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Aspire to greater things
With heav'n-exalted eye
With steadfast tread, and bearing high, And Hope on joyful wings.
Press on, with purpose pure,
Ambitious still to store thy mind
Seek but the Good and Great !
Man's mission on the earth
Is progress ever from his birth; Nor should his zeal abate.
Aspire to better deeds!
With Hope and Love entwined,
Let emulation fill thy mind, To haste when duty leads.
READING, SPELLING, AND ARITHMETIC.
J. WERNER LAURIE,
Henry's First History of England.
AND ALL BOOKSELLERS.
SIXTH LESSON BOOK.
THE NEW YEAR.
HUGH MILLER. *
MEANING. Degree, Lat., de, and gradus, a The 360th part of a circle. 60 step.
geographical miles. Careering, Lat., carrus, a car. Moving or running rapidly. Archipelago, Gr., archos, chief, or a cor- The chief sea of the Greeks,
ruption of Aigaios, Æge- or the Ægean Sea ; a sea an, and Pelagos, sea. abounding in small islands.
Applied in the lesson to the numerous islands in the
Indian Ocean. Jungle, Hind., jungul, Sanscrit; Forests, land mostly covered janggala, desert.
with thick underwood, &c. Mosque, Fr., mosquée, Arab. ; mas- A Mohammedan place of wor
jid, from sajada, to bend, ship.
to adore. Pagoda, Persian, put, idol; gada, An idol-house: an Indian house.
temple. Predestined, Lat., prae, before; destino, Ordered or fixed beforehand.
to fix. Appropriate, Lat., ad, to; proprius, To take to one's self as one's one's own.
own property. Inhabitant, Lat., in, in, and habito, One who inhabits or dwells in dwell.
a place. Tenements, Lat., teneo, to hold. Anything that may be held
by a tenant, as a dwelling
or building, &c. IN a few hours we shall have entered on a new year. It is barely ninety degrees distant from us at the present moment.
It landed on the eastern
* Hugh Miller was born in Cromarty, October 10th, 1802. He was descended from a family of sailors, and lost his father by a storm at sea when he was only five years of age. educated at Cromarty Grammar School. From his seventeenth to his thirty-fourth year he worked as a stonemason, devoting bis leisure hours to acquiring knowledge and writing poems and