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shrine, a place in which
something sacred is
deposited - - scrin. in-vull-ner-a-ble, that
cannot be wounded vulnus. com-mand'-ed, ordered mando.
material - - sto. in-vis'-i-ble, that can
not be seen - - visum. blend-ing, mingling - blendan.
Hast thou a charm to stay the morning star
and one mile in width. It has an On a throne of rocks, in a robe of elevation of 3,300 feet above the level
clouds, of the sea, and is surrounded by gla-. With a diadem of snow." ciers and lofty mountains, among
“The Alp which rises Mont Blanc to the height Of horrid snow, and rock, and shaggy of 15,781 feet above the sea.
shade; 1 “Mont Blanc is the monarch of Of desert-loving pine, whose emerald mountains,
Thou first and chief, sole sovran of the vale !
And who commanded and the silence came -
Ye ice-falls ! ye that from the mountain's brow
1 “Mont Blanc is here spoken of dawn, with the morning star.” — as a star, because of its height above Payne's Studies in Poetry. the vale; a rosy star, because its peak ; “ Besides the rivers, Arve and is flushed at dawn with the rosy tints Arveiron, which have their sources reflected from the clouds, so that it in the foot of Mont Blanc, five conbecomes in this way co-herald of the spicuous torrents rush down its sides."
Ye living flowers that skirt the eternal frost !!
THE SPANISH ARMADA. in-vin-ci-ble, not to be
un-furled', unfolded · ferler. overcome • - • vinco. sen'-ti-nel, soldier on es-pec'-ial, particular - species. guard - - - sentinelle. hal-ber-dier', one armed
bat'-ter-ies, cannons - battre. with a halberd - - hallebarde. cou'-ri-ers, messengers courir (Fr.) at-tend', give ear to - tendo.
sent in haste - -l curro (L.) sa-lute', greeting · - salūto. em-bat-tled, furnished bea'-con, signal fire - beacen. I with battlements - bataille.
1 “In the perpetual snows of Mont On the precipice top, in perBlanc, that irregular vegetable pro
petual snow.” duction, called red snow, is occasion- 4 6 And the Lord shall be seen over ally found.” - Miss Zornlin.
them, and his arrow shall go forth as The gentiana major is found in
the lightning. — Zech. ix. 14. countless numbers “ skirting the
“ Yea, he sent out his arrows, and eternal frost."
scattered them; and he shot out 2 The valley of Chamouni is cele
lightnings, and discomfited them." brated for its herds of goats.
Ps. xviii. 14. See also Ps. lxxvii. 17. 3 “She nurses her brood where the 5 Unheard. This is owing to its cliff-flowers blow,
Philip II. of Spain fitted out an immense fleet for the invasion of England, which sailed from Lisbon, May 29th, 1588. It consisted of 130 vessels, and, besides the crews of the different ships, contained not less than 20,000 troops, with 2431 pieces of artillery, and 4575 quintals' of powder. The Spaniards, in the confidence of success, previous to its departure, had given to their fleet the name of the Invincible Armada. The Duke of Medina Sidonia took the command of the whole. The beginning of the enterprise was unfavourable. A storm took the fleet as it rounded Cape Finisterre, in consequence of which the admiral, after losing several of his vessels, was forced to withdraw for the purpose of repair, into the harbour of Corunna. He then set sail for Plymouth, when Howard, who had been informed of his approach, instantly put to sea. With his lighter and better managed ships he so harassed and destroyed the Spanish ships, that they sought shelter in Calais roads. He, however, fitted out six of his smaller pinnaces as fireships, and sent them adrift, when the Spaniards cut their cables in alarm, and fled in all directions. The discomfited Armada then endeavoured to make its way homeward, by a northern passage round the British isles. The British vessels still followed and did considerable damage, capturing several ships and crippling more. But that from which they suffered most was a storm of wind which overtook them after they had rounded the Orkneys. The whole fleet was dispersed; some of the ships were dashed to pieces on the coast of Norway; some sunk in the middle of the North Sea ; and others were thrown upon the coasts of Ireland and Scotland and the Western Isles. The Duke de Medina arrived at Santander, in the Bay of Biscay, about the end of September, “ with noe more than sixty sayle oute of his whole fleete, and these verye much shattered."
Attend, all ye who list to hear our noble England's praise :
bay; The crew had seen Castile’s black fleet, beyond Aurigny's 2
isle, At earliest twilight, on the waves, lie heaving many a mile. At sunrise she escaped their van, by God's especial grace; And the tall Pinta, till the noon, had held her close in
chase. Forthwith a guard, at every gun, was placed along the wall; The beacon blazed upon the roof of Edgecombe's lofty hall 4; Many a light fishing bark put out, to pry along the coast; And with loose rein, and bloody spur, rode inland many a
post. i Quintal, a hundred pounds in 4 Mount Edgecombe House was built weight.
on Edgecombe Mount, a hill in DeAurigny, the island of Alderney, vonshire, opposite Plymouth harbour. in the English channel.
A most extensive view is obtained s Pinta, a Spanish vessel of war from its summit. built for fast sailing.
With his white hair, unbonneted, the stout old sheriff comes; Behind him march the halberdiers', before him sound the
drums. His yeomen, round the market cross, make clear an ample
space, For there behoves him to set up the standard of her grace: And haughtily the trumpets peal, and gaily dance the bells, As slow, upon the labouring wind, the royal blazon swells. Look how the lion of the sea lifts up his ancient crown, And underneath his deadly paw treads the gay lilies down! So stalk'd he when he turn'd to flight, on that famed Picard
field, Bohemia’s plume, and Genoa's bow, and Cæsar's eagle
shield 3: So glared he when, at Agincourt4, in wrath he turn'd to bay, And crush'd and torn, beneath his claws, the princely hunters
Ho! strike the flagstaff deep, sir knight, ho, scatter flowers,
fair maids ! Ho, gunners! fire a loud salute! ho, gallants ! draw your
blades! Thou, sun, shine on her joyously! ye breezes, waft her wide! Our glorious semper eadem ! 5 the banner of our pride! The freshening breeze of eve unfurld that banner's massy
fold— The parting gleam of sunshine kiss'd that haughty scroll of
gold. Night sank upon the dusky beach, and on the purple sea ; Such night in England ne'er had been, nor e'er again shall be. From Eddystone6 to Berwick bounds, from Lynn to Milford
bay?, That time of slumber was as bright and busy as the day;
1 Halberdiers, those who carried French line; they were, however, halberts. These, in early times, were dispersed by the English men-atlong poles, terminating with battle- arms.
4 Agincourt. This battle was gained 2 Picard field, the battle of Cressy. by Henry V., Oct. 25. 1415. Cressy is in the province of Picardy 5 Semper eadem, “always the same;"
s Bohemia's plume. The King of Bo- the motto of Queen Elizabeth. hemia fell in this battle. His crest, Eddystone, in the English channel, three ostrich feathers, with the motto about fourteen miles S.Š.W. of Ply“ Ich Dien," “ I serve,” has since then mouth sound. been worn by the Prince of Wales. 7 Lynn, in Norfolk: Milford Bay,
The Genoese bow-men, consisting of in Pembrokeshire. 15,000 men, fought in front of the