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tive structure of the terraqueous globe. In it we find light three days prior to the creation of the sun, moon, that matter can assume but three distinct forme_the and stars. When, however, in the progress of research, solid, the liquid, and the gaseous; and these depend we come to discover that Moses has described events in upon the relation between attractive and repulsive their just order of séquence, an order, which reason powers. Intermediate or transitive forms are possible, could never suggest to him, and which has lain conbut not of importance in this enquiry. The attractive cealed till our own days, even from the philosopher, we force is that, which, under various modifications, gives ori- are then forced to conclude, that he was inspired with a gin to cohesion, gravitation, &c. Had it reigned alone in knowledge truly divine. “Philosophy," says Frederick the terrestrial system, every thing would have been con- Schlegel, " when studied superficially, leads to unbelief densed into a motionless mass, in which water and air and atheism ; but when properly understood, is sure to would have been as fixed as the solid rock. This, there. produce veneration for God, and to render faith in him fore, is the natural condition into which the attractive par. the ruling principle of our life.” These investigations ticles of matter spontaneously tend to come, and at which are conclusive as to the undulatory theory of light, which they do arrive, unless counteracted by the divellent force, is confirmed by the phenomenon of the dark bands pro. called caloric or heat. "Light and heat are the same; duced in the beautiful experiment of the beam of light if light consist in certain vibratory affections of an elas- reflected from two mirrors slightly inclined to each other, tic ethereous medium, so must heat. Dr Young be- and which seems of itself to be quite decisive against lieves that they may occur to us in two predicaments, the emission of material particles from luminous bodies, the vibratory or permanent, and the undulatory or trans- for it is impossible that the accumulation and condenient state. Newton was of the same opinion. That heat sation of such particles, or that light added to light, consists in such vibrations, seems to be demonstrated by should produce darkness. Yet such is the fact; for by a fine experiment made long ago, by Sir H. Davy; in an experiment made in Dr Ure's presence at Paris, it which two pieces of ice were converted into water, by was proved, that on causing the fringes produced by the their mutual attrition, in an atmosphere at the freezing interference of two beams reflected from slightly inclined temperature. We may hence understand why both heat mirrors to fall on newly-prepared chloride of silver, and light come to possess analogies with sound. Thus they traced on it equidistant black lines, separated a magnetic steel bar, set a-ringing for some time, will be by white intervals. It was further proved, that the un. deprived of its magnetism as perfectly as if it had been equal action of the light at the different points of the heated red hot; and a charged electrical jar may be dis, space where the two beams are united, depends on their charged equally by heat and by causing it to sound like mutual influence ; for, on withdrawing one of the beams, a musical glass. Between heat and light, so intimate a the chloride of silver assumed a uniform dark tint in relationship subsists, that they must be conceived as two the very same space in which lines alternately black modifications of the same fundamental agency. Thus, and white were formed, when the two sunbeams arrived if any substance, even a stone, water, or air, be heated there simultaneously. Thus, then, even the dense forms to a sufficient degree, it becomes luminous.
of matter are pervaded by a luminiferous medium, by These positions are then brought to bear upon the whose undulatory movements the phenomena of light original formation and solidity of the globe; for when are produced. To the creation of this marrellous es. first the calorific energy was made to actuate the body sence, the Divine mandate, Let there be light, seems to of the earth, a mighty change would ensue. The cen. refer. tral mass composed, most probably, of the metallic The next chapter, “ On the Atmosphere," assumes bases of the earths and alkalis, as volcanic phenomena the well-known facts, that its density diminishes with seem to attest, would fuse; the exterior parts would oxi- its distance from the earth, in the ratio of a geometrical dize into the crust of mineral strata, and the outermost to an arithmetical progression, and that its constituent coat of all, the fixed ice, would melt into the movable proportions are, 79 and 21 of azote and oxygen, while
Thus, if a mass of basalt be exposed to a high in a thousand parts, one part of carbonic acid gas may temperature, it will melt into a liquid glass, which, be discovered ; and in relation to these proportions, our quickly cooled, remains a transparent and uniform vi author remarks, that " were the bulk of oxygen quadru. treous body. Now, if this body be heated again for pled, so that its quantity should equal that of the azote, some time, but so moderately as not even to have its à most noxious air called nitrous gas (deutoside of azote) substance softened, it will become throughout its whole might result ; a gas which, with an additional charge interior a congeries of regular crystals.
