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OUR PRETTY VILLAGE.
May-day sports-Children's games-Feeding the pets--The village church-In
the bell-ringers' tower-The deer in the park-The great house--The
school treat-Feeding the swans-The invalid's ride-In the harvest-
field-The gleaners-A farm-yard picture-The last load-Our village
in winter-A moonlight scene.
LITTLE ANTOINE AND THE BEAR.
A Swiss waterfall -Antoine and his father-A pack of wolves-Watching the
mountain-path-Starting on the journey-The sleeping bear-Running
for dear life-Caught by the bear-The combat-Nero the victor-
Alarming news-The broken-hearted Susette-Bringing the dead bear
to the hut-Antoine's thanksgiving-The father's joy--Brave Nero's
THE BLACKBIRD'S NEST.
The nest in the hedge-The mother sheep and their lambs--A pleasant walk-
The windmill--The miller-A peep in the hedge-Going to the mill -
Gentle cows -The frightened blackbird-Edgar and the egg-In the
apple-tree-The bird on the nest-Watching for the bird-There it is !-
The mower-Waiting for breakfast.
ROSA, THE LITTLE COUSIN FROM INDIA.
Rosa and her ayah-The elephant in state --On board ship -Strange com-
panions-The storm-Land at last -Rosa and her cousin --The morning
p' ayer-A peep through the window -The first run in the fields- In
the summer-house Rosa and her grandmamma--Games on the beach -
A merry winter walk-Catching the first snow-The children of India.
OUR PRETTY VILLAGE.
SOUR PRETTY VILLAGE.
IF you t could take a ieep at our village on a sunslinv
: -1- ly, I aln sure you would say it is as pretty a village
as ever was seen. It lies in a wide valley, at the toot
Sof some hills, which are not too hiih fior" the children to
climb to the top in the summner-timne, when the purple
''. heath is in bloom, and the bee comes hummuinmg by.
Ift you could go past our village green when school
i is over, and the boys and girls are at play, you
.\ \would think it a pretty sight ; and you would like
:.to call and rest awhile at the cottage where Widow
"' C .-.'- Green lives with her little grandchild, Mary,
"" and Prince, their dog. You might gather a
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cottage window, Mary would let you feed her pigeons
with some crumbs of bread.
But you are not likely to come to our village, so I -
must tell you about it instead. It is a small village,
half hidden by trees, with a cottage or a tarm-hi-use
standing here and there. The school-house is on -. a
the green; and beyond it are the barns and
haystacks of Farmer Blake. On the other I jn
side of the village there is a very short.. --
street, where there are some neat small *11 i "'i
houses, and three shops. One is a baker's
shop. The next is a grocer's shop. The .
grocer sells tea and sugar, and a gremt
many things besides. Last of all comes tlhe
little shop just at the corner, where old ; ..
Goody Browne sells apples and cakes.
Across the fields, when we have climbed
over some wooden stiles, we come to tile .. --
low stone wall round the churchylard,
and we see the dark old yew trees, '-
and the ivy creeping over the chulrch-'
tower, and hanging down upon the windows.
Smintimes a gay wedding takes place, and the
ell-ringers ipull tile ropes a.i it' the happier ess
ft' the newly wedded pair del)ended on the
S-a ]alil It' tlie bells. It is ple-naint ai-l, to hear
tlt. .lih Clli c1 inlli on a Sunday morningill, one-
,,,o-tlree; 11nd t, vtee tie people fromn tlhe
., ,' l i:l,_,'. amin the children from the unday-
'x \l"cl,,-Pl, c,.liln g over the fields.
1 Ar'e yoU le Iarnin.,_ to keel holy the Snbbanti-
cday It i (iGod's own I happy dlay; on which,
w lien lie i1ad made tile world, lie rested froit
all hi i rks. A id as tfti a 1S it comes, we
S'lhuld put aside botl work and play, that we
S.imav have time to lmraie and pray to
S;,,. aliidI to learn the wvay to hl s\-eu.
-Lit,1. -r n t me gIttie to love. I pray.
Thy II y WAri. Thy Holy Day;
TA lii may I ever feithIfuIl be
2' li, j h u'av: e Himself for irie.
"('ho t the chur chard wall is
Sthe park, and nt th r off we see
49. '-the great h 'usie 't' the village.
The riu(1 lady vhuo, lives there is
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of them by name. Twice in the year, they all go up to see her at the great
house in the park. In the summer they have a treat of tea and plurn-cake
under the trees. In winter they have a good romp in the great hall; and
the kind lady gives shoes and warm clothes to those children who are in want.
We should all be kind to the poor as far as we are able. The Bible tells
us that if we have little, we must try to give of that little. Some can give
much more than others, but we must all do what we can. When Jesus, our
Saviour, was living in this world, he went about doing good. If we love
him, we shall try to be like him.
There are plenty of deer in the park. We may
see a number of them croppinm the frieh grass in
9 U.i t. ;a sudden, thiv ],iear some sound. aild they
.. .'. l' th ir heads and their tall io rns, and a w v
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eyes. You could not help loving it, I am sure. But if you ever go into a
park, you must keep away from the deer; or they might hurt you very
much with their great horns.
There is some water in the park, and we may often see two large swans
there as white as snow. It is very pretty to see a swan sail down the stream,
and to see its shadow in the smooth, bright water. On the bank close by,
there are some fine old walnut trees, and it is a merry time in autumn,
when the walnuts are ripe. There is always a large basket full of them
sent to the village school.
