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FIRESIDE EDUCATION.
basement. They may enjoy health, or suffer sickness: they may be intelligent or ignorant, wise or foolish, virtuous or vicious. They may be an honor or a disgrace to their connections. They may be a blessing or a curse to society. They may die in peace or sorrow : and may leave this world Avith an assured hope of hap­piness hereafter, or with the reluctant awe with which a criminal is brought before his judge.
Such is the manifold web which is woven over the group assembled around the fireside. How many hopes and fears, how many ardent wishes, how many anxious apprehensions, are twisted together in the threads that connect the parent with the child !
" Thou seest the braided roots that bind Yon towering cedar to the rock ; Thou seest the clinging ivy twined, As if to spurn the whirlwind's shock;—
Poor emblems of the strings that tie
His offspring to a parent's heart; For those will, mouldering, yield and die,
But these can never, never part."
The attachment of children to the father and mother is a less complicated sentiment, but it is one of the most pure, sincere and unselfish which human nature displays. It is a senti­ment combining a sense of protection, a confi-
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