The District School Reader; Or, Exercises in Reading and Speaking; Designed for the Highest Class in Public and Private Schools

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General Books LLC, 2010 - 336 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1845 Excerpt: ... And now the keel just cuts the covered sand, Now to the gunwale stretches every hand; With trembling pleasure all confused embark, And kiss the tackling of their welcome ark; While the most giddy, as they reach the shore, Think of their danger, and their God adore. GEMS OF POETRY. Pride and Humility. Cowpek. The self-applauding bird, the peacock, see: Mark what a sumptuous Pharisee is he! Meridian sunbeams tempt him to unfold His radiant glories--azure, green, and gold; He treads as if, some solemn music near, His measured steps were governed by his ear; And seems to say, " Ye meaner fowl, give place! I am all splendor, dignity, and grace." Not so the pheasant on his charms presumes, Though he, too, has a glory in his plumes. He, Christian-like, retreats, with modest mien, To the close copse or far-sequestered green, And shines without desiring to be seen. Morning. Thomson. The meek-eyed Morn appears, mother of dews; At first faint-gleaming in the dappled east, Till far o'er ether spreads the widening glow, And from before the lustre of her face, White break the clouds away. With quickened step Brown night retires; young day pours in apace, And opens all the lawny prospect wide. The dripping rock, the mountain's misty top, Swell on the sight, and brighten with the dawn. Blue, through the dusk, the smoking currents shine; And from the bladed field the fearful hare Limps awkward; while along the forest-glade The wild deer trips, and, often turning, gazes At early passenger. Music awakes, The native voice of unassembled joy; And thick around the woodland hymns arise. A Temple. Congreve. How reverend is the face of this tall pile, Whose ancient pillars rear their marble heads, To bear aloft its arched and ponderous roof, By its own weight made steadfast and im...

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