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to elegant pursuits and enjoyments, and was a bird of music, and song, and taste, and sensibility, and refinement. While this lasted he was sacred from injury; the very schoolboy would not fling a stone at him, and the merest rustice would pause to listen to his strain.
9. But mark the difference. As the year advances, as the clover-blossoms disappear, and the spring fades into summer, he gradually gives up his elegant tastes and · habits, doffs' his poetical suit of black, assumes a russet, áusty garb, and sinks to the gross enjoyments of common, vulgar birds. His notes no longer vibrate on the ear; he is stuffing himself with the seeds of the tall weeds on which he lately swung and chanted so melodiously. He has become a “bon-vivant »,” a “gourmand 'o”; with him, now, there is nothing like the “joys of the table.” In a little while he grows tired of plain, homely fare, and is off on a gastronomical” tour in quest of foreign luxuries.
10. We next hear of him, with myriads of his kind, banqueting among the reeds of the Delaware, and grown corpulent 12 with good feeding. He has changed his name in travelling. Boblincon no more — he is the reed-bird now, the much-sought-for tidbit of Pennsylvania epicures 13, the rival in unlucky fame of the ortolan! Wherever he goes, pop! pop! pop! every rusty firelock" in the country is blazing away. He sees his companions falling by thousands around him.
11. Does he take warning and reform ? Alas! not he. Incorrigible 15 epicure! again he wings his flight. The rice swamps of the South invite him. He gorges himself among them almost to bursting; he can scarcely fly for corpulency. He has once more changed his name, and is now the famous rice-bird of the Carolinas. Last stage of his career: behold him spitted, with dozens of his corpulent companions, and served up, a vaunted dish, on the table of some southern gastronome.
12. Such is the story of the bobolink - once spiritual, musical, admired, the joy of the meadows, and the favorite bird of spring; finally, a gross little sensualist, who expiates his sensuality in the larder. His story contains a moral worthy the attention of all little birds and little boys; warning them to keep to those refined and intellectual pursuits which raised him to so high a pitch of popularity during the early part of his career, but to eschew 16 all tendency to that gross and dissipated indulgence which brought this mistaken little bird to an untimely end.
1 Turtle. The turtle dove.
9 BON-VIVANT (bon(g)'vě-vän(g)'). 2 ĘN-ĂM'ELLED. Overlaid with enam- | A good liver.
el, or adorned so as to resemble 10 GÖUR'MẠND. One fond of good eat enamel; variegated.
ing; an epicure, * RẺvẸL RỴ. Festivity; jollity; ca- | 1 GĂs-TRO-NẴM'!-CAL. Relating to rousal.
good living; gluttonous. 4 VÄR'LET. A servant or attendant ; 12 CÖR'PY-LÈNT. Fleshy ; fat. also, a rogue; a scapegrace.
13 ĚP'I-CURE. One addicted to luxu| VỌ-LŬPT'Y-A-R¥. One given to rious eating. pleasure and indulgence.
14 FIRE'LOCK. A gun. 6 Ros'tịc. An inhabitant of the coun 15 ÎN-CÓR'RI-GI-BLE. That cannot be try; a pcasant.
corrected. i Döffs. Puts off; lays aside. | 16 ES-CHEW' (es-cht'). Avoid ; shun. 8 RUS'SĘT. A reddish-gray color.
XXXI. — THE CHAMELEON.
[James Merrick, the author of this popular poem, was an English clergy man, born in 1720, died in 1768.]
1. Oft has it been my lot to mark
A proud, conceited, talking spark',
2. Returning from his finished tour,
Grown ten times perter than before,
8. Two travellers of such a cast,
As o'er Arabia's wilds they passed,
* A stranger animal,” cries one,
Sure never lived beneath the sun;
5. “Hold there," the other quick replies,
« 'Tis green; I saw it with these eyes,
6. “I've seen it, sir, as well as you,
And must again affirm it blue;
At leisure I the beast surveyed
7. « 'Tis green, 'tis green, sir, I assure ye.”
“Green !” cries the other in a fury:
8. So high at last the contest rose,
From words they almost came to blows:
9. “Sirs,” cries the umpire”, “ cease your pother
The creature's neither one nor t'other.
10. “Well, then, at once to end the doubt,"
Replies the man, “I'll turn him out;
11 Both stared; the man looked wondrous wise:
“My children,” the chameleon cries,
ISPÄRK. A lively, showy man. 16 DIS-Jöined'. Separated; parted; di3 BLĀVE. A gay, dashing fellow. I vided ; disunited. 8 TÔUR. A journey.
7 VM'PĪRE. A party, to whom a dis4 ĂC-QUI-ESCE' YN. Assent to; sub-l pute or question between two of mit to quietly.
more is referred for settlement. 6 CHẠ-ME'LE-ON. An animal of the 8 POTH'ER. Tumult; bustle.
lizard kind, noted for changing its 9 RÉP'TILE. A creeping animal, as a color.
snake, a lizard, &c.
XXXII. — THE PROGRESS OF HUMANITY.
(Charles Sumner was born in Boston, January 6, 1811, and was graduated at Harvard College in 1830. He was admitted to the bar in 1834, and in 1837 visited Europe. Having become earnestly engaged in the anti-slavery cause, he was chosen to the Senate of the United States from the State of Massachusetts, in the winter of 1851, and still continues a member of that body, having been twice reëlected. He is well known for the energy and eloquence with which he has assailed the institution of slavery. His works, consisting of speeches and occasional addresses, have been published in three volumes, and are remarkable for fervid eloquence and abundant illustration.]
1. LET us, then, be of good cheer. From the great Law of Progress we may derive at once our duties and our encouragements. Humanity has ever advanced, urged by the instincts and necessities implanted by God, — thwarted' sometimes by obstacles which have caused it for a timea moment only, in the immensity of ages — to deviate from its true line, or to seem to retreat, but still ever onward.