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4. The jasmine clambers with its flowers o'er the thatch,

And the swallow sings sweet from her nest in the wall; All trembling with transport, he raises the latch,

And the voices of loved ones reply to his call. 5. A father bends o'er him with looks of delight;

His cheek is impearled with a mother's warm tear; And the lips of the boy in a love-kiss unite

With those of a sister, whom his bosom holds dear.

6. The heart of the sleeper beats high in his breast,

Joy quickens his pulses, his hardships seem o'er ;
And a murmur of happiness steals through his rest—

"O God! thou hast blest me; I ask for no more.

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7. Ah! whence is that flåme which now bursts on his eye 1

Ah! what is that sound which now larums his ear ? 'Tis the lightning's red glare, painting wrath on the sky!

'Tis the crashing of thunders, the groan of the sphere' 8. He springs from his hammoc-he flies to the deck

Amazement confronts him with images dire-
Wild winds and mad waves drive the vessel a wreck

The masts fly in splinters the shrouds are on fire! 9. Like mountains the billows tremendously swell;

In vain the lost wretch calls on mercy to save;
Unseen hands of spirits are ringing his knell,

And the death-angel flaps his broad wing o'er the wave 10. O sailor boy! wòe to thy dream of delight!

In darkness dissolves the gay frost-work of bliss ;
Where now is the picture that fancy touched bright,

Thy parents' fond pressure, and love's honeyed kiss 1 11. O sailor bóy! sailor boy! never again

Shall hòme, love, or kindred, thy wishes repay ;
Unblessed, and unhonored, down deep in the main,

Full many a score fathom, thỹ frame shāll decay. 12. No tomb shall e'er plead to remembrance for thee,

Or redeem form or fame from the merciless surge ; But the white foam of waves shall thy winding-sheet be,

And winds, in the midnight of winter, thy dirge!

13. On

a bed of green sea-flower thy limbs shall be laid ;

Around thy white bones the red coral shall grow ; Of thy fair, yellow locks threads of amber be made,

And every part suit to thy mansion below.
14. Dàys, months, years, and ages, shall circle away,

And still the vāst wāters above thée shāll roll;
Earth loses thy pattern for ever and aye :

O sailor boy! sailor bóy! pēace to thỹ sõul. QUESTIONS.-1. Where was the sailor boy asleep? 2. Of what did he dreamn? 3. What did he fancy he saw ? 4. How received ? 5. By what was he awakened? 6. What did he do? 7. How is the storm described ? 8. What was the fate of the sailor boy?

Which verses of this lesson should be read in a sprightly tone of voice, expressive of joy? Which in a hurried tone, indicative of fright, or sudden alarm? Which in a plaintive tone? What poetic pauses does this poetry contain ? Between what words in the first line does the demicesura occur ? What Rule for the falling inflection on woe, tenth verse ? Why the rising on the repetition of boy, eleventh verse ? (Rule V.) What example of the monotone in the last verse?

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LESSON LXXV. SPELL AND DEFINE-1. Cho'ral, belonging to a choir. 2. Jovial, joy.

3. Despond, to despair of obtaining. 4. Conned, learned; committed to memory. 5. Recluse, shut up; retired. 6. Corrode, to wear away by degrees. 7. Venomed, poisoned. 8. Unvanquished, not subdued; unconquered. 9. Diffused, spread. 10. Baffled, mocked or defeated by artifice. The Treasure that Waxeth not Old.-D. HUNTINGTON 1. O, I have loved, in youth's fair vernal morn,

To spread imagination's wildest wing,
The sober certainties of life to scorn,

And seek the visioned realms that poets sing
Where Nature blushes in perennial spring,

Where streams of earthly joy exhaustless rise,
Where Youth and Beauty tread the choral ring,

And shout their raptures to the cloudless skies,
While every jovial hour on downy pinion flies.
2. But àh! those fairy scenes at once are fled,

Since stern Experience waved her iron wand,
Broke the soft slumbers of my visioned head,
And hade me here of perfect bliss despond.

