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HING a sweet melodious measure,

Waft enchanting lays around,
Home's a theme replete with pleasure,
Homel a grateful theme resound.
Home sweet home! an ample treasure,

Homel with every blessing crown'd,
Home! perpetual source of pleasure,

Home! a noble strain resound.

Lol the joyful hour advances,

Happy season of delight! Testal songs, and festal dances, All our tedious toil requite.

Home ! sweet home! &c.

Leave, my wearied muse, thy learning,

Leave thy task, so hard to bear; Leave thy labour, ease returning, Leave my bosom, O my care !

Home ! sweet home! &c.

See the year, the meadow, smiling,

Let us then a smile display; Rural sports, our pain beguiling, Rural pastimes call away.

Home! sweet home! &c.

Now the swallow seeks her dwelling,

And no longer loves to roam; Her example thus impelling, Let us seek our native home.

Home! sweet home! &c.

Let both men and steeds assemble,

Panting for the wide champaign, Let the ground beneath us tremble, While we scour along the plain.

Home sweet home! &c.

Oh, what rapture! oh, what blisses !

When we gain the lovely gate! Mother's arms, and mother's kisses, There our blest arrival wait.

Home! sweet home! &c.


HOW WE KNOW AN ANIMAL / you have seen the wires by the

side of the railroad. You know FROM A VEGETABLE

that when a man makes a message (Concluded).

in London, those wires will convey Ion. We have noticed five dif- it 100 miles directly—with the ferences between the Animals and quickness of lightning. Now, you Vegetables, mamma. But, now I have a telegraph in all parts of have thought of a very great dif- you body, but instead of wires, you ference. All animals know things have nerves. -vegetables don't know anything. Ion. Yes, mamma, and here is Even if you could hurt a tree- the central station. No! the tergive it pain—it would not know minus—and all the lines” of my it. If a tree could smell the nerves end there! flowers underneath it, or hear M. And, so all the knowledge when the wind is coming, it would gained by your senses is conveyed not know anything about it. I there. Every smell your nose wonder which is my organ of know- finds out, every sound your ears ing.

hear, every shape and colour and M. We will see, Ion. Suppose difference of size your eyes seeyou had a pain in your toe! your all find their way up there ! toe wouldn't know it.

W: And, mamma, do all these Ion. No. Not any of my toes things-smells, sounds, and tastes know much, not even my great -travel along the nerves? Ah, toe;—then which part of my body no wonder that my brain knows would know about the pain? everything that happens to me!

M. Your body cannot know, It ought to be called the organ of Ion. It is only you who know, knowing. I think that the baby and, the organ you know with is will be a very knowing fellow, becalled the Brain.

cause he has such a large head. Ion. But, mamma, if the pain M. Instead of calling

your brain were in my toe, how could it be in the organ of knowing, you may my brain? How could it reach call it the organ of consciousness. there, when my crain is at the But you must know that not all top, and my toe at the bottom of Animals have a brain - indeed, my body?

there are some in which men canM. Do you not remember my not find any nerves. telling you about your nerves ? I Ion. Then we must only say told you that they conveyed pain, “many animals have.” Now then that some conveyed scents, others ---6th difference,-Many ANIMALS tastes, and so on.

have an organ of consciousness (or W. I remember that, mamma. knowing) called " the Brain.Let us have another proof of that

VEGETABLES have not any power fact. I will tread on Ion's toe. of knowing.

Ion. Ah, mamma! I felt the M. Now, I think we will write pain directly Willie did it. How down all these six distinctions, quickly the nerves carried it up to again-and put them together in my brain!—in an instant.

one lesson. M. Yes, Ion. You have heard L. But, mamma, please stop! of the Electric Telegraph,—and I have just thought of another dif




ference. Animals can speak. That (4.) An organ for purifying its is to say, they can make a noise. blood, and for breathing, called THE Some can chirp, and others can Lungs. bleat!

(5.) Organs of feeling, or sensaW. Yes, and animals can crow, tion, called NERVES. and animals can bark,--and can (6.) An organ of consciousness buzz,--and can bellow, and howl, or knowing), called THE BRAIN. and sing !-and some

can say,

(7.) An organ of Speech. “ What's o'clock?"

Ion. And some can say Cuck-oo! But not all animals have organs M. You must remember, howof speech; you never heard a worm ever, that not all animals have speak, nor a fish.

these things. If you find a living L. Then we will say, 7th differ thing with all these distinctions, ence,-Most ANIMALS have organs you may at once be sure that it is of speech.

an animal. VEGETABLES Tave not organs of

W. And I could tell, mamma, if speech.

it had only some of these things. Now, we will write the lesson. M. Yes. If, when you found a

living thing, you could only obLesson 6. How WE KNOW AN serve that it had the power of ANIMAL FROM A VEGETABLE. knowing, or consciousness, this dis

We know an Animal from a tinction would be quite enough. Plant

It must be an animal. (1.) Because it can move from This is a distinction which all one place to another of its own ac animals have. Many animals cord, and, therefore, only requires have not all the other six distincONE MOUTH, which it carries to its

tions, but this one they must have. food.

So, when you find a living thing (2.) It eats solid food, and has which has not any consciousnessan organ, called A STOMACH, to di no matter what it is like-it must

be(3.) It has an organ for circu L., W., Ion, & Ada. A vegetalating its blood, called A HEART. ble.

gest it.

