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CONTENTMENT.

Some murmur, when their sky is clear

And wholly bright to view,
If one small speck of dark appear

In their great heaven of blue:
And some with thankful love are fill'd

If but one streak of light,
One ray of God's good mercy gild

The darkness of their night

In palaces are hearts that ask,

In discontent and pride, Why life is such a dreary task

And all good things denied? And hearts in poorest huts admire

How love has in their aid (Love that not- ever seems to tire)

Such rich provision made.

R. C. French.

THE END.

INDEX

PART 1.- SECULAR SUBJECTS.

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Introduction to the Art of Reading

... V-XIII.
FABLE-The Dog and the Shadow

Æsop 1
The Crow and the Pitcher

... Do. 1
The Bundle of Sticks

... Do. 2
The Lion and his three Councillors

... Do. 3
Boy and the Filberts

... Do. 3
The Wind and the Sun ... ...

... Do. " 4
The Wolf and the Lamb... ... ... Do. 5
The Country Maid and her Milk Can ...
The Miller, his Son and their Ass

Do. 7
The Lion and the Gad-fly ... ...
The Wasp and the Bee ... ... Dodsley
The Artless Young Mouse ... ... Aikin 11
The Rain-drop ... ...

.... ... 12
TALE - Titty Mouse and Tatty Mouse

The Canary Bird ... ... Krummacher 18
God every where ... ... ... *
The Buckwheat ... ... ... Andersen
The Coat and Buttons ... ... Mrs. Marcet
The Complaint of the Dying Year Henderson
The Wooden Spoon... ...

... Swedish 34
The Bramble's Story ... Twilight Thoughts
The Thistle Seed ... ...

Do.
The Profitless Guests

... Grimm
The Lapdog's Holiday ... Twilight Thoughts 57

Sir Gammer Vane... .. Old Irish
LEGEND—The Old Norse Heroes I. The Heroes

Ditto II. Frey and the Light Elves 75
HISTORY-Ancient and Roman Britain ... Dickens 82
,, Harold II.

... ... ...

Do.

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The Robin's Petition ...
The Blind Boy ... ...
My Mother
Pride and the Poppies
The Use of Flowers ...
The Spider and the Fly
The Self-willed Pig ...
The Battle of Blenheim
The Baby's Debut
Inchcape Rock ... ...
John Barleycorn
Lord Lovel
Up the Airy Mountain
The Bird
The Brook
The Little Sea Shell
Lucy Gray
Fidelity ...
The Battle of Hohenlinden
The Three Fishers
The Squirrel Hunt
Ingratitude
Music ... ...

... ... ... ...

... American
... ... ...

Twamley
Mary Howitt

Do.
... G. Boaze

... Southey
Rejected Addresses

... Southey
... Burns

Old Ballad
Allingham

Do.
Tennyson

Do.

Wordsworth
... ... Do.

Campbell
C. Kingsley

Browne
... Shakspere

Do.

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PARABLE—The Unmerciful Servant

The Virgins
The Talents
The Good Samaritan ... ... ... ...
The Prodigal Son
The Pharisee and the Publican ...
-Evening Song ... ... Mrs. Hemans

Thy will be done ...
Trust ... ..

... Gerhardt
A Psalm of Life ...

Longfellow
Incompleteness ...

A. A. Proctor
Contentment

R. C. Trench

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NOTE.

To compile a Reading Book for young children that shall possess literary excellence, and be, at the same time, suited to their capacity, is a difficult task. I feel pleasure in publicly thanking my friend Mr. W. S. Banks for his assistance in accomplishing this. He has carefully selected and revised a great portion of the matter of this work, and has also contributed the articles that bear his initial. With respect to the Religious portion of the book, everything of a controversial nature has been carefully avoided, and nothing has been inserted that does not form part of the belief of every Christian.

W. L. R.

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