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8. The youth here fell on his father's neck, crying, "O my father, my father! I will die for you! I will die with you!"
9. Colonel Ilayne, as he was loaded with irons, was unable to return the embrace of his son, and merely said to him in reply: "Live, my son, live to honor God by a good life; live to serve your country; and live to take care of your brother and little sisters."
10. The next morning, proceeds the narrative of these distressing events, Colonel Hayne was conducted to the place of execution. His son accompanied him. Soon as they came in sight of the gallows, the father strengthened himself and said: "Now, my son, show yourself a man! That tree is the boundary of my life, and of all my life's sorrows.
11. "Beyond that, the wicked'cease from troubling, and the weary are at rest. Don't lay too much at heart our separation; it will be short. It was but lately your dear mother died. To-day I die; and you, my son, though still young, must shortly follow us."
12. "Yes, father," replied the broken-hearted youth, "I shall shortly follow you; for indeed I feel that I can not live long."
13. And his melancholy anticipation was fulfilled in a manner more dreadful than is implied in the mere extinction of life. On seeing his father in the hands of the executioner, and then struggling in the halter, he stood like one trans', fixed and motionless with horror.
14. Till then, proceeds the narration, he had wept incessantly; but, as soon as he saw that sight, the fountain of his tears was stanched, and he never wept more. He died in
'sane; and in his very last moments he often called on his father, in terms that brought tears from the hardest hearts.
Questions. — 1. In what war did Colonel Hayne engage? Who was he? 3. By whom was he taken prisoner? 3. What became of him? 5. Who was with him in bis imprisonment? 7-12. Relate what passed between him and his son before his execution. 14. What became of the son ? — How should the reply of Colonel Ilayne. in the 9th paragraph, be read? Why? See Rule 2, page 56, and Rule 7. page 8U.
Errors. — De-sarve' for de-serve'; deown for down; stwn for stone; brass fet brass; ty'ran-ny for tyr'an-ny (tir'an-ny).
PATRIOTS AND MARTYRS.
1. Patriots have toiled, and, in their country's cause,
To latest times; and Sculpture, in her turn,
2. But fairer wreaths are due, though never paid,
The sweets of liberty and equal laws;
3. Their blood is shed
Our claim to feed upon immortal truth;
To walk with God, — to be divinely free;
To soar, and to anticipate the skies!
Yet few remember them. They lived unknown,
Till persecution dragged them into fame,
And chased them up to heaven.
4. Their ashes flew
No marble tells us whither. With their names,
Questions. — 1. What is said of patriots? 1. How are their names preserved? 2. What is duo to the martyrs? 2,3. Why? 4. What is said, of them in this stanza ? — In which kind of poetry is this piece written? &c, &c.
LESSON LXXIV. 7 i,l
1. Mor'tal, a human being. 8. Shrink'ing, withdrawing from.
1. Me'te-or, a transient luminous 10. Tran'siknt, passing, fleeting.
body in the air. 10. Pil'grm-agk, life's journey.
4. Scep'teb, badge of royal power. 11. De-sphnd'kn-ci', discouragement.
Errors. — Spir'wt/or spir'it; scattered for scfii'tercd; iu'funt for in'fant; iep's for depZ/is; s'rink for sArlnk.
PltES. LINCOLN'S FAVORITE POEM. — Mccutcheok.
1. Oh, why should the spirit of mortal be proud?
2. The leaves of the oak and the willow shall fade,
And the young and the old, and the low and the high,
3. The infant a mother attended and loved;
The mother that infant's Affection who proved;
The husband that mother and iufant who blessed, —
Each, aH, are away to their dwellings of Best.
4. The hand of the king that the scepter hath borne;
5. The peasant, whose lot was to sow and to reap;
The herdsman, who climbed with his goats up the steep;
6. So the multitude goes, like the flower or the weed • That withers away, to let others succeed;
So the multitude comes, even those we behold,
7. For we are the same our fathers have been:
We drink the same stream, and view the same sun,
8. The thoughts we are thinking, our fathers would think; From the death we are shrinking our fathers would shrink:
- To the life we are clinging they also would cling;
9. They loved; but the story wc can not unfold:
10. They died; ay! they died: we, things that are now,
Meet the things that they met on their pilgrimage road.
11. Yea! hope and despondency, pleasure and pain, We mingle together in sunahiue and rain;
And the smile an I the tear, tho song and the dirge,
12. 'Tis the wink of an eye, 'tis the draught of a breath,
Questions.1. What reason is given in the first stanza why the "spirit of mortal" should not be proud t 2. What Is said in the second stanza V 3. In the third? 4. In the fourth 1 &c.
5. Prom-e-nade', a place for walking.
10. Lo'cate, to place or designate.
11. Ne-oo'ti-ate, to treat with in regard to
the purchase of property. 15. Au'tHor-iz-im, warranted, empowered. 21. Re-strict'ed, limited, confined.
32. Ex-trav'a-gant, exceeding due bounds.
42. En-hance', to raise or increase.
Errors Pur'chis for pur'chase; par-tic'e-lar for par-tic'u-lar; mo'munt for
mo'ment, be-u'ti-ful for b«au'ti-ful; lanr for hinds.
THE CITY PARK. — Original Adaptation.
[The class may tell the character of the composition of this lesson, and, while reading it, may refer to the elocutionary rules which it illustrates.]
Mr. Smith and the Chairman of the Grmmittee.
1. Chairman. Mr. Smith, are you the owner of those lots of land at the North End?
2. Smith. I am, sir.
3. Ch. Will you sell a part of one of them, say live acres, to the city?
4. Sm. For what purpose do you want it?
5. Ch. The city authorities have decided to purchase a lot of about five acres, and improve it as a kind of park, or public promenade,
* Judah, or Judea, a country in the southern part of Palestine, once noted for it. luxuriant vineyards.