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Oh, what a generous friend that over the honey-suckle, and thrusting must be;” said Charles, to give such their tiny pumps into the necks of the valuable presents, and so many of them. flowers; and as their bright images Are there any more, mother?

shone on his gems, he shouted, “Did “ Yes, Charles, more than I can de- you ever see anything so handsome ?'” scribe to you if I were to talk till to “ You mean, mother,” said Charles, morrow morning. There is a very cu " that he looked at the humming-birds, rious instrument by which they can find when you say he turned his gems ?" out the taste of everything that is to “Yes, my dear; and when he heard be eaten; and another that, by just the pleasant humming they make with stretching out their fingers, they can their wings, it was by the instrument tell whether a thing is smooth or rough, set in the head which you call the ear. hard or soft."

There was not a moment of the day "Why, I can tell that by my fingers," that the children did not enjoy some exclaimed Charles.

good thing their Friend had given to Yes, my dear,” said his mother; them. They learnt their lessons by "and cannot you taste by putting food using the memories he had given them, into your mouth ? and is there not an because he had given them minds by instrument set in your head by which which they understood them. They you can hear ?

loved their parents, and relations, and My ear, mother?” asked Charles. companions, because their friend had

Yes, my dear,” said his mother. given them affections." “ And do you mean the eyes by those “ It seems to me,” interrupted Charwonderful gems ?” asked Ellen. ley, “that Friend gave them everything. “ Yes."

It must be God, mother, for I know he “ But I am sure there is no painting gives us everything we have.”

“ Yes, my dear Charley; and I am “Yes, Ellen; every object you behold sorry to say these two children neglectis painted upon a part of the eye called ed their Friend. They had often been the retina; but that you cannot under told by their mother never to get into stand now, and


must let me go on bed without first kneeling and thanking with my anecdote of the two children. him for all his gifts; but they did not When they arose in the morning, they think of him. They used and enjoyed found that their friend had taken such his gifts, but they sometimes forgot the good care of them when they slept that Giver." they felt no pain; that their limbs were Ellen laid her head on her mother's all active, and they could every moment bosom, receive pleasure from the precious gems

Mother,” she said, "you mean us. and instruments I have mentioned. My dear Ellen,” replied her mother, They both looked out of the window, "your conscience is like the ring in the and exclaimed, " What a beautiful morn- fairy tale. Yes, I did mean you and ing!' The little girl turned her gems Charles. I was sorry, when I came intoward the multiflora, now full of roses to the room to-night, to see you getting and glistening with dew-drops, and she into bed without saying your prayers. clapped her hands, and asked her bro- God has given you a voice to speak, my ther if he ever saw anything so beauti- children. Your dog, Dash, Charles, ful; and he turned his gems to a pair cannot speak to thank God for anyof humming-birds, that were fluttering thing he receives; but you can.”

in the eyes.”

“ And I will !” exclaimed the good len, we will jump up and say our pray. little boy, ashamed that he had been ers; and,” he added in a whisper, “we'll ungrateful and thoughtless. “Come, El- speak for Dash too."

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Oliver Cromwell. This individual was one of the most after quitting the university, he became wonderful men that ever lived. He very dissipated. At twenty-one, he marwas born at Huntingdon, in England, ried Elizabeth Bouchire, from which April 28, 1599. It is related of him, time he became regular in his life. that, when an infant, a large ape seized In 1625 he was chosen to parliament; him, and ran with him up to the top of and thus began, at twenty-six years of a barn; there the creature held him, age, that public career which ended in and refused, for a long time, to give him his becoming the sole ruler of England, up, frightening the people with the idea and one of the most energetic

and powerthat he should let him fall. It is said ful sovereigns of Europe. He was soon that, while he was still young, a gigan- distinguished as a speaker in parliatic female figure appeared at his bedside, ment, always taking part against the and foretold his future greatness.

court and the established church. In Cromwell was well educated; but, 1642, when civil war was about to com

mence, he raised a troop of horse, and Charles I. Cromwell was buried in seizing the plate of the university of Westminster Abbey; but, after Charles Cambridge, appropriated it to the pay- II. came to the throne, his body was dug ing of the expenses of the army. He up and hung on a gibbet, beneath which was engaged in several battles, where it was buried ! he displayed the utmost skill' and courage.

