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IV. ENGLAND'S DEAD. “ Of a truth, whosoever had, with the bodily eye, seen Hengist and Horsa mooring on the mud-beach of Thanet, on that spring morning of the year 449, and then, with the spiritual eye, looked forward to New York, Calcutta, Sydney Cove, across the ages and the oceans, and thought what Wellingtons, Washingtons, Shaksperes, Miltons, Watts, Arkwrights, William Pitts, and Davie Crocketts had to issue from that business, and do their several taskworks so,-he would have said these leather boats of Hengist's had a kind of cargo in them--a genealogic mythus, superior to any in the old Greek, to almost any
in the old Hebrew itself, and not a mythus either, but every fibre of it fact."— Carlyle. Derivations. Compare the following Point out the position of the following adjectives :
places on the Map:
Where sleep your mighty dead?
Is rear'd o'er Glory's bed.
Where rest not England's dead.
And the palm-trees yield no shade.
From heaven look fiercely red,
There sleep England's dead. 3
Along the Indian shore,
Is heard the tiger's roar.
It hath no tone of dread
There slumber England's dead.
Loud rush the torrent-floods
The western wilds * among ;
The hunter's bow is strung.
Let the arrow's flight be sped !
There slumber England's dead.
In the snowy Pyrenees,
Like rose-leaves on the breeze.
Let the fresh wreaths be shed !
There slumber England's dead." On the frozen deep's repose
'Tis a dark and dreadful hour,
And the northern night-clouds lower.
Let the cold blue desert spread !
Even there sleep England's dead.
The men of field and wave,
The seas and shores their grave?
Free, free the white sail spread !
1. Who is addressed under this title ?
4. What wilds ?
LOVE OF COUNTRY.
V. LOVE OF COUNTRY. “ That we should love the land of our birth, of our happiness, of that social system under which our happiness has been produced and protected, the land of our ancestors, of all the great names and great deeds which we have been taught most early to venerate, is surely as little wonderful as that we should feel, what we all feel, a sort of affection for the most trifling object which we have merely borne about with us for any length of time. Loving the very land of our
irth, we love those who inhabit it, who are to us a part, of the land itself, and the part which brings it most immediately home to our affections and services. It is a greater recommendation to our good-will, indeed, to be a relative, or a friend, or a benefactor; but it is no slight recommendation, even without any of these powerful titles, to be a fellow-countryman, to have breathed the same air, and trod the same soil, and lent vigour to the same political institutions, to which our own aid has actively or passively contributed.”. Brown's Lectures. Arrange the following verbs into trans, and intrans., viz.
Compare the following adjectives, riz.
“ This is my own, my native land !”
From wandering on a foreign strand !
SIR WALTER SCOTT,
VI. BRUCE TO HIS ARMY. In the year 1314 the weak and worthless Edward II. invaded Scot! and with the most formidable army that had ever left England, consisting of not less than 100,000 men, admirably equipped, and headed by the flower of English chivalry. King Robert Bruce met him on the banks of Bannockburn, at a short distance from Stirling, with only 40,000 Scots. The following poetical address is supposed be spoken by Bruce on the approach of the enemy. The English were defeated; an immense slaughter followed; and Scotland was delivered from her invaders. Sir William Wallace, in the time of Edward I., had bravely, but not successfully, struggled for the freedom of his native country; it was now secured by Bruce.
Scottish words with English equivalents.
Scots, wha hae wi' Wallace bled,
Or to victory!
Chains and slavery !
Let him turn and flee!
Let him follow me!
But they shall be free!
Let us do, or die !
THE CLIFFS OF DOVER,
VII. THE CLIFFS OF DOVER.
“ The British Islands have also been singularly fortunate in respect of climate. If we desiderate the clear skies of Italy and the south of France, we also want the long-continued droughts and exhausting heats to which they are subject. Though exposed to sudden changes, we are exempted from all violent extremes of heat and cold. On the whole, the climate of the British Islands is, notwithstanding its defects, one of the best, if not the very best, in Europe. It requires, indeed, the most anxious and watchful attention on the part of the husbandman; but instead of being a drawback, that is an advantage. There is also much truth in the remark of Charles II., as quoted by Sir William Temple :—He thought that was the best climate where he could be abroad in the air with pleasure, or at least without trouble and inconvenience, the most days of the year, and the most hours of the day; and this he thought he could be in England, more than in any other country of Europe.'”—McCulloch’s Geographical Dictionary.
Rocks of my country ! let the cloud
Your crested heights array,
Above the surge and spray !
Breasting the billow's foam :
The sever'd' land of home!
Lighting up classic shrines ;
And sunshine on the vines.
Have floated o'er my way ;
Hath soothed me with its lay.
The purple heavens of Rome,-
I bless thee, land of home!
And thine the guarded hearth ;
That makes thee holy earth.