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Go to Paris; rank on rank
Search the heroes flung pell-mell On the Louvre,23 face and flank ; You shall look long enough ere you come to
Hervé Riel. So, for better and for worse, Hervé Riel, accept my verse! In my verse, Hervé Riel, do thou once more Save the squadron, honour France, love thy
wife, the Belle Aurore !
1 Hogue, Cape la Hogue, in Nor- compel merchant seamen and
mandy, 20 miles south-east of others to join. Cherbourg. The battle of La 9 Croisiekese (Crwä'-sik-ees'), a native Hogue was fought on the 19th of of a small seaport named Croisic, May 1692, when Tourville, the near the mouth of the river Loire. French admiral, was totally de- 10 Malouins, the people of St. Malo. feated by Admiral Russell, in 12 Greve (grave), a village at the command of the English ships.
mouth of the Rance. 2 Porpoises are animals of the whale 11 Offing, the deep water which lies
species, but very much smaller beyond rocks and shoals.
13 Fifty Hogues, worse than fifty deSt. Malo, a small seaport near the feats like that at La Hogue. mouth of the river Rance, in 14 Misbehaves, is mismanaged or goes Brittany, a province in the north- wrong. west of France.
15 Stanched, the bleeding stopped. 4 Squadron, a division of the fleet. 16 Enhance, increase. 5 Damfreville, captain of the ship 17 Askance, sideways.
Formidable, the largest in the 18 Rampired, fortified, having ramFrench fleet.
parts. 6 Starboard and port, to the right 19 Symptom, sign.
and left hand of the steersmau. 20 Eclipse,; extinction. 7 Ticklish, difficult.
21 Wrack, destruction. 8 Tourville (Count de) was the 22 Louvre, a palace in Paris, noted
French admiral. When it was for the grand collections of paint. difficult to obtain men for the ings and sculpture contained in fleet, pressgangs were sent out to it.
THE SCHOOLMASTER AND THE
CONQUEROR. 1. There is nothing with which the adversaries of improvement are more wont to make themselves merry than with what is termed “the march of intellect ;” and I confess that I think, as far as the phrase goes, they are in the right. It is a very absurd, because a very incorrect, expression. It is little calculated to describe the operation in question. It does not suggest an image at all resembling the proceedings of the true friends of mankind.
2. It much more resembles the progress of the enemy of all improvement. The conqueror moves in a march. He stalks onward with “the pride, pomp, and circumstance of glorious war”—banners flying, shouts rending the air, guns thundering, and martial music pealing, to drown the shrieks of the wounded, and the lamentations for the slain.
3. Not thus the SCHOOLMASTER, in his peaceful vocation. He meditates and
prepares in secret the plans which are to bless mankind; he slowly gathers around him those who are to further their execution ; he quietly, though firmly, advances in his humble path, labouring steadily, but calmly, till he has opened to the light all the recesses of ignorance, and torn up by the roots the weeds of vice. His is a progress not to be compared with anything like a march; but it leads to a far more brilliant triumph, and to laurels more imperishable* than the destroyer of his species, the scourge of the world, ever won.
4. Such men—men deserving the glorious title of teachers of mankind-I have found, labouring conscientiously, though perhaps obscurely, in their blessed vocation, wherever I have gone. I have found them, and shared their fellowship, among the daring, the ambitious, the ardent, the indomitably active French ; I have found them among the persevering, resolute, industrious Swiss; I have found them among the laborious, the warmhearted, the enthusiastic Germans; I have found them among the high-minded Italians; and in our own country, thank heaven, they everywhere abound, and their number is every day increasing
5. Their calling is high and holy; their fame is the property of nations; their renown will fill the earth in after ages, in proportion as it sounds not far off in their own times. Each one of those great teachers of the world, possessing his soul in patience, performs his appointed work; awaits in faith the fulfilment of the promises ; and, resting from his labours, bequeaths his memory to the generation whom his works have blessed, and sleeps under the humble but not inglorious epitaph, commemorating “one in whom mankind lost a friend, and no man got rid of an enemy."
NOTES TO THE SCHOOLMASTER AND THE
CONQUEROR. 1 Adversaries, enemies.
6 Obscurely, humbly, in a hidden 2 Lamentations, wailings, mourning. 3 Vocation, calling, business.
7 Enthusiastic, ardent, full of zeal. 4 Imperishable, lasting, undying. 8 Bequeaths, hands down. 5 Conscientiously, faithfully.
pomp and pageantryin naught allied, A noble peasant, Isaac Ashford died. Noble he was, contemning all things mean; His truth unquestioned and his soul serene."
Of no man's presence Isaac felt afraid ;
cheek, Spoke pity plainer than the tongue can speak. If pride were his, 'twas not their vulgar pride, 25 Who, in their base contempt, the great deride ; Nor pride in learning, though my clerk agreed, If fate should call him, Ashford might succeed ; Nor pride in rustic skill, although he knew None his superior, and his equals few : But if that spirit in his soul had place, It was the jealous pride that shuns disgrace; A pride in honest fame, by virtue gained ; In sturdy boys to virtuous labours trained;