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service, and whatever you may require of me that I will with all His majesty commanded them to seize the man and bring him my heart and soul accomplish.”
thither; and the bears, having caught Haitim, carried him with The jackals replied, “In this neighbourhood there lives a couple them. of ravenous hyenas, who every year devour our young ones, our When the king of the bears had minutely examined Haitim, he strength being of no avail against them. If it is in your power save gave orders that he should be taken care of, and conveyed to their us from their depredations, and it will be doing us the greatest of abode, to which they all returned. favours."
When Haitim was next brought before the king, his Majesty said Haitim requested the jackals to show him the haunt of the hyenas; “Son of Adam, be seated, and tell us whence you came, and what which being done, he set out, but found that the place was vacant. is your na
ne; yet that is unnecessary, for I know you are Haitim." He then sat down till it was night, when both hyenas, male and Haitim answered, “Yes, I am; and I have come hither in the female, arrived, and were surprised at seeing a man stationed in service of my Creator." their abode.
His Majesty then said to him, "Truly you are most welcome, and Growling, they said to him in their own language, “Oh, son of I will give you my daughter in marriage, for as yet I have met man! this is our dwelling place, not yours. How came you to sit with none other so proper for a son-in-law that I could bestow her here ? Arise, and go your way, otherwise we shall tear you to pieces on him, as it would be unbecoming to espouse her to any of my on this very spot."
subjects or servants." Haitim replied, “Creatures of the Almighty, your own lives are On hearing this flattering proposal, Haitim hung down his head. dear to you, so you ought to consider the lives of others; and if you The king of the bears then asked him, “ What is the reason of your delight in destroying life, tremble for your own. For what reason hanging down your head ? Have you nothing to say in reply? Am do you devour the young of the helpless jackals ? Truly you have I, forsooth, unworthy of being your father-in-law" not the fear of God, and ought to repent."
Haitim at last said, “You are of the brute creation, I of the They said to him, “How come you to feel sympathy for the human race; what sympathy is there between us ?'' jackals ? Why do you not look after your own affairs ?"
The bear said, “Oh, Haitim! rest you content on that score, and Haitim replied, "I beseech you, by that God who hath created let nothing disturb your mind, for know that my daughter is of you and the whole universe,' to abstain from eating their flesh; your own species." God is bountiful, and He will assuredly send you sustenance." His Majesty then ordered his daughter to be arrayed and
The hyenas, in answer to this, said, “We never will spare presented, saying to Haitim, “ There, look at her for a moment." them."
Haitim rose up, and beheld a female in human shape, beautiful as When Haitim found them callous and merciless, and disinclined the moon in her fourteenth night. to act honestly, he instantly sprung forward and suspended himself He was wrapt in wonder, and having returned to his Majesty, he to the necks of the hyenas, by which means he threw them down, said, “ You are a king, and I am a beggar, it would be disrespectful and bound them with cords. He then considered with himself, "If I kill them, it will be con
in the bear replied,
* You must accept of her, in spite of every trary to my nature, for hitherto I have not inflicted pain on any objection which you can contrive. Pray are you not Prince of living creature ; but on further reflection it came into his mind Yemen ?” that it was highly proper to chastise such ferocious animals. He Haitim began to reflect,
,-" What a scrape I have fallen into! I therefore drew forth his knife, and having broken the teeth and cut have come forth on a particular mission ; how then can I remain off the claws of the hyenas be left them, and devoutly prayed to captive here ?". God to relieve the pain of the animals.
