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tom possess all the excellencies The nobility of our ancestors of the most valuable Greek and should not make us vain. Latin classics.

Learning is a disgrace to us The diseases of the soul, as when it puffs us up, and degenewell as those of the body, come rates into pedantry. posting on horseback, but depart That work is never well exleisurely on foot.

ecuted that is done with too Complain not of the wrongs much eagerness and hurry.

St. Louis, king of France, Some become proud and in- frequently served poor men at solent by wearing fine clothes. table.

Behold, fond man!
See here thy pictured life; pass some few years,
Thy flow’ring spring, thy summer's ardent strength,
Thy sober autumn fading into age,
And pale concluding winter comes at last,
And shuts the scene.

done you.

Generous minds amuse not Sugar is more excellent than themselves about the petty toys salt; but the use of salt is more of rank.

necessary and general. Plainness and modesty in A piece of wood sunk to a dress are the greatest ornaments great depth in the ocean, has of beauty, and the best excuse its pores filled with water, and for the want of it.

becomes nearly as heavy as Accustom yourself never to stone. tell a deliberate lie.

Is it known that any one has In India, flat dishes of water, ever trisected an angle geomeplaced during the night on beds trically? of twigs and straw kept wet, and Self-love continually deceives in a current of air, soon exhibit us in what concerns ourselves. thin cakes of ice.

The cause of the extraordiLying is always the sign of a nary phenomenon, which we call weak and mean spirit.

attraction, acts at all distances. We often judge of others Why will you add to the evils through passion or prejudice. done you, the vice of hatred,

Be careful never to let slip which is the greatest of all ? an indecent word.

I am he who have shared thy Logic gives a justness and bounty, but who have been unclearness to our thoughts. grateful for the favour.

The Poles have suffered for Who, in reality, can think of the faith with constancy and sleep, without also recollecting heroic fortitude.

death? The Chinese gong is a metal- Do not waste your time in lic instrument shaped like a amusements, which you cannot common sieve.

enjoy without endangering your virtue.

Most of the flowers that we of its body would then be unadmire, were once coarse and supported. shapeless roots.

The vapour of camphor will, The Peak of Teneriffe is one when cold, change into crystals. of the most stupendous single There are several metals objects that, on earth, and at one which, when slowly cooled after view, human vision can com- being melted, will crystalise. mand.

A hundred parts of lime abJulian the Apostate was one sorb from the atmosphere seof the most infamous dissem- | venty-eight parts of carbonic blers that ever lived.

acid. A quadruped never raises both The favour of great men is feet on the same side, simultane- | worth little. ously, for the centre of gravity

Oh! if the atheist's words were true;

If those we seek to save,
Sink—and in sinking from our view

Are lost beyond the grave !
If life thus closed-how dark how drear
Would this bewildered earth appear,

Scarce worth the dust it gave!
A tract of black sepulchral gloom,
One yawning, ever-opening tomb.

Some strut like peacocks, and raised ; virtue blushes and hides think themselves admired by herself. every one.

The cold of winter favours Your heart is softened at the insensible perspiration. fancied misfortunes of a fabu- The moon, like the earth, is lous hero, and your distressed a round, opaque body, which neighbour cannot excite your borrows its light from the sun. compassion.

Animals are not subject to all Friends who are an honour to those inconveniences to which us, are always dear to us. man is liable.

Pity consoles the miserable When youth is passed in de. as much as almsdeeds relievecency and dread of sin, it draws them.

mercy upon the remainder of Crime goes with her head | life.

Be wise to-day; 'tis madness to defer;
Next day the fatal precedent will plead;
Thus on, till wisdom is push'd out of life.
Procrastination is the thief of time.
Year after year it steals, till all are ded;
And to the mercies of a moment, leaves
The vast concerns of an eternal scene.

PROSODY.

(1) ProsoDY* is that part of Grammar which teaches the true pronunciation of words, and the structure of poetical compositions.

