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in saw this child, when the lamp of reason first day is min l. Its so'zl was gentle and peaceful ; its eye -parkieu with joy, as it looked round on this good and pleasant world. It ran swiftly in the ways of knowledge ; it bowed its ear to instruction ; it stood like a lamb before its teacher. It was not proud, nor envious, nor stubborn ; and it had never heard of the vices and vanities of the world. And when I looked upon it, I remembered that our Savior had said, “ Except ye become as little children, ye can not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”

9. But the scene was changed,--and I saw a man whom the world called honorable, and many waited for his smile. They pointed out the fields that were his, and talked of the silver and gold that he had gathered ; they admired the stateliness of his domes, and extolled the honor of his family. And his heart answered secretly, · By my wisdom have I gotten all this ;” so he returned no thanks to God, neither did he fear or serve Him.

10. And as I passed along, I heard the complaints of the laborers who had reaped down his fields, and the cries of the poor, whose covering he had taken away ;. but the sound of feasting and revelry was in his apartments, and the unfed beggar came tottering from his door. But he considered not that the cries of the oppressed, were continually entering into the ears of the Most High. And when I knew that this man was once the teachable child that I had loved, the beautiful infant that I had gazed upon with delight, I said in my

bitterness, “I have seen an end of all perfection ;” and I laid my mouth in the dust.

QUESTIONS.—1. How is the man represented in the first two verses ? 2. What is said of him in the third and fourth verses ? 3. How is the female described? 4. What circumstance is spoken of in the sixth verse ? 5. What is said of the infant? 6. How did it appear when it became a little older? 7. Who was the man mentioned in the last two verses ? 8. What were then his circumstances? 9. What was his character ? 10. Where in the Bible is the last quotation found ? Ans. 119th Ps. 96th


Wherein consists the difficulty of rightly articulating the fore part of the first verse? What words in the first line, fifth verse, contain similar sounds in immediate succession? What Rules for the inflections as marked in the first verse? Which are the emphatic words in the quotation, ninth verse? Which are the most emphatic words in the quotation, end of the sixth verse? Which in the quotation, tenth verse? Why are they emphatic ? (Les. VIII. Note VII.)

LESSON LIII. SPELL AND DEFINE-1. Optics, the science of sight. 2. Jubilee, a season of joy. 3. Primeval, of the first age; original. 4. In'cense, odors offered in religious devotion. 5. Mir'rored, pictured as in a mirror. 6. Ho rózon, the line at which the sky and earth appear to meet. 7. Type, a figure conveying some promise; a sign. 8. Enchantment, the use of wagic arts, or charms.

To the Rainbow... CAMPBELL.
1. TRIUMPHAL arch, that fill'st the sky

When storms prepare to part;
I ask not proud philosophy

To teach me what thou art.
2. Still sèem, as to my childhood's sight,

A midway station given,
For happy spirits to alight,

Betwixt the earth and heaven,
3. Can all that optics teach, unfold

Thy form to please me so,
As when I dreamed of gems and gold,

Hid in thy radiant bów ?
4. When Science from Creation's face

Enchantment's vail withdraws,
What lovely visions yield their place

To cold material laws !
5. And yet, fair bów, no fabling dreams,

But words of the Most High,
Have told why first thy robe of beams,

Was woven in the sky,
6. When, o'er the green, undeluged earth,

Heaven's covenant thou didst shine,
How came the world's gray fathers forth

To watch thy sacred sign!
7. And when its yellow luster smiled

O’er mountains yet untrod,
Each mother held aloft her child,

To bless the bow of God.
B. Methinks, thy jubilee to keep,

The first made anthem rang,
On earth, delivered from the deep,

And the first poet sang.

9. Nor ever shall the Muse's eye,

Unraptured greet thy beam :
Théme of primeval prophecy,

Bè still the poet's theme !
10. The earth to thee her incense yields,

The lark thy welcome sings,
When, glittering in the freshened fields,

The snowy mushroom springs.
11. How glorious is thy girdle, cast

O’er mountain, lower, and town,
Or mirrored in the ocean vast,

A thousand fathoms down!
12. As fresh in yon horizon dark,

As young, thy beauties seem,
As when the eagle from the ark,

First sported in thy beam.
13. For, faithful to its sacred page,

Heaven still rebuilds thy span,
Nor lets the type grow pale with age,

That first spoke peace to man. QUESTIONS.-1. What does the rainbow seem to be in childhood's orght? 2. Does science explain its laws? 3. For what purpose was the bow first placed in the heavens? 4. How did mankind regard it? 5. Of what did the first poet sing? 6. To what does earth yield her incense? 7. Does the rainbow ever appear down in the ocean? 8. Of what is it a type ?

