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That fatal mistress of the young, the lazy,
3. BRUTUS ON LUCRETIA'S DEATH. — Payne.
Say, would ye seek instruction ? would ye seek
4. RETIREMENT. — Goldsmith.
No surly porter stands in guilty state,
5. THE PRESENT TIME. Of memory many a poet sings;
And Hope hath oft inspired the rhyme ; But who the charm of music brings
To celebrate the present time? Let the past guide, the future cheer,
While youth and health are in their prime; But, O, be still thy greatest care —
That awful point — the present time! Fulfill the duties of the day —
The next may hear thy funeral-chime; So shalt thou wing thy glorious way,
Where all shall be the present time.
6. Trust In God. — Young. O thou great Arbiter of life and death! Nature's immortal, immaterial sun! Whose all-prolific beam late called me forth From darkness, teeming darkness, where I lay The worm's inferior, and in rank beneath The dust I tread on, - high to bear my brow, To drink the spirit of the golden day, And triumph in existence, and couldst know No motive but my bliss, and hast ordained A rise in blessing, — with the patriarch's joy Thy call I follow to the land unknown: I trust in Thee, and know in whom I trust : Or life or death is equal; neither weighs ; All weight in this, - 0, let me live to Thee!
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ALSO, WORDS LIABLE TO BE MISPRONOUNCED, ETC.
ABBREVIATIONS AND MARKS.
Adj., for adjective; A. D., in the year of our Lord; B. C., before Christ; b., born; d., died; Fr., French; Gr., Greek; L. or Lat., Latin; p., page; pp., pages.
The combined letters ou and ow, when unmarked, are sounded as in our. now. The sound of a in father is marked ä.
England. He was graduated at AB'STRACT, a. and n. Ab-stract', v. Queen's College, Oxford, in 1693. ACCESSORY, n. and adj.
He wrote Latin verses which gained ACHAIAN (å-kā'yăn)," belonging to him considerable reputation, which
Achaia, a name anciently applied was increased by a poetical Letter to Northern Greece.
to Lord Halifax. But Addison owes ADAMS, John, the second President his fame chiefly to his contributions
of the United States, was born at to the “Spectator," a daily sheet Braintree, Mass., October 19, 1735. which was started in 1711 by his He was an early and active friend schoolfellow, Richard Steele. The of American independence, and in passage marked 3, page 47 of this 1785 was appointed the first minis volume, is from one of these charmter to England; a post filled by his ing essays. In 1713 his play of Cato son, John Quincy Adams, in 1815, was produced at Drury Lane theaand by his grandson, Charles Fran tre in London, and was highly succis Adams, in 1861. He was an cessful. Time has somewhat abated able and eloquent man, intrepid, its reputation, but it contains many patriotic, incorruptible, and true ; passages that the world will not and was one of the committee of willingly let die. Addison died in five which reported the immortal 6 Declaration of Independence.” | he lay upon his death-bed, “ See,” He died, on the same day as Jeffer said he to his son-in-law," how a son, July 4, 1826. His last words Christian can die!” See Johnson's were, “It is the glorious 4th of remarks on Addison, p. 424. July ! - God bless it, — God bless ADIEU (ă-du'), a greeting at parting:
you all!” See pp. 97, 193, 407. from the French à Dieu, to God. ADDISON, JOSEPH, the eldest son of a ÆSCHINES (es'ke-neez), a celebrated
clergyman, was born in 1672 at the orator of antiquity, born at Athens, rectory of Milston in Wiltshire, l 327 B. C. He was the rival of Demosthenes, but the latter nobly gave | BANE, to poison: thus used as a verb himself to the service of the people, by Shakespeare (p. 244). while Æschines favored the aris- BANNOCKBURN, a village in Scotland, tocracy.
twenty-nine miles from Edinburgh, AGAIN (a-ghen').
famous for a great battle fought on ALBERT, PRINCE, consort of Queen | the 24th of June, 1314, between Ed
Victoria of England, was born Aug. ward II. and King Robert Bruce, 26, 1819, and died 1862. He was a by which the independence of Scotworthy and noble prince.
land was established. AL'BI-ox, the name by which Great BAN-IAN' or BAN-YAN', the Indian figo
Britain was known to the Romans. tree, remarkable for sending down AL-LY' (from the Latin alligo, to || from its branches roots which, strikunite).
ing into the ground become trunks, AL'MO-NER, a distributor of alms. I so that a single tree sometimes ocANARCHICAL (ă-nark'ik-al), without cupies a circumference of 1500 feet. rule or order.
