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VIII. Domonstrative Adjec-

tives and Pronouns


IX. The Plural of Nouns


X, Plurals of Pronouns 77

XI. Agreement of Adjec-

tives-Feminine of Adjec.



XII. Agreement of Adjec-

tives-Plural of Adjectives 86

XIIJ. Place of the Adjec-

tives-Relative Pronoun



XIV. Plan of the Exercises

in Composing French-

List of Words for Exer.

cises in Composing-106, 115,

131, 147, 174

XV., XVI. Comparison of

Adjectives, etc. 107, 115

XVII. Adverbs of Quan-

tity, etc.


XVIII. The Relative Pro

noun-Cardinal and Or-

dinal Numbers, etc. 132

XIX. The Verbs Avoir and

Etre in reference to Time,

Quantity, etc..


XX. The four Conjugations

of Verbs


XXI. Idioms followed by

the Preposition De


XXII. Stems and Termina.

tions of the Regular Verbs

--Present Indicative 183

XXIII. Irregular Verbs :

thei: Present Indicative. 206

XXIV. Interrogative Form

of Present Indicative 215

XXV. Idiomatic Uses of



XXVI. Place of the Pro-



XXVII. Respective Place of

the Fronouns


XXVIII., XXIX. Use of the


271, 276

XXX. Relative Pronouns 294

XXXI. Idiomatic Uses of

Mettre, etc.


XXXII. Unipersonal Verbs 315

XXXIII. Place of the Ad.


XXXIV. The Indefinite Pro.

noun On, etc.


XXXV. Reflective Verbs 332

XXXVI. Reflective Pro-






of some Reflective Verbs

334, 342

XXXIX, Reflective Verbs

Conjugated with En 355

XL. The Past Indefinite

XLI. The Past Participle 370

XLII. Use of the Auxiliaries 371

XLIII. Idiomatic Expres-



XLIV. Uses of Reflective

and Unipersonal Verbs 394

XLV. The Passive Verb 404

XLVI. Idiomatic Expres-




. Unipersonal Verbs

aud their Uses



Early Notions: the Geogra-

phy of the Scriptures 3

Notions of the Poets.

Notions of the Greeks and



Arabian Notions-European

Travels Discovery of



The Geographical Discove.

ries of the Sixteenth and

Seventeenth Centuries 110




Discoveries of Eighteenth HISTORIC SKETCHES.




Magna Charta

9 Introduction - First Prin.

Discoveries of Eighteenth

Thomas à Becket and the

ciples of Music


and Nineteenth Centuries 193

Constitutious of Claren.

The Monochord-Notes of

Discoveries of the Nine-


49 the Scale-Great Tone,

teenth Century,236, 271,292, 364

Sir Richard Grenville,

Small Tone, Tonule, etc. 90

Explorations and Discove-

when he cried “No Sur.

The Tetrachords—The Mo-

ries in Africa, 1830–1863, 389


87 dulator,


GEOMETRY, LESSONS IN : Charles I., when the Com.

Board-Binary, Trinary,


mons cried "Privilege". 120 Quaternary, and Senary


The Rising of the Labourers

Measures, etc


Instruments used in Prac.

under Richard II.


Exercises in the Measures. 211

tical Geometry

95, 113

William Sautré, Heretic 177

The Metronome - Beating

Simple Geometrical Theo.

King Charles's Veto on

Time-Notation of the

156 Einigration

222 Relative Length of Notes

Problems in Practical Geo- The Gordon Ri..3

252 -Notation of Slurs, Re-

metry - 156, 191, 209, 255,

The Bloody Assize

278 peats, and Expressions-

The Knights Templars, or

287, 308, 337, 384, 411,

The Standard Scale 273

Red Cross Kuiglts. 311 The Management of the


Simon de Montfort and the

Voice, etc,




First Euglish Parliament 350 Questions and Tests of Pro-

I. German Alphabet :

26 The Protector of the Com.



II. Sounds of the German




26 How a London Jury a true

III. German Handwriting. 37 Verdict gave, according

La Crosse, the National

IV. The Article and the

to the Evidence

Game of Canada







V. The Noun: Ola Declen:







367, 398



Demonstrative Pro

14 Laws of Double Wicket. 396

Pronunciation of Latin 14


Laws of Single Wicket



Preliminary Instructions in

VII. Conjugation of the


the Verbs

Present Singularof Geheu

38, 70

The Bag and Ring Exer-

First Conjugation

and Geben




VIII. Indefinite Article

Second Conjugation 70


Wand Exercises


IX. Declension of Adjec.

Third Conjugation.

