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ers flying, and music playing all the time. And Mrs. Blisset, and Miss Blisset, and the master Blissets, will be here in a few minutes. Will you go, mamma; may Godfrey and I go
with Yes, my dear.” Scarcely had her mother added the word yes,” than Rosamond uttered a loud exclamation of joy ; and ran to tell her brother Godfrey. She returned, repeating as she capered about the room
“Oh! we shall be so happy ! so happy !"
“ Moderate your transports, my dear Rosamond," said her mother. “ If you expect so much happiness before hand you may be ou wppointed."
Disappointed, mamma !—I thought people were always happy on parties of pleasure. Miss Blisset told me so.”
My dear, you had better judge for yourself, than to trust to what Miss Blisset tells you without knowing any thing of the matter yourself.”
“ Mamma, if I know nothing of the matter how can I judge! Why should I not trust what Miss Blisset says ?”.
Wait, and you will know, my dear." “ You said, mamma, do not raise your expectations. Is it not well to expect to be happy ?
-To hope to be happy, makes me happy now. If I thought I should be unhappy it would make me unhappy now."
“I do not wish you to think you shall ba unhappy. I wish you to have as much pleasure aow as you can have, without being made unhappy by disappointment. I wish you to attend to your own feelings, to find out what makes you happy, and what makes you unhappy. You are going on a party of pleasure, I beg you to observe whether you are happy or not; observe what pleases and entertains you."
Here the conversation was interrupted. A carriage came to the door, and Rosamond exclaimed
" Here they are-Mrs. Blisset, Miss Blisset, and her two brothers. I see their heads in the coach ; I will run, and put on my hat.”
“I assure you, mamma," continued she, as she was tying the string of her hat, “ I will remember to tell you whether I have been happy oreven.”
rosamond went with her mother, and Mrs. Blisset, and her children, on this party. The next morning when Rosamond went into her mother's room, her mother reminded her of her promise.
“ You promised to tell, my dear, whether you were as happy yesterday as you expected to be."
I did, mamma. You must know then that I was not happy at all yesterday ; that is to say, I was not nearly so happy as I thought I should have been. I should have liked going in the boat, and seeing the streamers flying, and hearing the music, and looking at the prospect, and walking in the pretty island, and dining out of doors under the large shady trees, if it had not been for other things, which were so disagreeable that they spoiled all our pleasure."
" What were those disagreeable things ?".
• Mamına, they were little things. Yet they were very disagreeable. Little disputes-little
quarrels, between Miss Blisset and her brothers, about every thing that was to be done. First, when he got into the boat, the yonngest boy wanted us to sit on one side, and Miss Blisset wanted us to sit on the other side: now, mamma, you know, we could not do both.
“ But they went on, disputing about this for half an hour ; and Godfrey and I were so ashamed, and so sorry, that we could not have any pleasure in listening to the music, or looking at the prospect. You were at the other end of the boat, mamma, and you did not see and hear all this. Then we came to the island, and then I thought we should be happy ; but one of the boys said, Come this way, or you will see nothing.' The other boy roared out, No they must come my way ;' and Miss Blisset insisted upon our going her way.
“ All the time we were walking, they went on disputing about which of their ways was best. Then they looked so discontented and so angry with one another. I am sure they were not happy ten minutes together, all day long ; and I said to myself, “Is this a party of pleasure ? how much happier Godfrey and I are every day, even without going to this pretty island, and without hearing this music, or seeing these fine prospects.—Much happier, because we do not quarrel with one another about every trifle.'»
My dear,” said her mother, “ I am glad you have had an opportunity of seeing all this."
Mamma, instead of its being a party of pleasure, it was a party of pain. Oh, mainma, I never wish to go on another party of pleasure.
I have done with parties of pleasure for ever," concluded Rosamond.
“ You know, my dear, I warned you not to raise your expectations too high lest you should be disappointed. You have found that unless people are good tempered, and obliging, and ready to please each other, they make pain even of pleasure ; therefore avoid quarrelsome people as much as you can, and never imitate them ; but do not declare against all parties of pleasure, and decide against them for ever, because one happened not to be so delightful as you had expected it would be.”
THE IDLE BOY.
“ I THINK I will take a ride," said little Edward, after breakfast.“ Bring my boots, and let my horse be brought to the door."
The horse was saddled.--"No," said the young gentleman, “ I'll have the chair, and take a drive.” The chair was made ready— Edward ordered it away, and began a game of backgammon.
He played half a game—but could not make a throw to please himself. His tutor now thought it a good time to read a little.
Why I think I will-I am tired of doing nothing What shall we have ?" asked Edward.
· You left off the last time in Virgil. Suppose we finish the
passage." “ I would rather go on with Hume's historyor-suppose we have a little ģeography—the globes are on the study table.”
They went to the study. The little boy leaning upon his elbows, looked at the giobe, turned it round two or three times, and then listened very patiently while his master explained some of its parts and uses. But while he was in the midst, “ If you please I will have my ride now," said Edward.
The horse was ordered again. Little Edward sauntered for a mile or two in the lanes, and came just as the clock struck twelve to a school. The door burst open, out rushed a crowd of boys, each shouting as loud as he could, and all instantly began a variety of sports.
Some fell to marbles, and some to ball ; there was not one but was eagerly employed. Every thing was noise, motion, and pleasure. Edward knew one of the boys, and called to him.
“ Jack," said he,“ how do you like school ?" “ O, pretty well !" “ What; have you a good deal of play ?"
Oh, no! we have only from twelve to two to play, and to eat our dinners ; then we have an hour before supper."
“ That's very little, indeed !"
“But we play heartily when we do play, and work when we work. Good by, it's my turn at play!"
So saying, Jack ran off.
“I wish I was a school boy!" cried Edward to himself.
Happy are those children and those men, who are obliged to labor to get knowledge, and to please others; they are contented, because they