And oft have I the painful lesson conned,

When Disappointment mocked my wooing heart,
Still of its own delusion weakly fond,

And from forbidden pleasures loth to part, Though shrinking oft beneath Correction's deepest smart 3. And is there naught in mortal life, I cried,

Can soothe the sorrows of the laboring breast ?
No kind recess, where baffled hope may hide,
And
weary

Nature lull her woes to rest ?
O grant me, pitying Heaven, this last request,

Since I must every loftier wish resign,
Be my few days with peace and friendship blessed;

Nor will I at my humble lot repine, Though neither wealth, nor fame, nor luxury be mine. 4. O give me yet, in some recluse abode,

Encircled with a faithful few, to dwell, Where power can not oppress, nor care corrode,

Nor venomed tongues the tale of slander tell; O bear me to some solitary cell,

Beyond the reach of every human eye; And let me bid a long and last farewell

To each alluring object ’neath the sky, And there in peace await my hour-in peace to die. 6. " Ah, vàin desire !" a still small voice replied,

“ No place, no circumstance can Peace impart:
She scorns the mansion of unvanquished Pride,

Sweet inmate of a pure and humble heart.-
Take then thy station--act thy proper part ;-

A Savior's mercy seek,—his will perform :
His word has balm for sin's envenomed smart,

His love, diffused, thy shuddering breast shall warm; His power provide a shelter from the gathering storm." 6. O welcome hiding place! O rèfuge meet

For fainting pilgrims, on this desert way! O kind Conductor of these wandering feet,

Through snares and darkness, to the realms of day! So did the Sun of righteousness display

His healing beams; each gloomy cloud dispel : While on the parting mist, in colors gay,

Truth's cheering bow of precious promise fell, And Mercy's silver voice soft whispered—“ All is well."

QUESTIONS.—1. What had the writer loved when young? 2. Where tre those scenes? 3. What have Experience and Disappointment done? 4. What does he ask in the third and fourth verses ? 5. In what verse is 1 reply given, and by what is it given ? 6. What is it that is an inmate of a humble heart, fifth verse ? 7. Who is the Conductor mentioned in the sixth verse ?

Why do Nature, Youth, Beauty, Experience, &c., begin with capitals ? (See general questions, page 55.) How should the quotation in the last line be read ? 'What pause before the quotation, also in the last line of the fourth verse ? Are the questions at the beginning of the third verse, direct or indirect ? What Rule for the falling inflections, first line, sixth verse ?

LESSON LXXVI. SPELL AND DEFINE-1. Indecision, want of settled purpose of mind. 2. Ap pre hend', to conceive in the mind; to seize. 3. Id'i ot, a fool from his birth. 4. Lu'na tic, an insane person. 5. Pastime, amusement; diversion; sport. 6. Beholden, indebted; bound in gratitude. 7. Quiver, a case or sheath for arrows.

Select Sentences. 1. We are never made so ridiculous by, the qualities we have, as by those we affect to have."

2. There is no revenge more heroic, than that which tor. ments envy, by doing good.

3. Before we passionately desire any thing which another enjoys, we should examine into the happiness of its possessor.

4. We promise according to our hopes, and perform according to our fears.

5. A contented mind, and a good conscience, will make a man happy in all conditions.

6. When our hatred is violent, it sinks us even beneath .bose we hate.

7. The sure way to be cheated is, to fancy ourselves more cunning than others.

8. He who tells you the faults of others, intends to tell others of your faults.

9. We appear great in an employment below our merit; but ofter, little in one that is too high for us.

10. There is as much eloquence in the one of voice, in the look, and in the gesture of a speaker, as in the choice of his words.

11. We need not be much concerned about those faults, which we have the courage to own.

12. The excessive pleasure we feel in talking of ourselves, ought to make us apprehensive that we afford little to our auditors.

13. To become an able man in any profession whatever, three things are necessary,-nature, study, and practice.

14. The reason that many men want their desires, is, because their desires want reason. He

may

do what he will, that will do but what he may.

15. Never employ yourself to discern the faults of others, but be careful to mend and prevent your own.

16. Passion often makes a fool of a man of sense; and i sometimes makes man of sense, of a fool.

17. In thy discourse, take heed what thou speakest, to whom thou speakest, how thou speakest, and when thos speakest.

18. Indecision is an evidence of weakness; for it evinces either a want of capacity to apprehend what is best, or a want of energy to pursue it.

Restrain yourself from being too fiery and flaming in matters of argument. Truth often suffers more from the heat of its defenders, than from the argument of its opposers. And nothing does reason more right, than the coolness of those that offer it.

20. Pitch upon that course of life, which is the most ex. cellent, and habit will render it the most delightful.

21. When once you profess yourself a friend, endeavor to be always such. He can never have any true friends, who will be often changing them.

22. Take no pleasure in the folly of an idiot, nor in the fancy of a lunatic, nor in the frenzy of a drunkard. Make hem the objects of thy pity, not of thy pastime; when thou beholdest them, think how thou art beħolden to Him who suffered thee not to be like them.

23. If to do, were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men's cottages, prince's palaces. He is a good divine that follows his own instructions : I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done, than to be one of twenty to follow mine own teaching.

24. Death is the most certain, and yet the most uncertain of events. That it will come no one can question, but when, no one can decide. The young behold it afar in the future; the aged regard it still at a distance; but both are smitten

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