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By sundry recollections of such fall
From high to low, ascent from low to high,
As books record, and even the careless mind
Cannot but notice among men and things)
Went with me to the place of my repose.

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Roused by the crowing cock at dawn of day, I yet bad risen too late to interchange A morning salutation with my Host, Gone forth already to the far-off seat Of his day's work. Three dark mid-winter months *Pass,' said the Matron, 'and I never see, “Save when the sabbath brings its kind release, ‘My Helpmate's face by light of day. He quits *His door in darkness, nor till dusk returns. * And, through Heaven's blessing, thus we gain the bread 'For which we pray; and for the wants provide

Of sickness, accident, and helpless age. Companions have I many; many friends, Dependants, comforters—my wheel, my fire, • All day the house-clock ticking in mine ear, The cackling hen, the tender chicken brood, * And the wild birds that gather round my porch. *This honest sheep-dog's countenance I read; • With him can talk; nor blush to waste a word 'On creatures less intelligent and shrewd.

And if the blustering wind that drives the clouds • Care not for me, he lingers round my door, • And makes me pastime when our tempers suit;"But, above all, my thoughts are my support, ‘My comfort:—would that they were oftener fixed On what, for guidance in the way that leads 2o heaven, I know, by my Redeemer taught.'

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The Matron ended-nor could I forbear
To exclaim-'O happy! yielding to the law
Of these privations, richer in the main ! -
While thankless thousands are opprest and clogged
By ease and leisure; by the very

wealth
And pride of opportunity made poor;
While tens of thousands falter in their path,
And sink, through utter want of cheering light;

the hours of labour do not flag ; For you each evening hath its shining star, And every sabbath-day its golden sun.'"

For you

“Yes !” said the Solitary with a smile That seemed to break from an expanding heart, “The untutored bird may found, and so construct, And with such soft materials line, her nest Fixed in the centre of a prickly brake, That the thorns wound her not; they only guard. Powers not unjustly likened to those gifts Of happy instinct wbich the woodland bird Shares with her species, nature's grace sometimes Upon the individual doth confer, Among her higher creatures born and trained To use of reason. And, I own that, tired Of the ostentatious world—a swelling stage With empty actions and vain passions stuffed, And from the private struggles of mankind Hoping far less than I could wish to hope, Far less than once I trusted and believed I love to hear of those, who, not contending Nor summoned to contend for virtue's prize, Miss not the humbler good at which they aim, Blest with a kindly faculty to blunt

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The edge of adverse circumstance, and turn
Into their contraries the petty plagues
And hindrances with which they stand beset.
In early youth, among my native hills,
I knew a Scottish Peasant who possessed
A few small crofts of stone-encumbered ground;
Masses of every shape and size, that lay
Scattered about under the mouldering walls
Of a rough precipice; and some, apart,
In quarters unobnoxious to such chance,
As if the moon had showered them down in spite.
But he repined not. Though the plough was scared
By these obstructions, 'round the shady stones
• A fertilising moisture,' said the Swain,

Gathers, and is preserved; and feeding dews
And damps, through all the droughty summer day
* From out their substance issuing, maintain
Herbage that never fails: no grass springs up
So green, so fresh, so plentiful, as mine!
But thinly sown these natures; rare, at least,
The mutual aptitude of seed and soil
That yields such kindly product. He, whose bed
Perhaps yon loose sods cover, the poor Pensioner
Brought yesterday from our sequestered dell
Here to lie down in lasting quiet, he,
If living now, could otherwise report
Of rustic loneliness: that grey-haired Orphan-
So call him, for humanity to him
No parent was-feelingly could have told,

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In life, in death, what solitude can breed
Of selfishness, and cruelty, and vice;
Or, if it breed not, hath not power to cure.
--But your compliance, Sir! with our request

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My words too long have hindered."

Undeterred,
Perhaps incited rather, by these shocks,
In no ungracious opposition, given
To the confiding spirit of his own
Experienced faith, the reverend Pastor said,
Around him looking ; " Where shall I begin?
Who shall be first selected from my flock
Gathered together in their peaceful fold ?"
He paused—and having lifted up his eyes
To the pure heaven, he cast them down again
Upon the earth beneath his feet; and spake :-

“ To a mysteriously-united pair
This place is consecrate; to Death and Life,
And to the best affections that proceed
From their conjunction; consecrate to faith
In him who bled for man upon

the cross ;
Hallowed to revelation; and no less
To reason's mandates ; and the hopes divine

; Of pure imagination ;-above all, To charity, and love, that have provided, Within these precincts, a capacious bed And receptacle, open to the good And evil, to the just and the unjust; In which they find an equal resting-place: Even as the multitude of kindred brooks And streams, whose murmur fills this hollow vale, Whether their course be turbulent or smooth, Their waters clear or sullied, all are lost Within the bosom of yon crystal Lake, And end their journey in the same repose !

And blest are they who sleep; and we that know, While in a spot like this we breathe and walk, That all beneath us by the wings are covered Of motherly humanity, outspread And gathering all within their tender shade, Though loth and slow to come! A battle-field, In stillness left when slaughter is no more, With this compared, makes a strange spectacle ! A dismal prospect yields the wild shore strewn With wrecks, and trod by feet of young and old Wandering about in miserable search Of friends or kindred, whom the angry sea Restores not to their prayer ! Ah! who would think That all the scattered subjects which compose Earth's melancholy vision through the space Of all her climes—these wretched, these depraved, To virtue lost, insensible of peace, From the delights of charity cut off, To pity dead, the oppressor and the opprest; Tyrants who utter the destroying word, And slaves who will consent to be destroyedWere of one species with the sheltered few, Who, with a dutiful and tender hand, Lodged, in a dear appropriated spot, This file of infants ; some that never breathed The vital air; others, which, though allowed That privilege, did yet expire too soon, Or with too brief a warning, to admit Administration of the holy rite That lovingly consigns the babe to the arms Of Jesus, and his everlasting care. These that in trembling hope are laid apart; And the besprinkled nursling, unrequired

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