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Mark the dens of caitiff Moors;
Other floods than Nile's o'erwhelm ;
Judah's cities are forlorn,
Lebanon and Carmel shorn,
Zion trampled down with scorn.
And a wind is on the wing
Look well, tyrants, to your chains.
At the fire-flash of thine eye,
Shake thy locks; the cause is just;
France, I hurry from thy shore;
Elbe nor Weser tempt my stay;
When thy schoolmen bear the sway.
In the arctic regions total darkness lasts about six weeks, but the sky is enlivened by all sorts of brilliant lights, by meteors or flashes of light, darting through the sky, as we sometimes see in the heavens of our country, and also by the lights called the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Dancers-lights which assume all sorts of shapes, and the most lovely colours; and when these fade they have the stars.
UP! up! let us a voyage take,
I long to see the Northern Lights,'
I long to see those icebergs vast,
With heads all crowned with snow;
I long to hear the thund'ring crash
And the echoes from a thousand cliffs,
There shall we see the fierce white bear,
And the spouting whales that to and fro
There may we tread on depths of ice,
And while the unsetting sun shines on
And there in wastes of the silent sky,
We shall see far off to his lonely rock,
The lonely eagle go.
Then softly, softly will we tread
By inland streams to see,
Where the cormorant of the silent north,
Sits there all silently.
We've visited the northern clime,
Its cold and ice-bound main;
So now, let us back to a dearer land
To Britain back again!
1. Another name for Northern Lights? 3. Another name for the sea-horse? 2. Still, what part of speech?
XXII. THE DOWNFALL OF POLAND.
IN 1772 the three powers, Prussia, Austria, and Russia, dismembered Poland, taking the greater portion of it to themselves, and the courts of London and Paris permitted this act of arbitrary power and spoliation to pass unnoticed. "A small part was reserved to Poland, but a second dismemberment took place in 1793, when the three
THE DOWNFALL OF POLAND.
allied powers divided the remaining provinces between them; and what remained of Poland was finally divided between the royal spoliators in 1795, who were, at that very period, protesting against the doctrines of the French Revolutionists. The champion of the Poles, on this last partition, was General Kosciusko, who, heading a small body of patriots, made a stand for the liberties of his ill-fated country, but he was defeated, wounded, and taken prisoner by the Russians. Praga, the great suburb of Warsaw, was stormed by the Russian general Suwarrow, and all the inhabitants put to the sword; Warsaw itself capitulated, and nothing was left for the Poles but absolute submission. The king of Poland, deprived of his title, subsisted at Petersburg upon a pension."- Tytler's Gen. History.
OH! sacred Truth,' thy triumph ceased awhile
Warsaw's last champion from her height survey'd
Oh! Heav'n-he cried,-my bleeding country save!
By that dread name we wave the sword on high!
He said, and on the rampart-heights array'd
In vain, alas! in vain, ye gallant few!
From rank to rank your volley'd thunder flew :-
The sun went down, nor ceased the carnage there,
Departed spirits of the mighty dead!
Ye that at Marathon and Leuctra bled!
Yet for Sarmatia's blood atone,
And make her arm puissant as your own!
1. Why sacred Truth?
2. What does the poet mean by representing Hope as the sister of Truth? 3. What are pandoors and hussars? 4. What is the correlative of her? 5. What dread name?
6. In what sense is horrid to be understood?
7. What is gained by the change from the past tense, at the former line, to the present in this?
8. Where are these two battle-fields.
XXIII. THE DYING GLADIATOR.
"THE first Christian emperor may claim the honour of the first edict which condemned the art and amusement of shedding human blood; but this benevolent law expressed the wishes of the prince, without reforming an inveterate abuse which degraded a civilized nation below the condition of savage cannibals. Several hundred, perhaps several thousand, victims were annually slaughtered in the great cities of the empire, and the month of December, more peculiarly devoted