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Read from some humbler poet,
Whose songs gushed froin his heart, As showers from the clouds of summer,
Or tears from the eyelids start;
Who, through long days of labor,
And nights devoid of ease, Still heard in his soul the music
Of wonderful melodies.
Such songs have power to quiet
The restless pulse of care, And come like a benediction
That follows after prayer.
Then read from the treasured volume
The poem of thy choice,
The beauty of thy voice.
And the night shall be filled with music,
And the cares that infest the day Shall fold their tents like the Arabs, And as silently steal away.
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW.
4 - Manhood is the one immortal thing Beneath Time's changeful sky."
- JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL
THE AMERICANISM OF LINCOLN
“... Among us perhaps half our people are not descendants of the men . . . of the Revolution: they, or their ancestors, came from Europe since 1776, to find themselves our equals. They cannot trace their connection by blood with those glorious men. But when they look through that old Declaration of Independence, they find those old men saying, 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,' and they feel that the moral sentiment then taught is the source of all moral principle in them, and that they have a right to claim it as though they were blood of the blood and flesh of the flesh of the men who wrote that Declaration. That is the electric cord in the Declaration that links the hearts of patriotic and liberty-loving men together; that will link those patriotic hearts as long as the love of freedom exists in the minds of men throughout the world. It gave liberty to this country, and hope to all mankind for all future time. . . . It promised that in due time the weight should be lifted from the shoulders of all men, and that all men should have an equal chance. . . ."
- From the speeches of ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
-G. G. BYRON.
TEST WORDS (All Grades)
be lief' bur'i al feath'er creak cel'er y neigh o'pi um mys'tery liq'uid
hy'drant is'land Tues'day
sol'dier trou'ble cleanse
tri'umph neigh'bor naugh'ty par'cel heif'er poul'try
nurs'er y neph'ew wheth'er triv'i al en deav'or cocoa
caution leopard sau'sage sher'iff mis'chief leg'end
weath'er an tique ci'pher guard bou quet' drearly
liq'uor Jan'u a ry
in'val id hy'phen cho rus de ceive' be havior aisle
ear'nest cous'in char'i ot auction ex'cel lent to bac'co Wednes'day be neath' wealth busi'ness courage cab'bage cruise
grease nec'es sa ry is'let
quo'tient peo'ple tread os'trich
hos'tile re ceive weigh sep'a rate squad col'umn quench prod'uct reign al'pha bet yeast ceil'ing scis'sors in stead pi'geon meant be lieve' Feb'ru a ry eas'i er re quest' leis'ure sir'up shep'herd ner'vous
.cen'tu ry lux'ury
pres'ence thief maid'en fash'ion beau'ti ful
se'ri ous height
lan'guage woe'ful va ri'e ty jour'ney rogue anx'ious shield cu'ri ous
de vour' yolk
wea'ry caught borne parla sol
as cend' mu'ci lage
guilt'y pledge sought o'cean
squeal sec'ond a rycorpse bruise
con tinue al though' al'ter jus'tice mois'ten lin'e ar
med'al in crease
tour guess gai'ter source
Sat'ur day strength fruit precious bur'glar
course straight gyp'sy rein'deer
pa'tri ot ve'hi cle crea'ture ab'sence cush'ion breast a gainst com pan'ion cou'ple hymn
nei'ther tortoise stir'rup sim'i lar rhu'barb
dis tinct' ques'tion
least bu'reau bed'stead myrli ad onlion youth jave' lin hearse
au tum'nal ei'ther sphere maize
be numb' pal'ace launch pleat cap'tain pi'rate
in quire' o pin'ion a dieu' niece
Correctly pronounced, these associated words are not in every instance true homonyms.
air beach caster ere
beech castor e'er beat cause heir beet caws aisle beau
ceiling isle bow sealing all been cell awl
bin sell altar bell cellar alter belle seller arc
hart flee heart flew heal flue heel flour hear flower here fore heard four herd foul hew fowl hue gait higher
berth cite ark birth site ate blew sight eight blue
scent bail boar cent bale bore sent ball board choir bawl bored quire bare bough climb bear bow clime base brake coarse bass break course be buy creak bee by creek
him great hymn grease
hoes Greece hose groan
whole guessed hour guest our hair in hare inn hall jam haul jamb