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The champion played : while every peal confessed
How strong the throes that heaved his + massy chest. 3. Next, came a brawny nurse, but six feet high,
With leathern lungs, and throat of brass supplied;
Yet closer squeezed the purse, and louder was her din. 4. A + wheezing sawyer, standing by,
Industriously was sawing wood;
Across the wiry edge he drew the screaking file. 5. A boy came next, loud + whooping to the gale,
And on his truant shoulders bore a pole :
concert join, and pour the strain anew,
The +fiendish caterwaul of rage and pain. 6. A fish cart next came rattling by;
Its lusty driver, perched on high,
Such notes he blew, as erst threw down
The mangled cur that yelped beneath his wheel. 7. Then came a child +eloped from home,
Pleased in the streets at large to roam;
And swelled, and shouted, “ lost ! lost ! lost !”
A ponderous pair of steelyards hung;
+ comprest, some fled tamain,
9. Thus, long ago,
Ere Colin drew his fiddlebow,
QUESTIONS.- What is a travesty or parody? For what purpose was this lesson written ? Name the several performers described.
Point out some instances in this lesson, to which Rule I, for inflections, applies. Rule II, or any of the particulars specified under it. Rule IV.
Parse “grown” and “tired,” in the 4th paragraph. “Lost,” in the 7th. “Hooked," in the 8th. “To escape,” in the same.
REMARK.- - Be careful not to slip over or mispronounce the small words.
Sound the r distinctly in the following words in this lesson: beware, scattered, Cumberland, there, despair, merciless, coward, bird, far, stars, fire, peerless, banners, mark, marshaled, swords, their, are, harvest, claymore, cover, lore, where, near.
Es-pous'-ed, v. embraced.
22. Phan'-tom,n. a specter, an apparition. Dis-as'-trous, a, unfortunate. 34. A'e-rie, n. (pro. a'-ry, or e'-ry) an 2, Low'-lands, n. the south of Scotland, eagle's nest.
called thus because the land lies 35. Crest'-ed, a, wearing a plume; here comparatively low. The northern used figuratively for proud, lofty, part is called the Highlands, because Peer'-less, a. having no equal.
it is hilly. [ited horse does. 48. Clay'-more, n. a two-handled sword 7. Pran'-ces, v. bounds as a high-spir. used by the Scotch. 18. Reek, v. to give out steam or vapor. 55. Mys'-tic-al, a. secret, obscure. 20. Go'-ry, a, bloody.
Lore, n. knowledge, instruction. 21. Dol-tard, n. a foolish old man. 78. Sooth'-less, a. truthless, false.
Lochiel was a brave and influential Highland +Chieftain. He espoused the cause of Charles Stuart, called the Pretender, who claimed the British throno, In the following piece, he is supposed to be marching with the warriors of his clan, to join Charles' army. On his way he is met by a Seer, who, having, according to the popular superstition, the gift of second sight, or prophecy, forewarns him of the disastrous event of the tenterprise, and exhorts him to return home, and avoid the destruction which certainly awaited him, and which afterward fell upon him at the battle of Culloden, in 1745. Seer. LOCHIEL! Lochiel ! beware of the day
When the Lowlands shall meet thee in battle array!
And the clans of Culloden are scattered in fight;
Woe, woe to the riders that trample them down !
But hark! through the fast-flashing lightning of war, 10. What steed to the desert flies +frantic and far?
'Tis thine, O Glenullin !* whose bride shall await,
* Another name for Lochiel.
Like a love-lighted watchfire, all night at the gate.
But its bridle is red with the sign of despair. 15. Weep, Albin !* to death and captivity led !
O weep! but thy tears can not number the dead :
Culloden! that reeks with the blood of the brave.
This mantle, to cover the phantom of fright.
Proud bird of the mountain, thy plume shall be torn! 25. Say, rushed the bold eagle +exultingly forth,
From his home, in the dark-rolling clouds of the north ?
But down let him stoop from his + havoc on high ! 30. Ah! home let him speed, for the spoiler is nigh.
Why flames the far summit? Why shoot to the blast
From his aerie that + beacons the darkness of heaven. 35. Oh crested Lochiel! the peerless in might,
Whose banners arise on the + battlements' hight:
For the blackness of ashes shall mark where it stood, 40. And a wild mother scream o'er her famishing brood. Loch. False Wizard, avaunt! I have marshaled my clan;
Their swords are a thousand, their bosoms are one !
And like reapers descend to the harvest of death. 45. Then welcome be Cumberland's steed to the shock !
Let him dash his proud foam like a wave on the rock !
When her bonneted chieftains to victory crowd,
All plaided and plumed in their tartan array-
For, dark and despairing, my sight I may seal,
The poetic name for Scotland, more particularly the Highlands.
55. 'T is the sunset of life gives me mystical lore,
And coming events cast their shadows before.
Lo! anointed by heaven with the vials of wrath, 60. Behold where he flies on his desolate path!
Now, in darkness and billows, he sweeps from my sight: *
Culloden is lost, and my country + deplores;
For the red eye of battle is shut in despair.
Ah no! for a darker departure is near;
His death bell is tolling; oh! mercy! dispel
And his blood-streaming nostril in tagony swims. 75. Accursed be the faggots that blaze at his feet,
Where his heart shall be thrown, ere it ceases to beat,
With the smoke of its ashes to poison the galeLoch. -Down, soothless insulter! I trust not the tale,
Though my perishing ranks should be tstrewed in their gore, 80. Like ocean weeds heaped on the +surf-beaten shore,
Lochiel, +untainted by flight or by chains,
With his back to the field, and his feet to the foe!
QUESTIONS. - Who was Lochiel ? For whom did he fight? What is meant by a Seer? What is meant by the “lowlands ?” What is a clan? On which side was Cumberland ? What do you understand by their bosoms being "hoof-beaten ?” Explain the reference to the steed. How did Lochiel reply to the warning of the Seer? Explain the reference to the “eagle.” Explain the figure of the “reapers.” Who were “ Clan Ranald” and “Moray ?” What is meant by “plaided ?” What became of the King, or Pretender, as he was called ? How did Lochiel boastingly reply to the Seer? Were his notions of the glory of such a death correct? What became of Lochiel ?
* Alluding to the narrow escape of Charles by water from the west of Scotland. † He refers here to Lochiel.