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method of employing those moments (which will and ought to be but few) in the most advantageous manner. Throw away none of your time upon those trivial futile books published by idle or necessitous authors, for the amusement of idle and ignorant readers; such sort of books swarm and buzz about one every day; flap them away, they have no sting. Certum pete finem, have some one object, and pursue that object till you have attained it.


Professor Tucker and Mr. Tubbs.

1. Translate into Greek Iambics

O loss of sight, of thee I most complain!
Blind among enemies, O worse than chains,
Dungeon, or beggary, or decrepit age!
Light, the prime work of God, to me is


And all her various objects of delight
Annull'd, which might in part my grief have


Inferior to the vilest now become

Of man or worm; the vilest here excel me:
They creep, yet see: I, dark in light, exposed
To daily fraud, contempt, abuse, and wrong,
Within doors or without, still as a fool,
In power of others, never in my own;
Scarce half I seem to live, dead more than

2. Translate into Greek Prose

At one time it was suspected that Walker had laid up a secret store of food, and was dwelling in private while he exhorted others to suffer resolutely for the good cause. His house was strictly examined. His innocence was fully proved. He regained his popularity, and the garrison, with death in near prospect, thronged to the cathedral to hear him preach, drank in his earnest eloquence with delight, and went forth from the house of God with haggard faces and tottering steps, but with spirit still unsubdued. A very few obscure traitors opened communications with the enemy, but it was necessary that all such dealings should be carefully concealed. None dared to utter publicly any words save words of defiance and stubborn resolution. Even in that extremity, the general

“ No Surrender.And there were not wanting voices which in low tones added “First the horses and hides, then the prisoners, and then each other."

cry was


Professor Tucker and Mr. Tubbs. 1. Translate into Latin Elegiacs

My banks they are furnished with bees,

Whose murmur invites one to sleep;
My grottoes are shaded with trees,

my hills are white over with sheep.
I seldom have met with a loss,

Such health do my fountains bestow;
My fountains are bordered with moss,

Where the harebells and violets blow.

From the plains, from the woodlands, and groves,

What strains of wild melody flow!
How the nightingales warble their loves

From thickets of roses that blow!
And when her bright form shall

Each bird shall harmoniously join
In a concert so soft and so clear,

As she may not choose to resign. 2. Translate into Latin prose

In Cicero's extant correspondence we seem to be present at the shifting scenes of the drama, as the plot unfolds itself which involves the destinies of Rome. We hear the groans of the expiring Republic, which had been mortally wounded during the long civil wars of Marius and Sulla, and was fast sinking under the flood of social and political corruption which is sure to follow in the train of civil wars. At one time we watch with eager impatience the arrival of a courier at Tusculum with a letter from Atticus telling his friend the news of the day; and in Cicero's reply we read all the fluctuations of hope and fear which agitated him during the momentous crisis of his country's fate. At another we contemplate the great orator in the seclusion of his villa, as a plain country gentleman, busying himself with improvements on his estate, or amusing himself with pictures and statues and the various objects which interest a man of refined and cultivated taste. At another we see him at Rome, sick, weary, and disgusted with the din of strife, mistrusting everybody where no one seems worthy of trust, and harping ever on the vanity of ambition and the worthlessness of popular applause.



The Board of Examiners.


1. What can we glean from Piers the Plowman as to the condition of the Church, Agriculture, and Society in England?

2. Explain fully the following words:

Ancres, auncere, balkes, caples, culorum, engreyned, ewages, hals, noumpere, palmer, ragman, vernicle, Goliardeys, Symonye.

3. Explain

Sith charite hath be chapman.

'Gode gris and gees-gowe dyne, gowe!'
Purfiled with pelure.

Somer game of souteres.
Kayed and cliketed.

For-thi I rede yow, renkes-that riche ben on this erthe,

Uppon trust of yowre tresoure-triennales to

Be ye neuere the balder-to breke the ten hestes;
And namelich, ye maistres-mayres and iugges,
That han the welthe of this worlde-and for
wyse men ben holden,

To purchase yow pardoun—and the popis bulles.

4. What is the meaning of each of the following

names:-The Tabard, Cristofre, a Maunciple, Southwerke, Femenye, Theseus, Chauntecleer, daun Burnel ?

5. Explain briefly

A not-heed hadde he.
Wastel breed.
Hir nose tretys.
Gauded al with grene.
His overest courtepy.
His drogges and his letuaries.
He was al hir reed.
Now draweth cut er that we ferrer twinne.
That foughten breme.
So moot I thee.
So wlatsom and abhominable.
I ne can not bulte it to the bren.

6. Paraphrase and explain
(1) Al was fee simple to him in effect,

His purchasing mighte nat been infect. (2) Nat oonly lyk the loveres maladye

Of Hereos, but rather lyk manye
Engendred of humour malencolyk,

Biforen, in his celle fantastyk. (3) Armed compleint, outhees, and fiers outrage.

The careyne in the bush, with throte y-corve:

A thousand slayn, and nat of qualm y-storve. (4) Men may the olde at-renue, and noght at-rede.

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