70 The Dumb Bells


Fourth Conjugation

tives—Old and New De.


Iudian Clubs.






Jumping and Leaping

X. Declension of Adjectives

Nouns, Substantive and Ad-

The High Leap




-Mixed Declensions 67

The Long Leap


XI. Formation of Adjectives

Noups - Concord of Sub-

Leaping with the Pole 144

stantive and Adjective

denoting Material


The Horizontal Bar


XII. Tbe Feminine Gender

Cases of Nouns-Case-

The Parallel Bars



of Articles-Nouns, Ad.

The Vaulting Horse 303

The First Declension.

jectives, etc.


XIII. Nouns of the New

The Second Declension



The Third Declension

11, 21, 36, 60, 68, 93, 109, 117,



. 230,

133, 149, 173, 181, 196, 221,

XIV. Absolute Possessives,

262, 298

The Fourth Declension

229, 244, 261, 277, 301, 317,



XV. The Plural Number of

The Fifth Declension.

325, 349, 357, 380, 397, 407.

Articles, Nouris, Adjec.

Degrees of Comparison . 388 READING AND ELOCUTION :

tives, etc.

118 The Key to th ) Exercises giveu


XVI. Use of the Definite

in any Lessou in Latin will be Characters employed in

Article : Proper Names,

found at the 2nd of the next

Writing and Printing. 30

etc., etc.

134 Lesson,

The Period–The Note of

XVII. Personal Pronouns,

Interrogation The

Verbs of the New Conju-


Note of Exclamaticu . 51

gation, etc.

150 Force : its Direction, Mag.

The Comma.


XVIII. Difference between

nitude, and Application 17

The Semicolon


Verbs of the Old and New

Unit of Force-Forces ap-

The Parenthesis, Crotchets

Conjugations .


plied to a Point

and Brackets The

XIX. Demonstrative and Forces applied to a single



Substantive Pronouns


Point- Parallelogram of

The Dash (continued) --

XX. Possessive Pronouns 179 Forces

The Hyphen The


XXI. Relative Pronouns 180


'Twisted Polygon – Forces


XXII, The Verb To be, etc. 197


The Apostrophe

applied to Two Points-

XXIII. Various Idioms 197 Two Parallel Forces


Quotation Mark-The

XXIV. Conjugation of Verbs 210 Parallel Forces- The Centre

Diæresis–The Asterisk,

XXy. The Infinitive, etc.. 238 of Gravity


Obelisk, Double Obe-

XXVI.-XXVIII. Separate Fiuding Centres of Gravity 219

lisk, Section, Parallel,

Particles 239, 245, 246 Axis of Symmetry-Stable

Paragraph, Index, Ca-

XXIX. Position of the Verb,

and Unstable Equilibrium

ret, Breve, and Brace . 218


259 - Introduction to the

Analysis of the Voice-

XXX. Comparison of Adjec.

Mechanical Powers 248

Quality of the Voice 242



The Three Orders of Levers

Due Quantity or Loud.

XXXI. Inseparable Particles 282 -The Common Balance . 283

pess-Distinct Articu-

XXXII. Various Idioms 282 The Steelyard

lation -- Correct Pro-


XXXIII.-XXXV. Peculiari.

To Gradnate a Steelyard 344



ties in Verbs, etc. . 302, 310

True Time-Appropriate

The Danish Balance-The

XXXVI. Impersonal Verbs 310



Bent Lever Balance 344


Further l'roperties of the

Right Emphasis


tive Verbs


Parallelogram and Tri.

Correct Inflection . 378, 406






324, 346, 382 The Wheel nna Axe :

345 TON":

XLII. Subjunctive Mood 382 The Compound Wheel and Tlie Snail.


XLIII. Idiomatic Phrases. 402 Axle

Tl. Mile


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The following ten combinations of three successive vovels are LESSONS IN FRENCH.-I.

also called diphthongs, namely :In commencing these Lessons in French, instead of beginning

iai .
ieu Oria

oui uai uei with a long chapter exclusively devoted to the pronunciation of

uie words, and the variations which are caused in the sounds of vowels and consonants by changes in their relative position, we

These diphthongs are thus divided into syllables :have thought it best to enter at once into the construction

i-au i-eu

ou-i t-ai of the language, and endeavour, without unnecessary delay, in


u-ie as plain a manner as possible, to make our readers familiar with its various idioms and peculiarities. The Section on French