of axygen, would condense into an ocean of aqua fer. The infusion of this quickening energy seems dis- tis, or nitric acid. A slight modification of chemical tinctly indicated by the inspired historian of the earth. affinity would convert even our existing atmosphere “ In the beginning, God created the heaven and the into the most corrosive of liquids ; a result which the earth. And the earth was without form and void ; and Hon. Mr Cavendish many years ago produced, by meredarkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit ly transmitting electric explosions through a small porof God moved upon the face of the waters.” This last tion of common air.” Uniformity of temperament, hov. idea, has been, perhaps, more truly rendered by Milton, ever, could alone make this medium everywhere of in the expression," dove-like sate brooding on the vast equal height, density, and elasticity ; but that uniformabyss, and made it pregnant.” In this sublime con. ity, from the alternation of earth and water on the ception, thus finely paraphrased, may we not, asks the surface of our globe, does not prevail. Hence a perpeauthor, recognise the impregnation of the torpid sphere, tual circulation is maintained the colder air in our with elementary fire, that principle of all material acti- hemisphere flowing southward below, and the warmer vity ? That our globe existed for long ages in a chaotic air northward above, and so tending to equalize the aerial state, is ingeniously confuted ; and the question is asked, temperature over the globe. “Thus,” Dr Ure concludes, “Why build a mansion in the wilderness of space, long “ we perceive, that the mechanism ordained by Infinite ere tenants are prepared to occupy it?” That it is no Wisdom,“ to divide the waters which are under the fire more than 6000 years old is confidently asserted, and mament, from the waters which are above the firmathat it assumed its primordial form within the period ment,' is inferior to none of those refined and beautiful stated in Holy Writ, is ably argued.
adaptations which lie most obvious to human sight, in The second chapter is “ On Light,” and is a mas. the kingdoms of life, or in the starry heavens. But for terpiece of profound investigation ; leading irresisti- this delicate adjustment of conflicting elements, the bly to the conclusion, that had Moses written the re- clouds and concrete vapours would have obscured the cord of creation, from the informations of sense or Egyp- sky, to an indefinite distance, concealing for ever the tian learning, he would not have placed the creation of glorious orbs which circulate in celestial space."
Having treated of the first forms of matter, as ori. the greatest extent and variety of surface to the sea, ginally and as now acted upon by Light and the AT- there the fishes most abound. It is for this reason, that MOSPHERE, we are naturally led to the investigation the great southern ocean is much more sparingly stock. of THE PRIMEVAL Land and OCEAN ; and the strict. ed with fish than our northern seas. ly Geological portion of the book, some will infer, only Man was then created, and endowed with that prin. here begins ; but they are as much in error as they would ciple which, we have shown, has led to the confirmation be, were they to suppose that a physician, whose busi- from induction of all that Revelation has told him of ness is with the body of man, was wide of the right track the origin of his earthly habitation, and its glorious of his investigations, in enquiring how external causes garniture and habitants. We must now, however, leave act upon that frame, and regulate the performance of the more flowery path of general observation, and acits funotions.
company our author through some of the invaluable deDr Ure is of opinion so far with Granville Penn, that tails of his profound and laborious work, although we the antediluvian world presented a greater surface of cannot follow him through all the rare and varied lore earth than the present aspect of the globe, but does not, he has brought to bear upon the conclusions which we like him, hold that the proportions were precisely the shall shortly state. Multiplied observations have reverse of the present. They were more nearly equal. shown, that the crust of the earth is composed superfiNow, they are relatively as 100 to 365 nearly ; but the cially, or to a moderate depth, of certain stratiform or ocean was then consequently deeper, and the form of the schistose rocks, which, being devoid of organic remains, earth was a regular spheroid, while it was enveloped in are termed Primitive. Chemical science demonstrates, water, though there are, at this time, considerable irre. that the crust of the earth consists mainly of six subgularities on the surface of the earth, so that the sphe- stances,--silica, or the matter of rock crystal, alumina, or roid which agrees best with the degrees measured in pure clay, iron, lime, magnesia, and potash. Silica, in France, is one having an ellipticity of 1 in 152; nearly the crystalline form, is called quartz, and is a large condouble of what may be accounted the mean ellipticity. stituent of the primitive mountains,—granite, gneiss, These irregularities of shape consist in an unequal mag- and mica-slate. Gneiss and mica-slate are nearly conitude and density of the great mountain wasses and extensive ; they are arranged in planes usually parallel table lands, now standing above the waters.
