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89. In this Section, the pupil is furnished with mere Hints or Heads; very briefly expressed in the order of their occurrence, and separated merely by commas. In these exercises, each subject must be arranged into appropriate paragraphs; the sentences constructed with neatness and perspicuity, and the ideas involved in each clause fully developed.

PROFESSOR PORSON.

90. From the following hints, arrange a connected Narrative, properly divided, according to the preceding Directions.

Richard Porson, born Christmas-day, 1759, parents poor, but persons of sound sense, when Richard could speak, father taught him reading and writing by means of a piece of chalk or finger on sand, his fancy thus delighted, an ardour of imitating whatever was put before him was excited, the walls of the house were covered with characters, these attracted notice from their neatness and fidelity of delineation, excellence of penmanship was ever after one of his accomplishments, his father taught him arithmetic up to cube root without slate, before he was nine years of age, his extraordinary memory soon developed itself, he was noticed by several gentlemen, sent by them to school, he made rapid progress, read and re

tained every thing that came in his way, sent by the same friends to Eton, subsequently to Cambridge, became Greek professor there, afterwards appointed librarian to the London Institution, he enjoyed this for several years, died in London in 1808 in the 49th year of his age, he is said to have communicated information in a plain, direct, straightforward manner, and used to say, whether you quote or collate, do it fairly and accurately, whether it be Joe Miller or Tom Thumb, on one occasion he said, he never remembered anything but what he transcribed three times, or read over six times, at the least, and any one would have as good a memory who did the same, he often said he had not naturally a good memory, what he had obtained in this respect was the effect of discipline, his recollection really wonderful, has been known to challenge any one to repeat a line or phrase from any Greek dramatic authors and would instantly go on with the context, Porson by no means excelled in conversation, he neither wrote nor spoke with facility, in Porson were blended very opposite qualities, in some things he appeared to be of unshaken firmness, in others he was wayward capricious, discovered the weakness of a child, sometimes he would confine himself for days together in his chamber, at other times, he could not resist the allurements of social converse, he was a man of inflexible integrity, had an inviolable regard for truth, possessed the most determined perseverance, he would have been a greater man had he been a better man.

LESSON 48.

DIFFICULTIES OF KING ALFRED'S BOYHOOD.

91. From the following hints, arrange a connected Narrative, properly divided, according to the preceding Directions No. 89.

Alfred ignorant of letters till 12, loved by his parents, fondled for his beauty, the instruction withheld from the son of the Anglo-Saxon king which the poorest child can now obtain,

taught to wind the horn, to bend the bow, to hunt, to hawk, he acquired great skill in the chase, this considered in the middle ages as the most necessary accomplishment of nobility, book learning was thought of little use to them, Alfred's eager mind did not remain unemployed, he could not read he could attend, he listened eagerly to the verses which were recited in his father's hall by the minstrels and the glee men, the masters of Anglo-Saxon song, he would spend day and night in hearkening to these poems, he treasured them in his memory, during his whole life poetry continued to be his solace and amusement in trouble and care, one day Alfred's mother showed to him and his brothers a volume of AngloSaxon poetry which she possessed, she said, he shall have the book who first can read it, the bright gilding and colouring of one of the illuminated capital letters attracted Alfred's attention, he inquired if his mother would really keep her word, she confirmed the promise, she put the book into his hands, he applied steadily to his task, the book became his own, the information Alfred now possessed rendered him desirous of obtaining more, his ignorance of Latin was an insuperable objection, science and knowledge could not be acquired then otherwise than from Latin books, he earnestly sought for instruction in that language, none could be found, sloth had overspread the land, there were few Latin grammarians in the land, he was utterly unable to discover a competent teacher, Alfred was accustomed to say in after life that of all the hardships privations and misfortunes which had befallen him none he felt so grievous as this the enforced idleness of his youth, his intellect was fitted to receive the lesson, but his time was unoccupied, at a more advanced period the arduous toils of royalty and the pressure of severe and unremitting pain interrupted Alfred's studies which he was then enabled to pursue and harassed and disturbed his mind, he persevered, the unquestionable thirst for knowledge which the child had manifested continued, it did not abate till he was removed from this stage of exertion.

LESSON 49.

DR. HENDERSON'S INTERVIEW WITH THORLAKSON.

92. From the following hints, arrange a connected Narrative, properly divided, according to the preceding Directions No. 89.

Like most of his brethren at this season of the year we found him in a meadow, he assisted his people in haymaking, when he heard of our arrival he made all the haste home which his age and infirmities would allow, welcomed us to his humble abode, ushered us into an apartment where he had translated Milton into Icelandic, the door is not quite four feet high, the room about eight feet long, six broad, at the inner end the poet's bed close to the door, over against a small window not exceeding two feet square is a table, here he commits to paper the effusions of his muse, I told him my countrymen would not have forgiven me if I had passed this part of the island and not paid him a visit, nor could I have forgiven myself, he replied the translation of Milton had yielded him many pleasant hours, it had often given him occasion to think of England, his residence was far north, he had lived long without seeing any of Milton's countrymen, he had not entertained the most distant idea that he should ever be favoured with such a gratification, for some years past the poet has been occupied with a translation of Klopstock's Messiah, the first fourteen books are ready, the fifteenth was begun last spring, he acknowledged the impossibility of reaching the bold and adventurous heights of that poet so happily as he had reached the flights of Milton, he was now upwards of 70 years of age, he alluded to his halting and said it was not matter of surprise, Milton had used him for several years as his riding horse, spurred him unmercifully through the celestial chaotic and infernal regions, he has also translated Pope's Essay on Man, also various Danish and German poems, composed nu

merous original pieces of a miscellaneous nature, the most beautiful of these is the poem of thanks to the British and Foreign Bible Society.

SECTION III.

- ORIGINAL NARRATIVES.

LESSON 50.

93. In this Section, the pupil is presented with some original subjects which he is expected to discuss in accordance with the Directions previously given. Let him carefully avoid protracting the narrative. On the contrary, let the facts and events be exhibited in due order, clearly and briefly expressed, so as to leave a pleasing impression on the mind.

94. The first Lesson in this Section will consist of a Journal, &c., of the Occurrences of a Dayor Weekor Month.

LESSON 51.

95. Select one or more of the following Subjects as suitable Exercises for this Section:

1. An account of the progress which the pupil has made in

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of some transaction in which he has been concerned.

of the particulars of a visit to some friends; -or a Christmas party.

of some particular event of a public nature. of the conduct of some person in particular circumstances.

of some ramble which he has lately taken, stating what he observed, and what were his reflections.

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