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whole world knows the result. Grouchy failed to appear; the imperial guard was beaten back; Waterloo was lost. Napoleon died a prisoner at St. Helena, because one of his marshals was behind time.

3. A leading firm in commercial circles had long struggled against bankruptcy. As it had enormous assets in California, it expected remittances by a certain day; and if the sums promised arrived, its credit, its honor, and its future prosperity would be preserved. But week after week elapsed without bringing the gold. At last, came the fatal day on which the firm had bills maturing to enormous anfounts. The steamer was telegraphed at day-break; but it was found on inquiry that she brought no funds; and the house failed. The next arrival brought nearly half a million to the insolvents, but it was too late; they were ruined, because their agent, in remitting, had been behind time.

4. A condemned man was led out for execution. He had taken human life, but under circumstances of the greatest provocation, and public sympathy was active in his behalf. Thousands had signed petitions for a reprieve, a favorable answer had been expected the night before, and, though it had not come, even the sheriff felt confident that it would yet arrive in season. Thus the morning passed without the appearance of the messenger. The last moment was up. The prisoner took his place on the drop, the cap was drawn over his eyes, the bolt was drawn, and a lifeless body hung suspended in the air. Just at that moment a horseman came into sight, galloping down the hill, his steed covered with foam. He carried a packet in his right hand, which he waved to the crowd. He was the express rider with the reprieve. But he had come too late. A comparatively

*Pronounced Groo' shee.

innocent man had died an ignominious death, because a watch had been five minutes too slow, making its bearer arrive behind time.

5. It is continually so in life. The best laid plans, the most important affairs, the fortunes of individuals, the weal of nations, honor, happiness, life itself, are daily sacrificed because somebody is "behind time." There are men who always fail in whatever they undertake, simply because they are "behind time." Five minutes in a crisis are worth years. It is but a little period, yet it has often saved a fortune, or redeemed a people. If there is one virtue that should be cultivated more than another by him who would succeed in life, it is punctuality; if there is one error that should be avoided, it is being behind time.

QUESTIONS.-1. What sad results are mentioned, in consequence of being behind time? 2. What virtue should be cultivated, and what error avoided? 3. What is the use of the hyphen in the word re-enforcements? See SANDERS' NEW SPELLER, page 165.


TWIN' ED, interwoven.
GAR LAND, wreath of flowers.
MUS' ED, thought; meditated.
AN TÏQUE', (an teek',) ancient.
MOLD, shape; form.

RARE, scarce; seldom seen.

SOOTH ED, calmed; quieted.

THROB BED, beat; palpitated.
Co' zy, snug; comfortable.
EBB' ED, flowed back.
JOUR' NEY, travel.

LONG' ING, earnestly desiring.

TIE, bond of affection.

RIV EN, torn asunder.


1. A LITTLE girl sat amid the flowers,

In the blush and bloom of childhood's hours;
She twined the buds in a garland fair,

And bound them up in her shining hair :

"Ah, me !" said she, "how happy I'll be,
When ten years more have gone over me,
And I am a maiden with youth's bright glow
Flushing my cheek, and lighting my brow!"

2. A maiden mused in a pleasant room,

Where the air was filled with a soft perfume;
Vases were near of antique mold,
And beautiful pictures, rare and old;
And she, amid all the beauty there,
Was by far the loveliest and most fair.
"Ah, me!" said she, "how happy I'll be,
When my heart's own choice comes back to me,
When I proudly stand by my dear one's side,
With the thrilling joy of a youthful bride!”

3. A mother bent o'er the cradle nest,

Where she soothed her babe to his smiling rest;
She watched the sleep of her cherub-boy,
And her spirit throbbed with exulting joy.
"Ah, me!" said she, "how happy I'll be,
When he reaches manhood, proud and free,
And the world bows down, in its rapture wild,
At the earnest words of my darling child.

4. An aged one sat by the cozy hearth,
Counting life's sands as they ebbed from earth;
Feeble and frail; the race she run

Had borne her along to the setting sun.
"Ah, me!" said she, how happy I'll be,
When from time's long fever my soul is free,
When the world fades out with its weary strife,
And I soar away to a better life!"

5. 'Tis thus we journey from youth to age,
Longing to turn to another page,
Striving to hasten the years away,
Lighting our hearts with the future's ray,
Hoping on earth till its visions fade,
Wishing and waiting, through sun and shade,
But turning, when earth's last tie is riven,

To the beautiful rest of a fadeless Heaven.

QUESTIONS.-1. When did the little girl think she would be happy? 2. What did she say when she became old? 3. What are we constantly expecting from youth to age? 4. What is the meaning of the suffix ing, in such words as longing, striving, lighting, &c.? See SANDERS & MCELLIGOTT'S ANALYSIS, page 134, Ex. 176.

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When, with a feeble voice, he called

His weeping son to him:

"Weep not, my boy," the veteran said,
"I bow to Heaven's high will;

But quickly from yon antlers bring,

The sword of Bunker Hill.”

2. The sword was brought; the soldier's eye
Lit with a sudden flame;

And, as he grasped the ancient blade,
He murmured Warren's* name;
Then said, "My boy, I leave you gold
But what is richer still,

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3. Twas on that dread, immortal day,
I dared the Briton's band,

A captain raised his blade on me,
I tore it from his hand;

And while the glorious battle raged,
It lightened Freedom's will;
For, boy, the God of Freedom blessed
The sword of Bunker Hill.

4. "Oh! keep this sword," his accents broke,-
A smile, and he was dead;

But his wrinkled hand still grasped the blade,
Upon that dying bed.

The son remains, the sword remains,

Its glory growing still,

And twenty millions bless the sire

And sword of Bunker Hill.,

QUESTIONS.-1. What request did the old veteran make of his son? 2. What bequest did he make to him? 3. How did he obtain that sword? 4. What did he say to his son? 5. Who was Warren?

* General Warren, a brave and valuable officer, fell by a musket-ball, while fighting the British at Bunker's Hill, June 17th, 1775.

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