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pers; and many a silent grasp of the hand passed from man to man. As the night wore away, and the day dawned, Vireinius, upon a foaming steed, his head bare, and in his right hand a bloody knife, dashed past the guard to where — beneath an oak which, withered and scorched by sacrificial fires, flung no shadow — great Jove was worshiped. •
4. Mounting the altar steps, he turned, and, with blood-shot eyes, glared upon the soldiers who thronged tumultuously around him. Holding aloft the bloody knife, he exclaimed, "With this weapon, I have slain my only child, to preserve her from dishonor!" Yells of horror and bitter execrations rose from the whole army; and a thousand swords flashed in the sun's bright beams.
5. "Soldiers!" he cried, " I am like this blasted tree. Two years ago the Ides of May,* three lusty sons went with me to the field. In one disastrous fight they perished. A daughter, beautiful as the day, yet remained: 't is but a week ago you saw her here, bearing to bjar old sire home comforts, prepared by her own hands, and sharing with him Ihe evening meal; and you blessed her as you passed.
G. "You 'll never see her more, that weekly came, with the soft music of her voice, and spells of home, to cheer our hearts. As on her way to school she crossed the Forum, Appius Claudius, through his minion, Marcus, claimed her as a slave. With desperate haste I rode to Rome. Holding my daughter by the hand, and, by my side, her uncle, her aged grandsire, and Icilius her betrothed, I claim my child.
7. "The judge, that he may gain his end, decides that in his house and custody she must remain, till I, by legal process, prove my right! The guards approach. Trembling, she clings around my neck, — her hot tears on my cheek. Snatching this knife from a butcher's stall, I plunged it in her breast, that her pure soul might go free and unstained to her mothei and her ancestors.
*ides, with the Romans, the fifteenth day of March, May, July, and October. It the other mouths, it was the thirteenth.
8. "And this is the reward a grateful country gives her soldiery! Cursed be the day my mother bore me! Accursed my sire's untimely joy 4 Accursed the twilight hour, when, 'mid Etruscan* groves, I wooed and won Acestes' beauteous child, while youth's bright dreams were busy at my heart!
9. "Soldiers! the deadliest foes of our liberties are behind, not before us: they are not the JEqui, the Volsci, and the Sabines,f who meet us in fair fight; but that pampered aristocracy, who chain you by the death penalty to the camp, that in your absence they may work their will upon those you leave behind.
10. "But why do I seek to kindle a fire in ice? Why seek to arouse the vengeance of those who care for no miseries but their own, and are enamored of their fetters? I, indeed, can lose no more. Misfortune hath emptied her quiver: she hath no other shaft for this bleeding breast; but flatter not yourselves that the lust of Appius Claudius I has expired with the defeat of his purpose.
11. "Your homes, likewise, invite the destroyer: into your folds the grim wolf will leap: among the lambs of your flocks will he revel, his jaws dripping blood. For you, also, the bow is bent; the arrow drawn to the head; and the string impatient of its charge. By all that I have lost, and that you imperil by delay, avenge this accursed wrong!
12. "If you have arms, use them; liberties, vindicate them; patriotism, save the tottering state; natural affection, protect the domestic hearth; piety, appease the wrath of the gods by avenging the'blood that cries to heaven. To arms! To arms! or your swords will leap from their scabbards, the trumpets sound the onset, and the standards of themselves advance to rebuke your delay!"'
Questions. — ?, 4. Where did Virginius stand as he addressed the soldiers? 4. What terrible deed had ae just committed? 4. What-effect did the announcement of that art have upon the army? 5-7. Can you relate the incidents connected with the tragedy film was Appius Claudius? Who were the JKqui, the Volsci, and the Sabines
1. The Seven Hills! * How like the cursed of God
A gilded mockery to the eye of Heaven!
2. . Nero,J with gory hand,
Of martyrs perishing for the name of Christ.
3. He stood to stay his followers, as they fled,
Seized him to^death. Nay, — not to death! To die?
'Rome was built upon seven hills.
t That Whited Sepulcher, the city of Rome.
% Ne'ro, a Roman emperor, noted for his extreme cruelty. He set fire to the city, and accused the Christians of the crime, and then put hundreds of them to death in the most cruel manner- This occurred about the year 83.
PAUL AT ROME. — E. P. Weston.
And, as he welcomed the uplifted sword
Reeking with slaughter, the mad mandate came: —
"Let the black dungeon blast his vaulting hopes,
And waste his sinews, till his lion heart
Quail to the terrors of a Cesar's * power,
And suffering quench the flaming of his pride!"
t. How vain! Paul had not learned to bow his head,
B He who had sung in prisons, scorning there
6. What treasures, tyrant! wouldst not thou have given
* (xe'sar, a name given to thtf Roman emperors. . t Eph'e-sus, once a seaport of Asia Minor now In ruins. It was famous for itfl Temple of Diana; see Acts, chap. xix.
In the grand balance of eternal years,
Against Heaven's glory and the martyr's crown!
O holy sufferer, may thy strength be ours,
Questions. — 1. What is said of the Seven Hills of Rome? Why does the poet call Rome "that whited sepulcher "? 2. What was the character of Nero 1 2. Was Paul afraid of Nero's threats and dungeons? 4-6. Why?
What can you say of the travels, persecutions, and work of Paul? Where can you find the best account of him?
PATRIOTISM OF THE SONS OF HARVARD. — Walker.
1'. Let no one dream that public virtue and devotion to country are principles which are dying out in this University. We have referred to what the fathers did: let us now see what the children are doing. More than four hundred and fifty of our number either now are, or have been, in the national service.
2. It' was presumed that their education would be of advantage to them, so far as intelligence and personal influence were required; but it has been of advantage to them in other ways. It has given a substance and body to their characters, which only needed the inspiration of a lofty purpose in order to become the foundation' of the highest courage, and even of great powers of physical endurance.
3. They went because J-hey were called. It was not military glory, nor political ambition, nor schemes of reform, which moved them; but an inflexible purpose to preserve the integrity of a great nation, and maintain the supremacy of the laws. How they have performed that duty, appears from the