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The poor old man wept bitterly, and she kindly and cheeringly encouraged him to bear up with firmness and to suffer with resignation. She even tried to enliven the dreary journey they were performing together by little attempts at cheerfulness, and at length succeeded in winning a smile from her fellowsufferer.
6. A colossal statue of Liberty, composed of clay, like the liberty of the time, then stood in the middle of the Place de la Concorde, on the spot now occupied by the Obelisk; the scaffold was erected beside this statue. Upon arriving there, Madame Roland descended from the cart in which she had been conveyed. Just as the executioner had seized her arm to enable her to be the first to mount to the guillotine, she displayed an instance of that noble and tender consideration for others which only a woman's heart could conceive or put into practice at such a moment.
7. "Stay!" said she, momentarily resisting the man's grasp; "I have one only favor to ask, and that is not for myself; I beseech you grant it to me." Then turning to the old man, she said, "Do you precede me to the scaffold; to see my blood flow would be making you suffer the bitterness of death twice over. I must spare you the pain of witnessing my punishment." The executioner allowed this arrangement to be made.
8. With what sensibility and firmness must the mind have been imbued which could, at such a time, forget its own sufferings, to think only of saving one pang to an unknown old man! and how clearly does this one little trait attest the heroic calmness with which this celebrated woman met her death! After the execution of Lamarche, which she witnessed without changing color, Madame Roland stepped lightly up to the scaffold, and bowing before the statue of Liberty, as though to do homage to a power for whom she was about to die, exclaimed, "O Liberty! Liberty! how many crimes are committed in thy name!" She then resigned herself to the hands of the executioner, and in a few seconds her head fell into the basket placed to receive it. LAMARTINE.
SELECT ETYMOLOGIES. —Accomplice: v. SUPPLICATE. Colossal : Gr. kölös'sŎs, a gigantic statue. . . . Compel: v. PULSE. Corridor, a running gallery; v. CURULE.... Countenance: v. TENURE. . . . Dialogue: Gr. dialõg'os; fr. di'a, through, and leg'ein, to speak; log'os, speech. Execute: v. SUBSEQUENT.... Guillotine (ghil-lo-teen'); fr. Guillotin, the name of a French physician who died in 1814. . . . Immortality : L. immortāl'itas; fr. im- = in-, not, and mortalis, mortal; fr. mors, death; h., mort-gage (lit., a dead pledge), morti-fy (lit., to make dead), mortuary, etc. Innocence: L. innocen'tia; fr. in-, not, and nocens, harming; fr. no'ceo, I hurt; h., in-nocuous, noxious, nuisance, ob-noxious, etc.... Invective: fr. L. in'veho, invec'tum, to carry into, wh. to attack with words; fr. in, against, vě'ho, vex'i, vec'tum, to carry, to bring; h., con'vex (brought together, wh. protuberant, bulging), con-vey, in-veigh, vehicle, vex, etc... Irony: Gr. eirōnei'a ; fr. ei'rōn, a dissembler in speech; fr. ei'rein, to speak. ... November: L.; fr. nov'em, nine. ... Obelisk: Gr. obēlis'kŏs; dim. of ob'ělos, a spit, a pointed pillar. Period: Gr. pěriòd'os, a going round; fr. pěr'i, about, hŏd'os, a way; wh. a stated interval of time; h. (fr. hòd'òs), epis-ode (epi, upon, eis, into, h., a separate incident), method (měť'a, after), syn-od (sūn, with), etc. Symbol: Gr. sümbölön, a sign by which one knows a thing; fr. sumbăl'lein, to throw together; fr. sūm — sūn, with, and bal'lein, to throw. . . Verdict: v. EDICT.
XI.-FORGET ME NOT.
THE star that shines so pure and bright,
And tells the broken-hearted
There are brighter worlds than this;
Now shining bright with borrowed light,
Of the heart shut out by a sinful world
The flower that freely casts its wealth
The breeze that mourns the summer's close
The stream that cleaves the mountain side,
Or gurgles from the grot,
All speak in their Creator's name,
And say, "Forget me not."
When man's vain heart is swollen with pride,
And his haughty lip is curled,
And from the scorner's seat he smiles
Contempt upon the world;
Where glitter crowns and coronets
Where the courtier's tongue with facile lie
A royal ear beguiles;
And sycophants on smiles:
Where each as in a theatre
Is made to play his part;
Where the diadem hides a troubled brow,
There, even there, 'mid pomp and power,
Is oft a voice that calls
Go, hie thee to the rank churchyard,
With the noisome reptile worm—
Oh, where are all the graces fled
That once arrayed her form!
Fond hope no more on her smiles will feed
Her head will rest more quiet now
Than when it slept on down;
With cloven crest and bloody shroud
"Forget me not," the thunder roars
When the lightnings gleam with vivid flash,
As a hoary warrior bows his crest,
When the day of battle is o'er.
Go! speed thee forth when the beamy sun O'erthrows the reign of night,
And strips the scene of its misty robe
And arrays it in diamonds bright;
Oh, who that sees the vermil cheek
But thinks of Him, the mighty One,
Were earliest plucked for heaven.
The impress of His hand;
The air we breathe is full of Him,
And the earth on which we stand;
He will not be forgot:
Oh! in that hour of fearful strife,
Great God!". Forget me not."
W. H. HARRISON.
SELECT ETYMOLOGIES.-Contempt: L. contemp'tio; fr. con and tem'no. I scorn. ... Course: L. cur'sus; fr. cur'ro, cur'sum, to run. Courtier: fr. court; fr. L. co'hors, a place inclosed; h., a palace, the retinue of a sovereign, etc. . . . Diadem: Gr. diadē'ma, fr. di'adein, to bind round; di'a and dein, to bind. Eclipse: Gr. ěkleip'sis; fr. ek and lei'pein, to leave. . . . Facile : L. fă'cilis, easy; fr. fă'cio, I do. . . . Melancholy : Gr. melangchŏl'ia (μedavxodía); fr. mel'an, black, and chŏlõs, bile. . . . Moon : A. S. mano; allied to the L. men'sis, a month. . . . Perfume: L. per and fu'mus, smoke. Reptile: L. rep'tilis, creeping; fr. re'po, rep'tum, to creep: h., sur-reptitious (sur-sub). . . . Sycophant: Gr. sukŏphan'tēs (σUKоþáνтηŠ), one who informed against those who stole figs, or exported them illegally; fr. su'kon, a fig, and phai'nein (fï'nīne), to show; h., a base parasite. . . . Theatre or Theater: Gr. thě-at'rŏn; fr. thě-as'thai, to see. .. Vermil, Vermilion : fr. L. vermiculus, a little worm; one that yields a scarlet color; ver'mis, a worm.
A TIDE IN HUMAN LIFE.
THERE is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Is bound in shallows, and in miseries:
And we must take the current when it serves,