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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 might 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 too 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.
Of Time, -
9 The Hidden Treasure,
Lily and Rose,
- 11 Honor, - .
Life, Death and Eterni
12) A Vision of the Alps,
The Leaf, . . . 13 | Filial Duty, -
Making Resolutions, .
16 Council of Hor
Brook and Fountain,
15 Friendship, ..
The Warrior Wolf,
Voyage of the Philosophers, 104
To my cousin Anne,
18 The Dog and Shadow, - - 108
Days of my Youth, - . 109
Ode to Peace, -
The Rats and the Barley, - 112
Morning, - -
The Bramin, - - -
- ib. Exer
The Fox and the
| The Fisherman,
Cousin Mary, -
25 Metaphysics, -
The Eagle, and the Assembly Adventures of a Raiu Dr 123
of Animals, -
Franklin on Death,
Cricket and Nightingale, - 35 | The Vessel without a Pilot, 131
Falls of Niagara, - - 38 Example, - - -
The Parables of Christ, ..
Vain Jackdaw, -
Ostlack Boy, -
The Clouds, .
40 The Frogs who desired a King, 133
An Eastern Evening,
Humane Driver rewarded, - 134
Ridicule, - -
To Jane, - - - -
A Repartee, . - . .
The poor old Lion, - .
Summer Morning, .
To Seneca Lake, , -
The Fly and the Mule, - ib.
The Fox and the Grapes,
My Father's Grave,
Gratitude, - -
The Recluse of the Lake, 51 Proverbs, - - . - 1
Honesty, - -
The two Roses, - -
Proverbs, - - -
Sir Walter Scott, -
Conduct to Equal
Flora's Party, • - -
| Conscience, -
Cruelty to Animals, • . 78 The Apostles, • - -
The Rat and the Oyster, . 79 | The Village Bells, - -
Philip of Macedon, - - 143 Honor dearer than Life, . 202
The proud Frog, . - - 144 To an Intant at its Birth, • 203
Forgiveness, - - - 145 | Discretion, - - - - 204
Conduct to Inferiors, . - ib. Keeping secrets, ... ib.
The Winged Worshippers, 146 Age, - - . - - ib.
Revenge, - - - - 147 Sir Walter Scott, . . 205
Cleanliness, . - - - ib. Choice of Company, - ib.
Faithful Spaniards, - - 14: Mercy, . - .
- 153 Warren's Address, - ib.
To an Insect in a Flower 159 Good Example,
Modesty, . . . . ib. Truth, -
The Case altered, - - 100 The Browning Boy and Dog, 208
Aphorisnis, . - . ib. Ingratitude, -
Dr Franklin, - - - - 161 Ant and Grasshopper, - 209
Haydn the Composer, - ih. Virtue Indispensable, . . 210
Providence, - - - - 102 Epitaph on an Infant, - ib.
The Foolish Stag, - - ib. Peasant of the Alps. . - 211
Conscience, - . - - 163 Duties of Pupils, - - 217
The Playthings, - - 164 Lark and her Young Ones, . ib.
The Wind and the Sun, - ib. | Kosciusko,
The Hour of Prayer, - 165 Earthworm and Bee, - - ih.
True Greatness, - - - 166 Boat Song, . .
Speaking of Yourself, . ib. Aphorism, - -
The Study of Natural History, 167 improvement of Time
Zoology, '. - - - 169 Asking Questions,
- 170 Hog and Acorns, -
172 " He never told á Lie,” - 223
- 174 Heifer, Goat, Sheep and Lion,
177 Equivocation, . .
General Nashi, . .
- 182 | Bad Example,
The withered Leaf,
185 Speaking, - -
Life, . - .
Peevishness and Anger, - 185 Proverbs,
Complaisance, - - ib. Ingenuousness, .
Aphorism, - - - - ib.
| Eton Boys, -
187 | Deceit, -
Night, - - - - ib. Franklin's Toast, - . 229
'The Angler and little Fisli, 188 | Food, - - . - . ib.
