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SIR WALTER AND THE LION.
1. SIR WALTER of Thurn, over the Syrian waste,
But he hears a groan that checks his haste,
He spurs his steed
Whence the sounds proceed;
And there, from a rocky chasm, arise
In excess of fears,
As the glance of a lion attracts his eyes.
2. Fierce struggling there in the monster folds
His good sword stout
From its sheath leaps out,
When down it falls on the Python's' crest,
From its thrall released,
Shows grateful joy most manifest.
8. He shakes his mane, and bends his form,
As if he yields allegiance warm
Like the faithful hound
To be constant found,
And follow his steps for evermore ;
He stands by his side,
Or with him rests when the strife is o'er.
4. In Palestine Sir Walter is known,-
And many brave deeds he there hath done,
But his heart doth expand
For the fatherland,
And he fain its pleasant scenes would see,
The sailors protest,
As they glanced at the beast and his majesty.
5. Rich guerdon he proffers, and golden store;
The sailors hurry away from the shore
The poor beast moans
In piteous tones,
Then darts impetuously o'er the sands,—
Then looks to the ship, and mournfully stands
Then plunges into the gloomy wave,
The perils of the depths to brave.
Already his roar of grief they hark;
But his strength is spent, and the sea is strong,
And he may not the fearful struggle prolong.
His dying glances are fondly cast
Along the track where the loved one passed;
Beneath the wave,
And the night and the ocean behold him the last.
QUESTIONS.-1. What did Sir Walter discover as he was riding over the Syrian waste? 2. What did he do? 3. What did the lion do, after being released? 4. Did the sailors allow the lion to go on board the ship? 5. What did the lion then do? 6. What became of him?
VALIANT, strong; courageous.
EC STAT IC, rapturous.
CON CLU' SION, result.
CON CEP' TION, thought; idea.
DEF ER ENCE, respect.
PHYSIC AL, material.
TIME -BAN DI ED, time-lost.
DE VEL' OP ED, brought out.
CON STEL LA'TION$, clusters of stars.
DE SIGN' ED, planned.
COM BIN' ED, united.
UN IN TER RUPT ED, (UN, not; INTER, in between; RUPTED, broken;) not broken in between ; unbroken.
It is sometimes desirable to have each member of the class read a piece complete in itself. To answer this end, the following collection of brief, though beautiful productions, have been brought together all under one head.
WHAT REALLY BENEFITS US.
It is not what we earn, but what we save, that makes us rich. It is not what we eat, but what we digest, that makes us strong. It is not what we read, but what we remember,
that makes us learned. It is not what we intend, but what we do, that makes us useful. It is not a few faint wishes, but a life-long struggle, that makes us valiant.
There's not a flower that decks the vale,
God's love to us, and love undying!
To acquire a thorough knowledge of our own hearts and characters, to restrain every irregular inclination, to subdue every rebellious passion, to purify the motives of our conduct, to form ourselves to that temperance which no pleasure can seduce, to that meekness which no provocation can ruffle, to that patience which no affliction can overwhelm, and that integrity which no interest can shake; this is the task which is assigned to us,-a task which can not be performed without the utmost diligence and care.
The brightest stars are burning suns;
The deepest water stillest runs;
The stalk that's most replenished,
BENEFITS OF ADVERSITY.
A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner. Neither do uninterrupted prosperity and success qualify man for usefulness or happiness. The storms of adversity, like the storms of the ocean, rouse the faculties and excite the invention, prudence, skill, and fortitude of the voyager.
OUR MOUNTAIN HOMES.
MRS. S. R. A. BARNES.
Why turn we to our mountain homes
MAKE A BEGINNING.
If you do not begin, you will never come to the end. The first weed pulled up in the garden, the first seed set in the