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2. Nothing is proof against the general curse
3. But what is truth? 'twas Pilate's question put
To Truth itself, that deigned him no reply.
4. What's that which brings contempt upon a book,
And him that writes it, though the style be neat,
5. What pearl is it that rich men cannot buy,
That learning is too proud to gather up,
6. Well — one at least is safe. One sheltered hare
Has never heard the sanguinary yell
Not needful here, beneath a roof like mine. 7. Yes - thou mayst eat thy bread, and lick the hand
That feeds thee; thou mayst frolic on the floor
For I have gained thy confidence, have pledged
8. In colleges and halls, in ancient days,
When learning, virtue, piety, and truth
9. His eye was meek and gentle, and a smile
Played on his lips, and in his speech was heard
10. If e'er it chanced, as sometimes chance it must,
That one among so many overleaped
11. But Discipline, a faithfud servant long,
Declined at length into the vale of years ;
12. So colleges and halls neglected much
Their good old friend, and Discipline at sength
13. Whom call we gay? That honor has been long
The boast of mere pretenders to the name
14. The peasant too, a witness of his song,
Himself a songster, is as gay as he.
15. He is the freeman whom the truth makes free,
And all are slaves besides. There is not a chain,
16. His are the mountains, and the valleys his,
And the resplendent rivers. His to enjoy,
ERRORS. .. 1. granslur for grandeur. 5. gether for gather. 6. heera for hcard. 8. bouns for bounds. 13. in'cent for innocent. 16. unpresumchus for unpresumptuous.
QUESTIONS. What is the Rule over this Lesson? How do you distinguish blank verse from other poetry?
2. Should there be a pause after curse ? 6. What pause is after well? How long should it be? 9. Should the voice pause at smile ? 13. Should the voice pause at the end of the first line ?
FOR READING THE SACRED SCRIPTURES.
Rule 1. While you are reading the Sacred Scriptures you should consider that they are the Word of the Lord, and must, therefore, be read with great attention and seriousness, and also more slowly than other writings.
RULE 2. Consider that what you read, is given by the Lord to teach you, as well as the persons who hear you read.
RULE 3. Read as though you were seriously and meekly telling your hearers what the Scripture says to you and to them
RULE 4. Be careful that you do not read the words of the Scriptures as though they were your own words. In reading other writings we are allowed to speak as though we were in the place of the writer, or as though the composition were our own : but in reading the Word of the Lord, we should read in the manner directed in Rule 3.
RULE 5. When you find proper names that you do not certainly know how to pronounce, always look in a Dictionary. You will find a table of the Scripture Proper Names near the end of almost every Dictionary; and it is very wrong to mispronounce them, when you can so easily learn to pronounce them correctly.
RULE 6. Read the Bible as though it were not divided into verses. If you stop, and let your voice fall at the end of every verse, you will frequently do it where there is not a period, nor the end of a sentence.
RULE 7. When references are made in writing to the Books, Chapters, and Verses of the Bible, it is commonly done by numbers ; and the Roman Letters stand for Chapters, and the Arabic Figures stand for Verses. Thus : Gen. XII. 15, signifies Genesis, twelfth chapter, fifteenth verse, I. Kings XVII. signifies First Book of Kings, seventeenth chapter.