They must, however, be pronounced quickly, and as one syllable. pronunciation will be divided into several portions, one of

Sometimes, also, we find four successive vowels in the same which will be given at the commencement of each lesson in word, namely:French, until the subject is exhausted.

in the word jou-ai,




The first example-ouai, is composed of two compound vowels, 1. A tolerable pronunciation of any spoken language may be viz.: ou and ai. acquired by imitating the sounds of that language, as uttered by The second example-ouen, is also composed of two compound a living teacher. But the reading and writing of any language vowels, viz.: ou and eu. cannot thus be learnt. The pupil must bring into requisi- In the last exampleouée, the final e is silent, and the three tion something else besides his imitative powers, if he would vowels are thus divided, viz. : ou and é. thoroughly comprehend any language. The alphabet of the 13. THE VOWEL Y.-The vowel y is frequently found comlanguage to be learnt must be exhibited and examined, and bined with other vowels, but in such combinations it is never then mastered.

used as a diphthong. Its use in combination is peculiar, and 2. An alphabet is a collection of different characters called will be fully explained hereafter. letters, each of which represents its own peculiar sound. These 14. THE NASAL VOWEL SOUNDS.-There are certain sounds letters differ from each other in name, form, size, and sound. called nasal vowel sounds, produced by the combination of the Used as vehicles of thought, they must not only be familiar vowels with the consonants m and n, namely:to the eye, but their use, both singly and combined, must be

im understood.

yn. 3. Two objects are to be before the student whilst perusing These sounds will be explained hereafter. these preliminary lessons on French pronunciation, namely :First. The acquisition of the correct pronunciation of the certain sounds called nasal diphthongal sounds, produced by

15. THE NASAL DIPHTHONGAL SOUNDS.—There are also various sounds of the letters of the French alphabet.

Second.—To learn how to combine and use these sounds, the combination of nasal vowel sounds with a vowel, not nasal, in order to read the French language easily, intelligibly, and

before them, namely:profitably.

ien ion

ouin. 4. The first object will be accomplished by the aid of analogous These sounds will also be explained hereafter. English sounds; that is, every sound represented by a letter or combination of letters of the French alphabet, will be unfolded, sonants are called liquids, namely:

16. THE LIQUIDS.—The following combinations of the conanalysed, and defined, as far as possible, by means of analogous sounds of a letter or combination of letters of the English alphabet.

The sounds of these liquids are very common in the French 5. The second object will be accomplished by learning a few language, and will be explained hereafter. brief and simple rules, illustrated and enforced by appropriate examples.

SECTION II.--THE ARTICLE. 6. Diligent attention, patient labour, and a determination to succeed, will enable the learner to overcome every obstacle, and

1. In French the article [§ 13 (2)]* has, in the singular, a thus make him master of a language, not only exceedingly distinct form for each gender, as :difficult for foreigners to acquire, but beautiful in itself, and

Le fils, the son.

La fille, the daughter, the girl. co-existent with the triumphs of civilisation.

Le frère, the brother. La scur, the sister, 7. The student's attention is next directed to the French 2. Before a word commencing with a vowel or an h mute, the alphabet. While the English alphabet contains twenty-six final e or a of the article le or la is cut off, and replaced by an letters, in the French alphabet there are only twenty-five. It apostrophe, leaving the article apparently the same for both has no letter which corresponds to the English w, though it is genders (S 13 (7)], as :occasionally found in French books. It is used only in foreign

L'aïeul ['(c) aioul], the grandfather, words, and then pronounced like the English v.

L'aïeule (l(a) alevle), the grandmothor. 8. The French alphabet is divided into vowels and consonants.

L'hôte [(e) hôte], the landlord. 9. THE VOWELS.-The vowels are six in number, namely:

L'hôtesse ((a) hôtesse), the landlady.

3. There are in French only two genders, the masculine and 10. THE CONSONANTS.—The remaining letters of the alpha or inanimate object, belongs to one of these two genders.

the feminine ($ 4]. Every noun, whether denoting an animate bet, nineteen in number, are called consonants, namely:

Masc. L'homme, the man.

FEM. La femme, the woman.
h j
Le livre, the book.

La table, the table.
L'arbre, the troe.

La plume, the pen. 11. THE COMPOUND VOWELS.—There are seven compound

Le lion, the lion.

