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“ Are you not hit ?" “ That's nothing. Only send
Some cartridges : our men are out;
But, my little friend”_
What if our men be driven ?
Oh, for the love of heaven,
Angels might envy dimmed his eye,
Shouted,'"Oh, don't forget!
We'll win the battle yet!
EXERCISE.-47. COMPOSITION. 1. Give other phrases for the following: their smoky gyre, the hill's hard top, his doleful case.
2. In what measure is this poem written? Give the names of the other common forms of verse.
3. Change the first verse into prose form.
Around the circle of his little feet
THE DIGNITY OF LABOUR.
REV. NEWMAN HALL.
ir-ra-tion-al [L, in, negative; ratio, reason), without the power of reason. dig-ni-ty [L. dignus, worthy], grandeur, excellence. labour [L. lalor, toil], work, more cspecially work of the hands. pro-mote [L. pro, forward; movco, to move], to advance, to forward. con-cur-rent (L. con, with ; curro, to run], accompanying, agreeing. tes-ti-mony (L. testis, a witness], evidence, witness, proof of some fact. THERE is dignity in toil-in toil of the hand as well as toil of the head-in toil to provide for the bodily wants of an individual life, as well as in toil to promote some enterprize of world-wide fame. All labour that tends to supply man's wants, to increase man's happiness, to
elevate man's nature-in a word, all labour that is honest is honourable too.
What a concurrent testimony is given by the entire universe to the dignity of toil! Things inanimate and things irrational combine with men and angels to proclaim the law of Him who made them all. The restless atmosphere, the rolling rivers, and the heaving ocean, Nature's vast laboratory, never at rest; countless agencies in the heavens above and, in the earth beneath, and in the waters under the earth; the unwearied sun coming forth from his chamber, and rejoicing as a strong man to run a race; the changeful moon, whose never-slumbering influence the never-resting tides obey; the planets, never pausing in the mighty sweep of their majestic march; the sparkling stars, never ceasing to show forth the handiwork of Him who bade them shine; the busy swarms of insect life; the ant providing her meat in the summer, and gathering her food in the harvest; the birds exuberant in their flight, pouring forth the melody of their song; the beasts of the forest rejoicing in the gladness of activity; primeval man amid the bowers of Eden; paradise untainted by sin, yet honoured by toil; fallen man, with labour still permitted him, an alleviation of his woe, and an earnest of his recovery; redeemed man, divinely instructed, assisted, encouraged, honoured in his toil; the innumerable company of angels, never resting in their service, never wearied in their worship; the glorious Creator of the universe, who never slum. bereth or sleepeth,—all
, all, bear testimony to the dignity of labour!
The dignity of labour! Consider its achievements ! Dismayed by no difficulty, shrinking from no exertion, cxhausted by no struggle, ever eager for renewed efforts, in its persevering promotion of human happiness, “ clamorous Labour knocks with its hundred hands at the golden gate of the morning,", obtaining each day, through succeeding centuries, fresh benefactions for the world! Labour clears the forest, and drains the morass, and makes “the wilderness rejoice and blossom as the rose.” Labour drives the plough and scatters the seed,
and reaps the harvest, and grinds the corn, and converts it into bread, the staff of life. Labour tending the pastures, and sweeping the waters, as well as cultivating the soil, provides with daily sustenance the nine hundred millions of the family of man. Labour gathers the gossamer web of the caterpillar, the cotton from the field, and the fleece from the flock, and weaves it into raiment soft and warm and beautiful—the purple robe of the prince, and the grey gown of the peasant, being alike its handiwork. Labour moulds the brick, and splits the slate, and quarries the stone, and shapes the column, and rears, not only the humble cottage, but the gorgeous palace, and the tapering spire, and the stately dome. Labour, diving deep into the solid earth, brings up its long-hidden stores of coal to feed ten thousand" furnaces, and in millions of habitations to defy the winter's cold. Labour explores the rich veins of deeply buried rocks, extracting the gold and silver, the copper and tin. Labour smelts the iron, and moulds it into a thousand shapes for use and ornament, from the massive pillar to the tiniest needle—from the ponderous anchor to the wire gauze, from the mighty flywheel of the steam-engine to the polished purse-ring or the glittering bead. Labour hews down the gnarled oak, and shapes the timber, and builds the ship, and guides it over the deep, plunging through the billows, and wrestling with the tempest, to bear to our shores the produce of every clime. Labour, laughing at difficulties, spans majestic rivers, carries viaducts over marshy swamps, suspends bridges over deep ravines, pierces the solid mountains with its dark tunnel, blasting rocks and filling hollows, and while linking together with its iron but loving grasp all nations of the earth, verifying, in a literal sense, the ancient prophecy,
Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low;" labour draws forth its delicate iron thread, and stretching it from city to city, from province to province, through mountains and beneath the sea, realizes more than fancy ever fabled, while it constructs a chariot on which speech may outstrip the wind, compete with the lightning-for the telegraph flies as rapidly as thought itself. Labour, a mighty magician, walks forth into a region uninhabited and waste; he looks earnestly at the scene, so quiet in its desolation; then waving his wonder-working wand, those dreary valleys smile with golden harvests; those barren mountains' slopes are clothed with foliage; the furnace blazes; the anvil rings; the busy wheel whirls round; the town appears; the mart of commerce, the hall of science, the temple of religion, rear high their lofty fronts; a forest of masts gay with varied pennons, rises from the harbour; representatives of far-off region3 make it their resort: Science enlists the elements of earth and heaven in its service; Art, awaking, clothes its strength with beauty; Civilization smiles ; Liberty is glad; Humanity rejoices; Piety exults-for the voice of industry and gladness is heard on every side.
Working men! walk worthy of your vocation! You have a noble escutcheon; disgrace it not! There is nothing really mean and low but sin! Stoop not from your lofty throne to defile yourselves by contamination with intemperance, licentiousness, or any form of evil. Labour allied with virtue, may look up to heaven and not blush, while all worldly dignities, prostituted to vice, will leave their owner without a corner of the universe in which to hide his shame. You will most successfully prove the honour of toil by illustrating in your own persons its alliance with a sober, righteous, and godly life. Be ye sure of this, that the man of toil who works in a spirit of obedient, loving homage to God, does no less than cherubim and seraphim in their loftiest flights and holiest songs.
Yes, in the search after true dignity, you may point ine to the sceptred prince, ruling over mighty empires; to the lord of broad acres teeming with fertility; or the owner of coffers bursting with gold; you may tell me of them or of learning, of the historian or of the philosopher, the poet or the artist; and while prompt to render such men all the honour which in varying degrees may be their due, I would emphatically declare that
neither power nor nobility, nor wealth, nor learning, nor genius, nor benevolence, nor all combined, have a monopoly of dignity, I would take you to the dingy office, where day by day the pen plies its weary task; or to the shop, where from early morning till half the world have sunk to sleep, the necessities and luxuries of life are distributed, with scarce an interval for food, and none for thought. I would descend farther-I would take you to the ploughman plodding along his furrows; to the mechanic throwing the swift shuttle, or tending the busy wheels; to the miner groping his darksome way in the deep caverns of earth; to the man of the trowel, the hammer, or the forge: and if, while he diligently prosecutes his humble toil, he looks up with a brave heart and loving eye to heaven-if in what he does he recognises his God, and expects his wages from on high-if, while thus labouring on earth, he antici. pates the rest of heaven, and can say, as did a poor man once, who, when pitied on account of his humble lot, said, taking off his hat, “Sir, I am the son of a King, I am a child of God, and when I die, angels will carry me from this Union Workhouse direct to the Court of Heaven." Oh! when I have shown you such a spectacle, I will ask—“Is there not dignity in labour po
Work! and pure slumbers shall wait on thy pillow
EXERCISE.-48. PARSING, ETO, 1. Parse the words in italics, in the following sentences, and analyse the whole :
Labour clears the forest, and drains the morass, and makes “tho wilderness rejoice and blossom as the rose."
Labour drives the plough, and scatters the seed, and reaps the harvest, and grinds the corn, and converts it into bread, the stajj of life.
Be ye sure of this, that the man of toil who works in a spirit of obedient, loving homage to God, does no less than cherubim and seraphim in their loftiest flights and holiest songs.
Sir, I am the son of a King, I am a child of God. Oh! when I have shown you such a spectacle, I will ask-"Is there not diguity in labour ?"