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13. What seat was his favourite one, 21. What hour brings home the bird and why?
and the bee? 14. Through what instrument did he 22. What was done to the brave old frequently look ?
man then ? 15. What had happened when he was 23. On what did he gaze when propped under Smith ?
in his chair ? 16. Where and when were the naval 24. What came welcome to old Simon's battles fought ?
cabin? 17. When did his cheek glow with pride? 25. Was not Simon kind as well as
18. How many years of health had he brave? in his cottage ?
36. Do we find cruelty of disposition 19. What disease at last made him bed- and kindness often combined ? fast ?
27. Tell me why it is we love men like 20. Tell me how our poor old tar was old Simon ? when harvest came round,
I REMEMBER, I remember,
The house where I was born,
Came peeping in at morn ;
Nor brought too long a day ;-
Had borne my breath away!
I remember, I remember,
The roses red and white,
Those flowers made of light;
And where my brother set
The tree is living yet!
Where I was used to swing,
As swallows on the wing ;
That is so heavy now,
The fever on my brow!
The fir trees dark and high ;
I used to think their slender spires,
Were close against the sky!
But now 'tis little joy
Hood. 1. What says the poet of the house, the 5. Why say the "tree is living yet”? summer sun, &c. ?
6. How did he enjoy the swing when a 2. Did he weary of the long summer day boy ? then ?
1. What did his simple youthful mind 3. How passes be the night now? imagine concerning the fir-trees ?
4. What says he of the flowers that grew 8. Does his maturer knowledge on this around his youthful home ?
point make him happier ?
XXIV.- THE CHRISTIAN PAUPER'S DEATH-BED.
LATIN. Im-mor'tal, adj.....
.......mors. Sup-pressed', part.......preměre. Stu-pen'dous, adj........stupēre.
TREAD softly-bow the head
In rev'rent silence bow-
Is passing now.
With lowly rev’rence bow;
Greater than thou.
Lo! death doth keep his state,
This palace gate.
No smiling courtiers tread;
A dying head.
No mingling voices sound
An infant wail alone;
The parting groan.
Burst are the prison bars—
Beyond the stars.
There lies the soulless clod;
Wakes with his God. Caroline Southey.
1. How are we to enter the poor man's 10. What prison bars are burst? shed ?
11. What was there a moment since in 2. What is taking place within ? agony, and is now beyond the stars?
3. Why is the entrance to the pauper's 12. What only lies before us, on the dwelling called a palace.gate ?
wretched bed now? 4. What king holds court within ? 13. In what glorious state does the sord 5. Of what is Death called the king ? feel itself now? 6. Whathuman beings alone are within? 14. Do all souls pass immediately to 7. Who holds the dying head ?
glory in heaven at death? 8. What sounds do we hear?
15. What were Christ's words to the 9. What has parted with that groan ? penitent thief on the cross ?
XXVI.-THE SPANISH ARMADA. The “invincible armada," as it was called, consisted of 132 vessels, most of them being of unusual magnitude, and mounted 3165 guns. It was navigated by 8766 seamen, and carried nearly 22,000 soldiers ; a force which was to be augmented by 30,000 men assembled in the neighbourhood of Dunkirk. England now appeared animated with one sentiment. Exclusive of the levies furnished by the city of London, 132,000 men were speedily collected where the prospect of invasion was most imminent. The queen appeared on horseback in the camp at Tilbury, and haranuging the army, ex: horted the soldiers to remember their duties to their country and their religion. "I am ready,” she said, "to pour out my blood for God, my kingdom, and my people. I will fight at your head ; and although I have but the arm of a woman, 1 have the soul of a king, and what is more, of a king of England.” By such conduct and language she filled the people with enthusiasm. Her fleet, which consisted of only twenty-eight ships, was by the zeal of her people soon increased to a hundred and seventeen, having on board 11,120'men, placed under the orders of the High-admiral Lord Howard of Effingham, who was aided by Drake, Hawkins, Lord Henry Seymour, and Frobisher. The spirit of the Scotch was not inferior to that of the English; they raised troops for the defence of both kingdoms, and formed an association,
whose object was to maintain their religion and government against all enemies, at home or abroad.
