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Revolution ? Ans. La Fayette. 9. Had the war already begun ? 10. What did the speaker choose in preference to slavery ?
What Rules for the inflections as marked in the fourth verse? What rhetorical pause, latter part of the seventh verse? How is it denoted, and what is its use ? (Les. XI. 3.) What example of absolute emphasis in the eleventh verse? Why is not, instead of weak, emphatic, first line, ninth verse? With what modulation ot' voice should the tenth verse be read? With what modulation should the last verse be read ?
LESSON CXI. SPELL AND DEFINE-1. IN AUG'U RA TED, inducted into office with appropriate ceremonies. 2. Fi'at, a decree; a command. 3. EMANCIPATED, set free from bondage ; liberated. 4. FUTiL'ITY, triflingness. 5. MAN’DATE, command. 6. ASPIRATIONS, ardent desires. 7. PALLID, pale. 8. Ev a NESCENCE, a passing from sight or possession ; a vanishing. 9. SUB'LUNARY, pertaining to this world; earthly. 10. ProsPECT'IVELY, with reference to the future. 11. HURTLE, to clash or run against. 12. HERALDS, publishes beforehand; proclaims. 13. SURCHARGED,
burdened to excess; overloaded. 14. IM BU’ING, tinging.
Willis G. CLARK (William Henry Harrison w inaugurated President of the United States, March
4th, 1841, and died April 4th, 1841.) 1. A NATION has been smitten,
---a republic has been saddened by the fiat of a Power, to which none can give resistance, and the swaying of a scepter which none can disown. Death, who, in the beautiful and expressive language of the Latin poet, knocks with equal pace at the doors of cottages, or palaces of kings, has received the late President into his icy arms,--his freezing kiss has emancipated a noble and benignant spirit,—and that, which but yesterday was the shrine of pure and patriotic aspirations, --of warm love of country, and hopes for its happiness and honor, is now but pallid and deserted dust. from which the light of life has fled for ever!
2. It is a picture of solemnity, of awe, and admonition; it teaches us the evanescence of human hopes, the futility of sublunary wishes,--and tells us, loudly, and with awful emphasis, how worse than vain are calculations on the length of years and honors, with which the eminent are so often, as it were, prospectively invested. The king of shadows loves a shining mark, and against such, how often do his quickest and most fatal arrows hurtle! Whạt we love, what we venerate, what we press to our bosoms, and wear in our hearts,-how they bow to the mandate of “pass ye away!
Our fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they live for ever?
3. No language can describe the sorrowful consternation, the profound regret, which will perrade the Union, as the intelligence of the death of its late President, spreads far and wide. It will pass through the vast West, like the sound of a mighty oak, falling in the stillness of the forest. steamers, as they plow our mighty rivers, will bear with them the emblems of mourning, -and a universal sadness, like the cloud that heralds forth the imminent tempest, will spread itself over the whole mass of the nation, from the dark streams of Maine to the waters of Mexico. Death has sought out and smitten a lofty victim ;--there is sackcloth in the high places, and wailing through the land.
1. Death sitteth in the Capitol! His sable wing
Hung its black shadow o'er a country's hope,
The gentle eye of beauty.
Strong in the wealth of his high purposes.
old age was yielded up To answer their behest.
3. Thousands had gather'd round that marble dome.
Silent and motionless in their deep reverence,
The oath was said, and then one mighty pulse
4. Time slepi on flowers, and lent his glass to Hope,
One little month, his golden sands had sped,
Darkness is o'er the land,
6. Nay, let us weep. Our grief hath need of tears,
Tears should embalm the dead ; and there is one,
ANN S. STEPHENS.
QUESTIONS.--1. When was William Henry Harrison inaugurated President? 2. Where and when did he die ? 3. How long had he been President? 4. What is said of death? 5. What is meant by the king of shadows ?'' 6. How was the nation affected at the intelligence of his death ?-7. What contrast was realized in a few weeks after his inauguration ? 8. How does the writer of the poetry describe the Hero ? 9. How is the scene of the inauguration described ? 10. What is meant by “marble dome?' U. Did Mrs. Harrisor know of the death of her husband, at the time this piece was written !
