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5. For thee they fought, for thee they fell,
Thou wert, through an age of death and fears,
Till the gathered rage of a thousand years,
6. And then a deluge of wrath it came,
And it swept the earth till its fields were flame,
7. And where was then thy fearless flight?
To the lands that caught the setting light,
There, on the silent and lonely shore,
For ages, I watched alone,
And the world, in its darkness, asked no more,
8. But then came a bold and hardy few,
I caught afar the wandering crew,
9. "And now that bold and hardy few
Are a nation wide and strong;
And danger and doubt I have led them through,
And over their bright and glancing arms,
On field, and lake, and sea,
With an eye that fires, and a spell that charms,
I guide them to victory."
QUESTIONS.-1. What bird is addressed? 2. Where does it dwell? 3. Where fly? 4. What is it described as doing in the third verse? 5. What was the Roman ensign? 6. What is meant by "the polar shore?" 7. What was finally the fate of the Romans? 8. What is supposed to commence speaking in the seventh verse? 9. Where does its speech end? 10. What land is meant by "the cradle of Liberty?" 11. Who were the "bold and hardy few," mentioned first line, ninth verse? 12. What have they become now? 13. What bird is inscribed on the American flag?
What difficulty in giving a clear and distinct articulation in reading the second line, first verse? (Les. II. Note II.) Point out those words in the second verse, which are the most difficult to articulate. What poetical pause should be observed at the end of each line in this lesson? (Les. XII. 9.) For what does thee stand, first line, fifth verse? Is the metrical accent in the fourth line, seventh verse, and last line, ninth verse, the same as in the lines, with which they rhyme?
SPELL AND DEFINE-1. Cо'HORTS, bands of warriors. 2. SHEEN, glitter. 3. STEED, a horse,-particularly for war. 4. DISTORTED, not having natural form or shape. 5. MAIL, a coat of steel, or armor for defense. 6. GENTILE, a worshiper of idols; any one not a Jew.-7. BɛHEST, Command.
THE DESTRUCTION OF SENNACHERIB'S HOST.
"And it came to pass, that night, that the angel of the Lord went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred four score and five thousand; and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses."-2 Kings, 19th Chap. 35th verse.
1. THE Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold,
4. And there lay the steed with his nostril all wide,
5. And there lay the rider, distorted and pale,
With the dew on his brow, and the rust on his mail.
6. And the widows of Ashur are loud in their wail,
1. THE Lord our God is full of might,
He speaks, and in his heavenly hight,
2. Rebel, ye waves, and o'er the land
3. Ye winds of night, your force combine;
Ye shall not in the lofty pine,
4. His voice sublime is heard afar,-
He yokes the whirlwind to His car,
5. Ye nations bend,-in reverence bend;
And bid the choral song ascend,
To celebrate your God.-HENRY KIRKE WHITE.
QUESTIONS.-1. In what manner did the Assyrian come down on Jerusalem? 2. What was the fate of the host? 3. By whom were they destroyed? 4. How is the steed described? 5. The rider? 6. The widows of Ashur, &c.? 7. At what places in the Bible is this circumstance mentioned? 8. What is said of the power of God in the second extract?
With what modulation should the second part of this lesson be read? Why the rhetorical pause before the last clause of the third verse? How should that clause be read? What poetic pause, besides the cesural, and final, occurs in the poetry of the first part, and how does it divide the lines? (Les. XII. 7.) Which are the accented syllables in the first verse, second part? What does a succession of accented syllables constitute? (Les. XII. 5.) What examples in this lesson ?
SPELL AND DEFINE-1. RURAL, belonging to the country. 2. HusBANDMAN, a tiller of the ground; a farmer. 3. OMNIPRESENT, every where present. 4. PROX IM'ITY, nearness. 5. AUSPICIOUS, very favorable. 6. FASCINATED, charmed. 7. ANNUALLY, yearly. 8. PERIODICAL, returning at stated times. 9. INVIGORATE, strengthen. 10. PERVADES, spreads through. 11. QUICKENS, makes alive. 12. FLUCTUates, moves like the waves. 13. LEGIBLE, that may be read. 14. PROBATION,
RURAL OCCUPATIONS FAVORABLE TO SENTIMENTS OF DEVOTION.
1. No situation in life is so favorable to established habits of virtue, and to powerful sentiments of devotion, as a residence in the country, and rural occupations. No man, one would think, would feel so sensibly his immediate dependence upon God, as the husbandman. For all his peculiar blessings, he is invited to look immediately to the bounty of Heaven. No secondary cause stands between him and his Maker. To him are essential the regular succession of the seasons, and the timely fall of the rain, the genial warmth of the sun, the sure productiveness of the soil, and the certain operations of those laws of nature, which must appear to him nothing less than the varied exertions of omnipresent energy.
2. In the country, we seem to stand in the midst of the great theater of God's power, and we feel an unusual proximity to our Creator. His blue and tranquil sky spreads itself over our heads, and we acknowledge the intrusion of no secondary agent in unfolding this vast expanse. Nothing but Omnipotence can work up the dark horrors of the tempest, dart the flashes of the lightning, and roll the long-resounding rumor of the thunder. The breeze wafts to his senses the odors of God's beneficence,-the voice of God's power is heard in the rustling of the forest,—and the varied forms of life, activity, and pleasure, which he observes at every step in the fields, lead him irresistibly, one would suppose, to the Source of being, and beauty, and joy.
3. How auspicious such a life to the noble sentiments of devotion! Besides, the situation of the husbandman is peculiarly favorable to purity and simplicity of moral sentiment. He is brought acquainted chiefly with the real and native wants of mankind. Employed solely in bringing food out
of the earth, he is not liable to be fascinated with the fictitious pleasures, the unnatural wants, the fashionable follies, and tyrannical vices of more busy and splendid life.
4. Still more favorable to the religious character of the husbandman, is the circumstance, that, from the nature of agricultural pursuits, they do not so completely engross the attention as other occupations. They leave much time for contemplation, for reading, and intellectual pleasures; and these are peculiarly grateful to the resident in the country. Especially does the institution of the Sabbath discover all its value to the tiller of the earth, whose fatigue it solaces, whose hard labor it interrupts, and who feels, on that day, the worth of his moral nature, which can not be understood by the busy man, who considers the repose of this day as interfering with his hopes of gain, or professional employments. If, then, this institution is of any moral and religious value, it is to the country we must look for the continuance of that respect and observance, which it merits.
5. My friends, those of you, especially, who retire annually into the country, let these periodical retreats from business or dissipation, bring you nearer to your God; let them restore the clearness of your judgment on the objects of human pursuits, invigorate your moral preceptions, exalt your sentiments, and regulate your habits of devotion; and if there be any virtue or simplicity remaining in rural life, let them never be impaired by the influence of your presence and example.
1. THERE is religion in every thing around us,—a calm and holy religion in the unbreathing things of nature, which man would do well to imitate. It is a meck and blessed influence, stealing in, as it were, unawares upon the heart. It comes quietly and without excitement. It has no terror, no gloom in its approaches. It does not rouse up the passions; it is untrammeled by the creeds, and unshadowed by the superstitions of man. It is fresh from the hands of its Author, and glowing from the immediate presence of the Great Spirit, which pervades and quickens it.
2. It is written on the arched sky. It looks out from every star. It is on the sailing cloud, and in the invisible wind. It is among the hills and valleys of the earth,—where the shrubless mountain-top pierces the thin atmosphere of eternal winter, or where the mighty forest fluctuates before