La lionne, the lioness. vowels, namely :


Affirmatively. They are thus called because, being united together, each SING. J'ai,

I have. PLUR. Nous avons, We have. vowel loses its own simple sound, and helps to form another

Tu as (8 33 (1) (2)]Thou hast,

Vous avez,

You have,

Il a, new sound. They form but one syllable, and are consequently

Ils ont, m.,

Thoy have. She has.

Elles ont, f., They have. pronounced by one emission of the voice. 12. THE DIPHTHONGS.--There are six diphthongs, namely:ia io

* References thus [$ 13 (2)] refer to Sections in Part II, of these

Lessons (Vol. IV., p. 74), but by references in Roman numerals, thus, They are thus called because, though pronounced as one (Sect. I., 30] the learner is directed to Sections in Part I., the portion syllable, the sound of both vowels is distinctly heard.

of our " Lessons in French " which we are now commencing.





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Oui, yos.


4. The name of the material of which an object is composed SESG. Ai-je ?

Havo I? PLUR, Avons-nous ? Have we? always follows the name of the object; the two words being As-tu ? Hast thou ?

Avez-vous ?

Have you? connected by the preposition de ($ 76' (11)], as :-
A-t-il ?
Has he?

Ont-ils? m. Have they?
A-t-elle ? Has she?
Ont-elles P f, Have they?

L'habit de drap,

The cloth coat.
La robe de soie,

The sille dress. 3. The e of the pronoun je is elided, when that pronoun comes

La montre d'or,

The gold watch. before a vowel or an h mute, and replaced by an apostrophe, as

RÉSUMÉ OF EXAMPLES. J'ai J(e)ai], I have, as above [$ 146],

6. In interrogative sentences, when the third person singular of Le tailleur a l'habit de drap du The tailor has the physician's cloth a Ferb ends with a vowel, and is immediately followed by a pro



You have the baker's sister's letter nonn, the letter t, called euphonic (Sect. I. 30), must be placed be- Vous avez la lettre de la sæur du

boulanger. tween the verb and the pronoun, and joined by two hyphens, as :

(the letter of the sister of the baker). A-t-il le livre de la dame ?

Has he the lady's book ?
A-t-il? Has he ? 1 A-t-elle ? Has she?


Argent, m., silver, Couteau, m., knife. Porte-crayon, m., Le père a la viande, vous avez 19 The father has the meat, you have the

Cuir, m., leather.

pencil-case. café, et j'ai l'eau.

coffee, and I have the water.
Bas, m., stocking. Dame, f., lady.

Robe, f., dress. L'homme a le pain, l'enfant a le The man has the bread, the child has

Bois, m., wood.
Drap, m., cloth.

Satin, m., satin. sel, et nous avons le poivre. the salt, and we have the pepper. Chapeau, m., hat. Foin, m., hay.

Sæur, f., sister.
Charpentier, m., car- Habit, m., coat.

Soie, f., silk.
Laine, f., wool.

Soulier, m., shoc. Avoine, f., oats. Madame, Madam.

Qui, who.

Cordonnier, m., shoe- Médecin,m., physician. Table, f., table.
Blé, m., wheat.
Mademoiselle, Miss. Sel, m., salt.

Montre, f., watch.

Tailleur, m.,

tailor. Boucher, m., butcher. Meunier, m., miller. Seulement, only.

Coton, m., cotton. Or, m., gold.
Boulanger, m., baker. Monsieur, Mr., Sir. Table, f., table.
Cheval, m., horse. Non, no.
Thé, m., tea.

Et, and,

Viande, f., meat.

To be translated into English. Farine, 1., four. Pain, m., bread.

Vin, m., wine.

1. Avez-vous la montre d'or ? Frère, m., brother. Plume, f., pen. Vinaigre, mn., vinegar,

2. Oui, Madame, j'ai la Livre, m., book.

montre d'or et le chapeau de soie. 3. Monsieur, avez-vous lo OBs.-Note and remember that the noun livre, bools, is masculine, but

livre du tailleur ? 4. Non, Monsieur, j'ai le livre du médecin. the nouns livre, a pound (in weight), and livre, a piece of money equiva- 5. Ont-ils le pain du boulanger? 6. Ils ont le pain du boulanlant to a franc, are feminine.

ger et la farine du meunier. 7. Avez-vous le porte-crayon EXERCISE 1.

d'argent ? 8. Oui, Monsieur, nous avons le porte-crayon To be translated into English.

