Imágenes de páginas

Are lying in their lowly beds,

With the fair and good of ours.
The rain is falling where they lie,

But the cold November rain
Calls not from out the gloomy earth

The lovely ones again.


3. The wall-flower and the violet,

They perished long ago,
And the brier-rose and the + orchis died

Amid the summer's glow;
But on the hill, the golden rod,

And the aster in the wood,
And the yellow sun-flower by the brook

In autumn beauty stood,
Till fell the frost from the clear, cold heaven,

As falls the plague on men,
And the brightness of their smile was gone

From +upland, glade, and glen.

4. And now, when comes the calm, mild day,

As still such days will come,
To call the squirrel and the bee

From out their winter home;
When the sound of dropping nuts is heard,

Though all the trees are still,
And +twinkle in the + smoky light

The waters of the trill,
The south wind + searches for the flowers

Whose + fragrance late he bore,
And sighs to find them in the wood

And by the stream no more.

5. And then I think of one, who in

Her youthful beauty died,
The fair, meek + blossom that grew up

And +faded by my side ;
In the cold, moist earth we laid her,

When the forest cast the leaf,
And we wept that one so lovely

Should have a life so + brief:
Yet not +unmeet it was that one,

Like that young friend of ours,
So gentle and so + beautiful,
Should + perish with the flowers.


QUESTIONS.- To what season of the year do these lines refer? Why are they called the melancholy days ? How are the woods and leaves described ? What is meant by the “ eddying gust ?” What birds are common at this season? What flowers are mentioned as having died one after the other ? What is said about the squirrel, and the bee, and the nuts? What is said of the south wind ? Describe, in your own language, the event referred to, in the last stanza.

Explain the inflections, and point out the emphatic words in this lesson.

Parse “ To call,” in the 4th stanza. Parse “twinkle" in the same. (It has “waters” for its nominative.) Name all the adjectives in the 1st stanza, and compare each. Which verbs in the last stanza are in the potential mood ? Which are the adjectives in the same stanza, and what does each one qualify? What does the word adjective mean.


LESSON XLIX. REMARK.- Avoid reading in a faint and low tone. This is a very common fault, and should be carefully guarded against.

PRONOUNCE correctly.—Trow (pro. tro), not trou: gath-ers, not geth-uz: toʻ-ward, not to-ward': un-heard (pro. un-herd), not un-heerd.

1. Trow, v. suppose, think.

3. In-ter-ve'-ned, p. situated between. Trap'-pings, n. ornaments, [person. 4. Tint'-ings, n. colorings. 2. Im'-be-cile, n. (pro. im'-be-cil) a sick! 5. Sti'-fled, v. suppressed, checked.


1. “It snows!” cries the School-boy, “Hurrah !” and his shout

Is ringing through parlor and hall,
While swift as the wing of a swallow, he's out,

And his playmates have answered his call;
It makes the heart leap but to witness their joy,

Proud wealth has no pleasures, I trow,
Like the + rapture that throbs in the pulse of the boy,

As he gathers his + treasures of snow;
Then lay not the trappings of gold on thine heirs,

While health, and the riches of nature, are theirs.
2. “It snows!” sighs the Imbecile, “ Ah!” and his breath

Comes heavy, as * clogged with a weight; While, from the pale + aspect of nature in death,

He turns to the blaze of his grate;


And nearer and nearer, his soft-cushioned chair

Is wheeled toward the life-giving flame;
He dreads a chill puff of the snow-burdened air,

Lest it wither his + delicate frame;
Oh! small is the pleasure +existence can give,

When the fear we shall die only proves that we live ! 8. “It snows !” cries the Traveler, “Ho!” and the word

Has quickened his steed’s + lagging pace;
The wind rushes by, but its howl is unheard

Unfelt the sharp drift in his face;
For bright through the tempest his own home appeared,

Ay, though leagues intervened, he can see:
There's the clear, glowing hearth, and the table prepared,

And his wife with her babes at her knee;
Blest thought! how it lightens the grief-laden hour,

That those we love dearest are safe from its power! 4. “It snows!” cries the Belle, “ Dear, how lucky!” and turn;

From her mirror to watch the flakes fall;
Like the first rose of summer, her + dimpled cheek burns,

While musing on sleigh-ride and ball:
There are visions of conquests, of + splendor, and mirth,

Floating over each drear winter's day;
But the tintings of Hope, on this storm-beaten earth,

Will melt like the snowflakes away:
Turn, turn thee to Heaven, fair maiden, for bliss;

That world has a pure + fount ne'er opened in this.
5. “It snows!” cries the Widow, “Oh God !” and her sighs

Have stifled the voice of her prayer; Its burden


'll read in her tear-swollen eyes,
On her cheek sunk with fasting and care.
'Tis night, and her fatherless ask her for bread;

But He gives the young ravens their food,”
And she trusts, till her dark hearth adds + horror to dread,

And she lays on her last chip of wood.
Poor + sufferer! that sorrow thy God only knows;
'Tis a most bitter lot to be poor, when it snows!