to each other, the mica-slate being, for the most part, These views, here laid down as a groundwork, are, uppermost. “ But," observes the Doctor, with a feli. towards the conclusion of the work, brought to bear city of style, that distinguishes the volume from the with irresistible force upon the consideration of the al most of scientific works, “ their wide-stretched foli. tered temperature of the modern globe ; but, with the ated planes are seldom or never horizontal, or concenauthor, we proceed to “ the properties of water, and tric with the curvature of the earth. They usually lie the creation of organic beings.” Of the first of these he at highly inclined angles, like tables resting on their speaks in a passage of glowing, yet pure and lofty elo edges, in a nearly vertical position. In very many lo. quence, which Buffon himself need not have shrunk calities, vast irregular masses of granite are seen rising from owning
up through the schistose fields, as if these had been upIn a similar strain, our author describes the instanta. heaved and dislocated by its protrusion, and were thrown neous appearance of vegetable life on the third creative like mantles round its shoulders and base. We, there. day; and takes that opportunity to put the geological fore, conclude that the primordial earth, as it lay beconclusions at which he aims in a most forcible point neath the circumfused abyss, was at first endowed with of view, deducing his argument from the creation of a concentric coats of gneiss, mica-slate, and clay-slate, and perfect plant, the type and parent of an indefinite series, with partial layers of semi-crystalline lime-stone; that which does not seem to have been made a stumbling at the recorded command of the Almighty, a general block by the Botanical student, as the first arrangement eruption and protrusion of the granitic, syenitic, porof the mineral strata has been by the Geologist. Yet phyritic, and other unstratified rocks, took place, which the cases are strictly parallel.
broke up and elevated the schists into nearly vertical Dr Ure next proceeds to the creation of animals-fishes planes, similar to what now exist, leaving commensuand fowls being classed as the work of the 5th day by rate excavations for the basin of the sea." Moses, though apparently these two orders of animals Quartz, felspar, and mica, blended in distinguishable have little or nothing in common, and hence some sciocrystalline grains, constitute granite. Quartz, felspar, lists have sneered at the collocation of Moses. But the true and mica, in crystalline scales or spangles, constitute naturalist admires the Scripture classification, because gneiss. The mica-slate formation consists of the mine. he perceives many fine analogies in it. Swimming and ral of that name; interspersed with masses of quartz. flying are, in truth, only the same act performed in dif. These form the three great primitive envelopes of the ferent Auids. The effective instruments, organs, and earth. movements, which produce or modify these acts, are si. These primitive rocks, pushed, as now, into visibi. milar, or at least analogous. The atmosphere is the bility in various parts of the world, are then described ocean of the first ; and the sea that of the second. But at length, and with an extent and variety of resources fishes enjoy their domain much more fully than birds ; of information, and skill of arrangement, which make for they can traverse it in every direction_rise to the the detail as delightful as it is instructive ; indeed, we very surface, sink into the abyss, or repose themselves find there ample, but not superfluous evidence “ to in any part of the fluid itself. The regular winds favour prove that granite, porphyry, and syenite, is an erupted or imodify the aerial voyages of birds; the currents of rock ; the Atlas which has raised on its shoulders the the ocean regulate in like manner the migration of its gigantic ridges of gneiss and mica-schist, that constishoals. The instinct of generation, which can be satis- tute the mountain elevations of the globe ; and that thus, fied only on coasts, constrains fish at each return of by the expansive power of the internal agents already spring, to quit the deep ocean, and approach the shores. described, the crust of the earth acquired those irreguThe females arrive first to deposit on the land-banks larities of eminence and depression, that modified the the burden of their spawn or eggs, and the males follow geometrical spheroid around which the waters flowed, to fecundate them. Hence it is obvious, that fishes and gave it that distinction of dry land and sea, which could not have animated the watery abyss, which cir. fitted its surface to become the dwelling-place of organ. cumfused the globe before the distinction of dry land ized beings." and ocean existed. Thus we find the Mosaic statement We must here stop for the present ; but shall restrictly accordant with one of the most refined discove- sume the consideration of this interesting work next Sa. ries of Natural History. Wherever the land presents turday.
uniformly operated upon the whole congregation, either as an infection, or in the light of a joke. In both of which views it was equally fatal, even to the most la
boured and best reasoned passages in my sermon. HowRECOLLECTIONS OF A PARSONAGE.
