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THE NOTES OF THE BIRDS.

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with rice almost to bursting ; he can hardly fly for corpulency. Last stage of his career, we hear of him spitted by dozens, and served up on the table of the gormand, the most vaunted' of southern dainties, the rice-bird of the Carolinas.

13. Such is the story of the once musical and admired, but finally sensual and persecuted boblink. It contains a moral worthy the attention of all little birds and little boys; warning them to keep to those refined and intellectual pursuits, which raised him to so high a pitch of popularity, during the early part of his career ; but to eschew all tendency to that gross and dissipated indulgence, which brought this mistaken little bird to an untimely end.

WASHINGTON IRVING.

y the attention of secuted boblink.sical and admired

IV.
4. THE NOTES OF THE BIRDS.
W ELL do I love those vārious harmonies

That ring so gayly in Spring's budding woods,
And in the thickets, and green, quiet haunts,
And lonely copses, of the Summer-time,

And in red Autumn's ancient solitudes.
2. If thou art pained with the world's noisy stir,

Or crazed with its mad tumults, and weigh'd down
With any of the ills of human life ;
If thou art sick and weak, or mourn'st the loss
Of brethren gone to that far distant land
To which we all do pass, gentle and poor,
The gayèst and the gravèst, all ălike;
Then turn into the peaceful woods, and hear

The thrilling music of the forest-birds.
3. How rich the varied choir !" The unquiet finch

Calls from the distant höllows, and the wren
Utterèth her sweet and mellow plaint at times,
And the thrush mournèth where the kalmia' hangs

Vaunted, (vånt' ed), boasted. Choir, (kwir), a band or compa2 In tel lěct' u al, relating to the ny of singers. mind.

· Kalmia, (kål mi &)a kind of 3 Es chew', avoid.

evergreen shrub, having beautiful • Haunts, (hånts), resorts.

white or pink flowers; also called, Oopse, & wood of small growth. laurel, ivy-hush, calico-bush, etc.

Its crimson-spotted cups, or chirps half-hid
Amid the lowly dogwood's snowy flowers ;
And the blue jay flits by, from tree to tree,
And, spreading its rich pinions, fills the ear

With its shrill sounding and unsteady cry. 4. With the sweet airs of Spring, the robin comes ;

And in her simple song there seems to gush
A strain of sorrow, when she visitèth
Her last year's wither'd nest. But when the gloom
Of the deep twilight falls, she takes her perch
Upon the red-stemm'd hazel's slender twig,
That overhangs the brook, and suits her song

To the slow rivulet's inconstànt chime.'
5. In the last days of Autumn, when the corn

Lies sweet and yellow in the harvest-field,
And the gay company of reapers bind
The bēarded wheat in sheaves, then peals ăbroad
The blackbird's měrry chant. I love to hear,
Bold plunderer! thy měllow burst of song
Float from thy watch-place on the mossy tree,
Close at the corn-field edge.

Lone whip-poor-will,”
There is much sweetness in thy fitful hymn,
Heard in the drowsy watches of the night.
Ofttimes, when all the village lights are out,
And the wide air is still, I hear thee chant
Thy hollow dirge, like some reclūse* who takes
His lodging in the wilderness of woods,
And lifts his anthem when the world is still :
And the dim, solemn night, that brings to man
And to the herds deep slumbers, and sweet dews
To the red roses and the herbs, doth find
No eye, save thine, a watcher in her halls.

i Chime, the harmonious sound Dirge, a mournful song of musical instruments, bells, run- 'Re clūse', a person who lives in ning waters, etc.

retirement, or apart from others, Whip’-poor-will, an American 6 An' them, a piece of music set bird, related to the nighthawk, so to verses from the Bible, used in called from the sounds of its voice. church ; & sacred song or hymn, etc.

THE NOTES OF THE BIRDS.

I hear thee oft at midnight, when the thrush
And the green roving linnet are at rest,
And the blīthe,' twittering swallows have long ceased

Their noisy note, and folded up their wings. 7 Far up some brook's still course, whose current streams

The forest's blacken'd roots, and whose green marge ?
Is seldom visited by human foot,
The lonely hěron : sits, and harshly breaks
The Sabbath-silence of the wilderness;
And you may find her by some reedy pool,
Or brooding gloomily on the time-stain'd rock,

Beside some misty and far-reaching lake. 8. Most awful is thy deep and heavy boom,

Gray watcher of the waters! Thou art king
Of the blue lake ; and all the winged kind
Do fear the echo of thine angry cry.
How bright thy savage eye! Thou lookèst down,
And seest the shining fishes as they glide ;
And, poising thy gray wing, thy glossy bēak
Swift as an årrow strikes its roving prey.
Ofttimes I see thee, through the curling mist,
Dart, like a specter of the night, and hear
Thy strange, bewildering call, like the wild scrēam

Of one whose life is perishing in the sea.
9. And now, wouldst thou, O man! delight the ear

With earth's delicious sounds, or charm the eye
With beautiful creations ? Then pass förth,
And find them midst those many-colored birds
That fill the glowing woods. The richest hues
Lie in their splendid plūmage, and their tones
Are sweeter than the mūsic of the lūte,"
Or the harp's melody, or the notes that gush
So thrillingly from Beauty's ruby lip.

