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V. LORD ULLIN'S DAUGHTER.
For the inflections and emphasis in this selection, let the pupil be guided by his own judgment.
A chieftain to the Highlands bound,
Cries, "Boatman, do not tarry I
To row us o'er the ferry."
"Now, who be ye would cross Loch-Gyle
This dark and stormy water?"
And this, Lord Ullin's daughter.
"And fast before her father's men
"His horsemen hard behind us ride;
Out spoke the hardy Highland wight
"I'll go, my chief—I'm ready:
But for your winsome lady:
"And, by my word! the bonny bird
By this, the storm grew loud apace,
The water wraith was shrieking;
Grew dark as they were speaking.
But still, as wilder grew the wind,
And as the night grew drearer, Adown the glen rode armed men,
Their trampling sounded nearer.
"Oh I haste thee, haste!" the lady cries,
The boat has left the stormy land,
A stormy sea before her;
The tempest gathered o'er her.
And still they rowed, amid the roar
Of waters fast prevailing;
His wrath was changed to wailing.
For sore dismay through storm and shade
His child he did discover;
And one was round fcer lover.
"Come back! come back I" he cried, in grief,
Twas vain: the loud waves lashed the shore,
Return or aid preventing:
And he was left lamenting.
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1. It is told of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, that, as he was seated one day in his private room, a written petition was brought to him with the request that it should be immediately read The King had just re
turned from hunting, and the glare of the sun, or some other cause, had so dazzled his eyes that he found it difficult to make out a single word of the writing.
2. His private secretary happened to be absent; and the soldier who brought the petition could not read. There was a page, or favorite boy servant, waiting in the hall, and upon him the King called. The page was a son of one of the noblemen of the court, but proved to be a very poor reader.
3. In the first place, he did not articulate distinctly. He huddled his words together in the utterance, as if they were syllables of one long word, which he must get through with as speedily as possible. His pronunciation was bad, and he did not modulate his voice so as to bring out the meaning of what he read. Every sentence was uttered with a dismal monotony of voice, as if it did not differ in any respect from that which preceded it.
4. "Stop!" said the King, impatiently. "Is it an auctioneer's list of goods to be sold that you are hurrying over? Send your companion to me." Another page who stood at the door now entered, and to him the King gave the petition. The second page began by hemming and clearing his throat in such an affected manner that the King jokingly asked him whether he had not slept in the public garden, with the gate open, the night before.
5. The second page had a good share of self-conceit, however, and so was not greatly confused by the King's jest. He determined that he would avoid the mistake which his comrade had made. So he commenced reading the petition slowly and with great formality, emphasizing every word, and prolonging the articulation of every syllable. But his manner was so tedious that the King cried out, "Stop! are you reciting a lesson in the elementary sounds? Out of the room! But no: stay! Send me that little girl who is sitting there by the fountain."
6. The girl thus pointed out by the King was a daughter