as if the whole world tormented him. What is the matter, my son ? Have you hurt you?' A humblebee stung me right here on my lip ; I wish he was dead ;-- Oh, how my lip does ache!' 9. “This is bad indeed ; but how came he to sting
"I found his nest,' said Alfred, and just went to get the honey, and he came right up in ny face and stung me.'
10. Well, now, my son, 'I am very sorry that you are hurt ; your lip indeed looks very bad, and I have no doubt that it aches sadly ; but can you really blame the bee so much as you ought to blame yourself ? You knew that the bees would defend their nest if they could ; and if you had felt kindly towards them, should you not have thought it cruel to take their honey when you did not need it ? You were a little selfish; and that is the reason why you have been stung.'
11. I do not like to say more to Alfred now; but at some other time, when he feels better, I shall explain to him how selfish people are apt to be stung. Every person and everything that they have any concern with, seems to vex, and nettle, and sting them But everything seems to smile upon, and comfort, those who love to do good with all, and to all, thay surrounds them.
12. Even those who are fretful and ill-natured, will seldom do much harm to those who are truly peaceable. The hedge-log is a soft and harmless animal, to those whom it knows to be gentle and friendly ; but
you treat it harshly, its pointed quills will reprove you sharply.
13. So I have heard that some hornets built a nest in a gentleman's parlor, and that he did not allow any of the family to disturb them. If he had made war upon them, they would have stung most cruelly ; but all the family lived peaceably with them, and they never showed a sting, except in destroying or driving away all the flies, and bugs, and millers, that came into the room. They would light upon the clothes, the hair, and the hands of the children, and allow their nest to be looked at and softly handled; but they never did any harm, although they became very numerous, and continued to occupy their nest till nearly the time of winter.
14. In the sixteenth chapter of the book of Proverbs you will find these words : When a man's ways please the Lord, He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
1. Feller for fellow. 6. blonged for belonged. 8. bumblebee for humblebee. 11. Alford for Alfred. 13. peesubly for peaceably ; cloze for clothes.
QUESTIONS. What Rule is given before this Lesson ? What mark is given at the end of the rule? To what does it refer!
Why was not Jane happy while taking care of the baby? Why do persons quarrel ? What kind of persons are not happy? Tell the story of the hornets.
1. How many commas are there in this paragraph ? How long a pause does a comma require ?
6. What mark is at I'll? What does it denote ?
8. What marks are after lip and dead ? What is after ache ? 14. Why is the last sentence printed in italic letters ?
[See this explained at the end of Lesson 2.] What marks include the words see this explained at the end af Lesson 2?,
What divides the words into syllables in the Spelling Lessons ?
hand-led tor-ment-ed doy-gish
fight-ing REMARKS. In some words in the Spelling Lessons, letters that are meant to be silent are printed in Italic. Thus, the e in handled and troubled, is so printed. The Teacher will be so kind as to explain this.
LESSON I V. Rule. Read to any person as loud as you would need to speak, if you were talking to him.
THE SELFISH GIRL.
1. Most children dislike to be called selfish, or to be thought so. Many will give away the largest part of a cake, an apple, or an orange, or even lend their dolls, little horses, or wheelbarrows, when they feel almost sure they will be broken or injured, rather than have their friends and play-fellows think that they love themselves better than others.
2. But there is a kind of selfishness, in which children, and grown people too, are apt to indulge, which makes others much more unhappy than they would be made by denying them a share of all the good fruit and fine play-things in the world. I shall show you what kind of selfishness I mean, hy giving some account of Eliza Pelham.
3. Eliza was an obliging, pretty little girl, ten years old. She was very fond of her book and her work ; and was obedient to her parents, affectionate to her brothers and sisters, and kind to all her playmates. They all thought her very generous. She was willing to give them a large share of any good thing that she had, and let them use any of her play-things ; but it must be at her own time- - just when she was ready.
4. If she was reading a story, she could not leave off to fetch her doll for Jane, or her knife for Henry Though Jane and Henry were much younger than Eliza, she expected them to wait till she was ready.
5. If she was going to walk, she would not stop, to cut the cake she had promised to divide with them ; they must wait for her return. She treated her playmates, and even her mother, in the same manner.
6. Her mother had a great deal to do, and sometimes needed what little assistance Eliza was able to give. She thought that she loved her mother very dearly, but she proved that she loved herself better.
7. When her mother called her, she would say, Stop a moment, dear mother, till I have finished this piece of work,'—or, 'In one minute, mother, as soon as I have read this story,' or dressed my doll,' or something else of the same kind.
8. Even when Eliza saw her mother look much fatigued, and knew that, if she took good care of the baby, her mamma might take some rest, she would stop, and say to herself, "Well, I will do't presently; mamma will not be much more fatigued, if I wait just long enough to finish this.' In this way the time would pass till something else took her attention; and so her mother got no help from Eliza.
9. It is a good thing to be neat and orderly,--to love to finish your book, or your work, and to do everything else, in its proper season ; but it is not right to delay doing good to others, till you have done what will please yourself. This is not loving your neighbor as yourself. You should first do your duty ; let your own pleasure come when it will.
10. Eliza's parents often spoke to her of this habit They told her it was wrong and selfish, and that it made others unhappy. It must also have made Eliza unhappy, for she could not feel that she was doing right.
11. She could easily see, that what her parents told her was true ; for she frequently noticed how fretful and uneasy her little brothers, and sisters, and companions became, while waiting for her. She also knew that it caused much trouble and grief to her parents, and she often determined to do better, but as often she forgot it, or thought she would wait till she was ready.
12. At length a very sad affair occurred, which taught Eliza to attend to the affairs of others at the time they most called for attention.
13. One day Eliza had finished all she wished to do for herself, and asked her mother whether she should go with her little brother William into the garden, and take care of him. Her mother said sae should be very glad to have her do so, as there was much house-work to be done, and it was a fine afternoon for William to be out.