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I. IF I WERE A VOICE
That could travel the wide world through,
And tell them to be true.
2. If I were a voice — a consoling voice —
I'd fly on the wings of air;
To save them from despair.
3. If I were a voice — a pervading voice —
I'd seek the kings of earth;
4. If I were a voice — an immortal voice
I'd speak in the people's ear;
I'd make their error clear.
-- CHARLES MACKAY.
Every duty we omit obscures some truth we should have known.
- JOHN RUSKIN.
II. THE ARAB AND HIS HORSE 1. A caravan on its way from Damascus to Acre was once attacked by a tribe of Arabs. The robbers were successful; their victory was complete; the booty ample and rich.
2. But while engaged in dividing their spoils the Arabs in their turn were interrupted by a body of Turkish troops that had been sent out from Acre for the protection of the caravan.
3. The tide of fortune was now changed. The Arabs were overpowered. Many were slain, and the rest made prisoners. The prisoners were securely tied by cords, and conducted to Acre for punishment.
4. Among the Arabs was a man named Abou, who was the owner of a horse of great beauty and value. Abou was wounded by a bullet in his arm during the combat. The wound was not mortal; he was therefore placed by the Turks on the back of a camel, and led off with the other prisoners. The conquerors took possession of the horse.
5. The evening before they were to enter Acre the whole party encamped in the mountains. The feet of the wounded Arab were bound together by a leather thong; and he lay stretched near the tent where the Turks were sleeping.