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And such is Human Life ;-80 gliding on,
It glimmers like a 16 meteor, and is gone!
Yet is the tale, brief though it be, as strange,
As full methinks of wild and wondrous change,
As any that the wandering " tribes require,
Stretch'd in the desert round their evening fire ;
As any sung of old in hall or bower
To minstrel-harps at midnight's 18 witching hour !

Rogers. The first verse describes the birth of an infant. ?lullaby, a song sung to quiet babes and send them to sleep ; the word here refers to the drowsy hum of the bees. 3 candle, a kind of warm broth, containing wine and other ingredients. *gossips, properly god-parents ; neighbours who drop in to hear the news and talk about it to each other. 5sire, father. The second verse describes his coming of age (his twenty-first birthday). * sirloin, a loin of beef, said to have been knighted by one of the kings of England. 8 amber, a light-coloured semi-transparent substance. 'beguiled, cheated, deprived. 10 The third verse describes his marriage.

nuptial, belonging to a marriage. declining, casting down. 18 The fourth verse describes his death and burial. ?4 another voice, the sound of funeral bells. 15 black weeds, mourning garments, especially of a widow. 16 meteor, a falling star. ?? tribes, the Arabs, famous for their wonderful stories. 18 witching, belonging to witches, who were formerly believed to roam about at midnight.







TWO GREAT TRAVELLERS. un-an'-i-mous-ly u-ni-ver'-si-ty rec'-og-nized search'-ing con'-se-quen-ces

ge-o-log'-i-cal bo-tan'-i-cal in-debt -ed ac-qui-si'-tion De Saus'-sure sci-en-tif-ic ad ja'-cent DE SAUSSURE, a celebrated Swiss geologist, was born near Geneva in 1740. At the age of twenty-two he was one of the head teachers in the University of Geneva. Six years afterwards he commenced the famous series of journeys which were ? fraught




with such important consequences to science and to his own reputation ; and during the course of which he visited the 3 Jura and Vosges mountains, the mountains of Germany, Italy, England, Switzerland, Sicily, and the adjacent isles. He traversed the Alps no less than fourteen times, and was the first traveller who ever ascended to the summit of 4 Mont Blanc. During this extensive course of travel, he made numerous observations on the minerals, physical features, botany, etc., of the mountain ranges he visited ; and these observations were found, after having undergone a searching examination, to be as correct and valuable as they were

After a long and painful illness, he died at Geneva in 1799, aged fifty-nine years.

HUMBOLDT was born in Berlin in 1769. Scarcely any man of modern times has done more to advance several departments of physical science than Humboldt. He made visits of scientific exploration to the 'Harz mountains, and the banks of the Rhine.

7 He made a tour through Belgium, Holland, England, and France, and spent some years 'investigating the mines in Prussia. In 1799 he left Europe on a scientific tour to South America. On his

On his way he visited Teneriffe, ascended the Peak, and made many scientific observations. He spent five years in exploring South America, and on his return wrote an account of his travels. This is full of instructive matter relating to natural history, botany, geography, and other sciences. The geography of Spanish America was most imperfectly known pre

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vious to his travels there, and to him we are largely indebted for the full knowledge of it which we now possess.

In 1829 Humboldt led an expedition to explore


the 'Ural and 10 Altai mountains, and the 11 Caspian Sea. Its principal results were the scientific examination of the beds which produce gold and 12 platina, the discovery of diamonds, and the acquisition of geological and botanical collections.

Humboldt spent the latter years of his long life at the court of Prussia. His last great work, Cosmos, has been unanimously recognized as one of the greatest scientific works ever published, exhibiting in most 13 lucid arrangement many of the principal facts of the physical sciences and their relations to each other. Humboldt died May 6th, 1859, at the advanced age of ninety years.

Geneva, a city on the shores of Lake Geneva, in south-west Switzerland. ? fraught, filled ; laden ; freighted. 3 Jura and

1 Vosges mountains, ranges in the east of France. Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe, situated in the Pennine Alps, in Savoy, France. botany, vegetation. physical science, the science of nature: physical science treats of the earth and natural objects as they come from the hand of the Creator. ? Harz mountains, in Central Prussia. 8 investigating, searching into. · Ural mountains, between Europe and Asia. 10 Altai mountains, in South Siberia, Asia. Caspian Sea, a large inland sea, or rather salt-water lake, in south-east Russia. ' platina, a metal of the colour of silver, but less bright. 13 lucid, clear ; plain.








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mus'-ket-ry e-ma'-ci-a-ted main tained' hes'-i-ta-ted ep'-au-lette THE 'sixty-eight pounders on the ? Victory's 3 forecastle, each loaded with five hundred shot, had cleared the French ship's * gangway, but the musketry in her 6 tops still maintained a murderous warfare. ? Lord Nelson and Captain Hardy were walking on the 8 quarter-deck, and at about 1.25 p.m., just as



the two had arrived within one pace of the regular turning-point, Lord Nelson suddenly faced about to the left. Captain Hardy made one step more,

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and also turned, to see his ' admiral in the act of falling. He was then on his knees, with his left hand just touching the deck, but the arm giving way, he fell on his left side, exactly upon the spot

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