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down all around us. From these threatening masses, seamed at intervals with pale lightning, there now burst a heavy peal of thunder that shook the ground under our feet.
15. It was impossible any longer to keep our footing on the beach. The wind and the breakers would have swept us into the ocean if we had not clung to one another. We crawled up the sands on our hand and knees, and pausing in the lee of the granite ledge to gain breath, returned to the camp. We fell to crying, the three of us, and cried I know not how long. The wind rose higher and higher, cutting long slits in the tent, through which the rain poured incessantly. To complete the sum of our miseries, the night was at hand. It came down suddenly, at last, like a curtain, shutting in Sandpeep Island from all the world.
16. What an endless night it was! I have known months that did not seem so long. Fred Langdon was the first to discover a filmy, luminous streak in the sky, the first glimmering of sunrise. "Look, it is nearly daybreak! While we were following the direction of his finger, a sound of distant oars fell on our ears. Running down to the water's edge, we hailed the boats with all our might. The call was heard, for the oars rested a moment in the rowlocks, and then pulled in toward the island. It was two boats from the town.
17. Our story was soon told. A solemn silence fel upon the crowd of rough boatmen. The sea was still running too high for any small boat to venture out; so it was arranged that one boat should take us back to town, leaving the other, with a picked crew, to hug the island until daybreak, and then set forth in search of the Dolphin.
18. Poor little Binny Wallace! How strange it seemed, when I went to school again, to see that empty
seat in the fifth row! One day a folded sheet slipped from my algebra: it was the last note he ever wrote me. Poor little Binny Wallace! Always the same to me! The rest of us have grown up into hard, worldly men ; but you are forever young, and gentle, and pure; a part of my own childhood that time cannot wither; always a little boy, always poor little Binny Wallace!
THOMAS BAILEY ALDRICH.
'Played at ducks and drakes" (1) means throwing flat stones on the surface of the water so that they will rebound repeatedly; 66 came lisping down" (2), that is, came down in few, scattered drops; "white-caps" (10) are waves crested with white foam; "to hug the island" (17) is to keep close to the island.
2. vǎs' sal; n. slave; servant.
5. sẽrf; n. slave.
2. re tāin' er; n. servant.
5. was' sail; n. festivity.
4. klŎs'ter; n. a German word | 5. wāïts; n. serenaders; musical meaning cloister or monastery.
The Norman Baron.
1. In his chamber, weak and dying,
2. In this fight was Death the gainer,
And the lands his sires had plundered,
3. By his bed a monk was seated,
4. And, amid the tempest pealing,
5. In the hall, the serf and vassal
Held, that night, their Christmas wassail;
Sang the minstrels and the waits;
6. And so loud these Saxon gleemen
7. Till at length the lays they chanted
8. Tears upon his eyelids glistened, As he paused awhile and listened, And the dying baron slowly
Turned his weary head to hear.
9. "Wassail for the kingly stranger
10. And the lightning showed the sainted
And exclaimed the shuddering baron,