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See. iu tiie Nurse's arms, tiie child
New-born, defenceless, undefiled,

A thought in Heaven's great plan!
.Icy lights anew Affection's hearth.
But oh, what living thing at birth,
What other creature enters earth

S" imbecile hs man'!

Before the tender lamb hath seen
Earth's dewy lap of velvet green.

Whereon it panting lies;
For Nature's creamy fount it yearns.
And to the dam instinctive turns,
Where, all untaught, at once it learn-
To draw life's rich supplies.

And how the weak, ungnided thing,
Will shelter seek, in early spring,

From the night-breezes oool:
\'-tled caressingly, behold
That little nursling of the fold,
Hiding its bosom from the cold

Beneath a mother's wool!

t'nbid, leaps up the mountain-fawn To follow, in life's early -lawn,

O'er crags the bounding hind; And everything beside that liven Knows her, upon whose milk it thrives And who the tenderest succour give?.

Sooner than humankind.

The infant's first impressive wail
Tells all life's melancholy tale—
P-fciideaC. to the in-t!

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The age of helplessness goeti by,
But, "Give!" is still the human cry.
And Want, the leech that will not die,
Till life itself be past.

Yet, ever beautiful to see,

!s helpless, trusting Infancy—

Blest age of innocence! its guileless charm the first stop breaks That Boyhood from the cradle takes— Weaned from the breast, the child forsakes

Truth's sweetest . best defence.

Ye, who 'above what's written wise/
Presume the Infant to despise,

And but its weakness see;
Know, that a seedling soul is there.
To grow beneath an angei's care—
That puling babe is born the heir

Of Immortality.

And Fancy loves the name to trace. iin sleeping Infancy's blank face,

Of statesman, bard, or sage; To think, perchance a Homer's mind Is in that little skull confined— That Shakespeare rose, to charm mankind,

Himself from life's first age!

But oh, than these, a greater far,
Once slept, beneath the guardian star,

A Babe in Bethlehem!
His pure and superhuman mind
Could types of heaven in infants find.
And He a blessing left behind,

Love's legacy to them.

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"Listen, my son. the school boll Ta ringing;

Tia lime, my dear, you were on your way."

'I.ifteii, mother, the birds are singing,

t ailing me sweetly, to play, to play!

Duty Is happiness, father preaches,

Then mn of duty my heart is full;

Iio, mother, explain what the master teaches.—

Now why are schoolboy duties dull?"

•■ Willie. Willie, the last bell's Branding,
Bridle your galloping tongue, I pray.''
'*.Mother, yonder the waves are bounding.
Murmuring sweetly, away, 'awayI
/ know where the waters are flying.
Culling every wave to me;
Under a rock my boat ia lying,
Tiiil to the root of n willow tree.
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"Cool in the stream the boughs are laying.
Hiding the leaves from the light in play;
Kven here, ! can see them waving.
Beekoning sweetly, '•away, away V
Steel-bright fishes are keenly parting
The crystal dark where the lilies lie.
A plash and a shout, and away we're darting,
My darling boat, and the stream, and I.

"Soft, soft! the waves are creeping
On through the forest cool anil gray;
Hurrah I hurrah! the waves arc leaping
Out In the glorious, golden day.
Mother, my heart is wild for pleasure;
Xo bright ange! o'er dull books pores:
Science and knowledge the pohool walls treasure.
But God and Beauty are out of door*!"

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