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2. But, if you are poor', heaven help you! though your sire
Had royal blood in him', and though you
Possess the intellect of angels too,

'Tis all in vain';-the world will ne'er inquire
On such a score':—why should it take the pains?
'Tis easier to weigh purses', sure, than brains'.

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';
And, as for wisdom, he had none of it';
He had what's better',-he had wealth.

What a confusion !-all stand up erect,-
These crowd around to ask him of his health;
These bow in honest duty and respect;
And these arrange a sofa or a chair,
And these conduct him there.

"Allow me, sir, the honor';"-Then a bow
Down to the earth'.-Is't possible to show
Meet gratitude for such kind condescension'?

5. 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,
And said," Pray tell me why is wealth preferred
"To wisdom?"-"That's a silly question, friend!"
Replied the other," have you never heard,
A man may lend his store

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.
CIR CUM SCRIB' ED, encompassed.
NA' VIES, ships of war.

ARM' A MENTS, forces equipped for
IM PED' ED, hindered; obstructed.
LE VIA THAN, huge sea-monster.
MAG NIFI CENCE, grandeur.

UN A BAT ED, undiminished.

RE SERVED, kept.
EN TRANC' ED, enraptured,
PROM' ON TO RY, headland.
RE VEAL' ED, laid open.
SYM' BOL, token; sign.

AD A MAN' TINE, exceedingly hard.
AP PER TAIN' ING, belonging.
TRANS FORM'ING, changing.

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 opposito 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, - aud 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.



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 sea. 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

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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, will 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. The sail, at length, arose and spread its wings to the wind. 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. But the secret of the magnet is, at length, revealed to him, and

his needle now settles, with a fixedness which love has stolen as the symbol of its constancy, to the polar star.

8. Now, however, he can dispense even with sail, and wind, and flowing wave. He constructs and propels his vast engines of flame and vapor, and, through the solitude of the sea, as over the solid land, goes thundering on his track. On the ocean, too, thrones have been lost and won. On the fate of Actium' was suspended the empire of the world. In the gulf of Salamis, the pride of Persia found a grave; and the crescent set forever in the waters of Navarino; while, at Trafalgar and the Nile, nations held their breath,


As each gun,

From its adamantine lips,

Spread a death-shade round the ships

Like the hurricane's eclipse

Of the sun.

9. But, of all the wonders appertaining to the ocean, the greatest, perhaps, is its transforming power on man. It unravels and weaves anew the web of his moral and social being. It invests him with feelings, associations, and habits, to which he has been an entire stranger. It breaks up the sealed fountain of his nature, and lifts his soul into features prominent as the cliffs which beetle over its surge.

10. Once the adopted child of the ocean, he can never bring back his entire sympathies to land. He will still move in his dreams over that vast waste of waters, still bound in exultation and triumph through its foaming billows. All the other realities of life will be comparatively tame, and he will sigh for his tossing element, as the caged eagle for the roar and arrowy light of his mountain cataract.

QUESTIONS.-1. What is said of the volcano and earthquake? 2. Of the avalanche and tempest ? 3. Of the ocean? 4. Of ships? 5. Where have naval battles been fought? 6. What influence has the ocean on man?

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