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7. Though his two sisters at first bad pleaded against this kind of cruel sport, yet, seeing their brother so merry on the occasion, they forgot their former dictates of humanity, and joined in the cruel sport with him.
8. In the midst of this kind of cruel enjoyment, at a distance they saw their tutor approaching. This put them into a flurry, and each pocketed a bird. They would have avoided their tutor, but he called to them, and asked their reason for wishing to shun him. They approached him very slowly, with their eyes cast down, which convinced him that something amiss was going forward.
9. On their answering that they were only playing, their tutor observed to them, that they very well knew, he never denied them innocent amusement; but, on the contrary, was always glad to see them cheerful and happy.
10. He took notice, that they each held one of their hands behind them, upon which he insisted on their showing them, and letting him see, what it was they endeavoured to conceal.
11. They were obliged to comply much against their will, when each produced a bird that had been stripped of its feaibers. The tutor was filled with pity and indignation, and gave each of them a look that was more dreadful than any words he could have spoken. After some silence, the little boy attempted to justify himself by saying, that it was a cu. rious sight to see swallows hopping about without feathers, and he could see no harm in it.
12.“ Can you then,” said the tutor," take pleasure in seeing innocent creatures suffer, and hear their cries without pity ?" The little boy said, he did not see how they could sutfer from having a few feathers pulled off. The tutor, to convince him of his error, pulled a few hairs from his head, when he cried out loudly, ihat he hurt him. What would your pain be, then,
" said the tutor, were I thus to pluck all the hair off your head? You are sensible of the pain you now feel, but you were insensible of the torment to which you put those innocent creatures that never offended you. But that you, little girls, should join in such an act of cruelty, very much surprises me."
14. The little girls stood motionless, and appeared to be very sorry for what they had done, which their tutor observing, be said no more to them. But the little boy still persisted in his opinion that he did the little birds no harm; on
the contrary, he said they showed their pleasure by clapping their wings and chirping.
15.“ They clapped their wings,” said the tutor, “ from the pain you put them to; and what you call singing, were cries and lamentations. Could those birds have expressed theirselves in your speech, you would have heard them cry,
Oh, father and mother, save us, for we are fallen into the bands of cruel children, who have robbed us of all out feathers! We are cold and in pain. Come warın us and cure us, or we shall soon die !!!
16. The little girls could no longer conceal their grief, and accused their brother of leading them into this act of Chielly. The little boy was himself become sensible of his lants, and had already felt the smart of having a few hairs plucked from his head ; but the reproaches of his own beart were now visible on bis countenance.
17. Il aspered to the tutor, that there was no need of ostyang tlie punishment any further ; for the error the little
my bad committed did not arise from a natural love of ruchty, but merely from want of thought and reflection. from this moment, the little boy, instead of punishing and furmenting dumb creatures, always felt for their distresses, and did what he could to relieve them.
Little Junirs and the fruitful Vine. in the beginning of the spring, a gentleman went to his country house, and took with bim his little son Junius, in orJer to treat aim with a walk in the garden. The primroses and violets were then all displaying their beauties, and many trees had begun to show what livery they were soon to wear.
2. After walking some time about the garden, they happened to go into the summerhouse, at the foot of which grei the stump of a vine, wbich twisted wildly, and extended its; naked branches in a rude and irregular manner.
3. As soon as little Junius saw this tree, he exclaimed sadly against the ugly appearance it made, and began to esertall his strength to pull it up; but he found his effects in vain, t being too well rooted to yield to his weak arm. He bergod bis faiher to call the gardener to dig it up, and make filewood of it; but the gentleman desired his son to let the tree alone, telling him that he would, in a few months, gire hinn bis reasons for not coinplying withik's request.
4. This did not satisfy Junius, who desired his father to look at those lively crocuses and snowdrops, saying, he could not see why that barren stuinp should be kept, which did not produce a single green leaf. He thought it spoiled and disfigured the garden, and therefore begged his father would
periit him to fetch the gardener to pluck it up. 5. The gentleman, who could not think of granting his request, told him, that it must stand as it then was, at least for some time to come. Little Junius still persisted in his entreaties, urging how disgraceful it was to the garden; but his father diverted his attention from the vine, by turning the conversation.
6. It so happened, that the gentleman's affairs called him to a different part of the country, whence he did not return till the middle of autumn. He no sooner came home, than be paid a visit to his country house, taking little Junius with him. As the day happened to be warm, they retired to enjoy the benefit of the shade, and entered the arbour in which the vine stump had so much before offended his son Junius.
