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1. Who was Boadicea and when did 11. Where did they perform their sacred she flourish ?
rites? 2. What kind of man was the Emperor 12. Where was the priest found to whom Nero ?
Boadicea applied for advice ? 3. Who commanded the Roman forces 13. What was to befall Rome ? in Britain ?
14. Why Most she perish ? 4. By whom were Boadicea and her 15. Will not God punish nations as well daughters cruelly used ?
as individuals for shedding innocent 5. Where dwelt the British tribes called blood ? Iceni, and where the Trinobantes ?
16. Who are the "other Romans"? 6. How did these people act on learn- 17. Is the British empire now, much ing the usage of Boadicea and her daugh- more extensive than ever the ancient ters?
Roman empire was ? 7. How many of the Romans are they 18. Explain to me the seventh verse. said to have killed ?
19. Who first led the Romans into 8. With what success did Suetonius Britain ? attack them ?
20. What effect had the sage's words on 9. What was the melancholy end of the the Queen ? noble Boadicea ?
21. On whom is the empire now be. 10. What was the religion of these an. stowed ! cient Britons ?
22. Does the ancient Roman empire now exist ?
XXXV.-ALFRED THE FUGITIVE.
ATHELNEY, a small tract of about 100 acres in County Somerset, formerly an isle at the junction of the Tone and Parrot rivers. Here Alfred the Great found
a refuge during a Danish invasion, and founded an Abbey in 888. He was so reduced that he was obliged to conceal himself in woods and mountain fastnesses, with only a very small troop. Ancient history tells us that he for a time sought refuge with one of his cowherds; who it seems so faithfully kept his master's secret, that he did not even tell his wife that the king was their guest. One day, while sitting near the fire pointing some arrows and makiug a bow,
she had set him to turn some cakes which she had left upon the fire; owing to Alfred's neglect the cakes were burnt, for which she chid him, saying, that he was "good at eating cakes, but bad at turning them." For some account of King Alfred you may consult page 116 of this Collection.
...suměre. LATIN. Oʻmen, n........ ..omen.
E-now, adj. Ex-pect'st, V..............spectare.
House'wife, n. De-pend'ence, no......... penděre.
Thraldom, n. Mon'i-tress, n............monēre.
Wrench'd, v. De-spair', n........... ..sperāre.
Con, v. Ad-ver’si-ty, n...........vertěre.
Warp'eth, v. Con-verts', V.......... .vertěre.
Trough, n. Val'iant, adj.. ........ Valēre,
Knead'ed, v. Ex-tract', v...............trahěre.
Alfred discovered trimming some arrows, with an unfinished
bow beside him-Maude kneading flour for cakes. Maude (aside.] Ay, there he's at his work! if work that be Which spareth toil. He'll trim a shaft, or shape A bow with any archer in the land, But neither can he plough, nor sow !—I doubt If he can dig- I am sure he cannot reap
He has hands and arms, but not the use of them!
Alf. Your will ?
Maude. Would thou could'st do my will
Maude. Bad omen that! He'll bring an empty creel;
Alf. If the game
Alf. What Heaven sends !
Maude. Suppose It sends us nought?
Alf. Its will be done!
Maude. You'd starve;
Alf. I'll do
Maude. Nor much to brag of, when all's done! Goes out.
Alf. [alone] This is the lesson of dependence. Will
'Twixt me and fortune? We are wholly quits !
There had I sat
Alf. I'll turn them, dame.
Maude. You will ?
Of nature into ice, to whom each change
Alfred, and holds them to him.
antil 'tis cut;
Alf. I forgot, good dame.
Maude. Forgot, good dame, forsooth! You ne'er forgot To eat my barley cakes !!
1. Name the cowherd's wife,
11. What lessons did Alfred learn from 2. By what name is Alfred known to adversity ? her ?
12. What about hunger may the King 3. Was the bow and arrow much used in in the palace never learn ? warfare in Alfred's time?
13. What about nakedness ? 4. Where is the place called Athelney ? 14. What about the dangers of the deep?
5. For what purpose would Alfred be 15. Explain the words "more a King, by inaking his bow think you !
being more a man." 6. Show from some of his answers to 16. When Maude finds the cakes burnt Maude, that he was a good man ?
what does she do ? 7. What duty does Maude set him to ? 17. Through what processes must corn 8. ls Alfred displeased with her usage? pass before it becomes bread ?
9. Trace Alfred's fortunes, as mentioned 18. What excuse does the king make for by him in his soliloquy ?
his neglect ? 10. Would Maude allow Alfred to turn 19. What says mother Maude to this ? the cakes?
XXXVI.--GRIFFITI'S CHARACTER OF CARDINAL
THOMAS WOLSEY, a celebrated English Statesman, born at Ipswich, in Suffolk, in 1471, was the son of a butcher. He entered the church, and rose to be a Royal Chaplain and Dean of Lincoln, under Henry VII. Henry VIII., with whom he became a favourite, called him to the Privy Council, gave him several high preferments, and at last made him Archbishop of York, Chancellor of the Kingdoin, and was governed by him in all things. He made a great number of enemies by his rapacity; his revenues were almost equal to those of the crown; he was, moreover, unjust and cruel in the exercise of his functions as legate, and created an ecclesiastical court, which was a second Inquisition. Wolsey attained to the height of power, and fell into the depths of disgrace. He was appointed Commissioner for the divorce of Henry VIII., and did not hasten the affair in accordance with the wishes of the monarch. He was accused before the Court of King's Bench of having exceeded his authority, was deprived of the seals and nearly all his revenues, and dismissed from the court. Being sent for to London again to answer new charges, he died on his road, at Lei. cester in 1530. Wolsey founded Christ Church College, Oxford.
Enter Katherine, Dowager, sick; led between Griffith and
0, Griffith, sick to death :
Grif. Yes, madam: but I think your grace,
Kath. Prithee, good Griffith, tell me how he died :
Well, the voice goes, madam :
Alas, poor man!