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PLEASE GET IT NOW, BROTHER.
1. “Hand me some water, brother, won't you ?” said a little sick girl.
2. “In a minute, Bettie,” said Harry, and his little hands went on as busy as ever with the trap he was making. Bettie's fevered cheek was again pressed to the pillow, and Harry soon forgot her request.
3. “Please get it now, brother," and her voice was very feeble. But Harry heard it and ran for the water, and soon was holding the cup to his sister's lips.
4. “Not this, please, but some fresh and cold water from the well,” and she turned her head languidly away.
5. “O, don't be so particular! This is fresh; and I am so busy, I can not go to the well now—won't this do ? "
6. Bettie no longer refused, but quietly took the cup which Harry offered her. It was the last time she ever called upon her brother for an act of kindness.
7. The next day she stood beside the River of Life, and drank of its cool waters. Sickness and death had passed away, and little Bettie would thirst no more.
8. But Harry could not be comforted. Of all who wept over the little brown coffin, as it lay on the table before the pulpit, there were none who shed more bitter tears than the boy who could not forget that he had refused the last request of his sister.
9. Children, are you kind to one another ? or are you cross, and selfish, and fretful! Remember, the time will come when your brother, or sister, or playmate, will die.
10. Oh, how you will then remember every unkind word, every selfish act, that gave
them pain; and then you would give—0, how gladly you would give all you possess to take them all back. But it will be too late !
11. Harry was a kind-hearted boy, and dearly loved his sister, and he did not think that she would die. But this did not take away the sting of that last act of unkindness.
12. “O, mother!” he would say, "if I had only brought that cold water for her, I could bear it; but now I can never, never ask her forgiveness, nor wait on her again!
13. Think of this, children, when you are tempted to quarrel, to be selfish, or unkind; and may the Blessed Jesus so keep you, that you may never have to mourn as Harry did.
QUESTIONS ON LESSON V.-What is meant by the word “hand” in the first paragraph ? What is meant by “minute” in the second paragraph ? by “hands"? by “pressed to the pillow”? Where was Harry ? What was he doing ? Where was Bettie ? Why was she in bed ? What does " thirst mean? What is a “fever"? Does fever create thirst? What does “fevered cheek” mean? What is the meaning. of "voice,” of “feeble," of cup,” in third paragraph ? What does " fresh ' mean? What was Harry so busy about? Was it as important that he should make his trap as it was that he should wait on his sick sister? What “act of kindness" did his sister want of him? Why is that called an act of kindness? What does “River of Life” mean? What was the last act of unkindness” mentioned in the eleventh paragraph ? What was its “sting”? What caused this “sting"? How can such stings be avoided ?
Is this a sad or a lively piece? Should it be read in a cheerful and lively manner? How should it be read ?
1. A horse, that was kept tied in the stable, got loose one day, and went into the pasture. A man, on seeing him, took the bridle and went to catch him.
2. The horse would rather eat grass, and run in the field, than be tied up in the stable
all the while; so he would not let the man catch him, but trotted about in the field. 3. The man knew the horse was very
fond of oats, and so he went to the barn and got the measure which he always used for carrying oats to the horse, but put no oats in it.
4. He then went again to the field, and held out the measure to the horse, which in fact was saying to the horse, *“ Come, horse, and get some oats. 5. The horse went up to him;
caught him, put the bridle on him, and took him back to the stable.
6. Only a few days after, the same man wanted the horse to use; but on going to the stable for him, he saw no horse there.
7. He guessed where the horse had gone, and again took the bridle and went out into the field for him, being careful this time to take with him the measure with oats in it.
8. As he came near the horse, he held it
out as before; but the horse would not mind it. He trotted away to another part of the field, shaking his head, as much as to say, "You told me a lie the other day, and now I will not believe you."
9. The man wanted the horse very much, but he could not blame the horse, for he knew if he had not deceived him before, he would have no trouble in catching him now.
10. I hope my little readers will learn from this, that they can act a lie as well as speak one,
and that an acted lie is as bad as a spoken
1. “I wish I were a kitten,” said little Johnny Briggs; and how sad he did look: poor boy!
2. And what do you think made Johnny wish he were a kitten?