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HISTORICAL AND GEOGRAPHICAL POEMS.
I. THE BURIAL OF SIR JOHN MOORE. SIR JOHN MOORE was born in Glasgow, in the year 1761, and after a complete military education, as well as distinguished services in the field, he was appointed to the chief command of the army to be employed in Spain. Moore, finding the reinforcements poured in by Napoleon too great to be successfully resisted, was induced to commence a retreat which turned out to be both precipitate and disastrous. The disasters, however, were closed on the 16th January, 1809, by the battle of Corunna, in which the British troops, though previously much exhausted, were animated by their gallant leader, and repulsed their pursuers under Marshal Soult. But their triumph was dearly purchased by the loss of their commander, the circumstances of whose death · may challenge a comparison with the most illustrious examples of ancient or modern times, - with the last moments of Epaminondas, Bayard, Wolfe, or Nelson.
Mr. Alison has so graphically described the circumstances of the death of Moore, that we shall, for once, exceed the limits we had prescribed to ourselves in these introductory notes, by giving the following extract:
« Sir John Moore received his death-wound while animating the 42nd to the charge. A cannon-ball struck his left breast, and beat him down by its violence to the earth; but his countenance remained uuchanged ; not a sigh escaped his lips, and, sitting on the ground, he watched with anxious and steadfast eye the progress of the line. As it advanced, however, and it became manifest that the troops were gaining ground, his countenance brightened, and he reluctantly allowed himself to be led to the rear. Then the dreadful nature of the wound appeared manifest; the shoulder was shattered to pieces : the arm hanging by a film of skin; the breast and lungs almost laid open. As the soldiers placed him on a blanket to carry him from the field, the hilt of his sword was driven into the wound ; an officer attempted to take it off, but the dying hero exclaimed, “It is as well as it is: I had rather it should go off the field with me.' He continued to converse calmly, and even cheerfully; once only his voice faltered, as he spoke of his mother. Life was ebbing fast, and his strength was all but extinct, when he exclaimed, in words which will ever thrill in every British heart.—' I hope the people of England will be satisfied ; I hope my country will do me justice.' Released in a few minutes after from his sufferings, he was wrapped by his attendants in his military cloak, and laid in a grave hastily formed on the ramparts of Corunna, where a monument was soon after con.
structed over his uncoffined remains by the generosity of Marshal Ney. Not a word was spoken as the melancholy interment by torchlight took place; silently they laid him in his grave, while the distant cannon of the battle fired the funeral honours to his memory.”— Alison's History of Europe.
Derivation. Etymology. Syntax.
We, v. 5, 1. 4.
Lay and Lie.
As his corse to the rampart we hurried ;
O'er the grave where our hero we buried.
The sods with our bayonets turning;
And the lantern dimly burning.
Not in sheet or in shroud we wound him ;
With his martial cloak around him.
And we spoke not a word of sorrow;
And we bitterly thought of the morrow.
And smoothed down his lonely pillow,
And we far away on the billow!
And o'er his cold ashes upbraid him,-.
In the grave where a Briton has laid him.
When the clock struck the hour for retiring ;
That the foe was sullenly firing.
From the field of his fame fresh and gory ;
Rev. C. WOLFE.
5. But.- What part of speech? - What other word might be used instead of it?
.. Breast, used in what sense ?
3. Another reading of this line is, And we steadfastly looked on the face of the dead.- Which do you prefer, and why?
4. Parse and construe little.
7. Another reading is, in.-Which is to be preferred ?
II. BOADICEA, AN ODE. “ BOADICEA, the queen of the tribe of the Iceni, and her daughter, having suffered outrage and barbarous cruelty from some licentious Roman soldiers, many of the tribes, roused to a common thirst of vengeance by her wrongs, flocked round her. She appeared among the assembled multitude exciting them to do battle. But the Romans, under their leader, Suetonius, were victorious over the combined host of barbarians, whom they cruelly slaughtered. The wretched Boadicea, disappointed alike of revenge and her country's release, died by her own hand.”— White's History of Great Britain and Ireland. Derivations.
Etymology. Miscellaneous. Syntax. Indignant. Prophetic. Chief.
Word, v. 2, 1.3. Resentment. Pregnant. Country's Ode,
They, v. 8, 1.. Abhorred. Celestial.
Druid. l'osterity. Vengeance.
Cæsar's eagles. lavincible.
Distinguish between the following words :
Flew and Flowed.
Due and Dew.
Dying and Dyeing.
Bleeding from the Roman rods,
Counsel of' her country's gods :
Sat the Druid, hoary chief;
Full of rage and full of grief.
Weep upon thy matchless wrongs,
Rome shall perish !_write that word
In the blood that she has spilt:
Deep in ruin as in guilt.
Tramples on a thousand states ;
Hark! the Gaul is at her gates !
Heedless of a soldier's name;
Harmony the path to fame.*
From the forests of our land,
Shall a wider world command.
T'hy posterity shall sway ;
None invincible as they.
Pregnant with celestial fire,
Of his sweet but awful lyre.
Felt them in her bosom glow ;
Dying, hurl'd them at the foe.
Heaven awards the vengeance due ;
COWPER. 1. What other preposition might be particularly who are meant by the “other used for of, here?
Romans." 2. What is the meaning of the last 5. What is referred to in this line ? two lines, “ 'Tis because,” &c. ?
6. Give historical proof of the truth of 3. Paise the word parish.
this verse. 4. Explain the whole verse, stating 7. Why bending ?