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IX.-HOME.

breathes roam

beau-ty

ty-rant pe-cul-iar isles sire no-blest val-our

re-mem-brance realm strew soft-ened an-gel-guard su-preme-ly reign sword tu-tored. cre-a-tion wealth-i-est

[JAMES MONTGOMERY (6. 1771, d. 1854) was born at Irvine, in Ayrshire, and died in Sheffield, where he had spent the greater portion of his life. His poems are melodious, and expressive of the gentlest human feeling.)

There is a land of every land the pride,
Beloved by Heaven o'er all the world beside ;
Where brighter suns dispense serener light,
And milder moons emparadise the night;
A land of beauty, virtue, valour, truth,

5 Time-tutored

age

and love-exalted youth.
The wandering mariner, whose eye explores
The wealthiest isles, the most enchanting shores,
Views not a realm so bountiful and fair,
Nor breathes the spirit of a purer ail" ;

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In every clime the magnet of his soul,
Touched by remembrance, trembles to that pole ;
For in this land of Heaven's peculiar grace,
The heritage of nature's noblest race,
There is a spot of earth supremely blest,

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A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest,
Where man, creation's tyrant, casts aside
His sword and sceptre, pageantry and pride,
While in his softened looks benignly blend
The sire, the son, the husband, brother, friend; 20
Here woman reigns; the mother, daughter, wife,
Strew with fresh flowers the narrow way of life !
In the clear heaven of her delightful eye,
An angel-guard of loves and graces lie :
Around her knees domestic duties meet,

23 And fireside pleasures gambol at her feet.

Where shall thịt land, that spot of earth be found ?
Art thou a man ?- -a.patriot ?-look around;
Oh, thou shalt find, howe'er thy footsteps roam,
That land thy country; and that spot thy Home. 30

-- Montgomery SUMMARY.—There is a land more dearly loved than all the rest. The sun seems brighter there than elsewhere, and even the moonlight is more serene. It is a land of beauty, where all the virtues are found in the highest degree of excellence. The sailor in all Iris voyages can find no sweeter spot on which to cast his eyes; anıl even amidst the most enchanting scenes his thoughts turn back like the neeille to the pole. In that country of peculiar grace, that is the sweetest spot of all. There woman reigns as mother, daughter, wife. There domestic happiness asserts itself. Where is that country? Where is that happy spot of earth? You have only to look around. That land is thy country, and the happy spot is your own sweet home. Magnet of his soul-the magnet or loadstone attracts iron or other

metallic substances ; so home or the native country of the sailor

instinctively draws his affections to it. Tremble to that pole-As the magnetic needle points to the north

and south poles, so do the affections of the mariner point or

turn towards home. Creation's tyrant-man. When God created Adam He said, “Let

him have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air,” etc., Gen. i. 28. The word tyrant anciently meant a

ruler or king, now we use it in a more absolute sense. Be-pign-ly, kindly.

Her-it-age,

inheritance. Dis pense', give out.

Pa-tri-ot, lover of one's Em-par-a-dise, to make happy. country. En-chant-ing, delightful.

Se-rene', calm. Gam-bol, play, frisk.

Pag-eant-ry, show, pomp.

QUESTIONS. What is meant by “the pride of Where? Why? What are said every land ?” Why is the sun said to blend in the looks of man? to be brighter? the moon milder ? Where? Why? What are fireWhat is the magnet of the side pleasures?

Where is the soul ?” Who is said to feel it? poet's happy land?

EXERCISES.--1. Parse and analyse - Around her knees domestic duties meet.

2. Nouns are formed into diminutives also by adding let, ct, ling, ock, which mean "little;” as, streamlet, a small stream; floweret, a little flower; duckling, a little duck; hillock, a little hill. Give the exact meaning of the following words—bracelet (brachion, the arm), eaglet, gosling, bullock.

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X.-RECOLLECTIONS OF MY BOYHOOD.

com-plete' jin-gled en-tire-ly pos-ses-sion dif-fer-enc-es gar-ret o-beyed' hap-pi-er pre-cise-ly o-be-di-ence glittered per-ceived' no-ble-man prob-a-bly pas-sion-ate-ly gran-ite pictures 0-pin-ion sim-il-ar

m-coy-et-ous hap-pened scold'ed par-a-dise wher-ev'er coin-pan-ion-a-ble

[John RUSKIN (6. 1819, ), an eminent English art-critic, author of “Modern Painters,' Stones of Venice," and other works characterised by brilliaucy of style as well as great shrewdness and common-sense. ]

1. My father began business as a wine merchant, with no capital, and a considerable amount of debts left him by my grandfather. All these he paid before he began to lay by anything for liimself.

