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THE COMPLAINTS OF THE POOR.

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We met a young, barefooted child,

And she begged loud and bold; I asked her what she did abroad

When the wind it blew so cold.

She said her father was at home,

And he lay sick abed;
And therefore was it she was sent

Abroad to beg for bread.

We saw a woman sitting down

Upon a stone to rest;
She had a baby at her back,

And another at her breast.

I asked her why she loitered there,

When the night-wind was so chill; She turned her head and bade the child,

That screamed behind, be still.

She told us that her husband served,

A soldier, far away,
And therefore to her parish she

Was begging back her way.

I turned me to the rich man then,

For silently stood he; “ You asked me why the poor complain,

And these have answered thee."

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CLEANLINESS.

CLEANLINESS. — Miss Lamb.

Come, my little Robert, near,-
Fie! what filthy hands are here!--
Who that e'er could understand
The rare structure of a hand,
With its branching fingers fine,
Work itself of hands divine,
Strong yet delicately knit,
For ten thousand uses fit,
Overlaid with so clear skin
You may see the blood within,
And the curious palm disposed
In such lines some have supposed
You may read the fortunes there
By the figures that appear,
Who this hand would choose to cover
With a crust of dirt all over,
Till it looked in hue and shape
Like the forefoot of an ape?
Man or boy, that works or plays
In the fields or the highways,
May, without offence or hurt,
From the soil contract a dirt,
Which the next clear spring or river
Washes out and out forever;
But to cherish stains impure,
Soil deliberate to endure,
On the skin to fix a stain
Till it works into the grain,
Argues a degenerate mind,
Sordid, slothful, ill-inclined,
Wanting in that self-respect
Which does virtue best protect.

THE BLIND BOY.

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All-endearing cleanliness,
Virtue next to godliness,
Easiest, cheapest, needfullest duty,
To the body health and beauty,
Who that's human would refuse it,
When a little water does it?

THE BLIND BOY. - Colley Cibber.

O SAY what is that thing called light,

Which I must ne'er enjoy ?
What are the blessings of thy sight?

0, tell your poor blind boy!

You talk of wondrous things you see,

You say the sun shines bright; I feel him warm, but how can he

Or make it day or night?

My day or night myself I make,

Whene'er I sleep or play; And could I ever keep awake,

With me 't were always day.

With heavy sighs I often hear

You mourn my hapless woe; But sure with patience I can bear

A loss I ne'er can know.

Then let not what I cannot have

My cheer of mind destroy; Whilst thus I sing, I am a king,

Although a poor blind boy.

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TIIE LAME BROTHER.

THE LAME BROTHER. — Miss Lami.

My parents sleep both in one grave;

My only friend 's a brother,
The dearest things upon the earth

We are to one another.

A fine, stout boy I knew him once,

With active form and limb; Whene'er he leaped, or jumped, or rang

0, I was proud of him!

He leaped too far, he got a hurt,

He now does limping go;
When I think on his active days,

My heart is full of woe.

He leans on me, when we to school

Do every morning walk;
I cheer him on his weary way,

He loves to hear my talk,

The theme of which is mostly this,

What things he once could do;
He listens pleased, - then sadly says,

“ Sister, I lean on you!"

Then I reply, “Indeed you 're not

Scarce any weight at all, -
And let us now still younger years

To memory recall.

A BALLAD.

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Led by your little elder hand,

I learned to walk alone; Careful you used to be of me,

My little brother John.

“ How often, when my young feet tired,

You've carried me a mile, And still together we can sit,

And rest a little while.

“For our kind master never minds, If we're the

very

last; He bids us never tire ourselves

With walking on too fast."

A BALLAD.

TRANSLATED FROM HERDER, BY MARY HOWITT.

AMONG green, pleasant meadows,

All in a grove so wild,
Was set a marble image

Of the Virgin and the child.

Here, oft, on summer evenings,

A lovely boy would rove,
To play beside the image

That sanctified the grove.

Oft sat his mother by him,

Among the shadows dim,
And told how the Lord Jesus

Was once a child like him.

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