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“Well then, at once to ease the doubt,”
Replies the man, “I'll turn him out;
“And when before your eyes I've set him,
“If you don't find him black, I'll eat him."
He said, and full before their sight,
Produc'd the beast, and lo!-'twas white.
Both star'd, the man look'd wondrous wise,
“My children, the Chamelion cries,
(Then first the creature found a tongue,)
“ You all are right, and all are wrong;
“When next you talk of what you view,
“Think others see as well as you;
“ Nor wonder, if you find that none
“ Prefers your eye-sight to his own."

MERRICK. I think it will not be much out of place to give you a short description of the subject of these witty and admirable verses. The Chameleon is, as I daresay you know, a species of Lizard, and is found in Africa, India and Australia. The most wonderful feature in the natural history of this reptile is the power it possesses of changing colour. And very true it is that each of the travellers saw rightly, and saw differently, one said it was green, another blue, and the umpire chosen to decide the matter announced it black, but lo! when the creature is produced it turns out to be white! The reason and cause which create these different colours, has been accounted for in various ways, one is, the varied influence of light on the nervous system. But when you get older, you will be better able to comprehend the many theories that have been proposed and discussed on this interesting point.

The tongue of this animal is a most extraordinary organ, and is the instrument by which it secures its insect prey, darting it out to a great distance and in the twinkling of an era withdrawing it again. CHRISTMAS HYMN.

Brightest and best of the sons of the morning,
Dawn on our darkness, and lend us thine aid !
Star of the East, the horizon adorning,
Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

Cold on his cradle the dewdrops are shining !
Low lies his bed with the beasts of the stall !
Angels adore him in slumber reclining,
Maker, and Monarch, and Saviour of all !

Say, shall we yield him, in costly devotion,
Odours of Edom and offerings divine ;
Gems of the mountain, and pearls of the ocean,
Myrrh 1 from the forest, and gold from the mine?

Vainly we offer each ample oblation; 2
Vainly with gold would his favour secure;
Richer by far is the heart's adoration;
Dearer to God are the prayers of the poor.

Brightest and best of the sons of the morning,
Dawn on our darkness, and lend us thine aid !
Star of the East, the horizon adorning,
Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid !

HEBER.

(1) Myrrh-an aromatic or powerful scented gum, brought from Ethiopia, but the tree which produces it is nnknown.

(2) Oblation--an offering.

TO A SKYLARK.

Up with me! up with me into the clouds !
For thy song, Lark, is strong;
Up with me, up with me into the clouds !
Singing, singing,
With clouds and sky about thee ringing,
Lift me, guide me, till I find
That spot which seems so to thy mind!

Alas! my journey, rugged and uneven,
Through prickly moors or dusty ways must wind;
But hearing thee or others of thy kind,
As full of gladness and as free of heaven, .
I, with my fate contented, will plod on,
And hope for higher raptures, when life's day is done.

W. WORDSWORTH. Poets of all ages have sung of the glories of this exquisite war. bler, but of all pieces, Shelley's ode to the Sky-lark is the most admired and read. I subscribe a few verses of this fine poem.

Higher still and higher,
From the earth thou springest
Like a cloud of fire;
The blue deep thou wingest,
And singing still dost soar, and soaring ever singest.

In the golden lightning
Of the sunken sun,
O’er which clouds are brightning,
Thou dost float and run;
Like an unbodied joy whose race is just begun.

All the earth and air
With thy voice is loud
As, when night is bare,
From one lonely cloud
The moon rains out her beams, and heaven is overflowed.

What thou art, we know not;
What is most like thee ?
From rainbow clouds there flow not
Drops so bright to see,
As from thy presence showers a rain of melody.

Teach us, sprite or bird,
What sweet thoughts are thine: -
I have never heard
Praise of love or wine
That panted forth a flood of rapture so divine.

We look before and after,
And pine for what is not:
Our sincerest laughter
With some pain is fraught:
Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.

Teach me half the gladness
That thy brain must know,
Such harmonious madness
From my lips would flow,
The world should listen then as I am listening now.

SUILLEY. THE GLORY OF THE CREATOR.

The spacious firmament (1) on high,

With all the blue ethereal (2) sky,
And spangled 3 heavens, a shining frame,

Their great Original 4 proclaim.

The unwearied sun from day to day,

Does his Creator's power display,
And publishes in every land,

The work of an Almighty hand.

Soon as the evening shades prevail,

The moon takes up her wondrous tale,
And nightly, to the list’ning earth,

Repeats the story of her birth.

While all the stars that round her burn,

And all the planets 5 in their turn,
Confirm the tidings as they roll,

And spread the truth from pole to pole.

What though in solemn silence, all

Move round this dark terrestrial 6 ball;
What though no real voice nor sound

Amidst these radiant ? orbs be found.

In Reason's ear they all rejoice,

And utter forth a glorious voice
For ever singing, as they shine,
“The hand that made us is divine."

ADDISON. (1) Firmament—the heavens. (2) Ethereal--pure. . (3) Spangled-sparkling, dotted with stars.

(4) Original -Creator, God who formed this glorious world. (5) Planets—bodies which revolve round the Sun, and not like stars

being fixed. The earth on which we live is a planet. (6) Terrestrial - belonging to the earth. (7) Radiant--shining.

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