I dare say you think it would be very pleasant to live at the great house,
and to walk in the park when you liked, to see the
deer feeding at a distance, and watch tie swans sail-
ing down the stream. There was a little girl living
there last year. She was the only child of the kind -.
lady, who loved her dearly, as your manmm loves .
you. She used to run about the park and the
fields, last spring, and fill her little basket witll ,:'''
buttercups and daisies, and look tor dark blue
violets beside the sunny bank. Sometimes 'he -
used to come down to the school with heIlir ..:.-.. ',. .
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mother, and then all the school-children used to look at her bright eyes
and her smiling face, and think what a happy little girl she must be.
But before the summer was over, her rosy cheeks grew pale and thin. The
little girl was very ill, and soon she was too weak to walk in the park, and
could only go out in a wheeled chair along the smooth paths. She could
no longer enjoy the bright sunshine, nor take any pleasure in the sweet
flowers, which her fond mother used to bring every day to her bed-side.
Maiiy things were tried in the hope of doing her good; but she slowly faded
away, and died when the autumn came, just as the faded leaves began to
fall from the trees. Her body was laid in the quiet churchyard; and now
we may see a white stone near the old porch, and on it we may read her
name, ANNIE WOOD, aged seven years." And below it are those sweet
words of the Saviour:-" Suffer little children to come unto Me; for of such
is the Kingdom of Heaven."
Little Annie was born with a naughty heart, and so were
vou. She often did wrong, as you have done. iBut when she
grew ol(d eough to learn a t esu toe Son t'of (t;l, \who :.-
'lied to take away the sins of the world, she pray'ed tliat
Sid, t;r .Jesuis' sake, would take away her .sis, and put -_ '.,,
Hi.s I,oIv Spirit iIit, her heart, to make her good. :
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And so when she came to die, she was not afraid. She new that when her body
was laid in the grave, her soul would go to that bright and happy world
where Jesus is, there to live with Him for ever and ever.
And this loving Jesus is also your Saviour. God will forgive your sins, if
you believe in Jesus ; for He has told us in His Holy Word, I love them
that love Me, and those that seek Me early shall find Me." What is it to
seek God early? It is to love Him, and pray to Him, and to believe in
Christ while you are young, that you may be one of His little flock, and
walk in the right way.
Gentle Jesus, hear my prayer; Suffer not my feet to stray
Make a little child thy care; From Thy safe and happy way;
Early may I look to Thee, Thou hast loved and died for me,
My Saviour and my Guide to be. Let me love and live to Thee.
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on our v to tle vil.'. (..1 huir h r,.. Two of, t:hemn are.1
e'rntielib." ;i1d they I v l n ,' to, l'armer Blake .
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the. year. In winter, when the ground is white with snow, and the frost
nips your finger ends, you may run along the dry, hard path till your cheeks
are red, and you feel a glow from head to foot. In spring, when the green
corn is waving on each side, and the sun shines high in the sky, and the
soft breeze plays round; while the birds sing in the hedgerows, and the lark
darts up from his nest on the ground; I am sure you would like to walk with
me up the hill. And you would like it almost as well in summer when the
corn is nearly ripe, and the gay poppy nods its scarlet head on the very
edge of the path. But oh! if you could go with me to the harvest-field in
autumn, and walk among the shocks of corn, or sit on the shady bank under
the hawthorn bush, and watch the gleaners filling their aprons with the fallen
ears, you would not soon forget that day.
They are very busy in the farm-yard when the waggons are loaded, and
the corn is taken home. It is made into a large round stack, and then a
roof of straw is laid upon the top to keep it from the rain. When there are
many corn and hay stacks, as is the case at Farmer Blake's, they make a
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good place for hide-and-seek, and some other merry games. The farmer's
two children, Harry and Kate, often play among them with their little
friend, Mary Green. Sometimes Prince comes without being asked, to join
the party. Poor Prince is not a very welcome guest, though he is a dog
of the best manners, and does not wish to give offence to any-
body. But the hens do not like him among their chicks; and
the geese stretch out their necks and hiss when they see him,
and the silly old gander gets quite in a rage. So Prince
slinks away with his tail down, and does not come near
again till the hens and the geese are out of the way.
Then he creeps up to Mary's side, and Harry and
S Kate give him a kind pat, and stroke his shiining
*W- We are early people in our village. Early to
bed, and early to rise." The farmer's men
Must be early at work; and the dairy-maid
must rise early to milk her cows; and tie
children must be off early to school. So,
a as every one must. be up in good time,
W. vwe go in good time to rest.
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When ten o'clock sounds from the old church tower, the stir of the day
is over and all is hushed and still. There is nothing heard but the low bark
of Farmer Blake's dog Nettle, now and then; or the hooting of the white
owl as it flies from its hole in the old barn. The quiet moon shines over
the pond, and the dark shadows of the elm trees fall on the village green.
A faint light may perhaps be seen as the night goes on. It comes from
some cottage window, where the mother is nursing her sick child; for there
is pain and sorrow in every place.
Yes, even in our pretty village. For this is a sinful world, and where
there is sin, there must be sorrow. But there is a bright and happy world
above for the children of God, who have washed their robes, and made them
white in the blood of the Lamb. There will
be no more sin, nor sorrow, nor pain, for
"- 60,., God shall wipe away all tears from their
"-eves. Dear little reader, pray that you may
reach that. bright world on high, and dwell
Wv A;- with God your Saviour for ever and ever.
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LITTLE ANTOINE AND THE BEAR.
LITTLE ANTOINE AND THE BEAR.
TWITZEIL.AND is :1 v l \ I tifll tIi e?. full i of h i It lliitai 11 ;i111.1 11hil T li
C riv:,izhtauzus are i ii',i.l lui...l',:r than :tt,i : x <"',i hofi, o iz, .lLj-'itt. :,-gii ,.n.