The bear observed his thoughtfulness a second time, and said, The hearer of prayers hearkened to Haitim's request, and removed “Oh Haitim ! if you accept not my daughter, I shall put you into a the pain from the hyenas.
place of confinement, where you shall remain fast till the day of Haitim then loosened their fetters and set the animals at liberty. judgment.”. They fell at his feet, saying, “How can we henceforth obtain sus- Here Haitim attempted a reply, but the bear became angry, and tenance ?"
ordered him to be confined in a certain dungeon, and strict watch to He replied, "God is bountiful."!!
be kept over him. Meanwhile the jackals presented themselves, and said, "Hence- Instantly the bears seized Haitim and carried him to the dungeon, forth let the maintenance of the hyenas be left to our care, and and having removed a large stone of extreme bardness, they bound while we live we shall provide for them."
him fast, and then replaced the stone as it was before, over the Haitim then took leave of the jackals and proceeded on his way entrance of the dungeon. through the desert.
In this hole, Haitim, hungry, thirsty, and bewildered, was left for After he had gone the female jackal said to the male, “ It would the space of two weeks, at the expiration of which the king sent be very ungrateful that Haitim should wander alone to the desert for him, and having made him sit beside him, said, “Oh, Haitim ! of Hawaida, and you not to show him the way."
will you now espouse my daughter ?” Thereupon the male jackal running, made up to him, and said, Haitim still remained silent, and the king ordered fruits to be “Oh, Haitim! let me accompany you to Hawaida."
brought and presented to him. Being hungry, he ate of the fruit Haitim answered,
Already you have done me one kind deed, and quenched his thirst with pure water, after which the bear again which I have not requited. Why, then, would lay me under further insisted on his marrying his daughter. obligations ?”
To this Haitim at last replied, that there could be no relationship To this the jackal said, “ Servant of the Almighty, why should I between mankind and other animals; on hearing which, the king of allow you to wander astray from the country to which you are the bears ordered him to be again shut up in the dungeon. bound'?"
After some days Haitim, exhausted with hunger and thirst, fell Haitim replied, “I will by no means take you away in my into a deep sleep, and in a dream he saw an aged man, who thus company; but as you have a desire to set me on the right track, it addressed him : "O, Haitim! why art thou thus dilatory in the is quite sufficient that you show me the proper path to take.” service which thou hast taken in hand ; and why dost thou not comply
The jackal then said, “Oh, youth I there is one way which is with the bear's request ?” near, but it has dangers innumerable ; and there is another way, Haitim answered, “ If I accept his daughter they will never permit which is circuitous and extremely rough ; for this reason allow me me to depart and leave them for the accomplishment of my task.”. to go with you.”
The aged man replied, “On that alone your liberation depends, In reply to this Haitim said, “Do you show me the nearest way, for otherwise you must soon perish in this dungeon ; therefore accept and God will render it smooth for me.”
the bear's daughter for your wife, and for this compliance on your The jackal then directed him, saying, “Go straight to a place part she will effectually assist in setting you at liberty." where the road divides into four branches, and then keep to that
Then Haitim awoke from his dream. About two weeks afterwards which leads right on : it is the shortest way, and if you go safely it he was again brought before the king of the bears. will take you to the desert of Hawaida."
His Majesty seated Haitim beside him, and repeated his former Haitim bade adieu to the jackal and proceeded on his journey. proposal, which Haitim agreed to. Then, taking Haitim by the hand, After travelling for a montă he arrived at the four divisions of he placed him upon his own throne, and issued orders for his grandees the road, and keeping the direct path he advanced towards the desert. to be in attendance.
After he had gone part of the way, several bears presented them- Contracts were then entered into, according to the usages of the selves to his sight, for there the king of the bears, with a thousand bears, after which the bear-king conveyed Haitim to the apartments of of those uncouth animals, held his court, and it happened on that his daughter. There, to his surprise, he found the hall decorated particular day that they were out on an excursion.
with the most splendid couches, such as befit royalty; and on a When Haitim was seen by the bears, they instantly sent splendid throne was seated his bride, arrayed in gold ornaments and intelligence to their king that they had that day be held one of the all kinds of jewels.
For a short time Haitim stood bewildered, when the king took the
hand of his daughter and resigned her to Haitim, agreeably to established custom.
