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rose up, and the governor, and Bernice, and they that sat with them.
31. And when they were gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying, This man doeth nothing worthy of death or of bonds.
32. Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Cesar.
The learner has been already led by regular gradations, from the most simple elements of short hand, to the writing of plain scripture language, in which he has seen a full application of the characters as the representatives of cere tain words when alone, and as letters for spelling and writing in all other cases.
It will now be necessary to attend more particularly to the use of some of these characters, to denote such beginnings and endings of words, as are found to occur most frequently. See rules 5 and 6, and exemplification on pages 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, and the following plates.
Much of the beauty, ease and elegance of this art, depend on a proper application of this portion of the theory, especially in forensic, legislative, and popular style. As a proof of this, let the reader compare the frequency of prefixes and terminations in Washington's speech, with those found in scripture language, and he will be astonished at the result.
PREFIXES AND TERMINATIONS EXEMPLIFIED.
PREFIXES IN ITALIO.
counteract multiply intercede enterprise transfer recommend satisfy overtake undertake downward upright before
counterpoise countersign contrary
nation nations king kings bravely fidelity valuable atonement fulness himself backward mindful conference righteous executive
TERMINATIONS IN ITALIC.
enviable refinement assignment abridgement boldness
greatness sweetness yourself thyself themselves forward toward inward hopeful faithful careful inference circumference reference virtuous genius precious deceptive argumentative abortion
The Close of Life.--By Blair.—See plates 11 and 12.
When we contemplate the close of life; the termination of man's designs and hopes; the silence that now reigns among those who, a little while ago, were so busy, or so gay ; who can avoid being touched with sensations at once awful and tender? What heart but then warms with the glow of humanity ? In whose eyes does not the tear gather, on revolving the fate of passing and short-lived man?
Behold the poor man who lays down at last the burden of his wearisome life. No more shall he groan under the load of poverty and toil. No more shall he hear the inso lent calls of the master, from whom he received his scanty wages, No more shall he be raised from needful slumber on his bed of straw, nor be hurried away from his homely meal, to undergo the repeated labours of the day.
While his humble grave is preparing, and a few poor and decayed neighbours are carrying him thither, it is good for us to think, that this man too was our brother; that for him the aged and destitute wife, and the needy children, now weep; that neglected as he was by the world, he possessed, perhaps, both a sound understanding, and a worthy heart; and is now carried by angels to rest in Abraham's bosom. At no great distance from him, the grave is
open to receive the rich and proud man. For, as it is said with emphasis in the parable, “ the rich man also died, and was buried.” He also died. His riches prevented not his sharing the same fate with the poor man; perhaps, through luxury, they accelerated his doom. Then, indeed, “the mourners go about the streets;" and, while, in all the pomp and magnificence of wo, his funeral is preparing, his heirs, impatient to examine his will, are looking on one another with jealous eyes, and already beginning to dispute about the division of his substance.
One day, we see carried along, the coffin of the smiling infant; the flower just nipped, as it began to blossom in the parent's view: and the next day, we behold the young man, or young woman, of blooming form and promising hopes, aid in an untimely grave. While the funeral is attended by a numerous unconcerned company, who are discoursing to one another about the news of the day, or the ordinary affairs of life, let our thoughts rather follow to the house of mourning, and represent to themselves what is passing there.
There we should see a disconsolate family, sitting in silent grief, thinking of the sad breach that is made in their little society; and with tears in their eyes, looking to the chamber that is now left vacant, and to every memorial that presents itself of their departed friend. By such attention to the woes of others, the selfish hardness of our hearts will be gradually softened, and melted down into humanity.
Another day, we follow to the grave, one who, in old age, and after a long career of life, has, in full maturity, sunk at last into rest. As we are going along, to the mansion of the dead, it is natural for us to think, and to discourse, of all the changes which such a person has seen during the course of his life. He has passed, it is likely, through varieties of fortune. He has experienced prosperity and adversity. He has seen families and kindreds rise and fall. He has seen peace and war succeeding in their turns; the face of his country undergoing many alterations; and the very city in which he dwelt, rising, in a manner, new around him.
After all he has beheld, his eyes are now closed for ever, He was becoming a stranger in the midst of a new succession of men. A race who knew him not, had arisen to fill the earth.—Thus passes the world away. Throughout all ranks and conditions, one generation passeth, and another generation cometh;' and this great inn is by turns evacuated and replenished, by troops of succeeding pilgrims. O vain and inconstant world! O fleeting and transient life! When will the sons of men learn to think of thee as they ought? When will they learn humanity from the afflictions of their brethren, or moderation and wisdom, froin the sense of their own fugitive state ?