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And still, as fast as he drew near,
'Twas wonderful to view, How in a trice the turnpike men
Their gates wide open threw.
His reeking head full low,
Were shatter'd at a blow.
Most piteous to be seen,
As they had basted been.
With leathern girdle braced ;
Still dangling at his waist. Thus all through merry Islington
These gambols he did play,
Of Edmonton so gay;
On both sides of the way,
Or a wild goose at play.
From the balcony spied
To see how he did ride. “Stop, stop, John Gilpin !—Here's the house !"
They all at once did cry; “ The dinner waits, and we are tired :"
Said Gilpin—"So am I!"
Inclined to tarry there;
Full ten miles off, at Ware.
So like an arrow swift he flew,
Shot by an archer strong!
The middle of my song.
And sore against his will,
His horse at last stood still.
His neighbour in such trim,
And thus accosted him : • What news ? what news ? your tidings tell;
Tell me you must and shall-
Or why you come at all ?”
And loved a timely joke!
In merry guise he spoke :
And, if I well forbode,
They are upon the road.”
His friend in merry pin,
But to the house went in;
A wig that flow'd behind,
Each comely in its kind.
Thus show'd his ready wit:
They therefore needs must fit.
“But let me scrape the dirt away
That hangs upon your face ;
Be in a hungry case."
And all the world would stare,
And I should dine at Ware." So turning to his horse, he said,
“I am in haste to dine; 'Twas for your pleasure you came here,
You shall go back for mine." Ah, luckless speech, and bootless boast !
For which he paid full dear; For, while he spake, a braying ass
Did sing most loud and clear;
Had heard a lion roar,
As he had done before.
Went Gilpin's hat and wig ;
For why ?-they were too big.
Her husband posting down Into the country far away,
She pull’d out half-a-crown; And thus unto the youth she said,
That drove them to the “ Bell,” “This shall be yours, when you bring back
My husband safe and well.”
John coming back amain ;
By catching at his rein;
But, not performing what he meant,
And gladly would have done,
And made him faster run,
Went postboy at his heels,
The lumbering of the wheels.
Thus seeing Gilpin fly,
They raised the hue and cry :"Stop thief! stop thief !- a highwayman !"
Not one of them was mute;
Did join in the pursuit.
in short space; The toll-men thinking as before,
That Gilpin rode a race.
For he got first to town;
He did again get down.
And Gilpin, long live he;
May I be there to see !-Cowper,
LESSON 24.-DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PLANTS
AND ANIMALS. Vertebrated-having a back-bone. Animalcules-tiny animals (Lat, animal. Invertebrated-wanting a back-bone.
culum). Articulated-jointed (Lat. articulus, a Innumerable—not able to be numbered little joint).
(Lat. numerus, a number). Zoophytesplant-like animals (Gr. zoon, Petals-flower-leaves (Gr. petalon).
an animal; phyton, a plant). An ignorant mind is incapable of noticing a vast number of the curious things that surround it; whilst a little information gives a person an observing eye; and with some observation, a man may find amusing company everywhere. It signifies not whether he be in the house or in the garden, in the fields or in the road, by ditches, by ponds, or rambling over the glittering wet sea-beach, still something is generally at hand to delight the awakened mind. All naturalists, that is, men who study the life and habits of animals, have divided the hosts of animals that exist into sets or groups, in order to assist their powers of observation, and to help their memories. Cuvier, a very clever French naturalist, has made four excellent divisions, which are generally adopted.
In the first division or group of animals, he put all those which have back-bones, and called this the VERTEBRATED division: in it are men, beasts, birds, reptiles, and fishes.
In the second division he put all animals with shells over their soft bodies, and called this the MOLLUSCOUS division; in it are snails and shell-fish.
In the third division he put all animals that have hard coverings, made of rings on the outside of their bodies, and called this the ARTICULATED division; it contains worms, insects, spiders, lobsters, and crabs.
In the fourth division he put all animals that are almost like plants, and called this the ZOOPHYTE or RADIATED division; this contains the sponges, and corals, star-fishes, and sea anemones.
Amongst these sponges, corals, and star-fishes, Cuvier