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MORAL PROGRESS. THE REVELATION.
SECT. CCLXXVI.-MORAL PROGRESS. 1 MORAL PROGRESS —2 We do not gain any thing by going
out of our station, but by conforming to it; and the less and
the more obstacles we meet with, so much more merit we 3 obtain. Let not the eminently excellent, therefore, walk be4 fore us in vain. Let not their lives merely charm us in de5 scription, or affect us like a dramatic scene. Endowed with
the same nature, called to the same ends, creatures of the same 6 God, why should we not aspire to share their destiny? We 7 doubt our own strength, we say. Have we faithfully tried it?
DEFINITIONS, &c.—Define station, conforming, eminently, description, dramatic, aspire, destiny. What must be supplied before Sent. 1st.
SECT. CCLXXVII.-THE REVELATION.
Ay, upon the stone Where his bones sleep I have prayed"; and I have gained 2 The strength that is not of the world! How, Percy ? 3 Thy sword drawn on thy4 Norman.
Hush! I have kept thy secret! 5 Lady Arundel. Unhappy boy! 6 Ashdale.
Why turn thine eyes from him To me, and straight again to him ? 7 Lady Arundel.
Approach, Percy, my son ! Lord Ashdale now no more : Behold thy brother! (ay, the conscience wrings Out truth at last :) thine elder, the sole heir
To this ill-fated house! 8 Ashdale.
This is delirium ! 9 Lady Arundel. It is not so, irreverent one! Here, Arthur, 10 Into thy hands I do restore the proofs
That reassert thy rights: my eldest born,
By long-concealed, but holiest wedlock with 11 Arthur le Mesnil! To his breast, my Percy:
There is none nobler! 12 Norman.
Wilt thou not, my brother? 13 Whate'er is mine14 Ashdale. Is thine. 15 And dost thou deem That I will fawn, a beggar, on thy bounty ?
A SHIP IN A CRITICAL SITUATION. Lackey thy heels, and crawl for crumbs that fall
From the rich, bounteous, elder brother's board ? 16 Ha, ha! I'd rather couch with the wild boar,
And starve on acorns, than the world should cry,
“See once proud Ashdale, the meek younger brother!" 17 Lady Arundel. Percy, my best-loved ! 18 Ashdale.
Mother, is it so? 19 Say that thou didst but sport upon my pride": 20 That thou wouldst try me! Speak! 21 Lady Arundel.
Alas, alas! It is the truth! 22 Ashdale. All is unravelled now!
I ask no proofs'; thy looks suffice for proof I 23 I will not hear a tale, perhaps of shame'!
So, a long farewell, mother! 24 Lady Arundel.
Do not leave me'! 25 Oh, do not leave me'! Think how I have loved thee!
How, for thy sake, I sinned against my soul, And veiled, and barred, and would have crushed his rights, All, all for thee! DEFINITIONS, &c.—Define bones, sword, hush, unhappy, (miserable ? or unfortunate ?) straight, approach, conscience, wrings, truth, at last, elder, sole, heir, ill-fated, house, (means here the honors and property of the family of Ashdale,) delirium, irreverent, restore, proofs, reassert, conceal. ed, wedlock, none, deem, fawn, beggar, bounty, lackey, crumbs, board, (table made of board ?) couch, boar, (wild male hog?) starve, acorns, bestbeloved, sport, try, unravelled, looks, suffice, tale, farewell, sake, sinned, soul, veiled, barred, crushed.
Ha! ha! Sent. 16th, expressing disgust, should be delivered thus: ha' ha': (See Elements of Read. and Orat., Ch. VI., Rules Spontaneous Excl.) Alas! alas! should be delivered thus : alas', alas'. (See ibid.)
SECT. CCLXXVIII.-THE BEAUTIFUL MANIAC. 1
“ The fire that in my bosom preys,
A funeral pile !" 2 In the morning train from Petersburgh, there was a lady,
closely veiled, in the same car with ourselves. She was 3 dressed in the purest white, wore gold bracelets, and evi
dently belonged to the higher circles of society. Her figure 4 was delicate, though well developed, and exquisitely symmet
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rical ; and when she occasionally drew aside her richly embroidered veil, the glimpse of her features which the beholder
obtained, satisfied him of her extreme loveliness. Beside 5 her sat à gentleman in deep mourning, who watched over
her with unusual solicitude; and several times, when she attempted to rise, he excited the curiosity of the passengers by detaining her in her seat.
Outside the cars all was confusion : passengers looking to 6 their baggage, porters running, cabmen cursing, and all the
7 train. One shrill warning whistle from the engine, and we moved slowly away.