Columbia, - - -, - 18. | American Autumn, .
Patriotic Address, - - ib. All thai's bright must fade,” 232
The Valley of Vision,
190 Old Bulfinch and young Bi
Aphorism, - - - ib. The River,
The Old Knight and his Gray Sensible Answer of Socrates, 236
Peruke, - - - . 191 Proverbs, - - - -
Admonitions, • . - ib. | Mules and Robbers, . . 237
Envy, - - - - - 192 | Philosopher outdone, - .
Treachery, - - - - ib. Despondency of Lord Corn -
The Fair Pilgrim, - - . 193 wallis, - - - -
Shepherd's Dog and Wolf, 1:9 Patriotic Integrity, - - ib.
Conduct to your own Family, 2.0 Short Exhortations, - - ib.
Death of an Infant, - - 201 | Powder and Balls, - - 239
Proverbs, - - . - ib. Reputation, - - - ib.
Domestic reproved, • - 202 Little Voyagers, • - - 240
ryman and Raven 28 Pride the stian Revelation."
Little Puppy, • .
241 | The Blind Boy, -
Sloth, - -
244 Philantbropy, -
Art of Happiness,
ib. | Lines to a young Lady reading
245 the Bible, - - - ib.
jb Love of Country, - - 294
246 Lights and Shades,
Cleanliness, - .
Purity of Heart, - - 295
On a Lady's Writing,
Artifice, - - - . ib.
Flies and Spider,
Blank Book and Printed Book, 29;
ib. The Spaniel and Chameleon, 297
248 Prudent Siinplicity, - - : 298
249 Sympathy and Benevolence, 299
Pilot and Sailors,
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, - - - - ib. The Snail, - - - -
Sunset and Sunshine. - ib. Equality, - -
Last hours of Washington, - 254 The Christian Revelation, .. 303
Repentance, - .
l'ride the Bane of Happiness, ib.
The Countryman and Raven, The empty Bird's Nest, . 304
Goud lluinor, - - -
260 The Soul, - - -
The Glow-worm, -
Against Anger, - - - ib. Unreasonable Fear,
The Juniata, . - - 262 Modesty, - -
Advantages of Virtue, -
The Fear of God, -
Death of the Christian, -
263 The top
The Poplar Field,
The Forest Trees,
264 Wit by the Way side, . - ib.
The Grave of Parsons, - ib. Prudence, - - - 309
. 265 The Carrier Pigeon, - . ib.
Proverbs, - -
Importance of Despatch, - 310
Revenge, - - -
The Fariner and his two Sons, ib.
Thoughts at Sea, -
Filial Affection, - - 311
The Presence of God, ..
Sublime and Beautiful, . ib.
Chinese Women, -
The Faithful Bird, - - 312
War Horses, - -
Frederick the Great, - - 313
Aphorism, - - -
ib. On a Goldfinch starved to
Truth and Falsehood, - - 272 death in his Cage,. - 314
Cruel Spider, - -!
Improvement of Time, - ib.
The Bird Catcher, - - 273 Inquisitive Monkey, - - 315
The Alpine llorn, - -
Proverbs, - - - . ib.
'The little Boy and the Rose, ib. On one Ignorant and Arrogant, ib.,
Rules for Conversation,
276 Old Man and his Sons,
Shortness of Time, -
ib. Patience, - - - - 317
Frederick and his Nephew, 277 Opportunity, - - - 318
My heart Leaps, -
b. Value of Hope, -
Envy, - - - - 278 Unobtrusive Beauty, .
The Archer and the Arro
Forbearance, . - - 3
ib. Present condition of Man vin-
Honesty the best Policy, - 279
The Friend, - - -
ih. To a dear little Boy, after an
280 interval of Absence, -
To a Child on his Birthday, ib, 1 Frozen Dove, -'. .