How is seem parsed, second verse? Is there any cesural pause in this poetry? Wha: pause is foun'ı? Which are the accented syllables, first verse? Do they occur reguk dy? What causes the exception ?


SPELL AND DEFINJ-1. Impenetrable, not to be entered by sight; that can not be pierced. 2. Profound', the deep. 3. Base, the bottom. 4. Dire, dreadful. 5. Frenzy, madness, or any violent agitation of the mind. 6. Mien, look; manner. 7. Buf'fet, to contend against. 8. Lorr, (or forlorn,) forsaken; destitute; helpless.

Christ Stilling the Tempest.-ANON. 1. LONE Night, descending with her sable shroud,

Had darkly cànopied the troubled deep!
All, àl! in gloom was mantled ; and the bárk,

That bore the Savior with his timid band,
Held silent on its way: no kindly ray
To aid its guidance--not one glimmering star
But all was deep, impenetrable gloom!
Still to its doubtful course, that gallant ship

Moved on, obedient, through the dread profound ! 2. Hàrk to the warning! Màrk the quivering gleam!

Down-down-the tempest plunges on the sea,
And the mad waves rise up to buffet it,
And now like angry demons they contend !
Loud peals the thunder-quick the lightnings flash
The hoarse-toned Tempest howls along the wave,

And Gallilee hèaves from her rocky base ! 3. But ah! by the red lightning's fitful gláre,

What bark is plunging 'mid the billowy strife,
And dashing madly on to fearful ddom?
'Tis His-the Savior's! Now it mounts the wave,
And rises, threat'ning, to the frowning sky;
Now plunges headlong in the yawning depths,
While swelling seas break o'er it, in their wrath !
But where is He-the MASTER ? héeds he not
The bursting anguish, and the heart rending cry?
Upon the deck, amid the billows' róar,
And breaking súrges, lò! he sleepeth there,

Calm as an infant on its nurse's breast !
4. But now a wáve, high rising'o'er the deep,

Lifts iis dire crest, and like a vengeful fiend,
Comes as a mountain on! The 'frighted bánd
Fly in their frenzy to their sleeping Lord,
And in despair's lorn accents shriek for aid :

“We pèrish !--Màster !--sàve us, sàve us, Lòrd !" 6. He róse, and with a calm benignant mien,

Looked on the storm: then, with a majesty,
As if the Tempest were his willing slave,

Commanded—Pèace! be still !!8.

The thunders húshed -
The trembling lightnings flèd away in fear.
The foam-capt surges sùnk to quiet rest
The raging winds grèw still

“ There was a calm !”

QUESTIONS.—1. How is the night described ? 2. What is said of the ship before the tempest? 3. Describe the tempest. 4. How was the ship ossed by it? 5. Where was the Savior ? 6. Who called him? 7. What did he do? 8. What was the effect on the tempest?

How should the quotation in the fourth verse be read? The quotation in the fifth ? How should the last verse be read? Why do the questions in the eighth and ninth lines of the third verse take different inflections ? (Rule I. and II.) What does the apostrophe before frighted, fourth verse, signify? What examples of absolute emphasis in this lesson; What of rhetorical pause? Which should be read in the quicker tone of voice, the fourth or fifth verse ?


SPELL AND DEFINE-1. Scenery, appearance of a place. 2. A men'ity, agreeableness; pleasantness of situation. 3. Grand'eur, greatness; splen. dor of appearance. 4. Pla cid'i ty, a calm and quiet state. 5. Cas'cades, waterfalls. 6. Precipices, very steep places. * 7. Succeeded, followed. 8. Dom'inated, literally, governed; ruled. 9. Series, a succession of things in order. 10. La'va, the melted substance thrown out of a volcano. -11. Declivities, gradual descents. 12. Magnitude, greatness. 13. Sward, grassy surface of land; turf. 14. Cra'ter, mouth of a volcano.

Scenery of Snake River.-W. IRVING. 1. If the scenery of the Way-lee-way had charmed the travelers with its mingled amenity and grandeur, that which broke upon them on once more reaching Snake River, filled them with admiration and astonishment. At times, the river was overhung by dark and stupendous rocks, rising like gigantic walls and battlements; these would be rent by wide and yawning chasms, that seemed to speak of past convulsions of nature. Sometimes the river was of a glassy smoothness and placidity; at other times it roared along in impetuous rapids and foaming cascades. Here the rocks were piled in the most fantastic crags and precipices; and in another place, they were succeeded by delightful valleys, carpeted with green sward.

2. The whole of this wild and varied scenery, was domi. nated by immense mountains, rearing their distant peaks into the clouds. “The grandeur and originality of the views, presented on every side,” says Bonneville, beggar both the pencil and the pen. Nothing we had ever gazed upon in any other region, could, for a moment, compare in wild majesty and impressive sternness, with the series of scenes

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