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thy need, and I will help thee, and thou shalt praise me.' He alone is it who has for every Samuel a temple, for every David a harp, and for every son of Saphet a prophet's mantle. And, my poor Friedrich, he who has created this thirst in thee, will also shew thee a fountain of water in the desert ! But we must seek that which we need from him in prayer.” . Friedrich heard the words of his kind, fatherly friend. He made no reply, but went at once into the little cell-like chamber which had been hitherto allotted to him, in the old school-house, as his sleeping-room; and there, bolting the door upon himself, poured out all his griefs before his Father in heaven, with many tears.

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It was now Wednesday morning, the morning of the great quarterly ramble; and already, soon after daybreak, the Latin scholars were assembled in the court of the school-house, waiting for the Curate, Friedrich, and the curate's dog, who always made one of the party on such occasions. · Long before the scholars had assembled in the court, before the dog's impatient bark was heard, - almost before the very day had dawned, — Friedrich had poured forth his heart earnestly at the throne of mercy :-“ Lord, I am in thy hands: provide for me as thou best knowest how."

The sun shone bright and warm; spangles of dew hung and sparkled on every leaf and flower; fleecy mist-clouds rose upwards from the valley, and reflected the light of the sun; the curate's poodle ran bounding on and barked; and the scholars went on, laughing and talking. A whole day of sunshine and freedom was before them ; for it was the established rule of these rambles that the whole day, from morning to night, was to be spent under the free heavens; nor were they once to enter under a roof: and for this reason a certain number of the elder, or Latin class, carried with them whatever was needful for the day's sustenance: that which they required from nature on her side was a shady tree, a spring of water, dry wood, and a place in which to make a fire.

The eldest scholar carried, in a sort of quiver on his back, two Cologne pipes, with a bag filled with fine tobacco swung from his button-hole; while the tinder-box and matches were stowed away in his trousers’-pockets. His brother was laden, on his part, with a copper kettle, the three-legged stand for which, tied to a string, he carried in his hand, and from which, with a brass ladle, he drew sounds rather loud than harmonious. No. 3 carried a piece of beef, which his mother, the butcher's wife, had sent, wrapped in cabbage leaves, and tied in a napkin: and here it may be remarked, that after the dog had once got scent of this bag, he never afterwards left his side. A fourth boy carried the manchet bread and the milk cakes; all which, however, were put into a bag, tied by the Curate with a gordian knot, in order that he might be out of the way of temptation No. 5 might be supposed to be carrying eggs, so carefully did he walk along with the basket which he held on his arm. Eggs, however, he had not, but a coffee service, which his grandmother had lent for the day, and the care of which she had laid upon his conscience. No. 6 carried a ball-shaped coffee-pot, which

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