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I, 7 (can you | pardon my pre | sumption?) || I | No wit, no genius, | yet for | once, |7 will | try. ||| Various the paper, | various | wants pro | duce; || 7 The wants of fashion | elegance | 7 and | use. ||| Men 7 are as various; | 7 and if | right I| scan, | | Each sort of paper || represents | some man. ||| Pray note the fop; || half | powder | 7 and | half | lace! ||

Nice as a bandbox | 7 were | his | dwelling | place. ||| He's the gilt paper, | 7 which a part you store, 7 And lock from | vulgar | hands | 7 in the scru | toire.|||

7 Mechanics, servants, | farmers, | 7 and | so forth | 7 Are | copy paper, | 7 of in | ferior | worth; |

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7 The | wretch | 7 whom | avarice || bids to | pinch and spare,

| Starve, cheat | 7 and | pilfer, | 7 to en | rich an | heir,

1 Is coarse brown | paper; || such as | pedlars | choose

1 To wrap up | wares | 7 which | better | men | 7 will use. || |

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Health, | fame and fortune | 7 in a | round of | joys.

1 Will any | paper | match | hiin? || Yes, | 7 through | out; ||

He's a true sinking | paper, || past | all | doubt. ||| 1 The | retail | poli | tician's | anxious | thought | Deems this side | always | right, | 7 and that | stark | naught : |

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1 He foams with censure; 1 with applause he raves; |||

1 A dupe to rumors, || 7 and a | tool to | knaves; || He'll want no | type | 7 his | weakness | 7 to pro | claim,

1 While | such a thing as | fools-cap | 7 has a | name.

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1 The hasty gentleman, | 1 whose | blood runs | high; |

1 Who picks a quarrel | 7 if you step awry; 1 Who | can't a | jest, | 7 a | hint, | 7 or | look en dure! |

| What is | he? | What! || Touch-paper | 1 to be | sure. |||

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Them | 7 and their works | 7 in the same | class | 7 you'll find: |

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1 Observe the | maiden, | | innocently | sweet! | She's fair white | paper! | 7 an un | sullied | sheet ; ||

1 On | which | 7 the | happy | man | 7 whom | fate or| dains |

1 May | write his | name, | 7 and take her for his | pains. |||

One instance more, | 7 and | only one | 7 I'll [ bring! |

'Tis the great man | 7 who | scorns a little thing; ||

1 Whose thought, | 7 whose | deeds, | 1 whose | maxims 7 are his | own ; | |

| Formed on the | feelings | 7 of his | heart a | lone:

True, genuine, | royal | paper, | 7 is | his | breast; || 1 Of | all the | kinds || most precious, || purest, || best! | | |

EXERCISE VII.

-Lingard.

The spot which Harold had selected for this important contest, was called Senlac, nine miles from Hastings, an eminence opening to the south, and covered on the back by an extensive wood. As his troops arrived, he posted them on the declivity, in one compact and immense mass. In the centre, waved the royal standard, the figure of a warrior in the act of fighting, worked in thread of gold, and ornamented

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with precious stones. By its side, stood Harold and his two brothers Gurth and Leofwin; and, around them, the rest of the army, every man on foot. In this arrangement the king seems to have adopted, as far as circumstances would perinit, the plan which had lately proved so fatal to the Norwegians, and which now, from the same causes, was productive of a similar result.

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Probably he feared the shock of the numerous cavalry of the Normans. Both men and horses were completely cased in armor, which gave to their charge an irresistible weight, and rendered them almost invulnerable by ordinary weapons. For the purpose of opposing them with more chance of success, Harold had brought with him engines to discharge stones into their ranks, and had recommended to his soldiers to confine themselves, in close fight, to the use of the battle-axe, a heavy and murderous weapon.

On the opposite hill, William was employed in marshalling his host. In the front, he placed the archers and bowmen the second line was composed of heavy infantry, clothed in coats of mail; and, behind these, the duke arranged, in five divisions, the hope and the pride of the Norman force, the knights and men at About nine in the morning, the army began to move, crossed the interval between the two hills, and slowly ascended the eminence on which the English were posted. The papal banner, as an omen of victory, was carried in the front, by Toustain the fair, a dangerous honor, which two of the Norman barons had successively declined.

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gage, the Normans raised the national shout of God is our help,' which was as loudly answered by the adverse cry of Christ's rood, the holy rood.' The archers, after the discharge of their arrows, retired to the infantry, whose weak and extended line was unable to make any impression on their more numerous opponents. William ordered the cavalry to charge. The shock was dreadful: but the English, in every point, opposed a solid and impenetrable mass. Neither buckler nor corslet would withstand the stroke of the battle-axe, wielded by a powerful arm and with unerring aim; and the confidence of the Normans melted away at the view of their own loss, and the bold countenance of their enemies.

After a short pause, the horse and foot of the left wing betook themselves to flight their opponents eagerly pursued; and a report was spread that William himself had fallen. The whole army began to waver ; when the duke, with his helmet in his hand, rode along the line exclaiming, 'I am still alive, and, with the help of God, I shall still conquer.' The presence and confidence of their commander revived the hopes of the Normans; and the speedy destruction of the English, who had pursued the fugitives, was fondly magnified into an assurance of victory. These brave, but incautious men had, on their return, been intercepted by a numerous body of cavalry; and, on foot and in confusion, they quickly disappeared beneath the swords, or rather the horses, of the enemy. Not a man survived the carnage.

William led his troops again to the attack: but the English column, dense and immovable as a rock amidst

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