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THE CURFEW-SONG OF ENGLAND.
Canute! thy regal race is run;
Thy name had passed away,
The Persian," in his mighty pride,
1. What part of speech is still, here? 2. What part of the verb is proclaim? 3. Supply the ellipsis.
VI. THE CURFEW-SONG OF ENGLAND.
"As William had gained his crown by force, he was obliged to keep it by severe laws. Aware that these severe laws would cause discontent among his subjects, he began to fear that they would meet together at night in secret, and concert measures against him. prevent this, he made a law, that all persons should put out their fires and candles at eight o'clock every evening; and, that no one might excuse himself for having a light after the hour prescribed, a bellman was sent through the streets, ringing his bell, and calling out 'couvre feu! couvre feu! that is, 'cover, or extinguish the fire. This order was announced in the Norman-French, because William desired that his new subjects should speak that language, so all public laws and notices were expressed in it. The term couvre feu was, by degrees, pronounced curfew: and you will find this word in your dictionary explained as the evening, or eight o'clock bell."— True Stories from History of England.
4. Natural order of these two lines. 5. Correlative of "his ?"
6. Historical fact referred to?
HARK! from the dim church tower,
Sternly and Sadly.
Sadly 'twas heard by him who came
Sternly and sadly heard,
As it quench'd the wood-fires glow,
Which had cheer'd the board with the mirthful word, And the red wine's foaming flow!
Until that sullen boding knell
Woe for the pilgrim then,
No cottage lamp, to the haunts of men
And woe for him whose wakeful soul,
Would have lived o'er some immortal scroll,
And yet a deeper woe
For the watcher by the bed,
For the mother, doom'd unseen to keep
Darkness in chieftain's hall!
Darkness in peasant's cot!
While freedom, under that shadowy pall,
Oh! the fireside's peace we well may prize!
Pour'd forth to make sweet sanctuaries
Of England's homes again.
Heap the yule-fagots high
It is home's own hour when the stormy sky
INSCRIPTION FOR A COLUMN AT RUNNEMEDE.
Gather ye round the holy hearth,
Unto thankful bliss we will change our mirth,
VII. INSCRIPTION FOR A COLUMN AT RUNNEMEDE. "A CONFERENCE took place, June 15th, 1215, between the king and the barons at Runnemede, between Windsor and Staines; a spot ever since deservedly celebrated, and even hallowed by every zealous lover of liberty. There John, after a debate of some days, signed and sealed the famous Magna Charta, or Great Charter; which granted or rather secured very important privileges to every order of men in the kingdom-to the barons, to the clergy, and to the people."Russell's Modern Europe.
Distinguish between these words, and put them into sentences:
Plain and Plane.
Owe and Oh!
THOU, who the verdant plain dost traverse here,
Those sacred rights to which themselves were born.*
It will be found a very profitable exercise, to make those who are sufficiently advanced, paraphrase this poem, bringing in the facts, as detailed in the introductory note, into their paraphrase.
VIII. THE BATTLE OF BLENHEIM,
BLENHEIM is a small village of Bavaria, on the Danube, famous in modern history as being the scene of the great battle fought August 13th, 1704, between the English and Imperialists, under the Duke of Marlborough and Prince Eugene, and the French and Bavarians, under Marshals Tallard and Marsin and the Elector of Bavaria. Each army consisted of nearly 80,000 men. The English and their allies gained a complete and decisive victory. Their enemies left above 10,000 men killed and wounded on the field; a vast number more were drowned in the Danube, and above 13,000 were made prisoners; among the latter were Marshal Tallard (whose son was killed) and many other officers of distinction. All the artillery, baggage, &c. of the French and Bavarians fell into the hands of the conquerors. The loss of the latter, though severe, was not greater than might have been expected, having amounted to about 5,000 killed and 8,000 wounded.-See Mc Culloch's Geographical Dictionary.
Etymology. Distinguish between the following words, and
It was a summer's evening,
Won, One, and Wan.
She saw her brother Peterkin
Roll something large and round,
In playing there, had found:
Old Kaspar took it from the boy,
And then the old man shook his head,
""Tis some poor fellow's skull," said he,