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eyes, and the floods are lifted up around us, and we take our leave of earth and its inhabitants, until of our further voyage there is no witness save the Infinite and Eternal.
To an absent Wife.-HEBER.
[The following lines, addressed to his wife, were written by the late Bishop
Heber during his absence from her, on his long and arduous visitation of the Upper Provinces in British India, not long before his death.]
If thou wert by my side, my love!
How fast would evening fail,
Listening to the nightingale !
If thou, my love! wert by my side,
My babies at my knee,
O'er Gunga's mimic sea!
I miss thee at the dawning gray,
When, on our deck reclined,
And woo the cooler wind.
I miss thee when by Gunga's stream
My twilight steps I guide,
I miss thee from my side.
I spread my books, my pencil try,
The lingering noon to cheer,
Thy meek, attentive ear.
But when of morn and eve the star
Beholds me on my knee,
Thy prayers ascend for me.
Then on! then on! where duty leads,
My course be onward still,
O'er bleak Almorah's hill.
That course, nor Delhi's kingly gates,
Nor wild Malwah detain,
By yonder western main.
Thy towers, Bombay, gleam bright, they say,
Across the dark blue sea,
As then shall meet in thee.
Commanding Position of the United States.-DANIEL
Our country stands, at the present time, on commanding ground. Older nations, with different systems of
government, may be somewhat slow to acknowledge all that justly belongs to us. But we may feel, without vanity, that America is doing her part in the great work of improving human affairs. There are two principles, strictly and purely American, which are now likely to overrun the civilized world. Indeed, they seem the necessary result of the progress of civilization and knowledge. These are, first, popular governments, restrained by writ
ten constitutions; and, secondly, universal education, Popular governments and general education, acting and reacting, mutually producing and reproducing each other, are the mighty agencies which, in our days, appear to be exciting, stimulating and changing civilized societies. Man
every where is now found demanding a participation in government,—and he will not be refused, -and he demands knowledge as necessary to self-government. On the basis of these two principles, liberty and knowledge, our own American systems rest. Thus far we have not been disappointed in their results. Our existing institutions, raised on these foundations, have conferred on us almost unmixed happiness. Do we hope to better our condition by change? When we shall have nullified the present constitution, what are we to receive in its place? As fathers, do we wish for our children better government or better laws ? As members of society, as lovers of our country, is there any thing we can desire for it better than that, as ages and centuries roll over it, it may possess the same invaluable institutions which it now enjoys ? For my part, I can only say, that I desire to thank the beneficent Author of all good, for being born where I was born, and when I was born; that the portion of human existence allotted to me, has been meted out to me in this goodly land, and at this interesting period. I rejoice that I have lived to see so much developement of truth, so much progress of liberty, so much diffusion of virtue and happiness. And, through good report and evil report, it will be my consolation to be a citizen of a republic, unequalled in the annals of the world, for the freedom of its institutions, its high prosperity, and the prospects of good which yet lie before it. Our course is onward, straight onward, and forward. Let us not turn to the right hand nor to the left. Our path is marked out for us, clear, plain, bright, distinctly defined, like the milky way across the heavens. If we are true to our country, in our day and generation, and those who come after us shall be true to
it also, assuredly, assuredly, we shall elevate her to a pitch of prosperity and happiness, of honor and power, never yet reached by any națion beneath the sun.
LESSON XLVIII. Scene from Remorse, a Tragedy.-S. T. COLÉRIDGE. The sea shore on the coast of Granada. Don ALVAR, wrapped in a boat
cloak, and ZULIMEZ (a Moresco), both as just landed. Zulimez. No sound, no face of joy, to welcome us!
Alvar. My faithful Zulimez, for one brief moment
Alv. Remember, Zulimez! I am his brother :
Zul. Nobly-minded Alvar!
Alv. The more behoves it, I should rouse within him
grows : If that be gentle, it drops balmy dews Of true repentance; but if proud and gloomy,
It is a poison-tree, that, pierced to the inmost,
Alv. And of a brother
Zul. You have thrice told already
Alv. My long captivity
Zul. Heavy presumption !
As we passed by, I bade thee mark the base
Zul. That rocky seat, you mean,