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states and empires inade but little impression on him; but there was one species of despotism under which he had long groaned, and that was--petticoat government.
34. Happily that was at an end; he could now go in and out whenever he pleased without dreading the tyranny of Dame Van Winkle. Whenever her name was mentioned, however, he shook his head, shrugged his shoulders, and
eyes ; which might pass either for an expression of resignation to his fate, or joy at his deliverance.
1 Invariably, always.
sible to be understood.
address. 6 Vehemently, very eager, passion
7 Bunker's Hill, the place where a
great battle was fought during the American War of Indepen.
dence. 8 Austerity, severe, stern. 9 Evinced, showed. 10 Hereditary, descending from father
Now came still evening on, and twilight grey
Apparent queen, unveiled her peerless light, And o'er the dark her silver mantle threw. When Adam thus to Eve :"Fair consort !
the hour Of night, and all things now retired to rest, Mind us of like repose ; since God hath set Labour and rest, as day and night, to men Successive ;4 and the timely dew of sleep, Now falling with soft slumbrous weight,
inclines Our eyelids : other creatures all day long Rove idle, unemployed, and less need rest; Man hath his daily work of body or mind Appointed, which declares his dignity, And the regard of Heaven on all his ways; Wbile other animals inactive range, And of their doings God takes no account. To-morrow, ere fresh morning streak the east With first approach of light, we must be risen, And at our pleasant labour, to reform Yon flowery arbours, yonder alleys green, Our walk at noon, with branches overgrown, , That mock our scant manuring, and require More hands than ours to lop their wanton
growth: Those blossoms also, and these dropping gums, That lie bestrewn, unsightly and unsmooth, Ask riddance, if we mean to tread with ease; Meanwhile, as nature wills, night bids us
rest. To whom thus Eve, with perfect beauty
“My authorand disposer, what thou bidd'st,
showers; Nor grateful evening mild ; nor silent night, With this her solemn bird, nor walk by moon Or glittering star-light, without thee, is sweet!"
1 Sober, not staring in colour. 2 Living sapphires,
the stars. 3 Peerless, not to be compared with,
above compare. 4 Successive, rest should follow
labour as naturally as the night
succeeds the day. 5 Scant, small.
6 Lop, cut.
being formed from one of Adam's
ribs. 8 Orient, eastern, the sun rising in
the east. 9 Her solemn bird, the nightingale. 10 Fragrance, sweet smell.
THE RETREAT FROM MOSCOW.
1. The return was commenced towards the end of October, and almost as soon as the army was well in motion down came the snow. Napoleon's soldiers, indomitable before men, seemed to wither and fade before the keen blast of the early winter that had now set in.
2. There was no taking advantage of this town or that village for shelter, for everywhere the Russians prepared fire and ruin for the retreating troops; and while men, numbed with cold, were falling out from their ranks in the French army, the well-clad, fur-caped warriors of Kutusoff could harass the rear, and cut up the stragglers with impunity.
3. But there was discipline ever, and the French showed a bold front, for their great idol was with them, and Murat, Ney, and Davoust were in command of divisions. "Onward, onward!” was the cry, but through weather hourly growing more fearful.
4. The roads, trampled by the feet of marching thousands, soon became ploughed by the wheels of gun and tumbril, and horses would toil on till they fell and lay struggling, adding to the confusion by striking their fellows from their feet, till they lay in a tangle of muddy and snowy harness, which the numbed fingers of the soldiery could not disentangle.
5. Soon the snow deepened, and the frost came, turning it into a fine dust that, sweep