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To Messrs. E. Č. & J. Biddle. JOHN S. HART. Lynd's First Book of Etymology.

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PHILADA., Dec. 9, 1847.
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be made with much taste and judgment, and I cannot but

regard this volume as a very valuable addition to our School SERIES OF ETYMOLOGICAL CLASS BOOKS.

Literature. The interest with which a young kinswoman, i. THE FIRST BOOK OF ETYMOLOGY. By James in whose hands I have placed it, is studying it, is an earn Lynd, Prof. of Belles Letters, in Delaware College.

est of the reception which it must meet in the more advano 2. THE CLASS BOOK OF ETYMOLOGY. By Profes- ed classes of our higher schools for both sexes. sor Lynd

ALONZO PorrER. 3. 'Aw ETYMOLOGICAL DICTIONARY OF THE

Boston, March 7, 197. ENGLISH LANGUAGE. By John Oswald. New edition, My Dear Sir:-I ought long ago to have acknowledged with a key by Prof. Lynd.

your very agreable present of the Compendiuin of English This series has been adopted, in whole or in part, for use Literature. It is just the thing I had been wishing to see, in the Public Schools of Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York, and I thank you for it. Bpooklyn, Troy, Utica, Hartford, Charlestown, &c. &c. I have examined the Compendium with great care, and

From Professor J. S. Hart, Principal of Philadelphia Cen. have found it better suited than any other volume I have tral High School, author of an English Grammar, Class-Books seen, to be a text-book in the study of the History of English of Prose and Poetry, an Exposition of the Constitution of the Literature. In size it is of a right inedium, not being or United States, $c.

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sion, and to give a fair view of the writings of the mox GENTLEVEN, -I have examined with unusual satisfaction prominent of the English writers in prose and verse. The the First Book and Class-Book of Etymology, by Mr. James biographical notices are judicious, and the extracts are made Lynd. These books both in their plan and execution. give with taste and discrimination, and present most attractive evidence of having been prepared by one practically ac.

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which it so richly deserves. Respectfully yours,

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[From the Albany Evening Journal.) THE STATE NORMAL SCHOOL EXAMINATION.

The Examination of the Pupils was close and seyere. But the Students passed through the ordeal with honor to themselves and credit to their Teachers.

There were forty-six graduates—twenty-nine ladies and seventeen gentlemen—from 33 counties. They go out from the institution thoroughly disciplined, and fully qualified to enter upon the important duties of the profession which they have chosen.

The Principal of the School, Mr. Perkins, by his devotion to its interests, by his enlightened judgment, and by the proof which he has given of his ripe scholarship, has fully justified the confidence reposed in him. The high character which the institution had acquired under the supervision of the lamented PAGE is safe in the hands of his worthy successor.

The School is no longer an experiment. Its utility is fully established. It is now permanently identified with the Common School System of the State ; and so long as it maintains its present high character, it will be as popular with the people as it is useful to the great cause of universal education.

Thursday afternoon the exercises were opened by Prayer by the Rev. Dr. J. N. CAMPBELL, and singing by the Pupils

The following Poem, by Miss Sarah A. Dempster, of Fulton county, was then read by Miss E. C. Hance. If we had a production to be read in public, and wished it to sound well, we would surely secure the services of Miss Hance :

POEM.
The night was still and calm as dreamless sleep,
The cold, pale moonbeams met the light of stars
That glow upon the breast of Heaven and fell
In chill and icy rays upon the earth;
The many-changing autumn hues had wreathed
For every forest-tree a robe of rich
And royal beauty and a crown of gold,
Which in the stirring breeze waved to and fro
Like nodding plumes along the battle-line;
“ The bright song-spirit with its fairy voice,".
Was sleeping in its thousand flower-leaf cells;
And in the hollow chambers of the deep,
And in the breast of every living thing,
And through the whole expanse of earth and air
The only sound that broke upon the night
Was half-hushed breezes sweeping down the hill
Amid the fallen leaves. A foot-path wound

