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the strong wind, with its dark waves of green foliage. It is spread out like a legible language upon the broad face of the unsleeping ocean. It is the poetry of nature. It is this which uplifts the spirit within us, until it is strong enough to overlook the shadows of our place of probation ;—which breaks, link after link, the chain that binds us to materiality; and which opens to our imagination a world of spiritual beauty and holiness.-ANON.
QUESTIONS.—1. What is said of a residence in the country, and of rural occupations ? 2. What do we see in the country? 3. How is the country favorable to devotion? 4. What other circumstance is farorable to the religious character of the husbandman? 5. Was this addressed to residents of the city, or of the country?–6. Mention some of the sources of religion.
What inflection at the commas, first verse, and why? Why has friends, fifth verse, the rising inflection ? (Rule IV. Note I.) For what does it stand, last verse? Why do Author, and Great Spirit, first verse of the second part, begin with capitals ? What similar examples in the first and second verses of the lesson?
LESSON LXVI. SPELL AND DEFINE--1. Vociferations, violent outcries. 2. Magnificent, grand in appearance. 3. Scaled, mounted up. 4. Perpendicularly, in a manner directly down. 5. Suspense, a motionless state. 6. Precip'itated, pitched headlong. 7. Fil'ial, becoming a child in relation to its parents. 8. Om nis'cient, knowing all things; all-wise. 9. Perspec'tive, & view. 10. Transcendently, very excellently. Sublime and Beautiful Appearances of the Ocean in
a Storm.-Cox and HOBY. 1. WHEN crossing the banks of Newfoundland, we were startled, at five in the morning, by the vociferations of the mate, calling to the captain below, “Icè, sir, ice!” We were running at the rate of ten knots an hour, directly upon one of those drifting masses that descend from the north, during the months of April, May, and June, known by the name of icebergs. It was beautiful, indeed, in the gray light of the morning ; but it too clearly resembled other objects of sense, which are at once attractive and destructive.
2. This danger was skillfully avoided; but the increase of the wind, and a storm of forty-eight hours, which drove us three hundred miles from our course, and shivered every sail of another ship that started with us from Liverpool, gave a full, though fearful opportunity of seeing “the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep.”
3. Watery mountains rose in magnificent succession, and appeared, every moment, ready to overwhelm us; yet we often ascended from the liquid valleys, and scaled the watery hights with a dignified ease and triumph, as if our floating ark were maintaining a desperate, but ever-successful struggle with the roaring elements around.
4. Frequently, indeed, the froth, and foam-covered summits of these Alpine peaks and ridges, would pour in hogsheads of water upon us, and dash with irresistible fury across the deck; or, when prevented by dextrous management, would seem to deal forth upon our agitated ship, the blows of some maddened giant's hand.
5. Awful was the solitude-awful the contrasted silence of the ship’s company, and the thunder of conflicting elements—awful, too, the frequent descent of the wind perpendicularly, holding us in long suspense, as if resolved to push and bear us down into the depths—and awful the occasional suspense of our gallant bark upon the top of the white billows, when every timber trembled, as in terror, while about the next moment to be precipitated into the yawning gulf below! What moments were these for humiliation before God, for solemn searchings of heart, and for the secret breathings of fervent prayer ! What moments these for tender recollections, yet filial and firm dependence on omniscient love!
6. Yet was the scene full of beauty as well as grandeur. Who that has never witnessed similar exhibitions, can conceive of the variety of forms, into which the giant waves were tossed by the tèmpest; the majesty and terror of their mòtions; the ever limiting, ever widening hòrizon of view; the continual shifting of the fine perspective of rolling billows and mountain ranges; the frequent lifting up of the waters into a kind of perpendicular cliff, or apparent headland, crowned with fleecy snow, and streaked with inimitable colors, as if a thousand Niagaras were there !
7. The wind would sometimes catch the top of a' wave, and disperse it in a furious spray, which, in its diffusion, would reflect innumerable rainbows; while immediately beneath the foaming and curling summit, would appear, for a depth of several feet, streams and streaks of transcendently clear, bright, living colors, contrasting with the general hue of the ocean.
8. Mountains of deep indigo were crowned with summits of brilliant green, and these again crested with white foam, which sometimes blended with other cataracts, and spread into silvery sheets. Nothing could be at once more beauti. ful, and more terrible. We thought of the power and grace of Him, who, in the days of His humanity, said to the troubled sea, “ Peace, be still !” and whose gracious providence, at length, permitted us to enjoy “ a great calm.”