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vweathi. I,. sl i i, .rk 't thu- rIui:,in., tI lce, ai, ti1i,(.k
woul.Is of 1:,il, ;I,'.l ,:,th l te,- a"iI in th 1 2 i-imliv ftru,. t..
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time, but when night comes on, they roam abroad in search of prey; and in the cold
winter weather they are very bold indeed, and carry away lambs and sheep, and
sometimes they hunt in company and then they will attack horses and mules; and they
have even been known to dig under the doors of the cottages, and kill the poor people
The bears generally choose the most gloomy parts of the woods, or the highest mountains
for their dens; but they often come out of these caves in the day time in search of food.
They feed upon roots, fruit, and vegetables, and also upon flesh, for they are very fierce
and savage. They are large, and covered with shaggy brown hair, and have very strong
paws; and with these they sometimes hug the poor people to death who fall in
their way. They are in one respect more dangerous than wolves, because ?
th,.v ,;ni ,.l l ,I tr',.._.,- i n, l [. l/. q ,,-,n thi ,: ', \wi ho l a\":, m ,,un t:.,l tl ,.-'i ',:l" s-.at; y ....
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oUr s :*1. Ji.' is ,futl L0111.1 i ,.,tlier w ,ri e very fol'.1 .,f 111i1; 0i 1d it ,
w as .: ,.l..i tl t hi -s mntl,..r ;il w,; :- iin tI., g.:', ., t if hli-r i- t. "
Pir'e M iill,..r. lik, iiio:t tre Swit s. Lad a gr. ,t loiny t- .
twent' .-' thirty o:w'vs. I,.l-. sl,s tw,. or tli'i. h,-tiid ,jiine j u :.- j iiil "'and '-. ';'
aI v,.r --in, l .' '.lo. .: al!,.I N i.-..> of tltOe -irt used by the Swis .
and Sp: i.-iA I lIq.l-r hut-1 si. t:. kill th.- ahiiials,. "
Duringi-" tlte w;ilit, ,:r m,-ontrli-, tl.-I Swi,- farmi:.rs
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the summer they drive them to the mountains, where the grass is very abundant and
good. Sometimes they bring them home every night to milk them; but most of the
Swiss farmers have huts called chalets upon the mountains, and there they live and sleep
and make their butter and cheese for winter use. On Saturdays, however, they bring
home their flocks; and little Antoine was always very glad when Saturday evening came,
that he might see the dear father he so much loved.
When Antoine was about six years old, it happened that old The6rse, who always lived
at the mountain hut in the summer, to milk the cows and the goats and take care of the
dairy, fell very ill; and as Susette, the other maiden, was too young to manage it by her-
self. Jeanne Miiller was obliged to go to the mountains to mind the dairy, and to nurse
Th6rese. Little Antoine wanted sadly to go with her, but she was afraid to take him,
lest he should get into any mischief, for there are deep holes and precipices about the
mountains, into which those who are ignorant of the dangers of these places have
often fallen and been dashed in pieces, and therefore she was afraid to have himin
with her, as she knew she should be too busy to look after him, and his father
would be out all day, upon the liiglhest parts of thle Iu)untaMiis. witli
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the goats. So Antoine was left at home with Susette; and his father and mother told
him never to go out of the garden unless she were with him.
Antoine was very lonely when his father and mother were both gone, but Susette
was kind and good tempered, and tried to amuse and occupy him as much as she could.
The first three days passed away, and on the next day his mother had told Susette
she should come down from the mountain to see her little boy. Antoine was up by
sunrise, and he watched the mountain path along which she would come for a long,
long time, but no mother could he see, and night came on and she did not arrive.
Susette was very busy putting everything straight in the house, and carrying water
from the spring; and Antoine stood at the door of the cottage, watching the road from
the mountains, when all of a sudden he thought he would go
and see what had become of his mother. He had been with
her to the hut two or three times, so he knew the way; and
i, Sw itz.rTlh.1 little l.1,,v- six v.as r,, ;r ,'1r able tlu
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till the path became so steep that he was obliged to go more slowly. By and by he came
to the border of one of the thick woods I have told you of, and by the side of the road
grew many beautiful flowers and nice sweet strawberries, and he picked a few of these,
for they were the first he had seen, and put them in some large cool leaves, intending to
take them to old Therbse, of whom he was very fond. Antoine was a good-natured child
and not selfish, and he was better pleased at the thoughts of giving them to her now she
was ill, than to eat them himself, although he liked them very much.
So on he went, and he was now getting within less than half a mile of the hut, when
just as he turned the corner of a large rock, he saw a huge animal lying in the narrow
pathway. Antoine stopped and looked at it for some minutes. It was quite still, and
seemed as if it was fast asleep. It was turned partly away from little Antoine, so that he
could not see its head, but it was very rough and dark-coloured; and he
thought surely it must be a very large dog. kept. as his father had told
hil suil wetre. Iv the monks of St. Berina.rd. which wxre so strong that .-
they often dragged the ,poor travellers out of the snow. when they had '
lost thicir way. ''
Though Atuiine was only six years old, he was no coward, ', .
and Ieing so anxious to reach the hut, he made
up his mind to crep) past the great. creature,
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So he stepped along as softly as possible, and held his little blouse tight round him,
lest it should rub against the animal and wake him; and thus he went on through the
narrow bit of road which was left open.
His heart beat fast, and he cast many a look upon the great creature as he crept by him,
and in another moment he would have been in the open road; when, behold, Antoine
dropped his leaf of strawberries, which fell right upon the animal's nose, and he imme-
diately opened his great glaring eyes, and raising his enormous head, uttered a low but
terrible growl, which told poor frightened little Antoine that it was no dog, but some wild
beast, and in the greatest alarm he took to his heels, and ran off as fast as he could go.