ever elevated my flight, or animated my action, no fowl. A CLERGYMAN'S CONFESSION 8.
ing-piece ever told with more certain effect on fight
and life, than this unerring and deadly yawn did upon It has often occurred to me, in reflecting upon the me. To add to my mortification and disconcertion, I experience of my past life, that it might contribute in was compelled to perceive that it was emitted by one of some measure to the promotion of a mighty object, were my own elders, a person of singular good sense and clergymen to give to the world a sketch of their clerical good feeling, on religious subjects in particular. labours, -detailing faithfully such errors and mistakes As my original stock of sermons had been composed as have been corrected by experience, with the methods on what is called the moral plan, and according to those which have proved most effectual in furthering the great rules and that practice which colleges and halls are object of all preaching the spiritual improvement and calculated to enforce and exhibit, and as their general comforting of the people under their ministry; There aspect was argument and reasoning a kind of gladiator. are many aged and experienced clergymen, who, from ship in which the triumph and victory was sure to revarious causes, would wish to avoid, and do conse- main with him who not only originated, but modified quently avoid, 'the publicity of a regular and separate the combat--I bethought me now of changing my plan, publication, who might, notwithstanding, be induced, and, instead of the argumentative, introducing the pain a respectable periodical, to present to young preach thetic into my discourses. The whole book of Job, ers in particular, those results to which the weekly and with the Lamentations of Jeremiah, was laid under conregular discharge of clerical duty has conducted them. tribution for pathetic texts, and high and glowing picAnd as no one better qualified has hitherto come for- tures were drawn on all sorts of subjects which admit. ward, I shall dedicate a few paragraphs to the subject, ted of feeling appeals. The imagination was enlisted rather by way of a provocative to others, than as any in this warfare with the feelings, and instances of misery thing like a fair specimen.
and suffering were dragged from every-day life, to At the time of my ordination, I was possessed of some witness to the truth and the power of Scriptural intima. eighteen or twenty sermons, which, at the rate of two tions. But all would not do ; though the congregation discourses per Sabbath, was provision for nine or ten manifestly increased in number, the dreadful, unconweeks. These sermons I read as distinctly and empha. trollables yawn” continued as regular as the sun's tically as I could; but after the novelty had subsided, ascension to his one-o'clock station in the heavens. I observed, with a degree of disappointment, which What was now to be done ? Vanity, self-conceit, bepride taught me to disguise, that my congregation was sides all the more legitimate sisterhood of duty, honeither so numerous nor so attentive as I could have nour, usefulness, and popularity, urged an on ward move. wished. I endeavoured to soothe my real disappoint- ment_another effortoio accomplish that upon which ment, in the studied praises of a few personal friends, my happiness as a man, as well as my respectability as and in the insinuations, that my congregation were by a Christian, depended. no means a proper jury upon the merits of a well-writ. Shall I undergo the imputation of religiosum ne. ten sermon,- forgetful, as I was at the time, and fear- fas "-of fanaticism !--if I here state, that on my knees, fully so, that the great mass of the people, in order to and beneath the outspreading of an ancient oak, on a be instructed, must first be pleased, and that the praise Sabbath afternoon, I first received the impression that of the more lettered minority on such occasions is real there was something wrong-if not in the docuines and merited censure. Oh ! how often do we preach at which I preached, at least in my method of stating and the front seat in the gallery, and over the heads of nine- enforcing them. I preached against every vice-I en. tenths of the people below, whilst the more learned or forced every virtue.--I steeped my exhortations in all intellectual individual, at whose praise we are aiming, the oil of feeling, arrayed them in all the sparkle of is in no sensible measure influenced, or capable of be- simile, in all the force of argument, —-yet still they were ing influenced, by any preaching whatever. How long comparatively inefficient. I read over my Bible anew, I might have continued this disgraceful practice, I and, in particular, the Epistles of Paul; the scales seem. cannot even guess, had not laziness, the mother of ina ed to fall from my eyes. I had all along been putting, vention, (vide steam !) together with shame, the parent inadvertently, the cart before the horse. I had been at times of virtue and reformation, come in to my aid. exhorting the blind to see the dead to feel,-the lame My stock of written, and, as I deemed, well-composed to run, the deaf to hear, and my exhortations had ter. sermons, came at last to a close, in the course of the minated in-nothing. In looking around me, I saw that delivery of' which I had contrived to conjure up, from the labours of many ministers, whose talents and acquire. the depths of apathy and listlessness around me, a most ments were by no means of a superior cast, were not only reproachful and regularly returning “yawn." To this acceptable, but highly useful,—that their churches were
