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66'Tis a very fine day;"

(Not a word did she say ;)
The wind, I believe, ma’am, is south;

A fine harvest for pease :"

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

Sly reynard, not tired,

Her plumage admired,
“ How charming ! how brilliant its hue !

The voice must be fine

Of a bird so divine,
Ah! let me just hear it-pray do.

Believe me, I long

To hear a sweet song.
The silly crow foolishly tries,

She scarce gave one squall,

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


A patient in bedlam who did pretty well,
Was permitted sometimes to go out of his cell;
One day, when they gave him his freedom, he spied
A dashing young spark, with a sword by his side.
The keeper suppressed the young soldier's alarm, ,
With—“be not afraid, sir, he'll do you no harm.”
As soon as the gentleman came on the ground,
The bedlamite ran and surveyed him all round..
Ha! ha! he exclaimed, well, a mighty fine show!
Shall I ask you one question? What's that, said the

Why, what's that long dangling cumbersome thing,
That you seem to be tied to, with ribbon and string?
Why, that is my sword! And what's it to do?
Kill my enemies, surely, by running them through.
Kill your enemies ! sure, that's a thought I'd not own;
They'll die of themselves, if you let them alone.


Mr. Barlow. Come boys, I have a new play for you. I will be the founder of a colony; and you shall be people of different trades and professions, coming to offer yourselves to go with me.- What are you, Arthur ?

A. I am a farmer, sir. : Mr. B. Very well! Farming is the chief thing we have to depend upon. The farmer puts the seed into the earth, and takes care of it when it is grown to the ripe corn; without the farmer we should have no bread. But you must work very hard, there will be trees to cut down, and roots to dig, and a great deal of labour.

A. I shall be ready to do my part.

Mr. B. Well, then, I shall take you willingly, and as many more such good fellows as you can find. We shall have land enough; and you may fall to work as soon as you please. Now for the next.

Beverly. I am a miller, sir.

Mr. B. A very useful trade! our corn must be ground, or it will do us little good, but what must we do for a mill, my friend ?

B. I suppose we must make one.

Mr. B. Then we must take a millwright with us, and carry millstones. Who is next?

Charles. I am a carpenter, sir.

Mr. B. The most necessary man that could offer. We shall find you work enough, never fear. There will be houses to build, fences to make, and chairs and tables besides. But all our timber is growing; we shall have hard work to fell it, to saw planks, and to shape posts.

C. I will do my best, sir.

Mr. B. Then I engage you, but you had better bring two or three able hands along with you.

Delville. I am a blacksmith.

Mr. B. An excellent companion for the carpenter. We cannot do without either of you. You must bring your great bellows, and anvil, and we will set up a forge for you, as soon as we arrive. By the by, we shall want a mason for that. Edward. I am one, sir.

Mr. B. Though we may live in log houses at first, we shall want brick work, or stone work, for chimneys, hearths, and ovens, so there will be employment for a mason. Can you make bricks, and burn lime ?

E. I will try what I can do, sir.

Mr. B. No man can do more. I engage you. Who is next?

Francis. I am a shoemaker.

Mr. B. Shoes we cannot do without, but I fear we shall get no leather.

F. But I can dress skins, sir.

Mr. B. Can you? Then you are a clever fellow. I will have you, though I give you double wages.

George. I am a tailor, sir.
Mr. B. We must not go naked; so there will be

work for the tailor. But you are not above mending, I hope, for we must not mind wearing patched clothes while we work in the woods.

G. I am not, sir.
Mr. B. Then I engage you, too.
Henry. I am a silversmith, sir.

Mr. B. Then my friend, you cannot go to a worse place than a new country to set up your trade in.

H. But I understand clock and watch making,

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Mr. B. We shall want to know how time goes, but we cannot afford to employ you. At present, you had better stay where you are.

Jasper. I am a barber and hair dresser.

Mr. B. What can we do with you? If you will shave our men's rough beards once a week, and crop their hair once a quarter, and be content to help the carpenter the rest of the time, we will take you. But you will have no ladies to curl, or gentlemen to powder, I assure you.

Lewis. I am a doctor.

Mr. B. Then, sir, you are very welcome ; we shall some of us be sick, we are likely to get cuts, and bruises, and broken bones. You will be very useful. We shall take you with pleasure.

Maurice. I am a lawyer, sir.

Mr. B. Sir, your most obedient servant. When we are rich enough to go to law, we will let you know.

Oliver. I am a schoolmaster.

Mr. B. That is a very respectable professionas soon as our children are old enough, we shall be glad of your services. Though we are hard working men, we do not mean to be ignorant. And who are you?

Philip. A minister of the gospel.

Mr. B. We venerate you, sir, for the sake of your office, which is the most honourable and important to mankind. We should do well to support the institutions of our holy religion, were we to regard our temporal interests alone ; for we are assured, that godliness has the promise of the life that now is, as well as of that which is to come. But, if, indeed, the maintenance of the sacred ministry, should be attended with some pecuniary sacrifice, we would readily make it, for the honour of God and to secure our well being in the coming worldrecollecting the tremendous import of our Saviour's question-What shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul ? With sentiments of affection and respect, therefore, sir, we welcome you to our number. Will you go?

P. With all my heart, sir.
Mr. B. Who comes here?
Quentin. I am a soldier, sir ; will you have me?

Mr. B. We are peaceable people, and I hope we shall not be obliged to fight. We will learn to defend ourselves, if we have occasion.

Robert. I am a gentleman, sir.

Mr. B. A gentleman! and what good can you do us?

R. I mean to amuse myself.

Mr. B. Do you expect that we should pay for your amusement ?

R. I expect to shoot game enough for my own eating : you can give me a little bread and a few vegetables; and the barber shall be my servant ?

Mr. B. The barber is much obliged to you. Pray, sir, why should we do all this for you?

B. Why, sir, that you may have the credit of

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