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Beating on one of those disastrous isles, -
Half of a vessel,30 half — no more; the rest

Had vanished, swallowed94 up with all that there · Had for the common safety striven in vain,

Or thither thronged for refuge. 2. With quick glance

Daughter and sire through optic-glass discern, -
Clinging about the remnant of this ship,
Creatures — how precious in the maiden's sight !
For whom, belike, the old man grieves still more
Than for their fellow-sufferers engulfed
Where every parting agony is hushed,
And hope and fear mix not in further strife.
“ But courage, Ei father! let us out to sea, -

A few may yet be saved." 3. The daughter's words,

Her earnest tone, and looks beaming with faith,
Dispel the father's doubts; nor do they lack
The noble-minded mother's helping hand
To launch the boat; and, with her blessing cheered
And inwardly sustained by silent prayer,

Together they put forth, — father and child !
4. Each grasps an oar, and struggling on they go, -

Rivalssi in effort ; and, alike intent,
Here to elude and there surmount, they watch
The billows lengthening, mutually crossed
And shattered, and re-gathering their might;
As if the tumultei by the Almighty's will
Were, in the conscious sea, roused and prolonged,
That woman's fortitude — 80 tried, so proved

May brighten more and more! 5 True to the mark,

They stem the current of that perilous gorge,
Their arms still strengthening with the strengthening basurde
Though dânger, as the wreck is neared, becomes
More imminent. Not unseen do they approach ;
And rapture, with varieties of fear
Incessantly conflicting, thrills the frames
Of those who in that dauntless energy
Foretaste deliverance.
But the least perturbed
Can scarcely trust his eyes, when he parraives
That of the pair — tossed on the waves to bring
Hope to the hopeless, to the dying life
One is a woman, a poor earthly sister !
Or, be the visitant other than she seems,
A guardian spirit sent from pitying Heaven.
In woman's shape ?

7. But why prolong the tale,

Casting weak words amid a host of thoughts
Armed to repel them? Every hazard faced
And difficulty mastered, with resolve
That no one breathing should be left to perish,
This last remainder of the crew are all
Placed in the little boat, then o'er the deep
Are safely börne, landed upon the beach,
And, in fulfilment of God's mercy, lodged
Within the sheltering lighthouse.

8. Shout, ye waves !169

Send forth a sound of triumph. Waves and winds,
Esult in this deliverance wrought through faith
In Him whose Providence your rage has served !
Ye screaming sea-mews, in the concert join !

9. And would that some immortal voice - a voice165

Fitly attuned to all138 that gratitude
Breathes out from floor or couch, through pallid lips
Of the survivors, – to the clouds might bear,-
Blended with praise of that parental love
Beneath whose watchful eye the maiden grew
Pious and pure, modest and yet so brave,
Though young so wise, though meek so resolute, -_131
Might carry to the clouds and to the stars,
Yea, El to celestial choirs,38 Grace Darling'gri name!

WORDSWORTH

XCII. —THE PRAIRIES OF THE WEST.

1. The attraction of the prairies consists in its extent, itg carpet of verdure and flowers, its undulating surface, its groves, und the fringe of timber by which it is surrounded. Of all these, the latter is the most expressive feature; it is that which gives character to the landscape, which imparts the shape and raarks the boundary of the plain. If the prairie be small, its greatest beauty consists in the vicinity of the surrounding margin of wood. land, which resembles the shore of a lake, indented with deep vistas like bays and inlets, and throwing out long points like capes and headlands; while occasionally these points approach 80 close on either hand, that the traveller passes through a nar. row avënue or strait, where the shadows of the woodland fall upon his path, and then again emerges into another prairie.

2. Where the plain is large, the forest outline is seen in the far perspective, like the dim shore when beheld at a distance from the ocean. The eye sometimes roams over the green meadow

without discovering a tree, a shrub, or any object in the immense expanse, but the wilderness of grass and flowers; while at another time the prospect is enlivened by the groves, which are seen interspersed like islands, or the solitary tree, which stands alone in the blooming desert.

3. If it be in the spring of the year, and the young grass has just covered the ground with a carpet of delicate green, and especially if the sun is rising from behind a distant swell of the plain, and glittering upon the dew-drops, no scene can be mor? lovely to the eye. The deer is seen grazing quietly upon the plain; the bee is on the wing; the wolf, with his tail drooped, is sneaking away to his covert with the felon tread of one who is conscious that he has disturbed the peace of nature; and the grouse, feeding in flocks or in pairs, like the domestic fowl, cover the whole surface.

4. When the eye roves off from the green plain to the groves, or points of timber, these also are found to be at this season robed in the most attractive hues. The rich undergrowth is in full bloom. The red-bud, the dog-wood, the crab-apple, the wildplum, the cherry, the wild-rose, are abundant in all the rich lauds; and the grape-vine, though its blossom is unseen, fills the air with fragrance. The variety of the wild fruit and flowering shrubs is so great, and such the profusion of the blossoms with which they are bowed down, that the eye is regaled almost to satiety.