d'argent. 9. Avons-nous l'avoine du cheval ? 10. Vous avez 1. Qui a le pain ? 2. Le boulanger a le pain. 3. A-t-il la l'avoine et le foin du cheval. 11. Qui a l'habit de drap du farine ? 4. Oni, Monsieur, il a la farine. 5. Avons-nous la charpentier ? 12. Le cordonnier a le chapeau de soie du tail.

leur. 13. Le tailleur a le soulier de cuir du cordonnier. viande ? 6. Oui, Monsieur, vous avez la viande et le pain. 14. Avez-vous la table de bois ? 7. Le meunier a la farine. 8. Le boulanger a la farine et le table de bois du charpentier. 16. Ont-ils le couteau d'argent?

15. Oui, Monsieur, j'ai la blé. 9. Arons-nons le livre et la plume ? 10. Oui, Mademoi

17. Ils ont le couteau d'argent. 18. Le frère du médecin a la selle, vous avez le livre et la plume. 11. Le boucher a la

montre d'argent. 19. La seur du cordonnier a la robe de viande. 12. Le meunier a la viande et j'ai le café. 13. Avezvous l'eau et le sel ? 14. Oui, Monsieur, nous avons l'eau, le soie. 20. A-t-elle le soulier de cuir? 21. Non, Madame, elle a

le soulier de satin. 22. Avons-nous le bas de laine ? 23. Non, sel, et l'avoine. 15. Avons-nous le thé ? 16. Non, Monsieur, Monsieur, vous avez le bas de soie du tailleur. 24. Qui a le bas la fille a le thé, le vinaigre, et le sel. 17. Ai-je le vin? 18. de coton ? 25. Le médecin a le bas de coton. 26. La dame a Non, Madame, vous avez seulement le vinaigre et la viande. le soulier de satin de la seur du boulanger. 19. Avez-vous la table 2" 20. Oui, Madame, j'ai la table.


To be translated into French.
To be translated into French.

1. Have you the tailor's book? 2. No, Sir, I have the 1. Have you the wheat? 2. Yes, Sir, I have the wheat. physician's watch. 3. Who has the gold watch? 4. The lady 3. Who has the meat ? 4. The butcher has the meat and the has the gold watch and the silver pencil-case. 5. Have you salt. 5. Has he the oats ? 6. No, Madam, the horse has the the tailor's shoe? 6. I have the tailor's cloth shoe. 7. Have oats. 7. Have we the wheat? 8. Yon have the wheat and the

we the wooden table? 8. Yes, Sir, you have the wooden table. four. 9. Who has the salt? 10. I have the salt and the meat. 9. Have they the silver knife? 10. They have the silver knife. 11. Have we the vinegar, the tea, and the coffee ? 12. No, 11. The lady has the silver knife and the gold pencil-case. Sir, the brother has the vinegar. 13. Who has the horse ? 12. Has she the satin dress ? 13. The physician's sister has 14. The baker has the horse. 15. Have we the book and the the satin dress. 14. Who has the wood ? 15. The carpenter's pen? 16. No, Miss, the girl has the pen, and the miller has brother has the wood. 16. Have you the woollen stockings ? the book. 17. Have you the table, Sir? 18. No, Sir, have 17. No, Sir, I have the cotton stockings. 18. Who has the only the book. 19. Who has the table ? 20. We have the baker's bread ? 19. We have the baker's bread and the mil. table, the pen, and the book.

ler's flour. 20. Have we the horse's hay? 21. You have the SECTION TII.-THE ARTICLE (Continued).

horse's oats. 22. Have we the tailor's silk hat? 23. Yes, 1. The article le, with the preposition de preceding, must be Sir, you have the tailor's silk hat and the shoemaker's leather contracted into du, when it comes before a word in the mascu

shoe. 24. Have you the cloth shoe of the physician's sister ? line singular, commencing with a consonant or an ħ aspirated 25. No, Madam, I have the lady's silk dress. [§ 13 (8) (9)], as : Du frère, of the brother. Du château, of the castle.

LESSONS IN GEOGRAPHY.-I. Du héros, of the hero.

