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relief of history, most pure, most respectable, most sublime; and I doubt not that, by a + suffrage approaching to unanimity, the answer would be --Washington !

10. This structure* by its uprightness, its solidity, its +durability, is no unfit emblem of his character. His public virtue and public principles were as firm as the earth on which it stands; his personal motives as pure as the serene heaven in which its summit is lost. But, indeed, though a fit, it is an inadequate emblem. Towering high above the column which our hands have builded, beheld not by the inhabitants of a single city, or a single state, ascends the colossal grandeur of his character, and his life. In all the constituents of the one, in all the acts of the other, in all its titles to immortal love, admiration, and renown, it is an American production.

11. It is the embodiment and vindication of our trans-Atlantic liberty. Born upon our soil, of parents also born upon it; never, for a moment, having had a sight of the old world; instructed, according to the modes of his time, only in the spare, but wholesome elementary knowledge which our institutions provide for the children of the people; growing up beneath, and penetrated by, the genuine influence of American society; growing up amid our expanding, but not luxurious civilization, partaking in our great destiny of labor, our long contest with unreclaimed nature and uncivilized man, our agony of glory, the war of independence, our great victory of peace, the formation of the Union, and the establishment of the constitution; he is all, all our own! That crowded and glorious life,

“Where multitudes of virtues passed along,
Each pressing foremost in the mighty throng,
Contending to be seen, then making room

For greater multitudes that were to come; that life was the life of an American citizen.

12. I claim him for America. In all the perils, in every dark- . ened moment of the state, in the midst of the reproaches of enemies, and the misgivings of friends, I turn to that transcendent name for courage, and for consolation. To him who denies, or doubts, whether our fervid liberty can be combined with law, with order, with the security of property, with the pursuits and advancement of happiness; to him who denies that our institutions are capable of producing exaltation of soul and the passion of true glory; to him who denies that we have contributed any to the stock of great lessons and great examples; to all these I reply, by pointing to Washington!


# Bunker Hill Monument,

QUESTIONS.- Where is Bunker Hill? What event of importance occurred there in the war of the revolution ? How long since ? For what things is America indebted to Europe ? For what, is Europe indebted to America ? In what respect is the monument a fit emblem of Washington's character ? Explain how it may be considered that the character of Washington is purely an American production.

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COMFORT ye, comfort ye my people!
Saith your God.
Speak ye + comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her,

That her warfare is accomplished, 5. That her iniquity is pardoned :

For she hath received of the Lord's hand
Double for all her sins.

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness,

Prepare ye the way of the Lord;
10. Make straight in the desert a highway for our God !

Every valley shall be +exalted;
And every mountain and hill shall be made low;
And the crooked shall be made straight;

And the rough places plain :
15. And the glory of the Lord shall be + revealed,

And all flesh shall see it together :

For the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
The voice said, Cry! And he said, What shall I cry?

All flesh is grass, 20. And all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field :

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth :
Because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it:
Surely the people is grass.

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth : 25. But the word of our God shall stand forever. 0 Zion, that bringest good tidings! get thee up into the

high mountain;
O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings !
Lift up thy voice with strength;

Lift it up, be not afraid ;
30. Say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your

Behold! the Lord your God will come with strong hand,
And his arm shall rule for him :
Behold! his reward is with him,
And his work before him.
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd :

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He shall gather the lambs with his arm,
And carry them in his bosom,

And shall gently lead those that are with yourg.

Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, 40. And meted out heaven with the span,

And * comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure,
And weighed the mountains in scales,
And the hills in a balance ?

Who hath directed the spirit of the Lord, 45. Or, being his + counselor, hath taught him ?

With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him,
And taught him in the path of judgment,
And taught him knowledge,

And showed to him the way of understanding ? 50. Behold! the nations are as a drop of a bucket,

And are counted as the small dust of the balance :
Behold! he taketh up the isles as a very little thing,
And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn,

Nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering. 55. All nations before him are as nothing;

And they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.

To whom then will you liken Me,
Or shall I be equal ? saith the Holy One.

Lift up your eyes on high, and behold ! 60. Who hath created these things ?

That bringeth out their host by number?
He calleth them all by names : by the greatness of his night,

(For that he is strong in power,)
Not one faileth.

Why sayest thou, O Jacob ! and speakest, O Israel ! 65. My way is hid from the Lord,

And my judgment is passed over from my God?
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard,
That the everlasting God, the Lord,

The Creator of the ends of the earth, 70. Fainteth not, neither is weary?

There is no searching of his understanding.
He giveth power to the faint;
And to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

Even the youths shall faint and be weary, 75. And the young men shall utterly fall :

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength ;
They shall mount up with wings as eagles ;
They shall run and not be weary. ;
And they shall walk, and not faint.




[A different translation of this sublime specimen of Hebrew poetry will be found in the Third Reader, Lesson LIV.]

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1. Bless Jehovah, O my soul! 0 Jehovah, my God, thou art exalted exceedingly! Thou puttest on glory and majesty, covering thyself with light, as with a garment. Who spreadeth out the heavens like a tent; who layeth the beams of his chambers on the waters; who maketh the clouds his chariots; who walketh on the wings of the wind; who maketh the winds his messengers; his servants, a consuming fire.

2. He established the earth on its foundations; it shall not be removed forever and ever. Thou didst cover it with the floods as with a garment; the waters arose upon the mountains.

From thy rebuke they fled, from the roar of thy thunder they hasted away. The mountains rise up; they flow down into the valleys, to the place which thou hast appointed for them. Thou hast established a limit, which they shall not overflow; they shall not again return to cover the earth. He setteth loose the springs in brooks; they flow among the mountains. They give drink to all beasts of the field; the wild asses quench their thirst. Near them the fowls of heaven inhabit; they sing from among the branches.

3. He watereth the hills from his chambers; the earth is filled with the fruit of his works. He causeth grass to spring up for the cattle, and herbs for the service of man; that he may bring forth food from the earth, and wine which gladdeneth the heart of man, and oil to make his countenance to shine, and bread which increaseth the strength of man.

4. The trees of Jehovah are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon which he hath planted. There the singing birds make their nests; the fir-trees are the habitation of the stork. The high hills for the wild goats, and the rocks are a refuge for the conies.

5. He appointeth the moon for seasons; the sun knoweth his going down. Thou makest darkness and it is night, in which all the beasts of the forest move forth. The young lions roar for prey, and demand from God their food. The sun ariseth,

they withdraw, and lie down for repose in their dwellings. Man goeth forth to his work, and to his lahor until evening.

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