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PREFACE.

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.

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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.

P. PARLEY.

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PAGE.

Of Time,

Lily and Rose,

Life, Death and Eternity,

The Leaf,

Making Resolutions,

Brook and Fountain,

The Warrior Wolf,

To my Cousin Anne,

Jerusalem,

Ode to Peace,

Morning,

Good Manners,

Civility,

Politeness,

The Fox and the Crow,

Ingratitude,

Cousin Mary,

The Eagle, and the Assembly

of Animals,

Suspicion,

Cricket and Nightingale,

Falls of Niagara,

Impatience,

Vain Jackdaw,

The Clouds,

An Eastern Evening,

Ridicule,

Ambitious Goose,

The Deep,

Summer Morning,

The Vine,

Discontent,

The Passions,

The Fox and the Grapes,

Happiness,

The Recluse of the Lake,

Honesty,

-Proverbs,

Parental Affection,

Flora's Party, -

Cruelty to Animals,

The Rat and the Oyster,

164

Philip of Macedon,

143 Honur dearer than Life, 202

The proud Frog,

144 To an Infant 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,

ih.

Faithful Spaniards,

14: Mercy,

206

Song,

15% Warren's Address,

ih.

To an Insect in a Flower,

159 Good Example,

207

Modesty,

ib Truth,

ib.

The Case altered,

160 The Drowning Boy and Dog, 208

Apliorisnis,
ib.Ingratitude,

ib.

Dr Franklin, -

361 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,

Lark and her Young Ones, ib.

The Wind and the Sun, ib. Kosciusko,

219

The Hour of Prayer,

165 Earthworm and Bee,

ih.

True Greatness,

166 Boat Song,

220

Speaking of Yourself,

ib. Aphorism,

ib.

The Study of Natural History, 167 improvement of Time, 221

Zoology,

169 | Asking Questions,

ib.

Quadrupeds,

170 | Hog and Acorns,

222

Birds,

172 " He never told a Lie,” 223

Fishes,

174 Heifer, Goat, Sheep and Lion, 224

Reptiles,

177 Equivocation,

ib.

Serpents,

225

179 General Naslı,

Insects,

182 Bad Example,

ib.

The withered Leaf,

185 Speaking,

ib.

Gracefulness,

ib. Life,

226

Peevishness and Anger, 186 Proverbs,

ib.

Complaisance,

ib. Ingenuousness,

Aphorism,

ib.

Eton Boy's,

228

Commodore Perry,

187 Deceit,

ib.

Night,

ib. Franklin's Toast,

229

'The Angler and little Fisli,

188 Food,

ib.

Columbia,

18. | American Autumn,

2.30

Patriotic Address,

ib. • All thai's bright must fade," 232

The Valley of Vision, 190 Old Bultinch and young Birds, 233

Aphorism,

ib. The River,

235

The Old Knight and his Gray Sensible Answer of Socrates, 236

Peruke,

191 Proverbs,

Admonitions,

ib. Mules and Robbers,

237

Envy,

192 Philosopher outdone,

ih.

Treachery,

ib. Despondency of Lord Corn.

The Fair Pilgrim,

193

wallis,

238

Shepherd's Dog and Wolf, 1:9 Patriotic Integrity,

ib.
Conduct to your own family, 20 Shirt Exhortations,

ib.

Death of an infant,

201 Powder and Balls,

239

Proverbs,

ib. Reputation,

ib.

Domestic reproved,

202 Little Voyagers,

240

Little Puppy,

241 | The Blind Boy,

281

Sloth,

244 | Philanthropy,

293

Art of Happiness,

ib. Lines to a young Lady reading

Kosciusko,

245 the Bible,

ib.

Palestine,

jb Love of Country,

294

Gaiety,

246 Lights and Shades,

ib.

Cleanliness,

ib

Purity of Heart,

295

On a Lady's Writing, ib. | Artifice,

ib.

Flies and Spider,

217 Blank Book and Printed Book, 29;

Proverbs,

ib. i The Spaniel and Chameleon, 297

General Wolfe,

248 Prudent Siinplicity,

298

I Remember,

249 Sympathy and Benevolence, 299

Family Sympathy,

250 Pilot and Sailors,

ib.

Falling Kite,

ib. Gypsies,

300

Anecote of Dwight and Dennie, 251 Quin,

301

Path of Life,

232 | The Oak,

ib.

Patrick Henry,

253 The Candle and Candlestick, ib.

Proverbs,

ib. The Snail,

302

Sunset and Sunshine.
ib. Equality,

ib.

Last hours of Washington, 254 The Christian Revelation, 303

Repentance,

28

l'ride the Bane of Happiness, ib.

The Countryman and Raven, 259 The empty Bird's Nest, 304

Good llumor,

260 The Soul,

305

· Meekness,

261

The Glow-worm,

ib.

Against Anger,

ib. Onreasonable Fear,

306

The Juniata,

262 Modesty,

307

Advantages of Virtue,

ib. The Fear of God,

ib.

Death of the Christian,

263 The Poplar Field,

308

The Forest Trees,

264 Wit by the Way side,

ib.

The Grave of Parsons, ib. Prudence,

309

Avoid Extremes,

215 | The Carrier Pigeon,

ib.

Proverbs,

261 Importance of Despatch, 310

Revenge,

The Fariner and his two Sons, ib.

Thoughts at Sea,

267 Filial Affection,

311

The Presence of God,

ib. Sublime and Beautiful, ib.

Chinese Women,

268 The Faithful Bird,

312

War Horses,

271 Frederick the Great,

313

Aphorism,

ib. On a Goldfinch starved to

Truth and Falsehood,

272 death in his Cage,

314

Cruel Spider,

ib. Improvement of Time,

ib.

The Bird Catcher,

273 Inquisitive Monkey, -

315

The Alpine llorn,

275 Proverbs,

The little Boy and the Rose, ib. On one Ignorant and Arrogant, ib.

Rules for Conversation, 276 Old Man and his Sons, 316

Shortness of Time,

ib. Patience,

317

Frederick and his Nephew, 277 Opportunity,

318

My heart Leaps,

ib. Value of Hope,

ib.

Envy,

278

Unobtrusive Beauty,

ib.

The Archer and the Arrow, ib. Forbearance,

319

Proverbs,

ih. Present condition of Man vin-

Honesty the best Policy, 279 dicated,

The Friend,

ih. To a dear little Boy, after an

Obstinacy,

280 interval of Absence,

320

To a Child on his Birthday, ib, I Frozen Dove,

322

ib.

ib.

ib.

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