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XVI. A VOYAGE TO INDIA.
MILTON in describing the flight of Satan from the place of his confinement to the Garden of Paradise, has made use of a very beautiful illustration from the particulars of a voyage to India by the Cape. Let the pupil follow his description on the Map of the World.
Distinguish between these words:
Gentle and Gentile.
Sail and Sale.
Course and Coarse.
Now gentle gales,
Fanning their odoriferous wings, dispense
Of Araby the bless'd, with such delay
Well pleased, they slack their course, and many a league,
1. Who discovered the route by the Cape of Good Hope? What name was first given to it?
2. Mozambic, what?
3. Why Sabean odours?
4. Give the three ancient divisions of Arabia, and the Latin name for Aruby the bless'd?
5. Why Old Ocean?
XVII. ADDRESS TO THE MUMMY IN BELZONI'S
"LAUGH and mock if you will at the worship of stone idols, but mark ye this, ye breakers of images, that in one regard, the stone idol bears awful semblance of deity-unchangefulness in the midst of change the same seeming will, and intent for ever and ever inexorable! Upon ancient dynasties of Ethiopian and Egyptian kings, upon Greek and Roman, upon Arab and Ottoman conquerors-upon Napoleon dreaming of an eastern Empire-upon battle and pestilence -upon the ceaseless misery of the Egyptian race-upon keen-eyed travellers-Herodotus yesterday, and Warburton to day-upon all and more this unworldly Sphynx has watched and watched like a
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Providence, with the same earnest eyes, and the same sad and tranquil mien. And we, we shall die, and Islam will wither away; and the Englishman, straining far over to hold his loved India, will plant a firm foot on the banks of the Nile, and sit in the seats of the Faithful; and still that sleepless rock will lie watching and watching the works of the new busy race, with those same sad earnest eyes, and the same tranquil mien everlasting. You dare not mock at the Sphynx."-Eöthen.
AND thou hast walk'd about (how strange a story!)
Speak! for thou long enough hast acted dummy,
Not like thin ghosts or disembodied creatures,
But with thy bones and flesh, and limbs and features.
Tell us for doubtless thou canst recollect
To whom should we assign the Sphynx's fame?
Of either Pyramid that bears his name?
Perchance that very hund, now pinion'd flat,
I need not ask thee if that hand, when arm'd,
Ere Romulus and Remus had been suckled:-
Long after thy primeval race was run.
Since first thy form was in this box extended,
We have, above ground, seen some strange mutations;
New worlds have risen-we have lost old nations,
Didst thou not hear the pother o'er thy head,
And shook the Pyramids with fear and wonder,
If the tomb's secrets may not be confess'd,
A heart has throbb'd beneath that leathern breast,
Statue of flesh-immortal of the dead!
Posthumous man, who quitt'st thy narrow bed,
And standest undecayed within our presence,
Why should this worthless tegument* endure,
1. Are we told of anything in the building of the temple to make this probable? 2. What is here referred to?
3. Any slight grammatical error in this line?
4. What tegument?
5. What guest ?
THE BATTLE OF THE LEAGUE.
XVIII. THE BATTLE OF THE LEAGUE.
"AT the age of sixteen, Henry of Navarre had been declared head of the party of the Huguenots; his uncle the Prince of Conde, and the Admiral Coligni, acting as his lieutenants. His first military enterprises were unsuccessful. Invited to Paris, at the peace of 1572, to marry the sister of Charles IX., he narrowly escaped from the massacre of St. Bartholomew, but remained three years a prisoner. On the death of Charles, he again took the field against the army of the League, which he defeated in the battle of Courtras, 1587, and still more signally in that of Arques, 1589. After the death of Henry III., he won the celebrated battle of Ivry; and being acknowledged sovereign of France by all but the party of the League, then in possession of Paris, he laid siege to the city, which must have capitulated, but for the succours of Philip II."- Tytler's Gen. History.
THE King is come to marshal us, all in his armour drest,
He look'd upon the traitors, and his glance was stern and high.
"And if my standard-bearer fall, as fall full well he may, For never saw I promise yet of such a bloody fray,
Press where ye see my white plume shine, amidst the ranks of
And be your Oriflamme to-day the helmet of Navarre."
Hurrah! the foes are moving. Hark to the mingled din
And in they burst, and on they rush'd, while, like a guiding star,
Now, God be praised, the day is ours!
Mayenne hath turned his rein. D'Aumale hath cried for quarter. The Flemish Count is slain. Their ranks are breaking like thin clouds before a Biscay gale. The field is heap'd with bleeding steeds, and flags, and cloven mail. And then we thought on vengeance, and, all along our van, "Remember St. Bartholomew !" was pass'd from man to man: But out spake gentle Henry, "No Frenchman is my foe; Down, down with every foreigner! but let your brethren go." Oh! was there ever such a knight, in friendship or in war, As our sovereign Lord, King Henry, the soldier of Navarre! Ho! maidens of Vienna; ho! matrons of Lucerne ;
Weep, weep, and rend your hair for those who never shall return. Ho! Philip, send, for charity, thy Mexican pistoles,
That Antwerp monks may sing a mass for thy poor spearmen's
Ho! gallant nobles of the League, look that your arms be bright;
And mock'd the counsel of the wise, and the valour of the brave.
1. What is the subject to rolled? T 2. What were Guilders and Almayne?
XIX. THE ARMADA.
"ELIZABETH of England had warmly espoused the cause of the revolted Netherlands, and her admiral, Sir Francis Drake, had taken some of the Spanish settlements in America. To avenge these injuries, the Invincible Armada of 150 ships of war, 27,000 men, and 3,000 pieces of cannon, was equipped by Philip for the invasion of England. The English fleet of 108 ships, attacked them in the night, and burnt and destroyed a great part of the squadron, A storm, which drove them on the rocks and sands of Zealand, completed their discomfiture, and only 50 shattered vessels, with 6,000 men, returned to Spain, 1588."-Tytler's General History.