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intly precise and nature prepare us for the pillow; and by the time any oil itself; and every moment affords some interesting innová
tion. That which was before sown, begins now to dis
cover signs of successful vegetation. The labourer ob5.
serves the change, and anticipates the harvest; he watches the progress of nature, and "smiles at her influence; while the man of contemplation walks forth with the even
ing, amidst the fragrance of flowers, and promises of plenty appearait nor returns to his cottage till darkness closes the scene uole mixture upon his
eye. 4. Then cometh the harvest, when the large wish is
satisfied, and the granariesk of nature are loaded with the 3-ré, a so means of life, even to a luxury of abundance.
ers of language are unequal to the description of this hap vál, a fos py season. It is the carnivall of nature: sun and shade, tdde res, coolness and quietude,m cheerfulness and melody, love and
gratitude, unite to render every scene of summer de!
5. The division of light and darkness is one of the kindest efforts of Omnipotent Wisdom. Day and night yield us contrary blessings; and, at the same time, assist
each other, by giving fresh lustre to the delights of both f the er Amidst the glare of day, and bustle of life, how could s and we sleep? Amidst the gloom of darkness, how could we ved pret
6. How wise, how benignant," then, is the proper divijould sion! The hours of light are adaptedo to activity: and
those of darkness,' to rest. Ere the day is passed, exertion;
that the morning returns, we are again able to meet it se natus with a smile. Thus, every season has a charm peculiar to
release, an explosion, a vent, a water.
f Ob-sta-cle, ob'-stå-kl, hindrance, b Per-pen-dic-u-lar, pér-pén-dik'-:- bar, let.
lår, crossing at right angles. g Tre-men-dous, tre-inen -dús, c Rap-id, råp’-id, quick, swift, vio- dreadful, horrible. lent.
h Fu-ry, fül-re, madness, rage. d Ledge, lèdje, a ridge rising above i U-nite, yd-nite', . to join; to con
The cataract of Niagara, in Canada, North-America.
1. This amazing fall of water is made by the river St. Lawrence, in its passage from lake Erie into the lake On
s to the
tario. The St. Lawrence is one of the largest rivers in the world; and yet the whole of its waters is dischargeda in this place, by a fall of a hundred and fifty feet perpen dicular. It is not easy to bring the imagination to corres pond to the greatness of the scene.
2. A river extremely deep and rapid, and that serves to drain the waters of almost all North America into the At
lantic Ocean, is here poured pecipitately down a ledged 1 of rocks, that rises, like a wall, across the whole bed 0.
its stream. The river, a little above, is near threa quarters of a mile broad; and the rocks, where it grows nar rower, are four hundred yards over.
3. Their direction is not straight across, but hollowing inwards like a horse-shoe: so that the cataract, which bends to the shape of the obstacle," rounding inwards, presents a kind of theatre the most tremendous in nature. Just in the middle of this circular wall of waters, a little island, that has braved the furyl of the current, presents one of its points, and divides the stream at top into two parts; but they unitei again, long before they reach the bottom.
4. The noise of the fall is heard at the distance of sev eral leagues; and the fury of the waters, at the termination of their fall is inconceivable. The dashing produces a mist that rises to the very clouds; and which forms a most beautiful rainbow, when the sun shines. It will be readily supposed, that such a cataract entirely destroys the navigation of the stream: and yet some Indians in their canoes, it is said, have ventured down it with safety.
SECTION III. a Sub-ter-ra-ne-ous, súb-tér-rä'-ne-zh Yawn, yåwn, to gápe, to open ůs, lying under the earth.
wide. b Grot-to, grot'-to, a cavern made i Re ss, ré-près', to crush, subfor coolness.
due. c In-crus-ta-tion, in-krůs-td-shủn, k Ig-no-rant, lg-no-rånt,uninstructihe act of incrusting:
ed, rude, d Cei-e-brate, sél-e-bråte, to praise,ll Con-cre-tion, kön-kré-shủn, coalcommerd.
ition, a union of particles. e Mag-ni, mág'-ni, an Italian trav-m In-cite,in-site',to stir up,
In Spar, spår, a small beam, bar. f Gi-gan-tick, j!-gån’-tik, bulky, o Pet-ri-fy, pět'-tre-fl, to change to
stone. & Con-sul, kồn/-sůl, an officer sent p Re-cede, ré-sééd', to retreat, de
to foreign parts to manage trade. sist, fall back
I white They
ca into the
down a lelki
p into the s reacht
q Per-spec-tive, pêr-spēk'-tiv, aju Ap-er-ture, åp/-ür-tshůre, & paslargest rire scene, a view.
sage into, an open place. 's is dischary Res-er-voir, réz-er-vwồr', a place v Anx-ious-ly, ank'-shús-le, solicitty feet per
where any thing is kept in store. ously, inquietly. ation too-- Quash, kwósh, to crush, to make w Cau-tious-ly, kåw'-shůs-lè, watch a noise ting
fully Flam-beau, låm'_bd, a lighted a Ex-pe-dite, éks'-pé-dite, to hasi that serta torch.
ten, quicken. The grotto of Antiparos. 1. Of all the subterraneousa caverns now known, the
grottob of Antiparos is the most remarkable, as well for its ar thre: C'extent, as for the beauty of its sparry incrustations. This it grønsk celebratedd cavern was first explored by one Magni, an
Italian traveller, about one hundred years ago, at Antipa
ros, an inconsiderable island of the Archipelago. zract,
2. Having been informed,” says he, by the natives wards F of Paros, that, in the little island of Antiparos, which lies
about two miles from the former, a gigantické statue was
to be seen at the mouth of a cavern in that place, it was nt, preses resolved, that we, (the French consuls and myself) should,
pay it a visit. In pursuance of this resolution, after we had landed on the island, and walked about four miles through the midst of beautiful plains, and sloping wood lands, we at length came to a little hill, on the side of which yawned a most horrid cavern, that, by its gloom, at first struck us with terrour, and almost repressedi curiosity.
