IN THE COUNTRY.
Come, little children, wake from sleep,
And into the country take a peep;
Happy Edward leads the way,
So haste to the country, haste away !
PUBLISHED BY S. BABCO'CK.-
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EDWARD JONES was about four
years old. He was a good, and of
course a happy little boy, and he
lived in a beautiful city in Connecti-
cut, with his kind parents, and his
brothers and sisters, and a dear good
aunt, who took care of him.
Edward's mother had a sister liv-
ing in Massachusetts, who was the
wife of a farmer, and onp beautiful
Spring morning, Mr. and Mrs. Jones
determined to pay her a visit, and to
take Edward with them.
The little fellow was much pleased
to hear this, you may be sure; and
when the carriage drove up to the
door, he could hardly wait for aunt
Mary to dress him, comb his hair,
and get him ready for the journey.
At first Edward's attention was
taken up with the motion of the car-
4 THE RIVER-SIDE.
riage, and the sight of the horses, as
they rode swiftly on their journey;
but after a while he began to notice
the different objects which presented
themselves, as the road led through
the green woods, and on the banks of
the broad river, or swept by the pret-
ty villages which lay in their route.
About noon they stopped at a re-
tired and shady spot on the banks of
the river, to give the horses time to
get a little rest and refreshment.
So Edward and his mother seated
themselves on the green bank and
she let him take off his cap and dip
his fingers in the clear bright stream,
which she told him was iunniihg to
swell the waters of the great ocean.
It was a lovely day; the air was full
of the sweet scent of the early flow-
ers, and the grass was green and
bright with the freshness of Spring.
"What is that running up the tree,
mother?" asked Edward; "see what
bright quick eyes it has, and a bushy
tail;-there he goes, mother !"
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6 THE SQUIRREL AND THE BIRD.
"That is a squirrel, my dear; a
brown squirrel. They are not all
like this on. There are black and
gray squirrels; and in some very
cold countries, white ones. But hark!
my son; wlfat sound is that ?"
Edward listened, and heard some-
thing like the sound of a little ham-
mer against a tree. He ran into the
wood, and there he saw a little bird
knocking with its bill against# the
trunk of a tree, just as if it wanted
some one to open tl e door Soon he
saw it draw out of the bark of the
tree, a little worm, which hung upon
the end of its tongue as if it had been
a hook! His mother told him this
little bird,was called a woodpecker,
and this was the way it took its food.
Edward's father now put him in
the carriage, and they proceeded on
their journey. For the first few miles
Edward could think of nothing but
the squirrel, the bird, and the pleas-
ant spot where he had been looking
at them. Then he began to think of
THE COUSNS. 7
the friends he was going to see, and
wondered what his cousins would
say, and how they would look when
they saw him.
A short time before sunset, they
stopped before a neat and pretty cot-
tage, with a large yard before it, in
which two rosy boys and a sweet lit-
tle girl were playing together.
"There, Edward," said his mother,
f' are your cousins, William, George,
and Ann, all clapping their hands
with joy at seeing us; and there is
aunt Harriet just coming to the door
with her baby in her arms.'"
Oh, what a joyful time these little
cousins had. Edward told all the
wonders he had seen, and William
and George told of many more that-
they would show him. George said
he should ride on his little pony, and
William promised to show him all
his pet rabbits, while Ann insisted
that he would be delighted to see
her pretty chickens, and to go to her
play-room, and see her doll.,
8 THE RABBITS.
Before dark, Edward's aunt called
the children to supper, and they all
sat down to the table, where Mrs,
Wilson gave them some nice new
bread, and fresh butter, with some
beautiful honey in the honey-comb,
such as Edward had never seen, be-
fore, He was quite hungry, as well
as much fatigued with his day's ride,
and as soon as he had finished his
supper, he went into the parlor, and
kissing his'parents, he bade them and
all his friends good night, and retired
to rest. But before he got into bed,
he knelt down and thanked GOD for
taking care of him through the day,
and prayed that He would protect
and care for him through the night.
The next morning the children
were all up early, and Edward went
out with his cousins to see William's
rabbits. He was delighted with the
beautiful little animals, and asked a
great many questions about them,
which William kindly answered. He
admired them so much that he could
THE BULLFINCH. 9
hardly be persuaded to leave them
till Ann told him he would not be as
obedient as the young rabbits were,
if he did not go in at once, for her
mother had twice called them to go
in and get their breakfasts.
Just as Edward had finished his
breakfast, he looked out and saw a
beautiful bird sitting on the branch
afa young apple-tree, eating the ten-
der buds, and singing most sweetly.