He began to fear that he could not run much longer, for his little legs were sadly
tired, and the blood from the cut in his forehead often almost blinded him, so that he
could hardly see his way. Soon he heard the loud breathing of the bear, as he came
after him, and the pat, pat of his great feet as he came nearer and nearer, and then he
could feel the hot breath of the monster upon his neck. He turned
his head again, and his enemy was close upon him; his fiery eyes
seemed: t,. gl:t.-i with sav.-ge furv. and one great paw was stretched
out to seize upon the p,.ir little boy. But this dreadful sight
gave Aiit'.uine fr,..l strength. anU: just as the paw descende:d,
he inmaile siuc1i a bound. that the claws uf the bear onlv caught
part of his blouse, which was turn away iby the force of the .,* .
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The bear uttered a savage howl of disappointment, and began his chase again, but at
that moment a well-known sound struck upon the ear of the poor little boy-the bark of
his own faithful Nero, who that moment turned the corner of the rock, and catching sight
of the bear, sprang forward, and in a moment had fastened upon him. And now a dreadful
battle ensued, and the blood flowed fast from both the animals, whose howlings might have
been heard from a great distance, while little Antoine hastened on as fast as his tired legs
could carry him. How good and kind it was of God thus to watch over little Antoine,
and send the noble dog to save him just at the moment of his greatest danger.
But I daresay you want to know how it was that Nero came up just in time. As I
told you. the poor dog whined and struggled to get free: and at last Susette. who
lha.d l 'enu tl fet.-l \\Wi W t froil t heI I ll ri li-arinl' ttll : itise, riu i ti., Se? e1 wliat vas
tihe matter. Tit- i.r'lehii..r gat, s *..p*n, m ,:id Auti.' ii\\ I,.,w i,:re te : etu. eithe-r
there? eor in tihe l i-t ,?. ui-itlier did !i, i.w,:' to Si-etth -. call. ISi1. tht-ref.er'e t. li:
the v'ter'y I. t tlii ',.-, sile ,il ,,iCd !iiavr Il:- ,I .. ;ndl ul tsttl niii Nei.rli hiv i iI -:.d:l I t,:. V
lushed ul, the p'ath whi.hl le-d t t l, e I ut. tillN ..-l wi:.n. til. :lir .-tion tak:iu n 1:v
tit,? little_ reIia\\av ; and >S i.sn:tte. vhu \v;i.._ r*:'r tly i i ,il. after l' kig 1 p :
t le -11 ..-11st:. 1 lt' eil.l alIftt-r 1111i 1.
N ..l-o sple 01 1 fa.-t ;aIid t I-'t,. tor' Lh i.1inuiek ear .iau.i't:lit lle soi ,nd i._f t rh
bie'.i'-l" Hi-t ,I .ile ;t..l thl e :.,reit to1o t' tI a 1111111i l W i-; I.ncie to 0
]iiiii ujlOn the. e .V.iC i ig dt.,i :,.. : a -,l .. lie kiiiw, thi-r- w. Wits
danger abroad, and he bounded on, and, as we have seen, reached the spot just in time to
save the life of his little master.
The battle between Nero and the bear was long and for some time uncertain ; but at length
the dog was victorious, and when poor Susette came in sight of them, he was standing over
his dead enemy, panting and covered with blood from the many wounds he had received.
Susette was much frightened, for her eye caught sight of little Antoine's hat and the
remains of his blouse, all torn and bloody, and she could hardly hope that he had escaped,
but thought he must have ,been killed by the bear before the dog reached the spot.
However, she was soon made easy, for little Antoine had quickly reached the hut, where
his sudden appearance alarmed his mother not a little; and his father running in at the
same moment was as much surprised. Pierre had heard the noise of the battle between
Nero and the bear, and had therefore hastened down for his gun; and after giving his
little son one kiss, he ran off to aid poor Nero.
When he reached the spot, the fight was over, and there he found poor Susette weeping
bitterly over the hat and blouse of little Antoine, whom she dared not hope to see again
alive; and therefore you 'may think how joyful she was when her master told her that
the poor child was safe, though not quite unhurt. He then, assisted by Susette, dragged
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the dead bear to his hut, not however till he had examined poor Nero's wounds and patted
his shaggy head, whilst the dog licked his master's hands and showed every sign of joy,
which he repeated when he reached the hut and was met at the door by little Antoine.
Then his mother told why she had been kept away; for poor Th6rese had become very
much worse, and as his father had gone to a distance to get some medicine for her, she
was unable to leave her.
She showed Antoine how wrong it was to be disobedient even in the very smallest
thing, and told him that it almost always brings its own punishment in some way or
Antoine knew that if God had not watched over him, he should have been killed by the
bear. He felt very grateful to this kind heavenly Father for keeping him from being torn
in pieces; and he knew that this kindness was more than he deserved, and that God had
thus taken care of him because He is full of mercy and love to all His creatures, for the
sake of His own dear Son Jesus Christ, who loves little children, and who has promised,
if they believe in Him and love Him, to carry them in His arms, to take care of them in
this world, and when they die, to make them holy and happy for ever.
Do you think God listened to little Antoine's prayer ? Yes, that He did: and we are
sure of it, because from that time Antoine became very obedient, and was by no nn:;r.,- -o
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self-willed as he had been before his adventure with the bear. And we know he could
not have made himself a better boy without God's help, because we all have bad and
wicked hearts, and it is God only who can change them; so then it was God who helped
him for Jesus' sake, and He will help you too if you ask Him to make you good children.
Antoine stayed at the hut with Susette and his mother until the next day; and then his
father, who had gone to the cottage to take care of it, came and carried home his little son
in his arms. When Antoine passed the spot where the battle between Nero and the bear
had taken place, he clung tightly to his dear father, for he could not help still feeling
frightened when he thought how near he had been to a dreadful death.
