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it is natural for those to feel who are conscious of retaining many tender ties, many animating prospects.
4. Parents mourn for their children with the bitterness of despair; the aged parent, the widowed mother, loses, when she is deprived of her children, every thing but the capacity of suffering; her heart, withered and #desolate, admits no other object, cherishes no other hope. It is Rachel, weeping for her children, and refusing
. to be comforted, because they are not.
5. But, to confine our attention to the number of the slain, would give us a very inadequate idea of the ravages of the sword. The lot of those who perish +instantaneously may be considered, apart from religious prospects, as comparatively happy, since they are exempt from those lingering diseases and slow torments to which others are so liable.
6. We can not see an individual expire, though a stranger, or an enemy, without being sensibly moved and prompted by compassion to lend him every assistance in our power. Every trace of + resentment vanishes in a moment; every other emotion gives way to pity and terror.
7. In the last extremities, we remember nothing but the respect and tenderness due to our common nature. What a scene, then, must a field of battle present, where thousands are left without assistance, and without pity, with their wounds exposed to the + piercing air, while the blood, freezing as it flows, binds them to the earth, amid the trampling of horses, and the insults of an + enraged foe!
8. If they are spared by the humanity of the enemy, and carried from the field, it is but a prolongation of * torment. Con veyed in
uneasy vehicles, often to a remote distance, through roads almost impassable, they are lodged in ill-prepared receptacles for the wounded and sick, where the * variety of distress baffles all the efforts of humanity and skill, and renders it impossible to give to each the attention he demands.
9. Far from their native home, no tender assiduities of friendship, no well-known voice, no wife, or mother, or sister, are near to soothe their sorrows, relieve their thirst, or close their eyes in death! Unhappy man! and must you be swept into the grave +unnoticed and unnumbered, and no friendly tear be shed for your sufferings, or mingled with your dust?
10. We must remember, however, that as a very small proportion of military life is spent in actual +combat, so it is a very small part of its miseries which must be ascribed to this source. More are consumed by the rust of inactivity than by the edge of the sword; confined to a scanty or unwholesome diet, exposed in
sickly climates, harassed with tiresome marches and + perpetual alarms; their life is a continual scene of hardships and dangers. They grow familiar with hunger, cold, and watchfulness. Crowded into hospitals and prisons, contagion spreads among their ranks, till the ravages
of disease exceed those of the enemy. 11. We have hitherto only * adverted to the sufferings of those who are engaged in the profession of arms, without taking into our account the situation of the countries which are the scenes of hostilities. How dreadful to hold every thing at the mercy of an enemy, and to receive life itself as a boon dependent on the sword !
12. How boundless the fears which such a situation must inspire, where the issues of life and death are determined by no known laws, principles, or customs, and no + conjecture can be formed of our destiny, except so far as it is dimly deciphered in characters of blood, in the dictates of revenge, and the caprices of power!
13. Conceive but for a moment the consternation which the approach of an invading army would impress on the peaceful villages in our own neighborhood. When you have placed yourselves for an instant in that situation, you will learn to sympathize with those unhappy countries which have sustained the ravages of
But how is it possible to give you an idea of these horrors ! 14. Here, you behold rich harvests, the bounty of heaven, and the reward of industry, consumed in a moment, or trampled under foot, while famine and pestilence follow the steps of desolation. There, the cottages of peasants given up to the flames, mothers expiring through fear, not for themselves, but their infants; the inhabitants flying with their helpless babes in all directions, miserable fugitives on their native soil !
15. In another place, you witness opulent cities taken by storm; the streets, where no sounds were heard but those of peaceful industry, filled on a sudden with slaughter and blood, resounding with the cries of the pursuing and the pursued; the palaces of nobles demolished, the houses of the rich pillaged, and every age, sex, and rank, mingled in promiscuous massacre and ruin!
QUESTIONS.—In peace, does life or death reign ? How is it in war? What is the difference between war and peace, according to the ancient poet? Who are victims of war beside those killed outright ? Mention some of the most prominent evils of war.
What example of antithesis in the 3d paragraph ? What, of relative emphasis ?
LESSON XXXVI. REMAR K.—The tones of the voice and the style of reading should correspond with the nature of the subject.
[In reading the following extract, some variety of expression is required. The description of the ball should be read in a lively, animated manner; that of the distant alarm in low, hurried tones, as if intently listening and deeply anxious; the haste of preparation and departure requires life; and the 3d and last two stanzas should be read in a mournful and plaintive style.]
Give the r a distinct but soft sound in the following and similar words found in this lesson; there, fair, hearts, hear, car, pleasure, hark, more, tears, ne'er, morn, forming, thunder, soldier, ere, her.