QUESTIONS.—1. Where are the banks of Newfoundland ? 2. What is said of the icebergs? 3. What occurred from an increase of the wind ? 4. Describe the ship during the storm. 5. How did the waves appear ? 6. What thought was suggested by this storm ?
Why is beauty printed in Italics, sixth verse? Why us, last verse ? What inflection at exclamations? Why do His, Him, begin with capitals, in the latter part of the second and eighth verses? What Rule for the prevalence of the falling inflection, sixth
SPELL AND DEFINE--1. Ca pri'cious, full of whimsical notions. 2. Belle, a gay young lady. 3. Grov'el ing, without dignity; mean; low. 4. Jaded, worn out by hard service; tired out. 5. Ca par’i son, trappings, or equipage. 6. Party-colored, having different colors. 7. Loy'alty, faithfulness to a husband, or a king. 8. Vaults, springs; leaps.
The free Trapper's Indian Bride.-BONNEVILLE.
1. The free trapper, while a bachelor, has no greater pet than his horse ; but the moment he takes a wife, he discovers that he has a still more fanciful and capricious animal, on which to lavish his expenses. No sooner does an Indian belle experience this promotion, than all her notions at once rise and expand to the dignity of her situation, and the purse of her lover, and his credit into the bargain, are tasked to the utmost to fit her out in becoming style. The wife of a free trapper to be equipped and arrayed like any ordinary and undistinguished squáw! Pérish the groveling thought !
2. In the first place, she must have a horse for her own riding ; but no jaded, sorry, dull spirited hack,--such as is sometimes assigned by an Indian husband for the transpor. tation of his squaw and her pappooses ; the wife of the free trapper must have the most beautiful animal, on which she can lay her eyes. And then, as to his decoration-headstall, breast-bands, and saddle, are lavishly embroidered with beads, and hung with thimbles, hawks' bills, and bunches of ribbons. From each side of the saddle, hangs a sort of pocket, in which she bestows the residue of her trinkets, which can not be crowded on the decoration of her horse or herself. Over this she folds, with great care, a drapery of scarlet and bright-colored calicoes, and now considers the caparison of her steed complete.
3. As to her person, she is even still more extravagant. Her hair, esteemed beautiful in proportion to its length, is carefully plaited, and made to fall with seeming negligence over either shoulder. Her riding hat is stuck full of party. colored feathers; her robe, fashioned somewhat after that of the whites, is of red, green, and sometimes gray cloth, but always of the finest texture that can be procured. Her moccasins are of the most beautiful and expensive workmanship, and, fitting neatly the foot, look extremely pretty.
4. Then as to jewelry_in the way of finger-rings, earrings, necklaces, and other female adornments, nothing within reach of the trapper's means, is omitted, that can tend to impress the beholder with an idea of the lady's high estate. To finish the whole, having selected from among her blankets of various dies, one of some glowing color, and throwing it over her shoulder with a native grace, she vaults into the saddle of her gay prancing steed, and is ready to follow her mountaineer “ to the last gasp, with love and loyalty.
QUESTIONS.—1. What lofty notions has the free trapper's wife? 2. What kind of horse must she have, and how equipped ? 3. How does she adorn herself? 4. When equipped, what does she do?
Why the rising intlection at squaw, first verse? (Rule I. Note II.) Why the falling on perish, same verse? (Rule VII. Note I.) Is this piece narrative or descriptive ?
LESSON LXVIII. SPELT, AND DEFINE-1: Cony, a kind of rabbit. 2. Manifold, many in number. 3. Leviathan, a large sea animal, of what kind is not known. 4. Meditation, continued thought on any subject.
The Power and Providence of God.—BIBLE. 1. Bless the Lord, O my soul!
O Lord my God ! thou art very great ;
Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment :
His ministers a flaming fire.
That it should not be removed for ever.
That they turn not again to cover the earth. 3. He sendeth the springs into the valleys,
Which run among the hills.
[tion, He watereth the hills from his chambers :
The earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works. 4. He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle,
And herb for the service of man :
And bread which strengtheneth man's heart. 5. The trees of the Lord are full of sap;
The cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted ;
6. He appointed the moon for seasons :
The sun knoweth his going down.