When his father came down from the hut at the beginning of winter, he brought with
him the skin of the bear, which he had prepared and dressed very nicely; and his mother
made Antoine a nice warm cloak of blue cloth of her own spinning, and
S ., litne.l it with the bear skin, and a little cap of the same, to keep him warm
S,, in tlhe cold snowy weather.
SYou may easily imagine how fond every one was of the brave Nero,
S ": who soon recovered from the wounds the bear had given him.
'". ".. Antoine, in particular, went nowhere without him. The noble
Sdog lived to be very old, and when he died Antoine grieved
.: .. much to part with him. He buried him in the garden by the
: side of the seat where he used to sit and learn his lessons and
read his Bible; and over the grave 1I.
put a stone, on which he cut NR.'.-
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THE BLACKBIRD'S NEST.
THE BLACKBIRD'S NEST1
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N -- ine dl(- in ,lri ', little Edgar and
S_ :* hi sitr M iiv lk 1 u t wit!l their
S. nurse Jaine. The un hlionic. and the air
S1 'i ti'r. and \weet. Edrar and Mary
I ran alo the road and peeped into t he
Shields to ee tlhe sho'.p-I and la;n I .
It Let us openl tlie gate and walk in
"t" tile ti lt 1 ," f si- d d nli ari t .1ante.
No Ed li. ti'' gras- i, wet. The
si llun has ,4 ot It '1rid uI the deh v. Do
vO~u i ot t ee tl ll on, tihe gI raiss?"
But tihe little lambhs d, no t mind the
"* I'l'lihe Iihave w\.ilII to keep them dry
;";1 al1 \ari'ii. Ii l dlew-dr-ps do not get
: tlhru'lh that, as thev would ilno your
I.I .h ,, es. You ilihlt take e' hld if you
,,M._., wvere to Irunll al.ioUt ill tile damp as the
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flowers," said Edgar. There are some in the field; but they do not grow in
We will go up the hill," said Jane, and then walk in the lane. I think
"*we shall find some flowers on the banks."
And is there no dew in the lane?" asked Mary.
No, not where we shall walk; and the banks are so steep that you will be
able to reach the flowers without wetting your feet by stepping on the grass.
I will gather those that grow too high on the bank for you to reach."
Thank you, thank you, Jane," said the little boy and girl; and away they
ran up the hill, to the windmill on the top. It was not a very high hill; but
they ran so fast that they were tired when they got to the
"'i '/. -topl of it. Then they sat down to rest on
lthe root OIf a large tre.3
El.:. :ar anid Mary saw many
things- froii the place where
They sat. A horse, passed by
..i ..l'a\ in,- heavy load in a cart;
a lon, way off. the little girl
"and by- saN\ the sea. It looked
blue; and some
ships on it looked
like little white
],.. pecks. In the
S trees near them
some little birds
SIt .were singing.
Sjoy I think, said
S. "Edgar. "Idare
say they are glad
that warm wea-
their is come. Do
they mean to
-. ;j thank God, I
If they knew
'" ,, ". as much as we
"' .do," said Jane,
I dare say they
would thank Him as well as they could. But they do not know, as we do,
who it is that feeds them and makes them happy."
I wish you would say those verses again, Jane, which you tried to teach
me one day. Will you, now we are sitting here?"
Yes; if you will attend while I repeat them. And you too, Mary."
Mary said she would listen very quietly; and so Jane began:
Who gave the sun its warmth and light ? Who made the earth that gives us grain?
Who made the moon that shines so bright, Who feeds it both with dew and rain ?
And all the stars that glow at night ? Who made each beast that treads the plain ?
Who, by His will, in bounds doth keep
The great and wild waves of the deep ?
"Who made all things that swim or creep ?
Who gave the air, and made the sky?
SWho formed the bird that soars on high ?
Who taught its wings the way to fly ?
S.! Who gave us life and all we prize ?
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h)o n, larh LI vlu n at nlorll we r.js
Who strntI thlt swe.rt ilcep to ni? bd-
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Thank you, Jane," said Edgar; they are very pretty verses."
There was a high bank on each side of the lane. A hedge was on the top
of each bank, and a few trees were in the hedges. There were daisies, and
kingcups, and primroses, and violets. Then there was a loud noise in the
bushes, and a bird flew out of them. Edgar did not know what it was at
first, and he felt almost afraid.
Jane had seen the bird fly; and she said that
there mini.ght be a nest in the liedgCe.
h ()h, ho\\ I should like to see it Edgar said. ,.
Then they went to thle place that the bird
ftew from. .l;ne IrnIked into the bushes, and -" -
-aid at last. "Oh !) here it is." ? t .,
"P Please to let me 1,,k;" -" and ne t -oo.
lane--do,, d, J.ane," .e-alled out Edgar and
Marv. And -hel lifted them up to pCeep into
Irl te nest.
There were two small trees in the hedge: '' _
Ilnd their ro.ts aind stems made a p.lug lace
foIr the ne.st The bushes which rew aiiund .,--
hid it, but Jane parted these while 4P
Edgar and Mlarv- looked in.
It was like a little round basket, made of moss and twigs. When the little
folks looked closely, they could see that the nest was nicely lined with soft hay.
There were four blue eggs in the nest. Edgar took one in his hand; it was
smooth and light. It was warm, for the bird had been sitting in the nest.
May we take the nest home ?" Edgar asked.
But what will the poor bird do, if we take her nest away?"
Oh, the bird is gone ;" said Mary, she has left the nest for us."
No; she did not leave it for us. She will come back when we are gone.
She flew away from fear of us."
