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A WOLF, with hunger fierce and bold,
Ravaged the plains, and thinn’d the fold;
Deep in the wood secure he lay,
The thefts of night regaled the day.
In vain the shepherd's wakeful care
Had spread the toils, and watch'd the snare;
In vain the Dog pursued his pace,
The fleeter robber mock'd the chase.

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As Lightfoot ranged the forest round,
By chance his foe's retreat he found;

“Let us awhile the war suspend,
And reason as from friend to friend.
“A truce," replies the wolf, “It is done."
The dog the parley thus begun :-

“How can that strong, intrepid mind,
Attack a weak defenceless kind ?
Those jaws should prey on nobler food,
And drink the boar's and lion's blood;
Great souls with gen'rous pity melt,
Which coward tyrants never felt.
How harmless is our fleecy care!
Be brave, and let thy mercy spare."

“Friend,” says the wolf,“ the matter weigh,
Nature design'd us beasts of prey;
As such, when hunger finds a treat
"T is necessary wolves should eat,
If mindful of the bleating weal,
Thy bosom burn with real zeal,
Hence, and thy tyrant lord beseech ;
To him repeat thy moving speech.
A wolf eats sheep but now and then;
Ten thousands are devour'd by men."

MORAL
An open foe may prove a curse,
But a pretended friend is worse.

CONDUCT TO YOUR OWN FAMILY. NEVER quarrel with your brothers and sisters ; but live in peace and unity.

Use kind and courteous language towards all the domestics. Never be domineering nor insulting, for it is the mark of an ignorant and ill-natured child.

DEATH OF AN INFANT.
Death found strange beauty on that cherub brow,
And dash'd it out. There was a tint of rose,"
On cheek and lip; he touched the veins with ice,
And the rose faded. Forth from those blue eyes
There spoke a wishful tenderness - a doubt
Whether to grieve or sleep, which Innocence
Alone can wear. With ruthless haste he bound
The siłken fringes of their curtaining lids
Forever. There had been a murmuring sound
With which the babe would claim its mother's ear,
Charming her even to tears. -- The spoiler set
His seal of silence. But there beam'd a smile
So fix'd and holy from that marble brow,
Death gazed and left it there; -he dared not steal
The signet-ring of heaven.

PROVERBS. “ Much falls between the cup and the lip.” This proverb warns us from placing too sanguine a dependence upon future expectations, though very promising ; intimating, that the fairest hopes are often dashed in pieces by the intervention of some unforeseen and unexpected accident.

A rolling stone gathers no moss." This proverb is indicative of the ill consequences of fickleness and inconstancy. Persons of unsettled and restless tempers are never happy; they are always busily beginning to live, but by reason of love of change and impatience, never arrive at a way of living.

«'Tis too late to spare, when all is spent." This proverb enjoins frugality and providence, and forbids excesses and

luxury. It likewise admonishes us not to defer important duties, lest we should find, too late, that there is not time enough left in which to perform them.

" The more haste the less speed.This proverb reprehends too precipitate and hurrying tempers, and shows the value of calmness and sedateness, in the management of business.

" One swallow does not make a summer.” This proverb teaches us not to consider ourselves or others good, from the practice of one single virtuc, and that the right way of judging is to take into consideration, the whole character and conduct.

Nothing venture, nothing have.This proverb, though it does not license an inconsiderate rashness, in running hazards against all probability of success, yet is a spur to industry, enterprise and resolution in any honest undertaking.

DOMESTIC REPROVED. One of the domestics of Frederick the Great, one day came to wait upon him in an elegant flesh colored coat, thinking to please the king by his dress, because it was his favorite color. Frederick, however, pretended not to observe him. The servant then perceiving the mistake he had made, slipped out, and put on a coat more suitable to his station. The king noticed the change, and with great affability said to him, “Tell me, friend, who was that coxcomb that appeared here just now, in a flesh colored coat?”

HONOR DEARER THAN LIFE. An American officer, during the war of Independence, was ordered to a station of extreme peril, when several around him suggested various expedients, by which he might evade the dangerous post assigned him. He made them the following heroic reply :“ I thank you, my friends, for your solicitude - I know I can easily save my life, but who will save my honor, should I adopt your advice ?"

TO AN INFANT AT ITS BIRTH.
Hail! little tender flower

So beautiful and bright,
Whose bud has scarce an hour,

Oped to the sun's sweet light.

Midst storms thou 'st shown thy head;

And wintry nipping frosts,
Thicken around thy bed,

Array'd like threat'ning hosts.

But guardian hands are near

To mantle thee around,
Lest winds in wild career

Should cast thee to the ground.

Then, tender flower, arise,

Nor droop thy lovely head
Shoot upwards to the skies

Nor storms around thee dread.

And though the garden'd earth

May cease supporting thee, -
Immortal is thy birth,

Thine age eternity!

And though thy lowly form

In blighted ruin lies,
Thou 'lt yet survive the storm,

And bloom in paradise.

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