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that had been dark vaults all day, now shone red hot, with figures moving to and fro within their blazing jaws, and calling to one another with hoarse cries-night, when the noise of every strange machine was aggravated by the darkness; when the people near them looked wilder and more savage; when bands of unemployed labourers paraded the towns, or clustered by torch-light round their leaders, who told them, in stern language, of their wrongs, and urged them on to frightful evils and threats; when maddened men, armed with sword and firebrand, spurning the tears and prayers of women who would restrain them, rushed forth on errands of terror and destruction, to work no ruin half so surely as their own-night, when carts came rumbling by, filled with rude coffins (for contagious disease and death had been busy with the living crops); when orphans cried, and distracted women shrieked and followed in their wake-night, when some called for bread, and some for drink to drown their cares, and some with tears, and some with staggering feet, and some with bloodshot eyes, went brooding home-night, which, unlike the night that Heaven sends on earth, brought with it no peace, nor quiet, nor signs of blessed sleep—who shall tell the terrors of the night to the young wandering child !DICKENS.
LESSON X. And now the bell—the bell she had so often heard, by night and day, and listened to with solemn pleasure almost as a living voice-rung its remorseless toll, for her, so young, so beautiful, so good. Decrepit age, and vigorous life, and blooming youth, and helpless infancy, poured forth—on crutches, in the pride of strength and health, in the full blush of promise, in the mere dawn of life-to gather round her tomb. Old men were there. whose eyes were dim and senses failing-grandmothers, who might have died ten years ago, and still been old-the deaf, the blind, the lame, the palsied, the living dead in many shapes and forms, to see the closing of that early grave. What was the death it would shut in, to that which still could crawl and creep above it! DICKENS.
LESSON XI. The door of the cell was softly opened; and there lay Argyle on the bed, sleeping, in his irons, the placid sleep of infancy. The conscience of the renegade smote him. He turned away sick at heart, ran out of the castle, and took refuge in the dwelling of a lady of his family who lived hard by. There he flung himself on a couch, and gave himself up to an agony of remorse and shame. His kinswoman, alarmed by his
looks and groans, thought that he had been taken with sudden illness, and begged him to drink a cup of sack. “No, no,” he said; “that will do me no good.” She prayed him to tell her what had disturbed him. “I have been,” he said, “in Argyle's prison. I have seen him within an hour of eternity sleeping as sweetly as ever man did. But as for me-.”-MACAULAY.
The following words should begin with Capital Letters :(a.) The first word of every sentence. (6.) The first word of every line of poetry. (c.) The first word in every direct quotation. (d.) All Proper Nouns, and Adjectives formed from them, such as Scotland, Scottish.
(e.) The Pronoun I, and the Interjection 0. (f.) All names and attributes of God.
(g.) Words denoting the names of the seasons, months, days of the week, or of any important historical event, such as Reformation.
LESSON XIV. Insert the necessary capitals in the following sentences, and give a reason in each case :
he cast his despairing look downwards towards the earth. the journey seemed endless. he is reported to have said :-“the romans may burn rome; i cannot interfere.” o thou, that seemest the god of this world. meet me on wednesday afternoon. james the seventh was deposed at the revolution. we owe the reformation to martin luther. the french have again recovered their liberty. i hope you received my letter.
we watched him, while the moonlight
beneath the shadow'd hill seemed dreaming of good angels,
and all the woods were still