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“And many a message have I brought
To families I cannot find;
To tell them Hal's not far behind.” “Oh! does he live?” my father cried ;
My mother did not stay to speak; My Jessy now I silent eyed,
Who throbb'd as if her heart would break. My mother saw her catching sigh,
And hid her face behind the rock, While tears swam round in every eye,
And not a single word was spoke. “He lives indeed! this kerchief see,
At parting his dear Jessy gave; He sent it far, with love, by me,
To show he still escapes the grave.” An arrow, darting from a bow,
Could not more quick the token reach; The patch from off my face I drew,
And gave my voice its well known speech. “My Jessy dear!" I softly said ;
She gazed and answer'd with a sigh; My sisters look'd, as half afraid ;
My mother fainted quite for joy. My father danced around his son,
My brothers shook my hand away ; My mother said “her glass might run,
She cared 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?
2. What time in the day did he reach his native cot?
3. How were his father and mother and the rest of the family engaged ?
4. Name the friend to whom Jean was whispering.
5. What might the effects of his sudden entrance have been ?
6. How did he manage to avoid giving them too great a surprise ?
7. Who only recognised him at once ? 8. How did Tray show that he knew him?
9. What word engaged their loves at once, and why?
10. Of whom did the old man speak ?
11. What reply did the soldier make ?
12. Who is Hal, and what is the full name?
13. Can you tell me what the father's name was?
14. What effect was produced by the information that Harry was alive?
15. What is meant by “the rock," in verse 13th ?
16. Who knew the kerchief well, and why did she know it so well ?
17. Who fainted, and how did the father act?
18. How did the brothers act, and what did the mother say ?
19. What is meant by "glass” in verse 17th ?
BERNARD BARTON. "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,
His kingly sway confess'd :
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 undeterr'd,
As threatening, in their angry play,
Turn'd to the courtly ring;
Even of his earthly king;
Thy name had pass'd away,
Which never shall decay:
Forged fetters for the main;
Inflicted stripes as vain ;-
To know thyself, than rule the sea! 1. Of what countries was Canute king? 6. Who are meant by the word all, in
2. How great did his flatterers say his verse 5th ? power was?
7. What mightier monarch is meant? 3. To what verb is they, in verse 4th, the 8. When did Canute flourish ? nominative?
9. What keeps his name still alive in 4. When seated on the shore, what com- our minds? mand did the monarch give the sea ?
10. Relate the historical fact referred to 5. What effect did it produce ?
in the last verse.
ABOU BEN ADHEM AND THE ANGEL.
LEIGH HUNT. 1 John iii. 14. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love
the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
Answered, “The names of those who love the Lord.” Xerxes, king of Persia, was the son and successor of Darius. He raised an immense army of nearly three millions of men, it is said, to subdue Greece, caused a bridge of boats to be built over the Hellespont, and in his folly had the sea flogged for breaking the bridge to pieces. This great army was completely scattered, and the fleet also destroyed by the bravery of the Greeks, and Xerxes himself was assassinated by Artaba'nus, the captain of his guard. Xerxes is called in Scripture Ahasue'rus.
“ And is mine one?" said Abou. “Nay, not so,"
The angel wrote, and vanish'd. The next night
STUDY OF THE WORKS OF NATURE.
And let me never, never stray from Thee! 1. What is meant by Nature here?
6. Whence is the vegetable world thrust? 2. What mean you by the rolling wonders 7. What system of works stands above of heaven?
the vegetable kingdom? 3. What would the poet like to learn 8. What is the grandest work of creation about these worlds ?
here below? 4. Name the kingdoms of Nature in 9. What perfections of God may we their order, beginning with the lowest. learn from the material world?
5. Where are the strata or beds of mine- 10. Ah! but where do we learn that He rals found ?
is a God of mercy and justice combined ?
NAPOLEON AND THE BRITISH SAILOR.
'Twas when his banners at Boulogne,
Poor British seaman.
On England's home.
Dear cliffs of Dover!
To England nearer.
Come shoreward floating.
By mighty working.
Or cross'd a ferry!
would have made the boldest shudder; Untarr'd, uncompass’d, and unkeel'd,
No sail- no rudder. From neighbouring woods he interlaced His sorry skiff with wattled willows; And thus equipp'd he would have pass'd
The foaming billows!
French guard caught him on the beach,
Address'd the stranger.