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Framed for 8 poet's — Farewell!
or - departed. EXERCISE VII.-Put the italicised nouns in their proper places in the following sentence:
"In the crowded wilderness and howling city ; in the cultivated isle and the solitary province; in the flowery mountain and cragged lawn; in the murmur of the ocean and iu the uproar of the rivulet; in the radiance of winter and gloom of summer; in the thunder of the breeze and in the whisper of heaven; he still finds something to rouse or soothe his understanding, to draw forth bis imagination, and to employ his affection."—Beattie.
EXERCISE VIII.—Change the inappropriate nouns here italicised into more appropriate
Prayer is the armistice of the spirit, the noiselessness of our thoughts, the levelness of recollection, the resting place of meditation, the sleep of our cares, the tranquillity of our tempest; prayer is the forth growth of a quiet mind, of untroubled thoughts; it is the daughter of loving kindness, and the sister of humiliation."— Taylor. “No degree of information attainable by man is able to set bim above the requirement of hourly succour, or to extinguish the wish of fond kindnesses and tender services; and therefore no one should think it unnecessary to learn those enticements by which intimacy may be gained."-Johnson.
EXERCISE IX.-Construct the following nouns, with the other words which accompany them, into sentences:
Margin man world conceive a to be standing on the of this green; and that, when he looked towards it, he saw earth field profusion abundance family blessings smiling upon every, and all the which can afford, scattered in throughout every, and the habitations light sun of the sweetly resting upon all the pleasant and the companionship society joys circle of human brightening many & happy of,-Conceive this to be the general contemplation side scene character of the upon one o the; and that on the other beyond the planet verge nothing region of the goodly on which he was situated, he could descry but a dark and fathomless unknown.-Chalmers.
Nouns are either Proper or Common. Proper Nouns are names applicable in the selfsame sense to one existence only; as Corinth, Demosthenes, Vesuvius, &c. Common Nouns are applicable in the same sense to any one of the whole of a given class of existences; as city, orator, volcano, mountain, &c.
Common Nouns are subdivisible into the following classes, viz., 1st. Real—The names of those existences which impress or affect the senses; as rock, man, river, star, &c. 2nd, Ideal—The names of notions formed by and in the mind; as Utopia, Elysium, fairy, &c. 3rd. Abstract—The names of the qualities [adjectival] or activities (verbal] of existences regarded as if they had a being apart from those things in which they inhere or operate; as roundness, smoothness, fragrancy, loving, reading, &c. 4th. Collective—The names classes of existences considered in and as classes; as government, army, navy, jury, mob, council, &c.
EXERCISE X.—Write twenty nouns of each sort in a tabular form resembling the annexed schedule, viz. :
EXERCISE XI.—Substitute the proper name of the person indicated by the phrases in brackets in the sentences below:
[The Swan of Avon) was the son of a woolcomber. (The laureate of the seasons) was buried at Richmond, in 1762. [Our morning-star of song) was imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1386. [The marvellous boy, the sleepless soul that perished in his pride) drank deep of the waters of bitterness. [The lawgiver of Israel] occupies an unknown grave. [The bard of Rydal Mount] sleeps in the seclusion of those scenes which were to him “an appetite, a feeling, and a love." [The kingly pupil of Aristotle] repaid his teacher's care with many marks of friendship and respect. [The author of“ The Good Natured Man") was the prototype of his own hero. [The opium eater) is still unpensioned ; and (he who first in popular terms expounded the mysteries of the “celestial scenery"] has recently been allotted £10 per annum. [The poet-king of Palestine] has sung in plaintive measures the griefs of mortal life. [The great Apostle of the Gentiles) was not himself free from the stains of a fallen nature. [The explorer of Abyssinia] died from the effects of an accident. [The philosopher of Stagira) invented logic. [The Bedford tinker's] marvellous tale.
EXERCISE XII.—Make sentences, each containing, in the order here given, those nouns which are portioned off by colons.
Mountains, valleys, splendour, rivers, beds, sound music: Romans, Albans, eve battle agreement champions, side, victory : Henry V., king, England, France, pretext, inheritance, kingdom, right, invasion, qualities warrior, applause, people, age: Waters, lake, rains, Neva city, Petersburg, houses, banks: Sculpture, block, marble, education soul : Fortitude, dangers, prudence, difficulties, integrity, temptations, gold, test, value : Ingredient, conversation, truth, sense, humour, wit.
Nouns are inflected to express number, i. e., to indicate whether they signify one or more. Singular Nouns denote one individual, or a class of individuals cousidered as one; as sailor, navy. Plural Nouns denote more than one individual, and are formed, in general, by affixing s to the form of the singular; as star, stars; but for convenience of pronunciation, &c., this general rule is subject to several modifications, the chief of which may be briefly noted :
1st. Singular Nouns ending in ch (sounding tsh), o (preceded by a consonant), s, sh, or 2, add es ; except that in the case of o, the words canto, duodecimo, grotto, junto, octavo, portico, proviso, solo, quarto, tyro, add s only.
