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327. I feared,—said the youth, with a tear in his eye, -I feared that the brute's voice, and the trampling of the horse's feet, would have disturbed her.

328. Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my filesh stood up: It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes :—There was silence, and I heard a voice-Shall mortal man be more just than God?

The dash is sometimes to be read as a question.


329. Is it not enough to see our friends die, and part with them for the remainder of our days——to reflect that we shall hear their voice no more, and that they will never look on us again—to see that turning to corruption which was but just

now alive, and eloquent, and beautiful, with all the sensations of the soul?

330. He hears the ravens cry; and shall he not hear, and will he not avenge, the wrongs that his nobler animals

that cry out against man from youth to age, in the city and the field, by the way, and by the fireside ?

331. Can we view their bloody edicts against us—their hanging, heading, hounding, and hunting down an ancient and honourable name—as deserving better treatment than that which enemies give to enemies ?

332. Are these the pompous tidings ye proclaim, lights of the world, and demi-gods of fame? Is this your triumph-this your proud applause, children of Truth, and champions of her cause?

333. Still what are you but a robber—a base, dishonest robber? [See Lesson 5, Page 45.]

334. Was there ever a bolder captain of a more valiant band? Was there ever- -but I scorn to boast.

335. And what if thou shalt fall unnoticed by the living -and no friend take note of thy departure ?

336. Seest thou yon lonely cottage in the grove-with little garden neatly planned before-its roof deep-shaded by the elms above, moss-grown, and decked with velvet verdure o'er?

337. What shall we call them ?-Piles of crystal light -a glorious company of golden streams--lamps of celestial

ether burning bright-suns lighting systems with their joyous beams ? [See Lesson 5, Page 4.]

338. Can you renounce a fortune so sublime-such glorious hopes—your backward steps to steer, and roll, with vilest brutes, through mud and slime ? No! no ! your heaven-touched heart disdains the sordid crime !

The dash is sometimes to be read like an exclamation.

339. Now for the fight-now for the cannon-peal-forward-through blood, and toil, and cloud, and fire !

340. They shake-like broken waves their squares retire,-on them, hussars ! Now give them rein and heel ; think of the orphaned child, the murdered sire :-earth cries for blood, in thunder on them wheel! This hour to Europe's fate shall set the triumph seal !

341. What dreadful pleasure ! there to stand sublime, like shipwrecked mariner on desert coast, and see the enormous waste of vapour, tossed in billows lengthening to the horizon round, now scooped in gulfs, with moun. tains now embossed—and hear the voice of mirth and song rebound, flocks, herds, and waterfalls, along the hoar profound !

342. The chain of being is complete in me; in me is matter's last gradation lost, and the next step is spiritDeity! I can command the lightning, and am dust!

343. Sadly to Blount did Eustace say, Unworthy office, here to stay! no hope of gilded spurs to-day—but, see, look up-on Flodden bent, the Scottish foe has fired his tent.

344. Good God! that in such a proud moment of life, worth ages of history-when, had you but hurled one bolt at your bloody invader, that strife between freemen and tyrants had spread through the world ; that then-0, disgrace upon manhood! e'en then you should falter-should cling to your pitiful breath, cower down into beasts, when you might have stood men; and prefer a slave's life to a glorious death!

345. Beneath the very shadow of the fort, where friendly swords were drawn, and banners flew, ah! who could deem that foot of Indian crew was near ? -Yet there, with lust of murderous deeds, gleamed like a basilisk, from woods in view, the ambushed foeman's eye-His volley

the way

speeds, and Albert-Albert-falls ! the dear old father bleeds!

346. Above me are the Alps, the palaces of Nature, whose vast walls have pinnacled in clouds their snowy scalps, and throned Eternity in icy holes of cold sublimity, where forms and falls the avalanche-the thunderbolt of snow !

347. Now, now, the secret I implore; out with it, speak--discover-utter!

348. Peace! I'd not go if staying here would strew his hoar hairs in the tomb-not stir, by heaven! Must I toss counters ? sum the odds of life, when honour points

-When was the blood of Douglas precious in a noble cause ?