PRONUNCIATION comprises accent, quantity, emphasis, pause, and tone. +

(2) VERSIFICATION, or the measured arrangement of poetry, consists in the uniform recurrence, at fixed intervals, of accented or unaccented syllables. The number of accents determines the number of feet in a line.

A foot in poetry consists, generally, of two, and sometimes of three syllables.

(3) The principal feet are the lambus, the Trochee, and the Anapest, each of which must always contain one accented syllable.

The secondary feet are the Spondee, Pyrrhic, Dactyl, Amphibrach, and Tribrach.

(4) The lambus, Trochee, Spondee, and Pyrrhic, are dissyllabic feet; the others are trisyllabic.

Verse is named from the feet that prevail in it. Iambic, Trochaic, and Anapæstic feet are the principal, because pieces of poetry may be wholly or chiefly formed of them.

(1) An IAMBUS has the first syllable unaccented ; as-běhold', děmand'.

A TROCHEE has the second syllable unaccented ; as— hurt'sůl.

A SPONDEE has both syllables accented; as—the red' rays'.

(2) A PYRRHIC has both syllables unaccented ; as õ thẻ green turf.

The

ody is from (G.) pros, concerning, and ode, a hymn or poem.
General Rules for the Management of the Voice in Reading," Lite-
Book, from p. VII to p. XVIII.

A Dactyl has only the first syllable accented; as—. pow'ěrfůl.

An AMPHIBRACH has only the middle syllable accented ; as-dėstructive.

(3) An ANAPÆST has only the last syllable accented; as-countěrmand'.

A TRIBRACH has no accented syllable; as-vůlněråble.

The lambic and Trochaic verse are those most commonly used. They consist of alternate accented and unaccented syllables.

(4) In Iambic verse, the second, fourth, sixth, &c., syllables are accented. This verse may contain any number of feet from one to six, and may be further varied by the introduction of an additional syllable at the end of each line.

Verses of five Iambic feet, or ten syllables, are the most dignified, as well as the most common of English poetry.

EXAMPLES.

lambic Measure.--Five Feet.

My for- | tune leads | to tra- | verse realms | alone,
And find | no spot of all | the world | my own.
The cur- | few tolls | the knell | of par. 1 ting day,

The low- | ing herd | winds slow. 1 ly o'er | the lea,
The plough- | man home. | ward plods | his wea- | ry way,

And leaves the world | to dark- | ness and | to me.
This description of verse-called Heroic--sometimes

admits of the introduction of a verse of six feet, called an Alexandrine; as

Rapt in- | to fu- | ture times | the bard | begun,
A vir- | gin shall | conceive, I a vir- | gin bear | a son.

Four Feet.

as

Fresh as | if Day | again I were born,
Again | upon the lap of Morn!
When the light blos- | soms, rude- 1 ly forň
And scat, ter'd at the whirl- | wind's will,
Hang float- | ing in the pure | air still,
Filling it all with precious balm,
In gratitude for this sweet calm.
The turf | shall be | my fra- , grant shrine,
My tem- | ple, Lord, that arch of thine!
My cen. | ser's breath | the mount- | ain airs,

And si- | 'lent thoughts | my on- | ly pray'rs.
Stanzas sometimes consist of alternate verses of four

and three feet;
Grant me the faith | which pur- | er burns,

'Mid shades of doubt and care;
Grant me the hope which nobly spurns

The meanness of despair;
The love that falters not in death,
And parts not with the parting breath.

Iambic verses further shortened :-
Though lof-| ty Sco- | tia's mount- | ains,
Where sav- age grand- | eur reigns;
Though bright be Eng. / land's fount- | ains,
And fer- / tile be her plains :
When mid | their charms | I wan- | der,
Of thee | I think the while,
And seem of thee | the fon- | der,

My own | green Isle !
The Trochaic verse, like the lambic, varies from one to

six feet, in all of which the accent is on the first, third, fifth, and other odd syllables. The Trochaic line generally used is that which contains three feet, with an additional syllable ; asm

When, as | moonlight | softly steals,
Heav'n its thousand eyes reveals,
Then I think, who made their light
Is a thousand times more bright.

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