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Now I lay me down to sleep,
LESSON I. Write on your slates the names of ten objects in the schoolroom. Learn the Child's Prayer.
* John Quincy Adams, one of the Presidents of the United States, said that he never went to sleep at night without repeating this little prayer learned at his mother's knee.
LITTLE PUSSY. I like little pussy, her coat is so warm, And if I don't hurt her she'll do me no harm; So I'll not pull her tail nor drive her away, But pussy and I very gently will play; She shall sit by my side, and I'll give her some food, And she'll love me because I am gentle and good. I'll pat little pussy and then she will pur, And thus show her thanks for my kindness to her; I'll not pinch her ears nor tread on her paw, Lest I should provoke her to use her sharp claw; I never will vex her nor make her displeased, For cats do not like to be worried and teased.
Ten things or objects that you see in the picture.
Ten different parts of a cat.
Review the verses already learned. Questions.—What is prayer? To whom do we pray? Why should we pray to God?
What kind of a coat does pussy wear? How does pussy pur? In how many ways can pussy talk? By what other names may we call pussy? What has she that are sharp beside her claws ? Let each pupil give some description of his own cat.
Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was white as snow;
The lamb was sure to go.
He followed her to school one day
That was against the rule;
To see a lamb at school.
So the teacher turned him out;
But still he lingered near,
Till Mary did appear.
* It is understood in this and the succeeding lessons that the names of the objects are to be written upon the slates, and that a stanza is to be learned in connection with each lesson.
Then he ran to her and laid
“What makes the lamb love Mary so ?”
The teacher did reply.
Ten animals that you have seen.
The names of ten of your playmates.