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1. Who dares to scorn the meanest thing,
The humblest weed that grows,
On every breeze that blows?
The lowest on the ground,
And scatters sweetness round.
2. The poorest friend upholds a part
Of life's harmonious plan;
To serve the strongest man.
To greet the morning's birth,
Love's rapture on the earth.
3. From germs too small for mortal sight
Grow all things that are seen,
Weave Nature's robe of green.
Build ocean, earth, and sky-
Are motes to Deity!
4. Life, love, devotion, closely twine,
Like tree and flower and fruit;
Though fed by leaf and root.
And he who would be truly great,
Must venture to be small;
That, shining, circles all.
5. Small duties grow to mighty deeds;
Small words to thoughts of power;
As moments make the hour.
The essence to it given,
Floats evermore to heaven.
lavish, liberal or profuse. perfumes, pleasant odours. harmonious, having the
particles, minute parts
or atoms. motes, very small par
parts adapted to each ticles
venture, dare. rapture, extreme joyous- columns, pillars.
dome, arched roof. germs, beginnings. essence, qualities.
1. A lighthouse is a tower or building, the upper part of which is called “the lantern,” where lamps are lit at night to guide ships on their way, and to show where danger lies.
2. Little Mary was the daughter of the keeper of a lighthouse off the coast of Cornwall.
3. One day her father, having to go for food, crossed the causeway which leads to the land, and little Mary was left in the lighthouse alone. Her father had trimmed the lamps, and they were ready for lighting when the evening came on.
people who are obliged to live on such food. You would not be able to obtain much beef in China; but in the provision shops there are excellent hams, clucks, geese, chickens, and fish. In the vegetable markets you can always find a supply of potatoes, beans, peas, and you may possibly find all of those in the bowl of stew which the peddlers sell.
9. To eat after the common manner, you must hold the bowl to your lips and poke the food into your mouth. If you would be genteel, you must pick up the bits of meat, the beans, and the kernels of rice with the chopsticks, and carry them steadily to your mouth, and then drink the broth.
10. If we were to go into the house of a wealthy Chinaman, and were invited to dinner, we should be three or four hours at the table, and have at least three hundred different dishes containing food placed before us! I dined one day with a mandarin-or rather we had only a lunch-and there were so many dishes, and such a variety of food, that I lost all reckoning of the number.
11. First we had roasted pumpkin seeds, then we ate some sweet cakes, and drank several cups of <lelicious tea, the very best that China affords. The waiters then brought in a great variety of dishes. Some of the food was sweet to the taste and good, but of other dishes a smell satisfied us.
12. We should have had an uncomfortable time, if we had undertaken to eat heartily of every dish.
To be genteel in China, you must only taste and eat a little of everything brought on by the waiters. That is no light affair at a great dinner