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less impressive when conveyed by the familiar and cherished voice.

14. In closing the paper, I beg leave to add, this is a pleasure for the poor man's house; and for this I love it. The poor man, if educated, is in our day placed almost on a level with the prince, in respect to the best part of literary wealth. Let him ponder the suggestion, and enjoy the privilege.



1. The lawns were dry in Euston park,

(Here Truth inspire my tale,) The lonely footpath, still and dark,

Led over hill and dale.

2. Benighted was an ancient dame,

And fearful haste she made
To gain the vale of Fakenham,

And hail its willow shade.

3. Her footsteps knew no idle stops,

But followed faster still,
And echoed to the darksome copse

That whispered on the hill ;

4. Where clamorous rooks, yet scarcely hushed,

Bespoke a peopled shade;
And many a wing the foliage brushed,

And hovering circuits made.

5. The dappled herds of grazing deer

That sought the shades by day,
Now started from her path with fear,

And gave the stranger way.

6. Darker it grew, and darker fears

Came o'er her troubled mind;
When now a short quick step she hears

Come patting close behind !

7. She turned, it stopped ; nor could she see

Upon the gloomy plain!
But as she strove the sprite to flee,

She heard the same again.

8. Now terror seized her quaking frame,

For, where the path was bare,
The trotting ghost kept on the same!

She muttered many a prayer.

9. Yet, once again, amidst her fright,

She tried what sight could do ;
When, through the cheating gloom of night,

A monster stood in view.

10. Regardless of whate'er she felt,

It followed down the plain;
She owned her sins, and down she knelt,

And said her prayers again.

11. Then on she sped, and hope grew strong,

The white park-gate in view;
Which, pushing hard, so long it swung

That ghost and all passed through.

12. Loud fell the gate against the post,

Her heart-strings like to crack
For much she feared the grisly ghost

Would leap upon her back.

13. Still on, pat, pat, the goblin went,

As it had done before ;
Her strength and resolution spent,

She fainted at the door.

14. Out came her husband, much surprised,

Out came her daughter dear;
Good-natured souls ! all unadvised

Of what they had to fear.

15. The candle's gleam pierced through the night,

Some short space o'er the green,
And there the little trotting sprite

Distinctly could be seen.

16. An ass's foal had lost its dam,

Within the spacious park,
And, simple as the playful lamb,

Had followed in the dark.

17. No goblin he, no imp of sin,

No crimes had ever known;
They took the shaggy stranger in,

And reared him as their own.

18. His little hoofs would rattle round

Upon the cottage floor;
The matron learned to love the sound

That frightened her before.

19. A favorite the ghost became,

And 't was his fate to thrive;
And long he lived, and spread his fame,

And kept the joke alive.



1. FAR back in the ages,

The plough with wreaths was crowned,
The hands of kings and sages
Entwined the chaplet round ;

Till men of spoil

Disdained the toil
By which the world was nourished,
And blood and pillage were the soil

In which their laurels flourished.

Now the world her fault repairs,

The guilt that stains her story,
And weeps her crimes, amid the cares

That formed her earliest glory

2. The proud throne shall crumble,

The diadem shall wane,
The tribes of earth shall humble
The pride of those who reign;

And war shall lay

His pomp away,
The fame that heroes cherish;
The glory earned in deadly fray

Shall fade, decay, and perish.
Honor waits, o'er all the earth,

Through endless generations,
The art that calls the harvests forta,

And feeds the expectant nations.



1. I MENTION the following facts only in the hope of showing you that there is a pleasure in studying the sciences, and when we come to natural history, we shall find the study of that still more amusing. The animal and vegetable worlds are well worthy of observation.

2. Probably you all know what is meant by a cycloid. If we make a spot on the periphery of a wheel travelling on a plane, the figure which that spot describes is a cycloid. Now, there is no figure in which a body can be moved with so much velocity, and such regularity of speed—not even the straight line. Mathematicians discovered this not many years ago ; .but nature's God taught it to the eagle, before mathematics


were invented. When the eagle pounces upon


he describes the figure of a cycloid.

3. A globe placed in water, or in air, in moving meets with resistance, and its velocity will be retarded. If you alter the globe to the form of an egg, there will be less resist

And then there is a form called the solid of least resistance, which mathematicians studied for many years to discover; and when they had discovered it, they found they had the form of a fish's head! Nature had “ rigged out” the fish into just such a figure.

4. The feathers of birds, and each particular part of them, are arranged at such an angle as to be most efficient in assisting flight. The human eye has a mirror on which objects are reflected, and a nerve by which these reflections are conveyed to the brain ; and thus we are enabled to take an interest in the objects which pass before the eye. Now, when the eye is too convex, we use one kind of glasses to correct the fault; and if it be not convex enough, or if we wish to look at objects at a different distance, we use glasses of entirely another description.

5. But as birds cannot get spectacles, Providence has given them a method of supplying the deficiency. They have the power of contracting the eye, of making it more convex, so as to see the specks which float in the atmosphere, and catch them for food ; and also of flattening the eye, to see a great distance, and observe whether

vulture or other enemy

is threatening to destroy them.

6. In addition to this they have a film, or coating, which can be suddenly thrown down over the eye to protect it ; because, at the velocity with which they fly, and with the delicate texture of their eye, the least speck of dust would act upon it as a penknife thrust into the human eye. This film is to protect the eye; and the same thing exists to some extent in the eye of the horse.

7. The horse has a large eye, very liable to take dust. This coating in the horse's eye is called the haw, or third

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