and child-held each other in a long embrace, and then the little scholar turned his face towards the wall and

fell asleep.

23. The schoolmaster sat in the same place, holding the small cold hand in his and chafing it. It was but the hand of a dead child. He felt that; and yet he chafed it still, and could not lay it down.-Charles Dickens.

SUMMARY.—The old schoolmaster was extremely fond of his little pupil, and praised him to the child to whom he showed some of his writing. The little boy had been ill for some days, and the master was much moved on his account. He and the girl went to see the sick boy, and found him very ill indeed. He flung his wasted arms round his old master's neck and called him his dear kind friend. At the sound of the boys' voices on the green he tried to wave his handkerchief above his head, but his strength failed, and he lay down softly once more. He turned his face to the wall, and passed away in sleep.

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EXERCISES.-1. Parse and analyse-The two old friends and companions held each other in a long embrace.

2. Nouns are formed from other nouns, or adjectives and verbs, by adding ary, ence, ency, ety, which mean "the state of being;" as antique (antiquus, old), antiquary; patient (patior, I suffer), patience; depend (pendo, I hang), dependency; sober, sobriety. Give other words formed in the same way from confection, prefer, current, gay. Make sentences to show the use of these words.

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["Then the angel of the Lord went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses," Isa. xxxvii. 36, and 2 Kings xix. 35.]

1. The Assyrian came down like a wolf on the fold,
And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold;
And the sheen of their spears was like stars on the sea,
When the blue wave rolls nightly on deep Galilee.

2. Like the leaves of the forest when summer is green,
That host with their banners at sunset was seen:
Like the leaves of the forest when autumn hath blown,
That host on the morrow lay withered and strown.

3. For the angel of death spread his wings on the blast, And breathed on the face of the foe as he passed; And the eyes of the sleepers waxed deadly and chill, And their hearts but once heaved, and for ever grew still!

4. And there lay the steed with his nostril all wide,

But through it there rolled not the breath of his pride:
And the foam of his gasping lay white on the turf,
And cold as the spray of the rock-beating surf.

5. And there lay the rider distorted and pale,

With the dew on his brow and the rust on his mail;
And the tents were all silent, the banners alone,
The lances unlifted, the trumpet unblown.

6. And the widows of Asshur are loud in their wail,
And the idols are broke in the temple of Baal ;
And the might of the Gentile, unsmote by the sword,
Hath melted like snow in the glance of the Lord!


SUMMARY.-The cohorts of the Assyrian were bright with purple and gold. Their spears glittered like the star-light reflected on the sea. At sunset the host were like the forest leaves in summer; but on the morrow they were like the scattered leaves in autumn. Death had passed through their ranks, and closed their eyelids for ever. The lifeless steed lay on the turf, beside the pale and distorted rider. Silence was in the camp, and the weapons of war were untouched. Loud was the wail of the widows of Asshur, and the idols were broken in the temple. The glance of the Lord had destroyed the mighty army.

The Assyrian-Sennacherib, king of Assyria. He had invaded Judah, but Hezekiah, who then reigned at Jerusalem, made peace with him. This peace was not long continued, for Senna. cherib again invaded Judah with a large army, which was utterly destroyed by the " angel of the Lord" in one night. Baal-Baal is supposed to have founded the kingdom of Babylon, and was afterwards worshipped as a god under the name of Baal. The might of the Gentile-The powerful army of the Assyrians. All other nations but the Jews were generally called Gentiles.

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EXERCISES.-1. Parse and analyse-The angel of death spread his wings on the blast.

2. Nouns are formed from other nouns, adjectives, or verbs, by adding head, hood, ism, ment, as God, godhead; brother, brotherhood; hero, heroism; allure, allurement. Give other words formed in the same way from false, knight, true, agree. Make interrogative sentences to show the use of these words.

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1. Franklin. Eh! Oh! Eh! What have I done to

merit those cruel sufferings?

2. Gout. Many things; you have ate and drunk too freely, and too much indulged those legs of yours in their indolence.

3. Franklin. Who is it that accuses me?

4. Gout. It is I, even I, the Gout.

5. Franklin. What! my enemy in person?

6. Gout. No, not your enemy.

7. Franklin. I repeat it; my enemy; for you would

not only torment my body to death, but ruin my good name. You reproach me as a glutton and a tippler. Now all the world that knows me will allow that I am neither the one nor the other.

8. Gout. The world may think as it pleases. It is always very complaisant to itself, and sometimes to its friends; but I very well know that the quantity of meat and drink proper for a man who takes a reasonable degree of exercise would be too much for another who never takes any.

9. Franklin. I take--Eh! Oh!-as much exercise-Eh!

-as I can, Madam Gout. You know my sedentary state, and on that account, it would seem, Madam Gout, as if you might spare me a little, seeing it is not altogether my own fault.

10. Gout. Not a jot; your rhetoric and your politeness are thrown away; your apology avails nothing. If your situation in life is a sedentary one, your amusements, your recreations, at least should be active. You ought to walk or ride; or, if the weather prevents that, play at billiards.

11. Franklin. Oh! Eh! Oh! Oh-h-h! As much instruction as you please, Madam Gout, and as many reproaches; but pray, Madam, a truce with your corrections!

12. Gout. No, Sir, no-I will not abate a particle of what is so much for your good-therefore

13. Franklin.-Oh! Eh-h-h!-It is not fair to say I take no exercise, when I do very often, going out to dine and returning in my carriage.

14. Gout. That of all imaginable exercises is the most slight and insignificant, if you allude to the motion of a carriage suspended on springs. By observing the degree

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