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And shouted but once more aloud,
While o'er him fast, through sail and shroud,
They wrapt the ship in splendour wild,
There came a burst of thunder sound-
With fragments strewed the sea!
1. Why battle's wreck ?
In the spring of 1805, a young gentleman of talents, and of a most amiable disposition, perished by losing his way on the mountain Hellvellyn. His remains were not discovered till three months afterwards, when they were found guarded by a faithful terrier, his constant attendant, during frequent solitary rambles through the wilds of Cumberland and Westmoreland.
4. Whose breath?
5. Why brave?
6. Meaning of splendour wild?
I CLIMBED the dark brow of the mighty Hellvellyn,
And starting around me the echoes replied.
On the right, Striden-edge round the Red-tarn was bending,
When I marked the sad spot, where the wanderer had died.
Till the mountain-winds wasted the tenantless clay.
How long didst thou think that his silence was slumber?
When the wind waved his garment, how oft didst thou start? How many long days and long weeks didst thou number,
Ere he faded before thee, the friend of thy heart?
And pages stand mute by the canopied pall:
Through the courts, at deep midnight, the torches are gleaming-
But meeter for thee, gentle lover of nature,
To lay down thy head like the meek mountain lamb;
SIR W. SCOTT.
2. Why tenantless clay?
3. What is the fate of the peasant?
VERSES BY ALEXANDER SELKIRK.
SUPPOSED TO BE WRITTEN BY ALEXANDER SELKIRK (ROBINSON CRUSOE) IN THE ISLAND OF JUAN FERNANDEZ.
JUAN FERNANDEZ, an island in the Pacific Ocean, was discovered by a Spanish navigator, who gave to it his own name, and formed an establishment, which was afterwards abandoned. The buccaneers of the 17th century made it a place of resort during their cruises on the coast of Peru; and more recently, it was the solitary abode during four years of a Scotchman, called Alexander Selkirk, whose adventures are supposed to have given rise to De Foe's inimitable novel of Robinson Crusoe, and whose probable musings have been pourtrayed in these verses by Cowper.-See McCulloch's Geographical Dictionary.
The beasts, that roam over the plain,
Their tameness is shocking to me.
Society, friendship, and love,
Divinely bestowed upon man,
My sorrows I then might assuage,
In the ways of religion and truth;
Reside in that heavenly word!
Or all that this earth can afford.
These valleys and rocks never heard ;5
Or smiled when a Sabbath appear'd.
Of a land I shall visit no more.
Though a friend I am never to see.
Compared with the speed of its flight,
And the swift-winged arrows of light.
Soon hurries me back to despair.
The beast is laid down in his lair;
And I to my cavern repair.
And mercy (encouraging thought!)
And reconciles man to his lot.
1. Supply the ellipsis in this line. 2. Centre of what ?
3. What part of the verb is reign ? 4. Own, what?
5. Put these two lines into natural order.
6. Explain the meaning of this line.
7. How had the winds made him their sport?
Rapid. Ivory. Tardy.
XV. THE LAPLANDER.
LAPLAND is the most northerly country of Europe, belonging partly to Russia, partly to Sweden. The country is so cold in the winter, that the rivers in the interior are covered with ice to the depth of several feet. Towards the north the sun remains for many weeks under the horizon, and, of course, in the summer, is as many weeks above it without setting. The darkness of winter is partially relieved by the brightness of the moon and stars, and by the aurora borealis.
Distinguish between these words:
Blue and Blew.
Whence and Whether.
WITH blue cold nose, and wrinkled brow,
Hill and Ill.
From Lapland's woods, and hills of frost,
Where the wild hare and the crow
Whiten in surrounding snow; '
Where the shivering huntsmen tear
Their fur coats from the grim white bear;
1. Speaking of animals, that most estimable writer, Dr. l'aley, has remarked, that "their clothing, of its own accord, changes with their necessities. This is particularly the case with that large tribe of quadrupeds, which are
Prowl among the lonely rocks;
covered with furs. Every dealer in