yawn,” however, with the circumstance before alluded well filled, and their hearers delighted with their minis. to, I owe my future usefulness as a preacher of the Gos. try. In looking inwards, I could not but feel, that to pel. Such are the means by which good is extracted exhort to obedience, without pointing to the means, from evil, and God's wisdom is manifested even by the was little less than an insult, or an absurdity. I im. perversities of our nature. Had this inanifestation of mediately threw aside my pen, my papers, my arga. weariness and inattention been one of those silent with ments, my pathetic addresses ; and, with the Bible doc. drawings of the under from the upper jaw-accompa- trint of “ DIVINE AID " to be sought and to be im. nied, as in the instance of a dog, with a half-suppressed parted, ere one movement can be made advantageously guttural note-I believe that it might have failed of its in the Christian travel, I reached at once the source of effect; or had it even been one of those ordinary drawls, the evil,arrested attention,-clothed my pulpit stairs which are immediately succeeded by a snuff, and an with red mantles and grey hairs,-filled the church effort to shake the soul' into attention, I might have im- from door to door,—and, as an experimentum crucis, puted it to the weakness of our common nature ; but it almost immediately silenced my yawning auditors. was such a yawn as one might be supposed to give, if So far my experience goes; and with a word or two of condemned to wear out a sixty years' imprisonment in inference, I shall conclude. a dungeon,-80 long, so loud, and so rounded off, with The doctrines of the Cross, taken in their broadest and a dying cadence of “ a woe verging on despair," that it, most evangelical sense, are the only doctrines which,
being suited to the exigencies of our nature, will, or can popular addresses, is infinitely more compatible with be useful. You may reason, but the people sleep..or, extempore than with preconceived language. To what if awake, the argument is either misapprehended or soon does Dr Chalmers owe nine-tenths of his popularity, but forgotten. You may make moving appeals to the feel. to his furious and overwhelming earnestness, to the ings ; but the iron taken from the furnace does not, swelling features, the hoarse intonations, the convulwith greater certainty, harden into steel, than does the sive graspings,-the onward, upward, sidelong, gracenatural heart under such temporary and evanescent exo less movements,—the all that indicates to every child in citement. You may give new meanings to old words, the passage, and every gazer in the doorway, that the and discover great critical talent and taste in your disa speaker is completely in earnest,—that, as with the comquisitions, but the hard-wrought artizan will not ap- batants at Thrasymene, even an earthquake would pass preciate your labours. Whenever, however, you take under him unnoticed, whilst he is grasping and throt. up the doctrine of exposition, and hold up to his view a tling his subject ? But if Chalmers, all powerful as picture of himself, such as he is compelled to recognise, he is, even under the disadvantage of close and pertinain all his native incapability and deformity, you have a cious reading, were to disengage himself from the Bible hold of his attention, and through that grasp you may and the cushion, and to stand forward in the pulpit as drag him, or, more probably, draw him, from darkness he does in public meetings and assemblies, how much unto light-from the power and dominion of sin, to the would be added to his gigantic stature, and how irre. power and the privileges and the freedom of the sons of sistible would be that earnestness, which was cramped God.
and hampered by no reference to pre-expressed similes There is an advantage, too, in country congregations and pre-traced characters ! in particular, in extempore language. The speaker Let every young preacher, then, be an evangelical thus, and thus only, identifies himself with his hearers. preacher ; and, should his lot be in the country, let him In proportion as he acts upon them, they act upon him carefully study his text, attune his whole soul to the in return. In the act and the attitude of one who is spirit and importance of his subject, and then, in the counselling from the heart the hearts around bim, the faith that utterance will be given, let him utter boldly, speaker feels an expansiveness of soul, and a facility, a earnestly-and he will thus utter successfully the mesrichness, a warmth, and even an elevation of expression, sage of God to man.
