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semble, sentimental, entertainment, thickening contest, increasing in fierceness and extent,) death-toncs, (dying groaus,) lifeless silence, (i. o. the silence of death.)
SECT. CCLVIII.-A BRAVE BOY. The flames spread rapidly: they had nearly consumed the 1 dwelling, from which farmer Ashford had, however, removed
every article of consequence. Fortunately no lives were lost ;
and I was conversing with this good man, and listening to 2 his grateful ejaculations on seeing his family safe, when the
shouts of the surrounding laborers informed us, that a little
cottage, near by, had taken fire. 3 I ran towards the spot.—4 I saw the flames bursting from
the casements.—Poor Randal, who inhabited it, rushed forward : he had borne his wife and his boys through the 5 flames, when a rafter having fallen upon his arm, disabled
him : his wife, the image of despair, clasped her children to
her bosom. Her husband watched the progress of the 6 flames in stupid horror: then suddenly he started and
exclaimed, “ My mother!”——“My grandmother !" cried his 7 son, a boy of about twelve, and dashed amidst the spreading
flames and falling rafters. 8 “My boy! my boy!” cried the father: the mother sank
fainting to the ground. 9 But that Being who animated this pure and generous little fellow, protected him.
Edward appeared : his aged grandmother, supported on 10 his arm, to which the occasion had given supernatural
strength. 11 He cheered her: he sought to give her courage, unmindfui of every thing but the sacred charge he was preserving.
Every tongue was silent : the surrounding multitude 12 scarcely dared to breathe : such were their agitation and
awe. 13 They reached the door; they crossed the threshold; and
at that very moment the whole house fell. 14 A murmur of applause, a shout of joy, followed. Edward 15 was praised and blessed as a little hero; while with a coun
tenance illumined with happiness, he only exclaimed, “ She is safe! dear father: my beloved grandmother is safe !"
A MYSTERY UNEXPLAINED.
I cannot describe the scene that followed'; Randal looked 16 around on his children, on their mother, the dear partner of
his heart, on the venerable and respected author of his days, and he saw them all, all safe. “Oh, no! merciless flames,"
he cried'; I will not repine at your devastations'; Edward 17 and I will work to renew whatever ye have destroyed !and
this night, dreadful as it has been, is not without its blessings,
since it has proved the worth of my darling boy !"18 My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice:
even mine. 19 Yea, it shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things. 20 Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in
the way. 21 Hearken unto thy father, and despise not thy moiher when
she is old. 22 The father of the righteous shall rejoice; and he that
hath a wise child, shall have joy of him. 23 Honor thy father and thy mother ; thať thy days may be
long in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. DEFINITIONS, &c.—Define flames, rapidly, consumed, farmer, however, removed, article, (thing ?) consequence, (importance, value,) fortunately, (what is the difference between this and providentially,) ejaculations, cottage, casements, rafter, disabled, image, (picture,) despair, clasped, progress, stupid, horror, twelve, (how many ? and what is understood after the word ?) falling, fainting, crowd, (a great many people close togethor ?) Being, (Who is here meant ?) animated, pure, generous, protected, aged. supernatural, (more than natural,) unmindful, (not thinking,) charge (with the care of which he had charged himself,) surrounding multitude, (multitudo round about,) threshold, (outside door-sill, murmur, applause, as, countenance, illumined, scene, partner, venerable, author, (cause,) Oj his day's, (i. e. of the days of his life, i. e. of his existence,) merciless, repine, devastation, renew, (make anew,) destroy, blessings, proved, (shown by trial,) heart, (Does this word mean the heart in the proper sense of that word, or something else, and what ?)
SECT. CCLIX.-A MYSTERY UNEXPLAINED. i “Do you still persevere in your childish behavior ?” cried the major the following day, as he entered his friend Jonathan's chamber, and found him lying on the bed, with swol
len eyes, and as pale as death. 2 Frock had been expected at the Tulpen house to dinner,
and had not come.
A MYSTERY UNEXPLAINED.
