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THE DEAD SPARROW.
Tell me not of joy! there's none,
He would chirp and play with me;
O how sullen he would be !
He would catch a crumb, and then,
He from my lip
Would moisture sip; He would from my trencher feed; Then would hop, and then would run, And cry philip when he'd done!
O! whose heart can choose but bleed?
0! how eager would he fight,
No morn did pass,
But on my glass
pat.way sleek 'em too.
One day, as he stood in the heat of the sun,
And then he look'd over the wall.
So cool and refreshing to-day !
And nobody is in the way.”
And no one to chide you is nigh,
From his glorious throne in the sky.
Or any thing, rather than steal ;
See the dark vapours cloud the sky,
The thunder rumbles round and round ! The lightning's flash begins to fly,
Big drops of rain bedew the ground:
Incessant thunder roars aloud ;
The forked lightning breaks the cloud;
And with a word directs the storm ; 'Tis at his nod the wind subsides,
Or heaps of heavy vapours form: In fire and cloud he walks the sky, And lets his stores of tempests fly. Then why with childish terror fear
What waits his will to do me harm?
Or give me cause for dire alarm,
Yet, though beneath his pow'r divine,
I wait, depending on his care,
Of ev'ry danger I'll beware ;
I'll not seek shelter from a tree;
More dreadful might the lightning be:
Or lightnings flashing from the sky,
And always are prepard to die ; I know no other way to hear The thunder roll without a fear. A. T.
* THE USE OF SIGHT. “What, Charles return'd!” papa exclaim'd,
“ How short your walk has been ! But Thomas-Samuel-where are they?
Come, tell me what you've seen.”
“So tedious, stupid, dull a walk,”
Said Charles, “ J'll go no more
O'er this and that to pore.
“I cross'd the fields near Woodland House,
And just went up the hill ;
Near Mr. Fairplay's mill.”
Now Tom and Samuel both ran in
“O dear, papa,” said they, « The sweetest walk we both have had,
O, what a pleasant day.
Near Woodland House we cross'd the fields,
And by the mill we came.” “Indeed !” exclaim'd papa, “how's this?
Your brother took the same;
“ But very dull he found the walk.
What have you there? let's see :-
As new to you as me.”
“First look, papa, at this small branch,
Which on a tall oak grew,