Every day the king sent a variety of the most delicious fruits for Haitim, who at length remarked—that to live entirely on fruit did not agree with him, and that he would prefer more substantial food. On hearing this the king ordered his emissaries to collect from places inhabited by men quantities of flour, sugar, milk, and butter, also utensils of porcelain.
The order was no sooner expressed than executed, and thus Haitim was enabled to fare sumptuously twice a day on the most delicious food, which he himself dressed according to his liking.
In this manner six months elapsed, when one day Haitim, addressing the bear's daughter, said, “ I have left home on a special mission, and your father has forcibly detained me here; if you will permit my absence for a time, and make your father assent to this measure, when I have accomplished my undertaking I will return and live with you."
The bear's daughter instantly went to her father and acquainted him with Haitim's request ; to which the king replied, “Daughter, he is your husband ; if you are yourself satisfied you have my consent.”
The daughter observed, “ Haitim appears to be a man of sincerity; be will assuredly return according to his promise."
The king not only gave his permission, but ordered some of his subjects to conduct Haitim beyond the boundaries of his dominions.
Haitim having taken leave of his wife, departed ; and after some time arrived at a sandy desert which contained not a single human habitation.
(To be continued.)
The cataract strong
Striking and raging
As if a war waging
Rising and leaping,
Showering and springing,
Eddying and whisking,
Around and around
With endless rebound;
A sight to delight in;
Confounding, astounding, Dizzying and deafening the ear with its sound,
Collecting, projecting, Receding and speeding And shocking and rocking, And darting and parting, And threading and spreading, And whizzing and hissing, And dripping and skipping, And hitting and splitting, And shining and twining, And rattling and battling, And shaking and quaking, And pouring and roaring, And waving and raving, And tossing and crossing, And flowing and going, And running and stunning, And foaming and roaming, And dinning and spinning, And dropping and hopping, And working and jerking, And guggling and struggling, And heaving and cleaving, And moaning and groaning,
And glittering and frittering,
THE CATARACT OF LODORE.
* How does the water Come down at Lodore ?"
My little boy ask'd me
Thus, once on a time;
Anon at the word,
To second and third
Comes down at Lodore,
As many a time
So I told them in rhyme
And t'was in my vocation
For their recreation
Because I was Laureate
From its fountains
Its rills and its gills;
It runs and creeps
For awhile, till it sleeps
And thence at departing,
It runs through the reeds,
and in shade,
Here it comes sparkling,
and wrath in.
On which it is bent,
Of its steep descent.
Dividing and gliding and sliding,
and bounding and rounding,
And clattering and battering and shattering ; Retreating and beating and meeting and sheeting, Delaying and straying and playing and spraying, Advancing and prancing and glancing and dancing, Recoiling, turmoiling and toiling and boiling, And gleaming and streaming and steaming and beaming, And rushing and flushing and brushing and gushing, And flapping and rapping and clapping and slapping, And curling and whirling and purling and twirling, And thumping and plumping and bumping and jumping, And dashing and flashing and splashing and clashing ; And so never ending, but always descending, Sounds and motions forever and ever are blending, All at once and all o'er, with a mighty uproar; And this way the water comes down at Lodore.
A car caught a sparrow, and was about to devour it, but the sparrow said—“No gentleman eats 'till he washes his face.” The cat, struck with this remark, set the sparrow
down, and began to wash his face with his paw, but the sparrow flew away. This vexed puss extremely, and he said, " As long as I 'livo I will eat first and wash my face afterward”—which all cats do, oven to this day.
THE EAGLE AND THE DOVE. A YOUNG eagle pursuing its prey was wounded in its right wing by an arrow. Falling into a grove of myrtles, for three long days it consumed its grief; for three long nights it endured the pain of its wound, till at length the universal balm, the balm of nature, healed it. It then dragged itself out of the grove, and sought again to spread its wing-but alas ! the nerve was severed, and it was only with much difficulty that it could seize the meanest prey. Sadly it seated itself upon a rock, beside a brook, gazing wistfully at the summit of a lofty rock and the blue sky, and a tear rolled from its eye.
