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Slack’n’d, think’st, throbb’st, prob’st, thwack'st. They slack’n’d the cable. Thy pulse throbb’st wildly. Thou prob'st the wound painfully. He struggl’d to escape.

Thou think'st and thwack'st, and thwack'st and think'st.

LESSON XXX. PRONOUNCE correctly. — Reg-gi-o, pro. red-je-o: fount-ains, pro. fount-ins: stat-ues, not sta-choos: sits, not sets: for-ward, not for-ud: in-no-cent, not in-ner-sunt: haunt (pro. hånnt), not hầunt : (see McGuffey's Eclectic Spelling Book for the figures denoting the pronunciation): mel-o-dy, not mel-er-dy: án-cient, not ản-cient: i-vo-ry, not i-ver-ry: fast-en-ed, pro. fas'n'd.

1. Ter'-race, n. a raised bank of earth. law descends to the heir with the 3. Broid'-er-ed, p. adorned with figures real estate. of needle work.

Du'-cal, a, pertaining to a duke. Em'-e-rald, n. a gem of a pure lively 7. De-co'-rum, n. propriety of behavior. green color (used here as an adjec. Lus'-ter, n. brightness. tive).

8. Pan'-ic, n. sudden alarm. Al'-a-bas-ter, n. a soft, white marble. 10. Quest, n. search. Cor'-o-net, 1, a little crown.

11. Leg'-a-cy, n. what is left by avill. 5. Heir'-loom, n. any article which by 12. Am--bush, n. a concealed place.



If ever you should come to Modena,
Stop at a palace near the Reggio gate,
Dwelt in of old by one of the Donati.
Its noble gardens', terrace above terrace,
And rich in + fountains, + statues, + cypresses',
Will long detain' you ; but, before you go',
Enter the house — forget it not, I pray' you –
And look awhile upon a picture' there.

”T is of a lady iv ner earliest youth,
The last of that +illustrious family;
Done by Zampieri; but by whom I care not.
He, who observes it, cre he passes on,
Gazes his fill, and comes and comes again.
That he may call it up when far away.


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3. She sits, inclining forward as to speak,

Her lips half open, and her finger up,
As though she said', “ Beware'!” her rest of gold
Broidered with flowers, and clasved from head to foot',
An emerald stone' in every golden clasp';
And on her brow', fairer than alabaster',

A coronet of pearls'. 4.

But then her face,
So lovely', yet so arch', so full of mirth,
The overflowings of an innocent heart;
It + haunts me still, though many a year has fled,

Like some wild + melody! 5.

Alone it hangs
Over a + moldering heirloom; its companion,
An oaken chest, half eaten by the worm,
But richly carved by Antony of Trent,
With scripture stories from the life of Christ;
A chest that came from Venice, and had held
The ducal robes of some old +ancestors –
That by the way, it may be true' or false -
But don't forget the picture; and you will not,
When you have heard the tale they told me there.


She was an only child', her name Ginevra',
The joy, the pride of an indulgent father;
And in her fifteenth year became a bride,
Marrying an only son, Francesco Doria,
Her playmate from her birth, and her first love.


Just as she looks there, in her + bridal dress,
She was all gentleness, all gayety,
Her pranks the favorite theme of every tongue.
But now the day was come', the day', the hour';
Now, frowning, smiling for the hundredth' time,
The nurse', that ancient lady', preached decorum';
And, in the luster of her youth', she gave
Her hand', with her heart in it, to Francesco.


Great was the joy'; but at the +nuptial feast, When all sat down, the bride herself was wanting; Nor was she to be found! Her father cried, “'Tis but to make a trial of our love!” 'And filled his glass to all; but his hand shock, And soon from guest to guest the * panic spread.



'Twas but that instant she had left Francesco,
Laughing and looking back and flying still,
Her ivory tooth *imprinted on his finger.
But now', alas'! she was, not to be found;
Nor from that hour could any thing be guessed,
But that she was not!



Weary of his life',
Francesco flew to Venice', and embarking',
Flung it away in battle with the Turk.
Donati lived'; and long might you have seen
An old man wandering as in quest of something,
Something he could not find, he knew not what.
When he was gone, the house remained awhile
Silent and tenantless; then went to strangers.

Full fifty years were past, and all forgotten,
When on an idle day, a day of search
'Mid the old + lumber in the gallery,
That moldering chest was noticed; and 't was said
By one as young, as thoughtless as Ginevra',
“Why not remove it from its lurking place ?”
'Twas done as soon as said; but on the way
It burst', it fell'; and lo! a + skeleton',
With here and there a pearl, an emerald stone,
A golden clasp, clasping a shred of gold.
All else had perished, save a wedding ring,
And a small seal, her mother's legacy,
+ Engraven with a name, the name of both;
6 Ginevra.'


