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To act the man! Verner, no more, my friend !
More + briefly than I tell it thee.
should. Alb. His will, is it?
I am content, then; come.
My son; and keep in mind that I can shoot;
handed to him.)
Thou art stanch, stanch. Let me see my quiver.
(Breaks it.) Ges. Let him have another. Tell. Why, 't is better than the first,
yet not good enough for such an aim
I'd take to shoot with at a dove, much less
A dove like that. Ges. It matters not.
Show him the quiver. Tell. See if the boy is ready.
(Tell here hides an arrow under his vest.) Ver. He is. Tell. I'm ready, too! Keep silent, for
Heaven's sake, and do not stir; and let me have
'Tis only for the chance of saving it. (To the people.) Ges. Go on. Tell. I will.
O friends, for mercy's sake keep + motionless,
from the crowd. Tell's head drops on his bosom ; he
with dificulty supports himself on his bow.) Ver. (Rushing in with Albert.) The boy is safe, no hair of him
Speak to me! Speak to me!
And give him air. (Albert opens his father's vest, and the
arrow drops. Teli starts, fixes his eyes on Albert, and
clasps him to his breast.) Tell. My boy! My boy! Ges. For what Hid you that in
breast ? Speak, slave! Tell. To kill thee, tyrant, had I slain my boy !*
* Notwithstanding Gesler's promise, Tell was again loaded with chains, and confined in prison. Succeeding, however, in making his escape, he soon afterward shot Geşler through the heart, and thus freed his country from the most galling bondage. His memory is, to this day, cherished in Switzerland, as that of one of the most heroic defenders of liberty.
QUESTIONS.-In what kind of tone should you read, “True. I did no: think of that,” line 31 ? Why? Relate the whole story in your ow is language. What became of Gesler ?
Parse each word in the last line.
UTTER each sound correctly and distinctly. -On-ward, not on-icuil: ex-ist-ence, not ex-is-tunce: fur-row, not fur-rer: nat-u-ral, not nat-er-ril: cow-ard-ly, not cow-ud-ly: hol-low, not hol-ler: fer-ule, pro. fer-il, or fer-ule. Mind, not mine : field, not fiel : low-est, not low-cs: el-c-meni, el'ment : fi-nal-ly, not fi-n'ly.
1. Pat'-ri-ot-ism, n. the love of country. 6. Mar'-i-time, a. (pro. mar'-e-tim) bure 2. Goad, v. to prick, to urge forward. dering on the sea.
In-gre'-di-ent, n, that which enters Ar-cade', n. a long or continued into any thing as a part of it.
series of arches. 3. Sub-li'-ming, p. exalting.
7. Or-gan'-ic, a. organic remains are the 4.. Mar'-tyr-dom, n. death or suffering on remains of living bodies turned into account of one's principles.
stone. 5. Vi'-tiate, v. (pro. vish'-ate) to injure 9. Rem-i-nis'-cen-ces, n. recollections. the qualities of any thing.
En-act'-ments, n. the passing of laws.
THE PATRIOTISM OF WESTERN LITERATURE.
1. Our literature can not fail to be patriotic, and its patriotisin will be American; composed of a love of country, mingled with au admiration for our + political institutions.
2. The slave, whose very mind has passed under the yoke, and the senseless ox, which he goads onward in the furrow, are attached to the spot of their animal companionship, and may even fight for the cabin and the field where they came into existence; but this affection, considered as an ingredient of patriotism, although the most universal, is the lowest ; and to rise into a virtue, it must be + discriminating and + comprehensive, involving a varied association of ideas, and embracing the beautiful of the natural and moral world, as they appear around us.
3. To feel in his heart, and to infuse into his writings the spirit of such a patriotism, the scholar must feast his taste on the delicacies of our scenery, and dwell with tenthusiasm on the genius
of our constitution and laws. Thus sanctified in its character, this sentiment becomes a principle of moral and intellectual dignity; an element of fire, purifying and subliming the mass in which it glows.
4. As a guiding star to the will, its light is inferior only to that of Christianity. Heroic in its philanthrophy, untiring in its + enterprises, and sublime in the martyrdoms it willingly suffers, it justly occupies a high place among the virtues which ennoble the human character. A literature, animated with this patriotism, is a national blessing, and such will be the literature of the West.
5. The literature of the whole Union must be richly endowed with this spirit; but a double portion will be the lot of the interior, because the foreign influences, which + dilute and vitiate this virtue in the extremities, can not reach the heart of the continent, where all that lives and moves is American.
6. Hence a native of the West may be confided in as bis country's hope. Compare him with the native of a great maritime city, on the + verge of the nation ; his birthplace the fourth story of a house, hemmed in by surrounding edifices, his playground a pavement, the scene of his +juvenile rambles an arcade of shops, his young eyes feasted on the flags of a hundred + alien governments, the streets in which he wanders crowded with foreigners, and the ocean, common to all nations, forever expanding to his view.
7. Estimate his love of country, as far as it depends on local and early attachments, and then contrast him with the young backwoodsman, born and reared amid objects, scenes, and events, which you can all bring to mind; the jutting rocks in the great road, half alive with organic remains, or sparkling with + crystals; the quiet old walnut tree, dropping its nuts upon the yellow leaves, as the morning sun melts the October frost; the grapevine swing; the chase after the cowardly black snake, till it creeps under the rotten log; the sitting down to rest upon the crumbling trunk, and an idle examination of the mushrooms and mosses which grow from its ruins :
8. Then, the wading in the shallow stream, and upturning of the flat stones, to find bait with which to fish in the deeper waters; next the plunder of a bird's nest, to make necklaces of the speckled eggs, for her who has plundered him of his young heart; then, the beech-tree with its siooth body, on which he cuts the +initials of her name interlocked with his own; finally, the great hollow stump, by the path that leads up the valley to the log school-house, its dry bark peeled off, and the stately pokeweed growing from its center, and bending with crimson berries, which
invite him to sit down and write upon its polished wood : how much pleasanter it is to extract ground squirrels from beneath its roots, than to extract the square root, under that labor-saving machine, the ferule of the teacher !
9. The affections of one who is blessed with such reminiscences, like the branches of our beautiful trumpet-flower, strike their roots into every surrounding object, and derive support from all which stand within their reach. The love of country is with him a constitutional and governing principle. If he be a mechanic, the wood and iron which he molds into form, are dear to his heart, because they remind him of his own hills and forests; if a + husbandman, he holds companionship with growing corn, as the offspring of his native soil; if a + legislator, his dreams are filled with sights of national prosperity, to flow from his + beneficent enactments; if a scholar, devoted to the interests of literature, in his lone and excited hours of midnight study, while the winds are hushed, and all + animated nature sleeps, the genius of his country hovers nigh, and sheds over its pages an essence of patriotism, sweeter than the honey dew which the summer night distills upon the leaves of our forest trees.
DR. DANIEL DRAKE.
Questions.- What is patriotism? What must the scholar do in order to feel the spirit of patriotism ? Next to what principal does it rank? Where is patriotism most likely to be found ? What are the causes which encourage its growth in the West ? Will you mention those objects and scenes which are referred to in the 7th and 8th pa raphs ?
In the 7th and 8th paragraphs, how will you parse the words “rocks,” "tree," "swing," " chase," " ' sitting down,' examination," " wading,”
upturning," "plunder,” and “stump?” See Analytical Grammar, Rule I.
ARTICULATION. Three, threats, thereat, throbbing, thrombus, throat. Three thousand threats thereat. There is throbbing or thrombus in the throat. Thrashing and thrusting without thriving. See that thou mark'st my words. He adopts my opinions and accepts my plans. Strychnia is the essential principle of the nux vomica. His productions may be philosophical, but their utility is problematical.