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before the year 1500. No gift of God was ever greater than that of printing.
12. It is remarkable how rapidly the use of the printing-press extended. In the last thirty years of the fifteenth century,9 ten thousand editions of books and pamphlets are said to have been published. Almost all the most valuable authors of Greece were published in the twenty years that followed the opening of the sixteenth century, and all the Latin authors had been accessible to the student before the earlier one had closed. The Latin Bible had been issued in folio, at Mentz,10 as early as A.d. 1450, and thirty years before the accession of Henry VIII., in 1509, there had been five distinct translations in Germany, twelve more following in the next twenty years.
1 Babylo nians, inhabitants of Baby
lon, a city and kingdom on the river Euphrates. The oldest monuments of it as yet discovered date about B.C. 2000. It fell in the year B.C. 539.
2 Tenth century, fromA.D. 901—1000.
3 Marco Polo, a Venetian, born in
1254. At the age of 17 he set out with his father and uncle for Tartary, and remained in the service of the Khan of Tartary from 1275 to 1292, when he returned to Europe, where he died, in 1324.
4 vermilion, a bright scarlet colour
obtained from small insects that live on the cactus plant in Mexico, Ac. They are called the cochineal insect. There are many British species, but they do not yield dyes. Vermilion is also the name for a bright red colour obtained from sulphur and mercury, s The Turks are a race of Tartars from tho steppes of Asia. They date their rise as an empire from the reign of Othman, A.D. 1289—1326. For over 400 years they have been the scourge
and cnrse of the Christian nations of Eastern Europe, whom they have treated only as slaves, to be massacred on the slightest attempt to gain the rights of men. Under their withering dominion the fairest lands of Europe have been blighted almost into deserts, for the Turk is as much a barbarian to-day as at first. • The Cape of Good Hope was discovered in 1493, by Bartholomew Diaz, a Portuguese; and sailed round or " doubled'' by Vasco de Gama, also a Portuguese, who was the first to reach India by this route in 1497.
7 Voyages were early made by ships sent
out by English merchants to explore the North of Europe. The "White Sea was thus reached in 1563.
8 America was discovered by Columbus,
9 Tho fifteenth century, from A.d.
1401 to 1500.
10 Mentz, Mainz, or Mayeuce, a German
city, on the Rhine.
char'acter, lit., an engraved mark, a letter, sign, &c.
SPEI'L AND PRONOUNCE—
doc'ument, a writing.
inge nious, clever, in-
impres'sion, a copy made by pressing characters on paper, &c.
repetition, a repeating. introduction, the
bringing in. inven'tion, discovery, manufactured, lit.,
made by hand; made, manual, a hand book.
(Lat., manus, the hand.)
prin'ciple, a leading
nec'essarily, toy neces-
limited, kept within
narrow bounds, production, the act of
stationary, not advancing; standing still.
for tunately, happily.
representing, showing; standing for,
essential, a vital part, a main principle.
MARSTON MOOB.—W. M. Pbaed.
"william Mackwoeth Praed was the son of Serjeant Pracd, and was born early in 1801. His early career was very brilliant, but his health gave way while he was Ktill young, and he died, after years of lingering, in 1839. His poems were published in 1864.
1 To horse! to horse! Sir Nicholas, the clarion's note is high!
2 Up rose the Lady Alice from her brief and broken prayer,
As she traced the bright word "Glory" in the gay and glancing thread;
And mournful was the smile which o'er those lovely features ran As she said, "It is your lady's gift; unfurl it in the van!"
3 "It shall flutter, noble wench, where the best and boldest ride, 'Midst the steel-clad files of Skippon, the black dragoons of Pride; The recreant heart of Fairfax shall feel a sicklier qualm.
And the rebel lips of Oliver give out a louder psalm,
When they see my lady's gewgaw flaunt proudly on their wing,
And hear her loyal soldiers shout, 'For God and for the King !'"
4 'Tis noon. The ranks are broken; along the royal line
They fly—the braggarts of the Court! the bullies of the Rhine!
5 The knight is left alone; his steel cap cleft in twain,
His good buff jerkin crimsoned o'er with many a gory stain j
Yet still he waves his banner, and cries amid the rout,
6 God aid thee now, Sir Nicholas! thou hast no thought of fear;
"Down, down," they cry, "with Belial! down with him to the dust!"
7 The Lady Alice sits with her maidens in her bower,
The grey-haired warder watches from the castle's topmost tower;
The royal troops are melting, like mists before the sun!
8 "I've brought thee back thy banner, wench, from as rude and red a
As e'er was proof of soldier's thew, or theme for minstrel's lay!
And I come to thee a landless man, my fond and faithful wife!
9 "Sweet! we will fill our money-bags, and freight a ship for France, And mourn in merry Paris for this poor land's mischance:
For if the worst befall me, why, better axe and rope,
Verse 1. Sir Nicholas, a royalist
knight. .Lucas, a royalist officer. Cavaliers, literally horsemen, here usod
of Charles I.'s soldiers generally. Rupert, nephew of Charles I.; son of
Elizabeth, eldest daughtor of Jamos I.
