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CONTENTS.

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244

ib.

Little Puppy, -

Sloth, - - - - -

Art of Happiness,

Kosciusko, - - - - 245

Palestine, - - - - ib.

Gaiety, - - - - - 246

Cleanliness, - - - ib.

On a Lady’s Writing, - - ib.

Flies and Spider, - - 217

Proverbs, - - - - ib.

General Wolfe, - - - 248

I Remember, - - - 249

Family Sympathy, - - 250

Falling Kite, - - ib.

Anecote of Dwight and Dennie, 251

Path of Life, - - - 252

Patrick Henry, - - - 253

Proverbs, - - - - ib.

Sunset and Sunshine. - ib.

Last hours of Washington, - 254

Repentance, - - - 2:8

The Countryman and Raven, 259

Good Humor, - - 260

Meekness, - - - - 261

Against Anger, - - - ib.

The Juniata, - - - 262

Advantages of Virtue, - - ib.

Death of the Christian, - 263

The Forest Trees, - - 264

The Grave of Parsons, - ib.

Avoid Extremes, - - - 265

Proverbs, - - - - 266

Revenge, - - - - ib.

Thoughts at Sea, - - 267

The Presence of God, - - ib.

Chinese Women, - - 268

War Horses, - - - - 271

Aphorism, - - - - ib.

Truth and Falsehood, - - 272

Cruel Spider, - - - ib.

The Bird Catcher, - - 273

The Alpine Horn, - - 275

The little Boy and the Rose, ib.

Rules for Conversation, - 276

Shortness of Time, - - ib.

Frederick and his Nephew, 2.7

My heart Leaps, - " - " - ib.

Envy, - - - - 278

The Archer and the Arrow, ib.

Proverbs, - - - - ib.

Honesty the best Policy, - 279

The Friend, - - - - - ib.

Obstinacy, - - - 280

To a Child on his Birthday, ib.

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I N T R O DUCTION.

In the preface, I have stated that it was the design of this work, to furnish the reader with a volume to be consulted every day in the year. Even the most busy, either in the morning, or at evening, or at mid-day, have a few moments of idleness, or leisure; and these, if not carefully treasured up, will probably be lost. Now I have devised this little volume, for the purpose of saving these waste moments, and I respectfully beg the reader to appropriate them to the following use.

In the succeeding work, from page 1 to page 353, there are 313 lessons, which is the exact number of week days in a year. Now I propose that one of these lessons be read every week day, either in the morning,

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or evening, or at such an hour as may be most convenient. Some of the pieces are long, and some are short; some may be regarded as tales of fancy, and are designed to amuse; others consist of a few lines, and are calculated to impress valuable truth upon the mind. I hope there is nothing in the volume, that may not claim attention, as being calculated to do good, either by storing the fancy with images of beauty, and thus to cultivate the taste; or the heart with sentiments of love and justice, and thus to elevate the soul; or the mind with knowledge and truth, and thus to strengthen and expand its powers. I cannot hope that every page will be found amusing; some of the fables may perhaps be old, and the proverbs may have met your ears before. Some of the aphorisms may" appear dull, and the extracts may often seem too insignificant for notice. But, my dear young reader, grant me the favor of your confidence for this year; read my book, day by day, as I have requested; listen to the proverbs, study the aphorisms, and ponder well over the meaning of the extracts; and at the end of the year, if you are dissatisfied with the manner in which you have spent your time, come to the author, and he will hold himself bound to answer your accusation. Beside the week day passages, you will find, from page 353 to page 392, a lesson for every Sabbath in the year. This holy day is given us for the purpose

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INTRODUCTION. vii

of considering the subject of religion, a subject which relates to that good Being who has created us, and surrounded us with blessings; and who, while he looks with feelings of kindness and mercy upon us, still commands us to obey his laws. The Bible is the book which contains these laws, and it is of more value than all other books. It is not, like other works, the mere production of man; it is one in which the Almighty mind has spoken, and shall not we listen? If it were not for the Bible, how should we know God's will? How should we know our duty or our destiny ? We might look up to the stars, or climb the mountain, or descend into the valley, but what lies beyond this world, we could not know, or but faintly guess. Oh, what anxiety, what doubt, what fear, would rest upon us, if God had not lifted the veil, and shown us that the world, and the stars, are the work of one Creator; that He is a great and good Being, who regards us as a father regards his children, claiming their homage and their devoted obedience, yet bestowing upon them his mercy and his love! How dreadsul would be our state of uncertainty as to the future, if the Bible did not assure us that the spirit is not to rest in the grave with the mouldering body, but is destined to rise with an immortal wing, into a higher and more important existences

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