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although, as we said, the tide that pours over is thirty-five feet broad. But it widens as it descends, and curves a little on one side as it widens; so that it shapes itself, before it reaches its first bowl of granite, into the figure of a comet. More beautiful than the comet, however, we can see the substance of this watery loveliness ever renew itself, and ever pour
9. The cataract seems to shoot out a thousand serwww.duna, pentine heads or knots of water, which wriggle down caulaus deliberately through the air, and expend themselves in:
mist before half the descent is over. Then a new set burst from the body and sides of the fall, with the same fortune on the remaining distance; and thus the most charming fretwork of watery nodules, gach trailing its vapory train for a hundred feet or more, is woven all over the cascade, which swings, now and then, thirty feet each way, on the mountain side, as if it were a pendulum of watery lace. Once in a while, too, the wind manages to get back of the fall, between it and the cliff, and then it will whirl it round and round, for two or three hundred feet, as if to try the experiment of twisting it to wring it dry.
10. Of course I visited the foot of the lowest fall of the Yo-Semite, and looked up through the spray, five hundred feet, to its crown. And I tried to climb to the base of the first or highest cataract, but lost my way among the steep, sharp rocks; for there is only one line by which the cliff can be scaled. But no nearer view that I found, or heard described, is com’parable with the picture, from the hotel, of the CometCurve of the upper cataract, fifteen hundred feet high, and the two falls immediately beneath it, in which the same water leaps to the level of the quiet Merced.
Rev. T. S. KING,
THE KEEPING OF THE BRIDGE.
STRAIGHT (strāte), a., not crooked ;- VAN'GUARD, n., first line of an army.
ad., directly ; in the shortest time. LE'VER, n., bar for raising weights. CREST, n., an ornament on a helmet. DEIGN'ING, ppr., condescending. QUOTH (kwoth), v. i. defective, said. A-THWART', prep., across. ERE (like ere in there), ad., before. HAR'NESS, n., armor ; furniture for a DAUNTLESS (au as in father), a., fear- horse. less.
Gor'y, a., stained with clotted blood. In cap'tain, villain, &c., give ai the sound of short i. Do not say bil'ing for boil'ing.
It is recorded in the annals of ancient Rome that Horatius, assisted by Lartius and Herminius, defended the Sublician Bridge, over the Tiber, against the whole Etruscan army, under Por'sena, while the Romans broke down the bridge behind the “dauntless Three.” When the work was nearly finished, Horatius sent back his two companions. As soon as the bridge was quite destroyed, he plunged into the stream, and swam across to the city in safety, amid the arrows of the enemy.
1. Our spake the Consul roundly :
“The bridge must straight go down ;
Naught else can save the town."
The Captain of the Gate :
Death cometh soon or late.
Than facing fearful odds,
And the temples of his gods?
2. “Hew down the bridge, Sir Consul, az
Will hold the foe in play.
May well be stopped by three.
And keep the bridge with me?"
• One of the hills of ancient Rome, from which it was separated by the river Tiber. Porósena took the fort of Janiculum, and compelled the Romans to retreat, over the bridge, into the city.
3. Then out spake Spu'rius Lar'tius,
A Ram'nian * proud was he:-
And keep the bridge with thee."
Of Tatian blood was he:
And keep the bridge with thee."
4. “Horatius, quoth the Consul,
“ As thou say’st, so let it be.”
Forth went the dauntless three.
Spared neither land nor gold,
In the brave days of old.
8. The three stood calm and silent,
And looked upon the foes,
From all the vanguard rose.
Felt their hearts sink to see
Have manfully been plied,
Above the boiling tide.
Loud cried the Fathers † all;
Back, ere the ruin fall !”
• Romulus divided the Romans into three tribes, called Rhamnenses, Tati. onses, and Lucerenses.
+ The Roman Senators were called Fathers, or Conscript Fathers.
1. Back darted Spu'rius Lartius;
Herminius darted back ;
They felt the timbers crack.
And on the further shore
They would have crossed once more. 8. But, with a crash like thunder,
Fell every loosened beam,
Lay right athwart the stream ;
Rose from the walls of Rome,
Was splashed the yellow foam.
9. Alone stood brave Horatius,
But constant still in mind;
And the broad flood behind.
With a smile on his pale face.
“Now yield thee to our grace. 10. Round turned he, as not deigning
Those craven ranks to see;
To Sextus naught spake he;
The white porch of his home;
That rolls by the towers of Rome:
11. "O Tiber! Father Tiber!
To whom the Romans pray!
* In the Etruscan language Lars meant "mighty chief,” or lord,
A Roman's life, a Roman's arms,
Take thou in charge this day!!
The good sword by his side,
Plunged headlong in the tide.
12. No sound of joy or sorrow
Was heard from either bank ;
Stood gazing where he sank;
They saw his cřest appear,
Could scarce forbear to cheer.
3. “Out on him!” quoth false Sextus ;
Will not the villain drown?
We should have sacked the town !"
“And bring him safe to shore ;
Was never seen before."
14. And now the ground he touches,
Now on dry earth he stands ;
To press his gory hands;
And noise of weeping loud,
LORD MACAULAY. (1800-1860.)