QUESTIONS.— Why does the school-boy rejoice when it snows ? Why does the sick man receive no pleasure from the same source ? What feelings are excited in him by the snow storm? What effect does it have upon the traveler, and what does he think about? Why does the belle congratulate herself, and of what are her dreams ? What are the poor widow's troubles in a time like this?

[ocr errors]


In the last stanza, for what does “ye 'll” and “'t is” stand ? Parse “sunk” in the 4th line of that stanza. Parse “sufferer.” Which are the proper nouns in the same stanza ? Which are the common nouns ?


Trebly, swell'd, trellis, trailers, tressl', trundl’d. Their shouts now trebly swelld the gale. The trellis was covered with trailers. The trestle was trundld in. The shout of triumph and the trump of fame.


ARTICULATE all the consonants in the following and similar words in this lesson: fresh, Hindoostan, swiftly, sprinkled, fragrance, primrose, tempted, thickets, greatest, prospect, overspread, remembrance, resolved, prostrated, torrents, gratitude, occurrences, escapes, entangle, labyrinth.

1. Car-a-van'-sa-ry, no a kind of inn 9. Sa'-ber, ni a kind of sword.

where caravans or large companies 12. Mit-i-ga'-tion, n. lessening the pain of traders rest at night.

or harshness of any thing unpleas5. Me-an'-ders, n. windings, or turnings.

ant. 6. Cir-cum-vo-lu’-tion, n. a winding or 14. Im-merge', v. to plunge into. flowing round.

[the right way. Lab'-y-rinth, n. a place full of wind7. De-vi-a'-tion, n. a turning aside from ing passages.

[ocr errors]


1. OBIDAH, the son of Abensina, left the caravansary early in the morning, and pursued his journey through the plains of Hindoostan. He was fresh and vigorous with rest; he was animated with hope; he was incited by desire: he walked swiftly forward over the valleys, and saw the hills gradually rising before him.

2. As he passed along, his ears were delighted with the morning song of the bird of paradise; he was fanned by the last futters of the sinking breeze, and sprinkled with dew by groves of spices; he sometimes * contemplated the towering hight of the oak, mon

* arch of the hills; and sometimes caught the gentle +fragrance of the primrose, eldest daughter of the spring: all his senses were gratified, and all care was banished from his heart.

3. Thus he went on till the sun approached his * meridian, and the increasing heat preyed upon his strength; he then looked round about him for some more commodious path. He saw, on his right hand, a grove, that seemed to wave its shades as a sign of invitation; he entered it, and found the coolness and verdure irresistibly pleasant. He did not, however, forget whither he was traveling, but found a narrow way, bordered with flowers, which appeared to have the same direction with the main road, and was pleased, that, by this happy texperiment, he had found means to unite pleasure with business, and to gain the rewards of diligence without suffering its fatigues.

4. He, therefore, still continued to walk for a time, without the least remission of his ardor, except that he was sometimes tempted to stop by the music of the birds, which the heat had assembled in the shade, and sometimes amused himself with plucking the flowers that covered the banks on each side, or the fruits that hung upon the branches. At last, the green path began to decline from its first tendency, and to wind among the hills and thickets, cooled with fountains, and + murmuring with + waterfalls.

5. Here Obidah paused for a time, and began to consider, whether it was longer safe to forsake the known and common track; but, remembering that the heat was now in its greatest violence, and that the plain was dusty and uneven, he resolved to pursue the new path, which he supposed only to make a few meanders, in compliance with the varieties of the ground, and to end at last in the common road.

6. Having thus calmed his + solicitude, he renewed his pace, though he suspected he was not gaining ground. This uneasiness of his mind inclined him to lay hold on every new object, and give way to every sensation that might soothe or divert him. He listened to every techo, he mounted every hill for a fresh prospect, he turned aside to every cascade, and pleased himself with tracing the course of a gentle river, that rolled among the trees, and watered a large region, with innumerable circumvolutions.

7. In these amusements, the hours passed away uncounted; his deviations had perplexed his memory, and he know not toward

« AnteriorContinuar »