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that a boy, who was born to be a man, should make so free with a piece of furniture, which entirely belonged to the ladies
3. The good gentleman, clasping them both in his arms, svith all the tenderness of a fond parent, said, "My dear children, I wish that you would view yourselves in the glass every day of your lives; you, my son, that you may never disgrace your beauty by an unworthy action; and you, my daughter, that you may cover the defects of your person, with the charms of virtue."
Amelia and her Canary-Bird. 1. As Amelia was one day looking out of the window, a man happened to pass by, crying. “Canary-birds ; come liuy my canary-birds.” The man had a large cage upon his head, in which the birds hopped about from perch to perch, and made little Amelia quite in love with them.
2. “Will you buy a pretty bird or two, little girl?” said the man. “I have no objection,” replied she," provided my father will give me leave. If you will stop a little while, I will let you know.” So away she ran up stairs to her father, while the bird-nan pulu'vn his cage at the river.
3. Amelia ran into her father's chamber quite out of breath, crying, “ O dear father, only come hither! bere is a man in the street, who has a large cage on his head, with a great many canary-birds in it. Well, and what of ail that!" replied hie;" why does that seern to rejoice you so much ???
4. Amelia answering, that she shoull be bappy to buy one of them, her father reminded her, that the bird must be ted; and should it be neglected, even only for a day, it would certainly die.
5. Ainelia promised that she would never cat her own breakfast, till she had feù her biri ; butler father reminded her, that she was a giddy girl, and that he feared she had promised too inuch. However, as there was no getting over lier coaxing and wheedling, her father was at last obliged to consent that she should buy one.
6. He then took Amelia by ibe band, and led her to the door, where the man was waiting with his birus. He chose the prettiest canary-bird in the cage; it is a male, of a fine lively yellow colour, with a liitle black iuft on its head.
7. Amelia was njw quiie cheerful and happy;241, pillin.
out her purse, she gave it to her father to pay for the bird. But what was to be done with the bird without a cage? and Amelia had not money enough to buy one. However, on her promising that she would take great care to feed the bird, her father bought her a fine cage, of which he made her a present.
8. As soon as Amelia bad given her canary-bird possession of her new cage, she ran about the house, calling her mother, her brothers and sisters, and all the servants, to come and see her pretty canary-bird,
to which shegave the name of Cherry. 9. When any of her little friends came to see her, the first thing she told them, was, that she had one of the prettiest canary-birds in the world. “It is as yellow as gold,” said she,
and it has a little black crest on its head, and can sing most harmoniously. Come, you must go and see it. Its name is Cherry."
10. Cherry was as happy as any bird need wish to be, under the care of Amelia. Her first business every morning was to feed Cherry; and whenever there was any cake on the table, Cherry was sure to come in for a share of it. There were always some bits of sugar in store for it, and its cage was constantly decorated with the most lively herbage.
11. This pretty bird was not ungrateful, but did all in its power to make Amelia sensible how much it was obliged to her. It soon learned to distinguish her; and the moment it heard her step into the room, it would flutter its wings, and keep up an incessant chirping: It is no wonder that Cherry and Amelia became very fond of each other.
12. The little bird soon began to sing the most delightful songs. It would sometimes raise its notes to so great a height, that you would almost think it must kill itself with such willing exertions. Then, after stopping a little, it would begin again with a tone so sweet and powerful, that it was heard in every part of the house.
13. Amelia would often sit for whole hours by its cage, listening to its melody. Sometimes so attentively would she gaze at it, that she would insensibly let her work fall out of her hands; and after it bad entertained her with its melodi. ous notes, she would regale it with a tune on her bird-organ, which it would endeavour to imitate.
14. In length of time, however, these pleasures began to grow familiar to its friend Amelia. Her father one day presented her with a pretty book, with wbich she was so much delighted, that Cherry began to lose at least one half of her attention.
15. As usual, it would chirp the moment it saw ber, let her be at what distance she would ; but Amelia began to take no notice of it, and almost a week had passed without its receiving either a bit of biscuit, or a fresh supply of chickweed. It repeated the sweetest and most harmonious notes that Amelia had taught it, but to no purpose.
16. It now appeared too clearly, that new objects began to attract Amelia's attention, and that poor Cherry was neglected.
17. One day, however, as Amelia's father accidentally cast his eyes upon the cage, he saw poor Cherry lying upon its breast, and panting as it were for life. The poor bird's feathers appeared all rough, and it seemed as if it wero breathing its last.
18. He went up close to it; but it was unable even to chirp, and the poor litile creature had hardly strength enough io breathe. He called to him his little Ainelia, and asked her what was the matter with her bird. Amelia blushed, saying in a low voice,“ Why, father, I forgot the poor littie bird ;' and ran to fetch the seed-box.
