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tawny; and yet not an ugly, yellow, nauseous tawny, as the Brazilians and Virginians, and other natives of America are, but of a bright kind of a dun olive color, that had in it something very agreeable, though not very easy to describe. His face was round and plump ; his nose small, not flat like the negroes; a very good mouth, thin lips, and his fine teeth well set, and as white as ivory.
16. After he had slumbered, rather than slept, about half an hour, he awoke again, and came out of the cave to me, for I had been milking my goats, which I had in the inclosure just by : when he espied me, he came running to me, laying himself down again upon the ground, with all the possible signs of an humble, thankful disposition, making a great many antic gestures to show it. · At last, he lays his head flat upon the ground, close to my foot, and sets my other foot upon his head, as he had done before ; and after this, made all the signs to me of subjection, servitude, and submission, imaginable, to let me know how he would serve me so long as he lived.
17. I understood him in many things, and let him know I was very well pleased with him. In a little time I began to speak to him, and teach him to speak to me ; and, first, I let him know his name should be FRIDAY, which was the day I saved his life ; I called him so for the memory of the time. I likewise taught him to say Master; and then let him know that was to be my name : I likewise taught him to say Yes and No, and to know the meaning of them. I gave him some milk in an earthen pot, and let him see me drink it before him, and sop my bread in it; and gave him a cake of bread to do the like, which he quickly complied with, and made signs that it was very good for him.
18. I kept there with him all that night ; but as soon as it was day, I beckoned to him to come with me, and let him know I would give him some clothes ; at which he seemed very glad, for he was stark naked. As we went by the place where he had buried the two men, he pointed exactly to the place, and showed me the marks that he had made to find them again, making signs to me that we should dig them up again, and eat them.
19. At this I appeared very angry, expressed my ab
horrence of it, made as if I would vomit at the thoughts of it, and beckoned with my hand to him to come away ; which he did immediately, with great submission. I then led him up to the top of the hill, to see if his enemies were gone; and pulling out my glass, I looked, and saw plainly the place where they had been, but no appearance of them or their canoes; so that it was plain they were gone, and had left their two comrades behind them, without any search after them.
W. C. BRYANT.
The palace and the throne,
And breathes his judgment tone.
Nor in his weakness own,
2. The human heart—that restless thing!
The tempter and the tried ;
The source of pain and pride ;
Self-strong, and self-defied !
3. The human soul—that startling thing!
Mysterious and sublime !
Worn by the scoffs of time-
The stricken in its prime!
events here mids” are momer”? Give by Homer
Give the etymology and meaning of mummy, revisiting, disembodied, creatures, features.
Where is the first falling inflection in this stanza ? What inflection upon dummy? [Let great care be taken to determine the most natural way of saying what is contained in this stanza, as well as every other. In this way let the emphasis and inflection be determined.]
Third Stanza. Why is it supposed that the mummy can“ recollect” the events here named ? What was “the Sphinx”? How many "pyramids” are mentioned in the third and fourth lines ? What is “a misnomer”? Give the meaning of the fifth line. Meaning of the clause “sung by Homer" ?
Give the etymology of doubtless, recollect, assign, fame, architect, pyramid, really, misnomer.
Where should the first falling inflection be used ? Is the question in the second line positive or negative in its essential character? [See Introduction, Inflections, VI.] Is the question in the third and fourth lines of the same character? What inflection does the word fame require, therefore? The word name? the word misnomer? Homer? What words require emphasis here, and why? What tones are required in this stanza? What pitch? force ? speed ?
Fourth Stanza. Why should the idea of being “a mason” be here suggested? What sort of things were the inquiries of the fourth stanza about? What is a mason, as the word is here used ? What custom is referred to in the first and second lines? What is said in the Note about Memnon ? What is the force of the word “then," as used in the third line? What course did the Egyptian priests pursue in reference to disclosing their secrets? What “struggles are vain ” ?
Give the etymology and meaning of mason, mysteries, melody, statue, secret, priest, struggles.
What inflection is required on the word mason? trade? played? What kind of question ends with the last word ? Determine carefully the remaining inflections, and also the emphasis.
Fifth Stanza. What is meant by “pinioned flat”? by “hob-a-nobbed "? What fact about Homer is suggested in the third line ? To what country did the mummy belong ? Did Homer belong to the same country? Did Dido? Give an account of Dido. What “temple” is meant in the last line ? Were there Egyptians at the dedication of it?
Give the meaning and etymology of pinioned, perchance, doffed, invitation, dedication.
What inflection upon hand ? flat? Pharaoh ? glass at the end of the line? (Let the emphases be determined as before. The words or groups of words that express the important or new thoughts in a sentence are to be made emphatic, that is, to be read with more force than other words. ]
Questions on the remaining Stanzas. Why is it not necessary to ask what is suggested in the sixth stanza ? Explain clearly the two last lines of the sixth stanza. Why should the author say “above ground” in the second line of the seventh stanza ? What is meant by “new worlds have risen"? What “old nations" have been "lost”? How did Cambyses treat the Egyptian deities? What event is referred to in the last line of the eighth stanza ? What is the meaning of each of the three designations applied to the mummy in the first three lines of the tenth stanza ? What “tegument” is meant in the first line of the eleventh stanza ? Does the author seem to think that there are things of greater importance than the art of embalming? What are they? State them in your own words.
Give the etymology and meaning of armed, soldier, buried, embalmed, antiquity, appears, primeval, extended, mutations, empire, nations, humbled, fragment, conquerors, marched, tomb, pyramids, gigantic, asunder, secrets, confessed, nature, private, unfold, station, age, race, statue, immortal, imperishable, evanescence, posthumous, undecayed, presence, judgment, tegument, endure, virtue, corruption, consume, immortal, spirit.
[This selection, if properly used, will afford much mental as well as vocal culture. The most impressive portions of it require full round tones, and the proper reading of it will give fullness and smoothness to the voice.]
J. G. WHITTIER.
1. Brisk wielder of the birch and rule,
The master of the district school
2. Born the wild northern hills among,
From whence his yeoman father wrung
3. Or through the long vacation's reach
In lonely lowland districts teach,