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FIRESIDE EDUCATION.
him all the flowers he needed. He therefore spent his time in luxurious indolence. Things went on very well for a fortnight. But now. a different kind of weariness began to creep over him. His appetite, too, failed by degrees, and he no longer enjoyed his meals. He lost his interest, too. in the (lowers. He saw no beauty in their bloom—their very odor became sicken­ing. The poor boy was unhappy, and again bea:an to murmur. ": I wish," said he. "the genius would come back and take away this foolish fan." In a moment the bright being was standing at his side. " Here." said the boy, handing forth the fan, "take back the charm you gave me. Forgive me. sweet ge­nius, but I was mistaken. The weariness of indolence is far worse than the weariness of industry. I loved the flowers which were pro­duced by my own skill and care: but things which cost nothing are worth nothing. Take back the charm, and leave me to that hum­ble happiness which my own industry can secure, but which your potent spell would chase away."
Such is the fable; and you may, by repeat­ing it to children, make them understand the benefits and feel the duty of industry. If, after telling them the tale, they desire a charm, more
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