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streaming through the heavens : sometimes one alone, some7 times two or three or more together. Some of them were

small and soon disappeared : others were more brilliant, and 8 had a longer and more glorious career. We were standing

among some trees, the strong shadows of which were often thrown

upon the ground, as the meteors hurried by. 9 There was a boy with us whose exclamations were amu10 sing, and descriptive. “See there! see! see !” said he:

“there goes a whole handful ! there is one, cracked all to 11 pieces! Look

up there: that one has made a mark on the sky like a piece of chalk !" 12 It may well be believed that our feelings became deeply

interested ; and that an exhibition so wonderful, produced 13 emotions amounting to awe. It seemed as if the very stars

were leaping from their places, and after a rapid flight, 14 vanishing into air. If philosophy taught us better, still the

imagination could not be restrained, and the mind pressed forward to that predicted hour when the heavenly bodies shall vanish like a scroll, and the glittering vault above, like

a vesture, be finally rolled up. 15 It is perhaps one of the purposes of such natural wonders,

to rouse the mind, that might otherwise sleep over the works

of God, to a consideration of the great things which he has 16 done, and has yet to do. This may be a part of their design;

and therefore, it may not be amiss to indulge and cherish the 17 deep and awful impressions which they make. But we should

not permit these phenomena to excite superstitious ideas, for they are no doubt as truly natural, and as much in the course of events as the clouds that every day are sweeping unheeded through the sky. DEFINITIONS, &c.—Define early rising, opportunity, witnessing, displays, fortunate, (ones understood ?) describe, southwest, five, (what is understood ?) shooting, (going as if shot out from the sky,) train, adjacent, sallied, forth, (out of, viz. the house,) cessation, meteors, brilliant, career, exclamations, amusing, descriptive, (viz. of what was taking place,) cracked, (broken,) mark, chalk, exkibition, emotions, amounting to, (equivalent, tantamount,) philosophy, (science,) pressed forward, (pushed forward,) predicted, scroll, (in the fire ?) vault, glittering, vesture, rolled up, amiss, indulge, cherish, impressions, phenomena, (appearances, sor nothing visible to the oye,) excite, superstitious, unheeded, sky.



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SECT. CXLIV.—THE TOOTHACHE. 1 « My dear friend,” said H-“I can cure you in ten

minutes." 2 “How ? how ?” inquired I. 3Do it in pity." 4 Instantly,” said he. 5 “ Have you any alum ?" 6

« Yes.” 7 Bring it, and some common salt.”

They were produced: my friend pulverized them, mixed 8 them in equal quantities'; then wet a small piece of cotton,

(causing the mixed powders to adhere,) and placed it in my

hollow tooth. 9 “ There,” said he: “if that does not cure you, I will forfeit 10 my

head. You may tell this to every one, and publish it everywhere: the remedy is infallible.” 11 It was as he predicted. 12 On the introduction of the

mixed alum and salt, I experienced a sensation of coldness, which gradually subsided, and with it the torment of the toothache. DEFINITIONS, &c.-Define friend, cure, ten, minutes, how, inquired, in pity, instantly, alum, common, salt, produced, pulverized, mixed, equal, quantities, wet, small, piece, cotton, mixed, powders, adhere, hollow, forfeit, there, remedy, infallible, predicted, introduction, &c.


The spoilt child was in his night-gown and night-cap: his i drum was slung round his neck: he had a sword at his side,

and a drumstick in one hand, while he used a wooden gun as

a drumstick in the other. In the very middle of the table 2 did he insist upon being placed, with his drum before him ;

and then he commenced an uproar and havoc on every side within his range, such as we shall not here attempt to de

scribe. At length, by a whirl of his gun, the sweet lamb 3 smote a tall candle; which, falling sidewise, touched the

head-dress of grandmamma Thomson, and set it all in a

blaze. With a loud screaming, “ Take me, mamma!” the 4 sweet lamb flew along the table to mamma's outspread arms; and, in doing so, overturned a heavy cut-glass decanter; which rolled off the table, and fell with one edge upon the toe of Mr. Scrope!



“ Base urchin!” cried the agonized and angry gentleman, jumping up, and extending his right arm over the table with 5 passion, “ base urchin ! is it to see and hear your yells and

antics that I am invited to this place to-day? was I inveigled here to enjoy your pretty play and prattle close to my elbow all dinner-time? to feel continual drops of gravy, and bits of

fat and sweetmeat dropped upon my knees ? and to have 6 orange-juice squirted in my face ? Mr. Meredith! Sir! this

is not to be endured. A more complete specimen of an 7 atrocious spoiled child, I never read or heard of: so base an

urchin I never saw in the most tormenting dream!” 8 With these words, Mr. Scrope went out of the room and

left the house, never again to set foot in it. DEFINITIONS, &c.—Define spoiled, night-gown, night-cap, drum, slung, drumstick, wooden gun, insist, commenced, uproar, havoc, range, (reach ?) describe, whirl, sweet lamb, (as his mother called him, but here used ironically, for he acted like any thing but a lamb: what is the meaning of ironically ?) tull, sidewise, head-dress, blaze, screaming, outspread, (spread out,) overturned, cut-glass, decanter, toe, base, urchin, agonized, angry, gentleman, jumping up, extending, arm, with passion, (i. e. with anger,) inveigled, yells, antics, prattle, gravy, bits, sweetmeat, squirted, knees, endured, complete, (can any thing be more than complete ? If not, is the word more properly used before it ?) atrocious, tormenting, dream.


