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from? Where did they settle? What nation afterwards conquered the south of Spain? Where did the Moors come from? What religion did they profess? Describe the Moors. What did they introduce into Spain? How long did they live in Spain? What splendid palace did they build? What sovereigns expelled them from Spain? In what year? What other remarkable event happened in this year? What countries did Spain conquer in America ? Why have her colonies not done her much good? Name some fruits that grow in Spain. Name the wild animals found in Spain. What splendid breed of sheep are natives of Spain? What fine palace is Spain noted for? Who built it? What part of Spain belongs to England ? What year was it taken from the Spaniards? What nations have since attempted to retake it from the English?
THE GOOD AND THE TRUE.
1. Nothing lasts that is not good;
Nothing stands that is not true;-
What a thought kept out of view!
You may strut your little day,-
And surely drives you
2. Never yet was Truth assaild,
But the struggle gave it strength;
Always comes to pass at length;
un arii scams beguile, 1 istatwbere error rules.
6, A7,-but look a little higher,
Forward post your eager eye, You that gloriously aspire,
And on God and Right rely; Evil perishes-forsake it,
Falsehood dies-renounce its sway,Tut the Good, for treasure take it,
And socure the True to-day!
misunderstood, looked abjured, declared it false. at in the wrong way.
malice, spite. pretences, things that are despite, in spite of.
not what they seem to be. beguile, mislead. assailed, attacked.
renounce, have nothing slander, false and wicked to do with it.
1. It was the close of the half year at midsummer; the boys had been striving hard to gain the first prize, and none more so than Harry Vernon. Harry was first so far, and to-morrow would decide who was victor. After the examination was over, some of Harry's companions were to spend the afternoon and evening with him.
2. In the afternoon they were to fly a new kite they had been making, to which Harry was to add the wings and tail. In the evening, they intended to act a little play which they had been learning for the occasion.
Harry's father and mother and some of their friends were to be the audience. The boys were very busy and anxious and happy, for the twentieth would be an important day for them.
3. On the afternoon before the examination, Harry took his books into the play-room, which was also the temporary theatre and workroom; here were the half-finished kite and the scenes for their acting. Harry was intending to complete them both after having prepared these, his last lessons for the halfyear. He sat down and began to puzzle over his Latin; but though Harry was a good boy, and very industrious in a general way, it was such a lovely afternoon that he longed to join his younger brothers, who were having a capital game of football on the lawn.
4. "Oh, dear," sighed he, “I wish I lived in the time of the fairies, and that some kind fairy would do all I wanted her to do; I should ask her to make me know my lessons without the trouble of learning them, that I might have plenty of time for play!”
5. While he was thus dreamily musing, his head nodded over his book, and he thought he felt a light tap on his shoulder. Turning round, he saw a beautiful little lady, with a wand in her hand, standing near him.
She spoke :-“Harry, I am a fairy. I have heard your wish, and am able to grant it; read your lessons over, and you will find that you know them; and if
, you wish it, your kite and scenes shall also be finished.”
6. Harry was, as you may think, exceedingly surprised, but recovering himself a little he said: “Oh, thank you; that will be delightful. I should like my
; kite and scenes to be finished too." The fairy waved
her wand, bade him read his lessons, and immediately disappeared. Harry did as he was desired, and found he had never known his lessons better.
7. He laid aside his books, put his kite ready for to-morrow, and after hastily arranging his scenes, took his hat and ran out to his brothers. They had a famous afternoon's play, and Harry felt confident of his prize, so perfectly did he know his lessons.
8. The next morning he set off in high spirits for school, where he did his duties well till it was his turn to say his lessons, but to his dismay found that he had altogether forgotten them. The fairy's power lasted only for a day. Poor Harry! all hope of his obtaining the prize was at an end. The master, who was very fond of him, and expected him to take the prize, looked surprised and vexed, not understanding such unusual carelessness and indifference.
9. On his return home he tried to entertain his friends, though self-reproach prevented his really feeling happy. They proceeded to the play-room for the kite, but on taking it up the wings fell to pieces. This looked like bad workmanship, but the lads said nothing to blame Harry, and very goodnaturedly set to work to repair it. They were soon all out and in high glee, for the kite sailed beautifully. After tea they proceeded to the little theatre, but as they stepped on the stage the scenes fell down and could not be made to stand, for the charm of the fairy's work was broken. There was not time to set them right, and they had to be put aside.
10. The players were vexed at the loss, but tried to make up for it by good acting, and gained much