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The following piece of poetry from Miss Gould, was prepared for the “Winter-green,”

for 1844. From what we have seen of the Annual, we think it will make a rich present for the coming new year. It is for sale by Collins, Brothers & Co. New. York. And by Thomas, Cowperthwaite, & Co. Philadelphia.

THE MARINER’S ORPHAN.

BY HANNAH F. GOULD.

That cold, faithless moon looking down on the wave!

How dark grows my heart with her beaming!
And yonder she smiles on the new-covered grave,

While tears drown my sight in their streaming.

For there lies my father, down, down in the deep,

V'erwhelmed by the black, heavy billow!
And now have they borne off my mother, to sleep,

Where damp clods of earth are her pillow.

How oft did she kneel, when that moon from above

Hung mild o er a calm, sparkling ocean,
And lift her sweet voice in thanksgiving and love,

To Him of her evening devotion !

And when into clouds all their brightness was cast,

With looks full of wo and imploring,
She bowed like a reed at the rush of the blast,

And prayed while the tempest was roaring.

Then pale at the noise of the storm and the sea,

While tears rolled as crystal-drops shining,
She threw her fond arms round my brother and me,

Her trembling to stay by their twining.

But, oh! when they told her the whole fatal tale,

By silence her anguish was spoken ;
She heard the torn bark had gone down in the gale ;

Then sunk! for her heart-strings had broken:

And since, when I see the bright moon beaming clear,

With stars gathered thickly around her,
I think of that night when no ray would appear

To light the frail bark that must founder.

The sound of the waves as they die on the shore,

It fills me with sadness and sighing ;
To me they bring back a dear father no more

They show me a mother when dying.

Fer the Mother's Magazine.

THE HABIT OF PRAYER.

BY HARVEY NEWCOMB.

In a recent number of the Magazine, several questions, propounded at the meetings of the London Maternal Association, were published, with the request that some of your contributers would furnish communications on the subjects to which they relate. Among them was this: “Ought children to be required to maintain their regular seasons of prayer; or, should the duty be

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