In 1645, the famous battle of Naseby was won by his valor and good

Musings. management; and, in consideration of his services, parliament voted him the I WANDERED out one summer nightannual sum of £25,000 during his life. 'T was when my years were few : King Charles I., against whom Crom.

The breeze was singing in the light,

And I was singing too. well and his party were acting, was be

The moonbeams lay upon the hill, trayed into their hands by the Scotch.

The shadows in the vale, By the intrigues of Cromwell, he was And here and there a leaping rill tried, condemned, and beheaded. Crom Was laughing at the gale. well himself became, soon after, the

One fleecy cloud upon the air ruler of the kingdom, under the title of Was all that met my eyes ; Lord Protector of the Commonwealth It floated like an angel there, of England, Scotland and Ireland.

Between me and the skies. Though he had obtained his power by a

I clapped my hands and warbled wild

As here and there I flew; series of violent acts, and by the practice For I was but a careless child, of every species of hypocrisy, Cromwell And did as children do. now set himself about promoting the

The waves came dancing o'er the sea strength, power, and prosperity of his

In bright and glittering bands : kingdom. Though this was done Like little children wild with glee, harshly, yet it was with wisdom and They linked their dimpled hands. flourished at home,

They linked their hands—but ere I caught country

Their mingled drops of dew, and the name of England was much re

They kissed my feet, and, quick as thought, spected abroad.

Away the ripples flew. But though Cromwell had risen to the utmost height of honor and power,

The twilight hours like birds flew hy,

As lightly and as free; he was a miserable man.

Ten thousand stars were in the sky, petually haunted with superstitious fears, Ten thousand in the sea ; the promptings of a conscience ill at For every wave with dimpled check The death of the king, which

That leaped upon the air,

Had caught a star in its embrace, was effected by his management, weigh And held it trembling there. ed upon his spirit like a murder. He

The young moon too, with upturned sides, went constantly armed, and yet he was

Her mirrored beauty gave; constantly in fear. At last, when Col.

And as a bark at anchor rides, Titus wrote a book, entitled, Killing no She rode upon the wave. Murder, in which he attempted to prove

The sea was like the heaven above, that it was a duty of the citizens to kill

As perfect and as whole,

Save that it seemed to thrill with love, Cromwell, he was thrown into a fever,

As thrills the immortal soul. and died, Sept. 3, 1658, leaving his weak brother, Richard, to wield the

The leaves, by spirit-voices stirred,

Made murmurs on the airsceptre for a few years, and then sur

Low murmurs, that my spirit heard, render it to a son of the murdered And answered with a prayer :

energy. The

He was per


For 't was upon the dewy sod,

sinking atheist clutches at the plank of Beside the moaning seas,

the Christian. Thus it is that the athe. I learned at first to worship God, And sing such strains as these.

ist, when he is brought upon the stand

before his Maker, confesses that his The flowers, all folded to their dreams,

creed is not one that he would wish to Were bowed in slumber free, By breezy hills and murmuring streams,

bequeath to his children.
Where'er they chanced to be.
No guilty tears had they to weep,

No sins to be forgiven;
They closed their eyes, and went to sleep,

Right in the face of heaven.
No costly raiment round them shone,

No jewels from the seas,
Yet Solomon upon his throne

Was ne'er arrayed like these : And just as free from guilt and art

Were lovely human flowers,
Ere sorrow set her bleeding heart

On this fair world of ours.
I heard the laughing wind behind,

A playing with my hair-
The breezy fingers of the wind,

How cool and moist they were !
I heard the night bird warbling o'er
Its soft, enchanting strain

Who made this?
I never heard such sounds before,
And never shall again.

