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within the scope of clear reflection ; to fix in my mind so very strong an idea of what I have been in this originale period of my time, that I shall most completely possess this idea in ages too remote for calculation.

JOHN FOSTER

Xxxv. - HYMN. How are thy servants blest, O Lord! How sure is their defence ! Eternal wisdom is their guide, their help Omnipotence. In foreign realms and lands remote, supported by thy care, Through burning climes I passed unhurt, and treathed the tainted air

Thy mercy sweetened every toil, made every region please ;
The hoary Alpinest hills it warmed, and smoothed the Tyrrhenosi seas
Think, O my soul, devoutly think, how, with affrighted eyes,
Thou saw'st the wide-extended deep in all its horrors rise.

Confusion dwelt in every face, and fear in every heart,
When waves on waves, and gulfs on gulfs, o'ercame the pilot’s art.
Yet then from all my griefs, O Lord, thy mercy set me free,
Whilst in the confidence of prayer my faith took hold on thee

For, though in dreadful whirls we hung, high on the broken wave,
I knew thou wert not slow to hear, nor impotent to save.
The storm 101 was laid, the winds retired, obedient to thy will ;
The sea, that roared at thy command, at thy command was still.

In midst of dangers, fears, and death, thy goodness91 I 'll adore,
And praise thee for thy mercies past, and humbly54 hope for more
My life, if thou presery'st my life, thy sacrifice shall be ;
And death, if death must be my doom, shall join my soul to thee.

ADDISON

XXXVI. — THE GRAVES OF A HOUSEHOLD.

THEY grew in beauty, side by side ; they filled one house with glee Their graves are severed far and wide, by mount, and stream, and sex The same fond mother bent at night o'er each fair, sleeping brow; She had each folded flower in sight - where are those dreamers nov

One, 'midst the forests of the West, by a dark stream is laid ; -
The Indian9 knows his place of rest, far in the cedar shade.
The sea, the blue lone sea, hath one; - he lies where pearls lie deep
He was the loved of all, yet none o'er his low bed may weep.

One sleeps where southern vines are dressed48 above the noble slain : He wrapt his colors round his breast on a blood-red field of Spain. And one-o'er her the myrtle showers its leaves by soft winds fanned She faded midst Italian flowers — the last of that bright band!

And, parted thus, they rest who played beneath the same green tree
Whose voices mingled as they prayed around one parent knee !
They that with smiles lit up the hall, and cheered with song the hearth:*
Alas for love, if thou wert all, and naught beyond, 0 earth!

MRS. HEMANS

XXXVII. — FALL OF A MOUNTAIN IN SWITZERLAND.

1. The summer of 1806 had been remarkably stormy, and the copious rains had loosened the soil of the mountain of Rossberg, overlooking the valley of Goldau ;EI but as late as the 2d of September nothing had occurred to presage82 the danger which menaced us. About two o'clock in the afternoon of that day, I told Louisa, the eldest of my daughters, to go and draw some water from the spring. She took a pitcher and went; but returned in a minute with the news3 that the spring had stopped flowing. As I had only to cross the garden to satisfy myself in regard to this phenomenon, Et I went, and found that the spring was in truth dried up.

2. I was about to give three or four thrusts with the spade into the soil, to discover the cause of this disappearance, when the earth seemed to tremble under my feet. I left the spade upright in the ground. What was my astonishment, when103 1 saw it moving off by itself! At the same time a flock of birds rose with sharp cries into the air. I looked up and saw immense rocks detaching themselves and rolling down the mountain.27 I believed that I was seized with a vertigo.El I turned to retrace my steps to the house. Between me and it a fissuret0 in the earth had been suddenly formed, the depth of which I could not measure.. I leaped over it as if I were in a dream, and ran towards the house. It seemed as if the mountain were sliding from its base, and pursuing me.

3. Arrived before the door of my house, I met my father, who had just been filling his pipe. He had frequently predicted

* It will be remembered (see T 32, Part I.) that the ea of hearth should be sounded like the ea of heart. To suit the rhyme, in this instance it may be sounded to correspond with the ea of earth. The last line in this poem is an instarce of the inversion noticed in T 156. The meaning is, -" Alas for love, if thou, O earth, wert all, and there were not another life beyond thee !” The line is elliptical as well as inverted. See | 166.

the disaster which seemed now at hand. I told him that the mountain was staggering like a drunkeno man, and that it threatened to fall on us. “It will at least give me time to light my pipe,” said he, reëntering145 the house. At this moment, 91 something passed through the air, casting a huge shadow.94 I looked up. It was a rock, which, launched like a ball from a cannon, fell upon a house some four hundred paces from the village, and crushed it to pieces.

4. My wife now appeared, turning the corner of the street, and leading three of our children. I ran towards her, took two of the children in my arms, and told her to follow me. “But, Marianna !” exclaimed she ; “ Marianna, who is in the house with Francisca !” I retained her by the arm, for, the same moment,91 the house whirled round upon itself like a reel. My father, who had just set foot on the threshold, was precipitated to the other side of the street. I drew my wife towardsEr me, and compelled her to follow me. All at once there was a frightful noise, followed by a cloud of dust which covered the valley, My wife was torn forcibly from me. I turned — she had disappeared with the child !

