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3. He who can not appreciate floral beauty is to be pitied, like any other man who is born imperfect. It is a misfortuno not unlike blindness. But men who contemptuously reject flowers as effeminate and unworthy of manhood reveal a positive coarseness.
4. Many persons lose all enjoyment of many, flowers by indulging false associations. There are some who think that no weed can be of interest as a flower. But all flowers are weeds where they grow wildly and abundantly; and somewhere our rarest flowers are somebody's commonest.
• 5. Flowers, growing in noisome places, in desolate corners, upon rubbish, or rank desolation, become disagreeable by association. Road-side flowers, ineradicable and hardy beyond all discouragement, lose themselves, from our sense of delicacy and protection.
6. And, generally, there is a disposition to undervalue common flowers. There are few that will trouble themselves to examine, minutely, a blossom that they have often seen and neglected; and yet if they would but question such flowers, and .commune with them, they would often be surprised to find extreme beauty where it had long been overlooked.
7. If a plant is uncouth, it has no attractions to us, simply because it has been brought from the ends of the earth and is a " great rarity." If it has beauty, it is none the less, but more attractive to us because it is common.
8. A very common flower adds generosity to.beauty. It gives joy to the poor, the rude, and to the multitudes that could have no flowers, were Nature to charge a price for her blossoms. Is a cloud less beautiful, or a sea, or a mountain, because often seen, or seen by millions? •
9. The buttercup is a flower of our childhood, and very brilliant in our eyes. Its strong color, seen afar off, often provoked its fate; for through the mowing lot we went after it, regardless of orchard-grass, and herds-grass, plucking its long, slender stems, crowned with golden chalices, until the father, covetous of hay, shouted to us, " Out of that grass 1 Out of that grass, you rogue!"
10. It is a matter of gratitude, that this finest gift of Providence is the most profusely and liberally bestowed. Flowers can not be monopolized. The poor can have them as well as the rich; and, as they are messengers of affection, tokens of remembrance, and presents of beauty, of universal acceptance, it is pleasant to think that all men recognize a brief brotherhood in them.
11. It is not impertinent to offer flowers to a stranger. The poorest child can proffer them to the richest. A hundred persons, turned into a meadow full of flowers, would be drawn together in a transient brotherhood.
12. It is affecting to see how serviceable flowers often are to the necessities of the poor. If they bring their little floral gift to you, it can not but touch your heart to think that their grateful affection longed to express itself as much as yours.
13. You have books, or gems, or services, that you can render as you will. The poor can give but little, and can do but little. Were it not for flowers, they would be shut out from those exquisite pleasures which spring from such gifts. I never take one from a child, or from the poor, without . thanking God, in their behalf, for flowers!
14. Then, too, if you can not give a stone to mark the bur. ial-place of your child, a rose may stand there; and from it you may, every spring, pluck a bud for your bosom, as the child was broken off from you.
• 15. And though it brings tears for the past, yet you will not see the flowers fade and come again, and fade and come again, year by year, and not learn a lesson of the resurrection, when that which perished here shall revive again, never more to droop or to die!
Questions. —1,2. What is said of persons who love flowers? 3. Of one who does not love them? 6. How ore we apt to regard common flowers? 8. What is said of a common flower? 9. Of the buttercup? 10 -12. Of flowers in general? 13. Of flowers as gifts from the poor? 14. Where are they peculiarly appropriate? 15. What lesson is taught by the flowers fading and coming again ? —Point out the most emphatic words in the first paragraph. .Which kind of questions occur ia the second paragraph I What inflection do they require.' fee., &c.
2. Lux'u-Rt, a rich dainty or delicacy. 3. Lo'rus, a kind of pod-bearing plant. 2. Med'i-cine, a remedy for disease. 5. Dyed, colored.
2. Toil, hard labor. 6. Wil'der-ness, an uncultivated region.
3. Mine, a place where minerals are dug. 7. Mln'is-ter, to supply, to give.
Errors. — Without (a flower rat call, for without a flower at all; Vbund'unt fpi a-b wi'ant; wil'der-ni'ss for wil'der-n«ss.
THE USE OF FLOWERS. —Rural Rambles.
1. God might have made the earth bring forth
2. He might have made enough, enough .
For every want of ours,
3. The ore, within the mountain mine,
Bequireth none to grow;
4. The clouds might give abundant rain,
The nightly dews might fall;
5. Then wherefore were they made, —
All dyed with rainbow light,
6. Springing in valleys green and low,
And on the mountains high,
7. Our outward life requires them not;
8. To comfort man, — to whisper hope,
Questions. —1-4. What is said of the necessity of flowers in the production o. plants, &c? 5. With what have they been dyed? 5. How have they been fashioned? 6. Where' are they found growing? 7. Does our outward life require them? 7, 8. For what, then, were they created ? — What rule is exemplified by the first line in the second stanza? .
LESSON XLI.U I
1. Zeph'trsj soft west winds. 2. GE'ni-al, contributing to production.
2. PiuM'RosE.nflowerof the genus Primula. 2. Bow'ers, places covered with branches
2. Vi'o-lets, flowers of the genus Viola. of trees.
2. Balm, the fragrance of several species I 3. In-clem'ent, cold, stormy, boisterous, of plants. '3. Mien, external appearance.
Articulate the consonant combinations In the following words: — tempt its, orb, tpots, front, chills, w1iirlvrind. •
TO A SNOWDROP.* — Rural. Rambles.
1. 'Why dost thou, silver-vested flower,
While tempests howl, and snow-storms lower,
And rear thy head?
Warm thy cold bed?
* Snow'drop, (Galanthus nivalis,) a bulbous plant which blooms very early in spring, even before the primrose. It is cultivated in gardens for its early flowers and beauty.
2. Why stay not till the primrose pale
With luscious balm, —
8. Fair flower! thy hardy front defies
Nor chills thy form:
• Questions. — What is said of the snowdrop? 1-3. What inquiries are made of it? 3. What resemblance has virtue to this plant?—What inflection do the questions in this lesson require? Why?
Errors. — Fal'u for pai'ace; price'liss for priceless; mel'ler-ed for mel'low-*d; duch/.BS/or duch'ess; dreen for drain; eVry for ev'e-ry.
THE SILVER CUP. —Youth's Companion.
1. The palace of the duke was decorated for a banquet . A thousand wax lights burned in its stately rooms, making them as bright as midday. Almost priceless tapestry glowed
* Flo'ra, the goddess of flowers.