8 “How late is it?" said Frock, and sprang up. 4 “Past three o'clock," said Major Von Tulpen. 5 “Past three o'clock? 6 Then I have been in a dead sleep 7 for, seven hours. So much the better. 8 I finished every thing 9 last night. I can travel to the estate to-morrow. 10 I shall · pay my old landlady, and spend the evening with you, and 11 let the post-wagon stop for me there. It does not agree with
me here'; my health requires change of scene : otherwise it
will destroy me.” 12 “ Have you had company ?” asked the major. 13 “I have worked all night, and " 14 “Wished to raise your spirits by- " 15 “My spirits require no excitement'.-16 But, no matter
what depressed the spirits' ; poor flesh and blood must be
sustained.” 17 “Comrade, you look miserably. 18 We are men, com19 rade: Do, my friend, tell me what is wronging you. I will 20 be as silent as the grave: only speak. Why are you not like
other children of men ? why did you refuse that (what d'ye call him ?) the prince who offered you, in the prison, an honorable situation in his country? why did you prefer lowliness and poverty? why do you love us, and yet appear colder and more strange to us, than you feel? why do you renounce the pleasures of friendship, evidently contrary to the inclination of your heart, which is so susceptible of friendship? why do you avoid good men who seek you, and
would willingly risk their lives for you? why are you as 21 changeable as the sun, in an April day? In the midst of 22 gayety, dark clouds pass over your joyous countenance. Do 23 not seek to escape me'.-See, Jonathan, there will be nothing 24 more between us, if you do not tell me':-Why will you not
stay with us, when you return from my expected estates ? 25 We need you. 26 We assure you, it is worth more to us 27 than a kingdom. You are generally so soft-hearted'; why
are you now so hard-hearted ?"
DEFINITIONS, &c.-Define persevere, childish, behavior, cried, (said in a high tone ? or wept ?) major, following, day, chamber, entered, found, ly. ing, (stretched out lengthwise, or telling a lie ?) swollen, pale as death, (excoedingly pale,) expected, house, dinner, late, sprang up, (what is the difference between this and sprang without up?) past three o'clock, (the hour-hand has passed the figure three (3) of the clock ?) dead sleep, (a
sleep so sound as to be much like death ?) travel, estate, to-morrow, landlady, spend, (pass away?) post-wagon, stop, agree, health, requires, change, otherwise, destroy, company, worked, wished, spirits, (ardent spirits? or animal spirits: feelings ?) excitement, flesh and blood, (the body ?) comrade, wronging, children of men, (meu ?) prison, honorable, lowliness, 'colder, renounce, contrary, inclination, susceptible, friendship, willingly, risk, changeable, April, gayety, joyous, countenance, soft-hearted, hard-hearted
What is understood after better in Sent. 7th ?
SECT. CCLX.—DAILY MIRACLES. 1 What prodigies can power divine perform
More grand than it produces year by year;
And renovation of a faded world,
As once in Gibeon, interrupt the race
Of the undeviating and punctual sun,
An agency divine, to make him know
Age after age, than to arrest his course ?" 5 All we behold is miracle; but seen
So duly, all is miracle in vain.
While summer was, the pure and subtle lymph
Shall boast new charms, and more than they have lost. DEFINITIONS, &c.—Define prodigies, inattentive, familiar, slight, geniul, again, undeviatiny, punctual, agency, arrest, miracle, vital, energy,
SCYTHIAN AMBASSADORS, ETC. subtle, lymph, imperceptible, meandering, unprolific, stagnation, intestine, lances, foliage, aspiring, ampler.
SECT. CCLXI.—THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE PLAGUE FROM
LONDON. 1 Ar that epoch, for a short time, there was a silence; and
every person in the street, for a moment stood still : London 2 was as dumb as a churchyard. Again the sound of a bell
was heard ; for it was that sound, so long unheard, which 3 arrested the fugitive multitude, and caused their silence. At the third toll a universal shout arose, as when the herald proclaims the tidings of a great battle won; and then thero
was a second silence. 4 The people fell on their knees, and with anthems of thank
fulness rejoiced in the dismal sound of that tolling deathbell; for it was a signal of the plague being so abated that men might again mourn for their friends, and hallow their
remains with the solemnities of burial. DEFINITIONS, &c.—Epoch-the beginning of an era, generally: here a particular point of time. London-the capital of England. Define dumb, churchyard, (graveyard ?) bell, fugitivo, multitude, toll, herald, anthems, signal, plague, abated, hallow, solemnities, burial.
SECT. CCLXII.-SCYTHIAN AMBASSADORS TALK RATHER
PLAINLY TO ALEXANDER. When every thing was ready for the passage of the river, 1 several Scythian ambassadors arrived, to the number of twenty, according to the custom of their country, who rode
through the camp, desiring to speak with the king. Alex2 ander having sent for them into his tent, desired them to sit 3 down. They gazed attentively upon him a long time, without speaking a single word : probably being surprised (as they formed a judgment of men from their air and stature) to find that his did not answer the high idea they entertained
of him from his fame. The oldest of the ambassadors ad4 dressed him in a speech, which, as Quintus Curtius relates
it, is pretty long : however, as it is very curious, I shall pre
sent my readers with the greatest part of it. 8 “Had the gods given thee a body proportionable to thy ambition, the whole universe would have been too little for