At the first motion of the car, the lady in white started to 8 her feet with one heart-piercing scream, and her bonnet fall
ing off, disclosed the most lovely features we ever contem9 plated. Her raven tresses fell over her shoulders in graceful
disorder, and clasping her hands in prayer, she turned her 10 dark eyes to heaven! What agony was in that look! what
beauty, too, what heavenly beauty, had not so much of mis11 ery been stamped upon it! Alas! that one glance told a melancholy tale.
- she was changed
Of others' sight, familiar were to hers.” 13 Her brother, the gentleman in black, was unremitting in 14 his efforts to soothe her spirit. He led her back to her seat;
but her hair was still unbound, and her beauty unveiled. 15 The cars rattled on, and the passengers in groups resumed 16 their conversation. Suddenly a wild melody arose : it was
the beautiful maniac's voice ; rich, full, and inimitable. Her 17 hands were crossed on her heaving bosom, and she waved
her body as she sung with touching pathos,
And lovers are round her sighing;
For her heart in his grave is lying!
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Every note which he loved awaking :
How the heart of the minstrel is breaking !" DEFINITIONS, &c.—Maniac—a person insane. Preys-devouri wastos. Lone-lonely. Volcanic isle-island with a volcano on it: what is a vol. cano ? Define torch, blaze, kindled. Funeral pilema pilo of wood on which the body of a deceased person is burned. Define train, (of cars ?) closely veiled, purest white, bracelets, evidently, higher circles, (richer, more fashionable, better educated parties,) exquisitely, symmetrical, occasionally, (now and then,) embroidered, glimpse, extreme, loveliness, in deep mourning, solicitude, unusual, excited, curiosity, outside, baggage, porters, cabmen, hurry, bustle, railroad, shrill, warning whistle, (whistlo to give warning, engine, slowly, heart-piercing, scream, bonnet, disclosed, contemplated, raven tresses, (tresses as black as the raven : what are tresses ?) graceful, stamped, melancholy, tale, realm, combination, disjointed, impalpable, (that cannot be touched,) unperceived, (not seen,) un. remitting, efforts, soothe, unbound, groups, resumed, suddenly, melody, inimitable, pathos, (deep feeling,) hero, strains, minstrel, breaking.
SECT. CCLXXIX.-THE BEAUTIFUL MANIAC, CONTINUED. 1 Her brother was unmanned; and he wept as only man 2 can weep. The air changed, and she continued:
“Has sorrow thy young days shaded
As clouds o'er the morning fleet?
That even in sorrow were sweet?
Each feeling that once was dear,
I'll woop with thee, tear for tear.”
« Jesus, lover of my soul,
Let me to thy bosom fly." Another attempt to rise up was prevented, and she threw 5 herself on her knees beside her brother, and gave him such
a mournful, entreating look, with a plaintive “ Save me, my brother ! save your sister !” that scarcely a passenger could 6 refrain from weeping. We say scarcely, for there was one
man (was he a man ?) who called on the conductor to “put 7 her out of the car.” He received the open scorn of the
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8 company. His insensibility to such a scene of distress al.
most defies belief; and yet this is, in every particular, an g“ow'er true tale." Should he ever read these lines, may his marble heart be softened by the recollection of his bru.
tality! 10 Again the poor benighted beauty raised her bewitching voice to one of the most solemn sacred airs ;
“Oh, where shall rest be found:
Rest for the weary soul !" and continued her melancholy chant until we reached the steamer Mount Vernon, on board of which we descended
the magnificent James river: the unhappy brother and 11 sister occupying the “ladies' cabin.” His was a sorrow too
profound for ordinary consolation"; and no one dared intrude so far upon his grief as to satisfy his curiosity.
We were standing on the promenade deck, admiring the 12 beautiful scenery of the river, when at one of the landings,
the small-boat pulled away for the shore with the unhappy
pair, on their way to the asylum at - She was stand13 ing erect in the stern of the boat: her head still uncovered,
and her white dress and raven tresses fluttering in the breeze. 14 The boat returned, and the steamer moved on for Norfolk. 15 They were gone! that brother, with his broken heart : that
sister, with her melancholy union of beauty and madness. DEFINITIONS, &c.—Unmanned overcome. Air-tune. Define wither, misfortune, fragment, hymn, attempt, rise, prevented, mournful, entreating, plaintive, refrain, scarcely, conductor, (the man who has charge of the train,) open scorn, (undisguised, manifest scorn,) insensihility, defies, belief, marble, (stony, hard,) softened, recollection, brutality, benighted, (as to her mind ?) bewitching, weary, chant, steamer, (steam. boat,) James river, (where is it?) occupying, intrude, promenade deck, (upper deck,) erect, stern, ruttering, breeze, union.