At this moment & pair of doves flew out of the myrtle grove, and sported in the golden sands, and amid the ripples of the murmuring brook. Perceiving the wounded eagle, one of the doves approached it, and looking at it kindly said, “Thou lookest sad, friend ; come, be gay once more. Is there not here around you everything to make a bird happy. Does it not rejoice your heart to look upon these green branches that shelter you from the rays of the summer sun? Is it not refreshing to sit at evening upon the cool moss beside this stream, to sip the fresh dew from the flowers? The forest will yield thee abundance of nourishment, and this silver stream will slaka thy thirst. O, my friend, true happiness consists in being contented with a httle, and that little may be found everywhere.”
“O, wise philosopher !" replied the eagle, sadly drooping its head; “O wise philosopher, thou speakest like-a dove."
THE STORY WITHOUT AN END.
1. There was once a Child who lived in a little but, in which there was nothing but a little bed, and a mirror that hung in a dark corner. Now the Child cared nothing at all about the mirror; but, as soon as the first sunbeam glided softly through the casement and kissed his faireyelids, and the thrush and the linnet waked him merrily with their matin songs, he arose and went out into the green meadow. And he begged four of the primrose, and sugar of the violet, and butter of the buttercup. He shook dew-drops from the cowslip into the cup of a harebell; spread out a large lime-leaf, set his little break. fast upon it, and feasted daintily.
Sometimes he invited a humming bee, oftener a gay butterfly, to share his feast; but his favourite guest was the blue dragonfly. The bee hummed a great deal, in a solemn tone, about his riches ; but the Child thought that, if he were a bee, heaps of treasures would not suffice to make him gay and happy; and that it must be much more delightful and glorious to float about in the free and fresh breezes of spring, and to hum joyfully in the web of the sunbeams than, with weary feet and heavy heart, to store the silver wax and the golden honey into cells.
To this the butterfly assented; and he told how, once on a time, he too had been greedy and covetous; how he had thought of nothing but eating, and had never once turned his eyes upwards to the blue heavens. At length, however, an entire change had come over him; and, instead of crawling dispirited about the dusty earth, half-dreaming, he at once awaked as out of a deep sleep. And now he could rise into the air ; and it was his greatest joy sometimes to play with the light, and to reflect the heavens in the bright eyes of his wings; sometimes to listen to the still language of the flowers, and catch their secrets. Such talk delighted the Child, and his breakfast was the sweeter to him, and the sunshine on leaf and flower seemed to him more bright and cheering.
But when the bee had flown off to beg from flower to flower, and the butterfly had fluttered away to his play-fellows, the dragonfly still remained, poised on a blade of grass. Her slender and burnished body, more brightly and intensely, blue than the deep azure sky, glistened in the sunbeam; and her net-like wings laughed at the flowers because they could not fly, but must stand still and abide the wind and the rain. The dragonfly sipped a little of the Child's clear dewdrops and blue violet-honey, and then whispered her winged words. And the Child made an end of his repast, closed his dark blue eyes, bent down his beautiful head, and listened to the sweet prattle. Then the dragonfly told much of her merry life in the green
wood; how sometimes she played hide-and-seek with her mates under the broad leaves of the oak and the beech trees; or hunt-the-hare along the surface of the still waters; and sometimes quietly watched the sunbeams, as they flew busily from moss to flower and from flower to bush, shedding life and warmth over all. But at night, she said, the moonbeams glided softly around the wood, and dropped dew into the mouths of all the thirsty plants; and when the dawn pelted the Blumberers with the soft roses of heaven, some of the half-drunken flowers looked up and smiled; but most of them could not so much as raise their heads for a long, long time.
Such stories did the dragonfly tell ; and, as the Child sat motionless with his eyes shut, and his head rested on his little hand, she thought he had fallen asleep; so she poised her double wings and flew into the rustling wood.
