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Thou makest darkness, and it is night,
7. O Lord! how manifold are Thy works !
In wisdom hast Thou made them all :
their dust. Thou sendest forth Thy Spirit,--they are created ; And Thou renewest the face of the earth.
8. The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever :
The Lord shall rejoice in His works.
meditation of Him shall be sweet :
QUESTIONS.--1. How is the Supreme Being described in the first verse ? 2. Mention some of His works. 3. What is said of the trees? 4. of the beasts? 5. Of the sea and its inhabitants ? 6. What reflections are made in the last verse ?
What inflection at Lord, first verse? What, at soul? What, at God ? Why the falling at great ? Why does Spirit, seventh verse, begin with a capital ? For what does them stand, third verse? What difficulty in distinctly articulating such words as coverest, coveredst, strengtheneih, beasis. &c. ? Point out the different sounds of th, as it occurs in the words of the sixth verse. (Les. II. Elemental consonant sounds.)
LESSON LXIX. SPELL AND DEFINE-1. GOBLIN, a frightful phantom or appearance: appearing like a goblin. 2. Assas'sly, one who kills hy secret attack. . 3. INVINCIBLE, not to be conquered. 4. MEN A CING, threatening. 5. Receipts, instructions for preparing certain medicines. 6. FORTIFY, to make strong. 7. BANQUETING, feasting. 8. TER RENE', earthly. 9. Dis SONANCE, a mixture of harsh, unpleasant sounds; discord. 10. DOMAIN, a possession; here means, the earth, considered as our dwelling-place. CONSTANT FEAR OF DEATH.
POLLOK. 1. Each son of Adam's family beheld,
Where'er he turned, whatever path of life
Equipped, and ever menacing his life.
In wine, in pleasure; traveled, voyaged, sought
To ward thy blow, or hide thee from his eye. 3. But still thy gloomy terrors, dipped in sin,
Before him frowned, and withered all his joy.
Still, feared and hated thing! thy ghostly shape
Writing thy name of Death. 4. Vile worm, that gnawed
The root of all his happiness terrene, the gall
man! A voice within us speaks that startling word, “Mān, thou shālt nēver die!” Celestial voices Hymn it into our souls: according harps, By angel fingers touched, when the mild star3 Of morning sung together, sound forth still The song of our great immortality: Thick clustering orbs, and this our fair domain, The tall, dark mountains, and the deep-toned seas,
Join in this solemn, universal song.
From all the air ! ''Tis in the gentle moonlight :
Grow dull and distant, wake their passing souls To mingle in this heavenly harmony.--R. H. Dana. QUESTIONS.-1. To what is the extract from Pollok addressed ? 2. How is death represented as being equipped? 3. How does man seek to avoid death? 4. Where does he meet with it? 5. To what is allusion made in the last lines. third verse ? 6. By what name is it called in the fourth verse ?–7. How is it that man will die, and yet live for ever?
What inflection at the semicolons, second verse, and why? (Rule VIII.) To what does thy and three refer, last line of the second verse ? To what does worm reter, fourth verss ? What in:lection has worn. gall, thorn, &c., fourth verse ? (Rule VII. Note I.) With what modulation should the fourth verse be read ? Peint out the différerit uses of the apostrophes, in the second and third lines of the last verse. How should the quotation, first verse, second part, be read ?
SPELL AND DEFINE--1. Ex TEM PO RA'NE OUS, speaking without previous study. 2. INVENT, to find out something; to contrive. 3. FACILIty, ease of performance. 4. COM'PASS, range of sound above and below the natural key. 5. COMPREHENSIVE, embracing much. 6. DEGENERATED, grown worse or inferior.
INDUSTRY NECESSARY TO FORJI THE ORATOR.
H. WARE, JR 1. The history of the world, is full of testimony to prove how much depends upon industry. Not an eminent orator has ever lived, but is an example of it, Yet, in contradiction to all this, the almost universal opinion appears to prevail, that industry can effect nothing, that every one must be content to remain just what he may happen to be, and that eminence is the mere result of accident. Thus multitudes, who come forward as teachers and guides, suffer themselves to be satisfied with the most indifferent attainments, and a miserable mediocrity, without so much as inquiring how they might rise higher, much less making any attempt to rise.
2. For the acquirement of any other art, they would have served a long apprenticeship, and never would have expected to practice it in public, before they had become thoroughly skilled in it. If any one would sing, he attends a master, and is drilled in the very elementary principles, and only after the most laborious process, dares to exercise his voice in public. This he does, though he has scarcely any thing to learn but the mechanical execution of what lies, in sensible forms, before his eyes. But the extemporaneous speaker, who is to invent as well as to utter, to carry on an operation of the mind as well as to produce sound, enters upon the work without preparatory discipline, and then wonders that lie fails!
3. If he were learning to play on the flute for public exhibition, what hours and days would he spend in giving facility to his fingers, and attaining the power of the sweetest and most impressive execution! If he were devoting himself to the organ, what months and years would he labor, that he might know its compass, and become master of its keys, and thus be able to draw out, at will, all its various combinations of harmonious sounds, and its full richness and delicacy of expression.
4. And yet he will fancy that the grandest, the most complex, the most expressive of all instruments, which the infinite Creator has fashioned, by the union of an intellectual soul with the powers of speech, may be played upon without study or practice. He comes to it a mere uninstructed tyro, and thinks to manage all its stops, and command the whole compass of its varied and comprehensive power! He finds himself a bungler in the attèmpt, is mortified at his fáilure, and settles in his mind forever, that the attempt is vàin.
5. Success in every art, whatever may be the natural talent, is always the reward of industry and pains. But the instances are numerous of men of the finest natural genius, whose beginning has promised much, but who have degenerated wretchedly, as they advanced in life, because they trusted to their gifts, and made no effort to improve. That there have never been other men of equal natural endowments with Cicero and Demosthenes, none could venture to suppose; but who have ever so devoted themselves to their art, or become equal in excellence ?
6. If those great men had been content, like others, to continue as they began, and had never made those persevering efforts for improvement, what would their countries have been benefited from their genius, or the world have known of their fame? They would have been lost in the undistinguished crowd that sunk to oblivion around them. Of how many will this remark prove true, who, by application, might become eminent and useful! What encouragement is thus given to the industrious! With such encouragement, how inexcusable is the negligence, which suffers the most interesting and important truths to seem heavy and dull,