Beside a little stream that wandered on
Among a group of tall proud woodland pines
That changeless in their unshorn beauty stood
Till withered by the ruthless fire of Heaven,
E'en as the glare of madness flashes o'er
The master-mind of earth, and blackens all
That once was fair. And here in summer-noon,
When warm soft sunlight fell all o'er the still
Green earth, enwrapping in its gorgeous robe
The thousand waving fields, 'twas ever dark.
No morn with rising sun could pierce the gloom
That overshadowing hung. No twilight grey
Could oast a mellow light upon the grass
That mildewed in the damp unbroken night.
'Twas darkness black as that which rested on
The dcep when God commanded light.
It was a night like this when every breath
Was laden with the overwhelming truth
Of omnipresent life; when every ray
Of light came beaming from th' eternal throne
And voiceless blessed the hand that fashioned it;
When all the sleeping harmonies of earth
Like forms of dreamless dead, with one life-breath
Would burst into a rich and glorious song
That should go wavering over earth and sea
'Till echo flung its music to the sky,
Then sent it back again and swelled for aye
That cherd of symphony 'twixt heaven and earth ;----
'Twas such a night I stood within this dark
Will haunt. My hand was clasped in one that cold
And almost pulseless pressed it on a heart
Where life-blood leaped like waters sent aloft,
And then 'twas laid upon a brow that, hot
And dry and bursting with the pain of thought,
Told of a leech-worm drinking at its fount
Of life. Alas! what flood of bitterness
Had power to drown the placid dignity
That set so queen-like there in other days?
What galling memories or present grief
Conld wake the life-pulse from its healthful throb,
And send it bounding like a waterfall
Adown the precipice? 'Twas passing strange!
But oh! that voice, that earnest, breeze. like voice,
That fell upon tbe ear with influence
As fairy as unwritten poetry
Upon the soul! what strain of melody
Had stolen for a younger sister tone
Its soft rich eloquence and left it weak
And echoless as broken harp strings are ?
Twas wondrous strange!
And thus we stood : her long damp hair, uncurled,
Was wreathing in the gentle night-wind round
My hands, like cold and coiling reptile forins,
And I was sadly musing on “the life
Of man that's one unending round of change,"
As suddenly she broke the fearful calm
And poured upon my ear her thrilling words:

“Oh! for a dialect to tell thee
The pent-up mysteries that fill my soul!
Alas! for a strain of angel-eloquence
To tempt thee on unwearying wing of thouglit,
To taste the life-breath of the sturry spheres!
Oh! we would soar far, far above the winds
And storms and lightning-tracks, and bind our brow
With wreaths from the celestial land, and chant
With seraphs-throngs the music of yon heaven,
And bend before the throne all dazzling light,

All glorious power, all majesty sublime!
And then we'd thread the labyrinth of walks
That, golden-paved and decked with shining gems,
Go waod'ring through th' eternal space.

Would'nt it Be world enough for thee ?" she asked, and laughed A fearful laugh, that clear and shrill as notes . Of silver trumpet rang, and then, as its Low trembling music-murmur died away, 'Twas hollow and sepulchral as before.

“ Ye think me mad that thus I herald forth
The glories of our aster home. But list
Ye of imaginative soul, go
With me bai:k to our early friendship days;
Remember how our dreams of life were fair,
What in our girlish fancies we did trace,
Each for the other,-ye for this wild heart
A resting place that rife with intellect
Should be, -and I, for thy young trusting soul
A bosom that should glow with love. And ihen
We pierced the dark to come with youth's bright eyes,
And brought, with telescopic power, its light
To linger on our flow'ry path. Have these
Bright dreams been realized ? Have ye, since last
We met. found all of ylowing nobleness
Ye looked for then ? And has there not been stirred
Within thy heart's deep well a sediment
That will not sink again? Answer me then,
And blame me not that I have striv'n to drink
At fountains that are cool with purer lite.

