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She lived unknown, and few could tell
When Lucy ceased to be;
The difference to me!
EXAMPLE FOR PRACTICE.
He that is proud of the rustling of his silks, like a madman laughs at the rattling of his fetters. For, indeed, clothes ought to be our remembrancers of our lost innocency. Besides, why should any brag of what is but borrowed ? Should the ostrich snatch off the gallant's feather, the beaver his hat, the goat his gloves, the sheep his suit, the silkworm his stockings, and the neat his shoes (to strip him no further than modesty will give leave), he would be left in a cold condition. And yet it is more pardonable to be proud even of cleanly rags than, as many are, of affected slovenliness. The one is proud of a molehill, the other of a dunghill.—The Holy State, by Thomas Fuller.
SKELETON FORM-SUBJECT IN ITALICS.
The Sensual and the Dark rebel in vain,
EXAMPLE FOR PRACTICE.
A little semi-vestibule between two doors prefaced the entrance into what might be considered the principal room of the cottage. It was an oblong square, not above eight and a half feet high, sixteen feet long, and twelve broad; very prettily wainscoted from the floor to the ceiling with dark polished oak, slightly embellished with carving. One window there wasa perfect and unpretending cottage window, with little diamond panes, embowered at almost every season of the year with roses; and, in the summer and autumn, with a profusion of jasmine and other fragrant shrubs. From the exuberant luxuriance of vegetation around it, and from the dark hue of the wainscoting, this window, though tolerably large, did not furnish a very powerful light to one who entered from the open air. However, I saw sufficiently to be aware of two ladies just entering the room, through a door-way opening upon a little staircase. The foremost, a tallish young woman, with the most winning expression of benignity upon her features, advanced to me, presenting her hand with so frank an air, that all embarrassment must have fled in a moment before the native goodness of her manner. This was Mrs. Wordsworth, cousin of the poet; and, for the last five years or more, his wife. She was now mother of two children, a son and a daughter; and she furnished a remarkable proof how possible it is for a woman neither handsome nor even comely, according to the rigour of criticism-nay, generally pronounced very plain—to exercise all the practical fascination of beauty, through the mere compensatory charms of sweetness all but angelic, of simplicity the most entire, womanly self-respect and purity of heart speaking through all her looks, acts, and movements.—De Quincey.
SKELETON FORM_SUBJECT IN ITALICS.
Alas! they had been friends; but tongues can poison, and constancy lives in heaven; And life is thorny; and youth is vain; But to be wroth doth work like madness. And this chanced with Roland and Sir Leoline, I divine; And each spake words of disdain to his brother. They parted; But neither found another friend. They stood like cliffs which had been rent: A sea flows between ; But nothing shall do away the memory of former things, I ween.
Alas! they had been friends in youth;
EXAMPLE FOR PRACTICE. Let your scholar be never afraid to ask you any doubt, but use discreetly the best allurements ye can to encourage him to the same: lest his overmuch fearing of you drive him to seek some misorderly shift: as to seek to