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Flame, flew, flown, fly, trifl’d, trifl’dst, trifles, trifl'st, sofon,
sof'n'd, sof'ns; frame, freeze, frown, laughs, laugh’st, waft, wafts, waft'st, fifth.
Passage down the Ohio.
JAMES K. PAULDING.
As, down Ohio's ever-ebbing tide,
Where now are seen, along the river side,
'Twas evening now; the hour of toil was o'er ;
So through the livelong night they held their way,
The moon, high wheeled the distant hills above,
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Dragg'd, dragg'dst, glow, mangled, mangles, manglst, grave,
green, grown, begs, begg'st.
An Evening Reveric.
W. C. BRYANT.
The summer day has closed the sun is set : Well have they done their office, those bright hours, The latest of whose train goes softly out In the red west. The green blade of the ground Has risen, and herds have cropped it; the young twig Has spread its plaited tissues to the sun; Flowers of the garden and the waste have blown, And withered; seeds have fallen upon the soil From bursting cells, and in their graves await
Their resurrection. Insects from the pools
This day 'hath parted friends,
Othou great movement of the universe,
Yet know not whither. Man foretells afar
hour He knows when they shall darken, or grow bright; Yet doth the eclipse of sorrow and of death Come unforewarned. Who next, of those I love, Shall pass from life, or, sadder yet, shall fall From virtue? Strife with foes, or bitterer strife With friends, or shame, and general scorn of men Which, who can bear ? or the fierce rack of pain, Lie they within my path ? or shall the years Push me, with soft and inoffensive pace, Into the stilly twilight of my age ? Or do the portals of another life, Even now, while I am glorying in my strength, Impend around me? O, beyond that bourn, In the vast cycle of being which begins At that broad threshold, with what fairer forms Shall the great law of change and progress clothe Its workings ? Gently — so have good men taught Gently, and without grief, the old shall glide Into the new; the eternal flow of things, Like a bright river of the fields of heaven, Shall journey onward in perpetual peace.
Claim, buckld, buckles, buckl'dst, bucklst, black'n,
black'n'd, black'ns, black'n'dst, black'nst, cream, thinks, think'st, sixth, act, acts, act'st.
Patrick Henry. ALEXANDEP. H. EVERETT. In his person, Henry was tall and thin, with a slight stoop of the shoulders. His complexion was dark, and his face furrowed by deep lines of care and thought, which gave it a somewhat severe aspect. In his youth, he was rather inattentive to his dress; but in his later years, especially on public occasions, and while he occupied the executive chair, he paid, in this respect, a proper regard to the decorum required by his position in society. At the bar of the General Assembly, he always appeared in a full suit of black cloth, or velvet, with a tie-wig dressed and powdered in the highest style of forensic fashion ; and in the winter season,
wore, over his other apparel, in accordance with the usage of the time, an ample scarlet cloak.
As he advanced in years, he also exchanged the rusticity of his youthful manners for a deportment distinguished by entire self-possession, and, on proper occasions, by an air of stateliness and elegance. He is represented, by those who have been present when he has entered the hall of the Assembly for the purpose of arguing some important case, as “saluting the house all round with a dignity, and even majesty, that would have done honor to the most polished courtier in Europe.”
The leading traits in his intellectual and moral character are shown too clearly in his practical life to require an elaborate recapitulation. He possessed an instinctive sagacity, which supplied, to a great extent, the deficiencies of his education ; a moral courage, which led him to spurn at all considerations of mere temporary expediency, when he was once satisfied where the right lay; and a naturally noble and generous heart. To these latter qualities he owed his extraordinary efficiency and success as a public speaker. Eloquence, no doubt, supposes, in general, the natural gift of an easy, copious, and flowing utterance; but this is not a rare endowment, and, when wholly or chiefly relied upon for effect, is apt to tire, rather than convince or delight an audience. It rises into eloquence only when it becomes the impression of powerful thought, and especially deep feeling.
While the speaker only gratifies the ear with melodious