A story ran,

that from the olden time
'T had been the meeting place of ghost-like forms,
And that they brought harp-music with them there,
There was a strange deep yearning in my breast
For something life could never satisfy ;
And in the mysly twilight it did seem
To me a troop of spirits wandering on
Before my eyes, and on my ear there broke
Some soft and dreamy strains, and then I knew
No more of earth.

But oh! I mingled with the white-robed throng
That swell in yonder Heaven their full-toned song,
And robed me in their spotless white,
And crowned me in their golden light,
And joined my voice in their sweet minstrelsy
When it was sofi as murmur on the sea ;
And then on spirits' pinions I went by,
Like fire-light flashing on the rayless sky;
My soul expanded till 'twas vast as air,
And love and wonder swayed their sceptre there;
My weary, restless spirit stilled,
For, oh! its void was more than filled,
And I stayed one moment on tireless wing
To drink my fill of the briinming spring,
That bubbles up so pure and so free

In the boundless deep of eternity;'
And then I plumed my wings for fight again,
And soared where mortal form had never been,
And blew my trumpet loud and long
In my excess of ecstacy,
To bid the fair and snowy throng

Join in my rich sweet minstrelsy.
For ye must know that high above the rest
There sits a band that are supremely blest,
And inese, with instruments of sound,
Make known to each th'eternal round
Of swelling harmony and tuneful love,
That is the sole employ in courts above.

There's not a sound in all the sky
That does not rise in music,
And in music-murmur die,

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We parted when there dwelt no cloud
Upon the sunlit sky,
The glowing things of earth to shroud
As they went dancing by,
Upon my brow the light of youth
In childlike beauty played,
And on my heart the seat of truth
By holy hand was laid.
I loved the beautiful and bright.
The harınless, buzzing things,
That in the gorgeous summer light,
Went past on rainbow wings.
I worshipped the pole, clustering gem
That rest on yonder blue,
Like new-formed sparkling diadems
Of pearly-shining dew,
There roamed not through the whole wide earth
A sound I loved not well,
Whether of sadness or of mirth
Its province was to tell.
But, oh! to revel in the love
Of numbers and to roam
Among long-buried spheres, to pore
Over some musty tome
That told me of a cavern wild,
In whose recess the earth,
A monster, eyeless, informed child
Lay dreaming at its birth;
And of some hissing snake-like forns
That through its bowels crept,
And breathed ten thousand crawling worms,

From hot-brine tears they wept.
Oh! fancies strange as these were my delight;
And knowledge, mystic as the syne-day lore
Of Araby, I sought, uutil there dwelt
Around the the old hearth-stone no joy for me,
And in the love-like eyes that, dim with age,
Looked fondly on my aching brow, no power
To win me, by the light of childhood love,
To filial duty and to life again.
Alas! for hearts that lose the love of home!
The meek-browed and the sufføring ones lay down
To rest beneath the shadow of the old
Oak tree where they had played in intancy,
And then through long still summer days 'I dreamed
Most in my waking hours,' till dreams to me
Were like a star upon the rayless heaven, -
A rose-bud bursting into blossom 'mid
Th' eternal snows:--a gleam of reason o'er
A fever-frenzied brain,-a track of thought
Across the chaos of dark idiocy.
And one lone night, when stars were flashing here
And there along the vaulted heaven, I stood
Within the chamber where my Mother died.

There's not a hope in spirit breast
That falls not on th' eternal ear,
Though formless, voiceless, unexpressed.
And God whose home is every where,
With heavenly calmness grants

The fervent, pure, and holy prayer.
Think, then, how pure are those that stand
Around the throne a choral band;
'Twas there I saw the one ye loved so well,
And high, lond praises from his gentle lips fell,
And he did seem to know that I was stranger there,
And beconed me to stand beside him, and did cheer
My sinking spirit up with his soft voice,
Until it swelled the chorus strain's rejoice.