What will she do with the eggs?" asked Edgar.
She will sit gently on them, to keep them warm ;" said Jane, and in a
Sf yi .. littlL. time the Voiun'll bjird \\ ill break thlrou'll the .-hells."
S'1t" But l\e Imust go nNy\\ nIo\\ tle bird lhas not
S, ..t -',* ll" t'ir, and he \1 ili N oull ti v l .k to her
... liest". \V \vill c Miiie and look at III a"-ain."
CO.^F: '' Tl'lT ,l"le lilt.d) Ed ar ul. lld lle put
:-.r '. :- ... -. -- ^ "- -" m k into the ne' t.
Th. .icked f lw ,r tflbm er., and
S: ll. I 10 rni 1 h. e, alnd tolId their Iian a.
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The next day, Jane took them to the lane. They saw in a field four cows ;
one cow was red, two were black, and one was red and white.
Jane told Mary and Edgar that they must make no noise while they went
down the lane, or the bird would fly away again. So they were very quiet,
and did not even speak. They peeped in the hedge, and saw that the bird
was sitting in the nest. It was a larger bird than a robin or a canary, and it
had a black head and back, and very bright eyes. As the children were so
very quiet, it did not fly away.
When they had both looked at it, they walked down the lane, and Edgar
asked Jane what bird it was. Jane told him it was called a black-bird, and
that it could sing a pretty song in
tihe sHumner. P" '
'hat does it eat? said Edgar. ..
"It eats worms and slugs, and :
many inseccts;' said Jane, and ,
when the ti-uit is ripe it will come -
and eat some of that. We can ,.. i-
spare a little. but if it takes too .
much we mut drive it ftronm
tie a den. .
When the next day came, mamma walked with her little girl and boy, to see
the bird's nest. But they were so pleased to show it to her that they forgot
they must not make a noise. They ran very fast down the lane, and Edgar
called out, Here it is, mamma!"
Away flew the bird, and its wings made a loud noise, so that little Mary
was quite afraid, and was almost ready to cry. Edgar was very sorry, and
mamma told him lie must take more care the next time.
They looked at the nest and eggs; and then they walked down the lane, and
into the fields. There was no dew on the grass now, so Edgar ran quite across
the field. Mary stayed with her mamma, and plucked as many flowers as she
could carry in one hand. Mamma told her that it was God who made the
flowers, and the grass, and the trees, and the birds; and that God made all
things, and is kind to all things, for, as the Bible tells us, His tender mercies
are over all His works." He feeds the birds, and the cows, and the sheep, and
takes care of us too. He makes the birds happy,
and He will make us
happy if we love Him
.. and pray to Him. We
"must ask Him to take
A '.. away our sins, and
make us holy, by giv-
ingusiHis Holy Spirit
to live in our hearts;
"and we must ask it
"' all for Jesus Christ's
sake, who died and
r- rose again for us, and
will save all who be-
lieve in Him with
their hearts. All this
and more did Mary's
Then mamma told
i r the little girl to run
about the field with
A'p. Edgar. When they'
-were tired, they sat
down on the grass
"" for a little time, and
i *iaaL .s
then went back into the lane. When they came to the nest, they were quiet,
and mamma lifted Edgar up on the bank, and took Mary in her arms. The
bird was in her nest, and did not fly away. Edgar was glad that mamma
could see the bird now.
Then came some cold and wet days, and Edgar and Mary could not go out.
When it was fine again, Jane took them to the lane. The
hedge was now quite green, for the leaves had grown large
and thick. Edgar said they would keep the rain from the
nest very nicely. But the bird was not in her nest, and
there were no eggs to be seen when they peeped. Four
little birds were there-little, soft, brown things, not
much like their mother.
Where is the old bird gone?" said Edgar. Why
does she leave the little birds alone ?"
She is gone to find food for them," said Jane. See
how they open their mouths when we move the leaves.
They seem to think it is their niiitlier coming to them.
We will go to the other side of the lane, and stand "
quite still. Then we shall .oon .weC her come." ..
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When they had stood a little time, they saw the bird coming. She had a
small worm in her beak, and she flew into the hedge with it. Very soon she
flew out again, and away into the field. Jane told Mary and Edgar that the
bird had fed one of the little ones with the worm, and that now she was
gone for more food.
Mary wished that she could see the little birds fed; but the hedge was too
thick for that. How does the old bird know where to find food for her little
ones ?" asked Edgar.
Jane told him that God had given her the skill and power to find it; and
also to make the nest, and to take care of the young birds until they can fly.
Mary and Edgar went many times to see the little birds. They stopped to
look at the sheep and lambs in the field, as they went along. Then they ran
down the lane. Each time they saw the birds they were larger than before,
they grew so fast. When the old bird was near, the little girl and boy were
quiet, as they did not wish to drive her away. But when she
; wa gone,- Jane would take a little bird fiom the nest, and let
Edgar ai11(. ary liold it tor a iiiiinute.
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The next time they went to the lane, the nest was empty. The old bird and
the little birds were all gone. Jane said that the young ones could fly now,
and they might be gone to look for food.
Will they come back to the nest again?" asked Edgar.
They may come back at night," said Jane, so we will leave the nest for
them. When they grow older, they will sleep in the trees, and then we will
Stake the nest home with us."
But, Jane, will not the old bird want it again?" asked Mary.
No; next year she will make a new one, in some other place,
most likely. If we leave this, it will be quite worn out
With the wind and rain And if the young bird
.- are alive then, they ill have a ne;t. Hom kind
"i( G"id to teacll the little bird,, and take care
S.... .of them AMd itf iHe cares fitr the birds, we are
..Ul'e He will take c.are of us.,, it' we tlrust in
"f. Him. The lible tell- ut o."
