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MISCELLANEOUS LESSONS IN POETRY.
Soars, v. Hu-mil'i-ty, n............hnmìlis.
Meek'ly, adv. Saint, n..... ... sanctus.
Meet, adj. Ad-o-ra'tioni, N............orare.
The bird that soars on highest wing,
Builds on the ground her lowly nest;
Sings in the shade when all things rest.
She meekly sat at Jesus' feet;
Was made for God's own temple meet ;
In deepest adoration bends;
Then most when most his soul ascends;
The footstool of humility. James Montgomery. 1. What song-bird soars highest ?
9. Name to me the most beautiful of all 2. Where does the lark build her nest? dresses for a female, 3. Which bird sings most sweetly? 10. Does advancement in the christian 4. Where and when does she sing? life make the believer become proud?
5. Of what christian grace do these facts 11. Who bends lowest in presence of his afford an illustration?
God? 6. What is meant by the “better 12. For what grace will he be most emipart”?
nent, who stands nearest the throne of 7. Should we not imitate Mary, and Jesus? choose it too.
13. Have we anything of which to be 8. Under whose preaching did the Lord proud being poor sinners ? open Lydia's heart?
14. Ought we not then all to pray in Christ's name for the grace of humility?
II.—COMMON THINGS. “NIGATLI rest and daily bread, the ordinary use of our limbs, and senses, and under. standings, are gifts which admit of no comparison with any other. Yet, because almost every man we meet with possesses these, we leave them out of our enumeration. They raise no sentiment; they move no gratitude. Now, herein is our judgment per. verted by our selfishness. A blessing ought in truth to be the more satisfactory, the bounty at least of the donor is rendered more conspicuous by its very diffusion, its commonness, its cheapness : by its falling to the lot, and forming the happiness, of the great bulk and body of our species, as well as of ourselves. Nay even when we do not possess it, it ought to be a matter of thankfulness that others do. But we have a different way of thinking. We court distinction. That is not the worst : we see nothing but what has distinction to recommend it. This necessarily contracts our views of the Creator's beneficence within a narrow compass; and most unjustly. It is in those things which are so common as to be no distinction, that the amplitude of the Divine benignity is perceived.”—Paley.
The sun is a glorious thing,
That comes alike to all,
The noble’s painted ball.
It through the window gleams
The happy infant dreams.
Out on the lonely sea;
Beneath the old oak tree.
Sparkle upon the grass ;
That through the meadows pass.
More beautiful than they ;
But tread them off in play.
Beside the cottage door;
Upon the pathless moor.
As many pleasant tones,
1. What does the poetess say about the 9. Is the music of the palace more sun ?
charming than that of the grove ? 2. What is said of the moon?
10. Are the perfumes of the palace 3. Why call the sun glorious, and the richer than those of the heath-flower, or moon gentle ?
the rose ? 4. In what season are dew-drops seen 11. Repeat to me the last verse. on the grass ?
12. Will you try and name to me some 3. Do they not sparkle indeed like of the lovely things, and the pleasant diamonds ?
tones, that the poor enjoy as well as the 6. Are there any precious stones in the rich ? Kiug's diadem more beautiful than 13. Have the poor good reason to envy they are?
the rich then ? 7. Since they are so beautiful, how comes 14. Who is so good to us all ? it that we scarcely notice them?
15. What is the best gift of God to poor 8. Ah, but does not this very common- sinful mortals? ness which makes us neglect them, dis- 16. Who will quote to me the words of play God's goodness the more ?
John, iii. 16. ?
III.-THE SOLDIER'S RETURN.
The wars for many a month were o'er
I ventur'd in ;– Tray wagg'd his tail ;-
Come here!” she cried, “what can he ail ?” While my feign'd story I began.
I changed my voice to that of age: "A poor
old soldier lodging craves ;"The very name their loves engage “A soldier! aye, the best we have.”
My father then drew in a seat;-
“ I had a son,” my father cried,
“Oh! does he live !" my father cried ;-
My mother saw her catching sigh,
An arrow, darting from a bow,
- My Jessy dear!" I softly said,
Miss Blamire. 1. Was the soldier expected home? 13. What was the father's name? 2. What time in the day did he reach 14. What effect was produced by the inhis native cot?
formation that Harry was alive! 3. How were his father and mother and 15. What is meant by the rock in verse the rest of the family engaged ?
13th ? 4. Name the friend to whom Jean was 16. Who knew the kerchief well, and whispering.
why did she know it so well ? 5. What might the effects of his sudden 17. Who tainted, and how did the entrance have been !
father act ? 6. How did he manage to avoid giving 18. How did the brothers act, and what them too great a surprise ?
did the mother say? 7. Who only recognised him at once ? 19. What mean you by glass in verse 8. How did Tray show that he knew him? 17th ?
9. What word engaged their loves at 20. Who watched over the poor soldier once, and why?
in the battle field, and brought him home 10. Of whom did the old man speak? in safety ? 11. What reply did the soldier make ? 21. Into whose hands should we ever 12. Who is Hal, and what is the full commit ourselves ? name?
IV.-KING CANUTE. " CANUTE, the greatest and most powerful monarch of his time, sovereign of Denmark and Norway, as well as of England, could not fail of meeting with adulation from his courtiers; a tribute which is liberally paid, even to the meanest and weak. est princes. Some of his flatterers, breaking out one day in admiration of his grandeur, exclaimed, that everything was possible for him ; upon which the monarch, it is said, ordered his chair to be set on the sea-shore, while the tide was rising ; and as the waters approached he commanded them to retire, and to obey the voice of him who was lord of the ocean. He feigned to sit some time in expectation of their sub. mission; but when the sea still advanced towards him, and began to wash him with its billows, he turned to his courtiers, and remarked to them, that every creature in the universe was feeble and impotent, and that power resided with one Being alone, in whose hands were all the elements of nature; who could say to the ocean, Thus far shalt thou go. and no farther; and who could level with his nod the inost towering piles of human pride and ambition.”—Hume's History of England. LATIN.
Strand, n. Ré'gal, adj...............regěre.
For-bear', v. Con- emp'tu-ous-ly, adv.temněre.
Threat'en-ing, part. l'ro-ccs'sion, n...........ceděre.
Up-braid'ing, part. Man'date, n............... mandare.
Meed, n. Un-de-terred', V.......... ..terrēre.