'" There is that mischievous budl-
finch again," said Mr. Wilson; if I
do not drive him away, I shall never
have an apple on that favorite young
tree of mine.'' Then he took down
his gun and went into the garden,
followed by the children. But Mr.
Wilson was a kind man and would not
harm a living thing. So he pointed
the gun away from the bird and fired.
The loud report not only frightened
the bird, but startled little Edward
also, which made his cousins laugh
heartily.: The children all thought
they had rather lose the apples than
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THE RAMBLE. 11
such a pretty bird and were not
quite satisfied with Mr. Wilson for
sending him away. To divert their
minds, he told them to put on their
hats, and take a ramble in the fields
with him, and perhaps he would walk
with them up the high hill near his
farm, if their little visitor thought his
legs were strong enough to climb so
high. Edward thought they were;
so they set off, shouting and racing
through the fields, while Mr. Wilson
followed leisurely in the road.
They found it rather hard work to
climb the hill, which was very steep,
but when 'they got to the top, they
were well paid for all their trouble.
They could see many pretty towns,
*with the beautiful river gliding along
through them, and many high hills,
like the one they were on, far away
in the distance? Mr. Wilson pointed
out and told them the names of the
different villages which werein sight,
and thus amused ad4 instructed them
till they. were all vell rested. Then
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12 THE RAMBLE.
they started down the hill, and ex-
cept a few tumbles, reached the foot
of it in safety
Mr. Wilson then led the way for a
walk over his large farm. In one, of
the fields they stopped to see a flock
of sheep. Among them were a great
number of pretty white lambs, skip-
ping and jumping about, kicking up
their little legs, wagging their tails,
and looking so innocent and happy,
that Edward could not bear to leave
them. But his cousins, who were
accustomed to these things, were im-
patient to be gone, and Edward was
soon scampering after them, from
field to field ;-first to see the men
plowing, where George mounted one
horse and William another, and rode
before the plows for a few minutes;
then, leaving Mr. Wilson there, they
chased the butterflies, and picked the
early flowers, as they ranged through
other fields, until they came, to a
pleasant little piece of woods, where
they stopped to look at the old hol-
THE RAMBLE. 13
low oak, in which all four could just
crowd in. Here they stopped to rest
a little, and, to watch the labors of a
a pretty bird building its nest on the
branch of a neighboring tree.
Then \they wandered down in a
meadow to get a drink of water from
a fine spring near the foot of a huge
old tree, and having refreshed them-
selves, turned their steps homewards.
On their way, the cousins showed
Edward a shining little brook of clear
water, which ran murmuring through
their farm, and pointed out a great
many objects which were quite new
to him. It was a pleasant and joyful
ramble to them all; but Edward was
well tired when they reached home.
The next day Edward and his
parents started for home. He was
sorry to leave his cousins, but he
began to wish to see his brothers and
sisters once more. It was a pleas-
ant morning, and Mr. Jones decided
to take a different route from the one
they had traveled before. Edward
CaROSSI6 TIHE RIVER.
was delighted with the fine scenery
which this new irobte opened to his
view. In the afternoon they came
to the river side, Where there was a
feiry. A large boat was there, for
the horses and carriage, and a small
ine in which Edward and his parents
seated themselves and were soon
rowed across; The sun had not yet
set, but threw a bright yellow light
ot the Water, that made it lok like
,old. Edward did not wonder that
the geese and ducks were so fond of
sinhiining about on it, and he felt
sorry when they reached the oppo-
site shore, and his pleasant sail was
over. Then he and his mother sat
down on the green bank to look at
tlie beautiful sight before then, while
the horses and carriages were com-
ing across. There was the river all
smooth and shining like gold, and
beyond it were the high mountains,
looking likepurple clouds, and oppo-
.ite, the sun was setting in all the
rich splendor of a summer evening.
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16 ARRIVAL HOME.
Soon the carriage drove up, and
they all got in and continued their
journey. Edward saw nothing that
pleased him so much as that river,
and often wished that he could sail
over it again in the little boat. But
soon they drew near home, and then
he began to think of the joyful meet-
ing he should have with his brothers
and aunt Mary.
The first thing they saw as they
came near the house, was Edward's
dog, Romeo, who came running up
to the carriage, barking, wagging his
tail, and looking as much pleased as
I need not tell you how happy the
children were, nor what they said the
night Edward got home; nor how
delighted he was in telling of all the
sights he had seen. But I think he
learned enough during this pleasant
journey, to make him a somewhat
wiser, if not a happier little boy.
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