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The Piedmontese and his Marmot.
1. Moor -lands, s. pl. watery grounds.
Marmot, a. the mountain rat, about the size of a rabbit. 3. Frisk, s. to leap about with nimbleness. 4. Ram'-bled, pret. wandered, without any fixed determination of
about 33 millions of inhabitants. Its capital is Paris.
1. From my dear native moorlands, for many a day, Thro'* fields and thro' cities I'vet wander'd
away ; Tho'I merrily sing, forlorn is my lot ;
I'm a poor Piedmontese, and I show my marmoť. I 2. This pretty marmot by a mountain's steep side Made a burrow, himself and his young ones to
hide : The bottom they cover'd with moss and with hay,
And stopp'd up the entrance, and snugly they lay. 3. They carelessly slept till the cold winter blast, And the hail and the deep drifting snow-show'r
* When one or more letters are cut off from the end of a word it is written in Apocope. (pro. A-pok-'o-pe.) + The letters ha are cut off by the figure Aphæresis.
Observe, that the accent on this word is on the first syllable in eyery situation except in rhyme, this being a poetical license, or a liberty used in verse.
But the warblings of April* awake them again,
4. Then I caught the poor fellow, and taught him
5. Let your charity then hasten back to his cot
The poor Piedmontese, with his harmless marmot.
1. Toy, s. a small commodity, a mere trifle."
Ra"-pid, a. swift, impetuous. 2. Bless'-ing, s. the divine favour; any means or cause of happiness. Re-sto’re, v. to give or bring that which is lost, wasted, or taken
away. 3. E-ter'-ni-ty, s. duration without end. 4. Hea"-ven, s. the place where all good people go after death ; (the
regions above the sky).
1. Wuile this gay toy attracts thy sight,
Thy reason let it warn ;
That never can return.
# Warblings of April (figuratively) mean the commencement of Spring, being the time when birds begin to warble or sing. + lu the picce, the watch is called a toy, as a thing
of no value, in comparison with eternal happiness.
2. If idly lost, no art or care
The blessing can restore ;
For every mispent hour.
And soon its prospect ends;
The space to virtue giv'n;
2. Mor'-tal, a. deadly, subject to death. 3. Po”-ver-ty, s. that situation of fortune opposed to riches, in which
we are deprived of the conveniences of life. Wealth, s. riches, opulence. 4. Sea'-son, s. a period of time. One of the four parts of the year.
Re"-gis-ter-ed, pret. recorded, written down in the register or book. 5. Pre"-ci-ous, a. valuable, of great worth.
Way'-ward, a. perverse, froward, peevish.
manner in which it considers things as amiable or hurtful, is
called a passion ; such as anger, love, fury, zeal, lust, &c. &e. 6. Fi'-nal, a. that in which a thing terminates or ends.
Ex-pi're, v. to perish, to finish or terminate. 7. Aw'-ful, a. that which causes respect joined with terror or fear, on
account of its dignity or authority.
1. SEVENTEEN hundred eighty-one
Is now for ever past;
Will fly away as fast.
2. But whether life's uncertain scene
Shall hold an equal pace ;
And end my mortal race;
3. Or whether sickness, pain, or health,
My future lot shall be ;
Is all unknown to me.
4. One thing I know, that needful 'tis
To watch with careful eye : Since ev'ry season spent amiss
Is register'd on high.
5. Too well I know what precious hours
My wayward passions waste !
To dust and darkness haste.
6. Earth rolls her rapid seasons round,
To meet her final fire;
Though suns* and stars expire.
7. What awful thoughts! what truth sublime!
What useful lessons these!
Oh ! let me die in peace!
* Suns-fixed stars. The astronomers suppose these stars to be of the same nature with the sun, shining with their own native light, and only diminished in appearance by the inimense distance they are from us.
MORAL LESSONS, AND INSTRUCTIVE MAXIMS.
Rules for acquiring Knowledge.
1. Fa”-cul-ties, s. pl. the powers of the mind, whether imagination,
memory or reason. 3. Ig'-no-rance, s, want of knowledge and instruction. Cal-ti-va-tion, s. the art of improving the understanding by edu
cation and study. (The art of improving soils by husbandry.) 5. In-es-ti-ma-ble, a. so valuable as to exceed all price. 6. Hu-man, a. belonging to, or like man. 7. Surrey, s. a view. (Measure.)
Re-gi-on, s. sphere, space. (A tract of country.) 2. De-no"-mi-nate, v. to name. 12. Ho”-ver, v. to wander about one place.
Sur-face, s. the outside. 14. Dog-ma"-ti-cal, a. strongly attached to any particular notion or
thing. 15. Re-tract, v. to recal, to recant. 17. Sa'-ered, a. holy, 19. In-tel-lec'-tual, a, relating to the mind.
1. Knowledge denotes learning, or the improvement of our faculties by reading, experience, or the acquiring new ideas or truths; by seeing a variety of objects, and making observations upon them in our own minds. 2. No man, says the admirable Dr, Watts, is, obliged to learn and know every thing; this can neither be sought nor required, for it is utterly impossible: yet all persons are under some obligation to improve their own understand