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PRE FACE.

This work was undertaken in the hope of making an agreeable companion for youth, to be consulted every day in the year. It was not intended for mere children, but for those who had advanced to the age of twelve or fourteen years, or had arrived at that degree of maturity, which would enable them to understand the language, and estimate the value of such counsel, and such entertainment, as mighi be drawn from the best writers in our language.

I wished to put within the reach of all youthful readers an unobtrusive friend ; one that would lie upon the shelf, or remain snug in a corner, ready at all times to appear when called for, but never forward to exact attention ; one that would mingle pleasure with instruction, and counsel with knowledge ; one, that, when friends are absent, and companions away, would speak to them, sometimes as a parent deeply concerned for their welfare, and sometimes as a talkative old man, who likes nothing so well as a good listener.

Such a one I have attempted to prepare, and I have sought aid from a variety of sources. I have gathered legends from one author and lays from another ; I have collected fables and proverbs, aphorisms and allegories; and never forgetting that my book should be useful, I have also tried never to permit it to become dull. He who undertakes to wile himself into the good graces of the young, should never allow his stories to be top long, or his homilies too frequent and prosing ; and I hope I have taken due care that this little volume should not be a trangressor of this politic rule.

After all, I offer the book to the public with much diffidence; I have ventured to step beyond the gentle and kind little audience who have so patiently listened to many of my stories ; and now that I appear before more critical and knowing readers, I may not find the same indulgence as heretofore. Let them, however, consider the design of this work, which is, to furnish some useful or amusing passage for each day, and if the idle or vacant moments that occur are used in perusing them, I trust that at the end of the year, the reader will not regret that the volume has fallen into his hands.

P. PARLEY.

CONTENTS.

W E EK DAY LESSONS.

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Of Time, -

- - 9 The Hidden Treasure,

81

Lily and Rose,

Honor, - .

93
Life, Death and Eternity, - 12 A Vision of the Alps,

94

The Leaf, - - - - 13

Filial Duty, -

100

Making Resolutions, - - 16 Council of Horses,

Brook and Fountain,

15 Friendship, -

103

'The Warrior Wolf,

Voyage of the Philosophers, 104

To my Cousin Anne,

The Dog and Shadow, - . 108

Jerusalem, -

Days of my Youth,

Ode to Peace, -

20 The Rats and the Barley, - 112

Morning, -

21 The Bramin, - -

13

Good Manners,

Columbus, -

- 120

Civility, .

Resentment, - - . ib.

Politeness, - -

Exercise, . . - - - 121

The Fox and the Crow,

Aphorism, - - -

ib.

Ingratitude, - -

The Fisherman, -

- 25 Metaphysics, - -

The Eagle, and the Assembly Adventures of a Rain Drop, 123

of Animals, -

Proverbs, - -

Suspicion, - .

Franklin on Death,

- ib.

Cricket and Nightingale, - 36 The Vessel without a Pilot, 131

Falls of Niagara,

Example, - -

- ib.

Impatience, - - -

The Parables of Christ, - 132

Vain Jackdaw, -

Ostlack Boy,

. ib.

The Clouds, - - -

| The Frogs who desired a King, 133

An Eastern Evening,

Humane Driver rewarded, - 134

Ridicule, -

To Jane, - - -

135

Ambitious Goose

A Repartee, - - - - ib.

The Deep, .

The poor old Lion, - . 136

Summer Morning,

Swearing, -

ib.

The Vine, -

To Seneca Lake, , - 137

Discontent, -

Midnight, .

138

The Passions,

- ib. The Fly and the Mule, . ib.

The Fox and the Grapes,

My Father's Grave, . - 139

Happiness, - -

Gratitude, - - -

- ib.

The Recluse of the Lake,

Proverbs, - -

140

Honesty, - - - -

The two Roses, -

Proverbs,

Sir Walter Scott, . . - ib.

Parental Affection, - - ib. Conduct to Equa

. ib.

Flora's Party, - - - - 74 Conscience, -

142

Cruelty to Animals, - - 78 | The Apostles, - - . ib.
The Rat and the Oyster, . 79 | The Village Bells, . .

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Philip of Macedon, . . 143 Honor dearer than Life,

202

The proud Frog, • - • 144 To an Infant at its Birth, - : 203

Forgiveness, -

- 145

143 DI

Discretion, - -

204

Conduct to Inferiors, . . ib. Keeping Secrets, .
The Winged Worshippers, 146 | Age, - - - -

Revenge, - -

Sir Walter Scott,

205

Cleanliness, - - - ib. Choice of Company, - - ib.

Faithful Spaniards, - - 14 Mercy, . . .

Song, - - - - 158 | Warren's Address, - - ib.

To an Insect in a Flower, 159 | Good for

Good Example, - - . 207

Modesty, -
. ib. Truth, -

- ib.

The Case altered, - - 160 | The Browning Boy and Dog,

Aphorisnis, - - - ib. Ingratitude, - - - - ib.

Dr Franklin, - - - - 161 Ant and Grasshopper, - 209

Haydn the Composer,

ih. Virtue Indispensable, - - 210

Providence, -

162 | Epitaph on an Infant,

ib.

