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He showed me all the mercy, for he taught me all the sin. Now, though my lamp was lighted late, there's One will let
me in : Nor would I now be well, mother, again, if that could be, For
my desire is but to pass to him that died for me.
All in the wild March morning I heard the angels call ;
up the valley came a swell of music on the wind.
I thought that it was fancy, and I listen'd in my bed,
said ; For great delight and shuddering took hold of all my mind, And
up the valley came again the music on the wind. But you were sleeping; and I said, “ It's not for them ; it's
mine!” And if it comes three times, I thought, I take it for a sign. And once again it came, and close beside the window-bars, Then seem'd to go right up to Heaven, and die among the stars.
So now I think my time is near. I trust it is. I know
1. Name her who was to be May Queen. 19. Has spring arrived, and is Alice
2. Why did she wish to be called so alive yet? early on May morning ?
20. What things calls she sweet? 3. Name the beauties mentioned in 21. But what is sweeter than any.one verse 2nd.
of them to her? 4. Being in good health, how did Alice 22. Had she been willing to die at News sleep at night?
Year's Eve ? ö. Whom saw she leaning on the bridge? 23. What blessings does she pour on the 6. Why might Robin think she was a clergyman's head? ghost ?
24. What good had the minister been 7. What was the name of the May the means of doing her? Queen's sister?
25. What means she by “my lamp was 8. Was the May Queen chosen for her lighted late"? beauty?
26. Will you read for me the parable of 9. In what state of health was sweet the ten virgins in Matt., 25 chap. Alice on New Year's Eve ?
27. What merciful One will let her in? 10. Ah! should we not always join trem- 28. Let her in, where ? bling with our mirth?
29. Relate the dream or vision she had 11. How had matters been with her last on the “wild March morning." May-day?
30. What are the angels called in Heb. 12. Contrast May-day and New Year's i. 14 ? Eve, both with regard to her, and also the 31. Of what did this dream or vision appearance of nature.
convince her ? 13. When comes the swallow to us? 32. What advice did she give Effie con.
14. Where did she feel she would be cerning her mother ? then ?
33. Have even young people any ground 15, Where did she wish to be buried ? for surrow when called to die, if they are
16. Is it not sad to die and leave those joined to Christ ? we love ?
34. Is there any safety for us poor sin17. What sweet natural desire does ners out of Jesus Christ? Alice express with respect to her mother 85. Then, should not all flee to Jesus? visiting her grave ?
36. Shall parents and children, aud .18. When in poor health, how does sleep teachers and pupils who die in the Lord, visit the pillow?
meet each other in glory?
XX-CEUR DE LION AT THE BIER OF HIS FATHER.
HENRY II. eldest son of Geoffrey Plantagenet, (so named from a sprig of broom-in Latin, planta genista—in French, plante genet, which he used to wear in his cap) was born at Le Maus, in March 1133;-began to reign Dec. 8th 1154 :-died July 6th 1189, having reigred 344 years. The latter part of his reign was spent in opposing the rebellions of his own sons, Henry, Geoffrey, Richard, and John, who being impatient for their father's death, and urged on by their own mother, took up arms to dethrone him. They did not succeed in their purpose;–Henry (the eldest son) died of a fever ; Geoffrey was killed in a tournament or mock fight at Paris; and Richard collected an army to go to Palestine to fight against Saladin, but instead of going there he led it against his own father. Henry II. being quite unprepared for this attack, was obliged to make a treaty with his son, in which it was stipulated that all the Barons who had joined Richard should be freely pardoned. The King complied with this condition, but when he saw the name of his youngest and
favourite son Joho among the rebels, he seemed to be broken-hearted, fell ill of a fever, and died. Henry II. was perhaps the ablest king that ever sat on the throne of England. The body of Henry II, lay in state in the Abbey-church of Fontevraud, where it was visited by Richard Cour de Lion, who, on beholding it, was struck with horror and remorse, and reproached himself bitterly for that rebellious conduct which had been the means of bringing his father to an uutimely grave. Bier, n.
TORCHES were blazing clear, hymns pealing deep and slow,
Where a king lay stately on his bier, in the church of Fonte
vraud," Banners of battle o'er him hung, and warriors slept beneath, And light, as noon's broad light, was flung on the settled face
On the settled face of death a strong and ruddy glare,
still brightest there;
the parted soul ; And solemn were the strains they poured through the still
ness of the night, With the cross above, and the crown and sword, and the silent
king in sight.There was heard a heavy clang, as of steel-girt men the tread, And the tombs and the hollow pavement rang with a sounding
thrill of dread; And the holy chaunt was hushed awhile, as, by the torches'
flame, A gleam of arms, up the sweeping aisle, with a mail-clad leader
He came with baughty look, an eagle-glance and clear,
stood beside the bier ! He stood there still, with a drooping brow, and clasped hands
o'er it raised; For his father lay before him low_it was Caur-de-Lion' gazed! And silently he strove with the workings of his breast; But there's more in late repentant love than steel may keep
suppressed ! And his tears brake forth, at last, like rain,-men held their
breath in awe, For his face was seen by his warrior train, and he recked not
that they saw. 1 Fontevraud, (Fong-te-vro) a village in France. 2 Caur-de-Lion, that is, lion-hearted, -Richard was so called for his bravery.
