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[We beg to thank Mr. Browning for permission to insert Nos. 33, 111, 121, and 128;
CHOICE POEMS AND LYRICS.
PIPING down the valleys wild,
Sing thy songs of happy cheer:"
While he wept with joy to hear.
In a book that all may read—”
And I made a rural pen,
And I stain'd the water clear,
William Blake: 1757-1827.
William Blake was an artist as well as a poet. He illus trated his own works, and many others, by hand-coloured etchings and copper-plate engravings of weird and fanciful design. There was a touch of insanity in his nature which showed itself in nearly all his work. His poems, though couched in simple language, are sometimes difficult to understand. But they are sweet and wild, and linger long in the mind; and their tendency is always elevating by reason of their purity, and protest against worldliness and all the meaner passions of men.
THE GOODNESS OF PROVIDENCE.
THE Lord my pasture shall prepare,
Though in the paths of death I tread,
Though in a bare and rugged way,
Joseph Addison: 1672-1719.
Best known by his contributions to the Spectator, Guardian, and Tatler, periodical papers on news, social subjects, and literature. His chief works in poetry are The Campaign and Cato, but his verse is inferior to his prose. Addison was made Secretary of State in 1717.
1 glebe-grassy plain.
2 crook-a shepherd's staff.
3 devious-strange and intricate.
♦ beguile—ameliorate, or soften by kind encouragement.
GOD THE COMFORTER.
O THOU who dry'st the mourner's tear!
The friends, who in our sunshine live,
When joy no longer soothes nor cheers,
Oh! who would bear life's stormy doom,
Come, brightly wafting through the gloom
Then sorrow, touched by Thee, grows bright
As darkness shows us worlds of light
Thomas Moore: 1779-1852.
Author of Irish Melodies, Lalla Rookh, and other poems. His verse is very musical, and its sweetness sometimes cloys. The Irish Melodies are the most graceful in thought, tender in feeling, and simple and refined in form of all his writings,-they are the best known, and will probably always remain the most popular,
1 peace-branch--the sending of an olive-branch was a token or an overture of peace in ancient times.