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These beautiful verses tell the reader how the 'unwearied sun,' and the glorious lights which we see dotting the sky on a clear night, are so many witnesses to the glory and power of God, their Creator and designer. Every little boy and girl therefore should love, and worship, and fear God who is so great, wise and good. They should be careful in keeping His commandments, that is, by always speaking the truth under all circumstances; by never taking anything which does not belong to them ; by obeying and loving their parents, and by being humble, contented and happy.
They should likewise be attentive and diligent in learning their lessons, and be ever ready and happy to listen to the instructions of their Teacher, so that they may become in time clever men, and useful to their Relations, as well as being able to provide for their own and others wants.
DESTRUCTION OF THE ASSYRIANS.
The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold,
Like the leaves of the forest when summer is green,
For the Angel of death spread his wings on the blast,
Cohorts-troops of soldiers.-(2) Strown-scattered.
And there lay the steed with his nostril all wide,
And there lay the rider distorted and pale,
And the widows of Ashur are loud in their wail, 3
THE WOUNDED EAGLE.
Eagle! this is not thy sphere !
(1) Pinions-wings.—(2) Drooping--hanging over.-(3) blast-storm.
Look upon thine own bright skies!
Hast thou left that realm on high ?-
Wert thou weary of thy throne ?
Mrs. HEMANS. (4) Ethereal— belonging to the air.—(5) Shaft-arrow.
(6) Destiny-fate, lot. The Eagle has ever been associated with majesty and nobility. By savage nations he is the symbol of courage and independenee. The young Indian warrior glories in his Eagle's plume, as the most distinguished ornament with which he can adorn himself. The dress of the Highland Chieftain is incomplete without this badge of high degree. And there is truly something grand in the character of this bird ! It loves to dwell on some high and inaccessable rock, from whence it can see and watch for miles round; its rapid flight, powerful make and strength, all render it a noble and sovereign bird.
THE VILLAGE PREACHER.
(From the Deserted Village.)
“ Near yonder copse, (1) where once the garden smiled,
And still where many a garden flower grows wild, There, where a few torn shrubs the place disclose,
The village preacher's modest mansion rose.
A man he was to all the country dear,
And passing rich with forty pounds a year; Remote from towns he ran his godly race
Nor e'er had changed, nor wish'd to ehange his place; Unskilful he to fawn, (2) or seek for power,
By doctrines fashion'd to the varying (3) hour; Far other aims his heart had learn’d to prize,
More bent to raise the wretched than to rise.
His house was known to all the vagrant (4) train,
He chid (5) their wanderings, but relieved their pain ; The long remember'd beggar was his guest,
Whose beard descending swept his aged breast;
The ruin'd spendthrift,(6) now no longer proud,
Claim'd kindred there, and had his claims allow'd; The broken soldier, kindly bade to stay,
Sat by his fire, and talk'd the night away; Wept o'er his wounds, or tales of sorrow done, Shoulder'd his crutch, and show'd how fields were won.
(1) Copse—a small wood. (2) Fawn-to bend or cringe. (3) Varying-changing. (4) Vagrant-wandering beggars. (5) Chid—rebuked (6) Spendthrift-one who has spent his money reeklessly.
Pleased with his guests, the good man learn’d to glow,
And quite forgot their vices in their woe;
His pity gave ere charity began.
Thus to relieve the wretched was his pride,
And e'en his failings lean’d to virtue's side ;
He watch'd and wept, he pray'd and felt for all;
To tempt its new-fledged offspring to the skies,
(7) Scan—to remark or notice. (8) Prompt-ready-quick. (9) Endearment-attention-kindness.
THE BATTLE OF THE LEAGUE.
The King is come to marshall us, all in his armour drest,
Right graciously he smiled on us, as roll’d from wing to wing, Down all our line a defeaning shout,“ God save our Lord the