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XXIV. OBEDIENCE.

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1. How sweet-ly does the time fly, When to please my

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OBEDIENCE. - Continued.

2. Oh, happy may my mother be,

Evermore from sorrow free,
Welcome news 'twill be to me,

For love says so.
May blessings be imparted,
To friends like us true hearted,
And may we ne'er be parted,

Where'er through life we go.

3. Our comforts may not always stay;

But whenever comes the day,
I will chase her griefs away,

'Tis love says so.
For what can be more cheering,
The voice of love while hearing,
With tokens most endearing,

That hearts of love bestow ?

4. To comfort her I'll always try;

Then, if earthly comforts fly,
We'll look to a dear Friend on high,

Who loves us so.
This blessing if imparted,
To friends like us true hearted,
We never can be parted;

What joyful news to know.

XXV. WOOLLY, WOOLLY BLACK SHEEP.*

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Woolly, woolly black sheep! where have

you been?

Up hill and down hill,

over field and fen.

Woolly, woolly black

sheep! what did you

see?

Sunlight and starlight shining down

on me.

Woolly, woolly black

sheep! where is your home! Woodland or tilled land, - wheresoever I roam.

* The questions may be asked by one reader and answered by another.

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checked toŭch 1. A soldier came marching along the high road. Left! right! left! right! He had his knapsack

on his back, and his sword at his side.

2. He was coming back from the wars.

On the road he met a very ugly old witch.

She said, “How do you do, soldier? You have a fine sword and a large knapsack. Would you like some money? You are a real soldier, so you shall have as much as you like."

3. “Thank you, old witch," said

the soldier. You must do something for me then,” said the witch. She led him to an old tree near the road. “Do you see that large tree?” she said; “it is quite hollow inside. Tie this rope round you, and climb to the top. Then I will let you down into the hole."

4. But what am I to do down there in the tree?" asked the soldier.

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What are you to do? Get money, to be sure," said the witch. “When you are safely down you will find yourself in a great hall, full of bright lamps. Then you will see three doors, each with the key in the lock. If you go into the first room, you will find a large chest in the middle of the room.

On the chest sits a dog with eyes as big as teacups.

5. “But do not fear him. I will give you my blue checked apron. Spread it on the floor, and set the dog on it. He will not dare to touch you.

“You can then open the chest, and take as many pennies as you like. But if you would rather have silver money, go into the next room; you will find another chest and another dog.

6. “This dog has eyes as big as mill-wheels. But never mind. Put him on my apron, and help yourself to the silver that is in the chest.”

7. “But what is in the third room?” asked the soldier.

“Oh, there is a dog with eyes as big as towers," said the witch. "That is a very dreadful dog, but you need not mind. Put him on my apron, and take as much gold as you like out of the chest."

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