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crowds of people !” + remembrances and affections of deep power came over me; and the silent musings of my


" What a change! what a happy change!”

4. When at this very place, only four years ago, the known wishes and example of chiefs of high authority, the daily persuasion of teachers, added to motives of curiosity and novelty, could scarcely induce a hundred of the + inhabitants to give an + irregular, careless, and impatient attendance on the services of the sanctuary. But now,

“Like mountain torrents pouring to the main,

From every glen a living stream came forth;
From every hill, in crowds, they hastened down,
To worship Him, who deigns, in humblest fane,

On wildest shore, to meet th' upright in heart." 5. The scene, as looked on from our ship, in the stillness of a brightly-beaming Sabbath morning, was well calculated, with its + associations, to prepare the mind for strong impressions on a nearer view, when the conclusion of our own public worship should allow us to go on shore. Mr. Goodrich had * apprised us, that he had found it expedient to hold both the services of the Sabbath, in the forepart of the day, that all might have the benefit of two sermons, and still reach their abodes before + nightfall. For,

“Numbers dwelt remote,
And first must traverse many a weary mile,

To reach the altar of the God they love." 6. And it was arranged, that, on this occasion, the second service should be + postponed till the officers should be at liberty to leave the ship. It was near 12 o'clock when we went on shore; the captain and first lieutenant, the purser, surgeon, several of the + midshipmen, and myself. Though the services had commenced when we landed, large numbers were seen circling the doors without; but, as we afterward found, only from the timpracticability of obtaining places within.

7. The house is an immense structure, capable of containing many thousands, every part of which was filled, except a small area in front of the pulpit, where seats were reserved for us, and to which we made our way, in slow and tedious procession, from the difficulty of finding a spot to place even our footsteps, without treading on limbs of the people, seated on their feet, as closely, almost, as they could be stowed.

8. As we entered, Mr. Goodrich paused in his sermon, till we should be seated. I ascended the pulpit beside him, from which I had a full view of the + congregation. The suspense of attention

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in the people was only momentary, notwithstanding the entire novelty to them of the laced coats, cocked hats, and other appendages of naval uniform. I can scarce describe the emotions experienced in glancing an eye over the immense number, seated so thickly on the matted floor as to seem literally one mass of heads, covering an area of more than nine thousand square feet. The sight was most striking, and soon became, not only to myself, but to some of my fellow officers, deeply affecting.

9. I have listened, with delighted attention, to some of the highest teloquence, the pulpits of America and England, of the present day, can boast. I have seen tears of conviction and penitence flow freely, under the sterner truths of the word of God; but it was left for one at Hido, the most + obscure corner of these distant islands, to excite the liveliest emotions ever experienced, and leave the deepest impressions of the extent and Funsearchable riches of the gospel which I have ever known.

10. It seemed, even while I gazed, that the majesty of that Power might be seen rising and terecting to itself a throne, permanent as glorious, in the hearts of these but late utterly benighted and deeply polluted people. And when I compared them, as they had once been known to me, and as they now appeared, the change seemed the effect of a + mandate scarcely less mighty in its power, or speedy in its result, than that exhibited, when it was said, “ Let there be light, and there was light!

11. The depth of the impression arose from the irresistible * conviction that the SPIRIT OF GOD was there. It could have been nothing else. With the exception of the inferior chiefs, having charge of the district, and their dependents; of two or three native members of the church, and of the mission family, scarce one of the whole multitude was in other than the native dress, the simple garments of their primitive state.

12. In this respect and in the attitude of sitting, the assembly was purely pagan.

But the breathless silence, the eager attention, the half-suppressed sigh, the tear, the various feeling, sad, peaceful, joyous, discoverable in the faces of many; all spoke the presence of an invisible but omnipotent Power, the Power which alone can melt and renew the heart of man, even as it alone first brought it into existence.


13. It was, in a word, a heathen congregation laying hold on the hopes of eternity; a heathen congregation, fülly sensible of the + degradation of their original state : exulting in the first beams of truth, and in the no uncertain dawning of the Sun of Righteousness; thirsting after knowledge, even while they sweetly

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drank of the waters of life; and, under the inspiring influence, by every look, expressing the heartfelt truth Beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings; that bringeth good tidings of good, that + publisheth SALVATION !”

