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Then of the locks which, dark and large, o'er his broad shoul
ders hung; That streamed war-pennons in the charge, yet like caressings
peace around his forehead high, which, more than diadem, Beseemed the curls that lovingly replaced the cold hard gem; He cut him one for wife-for child-'twas all he had to will ; But, with the regal wealth and state, he lost its heartless chill ! The iciness of alien power, what gushing love may thaw ? -The agony of such an hour as this—thy last-Murat! “Comrade—though foe!—a soldier asks from thee a soldier's
aid, They're not a warrior's only tasks that need his blood and
bladeThat upon which I latest gaze—that which I fondest clasp, When death my eye-balls wraps in haze, and stiffens my hands’
With these love-locks around it twined, say, wilt thou see
them sentNeed I say where!-Enough!— tis kind !-to death, then, I'm
content! O! to have found it in the field, not as a chained outlaw! No more!—to destiny I yield—with mightier than Murat !
They led him forth—'twas but a stride between his prison
And where, with yet a monarch's pride, he met a felon's doom. “Soldiers ! —your muzzles to my breast will leave brief space
Strike to the heart!"—His last behest was uttered not in vain. He turned him to the levelled tubes that held the wished
for boon; He gazed upon some love-clasped pledge,-then vollied the
platoon; And when their hold the hands gave up, the pitying gazers saw, In the dear image of a wife, thy heart's best trait, Murat !
1. Who was Joachim Murat ?
6. How was he employed in 1812 ? 2. What profession did he choose ? 7. Why did he join Napoleon's enemies?
3. In what campaigns did he command 8. How did he act after this, and what the cavalry?
was his fate ? 4. Who became his wife ?
9. Repeat the words that Murat wrote 5. The throne of what kingdom did he to his wife. ascend?
10. Name his children,
11. What mean you by the "the hard 14. In what manner did he meet hiş cold gem" ?
fate? 12. What request did he make of the 15. What were his words to the sol. soldier that came to lead him forth to ex-diers ? ecution ?
16. What was found in his grasp when 13. Where would be have preferred to be fell? have met death?
XXII.-THE VETERAN TAR,
Quay, . Frac'tures, N........ .frangěre.
Queue, n. Vol-un-teer', n..... .velle.
Sea'mews, n. Vigʻour, .vigor.
Es-chewed', v. Suf-fused', N... ..funděre.
A MARINER, whom fate compelled
To make his home ashore,
With ivy mantled o'er ;
The sound of ocean's roar.
To mark how stood the wind;
Brought back old times to mind,
All ocean plants were met-
With scented mignonette
Sea-thistles freaked with jet.
Rigged out in gallant style;
And Nelson at the Nile,
When lonely, to beguile. 1 Camperdown, a village of the Netherlands 27 miles N. W. of Amsterdam, in the North Sea, celebrated for Admiral Duncan's
victory over the Dutch Aleet 11th Oct, 1797.
And there were charts and soundings, made
By Anson, Cook, and Bligh ; Fractures of coral from the deep,
And storm-stones from the sky; Shells from the shores of
No relative had he:
A haunter of the quay ;
He took him to the sea.
Four years on board a merchantman
a growing lad ; And all the isles of Western Ind,
In endless summer clad,
To palmy Trinidad.
When 'mid the sea-fight's jar,
To crown a British tạr ;
On board a man-of-war.
He ploughed the changeful deep;
The winged fishes leap,
To everlasting sleep.
Methinks upon my view
Striped shirt, and jacket blue ;
Keen eye, and plaited queue.
2 Two islands in Windward group, West Indies.
Yon turfen bench the veteran loved,
Beneath the threshold tree,
The broad expanse of sea,
Had been a rover free!
And lighted up his faded face,
When drifting in the gale,
Far off, a coming sail :
To list the sea-mew's wail !
Oft would he tell, how, under Smith,
Upon the Egyptian strand,
They joined the men on land,
Behind their bags of sand :
With Nelson in his might,
To quell the Dane in fight,
His veteran eye with light!
The brave old man would speak ; And when he showed his oaken stump,
A glow suffused his cheek, While his eye filled—for wound on wound
Had left him worn and weak. Ten years in vigorous old age,
Within that cot he dwelt, Tranquil as falls the snow on snow
Life's lot to him was dealt ; 1 Lord Nelson, a celebrated English Admiral, born in 1758, entered the navy when 12 years of age, rapidly gained distinction, and was in 1797 made Rear-Admiral. He annihilated the fleet which had conveyed the
French into Egypt, in the bay of Aboukir, 1799. He as Vice-Admiral conducted the fleet against Copenhagen, 1801. He de stroyed the united French and Spanish
fleets at Cape Trafalgar, 21st Oct., 1805, but paid for the victory with his life.
But came infirmity at length,
And slowly o'er him stealt.
We missed him on our seaward walk.
The children went no more To listen to his evening talk,
Beside the cottage door ;Grim palsy held him to the bed,
Which health eschewed before.
'Twas harvest time ;-day after day
Beheld him weaker grow ;
Became more faint and slow;
Life's fire was burning low.
Till frail as frail could be ;
Homeward the bird and bee,
To gaze upon the sea. And now he watched the moving boat,
And now the moveless ships, And now the western hills remote,
With gold upon their tips, As ray by ray the mighty sun
Went down in calm eclipse.
Welcome as homestead to the feet
Of pilgrim, travel-tired,
A thing to be desired ;
Moir. 1. Why did our tar build his cottage on
8. Where sailed he when serving his the mount?
time ? 2. Why placed he a vane on the roof? 9. What "sterner life" is meant ? 3. Whatplants were found in his garden? 10. Where went he then ? 4. What were hung round his cabin ? 11. Into what climes had he sailed 5. Name the threecelebrated navigators? during the forty years? 6. What curiosities had he collected ? 12. Give the appearance of the brave
7. Give us the history of Simon when a old man, boy.