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of her, and comfort her. Nothing that could be offered would induce me to leave her.”
“Your mother,” replied the king, “and where is she?"
“In this little cabin,” was the reply, the girl at the same time pointing to a very humble dwelling close at hand.
5. Gustavus descended from his horse, and went with the girl into the cabin to see her mother. There he found her lying upon a bed of straw. She was aged and sinking under her infirmities. His kind heart was moved, and he said to the woman, “I feel very sorry, mother, to find you so destitute and afflicted.”
6. “Yes, dear sir, I am poor and sick,” she replied in a feeble tone, "and should be distressed indeed, but for the affectionate attention of my dear daughter, who labours and strives to support and comfort me, and omits no effort for my relief. May God remember it to her for her good,” she added, as her hand wiped away the tears which now rolled down her cheeks.
7. The good king was deeply affected. Then handing the daughter a purse of gold, and directing the poor family to a better house, he said to the girl, “Still, my young friend, go on taking the same care of your mother, and you shall not fail to have my help. Trust my word. I am your king. Good bye.”
8. On reaching his home Gustavus made provision to have a sum of money regularly paid to the woman as long as she might live; and when her death oc
curred, he remembered the daughter with a rich endowment.
relief, ease from pain. affected, moved. directing, showing. endowment, permanent
What was the name of the good king of Sweden ? When did he die? How long did he reign? Whom did he see one day at a fountain in a village near Stockholm? What favour did he ask of the girl? How did she grant it? What was it that drew the king's heart towards her? What offer did he make to her? How did she reply? Where did the girl's mother live? When the king saw her what did he say to her? How did she reply to him? Why was the king deeply affected? What did he give to the girl? How did he encourage the girl further? How did the king make provision for the mother? How did he afterwards provide for the girl ?
1. If the world seems cold to you,
Kindle fires to warm it!
Winters that deform it.
To that radiance gather;
“Ah, the cheerless weather!"
Go, build houses in it!
On the winds to din it?
Weeds and brambles smother,
Some forlorner brother.
Smile, till rainbows span it;
Clear from clouds to fan it.
Unto souls that shiver;
Blends with hope's bright river! kindle, light up. deform, spoil the shape. radiance, brightness. wilderness, desert place.
com-fort win-ters de-form froz-en ra-di-ance cheer-less wea-ther lone-li-ness bram-bles mo-ther for-lorn-er glad-ness
1. This bird is very similar to the crane, which is common in some parts of this country. It is a migratory bird, and passes the winter in the north of Africa, more particularly in Egypt. In spring it migrates to France, Holland, Sweden, Germany, and Poland.
2. It is very rarely met with in England or Scotland. It measures about three feet from the end of the bill to the tip of the tail, and its height from the ground to the top of its head is about the same.
3. Its bill is usually of an orange-red colour, and measures from seven to eight inches in length. The naked and wrinkled skin surrounding its eyes is nearly of the same colour, but of a duskier hue, and the legs are also red.
4. The greater part of the plumage is a clear white. This is, however, relieved by the striking contrast of the feathers covering the lower part of the shoulders, the larger wing coverts, and the quill feathers, thirty in number, all of which are of a glossy black, with a slight metallic reflection.
5. When fully expanded the extent of the wings exceeds six feet. The feathers of the lower part of the neck are long and pointed. There is little distinction in these particulars between the male and female, but the younger birds have a browner tinge on their wings, and their bills are of a duskier red.
6. The food of these birds consists chiefly of frogs, serpents, lizards, and other noxious animals. They have been regarded in all ages with peculiar favour. In some countries they are almost venerated, on account of the services which they perform in the destruction of noxious animals, in ridding the earth of impurities, also on account of the mildness of their tempers, and the harmlessness of their habits.
7. Amongst the ancient Egyptians the stork was regarded with a reverence inferior only to that which was, for a similar reason, paid to the sacred ibis.
8. The same feeling is still prevalent in many parts of Africa and the East. In Switzerland and Holland it is received by the people as a welcome guest, indeed, in the latter country the services which it renders in keeping the dykes clear of the enormous quantity of reptiles engendered by the humidity of the air and fertility of the soil, has earned for it the gratitude of the nation.