-There then had she found a grave :
Within that chest had she + concealed herself,
Fluttering with joy, the happiest of the happy;
When a + springlock, that lay in ambush there,
Fastened her down for ever



QUESTIONS.- Where is Modena? Who was the painter of the picture? Describe the attitude and dress. Over what does the picture hang? Relate the story which gives interest to the chest and picture.

Give the rules for the inflections marked in this lesson.

Which are the verbs in the 7th paragraph? The adjectives? The nouns? Which of the nouns are in the objective case? Which in the nominative ? Parse" skeleton," in the 11th paragraph. See Pinneo’s Analytical Granmar Rule V,


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REMARK. – The last words of every sentence should be read in such manner as the sense requires, especially avoiding a sudden fall of the voice.

ARTICULATE distinctly.—Ab-sa-lom, not Ab-s’lm: cap-tains, not cap'ns: hund-reds, not hun-durds: saw-est, not saw'ss: thrust, not thruss.


2. Suc'-cor, v. help, assist.

17. Com'-pass-ed, v. surrounded. 6. Shek'-el, n. a Jewish coin, worth 8. Dale, n. a low place between hills.

from 50 to 60 cents.


1. AND DAVID numbered the people that were with him, and set captains of thousands and captains of hundreds over them. And David sent forth a third part of the people under the hand of Joab, and a third part under the hand of Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Joab's brother, and a third part under the hand of Ittai the Gittite.

2. And the king said unto the people, I will surely go forth with you myself also. But the people answered, Thou shalt not go forth : for if we flee away, they will not care for us; neither if half of us die, will they care for us; but now thou art worth ten thousand of us; therefore now it is better that thou succor us out of the city. And the king said unto them, What seemeth you best, I will do.

3. And the king stood by the gate side, and all the people came out by hundreds and by thousands. And the king commanded Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Deal gently for my sake with the young man, even with Absalom. And all the people heard when the king gave all the captains charge + concerning Absalom.

4. So the people went out into the field against Israel; and the battle was in the wood of + Ephraim; where the people of Israel were slain before the servants of David, and there was there a great + slaughter that day of twenty thousand men. For the battle was there scattered over the face of all the country: and the wood devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.

5. And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken


up between the heaven and the earih; and the mule that was under him, went a way.

6. And a certain man saw it, and told Joab, and said, Behold, I saw Absalom hanged in an oak. Ani Joab said unto the man that told him, Anů behold, thou sawest him, and why didst thou not smite him there to the ground ? and I would have given thee ten shekels of silver and a *girdle. And the man said unto Joab, Though I should receive a thousand shekels of silver in my hand, yet would I not put forth my hand against the king's son : for, in our hearing, the king charged thee, and Abishai, and Ittai, saying, Beware that none touch the young man Absalom. Otherwise, I should have + wrought falsehood against mine own life: for there is no matter hid from the king, and thou thyself wouldst have set thyself against me.

7. Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with thee. And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak. And ten young men that bare Joab's armor, compassed about and smote Absalom, and slew him. And Joab blew the trumpet, and the people returned from pursuing after Israel; for Joab held back the people.

8. And they took Absalom, and cast him into a great pit in the wood, and laid a very great heap of stones upon him; and all Israel fled, every one to his tent. Now Absalom, in his lifetime, had taken and + reared up for himself a pillar, which is in the king's dale; for he said, I have no son to keep my name in + remembrance; and he called the pillar after his own name; and it is callud unto this diy, Absalom's Place.

9. Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let me now run, and bear the king + tidings, how that the Lord hath avenged him of his tenemies. And Joab said unto him, Thou shalt not bear tidings this day, but thou shalt bear tidings another day: but this day thou shalt bear no tidings, because the king's son is dead. Then said Joab to Cushi, Go tell the king what thou hast seen. And Cushi bowed himself unto Joab, and ran.

10. Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok yet again to Joab, But howsoever, let me, I pray thee, also run after Cushi. And Joab said, Wherefore wilt thou run, my son, seeing that thou hast no + tidings ready? But howsoever, said he, let me run. And he said unto him, run. Then Ahimaaz ran by the way of the plain, and overrun Cushi.

11. And David sat between the two gates : and the watchman went up to the roof over the gate unto the wall, and lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold, a man running alone. And the

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