7."0! father,” said the young gentleman,“ how charming and delightful is this green shade! I am much obliged to you for having that dry and ugly stump plucked up, which I found so much fault with when we were here last, and for putting in its place this beautiful plant : I suppose you did it in order to give me an agreeable surprise. "How delightful and tempting the fruit looks! What fine grapes ! Some purple, and others almost black. I see no tree in the garden that looks in so blooming a state. All have lost their fruit: but this fine one seems in the highest perfection. See how it is loaded. See those wide spreading leaves, that hide the clusters. If the fruit is as good as it appears beautiful, it must be delicious."
8. Little Junius was in raptures when he tasted one of the grapes, which his father gave him ; and still more so, when he informed him, that from such fruit was made that delicious liquor, which he sometimes tasted after dinner. The little boy was quite astonished on hearing his father talk thus : but he was far more surprised when his father told him, that all those fine leaves, and delicious fruit, grew from that very crooked and misshapen stump, with which he had been so angry in the spring.
9. His father then asked him, if he should now order the gardener to pluck it up, and make firewood of it. Junius was much confused; but, after a short silence, told his father, that he would rather see every other tree in the garden cut doua than that, so beautiful were its leaves, and so delicious was its fruit.
10. As his father was a man of good sepse, he thus moralized on this occasion : “You see then, my son,” said he, “how im prudently I should have acted, had I followed your advice, and cut down this tree. Daily experience convinces us, that the same thing happens frequently in the commerce of this world, which has in this instance misled you. When we see a child badly clothed, and of an unpleasing external appearance, we are too apt to despise him, and grow conceited on comparing ourselves with him; and sometimes even go so far, as cruelly to address him in haughty and insulting language. But beware, my son, how you run into errors, by fornjing a too hasty judgement. It is possible, that in a person so little favoured by nature, may dwell an exaited soul, which may one day astonish the world with the greatness of its virtues, or enlighten it with knowledge. The most rugged stem may produce the most delicious fruit, while the straight and stately plant may be worthless and barren.
Emily und Edwin. 1. A widow had two children, Emily and Edwin, both equally deserving the affections of a parent, which, however, were unequally shared. Edwin was the favourite, which Emily very early began to discover, and consequently felt no snall share of uneasiness on the occasion, but she was prudent enough to conceal her sorrow.
2. Emily, though not remarkably handsome, had a mind that made ample amends for the want of beauty ; but her brother was a little Cupid, on whom his mother lavished all her (dvours and caresses.
3. It is no wonder that the servants, to gain the favour of their mistress, were very attentive to humour him in all his wishes. E nily, on the other hand, was consequently slighted by every one in the house ; and, so far from wishing to stuciy ner humour, they scarcely treated her with common civility:
4. finding herself frequently alone and neglected, and taken iittle notice of by any one, she would privately shed
tears ; but she always took care that not the least mark of discontent should escape her in the presence of any one.
5. Her constant attention to the observance of her duty, ber mildness, and endeavours to convince her mother that her mind was superior to her face, had no effect; for beauty alone attracts the attention of those who examine no further than external appearances.
6. The mother, who was continually chiding Emily, and expecting from her perfections far beyond the reach of those more advanced in years, at last fell sick.
7. Edwin seemed very sorry for his mother's illness ; but Emily, with the softest looks and most languishing countenance, fancied she perceived in her mother an abatement of her accustomed rigour towards her, and far surpassed her brother in her attention to her parent.
8. She endeavoured to supply her slightest wants, exerted all her penetration to discover them, that she might even spare her the pain of asking for any thing. So long as her mother's illness had the least appearance of danger, she never quitted her pillow, and neither threats nor commands could prevail on her to take the least repose.
9. Their mother, however, at length recovered, wbich afforded inexpressible pleasure to the amiable Emily ; but she soon experienced a renewal of her misfortunes, as her mother began to treat her with her usual severity and indifference.
10. As her mother was one day talking to her children on the pain she had suffered during her illness, and was praising ibem for the anxiety they had shown on her account, she desired them to ask of her whatever they thought would be the most pleasing to them, and they should certainly be indulged in it, provided their demands were not unreasonable.
11. First addressing herself to Edwin, she desired to know what he would choose ; and his desire was to have a cane and a watch, which his mother promised he should have the next morning: “And pray, Emily,” said her mother," what is your wish?" "If you do but love me," answered Emily; "Thave nothing else to wish for!” “That is not an answer, replied her mother," you shall have your recompense likewise ; therefore speak your wish instantly.
12. However accustomed Emily might have been to this severe tone, yet she felt it on this occasion more sensibly