during the winter in low miserable huts, partly sunk under the ground. These huts are very smoky and dirty, and the people in consequence are sickly and wretched looking

16. Sweden has produced but few men who have earned a world-wide reputation. The most celebrated is Linnæus the naturalist, who died 1778.

similar, like. numerous, very many. intersected, cut up. precipitous, very steep. verdure, greenness. devastated, laid waste.

ancestor, forefather. exported, sent out. complexion, colour of

skin. naturalist, one who

studies nature.


moun-tain-ous breeze scen-e-ry caught con-quer-ed de-grees quan-ti-ties

min-er-als vi-kings pro-duct-ive

cu-ri-ous Nor-we-gi-ans ap-pear-ance mis-er-a-ble pen-in-su-lar re-pu-ta-tion val-u-a-ble cul-ti-vat-ed veg-e-ta-tion

con-quer-or gen-er-al-ly Nor-man-dy


What do Norway and Sweden form? Where are they situated ? What sort of a coast has Norway? How is it intersected ? How far do these fiords run into the land? What kind of scenery is found there? What is very abundant in the water of these fiords? What birds are also numerous ? How long does the winter last? Describe the spring. What are the people of Norway called? In olden times how were they employed ? Name some country that they conquered. From what chief is our queen descended ? Name the wild animals of Norway.

What is obtained from the eider duck? What fish are exported to London? How are they brought? What country does Sweden resemble? What is Sweden noted for? What curious people dwell in the north of Sweden? What beast of burden do they keep? Name the great Swedish naturalist. What are the houses and some of the churches built of?

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Right manfully the sower flings

His seed on earth's broad bosom; Then waits until the harvest brings

The fruits of summer's blossom.

2. Do your best and leave the rest,

This is always noble;
Before the gain, there comes the pain,

Before the ease, the trouble;
If conquests here are hardly won,

Our triumph is the greater;
Esteem no action rightly done

While still it may be better.

3. Do your best and leave the rest,

Fear not for to-morrow:
Fear not suffering, toil or woe,

Fear not care or sorrow.
Fear alone the faithless heart

With coward weakness branded,
That will not act the worthy part

Our Father hath commanded.

4. Do your best and leave the rest,

We may have much to try us;
Yet all things well together work

To aid the good and pious.
Clouds our mazy track may shroud,

And dark the tempest lower;
The sky is bright above the cloud,

The sun behind the shower.

5. Do your best and leave the rest,

One there is who keepeth
All things in His sovereign hand,

Who slumbereth not nor sleepeth;
One who hears us when we cry,

One who well doth love us;
One who helps us when we try,

One good Friend above us.

6. Do your best and leave the rest,

Never doubt His kindness.
Who only trusts his human eyes

Shall soon be struck with blindness.
Faith is larger far than sense,

Love can grasp creation;
Build thou upon Omnipotence,

And have a firm foundation.

doubts, uncertainties. branded, marked. deceives, leads into error. shroud, to cover over. esteem, consider.

omnipotence, unlimited faithless, not true.

power. mazy, winding

sovereign, supreme.


con-quests suf-fer-ing slum-ber-eth de-ceives tri-umph weak-ness cre-a-tion un-til ac-tion pi-ous foun-da-tion


1. In the year 1794, a poor French emigrant was passing the winter in a village in Westphalia in Germany. He was obliged to live with the greatest economy in order not to go beyond his means.

2. One cold morning he had occasion to buy some wood. He found a peasant who had a load to sell, and asked him what the price was. The peasant, perceiving by his broken German that he was a foreigner, and that his ignorance might be taken advantage of, answered that the price was a sum equal to about ten shillings of English money. The Frenchman entreated him to take less, but in vain; the peasant would abate nothing of his first demand. The emigrant finding it useless to waste words with him, and being in pressing need of the fuel, at last took it, and paid the money that was asked for it.

3. The peasant, delighted to have made so good a bargain, drove with his empty cart to the village inn, which was not far off, and ordered breakfast.

While it was being prepared he entertained the landlord with an account of the way in which he had cheated the Frenchman, and made him pay ten shillings for a load of wood which, at the utmost, was not worth more than five shillings; talking as if he had done a very clever thing.

4. But the landlord was a good man, and feeling justly indignant at the peasant's conduct, told him that he ought to be ashamed of himself to have thus taken advantage of the ignorance of a poor foreigner.

"Well,” said the peasant, with a scornful laugh,

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