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Music at Midnight
Music: Alice Mary Smith
To do one’s duty is to peep into the mystery of life, and taste reward from another world.

THERE is much in life that, while in this state, we can never comprehend. There is, indeed, a great deal of mystery in life — much that we see ‘as in a glass darkly.’ But though we may not apprehend the full meaning of the discipline of trial through which the best have to pass, we must have faith in the completeness of the design of which our little individual lives form a part.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Threw. Through.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Design. Discipline. State.

Use together in one sentence: Fulfilment. Life. All.

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Honourable Mr Fox
Music: Thomas Linley the Younger
The colourful Foreign Secretary humbly accepted a lesson in manners from a local tradesman.

THE story is told of a tradesman calling upon him one day for the payment of a promissory note which he presented. Fox was engaged at the time in counting out gold. The tradesman asked to be paid from the money before him. “No,” said Fox, “I owe this money to Sheridan; it is a debt of honour.”

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Although. Also.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Pain. Wait. Note.

Use together in one sentence: Engaged. Gold. Always.

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A Monument to Liberty
Music: Camille Saint-Saens
Samuel Smiles explains why the London and Birmingham Railway was an achievement superior to the Great Pyramid of Giza.

THE Great Pyramid of Egypt was, according to Diodorus Siculus, constructed by 300,000 — according to Herodotus, by 100,000 — men. It required for its execution twenty years, and the labour expended upon it has been estimated as equivalent to lifting 15,733,000,000 of cubic feet of stone one foot high.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Each. Every. All.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Concentrate. Estimate. Result.

Use together in one sentence: Manner. Year. Reduce.

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Life’s Infantry
Music: Charles Villiers Stanford
However obscure a man may apparently be, his example to others inevitably shapes the future of his country.

THOUGH only the generals’ names may be remembered in the history of any great campaign, it has been in a great measure through the individual valour and heroism of the privates that victories have been won.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Who. Which. That.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Battle. Influence. Progress.

Use together in one sentence: Won. Sobriety. General.

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The School of Difficulty
Music: Johann Baptist Cramer
It is not educational institutions and methods that advance science or the arts, but people.

MEN who are resolved to find a way for themselves, will always find opportunities enough; and if they do not lie ready to their hand, they will make them.

It is not those who have enjoyed the advantages of colleges, museums, and public galleries, that have accomplished the most for science and art; nor have the greatest mechanics and inventors been trained in mechanics’ institutes.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Lay. Lie.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Train. Lie. Make.

Use together in one sentence: Ready. Brain. Institute.

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On Equal Terms
Music: Muzio Clementi
An aristocratic statesman was choked with emotion as he reflected on Britain’s creative social mobility.

Sir James Graham rose immediately, and declared, amidst the cheers of the House, that he did not before know that Mr. Brotherton’s origin had been so humble, but that it rendered him more proud than he had ever before been of the House of Commons.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Who. Which. That.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Class. Detail. Fatigue.

Use together in one sentence: Class. Work. Resolution.

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