THE BUTTERFLY'S BALL. COME, take up your hats, and away let us haste To the Butterfly's ball and the Grasshopper's feast, The trumpeter Gadily has summoned the crew, And the revels are now only waiting for you. On the smooth shaven grass by the side of the wood, Beneath a broad oak, which for ages had stood, See the children of earth, and the tenants of air, For an evening's amusement together repair. And there came the Beetle so blind and so black Who carried the Emmet, his friend, on his back; And there came the Gnat, and the Dragonfly too, With all their relations, green, orange, and blue. And there came the Moth, in his plumage of down, And the Hornet, with jacket of yellow and brown, Who with him the Wasp his companion did bring ; But they promised that evening to lay by their sting. And the sly little Dormouse crept out of his hole, And led to the feast his blind brother the Mole; And the Snail, with his horns peeping out from his shell, Came from a great distance, the length of an ell. A mushroom their table, and on it was laid A water-dock leaf, which a table-cloth made; The viands were various, to each of their taste, And the Bee brought his honey to crown the repast. There, close on his haunches, so solemn and wise, The Frog from a corner looked up to the skies; And the Squirrel, well pleased such diversion to see, Sat cracking his nuts overhead in a tree. Then came out the Spider, with fingers so fine, To show his dexterity on the tight line, From one branch to another his cobwebs he slung, Then as quick as an arrow he darted along. But just in the middle, oh! shocking to tell ! From his rope in an instant poor Harlequin fell ; Yet he touched not the ground, but with talons outspread, Hug suspen ed in air at the end of a thread. Then a Grassh >pper came with a jerk and a spring, Very long wa his leg, though but short was his wing ; He took but three leaps and was soon out of sight, Then chirped his own praises the rest of the night. With step quito majestic the Snail did advance, And promised the gazers a minuet dance ; But they all laughed so loud that he pulled in his head, And went to his own-little chamber to bed. Then as evening gave way to the shadows of night, Their watchman, the Glowworm, came out with his light: Then home let us hasten while yet we can see, For no watchman is waiting for you and for me.
WHERE HAST THOU BEEN ?
Where hast thou been? where, where ?
Piping songs of pleasant glee,
And he laughing said to me, -
So I piped with merry cheer.
So I piped, -he wept to hear.
Sing thy songs of happy cheer ;
While he wept with joy to hear.
In a book that all may read ;-
And I plucked a hollow reed:
And I strained the water clear,
Every child may joy to hear.
MRS. BENSON AND THE YOUNG GENTLEMAN AND LADY AT BREAKFAST.-THE
ROBINS VONTURE UPON THE TEA TABLE.
together to Mrs. Benson's (because if one had waited for the
other's return it would have missed the chance of being fed), it happened, I say, that they were both absent longer than usual; for their little benefactors, having been fatigued with a very long walk the evening before, lay late in bed that morning, but as soon as Frederick was dressed, his sister, who was waiting for him, took him by the hand, and led him down stairs, where he bastily asked the cook for the collection of crumbs. As soon as he entered the breakfast parlour he ran eagerly to the window, and attempted to fling it up. “What is the cause of this mighty bustle ?" said his mamma. “Do you not perceive that I am in the room, Frederick ?" "Oh, my birds ! my birds !" cried he. “I understand,” rejoined Mrs. Benson,
" that you have neglected to feed your little pensioners. How came this about, Harriet ?" "We were so tired last night," answered Miss Benson, “that we overslept ourselves, mamma." "That excuse
may satisfy you and your brother," added the lady, “but I fear your EDUCATION.
birds would bring heavy complaints against you were they able to O’RR wayward Childhood would'st thou hold firm rule,
talk. But make haste to feed them now; and, for the future, whenAnd sun thee in the light of happy faces ;
ever you give any living creature cause to depend upon you for Love, Hope, and Patience, these must be thy graces,
sustenance, be careful, on no account, to disappoint it; and if you are
prevented from feeding it yourself, employ another person to do it And in thine own heart let them first keep school.
