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And ransom'd millions who take their birth
In the dark old climes of the ancient earth,
When the strife, and grief, and pain of the past,
Are all forgotten, will glide at last,-
Aye, crowned with glory and gladness, glide
Along the sweep of that silvery tide;
While all before them, and all around,

Shall the ceaseless song of the seraph sound 3. Amidst the murmuring fountains

Of everlasting life,
Thy spirit, like a bounding bark,
With song and gladness rife,
Goes gliding to the palmy shore,

That lies in sunny light before.
4. Glide on, glide on, rejoicing-

The glories of that strand,
Are tinted by the golden morn
Of an immortal land,
Whose brilliant beams—whose pearly ray

Shall never fade nor fleet away.
5. The silvery tide will bear thee,

Amid the sound and bloom
Of many a green and blessed isle,
Whose shining banks illume
Each wandering bark and pathway dim,

Along the passing billow's brim.
6. And soon the winds shall waft thee,

Among the groves, that lave
The emerald of their bending boughs,
In life's eternal wave :
And round thee shall the music rise,

Of happier worlds, and calmer skies. QUESTIONS.-1. What river do you think the writer was here describing? (See Rev. 22nd Chap. 1st and 2nd verses.) 2. What can you say of this river?

What variety do you observe in the versification of this piece? To what does its refer, first line, second verse? What poetic pauses have the first four lines of the second verse? Which syllables in those lines, receive the metrical accent? What Rule for the prevalence of the rising inflection, third vere? What, for the falling on glide, fourth verse 1 Which should have the more intense degree of emphasis, the first or sece ond glide? How is emerald, last verse, parsed ?

LESSON CIX. SPELL AND DEFINE-1. Illume, to light up. 2. Communion, society; friendly intercourse. 3. Attain, to arrive at; to gain. 4. Ten'e ment, a Louse; here means, the body. Dialogue between the Body and the Spirit...

Mrs. GILMAN.
Body. --SPIRIT! I feel that thou

Wilt soon depart.
This body is too weak longer to hold
The immortal part.
The ties of earth are loosening-
They soon will break;
And thou, even as a joyous bird,
Thy flight wilt take

To the eternal world,
2. Sày, spirit, sày !

Wilt thou return agáin ? once more illume
My house of cláy ?
Or must this body, which has been to thee
A temple and a dwelling-place,

Perish for ever and forgotten bè ?
Spirit.—Yes! I must leave thee.

I am longing
For the communion of those blessed ones,
Within the courts of heaven,
Who tune their golden harps
To the eternal praise of Him, who gives
That home above-
Which they have gained, and which I would attain,
Through Him who came to prove,
That “ God is loye.”
And by Him, too, I know that thou,
My earthly tenement,
Within the dust must lie,
And there turn to corruption;
Even as the seed doth die,

To be revived again.
4. Death hath no power o'er the soul ;

For Christ hath conquered—
The grave can not retain its victims,

When He cries-come forth !
Then I return to thee
The victory is gained-

For “ Christ hath made us free." QUESTIONS.—1. What is meant by 'the immortal part,' first verse ? 2. To what is the spirit compared ? 3. What is meant by ' house of clay'? 4. To what does they refer, third verse? 5. To what is the body in the grave compared ? 6. To what does thee refer, last verse? 7. Where is the quotation, last line, found? Ans. Gal. 5th Chap. v. 1.

How do you explain the inflections, marked in the second verse'? Why the falling on be? (Rule 1. Note I.) Point out all the examples of antithetic emphasis in this piece.

LESSON CX. SPELL AND DEFINE-1. Il lu'sions, deceptive appearances. 2. Ten poral, pertaining to this life; limited by time. 3. Solace, to cheer under affliction; to console. 4. In sid' i ous, deceitful; treacherous. 5. ComSports', to agree with; to accord. 6. Subjuga'tion, the act of bringing under the power of another. 7. Remon'strated, presented strong reasons against. 8. Cope, to equal in combat; to oppose with success. 9. Election, choice; free will. *10. In vi'o late, unhurt; uninjured. 11. Su pino'. ly, carelessly; indolently. 12. Inevitable, not to be avoided. Extract from the Speech of Patrick Henry, in the Con. vention of Delegates of Virginia, March 23d, 1775.

1. MR. PRESIDENT,—It is natural for man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren, till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, en. gaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty ? Are we disposed to be of the number of those, who, having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation ? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth,—to know the worst, and to provide for it.

2. I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided ; and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future, but by the past. And, judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry, for the last ten years, to justify thoue hopes, with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves and the house? Is it that insidious smile, with which our petition has been lately received ? Trust it not, sir ; it will prove a snare to your feet.

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3. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this grácious reception of our petition, comports with those warlike preparations, which cover our waters, and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation ? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled, that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves. These are the implements of war and subjugation—the last arguments to which kings resort.

4. I ask gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission ? Can gentlemen assign any other possible motive for it ? Has Great Britain any enemy in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies ? Nò, sir, she has none.

They are meant for us : they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains, which the British ministry have been so long forging.

5. And what have we to oppose to them ? Shall we try árgument ? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we any thing new to offer upon the subject ? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable ; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication ? What terms shall we find, which have not been already exhausted ?

6. Let us not, I beseech you, deceive ourselves longer. Sir, we have done every thing that could be done, to avert the storm which is now coming on.

We have petitioned ; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded ; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne.

7. In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be frée; if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges, for which we have been so long conténding; if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle, in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon, until the glorious object of our contest shall be ub

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táined-we must fight - I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms, and to the God of hosts, is all that is left us.

8. They tell us, sir, that we are weak-unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger ? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disàrmed, and when a British guàrd shall be stationed in every house ? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction ? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our bácks, and hugging the delusive phantom of hópe, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot ?

9. Sir, we are not weak, if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God, who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.

10. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too làte to retire from the contest. There is no retreat, but in submission and slavery ! Our chains are forged. Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable and let it come !- I repeat it, sir, let it come!

11. It is vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry,“ Peace, peace”—but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale, that sweeps from the north, will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle ? What is it that gentlemen wish? what would they have ? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slávery ? Forbid it, Almighty God.-I know not what course others may take, but, as for me, give me LIBERTY, or give me DEATH !

QUESTIONS.—1. Where and when was this speech delivered ? 2. How long since? 3. What did the speaker wish to know and provide for? 4. By what did he judge, that the enemy was preparing for war with them? 5. What had been done to avert the storm? 6. What did the speaker say must be done, if they wished to be free? 7. Was the prediction fulfilled that God would 'raise up friends to fight our battles for us'? 8. What distinguished individual did assist the Americans in the revolu

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