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Thou hast not left

Thyself without a witness, in these shades,

Of Thy perfections. Grandeur, strength, and grace,
Are here to speak of Thee. This mighty oak,—
By whose immovable trunk I stand and seem
Almost annihilated,—not a prince,

In all that proud old world beyond the deep,
E'er wore his crown as loftily as he

Wears the green coronal of leaves, with which
Thy hand has graced him.

Nestled at his root

Is beauty, such as blooms not in the glare
Of the broad sun. That delicate forest flower,
With scented breath, and look so like a smile,
Seems, as it issues from the shapeless mold,
An emanation of the indwelling Life,
A visible token of the upholding Love,
That are the soul of this wide universe.

My heart is awed within me, when I think
Of the great miracle that still goes on,
In silence, round me,-the perpetual work
Of Thy creation, finished, yet renewed
For ever.

Written on Thy works, I read

The lesson of Thy own eternity.

Lo! all grow old and die,-but see, again,
How on the faltering footsteps of decay

Youth presses,-ever gay and beautiful youth,-
In all its beautiful forms.

These lofty trees

Wave not less proudly, that their ancestors
Molder beneath them. Oh, there is not lost
One of earth's charms: upon her bosom yet,
After the flight of untold centuries,
The freshness of her far beginning lies,
And yet shall lie. Life mocks the idle hate
Of his arch enemy, Death,-yea, seats himself
Upon the tyrant's throne,-the sepulcher,
And, of the triumphs of his ghastly foe,

Makes his own nourishment. For he came forth
From Thine own bosom, and shall have no end.

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There have been holy men who hid themselves
Deep in the woody wilderness, and gave

Their lives to thought and prayer, till they outlived
The generation born with them, nor seemed
Less aged than the hoary trees and rocks
Around them;--and there have been holy men
Who deemed it were not well to pass life thus;
But let me often to these solitudes

Retire, and in thy presence re-assure

My feeble virtue. Here, its enemies,

The passions, at Thy plainer footsteps, shrink,
And tremble, and are still.

Oh, God! when Thou

Dost scare the world with tempests, set on fire
The heavens with falling thunderbolts, or fill
With all the waters of the firmament,

The swift, dark whirlwind that uproots the woods,
And drowns the villages; when, at Thy call,
Uprises the great deep, and throws himself
Upon the continent, and overwhelms
Its cities,-whò forgets not, at the sight
Of these tremendous tokens of Thy power,
Ilis pride, and lays his strifes and follies by?

Oh, from these sterner aspects of Thy face,
Spre me and mine, nor let us need the wrath
Of the mad, unchained elements to teach
Who rules them. Be it ours to meditate,
In these calm shades, Thy milder majesty,
And to the beautiful order of Thy works,
Learn to conform the order of our lives.

QUESTIONS. 1. What is meant by "verdant roof?" 2. What allusion is made to the age of the trees? 3. For what are they a fit shrine? 4. Of what do they not report? 5. What continual worship is in the forest? 6. Wit is said of the mighty oak? 7. Of the forest_flower? 8. What change is constantly going on among the trees? 9. Does age lessen their charms? 10. What have some holy men done? 11. What will make us forget our pride, and lay our strifes and follies by ?

To what does the pronoun is, in the eighth verse, refer? With what tone of voice should the ninth verse be read? With what, the last? Which line in the third verse, is the most difficult to articulate distinctly, and why?


SPELL AND DEFINE-1. BANQUET. a feast. 2. PROPORTION. form of shape. 3. SUN'DERED, separated; parted. 4. NEES'INGS, sneezings. or spoutings of a sea-animal as of a whale. 5. NOTH'ER, lower, or being under. 6. HA BER GE ON, a defensive armor for the neck or breast. 7. SEETHING, boiling. 8. CAL'DRON, a large kettle.


1. CANST thou draw out leviathan with a hook?


Or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?
Canst thou put a hook into his nose?

Or bore his jaw through with a thorn?

Will he make many supplications unto thee?
Will he speak soft words unto thee?

Will he make a covenant with thee?

Wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?
Wilt thou play with him as with a bird?
Or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?
Shall thy companions make a banquet of him?
Shall they part him among the merchants?
Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons ?
Or his head with fish spears?

