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E'en dogs assailed their masters-all save one,
The birds, and beasts, and famished men at bay,
6. The crowd was famished by degrees: but two Of an enormous city did survive,
And they were enemies; they met beside
Where had been heaped a mass of holy things
And shivering scraped with their cold skeleton hands,
Blew for a little life, and made a flame
Which was a mockery; then they lifted up
Each other's aspects-saw, and shrieked, and died—
The world was void;
The populous and the powerful was a lump,
And their masts fell down piecemeal; as they dropped,
The waves were dead; the tides were in their grave;
The moon, their mistress, had expired before;
FOR PREPARATION.-I. What other poems of Byron have you read? (XXI., XLIV., LXXV., LXXXVI.) Name some of the characteristics in them common to this poem. (See notes to the previous extracts from Byron ; mark also the passages in this piece that describe human hate and loneliness, lack of sympathy, the contrast with the faithfulness of a dog. Byron excelled most in this species of poetry.)
II. Ex-tin'-guished (eks-ting'gwisht), bea'-eons (be ́knz), vol-cā'-nõeş, gnåshed (nåsht), shrieked (shreekt), făm'-îne (-in), mea'-ger, pit'-e-oŭs, eha'-os, a-byss'.
III. Mark off the feet in the 3d paragraph. Crownéd, clinchéd (the accent shows that ed is to be pronounced as a separate syllable in these places).
IV. Desolation, despairing, aspects, hideousness, void, surge, expired, stagnant, perished, universe," pang of famine fed " (hunger gnawed).
V. What intimation in the words, "not all a dream"? Give, in your own words, the sense of "swung blind and blackening." How could " morn come "without bringing day? "Forgot their passions"-explain. Explain "within the eye of volcanoes." "Funeral piles"-what is referred to? Why "useless wings"? "Their bones were tombless as their flesh" (because even bones were consumed for food). Show how the incident of the one faithful dog (6) heightens the pathos of the piece. altar place "what addition of horror from the place? their mistress."
"Dying embers of an
Explain "the moon
CXX-GOD'S MIGHTINESS AND TENDERNESS.
1. Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.
2. They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:
3. But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no
4. The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
5. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger forever.
6. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
7. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
8. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
9. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
10. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
11. As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
12. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
13. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children; to such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them. From Psalms CII. and CIII.
FOR PREPARATION.-I. For examples of sublimity in literature, one must turn first of all to the Bible. The beautiful charms and attracts us, but the sublime fills us with awe. The attempt to express the elevation of the soul above finite things-visible and tangible realities—produces the sublime; the infinite is described to us as being incapable of finding adequate expression or representation in the visible world. In Hebrew poetry, the grandeur of the real world, with all its splendor, pomp, and magnificence, is a mere accident, an instrument, a "transient meteor," in compari
son with the eternal and immutable Being. For the best example of sublime language, see Psalm civ. (Lesson LXXXIX.). For an explanation of the rhythm and rhyme of Hebrew poetry, see CIII., note. Apply that theory to this piece, and show the parallelism-e. g. : § 1, laid foundation of earth vs. heavens, work of thy hand; § 2, perish vs. endure; garment, synonym of vesture; wax old, change, be changed (synonyms and tautology); the same, repeated in years have no end. Here is rhyme of ideas, but not of words.
II. Earth (ẽrth), hĕav'-enş (hěv’nz), eon-tin'-ue, mẽr'-çi-ful, plĕn'-teous, nei'-ther, pit'-i-eth, field.
III. Correct "you art," "thou are," "ye is," "I are," we hath." What is peculiar to the "solemn style" of the Bible?
IV. Endure, wax, vesture, established, gracious, chide, iniquities, transgressions, flourisheth, "everlasting covenant."
V. Explain the phrase "after our sins." In what sense," removed our transgressions"? Explain "knoweth our frame ";-"we are dust";everlasting to everlasting" (endless past to endless future).
1. His mind was great and powerful, without being of the very first order; his penetration strong, though not so acute as that of a Newton, Bacon, or Locke; and, as far as he saw, no judgment was ever sounder.
2. It was slow in operation, being little aided by invention or imagination, but sure in conclusion. Hence the common remark of his officers, of the advantage he derived from councils of war, where, hearing all suggestions, he selected whatever was best; and certainly no general ever planned his battles more judiciously.
3. But if deranged during the course of the action, if any member of his plan was dislocated by sudden circumstances, he was slow in readjustment. The consequence was, that he often failed in the field, and rarely against
an enemy in station, as at Boston and York. He was incapable of fear, meeting personal dangers with the calmest unconcern.
4. Perhaps the strongest feature in his character was prudence: never acting until every circumstance, every consideration, was maturely weighed; refraining if he saw a doubt, but, when once decided, going through with his purpose, whatever obstacles opposed. His integrity was most pure, his justice the most inflexible I have ever known; no motives of interest or consanguinity, of friendship or hatred, being able to bias his decision.
5. He was, indeed, in every sense of the word, a wise, a good, and a great man. His temper was naturally irritable and high-toned; but reflection and resolution had obtained a firm and habitual ascendency over it. If ever, however, it broke its bounds, he was most tremendous in his wrath.
6. In his expenses he was honorable, but exact; liberal in contributions to whatever promised utility, but frowning and unyielding on all visionary projects and all unworthy calls on his charity. His heart was not warm in its affections, but he exactly calculated every man's value, and gave him a solid esteem proportioned
7. His person, you know, was fine; his stature exactly what one would wish; his deportment easy, erect, and noble; the best horseman of his age, and the most graceful figure that could be seen on horseback. Although in the circle of his friends, where he might be unreserved with safety, he took a free share in conversation, his colloquial talents were not above mediocrity, possessing neither copiousness of ideas nor fluency of words.