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and their tall and imposing commander, holding up his watch to count the lapse of three minutes, given as the reprieve to the lives of hundreds. No poet or painter can conceive of a spectacle of more dark and terrible sublimity; no human heart can conceive a situation of more appalling suspense.
20. For two minutes, not a person nor a muscle was moved, not a sound was heard in the unwonted stillness of the prison, except the labored breathings of the +infuriated wretches, as they began to pant, between fear and revenge : at the expiration of two minutes, during which they had faced the ministers of death with unblenching eyes, two or three of those in the rear, and nearest the further entrance, went slowly out: a few more followed the example, dropping out quietly and deliberately; and before half of the last minute was gone, every man was struck by the panic, and crowded for an exit, and the hall was cleared as if by magic.
21. Thus the steady firmness of moral force, and the strong effect of determination, acting deliberately, awed the most savage men, and suppressed a scene of carnage which would have instantly followed the least + precipitancy or exertion of physical force.
QUESTIONS - What is the use of the state prison? Where is the penitentiary of this state? What accounts for the conduct of the subordinate officer, who, though ordinarily the mildest, was on this occasion the firmest ? Suppose Major W. had fired through the windows, as he was advised, what would have been, in all probability, the result ? Narrate the substance of the 19th and 20th paragraphs. What gained this bloodless victory?
Explain the inflections, and point out the emphatic words in the last two paragraphs.
When similar sounds come at the end of one word, and at the beginning of the next, they must not be blended.
He sinks sorrowing to the tomb. Man loves society. Time flies swiftly. The birds sing. Man never dies. The heart turns away. The lip pants. The dim mournful light tries vainly to enter. The quick creak comes grating. Give vantage-ground.
REMARK. In reading poetry that rhymes, a slight pause should be made at the end of each line, in order that the harmony of the similar sounds may be perceived..
PRONOUNCE correctly and ARTICULATE distinctly.--Heav-en-ly, pro. heav’n-ly: be-wil-der'd, not be-wild-ud : sounds, not souns: sweetest, not sweet-es : burst-ing, not bus't-in ; dif-fer-ing, not dif-f'rin ; health-i-est, not health-i-es : sa-tyrs, not sat-uz : fes-tal-sound-ing, not fes-tls-ound-in.
1. Shell, n. an instrument of music.
Cell, n. a cottage or place of residence.
Force'-ful, a. acting with power. 2. Re-coil'-ed, v. started back. 6. Mien, n, appearance, look. 7. Veer'-ing, a. turning, changing. 8. Se-ques'-ter-ed, a, private, secluded.
Run'-nels, n. small brooks, rivulets. 9. Bus'-kin, n. a kind of half boot.
Gem'-med, p. adorned, bespangled. Sa'-tyrs, 16. kind of God, imagined by the ancients to have power over the woods.
Syl'-van, a. living in the woods. 10. Ec-stat'-ic, a. delightful beyond measure
[waist. Zone, n. a girdle, a band round the Tres'-ses, n. ringlets, curls of hair.
WHEN Music, heavenly maid I was young,
2. First Fear, his hand, its skill to try,
Amid the chords + bewildered laid; And back recoiled, he knew not why,
E'en at the sound himself had made. 3. Next Anger rushed, his eyes on fire
In lightnings owned his secret stings; In one rude clash he struck the lyre,
And swept, with hurried hand, the strings. 4. With woeful measures, wan Despair
Low sullen sounds his grief + beguiled ; A solemn, strange, and mingled air;
'Twas sad, by fits; by starts, 't was wild. 5. But thou, O Hope! with eyes so fair,
What was thy delighted measure !
And bade the lovely scenes at distance hail :
And from the rocks, the woods, the vale,
And where her sweetest theme she chose,
A soft + responsive voice was heard at every close : And Hope, enchanted, smiled, and waved her golden hair. 6. And longer had she sung, but with a frown,
Revenge impatient rose.
And, with a withering look,
The war-denouncing trumpet took,
And ever and anon, he beat
The doubling drum with furious heat;
Dejected Pity at his side,
Her soul-subduing voice applied,
wild, unaltered mien; While each strained ball of sight seemed bursting from his
Sad proof of thy distressful state;
And now it courted Love; now, raving, called on Hate. 8. With eyes upraised, as one inspired,
Pale Melancholy sat retired;
And, from her wild sequestered seat,
In notes by distance made more sweet,
And dashing soft from rocks around,
Bubbling runnels joined the sound :
(Round a holy calm diffusing,
When Cheerfulness, a nymph of healthiest hue,
Her bow across her shoulder flung,
Blew an + inspiring air, that + dale and thicket rung,
The oak-crowned sisters and their chaste-eyed queen,
And Sport leaped up and seized his beechen spear. 10. Last, came Joy's ecstatic trial :
He, with viny crown advancing,
But soon he saw the brisk awakening viol,
They would have thought, who heard the strain,
To some unwearied *minstrel dancing,
And he, amid his frolic play,
As if he would the charming air repay,
QUESTIONS.-- What is that figure of speech, by which passions, &c., are addressed as animated beings? What is meant by “shell” in the 3d line ? What is this ode intended to illustrate ? Who were the Fauns and Dryads ? What do you know of Tempé's vale? What parts of the above sketch should be read in a lively manner? How should stanzas 2, 3, 4, and 8, be read ? How should the 6th stanza be read ?
REMARK.-While each pupil reads, let the rest observe and then mention which syllables are pronounced wrong, and, also, which syllables or letters are omitted or indistinctly uttered.
Am-a-teurs', n. lovers of the fine Goad'-ed, v. pricked.
arts, such as music, painting, &c. 3. Jole, n. the cheek: cheek by jole 1. Haut'-boy, n. (pro. ho'-boy) an in- means, with the cheeks close together. strument of music.
Dul'-cet, a. sweet to the ear, melo2. Throes, n. extreme pain, anguish. dious. 3. Brawn'-y, a. fiesby, having large 6. Erst, adv. formerly, long ago. muscles.
8. Dire, a. horrible, dismal.
This piece is a + travesty or + parody, that is, it is written in the style of a serious poem, but for the purpose of rendering its subject ridiculous or ludicrous. It is written in the style of the Ode on the Passions, the lesson that precedes it, and is designed to ridicule a self-conceited and ignorant musician who is represented in the piece under a fictitious name. 1. WHEN Festin, heavenly #swain, was young,
When first tattuned his viol rung,
Would try his own sky-rending power.
A stout and sturdy clown was there ;