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(2) And he whose lightning pierced th' Iberian lines

Now forms my Quincunx, and now ranks my vines,

Or tames the genius of the stubborn plain.


(3) He left the name, at which the world grew pale,

To point a moral, or adorn a tale.-Johnson.


The Board of Examiners.


1. Quote half a dozen of Bacon's striking openings of Essays.

2. Give the substance of the Essays "Of Boldness," and "Of Studies."

3. Comment on the following passages:

(1) The astrologers call the evil influences of the stars evil aspects.

(2) Astronomers which did feign eccentrics and epicycles, and such engines of orbs to save the phenomena.

(3) Closeness did impair and a little perish his understanding.

(4) The personal fruition in any man cannot reach

to feel great riches. (5)

the greatest sabbath-breaker, because his plough goeth every Sunday. (6)

sbirrerie, which is under sheriffries.

4. Consider “King Lear” as a study of madness.

5. Trace the overthrow of the classical school in

English literature.

6. From the “ Prose Masterpieces ” choose two of

which the style is most opposed, and contrast the styles.

7. Write short accounts of De Quincey and Ruskin.



8. Explain and comment on the following pas

sages: (1) Even now many talk of Spenser's “Well of

pure English undefiled,” as if the language ever

sprung from a well or fountain-head. (2) Your character is a constitution for

your country, and your conscience its guaranty. (3) The dice of God are always loaded. (4) The great end and aim of the British Consti

tution is to get twelve honest men into a box. (5) You have been a “burra Shikarree” as well as

a “burra Sahib." (6) It is Philosophy teaching by Example.

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9. Quote from “Paracelsus"(1) Gordon's favourite lines about the guidance of

the bird. (2) The adventure of the diver.

(3) A short specimen of the lyric poetry. 10. Explain the following passages : (1) What record ? Not the sinless years

That breathed beneath the Syrian blue. (2) Æonian music measuring out

The steps of Time—the shocks of Chance

The blows of Death. (3) For every grain of sand that runs,

And every span of shade that steals,

And every kiss of toothed wheels,
And all the courses of the suns.

11. Write an account of James Russell Lowell.

12. Write an Essay on

6 Books teach not their own



The Board of Examiners.

1: Translate into French

“Let us apply a bit of familiar knowledge. At the battle of Wörth, at the beginning of the Franco-German war, 17,000 men were killed.

Why don't you burst into tears at this vast presence of desolation, agony, death, pain, ruin ? Simply because it is not present. The figures are present. They are an arithmetical fact, all pat for an examination paper;

but we don't weep for an examination paper, unless, indeed, we have to answer it. These many thousand deaths move you not. But I, for my part, agree with the old general, who is said to have locked himself in his room every Sunday to read Mrs. Ewing's story of ‘Jackanapes' unseen. I could not trust myself to read it in public, or her “Story of a Short Life,' and her Six to Sixteen.' Yet these are fictions, and only three, set against those many thousands of real sufferers. But the fiction is real, because it is thought in shape; the reality is unreal because it is fact in cipher, no nearer the heart than any other bit of arithmetic."

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2. Translate

Que dirai-je des façades ? En général, nous donnons à nos maisons d'éducation des façades beaucoup trop monumentales, nous y dépensons beaucoup plus d'argent qu'il ne convient, nous n'hésitons pas à sacrifier des sommes considérables pour cet objet, et, quand il s'agit de consacrer quelques centimes pour l'hygiène de l'intérieur de l'école, nous sommes arrêtés par

mille scrupules le défaut d'argent: nous économisons sur le nécessaire. Ce qu'il faut, ce n'est pas le luxe de l'habitation, ce n'est pas un extérieur fastueux, mais c'est que l'école soit gaie d'aspect, agréable à l'oeil, pour que l'enfant quitte la maison paternelle sans trop de regret, et qu'il arrive à l'école avec un certain plaisir.

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3. Give an account of each of the following works :

Froissart's Chronicle.
Boileau, L'Art Poétique.
Causeries du Lundi.

4. What do you know about the life and writings of

Madame de Stael, and of M. Guizot ?

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5. Sketch briefly the connection between Modern

French and Latin.

6. Translate the following passages from Le Cid:
(a) Madame, après cela je n'ai rien à vous dire,

Sinon que de vos maux avec vous je soupire:
Je vous blâmois tantôt, je vous plains à

Mais puisque dans un mal si doux et si cuisant
Votre vertu combat et son charme et sa force,
En repousse l'assaut, en rejette l'amorce,
Elle rendra le calme à vos espirits flottans.
Espérez donc tout d'elle, et du secours du

Espérez tout du ciel ; il a trop de justice

Pour laisser la vertu dans un si long supplice. (6) Pour moi, bien que vaincu, je me répute

Et, malgré l'intérêt de mon coeur amoureux,
Perdant infiniment, j'aime encor ma défaite,
Qui fait le beau succès d'une amour si parfaite.


Ma fille, il ne faut point rougir d'un si beau

feu, Ni chercher les moyens d'en faire un désaveu; Une louable honte en vain t'en sollicite;.

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