19. Her father, in the mean time, took down the cage, and found that poor Cherry had not a single seed left, nor a drop of water. " Alas, poor bird,” said he,“ thou hast got into careless hands. Had I foreseen this, I would never bave bought thee.”
20. All the company joined in pity for the poor bird, and Amelia ran away into her chamber to ease her heart in tears. However, her father, with some difficulty, brought pretty Cherry to itself again.
21. Her father, the next day ordered Cherry to be made a present to a young gentleman in the neighbourhood, who, he said, would take much better care of it than his little thoughtless daughter; but poor Amelia could not bear the idea of parting with her bird, and inost faithfully promised never 10 neglect it any more.
22. Her father at last gave way to her entreaties, and per. mitted her to keep little Cherry ; but not without a severe reprimand, and a strict injunction to be more careful for the future. 23. “ This poor little creature,” said he, " is confined in a
prison, and is therefore totally unable to provide for its own wants. Wbenever you want any thing, you know how to get it; but this little bird can neither help itself, nor make its wants known to others. It ever you let it want seed or water agin, look to it.”
24. Ainelia was sensible of her fault, and took her father by the hand; but her heart was so full, that she could not uiler a syllable. Cherry and Amelia were again good friends, and for some time it wanted for nothing.
25. Not long afterwards, her father and mother were obliged to go a little way into the country, on so.ne particu. lar business; but, before they set out, they gave Amelia strict charge to take care of poor Cherry. No sooner were her parents gone, than she ran to the cage, and gave Cherry plenty of seed and water.
26. Little Amelia, now finding herself alone, and at liberty, sent for some of her companions to come and spend the day with her; the former part of which they passed in the gardou, and the latter in other innocent amusements. She went io bed very much fatigued; but as soon as she awokė in the morning, she began to think of new pleasures.
27 She went al road that day, while poor Cherry was obliged to stay at home and fast. The second and the third Jay passed in the same playful manner as before; but poor Cherry was not thought of. On the fourth day, her father and mother came home, and, as soon as they found that she was well, her father inquired after poor Cherry. “It is very well,” said Ainelia, a little confused, and then ran to fetch it some seed and water.
28. Alas! poor little Cherry was no more: it was lying upon its back, with its wings spread, and its beak open. Amelia screamed out, and wrung her hands, when all the family ran to her, and were witnesses of the melancholy
29.“ Alas, poor bird,” said her father, “what a melancholy end hast thou come to! If I had given thee thy liberty, before I went into the country, it would have saved thy innocent lise ; but now thou bast' endured all the pangs of hunger and thirst, and expired in extreme agony. However, poor Cherry, thou art happy in being out of the hands of so merciless a guardian.”
30. Amelia was so shocked and distressed on the occasion,
that she would have given all ber little treasure, and even all her playthings, to bring Cherry to life ; but it was now too late. Her father had the bird stuffed, and hung up in the room, to remind Amelia of her carelessness.
31. She dared not even lift up her eyes to look at it, for whenever she did, it was sure to make her very unhappy. At last she prevailed on her father to have it reinoved, but not till after many earnest entreaties, and repeated acknowledgments of the fault she had committed.
32. When Amelia was inattentive or giddy, the bird was hung up again in its place, and every one would say in her bearing, "Alas, poor Cherry, what a cruel death you suffered !!
33. Thus you see, my little friends, what are the sad consequences of inattention, giddiness, and too great a fondness for pleasure, whicb always make us forgetful of what we ought carefully to attend to.
The Little Girl and the Lamb. 1. A LITTLE girl, whose name was Matilda, one morning was sitting by the side of the road, holding on her lap'a pan of milk for her breakfast, into which she was breaking some pieces of bread.
2. While she was thus busily employed, a farmer was passing by with his cart, in which was a number of lambs, which he was carrying to market for sale.
3. These pretty little lambs were tied together like so many criminals, and lay confined with their heads hanging down. Their plaintive bleatings pierced the heart of Matilda, but they bad no manner of effect on the hardhearted farmer.
4. As soon as he came opposite the place where little Matilda was sitting, he threw down before her a lamb, which he was carrying, saying, “ There, my little girl, is a lamb that has just died. You may take it, if you will, and do what
you please with it." 5. Matilda put down her milk and bread, and took up the lamb, and viewed it with looks of tenderness and compassion. “But why should I pity you?" said she to the lamb, "either this day or to-morrow they would have cut your throat with a great knife ; whereas, now you are lifeless, and have nothing to fear.