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In a Briton's sweet home shall a spoiler abide,
Shall a Frenchman insult the loved fair at our side?
Then rise fellow-freemen, and stretch the right hand,
Shall a tyrant enslave us, my countrymen?—No!
A death-bed repentance be taught the proud foe,
"THE most triumphant death is that of the martyr; the most awful that of the martyred patriot; the most splendid that of the hero in the hour of victory; and if the chariot and the horses of fire had been vouchsafed for Nelson's translation, he could scarcely have departed in a brighter blaze of glory. He has left us, not indeed his mantle of inspiration, but a name and an example, which are at this hour inspiring thousands of the youth of England: a name which is our pride, and an example which will continue to be our shield and our strength."-Southey's Life of Nelson.
DEEP graved in every British heart,
Say to your sons,-Lo, here his grave,
Rolled, blazed, destroy'd,-and was no more.
1. Fretum Gaditanum was the ancient name of the Straits of Gibraltar, and near it was Trafalgar, where the immortal Nelson fell.
2. An antiquated word, meaning ligh or lightning.
3. What bolt?
POEMS OF HOME AND COUNTRY.
I. THE HOMES OF ENGLAND.
"ENGLAND combines within itself all that is most desirable in scenery with all that is most necessary for the subsistence and comfort of man. The distinguishing peculiarity in the aspect of the country is, however, the exuberance of its vegetation, and the rich luxuriant appearance of its lower and far most extensive portion. It owes this distinction partly to nature and partly to art. The humidity and mildness of the climate maintain the fields in a constant state of verdure; in winter they are seldom covered with snow or blighted by long-continued frosts, and in summer they are rarely withered and parched by droughts. In this respect England is as superior to the finest countries of continental Europe-to Italy and Sicily, for example--as she is superior to them and to every other country in the amount of labour that has been expended in beautifying, improving, and fertilizing her surface. It is no exaggeration to affirm, that thousands upon thousands of millions have been laid out in making England what she now is. In no other nation has the combination of beauty with utility been so much regarded. Another peculiar feature in the physiogony of England is the number and magnificence of the seats of the nobility and gentry. These superb mansions, many of which are venerable from their antiquity, and all of which are surrounded with fine woods and grounds, give to the country an appearance of age, security, and wealth, that we should in vain look for anywhere else. The farm-houses and cottages have mostly also a substantial, comfortable look; and evince that taste for rural beauty, neatness, and cleanliness, that eminently distinguish their occupiers."-M'Culloch's Geo. Dictionary, Art. "England."
Beautiful, 1. 2.
Distinguish between the following words:
Dear and deer.
Hearts and arts.
Hallowed and hollowed.
THE stately homes of England,
The deer across their greensward bound 2
The merry homes of England!
There woman's voice flows forth in song,
The cottage homes of England!
The free fair homes of England!
1. What does their refer to ? 2. Bound, what sort of verb?
3. What is meant by some glorious page of old?
4. Each what?
5. What effect has the repetition of the word long?
6. Why native proof.
7. One word for love of country, and one for love of God?
II. LOVE OF ENGLAND.
"IF nature has denied to Britain the fruitful vine, the fragrant myrtle, the spontaneous soil, and the beautiful climate, she has also exempted her from the parching drought, the deadly siroc, and the frightful tornado. If our soil is poor and churlish, and our skies cold and frowning, the serpent never lurks within the one, nor the plague within the other. If our mountains are bleak and barren, they have
LOVE OF ENGLAND.
at least nursed within their bosoms a race of men whose industry and intelligence have performed greater wonders, and supply a more inexhaustible fund of wealth, than all the mines of Mexico and Hindostan. If other nations furnish us with the materials of our manufactures, ours are the skill and industry that have enhanced their value a thousandfold; ours are the capital and onterprise that have applied the great inventions of Watt and Arkwright, and made the ascendency of this little island be felt in the remotest corners of the world; ours, in a word, are those institutions, civil, political, and religious, that have made us the envy of surrounding nations, and raised us to a pinnacle of greatness from which nothing but intestine foes can ever thrust us down.-M'Diarmid.
Distinguish between trans. and
Compare the following adjectives:
1. The ellipsis in this line? 2. What case is part in?
3. What is Ausonia?
ENGLAND, with all thy faults, I love thee still-
5. Is this use of an adjective to be recommended in prose?
III. THE NAME OF ENGLAND.
"WHO shall say what work and works this England has yet to do? For what purpose this land of Britain was created, set like a jewel in the encircling blue of ocean; and this tribe of Saxons, fasi ioned in the depths of time, 'on the shores of the Black Sea,' or elsewhere, 'out of Harzgebirge rock,' or whatever other material, was sent travelling hitherward? No man can say; it was for a work, and for Thou seest them there; works, incapable of announcement in words. part of them stand done, and visible to the eye; even these thou can'st not name; how much less the others still matter of prophecy only!"-Carlyle.
THE trumpet of the battle
Hath a high and thrilling tone;
And the first deep gun of an ocean fight
But a mightier power, my England!
Proudly it woke the spirits
And proudly hath it floated
Through the battles of the sea,
On rock, on wave, on bastion,
By a thousand streams the hearts lie low,
A thousand ancient mountains
1. Why bannered line?
2. The son of Edward the Third, called the Black Prince, because he wore black armour, made himself famous by gaining the battle of Cressy in France; a battle wherein the English army, of thirty thousand men, was opposed by a force of
a hundred and twenty thousand of the enemy. The English obtained a complete victory, which some say was partly owing to the havoc made by a few pieces of cannon, which were first used in this battle.