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DEFINITIONS.—2. Ap-pâr'ent, clear, plain. 3. Gen-teel', fashionable, elegant. Re-dūçed', brought to poverty. 4. Vi'o-lāte, to break, to profane. 5. In-věs'ti-ğāte, to inquire into with care. Di'aleet, a local form of speech. 6. Con-frónt', to face, to stand before. 7. At-tor'ney (pro. at-tûr'nỹ), a lawyer. I-děn'ti-ty, the condition of being the same as something claimed. Trans-fēr'ring, making over the possession of. Ex-trem'i-ty, greatest need. Op-por-tū'nity, favorable time.
XIV. THE SANDS O' DEE.
Charles Kingsley (b. 1819, d. 1875) was born at Holne, Devonshire, England. He took his bachelor's degree at Cambridge in 1842, and soon after entered the Church. His writings are quite voluminous, including sermons, lectures, novels, fairy tales, and poems, published in book form, besides numerous miscellaneous sermons and magazine articles. He was an earnest worker for bettering the condition of the working classes, and this object was the basis of most of his writings. As a lyric poet he has gained a high place. The “Saint's Tragedy” and “Andromeda" are the most pretentious of his poems, and “Alton Locke" and “Hypatia” are his best known novels.
1. “O MARY, go and call the cattle home,
And call the cattle home,
And call the cattle home,
And all alone went she.
2. The creeping tide came up along the sand,
And o'er and o'er the sand,
And round and round the sand,
And never home came she.
3. Ob, is it weed, or fish, or floating hair ?—
A tress o golden hair,
O drowned maiden's hair,
Among the stakes on Dee.
4. They rowed her in across the rolling foam,
The cruel, crawling foam,
The cruel, hungry foam,
Across the sands o' Dee.
NOTES.— The Sands o' Dee. The Dee is a river of Scotland noted for its salmon fisheries.
O’ is a contraction for of, commonly used by the Scotch.
REMARK.—The first three lines of each stanza deserve special attention in reading. The final words are nearly or quite the same, but the expression of each line should vary. The piece should be read in a low key and with a pure musical tone.
XV. SELECT PARAGRAPHS.
1. O GIVE thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him; sing psalms unto him; talk ye of all his wondrous works. Glory ye in his holy name; let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord. Remember his marvelous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth.
2. O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers; the moon and the stars which thou hast ordained; what is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him ? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor. Thou madest him to have dominion over the work of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet. O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
3. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God; in him will I trust. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.
4. O come, let us sing unto the Lord, let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and show ourselves glad in him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. 0 worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; let the whole earth stand in awe of him. For he cometh, for he cometh, to judge the earth; and with righteousness to judge the world, and the people with his truth.
5. Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; these see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep. For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. They mount up to the heaven; they go down again to the depths; their soul is melted because of trouble; they reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit's end. Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven. Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
6. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me: thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
- Bible. DEFINITIONS.-1. Mär' vel-ońs, wonderful. 2. Or-dāined', appointed, established. Do-min/ion (pro. do-min văn), supreme power. 5. Hā'ven, a harbor, a place where ships can lie in safety.
XVI. THE CORN SONG.
1. HEAP high the farmer's wintry hoard !
Heap high the golden corn!
From out her lavish horn!
2. Let other lands, exulting, glean
The apple from the pine,
The cluster from the vine;
3. We better love the hardy gift
Our rugged vales bestow,
Our harvest-fields with snow.
4. Through vales of grass and meads of flowers,
Our plows their furrows made,
Of changeful April played.
5. We dropped the seed o'er hill and plain,
Beneath the sun of May,
The robber crows away.
6. All through the long, bright days of June,
Its leaves grew green and fair,
Its soft and yellow hair.
7. And now, with Autumn's moonlit eves,
Its harvest time has come;
And bear the treasure home.
8. There, richer than the fabled gift
Apollo showered of old,
And knead its meal of gold.
9. Let vapid idlers loll in silk,
Around their costly board ;
By homespun beauty poured !