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FIRESIDE EDUCATION.
off to the pool, and. in spite of warning and remonstrance from its guardian, plunges into the wave. Here it rides at ease, and manifests a perfect knowledge of the element, which it has never seen before. It puts forth its paddles, and manages them with all the dexterity of an experienced oarsman.
The waterfowl that comes into existence on the reedy margin of some northern lake, stays for a time around its birthplace; but the brief summer is soon passed, and the monitory voice of winter comes upon the breeze. The bird listens to the warning, and, springing high in air, departs for another clime. It needs no chart, it asks no compass. It mistakes not its course, it deviates not from its track.
There is a Power whose care
Teaches its way along that pathless coast,
The desert and illimitable air, Lone wandering, but not lost.
How different is it with man! How slow is the process by Avhich he acquires a knowledge of objects around him! He can only judge of distances after being taught by experience. He has no knowledge of places except so far as he learns them. Every inch of his progress de­pends upon instruction; every idea is to be acquired; all knowledge comes by tuition. The
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