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Hush, wild surmise !- 'tis vain - 'tis vain!
The summer flowers in beauty blow, And sighs the wind, and floods the rain,
O’er some old bones that rot below :
Then what is life, when thus we see
No trace remains of life's career ? Mortal! whoe'er thou art, for thee
A moral lesson gloweth here; Putt'st thou in aught of earth thy trust ? 'Tis doomed that dust shall mix with dust.
What doth it matter, then, if thus,
Without a stone, without a name, To impotently herald us,
We float not on the breath of fame, But, like the dewdrop from the flower, Pass, after glittering for an hour,
Since soul decays not ? Freed from earth,
And earthly coils, it bursts away : Receiving a celestial birth,
And spurning off its bonds of clay, It soars, and seeks another sphere, And blooms through Heaven's eternal year.
Do good; shun evil; live not thou
As if at death thy being died; Nor Error's siren voice allow
To draw thy steps from truth aside; Look to thy journey's end - the grave! And trust in Him whose arm can save.
EXERCISES IN ARTICULATION.
0:— move, prove, do, who, two, ooze, lose, brute, fruit; - loser, mover, proving, moving; — improve, behove, canoe, imbrue.
Thanatopsis.* W. C. BRYANT.
To him who, in the love of Nature, holds Communion with her visible forms, she speaks A various language: for his gayer hours She has a voice of gladness, and a smile And eloquence of beauty; and she glides Into his darker musings with a mild And gentle sympathy, that steals away Their sharpness, ere he is aware. When thoughts Of the last bitter hour come like a blight Over thy spirit, and sad images Of the stern agony, and shroud, and pall, And breathless darkness, and the narrow house, Make thee to shudder, and grow sick at heart, Go forth under the open sky, and list To Nature's teachings, while, from all aroundEarth and her waters, and the depths of air Comes a ştill voice - Yet a few days, and thee The all-beholding sun shall see no more In all his course; nor yet in the cold ground, Where thy pale form was laid, with many tears. Nor in the embrace of ocean, shall exist Thy image. Earth, that nourished thee, shall claim Thy growth, to be resolved to earth again; And, lost each human trace, surrendering up
* View of Death.
Thine individual being, shalt thou go
Yet not to thy eternal resting-place
the dead reign there alone.
Will share thy destiny. The gay will laugh
So live, that, when thy summons comes to join
EXERCISES IN ARTICULATION.
oi:-oil, boil, soil, broil, choice, voice, noise, boy, joy, toy,
alloy, employ, embroil, appoint.
UPON a leaf-strewn walk,
Her gold and purple hues ;
Where the tall fox-gloves shake Their loose bells to the wind, and each sweet flower Bows down its perfumed blossoms, to partake
The influence of the hour ;
Where the cloud shadows pass
And up the distant hill ;
Where the clear stream steals on
That made it once so glad.
I number it in, days,
Where flowers and wild-birds dwell.
While, gemmed with pearl-drops bright,
“ And blessed them, unaware."
How changed each sylvan scene !
*That canopied my way?
Where is the balmy breeze That fanned so late my brow? the sweet south-west, That, whispering music to the listening trees,
My raptured spirit blessed ?