5. There seemed something incomprehensible — something in, fernal in it. The earth had opened and closed under her feet. I should not have known what had become of her, but that one of her hands remained visible outside of the soil. I threw my. self upon this hand, which the earth seemed to hold like a vice. I would not quit the place. But my children30 cried for succor.

rose like one demented from the ground, took a child under either arm, and fled. Three times I felt the ground moving under my feet, and fell with my burthen. Three times I rose, and struggled forward.

6. At length it seemed no longer possible for me to keep standing. I tried to hold on to the trees, and the trees fell. I tried to support myself againsta a rock, and the rock fled from me as if it were alive. I placed my children on the ground, and Lay down beside them. An instant after, it was as if the last lay of the creation had come. The whole mountain fell.

7. I remained thus with my poor children all the rest of the day, and a part of the night. We believed we were the last human beings alive in the world; but all at once we heard cries at some paces from us. They were from a young man of Bu'singen, who had been married that day. Returning from Art with the wedding party, at the moment of entering Goldau he had lingered behind to gather from a garden a bouquetki of roses for his bride. When he looked for her again, village, wedding party, bride, all had disappeared like a flash; and the youth ran

about crying “Catherine !” -- his bouquet of roses in his hand -- like a spectre among the ruins. I called him. He approached, looked at us, and, seeing that she whom he sought was not with us, departed like a madman.

8. We arose, my children and I. Looking round, we pers ceived by the light of the moon a large crucifix which remained standing. We went towardsEI it. An old man lay couched near the cross, in whom I recognized my father. I believed him dead, and rushed towards him. He started up. Then I asked him if he knew anything of what had transpired in the house, which he had reëntered at the moment of the catas'trophë. But he had seen nothing, 37 except that Francisca, our cook, had taken little Marianna by the hand, telling her to flee, for the day of judgment had come. But at the same moment all was overturned, and he was hurled into the street. He knew nothing more, having been stunned by his head's striking against a stone.37 As soon as he recovered his consciousness, he bethought himself of the cross, came to it, prayed, and sank again insensible.

9. No description can give an adequate idea of the spectacle which presented itself when the day dawned. Three villages had disappeared. Two churches and a hundred houses were interred. Four hundred persons were buried alive. A frag. mento1 of the mountain had rolled into the lake of Lowertz, and, partly filling it up, had raised a body of water a hundred feet high and a league in extent, which had passed over the Isle of Schwanau, El and swept off the houses and inhabitants. The chapel30 of Olten, built of wood, was found floating, as if by a miracle, on the lake; the clock of Goldau, carried through the air, had fallen a quarter of a league from the church to which it belonged. Only seventeen persons among the population of the valley34 survived this catastrophe.

ORIGINAL TRANSLATION FROM A. DUMAS.

XXXVIII. — THE SPIDEREI AND THE BEE: AN APOLOGUE.”

1. Upon the highest corner of a large window94 there dwelt a certain spider, El swollen up to the first magnitude%5 by the destruction of infinite numbers of flies, whose spoils lay scattered before the gates of his palace, like human bones87 before the cave of some giant. The avenues to his castle were guarded with turn. pikes and palisadoes, all after the modern” way of fortification. After you had passed several courts you came to the centre wherein you might behold the constable himself in his own lodg

ings, which had windows fronting to each avenue, and ports to sally out upon all occasions of prey or defence.

2. In this mansion he had for some time dwelt in peace and plenty, without danger to his person by swallows from above, or to his palace by brooms from below, when it was the pleasure of fortune to conduct thither a wandering bee, to whose curiosity a broken pane in the glass had discovered itself; and in he went, where, èxpatiating a while, he at last happened to alight upon one of the outward walls of the spider's citadel, which, yielding to the unequal weight, sank down to the very foundation. Thrice he endeavored to force his passage, and thrice the centre shook. The spider within, feeling the terrible convulsion, supposed at first101 that nature was approaching to her final dissolution. However, he at length valiantly resolved to issuel forth and meet his fate.

3. Meanwhile, the bee had acquitted himself of his toils, and, posted securely at some distance, was employed in oleansing his wings and disengaging them from the ragged remnants of the cobweb. By this time the spider was adventured out, when, beholding the chasm,97 the ruins, and dilapidations of his fortress, he was very near at his witso141 end. He stormed and swore like a madman, and swelled till he was ready to burst.101 At length, casting his eye upon the bee, and wisely gathering causes from events (for they knew each other by sight),165 “ A plague upon you,” said he, “ for a giddy puppy! Is it you, with a vengeance, 32 that have made this litter here ? Could you not look before you? Do you think I have nothing else to do but to mend and repair after you?

4. “Good words, friend,” said the bee (having now pruned himself, and being disposed to be droll). “I'll give you my hand and word to come near your kennel30 no more ; I was never in such a confounded pickle since I was born.”—“Sir rah,”Ei replied the spider, “ if it were not for breaking an old custom in our family, never to stir abroad against an enemy, I should come and teach you better manners.” -“I pray have patience,"91 said the bee, “or you 'll spend your substance; and, for aught I see, you may stand in need of it all towarder the repair of your house." – Rogue, rogue !” replied the spider, “yet methinks you should have more respect to a person whom all the world allows to be so much your better.”

5. “By my troth,” said the bee, “ the comparison will amount to a very good jest; and you will do me the favor to let me know the reasons that all the world is pleased to use in so hopeful a dispute.” At this the spider, having swelled himself juto the size and posture40 of a disputant, began his argument in the

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