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14. But wherefore ? I was separated from her by a dire necessity, by many thousand fierce waves, that would not let

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shrieks be heard. Each succeeding gun was heard fainter and fainter, till at last, I cursed the sound that, scarcely heard above the hollow rumbling of the + tempestuous sea, told me that the ship was further and further off, till she and her heartless crew had left me to

my fate.

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15. Why did they not send out all their boats to row round and round all that night through, for the sake of one whom they pretended to love so well? I blamed, blessed, and cursed them by till every emotion of

my soul was +exhausted, and I clung in sullen despair, to the wretched piece of wood, that still kept me from eternity.

16. Every thing was now seen in its absolute, dreadful reality. I was a castaway, with no hope of rescue. It was broad daylight, and the storm had ceased; but clouds lay round the horizon, and no land was to be seen. What dreadful clouds! Some black as pitch, and charged with thunder; others like cliffs of fire, and here and there all streamered over with blood. It was, indeed, a sullen, wrathful, and + despairing sky.

17. The sun itself was a dull, brazen orb, cold, dead, and beamless. I beheld three ships afar off, but all their heads were turned away from me. For whole hours, they would adhere motionless to the sea, while I drifted away from them; and then a rushing wind would spring up, and carry them, one by one, into the darkness of the stormy distance. Many birds came close to me, as if to flap me with their large spreading wings, screamed round and round me, and then flew away in their strength, and beauty, and happiness.

18. I now felt myself indeed dying. A calm came over me. I prayed devoutly for forgiveness of my sins, and for all my friends on earth. • A ringing was in my ears, and I remember only the hollow fluctuations of the sea with which I seemed to be blended, and a sinking down and down an +unfathomable depth, which Í thought was Death, and into the kingdom of the eternal Future.

19. I awoke from insensibility and + oblivion, with a hideous racking pain in my head and loins, and in a place of utter darkI heard a voice say,

« Praise the Lord.” My +agony was dreadful, and I cried aloud. Wan, glimmering, melancholy lights, kept moving to and fro. I heard dismal whisperings, and now and then, a pale, silent ghost glided by. A hideous din was overhead, and around me the fierce dashing of the waves. Was I in the land of spirits ?

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20. But why try to recount the mortal pain of my recovery, the soul-humbling gratitude that took possession of my being? I was lying in the cabin of a ship, and kindly tended by a humane and skillful man. I had been picked up, tapparently dead, and cold. The hand of God was there. Adieu, my dear friend. It is now the hour of rest, and I hasten to fall down on my knees before the merciful Being who took pity upon me, and who, at the +intercession of our Redeemer, may, I hope, pardon all my sins.

PROF. Wilson.

QUESTIONS.- Narrate this story in your own language. What were the Professor's feelings when he first fell into the water? What did he imagine was clutching at his heels ? How did he act upon rising to the surface ? How did he escape a watery grave ?

Parse the first “one” in the 17th paragraph. “Try,” in the 20th. Which is the principal verb of the first sentence in the 19th paragraph ? What three verbs in the second sentence of the same paragraph ? What two in the third ?

TO TEACHERS. The teacher is once more reminded of the importance of thorough and frequent practice of the EXERCISES on ABTICULATION which are placed between the lessons in this book. The pupil should utter the elementary sounds of each difficult word before reading the sentences containing them. A few such words are placed at the head of each exercise. For example, in the next page the sounds should be uttered thus: tr-à-v-e-ld, travel'd : tr-å-cts, tracts, &c. Where several consonants come together, they should be uttered as one sound; as, tr, ld, cts.

ARTICULATION. Travel'd, tracts, territory, transition, tragic. We travel'd through extensive tracts of territory. The transition was extreme and sudden. Proofs of the crime of an irrefragable nature can be produced. The tragic nature of the scene seem'd rather attractive than repulsive.

LESSON LII.

PRONOUNCE correctly.--Fool-ish, not full-ish: sud-den-ly, not suddin-ly: nei-ther, or ny-ther : swal-low-eth, not swal-ler-eth: up-ward, not up-wud: chast-en-ing, pro. chase-ning.

