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space, without horses, with the speed of the north wind; vessels, of iron or wood, at pleasure, will brave the most tempestuous waves without either sails or rowers; and people will pass through the air with more ease than they now cross the straits of Sicily.
H. I must stop you, my dear Archimedes, for fear some indiscreet
should overhear you, and write down your conversation for the great amusement of the rabble. All these Utopias will be realized when neighbor shall not be jealous of neighbor, nor potter of potter, as Hesiod says.
A. And that day, I beg your pardon, will come. A Saviour will be born among the Jews, who will teach every man to love his neighbor as himself. He also will be treated as a Utopian, and, for the holiness of his doctrine, will be ignominiously crucified, but that doctrine will make the world good and happy.
OLD TIMES AND NEW.
1. I MUSED upon the pilgrim flock,
Whose luck it was to land
Among the Plymouth sand.
Their weather-beaten bark -
Behind, rolled ocean dark.'
That first stern winter painted,
And stoutest spirits fainted.
(Let him who dares deride me -) I looked, and drawing up a chair,
Down sat a man beside me.
5. His dress was ancient, and his air
Was somewhat strange and foreign-
And said, “I'm Richard Warren ! 6. You 'll find my name among the list
Of hero, sage and martyr,
The first New England charter. 7. I could some curious facts impart
Perhaps some wise suggestions
And running o'er with questions.” 8. “Ask on,” said I, “I'll do my
Or our renowned nation."
9. Says he, “First tell me what is that
In yon compartment narrow,
And scorch my very marrow. 10. His finger pointed to the grate
Said I, “ That's Lehigh coal,
“ It is, upon my soul !”
11. I then took up a bit of stick,
One end was black as night,
When lo, a sudden light!
And strove his breath to catch
Quoth I, 66 A friction match." 13. Upon a pipe, just overhead,
I turned a little screw,
Three streams of lightning flow.
14. Uprose my guest;
“ Now Heaven me save!"
“ We call it hydrogen.”
A train came thundering by,
Swifter than eagles fly.
16. Rumbled the wheels, the whistle shrieked,
Far streamed the smoky cloud;
The flying forests bowed.
In worship, Warren fell –
“He doeth all things well.
18. I've seen his chariots of fire,
The horsemen, too, thereof;
Nor at his threatenings scoff!”
6. Your terrors all are vain That was no chariot of the sky,
'Twas the New-York mail train."
20. We stood within a chamber small –
Men came the news to know,
Texas and Mexico.
21. It came - it went silent but sure —
He stared, smiled, burst out laughing ; " What witchcraft's that?" "It's what we call
For turning eggs to chickens –
That beats the very dickens.
23. Thereat, he strongly grasped my hand,
And said, " 'Tis plain to see
'T will never do for me.
24. Your telegraphs, your railroad trains,
Your gas lights, friction matches,
Your thing which chickens hatches,
25. Have turned the earth so upside down,
is left within it
He vanished, in a minute.
COUNSELS FOR THE YOUNG.
Never be cast down by trifles. If a spider breaks his thread twenty times, twenty times will he mend it again. Make up your minds to do a thing, and you will do it. Fear not, if a trouble comes upon you ; keep up your spirits though the day be a dark one.
“ Troubles will never stop forever,
The darkest day will pass away.” If the sun is going down, look up to the stars; if the earth is dark, keep your eyes on heaven! With God's presence and God's promises, a man or a child may be cheerful.
“ Never despair when fog 's in the air !
A sunshiny morning will come without warning.” Mind what you run after! Never be content with a bubble that will burst, or a fire-wood that will end in smoke and darkness. Get that which you can keep, and which is worth keeping;
6 Something sterling, that will stay
When gold and silver fly away.”
Fight hard against hasty temper. Anger will come, but resist it strongly. A spark may set a house on fire. A fit of passion may give you cause to mourn all the days of your life. Never revenge an injury.
“ He that revenges knows no rest ;
The meek possess a peaceful breast."
have an enemy, act kindly to him, and make him your friend. You may not win him over at once, but try again. Let one kindness be followed by another, till you have compassed your end. By little and little, great things are completed.
“ Water falling day by day
Wears the hardest rock away.” And so repeated kindness will soften a heart of stone. Whatever you do, do it willingly. A boy that is whipped to school never learns his lessons well. A man that is compelled to work, cares not how badly it is performed. He that pulls off his coat cheerfully, strips up his sleeves in earnest, and sings while he works, is the man for me.
“ A cheerful spirit gets on quick,
A grumbler in the mud will stick.” Evil thoughts are worse enemies than lions and tigers, for we can keep out of the way of wild beasts, but bad thoughts win their way everywhere. The cup that is full will hold no more; keep your heads and hearts full of good thoughts, that bad thoughts may find no room to enter.
“Be on your guard, and strive and pray,
To drive all evil thoughts away."
LIVE NOT TO YOURSELF.
1. On the frail little stem in the garden hangs the opening rose. Go ask why it hangs there.