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The bow of promise and of beauty hangs,
MRS. E. C. STEDMAN. QUESTIONS -1. Describe the river from Lake Erie to the falls. 2. What are our feelings on first viewing the falls? 3. What is said of other objects of sublimity in comparison with this? 4. What did the writer mean loy the bow of promise,' last verse ?
What example of a succession of similar sounds is found in the second verse? What inflection prevails in the second verse of the poetry? What inflection at saith, third verse ?
LESSON XXXVIII. SPELL AND DEFINE-1. Void, an empty space. 2. Sculptured, carved out from wood or stone. 3. Insa'tiate, never satisfied. 4. Yearnings, strong emotions of desire, or pity. 5. Mimic, imitative.
A Scene on the Banks of the Hudson.—BRYANT. 1. Cool shades and dews are round my way,
And silence of the early dày;
The music of the Sabbath bells. 2. All, save this little nook of land,
Circled with trees, on which I stand;
I gaze into the airy deep.
On earth, that soonest pass away.
At thought of that insatiate grave,
From which its yearnings can not save. 4. River, in this still hour thou hast
Too much of heaven on earth to last;
QUESTIONS.-1. At what time of day is the scene described ? 2. Give a description of the scene, as contained in the first two verses, 3. What earthly things soonest pass away? 4. What address is made to the river, last verse ? °5. What is meant by the 'airy deep,' last line of the second verse ?
Which has the more intense degree of emphasis, the first or second all, in the second verse? What inflection at River, last verse? (Rule IV. Note l.) Why are Thou and I emphatic in the last two lines? (Les. VIII. Note VIII.)
SPELL AND DEFINE-1. Sire, a father. 2. Intellect, the faculty of understanding; the mind. 3. Score, an account or reckoning; literally, twenty in number. 4. Formally, out of regard to mere form. 5. Cree'sus, (Cre'sus) a very wealthy king of ancient Lydia. 6. Meet, suitable. 7. Condescension, voluntary descent from high rank, or dignity; co 8. Preferred, placed before as to value. The Rich Man and the Poor Man.-KHEMNITZER. 1. So goes the world ;—if wealthy, you may call
This—friend, that—brother ;-friends and brothers all;
You seek respect, no doubt, and you will find it. 2. But if you are poor, heaven help yoù ! though your sire
Had royal blood in him, and though you
3. I once saw a poor fellow, keen and clever,
Witty and wise ;-he paid a man a visit,
He walked on this side, then on that,
He tried to introduce a social chat;
And some said by their silence" Better stay at home.” 4. A rich man burst the door,
As Crosus rich ;-I'm sure
What a confusion !-all stand up erect-
These bow in honest duty and respect;
Meet gratitude for such kind condescension ? 5. The poor man hung his head,
And to himself he said,
A man may lend his store
Of gold or silver ore,
QUESTIONS.-1. Of what advantage is wealth often? 2. How are the poor many times regarded ? 3. Give an account of the two visitors, ono of whom was poor and the other rich. 4. What really renders persons worthy of respect ?
Why is honorable read with the circumflex, first verse? Why honest, fourth verse? What inflection does an independent member of a sentence require? What the direct question? What the indirect? How do you account for the different inflections in the last line of the second verse ? Why the rising inflection at the last word in the piece? What do you understand by Italic words ?
LESSON XL. SPELL AND DEFINE-1. Ap'ologue, a moral fable. 2. Impreg'nable, able to resist attack; immovable. 3. Pen'sile, supported above the ground; hanging. 4. Thoroughfares, passages; unobstructed ways. 5. Hilarity, mirth; gayety. 6. Multitu'dinous, consisting of a great number or multitude. 1. Dev as ta'tion, desolation; destruction of the works of art and nature. 8. Expanse', a wide extent of space. 9. Preservative, having the power to preserve or keep safe from injury or decay. 10. Ebb and flow,-elb, a falling of the tide-flow, a rising of the tide. 11. Corroded, eaten or worn away gradually. 12. Prematurely, before the proper time;
13. Curtailed, shortened; abridged. 14. Effaced, rubbed or
15. Discrimination, the act of distinguishing or observing a difference. 16. Vir'u lence, the quality extremely active in doing injury. 17. Mit'igate, to make less severe; to lessen.
Time and the Traveler.-N. Y. MIRROR.
too soon. worn out.
1. A TRAVELER, contemplating the ruins of Babylon, stood with folded arms, and, amid the surrounding stillness, thus expressed the thoughts which the scene inspired :“ Where, oh where, is Babylon the great, with her impregnable walls and gates of brass, her frowning towers, and her pensile gardens ? Where are her luxurious palaces and her crowded thoroughfares ? The stillness of death has succeeded to the active bustle and joyous hilarity of her multitudinous population--scarcely a trace of her former magnificence remains, and her hundreds of thousands of inhabitants have long been sleeping the sleep of death, in unknown and unmarked graves. Here thou hast been busy, 0 Time, thou mighty destroyer!"
2. The traveler having finished his soliloquy, there appeared before him a venerable person of mild aspect, who thus accosted him : “ Traveler, I am Time, whom thou hast called the mighty destroyer, and to whose ruthless sway thou hast attributed the melancholy desolation which is here spread out to the view. In this charge thou hast wronged
Mortals have mistaken my character and office. In their pictorial representations, I am always exhibited as wielding a scythe, as if my only purpose was to mark my way with havoc. But, behold me although aged, my step has he elastity of youth ; my hands grasp no instrument of destruction; my countenance expresses no fierce and crue! passions. Deeds of devastation are wrongfully attributed to me, and here I appear to vindicate my name.
3. “Since this beautiful world has sprung from chaos, I
have lent my aid to perpetuate its beauty, and to impart happiness to all its inhabitants. My reign has been mild and preservative. I have marked the course of the sun, the moon, and the stars, and during the thousands of years ir. which they have rolled in mighty expanse, I have diminished naught of their luster—they shine as bright and as sweetly, they move on their course as harmoniously, as they did when the world was in its infancy. Look at the everlasting hills ; they stand as proud and as permanently as they did when they rose up at the command of their mighty Creator. Con. template the ocean in its ceaseless ebb and flow; I have not diminished its mighty resources.
4. “But the works of man you will say, are corroded by my touch, and the beauty and life of man flee before my approach. Even in this you wrong me. I have witnessed the rise and fall of empires, and have seen countless generations of men pass from the stage of human life, but in neither case have I hastened their doom. Sin has been the destroyer—the vices of men have scattered desolation over the fair face of creation. The thousands who have fallen on that battle-field, have not fallen by my hand; the scattered ruins of these once mighty cities, whose memorial has nearly perished, have not been strewn by my hand, but by the hands of earthly conquerors, who have trodden down in their march of conquest, the palaces of the rich, and the hovels of the poor. The great works of man, originating in pride, have been subverted by folly and cruelty. Cities once proud, populous, and magnificent, have utterly disappeared, not by the operation of time, but in the conflicts of men, and in the execution of the just judgments of Heaven.
5. "Most diseases derive their origin or their virulence from human vice or folly ; and wars, resulting from the passions of men, swell the lists of the dead. Many a furrow is marked on the brow of man, which is attributed to Time, in which time has had no agency; and many totter to the grave, who go there prematurely, and not by the weight of years. Men once lived nearly a thousand years, and now they seldom fulfill three score years and ten. It is not be. cause I am now more emphatically a destroyer, but because their sins and follies have curtailed the term of their exist.
Even the works of men in ancient days, might have still stood to be gazed upon, if no other influence than mine had been exerted,