2. Lay thine hand upon him,

Remember the battle, do no more.
Behold, the hope of him is in vàin :

Shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him?
None is so fierce that dare stir him up:

Who then is able to stand before me?

Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him
Whatsoever is under the whole heaven, is mine.

3. I will not conceal his parts, nor his power,
Nor his comely proportion.

Who can discover the face of his garment?

Or who can come to him with his double bridle?

Who can open the doors of his face?

His teeth are terrible round about.
His scales are his pride,

Shut up together as with a close seal.

One is so near to another,

That no air can come between them.

They are joined one to another,

They stick together, that they can not be sundered.

By his neesings a light doth shine,

And his eyes ere like the eyelids of the morning.

4. Out of his mouth go burning lamps,

And sparks of fire leap out.

Out of his nostrils goeth smoke,

As out of a seething pot or caldron.
His breath kindleth coals,

And a flame goeth out of his mouth.
In his neck remaineth strength,

And sorrow is turned into joy before him.
The flakes of his flesh are joined together:

They are firm in themselves; they can not be moved.
His heart is as firm as a stone;

Yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone.

5. When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid :
By reason of breakings they purify themselves.
The sword of him that layeth at him, can not hold:
The spear, the dart, nor the habergeon.

He esteemeth iron as straw,

And brass as rotten wood.

The arrow can not make him flee;

Slingstones are turned with him into stubble:
Darts are counted as stubble:

He laugheth at the shaking of a spear.

6. He maketh the deep to boil like a pòt:
He maketh the sea like a pot of òintment.
He maketh a path to shine after hìm ;
One would think the deep to be hoary.
Apon earth there is not his like,
Who is made without fear.

He beholdeth all high things,

He is king over all the children of pride.



QUESTIONS.-1. Does the leviathan live on land or in water? 2. Who is meant by me, second verse? 3. What is meant by, the face of his garment." third verse? 4. What, by the doors of his face?" 5. What is said of his scales? 6. What is meant by eyelids of the morning?" 7. What is said of his strength, fifth verse? 8. Is there any animal that can compare with him? 9. What is meant by "children of pride," last line?

With what inflections should the questions in the first verse be read? With what, the questions in the third verse?


SPELL AND DEFINE-1. REC'TI TUDE, uprightness; correctness of conduct. 2. A BAN'DON MENT. a forsaking. 3. INTEGRITY, honesty. 4. EMERGENCY, a pressing necessity; literally, a rising out. 5. PREDICT, foretell 6. COM PLAI SANCE. a pleasing manner or deportment. 7. SECULAR, worldly; not religious. 8. SCRU'PU LOUS, careful; cautious in decision, from a fear of doing wrong. 9. COMPETITION, strife to gain the same object as another. 10. TAMPER, to meddle; to trifle with. 11. PLIABLE easy to be bent; readily yielding. 12. EXPEDITIOUS, quick; speedy. 13. PELF, money; riches.



1. To be insensible to public opinion, or to the estimation in which we are held by others, indicates any thing, rather than a good and generous spirit. It is indeed the mark of a low and worthless character, devoid of principle, and, therefore, devoid of shame. A young man is not far from ruin, when he can say, without blushing, "I don't care what others think of me."

2. But to have a proper regard to public opinion, is one thing; to make that opinion our rule of action is quite another. The one we may cherish consistently with the purest virtue, and the most unbending rectitude; the òther we can not adopt, without an utter abandonment of principle, and disregard of duty.

3. The young man whose great aim is to please, who makes the opinion and favor of others his rule and motive of action, stands ready to adopt any sentiment, or pursue any course of conduct, however false and criminal, provided only that it be popular. In every emergency, his first question is, what will my companions, what will the world think and say of me, if I adopt this, or that course of conduct? Duty, the eternal laws of rectitude, are not thought of. Custom, fashion, popular favor,-these are the things, that fill his entire vision, and decide every question of opinion and duty.

4. Such a man can never be trusted; for he has no integrity, and no independence of mind, to obey the dictates. of rectitude. He is at the mercy of every casual impulse and change of popular opinion; and you can no more tell whether he will be right or wrong to-morrow, than you can predic the course of the wind, or what shape the clouds will then


5. And what is the usual consequence of this weak and

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