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gave me nò meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, whèn saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee! 45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily, I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these ye did it not to me. 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

7. Acts xii.-5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but, prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. 6 And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains; and the keepers before the door kept the prison. 7 And old, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison; and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. 8 And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sàndals; and so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garn ment about thee, and follow me. 9. And he went out, and followed him, and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision. 10 When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened unto them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street: and forthwith the angel departed from him. 11 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his àngel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews. 12 And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together, praying. 13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda. 14 And when she knew Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Pèter stood before the gate. 15 And they said unto her, Thou art måd. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his àngel. 16 But Peter continued knocking. And when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished. 17 But he beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the Lòrd had brought him out of the prison. And he said, Go shew these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place



The reader will observe that rhetorical notation is but partially applied

in the following Exercises.


Character of Columbus. IRVING. A peculiar trait in his rich and varied character, remains to be noticed; that ardent and enthusiastic imagination, which threw a magnificence over his whole

style of thinking. Herrera intimates, that he had a tal5 ent for poetry,

and some slight traces of it are on record, in the book of prophecies, which he presented to the Catholic sovereigns. But his poetical temperament is discernible throughout all his writings, and in all his ac

tions. It spread a golden and glorious world around him, 10 and tinged every thing with its own gorgeous colours.

It betrayed înım into visionary speculations, which subjected him to the sneers and cavillings of men of cooler and safer, but more grovelling minds. Such were the

conjectures formed on the coast of Paria, about the form 15 of the earth, and the situation of the terrestrial paradise;

about the mines of Ophir, in Hispaniola, and of the Aurea Chersonesus, in Veragua; and such was the heroic scheme of the crusade, for the recovery of the holy sep

ulchre. It mingled with his religion, and filled his 20 mind with solemn and visionary meditations, on mystic

passages of the scriptures, and the shadowy portents of the prophecies. It exalted his office in his eyes, and made him conceive himself an agent sent forth upon a

sublime and awful mission, subject to impulses and su25 pernatural visions from the Deity; such as the voice he

imagined spoke to him in comfort, amidst the troubles of Hispaniola, and in the silence of the night, on the disastrous coast of Veragua.

“He was decidedly a visionary, but a visionary of an uncommon and successful kind. The manner in which 5 his ardent imagination and mercurial nature were con

trolled by a powerful judgement, and directed by an acute sagacity, is the most extraordinary feature in his character. Thus governed, his imagination, instead of wasting

itself in idle soarings, lent wings to his judgement, and 10 bore it away to conclusions at which common minds could

never have arrived; nay, which they could not perceive when pointed out.

" To his intellectual vision it was given, to read in the signs of the times, and the reveries of past ages, the 15 indications of an unknown world, as soothsayers were

said to read predictions in the stars, and to foretell events from the visions of the night. His soul,' observes a Spanish writer, 'was superior to the age in which he

lived. For him was reserved the great enterprise to 20 plough a sea which had given rise to so many fables, and to decipher the mystery of his time.'

“With all the visionary fervor of his imagination, its fondest dreams fell short of the reality. He died in

ignorance of the real grandeur of his discovery. Until %5 his last breath, he entertained the idea, that he had mere

ly opened a new way to the old resorts of opulent commerce, and had discovered some of the wild regions of the east. He supposed Hispaniola to be the ancient

Ophir which had been visited by the ships of Solomon, 30 and that Cuba and Terra Firma, were but remote parts

of Asia. What visions of glory would have broke upon his mind, could he have known that he had indeed discovered a new continent, equal to the whole of the

old world in magnitude, and separated by two vast oceans 35 from all the earth hitherto known by civilized man; and

how would this magnanimous spirit have been consoled, amidst the chihs of age, and cares of penury, the neg; lect of a fickle public, and the injustice of an ungrateful

king, could he have anticipated the splendid empires 40 which were to spread over the beautiful world he had

discovered, and the nations and tongues and languages which were to fill its lands with his renown, and to revere and bless his name to the latest posterity!

1 “Hand me the bowl, ye jovial band,”

He said " 'twill rouse my mirth;”
But conscience seiz'd his trembling hand,

And dash'd the cup to earth.
2 He look'd around, he blush’d, he laugh’d,

He sipp'd the sparkling wave;
In it he read~" who drinks this draught,

Shall dig a murderer's grave!"
3 He started up, like one from sleep

And trembled for his life;
He gaz'd, and saw-his children weep,

He saw his weeping wife.
4 In his deep dream he had not felt

Their agonies and fears;
But now he saw them as they knelt,

To plead with prayers and tears.
5 But the foul fiend her hateful spell

Threw o'er his wildered mind,
He saw in every hope a hell;

He was to reason blind.

6 He grasp'd the bowl to seek relief;

No more his conscience said:
His bosom friend was sunk in grief,

His children begged for bread.
7 Through haunts of horror and of strife,

He pass'd down life's dark tide;
He curs'd his beggar'd babes and wife;

He curs'd his God and died!

EXERCISE 35. Conflagration at Rome of an Amphitheatre.--CROLY.

“Rome was an ocean of flame. Height and depth were covered with red surges, that rolled before the blast

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