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How fast it spreads! A spirit's in the fire:
It knows the work it does.-(Goes to the door, and opens it.)
Yonder's another blaze!
Another up!-Anon will
The land is free!
Beyond that, shoots every hill
Redden with vengeance! Father, come! Whate'er
Safe hearts and homes, husbands and children!
It spreads apace. (ff.) Blaze on-blaze on—BLAZE ON!
QUESTIONS.-1. What rule for the rising inflection on father? See Note I, page 32. 2. What rule for the falling inflection on no? See rule I., page 28.
1 CRŒE' SUS, a very wealthy king of ancient Lydia, in Asia Minor, was born about 591 before Christ.
THE RICH MAN AND THE POOR MAN.
1. So goes the world';—if wealthy, you may call This friend, that-brother';-friends and brothers all Though you are worthless, witless,-never mind it; You may have been a stable-boy,--what then? 'Tis wealth, my friends, makes honorable men. You seek respect, no doubt, and you will find it.
2. But, if you are poor', heaven help you! though your sire
'Tis all in vain';-the world will ne'er inquire
8. I once saw a poor fellow, keen and clever, Witty and wise'; he paid a man a visit,
And no one noticed him', and no one ever
Gave him a welcome'. "Strange," cried I', "whence is it`?” He walked on this side', then on that',
He tried to introduce a social chat'; Now here', now there', in vain he tried'; Some formally and freezingly replied,
And some said by their silence,-"Better stay at home.”
A rich man burst the door,
As Croesus' rich;—I'm sure
He could not pride himself upon his wit
What a confusion !-all stand up erect,-
"Allow me, sir, the honor';"--Then a bow
The poor man hung his head,
And to himself he said,
"This is indeed beyond my comprehension:"
Then looking round, one friendly face he found,
Of gold or silver ore,
But wisdom none can borrow, none can lend ?”
QUESTIONS.-1. How do you account for the different inflections in the last line of the second verse? See page 31, Note I. 2. What rule for the falling inflection on condescension? See page 29, Note I.
EX HI BI" TION$, displays.
ARM A MENTS, forces equipped for
UN A BAT' ED, undiminished.
RE SERVED, kept.
AD A MAN' TINE, exceedingly hard.
1 Ac' TI UM is the ancient name of a promontory of Albania, in Turkey in Europe, near which was fought (B. C. 29) the celebrated naval battle that made Augustus Cæsar master of the Roman world.
2 SAL' A MIS, an island opposite Attica, in Greece, near which (B. C. 480) occurred the famous naval engagement which resulted in the defeat of the Persians.
NAV A RI' NO is a seaport town on the southwestern coast of Greece. It was the scene of the memorable victory of the combined English, French, and Russian fleets over those of the Turks and Egyptians, gained on the 20th of October, 1827.
4 TRA FAL GAR', a cape on the southwestern coast of Spain. It is famous for the great naval battle, fought in its vicinity, Oct. 21st, 1805, between the fleets of the French and Spanish on the one side, and the English, under Lord Nelson, on the other. The English were victorious, though Nelson was mortally wounded.
GRANDEUR OF THE OCEAN.
1. THE most fearful and impressive exhibitions of power known to our globe, belong to the ocean. The volcano, with its ascending flame and falling torrents of fire, and the earthquake, whose footstep is on the ruin of cities, are circumscribed in the desolating range of their visitations. But the ocean, when it once rouses itself in its chainless strength, shakes a thousand shores with its storm and thunder. Navies of oak and iron are tossed in mockery from its crest, and armaments, manned by the strength and courage of millions, perish among its bubbles.
2. The avalanche, shaken from its glittering steep, if it rolls to the bosom of the earth, melts away, and is lost in vapor; but if it plunge into the embrace of the ocean, this mountain mass of ice and hail is borne about for ages in tumult and terror: it is the drifting monument of the ocean's dead. The tempest on land is impeded by forests, and broken by mountains; but on the plain of the deep it rushes unresisted; and when its strength is at last spent, ten thousand giant waves still roll its terrors onward.
3. The mountain lake and the meadow stream are inhabited only by the timid prey of the angler; but the ocean is the home of the leviathan,-his ways are in the mighty deep. The glittering pebble and the rainbow-tinted shell, which the returning tide has left on the shore, and the watery gem which the pearl-diver reaches at the peril of his life, are all that man can filch from the treasures of the ea. The groves of coral which wave over its pavements, and the halls of amber which glow in its depths, are beyond his approaches, save when he goes down there to seek, amid their silent magnificence, his burial monument.
4. The islands, the continents, the shores of civilized and
savage realms, the capitals of kings, are worn by time, washed away by the wave, consumed by the flame, or sunk by the earthquake; but the ocean still remains, and still rolls on in the greatness of its unabated strength. Over the majesty of its form and the marvel of its might, time and disaster have no power. Such as creation's dawn beheld,
it rolleth now.
5. The vast clouds of vapor which roll up from its bosom, float away to encircle the globe on distant mountains and deserts they pour out their watery treasures, which gather themselves again in streams and torrents, to return, with exulting bounds, to their parent ocean. These are the messengers which proclaim in every land the exhaustless resources of the sea; but it is reserved for those who go down in ships, and who do business in the great waters, to see the works of the Lord and His wonders in the deep.
6. Let one go upon deck in the middle watch of a still night, with naught above him but the silent and solemn skies, and naught around and beneath him but an interminable waste of waters, and with the conviction that there is but a plank between him and eternity, a feeling of loneliness, solitude, and desertion, mingled with a sentiment of reverence for the vast, mysterious and unknown, wili come upon him with a power, all unknown before, and he might stand for hours entranced in reverence and tears.
7. Man, also, has made the ocean the theater of his power. The ship in which he rides that element, is one of the highest triumphs of his skill. At first, this floating fabric was only a frail bark, slowly urged by the laboring oar. length, arose and spread its wings to the wind.
The sail, at
Still he had
no power to direct his course when the lofty promontory sunk from sight, or the orbs above him were lost in clouds.
the secret of the magnet is, at length, revealed to him, and