T. G. which, in the solitude of his closet, he would never have attained. He feels that he is placed at the helm, and that whilst the ship advances under his control, he him
THE ENGLISH LADY. self is borne along in the very act of directing. Extem
A FRAGMENT. pore language is, of all others, the best suited to a coun. try congregation ; its very redundancies and inaccuracies
gone one evening with my old friend, the Mi. render it so much the fitter vehicle for conveying a last- nister of Glenfinnan, to visit some of his parishioners. ing impression. The great error of written sermons is, It was a summer evening, and the breeze swept past, their accuracy and freedom from redundancies and re- balmy with the odours of the birch trees and the moun. petitions." Gutta cavat lapidem.” When the same tain heather. In the midst of that romantic solitude idea is repeated again and again, under various and stood a cottage, the tasteful simplicity of which corre. shifting aspects, as is generally the case in extempore sponded well with the wild and interesting scenery. addresses, the hearer's attention is not only arrested, but " That cottage,” said my friend, “ was once the refired, upon the subject of discussion. In approaching sidence of no common men. It was in the winter of 17to the edifice, he has various peeps from various open- that two brothers came to dwell in it; their names, their ings in the winding avenue. Now the frontway bursts rank, were alike a mystery. They called themselves upon his view from the left-now upon the right now Fitz Clare ; but it was understood that such was not it moves away, and seems to lose itself amidst the trees their real designation, and the rustic dwellers of the on the one hand, and now amidst the gardens and the glen knew too little of names or heraldry to have felt shrubberies on the other,--and long ere the visitor has interested in the matter. I, however, felt a deep and alighted at the portal, his imagination has compassed, searching interest ; for the bearing of these two brothers and his memory has stored up, the various aspects which was noble and commanding. They wore the Highland the edifice presents. It is no longer to him the naked dress they were inseparable-shunned all social interand unassociated outline of a simple building, but has so course, and sought only the society of each other. When mixed and mingled itself with situation and sunshine they walked together in our lonely glens, with their black
- with light and shade_with tree, garden, park, and plumes mingling with their blacker hair, they looked shrubbery, that any one of these associations will in- as though they had been born to sceptres. stantly recall the whole.
“ There came with them a fair and dying girl. The If this illustration apply to extempore addresses in tie which bound her to their fortunes was, like all congeneral, it is peculiarly appropriate in evangelical preach- nected with them, mysterious and unknown. A wife ing. There is a richness and a latitude in gospel she was not; and even though the name of the English doctrine, and gospel imagery, and gospel feeling, pecu- maiden had not differed from that of the brothers, hier liarly adapted to amplification and illustration. The southern accents would have told she was the native of naked and definite virtues and vices present to the eye another land, whilst the Fitz Clares were evidently of of the orator a sharp and a distinct outline. There is Scottish birth. And yet the breath of censure could not no blending or shading—no hovering indistinctness on have lighted on the pure and gentle creature; and when she the confines of each ; but the Mount and the Temple wandered among our woods, in her melancholy beauty, of Zion are softened and sublimed on the eye, by the the rustic turned aside from his path that he might not descending radiance of unseen divinity. It is impossible disturb the English lady.' Every Sabbath she came, to contemplate them without feeling that all the sur leaning on the arm of the elder Fitz Clare, and humbly rounding landscape is hallowed by their presence, and seated herself in the house of God. I never shall forget that the points from which they may be viewed, and the her, as she sat there in her pale loveliness, with her lights under which they may be seen, are numerous, calm eyes raised to the heaven to which she was hasten. varied, and striking. It is not possible to touch a string ing. Sometimes I thought, when I saw her of a Sab. in the mighty harp of Revelation which does not awaken bath morning, that a healthier bloom was beginning to another and another---till the whole instrument be at- glow upon her cheek. Alas! that bloom was but the tuned into harmony and corroborative intonation. Ear- fearful brightness of disease. Summer passed away, nestness, too, that first, second, and third thing in all and autumn came; and not so fast did the yellow leaves
the branches, as faded the face of the fair Eng. But wretched is he whose career is in blindness, lish girl.
Who joins hands with hatred, and battles with kindness; “At last, I was one evening called hurriedly to the cot. Who, keenly alive to a fine sense of pleasure, tage of the strangers, and I was led to the chamber of Abandons the cup of delight for a measure the lady. She lay upon a couch, supported by pillows ;
Of poison most foul ! and it was evident that the hand of death was heavy upon her. The elder of the brothers leaned against the Add such have I been, but too long, to my sorrow;
his face was hidden by his hands, and by the dark I've done that to-day which I wept for to-morrow; masses of his black and disordered hair; but the convul. Still loving the right, and the wrong still pursuing, sive groans that shook his giant strength betrayed the Making vows to be wise, and yet madly renewing agony of his sorrow. The younger brother, too, was in
Old follies again. the room, but his grief was quieter and more composed. I have dreams I have dreams by these dull midnight • You must now leave me,' said the dying sufferer,
embers, extending to each of the young men a fair pale hand.
