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purse, and then his creditors might go whistle. Now if he had married a woman with money, you know, why then

The supplicant turned pale, and would have fainted. Jacob was alarmed; not that he sympathized, but a wo

man's fainting was a scene that he had not been used to ; 7 besides there was an awkwardness about it; for Jacob was a bachelor.

Sixty summers had passed over his head without imparting a ray of warmth to his heart; without exciting one tender feeling for the sex, deprived of whose cheering presence, the paradise of the world were a wilderness of weeds. So he desperately extracted a crown piece from the depth profound, and thrust it hastily into her hand. The action recalled her wandering senses.

She blushed:-it was the honest blush of pride at the meanness of the gift. 3 She curt'sied; staggered towards the door; opened it;

closed it; raised her hand to her forehead, and burst into

tears,

Here* the lank-sided miser, worst of felons,
Who meanly stole,-discreditable thrift--
From back and belly too their proper cheer,
Eased of a tax it irked the wretch to pay
To his own carcass, now lies cheaply lodged ;
By clamorous appetites no longer teased,
Nor tedious bills of charges and repairs.
But ah! where are his ronts his comings-in?
Ay, now you've made the rich man poor indeed :
Robbed of his gods, what has he left besides !
0! cursed lust of gold! when for thy sake,
The fool throws up his interest in both worlds :
First starved in this, then damned in that to come.

Blair.

LESSON XLII.
The Worm.--MISSOURI PAPER.

.“ Outvenoms all the worms of Nile."--Shakspeare. 1 Who has not heard of the rattle-snake or copper-head? An unexpected sight of either of these reptiles will make even the lords of creation recoil: but there is a species of worm, found in various parts of this state, which conreys a poison of a nature so deadly, that, compared with it, even the venom of the rattle-snake is harmless. To guard our readers against this foe of human kind, is the object of this communication.

* In the grave.

This worm varies ach in size It is frequently an inch through, but, as it is rarely seen, except when coiled, 2 its length can hardly be conjectured. It is of a dull lead

color, and generally lives near a spring or small stream of water, and bites the unfortunate people, who are in the habit of going there to drink. The brute creation it never molests. They avoid it with the same instinct that teaches . the animals of Peru to shan the deadly coya.

Several of these reptiles have long infested our settlements, to the misery and destruction of many of our fellow citizens. I hare, therefore, had frequent opportunities of hring the melancholy spectator of the effects produced by 3 the subtle poison which this worm infuses.

The symptoms of its bite are terrible. The eyes of the patient become red and fiery, his tongue swells to an immoderate size, and obstructs his utterance; and delirium, of the most horrid character, quickly follows. Sometimes, in this madness, he attempts the destruction of his nearest friends.

If the sufferer has a family, his weeping wife and helpless infants are not unfrequently the objects of his frantic

fury. In a word, he exhibits, to the life, all the detestable 4 passions that rankle in the bosom of a savage; and such is the spell in which his senses are locked, that, no sooner has the unhappy patient recovered from the paroxysm of insanity, occasioned by the bite, than he seeks out the destroyer, for the sole purpose of being bitten again.

I have seen a good old father, his locks as white as snow, his steps slow and trembling, beg in vain of his only son to quit the lurking place of the worm. My heart bled when he turned away ; for I knew the fond hope, that his

son would be the “staff of his declining years," had sup5 ported him through many a sorrow.

Youths of Missouri, would you know the name of this reptile ? It is called the Worm of the Still

Who hath wo? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions ? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause ? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his color in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thy heart shall utter perverse things. Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the inidst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.

They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not : when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.-Bible,

LESSON XLIII.

The Good Samaritan.-BIBLE. 1 And behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him,

saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life ? He said unto him, what is written in the law ? how readest thou? And he answering, said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbor ?

And Jesus answering, said, A certain man went down from 2 Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped

him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, and went to him, and bound

up

his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought 3 him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow, when he departed, he took out two pence,

them

and gave

to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him: and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbor unto him that fell among the thieves ? And he said, He that showed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman, named Martha, re4

ceived him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also set at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone ? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered, and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things : but one thing is needful ; and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Abraham's Hospitality. 1 And the Lord appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre ;

and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day. And he lifted up

his eyes and looked, and lo, three men stood by him ; and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, and said, My Lord, if now I have found favor in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant :--Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree: and I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your

hearts ;
after that

ye
shall

pass 2 on : for therefore are ye come to your servant.

said, So do, as thou hast said. And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes

the hearth. And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetched a calf, tender and good, and gave it unto a young man ; and he hasted to dress it. And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.

upon

And they

LESSON XLIV.
The Cotter's Saturday Night.-Burxs.
| The cheerful supper done, with serious face,

They round the ingle,* form a circle wide ;
The sire turns o'er, with patriarchal grace,

The big ha' Bible,t once his father's pride;

His bonnet reverently is laid aside,
His lyarts haffetsą wearing thin and bare ;

Those strains that once did sweet in Zion glide,
He wales a portion with judicious care ;
And " Let us worship God!” he says, with solemn air.
2 They chant their artless notes in simple guise :

They tune their hearts, by far the noblest aim; Perhaps Dundee's wild warbling measures rise,

Or plaintive Martyrs, worthy of the name,

Or noble Elgin beets|| the heavenward flame,
The sweetest far of Scotia's holy lays :

Compared with these, Italian trills are tame;
The tickled ears no heartfelt raptures raise ;
No unison have they with our Creator's praise.
3 The priest-like father reads the sacred page,

How Abram was the friend of God on high ;
Or Moses bade eternal warfare wage

With Amelek's ungracious progeny;

Or how the royal bard did groaning lie
Beneath the stroke of Heaven's avenging ire ;

Or Job's pathetic plaint, and wailing cry;
Or rapt Isaiah's wild seraphic fire ;
Or other holy seers that tuned the sacred lyre.

4 Perhaps the Christian volume is the theme

How guiltless blood for guilty man was shed; How He, who bore in heaven the second name,

Had not on earth whereon to lay his head ;

How his first followers and servants sped, The precepts sage they wrote to many a land;

How he, who lone in Patmos banished, Saw in the sun a mighty angel stand, * Ingle, fire-place. + ha' bible, hall bible. Lyart, gray. shaffets, temples. ll beets, feeds.

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