He looked upon the dead, and sorrow seemed to lie,
of clay, Till bursting words—yet all too weak-gave his soul's passion
way. “O, father! is it vain, this late remorse and deep! Speak to me, father! once again !-I weep_behold, I weep! Alas! my guilty pride and ire! were but this work undone, I would give England's crown, my sire, to hear thee bless thy
son ! “Speak to me:-mighty grief ere now the dust hath stirred : Hear me, but hear me!-father, chief, my king! I must be
heard ! Hushed, hushed !-how is it that I call, and that thou answer
est not? When was it thus ?-woe, woe for all the love
soul forgot! “ Thy silver hairs I see-s0 still, so sadly bright! And, father, father! but for me they had not been so white ! I bore thee down, high heart, at last; no longer couldst thou
strive;Oh! for one moment of the past, to kneel and say • forgive ! “Thou wert the noblest king, on a royal throne e'er seen, And thou didst wear, in knightly ring, of all, the stateliest
mien; And thou didst prove, where spears are proved, in war the
bravest heart Oh! ever the renowned and loved thou wert and there thou
“Thou that my boyhood's guide didst take fond joy to be ! The times I've sported at thy
side, and climbed thy parent knee! And there before the blessed shrine, my sire, I see thee lie, How will that sad still face of thine look on me till I die!"
1. Why was Henry II. called Planta- 5. What embittered the latter part of genet ?
his reign 2. Where and when was he born ? 6. Name his four sons, and say what 3. When did he ascend the throne ? came of them. 4. When did he die, and how long did 7. What stipulation had he to agree to, be reiga?
when he was forced to treat with bis own son Richard ?
8. What seemed to break his heart? 13. What would he have given to obtain 9. What was his son Richard called ? his father's blessing and forgiveness?
10. Describe the scene in the Church 14. What does he say on beholding his of Frontevraud, where the king lay in father's gray hairs? state,
15. How does he speak of his father as 11. Describe the mail-clad warrior who a king ? entered the church.
16. Explain to me the last line, 12. Who was he, and what brought him 17. Can these children expect God's there?
blessing, who bring down their father's gray hairs with sorrow to the grave ?
XXI.-THE DEATH OF MURAT. JOACHIM Murat, was born in Perigord, in 1767. His father was a country inukeeper. Young Joachim was placed at the College of Cahors, and destined for the church ; but he preferred the army, and enlisted into a regiment of chasseurs, trom which he was dismissed for insubordination. He then took charge of his father's horses until the breaking out of the Revolution, when he obtained a commission in a regiment of chasseurs, and rose rapidly to the rank of colonel. He avowed Jacobin principles, but these did not prevent him from assisting Bonaparte in the affair of the Sections in 1795; and he was rewarded by being placed on the personal staff of the future emperor in the Italian campaign of 1796. He commanded the cavalry in the campaigns of Egypt, Italy, Austria, and Prussia ; and in all, at Aboukir. Marengo, Austerlitz, Jena, Eylau, and Friedland, his services were brilliantly conspicuous.
After the Égyptian campaign, he obtained the hand of Caroline, youngest sister of Napoleon; and in 1806 was created grand-duke of Berg and Cleeves. In 1808 he commanded the French army in the invasion of Spain; whence he was recalled, and sent to Naples to ascend the throne of that kingdom. In 1812 he accompanied Napoleon on the expedition
to Russia, in the command of the cavalry of the grand army. During this expedition, Murat displayed his usual valour, but disagreements arose between him and Napoleon, and finally, after the battle of Leipzig, he deserted his brother-in-law, and allied himself with his enemies. By this defection he for a time saved his own throne; but the delay of the Congress of Vienna to recognise his regal title hurried him, in 1815, into hostilities against the allied powers. He was compelled to flee from
his kingdom ; and afterwards landing in arms on the coast of Calabria with a few followers, he was captured and shot by the sentence of a Neapoli. tan court-martial.-Knight's National Cyclopædia, LATIN.
GREEK. In-sub-or-di-na'tion, n..ordo. Di'a-dem, no.........
..dia, deo. Rev-o-lu'tion, n.......... Volvěre, Agʻo-ny, no ......... ..agõn. Cam-paigns', n........campus.
monos, Con-spic'u-ous, adj......specěre. In-va'sion, n...........
vaděre. Val'our, n............. .valēre.
Be-seemed', v. De-fec'tion, n........ .facěre.
Fel'on's, n. Resgal, adj.... ..rex.
Pla-toon', n. Al'ien, adj................alius. Vollied, V.............. .volāre. “My hour is come!-Forget me not!_My blessing is with you; With you my last, my fondest thought; with you my heart's
adieu. Farewell_farewell, my Caroline! my children's doting mother, I made thee wife, and fate a queen-an hour and thou art
neither ; Farewell, my
fair Letitia, my love is with thee still : Louise and Lucien, adieu ; and thou, my own Achille !" With quivering lip, but with no tear, or tear that gazers saw, These words, to all his heart held dear, thus wrote the brave