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of my sovereign, I counsel you to assist, with your attermost efforts, in preserving the peace, and upholding and perpetuating the constitution.
10. Therefore, I pray and I exhort you not to reject this measure. By all you hold most dear, by all the ties that bind every one of us to our common order and our common country, I solemnly adjure you, I warn you, I implore you, yea, on my bended knees, I supplicate you reject not this bill.
1 MIN'IS-TERS. Here, heads of the before magistrates as the ensiga
different departments of the gov of authority. ernment.
| 6 WOOL'SĂCK (wûl'-). The seat of the 1 ÂU-SPICIOUS. Favorable; prosper lord chancellor of England in the ous; fortunate.
House of Lords, being a large, 8 FRÅN'cıĮşe. A right reserved to | square bag of wool, without back
the people by the constitution; as, or arms, covered with red cloth. “the elective franchise.”
7 JÜ'DI-CA-TŪRE. Court of justice; a SOF'FRAGE. Vote; right of voting. tribunal. 6 MĀCE. An ornamental staff carried 18 AL'IỆN-ĀTE (-yen-). Estrange.
CII.-— ODE TO THE SEA-SERPENT.
1. FROM what abysses of the unfathomed sea
Turnest thou up, Great Serpent, now and then,
And affidavits' of seafaring men ?
2. What whirlpool gulf to thee affords a home?
Amid the unknown depths, where dost thou dwell! If — like the mermaid, with her glass and comb
Thou art not what the vulgar call a “sell.”
3. Art thou, indeed, a serpent, and no sham ?
Or, if no serpent, a prodigious* eel, —
A basking-shark, or monstrous kind of seal ?
4. I'll think that thou a true ophidiano art;
I cannot say a reptile of the deep,
Thou swimmest, it appears, and dost not creep.
5. Art thou a giant adder, or huge asp,
And hast thou got a rattle at thy tail ?
Within thy folds, and suffocate, a whale ?
6. How long art thou ? — Some sixty feet, they say,
And more; but how much more they do not know: I fancy thou couldst reach across a bay,
From head to head, a dozen miles or so.
7. Scales hast thou got, of course ;- but what's the
A saw-shaped ridge of flabby, dabby skin.
8. If I could clutch thee in a giant's grip,
Could I retain thee in that grasp sublime ? Wouldst thou not quickly through my fingers slip,
Being all over glazed with fishy slime ?
9. Hast thou a forkéd tongue, — and dost thou hiss
If ever thou art bored with Ocean's play?
That thou by gills or lungs dost breathe thy way?
10. What spines, or spikes, or claws, or nails, or fin,
Or paddle, ocean-serpent, dost thou bear?
11. What is thy diet? Canst thou gulp a shoal 8
Of herrings ? Or hast thou the gorge and room To bolt fat porpoises and dolphins, whole,
By dozens, e’en as oysters we consume ?
12. Art thou alone, thou serpent, on the brine,
The sole surviving member of thy race ?
But thou alone afloat on Ocean’s face ?
13. If such a calculation may be made,
Thine age at what a figure may we take ?
Wast thou not present there and then, old snake ?
14. What fossil saurians 1° in thy time have been ?
How many mammoths crumbled into mould ?
Long as the tail thou doubtless canst unfold ?
15. As a dead whale, but as a whale, though dead,
Thy floating bulk a British crew did strike;
That thou unto a whale wast very like.
16. A flock of birds, a record, rather loose,
Describes as hovering o’er thy lengthy hull; Among them, doubtless, there was many a goose,
And, also, several of the genus gull.
1 ÅF-FI-DÃ'VIT. A declaration on oath, 6 DE-PÕNENT. One who gives testigenerally in writing.
mony under oath. 2 PRO-DIG'io's (-dīj'ụs). Very great; 1 7 Hy-PÕTH'E-SIS. A supposition. enormous ; monstrous.
8 SHŌAL. A multitude; a crowd, 8ĚN'T!-Ty. Being ; existence.
Görge. Throat; gullet. FLĂM. Fancy ; whim.
10 SÂU'RỊ-ẠN. A reptile having scales 5 Q-PHID'I-ẠN: Serpent.
and four legs, as the lizard,
CIII. — THE ABBOT AND ROBERT BRUCE.
SIR WALTER SCOTT.
[Robert Bruce, the famous King of Scotland, being overtaken by a storm, seeks refuge in Artornish Castle, where a wedding feast is going on. Ile craveg the hospitality of the castle, but conceals his name. Notwithstanding this, he is boon recognized, and is in imminent danger of being set upon and killed, as many of the guests are his bitter enemies. De Argentine, an English knight, claims Bruce as a rebel against the authority of the King of England. The Lord of Lorn is a kinsman of Comyn whom Bruce had killed in a church, and whose death he is eager to avenge. It is finally agreed to allow an abbot, who is present, to decide what shall be done.)
Why I denounce not on thy deed
And such the well-deservéd meed
It boots' not to dispute at large:
3. My first and dearest task achieved,
Fair Scotland from her thrall relieved,