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cate, and in 1840, in hopes of deriving advantage from a milder climate, he made a voyage to Cuba. But he was not benefited materially by the change, and, learning, the next spring, of the death of his father, he returned home, and died in New York on the 5th of September, 1841.
Mr. Mellen wrote for various magazines and periodicals. In 1826, he delivered, at Portland, before the Peace Society of Maine, a poem, entitled The Rest of Em. pires. In 1827, he published Our Chronicle of Twenty-Sir, a satire; and in 1829, Glad Tales and Sad Tales, a volume in prose, from his contributions to the periodicals. The Martyr's Triumph, Buried Valley, and other Poems, appeared in 1834. The first-named poem is founded on the history of Saint Alban, the first Christian martyr in England. In the Buried Valley he describes the terrible avalanche at The Notch in the White Mountains, in 1826, by which the Willy family was destroyed."
Not yet, not yet the martyr dies. He sees *
Yet, yet one moment linger! Who are they
He sees, he hears! upon his dying gaze, -
Upon the merits of Grenville Mellen's poetry, a writer in the 22d vol. of the “American Quarterly Review” thus remarks:– “There is in these poems no unusual sublimity to awaken surprise, no extreme pathos to communicate the luxury of grief, no chivalrous narrative to stir the blood to adventure, no high-painted Ardor in love to make us enraptured with beauty. Yet we were charmed ; for we love purity of sentiment, and we found it; we love amiability of heart, and nere we could perceive it in every stanza. The muse of Mellen delights in the beauties, not in the deformities, of nature: she is more inclined to celebrate the virtues than denounce the vices of man.”
* oN seriNG AN EAGLE PASS NEAR ME IN AUTUMN TWILIGHT.
Sail on, thou lone imperial bird,
Or hast thou left thy rocking dome,
Yet lonely is thy shatter'd nest,
So come the eagle-hearted down,
So, round the residence of power,
Voice of the viewless spirit ! that hast rung
Since our first parents in sweet Eden sung
Around us and above us, sounding on
The ministry sublime to wake and warn —
That call'd existence out from Chaos' lonely sea!
Voice that art heard through every age and clime,
Commanding like a trumpet every ear
That fallest, like a watchman's through the night,
Yet startling all men with thy tones of might—
Thou wast from God when the green earth was young,
Willi AM Bourne Oliver PEA body, son of Judge Oliver Peabody, of Exeter, New Hampshire, was born in that town, July 9, 1799,' and, after completing his preparatory studies at Phillips Academy, in his native town, he entered Harvard
!. He had a twin-brother, Oliver William Bourne Peabody: the two fitted for
•ollege together at Exeter Academy, and graduated together.
Oliver studied law College, where he graduated in 1816. In 1820, he became the pastor of a Unitarian congregation at Springfield, Massachusetts, where he resided till his death, on the 28th of May, 1847." Besides the faithful discharge of his parochial duties, Mr. Peabody wrote numerous articles for the “North American Review” and the “Christian Examiner,” and is the author of many beautiful occasional pieces of poetry, of which none deserves more to be remembered than his
HYMN OF NATURE.
God of the earth's extended plains !
God of the dark and heavy deep
God of the forest’s solemn shade'
God of the light and viewless air
God of the fair and open sky!
at first, but afterwards turned his attention more to literature, and assisted Alexander H. Everett, in 1831, in the editorship of the “North American Review.” joy he studied theology, settled in Burlington, Vermont, and died July 6, 1848. * Read a discourse delivered at his funeral by Rev. Ezra Stiles Gannett, D.D., and an article in the “Christian Examiner,” September, 1847.
The tented dome, of heavenly blue,
Each brilliant star, that sparkles through,
In evening's purple radiance, gives
God of the rolling orbs above
God of the world ! the hour must come,
LY DIA MARIA CHILD.
Lydia MARIA FRANcis, though born in Massachusetts, spent the early portion of her youth in Maine. While on a visit to her brother, the Rev. Convers Francis, of Watertown, in the latter part of 1823, she was prompted to write her first work by reading, in the “North American Review,” an article on Yamoyden, in which the writer (John G. Palfrey, D.D.) eloquently describes the adaptation of early New England history to the purposes of fiction; and in less than two months her first work, Hobomok, appeared,—a tale founded upon the early history of New England, which was received with very great favor. The next year appeared the Rebels, a tale of the Revolution. In 1828, she was married to David Lee Child, Esq., a lawyer of Boston, and subsequently the editor of the “National Anti-Slavery Standard.” In 1827, she commenced the Jurenile Miscellany, a monthly magazine for children. It was an admirable work, and some of Mrs. Child's best pieces are to be found in it. She next issued the Frugal Housewife, a work on domestic economy, designed for families of limited means, and a most useful book for all. In 1831 appeared The Mother's Book, full of excellent counsel for training children; and, in 1832, The Girl's Book. Soon after, she prepared the lives of Madame de Staël, Madame Roland, Madame Guyon, and Lady Russell, for the Ladies' Family Library, which were followed by the Biography of Good Wives, and The History of the Condition of Women in all Ages, in two volumes.
The year 1833 is an important era in the history of this accomplished lady, as