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With a bare bodkin'? Who would fardels bear,
LESSON V.—THE FOLLY OF CASTLE-BUILDING. 1. ALNAS'CHAR, says the fable, was a very idle fellow, who never would set his hand to any business during his father's life. His father, dying, left to him the value of a hundred drachmas in Persian money. Alnaschar, in order to make the best of it, laid it out in glasses, bottles, and the finest earthenware. These he piled up in a large open basket, and, having made choice of a very little shop, placed the basket at his feet, and leaned his back upon the wall, in expectation of customers. As he sat in this posture, with his eyes upon the basket, he fell into a most amusing train of thought, and was overheard by one of his neighbors, as he talked to himself. “This basket,” says he, “ cost me at the wholesale merchant's a hundred drachmas, which is all I have in the world.
2. “I shall quickly make two hundred of it by selling it in retail. These two hundred drachmas will in a little while rise to four hundred, which of course will amount in time to four thousand. Four thousand drachmas can not fail of making eight thousand. As soon as by this means I am master of ten thousand, I will lay aside my trade of a glass-man and turn jeweler. I shall then deal in diamonds, pearls, and all sorts of rich stones. When I have got together as much wealth as I can well desire, I will make a purchase of the finest house I can find. I shall then begin to enjoy myself and make a noise in the world. I will not, however, stop there, but still continue my traffic, till I have got together a hundred thousand drachmas.
3. “When I have thus made myself master of a hundred thousand drachmas, I shall naturally set myself on the footing of a prince, and will demand the Grand Vizier's daughter in marriage, after having represented to that minister the in
formation which I have received of the beauty, wit, discretion, and other high qualities which his daughter possesses. I will let him know, at the same time, that it is my intention to make him a present of a thousand pieces of gold on our marriage night. As soon as I have married the Grand Vizier's daughter, I will make my father-in-law a visit with a grand train and equipage; and when I am placed at his right hand —where I shall be, of course, if it be only to honor his daughter-I will give him the thousand pieces of gold which I promised him, and afterward, to his great surprise, will present him another purse of the same value, with some short speech, as, “Sir, you see I am a man of my word; I always give more than I promise.'
4. “When I have brought the princess to my house, I shall take particular care to keep her in a due respect for me. To this end, I shall confine her to her own apartment, make her a short visit, and talk but little to her. Her women will represent to me that she is inconsolable by reason of my
unkindness, and beg me with tears to caress her, and let her sit down by me; but I shall still remain inexorable, and will turn my back
upon her. Her mother will then come and bring her daughter to me, as I am seated upon my sofa. The daughter, with tears in her eyes, will fling herself at my feet, and beg of me to receive her into my favor. Then will I, to imprint in her a thorough veneration for my person, draw up my legs and
spurn her from me with my foot, in such a manner that she shall fall down several paces from the sofa.”
5. Alnaschar was entirely swallowed up in this chimerical vision, and could not forbear acting with his foot what he had in his thoughts. So that, unluckily striking his basket of brittle ware, which was the foundation of all his grandeur, he kicked his glasses to a great distance from him into the street, and broke them into ten thousand pieces. ADDISON.
LESSON VI.—THE STRANGER AND HIS FRIEND.
Matt., xxv., 35.
Hath often crossed me on my way,
That I could never answer nay.
2. Once, when my scanty meal was spread,
He entered-not a word he spake-
I gave him all; he blessed it, brake,
The crust was manna to my taste. 3. I spied him where a fountain burst
Clear from the rock; his strength was gone;
He heard it, saw it hurrying on-
I drank, and never thirsted more.
A winter hurricane aloof;
To bid him welcome to my roof;
In Eden's garden while I dreamed.
I found him by the highway side;
Revived his spirit, and supplied
up my broken heart. 6. In prison I saw him next, condemned
To meet a traitor's doom at morn;
And honored him, midst shame and scorn.
But the free spirit cried “I will.” 7. Then in a moment to my
view The stranger started from disguise ; The tokens in his hands I knew
My Savior stood before my eyes. He spake, and my poor name he named — “Of me thou hast not been ashamed; These deeds shall thy memorial be; Fear not, thou didst them unto me.”—MONTGOMERY.
LESSON VII.--SCENE BETWEEN BRUTUS AND CASSIUS.
Bru. All this' ? ay', more': Fret till your proud heart break;
Cas. Is it come to this' ?
Cas. You wrong' me every way; you wrong' me, Brutus':
Bru. If you did', I care not'.
Cas. Do not presume too much upon my love';
Bru. You have done that you should be sorry' for'.
I did send to you
-I had rather coin my heart',
PART III. SECOND DIVISION OF HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY
(This subject is continued from the Fourth Reader.)
The eyelids are here closed: a,
upper eyelid ; 6, lower eyelid; í, SIDE VIEW OF A VERTICAL SECTION OF THE EYE.
transparent cornea, immediately beneath the eyelid; 1, anterior chamber of the aqueous humor; 30, posterior chamber of the aqueous humor; m, the iris, with its circular opening called “the pupil," in the direction toward which v is pointing; t, the crystalline humor or lens; 8, 8, the vitreous humor; e, e, between these passes the optic nerve; 0, 0, the retina, which is an expansion of the optic nerve spreading over the vitreous humor. The retina is considered the inner coat of the eye. Next outward of this is j, ja the choroid coat, of a dark color, and filled with minute branches of blood vessels. Adjoining this
is. h, h, the sclerotic coat, or white of the eye, into which the cornea fits like a watch-glass into its case; r, capsular artery.
LESSON 1.—THE WINDOW OF THE SOUL. 1. THE EYE has been appropriately called the “window of the soul.” It opens to us, by its wonderful mechanism, a world of beauty, enabling us to perceive the form, color, size,
, and position of surrounding objects; and it probably contributes more to the enjoyment and happiness of man than any other of the organs through which mind holds communion with the external world.
2. A general knowledge of its structure and action, as a living instrument of vision, may be gathered from the drawing above, by the aid of a brief description. The eyelids—the shutters to this window—which open and close to admit or exclude the light, stand also as watchful guardians to protect the instrument from danger; and by their involuntary action the hard and transparent cornea at the front of the eye is kept constantly lubricated, and free from dust.
3. Back of this cornea is a chamber containing the aqueous, or watery humor; and suspended in this is a circular curtain, the colored iris, which has the power of contracting and dilating, to regulate the quantity of light that enters the round