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Let but this force of thought and speech be mine,

And he that will may take the sleek fat phrase Which glows and burns not, though it gleam and shine;

Light, but not heat - a flash, but not a blaze!

II.

Nor mere strength is it that the short word boasts:

It serves of more than fight or storm to tell
The roar of waves that clash on rock bound coasts,

The crash of tall trees when the wild winds swell, The roar of guns, the groans of men that die

On blood stained fields. It has a voice as well For them that far off on their sick beds lie,

For them that weep, for them that mourn the dead; For them that laugh, and dance, and clap the hand.

To Joy's quick step as well as Grief's slow tread, The sweet, plain words we learn at first keep time;

And though the theme be sad or gay or grand, With each, with all, these may be made to chime,

In thought or speech or song, in prose or rhyme.

LANGUAGE STUDY.

This interesting poem, by Rev. Joseph Addison Alexander (1809– 1860), affords a striking exemplification of its title, for it will be noted that only monosyllables are used in it. And of these, all but the following are of Anglo-Saxon origin : round, brief, plain, cry, pressed, strange, note, fay, fine, force, phrase, serves, coasts, voice, dance, joy, grief, theme, gay, grand, chime, prose, rhyme.

Of the remaining (Anglo-Saxon) words, write the nouns in one column, the adjectives in a second, and the verbs in a third. Note what strong words these are, and how they deserve the praise given them by Mr. Hale in the previous lesson.

3.- The Sunken Treasure.

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ae-quired', gained, obtained. hew'ing, cutting and shaping with bụll'ión, uncoined precious metal. fâir, fine, handsome.

kneeş, timbers having two branches. găl’le-on, large many-decked ship. plāte, gold and silver ware. gran-dee', a Spanish nobleman of treaş'ūre, money and other valuathe first rank.

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PREPARATORY NOTES.

This fascinating narrative is from the “True Stories" of Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864), one of the most illustrious of American men of letters. He was master of all the felicities of style.

(1) Sir William Phipps figured in the colonial history of Massachusetts, of which he was governor in the latter part of the seventeenth century. — (4) follow the sea: enter on a seafaring life. — (5) Porto Plata: a seaport of Haiti. — (5) cast away, i. e., shipwrecked. — (20) made him a knight: gave him the title of Sir.

1. William Phipps was a poor man's son, and was born in the Province of Maine, at the time when our country was under British rule.

2. In his boyhood and youth he used to tend sheep upon the hills, and until he had grown to be a man, he did not even know how to read and write. Tired of tending sheep, he next apprenticed himself to a ship carpenter, and spent about four years in hewing the crooked limbs of oak trees into knees for vessels.

3. In 1673, when he was twenty-two years old, he went to Boston, and soon afterwards was married to a rich widow. It was not long, however, before he lost all the money that he had acquired by his marriage, and became a poor man again. Still he was not discouraged. He often told his wife that, some time or other, he should be very rich, and would build a “fair brick house" in the Green Lane of Boston.

4. Several years passed away, and William Phipps had not yet gained the riches which he promised to himself. During this time he had begun to follow the sea for a living. In the year 1684 he happened to hear of a Spanish ship which had been cast away near the Bahamas, and which was supposed to contain a great deal of gold and silver. Phipps went to the place in a small vessel, hoping that he should be able to recover some of the treasure from the wreck. He did not succeed, however, in fishing up gold and silver enough to pay the expenses of his voyage.

5. But before he returned he was told of another Spanish galleon, which, laden with immense treasure, had been cast away near Porto Plata. This ship had lain as much as fifty years beneath the waves. But though it was now an old story, and the most aged people had almost forgotten that such a vessel had been wrecked, William Phipps resolved that the sunken treasure should again be brought to light.

6. He went to London, and obtained admittance to King James. He told the king of the vast wealth that was lying at the bottom of the sea. King James listened with attention, and appointed Phipps to be captain of a vessel called the Rose Algier, carrying eighteen guns and ninety-five men.

7. Captain Phipps sailed from England in the Rose Algier, and cruised for nearly two years in the West Indies, endeavoring to find the wreck of the Spanish ship. But it was all in vain. The seamen became discouraged, and gave up all hope of making their fortunes by discovering the Spanish wreck. Finally they broke out in open mutiny, but were mastered by Phipps and compelled to obey his orders. It would have been dangerous, however, to continue much longer at sea with such a crew of mutinous sailors ; and, besides, the Rose Algier was leaky and unseaworthy. So Captain Phipps judged it best to return to England.

8. But before leaving the West Indies he met with a Spaniard, an old man, who remembered the wreck of the Spanish ship, and gave him directions how to find the very spot. It was on a reef of rocks, the old man said, a few leagues from Porto Plata.

9. On his arrival in England, Captain Phipps solicited the king to let him have another vessel and send him back again to the West Indies. But King James, who had expected that the Rose Algier would return laden with gold, refused to have any thing more to do with the affair.

10. Phipps might never have been able to renew the search if the Duke of Albemarle and some other noblemen had not lent their assistance. They fitted out a ship, and gave the command to Captain Phipps. He sailed from England, and arrived safely at Porto Plata,

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where he took an adz and assisted his men to build a large boat.

11. The boat was intended for the purpose of going closer to the reef of rocks than a large vessel could safely venture. When it was finished, the captain sent several men in it to examine the spot where the Spanish ship was said to have been wrecked. They were accompanied by some Indians, who were skillful divers.

12. The boat's crew proceeded to the reef of rocks, and rowed round and round it a great many times. They gazed down into the transparent water, but nothing could they see — nothing more valuable than a curious sea-shrub, which was growing beneath the water, in a crevice of the reef of rocks.

13. “We won't go back empty-handed,” cried an English sailor; and then he spoke to one of the Indian divers. “Dive down and bring me that pretty sea shrub there. That's the only treasure we shall find." Down plunged the diver, and soon rose dripping from the water, holding the sea shrub in his hand. But he had learned some news at the bottom of the sea. “ There are some ship's guns,” said he, the moment he had drawn breath, "some great cannon, among the rocks, near where the shrub was growing.”

14. No sooner had he spoken than the English sailors knew that they had found the very spot where the Spanish galleon had been wrecked so many years before. The other Indian divers immediately plunged over the boat's side and swam headlong down, groping

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