Oh! wish hiin not to dwell on earth again,
For he is basking in the living beams
Of the Eternal Eye. And know ye now
He hovers over those he loved on wing
As guileless as the water-drop from out
The stream of life, Know ye the hyinns ye sang
This morn, the last, the parting hymn,
Was borne on viewless, rushing winds to heaven;
And that the prayer, the last good prayer from lips
Ye love as ye did those that speak to ye,
No longer here, was caught on instruments
That linger near twixt heaven and earth, and now
Is swelling in the chord of praise. And when,
As your full hearts burst out, ye tribute pay
Unto his memory, he blesses God
That made him in His likeness to act well
The part assigned him there.

I care no more,
For me the world is one wide rayless deep,
With nought of life or love indwelling there ;
My path is traced and I must wonder on
In darkness to the end. But oh! for thee
A beacon light is gleaming in yon sky,
For thee a thousand flowers are springing up,
To thee a high and holy charge is given,
And now .by all the might of energies
That bow my soul to night,'

"I charge thee with prophetic tone to walk right on. I know, and what he can do; where lie his stores of

ward still,
To bid despair kneel down before thy stera and knowledge, and his fields of action.

Second, That we next ascertain the powers, physi-
To hurl aside with conscious might the giant from cal, intellectual

, and moral

, by ivhich the one is to be thy way,

attained, and the other performed, and And knowing all thy power, walk on in darkness Third, That we apply to each one of these just that or in day.

precise course of culture and training that will enable

each, with the least houn'i of effort, to attain the I tell thee train the young immortal mind To think and feel and act. And if perchance

one and perform the other.

It A dreamer wanders o'er thy way, awake

may be all summed up in the application of disThy slumbering eloquence, stir up thy soul;

creet and juclicious c Iture to every active and thinkAnd with the might of truth, call out

ing power, with the view of enabling man to master In tones as startling as the voice of dead,

all that lies within the limits of his capacity, and to To that stray one to tread again thy path

act up to the highest responsibility of his being That God has marked for him. And then pour on

Now the first obvious remark here is, that this culHis ear some words of prudent praise, and trace

ture would be completely thrown awa; upon the For his young mind a destiny that will Be truly great,' and lead him on, and he

aged. They haved passed entirely beyond its reach. Will turn to thee a heart with all its mind

It would be almost entirely thrown away upon the Of unseen gems, that shall be dearer far

man or woman in mid life. The modes of thought Than worlds of wealth. And when thy duty's done, and feeling, and the habits of action then formed and The angel-group shall make a place for thee,

in full operation, and energised, as they are, by the And thou shalt find sweet slumber on the breast

streams of influence that flow out fresh from life's full Of the Eternal One."

fountain heal, utierly preclude even the hope of so Singing by the Pupils.

bestowing it as to effeci in them

any very considerable After which, Amos Dean, Esq., delivered the follow- change. ing Address to the Students :

The only fit subject for this culture is the young, ADDRESS.

The young--and what scui stirring associations clusThis earth with all its various uses and purposes, is ter around that term. The young—io whom the langto us what we choose to make it. It is all run in the uage of the cradle and the lessons of the tomb are mould of mind, and is to it what the painted bow of equally accessible. The young—the rising hope of Heaven is to the descending shower and the glittering earth, for whose benefit man has been toiling on ever sunbeams. In the calm and serene aspect, it streiches since the creation, a:d now presentsile accumulated its many colored arch along the verge of the horrison, experience of almost six thousand

years to admonish, and is then truly the siynal of peace.

But in the to warn and to guide. The young-whom posterity troubled storm of the ocean, where the blackening are to hold responsible for the performance of high cloud above frowns upon the tumbling surge below, and holy trusts, of trusts increasing in magnitude and that beauteous bow becomes inverted, and mirrors importance as the experience of the world accumuupon he brow of Heaven, the tempests of the deep. lates iis lessons. The young, who are soon to step

