2. I have walked the world for fourscore years,

And they say that I am old; That my heart is ripe for the reaper Death,

And my years are well-nigh told. It is very true—it is very true

I'm told, and I “bide But my heart will leap at a scene like this,

And I half renew my prime.

my time;"


3. Play on! play on! I am with you there,

In the midst of your merry ring;
I can feel the thrill of the daring jump,

And the rush of the breathless swing.
I hide with you in the fragrant hay,

And I whoop the smothered call,
And my feet slip on the seedy floor,

And I care not for the fall.

4. I am willing to die when my time shall come,

And I shall be glad to go,
For the world at best is a weary place,

And my pulse is getting low.
But the grave is dark and the heart will fail

In treading its gloomy way;
And it wiles my heart from its dreariness,

To see the young so gay. fourscore, eighty. bide, to wait. wiles, draws away.

dreariness, loneliness. care-less

smoth-er-ed get-ting
per-suade dar-ing fra-grant tread-ing
pleas-ant breath-less will-ing drear-i-ness



1. We are often reminded in our daily experience of the great difficulties that can be overcome, and of the valuable results that can be obtained by energy, industry, and perseverance. The life of John Metcalf, as told by Dr. Smiles in his Lives of the Early Engineers, supplies a most valuable illustration of this fact. We can only give a brief account of this marvellous man, but enough will be told of him to show how much a strong will, united with a hardy frame, and a character of sterling integrity, can accomplish under circumstances that seem impossible to be overcome.

2. John Metcalf was born at Knaresborough, in Yorkshire, in 1717, the son of poor working people. At six years of age he was seized with small-pox, by Never yet was Good attack’d,

But the very foe that smote Whiten'd up what slander black’d,

And abjur'd what malice wrote!

3. What is Good ?—the pure and kind;

What is Truth?—the wise and right; And, in matter as in mind,

Both will live in death's despite: But the bad, the false, the base,

Barely breathe one feverish hour; Dying out of every place,

Like a rootless nosegay flower.

4. How then comes it, that so oft

Good men droop, and good things drown? How that Lies are thrown aloft,

While so many Truths die down?
How ? For just a little while,

And by just a herd of fools,
Cheats are praised, and shams beguile,

And sin is stout where error rules.

5. Ay,—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, — But the Good, for treasure take it,

And secure 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. remarks.

sway, rule.
thought swift-ly fe-ver-ish

strug-gle nose-gay

con-fu-sion bare-ly for-ward treas-ure



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.

which his sight was totally destroyed. After his recovery he learnt to grope about, and in about six months' time he could find his way to the end of the street and back alone, and in three years he could run errands to any part of the town. He became an expert climber and swimmer, and on one occasion he saved the lives of three of his companions in the river Nidd, which ran close by his cottage-home. He became a capital rider, as well as a great walker. In his solitary rambles he soon knew every foot of ground for miles round Knaresborough.

3. During the evenings at home he learnt to play the fiddle, and often earned money by playing at country parties.

4. Towards dusk, on one occasion, he acted as guide to a gentleman from York to Harrogate, a most difficult road at that time, full of windings, and, in many places, a mere track across open moors. The gentleman never discovered that his guide was utterly blind until he arrived safely at Harrogate.

5. Like most industrious men, Metcalf was also a thrifty man. He saved money, bought a horse of his own, and became a good huntsman. He travelled about a great deal, and once when in London, being anxious to return to Harrogate, which is very near his native town, he refused the offer of a seat in a gentleman's carriage, preferring to walk, and saying he could easily walk as far in a day as the carriage would go. Thus this blind man preferred to walk on an unknown road a distance of 200 miles, and actually reached his journey's end two days before the carriage. This will enable us

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