New National Fourth Reader eBook

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  From the hill-top looks the steeple,
    And the light-house from the sand;
  And the scattered pines are waving
    Their farewell from the land. 
  One glance, my lads, behind us,
    For the homes we leave, one sigh,
  Ere we take the change and chances
    Of the ocean and the sky.

  Where in mist the rock is hiding,
    And the sharp reef lurks below,
  And the white squall smites in summer,
    And the autumn tempests blow;
  Where, through gray and rolling vapor,
    From evening unto morn,
  A thousand boats are hailing,
    Horn answering unto horn.

  Hurra! for the Red Island,
    With the white cross on its crown! 
  Hurra! for Meccatina,
    And its mountains bare and brown! 
  Where the caribou’s tall antlers
    O’er the dwarf-wood freely toss,
  And the footsteps of the Mickmack
    Have no sound upon the moss.

  There we’ll drop our lines, and gather
    Old ocean’s treasures in,
  Where’er the mottled mackerel
    Turns up a steel-dark fin. 
  The sea’s our field of harvest,
    Its scaly tribes our grain;
  We’ll reap the teeming waters
    As at home they reap the plain.

  Though the mist upon our jackets
    In the bitter air congeals,
  And our lines wind stiff and slowly
    From off the frozen reels;
  Though the fog be dark around us,
    And the storm blow high and loud,
  We will whistle down the wild wind,
    And laugh beneath the cloud!

  Hurra!—­Hurra!—­the west wind
    Comes freshening down the bay,
  The rising sails are filling—­
    Give way, my lads, give way! 
  Leave the coward landsman clinging
    To the dull earth like a weed—­
  The stars of heaven shall guide us,
    The breath of heaven shall speed!

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Directions for Reading.—­Let some pupil in the class state in what manner the lesson should be read.

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Language Lesson.—­Change the verbs throughout the sixth stanza so as to represent past action.

Give the time indicated in the following sentences.

    I am thinking about it.  I am going to-morrow.

As verb-forms do not always determine the time of an action, we must call an action past, present, or future, in accordance with the meaning indicated by the verb.

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op er a’tions, ways of working; deeds.

e vap’o rat ed, has the moisture taken from it.

au’ger, a tool used in boring holes.

shan’ty, a hut; a poor dwelling.

e nor’mous, of very large size.

su per in tend’ing, directing; taking care of.

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