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But my Father and Mother were summoned away,
The wind it is keen, (7) and the snow loads the gale;
(7) Keen-cold.—(8) List-short for listen.
The bird that soars on highest wing,
When Mary chose“ the better part,"
The saint that wears heaven's brightest crown,
J. MONTGOMERY. In reading the biographies of great and good men you will find, with but few exceptions, that the greatest men have generally been the humblest. Take for example the immortal name of Newton, how transcendent was his genius, yet how humble in all things did he at all times show himself,
As in the natural world with the Nightingale and Lark. so it is in the world of Man, an unassuming and plain deportment conceals frequently great and glorious powers.
THE HOMES OF ENGLAND.
The stately homes of England,
How beautiful they stand!
O’er all the pleasant land !
Through shade and sunny gleam,
Of some rejoicing stream.
The merry homes of England !
Around their hearths by night,
Meet in the ruddy light!
There Woman's voice flows forth in song,
Or childhood's tale is told;
Some glorious page of old.
The cottage-homes of England;
By thousands on her plains,
And round the hamlet-fanes ;
Each from its nook of leaves;
As the bird beneath their eaves.
The free fair homes of England;
Long, long in hut and hall,
To guard each hallow'd wall;
And bright the flowery sod,
MRS. HEMANS. (2) Tunefully-musically, pleasantly.—(3) Nook-corner or bed.
(4) Hallow'd-sacred. The subject of the above verses is the 'Homes of England.' commencing with the Stately Homes of England,' down to the
Cottage Homes of England. And true it is that the Peasant's small cot is as dear to him, and perhaps more so, than the splendid mansion is to the Nobleman. In no country more than England do the people value so highly their homes and their hearths. In them are centred their affections, their hopes, their joys ;-and in them, as a quiet haven, they seek repose and tranquility from the stormy and turbulent world. Little boys and girls cannot value too much their happy and comfortable homes.
“I would not have a slave to till my ground,
To carry me, to fan me while I sleep,
(1) Sinews-muscles.—(2) Ferried-crossed over by means of a vessel.—(3) Emancipate-free, no longer slaves.—(4) Shackles chains, bonds.
It is a right glorious fact that "Slaves cannot breathe in England.' We have no slaves to tarnish the glory of merry England! We live in a land where all are free!—free to act, free to live, free to think, with enlightened justice, and pure laws. Let us be thankful to the great Jehovah that our land is so signally blessed! but alas ! across the Atlantic, in some parts of America, slavery exists,-men are bought and sold like cattle, and the poor African there endures bitter and horrible oppression. To those who would like to learn what slavery means, let them read a remarkable book, entitled 'Uncle Tom's Cabin.'
BIRDS OF PASSAGE.
Birds, joyous birds of the wandering wing!
“We have swept o'er cities in song renown'd, -
And what have ye found in the monarch's dome, 2
(1) Nile-This is a celebrated river, as the reader no doubt will recollect, whose yearly overflowing renders Egypt an extremely fertile country. The Hippopotamus frequents the banks of this river, and a specimen (the first live one ever brought to this country) came from thence, which is now exhibited in the Zoological Gardens, Regent's Park. The length of the course of the Nile is upwards of 2000 miles. (2) Domembuilding, a royal residence.--(3) Pall--a covering for the dead.