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138. You see, my son, this wide and large firmament over our heads, where the sun and moon, and all the stars appear in their turns.

138. Therefore, my child, fear, and worship, and love


138. He, that can read as well as you can, James, need not be ashamed to read loud.

138. He, that can make the multitude laugh and weep as you can, Mr. Shakspeare, need not fear scholars.

139. I consider it my duty, at this time, to tell you, that you have done something, of which you ought to be ashamed.

139. I deem it my duty on this occasion, to suggest, that the land is not yet wholly free from the contamination of a traffic, at which every feeling of humanity must revolt.

140. The Spaniards, while thus employed, were surrounded by many of the natives, who gazed, in silent admiration upon actions which they could not comprehend, and of which they did not foresee the consequences.

The dress of the Spaniards, the whiteness of their skins, their beards, their arms, appeared strange and surprising.

141. Yet, fair as thou art, thou shunnest to glide, beautiful stream ! by the village side, but windest away from the haunts of men, to silent valley and shaded glen.

142. But it is not for man, either solely or principally, that night is made.

143. We imagine, that, in a world of our own creation, there would always be a blessing in the air, and flowers and fruits on the earth.

144. Share with you, said his father! so the industrious must lose his labor to feed the idle.

144. His brother, Moses, did not imitate his example.


[Sometimes the pause of a comma must be made where there is no pause in your book. Spaces are left in the following sentences where the pause is proper.] 145. James was very much delighted

with the pic ture which he saw.

145. The Europeans were hardly less amazed at the scene now before them.

146. The inhabitants were entirely naked. Their black hair, long and curled, floated upon their shoulders, or was bound in tresses around their head.

147. Persons of reflection and sensibility со emplate with interest the scenes of nature.

148. The succession and contrast of the seasons give scope to that care and foresight, diligence and industry, which are essential to the dignity and enjoyment of human beings.

149. The eye is sweetly delayed on every object to which it turns. It is grateful to perceive how widely, yet chastely, nature hath mixed her colors and painted her robe.

150. Winter compensates for the want of attractions abroad by fireside delights and homefelt joys. In all this interchange and variety we find reason to acknowledge the wise and benevolent care of the God of seasons.

[The pupil may read the following sentences ; but before reading them he may tell after what word the pause should be made. The pause is not printed in the sentences, but it must be made when read. ing them. And here it may be observed, that the comma is more frequently used to point out the grammatical divisions of a sentence, than to indicate a rest or cessation of the voice. Good reading depends much upon skill and judgment in making those pauses which the sense of the sentence dictaies, but which are not noted in the book ; and the sooner the pupil is taught to make them, with proper discrimination, the surer and the more rapid will be his progress in the art of reading.)

151. While they were at their silent meal a horseman came galloping to the door, and, with a loud voice, called out that he had been sent express with a letter to Gilbert Ainslee.

152. The golden head that was wont to rise at that part of the table was now wanting.

153. For even though absent from school I shall get the lesson.

153. For even though dead will I control the trophies of the capitol.

154. It is now two hundred years since attempts have been made to civilize the North American savage.

155. Doing well has something more in it than the fulfilling of a duty.

156. You will expect me to say something of the lonely records of the former races that inhabited this country.

157. There is no virtue without a characteristic beauty to make it particularly loved by the good, and to make the bad ashamed of their neglect of it.

158. A sacrifice was never yet offered to a principle, that was not made up to us by self-approval, and the consideration of what our degradation would have been had we done otherwise.

159. The following story has been handed down by family tradition for more than a century.

160. The succession and contrast of the seasons give scope to that care and foresight, diligence and industry which are essential to the dignity and enjoyment of human beings, whose happiness is connected with the exertion of their faculties.

161. A lion of the largest size measures from eight to nine feet from the muzzle to the origin of the tail, which last is of itself about four feet long. The height of the larger specimens is four or five feet.

162. The following anecdote will show with what obstinate perseverance pack horses have been known to preserve the line of their order.

163. Good morning to you Charles! Whose book is that which you have under your arm ?

163. A benison upon thee, gentle huntsman! Whose towers are these that overlook the wood ?

164. The incidents of the last few days have been such as will probably never again be witnessed by the people of America, and such as were never before witnessed by any nation under heaven.

165. To the memory of Andre his country has erected the most magnificent monuments, and bestowed on his family the highest honors and most liberal rewards. To the memory of Hale not a stone has been erected, and the traveller asks in vain for the place of his long sleep.




The Semicolon is made by a comma placed under a period, thus ;

When you come to a semicolon, you must generally make a pause twice as long as you would make at a comma.

Sometimes you must use the falling inflection of the voice when you come to a semicolon, and sometimes you must keep your voice suspended, as you were directed in the ninth lesson. The general rule when you come to a semicolon is, to stop just long enough to count two.

When you come to a semicolon in this lesson you must keep your voice suspended as you were directed in the ninth lesson.


166. That God whom you see me daily worship; whom I daily call upon to bless both you and me, and all mankind; whose wondrous acts are recorded in those Scriptures which you constantly read; that God who created the heaven and the earth is your Father and Friend.

167. My son, as you have been used to look to me in all your actions, and have been afraid to do any thing unless you first knew my will; so let it now be a rule of your life to look up to God in all your actions.

168. If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering ; if his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep; if I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate; then let mine arm fall from my shoulder blade, and mine arm be broken from the bone.

169. The stranger did not lodge in the street ; but I opened my doors to the traveller.

170. If my land cry against me, or the furrows thereof complain ; if I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life; let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockles instead of barley.

171. When the fair moon, refulgent lamp of night, o'er heaven's clear azure spreads her sacred light; when not a breath disturbs the deep serene, and not a cloud o'ercasts the solemn scene ; around her throne the vivid planets roll, and stars unnumbered gild the glowing pole; o'er the dark trees a yellower verdure shed, and tip with silver every mountain's head; then shine the vales, ihe rocks in prospect rise, a flood of glory bursts from all the skies ; the conscious swains rejoicing in the sight, eye the blue vault, and bless the useful light.

172. When the battle was ended, the stranger disappeared ;

; and no person knew whence he had come, or whither he had gone.

173. The relief was so timely, so sodden, so unexpect. ed, and so providential; the appearance and the retreat of him who furnished it were so unaccountable; his person was so dignified and commanding; his resolution so superior, and his interference so decisive, that the inhabitants believed him to be an angel, sent by heaven for their preservation.


Sometimes you must use the falling inflection of the voice when you come to a semicolon, as in the following


174. Let your dress be sober, clean and modest; not to set off the beauty of your person, but to declare the sobriety of your mind; that your outward garb may resemble the inward plainness and simplicity of your heart.

175. In meat and drink, observe the rules of Christian temperance and sobriety; consider your body only as the servant and minister of your soul; and only so nourish it, as it may best perform an humble an obedient service.

176. Condescend to all the weakness and infirmities of your fellow creatures ; cover their frailties; love their excellencies; encourage their virtues; relieve their wants; rejoice in their prosperity ; compassionate their distress; receive their friendship; overlook their unkindness; for

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