2nd. Singular Nouns ending in y, preceded by u or a consonant, change y to i, and
3rd. The following nouns in f or fe-beef, calf, elf, half, knife, leaf, life, loaf, self, shelf, sheaf, thief, wife, wolf, change f or fe into ves ; all others adding s only.
4th. A few nouns in common use retain their original Saxon plural form-e.g., man, men; cow, kine; sow, swine ; child, children; foot, feet ; mouse, mice; goose, geese, &c.
5th. Nouns adopted simpliciter from foreign or classical languages generally retain their original plurals—e.g., index, indices ; magus, magi ; monsieur, messieurs.
EXERCISE XIII.—Make a tabular form like the annexed, and insert in each compart. ment twenty nouns or so.
FORMATION OF THE PLURALS OF NOUNS.
1st. By adding s.
2ud. Adding es to 3rd. By changing y
4th. Saxon plurals.
5th. Foreign or classical plurals.
EXERCISE XIV.–Pluralise such nouns in the following smnet as seem to require it:
The star are mansion built by Nature's hand;
The sun is peopled; and with spirit blest,
Say, can the gentle moon be unpossessed ?
For life to occupy in love and rest;
All that we see is dome, or vault, or nest,
Gave it while care were weighing on my heart,
of bird and insect murmuring.
Of bud, leaf, blade, and flower was fashioning
Abode where self-disturbance hath no part, EXERCISE XV.-Pluralise the following sentences :The cloud slowly wends through the sky. The river swiftly rushes down the glen. The lightning flash vividly strikes the eye. Crash went the beam, the pillar fell, the wall tumbled, and the building lay in ruin. Reform can only be gained by agitation. A book is a silent friend, who talks without exciting passion, and give advice without our feeling offended. Endeavour is often crowned with success : a tame submission to difficulty never. Let each act we perform indicate true manhood.
Nouns are inflected to denote the container, efficient agent, or possessor, thus, viz.:Ist. Singular Nouns that end in s add an apostrophe (') only; as Moses' death."
2nd. Singular Nouns that do not end in s add an apostrophe and s ('s); as “ Longfellow's *Hyperion.""
3rd. Plural Nouns ending in s add an apostrophe (') only; as Critics' approval.” 4th. Plural Nouns not ending in s add an apostrophe and s ('s); as “ Men's destinies.”
It will be observed that those nouns from which anything proceeds, or those which possess another thing, are those to which the inflection is affixed, or in other words, that the name of the container, efficient agent, or possessor, put in the possessive case. There is also another form by which efficient agency or possession is denoted, viz., by placing the preposition of before the noun signifying the agent or possessor, as; “ The works of Shakespeare;' "" The aspirations of men.”
EXERCISE XVI.-Put the names of the containers, efficient agents, or possessors, in the following extract, into the possessive case :
“Now far he sweeps where searce a summer smiles,
On Behring rocks or Greenland naked isles;
The wolf long howl from Oonalaska shore." These introductory observations and rules carefully observed, and these exercises carefully performed, will constitute the initiatory lessons of a course of grammar and composition, taught combinedly, which, if found suitable to the wants of our readers, it is intended to follow up in future issues of the “Aids to Self-Culture.” We hope the attempt will be received in good part as it has been made in good faith. We have no fear of the result; labor omnia vincit.
IS THE NOTION OF A PLURALITY OF INHABITED WORLDS CONSONANT
WITH SCIENCE AND REVELATION ?
TRE critic's task is ours, and honestly , presume the same physical laws to be in will we endeavour to perform it; dismissing operation throughout the universe, the conall prejudice from our minds, we will invoke stitution of the spheres, as explained by to our aid the fair goddesses of Truth and scientific inquiry, is a matter of much imJustice.
portance; and if they should be found to Before reviewing separately the articles of " be balls of coal, or balls of fire,” we think our opponents, we will say a few words with it makes much difference, as in our regard to that much vexed question, the opinion material beings could not then exist definite meaning of the expression “plurality in them. Hence our endeavour to show of inhabited worlds."
that the heat and cold of the planets may H. D. L. and “ Vincat Veritas" both dis- not be so extreme as is generally supposed. tinctly confine the question to "man,”- And for this point we still contend. And " beings of a similar nature, disposition, and though, as stated by S. S., our former article character to ourselves.” In doing this, we may be “. very pictorial, but unargumentacontend they are guilty of shuffling from the tive," he has not attempted to refute the true spirit of the question. With the view arguments which we nevertheless did use to taken by Dr. Whewell, in his essay on this support this view. subject, we have nothing whatever to do. We will now examine more particularly But we boldly assert, without fear of reason- H. D. L.'s paper. able contradiction, that neither the letter The most gross illogicality is its leading nor true spirit of the question necessitates feature. Indeed, so loaded with errors of that the inhabitants referred to should be this sort is it, that were we to attempt to men-men constituted exactly as we are, point out one-half of them, our space would with the same relative proportion of blood, be entirely exhausted in the process. We bone, flesh, and skin; endowed with the must, therefore, content ourselves with exsame amount of vital and intellectual energy, amining one or two only, commencing with and requiring the same stimuli to preserve his first argument derived from the outer these as does man.
