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6. "The stones of Jerusalem's Temple are no longer recognized, but they might now have occupied their place in the glorious structure, had not God otherwise decreed in punishment of man's sins. Look at the Pyramids of Egypt; there they still stand, the lofty and strong monuments of former ages; I have merely effaced the names of their vain-glorious builders. Traveler! I am not a mighty destroyer. I am the friend of man; I afford him precious opportunities; I mitigate his severest woes; I afford him seed-time and harvest, summer and winter, in agreeable vicissitudes; let him be virtuous, and then it will no longer be said,—I mar his works."
7. The venerable personage disappeared, when he had thus spoken, and the traveler, mentally acknowledging the justice of his vindication, pursued his travels, to mark with greater discrimination the wide-spread desolation, which had been brought into the world by human crime.
QUESTIONS.-1. How is the traveler represented as expressing himself, on viewing the ruins of Babylon? 2. By whom is it represented that he was accosted? 3. In what did Time say he had been wronged and misrepresented? 4. What arguments did he use to refute the charge that he was a destroyer? 5. What did Time say had been the great destroyer? 6. What arguments did he adduce to prove it? 7. In what respect has Time been the friend of man? 8. Was this vindication just?
What inflection at the commas, first sentence, first verse? What inflection has Time and Destroyer, end of the first verse, and why? Why the liability to a faulty articulation, between the first and second periods, sixth verse? Which is the most emphatic word in the sentence, "I am not a mighty destroyer," sixth verse? What Rule for the falling inflection at the semicolons, the same verse?
JOSEPH MAKING HIMSELF KNOWN TO HIS
1. AND the sons of Israel came to buy corn, among those that came; for the famine was in the land of Canaan. And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land; and Joseph's brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth. And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them, and spake roughly unto them; and he said unto them, Whence come ye? And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food. And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him.
2. And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them, and said unto them, Ye are spies; to see the naked-' ness of the land ye are come. And they said unto him, Nay, my lord, but to buy food are thy servants come. We are all one man's sons; we are true men; thy servants are no spies.
3. Then Judah came near unto him, and said, O my lord! let thy servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my lord's ears, and let not thine anger burn against thy servant; for thou art even as Pharaoh. My lord asked his servants, saying, Have ye a fáther, or a brother? And we said unto my lord, We have a fáther, an old mán, and a child of his old age, a little one; and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loveth him. And thou saidst unto thy servants, Bring him down unto me, that I may set mine eyes upon him.
4. And we said unto my lord, The lad can not leave his father; for if he should leave his father, his father would die. And thou saidst unto thy servants, Except your youngest brother come down with you, ye shall see my face no more. And it came to pass when we came up unto thy servant, my father, we told him the words of my lord. And our father said, Go again, and buy us a little food. And we said, We can not go down: if our youngest brother be with us, then we will go down; for we may not see the man's face, except our youngest brother be with us.
5. And thy servant, my father, said unto us, Ye know that my wife bare me two sons; and the one went out from me, and I said, Surely he is torn in pieces; and I saw him not since; and if ye take this also from me, and mischief befall him, ye shall bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.
6. Now, therefore, when I come to thy servant, my father, and the lad be not with us, (seeing that his life is bound up in the lad's life;) it shall come to pass, when he seeth that the lad is not with us, that he will die; and thy servant shall bring down the gray hairs of thy servant, our father, with sorrow to the grave. For thy servant became surety for the lad unto my father, saying, If I bring him not unto thee, then I shall bear the blame to my father for ever.
7. Now, therefore, I pray thee, let thy servant abide instead of the lad, a bondman to my lord; and let the lad go up with his brethren. For how shall I go up to my father,
and the lad be not with me? lest, peradventure, I see the . evil that shall come on my father.
8. Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren. And he wept aloud; and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard. And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph ;-doth my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence.
9. And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you: and they came near. And he said, I am Joseph, your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt. Now, therefore, be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither; for God did send me before you to preserve life. For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in which there shall be neither earing nor harvest. And God sent me before you, to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
QUESTIONS.-1. Where did the sons of Jacob go to buy corn? 2. Who sold corn in Egypt? 3. Can you tell how he came by his office? (Consult the history of Joseph. Gen. 37th to 42nd chap.) 4. How did Joseph first treat his brethren? 5. What did Judah say in regard to his father's family? 6. What, in regard to Benjamin's coming with them? 7. What, as to the effect on his father, should he not return? 8. What did he finally propose to do? 9. In what manner did Joseph make himself known?
What do the marks after the second verse signify? Ans. That something is omitted. What inflection at ye, first verse? Could the question in the third verse be answered by yes, or no? (Rule II. Rem. 1.) Why the rising inflection on father and man, same verse? (Rule V.) You observe many words after the comma beginning with capitals; how do you explain this? What inflection at live, eighth verse?
SPELL AND DEFINE-1. DESERT'ED, left alone. 2. TIES, bonds of relationship. 3. ORPHAN, one whose parents are dead. 4. WILES, deceptive tricks. 5. TERRIBLY, in a manner causing fear.
THE DEAD MOTHER.
Fath. TOUCH not thy mother, boy.-Thou canst not wake her. Child. Why, Father? She still wakens at this hour.
F. Your mother's dead, my child.
C. And what is dead?
If she be dead, why, then, 'tis only sleeping,
For I am sure she sleeps.
Her hand is very cold!
F. Her heart is cold.
Come, móther, rise,
Her limbs are bloodless,-would that mine were so!
C. If she would waken, she would soon be warm.
This winter morning, were not covered better,
F. No, not like her:
The fire might warm you, or thick clothes,—but her,—
C. If I could wake her,
She would smile on me, as she always does,
And kiss me. Mother! you have slept too long,-
But that I know she loves me.
F. Come, my child.
C. Once, when I sat upon her lap, I felt
It was her heart that beat, and bade me feel
My own heart yet, but hers,-I can not féel,—
F. Child! chìld!—you drive me mad,—come hence, I say.
C. Này, fáther, be not angry! let me stay
Here till my mother wakens.
F. I have told you,
Your mother can not wake,-not in this world,
But in another she will wake for us.
When we have slept like her, then we shall see her.
C. Would it were night, then!
F. No, unhappy child!
Full many a night shall pass, ere thou canst sleep
None will regard thee; thou wilt soon forget
C. Father! Father!
Why do you look so terribly upon me,—
F. Hurt thee, dárling? no!
Has sorrow's violence so much of anger,
C. You are not angry, then?
F. Too well I love you.
Come, dearest, coine.
C. All you have said I can not now remember,
QUESTIONS.-1. What did the child think of his mother? 2. What was this sleeping? 3. To whom, besides his father, does the child speak? 4. Why was he frightened at his father? 5. Why could he not remember what his father had said to him?
Should the words of the child be read in the same modulation of voice with those of the ather? (Les. X. 4.) Why is heart emphatic, third remark of the father? Why a rising inflection at darling? Why the falling inflection on father, last line? (Rule VII. Note I.)
SPELL AND Define-1. FraiLTY, weakness. 2. POR TRAY', to show as by a picture. 3. MONITORY, that teaches by warning. 4. CHEER, that which gladdens. 5. EMBLEMAT'IC, representing by what is similar. 6. BETOKEN, to show by signs.
1. FLOWERS of the field, how meet ye seem
Man's frailty to portray!—
Blooming so fair in morning beam,
Passing at eve away;
Teach this, and oh! though brief your reign,