disguises, changes of dress. indisposition, illness. hodden gray, common embarrassment, hesiclothing

tation. regal purple, royal robes. remunerating, paying: arrested, stopped. prescription, medical importunate, very earn- direction. est.

exclamation, a sudden destitute, in want.

cry. physician, a skilled doctor. transpires, takes place. alacrity, quickness. culpable, to be blamed. ascertained, found out. illustrious, famous. casual, occasional.





How did Joseph II. of Austria find out his people's wants ? What did he say to the little boy whom he saw in Vienna? What did the child reply? What had the boy's father once been? Where was his mother? Who were with her? What did the emperor say when the boy began to cry? For whom did the emperor send the boy? Where did Joseph II. go? Why was there but little furniture in the room in which the sick mother lay? What did the emperor say to the lady? Write out the emperor's prescription.

Explain: Regal purple, physician, alacrity, indisposition, embarrassment, prescription, culpable.

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[The Arabs have the finest horses in the world, and they are very fond of them. It is related that the French Consul at Alexandria once gave a poor Arab a purse of gold for a fine horse, with the design of sending the animal to the King of France. The Arab took the money, but, after having in vain endeavoured to tear himself away from his horse, flung the purse upon the ground, sprung upon the horse's back, and was quickly out of sight.

The following beautiful lines were written upon this touching incident:-) 1. My beautiful! my beautiful! that standest meek

ly by, With thy proudly arched and glossy neck, and

dark and fiery eye!

Fret not to roam the desert now with all thy

wingèd speed; I may not mount on thee again;—thou’rt sold,

my Arab steed!

2. Fret not with that impatient hoof, snuff not the

breezy wind; The farther that thou fliest now, so far am I be

hind; The stranger hath thy bridle rein; thy master

hath his gold; Fleet-limbed and beautiful! farewell! — thou’rt

sold, my steed, thou’rt sold!

3. Farewell! Those free, untirèd limbs full many

a mile must roam, To reach the chill and wintry clime that clouds

the stranger's home; Some other hand, less kind, must now thy corn

and bed prepare; That silky mane braided once must be another's


4. Only in sleep shall I behold that dark eye glanc

ing bright, Only in sleep shall hear again that step so firm

and light; And when I raise my dreaming arms to check or

cheer thy speed, Then must I startling wake to feel thou’rt sold, 5. Ah! rudely then! unseen by me, some cruel hand

my Arab steed!

may chide, Till foam-wreaths lie, like crested waves, along

thy panting side, And the rich blood that's in thee swells in thy

indignant pain, Till careless eyes that on thee gaze may count

each starting vein!

6. Will they ill-use thee?–If I thought—but no

it cannot be; Thou art so swift, yet easy curbed, so gentle, yet

so free; And yet if haply, when thou’rt gone, this lonely

heart should yearn, Can the hand that casts thee from it now, com

mand thee to return?

7. “Return!”—Alas! my Arab steed! what will

thy master do When thou, that wast his all of joy, hast van

ished from his view ? When the dim distance greets mine eyes, and

through the gathering tears Thy bright form for a moment, like the false

mirage, appears? 8. Slow and unmounted will I roam, with wearied

foot alone, Where with fleet steps and joyous bound thou

oft hast borne me on; And sitting down by the green well, I'll pause

and sadly think,

'Twas here he bowed his glossy neck when last

I saw him drink.

9. When last I saw thee drink! away! the fevered

dream is o'er! I could not live a day and know that we should

meet no more; They tempted me, my beautiful! for hunger's

power is strong-They tempted me, my beautiful! but I have

loved too long!

10. Who said that I had given thee up? Who said

that thou wert sold ? 'Tis false! 'tis false, my Arab steed, I fling them

back their gold! Thus, thus I leap upon thy back, and scour the

distant plains! Away! Who overtakes us now may claim thee

for his pains. clime, country.

mirage, the deceitful apchide, use harshly.

pearance of water in the indignant, very angry.

desert where there is no curbed, checked.

water. vanished, disappeared. scour, run swiftly over. fevered, exciting.

pains, labour.


beau-ti-ful strang-ers start-ing gath-er-ing

ap-pears im-pa-ti-ent braid-ed in-dig-nant un-mount-ed fare-well glanc-ing van-ish-ed tempted un-tir-ed dream-ing dis-tance 0-ver-takes

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