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the earth and the
Naughter of ear: hand I am the daughter of earth and water,*
And the nursling * of the sky; formed is raised from I pass through the pores of the ocean and 75
I change, but I cannot die.
The pavilion of heaven * is bare,
vex * gleams like a canopy or tent. Convex, curved like Build up the blue dome of air,
80 the outer surface of I silently laugh at my own cenotaph,* a ball or globe.
And out of the caverns of rain, Cenotaph, an empty tomb, or memorial Like a child from the womb, like a ghost from built to a person who the tomb, is buried elsewhere.
I arise and unbuild it again.
ADVICE TO A YOUTH.-Jonson.
Thrive, to succeed. LEARN to be wise, and practise how to thrive;
That would I have you do: and not to spend Bauble, a trifle, a Your coin on every bauble * that you fancy, thing of very small
Or foolish brain * that humours you. value.
every Foolish brain, a silly I would not have you to invade each place,
Nor thrust yourself on all societies, Desert, being worthy of reward ; merit.
Till men's affections, or your own desert, Rank, here
means Should worthily invite you to your rank.*
proper He that is so respectless * in his courses, position in society. Respectless, wanting Oft sells his reputation * at cheap market. in self-respect. Nor would I you should melt away yourself Reputation, character, good name. In flashing bravery,* lest, while
affect Courses, habits. To make a blaze of gentry * to the world, Flashing bravery. ex. A little puff of scorn extinguish it; travagance in dress. Affect, pretend. And you be left like an unsavoury snuff, Blaze of gentry, pre- Whose property is only to offend. position superior to I'd have you sober, and contain yourself, that which one holds. Not that your sail be bigger than your
But moderate your expenses now, at first,
As you may keep the same proportion stíll : Your gentility, the Nor stand so much on your gentility, fact of your being a Which is an airy and mere borrowed thing, gentleman by birth.
From dead men's dust, and bones ; and none
Except you make, or hold it.
THE RÉVEILLÉ.* -Bret Harte.
BRET HARTE (1835
) is a popular American writer, and author of some
HARK! I hear the tramp of thousands,
And of armed men the hum ;
Saying, “ Come,
Freemen, come! Ere your heritage * be wasted,” said the quick Heritage, that which alarming drum.
one claims by right of birth
“Let me of my heart take counsel :*
But the drum
Echoed, to give back
“ But when won the coming battle,
What of profit springs therefrom?
But the drum
Conquest, that which is obtained by force. Subjugation, to conquer, to bring under power.
“ What if, 'mid the cannons' thunder,
Bomb, a large hollow
ball or shell of iron When my brothers fall around me,
filled with gunpowShould my heart grow cold and numb ?" * der, to be thrown
from a mortar, so as But the drum
to explode when it Answered, “Come!
falls. Better there in death united, than in life a
Numb, deprived of
feeling. recreant,* —come !"
* Réveillé, the beat of drum or sound of trumpet at daybreak (Fr, réveiller, to awake, to stir up).
Thus they answered, -hoping, fearing,
Some in faith, and doubting some,
Then the drum,
Lo! was dumb,
answered, “Lord, we come!”
THE WRECK OF THE HESPERUS.—Longfellow.
Schooner, a ship with two masts.
It was the schooner * Hesperus,
That sailed the wintry sea ;
To bear him company.
Skipper, the captain of a merchant ship.
Blue were her eyes as the fairy flax,
Her cheeks like the dawn of day,
* in the month of May.
The skipper, he stood beside the helm,
His pipe was in his mouth;
The smoke now west, now south.
up and spake an old sailor,
For I fear the hurricane. *
Veering, varying, changeable. Flaw, a sudden gust of wind, usually termed a squall. Spanish Main, that part of the Atlantic Ocean which washes the north part of South America, from the Leeward Islands to the Isthmus of Darien. The term is also applied to the coast. Hurricane, a furious storm. Golden ring, a halo orluminous ring around the moon, supposed to indicate the approach of stormy weather. Amain, with great force.
“ Last night the moon had a golden ring, *
And to-night no moon we see !"
And a scornful laugh laughed he.
She shuddered and paused, like a frighted steed,
Cable, a thick
strong rope (240 “Come hither! come hither ! my little daughter, to hold ships at 30 And do not tremble so;
anchor, or to tow For I can weather * the roughest gale,
vessels in large
rivers. That ever wind did blow."
TVeather,endure. He wrapped her warm in his seaman's coat,
Against the stinging blast; 35 He cut a rope from a broken spar, *
Spar, a small And bound her to the mast.
“O father! I hear the church bells ring;
it be ?"
And he steered for the open sea.
In such an angry sea.'
A frozen corpse was he.
Lashed to the helm, all stiff and stark, 50 With his face turned to the skies,
The lantern gleamed through the gleaming snow
On his fixed and glassy eyes.
That saved she might be;
On the lake of Galilee.
Through the whistling sleet and snow,
Like a sheeted ghost, the vessel swept 60 Towards the reef * of Norman's Woe.
And ever, the fitful gusts between,
A sound came from the land :
On the rocks and the hard sea sand.
Reef, ridge of rocks in the sea, near the surface.
We climbed on the graves, on the stones
worn with rains, Aisle, a passage in a And we gazed up the aisle * through the 75
small leaded panes.
She sate by the pillar; we saw her clear : Hist! hush, atten
“ Margaret, hist! come quick, we are here. tion, silence, listen.
Dear heart,” I said, “we are long alone.
The sea grows stormy, the little ones moan.
80 Sealed, fixed with an For her eyes were sealed * to the holy book. attentive gaze.
the priest ; shut stands the door.”
85 Down to the depths of the sea. Humming town, at a
She sits at her wheel in the humming town, *
Singing most joyfully. the humming of bees Hark, what she sings : “Oh joy, oh joy, in & hive.
For the humming street, and the child with 90
distance the noise of a town sounds like
For the priest, and the bell, and the holy well.
For the wheel where I spun,
And the blessed light of the sun.”
95 Shuttle, an instru- Till the shuttle * falls from her hand, ment used for shooting the thread of the
And the whizzing wheel stands still. between the She steals to the window, and looks at the sand ; threads of the warp And over the sand at the sea ; in weaving. And her eyes are set in a stare ;
100 Anon, soon, quickly,
And anon there breaks a sigh, immediately.
And anon there drops a tear,
From a sorrow-clouded eye, Sorrow-laden, full of
And a heart sorrow-laden, * sorrow, weighed down A long, long sigh.
105 with sadness. Mermaiden, maid of For the cold strange eyes of a little Mermaiden,* the sea, having the
And the gleam of her golden hair. upper part like woman and the lower like a fish, and sup
Come away, away, children. posed to have long
Come, children, come down. golden hair.
The hoarse * wind blows colder; IIO Hoarse, harsh, disagreeable.
Lights shine in the town.
She will start from her slumber
When gusts * shake the door ;