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Ewe, s.
A female sheep.

Yew, s.
A tree, often grown
in church-yards,
the wood of which
is very tough.

You, per. pro. Yourselves; objective case of ye; usually substituted for thou.

For ewe, a sheep, place w 'twixt two e's;
Yew, y-e-w, thus spell yew, yew-trees;
O, in the pronoun you, the reader sees.

EXERCISE.

'There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it'

'You may as well use question with the wolf, why he hath made the ewe bleat for the lamb.'

'Beneath those rugged elms, that yew-tree's shade,
Where heaves the turf in many a mouldering heap,
Each in his narrow cell for ever laid,

The rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep.'

'Some fretful tempers wince at every touch;
You always do too little, or too much.'

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'Why has not man a microscopic eye?'

'My ancestors were Englishmen, an Englishman am I.' 'If I may trust the flattering eye of sleep,

My dreams presage some joyful news at hand.'

I now proceed to unloose belt and buckle, hook and eye, detach accoutrements and epaulets, put a match to my fire, and settle myself to despatch a batch of letters.

Fain, ad.

Fane, s.

Feign, v.

Eagerly, gladly. A temple conse- To pretend; to discrated to religion.

Fain, f-a-i-n, used to tell when fain

semble.

Something you'd know, or do, or something gain;
Fane ends with e, the temple that we raise,

And dedicate to holy prayer and praise;

F-e-i-g-n means to sham, deceive,

And feign to others what we don't believe.

EXERCISE.

I would fain believe and relieve, but, deceived before, must receive proof you do not feign now. Really reformed, I can conceive you might yet achieve much.-Those who reared this solemn fane sleep beneath its shadow.

'One place there is, beneath the burial sod,

Where all mankind are equalised* by death;
Another place there is the fane of God-
Where all are equal who draw living breath.'
'The stranger fain would linger on his way,'

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Faint, with an a, to faint, or swoon away;
Feint, with an e, part that deceivers play.

EXERCISE.

'An affected young lady, fond of creating a sensation, one day fell back in her chair, and appeared ill. A lady near her exclaimed, "She is faint;" a gentleman, who knew the fair patient well, whispered to her "How do you spell faint? I spell it f-e-i-n-t."-The enemy made a feint of resistance, but retired. As soon as Charles had finished this long address to his subjects, and to their new sovereign, he sunk into the chair, exhausted and ready to faint with the fatigue of so extraordinary an effort.'-'Faint heart never won fair lady.'-The attack was merely a feint to distract our attention and throw us off our guard.

* Or equalized.

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Fare, v.

Hire of carriage, passage To go, to feed; to be in a state

money; provisions.

good or bad; to happen to anyone.

Spell with an i the fair you must,

Fair, market, or fair, bright, or just;

But f-a-r-e, fare, will say
The fare for travelling you pay,
And fare you eat, besides to tell,
How you fare, whether ill or well.

EXERCISE.

As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.'

'Fair was she and young, when in hope began the long journey.'

I wish you a fair passage over, but I fear you will fare ill abroad if you cannot speak French.-—I shall look on at the wrestling match, and see fair play.-The journey is long, and the fare expensive, and the fare at the refreshment stalls bad.How many things are manufactured merely to sell, like the gross of green spectacles poor unsophisticated Moses purchased at the fair. I wished to avoid a feud, and told him in a quiet way it was useless to eulogise his own merits, or enter on a repetition of his motives. I must have fair and equitable reparation, and a full equivalent for what had been abstracted. I shall pay his fare to Exeter.-Frederic, who is a ventriloquist, amused himself at the expense of our fanciful valetudinarian friend in a way that was scarcely fair, but the victim joined in the laugh when all was explained. In fair weather we scarcely realise the risks encountered by the crews of life-boats in squalls and amid breakers, and the noble exertions they make with a prospect of very inadequate pecuniary reward.

'These are thy glorious works, Parent of good,
Almighty! Thine this universal frame,

Thus wondrous fair; Thyself how wondrous then !'

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Feat, s.

An astonishing action; performance of a hard task.

Feet, s. plur.

Plural of foot, part of the body;
also of foot, a measure.

Feat write with a, an action which wonder will command;
Feet, with two e's, is plural, the feet on which we stand.

EXERCISE.

Thy word is a lantern unto my feet, and a light unto my path.'

This feat of agility is an egregious folly.-He was suspended twenty feet from the ground: it was a great feat of dexterity and daring.—The boy had taken nothing in the room; by the mark of his little sooty feet they could see he had never been off the hearthrug till the nurse caught hold of him.'

'Oh! the old house at home, where my forefathers dwelt,
Where a child at the feet of my mother I knelt.'

6 That spell upon the minds of men
Breaks, never to unite again,

That led them to adore

Those Pagod things of sabre sway,
With fronts of brass, and feet of clay.'

'Saint Augustine! well hast thou said,
That of our vices we can frame

A ladder, if we will but tread

Beneath our feet each deed of shame.'

Fir, s.

Fur, s.

The fir-tree, tree of which deal | The hairy skin of a beast; a

boards are made.

substance sticking to the
sides of vessels.

Spell fir with i, if you would write fir-tree;
Fur, f-u-r, skin of a beast will be.

EXERCISE.

Deal is the wood of the fir-tree. Fir-trees do not usually grow to a fit size for cutting up in this country; our principal supply is obtained from Norway.-There are two principal stations for the fur trade in North America-one connected with Hudson's Bay, the other on the north-west coast. Some of the most valuable fur comes from Siberia, and we have a considerable fur trade with Norway and Lapland.

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'The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.'-'Flee from evil, and do the thing that is good, and dwell for evermore.'

'You ask me what was the object that first attracted my attention on entering Rome. It was-shall I confess it?-a flea! Yes, just as we drove into the grand old city, my eyes, fingers, and thoughts were occupied in the pursuit of a flea."

'Fleas, fleas! ye are wonderful things!

Your bodies are put upon marvellous springs;
Ambition may learn a lesson, I see,

From the fitful career of the restless flea.'

Flour, s.

The

Flower, s.

plant; the prime.

Flower, v.

powder of The blossom of a To blossom; to ground wheat, or

other grain.

mantle.

Spell f-l-o-u-r, the flour from grain;
With w-e the blossom flower, explain.

EXERCISE.

'Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
And waste its sweetness on the desert air.'

'The Papal government had made a monopoly of corngrinding: the poor population consumed only maize, which was exempt from the tax. The consequence was that the Papal troops could find neither mills nor flour, and the privilege, in the end, became destructive to its possessors.'-The plant flowers and looks well with its sombre foliage and brilliant blossom, cultivated with judicious care in a propitious climate.—Liebig says whole meal is more digestible than fine

flour.

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