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seen the plans and drawings of the Steam-Hammer. In 1840 Mr. Nasmyth visited the Creuzot Works with M. Bourdon. He observed a crank-shaft of unusual size, and he at once asked, “How did you forge that shaft ?"

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M. Bourdon's answer was, “Why, with your hammer, to be sure!" Great indeed was Mr. Nasmyth's surprise to see his own idea fully carried out, and his own hammer successfully at work. The mystery was easily explained. Very soon the hammer was in universal use, both at

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May its broad furrow still unbind
To genial rains, to sun and wind,
The most productive soil!

3. Clang! clang-our colter's course shall be

On many a sweet and sunny lea,
By many a streamlet's silver tide,
Amidst the song of morning birds,
Amidst the low of sauntering herds,
Amidst soft breezes which do stray
Through woodbine hedges and sweet may,
Along the green hill's side.

+ When regal Autumn's bounteous hand,

With widespread glory clothes the land,
When, to the valleys from the brow
Of each resplendent alope, is roiler]
A ruddy sea of living roid,
Te bless-we Siess the Pon.

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home and abroad, and the reputation of James Nasmyth was securely established.

permanent, fixed firmly.

Patricroft, a few miles from Maninvestigations, researches.

chester. inestimable, very highly valued. congenial, adapted to his tastes. premium, a sum of money paid inherited, derived from. with an apprentice.

engrossing, taking up all his draughtsman, a man skilled in time. drawing

paddle-shaft, the shaft or revolvacoeded to, accepted.

ing bar that turns the paddlethrifty, careful as to spending wheels. money.

Creuzot Ironworks, very large

ironworks in the east of France.

ere, before.

With what tool is the name of James Nasmyth specially connected: When and where was Nasmyth born? Where was he educated? What opportunity had he during his school-days of learning something of iron working? How did he raise the nioney to obtain admission to the lectures in the university? Into what firm did he wish to gain admission? How did he accomplish his object? Describe his mode of life while in this situation. Where did he finally settle in business? How did he occupy his time after his retirement from business? What first suggested the idea of the steam-hammer? State under what circumstances the idea was fmally carried out.

SONG OF THE FORGE.

1. Clang! clang! the massive anvils ring;

Clang! clang! a hundred hammers swing
Like the thunder-rattle of a tropic sky,
The mighty blows still multiply:

Clang! clang!
Say, brothers of the dusky brow,

What are your strong arms forging now?
2. Clang! clang!—we forge the colter now

The colter of the kindly plough;
Benignant Father, bless our toil!

May its broad furrow still unbind
To genial rains, to sun and wind,

The most productive soil ! 3. Clang! clang !—our colter's course shall be

On many a sweet and sunny lea,
By many a streamlet's silver tide,
Amidst the song of morning birds,
Amidst the low of sauntering herds,
Amidst soft breezes which do stray
Through woodbine hedges and sweet may,
Along the green hill's side.

4. When regal Autumn's bounteous hand,

With wide-spread glory clothes the land, -
When, to the valleys, from the brow
Of each resplendent slope, is rolled
A ruddy sea of living gold,
We bless,—we bless the Plough.

5. Clang! clang!--again, my mates, what glows

Beneath the hammer's potent blows ?
Clink! clank!—we forge the giant chain,
Which bears the gallant vessel's strain
'Midst stormy winds and adverse tides;
Secured by this, the good ship braves
The rocky roadstead, and the waves
Which thunder on her sides.

4. Anxious no more, the merchant sees

The mist drive dark before the breeze,
The storm-cloud on the hill;
Calmly he rests, though far away
In boisterous climes his vessel lay-
Reliant on our skill.

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