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back-bone, and come round to the breast-bone; and these form the chest, or box, in which your lungs and heart are kept.
7. "There is another little bone just at the lower part of the tongue, in the neck, which must be counted with these. Then at the lower part of the trunk are four more, forming the hips, and supporting the stomach, bowels, and many other parts of the wonderful machinery within us.
8. "The upper limbs, from the shoulder to the fingertips, are made up of sixty-four pieces, thirty-two in each; and the lower limbs, from the thigh down to the ends of the toes, are made of sixty pieces, or thirty in each. The hand is a most wonderful little machine, and so is the foot. I hope you will never let your hand or foot, or any other part of this body, which God has made with so much care and wisdom, do wrong and commit sin."
A LIFE OF LIBERTY.
ATHER, I know that all
I do not fear to see;
But I ask thee for a present mind
2. I ask thee for a thankful love,
Through constant watching, wise,
3. I would not have the restless will
Seeking for some great thing to do,
I would be dealt with as a child,
4. Wherever in the world I am,
I have a fellowship with hearts
For the Lord on whom I wait.
5. In a service that thy love appoints
For my secret heart is taught the truth
intent, ready. leisure, rest.
dealt with, treated.
renouncing, giving up. estate, condition.
cultivate, to increase.
T was an anxious and solemn day in Philadelphia,
still standing in that city, the patriot Congress was sitting. For twenty-four days they had been considering the question of declaring the colonies free and independent States. It was a very momentous question to them. Would the States, so poor and feeble, be able to maintain their independence? If not, how much worse might their condition become, in consequence of their failure?
2. Let the children who now hail the return of "the fourth" with so much merriment, remember how thoughtfully and anxiously those patriots felt when they were about to take the final vote on a question upon which so many and such weighty interests were depending.
3. It was understood that the decision was to be made that day, and thousands of people had gathered in the streets, waiting to catch the first word of intelligence that it was done. The old bell-ringer had gone up into the belfry to be all ready to ring out the welcome sound which the people were so anxious to hear.
4. The bell had upon it the words which, in ancient times, had announced to the Hebrews the
return of the jubilee year, "Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." And it was a striking fact that this very bell, with such a motto, was now in fact to proclaim to the waiting people of a new republic the joyous notes of liberty and independence.
5. The good old bell-man had stationed a boy at the door of the hall below to give him notice the moment the Declaration should be passed. There were, however, some delays in making ready for the vote. It was almost two o'clock in the afternoon; and the old man shook his head doubtfully, muttering to himself, "They will never do it! they will never do it!" At last a loud hurrah was heard below, and out ran the boy, clapping his hands, and shouting, "Ring! ring!"
6. Quick as thought the old man grasped the iron tongue of the bell with both hands, and hurled it with all his strength backward and forward a hundred times; while the people below, catching the glad sound, shouted, "Hurrah! hurrah! The Declaration is passed! We are free! we are free!" At night the city was illuminated, bonfires were built, and cannon were fired; and all the people had a good time on that first Independence day, in 1776.
momentous, important. intelligence, news.
patriot, a lover of his country. congress, an assembly for making laws.
jubilee year, every fiftieth year, when all were free. announce, to declare. ancient, old.
republic, a government by the people.
guards pur-suit rights
ex-pe-ri-ence u-sur-pa-tion suf-fer-a-ble
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.
ADOPTED JULY 4, 1776.
TE hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
2. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.
3. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and, accordingly, all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
4. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces