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All Switzerland is in the field,
She will not fly, she can not yield;
Few were the numbers she could boast;

But every freeman was a host,
55. And felt as though himself were he

On whose sole arm hung victory.
It did depend on one indeed;
Behold him! Arnold Winkelried !

There sounds not to the trump of fame 60. The echo of a nobier name.

Unmarked he stood amid the throng,
In +rumination deep and long,
Till you might see with sudden grace,

The very thought come o'er his face; 65. And by the motion of his form,

Anticipate the bursting storm;
And by the uplifting of his brow,
Tell where the bolt would strike, and how.

But 't was no sooner thought than done; 70. The field was in a moment won:

“Make way for Liberty !” he cried;
Then ran, with arms extended wide,
As if his dearest friend to clasp,
Ten

spears he swept within his grasp: 75. “Make way for Liberty !” he cried,

Their keen points met from side to side;
He bowed among them like a tree,
And thus made way for Liberty.

Swift to the breach his comrades fly; 80. “Make way for Liberty !” they cry,

And through the Austrian phalanx dart,
As rushed the spears through Arnold's heart;
While + instantaneous as his fall,

Rout, ruin, panic, scattered all :
85. An earthquake could not overthrow

A city with a surer blow.
Thus Switzerland again was free,
Thus Death made way for Liberty !

MONTGOMERY.

QUESTIONS.- When, and between whom did the battle of Lempach take place ? How were the Austrians drawn up ? What was the necessity for the self-sacrifice of Winkelried ? How did it result? Is war justifiable ?

LESSON CII.

REMARK. – Give the poetic pauses their appropriate prominence. In most of the following lines, the cesura is very decidedly marked.

Pronounce correctly. - Fierce, not fërce: bird, not bud : crimson, pro. crim-z'n: (See McGuffey's Eclectic Spelling Book, page 49 :) thun-der-er’s, not thun-d'ruz; wing-lets, not wing-lits.

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1. Beak, n. the bill of a bird. 10. Wri'-thing, p. twisting. 25. Wing'-lets, n. little wings.

· Fledg'-ed, p. furnished with fea.

thers. 38. Cleav'-ing, a. splitting, dividing.

THE AMERICAN EAGLE.

1. THERE's a fierce gray bird, with a bending beak,

With an angry eye, and a startling shriek,
That nurses her brood where the cliff flowers blow,

On the precipice top, in + perpetual snow;
5. That sits where the air is shrill and bleak,

On the splintered point of a shivered peak,
Bald headed and stripped, like a vulture torn
In wind and strife; her feathers worn,

And ruffled, and stained, while loose and bright, 10. Round her serpent neck, that is writhing and bare,

Is a crimson collar of gleaming hair,
Like the crest of a warrior, thinned in fight,
And shorn, and bristling. See her! where

She sits, in the glow of the sun-bright air,
15. With wing half + poised, and talons bleeding,

And kindling eye, as if her + prey
Had suddenly been snatched away,

While she was tearing it and feeding. Above the dark + torrent, above the bright stream, 20. The voice may be heard

Of the thunderer's bird,
Calling out to her god in a clear, wild scream,
As she mounts to his throne, and unfolds in his beam;

While her young are laid out in his rich, red blaze, 25. And their winglets are fledged in his hottest rays.

Proud bird of the cliff! where the barren yew springy,
Where the sunshine stays, and the wind harp sings,
She sits, +unapproachable, pluming her wings.

She screams! She's away ! over hill-top and flood, 30. Over valley and rock, over mountain and wood,

That bird is abroad in the van of her brood !

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”T is the bird of our + banner, the free bird that braves, When the battle is there, all the wrath of the waves :

That dips her pinions in the sun's first gush; 35. Drinks bis + meridian blaze, his farewell flush;

Sits amid stirring stars, and bends her beak,
Like the slipped tfalcon, when her piercing shriek
Tells that she stoops upon her cleaving wing,

To drink at some new victim's clear, red spring. 40. That monarch bird ! she slumbers in the night,

Upon the lofty air peak’s utmost hight;
Or sleeps upon the wing, amid the ray
Of steady, cloudless, everlasting day:

Rides with the thunderer in his blazing march, 45. And bears his lightnings o'er yon boundless arch;

Soars + wheeling through the storm, and screams away,
Where the young pinions of the morning play;
Broods with her arrows in the + hurricane;

Bears her green laurel o'er the starry plain,
50. And sails around the skies, and o'er the rolling deeps,
With still unwearied wing, and eye that nerer sleepin.