5. The gayety of the prairie, its embellishments, and the absence of the gloom and savage wildness of the forest, all con. tribute to dispel the feeling of lonesomeness which usually creeps over the mind of the solitary traveller in the wilderness. Though he may not see a house, nor a human being, and is conscious that he is far from the habitationser of men, he can scarcely divest himself of the idea that he is travelling through scenes embel. lished by the hand of art. The flowers, so frágile, so delicate, and so ornamental, seem to have been tastefully disposed to adorn the scene; the groves and clumps of trees appear to have been scattered over the lawn to beautify the landscape ; and it is not casy to avoid that illusion of the fancy which persuades the beholder that such scenery has been created to gratify the refined taste of civilized man.

6. Européans are often reminded of the resemblance of this scenery to that of the extensive parks of noblemen which they have been accustomed to admire in the Old World; the lawn, the avenue, the grove, the copse, which are there produced by art, are here produced by nature; a splendid specimen of nassy arcaitecture, and the distant view of villages, are alone wanting to render the simil'itude complete.

JAMES HALL.

7. These are the gardens of the desert, these

The unshorn fields, boundless and beautiful,
For which the speech of England has no name,
The Prairies.El I behold them for the first,
And my heart swells, while the dilated sight
Takes in the encircling vastness. Lo ! they stretob,
In airy undulations, far away,
As if the ocean, in his gentlest swell.
Stood still, with all his rounded billows fixed,
And motionless forever. Motionless ?-.
No - they are all unchained again. The clouds
Sweep over with their shadows, and, beneath,
The surface rolls and fluctuates to the eye ;
Dark hollows seem to glide along, and chase
The sunny ridges. * * *

8. Man hath no part in all this glorious work :

The Hand that built the firmament hath heaved
And smoothed these verdant swells, and sown their slopos
With herbage,54 planted them with island groves,
And hedged them round with forests. Fitting floor
For this magnificent temple of the sky -
With flowers whose glory and whose multitude
Rival the constellations! The great heavens
Seem to stoop down upon the scene in love, —
A nearer vault, and of a tenderer blue,
Than that which bends above the eastern hills.

BRYANT

XCIII. — THE VALLEY OF MEXICO.

From THE SIDE OF THE SIERRAEI NEVA'DA. 1. CONCEIVE yourself placed on a mountain nearly two thousand feet above the valley, and nine thousand above the level of the sea; a sky above you of the most perfect azure, without a cloud ; and an atmosphere so transparently pure that the remotest objects, at the distance of many leagues, are as distinctly visible as if at hand. The gigantic scale of everything first strikes you, — you seem to be looking down upon a world.

2. No other mountain and valley view has such an assemblage of features, because nowhere else are the mountains at the same time so high, the valley so wide, or filled with such variety of land and water. The plain beneath is exceedingly level, and for two hundred miles around it extends a barrier of stupendous

mountains, most of which have been active volcanoes, and are now covered, some with snow, and some with forests.

3. It is laced with large bodies of water, appearing more like seas than lakes; it is dotted with innumerable villages, and estates, and plantations; eminences rise from it, which, elsewhere, would be called mountains, yet there, at your feet, they seem but ant-hills on the plain; and now, letting your eye follow the rise of the mountains to the west (near fifty miles distant), you look over the immediate summits that wall the valley to another and more distant range, and to range beyond range, with valleys between each, until the whole melts into a vapory distance, blue as the cloudless sky above you.

4. I could have gazed for hours at this little world, while the sun and passing vapor checkered the fields, and, sailing off again, left the whole one bright mass of verdure and water, bringing out clearly the domes of the village churches studding the plain or leaning against the first slopes of the mountains, with the huge lakes looming larger in the răr'efied atmosphere. El

5. Yet one thing was wanting. Over the immense expanse there seemed scarce an evidence of life. There were no figures in the picture. It lay torpid in the sunlight, like some deserted region, where Nature again was beginning to assert her empire, vast, solitary, and melancholy. There were no sails, no steamers on the lakes, no smoke over the villages, no people at labor in the fields, no horsemen, coaches, or travellers, but ourselves.

6. The silence was almost supernatural. It was a picture of “ still life,” inanimate in every feature, save where, on the distant mountain sides, the fire of some poor coal-burner mingled its blue wreath with the bluer sky, or the tinkle of the bell of a solitary mulëteer was heard from among the dark and solemn pines.

BRANTZ MAYER.

XCIV. — THE WORLD OF WATER.

1. WATER expands when warmed ; in pots it boils over; and although the ocean certainly is nowhere hot enough to boil a leg of mutton, the great mass of water rises under the influence of tropic heat above the common level, and runs over towards the poles, leaving its place empty for cold water to rush in and occupy it. Precisely in the same way, air, which is another ocean, — an ocean some fifty miles deep, and at the bottom of which we are living, - swells at the equator, and pours out its deluge north and south over the colder current which runs in to

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