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21. Hymn of Nature, W. O. Peabody 201
. Logan 185 22. Cleon and I Charles Mackay 202
9. The Charms of Nature, Beattie 186 23. The Deserted Village,
11. The Melodies of Morning," 187
13. The Study and Beauties of the
24. A May Day Song,W.C. Bennett 205
25. The World is too much with us, 206
26. The Gladness of Nature, Bryant
Works of Nature. Thomson 18927. Song-on May Morning, Milton 208
1. Hymn to the Night, Longfellow 209 22. Stanzas written on a Spring
2. The Nightingale and the Glow.
3. The Street-musician; or, the
4. On a distant Prospect of Eton
15. An April Day Longfellow 191
16. Ode on the Spring. Gray 192
220 32. Procrastination, Robert Southwell 248
Cowper 222 33. The Child's First Grief,
Southey 223 34. Lines written in Early Spring, 250
15. The Soldier's Dream, Campbell 228 35. Separation, James Montgomery 250
16. Night. James Montgomery 229
Wordsworth 231 37. Birds of Passage, Mrs. Hemans 252
Longfellow 233 40. The Hour of Death,
Moore 257 31. Prayer
258 32. Christ Stilling the Tempest, 290
Bowring 260 33. Spread of the Gospel Heber
4. The Reaper and the Flowers, 260 34. The Riddle of the World,
5. Hope beyond the Grave, Beattie
6. What Makes a Happy Old Age,
12. The Destruction of Sennacherib, 267 42. The Worth of Hours,
261 35. The Lord's Prayer Paraphrased, 293
37. Education, the Support of Pub-
38. Elegy Written in a Country
Anonymous 47. All's for the Best
Shakspeare 273 48. Imaginary Evils.
18. The Complaints of the Poor, 274 49. Address to Light
Blessed are they that Mourn," 315
22. Happiness and Duty, Pollock 279 53. Wo Works Wisdom. Cameron 318
23. A Psalm of Life. Longfellow 279 54. The Graves of a Household,
52. The Cotter's Saturday Night, 316
C. R. Kennedy 55. On the Receipt of My Mother's
27. Human Frailty Cowper 284 57. All Men are Brethren, Southey 325
285 58. Weak is the Will of Man,
29. Moral Beauty, Rufus Dawes 286 59. The Victory of Faith,
30. Virtue Finally Triumphant,
HISTORICAL AND GEOGRAPHICAL POEMS.
I. THE BURIAL OF SIR JOHN MOORE.
SIR JOHN MOORE was born in Glasgow, in the year 1761, and after a complete military education, as well as distinguished services in the field, he was appointed to the chief command of the army to be employed in Spain. Moore, finding the reinforcements poured in by Napoleon too great to be successfully resisted, was induced to commence a retreat which turned out to be both precipitate and disastrous. The disasters, however, were closed on the 16th January, 1809, by the battle of Corunna, in which the British troops, though previously much exhausted, were animated by their gallant leader, and repulsed their pursuers under Marshal Soult. But their triumph was dearly purchased by the loss of their commander, the circumstances of whose death may challenge a comparison with the most illustrious examples of ancient or modern times,-with the last moments of Epaminondas, Bayard, Wolfe, or Nelson.
Mr. Alison has so graphically described the circumstances of the death of Moore, that we shall, for once, exceed the limits we had prescribed to ourselves in these introductory notes, by giving the following extract:
"Sir John Moore received his death-wound while animating the 42nd to the charge. A cannon-ball struck his left breast, and beat him down by its violence to the earth; but his countenance remained unchanged; not a sigh escaped his lips, and, sitting on the ground, he watched with anxious and steadfast eye the progress of the line. As it advanced, however, and it became manifest that the troops were gaining ground, his countenance brightened, and he reluctantly allowed himself to be led to the rear. Then the dreadful nature of the wound appeared manifest; the shoulder was shattered to pieces; the arm hanging by a film of skin; the breast and lungs almost laid open. As the soldiers placed him on a blanket to carry him from the field, the hilt of his sword was driven into the wound; an officer attempted to take it off, but the dying hero exclaimed, 'It is as well as it is; I had rather it should go off the field with me.' He continued to converse calmly, and even cheerfully; once only his voice faltered, as he spoke of his mother. Life was ebbing fast, and his strength was all but extinct, when he exclaimed, in words which will ever thrill in every British heart. I hope the people of England will be satisfied; I hope my country will do me justice.' Released in a few minutes after from his sufferings, he was wrapped by his attendants in his military cloak, and laid in a grave hastily formed on the ramparts of Corunna, where a monument was soon after con
structed over his uncoffined remains by the generosity of Marshal Ney. Not a word was spoken as the melancholy interment by torchlight took place; silently they laid him in his grave, while the distant cannon of the battle fired the funeral honours to his memory.". Alison's History of Europe.
We, v. 5, 1. 4.
* Distinguish between the following words:
Lay and Lie.
Hollowed and Hallowed.
Heard and Herd.
Corse, or Corpse, and Corps.
O'er the grave where our hero we buried.
No useless coffin enclosed his breast,'
Not in sheet or in shroud we wound him;
Few and short were the prayers we said,2
But we steadfastly gazed on the face that was dead,3
We thought, as we hollowed his narrow bed,
That the foe and the stranger would tread o'er his head,
Lightly they'll talk of the spirit that's gone,
But half of our heavy task was done,
When the clock struck the hour for retiring;
Slowly and sadly we laid him down,
From the field of his fame fresh and gory;
1. Breast, used in what sense? 2. Point out the ellipsis in this line. 3. Another reading of this line is, And we steadfastly looked on the face of the dead.-Which do you prefer, and why? 4. Parse and construe little.
II. BOADICEA, an ode.
"BOADICEA, the queen of the tribe of the Iceni, and her daughter, having suffered outrage and barbarous cruelty from some licentious Roman soldiers, many of the tribes, roused to a common thirst of vengeance by her wrongs, flocked round her. She appeared among the assembled multitude exciting them to do battle. But the Romans, under their leader, Suetonius, were victorious over the combined host of barbarians, whom they cruelly slaughtered. The wretched Boadicea, disappointed alike of revenge and her country's release, died by her own hand."- White's History of Great Britain and Ireland.
Rev. C. WOLFE.
5. But.- What part of speech ?-What other word might be used instead of it? 6. Heavy - -Why? 7. Another reading is, in.-Which is to be preferred?
Rods and Roads.
Distinguish between the following words:
Flew and Flowed.
Due and Dew.
WHEN the British warrior Queen,
Counsel of her country's gods:
Sage beneath the spreading oak
Sat the Druid, hoary chief;'
Full of rage and full of grief.
Princess! if our aged eyes
Weep upon thy matchless wrongs, "Tis because resentment ties
All the terrors of our tongues.
Word, v. 2, 1. 3.