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causes. This little song reflects the tone of mind (feeling of relief and of restfulness, and quiet even to tediousness) of these refugees-just as a lake reflects the hills that surround it. (See remarks on Poe's Haunted Palace.)
II. Roŭgh (rŭf), hĭth'-er, wĕath'-er, am-bĭ'-tion (-bish'un), ĕn'-e-my, pleased.
III. Mark the feet and accented syllables in the above piece. Explain the sun.
"Greenwood tree," 99.66 tune his merry note."
V. In the country-away from society and its complications of love and hate, of business relations and intrigues-the city born and bred find opportunity of rest and repose. "Here shall he see no enemy," etc., repeated (called a “refrain "). "Seeking the food" (i. e., having to hunt for it).
XLI.-MEXICO AS FIRST SEEN BY THE SPANIARDS.
1. The troops, refreshed by a night's rest, succeeded, early on the following day, in gaining the crest of the sierra of Ahualco, which stretches like a curtain between the two great mountains on the north and south. Their progress was now comparatively easy, and they marched forward with a buoyant step, as they felt they were treading the soil of Montezuma.
2. They had not advanced far, when, turning an angle of the sierra, they suddenly came on a view which more than compensated the toils of the preceding day. It was that of the valley of Mexico (or Tenochtitlan, as more commonly called by the natives), which, with its picturesque assemblage of water, woodland, and cultivated plains, its shining cities and shadowy hills, was spread out like some gay and gorgeous panorama before them.
3. In the highly rarefied atmosphere of these upper regions, even remote objects have a brilliancy of coloring
of salts, while the cities and hamlets on their borders have moldered into ruins-even now that desolation broods over the landscape, so indestructible are the lines of beauty which Nature has traced on its features that no traveler, however cold, can gaze on them with any other emotions than those of astonishment and rapture.
7. What, then, must have been the emotions of the Spaniards, when, after working their toilsome way into the upper air, the cloudy tabernacle parted before their eyes, and they beheld these fair scenes in all their pristine magnificence and beauty! It was like the spectacle which greeted the eyes of Moses from the summit of Pisgah; and, in the warm glow of their feelings, they cried out, "It is the promised land!"
William H. Prescott.
FOR PREPARATION.-I. Have you read Prescott's "Conquest of Mexico" Examine on your map the site of the city of Mexico-situated on a circle of table-land hollowed out in the center. Who was Montezuma ? What is the maguey plant? Where is Anahuac (ä-nä-wäk')? (the entire table-land of central Mexico). What is porphyry? Find Pisgah, on the map of Palestine.
II. Ear'-ly (er), buoy'-ant (bwoi'-), pie-tur-ěsque' (-esk'), gôr'-geous (-jus), brĭl'-lian-çy, přr'-a-mid, eŏn'-quer-orş (kõn’kēr-ērz), Ä-huāl'-eō (-hwäl ́-), Tẹn-ōch-tït-län', Chä-pul-te-pĕe' (-pōōl-), Tez-eu'-eo (tès-kõõ ́co).
III. Every sentence has a subject and predicate ; i. e., it names something (the subject) of which something is said, and then predicates (asserts, asks, or commands) something of it. This distinction is the basis of all grammatical definition. In the first three paragraphs of the above piece find the subjects and corresponding predicates (e. g., troops-succeeded).
IV. Crest, sierra, compensated, preceding, cultivated, panorama, rarefied, atmosphere, annihilate, maize, studded, hamlets, coronal, intervening, foliage, rival, porphyry, devised, sterility, margin, incrustation, moldered, desolation, indestructible, emotions, rapture, tabernacle, pristine, spectacles, summit.
V. Why did they feel buoyant in spirit at treading the soil of Montezuma? (They approached the object of their long and dangerous journey.) Explain the simile, "like a rich setting," etc.
1. To him who in the love of Nature holds
Of the last bitter hour come like a blight
Of the stern agony, and shroud, and pall,
To Nature's teachings, while from all around-
In all his course; nor yet in the cold ground,
Earth, that nourished thee, shall claim Thy growth, to be resolved to earth again; And, lost each human trace, surrendering up Thine individual being, shalt thou go To mix forever with the elementsTo be a brother to the insensible rock, And to the sluggish clod which the rude swain
Turns with his share and treads upon. The oak
4. Yet not to thine eternal resting place
Shalt thou retire alone, nor couldst thou wish
Of the great tomb of man.
The golden sun,
6. So shalt thou rest; and what if thou withdraw In silence from the living, and no friend