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place to place, utterly insensible to physical fatigue ; and being entirely alone, and having a full and undisturbed range of the ruins, I clambered up broken staircases and among the ruins of streets ; and, looking into one excavation, passed on to another and another, and made the whole circuit of the desolate city.
42. There, on the spot, everything had an interest which I cannot give in description; and if the reader has followed me so far, î have too much regard for him to drag him about after me, as I did Paul. I am warned of the consequences by what occurred with that excellent and patient follower; for, before the day was over, he was completely worn out with fatigue.
43. The shades of evening were gathering around us as we stood for the last time on the steps of the theatre. Perfect as has been the fulfillment of the prophecy in regard to this desolate city, in no one particular has its truth been more awfully verified than in the complete destruction of its inhabitants; in the extermination of the race of the Edomites.
44. In the same day, and by the voice of the same prophets, came the separate denunciations against the descendants of Israel and Edom, declaring against both a complete change of their temporal condition ; and while the Jews have been dispersed in every country under heaven, and are still, in every land, a separate and unmixed people, " the Edomites have been cut off forever, and there is not any remaining of the house of Esau.”
45. “Wisdom has departed from Teman, and understanding out of the mount of Esau ;" and the miserable Arab who now roams over the land cannot appreciate or understand the works of its ancient inhabitants. In the summer he cultivates the few valleys in which seed will grow, and in the winter makes his habitation in the tombs; and stimulated by vague and exaggerated traditionary notions of the greatness and wealth of the people who have gone before him, his barbarous hand is raised against the remaining monuments of their arts ; and as he breaks to atoms the sculptured stone, he expects to gather up their long-hidden treasures.
46. I could have lingered for days on the steps of that theatre, for I never was at a place where such a crowd of associations pressed upon the mind.
But the sheik was hurrying me away. From the first he had told me that I must not pass a night within the city; and begging me not to tempt my fortune too rashly, he was perpetually urging me to make my retreat while there was yet time.
47. He said that, if the Arabs at the other end of the great entrance heard of a stranger being there, they would be down upon me to a man, and, not content with extorting money, would certainly prevent my visiting the tomb of Aaron. He had touched the right chord ; and considering that weeks or months could not impress the scene more strongly on my mind, and that I was no artist, and could not carry away on paper the plans and models of ancient art, I mounted my horse from the very steps of the theatre, and followed the sheik in his progress up the valley.
48. Turning back from the theatre, the whole area of the city burst upon the sight at once, filled with crumbling masses of rock and stone, the ruined habitations of a people long since perished from the face of the earth, and encompassed on every side by high ranges of mountains; and the sides of these were cut smooth, even to the summit, hundreds of feet above my head as I rode past, and filled with long-continued ranges of open doors, the entrances to dwellings and tombs,a of which the small connecting staircases were not visible at a distance, and many of the tenements seemed utterly inaccessible.
49. Every moment the sheik was becoming more and more impatient; and spurring my horse, I followed him on a gallop among the ruins.
We ascended the valley, and rising to the summit of the rocky rampart, it was almost dark when we found ourselves opposite a range of tombs in the suburbs of the city. Here we dismounted ; and selecting from among them one which, from its finish and dimensions, must have been the last abode of some wealthy Edomite, we prepared to pass the night within its walls.
50. I was completely worn out when I threw myself on the rocky floor of the tomb. I had just completed one of the most interesting days in my life; for the singular character of the city, and the uncommon beauty of its ruins, its great antiquity, the prophetic denunciations of whose truth it was the witness, its loss for more than a thousand years to the civilized world, its very existence being known only to the wandering Arab, the difficulty of reaching it, and the hurried and dangerous manner in which I had reached it, gave a thrilling and almost fearful interest to the time and place, of which I feel it utterly impossible to convey any idea.
a Sound of the vowel ? 6 Why not ys ? c Sound of ph ? d Sound of
e Why not ei? f Why not capitol ? g Has x the sound of ks or gz ? § 44. 13. h § 47. 7 § 43. 6. m Why a semicolon ? $ 12. 2. n Why an exclamation ? o ç the sound of s. p Why a comma ? 8 44. 9. r Difference between ceiling and sealing ? t W. D. w Sound of ei? o What inflection ? x Ø 11. 8. y § 44. 17.
