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the anchor of repentance in the port of sincerity and justice, which is the port of safety ; lest the tempest of our vengeance make thee perish in the sea of the punishment thou deservest."
Write a critical examination of the following passages, commenting particularly on the figures of speech and thought :
1. “ Things light or lovely in their acted time,
But now to stern reflection each a crime ;
Bares with its buried woes.
Sir, he may live;
The surge most swoll'n that met him.”
1. There is a tide in the affairs of men,
2. The chief in silence strode before,
3. There is a joy in grief, when peace dwells with the sorrowful. But they are wasted with mourning, O daughter of Toscar, and their days are few. They fall away like the flower on which the sun looks in his strength, after the mildew has passed over it, and its head is heavy with the drops of night.
4. Men must acquire a very peculiar and strong habit of turning their eye inwards, in order to explore the interior regions and recesses of the mind, the hollow caverns of deep thought, the private seats of fancy, and the wastes and wildernesses, as well as the more fruitful and cultivated tracts of this obscure climate.
5. As from some rocky cliff the shepherd sees
6. A very shower
This little bay, a quiet road
ORIGINAL COMPOSITION. The various kinds of ORIGINAL COMPOSITION, in which the preceding Rules and Exercises may be practised, are Narrative, Descriptive, and Miscellaneous Essays.
Narrative Essays relate events, which should be recorded in the order of time; and facts, which should be mentioned in the order of place.
Write narrative essays from the following detached sentences :
Cincinnatus. Cincinnatus was chosen consul.
He had for some time lived in retirement, cultivating a small farm.
He regretted that his assistance should be required.
He resolved to side with neither the patrician nor the plebeian faction.
Having restored tranquillity, he returned home.
* 'The Teacher should direct the attention of his Pupils to the figures which occur in the course of their ordinary reading, and occasionally prescribe exercises upon them after the manner of the above.
+ The Teacher may occasionally vary the exercises in Original Composition, by making his Pupils write them in the form of LETTERS, which ought to be composed in a more easy and familiar style than regular Essays.
An assembly having been appointed for choosing another consul, the senate fixed upon Quintius Cincinnatus. This noble Roman had, for some time, given up all views of ambition, and retired to a little farm, where the deputies of the senate found him holding the plough, and dressed in the humble attire of a labouring husbandman. Preferring the charms of country retirement to the fatiguing splendours of office, he appeared but little elevated by the dignity which was offered to him, and rather testified a concern that his aid should be wanted. Having taken a tender leave of his wife, he departed for the city, where he found the two parties violently inflamed against each other. The new consul, however, resolved to side with neither; but, by a strict attention to the interests of his country, instead of gaining the confidence of faction, endeavoured to secure the esteem of all. By his moderation, humanity, and justice, he at length restored to the people that tranquillity, which he so much loved himself; when he again renounced the splendours of ambition, and returned with increasing relish to the enjoyment of his farm.
1. Cincinnatus was chosen dictator.
He was the only person on whom his countrymen could depend.
As before, he was found labouring in his field.
He was astonished, but not elated, by the unbounded power offered to him. He nominated Tarquitius, another poor man, his master of the horse.
Cincinnatus delivered his country, and resigned the dictatorship in fourteen days.
He was content with temperance and fame.
2. The city of Falerii was besieged by Camillus, general of the Romans. A schoolmaster decoyed the children of the principal citizens into the Roman camp. He told Camillus that the possession of these children would soon make the citizens surrender. Camillus replied, that the Romans loved courage, but hated treachery. He ordered the schoolmaster to be whipt into the city by the boys. The citizens immediately submitted to the Romans.