2. For this his best friends called him a fool; and I, without expressing any opinion as to his wisdom, which I knew in such matters to be at least equal to mine, have written on the granite slab over his grave that he was an "entirely honest merchant."

3. Years went on, and I came to be four or five years old. He could command a post-chaise and pair for two months in the summer, by help of which, with my mother and me, he went the round of his country customers. I saw all the high roads, and most of the cross ones, of England and Wales, and a great part of lowland Scotland as far as Perth.

4. It happened, which was the real cause of the bias of my after-life, that my father had a rare love of pictures. Accordingly, wherever there was a gallery to be seen, we stopped at the nearest town for the night. this manner I thus saw nearly all the noblemen’s houses in England; not, indeed, myself at that age caring for pictures, but much for castles and ruins. I felt more

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and more, as I grew older, the healthy delight of uncovetous admiration, and perceived that it was probably much happier to live in a small house and have Warwick Castle to be astonished at, than to live in Warwick Castle and have nothing to be astonished at.

5. I was never permitted for an instant to hope, or even imagine, the possession of such things as one saw in toy-shops. I had a bunch of keys to play with, as long as I was capable only of pleasure in what glittered and jingled; as I grew older I had a cart and ball; and when I was five or six years old, two boxes of well-cut wooden bricks.

6. The group of which our house was the quarter consisted of two precisely similar couples of houses, gardens and all to match. The house itself, three storied, with garrets above, commanded a very notable view from its upper windows. It had front and back garden in sufficient proportion to its size.

7. The differences of primal importance which I observed between the nature of this garden and that of Eden as I had imagined it, were, that in this one all the fruit was forbidden, and there were no companionable beasts. In other respects the little domain answered every purpose of paradise to me.

8. I never had heard my father's or mother's voice once raised in any question with each other, nor seen an angry or even slightly hurt or offended glance in the eyes of either.

I had never heard a servant scolded, nor even suddenly, passionately, or in any severe manner blamed. I had never seen a moment's trouble or disorder in any household matter.

9. Next to this quite priceless gift of Peace, I had received the perfect understanding of the natures of Obedience and Faith. I obeyed word, or lifted finger, of father or mother, as a ship her helm. And my practice in Faith was soon complete; nothing was ever promised me that was not given, nothing ever threatened me that was not inflicted, and nothing ever told me that was not true. Peace, Obedience, Faith,-these three I esteem the main blessings of my childhood.John Ruskin.

SUMMARY.- John Ruskin's father began business as a wine merchant, with considerable liabilities, which he honourably discharged. His business prospered, and he was able to keep a postchaise and pair for two months in the summer, with which he paid a visit to his customers in various parts of the country. He was accompanied by his wife and child who were taken to see every collection of pictures within convenient distance of the towns which they visited. John Ruskin's youth was a time of peace, when he acquired the habits of obedience and faith, which he very truly describes as the main blessings of his childhood. Bi-as, turn, inclination.

Post-chaise, four-wheeled carDo-main', estate, territory.

riage for travel on post-roads. In-fict-ed, imposed.

Pri-mal, first, chief.

QUESTIONS. In what way did Ruskin's father | How did he gratify his taste far begin business? In what way did pictures ? What kind of youth he act? How has Ruskin de- was spent by Ruskin? What does scribed him ? How did he spend he describe as the greatest blesssome of the summer months? | ings of his childhood ?

EXERCISES.-1.-Parse and analyse--1 had never seen a moment's trouble or disorder in any household matter.

2. Nouns are formed by adding ics, ism, ry, and ure, which mean “the science, doctrine, or manner of;" as, optics, the science of seeing (ops, the eye); Calvinism, the doctrine of Calvin; carpentry, the science or art of a carpenter; manufacture, the art of making by hand (manus, the hand, facio, I make). Give the exact meaning of the following words—hydraulics (hudor, water, aulos, à pipe), patriotism (patria, one's native country), cookery, sculpture (sculpo, I carve).

“Childhood has no forebodings; but then it is soothed by no meinories of outlived sorrow.”—George Eliot.

“ The childhood shows the man

As morning shows the day.”Milton.

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