for you." For as old Atlas on his broad neck places
" It is customary,” continued Mrs. Benson, "for little boys and Heaven's starry globe, and there sustains it, -50
girls to pay their respects to their papas and mammas every morning Do these upbear the little world below
as soon as they see them. This, Frederick, you ought to have done Of Education.- Patience, Love, and Hope.
to me on entering the parlour, instead of running across it, crying Methinks, I see them groaped, in seemly show,
out. My birds! my birds!' It would have taken you but very little The straightened arms upraised, the palms aslope,
time to have done 80; however, I will excuse your neglect now, my And robes that, touching as adown they flow,
dear, as you did not intend to offend me, but remember that you Distinctly blend, like snow embossed in snow.
depend as much on your papa and me for everything you want as O part them never !--If Hope prostrate lie,
these little birds do on you; nay, more so, for they could find food
in other places, but children can do nothing towards their own supLove too will sink and die.
port; they should, therefore, be dutiful and respectful to those But Love is subtle, and doth proof derivo
whose tenderness and care they constantly experience.” From her own life that Hope is yet alive :
Miss Harriet promised her mamma that she would, on all occaAnd bending o'er with soul-transfusing eyes,
sions, endeavour to bebave as she wished her to do; but, I am sorry And the soft murmurs of the mother dove,
to say, Frederick was more intent on opening the window than on Woos back the fleeting spirit, and half-supplies:
imbibing the good instructions that were given him. This he could Thus Love repays to Hope, what Hope first gave to Love.
not do; therefore Harriet, by her mamma's permission, went to his Yet haply there will come a weary day,
assistance, and the store of provisions was dispensed. When o'ertasked at length
As many of the birds had nests, they eat their meal with all Both Love and Hope beneath the load give way.
possible expedition ; among this number were the Robins, who
dispatched the business as soon as they could, for the hen was Then with a statue's smile, a statue's strength,
anxious to return to her little ones, and the cock to procure them a Stands the mute sister, Patience, nothing loth,
breakfast; and having given his young friends a song before they And both supporting does the work of both.
left their bedchambers, he did not think it necessary to stay to sing S. T. COLERIDGE. any more; they therefore departed.
When the mother-bird arrived at the ivy-wall, she stopped at the It is no trifling good to win the ear of children with verses which foster entrance of the nest with a palpitating heart; but, seeing her brood in them the seeds of humanity, and tenderness, and piety; awaken their all safe and well, she hastened to take them under her wings. Ar fancy, and exercise pleasurably and wholesomely their imaginative and soon as she was seated, she observed that they were not so cheerful meditative powers. It is no trifling benefit to provide a ready mirror for
“ What is the matter !” said she ; " how have you agreed the young, in which they may see their own best feelings reflected, and during my absence ?" To these questions all were unwilling to Soever things are lovely," are presented to them in the most attractive reply for the truth was that they had been quarrelling almost the form. It is no trifling benefit to send abroad strains which may assist in
whole time. “What! all silent ?" said she : " I fear you have not
I desire you preparing the heart for its trials, and in supporting it under them.-Robert obeyed my commands, but have been contending. Suulhey.
(* Continued from page 11.1
will tell me the truth.” Robin, knowing that he was the greatest now, but depend upon it I will not suffer you to use any of the offender, began to justify himself before the others could have time family ill, particularly your good mother; and, if you persist in to accuse him.
obstinacy, I will certainly turn you out of the nest before you can “I am sure, mother," said he, "I only gave Dick a little peck, fly." These threatenings intimidated Robin, and he also began to be because he crowded me so; and all the others joined with him, and very hungry as well as cold; he, therefore, promised to behave fell upon me at once."
better for the future, and his brother and sister pleaded earnestly “Since you have begun, Robin," answered Dicky, “I must speak, that he might be forgiven and restored to his usual place. for you gave me a very hard peck indeed; and I was afraid you had "I can say nothing in respect to the last particular," replied the put out my eye. I am sure I made all the room I could for you; father, “that depends upon his mother; but, as it is his first offence, but you said you ought to have half the nest, and to be master when and he seems to be very sorry, I will myself pardon it, and intercede your father and mother were out, because you are the eldest." for him with his mother." On this he left the nest to seek for her.
