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Mark the dens of caitiff Moors ;
-Fly the desecrated shores.
-Slaves turn’d despots hold the helm.
Greece, thine ancient lamp is spent ;
But the sepulchre is rent.
Italy, thy beauties shroud
Thy refulgent head is bow'd :
- Look well, tyrants, to your chains.
Grasp thy shield and couch thy lance.
Lusitania, from thy dust
Strike for freedom, strike and trust.
Sweep by Holland like the blast;
Sweden, Russia ; -all is past.
Now to thee, to thee I fly,
THE NORTHERN SEAS.
I have seen them one by one,
While I bid them all be blest;
MONTGOMERY. 1. What historical facts are here re- sea to be calm, whenever it alights in ferred to ?
the waves ; when an adjective, it signi2. As far as the British West India fies calm or tranquil.”—McCulloch. Islands are concerned, this is no longer 7. What ancient division of India is true.
here referred to ? 3. Paraphrase these two lines.
8. What does the poet refer to ? 4. What twy oceans
9. Explain the historical allusions, 5. What is the meaning of mounting 10. What part of speech is keep here? Aurora's car
11. No longer true. 6. “ Halcyon is both a noun and an 12. What poet in particular is referred adjective. When a noun, it is the name to ? of a bird, which the poets say causes the 13. Best, what part of speech ?
XXI. THE NORTHERN SEAS. 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. Derivations. Etymology.
Things, v. 2, 1. 3.
Fathoms, v. 3, 1. 4.
Echoes, v. 4, 1. 3.
Why sit we here at ease ?
Bound for the Northern Seas.
With their rushing splendours fly ;
Wide o'er the wond'rous sky.
With heads all crowned with snow;
Two hundred fathoms low !
I long to hear the thund'ring crash
Of their terrific fall,
Like lonely voices call.
The sleepy seals aground,
Sail with a dreary sound.
That the hairy mammoth hide,
The mighty creature died.
Through the still 2 heaven's deep blue,
Of the dread sea-horse 8 to view.
Where wolves and black bears prowl ;
To rouse the northern fowl.
With silent earth below,
The lonely eagle go.
By inland streams to see,
Sits there all silently.
Its cold and ice-bound main;
3. Another name for the sea-horse ?
1. Another name for Northern Lights ? 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 absolute submission. The king of Poland, deprived of his title, subsisted at Petersburg upon a pension.”— Tytler's Gen. History. Derivations.
Syntax. Triumph. Generous. Poured.
Waste. Oppression. Carnage.
Country. Tumultuous. Murmuring. “ Still as the breeze." Warriors. Presaging. Prevails.
Distinguish between these words:
Dyed and died.
In vain, alas ! in vain, ye gallant few !
1. Why sacred Truth?
6. In what sense is horrid to be under. 2. What does the poet mean by repre- stood ? senting Hope as the sister of Truth: 7. What is gained by the change from
3. What are pandvors and hussars? the past tense, at the former line, to the 4. What is the correlative of her?
present in this ? 5. What dread name?
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