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When I lift up any thing, I act contrary to this force, for which reason it seems heavy to me; and the heavier, the more matter it contains, since that increases the attraction of the earth for it. Do you understand this?
L. I think I do. It is like a loadstone drawing a needle.
P. Yes-that is an attraction, but of a particular kind, only taking place between the magnet and iron. But gravitation, or the attraction of the earth, acts upon every thing alike.
L. Then it is pulling you and me at this moment 3
P. Because as we are alive, we have a power of self-motion, which can, to a certain degree, overcome the attraction of the earth. But the reason you cannot jump a mile high as well as a foot is this attraction, which brings you down again after the force of your jump is spent.
L. I think then I begin to understand what I have heard of people living on the other side of the world. I believe they are called Antipodes, who have their feet turned towards ours, and their heads in the air. I used to wonder how it could be that they did not fall off; but I suppose the earth pulls them to it.
P. Very true. And whither should they fall ? What have they over their heads ?
L. I don't know-sky, I suppose.
P. They have. The earth is a vast ball, hung in the air, and continually spinning round, and that is the cause why the sun and stars seem to rise and set. At noon we have the sun over our heads, when the Antipodes have the stars over theirs ; and at midnight the stars are over our heads, and the sun over theirs. So whither should they fall to, more than we? -to the stars or the sun ?
L. But we are up, and they are down.
P. What is up, but from the earth and towards the sky? Their feet touch the earth and their heads point to the sky as well as ours; and we are under their feet, as much as they are under ours. If a hole were dug quite through the earth, what would you see through it?
L. Sky, with the sun or stars : and now I see the whole matter plainly. But pray, what supports the earth in the air ?
P. Why, where should it go to?
L. I don't know, I suppose where there was most to draw it. I have heard that the sun is a great many times bigger than the earth. Would it not go to that?
P. You have thought very justly on the matter, I perceive. But I shall take another opportunity of showing you how this is, and why the earth does not fall into the sun, of which I confess there seems to be some danger. Meanwhile think how far the falling of an apple has carried us!
L. To the Antipodes, and I know not where.
P. You may see from thence what use may be made of the most common fact by a thinking mind.
SPRING, where are you tarrying now?
Why are you so long unfelt?
When the snow began to melt.
I am coming little maiden,
I am coming, I am coming!
See the yellow catkins cover
Hark the little lambs are bleating ;
Little maiden, look around thee!
Turn thy eyes to earth and heaven! God for thee the spring has given ; Taught the birds their melodies Clothed the earth and cleared the skies; For thy pleasure or thy foodPour thy soul in gratitude ! So may'st thou 'mid blessings dwell, Little maiden, fare thee well!
• THE DOG AND HIS SHADOW.
A HUNGRY Dog some meat did seize,
His neighbour dogs forsook ;
And ran to cross the brook.
And, as he passed alone,
Much better than his own.
I should be double winner :
And thus he lost his dinner.
The fable which above you see,
And suit those to a tittle,
Who long for what they can't obtain:
Contented with a little.
JUDAH’S ADDRESS TO JOSEPH. Oh, my lord, let thy servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my lord's ears, and let not thine anger burn against thy servant : for thou art even as Pharaoh. My lord asked his servants, saying, have ye a father, or a brother? And we said unto my lord, we have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one : and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loveth him. And thou saidst unto thy servants, bring him down unto me, that I may set mine eyes upon him. And we said unto my lord, the lad cannot leave his father : for if he should leave his father, his father would die. And thou saidst unto thy servants, except your youngest brother come down with you, ye shall see my face no more. And it came to pass, when we came up unto thy servant my father, we told him the words of my lord. And our father said, go again, and buy us a little food. And we said, we cannot go down : if our youngest brother be with us, then will we go down; for we may not see the man's face, except our youngest brother be with us. And thy servant my father said unto us, ye know that my wife bare me two sons. And the one went out from me, and I said, surely he is torn in pieces; and I saw him not since. And if ye take this also from me, and mischief befall him, ye shall bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave. Now therefore,