2. De-vil-ces, n. contrivances.

Craft'-i-ness, n. cunning, artfulness.
Coun'-sel, n. deliberations, designs,
Fro'ward, n, disobedient.

Grope, v. to search by feeling in the

dark. 3. Tab'-er-na-cle, n. a temporary dwell

ing place.

DIVINE PROVIDENCE.

1.

CALL now, if there be any that will answer thee;
And to which of the saints wilt thou turn ?
For wrath killeth the foolish man,
And envy slayeth the silly one.
I have seen the foolish taking root:
But suddenly I cursed his + habitation.
His children are far from safety,
And they are crushed in the gate,
Neither is there any to deliver them.
Whose harvest the hungry eateth up
And taketh it even out of the thorns,
And the robber swalloweth up their substance.
Although +affliction cometh not forth of the dust,

2.

Neither doth trouble spring out of the ground:
Yet man is born unto + trouble,
As the sparks fly upward.

I would seek unto God,
And unto God would I commit my cause :
Who doeth great things and' + unsearchable;
+ Marvelous things without number:
Who giveth rain upon the earth,
And sendeth waters upon the fields:
To set up on high those that be low;
That those which mourn may be exalted to safety.
He disappointeth the devices of the + crafty,
So that their hands can not perform their tenterprise :
He taketh the wise in their own craftiness :
And the counsel of the froward is carried headlong:
They meet with darkness in the daytime,
And grope in the noonday as in the night.
But he saveth the poor from the sword,
From their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty.
So the poor hath hope,
And + iniquity stoppeth her mouth.

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Behold! happy is the man whom God correcteth: Therefore despise not thou the + chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: He woundeth, and his hands make whole. He shall deliver thee in six troubles : Yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. In famine, he shall + redeem thee from death : And in war, from the power of the sword. Thou shalt be hid from the +scourge of the tongue: Neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh. At destruction and + famine thou shalt laugh: Neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth.' For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field : And the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee. And thou shalt know that thy + tabernacle shall be in peace; And thou shalt visit thy habitation, and shalt not sin. Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be great, And thine + offspring as the grass of the earth. Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, Like as a + shock of corn cometh in, in his season. Lo! this, we have searched it, so it is; Hear it, and know thou it for thy good.

BIBLE.

QUESTION8.-Who is meant by the foolish man? Why are the wicked called foolish? What advice is given in this lesson to Job ? What is the proper effect of divine chastisement ?

What interjections are there in the 3d paragraph ? What prepositions in the last four lines ?

LESSON LIII.

REMARK.- As each one reads, let each scholar in the class mention every syllable that is pronounced wrong, and correct it.

UTTER the final g distinctly in the following words in this lesson: blazing, endeavoring, listening, wasting, surrounding, gathering, driving, neighboring, herring, swellings, tidings, ministering, defending, frowning, barking, continuing, giving, darling, springing.

1. Fag'-ots, n. bundles of sticks, and 17. Com-pli-ca'-tion, n. the act mingling small branches used for fuel.

together several things. Prat-tle, n. trifling talk,

Sym'-pa-thies, n. compassion. Dis'-si-pate, v, to scatter, to disperse. 9. Gush'-ed, v, flowed copiously, 2. Pul-ny, a. small and weak. [life, Man'-na, n, food miraculously pro4. Pil'-grim-ago, n. the journey of human vided by God for the Israelites.

THE RIGHTEOUS NEVER FORSAKEN.

1. It was Saturday night, and the widow of the Pine Cottage sat by her blazing fagots, with her five tattered children at her side, endeavoring by listening to the tartlessness of their prattle, to dissipate the heavy gloom that pressed upon her mind. For a year, her own feeble hand had provided for her helpless family, for she had no supporter: she thought of no friend in all the wide, unfriendly world around.

2. But that +mysterious Providence, the wisdom of whose ways is above human comprehension, had visited her with wasting sickness, and her little means had become +exhausted. It was now, too, midwinter, and the snow lay heavy and deep through all the surrounding forests, while storms still seemed gathering in the heavens, and the driving wind roared amid the neighboring pines, and rocked her

puny

mansion.

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