THE stars are bright

The sun's bright rays,
This beautiful night,

That dazzle and blaze,
But when the moon appears,

Will soon go down in night,
They'll fade as soon

But heaven above,
As lamps at noon,

So full of love,
In the brightness that she wears ; Will never lose its light;
The stars grow dull,

More bright than suns
The moon at full,

The starry crowns
Has now her course begun;

That saints and angels wear;
Her light will fail,

But these are dim
Her orb grow pale,

Compared with Him
Before the glorious sun.

Who reigns in glory there.


and at the north of Denmark and THE SAXON KINGDOM.

the Baltic are two countries called

Sweden and Norway. In the isP. Where did we stop in our lands of the Baltic, and in the history last week ?

coasts of the countries round it, L. At the end of “The period these lived barbarians, who were of the Saxon Heptarchy.” We had called DANES. learned of three periods:

They were much like the ancient The Roman period, which ended Saxons, except that they liked to A.D. 430;

fight on the sea instead of the land. The period of the Saxon Inva- With their ships they paid visits to sion, which ended A.D. 600; and countries far and near, to rob and

The period of the Saxon Hep- kill the people. Living in a cold tarchy, which ended A.D. 827. climate, they were very strong, and

P. Then, to-day, we will begin were rough and savage pirates. a new periodthe period of the They seized the ships of other Saxon Kingdom. I said, you may lands, robbed and murdered the remember, that the seven Saxon sailors in the vessels they met on Kingdoms were united-forming a the waters; and, in time, they bekingdom which was called Eng- came masters and kings of the sea. land.

Very fierce fellows were these W. And I suppose that now, “Sea-kings.” Poor creatures! they when they had “settled down,” the thought it was a fine thing to fight. people began to make themselves They would fight like men who comfortable.

were mad; for they liked to be slain P. They had only begun to make in battle, and thought it was the themselves comfortable, Willie, only proper way to die ! A seawhen some new visitors came. king would not appear before his

L. Did they send in their cards ? god after death, unless he was

P. No; for they knew they were covered with wounds. So, if any not wanted, I'm sure :_too many king had the misfortune to live to people had come from Europe al. grow old, he would, just before he ready. The population of England died, cut great wounds in his body was made up of Britons, Romans, that WODEN might think he had and many Saxon tribes, so that been killed in a fight; or, he would there were three or four different load a ship heavily with stones, languages spoken in the island. bore holes in it, and sink to the And, now, Egbert had only been bottom of the sea. king of England five years, when The Danes would tell you " That there came this most terrible com is an honourable death,-only cowpany.

ards die in their beds !" L. What part of Europe did So, it is no wonder that when they come from, papa ?

they liked to be killed they were Ď. Get your map of Europe and always fighting. They attacked you will see. Opposite England is Germany, France, and Spain ;a small country called DENMARK, went down in their ships to the consisting of a peninsula, and some Mediterranean, attacked Sicily, little islands. At the east of Den- Italy, Rome, and even Africa. mark is a sea called the Baltic ; Then they had some struggles with




the Saracens, the fierce followers sels, and made a settlement, or of the false prophet Mahomet,colony, in the Isle of Thanet. Egwhose "religion” was then spread- bert's son, ETHELWOLF, was then ing very fast. You shall hear more king; but he could not drive them about Mahomet one day. I have away. He, therefore, made a pilheard, too, that there is very little grimage to Rome, with his little son doubt of their having made an ex- ALFRED, who was then about six pedition to America, a land which years old. There he made great was not yet discovered.

presents of money-some for the So, having fought in so many lamps of St. Peter; some for the lands, it might be expected that lamps of St. Paul; and he gave they would attack so near a coun- much money to the Pope himself. try as England. When, therefore, The people of England thought that Egbert had been king for about by such good deeds the favour of five years, in many parts of Kent Heaven would be gained, and that was heard a cry of “The Danes!” | they should be safe from the at“the Danes!" - Down they had tacks of the Danes. But the Danes come with fire and sword, burning came down from the Isle of Thanet, the cottages, and murdering the burnt the cities of Canterbury and people of the island of Sheppey, a London, and spread themselves all place very near to the Isle of over the country. They continued Thanet, which the poor Britons their cruel ravages until the end of had first given to the Saxons. Eg- the reigns of Ethelbald, Ethelbert, bert, when be heard of this, tried and Ethelred, the three grandsons to catch and punish them; but this of Egbert; and by that time the time they made their escape in island was nearly overrun with safety.

these robbers. The next year they came again. They killed the Saxon farmers, They came with thirty-five ships, and made themselves at home in and landed in Dorsetshire. They their cottages. They ate, drank, then travelled into Cornwall; but and feasted on their farms, and they were met and driven away by treated the people as their slaves. Egbert, who afterwards defeated When they found a monastery them in two other great battles, (where, you will remember, the and then died.

monks lived), they stole the gold, Egbert was succeeded by his silver, and jewels, which had been son ETHELWOLF, and by his grand-placed there for protection, and sons ETHELBALD, ETHELBERT, and often set the building on fire. ETHELRED. During the short reigns The country was thus in a most of these kings, which lasted alto- miserable and distressed state, when gether about thirty years, the Danes in the year 871 there came to the came almost every year to plunder throne a man, who was destined the country, and to carry away to be a great king. He was the riches.

fourth grandson of King Egbert, Once they came with 350 ves- and was called ALFRED.

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