the towering gray rocks, and cried, “It is impossible for man to ascend so steep a path, and to climb


these rugged rocks. The wings of eagles and the feet of the mountain-goats alone can do it.”

5. He turned away, thinking to return by the way he had come, when suddenly he heard a voice exclaiming, “Take courage and follow me!" He looked round, and to his joyful surprise he beheld the man who had pointed out the way to him. He saw him walk calmly and steadily between the ravines and precipices, and the rushing mountain torrents. This inspired him with new confidence and he followed. Before night-fall they had ascended the mountain, and a lovely valley received them at the end of their journey.

6. Then the cheerful wanderer thanked his friend, and said, “How can I express my gratitude to thee? Thou hast not only guided me on the right way, but hast also given me strength and courage to persevere.”

7. The other answered, “Not so; am I not a wanderer like thyself, and art thou not the same man as before? Thou hast only seen by my example what thou art, and what thou art able to do.” rugged, rough.

proceeded, went

fordistinctly, clearly.

ward. precipices, great gaps ravines, long deep hol

among the mountains. lows. observed, noticed. inspired, encouraged. vigorously, full of force confidence, firm belief. or strength.

gratitude, thanks. jour-ney dan-ger-ous as-cend-ed ap-peared cour-age trav-el-ler ex-claim-ing grat-i-tude sur-prise ex-act-ly stead-i-ly in-form-a-tion cheer-fui care-ful-ly per-se-vere

at-ten-tive-ly guid-ed ad-vanced in-struc-tion con-sid-er-ed wan-der-er tow-er-ing de-scrip-tion im-pos-si-ble

Where had the wanderer to go? Whom did he ask to show him the way? Describe how the traveller helped him? When did the wanderer's courage fail him? What did he say? When he turned round to go back what did he hear? Who uttered the words that he heard? What did he then do? How long was it before they had finished

their journey? What did the wanderer then say to the guide? How did the guide reply?


1. Be not swift to take offence;

Let it pass!
Anger is a foe to sense;

Let it pass!
Brood not darkly o'er a wrong
Which will disappear ere long;
Rather sing this cheery song,

Let it pass

2. Strife corrodes the purest mind;

Let it pass!
As the unregarded wind,

Let it pass!
Any vulgar souls that live
May condemn without reprieve;
'Tis the noble who forgive.

Let it pass!

3. Echo not an angry word;

Let it pass!
Think how often you have erred;

Let it pass!
Since our joys must pass away,
Like the dewdrops on their way,
Wherefore should our sorrows stay?

Let them pass!

4. If for good you've taken ill,

Let it pass!
Oh! be kind and gentle still!

Let it pass!
Time at last makes all things straight;
Let us not resent, but wait,
And our triumph shall be great;

Let it pass!

5. Bid your anger to depart;

Let it pass!
Lay these homely words to heart;

Let it pass!
Follow not the giddy throng;
Better to be wronged than wrong;
Therefore sing this cheery song,

Let it pass! foe, enemy

reprieve, keeping back corrodes, gnaws away. the punishment. condemn, declare to erred, done wrong. be guilty

cheery, cheerful.
of-fence dis-ap-pear dew-drops tri-umph
an-ger pur-est

where-fore wrong-ed


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