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THE POWER OF GOD.
The Lord our God is full of might,
The winds obey his will ;
The rolling sun stands still.
Rebel, ye waves, and o'er the land,
With threatening aspect roar;
And chains you to the shore.
Howl, winds of night, your force combine;
Without His high behest, (1)
Disturb the sparrows nest.
His voice sublime is heard afar,
In distant peals it dies ;
And sweeps the howling skies.
Ye nations bend, in reverence bend, .
Ye monarchs wait his nod,
To celebrate the God!
H. K. WHITE. (1) Behest-command. “For at his word the stormy wind ariseth, which lifted up the wayes thereof."
“For he maketh the storm to cease ; so that the waves thereof are still.”—Psalm 108th.
Birds—birds ! ye are beautiful things,
Ye have nests on the mountains all rugged aud stark : (1)
Beautiful birds ! ye come thickly around,
Beautiful birds ! how the schoolboy remembers
That schoolboy remembers his holiday ramble,
(1) Stark—bare, naked.—(2) Entangled-knitted together.
(5) Flags—a species of water plant.
Beautiful birds ! we've encircled (6) thy names
Beautiful creatures of freedom and light!
(8) Requiems—hymns for the dead. I think this piece so admirably appeals to the choicest feelings of a schoolboy, that it needs no remark or commendation from me, to render it a great favourite among those who are destined to learn poetry from this small collection. If perfectly learnt it will fully reward the pupils patience and perseverance.
Oft has it been my lot to mark, A proud, conceited talking spark, With eyes that hardly serv'd at most, To guard their master 'gainst a post; Yet round the world the blade has been, To see whatever could be seen. Returning from his finished tour, Grown ten times perter (1) than before; Whatever word you chance to drop, The travell’d fool your mouth will stop; “Sir, if my judgment you'll allow“I've seen-and sure I ought to know.” So begs you'd pay a due submission, And acquiesce (2) in his decision. Two travellers of such a cast, As o'er Arabia's wilds they past, And on their way, in friendly chat, Now talk'd of this, and then of that; Discours'd awhile, 'mongst other matter, Of the Chameleon's form and nature, “A stranger animal, “ cries one, “Sure never liv'd beneath the sun; “A lizard's body, lean and long, “A fish's head, a serpent's tongue, "Its foot with triple (3) claw disjoin'd « And what a length of tail behind ! “How slow its pace! and then its hue
“ Who ever saw so fine a blue ? (1) Perter-saucy, positive. (2) Acquiesce-agree, give in.
“Hold there,” the other quick replies,
So high at last the contest rose,
“Sirs,” cries the umpire, (4) “ cease your pother, (5) “The creature's neither one nor tother, “I caught the animal last night, “And view'd it o'er by candle light; "I mark'd it well—'twas black as jet
“ You stare—but sirs, I've got it yet, (4) Umpire--one who decides any question proposed to him.
(5) Pother-talk, noise or bustle.