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Thou hast not left
Thyself without a witness, in these shades,
Of Thy perfections. Grandeur, strength, and grace,
In all that proud old world beyond the deep,
Wears the green coronal of leaves, with which
Nestled at his root
Is beauty, such as blooms not in the glare
My heart is awed within me, when I think
Written on Thy works, I read
The lesson of Thy own eternity.
Lo! all grow old and die,-but see, again,
Youth presses,-ever gay and beautiful youth,-
These lofty trees
Wave not less proudly, that their ancestors
Makes his own nourishment. For he came forth
There have been holy men who hid themselves
Their lives to thought and prayer, till they outlived
Retire, and in thy presence re-assure
My feeble virtue. Here, its enemies,
The passions, at Thy plainer footsteps, shrink,
Oh, God! when Thou
Dost scare the world with tempests, set on fire
The swift, dark whirlwind that uproots the woods,
Oh, from these sterner aspects of Thy face,
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?
Or bore his jaw through with a thorn?
Will he make many supplications unto thee?
Will he make a covenant with thee?
Wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?
2. Lay thine hand upon him,
Remember the battle, do no more.
Shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him?
Who then is able to stand before me?
Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him
3. I will not conceal his parts, nor his power,
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.
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.
And a flame goeth out of his mouth.
And sorrow is turned into joy before him.
They are firm in themselves; they can not be moved.
Yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone.
5. When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid :
He esteemeth iron as straw,
And brass as rotten wood.
The arrow can not make him flee;
Slingstones are turned with him into stubble:
He laugheth at the shaking of a spear.
6. He maketh the deep to boil like a pòt:
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.
LOVE OF APPLAUSE.
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