On the 29th of May 1588, the Spanish armada, under the Duke of Medina, sailed from Lisbon;
but a furious tempest next morning drove it back into harbour, and it did not reach the Channel before the 19th of July. Here it was attacked by the English squadron, which proved victorious in five successive engagements. The duke finding he could not form a junction with the troops at Dunkirk, meditated a returu to Spain, when a storm arose, which destroyed the greater part of his fleet on the shores of Orkney and Ireland, so that only 53 ships reached home, and these in a
shattered condition. The event was celebrated in this country with great rejoicings and a medal struck in commemoration, bearing the inscription, Deus afflavit et dissipantur, (God blew and they are scattered). The destruction of the armada was a tatal blow to Spain ; English cruisers covered all the seas, ravaged her coasts, and plun. dered her colonies.- White's Universal History. LATIN,
Van, n In-vin'ci-ble, adj........vincěre.
Bea'con, n. Ar-ma'da, n.......
Hal-ber-dier', n. ..arma. Sen'ti-nel, n...............sentire.
Yeo'men, n. Cours'ers, No ..............currēre.
ATTEND all ye who list to hear our noble England's praise : I sing of the thrice famous deeds, she wrought
in ancient days, When that great fleet invincible, against her bore in vain, The richest spoils of Mexico, the stoutest hearts in Spain. It was about the lovely close of a warm summer's day, There came a gallant merchant ship, full sail to Plymouth bay; The crew had seen Castile’s black fleet, beyond Aurigny's?
isle, At earliest twilight, on the waves, lie heaving many a mile.
, At sunrise she escaped their van, by God's especial grace ; And the tall Pinta, 3 till the noon, had held her close in chase. Forthwith a guard, at every gun, was placed along the wall; The beacon blazed upon the roof of Edgecombe's lofty hall ; Many a light fishing bark put out, to pry along the coast ; And with loose rein, and bloody spur, rode inland many a post. With his white hair, unbonneted, the stout old Sheriff comes; Behind him march the halberdiers, before him sound the
drums. The yeomen round the market cross, make clear an ample
space, For there behoves him to set up the standard of her grace : And haughtily the trumpets peal, and gaily dance the bells, As slow upon the labouring wind, the royal blazon swells. Look how the lion of the sea lifts
his ancient crown, And underneath his deadly paw treads the gay lilies down!
1 Castille, a former kingdom of Spain, and from its great importance as occupying the centre table-land, it frequently gives its name to the whole kingdom. The Spaniards are sometimes called Castillians.
2 Aurigny's isle,-Alderney, one of the Channel islands. 3 Pintă, a Spanish vessel of war built for fast sailing.
So stalked he when he turned to flight, on that famed Picard'
field, Bohemia's plume, and Genoa's bow, and Cæsar's eagle shield: So glared he when, at Agincourt, in wrath he turned to bay, And crushed and torn, beneath his claws, the princely hunters
lay, Ho! strike the flagstaff deep, sir Knight! Ho! scatter flow
ers, fair maids ! Ho, gunners! fire a loud salute! ho, gallants ! draw your
blades ! Thou, sun, shine on her joyously! ye breezes, waft her wide ! Our glorious semper eadem !3 the banner of our pride! The fresh’ning breeze of eve unfurled that banner's massy
fold— The parting gleam of sunshine kissed that haughty scroll of
gold. Night sunk upon the dusky beach, and on the purple sea; Such night in England ne'er had been, nor e'er again shall be. From Eddystone to Berwick bounds, from Lynn to Milford
bay, That time of slumber was as bright as busy as the day; For swift to east, and swift to west, the warning radiance
spreadHigh on St. Michael's Mount it shone-it shone on Beachy
Head. Faro'er the deep, the Spaniard saw, along each southern shire, Cape beyond cape, in endless range, those twinkling points
of fire, The fisher left bis skiff to rock on Tamer's glittering waves, The rugged miners poured to war, from Mendip’s* sunless O'er Longleat's towers, o'er Cranbourne's oaks, the fiery
herald flewHe roused the shepherds of Stonehenge 6—the rangers of
i Picard field, Crecy or Cressy, a village in Picardy, famous for the great victory obtained by Edward III. over a large French army, Aug. 26th, 1346.
2 Agincourt, a villiage in France near which, 25th Oct., 1415, the English under Henry V. totally defeated a vastly superior force.
3 Semper eadem,"always the same,"—Queen Elizabeth's motto.
4 Mendip's sunless caves,-coal and lead mines are worked in the Mendip hills, Somersetshire,
5 Stonehenge,-"balancing or hanging stone,”-the remains of a gigantic Druidic temple in the midst of Salisbury plain, Wiltsbire.