A little while after, lihell they came t,
.. ...look, they f undml the niest emipty ; the old
birds hld gae an w av, 1and thile vun gllee
too. So they too.,k the ni..'t home, and
t kelt, it. ft:, alvng time. This; was Inmut
better than if they- had taken the nest
S with the e,'.", inl it. was it Ilot "
THE LITTLE COUSIN FROM INDIA.
THE LITTLE COUSIN FROM
ITTLE WOS. \'a born ill India, a1
Co')lliItV \VC'IV ftl. Oi, crol'c.i s tlhe
\vide SeaL, I\\ re t lire arl fierce ti'l,,trs
and other wihl 1. asts, and where the
sun is 1 s hot that (i h )le do h ot like
"to Vu ,ut Lin tlhe middle_ of thle day.
o they .it ill their house., 'ith tlihe
blinlds drawn close, ald go out in the
.(20 1 cool t, t the evening.1
little lisa came foiom India to
S.. EngIaEngland. in a large ship. Hlr palpa
n and mammal did not c, lle witli her,
Sfr her papa could not leave his dlutV
""Il India, and her mamninma ,ta ted to
"' take care of hIiln, and
of the little bl aby sister
IIB I osa \\ns ni-at quite
six years old when
Sshe left India.
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parted from her with many tears, and her papa took her on board the ship,
and gave her into the care of a kind lady. Rosa did not know that her papa
was going to leave her, until he took her in his arms at the last to kiss her
and bid her good-bye. Then she clung round his neck, and cried, and sobbed,
and would not let him go away. Her papa was very sorry to leave her, but
he knew that he must not stay on board the ship, so he put her into the ayah's
arms, who was standing by, and then he got into a small boat by the side of
the ship, and went away very sad, without his little Rosa. Every day after
this papa and Mamma prayed to God for their dear child, who was far off
upon the water, and asked Him to bless her and to keep her safely, for Jesus'
losn could not iobret lher
l);Ipa alnd I ;nlliill.:i allnd It lr little
.soIs r in l India b t V' t a r
shortii. timle The wa, vrI. happy
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green parrot in a cage, that had learned to say, How do you do?" and
" Pretty Poll." The parrot soon knew the little girl when she came to the
cage, and the ayah taught it to call Rosa !
Rosa!" So Rosa and the parrot soon
became great friends.
Every day Rosa
walked on the deck
Of the shlilp with her
Savall, and lhe liked to
""-atchl the sailkrs '0-
in alut tile ship,
aMiand to look at the
s' .t h e pre t tY Nx t utl tl'- )V, in,
there wtt hitting,
i:,ut sky and water all
-t)11d. T hee wvere
o- il-.u,,, 11,_r t i,.,N to
"lc setlenl, the;, the ,Ilip
Wai. (''H the deep sea,
f thlr away ftroti land.
lBut whiN t 111,,, liked
I:,cst i\as to .i t ',, the
kind lad v's knee in the
cnl bin, and to, Ihear hler
talk aliut Eng-
I.111, w ll. ie I l1re
S nianiv white little
i ir l) ,-ut her
own1 age h atd
I-osa knew that
.. she had a dear
n ..aunlllt waliting Obr
her tlc, Iand a
'teat storil while
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they were on the water. The wind blew, and the waves dashed over the ship,
and the sky was black with clouds. The ship was tossed to and fro by the
strong waves; and poor little Rosa could not keep on her feet, so she sat down
on the cabin-floor, and began to cry. The kind lady lifted her upon her knee,
and talked to her about Jesus, the son of God, who came into the world to
die for our sins. She told her how he was once in a ship upon the sea when
there arose a great storm, so that all the people who where with him were
very much afraid. But Jesus had power over
the storm, because he was the son of God. And
he said to the wind and to the waves, Peace,
be -still:" and there was a great calm.
And the lady said, "Jesus can also take care of
little Rosa, and of everybody here, and when he
pleases he can make the storm to cease."
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At last the ship came safe to England, and then Rosa had the great joy of
seeing her gradmamma and her aunt, and her little cousin. Her little cousin's
name was I ate. Kate had been wishing for many months that the ship would
come which was to bring her cousin from India, and she had put by all her
best toys for Rosa to play with when she came. Now Rosa had not seen many
white little girls in all her life. So it was a great joy to her to see her cousin
Kate, at d bth the little girls looked glad,
;ad held each other b tlie hand.
IPut p,,ir osa! she had a g.reait many
troulble-s t; .so young a child. She had
left her dear e papa and mamnnia, and her
dear little sister, in India; and now she
had to part tirom this kind friend. '
So that iiht, and for many nights after, ,
which aunt Mary had head h Ie osa say her
prayvers, her ow-n avah put her to sleep in
a little bed, \with white curtains.
Inl the morning, when she awoke, she
heard the birds singing in the garden, for
it was the season ot spring, whienl every-
thillg is so fi'esh and lovely out oft doors.
sa in jullCped out (,It bed, and peeped
through the window, anid ,she saw a pretty
Oardell, ith green t Iees, antd .
flowers of all -ay" colourr., and,,
the Still shining, bur t t iit oo hot
as it used to be ill India. She
got into bed again, and r
wished her avah would come i
and dress her, that she night
go down stairs and see what
else there was to be seen.
By and by, she heard some
little feet. come nIealr, alnd
stop at the room door. It :
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was cousin Kate, come to see if Rosa was awake.
It is very late," said Kate, it is after nine o'clock. I have been to listen
at the room-door before, but mamma said I must not make a noise to wake
you, because you were tired last night."
