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Perverting, darkening, changing as they go,
The searching truths of God!

Their glory and their might
Shall perish; and their very names shall be
Wile before all the people, in the light

Of a world's liberty.

Oh! speed the moment on
When Wrong shall cease,_and Liberty and Love,
And Truth, and Right, throughout the earth be known

As in their home above.

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| These lines, so full of tender regret, deep grief, and touching pathos, were written when the news came of the sad course of Daniel Webster in supporting the “Compromise Measures,” including the “Fugitive Slave Law,” in his speech delivered in the United States Senate, on the 7th of March, 1850.

Then pay the reverence of old days
To his dead fame;

Walk backward with averted gaze,
And hide the shame !


Maud Muller, on a summer's day,
Raked the meadow sweet with hay.

Beneath her torn hat glow'd the wealth
Of simple beauty and rustic health.
Singing, she wrought, and her merry glee
The mock-bird echoed from his tree.
But, when she glanced to the far-off town,
White from its hill-slope looking down,
The sweet song died, and a vague unrest
And a nameless longing fill'd her breast,-
A wish that she hardly dared to own,
For something better than she had known.
The Judge rode slowly down the lane,
Smoothing his horse's chestnut mane.
He drew his bridle in the shade
Of the apple-trees, to greet the maid;
And ask'd a draught from the spring that flow'd
Through the meadow across the road.
She stoop'd where the cool spring bubbled up,
And fill'd for him her small tin cup,
And blush'd as she gave it, looking down
On her feet so bare, and her tatter'd gown.

“Thanks!” said the Judge, “a sweeter draught - From a fairer hand was never quaff'd.”

He spoke of the grass and flowers and trees
Of the singing birds and the humming bees;
Then talk'd of the haying, and wonder'd whether
The cloud in the west would bring foul weather.

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“My father should wear a broadcloth coat;
My brother should sail a painted boat. -

“I’d dress my mother so grand and gay,
And the baby should have a new toy each day.

“And I’d feed the hungry, and clothe the poor,
And all should bless me who left our door.”

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But he thought of his sisters proud and cold,
And his mother vain of her rank and gold.

So, closing his heart, the Judge rode on,
And Maud was left in the field alone. o

But the lawyers smiled that afternoon,
When he humm'd in court an old love-tune;

And the young girl mused beside the well,
Till the rain on the unraked clover fell. -

He wedded a wife of richest dower,
Who lived for fashion, as he for power.

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And oft, when the summer sun shone hot
On the new-mown hay in the meadow lot,

And she heard the little spring brook fall
Over the roadside, through the wall,

In the shade of the apple-tree again
She saw a rider draw his rein,

And, gazing down with timid grace,
She felt his pleased eyes read her face.

Sometimes her narrow kitchen walls
Stretch'd away into stately halls;

The weary wheel to a spinnet turn'd,
The tallow candle an astral burn'd,

And for him who sat by the chimney lug,
Dozing and grumbling o'er pipe and mug,

A manly form at her side she saw,
And joy was duty, and love was law.

Then she took up her burden of life again,
Saying only, “It might have been.”

Alas for maiden, alas for Judge,
For rich repiner and household drudge

God pity them both, and pity us all,
Who vainly the dreams of youth recall.

For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: “It might have been 1”

Ah, well! for us all some sweet hope lies
Deeply buried from human eyes;

And, in the hereafter, angels may
Roll the stone from its grave away !


I ask not now for gold to gild
With mocking shine a weary frame;

The yearning of the mind is still'd,—
I ask not now for Fame.

A rose-cloud, dimly seen above,
Melting in heaven's blue depths away, -

Oh! sweet, fond dream of human Love .
For thee I may not pray.

But, bow’d in lowliness of mind,
I make my humble wishes known, -

I only ask a will resign'd,
O Father, to thine own

To-day, beneath thy chastening eye,
I crave alone for peace and rest,

Submissive in thy hand to lie,
And feel that it is best.

A marvel seems the Universe,
A miracle our Life and Death ;

A mystery which I cannot pierce,
Around, above, beneath.

In vain I task my aching brain,
In vain the sage's thought I scan;

I only feel how weak and vain,
How poor and blind, is man.

And now my spirit sighs for home,
And longs for light whereby to see,

And, like a weary child, would come,
O Father, unto Thee l

Though oft, like letters traced on sand,
My weak resolves have pass'd away,

In mercy lend thy helping hand
Unto my prayer to-day !


“Handsome is that handsome does, hold up your hands, girls,” is the language of Primrose in the play, when addressing her daughters. The worthy matron was right. Would that all my female readers, who are sorrowing foolishly because they are not in all respects like Dubufe's Eve, or that statue of Venus which enchants the world, could be persuaded to listen to her. What is good-looking, as Horace Smith remarks, but looking good 7 Be good, be womanly, be gentle, generous in your sympathies, heedful of the well-being of those around you, and, my word for it, you will not lack kind words or admiration. Loving and pleasant associations will gather about you. Never mind the ugly reflection which your glass may give you. That mirror has no heart. But quite another picture is given you on the retina of human sympathy. There the beauty of holiness, of purity, of that inward grace “which passeth show,” rests over it, softening and mellowing its features, just as the full, calm moonlight melts those of a rough landscape into harmonious loveliness.

“Hold up your heads, girls;” I repeat after Primrose. Why should you not * Every mother's daughter of you can be beautiful. You can envelop yourselves in an atmosphere of moral and intellectual beauty, through which your otherwise plain faces will look forth like those of angels. Beautiful to Ledyard, stiffening

in the cold of a northern winter, seemed the diminutive, smoke

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