No. 1. Meaning of Peira? How did the early inhabitants live? Present condition ? How far back does its history extend? Of what has it long been the central point? What are caverns ? How many years before Christ was it taken? How many since? Why did they take Jerusalem ? How long was it unknown ? By whom discovered? What does this teach respecting the nature of antiquity ? Give a description of this city. How can you approach it? Where were the people buried ? In what was the writer disappointed? What have Legh, Banks, &c. said ? What does the writer say? How many persons did he see? How far did he go? What did Paul and the sheik say? What effect had this upon the writer? What comparison does he make? What is said of money? Give a description of the city. How did a sight of the temple affect Paul? What does the writer say of the sight? What did he find in the temple? What did he learn there? What were the writer's reflections on beholding it? What does he say of prophecy? What lessons should we learn from this? What does he wish respecting the sceptic? What does he think would be the effect? Where did he eat his dinner? What was there in the sides of the mountains ? What does he say of them ? Describe a dwelling there. What was in front of the house? Who, does he think, live in it? What was in the second temple? What do the Arabs do, and for what? What does he say about the fulfillment of prophecy? What do the Arabs do, at present, about this city? Who induced him to depart? What does he say of himself? Where did he spend the night ? What are his concluding remarks?
No. 2. Excavated, successive, attracted, powerful, materially, unprofitable, extraordinary, comparison, darkness, triumphal, corresponding, independently, inhabitants, object, follower, repay, convulsion, exposure, congregated, intonation, friendship, unpleasant, suppose, circumstances.
No. 3. A-gin and a-gain for agen, ketch for catch, shet for shut, chuse for choose.
No. 4. Content' and con’tent, de'sert and desert', con'fine and confin'e, comment' and com'ment, escort' and es'cort, incense' and in'cense.
No. 6. Punctuate the second verse, and give the reasons for each point.
No. 7. Jest and just, isle and oil, idol and idle, look and luck, genius and genus, police and pelisse, track and tract.
No. 10. Mention the subjects, predicates, and objects, with their respec. tive modifiers, in the third verse.
No. 12. Spell and define the words in the first three verses, and all the important words in the lesson.
The above piece is taken from the travels of Mr. Stevens in Arabia, &c. and I would here recommend to all parents, teachers and guardians, to procure interesting histories, travels, &c. for all under their care, as better calculated to store their minds with that which will be useful, than the trashy novels, &c. of the day.
THE OLD SOLDIER'S STORY.
1. “Ah !a boys, I ne'er would check your pastime ;b
Enjoy the soldier's merry playe
To meet in battle's stern array.
2. “O! well the moment I remember,
When first my sword was girded on,
Led by our noble Washington.
3. “We crossed the Delaware's broad waters,
Mid floating ice and drifting snow;
We marched to meet the haughty foe.
4. “Our troops were hungry, cold, and
weary, And many a bleeding foot was bare ; Yet o'er the frozen ground we hurried,
As swift and light as summer air.
5. “I thoughts of my dear loving mother,
The parting kiss my sisters gave;
That I might fill a bloody grave.
6. “But forward !_not a word was spoken,
Till on the foe our soldiers fell, And then-yet oh! the din of battle,
No thought can reach, no language tell !a
7. “ The cannon booming out like thunder
The rolling drum—the trumpet's call The rush of steeds--the rifle volley,
Shouts, shrieks, and groans were mingled all.
8. “We gained the victory, ay, we conquered,
For in a righteous cause we stood-
And sealedd that triumph with his blood.
9. “ And there, the morning sun, uprising,
Shone bright o'er many ghastlye forms,
Lay strewn like trees o’erthrown by storms.f
10. “I lay among them faint and wounded, —
And see !a a cripple I remain;
The ling’ring cure, the dreadful pain !a
11. “Then never dream that warh is pleasure,
The conqueror's glory covet not ;-
God preserve our country,
12. “The poor worn soldier, old and crippled,m
Say, what to him is gold or fame ?
13. “ That prize to gain we fought and suffered,m
To you the prize in peaced is given-
sway must bow to heaven.
14. “ Then look above to Christ your Captain,f
March with firm heart and single eye,
True soldiers of the Lord on high.”m a $ 14. 4. b § 12. 2. e § 14. 2. d § 43. 6. e Sound of gh? f What figure ? 8
See W. D. h Sound of a ? 19 3. 1. m What inflection at the end of each line ? s § 49. 3.
No. 2. Patience, remember, booming, weary, righteous, dreadful, beneath, forward, o'erthrow, graceless.
No. 3. Vyge for voy-age, dan-ger for dain-ger, sar-tin for cer-tain, mar-cy for mercy, heerd for herd.
No. 4. Augu'st and au'gust, com'pact and compact', im’port and import', in'sult and insuli', torment' and tor'ment.