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THE POET'S LAST WISH.
'Tis said when Schiller's death drew nigh,
The wish possessed his mighty mind,
The bones and haunts of human kind.
By Rome and Egypt's ancient graves ;
Stood in the Hindoo's temple caves ;
The sallow Tartar midst his herds,
False Malay, uttering gentle words.
The threshold of the world unknown ;
A ray upon his garment shone;
For love and light-but clouded here,
Sprang to a fairer, ampler sphere !
The abyss of glory opened round?
Through ranks of being without bound ?
GENIUS AND ENERGY OF YOUTH.
Almost everything that is great has been done by youth. The greatest captains of ancient and modern times, both conquered Italy at five-and-twenty! Alexander was very young when he overthrew the Persian empire. Don John of Austria won Lepanto at twenty-five. Gaston-de-Foix was only twenty-two when he stood a victor on the plain of Ravenna. Gustavus Adolphus died at thirty-eight. Look at his captains: that wonderful duke of Weimar, only thirty-six when he died; Bamir himself, after all his miracles, died at forty-five; Cortes was little more than thirty when he gazed upon the golden cupolas of Mexico. When Maurice of Saxony died at thirty-two, all Europe acknowledged the loss of the greatest captain and the profoundest statesman of the there are Nelson, Clive, Bonaparte ;—but these are warriors, and perhaps you may think there are greater things than war. Then take the most illustrious achievements of civil polity. Innocent III., one
age. Then of the greatest of the popes, was the despot of Christendom at thirty-seven. John de Medici was a cardinal at fifteen, andGuicciardini tells us-baffled with his statecraft Ferdinand of Arragon himself. John also was pope, as Leo X., at thirty-seven. Luther robbed even him of his richest province at thirty-five. Take Ignatius Loyola and John Wesley they worked with young brains. Pascel wrote a great work at sixteen, and died at thirtyseven. Was it experience that guided the pencil of Raphael when he painted the palaces of Rome? He died at thirty-seven. Richelieu was Secretary of State at thirty-one. Then there are Boling broke and Pitt, both ministers of state before other men leave cricket. Grotius was in great practice at seventeen, and attorney-general at twenty-four. It is needless to multiply instances. The history of heroes is the history of youth.
D'ISRAELI. The longer I live, the more am I certain that the great difference between men,-between the feeble and the powerful, the great and the insignificant,-is energy,-invincible determination,-a purpose once fixed, and then death or victory. That talent can do anything that can be done in this world, and no one can be a man without it.-SIR T. F. BUXTON.
He prayeth well who loveth well
Sweetly a blackbird, perched on a frail spray,
“What's your name?” piped hem
Little Bell,” said she.
Full of quips and wiles,
Dimpled o'er with smiles.
Neath the morning skies,
From the blue, bright eyes.
Down the dell she tripped; and through the glade
And, from out the tree,
“ Little Bell !"-piped' he.
Little Bell sat down amid the fern-
Bring me nuts!"-quoth she.
And adown the tree,
Great ripe nuts, kissed brown by July sun,
"Happy Bell !" pipes he.
Little Bell looked up and down the glade-
Come and share with me!”
Down came squirrel, eager for his fare-
Ah! the merry three !
By her snow-white cot, at close of day,
Very calm and clear
Paused awhile to hear.
“What good child is this,” the angel said,
Prays so lovingly?"
'Bell, dear Bell !” crooned he.
“Whom God's creatures love," the angel fair
Child, thy bed shall be
Adapted from T. WESTWOOD. 144
DIALOGUES, ORATIONS, NARRATIVE PIECES, ETC.
THE WIDOW OF NAIN.
A silent train came on,
Forth from the city gate the pitying crowd
N. P. WILLIS.-Adap.
SECTION III. RELIGION, PRACTICAL MORALITY, AND
ANALOGY OF NATURE AND THE BIBLE. In the miscellaneousness of the Bible we may trace the Hand of God,-his wonted method of teaching,--the publication of the word that reaches to the ends of the world. Not with square and compasses of man's device has God built the earth and meted out the heavens. His creation is broken at every point,-here a sheltered valley, there a profound abyss on one side of a mountain, whose summit is in the clouds, whilst on the other there is a leaping cataract;--off in the distance the waves lift up their voice, while in the depths above, the stars move in separate paths, and shine with different degrees of glory. And when I look into the Bible, I behold there the same sublime diversity ;-on one leaf there are as it were, pastures clothed with flocks, and valleys covered over with luxuriant corn ;--on the next leaf, heights and depths, in which are such hidings of God's purposes, that the loftiest faculties of successive generations are baffled. I follow the Saviour into quiet home scenes where kind and familiar words flow from his holy lips ;-go up with him to the mountain where the brightness of heaven glows from his face, and then look at the dread mystery of Gethsemane – the fearful agony and angelic succour. For this blending in the record the genially human with the ineffably divine —the unapproachably awful—I am the more ready to trace the image of the God whom in part we know as we do a brother, and yet who dwells in light inaccessible, and full of glory too dazzling for mortal eyes.
ISAIAH, CHAPTER XL." Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God : Speak ye animating words to Jerusalem, and declare unto her That her warfare is fulfilled; that the expiation of her iniquity is
accepted; That she shall receive at the hand of Jehovah (Blessings) double to the punishment of all her sins. A voice crieth : In the wilderness prepare ye the way Make straight in the desert a highway for our God!" Every valley shall be exalted, every mountain and hill The crooked shall become straight, and the rough plain :
* Bishop Lowth's translation.