Here is a picture of the bones or skeleThen wherefore weave such strains as these,

ton of a horse. What a wonderful And sing them day by day,

piece of mechanism it is! How many When every bird upon the breeze

bones and joints, and how they are all Can sing a sweeter lay?

fitted to each other! I'd give the world for their sweet art, The simple, the divine ;

Now, every horse has such a skeleton I'd give the world to melt one heart,

or frame-work of bones : and who conAs they have melted mine.

trives and makes them? Can men Sou. Lit. Mess. make such curious machinery ? Cer

tainly not. Men may make steamANECDOTE OF AN ATHEIST.-An athe- boats, and ships, and cotton-factories, ist on his death-bed was addressed by, but they cannot make the bones of an his son,—" Father, the physician says animal; nor can they put muscles and you can live but a few hours." "I life to these bones. Now, if man canknow it, my son. Have you anything to not do these things, who can? God.only: say to me?” “My father, you and my he only can do these wonderful things. mother have held different creeds; my mother is a Christian-you believe there WISDOM OF THE CREATOR.—The hapis no God. Shall I follow her faith or py proportioning of one thing to another

My son,” said the dying shows the wisdom of the Creator. parent, “ believe in the God of your Man, for instance, is adapted to the size mother.”

and strength of a horse. If men were Thus it is in the hour of sickness, at giants, they could not ride horses. If the moment when the frail supports of men were either pigmies or giants, they pride and passion are wrecked, that the could not milk cows, mow grass, reap


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corn, train vines, or shear sheep, with of the boat, and a sail, snugly stowed, anything like the conveniency they do was lying fore and aft. The few cook

If men were pigmies, they would ing utensils, bedding, and clothing be lost in the grass and rushes, and belonging to this poor family, were their children would be carried off by securely placed under the deck. birds of prey. Every one can see, that, Here is an instance of industry and other things being as they are, man perseverance, which commends itself to would suffer by being either much larger the notice of the rising generation—ay, or smaller than he is.

and the present one too. No doubt, if

this boy lives, he will yet make a stir in YANKEE ENERGY.-—A few days since, the world; and if we knew his name, a gentleman of the city of New York we would publish it. was standing near the canal, at Albany, when he saw a small yawl-boat ap- WHO MADE MAN ?-Look at the foot proaching him, propelled by a lad about how ingeniously is this contrived ! seventeen years of age. The boat contain- Look at the arm : what piece of meed also the boy's mother, six sisters, and chanism can compare with it? But of a small brother. Our friend asked him all parts of the body, the eye is perhaps where he was from, and where bound, the most wonderful. It has in it a lens, and was answered, in substance, as fol- like that of a telescope, through which lows:

the rays of light pass; and at the back We are from Ohio. My father died of the eye a little picture of whatever there, and as we were nearly destitute, comes before the eye is formed. This mother thought we had better go back picture falls upon a nerve which lines to Saybrook, Conn., where we used to the interior of the eye, and thus it is we live; so we raised money enough to get

All this contrivance is very ingethis boat, and started from Ohio last fall. nious. And observe how the


itself We came through Lake Erie, and got is placed in the head. See how easily into the canal, where we were stopped it turns this way and that! Consider by the ice. During the winter we hauled these things, and tell me, who but a our boat up by the side of the canal, Superior Being, one who contrives, one where we remained till the ice broke up. who thinks, could have made man? Sometimes we were considerably cold, and at times were sick a little, but on Power of God.—The sun is as large the whole we all got along right smart. as three hundred and thirty-seven thouWe shall go down the North river, and sand of our worlds. Jupiter is as large up the sound to Saybrook.”

as one thousand two hundred and eightyDuring this conversation, our friend one of our worlds. Mercury flies along was walking along the margin of the in its path at the rate of twenty miles in canal; our noble Yankee boy, being a second. Uranus is seventeen times as unwilling to lose any time, kept con- large as our world, one billion eight hunstantly propelling his boat forward, the dred milions of miles from the sun, and younger brother, a lad of only seven or flies along at the rate of two hundred and eight years of age, steering the craft. forty miles every minute ! It was Sunday morning, and the mother Here, then, is the power of God! A and daughters were clad in their Sab- world, with all its mountains, and oceans, bath suits, and engaged in reading. A and kingdoms, is but à pebble in the small furnace was standing on the deck hands of the Almighty!


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