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For, standing on the Persian's grave,
I could not deem myself a slave.4. A king sat on the rocky brow
Which looks o'er sea-born Salamis;
And men, in nations—all were his !
5. And where are they? and where art thou,
My country ?On thy voiceless shore The heroic lay is tuneless now
The heroic bosom beats no more ! And must thy lyre, so long divine, Degenerate into bands like mine?
6. 'Tis something, in the dearth of fame,
Though linked among a fettered race,
7. Must we but weep o'er days more bless'd ?
Must we but blush our fathers BLED.
A remnant of our Spartan dead !
8. What, silent still ? and silent all l–
Ah! nv ;—the voices of the dead Sound like a distant torrent's fall,
“ Let one living head, But one arise,—we come, we come !" 'Tis but the living who are dumb.
Sappho.-A famous Greek poetess, a native of Mitylene in
the island of Lesbos. Delos.-An island in the Archipelago. According to a
legend, it was called out of the deep by the trident of Neptune, but was a floating island until Jupiter fastened
it to the bottom of the sea. Phoebus.- Apollo, who was born in Delos. Scian muse.—Homer, who was said to be a native of Scio
or Chios. Teian muse.—Anacreon, a native of Teos, a city in Asia
Minor. Islands of the bless'd.--The "Insulæ Fortunata” of the
ancients, the abode of the happy dead, placed at the western extremity of the earth, near the River Oceanus. Marathon.-A village of Attica in Greece, where the
Persians, in the reign of Darius, were signally defeated
by the Greeks, B.c. 490. Salamis.--An island in the Ægean Sea, off the west coast
of Attica, in the neighbourhood of which the Persian fleet was completely destroyed by the Greeks, B.C. 480. Thermopylæ.—A famous pass lying between Mount Æta
and the Ægean Sea, where 300 Spartans kept at bay the whole Persian arniy, until they were surrounded by treachery.
THE LAMENT OF OUTALISSI.
“And I could weep;" th' Oneyda chief
heav'n with storms of death)
“But thee, my flower, whose breath was given
By milder genii o'er the deep,
“ To-morrow let us do or die !
“Or shall we cross yon mountains blue,
“But hark, the trump !-to-morrow thou
In glory's fires shalt dry thy tears :
The Lament of Outalissi.—The extract is taken from Campbell's poem, "Gertrude of Wyoming," which is founded upon the desolation of Wyoming in Pennsylvania by the Indians in 1778. Outalissi, the Oneyda chief, came to warn the small English colony of their danger, but was too late. Gertrude, the heroine of the poem, was struck with an arrow while attempting to shield her betrothed, who escapes with Outalissi.
HAMLET AND HORATIO.
HAMLET, HORATIO, and MARCELLUS. [Hamlet's father had been murdered by his brother, who married
the queen_his sister-in-law-and succeeded to the throne. The ghost of the murdered king appears to the officers on guard round the castle ; and our extract contains an account
of the way in which the news was broken to Hamlet.] Hor. Hail to your lordship !
Ham. I am glad to see you well : Horatio,—or I do forget myself.
Hor. The same, my lord, and your poor servant ever. Ham. Sir, my good friend ; I'll change that name with
you. And what make you from Wittenberg, Horatio ? Marcellus ?
Mar. My good lord
Ham. I am very glad to see you; good even, Sir; But what, in faith, make you from Wittenberg ?
Hor. A truant disposition, good my lord.
Ham. I would not hear your enemy say so; Nor shall
do mine ear that violence,
Hor. My lord, I came to see your father's funeral.
Ham. I pray thee, do not mock me, fellow-student; I think, it was to see my mother's wedding.
Hor. Indeed, my lord, it follow'd hard upon.
Ham. Thrift, thrift, Horatio! the funeral bak'd meats
Ham. He was a man, take him for all in all,
Hor. My lord, I think I saw him yester-night.
Ham. For Heaven's love, let me hear.
Hor. Two nights together had these gentlemen,