3. Recovering the first surprise, however, we entered boldly; and had not proceeded above twenty paces, when the supposed statue of the giant presented itself to our
view. 'We quickly perceived, that what the ignorantk na"]TX tives had been terrified at as a giant, was nothing more
than a sparry concretion, formed by the water dropping from the roof of the cave, and by degrees hardening into a figure, which their fears had formed into a monster.
4. Incited by this extraordinary appearance, we were induced to proceed still further, in quest of new adventures in this subterranean abode. As we proceeded, new
wonders offered themselves; the spars," formed into trees - and shrubs, presented a kind of petrifiedo grove; some
white, some green; and all recedinge in due perspective..
They struck us with the more amazement, as we knew them to be mere productions of nature, who, hitherto in solitude, had, in her playful moments, dressed the scene as if for her own amusement
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5. “We had as yet seen but a few of the wonders of the place; and we were introduced only into the portico of this amazing temple. In one corner of this half illuminated recess, there appeared an opening of about three feet wide, which seemed to lead to a place totally dark, and which one of the natives assured us contained nothing more than a reservoirt of water. 'Upon this information, we made an experiment, by throwing down some stones, which rumbling along the sides of the descent for som time, the sound seemed at last quashed in a bed of water.
6. “ In order, however, to be more certain, we sent in a Levantine mariner, who, by the promise of a good reward, ventured, with a flambeau' in his hand, into this narrow aperture. After continuing within it for about a quarter of an hour, he returned, bearing in his hand, some beautiful pieces of white spar, which art could neither equal nor imitate. Upon being informed by him that the place was full of these beautiful incrustations, I ventured in once more with him, about fifty paces, anxiously' and cautiously descending, by a steep and dangerous way.
7. “Finding, however, that we came to a precipice which led into a spacious amphitheatre, (if I may so cal] it,) still deeper than any other part, we returned, and being provided with a ladder, flambeau, and other things to expedites our descent, our whole company, man by man, ventured into the same opening; and descending one after another, we at last saw ourselves all together in the most magnificent part of the cavern."
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SECTION IV. a Glit-ter-ing, glit'-tůr-ing, shining tảr, a building in a circular or oval brightly.
form, having its area encompassed 6 Trans-pa-rent, tråns-på'-rent, with rows of seats one above anclear, translucent:
other. c Col-umn, kôl'-lům, a pillar, file k Pres-sure, présh'-shůre, force, opof troops.
pression. a Throne, throne, the seat of a king. 1 Crys-tal, kris'-tål, a hard peluci e Al-tar, ål'-tůr, the place where of stone.
ferings to heaven are laid. m E-gress, é'-grès, the act of going f Rc-ver-ber-a-tion, ré-ver-bér-d' out.
shủn, the act of driving back, or n In-scrip-tion, in-skrip'-shủn,some sounding back.
thing written or engraved, a title & Ven-ture, ven'-tshůre, to hazard, o Ob-lit-er-ate, ob-lit-têr-ráte, to et. a chance.
face, blot out. h Mar-in-er, mår'-rin-úr, a scaman, p Pen-e-trate, pên'-ne-tråte, to a sailor.
pierce the surface. i Am-phi-the-a-tre, åm-dhe-the-à
tinct time tale
to in ten Ton
aders of the portico e
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that the venture
The grotto of Antiparos, continued. 1. “(Jur candles being now all lighted up, and the l'illumink whole place completely illuminated, never could the eye t three ft de presented with a more glittering, or a more magnifi
dark, al cent scene. The whole roof hung with solid icicles, trans ed nothie parent as glass, yet solid as marble. The eye could aformatis
, scarcely reach the lofty and noble ceiling; the sides were me store egularly formed with spars; and the whole presented the t for son · dea of a magnificent theatre, illuminated with an immense 1 of water profusion of lights.
2. “ The floor consisted of solid marble; and, in several a good sk places, magnificent columns, thrones," altars, and other
objects, appeared, as if nature had designed to mock the or abouti curiosities of art. Our voices, upon speaking or singing, and, some were redoubled to an astonishing loudness; and upon the Id neitka firing of a gun, the noise and the reverberations were al
3. “In the midst of this grand amphitheatre rose a conpusly" ax cretion of about fifteen feet high, that, in some measure, s way resembled an altar; from which, taking the hint, we caused precipit mass to be celebrated there. The beautiful columns that way so cal shot up round the altar, appeared like candlesticks; and
many other natural objects represented the 'customary orthings # naments of this rite.
4. “ Below even this spacious grotto, there seemed ne after another cavern; down which I ventureds with my former
mariner," and descended about fifty paces by ineans of горе.
I at last arrived at a small spot of level ground, -where the bottom appeared different from that of the amphitheatre, being composed of soft clay, yielding to the
pressure, ok and in which I thrust a stick to the depth mased of six feet. In this, however, as above, numbers of the
most beautiful crystals' were formed; one of which, particalarly, resembled a table.
. 5. Upon our egress" from this amazing cavern, we perceived a Greek inscription" upon a rock at the mouth,
but so obliterated by time, that we could not read it dison tinctly. It seemed to import, that one Antipater, in the
time of Alexander, had come hither; but whether he penetrated into the depths of the cavern, he does not think fit to inform us.”—This account of so beautiful and striking a scene, may serve to give us some idea of the subterraneous wonders of nature
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