I peeped out at the window just now," said Rosa; and I saw a pretty
place with green turf, and broad walks, and flowers, such as my mamma used
to tell me about when
1. I was with her in In-
dia. May we go and
walk there, Katie?"
"Oh yes," said Katie,
SR" it is our garden, and
we may go into it
when we like."
': Before Rosa was
quite dressed, in came
""::, ; e grandmamma and
aunt Mary to take a
peep at their little
'7 girl,because theywere
so glad that she was
cometo live with them
in England, for they
"."s '' + loved her very dearly.
Before they went
down stairs Aunt
Mary said, "It is right
that my little Rosa
should kneel down and
thank God, who has
kept her safe on the
deep sea; and she
should pray that he
would watch over her
S. , now sheis in England,
and make her his own
"dear child." So Aunt
Alzary told her to say
"t his little prayer:
0 Lord, I thank Thee that Thou hast kept me safe in all the storms
and dangers of the sea. Give me, I pray Thee, a heart to love Thee for Thy
goodness. Pardon my sins, for the sake of Thy dear Son, who died for- me
upon the cross ; and grant me Thy Holy Spirit to make me a child of Thine.
Let Thy grace keep me from sin in thought, and word, and deed. Bless my
dear papa and mamma and little sister; and bring us dll to Thy kingdom in
heaven, through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen."
Rosa could see from the window into the garden, and she was glad when
after breakfast aunt Mary said that they might go into the garden.
So Kate ran to fetch her garden bonnet, and Rosa put
on the round straw hat that I- I -he d i,,i \\ --ar -11- board tihe
ship. Then they ian down the br'nd st iHt.' the 2'ard.ei, :.
and ran, and danced, and jumped, anid Il ippied a .ut lIr .
joy. Puss was lying ad-cp under a r,' bus. b uh. t 1she ,,
started up and ran to, Kate, and Io.-a \\w '-
glad to stroke her soft back. -i
Then they ran abhnlt the.
garden, and sat dowiwn to rest p
in the summer-h, ,uive, and on ..
the garden chair. And tihey
went into some fields, and
Rosa, who had ievecr been iII
one before, said she did not
think there was such a pretty
place in all the
world. For there
are no fields in
India, with but- [ ..
tercups and dai-
sies like our fic-ld ,
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Rosa found some more flowers under a hedge, some blue, some white, some
pink; and she filled her little apron with them as fast as she could. Then she
saw some very small pink flowers, growing among broad green leaves, and she
put out her hand to gather some. But, alas! they were the flowers of the
stinging-nettle: and before Kate could tell her to take care, Rosa felt the
sudden smart, and she gave a loud cry, and down went the little apron, and
out fell the buttercups and daisies upon the grass. She cried out more from
fear than pain, for she was not much hurt. But there are snakes in India that
have a deadly sting, and Rosa was afraid that she had been stung by a snake.
One day there came a letter from the kind friend who had been with her
in the ship. It was a great pleasure to Rosa to cut round the pretty seal and
open the letter; there was on it a dove with an olive leaf in its mouth, so
Rosa did not like to break it, but took great care of it.
Would you like to know what the letter said?
"Then you must fancy that you can see Rosa in
her white fri-ock and her little silk apron, stand-
iII- by grri' IInnIIIIII;'I c-llir, and reading it aloud,
but but'Pl ing nowiI aMd then to spell a word,
""a.. .-e Ilt\' oft nii to do.
v ImvINDE.\I: LITTLE ROSA,
1 \0 I it'en think of you, and
"Z.av ti, mIIV.,lf, I hope Little Rosa is
A*ell IIand hapilpy in her new home.
SI,1 very good to have given you
.u11h kIiindl friends. I hope you are
t -" trying to praise Him, not only
\ ith your lips but in your
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..1 _t ,in your life is to be a
S/ ood child, and to keep
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of the time when we
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at work, or perhaps
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story? I hope you do not forget the things that I used to read to you about
Moses, and Joseph, and about little Samuel, whom God called one night when
he was sleeping inl the temple. But we liked best of all to read about the
Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour, who left his glory in heaven, and became a
little child, and died to make us friends with God. And now God hears our
prayers, and will forgive us our sins, if we ask Him for Christ's sake. Do not
forget t to ray to Him, my little Rosa. Pray to Him every day to take away
your sins, and to give you His Holy Spirit, that you may be a lamb of the
Saviour's flock. I hope you will come to see me when you are a little older.
I live near the sea; and every fine day I can see
from my wiidow-s little children w\alkiuig ,n the
S-, ;.?iands, or 1usv at wo rk within their wooden .spade_-. 1
111must oW\ Ci.illi to a11n end.
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One very cold day, aunt Mary and Kate put on their warm cloaks and furs
and went to take a walk to the village. Rosa was left at home, because it was
so cold. By and by she saw something white falling fast against the window;
and more of it coming down from the sky, and falling upon the ground. You
know that this was snow, but Rosa did not know it. She had never seen snow
before. She thought it was very pretty, and she said to herself, They have
nothing like this in India. I will catch some, and send it to mamma." So she
took a sheet of paper, and held it open to catch the falling snow. When she
had caught enough, she folded it up, and laid the brown paper parcel of snow
in her trunk.
After dinner Rosa again lifted up the lid of the large trunk, but when she
looked inside, there was nothing at the top but the sheet of paper, wet through
and through. The snow had all melted away. The little
1irl was at tirst full d :,l o i lt iuni t Marv kiNldl .
tried to explain to lier that .,11.OW i.s nlithill
but ranildlrops frozen b.- thle c.ld, wh ich
melt wlien they come ilto warmer air.
VWe should Ipray tf) tile poor heat hen .
chilIdren of I l ia, that (Gi:, Io wI ,uld sendI
out Hi, light anld Hi, truth to lead