BATON (bă-tong' or båt'on), a marANIMAL'CU-L.E, the Latin plural of shal's staff.
animalcula, an animalcule. Animal- | BEACON (bē'kn). cula is also sometimes used as the BEATTIE, JAMES (beet'y), a Scotch plural of animalculum.
poet and moralist, born 1735, died ANOTHER (an-uth'er).
1803. He owes his reputation ANTIPODES (an-tipo-deez), a Latin chiefly to his poem of “The Minplural noun, having no singular. strel," from which see a stanza, p. 64. The irregularly Anglicized word | BEAUMONT, GUSTAVE-AUGUSTE DE, 3 anti-pode is sometimes used for the French writer and politician, was singular, and Webster authorizes born in the department of Sarthe, the pronunciation an' ti-põdz for the France, Dec. 2, 1802. In 1831 he plural.
accompanied his friend De TocqueARAB (ár/răbor ā'răb), relating to ville to the United States. He is Arabia.
the author of a novel, entitled ARCHANGEL (ark-).
“ Mary, or Slavery in the United ARCHITECTURE (ürki-těkt-yŭr). States"; also of a life of De ARISTOCRAT (a-ris'to-krat or år'is-to Tocqueville, from which the elokrat).
quent extract, p. 132, is taken. ARMADA (är-má'da), a large fleet of His wife is a granddaughter of Laarmed ships.
fayette. AUGURY (aw'gu-re).
BEEN (bìn), from Be. AU-GUST', adj. Au'gust, n.
BEGUILE. "See remarks $ 21, page 15, AVAUNT (ă-vawnt'), interj., hence ! on the sound of long i after g. begone!
BENGER, ELIZABETII OGILVY, a A-VER'NUS, a celebrated lake, sup- · writer of historical works, and au
posed in ancient mythology to be thor of a Life of Mary Queen of the entrance to the infernal regions. Scots, was born in England; died It is now called Averno, and occu-! ,1827. pies the crater of an extinct vol- BLAZON (blā'zn). cano, about nine miles west of Na- BOMBAST (bõm'băst or bặm'băst), ples near the Mediterranean.
the weight of authority is in favor Axe or Ax. Webster prefers the last of the last mode, but the former is
to make it conform with other mono-l usual in America. syllables ending in x.
BONAR, HORATIUS, a Scottish theoloAYE (ā), adr., always.
gian and poet. How to Live, p. 98. Bacon, FRANCIS, usually known as BON HOMME (bo-no.m), French for
Lord Bacon, was born in London, good man. John Paul Jones namel England, Jan. 22, 1560, and died one of his vessels “Bon Homme 1626. He was famous as a scholar, Richard," in honor of Dr. Franka wit, a lawyer, a judge, a states lin, author of " Poor Richard's Say. man, a politician, but chiefly as a ings." philosopher. With all his great ac- BONHOMIE (bo-no-me), good nature, quirements he was morally weak, / simplicity. being found guilty of having re- BoxxivARD, FRANCIS DE, born in ceived m
for grants of office 1496, was confined in the prison of and privileges under the seal of state. Chillon on the lake of Geneva, Swit
zerland, from 1530 to 1536. His of and the following year became
lections of his poems have been
published, and they will undoubt-
provinces into which France was of natural scenery he shows the
communion with God's material
· a borough or corporate town.
was born in Edinburgh, Sept. 1788, ebrated German poet, born near
ada into the revolted provinces.
character of ancient Rome. Taking compelled to surrender at Saratoga.
was educated at Dublin, went to
trained himself for political life.
inost eminent poets of America, was can war, and distinguished himself