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LXXVIII. — SELECT PASSAGES IN VERSE.

1. A PRAYER. — Thomson. .
FATHER of light and life! thou Good Supreme! :
0, teach me what is good! teach me thyself!
Save me from folly, vanity, and vice,
From every low pursuit, and feed my soul
With knowledge, conscious peace, and virtue pure, -
Sacred, substantial, never-fading bliss !

2. PROVIDENCE INSCRUTABLE. — Addison.

The ways of Heaven are dark and intricate :
Puzzled in mazes and perplexed with errors,
Vur understanding traces them in vain,
Lost and bewildered in the fruitless search ;
Nor sees with how much art the windings run,
Nor where the regular confusion ends.

3 ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE ATTAINABLE BY ALL. — Wordsworth

The primal dūties shine aloft, like stars ;

he charities that soothe, and heal, and bless,
Are scattered at the feet of man like flowers ;
The generous inclination, the just rule,
Kind wishes, and good actions, and pure thoughts, –
No mystery is here; no special boon
For high and not for low, for proudly-graced
And not for meek of heart. The smoke ascends

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1. God både the Sun with golden step sublime

Advance !
He whispered in the listening ear of Time,

Advance !
He băde the guiding Spirit of the stars,
With lightning speed, in silver-shining cars,
Along the bright floor of his azure hali

Advance !
Sun, Stars, and Time obey the voice, and all

Advance!

2. The river at its bubbling fountain cries,

Advance !
The clouds proclaim, like heralds, through the skier,

Advance!
Throughout the world, the mighty Master's laws
Allow not one brief moment's idle pause ;

5 ADDRESS to Duty.160 — Wordsworth.
Stern Jawgirer! yệt thou dost wear
The Godhead's most benignant grace ;
Nor know we anything so fair
As is the smile upon thy face;
Flowers laugh before thee on their beds,
And Fragrance in thy footing treads;
Thou dost preserve the stars from wrong ;
And tho most ancient heavens, through thee, are fresh and strong

6. DEATH OF THE YOUNG AND FAIR. - Anonymous.
She died in beauty, like a rose162 blown from its parent stem;
She died in beauty, like a pearl dropped from some diadem ;
She died in beauty, like a lay along a moonlit lake;
She died in beauty, like the song of birds amid the brake;
She died in beauty, like the snow on flowers dissolved away;
She died in beauty, like a star lost on the brow of day; -
She lives in glory, like Night's gems set round the silver moon;
She lives in glory, like the sun amid the blue of June.

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7. CONSCIENTIOUS DISCHARGE OF DUTY. — Bryant.

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Yět nerve thy spirit to the proof,

And blench not at thy chosen lot ;
The timid good may stand aloof,

The sage may frown — yet faint thou no grat
Nor heed the shaft too surely cast,

The foul and hissing bõlt of scorn ;

For with thy side shall dwell, at last, cv eno vnov prvults. vvitruyy that"genius "ever won. It was the onquering of nature, of ignorance, of superstition, of terror, al it a single blow, and that blow struck by a single arm.

12. And now do you demand the name of this wonderful man? Alas! what a lesson of the instability of earthly fame are we taught in this simple recital! He who had raised himself immeasurably above his race, who must have been regarded by his fellows as little less than a god, who had inscribed his fame on the very heavens, and had written it in the sun, with a “pen of iron, and the point of a diamond,"El even this one has perished from the earth ; name, age, country, are all swept into oblivion. But his proud achievement stands. The monumentet reared to his honor stands, and although the touch of time has effaced the lettering of his name, it is powerless, and cannot destroy the fruits of his victory.

0. M MITCHELL.

LXXX — INCONVENIENT IGNORANCE. 1. ALTHOUGH desirous of reaching the Lake of Constance with all possible speed, I was obliged to stop at Vadutz.El Since our journey began it had rained in torrents, and now both horse

ahatinately refused to go a step further; the beast
10. LOVE DUE TO THE CREATOR. — G. Griffin.
And ask ye why He claims our love ?

O answer, all ye winds of even,
O answer, all ye lights above,

That watch in yonder darkening heaven;
Thou earth, in vernal radiance gay

As when His angels first arrayed thee,
And thou, O deep-tongued ocean, say

Why man should love the Mind that made thee

There 's not a flower that decks the vale,

There 's not a beam that lights the mountain,
There's not a shrub that scents the gale,

There 's not a wind that stirs the fountain,
There 's not a hue that paints the rose,

There's not a leaf around us lying,
But in its use or beauty shows

True love to us, and love undying !