So also to a well regulated mind, one which com- upon life's thronged arena, upon whom the chains of prehends and acts upon the true philosophy of life, habit lave never yet been rivited, whose course and this world is a world of beauty, grandeur, sublimity testiny deperd -0 essentially, so almost entirely upon and goodness. Over all its physical objects and ihemselves Oh that we might redeem, that we might aspects are thrown an ideal, inoral and religious man save, that we mighi enlighien, that we might ennoble tle; and all the acts and violations of its gifted tenant, lile young, is the laoxuage both of age and of infancy, become invested with the deep and abiding interest the cry that bursts forth spontaneously from the tomb due to immortal natures. When the several sanctions, and from the cradle the physical, political, social, moral and religious, And how shall this be done? At what time, in which influence human volitions, are all strictly obey- what place, by what mewus? ed, the conscious soul drinks in their pleasures, and The ime embraces all that period intervening bealways has its ever growing capacities for enjoyment tween feedle iniancy and that stage of life when mind. full.

soul, and body are surrendered up to the dominion of When, on the coutrary the penalties of these sanc- habits which have acquired so much strength as to tions are incurred, and the inaterial fraine withers exert a perfect control. The length of that per od will under the influence of disease, or wastes within a differ in different individuals. One fuct, however, prison's walls, or wanders a solitary outcast from so- holds true universally: and that is, that this surrender ciety; or when the immortal nature withers beneath is gradual; that the efficiency of culture in modifying the terrible inflictions of i self and its God; then the man and influencing his destiny is inversely as indeed, everything without, in like manner, answers his age; that in this respect he resembles a pyramidito everything within, and the torturers of body and cal struture, having large portions around its base soul are seen painted in the landscape, glassed in the open to thesun-light, and but a single point at its summit. ocean, mirrored in the heavens, and interwoven in all The place is principally the nursery and the school the varied forms o: human action. The ear can then room Each one of these has its own appropriate hear nothing but discord, the eye see nothing but tor- office and function, and must perform them faithfully ture

to make a perfect man. With the first, we have here It becomes then an enquiry of the highest possible no:hing to do, except to remark that the transfer of the importance, by what means this well regulated mind, young irom it to the school room is generally done a that can act upon this true philosophy, can be attained. great deal too early:--The idea o sending children to What must be given for its purchase, and on what school, at a very tender age, for the reason that by so terms can it become the property of the race. doing they are got rid of at home, is one in which the We answer--that the terms, and the only terms thing ilone is as ill-jurlged as the reason for it is un

tenable. For this assertion I have my own reasons; First, That we form some definite idea of the but for want of time, and from some slight apprehenhuman capacity; that we ascertain what man can sion that you might pass the same severe judymenil

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upon them that I have upon that just mentioned, I the creation. His works are constantly addressing farbear to state them.

every sense we possess, and are appealing to us through The means are principally parental and school in- the touch, and the taste, and the smell, and the eye struction. With the first again we have nothing to and the ear; let then the perceiring, reasoning and do, except to remark, that it stands to the second in reflecting mind no longer remain ignorant of their the relations of a child to its parent.-Who are the higher purposes, or inattentive to their various teachfathers and mothers of this generation? They were ings. the school boys and school girls of the last; and the There are, to speak of no others, two obvious beneschool children of the present, with all their thought- fits arising from this institution One is the general less levities and smiling faces, and gladsome gushings diffusion of intelligence and knowledge; the creation forth of young life, are to be ihe fathers and mothers of a loftier tone of moral sentinent; the gift of a of the next. More than that. They are to be the power to appreciate the higher vses and purposes of progenitors of the whole world that is yet to come, things; all tending ultimately to form and sustain a and the remotest generation that shall tenant this orb, pure and high toned public opinion, that engine so is to send back upon them its blessing or its curse, ac- powerful for good or evil in all the workings of free cording as they have influenced its destinies for veal governments. Thus by the wide diffusion of these