In what respect do the questions, ending the second verse. disser ? With what peculiar tone of voice should this lesson be read? What inflection should be made at the commis, third verse, and why ?
* This piece was written the day after the death of President Harrison, and the sad intelligence could not have reached the car of Mrs. Harrison, who was at lier residence, North Bend, Ohio.
SPELL AND DEFINE-1. Corse, a dead body of a haman being 2. RAMPARTS, embankments or earth raised tir defense. 3. BAYONETS, short pointed daggers, fixed at the end of a musket. 4. Rx+K. to care ; to mind. 5. COMRADES. associates in business; companions. 6. Up BRAID'. to reproach ; to reprove. 7. RANDUM, done at hazard or without purpose. 8. Gory. bloody.
What practice is sometimes recommended to promote distinctness of utterance ? (Les. II. 7.) In reading in concert what laults are to be avoided ?
DURIAL OF SIR JOHN MOORE.
WOLFE.* (Sir John Moore, a gailant British general, was killed in a battle at Corunna in
Spain, Jan. 10, 1800, by the Frenche] 1. Not a drum was heard, nor a funeral note,
As his corse to the ramparts we hurried ; Not a soldier discharged his farewell shot
O’er the grave, where our hero we buried. 2. We buried him darkly, at dead of night,
The turf with our bayonets turning,
And our lanterns dimly burning.
And we spoke not a word of sorrow;
And we bitterly thought of the morrow. 4. We thought as we hollowed his narrow bed,
And smoothed down liis lonely pillow, That the foe and the stranger would tread o'er his heaa, And we far away on the
And o'er his cold ashes upbraid him ;
In the grave where his comrades have laid him. 6. No useless coffin inclosed his breast,
Nor in sheet, nor in shroud we bound him,
* This beautiful ode, as usual is ascribed to Wolfe, though more recent discoveries render it probable that its author was an obscure country schoolmaster, name: Mackintosh.
But he lay like a warrior taking his rest,
With his martial cloak around him.
7. Not the half of our heavy task was done,
When the clock toll’d the hour for retiring,
That the foe was suddenly firing.
8. Slowly and sadly we laid him down,
From the field of his fáme, fresh and góry!
But left him alone with his glory! QUESTIONS.—1. Who was Sir John Moore? 2. Where, when, anu by whom was he killed ? 3. Was he buried with great display, as military officers generally are ? 4. When and how was he buried ?' 5. Was he inclosed in a shroud and coffin? 6. What did his comrades hear while burying him ?
Does this piece conform to the usual rules of versification ? (Les. XII. Rem. 2.) What example of difficult articulation is found in reading the first line of the last verse? Why is it difficult ? Why the prevalence of the rising inflection, last verse ? (Rule V.) Between what words in the last line occur a rhetorical pause? How should the clause following it be read?
LESSON OXIII. SPELL AND DEFINE-1. DOOMED, sentenced; condemned. 2. ELAPSED, passed away. 3. Friar, a name common to a monk. 4. BLIGHTED affected by some cause that affects growth; blasted. 5. OBSTINATE, firmly fixed in purpose or opinion. 6. DESPERATE, furious, rash.
Nore.-In this colloquy, that part represented as spoken by Rolla, should be uttered in a softened tone of voice, indicative of affability and courtesy As it advances, it should be changed somewhat, and an imploring tone assumed; as when he says, " I must speak with him." Afterward it becomes more of an argumentative character; as when he says, “ Soldier, imagine thou wert doomed to die a cruel death,” etc.
The part represented as spoken by the Sentinel at first should be read in a grum, stern tone of voice, indicative of firmness and courage. Toward the close, the tone of voice should become somewhat softened. DIALOGUE BETWEEN ROLLA AND SENTINEL BEFORE THE DUNGEON OF ALONZO.
KOTZEBUE. [Enter Rolla disguised as a monk.] Rolla. INFORM me, friénd, is Alonzo, the Peruvian, confined in this dungeon ?
Sentinel. He is.