The Foolish Stag,

ib. Peasant of the Alps. - 211

Conscience, - - - - 163 | Duties of Pupils, - - 217

The Playthings, - . ]64 | Lark and her Young Ones, -

The Wind and the Sun, - ib. Kosciusko, - - - 219

The Hour of Prayer,

Earthworm and Bee, -

'True Greatness, - - -' 166 Boat Song, - - -
Speaking of Yourself,

Aphorism, - - - . ib.

The Study of Natural History, 167 Improvement of Time, - 221

Zoology, - - - - 169 Asking Questions, - - ib.

Quadrupeds,

170 | Hog and Acorns, -

222

Birds, - - -

. 172 “ He never told a Lie," - 223

Fishes, - -

. 174

Heifer, Goat, Sheep and Lion,

Reptiles, -

Equivocation, - •

Serpents, -

- 179 General Nash, -

Insects,

182 Bad Example, - - ib.

The withered Leaf

Speaking, - -

Gracefulness, -

b. Life, - -

226

Peevishness and Anger, - 186 Proverbs, .

ib.

Complaisance,

Ingenuousness, - -

Aphorism, - -

Eton Boys, - -

228

Commodore Perry,

Deceit, - - - - - ib.

Night,

Franklin's Toast,

229

The Angler and little Fish, 188 | Food, -

Columbia, -

American Autumn, . - 230

Patriotic Address, - - ib. All that's bright must fade," 232

The Valley of Vision, - - 190 Old Bulfinch and young Birds, 233

Aphorism,

235

The Old Knight and his Gray Sensible Answer of Socrates, 236

Peruke, - - - 191 Proverbs, - . - - ih.

Admonitions, - - - ib. Mules and Robbers, - -
Envy, - - - - - 192 Philosopber outdone, - . ib.
Treachery, - - - - ib. | Despondency of Lord Corn-
The Fair Pilgrim, -

193 wallis, - - -
Shepherd's Dog and Wolf, 1991 Patriotic Integrity.
. Conduct to your own Family, Short Exhortations, . .

Death of an Infant, - . 201 Powder and Balls,
Proverbs, - - - - ib. Reputation, - - -
Domestic reproved, - - 202 Little Voyagers, . - .

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Little Puppy,

241 | The Blind Boy, - - -

Sloth, -

244 Philanthropy, -

Art of Happiness, - ib. Lines to a young Lady reading

Kosciusko, -

245 the Bible,

Palestine, -

ib. Love of Country, .

294

Gaiety, - - -

246 Lights and Shades, - - ib.

Cleanliness,

Purity of Heart, - - 295

On a Lady's Writing,

Artifice, - - - - ib.

Flies and Spider, -

17 Blank Book and Printed Book, 29 i

Proverbs, -

b. The Spaniel and Chameleon, 297

General Wolfe, - -

248 Prudent Simplicity, - - 298

I Remember,

Sympathy and Benevolence, 299

Family Sympathy

250 Pilot and Sailors, - - ib.

Falling Kite,

ib. Gypsies, - - - - 300

Anecote of Dwight and Dennie. 251

Quin, - - - - 301

Path of Life,

The Oak,

- - ib.

Patrick Henry, -

253 | The Candle and Candlestick, ib.

Proverbs, -

The Snail, - -

302

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Sunset and Sunshine. -

| Equality, - - - -

Last hours of Washington, - 254 The Christian Revelation - 303

Repentance, - -

28 Pride the Bane of Happiness, ib.

The Countryman and Raven, 259 The empty Bird's Nest,

304

Good lluinor,

'The Soul, - - - - 305

Meekness, - -

261 | The Glow-worm, - - ib.

Against Anger, - - - ib. | Unreasonable Fear,

The Juniata, - - - 262 Modesty, - -

Advantages of Virtue, - - The Fear of God, - - -

Death of the Christian,

The Poplar Field, -

The Forest Trees,

264 Wit by the Way side,

The Grave of Parsons,

Prudence, - - - - 309

Avoid Extremes, - .

265 The Carrier Pigeon,

ib.

Proverbs, - - -

Importance of Despatch, - 310

Revenge, - - -

The Farmer and his two Sons, ib.

Thoughts at Sea,

Filial Affection, - - 311

The Presence of Go

Sublime and Beautiful, . ib.

Chinese Women, -

The Faithful Bird, . . 312

War forses, - -

Frederick the Great, - - 313

Aphorism,

On a Goldfinch starved to

Truth and Falsehoo

death in his Cage, - - 314

Cruel Spider, - - . ib. Improvement of Time, ib.

The Bird Catcher, - - 273 Inquisitive Monkey, - - 315

The Alpine Horn,

275 Proverbs, - - - - ib.
The little Boy and the Rose, ib. On one Ignorant and Arrogant, ib.

Rules for Conversation,

. 276 Old Man and his Sons, - 316

Shortness of Time, -

ib. Patience, - - - - 317

Frederick and his Ne

277 Opportunity, - - - 318

My heart Leaps,

Value of Hope, - - . ib.

Envy, - -

Unobtrusive Beauty, -

The Archer and the Ar

ib. | Forbearance,

Proverbs, -

Present condition of Man Vin-

279 dicated m . ib.
The Friend, - - - - ib. To a dear little Boy, after an

Obstinacy, :

. - 280

interval of Absence,

To a Child on his Birthday, ib, I Frozen Dove, - . . 322

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