“I do not love to tell tales," said Flapsy, “but what Dicky says “Return, my dear,” said he, "to your beloved family. Robin is very true, Robin; and you plucked two or three little feathers seems sensible of his offence, and longs to ask your forgiveness." out of me, only because I begged you not to use us ill."
Pleased at this intelligence, the mother raised her drooping bead “And you set your foot very hard upon me," cried Pecksy, " for and closed her wings, which hung mournfully by her sides
, exprestelling you that you had forgotten your dear mother's command." sive of the dejection of her spirits. “I fly to give it him," said she,
"This is a sad story, indeed," said the mother, “I am sorry and hastened into the nest. In the meanwhile Robin wished for, to find, Robin, that you already discover such a turbulent dis- yet dreaded, her return. position. If you go on in this manner we shall have no peace in the As soon as he saw her he lifted up a supplicating eye, and in a nest, not can I leave it with any degree of satisfaction. As for weak tone (for hunger and sorrow had made him faint), he cried, your being the eldest, though it makes me show you a preference on Forgive me, dear mother, I will not again offend you.
“I accept all proper occasions, it does not give you a privilege to domineer your submission, Robin,” said she, “and will once more receive you over your brothers and sisters. You are equally the objects of our to my wing ; but indeed your behaviour has made me very unhappy. tender care, which we shall exercise impartially among you, pro- She then made room for him, he nestled closely to her side, and vided you do not forfeit it by bad behaviour. To show you that soon found the benefit of her fostering heat; but he was still you are not master of the nest, I desire you to get from under my hungry, yet he had not confidence to ask his father to fetch him wing, and sit on the outside, while I cherish those who are dutiful any victuals; but this kind parent, seeing that his mother had and good.” Robin, greatly mortified, retired from his mother; on received him into favour, flew with all speed to an adjacent field, which Dicky, with the utmost kindness, began to intercede for him. where he soon met with a worm, which with tender love he pre“Pardon, Robin, my dear mother, I entreat you," said he;." I sented to Robin, who swallowed it with gratitude. Thus was peace heartily, forgive his treatment of me, and would not have complained restored to the nest, and the happy mother rejoicing that harmony to you, had it not been necessary for my own justification.”
once more reigned in the family. * You are a good bird, Dicky,” said his mother, “but such an A few days after a fresh disturbance took place. All the little offence as this must be repented of before it is pardoned.” At this Redbreasts, excepting Pecksy, in turn committed some fault or other, instant her mate returned with a fine worm, and looked, as usual, for which they were occasionally punished ; but she was of so amiable for Robin, who lay skulking by himself. “Give it,” said the mother, a disposition that it was her constant study to act with propriety, and to Dicky; Robin must be served last this morning-nay, I do not avoid giving offence, on which account she was justly caressed by know whether I shall permit him to have any victuals all day.” her parents with distinguished kindness. This excited the envy of Dicky was very unwilling to mortify his brother, but, on his the others, and they joined together to treat her ill, giving her the mother's commanding him not to detain his father, he opened his title of the favourite ; saying, that they made no doubt their father mouth and swallowed the delicious mouthful. "What can be the and mother would reserve the nicest morsels for their darling. matter ?" said the good father, when he had emptied his mouth ; Poor Pecksy bore all their reproaches with patience, hoping that “surely none of the little ones have been naughty ? But I cannot she should in time regain their good opinion by her gentleness and stop to inquire at present, for I have left another fine worm, which affection. But it happened one day, that, in the midst of their may be gone if I do not make haste back."
