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of the other attendants are awake, but do not disturb them if they
are s ill sleeping, for, poor fellows, they are tired enough. But
if you find Nennian ihis favorite yager) stirring, say to him you
believe the king wishes soon to rise. But mind, do not awaken any
one ! " Although the news of Frederick's death at such an advanced
age excited no very great astonishment, it nevertheless produced a
considerable sensation throughout the whole of Europe. He left to
his successor a well-regulated State, containing a population of
six millions of inhabitants; a powerful, strictly organized army,
and a treasury well provided; the greatest treasure, however, he
left, was the recollection of his heroic and glorious acts, which
in subsequent times has continued to operate upon his nation with
all its awakening power and heart-stirring influence. THE LN'O. -t:
LIFE OF BURNS. PART FIRST. Robert Burns, the national bard of
Scotland, was born on the 25th of January, 1759, in a clay-built
cottage about two miles south of the town of Ayr. He was the eldest
son of William Burnes, or Burness, who, at the period of Robert's
birth, was gardener and overseer to a gentleman of small estate but
resided on a few acres of land which he had on lease from another
person. The father was a man of strict religious principles, and
also distinguished for that penetration and knowledge of mankind
which was afterwards so conspicuous in his son. The mother of the
poet was likewise a very sagacious woman, and possessed an
inexhaustible store of ballads and legendary tales, with which she
nourished the infant imagination of him whose own productions were
destined to excel them all. These worthy individuals labored
diligently for the support of an increasing family, nor in the
midst of harassin...
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