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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.
THE FAKENHAM GHOST.
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
And hail its willow shade.
3. Her footsteps knew no idle stops,
But followed faster still,
That whispered on the hill ;
4. Where clamorous rooks, yet scarcely hushed,
Bespoke a peopled shade;
And hovering circuits made.
5. The dappled herds of grazing deer
That sought the shades by day,
And gave the stranger way.
6. Darker it grew, and darker fears
Came o'er her troubled mind;
Come patting close behind !
7. She turned, it stopped ; nor could she see
Upon the gloomy plain!
She heard the same again.
8. Now terror seized her quaking frame,
For, where the path was bare,
She muttered many a prayer.
9. Yet, once again, amidst her fright,
She tried what sight could do ;
A monster stood in view.
10. Regardless of whate'er she felt,
It followed down the plain;
And said her prayers again.
11. Then on she sped, and hope grew strong,
The white park-gate in view;
That ghost and all passed through.
12. Loud fell the gate against the post,
Her heart-strings like to crack
Would leap upon her back.
13. Still on, pat, pat, the goblin went,
As it had done before ;
She fainted at the door.
14. Out came her husband, much surprised,
Out came her daughter dear;
Of what they had to fear.
15. The candle's gleam pierced through the night,
Some short space o'er the green,
Distinctly could be seen.
16. An ass's foal had lost its dam,
Within the spacious park,
Had followed in the dark.
17. No goblin he, no imp of sin,
No crimes had ever known;
And reared him as their own.
18. His little hoofs would rattle round
Upon the cottage floor;
That frightened her before.
19. A favorite the ghost became,
And 't was his fate to thrive;
And kept the joke alive.
ODE TO THE PLOUGH.
1. FAR back in the ages,
The plough with wreaths was crowned,
Till men of spoil
Disdained the toil
In which their laurels flourished.
Now the world her fault repairs,
The guilt that stains her story,
That formed her earliest glory
2. The proud throne shall crumble,
The diadem shall wane,
And war shall lay
His pomp away,
Shall fade, decay, and perish.
Through endless generations,
And feeds the expectant nations.
CURIOSITIES OF SCIENCE.
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
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