The younger pressed his lips often and fondly on that of things which my soul with reluctance remembers, little hand, but the elder threw himself passionately upon of dear household scenes, where at morn, droopingthe couch, and flooded her face with his tears.
• You hearted, must go, my beloved,' she softly whispered, else time With eyes raining tears, in my boyhood I parted will not be allowed me to reveal'.
From friends now no more. · Yes ! yes !' interrupted the young man,
it must be so indeed ;' and imprinting one more frantic kiss Yet I wish that dark fate for one hour would restore
Their seats are all empty-it were vain to deplore them; upon her pale brow, he rushed from the apartment.
them, “ The lady turned her eyes after him with a long and eager gaze; then, with a strong effort, raised herself upon Until from his lips whom those kind ones loved dearly, the pillow, and looked wistfully upon my face, as though They heard his heart's grief that he ever severely she would fain have made me the hearer of some melan.
Their fond bosoms pain'de choly tale. The struggle was vain-no sound passed forth from her dying lips--the darkness of death was al. That wish is opposed by the justice of Heaven ;ready on her brow, and her sweet eye had become glazed 'Tis right man should suffer before he's forgiven; and heavy. Once I thought I heard her murmur, • My And 0! never dagger cut keener or deeper, babe-my fair darling. But I know 110t; for the sounds Than useless regret o'er the poor silent sleeper were low and broken. I bent more closely over her ; but
We've injured and loved ! it was too late, her lips moved no longer,--and ere II see through the lattice the stars dimly gleamingcould leave her side, she was a corpse.
Blest beacons of hope o'er a troubled sea beaming“ When I told the melancholy event to the two bro- I turn from their light to the being that made them, thers, the younger bent his head, and said, "It is the And pray that the beauty in which he array'd them will of God;' but the elder fell down in a fit, like a
May one day be mine! weak woman, at my side. We placed him on a couch, and I opened a vein, and then left him to his brother's care. Thou knowst- unknown !-whom to name can we
“When I next saw the strangers, it was at the burial of the fair creature they had lost. The brow of the Who art what thou art-hast been stillsbalt be everelder brother had assumed an air of stern and hopeless Thau know'st that thy creature, now humbled before ther, desolation ; and when he heard the earth rattle on the With his weak human sense doth sincerely adore the coffin, the blood gushed from his mouth and nostrils.
Then hear him!-O hear! On the following morning they had left the glen ; and
the only remembrance of those mysterious people O hear him!—now hear him, while the fire of his spirit is the green grave of the English lady.
Is un dimm'd by the curse all are born to inherit!
The thoughts of to-night.
I ask not for riches for power I care not
To win them as most mortals win them, I dare notTHOUGHTS AT MIDNIGHT.
And the fame that I covet, I'll never here know it By William Kennedy, Author of “ Fitful Fancies,” &c. I may not deserve it—you cannot bestow it,
Blind brothers of clay! Arthis hour, while the toil-worn husbandman sleepethWhile Guilt wildly revels, and Woe darkly weepeth- But guide me, O God I in a course still improving ! In my pale midnight watch would I humbly address As this orb round the sun, in thy light always moving ; thee,
And let nought unholy arise to conceal thee
From him who, whenever he ceases to feel thee,
Contentment hath none.
May my life-time glide on as these night-sands are going, I have walk'd in a dream, now I wake from my slumber, O my soul, be thy waters still pure as they now are !
To eternity's ocean, a quiet stream flowing ; And look on the part in the past whieh I've borne,
Still bless'd-lest they wander-O Lord ! with thy As a travel-svil'd garment in wenriness worn, And thrown off at eve.
To turn them to thee! How happy are they who can find, in reflection, Then I'll grasp thy cold hand, mystic Death! as the hoary Nothought that cries, Shame ! no abhorr'd recollection; High-priest of a temple with clouds on its glory; Whose days shed the light of tranquillity round them, And though in the portal the pilgrim may falter, To cheer and support when the world has bound them He'll forward with joy when he thinks of the altar With soul-galling chains,
Bright burning within !