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Of fertile genius, him they nurtured well,
By which mankind the thoughtless brutes excel,
That brace the nerves, or make the limbs alert,
Was never knight on ground mote be with him compared.
SIMPLICITY of diet, and regular exercise, are essential to health; and health of body is not only necessary to the enjoyment of life, but is so intimately connected with vigour of mind, that many royal parents have, with great wisdom, accustomed their children to habits of as simple living, and as constant industry, as the child of the peasant pursues from necessity.
THE CHILDREN OF GEORGE THE THIRD.
HE extreme simplicity with which the children of George the Third were brought up, at a time when luxury seems to have pervaded all ranks of society, from infancy to old age, is proved by an anecdote related of the Duke of Montague. The first time he attended the levee after a visit to his daughter's family at Dalkeith house, his Majesty inquired about the health of his grandchildren. His Grace, thanking his Majesty, told him they were all well, and making a meal of oatmeal pottage every day. The King asked if they got good oatmeal. The Duke told him they had it excellent from some mills near Laswade; upon which, his Majesty desired the Duke to order some for him; and from that time the Royal Family were supplied with oatmeal from the same mills.
HE early education of the sons of George the Third was, in another point, very judiciously conducted: habits of activity and useful labour were practically established. In the garden at Kew, a plot of ground was dug by the Prince of Wales and the Duke of York, and they then sowed it with wheat, attended to the growth of their little crop, weeded,
reaped, and laid it up. They then thrashed it themselves, and separated the wheat from the chaff, and thus learned, from their own experience, the various labours of the husbandman and farmer.
THE DUKE OF CLARENCE, AFTERWARDS
HE first actual service in which the Duke of Clarence was engaged, was when Lord Rodney captured the Spanish fleet, commanded by Langara. On this occasion, when the English admiral's boat was manned to bring Langara on board, his Royal Highness was one of those at the oar, a circumstance which struck the Spanish admiral so forcibly, that he exclaimed, "That nation must be invincible by sea, whose king's sons are sailors."
THE PRINCES OF ORLEANS.
'HE princes of Orleans, during the time that their education was conducted by Mad. de Genlis, were taught, during their hours of recreation, the arts of the carpenter, the turner, and the joiner, and never were boys so happy as while they were engaged in these exercises.
The Duke de Valois and the Duke de Montpensier completed for the cottage of a poor woman at Saint-Leu, of whom they took care, a large chest of drawers, and a table, which were as well finished as if they had come out of the hands of the best cabinetmaker."
A USEFUL LESSON TO CHECK THE PRIDE OF PRINCES.
HE Dauphin, father of Louis the Sixteenth, once shewed to his three sons the register of their baptism, in the parish books, and made them observe that their names were inserted with those of other children. "You see," said he, "that your names are here mixed and confounded with those of the common people: this ought to prove to you, that the distinction you enjoy does not come from nature, which has made all men equal: virtue alone establishes a real difference among them; and perhaps the name of the peasant's child which stands above yours, shall hereafter, be more worthy in the sight of God than yours!"
THE YOUNG SOLDIER'S PILLOW.
HEN Turenne was but ten years old, his ceptor missed him, and at length found him asleep upon a cannon, which he embraced with his
little arms, as far round as they would reach. When awakened, he said, that he intended to have slept there all night, in order to convince the Duke, his father, that he was hardy enough to undergo the fatigues of
CHILDHOOD OF THE GREAT HENRY THE
HE great Henry the Fourth of France passed his childhood in the castle of Coarasse in Bearn, situated amidst rocks and mountains. Henry D'Albret, his grandfather, would not have him brought up with the delicacy usually practised with children of high rank, knowing that in a soft and tender body, there generally lodges a weak and timid soul. He would not allow him to be richly clothed, nor useless playthings given to him, nor would he have him flattered, because all these things tend to inspire vanity, and incline the hearts of children rather to pride, and to trifling pleasures, than to sentiments of generosity, and useful occupation. This young prince was clothed and fed like the children of the country, and like them was accustomed to clamber up and down the rocks, barefooted and bareheaded. It is said that his ordinary food was brown bread, beef, cheese, and garlic.