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again, but was peremptorily interrupted; and, at sight of Allen's drawn sword near his head, he gave up the garrison, ordering his men to be paraded without
5. Thus was Ticonderoga taken, in the gray of the morning of the tenth of May, 1775. What cost the British nation eight millions sterling, a succession of campaigns, and many lives, was won in ten minutes, by a few undisciplined men, without the loss of life or limb.
XCVII. - MAN'S IMMORTALITY.
DE-DUCE', v. t., to conclude by reason- CoN-SIST'ENT, a., agreeing. ing.
IN-COM-PATI-BLE, a., not able to 00AN-NI'HI-LATE, v. t., to destroy ut- exist ; inconsistent. terly.
DE-PEND'ENT, a., relying on. Pronounce design, de-sine' or de-zine'. The former mode is preferred. 1. What is to become of man? Is the being who, surveying nature, rec'ognizes, to a certain extent, the great scheme of the universe,- but who sees infinitely more which he does not comprehend, and which he ardently desires to know,- is he to perish like a mere brute; all his knowledge useless; all his most earnest wishes ungratified? How are we to reconcile such a fate with the wisdom, the goodness, the impartial justice, so strikingly displayed throughout the world by its Creator?
2. Is it consistent with any one of these attributes, thus to raise hopes in a dependent being, which are never to be realized ?- thus to lift, as it were, a corner of the veil,—to show this being a glimpse of the splendor beyond,--and after all to annihilate him? With the character and attributes of the benevolent Author of the universe, as deduced from his works, such conceptions are absolutely incompatible. The question then recurs - What is to become of man?
3. That he is mortal, like the lower animals, sad experience teaches him; but does he, like them, die entirely? Is there no part of him that, surviving the general wreck, is reserved for a higher destiny? Can that within man which reasons like his immortal Creator, - which sees and acknowledges his wisdom, and approves of his designs, — be mortal like the rest? Is it probable, nay, is it possible, that what can thus comprehend the operations of an immortal Agent, is not itself immortal?
4. Thus has reasoned man in all ages; and his de-sires and his feelings, his hopes and his fears, have all conspired with his reason to strengthen the conviction that there is something within him which can not die; that he is destined, in short, for a future state of existence, where his nature will be exalted, and his knowledge per-fected, and where the GREAT DESIGN of bis Creator, commenced and left imperfect here below, WILL BE COMPLETED.
XCVIII. - PARTING OF DOUGLAS AND MARMION.
PLAIN, v. i., to complain.
SWARTH'Y (a as in war), a., of dark
hue. RoW'EL (ow as in now), n., the little
wheel of a spur. ASH'EN, a.,
of the color of ashes ; also,
Avoid saying ferce for fierce (feerse); adoo for a-dieu'. Pronounce sovereign, suvler-in; open, o'pn; howe'er, how-air' ; even, e'vn ; said, sēd.
The train from out the castle drew;
“Though something I might plain,” he said,
Sent hither by your king's behest,
While in Tantallon's towers I staid, Part we in friendship from your land, And, noble earl, receive my hand.” But Douglas round him drew his cloak, Folded his arms, and thus he spoke : “My manors, halls, and bowers, shall still Be open, at my sovereign's will, To each one whom he lists, howe'er Unmeet to be the owner's peer; My castles are my king's alone, From turret to foundation stone ; The hand of Douglas is his own, And never shall in friendly grasp The hand of such as Marmion clasp.” Burned Marmion's swarthy cheek like fire, And shook his very frame for ire ;
And “ This to me!” he said ;
To cleave the Douglas' head!
Even in thy pitch of pride,
I tell thee, thou 'rt defied !
Lord Angus, thou hast lied l."
Angus was one of the titles of Douglas.
Fierce he broke forth : “And dar'st thou, then,
Let the portcullis fall."
Lord Marmion turned,—well was his need,
SIR WALTER SCOTT.
XCIX. - WILLIAM THE SILENT.
EP'ic, n., a heroic poem.
REV'E-NUE, N., income.
COUN'SEL-OR or Coun'sEL-LOR, n., ono
who gives counsel.
Coi RONT' (-frunt), v. t., to face ; to
PRE-MA-TUREʼLY, ad., too early.
1. The history of the rise of the Netherland Republic is at the same time the biography of William the
Silent. That life was a noble Christian epic; inspired with one great purpose from its commencement to its close; the stream flowing ever from one fountain with expanding fullness, but retaining all its original purity.
2. In. person, William was above the middle height, perfectly well made and sinewy, but rather spare than stout. His eyes, hair, beard and complexion, were brown. His head was small, symmetrically shaped, combining the alertness and compactness character istic of the soldier, with the capacious brow furrowed prematurely with the horizontal lines of thought, denoting the statesman and the sage. His physical appearance was, therefore, in harmony with his organ
: ization, which was of antique model.
3. Of his moral qualities, the most prominent was his piety. He was, more than any thing else, a religious
From his trust in God, he ever derived support and consolation in his darkest hours. Implicitly rely. ing upon Almighty wisdom and goodness, he looked danger in the face with a constant smile, and endured incessant labors and trials with a serenity which seemed more than human. While, however, his soul was full of piety, it was tolerant of error. No man ever felt more keenly than he that the reformer who becomes in his turn a bigot is doubly odious.
4. His firmness was al-lied' to his piety. His constancy in bearing the whole weight of a struggle as unequal as men have ever undertaken, was the theme of admiration, even to his enemies. The rock in the ocean, "tranquil amid raging billows," was the favorite emblem by which his friends expressed their sense of his firmness. A prince of high rank, and with royal rev'enues, he stripped himself of station, wealth, almost at times of the common necessaries of life, and became, in his country's cause, nearly a beggar as well as an outlaw. He lived and died, not for himself, but for