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"And what did you see, my Mary,
“And what did you hear, my Mary,
"Oh tell me all, my Mary,
All, all that ever you know;
"Then take me on your knee, mother,
"And merry was the glee of the harp-strings,
"And what were the words, my Mary,
"And some, they played with the water, And rolled it down the hill;
And this,' they said, 'shall speedily turn
"For there has been no water,
'Oh, the miller, how he will laugh,
"And some, they seized the little winds, That sounded over the hill.
And each put a horn into his mouth,
"And there,' said they, 'the merry winds go,
Away from every horn;
And those shall clear the mildew dank,
"Oh, the poor, blind old widow,
Though she has been blind so long, She'll be merry enough when the mildew's gone, And the corn stands stiff and strong."
"And some, they brought the brown lint-seed, And flung it down from the Low;
And this,' said they, by the sun-rise,
"Oh, the poor, lame weaver,
How will he laugh outright,
"And then upspoke a brownie,
With a long beard on his chin, 'I have spun up all the tow,' said he, And I want some more to spin.
"I've spun a piece of hempen cloth, And I want to spin another;
A little sheet for Mary's bed,
And an apron for her mother!”
"And with that I could not help but laugh,
"And all, on the top of the Caldon-Low,
"But as I came down from the hill-top, I heard a jar below;
How busy the jolly miller was,
And how merry the wheel did go!
[In the following lesson, and some others, ellipses are left to be filled up by the pupil. Let the reader supply the words which are omitted. In this lesson the rhyme will assist in suggesting the proper word. Such an exercise will be found interesting and very useful. It will give to the learner a ready command of language, and thus promote fluency in conversation, a very important and desirable accomplishment, and will contribute to the formation of a habit of ease and readiness in composition. The memory, the imagination, and the judgment are called into exercise, while at the same time all the more immediate objects of a reading lesson are equally well secured. The proper word can be written with a pencil in the vacant place within the brackets, or can be supplied by the pupil at the time of reading.]
THERE is a land, of every land the pride,
For in this land of Heaven's peculiar grace,
Breathes there the man, with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath ( ),
This is my own, my native land?
Whose heart hath ne'er within him burned,
From wandering on a foreign strand?
If such there breathe, go mark him well;
Unwept, unhonored, and (
ON THE NATURE OF CLOUDS.
CLOUDS are collections of vapor in the air, rendered visible by condensation. They seldom rise very high. Sometimes they rest upon the earth's surface, constituting what is termed fog. Sometimes they are a mile above the surface of the earth, sometimes more; but they seldom rise higher than two or three miles. Very thin, fleecy clouds, however, sometimes rise to the hight of four or five miles. But why do they not rise to the surface of the atmosphere? The density of the atmosphere rapidly diminishes upward. One half of the whole quantity of air is within about three miles of the earth. Above this hight, the air is unable to support any considerable quantities of vapor. Hence we see the reason why clouds rise no higher, and why the thinnest and lightest rise highest.
To an attentive observer, the clouds present many interesting subjects of contemplation. Their ever-varying forms, their beautiful and richly variegated colors, and their silent motion, varying often in velocity and direction, while they furnish the poet with a field in which his fancy may rove delighted, also afford to the student of nature many an interesting theme for reflection. At one time, dark and portentous fancy might easily imagine them the ruins of some ancient castle, or timeworn tower; at another, they gather in beautiful and glorious forms around the path of the descending sun, and seem to vie with that luminary itself in splendor. Sometimes they move swiftly over the face of the heaven, and soon recede from our view; sometimes they seem to meet each other, and soon, like hasty travelers, pass each other by, without a sign of recognition. At one time, while we gaze upon them, they vanish; at another, they gather into darker and heavier masses of settled gloom.
The principal circumstances which influence the form of clouds are, the motion of the air, and the formation and condensation of vapor. Substances so light as clouds, readily change form, when subjected to greater atmospheric pressure on one side than on the other. Different portions of the air move with different degrees of velocity. Hence, clouds situ