tauntings, their mother unexpectedly returned, who hearing an unAs soon as he departed Dicky renewed his entreaties that Robin common noise among her young ones, stopped on the ivy to learn might be forgiven; but, as he sat swelling with anger and disdain, the cause; and as soon as she discovered it, she made her appearance because he fancied that the eldest should not be shoved to the out- at the entrance of the nest, with a countenance that showed she side of his mother's wing, while the others were fed, she would not knew what was going on. " Are these the sentiments” said she, hear a word in his behalf. The father soon come and fed Flapsy, " that subsist in a family which ought to be bound together by love and then thinking it best for his mate to continue her admonitions, and kindness ? Which fof you has cause to reproach either your he flew off again. During her father's absence, Pecksy, whose little father or me with partiality? Do we not, with the exactest equality, heart was full of affectionate concern for the punishment of her distribute the fruits of our labours among you ? And in what rebrother, thus attempted to comfort him:
spect has poor Pecksy the preference, but in that praise which is “Dear Robin, do not grieve ; I will give you my breakfast, if my justly her due, and which you do not strive toʻ deserve ? Has she mother will let me. “Oh!" said Robin, “ I do not want any break- ever yet uttered a complaint against you ? though from the dejecfast: if I may not be served first I will have none." “Shall I ask tion of her countenance, which she in vain attempted to conceal, my mother to forgive you ?" said Pecksy. “I do not want any of it is evident that she has suffered your reproaches for some your intercessions," replied he ; " if you had not been a parcel of days past. I positively command you to treat her otherill-natured things I should not have been pushed about as I am.” wise, for it is a mother's duty to succour & persecuted nest
“ Come back, Pecksy," said the mother, who overheard ling; and I will certainly admit her next my heart, and them, “I will not have you commune with so naughty a bird. banish you all from that place you have hitherto possessed in it, if I forbid every one of you even to go near him. The father you suffer envy and jealousy to occupy your bosoms, instead of that then arrived, and Pecksy was fed. You may rest yourself, my tender love which she, as the kindest of sisters, has a right to expect dear,” said the mother, "your morning's task is ended. Why, from you." what has Robin done ?” asked he. “What I am sorry to re- Robin, Dicky, and Flapsy were quite confounded by their mother's late," she replied ; quarrelled with his brothers and sisters." reproof, and Pecksy, sorry that they bad inc red the displeasure of “ Quarrelled with his brothers and sisters ? you surprise me. I so tender a parent, kindly endeavoured to soften her anger. “That could not have suspected he would have been either so foolish I have been vexed, my dear mother,” said she, “is true, but not so or so unkind.” “O, this is not all,” said the mother, "for he much as you suppose ; and I am ready to believe that my dear presumes on being the eldest, and claims half the nest to himself brothers and sister were not in earnest in the severe things they said when we are absent, and now is sullen because he is disgraced, and not of me; perhaps they only meant to try my affection. I now entreat fed first as usual." “If this is the case,” replied the father, “ leave them to believe that I would willingly resign the greatest pleasure me to settle this business, my dear, and pray go into the air a little, in life could I by that means increase their happiness; and, so far for you seem to be sadly vexed.” “I am disturbed," said she, “I con- from wishing for the nicest morsel, I would content myself with the fess; for, after all my care and kindness, I did not expect such a sad humblest fare rather than any of them should be disappointed." This return as this. I am sorry to expose this perverse bird, even to you, tender speech had its desired effect; it recalled those sentiments of but he will not be corrected by me. I will do as you desire, go love which envy and jealousy had for a time banished. All the into the air a little,” so saying she repaired to a neighbouring tree, nestlings acknowledged their faults; their mother forgave them, a where she anxiously waited the event of her mate's admonition. perfect reconciliation took place, to the great joy of Pecksy, and,
As soon as the mother departed, the father thus addressed the indeed, of all parties. delinquent: “ And so, Robin, you want to be master of the nest ? All the nestlings continued very good for several days, and A pretty master you would make, indeed, who do not know even nothing happened worth relating; the little family were soon how to govern your own temper! I will not stand to talk much to you covered with feathers, which their mother taught them to dress