1. Rev'-el-ry, n. noisy feasting and gay- | 4. Squad'-ron, n. a body of troops. ety.
5. Ar-dennes, n. (pro. Ar'-dens) a forest Chiv'-al-ry, n. knighthood, a body of near Waterloo, knights or bravo men. [pleasure. 6. Mar'-shal-ing, n. arranging in order, Vo-lup'-tu-ous, a. exciting animal Blent, p, mixed, united.
BATTLE OF WATERLOO.* 1. THERE was a sound of revelry by night,
And Belgium's + capital had gathered there
But hush'! hark'! a deep sound strikes like a rising knell ! 2. Did ye not hear it? — No'; 't was but the wind,
Or the car rattling o'er the stony street :
sure meet To chase the + glowing hours with flying feet -
* This battle was fought on June 18th, 1815, between tho French army on one side, commanded by Napoleon Bonaparte, and the English army and allies on the other side, commanded by the Duke of Wellington. At the commencement of the battle, some of the officers were at a ball at Brussels, a short distance from Waterloo, and being notifiod of the approaching contest by the cannonade, left the ballroom for the field of battle. This was the last of Napoleon's battles. He was here completely overthrown.
But, hark'! — that heavy sound breaks in once more',
Arm'! arın? it is - it is the cannon's' opening roar! 3. Ah! then and there was hurrying to and fro',
And gathering tears, and tremblings of distress,
Since upon night so sweet such awful morn could rise. 4. And there was + mounting in hot haste'; the steed',
The mustering squadron', and the clattering car'
the soldier ere the morning star; While + thronged the citizens with terror dumb,
Or whispering with white lips—“The foe! They come! They 5. And Ardennes waves above them her green leaves,
Dewy with nature's teardrops, as they pass,
And burning with high hope, shall + molder cold and low. 6. Last noon beheld them full of lusty life,
Last eve in beauty's circle proudly gay,
QUESTIONS. - When, where, and between what parties and commanders was the battle of Waterloo fought? What is described in the first few lines? What place is meant by the capital of Belgium ? What sound interrupted their dancing ? What was the result of the battle ? What is meant by “nature's teardrops” in the second line of the 5th stanza ? Explain the sixth and seventh lines of the 5th stanza ? Explain the last three lines of the lesson.
What instances of absolute emphasis, in the 2d stanza ? What, of relative emphasis, in the 5th stanza ? In the last line of the 4th stanza, should the emphasis there marked, be expressed by a loud tone or a low tone ?
ARTICULATION. Shrubs, spruce, sprinkld, sparsely, shrunk, shrivl’d. Sweet-scented shrubs. Spruce was sprinkld sparsely. The roots lio shrunk and shricld till spring. Thou sneer'st and scoff'st inexcusably. He was formidable, unbearable, intolerable, unmanageable, and terrible.
LESSON XXXVII. Give the rits rough sound in the following, and similar words found in this lesson: rose, reigned, rank, criterion, shrine, creed, crescent, cross, parricidal, tribune, crowns, crumbled, trembled, prodigies, incredible, protection, patron.
1. Prod'-i-gy, n, something wonderful. De-vel'-op-ment, n. unfolding, dis2. Cri-te'-ri-on, n. a standard of judging. closure.
Shrine, n. a box of sacred relics, U-biq'-ui-ty, n. (pro. u-bik'-we-ty) the Here the thing worshiped.
being every where at the same time. Sub-sid'-i-a-ry, a. aiding, assisting. 4. Skep-ti-cism, n. doubt, unbelief. Dy'-nas-ty, n, a succession of kings Sub-al'-tern, n. an inferior officer in of the same family. Cres'-cent, n. the Turkish flag is so Tit'-u-lar, a, existing in title or name. called because it has on it the figure Dig'-ni-ta-ries, n. church officers of a of a new moon, and it is here put for high rank. the Turkish power.
5. Lev'-ee, n. a concourse of persons on Par-ri-ci'-dal, a. relating to the crime a visit to a great personage in the of murdering a parent or destroying morning. one's country.
Jac'-o-bin, a, relating to a political Di'-a-dem, n. a crown.
party of that name in France. 3. Pan'-to-mime, n. a scene in which Med'-ley, n. a confused mass.
things are represented by action Syn'-a-gogue, n. a Jewish congregawithout words.
tion or place of worship.
CHARACTER OF NAPOLEON BONAPARTE. 1. He is fallen! We may now pause before that splendid prodigy, which towered among us like some ancient ruin whose frown terrified the glance its + magnificence attracted. Grand,