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But more magnetic yet to memory
Shall be the sacred spot still blooming nigh,-
The ocean holds, and rules the whirlwind's sweep,
Assuage its wrath and guide you on the deep! CAMPBELL.
1. With what is shed grammatically
2. Receding from whose view?
3. Intervenes between what?
4. In what sense is cloud here used? 5. To what word is once meant to be applied.
6. Explain the difference between the seasons of Australia and ours.
7. In what sense used?
8. What is meant by the window's enriching the flood of day?
9. In what case is hour?
10. What is the more usual form of this word?
XXVI. BATTLE OF THE BALTIC.
"THE action began at five minutes past ten, and was general by eleven. * * * The cannonade soon became tremendous; above two thousand pieces of cannon on the two sides poured forth death within a space not exceeding a mile and a half in breadth; from the city on the one side, and the remainder of the squadron under Sir Hyde Parker on the other, the hostile fleets seemed wrapped in one dazzling conflagration. For three hours the fire continued without any appearance of diminution on either side; and Sir Hyde, seeing three ships aground under the iron tempest of the Crown batteries, and being unable, from the wind and current, to render any assistance, made the signal of recall, generously supposing that, if Nelson was in a situation to continue the contest, he would disobey the order, but that if he was not, his reputation would be saved by the signal for retreat having been made by his superior officer.
"In the midst of this terrific cannonade Nelson was rapidly walking the quarter-deck. A shot through the mainmast scattered splinters around. He observed to one of his officers, with a smile, 'This is warm work, and this day may be the last to any of us in a moment; but, mark me, I would not be elsewhere for thousands.' About this time the signal lieutenant called out that the signal for discontinuing the action had been thrown out by the Commander-in-Chief, and asked if he should repeat it. 'No,' he replied,' acknowledge it.' He then continued walking about in great emotion, and, meeting Captain Foley, said, What think you, Foley? the Admiral has hung out No. 39 (the signal for discontinuing action). You know I have only one eye; I have a right to be blind sometimes.' And then, putting the glass to his blind eye, he exclaimed, I really do not see the signal; keep mine for closer battle still flying. That's the way I answer such signals. Nail mine to the mast.' Admiral Graves and the other ships, looking only to Nelson, continued the combat with unabated vigour; but the order to retire was seen in time to save Riou's little squadron, though not to preserve its gallant commander. "What will Nelson think of us?' was that brave man's mournful ex
THE BATTLE OF THE BALTIC.
clamation, as, with a heavy heart, he gave orders to draw off. His clerk was soon after killed by his side, and several marines swept away by a discharge from the Crown batteries. Come then, my boys, let us all die together,' said Riou, and just as the words were uttered he was cut in two by a chain shot."-Alison's History of Europe.
OF1 Nelson and the North
Sing the glorious day's renown,
And her arms along the deep proudly shone;
In a bold determined hand,
And the prince of all the land
Like leviathans afloat,
Lay their bulwarks on the brine;
On the lofty British line:
It was ten of April morn by the chime :
As they drifted on their path,
There was silence deep as death;
But the might of England flush'd3
And her van the fleeters rush'd
O'er the deadly space between.
"Hearts of oak!" our captains cried, when each gun
From its adamantine lips
Spread a death-shade round the ships,
Like the hurricane eclipse
Of the sun!
Again! again! again!
And the havoc did not slack,
Till a feeble cheer the Dane
To our cheering sent us back :
Their shots along the deep slowly boom ;*
Then ceased-and all is wail,
As they strike the shatter'd sail;
Or, in conflagration pale,
Light the gloom!
Out spoke the victor then,
As he hail'd them o'er the wave,
So peace, instead of death, let us bring:
Then Denmark bless'd our chief,
As death withdrew his shades from the day:
O'er a wide and woful sight,
Where the fires of funeral light
Now joy, old England raise
For the tidings of thy might,
While the wine-cup shines in light-
Brave hearts! to Britain's pride
Soft sigh the winds of heaven o'er their grave!
Of the brave!
1. Of, what part of speech and what connected with?
2. Put these two lines in their natural order.
3. Meaning of flushed and fleeter?
4. Boom, anything to remark about this word?
5. Explain the phrase festal cities' blaze.
FIELD OF WATERLOO.
XXVII. FIELD OF WATERLOO.
"NEVER was a nobler spectacle witnessed than both armies now exhibited; its magnificence struck even the Peninsular and Imperial veterans with a feeling of awe.-18th June 1815.
"On the French side eleven columns deployed simultaneously, to take up their ground; like huge serpents, clad in glittering scales, they wound slowly over the opposite hills, amid an incessant clang of trumpets and rolling of drums, from the bands of 114 battalions and 112 squadrons, which played the Marseillaise,' the 'Chant de Depart, the Veillons au Salut de l'Empire,' and other popular French airs. Soon order appeared to arise out of chaos; four of the columns formed the first line, four the second, three the third. The formidable forces of France were seen in splendid array; and the British soldiers contemplated with admiration their noble antagonists.
"Two hundred and fifty guns, stretched along the crest of the ridge in front, with matches lighted and equipment complete, gave an awful presage of the conflict which was approaching. The infantry in the first and second lines, flanked by dense masses of cavalry, stood in perfect order. Four-and-twenty squadrons of cuirassiers, behind either extremity of the second, were already resplendent in the rays of the sun; the grenadiers and lancers of the guard in the third line were conspicuous from their brilliant uniforms and dazzling arms; while, in the rear of all, the four-and-twenty battalions of the guard, dark and massy, occupied each side of the road near La Belle Alliance, as if to terminate the contest. The British army, though little less numerous, did not present so imposing a spectacle to either army, from their being in great part concealed by the swell of the ridge on which they stood. They were drawn up in two lines, some in squares, with the cavalry in rear, and the artillery in front skilfully disposed along the summit of the ascent. No clang of trumpets or rolling of drums was heard from their ranks; silently, like the Greeks of old, the men took up their ground, and hardly any sound was heard from the vast array but the rolling of the guns, and occasional words of command from the officers. Napoleon had been afraid that the English would retreat during the night, and expressed the utmost joy when their squares appeared in steady array next morning, evidently with the design of giving battle. 'I have them, these English!' said he,Nine chances out of ten are in our favour.' 'Sire,' replied Soult, 'I know these English; they will die on the ground on which they stand before they lose it."-Alison's History of Europe.
STOP!-for thy tread is on an empire's' dust!
None; but the moral's truth tells simpler so.
There was a sound of revelry by night,
Soft eyes look'd love to eyes which spake again,
But hush! hark! a deep sound strikes like a rising knell!
Did ye not hear it ?-No; 'twas but the wind,
Within a window'd niche of that high hall
Ah! then and there was hurrying to and fro, And gathering tears and tremblings of distress, And cheeks all pale, which but an hour ago Blush'd at the praise of their own loveliness; And there were sudden partings, such as press The life from out young hearts, and choking sighs Which ne'er might be repeated; who could guess If ever more should meet those mutual eyes, Since upon night so sweet such awful morn could rise?