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houses, if a small and convenient twig is found for the purpose. The female is the architect, while the male goes in quest of materials ; such as cotton, fine moss, and the fibres of vegetables. Of these maierials, a nest is composed, åbout the size of a hen's egg cut in two: it is admirably contrived, and warmly lined with cotton.
7. There are never more than two eggs found in a nest; these are ăbout the size of small peas, and as white a3 snow, with here and there a yěllow speck. The male and the female sit upon the west by turns ; but the female takes to herself the greatest share. She seldom quits the neşt, except a few minutes in the morning and evening, when the dew is opon the flowers, and their honey in perfec'tión.
8. During the short interval, the male takes her place. The time of incubation continues twelve days; at the end of which the young ones appear, much ăbout the size of a blue-bottle fly. They are at first bare ; by degrees they are covered with down; and at lăst, feathers succeed, but less beautiful at first chan those the old ones.
9. Fà'ther La-băť, in his account of the mission to Ă-měr'i. că, says, “ that his companion found the nest of a humming bird, in a shed near the dwelling-house; and took it in, at a time when the young ones wěre åbout fifteen or twenty days old. He placed them in a cage at his chămber window, to be åmūş'ed by their sportive flutterings : but he was much surprised to see the old ones, which came and fed their brood regularly every hour in the day. By this means they themselves grew so tame, that they seldom quitted the chamber; and without any constraint, came to live with their young ones.
10. “ All four frequently pěrch'ed upon their master's hand, chir’ping* as if they had been at liberty abroad. He fed them with a very fine clear paste, made of wine, biscuit, and sugar. They thrust their tongues into this paste, till they wěre satisfied, and then fluttered and chirped about the
I never beheld any thing more agreeable;" continues he, “ than this lovely little family, which had põş-şěss'ión of my companion's chamber, and flew in and out just as they thought proper; but wěre ever attentive to the voice of their master, when called them.
11. "In this manner they lived with him above six months. But at a time when he expected to see a new colony formed, he unfortunately forgot to tie up their cage
by shaking well the hay on which it slept, and putting it in proper order. It would then carefully draw up the coverlet. This animal lived only seven months after it had been brought into Hol'land."
10. The Ou'ran-Ou'tang described by Búf'fon, exhibited a still greater degree of sagacity. It walked upon two legs, even when it carried burthens. Its air was melancholy, and its deportment gravę. Unlike the baboon and the monkey, whose motions are violent and appetites capricious, whose fondness for mis'chief is remarkable, and whose o-bē'di-ěnce* proceeds only from fear, this animal was slow in its motions, and a look was sufficient to keep it in awe.
11. I have seen it, says Buf'fón, give its hand to show the company to the door ; I have seen it sit at table, unfold its napkin, wipe its lips, make use of the spoon and the fork to carry victuals to its mouth; pour out its drink into a glăss, and touch glasses when invited; take a cup and sâu'cer, lay them on the table, put in sûgar, pour out its tea, leave it to cool, and then drink it.
12. All this it would do without any other instigation than the signs or commands' of its master, and often of its own accord. It was gentle and inoffensive: it even approached strāngers with respect; and came rather to receive caresses than to offer injuries. It was particularly fond of cóm'fits, which every body was ready to give it; but as it had a de fluction upon the breast, so much sugar contributed to increase the disorder, and to shorten its life. It continued at Păr'is but one summer, and died in Lón'dón.”
13. We are told by Py'ràrd, that the Ou'ran-Ou'tang are found at Si-ěr'ră Lê-one'; where they are strong and well formed, and so indus'trious, that when properly trained and fed, they work like servants ; that, when ordered, they pound any substances in a mortar; and that they are frequently sent to fetch water, in small pitchers, from the riv,
After filling the pitchers, they carry them on their heads to the door of the dwelling ; but if they are not soon taken off, the animals suffer them to fall to the ground. When they perceive the pitcher to be overturned and broken, they utter loud lăm-ěn-tā'tións.
14. The form and organs of this animal bear so near a re semblance to those of men, that we are surprised to find them productive of so few advantages. The tongue, and all the organs of the voice, are similar, and yet the animal is
dumb; the brain is formed in the same manner as that of man, and yet the creature* wants reason: an evident proof, as Búf'fón finely obşěrveş, that no arrangement of matter will give mind; and that the body, how nicely soever formed, is formed to very limited ends, when there is not infused a soul to direct its operations.
The four Seasons. Who is this beautiful vir'gin that approaches, clothed in a robe of light green? She has a garland of flowers on her head, and flowers spring up wherever she sets her foot. The snow which covered the fields, and the ice which was in the rivers, melt ăwāy when she breathes upon them.
2. The young lambs frisk åbout' her, and the birds warble in their little throats to welcome her coming; and when they see her, they begin to choose their 'mates, and to build their nests. Youths and maidens, have you 'seen this beautiful vir'gin? If you have, tell me who is she, and what is her name.
