« AnteriorContinuar »
THE MOSS ROSE.
FROM THE GERMAN OF KRUMMACHER.
The angel of the flowers, one day,
This plot of orchard ground is ours,
Come to us often, fear no wrong;
Sit near us on the bough!
As twenty days are now.
THE SOLDIER'S RETURN.
Miss BLAMIRE. The wars for many a month were o'er
Ere I could reach my native shed; My friends ne'er hoped to see me more,
And wept for me as for the dead. As I drew near, the cottage blaz'd,
The evening fire was clear and bright, As through the window long I gaz'd,
And saw each friend with dear delight. My father in his corner sat,
My mother drew her useful thread; My brothers strove to make them chat,
My sisters bak'd the household bread.
“And many a message have I brought
To families I cannot find;
To tell them Hal's not far behind.”
My mother did not stay to speak;
Who throbb'd as if her heart would break.
And hid her face behind the rock,
And not a single word was spoke.
At parting his dear Jessy gave;
To show he still escapes the grave.”
Could not more quick the token reach ;
And gave my voice its well known speech.
She gaz'd and answer'd with a sigh;
My mother fainted quite for joy.
My father danced around his son,
My brothers shook my hand away;
She car'd not now how soon the day.”
“ Hout, woman!” cried my father dear,
"A wedding first, I'm sure, we'll have ; I warrant we'll live a hundred year,
Nay, may be, lass, escape the grave!” 1. Was the soldier expected home?
11. What reply did the soldier make ? 2. What time in the day did he reach 12. Who is Hál, and what is the full his native cot?
name? 3. How were his father and mother and 13. Can you tell me what the father's the rest of the family engaged ?
name was? 4. Name the friend to whom Jean was 14. What effect was produced by the whispering.
information that Harry was alive? 5. What might the effects of his sudden 15. What is meant by the rock, in verse entrance have been ?
13th ? 6. How did he manage to avoid giving 16. Who knew the kerchief well, and them too great a surprise ?
why did she know it so well ? 7. Who only recognised him at once ? 17. Who fainted, and how did the father
8. How did Tray show that he knew act? him?
18. How did the brothers act, and what 9. What word engaged their loves at did the mother say? once, and why?
19. What is meant by glass, in verse 10. Of whom did the old man speak ? 17th ?
“ CANUTE, the greatest and most powerful monarch of his time, sovereign of Denmark and Norway, as well as of England, could not fail of meeting with adulation from his courtiers ; a tribute which is liberally paid, even to the meanest and weakest princes. Some of his flatterers, breaking out one day in admiration of his grandeur, exclaimed, that everything was possible for him; upon which the monarch, it is said, ordered his chair to be set on the sea-shore, while the tide was rising; and as the waters approached he commanded them to retire, and to obey the voice of him who was lord of the ocean. He feigned to sit some time in expectation of their submission; but when the sea still advanced towards him, and began to wash him with its billows, he turned to his courtiers, and remarked to them, that every creature in the universe was feeble and impotent, and that power resided with one Being alone, in whose hands were all the elements of nature; who could say to the ocean, Thus far shalt thou go, and no farther; and who could level with his nod the most towering piles of human pride and ambition." _Hume's History of England
Upon his royal throne he sat,
In a monarch's thoughtful mood;
His servile courtiers stood,
They told him e'en the mighty deep
His kingly sway confessed:
Or still its stormy breast!
The proud procession came,
King Canute's power proclaim;
As his course he seaward sped, -
Hung down his conscious head :-
He lifted his sceptre there;
The waves their strife forbear:-
In scorn of his idle word;
By his mandate undeterred,