He was born in 1619, and served as a
dashing cavalry officer in the civil wars.
He died in Loudon in 1689,
White Guy, Sir Nicholas's horse.
The raven, &c, in anticipation of the coming slaughter.
Marston Moor, near York. The battle was fought on the 2nd July, 1644, between Prince Rupert for the King,
. and the Scotch and Parliamentary army then besieging York. Cromwell commanded the Parliamentary cavalry and routed the King's troops.
Verso 2. Sir Nicholas' wife gives him a, banner and tolls him go and tight in the front for the King.
Verse 3. Skippon and Pride, Puritan
Fairfax, Lord Thomas Fairfax, a gene-
Recreant heart—Fairfax had left the
Oliver, Oliver OromwelL
Psalm, a taunt at Cromwell's religiousness.
Lady's gewgaw, the banner she had given.
Verse 4. A Puritan speaks. The royalists have boasted too soon. They are broken and flee.
Braggarts, &c, the insolent courtiers
in the royal army. Bullies, &c., the German followers of
Langdale, Marmaduke Langdale, a sqnire who raised a troop and fought for the King.
Astley, Sir Jacob, one of the King's generals.
Newcastle, Marquis of, the royalist leader in the North. He fled to Holland after Marston Moor, after spending a million pounds sterling in the King's cause.
Verse 5. Steel cap, helmet.
Buff j erkin, jacket of thick buff leather. This verse and the rest are recited by the poet.
Roundhead, came for the Puritans from their cutting their hair short in contrast to the cavaliers. The knight hums a stave, and quotes a stage play; his side liked songs and plays: the Puritans abhorred both.
Verso 0. Sir Nicholas fights with great odds.
Belial, name of a foul, heathen God.
Applied hore to the knight.
forty-five. He wishes the knight were
on his side.
Verse 7. The knight's lady sits wearily waiting the news in her castle.
Hubert, the watchman's name. The lady speaks.
Verse 8. Sir Nicholas is wounded. He
speaks to his lady. Quantum suff., a Latin scrap such as
a knight, college bred, might Ubo.
Means, here, as much as I may want. Landless man, his lands are forfeited
by his having fought for the King.
Verse 9. Ho proposes to flee to France as
many cavaliers did. Lenthal, the Speaker of the Parliament Peters, a Puritan clergyman.
MODERN SAVAGES.—Sir John Lubbock, F.R.S.
Sir John Lubbock, naturalist and banker, was born in 1834, and educated at Eton and Cambridge. He is famous as a scientific ontomologist, and also for bis researches into the History of Prehistoric Man. He is a Member of Parliament. His largest book is called "Tho Origin of Civilization and the Primitive Condition of Man."
1. As regards their habits, and the material conditions of life, savages differ greatly. The Esquimaux,1 in the land of ice and seals; the hunters of the American forests and prairies ;2 the beautiful islanders of the still more beautiful Islands in the Pacific;3 the Tartars of the Siberian steppes; the negroes of tropical Africa—necessarily differ greatly in their diet, their clothes, their houses, &c.; but, on the other hand, as regards ideas and customs, the case is different, and we find very remarkable similarities, even in the most distinct races and the most distant regions of the globe.
2. The whole mental condition of the savage is, indeed, so dissimilar from ours that it is often very difficult for us to follow what is passing in his mind, or to understand the motives by which he is actuated. Many things appear natural, and almost self-evident to him, which produce a very different effect upon us. "What!" said a negro once to Burton, "am I to starve while my sister has children whom she can sell?" Thus, though savages always have a reason, such as it is, for what they do and what they think, these reasons often seem to us irrelevant or absurd. Moreover, the difficulty of understanding what is passing in their minds is, of course, much enhanced by the differences of language.
3. Again, the modes of salutation among savages are sometimes very curious, and their modes of showing their feelings, quite unlike ours.
4 Kissing seems to us so natural an expression of affection, that we should expect to find it all over the world. Yet it was unknown to the Australians, the New Zealanders, the Papouans,* the West African negroes, and the Esquimaux.
5. The Polynesians and the Malays5 always sit down when speaking to a superior. In some parts of Central Africa it is considered respectful to turn the back to a superior. Captain Cook6 asserts that the inhabitants of Mallicolo, an island in the Pacific Ocean, show their admiration by hissing. The Todas of the Nilgherry' Hills, in India, are said to show respect by raising the open right hand to the brow, resting the thumb on the nose. It is asserted that among the Esquimaux it is customary to pull a person's nose as a compliment. A Chinaman puts on his hat when he should take it off; and among the same curious people a coffin is regarded as a neat and appropriate present for an aged person, especially if in bad health. The Thibetans8 salute a friend by sticking out their tongue at him and pinching his ear.
6. Another curious idea very prevalent among savages is their dread of having their portraits taken. The better the likeness, the worse they think for the sitter; so much life could not be put into the copy, except at the expense of the original. Once, when a good deal annoyed by some of the North American Indians, Kane3 got rid of them instantly by threatening to draw them if they remained. Catlin'0 tells an amusing but melancholy anecdote in illustration of this feeling among the same people. On one occasion