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3. I heard the sounds of sorrow and delight,
That fill the haunted chambers of the Night,
4. From the cool cisterns of the midnight air
The fountain of perpetual peace flows there,--
5. Peace! Peace! Orestes-like I breathe this prayer! Descend with broad-winged flight,
The welcome, the thrice-prayed for, the most fair,
SUMMARY.-Night appears to the poet's imagination as a stately figure, in a robe of darkness, fringed with light of moon and stars, trailing her skirts through the marble halls of heaven. He feels her calm presence, hears again the sounds of joy and sorrow which have at various times haunted her, and drinks in the repose and peace of her cool refreshing spirit.
EXERCISES.-1. Parse and analyse-From the cool cisterns of the midnight air my spirit drank repose.
2. Nouns are formed by adding acy, age, ance, ancy, which mean "state of being, condition, or quality;" as, accuracy, state of being accurate (ac, ad, to, cura, care); bondage, state of being bound; repentance, state of being repentant; brilliancy, state of being brilliant or bright. Give the exact meaning of the following words-supremacy (supremus, highest), peerage, forbearance, expectancy.
XIII. THE WISDOM OF GOD DISPLAYED IN THE LOWER ANIMALS.
[The Rev. JOHN TODD, a celebrated American divine, author of "The Student's Guide," "Lectures to Children," etc. He is well known by reason of his successful efforts in imparting scientific instruction in a simple and attractive form to the youthful mind.]
1. Did you ever see an elephant? What a great head he carries—a head which weighs hundreds of pounds! This head must be held up and off from the body, just as you would hold up a weight at arm's length. How does he support this heavy head? He has two strong cords running along the top of his neck, which fasten and hold it to his back. We carry our heads straight up and do not need such cords; and we have none. not this wise?
2. The little bird can dart through the wood, and hit twigs hundreds of times and yet not hurt his eye. The eagle can rise up and look the sun full in the face, and not be dazzled. How is this? Because both have a little hard covering, which shades and defends the eye, and yet allows the swift mover to see through it. Who made this curious covering?
3. The food must be ground before it can become blood. Most creatures have teeth for this purpose; but the little bird must have a small head, so that he may fly, and therefore he has no room for teeth. God has given him a powerful little mill, called a gizzard, between the mouth and the stomach, which can grind almost anything, and prepare it for blood.
4. The elephant is naked. He can carry between three
and four thousand pounds on his back. But if he had been placed in the northern countries, he would have been frozen to death. He has a curious trunk, as it is called, with which he can thread a needle, and do almost anything that our hands can do. There are more than forty thousand little parts in this trunk, each of which is under the direction of the elephant. What a wonderful machine!
5. The rein-deer is covered with warm fur. This would kill him, if he lived in a hot climate; but he lives in cold Greenland and Lapland, and his home and his dress are wisely made for each other.
6. The whale is born among the mountains of ice which surround each pole. Why does he not freeze? Because God has wrapped him up in a great coat of fat, which, in the thinnest places, is at least two feet thick.
7. The pig, the cow, the horse, the sheep, and the goat are the most useful creatures to men. They are wanted wherever men live. But all kinds of food will not grow everywhere. Now, the fact is, there are seventy-two kinds of food which the pig will eat; two hundred and sixty-two which the horse will eat; two hundred and eighty-seven which the sheep will eat; and four hundred and forty-nine which the goat will eat. The consequence is that, if these creatures are carried wherever they are wanted, they will find some kind of food which they
8. No man could build a ship which could pass over the great sandy deserts of Africa. It could not sail like a ship on the water, nor could it go on wheels. No man could build one. But look at the "ship of the desert which God has built. It can carry water in a bag, pure
and sweet, which will last thirty days. It will go thirty miles a-day for weeks together, and carry eight hundred pounds' weight.
9. It makes no noise. It never complains. the camel--for this is "the ship of the desert"—with its soft spongy foot, just fitted for the sands of the desert, is made for this very business. The rein-deer, in his soft furs, will bound over the snow and the ice a hundred miles a day; but if he and the camel were to exchange homes for a single year, they would both die. The sands of the desert did not make the soft spongy foot of the camel, nor did the foot make the sands; but God made them both, and fitted the one for the other. Rev. J. Todd.
The birds, both The little birds eye. while the
SUMMARY.-The great head of the elephant is supported by two strong cords which run along the top of the neck great and small, are fitted for their way of life. can hit hundreds of twigs and yet not tear the eagle can stare steadily at the full blaze of the sun without being dazzled. The rein-deer is fitted for the climate in which he lives by a thick cover of fur, and the whale in the same way is protected from the cold by a great coating of fat. Various kinds of food are provided for those animals which are found in different parts of the world; and in various other ways every living thing is adapted for the place in which Nature intends it to abide.
EXERCISES--1. Parse and analyse-"The ship of the desert," with its soft spongy feet, is just fitted for the sands of the desert.
2. Nouns are formed by adding ence, ency, hood, ism, which mean "the state of being, condition, or quality;" as diligence, the state of being diligent; potency, the state of being powerful (potens, power), boyhood, the condition of being a boy; barbarism, the state of being barbaric or savage. Give the exact meaning of the following wordspatience, clemency (clemens, mild or merciful), falsehood, atheism, (a, without, theos, God).
"Nature is but a name for an effect,
Whose cause is God.
One spirit, His
Who wore the platted thorns with bleeding brow,
But shows some touch in freckle, streak, or stain,
"That clearer marks of masterly design,
All nature is but art, unknown to thee,
All chance, direction which thou canst not see;
All partial evil, universal good."
"Who can paint
Like Nature? Can an imagination boast
Or can it mix them with that matchless skill
And lose them in each other, as appears
every bud that blows?"