Man is not the only in world, and refer our readers to the article habitant of this sphere.
itself, and to the admirable contributions of We are justified in regarding this depart-" Threlkeld” and “ L'Ouvrier” for the rest. ure from the true spirit of the question as This first argument of his is, in fact, an an acknowledgment of the unassailable na- attempt to answer a conclusion of Sir David ture of our position. Indeed V. V. very | Brewster's
, viz., “ that Jupiter has been frankly admits as much; “ for," says he created for the express purpose of being the were this limitation” (the confining the seat of animal and intellectual life”—a conquestion to man) “not insisted upon, our clusion drawn by analogy from the discoopponents would escape from part of their veries of astronomy—by one drawn by the difficulties." We say, then, much of their author of the “ Essay" from the analogies articles will not apply to the real question suggested by geology. We must remark in at issue between us; they are, as remarked passing, that either our friend has done by “ L'Ouvrier," hors de combat.
much injustice to his favourite author in the But if V. V. really wishes to know, upon copious passages extracted from his work; this view of the question, what science has or, that the essay in question is as illogical to do with it, we beg to remind him that we as the extractor's own paper. For, what originally regarded, and still do regard, these are the facts
than which nothing could
be inhabitants as material beings; and as we stronger, nothing more conclusive against the impetuous degree of our (H. D. L.'s) support our views; and therefore the next great opponent,” from which this conclusion two or three long extracts from the “ Essay" is drawn? Be not afraid, gentle Pluralist! are thrown away upon us. But whether they are simply these. “The earth was long H. D. L. is himself free from this imputabrute and inert compared with its present tion, let such remarks as the following tescondition.” Why, then, may not other parts tify—“The facts of astronomy can offer no of creation be so still? “ If the earth was evidence of any weight upon this point; ' for ages a turbid abyss of lava and mud," It is to geology we must have resort —and we quite believe it was——“why may in the present case.” not Mars and Saturn be so still? ... We Further, H. D. L's paper is full of the say, therefore, that the example of geology most gratuitous assumptions; but as “Threlrefutes the argument drawn from the sup- keld” and “ L'Ouvrier” have remarked upon posed analogy of one part of the universe many of these, we will not longer occupy with another; and suggests a strong sus- the time of the reader in pointing out our picion that the force of analogy better known friend's errors. In parting from him, howmay tend in the opposite direction.” ever, we cannot forbear remarking that we
And this logic H. D. L. heartily endorses. do not think he would have fallen into them But cannot he perceive that the argument if, instead of blindly pinning his faith to, destroys itself? Mark well its object, which and consequently adopting, all the errors and is declared by that part of the sentence we sophistries of another man, he had exercised have italicised. It is directed against an his own good judgment, and expressed his analogical argument, because it is analogical; own ideas upon this subject. Neither do yet it is itself an argument drawn from ana- we think that the pages of the Controverlogy; but weaker than the one it seeks to sialist are intended for the refutation of the refute, because less perfect,— less perfect in theories of one author by long extracts from this, that whereas that endorsed by H. D. L. the writings of another. institutes a comparison between our earth Turn we now to the second supporter of as it was ages ago, and the other spheres the negative side of this question. S. S., as they are at this time; the latter, the one after objecting to the exception taken by advanced by Sir D. Brewster, and those who “ Threlkeld” to H. D. L.'s definition of the take the affirmative side on this question, term “plurality of inhabited worlds,” accusinstitutes a comparison between the earth ing him of “ wilful misconception” in sapas it has been and now is, and the planets posing that H. D. L. confined the question as they have been and now are.
to man, but which accusation, we are sure, tainly, then, if the analogy, made by Sir D. can with far greater truth be retorted upon Brewster be “absurd,” that quoted by H. D. L. himself,-he remarks (p. 92) that " while must be doubly so. And this attempt on his there is a likeness between the earth and part to throw discredit upon arguments drawn other planets in the nature of their revolafrom analogy, at the same time that it would, tions, there is the greatest dissimilarity in if worth anything, reflect with equal force their size, density, surface, and temperature. upon his own article, is entirely begging the Is it probable, we would ask, that life does question; for it is impossible to discuss it exist in all the varying states of the heaat least, the scientific part of it-in any venly bodies?” But this is very disinother
way; and it forms another example of genuous on his part; for, whilst professing the shuffling propensities of our friend. to accept the question upon its broader basis
No true philosopher, we are sure, will with regard to the constitution of the “inentirely set aside the testimony of one sci- habitants” of the spheres, he, like bis preence because that of another may seem to decessor, makes use of arguments applicable be more in accordance with his own precon- only to “men.” For density and temperaceived views; and that Sir D. Brewster has, ture will apply only to beings like ourselves, as our opponent insinuates, been guilty of if even to them, to the extent of forbidding this, we can hardly believe. But however existence; and size and surface not even that may be, most certainly we have not; to them. I thank God, we can breathe but, on the contrary, have appealed both to as freely in the smallest village or smiling the testimony of astronomy and geology to plain in dear little England, as we can in