ISAAC MCLELLAN, JR.

'Blithe, joyful; gay; sprightly. Pois' ing, balancing. Marge, edge.

• Spěc'ter, a ghost; the appear. * Hěr on, a long legged and neck- ance of a person who is dead. ed water-fowl that lives on fish.

Lūte, a stringed musical instru• Boom, a peculiar noise made by ment formerly much used. the eagle.

8 Ruby, (r8' bi), red.

SECTION II.

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5. DANIEL WEBSTER AT SCHOOL.

TTTHEN Webster first entered Phillips Academy, at Exe

V ter, he was made, in consequence of his unpolished' country-like appearance, and because he was placed at the foot of the class, the butt? of ridiculeby some of the scholars. This treatment touched his keen sensibility, and he spoke of it with regret to his friends where he boarded. They informed him that the place assigned him in the class was according to

the standing regulations of the school, and that by diligence · he might rise ăbove it. They also advised him to take no notice

of the laughter of the city boys; for, after awhile, they would become weary of it and would cease.

2. The assistant tutor, Mr. Emery, was informed of the treatment which Webster received. He, therefore, treated him with special consideration, told him to care for nothing but his books, and predicted that all would end well. This kindness had the desired effect. Webster applied himself with increased diligence, and with signal success. He soon met with his reward, which made those who had laughed at him hang their heads with shame.

3. At the end of the first quarter, the assistant tutor called up the class in their usual order. He then walked to the foot of the class, took Webster by the arm, and marched him, in front of the class, to the head, where, as he placed him, he said, “There, sir, that is your proper place." This practical rebuke' made those who had delighted to ridicule the country boy feel mortified and chagrined. He had outstripped them.

1 Un polished, rude; not refined 4 Dil' i gence, steady and careful in manners.

attention. ? Bắtt, a mark to be shot at; the ' 5 Therefore, ther' fór), for that or person at whom ridicule, or jests are this reason. directed.

• Pre dict' ed, foretold. 8 Rid' i cule, mockery ; wit that ? Re būke, reproof for faults; exposes the object of it to laugh- check or restraint. er and to personal and offensive Chagrined, (sha grined), put to feelings.

shame; vexed.

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4. This incident greatly stimulated the successful student. He applied himself with his accustomed in'dustry, and looked forward with some degree of solicitude’ to the end of the second term, to see whether he would be able to retain his relative rank in the class. Weeks slowly passed away; the end of the term arrived, and the class was again summoned to be newly arranged, according to their scholarship and deportment, as evinced* during the precedingo term!

5. While they were all standing in silence and suspense,' Mr. Emery, their teacher, said, fixing his eye at the same time upon the country boy : “Dăniël Webster, găther up your books and take down your cap.” Not understanding the design of such an order, Daniel complied with troubled feelings. He knew not but he was åbout to be expelled from school for his dullness.

6. His teacher perceived the expression of sadness upon his countenance, but soon dispelled' it by saying : “Now, sir, you will please pass into another room, and join a higher class; and you, young gentlemèn,” addressing the other scholars, “will take an affectionate leave of your classmate, for you will never see him again!As if he had said: “This rustic lad, whom you have made the butt of ridicule, has already so far outstripped you in his studies, that, from your stand-point, he is dwarfed in the distance, and will soon be out of sight entirely. He has developedo a capacity for study which will prevent you from ever overtaking him. As a classmate, you will never see him again."

7. It would be in'teresting to know who those city boys were who made the young rustico an object of sport. What have they come to? What have they accomplished ? Who has heard of the fame of their attainments ? Scholars should be careful how they laugh at a classmate because of his unpolished manners or coarse raiment. Under that rough exterior" may

Stim' u lāt ed, excited, or roused ? Dis pělled', drove away; caused to action.

to disappear. ? So lịc' i tūde, anxious care. Dwarfed, lessened ; kept or

· Rěl a tive, considered by com- made small. paring with others.

'De věl'oped, shown ; unfolded. * E vinced', shown ; proved. 10 Rús' tic, one who works upon

• Pre cēd' ing, going before in the soil; a countryman. place or order of time; previous. " Ex tē' ri or, the outward sur

Sŭs pěnse', state of uncertainty; face or part of a thing; that which indetermination ; doubt.

is outside,

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