Wouldst thou have the temper of thy soul raised above 1 the temptations and cares of life, to that region where God

and virtue and endless peace and happiness dwell ? Go not, my brother, into the wilderness'; climb not the steep rock' ;

seek not the gloom of the forest, or the resounding shores of 2 the ocean’; but enter, with the train of devout worshippers,

the house of prayer : there, with thy children, thy household, thy kindred, friends and neighbors, bow down before the High God. If the general countenance of this place do

not tend to calm the passions of the soul, to allay its feverish 3 anxieties, and infuse into it sensations of peace and piety, of

duty and benevolence, how strangely must we all have for

gotten every thing which it most behooves us to regard and 4 to remember! This is the climate of devotion. 5 It is the

atmosphere of praise and thanksgiving that we breathe here; and we are not purely intellectual, but sentient, impressible beings.

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DEFINITIONS, &c.—Define temper, region, (what region is hero moant?) wilderness, climb, steep, forest, gloom, resounding shores, (why do they resound?) ocean, (in what differs an ocean from a sea, and both from a lake ?) train, devout, house of prayer, (church ?) household, kindred, bow down, (is down necessary here ?) countenance, tend, passions, allay, feverish, infuse, sensations, piety, strangely, behooves, climate, (i. o. a placo favorable to devotion as a particular climate is to a particular fruit,) atmosphere, sentient, impressible.

SECT. CXLVII.-THE HEAVEN OF THE BIBLE. It is not sufficiently adverted to, that the happiness of heaven lies greatly and essentially in the well-going mai chinery of a well-conditioned soul; and that according to its

measure, it is the same in kind with the happiness of God; who liveth forever in bliss ineffable, because he is unchangeable in being good and upright and holy. There may be audible music in heaven'; but its chief delight will be in the

music of a well-poised affection, and in principles in full and 2 consenting harmony with the laws of eternal rectitude:

there may be visions of loveliness there'; but it will be the loveliness of virtue, as seen directly in God, and as reflected

back again in family likeness from all his children. It will 3 be this that shall give its purest and sweetest transports to

the soul. In a word, the main reward of paradise is spiritual 4 joy; and that springing at once from the love and the

possession of spiritual excellence. It is such a joy as sin extin 5 guishes on the moment of its entering the soul; and such a joy as is again restored to the soul, and that immediately, on its being restored to righteousness. DEFINITIONS, &c.—Define sufficiently, lies, essentially, well-going machinery, (properly exercised powers or faculties,) well-conditioned, in a healthful state in consequence of being under the influence of good principles and habits,) ineffable, unchangeable, upright, holy, audible, chief, delight, well-poised, (well-balanced,) affection, principles, full, consenting, harmony, eternal, rectitude, visions, loveliness, directly, reflected back, transports, purest, sweetest, paradise, spiritual, springing, excellence, extinguishes, restored, immediately.

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SECT. CXLVIII.—THE UNCULTIVATED MIND. 1 “I do not believe it,” is the language of a barren and un2 cultivated mind. A person of intelligence may be startled



at a new idea, but never contradicts or doubts till Le has

well examined the subject. Nothing is more trying to the 3 patience of a man, than to converse with unintelligent and

ignorant persons who doubt the truth of every thing they 4 cannot comprehend. Tell an individual, who has been

brought up in superstitious ignorance, there is no such thing 5 as a ghost, and he will deny it at once. Why do you be6 lieve in ghosts? inquire of him. “ Because I do," will be 7 his reply. Did you ever see one ? 8“ Noʻ; but my uncle 9 did'.” Until such a person becomes intelligent you can do

nothing with him. Tell the same individual that it takes the 10 light of the nearest star about ten years to reach the earth,

and he will at once reply, “I do not believe it." For the 11 sublime study he has no taste ; but he will seize with avidity

all the ghost stories, and silly trash that is issued from the press'; from which not one substantial idea can be obtained. DEFINITIONS, &c.—Define barren, uncultivated, (barren, because uncui. tivated ?) a person of intelligence, (an intelligent person,) startled, new, idea, never, contradicts, well, examined, trying, converse, doubt, comprekend, superstitious, ignorance, ghost, deny, at once, nearest, reach, sublime, study, taste, (relish ?) seize, avidity, silly trash, issued, press, substantial, (valuable,) obtained.




I ROSE up from the feast, and went out to drink the fresh evening air: as I passed the gate, old Lazarus, the beggar, 1 was sitting and making a rich repast on the very piece of

baked mutton I had left on my plate : his dog stood by : and the bones, &c., of which Lazarus could make nothing, afforded a delicious meal to poor Trim. By the time I returned, a little flock of sparrows occupied the ground where Lazarus had sat with Trim, and picked up the crumbs that had fallen from them : they flew off at my approach, but

their place was instantly seized by a number of flies and 2 other insects, all greedily devouring the fragments which

were left by the sparrows; and that nothing might be lost, the little laborious ant had got a huge crumb on her shoulders, and, tottering under the burden, was carrying it to her Dest: a small affair it seemed indeed to me, but small as it

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