LXXIX. — ADVANCE.24

1. God băde the Sun with golden step sublime

Advance!
He whispered in the listening ear of Time,

Advance !
He băde the guiding Spirit of the stars,
With lightning speed, in silver-shining cars,
Along the bright floor of his azure hall

Advance!
Sun, Stars, and Time obey the voice, and all

Advance?

2. The river at its bubbling fountain cries,

Advance!
The clouds proclaim, like heralds, through the skier,

Advance!
Throughout the world, the mighty Master's laws
Allow not one brief moment's idle pause ;

5 ADDRESS TO DUTY.160 – Wordsworth.
Stern Jawgirer! yặt thou dost wear
The Godhead's most benignant grace ;
Nor know we anything so fair
As is the smile upon thy face;
Flowers laugh before thee on their beds,

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Advance!

Go, draw the marble from its secret bed,
And make the cedar bend its giant head;
Let domes and columns through the wandering air

Advance!
The world, O man ! is thine. But, wouldst thou share, --

Advance !

.4. Unto the soul of man the same voice spoke,

Advance !
From out the chaos thunder-like it broke,

Advance!
Go, track the cometer in its wheeling race,
And drag the lightning from its hiding-place ;
From out the night of ignorance and tears,

Advance!
For love and hope, borne by the coming years,

Advance!

5. All heard, and some obeyed the great command,

Advance !
It passed along from listening land to land,

Advance !
The strong grew stronger, and the weak grew strong,
As passed the war-cry of the world along -
Awake, ye nations, know your powers and rights,

Advance!
Through Hope and Work, to Freedom's new delights

Advance !

6. Knowledge came down, and waved her steady torch,

Advance !
Sages proclaimed, 'neath many a marble porch,

Advance!
As rapid lightning leaps from peak to peak,
The Gaul, the Goth, the Roman, and the Greek,
The painted Briton, caught the wingid word,

Advance!
And earth grew young, and carolled as a bird,
Advance !

DF, M'CARTHY.

LXXX — INCONVENIENT IGNORANCE.

1. ALTHOUGH desirous of reaching the Lake of Constance with all possible speed, I was obliged to stop at Vadutz.El Since our journey began it had rained in torrents, and now both horse and driver obstinately refused to go a step further; the beast because he sank in the mud up to his knees, and the man because he was wet to the bone. Indeed, it would have been cruel to have insisted on proceeding. Nothing but motives of philan'thropy, E however, could have induced me to enter the wretched inn whose sign had arrested our équipage.

2. Hardly had I set foot in the narrow entry that led to the kitchen,30 which was, at the same time, the common room for travellers, than I was taken by the throat by a sharp odor of sour-krout, Es which came as a sort of preännouncement of my billof-fare. Now, I can say of sour-krout, as a certain abbë El said of flounders, that if sour-krout and I were left alone on the earth, the world would very soon come to an end.

3. I began, then, to pass in review my whole Teutonicer vocab'ulary, and to apply it to the possibilities of the larder of a vil. lage inn. The precaution was not untimely; for hardly was I seated at the table, where a couple of teamsters, the first occupants, were disposed to yield me an end, than a deep plate, full of the abhorred food, was placed before me. Fortunately I had been prepared for this infamous pleasantry, and I put aside the dish, which was smoking like a small Vesuvius, with a nichtEl gut (not good), so heartily enunciated that my hearers must have taken me for a full-blooded Saxon.

4. A German always supposes that he has misunderstood you when you say that you do not like sour-krout; but when it is in his own language, that you express your disgust for this national dish, his astonishment — to avail myself of an ex pression in vogue with his countrymen -- becomes “ mountainous.” There succeeded, then, an intamal of silence, of stupefaction, like that which would have followed some abominable blas phemy, and while it lasted the hostess seemed to be laboriously occupied in rallying her disordered ideäs.

5. The result of her reflections was a phrase, Et pronounced in a voice so changed that the words were wholly unintelligible to me, although, from the physiognomy,50 I interpreted them to be, “ But, sir, if you do not like sour-krout, what do you like?”

- " Alles diesës ausgenom'men," I replied; which I will remark, for the benefit of those not up with me in philology, El means “ All, except that.” It appeared that disgust had produced upon

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