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And perish as the quickening breath of God
8. The beaver builds
9. In these plains The bison feeds no more. Twice twenty leagues Beyond remotest smoke of hunter's camp, Roams the majestic brute, in herds that shake The earth with thundering steps — yet here I meet His ancient footprints stamped beside the pool.
10. Still this great solitude is quick with life.
11. The graceful deer
12. I listen long
13. The low of herds
All at once
* The habitations of the beaver are surrounded by water, like Venice, & city built on more than seventy islands.
The Common Lot. MONTGOMERY.
1. ONCE, in the flight of ages past,
2. Unknown the region of his birth,
3. The bounding pulse, the languid limb,
4. He loved — but whom he loved the grave Hath lost in its unconscious womb: O, she was fair! but nought could save Her beauty from the tomb. He saw whatever thou hast seen; Encountered all that troubles thee :
whatever thou hast been; He is what thou shalt be.
5. The rolling seasons, day and night,
The Fretful Man. CowPER.
2. The southern sash admits too strong a light;
3. He takes what he at first professed to loathe,
4. Alas! his efforts double his distress.
LESSON CXIX. A Winter Evening. - CowPER. 1. 'Tis pleasant through the loop-holes of retreat To peep at such a world ; to see the stir Of the great Babel, and not feel the crowd ; To hear the roar she sends through all her gates At a safe distance, where the dying sound Falls a soft murmur on the uninjured ear.
2. Thus sitting, and surveying thus at ease The globe and its concerns,
I seem advanced To some secure and more than mortal height, That liberates and exempts me from them all.
* A kind of fish.
2. O Winter! ruler of the inverted year, Thy scattered bair with sleet, like ashes filled, Thy breath congealed upon thy lips, thy cheeks Fringed with a beard made white with other snows Than those of age, thy forehead wrapped in clouds, A leafless branch thy scepter, and thy throne A sliding car, indebted to no wheels, But urged by storms along its slippery way, I love thee, all unlovely as thou seem'st, And dreaded as thou art !
3. Thou hold'st the sun
4. I crown thee king of intimate delights,
5. No rattling wheels stop short before these gates,
6. The poet's or historian's page by one
* The page made vocal. This expression has a double meaning. It may refer to singing merely, but was probably intended for reading. What can be a more pleasing sight than a family circle sitting at work
The sprightly lyre, whose treasure of sweet sounds
7. The volume closed, the customary rites
8. Discourse ensues, not trivial, yet not dull,
9. Themes of a graver tone,
10. O evenings worthy of the gods ! exclaimed
around the central table, while one reads aloud “ for the amusement of
," each taking turn with the book, and thereby making the labor light to all! Such a scene it was the fortunate lot of the compiler of this work to witness, night after night, in early life ; and there is scarcely a page of the Latin Grammar that is not associated with the lighter pages of the poet or of the historian, read at the same table and at the same time with his nightly task. It is a very mistaken idea that children should be kept by themselves while learning their lessons. The power of abstracting the mind from external sensations, and con. fining the attention to one particular subject, is important to be acquired, and must be exercised in early life in order to be vigorous and available.