14. The simple appearance and yet Christian + deportment of that obscure congregation, whom I had once known, and at no remote period, only as a set of rude, licentious, and wild pagans, did more to rivet the conviction of the divine origin of the Bible, and of the holy influences by which it is accompanied to the hearts of men, than all the arguments, and apologies, and defenses of Christianity I ever read.

15. An entire moral + reformation has taken place. Instruction of every kind is eagerly and +universally sought, and from many a humble dwelling, now

“Is daily heard
The voice of prayer and praise to Jacob's God :
And many a heart in secret heaves a sigh,
To Him who hears, well pleased, the sigh contrite.”


QUESTIONS.- - Where are the Sandwich Islands ? For what object were the persons assembled as described in this lesson? What is said of their number? What change has taken place in the character of the population ? To what is this change to be attributed ? Describe their appearance as seated in the church. What is said of their deportment ? What conviction is all this calculated to produce ?

Will you parse “Is” the first word of the poetic extract which closes the lesson? Parse “ heart,” in the same extract. Parse “sigh.” Parse contrite.” Which are the adjectives in the 14th paragraph ? Compare each of them that will admit it. What does the word adjective mean ? See Analytical Grammar, p. 12.

LESSON XLI. REMARK.- When anything very solemn or devotional is to be read, there should be a full, solemn tone of voice; the piece shoul be read slowly, and long pauses should be made at the commas.

PRONOUNCE correctly. — Angels (pro. ane-gels), not ann-gels : commanded, not cum-man-ded : mountains (pro. mount-ins), not mountanes : ex-cel-lent, not ex-cel-lųnt.

2. Drag'-on, n, a kind of winged serpent, Horn, n. here used figuratively for

here used for all kinds of serpents. power.

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PRAISE ye the Lord.
Praise ye the Lord from the + heavens.
Praise ye him in the hights.
Praise ye him, all his angels :
Praise ye him, all his hosts.
Praise ye him, sun and moon :
Praise him, all ye stars of light.
Praise him, ye heavens of heavens,
And ye waters that be above the heavens.
Let them praise the name of the Lord :
For he + commanded, and they were created.
He hath also + established them forever and ever :
He hath made a decree which shall not pass.



Praise the Lord from the earth,
Ye dragons, and all deeps :
Fire, and hail; snow, and + vapors ;
+ Stormy wind fulfilling his word:
Mountains, and all hills;
+ Fruitful trees, and all + cedars;
Beasts and all cattle ;
Creeping things and fying fowl:
Kings of the earth, and all people;
Princes, and all judges of the earth;
Both young men and maidens;
Old men and children :
Let them praise the name of the Lord :
For his name alone is +excellent;
His +glory is above the earth and heaven.

He also +exalteth the horn of his people,
The praise of all his saints,
Even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him.
Praise ye the Lord !


QUESTIONS.- What is meant by calling upon things inanimate, and upon brutes, to praise God? What reason is assigned why God should be universally praised ?


Swell, spread, sprawling, drawling, scroll, scruples. The leaves swell and spread in all directions. No sprawling nor drawling. Scruples of delicacy caused him to shrink. The death shroud fell upon the shrine of his idolatry.

LESSON XLII. PRONOUNCE correctly—Ere, pro. a-er: roof, not ruff: an-thems, not an-thums: of-fer’d, not of-fud: ån-cient, not ann-cient: a-dore, not ud-ore: on-ly, not un-ly: col-umns, pro. col-lums: cen-tu-ry, not cen-ter-y.


2. Shaft, n. the body of a column. 51. Wells, v. issues forth as water from

Arch'-i-trave, n. (pro. ark'-e-trave) the earth. that part which rests immediately 58. An-ni'-hi-la-ted, p. reduced upon the column.

nothing. 4. Vault, n. an arched roof.

[forth. 61. Cor'-o-nal, n. a crown, a wreath. 13. Sway'ed, v. moved, waved back and 63. Glare, n. a bright, dazzling light. 18. Sanct!-u-a-ries, n, places set apart 67. Em-a-na'-tion, n. that which profor the worship of God,

ceeds from any source. 33. Shrine, n. a box for sacred relics, 86. Arch, a. chief

, principal. here a place for worshiping God. 115. El-e-ments, n. in popular language 37. Fan-tas'-tic, a. whimsical, odd, fire, air, earth, and water,



1. THE groves were God's first temples. Ere man learned

To hew the shaft, and lay the architrave,
And spread the roof above them,-

,-ere he framed
The lofty vault, to gather and roll back

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