First Tales for Children [Tr ] from the Germ by Miss F Johnston

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 50 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1845. Excerpt: ... and to-day thou hast preserved me by a spider. Nothing can equal the perfection of thy works, and the wisdom with which thou dost preside over them." XXXIX. THE STABLING. Old Maurice, the huntsman, had brought up a young starling, which he taught to repeat several sentences. Thus, when he said, " Starling, where are you?" the bird would immediately reply, "Here I am!" Charles, the little son of a neighbour, had often listened with surprise and delight to the bird, and would come frequently to see it. One day, on arriving as usual to pay his visit, he found the huntsman from home. Taking advantage of his absence, he seized the bird, and concealed it in his pocket. But just as he was about to escape with his prize, Old Maurice returned, and thinking to afford the little boy a pleasure, cried out, " Starling, where are you?" "Here I am," replied the bird, as loud as he could scream, from the bottom of the naughty little thief's pocket. XL. THE FOOLISH SHEEP. A Young shepherd led out his sheep to graze amongst the hills. The day being very warm, he sat down upon a rock, under the shade of a fir-tree, and fell asleep. Nodding his head backward and forward as he slept, he attracted the attention of an old ram which was grazing near, and who, concluding that he was defying him to combat, retreated a few paces to take breath. The sleeper still continuing to nod, the ram assumed a menacing attitude, and rushing upon him, struck him violently in the face with his horns. The shepherd, suddenly awakened out of an agreeable slumber, sprung up, and seizing in a great rage upon the offender, flung him over the adjacent cliff. The flock no sooner perceived this, than they ran precipitately forward; and, before they could be prevented, sprung after the ram, and perished m...

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