1. Who is this that comes from the south, thinly clad in a light trănspā'rent garment? her breath is hot and sultry; she seeks the rerreshment of the cool shade ; she seeks the clear streams, the crys'tal brooks, to bāthe her languid limbs. The brooks and rivalets fly from her, and are dried up at her approach. She cools her parched lips with berries, and the grateful acid of fruits; the seedy melon, the sharp apple, and the red pulp of the juicy cherry, which àre poured out plentifully ă round her.
2. The tanned haymakers welcome her coming; and the sheepshearer, who clips the fleeces of his flock with his sounding shears. When she comes, let me lie under the thick shade of a spreading beech tree ;-let me walk with her in the early morning, when the dew is yet upon the. grass ;-let me wânder with her in the soft twilight, when the shēp'hérdt shuts his fold, and the star of evening appears. Who is she that comes from the south ? Youths and maida ens, tell me, if you know, who is she, and what is her name.
i. Who is he that comes with sober pace, stealing upon us unawares ? His garments are red with the blood of the * krē'tshüre,
grape, and his temples are bound with a sheaf of ripe wheat. His hair is thin and begins to fall, and the auburn is mixed with mournful gray. He shakes the brown nuts from the tree.
2. He winds the horn, and calls the hunters to their sports. The gun sounds. The trembling partridge and the beautiful pheasant flutter, bleeding in the air, and fall dead at the sportman's feet. Who is he that is crowned with the wheat-sheaf? Youths and maidens, tell me, if you know, who is he, and what is his name.
1. Who is he that comes from the north, clothed in furs and warm wool? He wraps his cloak close ăbout him. His head is bâld ; his bēard is made of sharp icicles. He loves the blazing fire, high piled upon the hearth. He binds skates to his feet, and skims over the frozen lakes. His breath is piēr'cing and cold, and no little flower dares to peep ăbove the surface of the ground, when he is by.
2. Whatever he touches turns to ice. If he were to strike you with his cold hand, you would be quite stiff and dead, like a piece of marble. Youths and maidens, do you see him ? He is coming făst upon us, and soon he will be here. Tell me, if you know, who is he, and what is his name. BAR'BAULD.
Divine Prov'idence. 1. The glorious sun is set in the west; the night-dews fall; and the air, which was sultry, becomes cool. The flowers fold up their coloured leaves; they fold themselves up: and hang their heads on the slender stâlk. The chick. ens àre găthered under the wing of the hen, and àre at rest; the hen herself is at rest also. The little birds have ceased their wâr'bl-ing; they are asleep' on the boughs, each one with his head behind his wing.
There is no murmur of bees šround the hive, or amongst the honeyed woodbines; they have done their work, and they lie close in their waxen cells.
2. The sheep rest upon their soft fleeces, and their loud bleating is no more hěard ămongst the hills. There is no sound of a number of voices, or of children at play, or the trampling of busy feet, and of people hurrying to and fro. The smith's hammer is not heard upon the anvil; nor the harsh saw of the carpenter. All men are stretched on their
quiet beds ; and the child sleeps upon the breast of its moth
Darkness is spread over the skies, and darkness is upon the ground: every eye is shut, and every, hand is still.
3. Who takes care of all people when they are sunk in sleep; when they cannot defend themselves, nor see if dānger approaches !—There is an eye that never sleeps; there is an eye that sces in dark night, as well as in the bright sunshine. When there is no light of the sun, -nor of the moon; when there is no lamp in the house, nor any little star twinkling through the thick clouds ; that eye sees every where, in all places, and watches continually over all the families of the earth. The eye that sleeps not is God's; his hand is always stretched out over us. He made sleep to refresh us when we are weary: he made night, that we might sleep in quiet.
4. As the mother moves ăbout the house with her finger on her lips, and stills every little noise, that her infant be not disturbed; as she draws the cũr'tains áround' its bed, and shuts out the light from its tender eyes; so God draws the cũr'tains of darkness ăround', us; so he makes all things to be hushed and still, that his large family may sleep in peace,
5. Labourers spent with toil, and young children, and every little humming insect, sleep quietly, for God watches over you. You may sleep, for he never sleeps: you may close your eyes in safety, for his eye is always open to pro
6. When the darkness is păss'ed ăwāy, and the beams of the morning sun strike through your eye-lids, begin the day with praising God, who has taken care of you through the night. Flowers, when you open ăgain', spread your leaves, and smell sweet to his praise! Birds, when you ăwāke, warble your thanks amongst the green boughs! sing to him before you sing to your mates ! Let his praise be in our hearts, when we lie down ; let his praise be on our lips, when we awāke.
Health. 1. Who is she that with graceful steps, and with a lively air, trips over yönder plain ?
The rose blushes on her cheeks; the sweetness of the morning breathes from her lips ; joy, tempered with innocence and modesty, sparkles in her eyes; and the chēēr'fût