two great Plantagenets, the First and Third Edwards, and, at a later period, by the tyranny of the Tudors; and if now destined, in the regular course of royal succession, to lose her station as a separate and independent kingdom, she yielded neither to hostile force nor to fraud, but willingly consented to link her future destinies with those of her mighty neighbour: like a bride who, in the dawning prospect of a happy union, is contented to resign, but not to forget, the house and name of her fathers. Yet, however pleased at this pacific termination of their long struggles, the feelings with which his ancient people beheld the departure of their prince were of a melancholy nature; and an event occurred on the same day on which he set out, that made a deep impression upon a nation naturally thoughtful and superstitious.

6. As the monarch passed the house of Seton, near Musselburgh, he was met by the funeral of Lord Seton, a nobleman of high rank-which, with its solemn movement and sable trappings, occupied the road, and contrasted strangely and gloomily with the brilliant pageantry of the royal cavalcade. The Setons were one of the oldest and proudest families of Scotland; and that lord whose mortal remains now passed by had been a faithful adherent of the king's mother, whose banner he had never deserted, and in whose cause he had suffered exile.

7. The meeting was thought ominous by the people. It appeared to their excited imaginations as if the moment had arrived when the aristocracy of Scotland was about to merge in that of Great Britain; as if the Scottish nobles had finished their career of national glory, and this last representative of their race had

been arrested on his road to the grave, to bid farewell to the last of Scotland's kings. As the mourners moved slowly onward, the monarch himself, sharing in these melancholy feelings, sat down by the wayside, on a stone still pointed out to the historical pilgrim; nor did he resume his progress till the gloomy procession had completely disappeared.

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in-num'-er-a-ble mel'-an-chol-y re-pre-sent'-a-tive

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ac-com'-pan-ied Plant-ag'-en-ets


trans-ferred', handed over.

Mus'-sel-burgh pro-ces'-sion

cav'-al-cade, a train of persons on horseback.

la-men-ta'-tions, sounds of grief or mourning.

page'-ant, public show; showy march.

rev'-els, noisy feasting. de-vise', think of.

con'-course, gathering.

ush'-ered, introduced.

lord may'-or, the chief magistrate of


bier, a carriage or frame of wood for bearing the dead to the grave.

dis-sent'-ing, disagreeing.

dis-as'-ter, misfortune.

tran-quil'-li-ty, quietness.

mem'-or-a-ble, worthy of being remembered.

verge, border; edge.

in-de-pend'-ent, free from the con

trol of another. con-sent'-ed, agreed. re-sign', give up.

pa-cif'-ic, peaceful.

ter-min-a'-tion, close; finish.

su-per-sti'-tious, apt to believe in what is absurd.

ad-her'-ent, follower.

ex'-ile, banishment.

om'-in-ous, foreboding evil.

ar-is-toc'-ra-cy, the nobles.

EXERCISES.-1. The affixes -ful, -ous, -some, -y, denote full of; as joy, joyful; glory, glorious; glad, gladsome; wind, windy.

2. Analyse and parse the following: As the monarch passed the house of Seton, near Musselburgh, he was met by the funeral of Lord Seton, a nobleman of high rank—which, with its solemn movement and sable trappings, occupied the road.'

3. Make sentences of your own, and use in each one or more of the following words: Devise, memorable, termination, transfer.

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[This splendid address to the ocean is from the fourth Canto of Byron's celebrated poem, Childe Harold. The last verse shows that his 'joy of youthful sports' was to be borne on the crest of the waves, as a swimmer. In manhood he accomplished the feat of swimming across the Hellespont.]

1. Roll on, thou deep and dark blue Ocean-roll!
Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain ;
Man marks the earth with ruin-his control
Stops with the shore; upon the watery plain
The wrecks are all thy deed, nor doth remain
A shadow of man's ravage, save his own,

When, for a moment, like a drop of rain,

He sinks into thy depths with bubbling groan, Without a grave, unknelled, uncoffined, and unknown.

2. His steps are not upon thy paths-thy fields Are not a spoil for him-thou dost arise

And shake him from thee; the vile strength he wields For earth's destruction thou dost all despise, Spurning him from thy bosom to the skies, And send'st him, shivering in thy playful spray And howling, to his gods, where haply lies His petty hope in some near port or bay, And dashest him again to earth :—there let him lay.

3. The armaments which thunderstrike the walls
Of rock-built cities, bidding nations quake,
And monarchs tremble in their capitals,
The oak leviathans, whose huge ribs make
Their clay creator the vain title take
Of lord of thee, and arbiter of war-
These are thy toys, and, as the snowy flake,
They melt into thy yeast of waves, which mar
Alike the Armada's pride or spoils of Trafalgar.

4. Thy shores are empires, changed in all save thee-
Assyria, Greece, Rome, Carthage, what are they?
Thy waters washed them power while they were free,
And many a tyrant since; their shores obey
The stranger, slave, or savage; their decay
Has dried up realms to deserts: not so thou-
Unchangeable, save to thy wild waves' play,
Time writes no wrinkle on thine azure brow;
Such as creation's dawn beheld, thou rollest now.

5. Thou glorious mirror, where the Almighty's form Glasses itself in tempests; in all time—

Calm or convulsed, in breeze or gale or storm,
Icing the pole, or in the torrid clime.

Dark heaving-boundless, endless, and sublime,
The image of eternity, the throne

Of the Invisible; even from out thy slime
The monsters of the deep are made; each zone
Obeys thee; thou goest forth, dread, fathomless, alone.

6. And I have loved thee, Ocean! and my joy
Of youthful sports was on thy breast to be
Borne, like thy bubbles, onward: from a boy
I wantoned with thy breakers-they to me
Were a delight; and if the freshening sea
Made them a terror-'twas a pleasing fear,
For I was as it were a child of thee,
And trusted to thy billows far and near,

And laid my hand upon thy mane-as I do here.

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vile, evil.

spray, water driven by the wind

from the tops of waves. arm'-a-ments, big guns, &c., with

which ships are armed. oak le-vi'-a-thans, large ships built

of oak. This wood does not now hold the place it once did in shipbuilding, iron and steel being largely used. clay cre-a'-tor, man, who is made of dust, and returns to dust. ar'-bi-ter, one who decides between two contending parties.

yeast of waves, the waves some-
times froth like yeast, the pre-
paration which raises dough
for bread.
Carth'-age, formerly a great city on
the north coast of Africa. It
was long the rival of ancient
Rome, but is now entirely

de-cay, falling or wasting away.
az'-ure, of a faint blue.

con-vulsed', shaken violently.
tor'-rid, very hot.
slime, sticky mud.

zone, one of the five great belts into
which the earth is divided.
wan'-toned, played; sported.
break'-ers, waves broken on the


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