Du chemin, of the way. 2. Before feminine words, and before masculine words com- EARLY NOTIONS; THE GEOGRAPHY OF THE SCRIPTURES. mencing with a vowel or an h mute, the article is not blended The term Geography is derived from two Greek words, yn, the with the preposition, as :

earth, and ypaon, a description (pronounced ghee and grá-phe), De la dame, f., of the lady,

1 De l'argent, m., of the money.

De l'amie, f., of the fomale friend. and simply means a description of the earth's surface; it is there.
De l'honneur, m., of the honour.

fore rightly applied to that science which treats of the natural 3. In French, the name of the possessor follows the name of outline and extent, the political division and constitution, the the object possessed [$ 76 (10)], as:

civil and social condition, and the industrial wealth and populaLa maison du médecin, The physician's house.

tion of the various countries, kingdoms, and states which have L'arbre du jardin, The tree of the garden.

appeared, or which now exist on the face of the globe. GeograLa lettre de la scur, The sister's letter,

phy includes also the description of the form of the earth, its

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motions, its place in the solar system, the great circles supposed possessing all those antiquated notions in science, particularly to be drawn on its surface, and its position in the heavens by in geography and astronomy, which the minstructed tribes of which it is surrounded on all sides; the diversified nature of Asia, Australasia, and Polynesia possess at the present day. its surface, as seen in its mountains, valleys, plains, rivers, seas, “The Hebrews,” says an eminent writer, “obviously never and oceans, and in the constitution and phenomena of the attempted to form any scientific theory respecting the structure atmosphere by which it is enveloped, as in a swaddling band; of the earth. The natural impression which represents it as a and the different races of animals, including man, and the flat surface, with the heaven as a firmament or curtain spread various kinds of vegetable and mineral productions which are over it, is found to be universally prevalent. Beneath was distributed over its surface.

conceived to be a deep pit, the abode of darkness and the It will be sufficient for our purpose, in this first lesson, to shadow of death. In one place we find the grand image of the state generally that the form or shape of the earth is that of a earth being hung upon nothing; but elsewhere the pillars of the globe or ball, and that the height of the highest mountains on earth are repeatedly mentioned ; and sometimes the pillars of its surface is so small in comparison with the size of the earth, heaven. In short, it is evident that every writer caught the and interfere so little with its rotundity, or roundness, that this idea impressed on his senses and imagination by the view of height has about the same proportion to the diameter of the these grand objects, without endeavouring to arrange them into earth, which the thickness of common writing-paper has to the any regular system.” We have quoted this passage as diameter of a twelve-inch terrestrial globe. The ancients had 'specimen of the loose style of writing and thinking regarding

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no such knowledge of the earth as we now possess; and though the science of the sacred Scriptures. The style of these some of the most intellectual of the philosophers of Greece, such writings, in the places above referred to, is highly poetical; and Ay the famous Pythagoras, are supposed to have reached the who, we would ask, expects to find didactic theories in a poem ? motion of its globular form, it was buried under a cloud of errors The poet seizes the phenomena of nature as they appear to the and extravagances.

eye, and enlarges, magnifies, or arranges them at pleasure ; he To the most extended view which the human eye can take of is not tied to rules, nor confined to the language of the any part of the surface of the earth, even from the highest schools. To do so, would destroy his poetry, and reduce his eminence found on that surface, it appears to be one vast and imagination to an automaton. The book of Job, in which these illimitable plain, diversified by hill and dale, land and water, grand expressions are found, is the oldest book in the world. mountain and valley. The heavens appear to be a luminous It was written long before the time of Moses; and though found dome above the head of the observer, bespangled with stars at in the Hebrew language, it was evidently not written by a night, and they seem to rest on the surface of the earth at an Hebrew. It is curious, however, that the writer of this book immense and immeasurable distance. He feels as if he would should have lighted upon such a striking fact, as that the earth be afraid to travel so far, either on land or sea, as to reach the hangs upon nothing ! Had this been found in a Chinese or a limit which he supposes must ultimately be found to this Hindoo book, possessing such claims to antiquity as the Hebrew surface, lest he fall over into an interminable abyss; and he book, it would have been lauded to the ski as a proof of supposes that the phenomena of the heavens are confined to the superior knowledge, and would have been held as an infallible apper and visible concave which he beholds, while his imagina- proof that the Chinese or the Hindoos, ages ago, were actually tion dooms all beneath his feet to death and everlasting oblivion. acquainted with the facts of modern science. Such were the limited notions which prevailed at an early period The same writer looks to Phænicia for the origin of geograin the history of the world; and it is one great proof of the phical knowledge; and there can be no doubt that, being some antiquity and authenticity of the sacred Scriptures, that they of the earliest merchants and traders both by sea and land, the describe men as they really were in ancient times, and as Phænicians must have been among the first nations of the world

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