means of happiness and enjoyment, their sum total It is therefore perfectly apparent that around the must be vastly increased. institution of the common school cluster interests Another is that it affords abundant opportunity and momentous for the present, and full of consequences every reasonable facility, to minds originally vested for the future. And yet this is no time hallowed in with the elements of power to become quickened into stitution It has been late in making its appearance life, and to awake to a knowledge of themselves. upon the stage of action. We have still amongst 118 We know not what mighty energies, or what giant him who gave its present form. who by blending in powers, may be slumbering immediately around us. proper proportions, state patronage with voluntary The child who is now collecting his rudiments of individual effort, imparted to it at once the elemenis knowledge in yonder school house, may yet make a of power, progress and perpetuity. This lateness of discovery in some department of art or industry, that its or gin is one among the facts going to show that shall completely revolutionize human affairs. man's capacity for development is inexhaustible; that We in truth, little know where sleeps the head to new ideas and new institutions will continue to be which mankind may be the most extensively indebproduced and organized, so long as man continue to ted. It may be pillowed in poverty, and want and destibe man; and that these new ideas and institutions tution may be the inmates of its dwelling; the coluwill ever spring up at the call of necessity, anıt be ness of neglect, or the smile of derision its encourage, adapted to the occasion or exigencies that requires ment to effort. It goes forth alone and unnoticed. them.

The man of business, and of pleasure, and of politics, It is, to a great extent, on the possibility or proba- passes by regardlessly. He has no eye to see, nor ear bility of realising from this institution all it seems to hear, ner tongue to encourage. Nor are these refitted to furnish, that tie hope of the world now hangs. quired. Their place is more than supplied by the len Were not the schoolmaster abroad amongst us, we thousand glorious influences, that come up fresh and miglit well doubt the perpetuity of all those institu- invigorating from every part of this vast temple, the tions which are mainly dependant on light and knowl- universe, where God is worshipped. These sustain edge. That little moral castle, the school house, is of and support with a power more than human, and with an importance, infinitely outweighing the princely their kindly aid it pursues onward its noiseless and unpalace, or baronial hall. There are sown the seeds obtrusive tread, ur:til the first intelligence we have of of knowledge; there are first manifested the elements it, it sends up its pointed rod to protect our dwellings of power; there are aroused the hitherto dormant from the thunderbolt, or pushes afloat iis steamship to energies of thought; and how important is thought. gladden our waters. It is its noiseless progress, that by its still but efficient A single invention, or the discovery of the simplest development of great principles, laws, and wide principle, may be of infinitely more value to man spreading truths, has given man such a cleamess of ihan the creation or dismemberment of an hundred vision into the arena of nature, and control over her empires. Take, for instance, the principle of repre. operations as to enable him to employ her most active sentation in government. Would all the wealth and agents, in his own service, to push forward the enor- power, and influence of the world combined, pur. mous vessel by the expansive power of her steam, chase of us that principle? No. Because without it and to send abroad through space his various com- that wealth and power, and influence would be divesmunications on the wings of her lightning.

ted of value. W'ithout it they might indeed be roses, Let then the energies of thought be successfully but they would be roses growing upon a grave, aroused. Let the American mind be awakened to a utterly valueless to the unconscious dust beneath them. sense of its wants; to a knowledge of its powers; The extent to which these benefits are secured by and to a just appreciation of its rights, privileges and this institution, will depend mainly upon the teachers perogatives. Let there be instilled into the minds of and their methods of instruction. The teachers, and the young an irrepressible desire of knowledge; a who are they? Are they from among and of the desire that will originate sea.ching inquiries into the people ? Have they come up to this great work with operations, reasons, causes and effects of things; that a full conviction of its inportance? Do they realize will ask of the volcano how and why it lights up its the

greatness of their mission? Are they satisfied with blazing beacon fire; of the earthquake, wherefore its simply being useful, and are they willing to relinquish convulsive heavings ofthestorm cloud and what mission larger spheres of action, in order that they may be it is designed to accomplish; and of the blood, on come more efficient in smaller? Have they possessed what rosey errand it is sent into every part of the liv- themselves of sound principles of their own by which ing system. Wherefore should the mind be idle while to be guided, or are they to receive them from others dwelling in the midst of a universe of wonders; while upon trust?' Do they stand upon the strength of their inhabiting a world which is in fact only a spleidid own “ rendered reasons,or do they pin their faith work shop, in which God has been laboring ever since upon the sleeves of others?

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