NEAL.

QUESTIONS. - What is the emblem of our country ? Describe the habits of the eagle. What traits in the character of this bird are worthy of admiration ? What is meant by the “thunderer,” in the 21st line ? What is meant by “her god,” in the 22d line ?

What is the nominative to “soars," in the 46th line ? What to “broods,” in the 48th line? To “sails” in the 50th line? What does the nominative denote ?

See “ Pixxeo's ANALYTICAL GRAMMAR," the work to which all the grammatical questions in this book have reference.

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LESSON CIII. REMARK.- Let the pupil stand at a distance from the teacher, and en try to read so loud and distinctly that the teacher may hear each syllable.

UTTER each sound correctly and distinctly.-- In-vi-ting, not in-vitn: phil-o-soph-ic-al, not phil'soph'c'l; in-flu-ence, not in-flu-unce: re-spect, not re-spec: de-scend-ants, not de-scend-unce : cult-ure, (pro. cult-yur), not cul-ter, nor cul-tshure; mints, not mince; pop-u-lar, not pop-py-lar; kind, not kine ; his-to-ry, not his-try.

to grow.

1. Top'-ics, n. subjects of discourse.

time of the Druids. These were 2. Germ'-in-a-ted, v. sprouted, began the ancient priests of Great Britain.

10. Co-los'-sal, a. very large. 4. Trans-cend'-ent, a. surpassing all, 11. Em-bod'-i-ment, n. a union in one very excellent.

body. Dru-id'-ic-al, a. belonging to the 12. Fer'-vid, a. burning, zealous.

EUROPE AND AMERICA-WASHINGTON.

[Extract from an address delivered by DANIEL WEBSTER, at the celebration of the completion of the Bunker Hill Monument, June 17, 1843.]

1. Few topics are more inviting, or more fit for philosophical discussion, than the action and influence of the New World upon the Old; or the contributions of America to Europe.

2. Her obligations to Europe for science and art, laws, literature, and manners, America acknowledges as she ought, with respect and gratitude. And the people of the United States, descendants of the English stock, grateful for the treasures of knowledge derived from their English ancestors, acknowledge, also, with thanks and filial regard, that among those ancestors, under the culture of Hampden and Sidney, and other assiduous friends, that seed of popular liberty first germinated, which, on our soil, has shot up to its full hight, until its branches overshadow all the land.

3. But America has not failed to make returns. If she has not canceled the obligation, or cqualed it by others of like weight, she has, at least, made respectable advances, and some approaches toward equality. And she admits, that, standing in the midst of civilized ‘nations, and in a civilized age, a nation among nations, there is a high part which she is expected to act, for the general advance of human interests and human welfare.

4. American mines have filled the mints of Europe with the precious metals. The productions of the American soil and climate, have poured out their abundance of + luxuries for the tables of the rich, and of necessaries for the sustenance of the poor. Birds and animals of beauty and value, have been added to the European stocks; and + transplantations from the transcendent and unequaled riches of our forests, have mingled themselves profusely with the elms, and ashes, and druidical oaks of England.

5. America has made.contributions far more vast. Who can estimate the amount, or the value, of the augmentation of the commerce of the world, that has resulted from America ? Who can imagine to himself what would be the shock to the Eastern Continent, if the Atlantic were no longer + traversable, or there were no longer American productions or American markets ?

6. But America exercises influences, or holds out examples for the consideration of the Old World, of a much higher, because they are of a moral and political character. America has furnished to Europe, proof of the fact, that popular +institutions, founded on equality and the principle of representation, are capable of + maintaining governments; able to secure the rights of persons, property, and reputation.

7. America has proved that it is practicable to elevate the mass of mankind; that portion which, in Europe, is called the laboring or lower class; to raise them to self-respect, to make them * competent to act a part in the great right and great duty of selfgovernment; and this, she has proved, may be done by the diffusion of knowledge. She holds out an example a thousand times more enchanting, than ever was presented before, to those nine tenths of the human race, who are born without + hereditary fortune or hereditary rank.

8. America has furnished to the world the character of Washington. And if our American institutions had done nothing else, that alone would have entitled them to the respect of mankind. Washington! “ First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen !” Washington is all our own!

9. The enthusiastic veneration and regard in which the people of the United States hold him, prove them to be worthy of such a countryman; while his reputation abroad reflects the highest honor on his country and its institutions. I would cheerfully put the question to any of the intelligence of Europe and the world, what character of the century, upon the whole, stands out on the

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