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of the Delaware, banqueting on their seeds; grows corpuient' with good feeding, and soon acquires the unlucky renown of the õr'tolan. Wherever he goes, pop! pop! pop! the rusty firelocks of the country are cracking on every side; he sees his companions falling by thousands around him; he is the reedbird, the much sought for tid-bits of the Pennsylvanian epicure.'
12. Does he take warning, and reformNot he! He wings his flight still further south, in search of other luxuries. We hear of him gorging himself in the rice-swamps; filling himseli with rice almost to bursting; he can hardly fly for corpulency. Last stage of his career, we hear of him spitted by dozens, and served up on the table of the gormand, the most vaunted of southern dainties, the rice-bird of the Carolinas.
13. Such is the story of the once musical and admired, but finally sensual and persecuted Boblink. It contains a moral worthy the attention of all little birds and little boys; warning them to keep to those refined and intellectual pursuits, which raised him to so high a pitch of popularity, during the earl part of his career; but to eschew? all tendency to that gros and dissipated indulgence, which brought this mistaken litt bird to an untimely end.
4. THE NOTES OF THE BIRDS.
That ring so gayly in Spring's budding woods,
And in red Autumn's ancient solitudes.
Or crazed with its mad tumults, and weigh'd down
*Cor’ pu lent, fat; large.--* Or' to lan, a small bird found in the southern part of Europe, and particularly in the Island of Cyprus, es teemed as a great delicacy as food.-— Tid-bit, a delicate morsel.— * Ep'i củre, one given to luxury and pleasure.- Våunt' ed, boasted.— In tel loct' u al, relating to the mind.-'Es chew', avoid.- • Hår' mo nies, musical strains, or sounds, differing in pitch and quality, so blended as to produce concord --C8ps' es, woods of small growth.
THE NOTES OF THE BIRDS.
of the ills of human life;
The thrilling music of the forest-birds.
Calls from the distant hõllows, and the wren
With its shrill sounding and unsteady cry.
And in her simple sõng there seems to gush
To the slow rivulet's inconstant chime.
Lies sweet and yěllow in the harvest-field,
Close at the corn-field edge.
Choir (kwir), a company of singers. - Kål' mi a, a kind of evergree: shrub, having beautiful white or pink flowers ; sometimes incorrectly called laurel, and also ivy-bush._Whip-poor-will, a bird like the night bawk.
Heard in the drowsy watches of the night
7. Far up some brook's still course, whose cărrent streams
The forest's blacken'd roots, and whose green marges
Beside some misty and far-reaching lake. 8. Most awful is thy deep and heavy boom,
Gray watcher of the waters! Thou art king
* Dirge, a mournful song.--* Re clúse', a person who lives in retirement, or apart from others. -An' them, a sacred song. — * Bilfhe, joyful ; gay ; sprightly.- Mårge, edge.-— Hér' on, a long legged and necked fowl that lives on fish.-- Bổom, a peculiar noise made by the eagle.--- Pois ing, balancing. - Spéc' ter, a ghost; the appearance of a person who is dead
DANIEL WEBSTER AT SCHOOL.
Thy strānge, bewildering call, like the wild scrēam
Of one whose life is perishing in the sea.
With earth's delicious sounds, or charm the eye
Isaac MOLELLAN, JR.
5. DANIEL WEBSTER AT SCHOOL. WHEN Webster first entered Phillips Academy, at Exeter, he
was made, in consequence of his unpolished,' country-like appearance, and because he was placed at the foot of the class, the butt of ridicule4 by some of the scholars. This treatment touched his keen sensibility, and he spoke of it with regret to his friends where he boarded. They informed him that the place assigned him in the class was according to the standing regulations of the school, and that by diligence he might rise above it. They also advised him to take no notice of the laugh ter of the city boys, for after awhile they would become weary of it, and would cease.
2. The assistant tutor, Mr. Emery, was informed of the treatment which Webster received. He, therefore, treated him with special consideration, told him to care for nothing but his books, and predicted that all would end well. This kindness had the desired effect. Webster applied himself with increased diligence, and with signal success. He soon met with his reward, which made those who had laughed at him hang their heads with shame.
* Lüte, a musical instrument with strings.- Un pol' ished, rude ; not sefined in manners.-- Bůtt, the object at which a thing is directed.* Rid' i củle, wit that exposes the object of it to laughter and contempt . Sun si bil' i ty, quickness of feeling.– Pre dict' ed, foretold.
3. At the end of the first quarter, the assistant tutor called up the class in their usual order. He then walked to the foot of the class, took Webster by the arm, and marched him, in front of the class, to the head, where, as he placed him, he said, “There, sir, that is your proper place." This practical rebuke made those who had delighted to ridicule the country boy feel mortified and chagrined. He had outstripped them.
4. This incident greatly stimulated the successful student He applied himself with his accustomed in'dustry, and looked forward with some degree of solicitude to the end of the second term, to see whether he would be able to retain his relative rank in the class. Weeks slowly passed away; the end of the term arrived, and the class was again summoned to be newly arranged, according to their scholarship and deportment, as evinced during the preceding term ! While they were all standing in silence and suspense, Mr. Emery, their teacher, said, fixing his eye at the same time upon the country boy: “Daniel Webster, găther up your books and take down your cap.” Not understanding the design of such an order, Daniel complied with troubled feelings. He knew not but he was about to be expelled from school for his dullness.
5. His teacher perceived the expression of sadness upon his countenance, but soon dispelledo it by saying: “Now, sir, you will please pass into another room, and join a higher class; and you, young gentlemen," addressing the other scholars, “ will take an affectionate leave of your classmate, for you will never see him again!” As if he had sai?. “This rustic lad, whom you have made the butt of ridicule, has already so far outstripped you in his studies, that, from your stand-point, he is dwarfed" in the distance, and will soon be out of sight entirely. He has devel. oped" a capacity for study which will prevent you from ever overtaking him. As a classmate, you will never see him again.”
*Re bůke', reproof for faults ; check or restraint. -* Chagrined (shagrined'), put to shame ; vexed.—*Stim' u låt ed, excited, or roused to action.-* So lic' i tåde, anxious care.- Rel' a tive, considered by comparing with others. — E vinced', shown ; proved.—' Pre céd' ing, going before ; previous.—Sus pense', state of uncertainty ; doubt. Dispelled', drove away._"Dwårfed, made small. _" De vel' oped, shown' unfolded.