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It chanc'd upon a luckless day,
But short the triumphs of her reign !
And soon the pretty trifler fell.
Its mire upon her spotless vest.
The butcher's barb'rous knife beside ?
Straight to the bleating sufferer flies; 6. The lambkin in his arms he took,
And bore her to a neighb'ring brook.
Hér fleece in virgin whiteness shin'd. 7. Clean’d from pollution's every stain,
She join’d her fellows on the plain;
But ne'er approach'd those dangers more. 8. The shepherd bless'd the kind event,
And view'd his flock with sweet content.
A purchase from a farmer's sty.
And testify their mirth aloud.
10. The females o'er his dress preside;
They wash his face and scour his hide ;
The Sweets of Contentment,
Con-tent'-ment, s. without a wish for more; full satisfaction
in one's present state. 1. Am-bi"-ti-on, s. a thirst after greatness or fame; pride.
In-de-pen'-dent, a. not dependent or relying upon another. 3. Me-di-ta’-ti-on, si deep thought. 5. In'-fi-nite, a. having no bounds or limits.
1. No glory I covet, no riches I want,
Ambition is nothing to me;
Is a mind independent and free. 2. With passion unruffled, untainted with pride,
By reason my life let me square:
And the rest is but folly and care. 3. The blessings which Providence freely has lent,
I'll justly and gratefully prize ;
Shall make me both healthful and wise. 4. In the pleasures the great man's possessions
For ev'ry fair object my eyes can survey,
Contributes to gladden my heart.
5, How vainly, through infinite trouble and strife,
The many their labours employ!
The Call of Gratitude.
2. Myr'-tle, s. a fragrant or sweet-si.xilling kind of shrub.
Her’-bage, s. herbs, grass, pasture.
Sod, s. turf, or the surface of the land. 3. In-sen'-si-ble, a. senseless, void of sense.
Gra''-ti-tude, s. gratefulness, thankfulness. 4. In-ces'-sant-ly, ad. without intermission, always.
1. How cheerful along the gay mead
The daisy and cowslip appear;
Rejoice in the spring of the year.
The herbage that springs froin the sod,
God. 3. Shall man, the great master of all,
The only insensible prove ?
Forbid it, devotion and love.
4. The Lord, who such wonders could raise,
And still can destroy with a nod,
My heart shall rejoice in my God.
On the Miseries of Human Life.
1. Li-cen'-ti-ous, a. (pro. li-sen-shus), not restrained by law, morality, or
or religion; unconfined. Proud, s. this word is here used substantively, signifying people
wł hav too high an opinion of their own qualities, and too mean' a one of those which belong to others. It is gene
rally used as an adjective. Af'-flu-ence, s. abundance of wealth. Wan'-ton, a. unrestrained, dissolute, lustful, gay. Ri'-ot, s. wild and loose mirth. An uproar or serious tumult. Ri'-ot, v. to abandon one's-self to pleasure. To feast in a luxu. rious manner.
To raise a sedition or uproar. 4. Ba'le-ful, a. full of anguish, pain, misery; very fatal, or de
structive to health.
Po”-ver-ty, s. want of money or necessaries of life.
s. uneasiness, occasioned by a consciousness of guilt. (Pity, tenderness.) Tra"-gic, a. mournful, dreadful, sad, calamitous. 8. Ca-reer', s. course. Very swift motion.
Ap-pal’-led, pret. astonished. Affrighted, terrified.
great and important good.
1. Au ! little think the gay licentious proud,
Whom pleasure, power, and afluence surround; They, who their thoughtless hours in giddy mirth, And wanton, often cruel, riot waste :
2. Ah! little think they while they dance along,
How many feel, that very moment, death,
And all the sad variety of pain :* 3. How many sink in the devouring flood,+
Or more devouring flame!f how many bleed,
By shameful variance, betwixt man and man: 4. How many pine in want, and dungeon glooms ;
Shut from the common air, and common use
They furnish matter for the tragic muse : 6. Even in the vale where wisdom loves to dwell,
With friendship, peace and contemplation join'd, How many, rack'd with honest passions, droop In deep retir'd distress : 7. How many stand Around the death-bed of their dearest friends. And point the parting anguish. 8. Thought fond
man Of these, and all the thousand nameless ills,
* Thomson, in these lines, pathetically enumerates the various trials of mankind, with the numerous distresses they are subject to, while in this present state of probation; and justly observes, what good effects might arise from a proper attention to, and observation of them. + The sea.
# Battle. § A tragic writer, or a writer of dramatic poems which represent serious actions, or dreadful events.