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on thou li'est, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed : And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth ; and thou shalt spread abroad to the west and to the east, and to the north, and to the south : and in thee, and in thy seed, shall all the families of the earth be blessed. And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou go'est, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of. And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place, and I knew it not. And he was afraid and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven. And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillow, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it. And he called the name of that place Beth'el : but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.“ And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, so that I come again to my father's house in peace, then shall the Lord be my God: And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God' house : and of all that thou shalt give me, I will surely give the tenth unto thee.
QUESTIONS Where did Jacob tarry all night ? Why did he tarry there - all night? What had Jacob for a pillow Who ascended
and descended on the ladder which he saw in his dream ? Who stood above this ladder? What did God promise to give to Jacob? What did Jacob say when he awoke out of his sleep? What did Jacob do with the stone which he had used for a pillow? What did Jacob call the place where he had seen this vision? What was the former name?
THE TWO Cocks. There was once a hen that lived in a farm-yard, and she had a large brood of chickens. She took a great deal of care of them, and gathered them under her wings every night, and fed them, and nursed them very well.: and they were all very good, except two cocks, that were always quarrelling with one another. They were hardly out of the shell, when they began to peck at each other; and when they grew bigger they fought till they were all bloody. If one picked up a barley-corn, the other always wanted to have it. They never looked pretty, because their feathers were pulled off in fighting till they were quite bare; and they picked at one another's eyes till they were both almost blind. The old hen very often told them how naughty it was to: quarrel so'; but they did not mind her. i si *.. So one day these two cocks had been fighting as they always did ; and the biggest cock, whose name was Chan'ti-cleer, beat the other, and crowed over him, and drove him quite out of the yard. The cock that had been beat slunk away and hid
himself? for he was vexed he had been conquered, and he wanted sadly to be revenged; but he did not know how to man'age it, for he was not strong enough himself. So, after thinking a great deal, he went to an old sly fox that lived near, and said to him, Fox, if you will come with me I will show you where there is a large fat cock in a farmyard, and you may eat him up if you will. The fox was very glad, for he was hungry enough; and he said, Yes, I will come with all my heart, and I will not leave a feather of him. So they went to L gether, and the cock showed Ren'ard the way into the farm-yard ; and there was poor Chanticleer asleep upon the perch. And the fox seized him by the neck, and ate him up; and the other cock stood by and crowed for joy. But when the fox had done, he said, Chanticleer was very good, but I have not had enough ; and so he flew upon the other cock, and ate him up too in a moment.
QUESTIONS. What care did the hen that lived in the farm-yard take of her chickens? What were the two cocks always doing? Why did they never look pretty? What was the name of the biggest cock? What had he one day done to the other ? How did the cock that had been beaten act? What did the fox do?
A WALK BY THE WATER.
Let us walk where reeds are growing,
By the alders in the mead ;
Where the crystal streams are flowing,
In whose waves the fishes feed.
There the golden carp is la'ving,
With the trout, the perch, and bream:
As they glance along the stream.
Now they sink in deeper billows,
Now upon the surface rise ;
Dart to catch the water-flies.
'Midst the reeds and peb'bles hiding,
See the minnow and the roach ;
Shun, with fear, our near approach.
.Do not dread us, tim'id fishes,
We have neither net nor hook ;
Are to read in Nature's book.
TRIAL OF ABRAHAM'S FAITH.
And it came to pass after these things, that God called to A'bra-ham, and he said, Behold, here I am. And the Lord said unto him, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Mo-ri'a ; and offer him there for a burnt offering, upon one of the moun tains which I will tell thee of.
And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up and went unto the place of which God had told him. On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. And he said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass, and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you. And Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife: and they went both of them together. And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father; and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood ; but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering. And when they came to the place which God had told him of, Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order ; and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham, and he said, Here am l. And he said Lay not thine nan:l upon the lad, to hurt nim; for now I