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8. I again saw this child, when the lamp of reason first dawned in its mind. Its soul was gentle and peaceful; its eye sparkled 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, 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.)
SPELL AND DEFINE--1. Optics, the science of sight. 2. Ju'bi lee, a season of joy. 3. Primeval, of the first age; original. 4. Incense, odors offered in religious devotion. 5. Mir'rored, pictured as in a mirror. 6. Hori'zon, 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 magic 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,
For happy spirits to alight,
3. Can all that optics teach, unfold
4. When Science from Creation's face
5. And yet, fair bów, no fabling dreams,
Have told why first thy robe of beams,
6. When, o'er the green, undeluged earth,
7. And when its yellow luster smiled
8. Methinks, thy jubilee to keep,
9. Nor ever shall the Muse's eye,
10. The earth to thee her incense yields,
11. How glorious is thy girdle, cast
12. As fresh in yon horizon dark,
As young, thy beauties seem,
13. For, faithful to its sacred page,
QUESTIONS.-1. What does the rainbow seem to be in childhood's right? 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? What pause is foun? Which are the accented syllables, first verse? Do they occur regularly? What causes the exception?
SPELL AND DEFIN-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. Buffet, to contend against. 8. Lorn (or forlorn,) forsaken; destitute; helpless.
Christ Stilling the Tempest.-ANON.
1. LONE NIGHT, descending with her sable shroud, Had darkly canopied the troubled deep!
All, all in gloom was mantled; and the bárk,
That bore the Savior with his timid band,
2. Hàrk to the warning! Màrk the quivering gleam!
8. But ah! by the red lightning's fitful gláre,
'Tis His-the SAVIOR'S! Now it mounts the wáve,
1. But now à wáve, high rising o'er the deep,
Lifts its dire crest, and like a vengeful fiend,
b. He róse, and with a calm benignant mien,
The thunders hushed-
"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 tossed 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