349. How has expectation darkened into anxietyanxiety into dread—and dread into despair! Alas! not one memento shall ever return for love to cherish. All that shall ever be known is, that she sailed from her port, and was never heard of more.

350. A measure of corn would hardly suffice me fine flour enough for a month's provision, and this arises to above six score bushels; and many hogsheads of wine and other liquors have passed through this body of minethis wretched strainer of meat and drink! And what have I done all this time for God and man? What a vast profusion of good things upon a useless life and a worthless liver !

351. Ay, cluster there, cling to your masters ; judges, Romans-slaves !



The Hyphen is a little mark like this - It resembles a dash, but is not so long.

The Hyphen is used to separate the syllables of a word; or to make one word of two: as semi-circle, sea-water.

When there is not room enough in the line for the whole of a word, some of its syllables are put into the line with a

Hyphen, and the remainder in the next line : a8 Extraordinary.

When a Hyphen is placed over the letters a, e, i, o, u, or y, it shows that they have their long sound.

[The pupil may tell for what purpose the hyphen is used in the following words.]

352. Extrāneous, sea-water, semi-circle, demi-gods, plane-trees, bed-side, over-canopied, toil-hardened, grayhaired, to-morrow, Sardanapālus, ill-requited, thundercloud, Europēan, Epicurēan, pine - covered, clay - cold, snow-clad, parish-clerk, night-steed, moon-eyed, āzure, all-wise, ēdict, fellow-creatures, īcy well-founded, omega, fellow-feeling, ūniform, prophesy, earth-born, far-wandering, storm-clouds, hymenēal, chămber, either, fairy, lēver, āpiary, cūlinary.



Ellipsis means an omission of some word or words. Sometimes a sentence is unfinished, or some parts of it are purposely omitted ; and the mark which indicates an ellipsis is put in the place of that which is left out.

An Ellipsis is sometimes indicated by a mark like this - , which resembles a dash lengthened.

Sometimes the Ellipsis is denoted by asterisks, or stars, like these * * * * * *

Sometimes the Ellipsis is marked by small dots, or periods, like these .............

And sometimes the Ellipsis is indicated by hyphens, like these ............

The Ellipsis sometimes so closely resembles a dash, that it is scarcely distinguishable from it.

The voice is generally suspended at an Ellipsis ; but 'the falling inflection is frequently used, when the Ellipsis follows a question or exclamation. In some of the following sentences the Dash and Ellipsis are both used.


353. Hast thou- -But how shall I ask a question which must bring tears into so many eyes ?

354. The air breathes invitation ; easy is the walk to the lake's margin, where a boat lies moored beneath her sheltering tree,

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Forth we went, and down the valley, on the streamlet's bank. pursued our way, a broken company, mute or conversing, single, or in pairs.

355. Who is here so vile, that will not love his country? if any, speak; for him have I offended,—I


for reply

None! then none have I offended.

356. It is in vain to explain :—the time it would take to reveal to you

Satisfy my curiosity in writing then.

357. Indeed he is very ill, Sir,- -Can't help it. We are very distressed, -Can't help it. children, too- -Can't help that, neither.

358. Now if he had married a woman with money, you know, why then

The suppliant turned pale, and would have fainted.

359. I have been, my dear S. cursion through the counties which lie along the eastern side of the Blue Ridge.

360. You have my answer : * * * - let my actions speak.

361. No, no; Dionysius ; remember that it was I alone who displeased thee : Damon could not

362. If he were all Remember haughty Henry, the nephew of his wife, whose word could speed a veteran army to his kinsman's aid.

363. I would not wound thee, Douglas, well thou knowest; but thus to hazard on a desperate cast thy golden fortunes

364. For thy father's sake

Peace! I'd not go if staying here would strew his hoar hairs in the tomb- -not stir, by heaven!

365. Nay, hear me, hear me, Douglas

- Talk to me of dangers ? Death and shame! is not my race as high, as ancient, and as proud as thine ?

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