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The frugal wifie, garrulous, will tell,
They round the ingle form a circle wide ;
The big ha’ Bible, ance his father's pride: His bonnet rev'rently is laid aside,
His lyart haffets wearing thin an' bare;
He wales a portion with judicious care;
They tune their hearts, by far the noblest aim:
Or plaintive “Martyrs," worthy of the name; Or noble “ Elgin" beets the heav'nward flame,
The sweetest far of Scotia's holy lays: Compared with these, Italian trills are tame;
The tickled ears no heartfelt raptures raise ; Nae unison ha'e they with our Creator's praise. The priest-like father reads the sacred page,
How Abram was the friend of God on bigh ; Or Moses bade eterual warfare wage
With Amalek's ungracious progeny; Or how the royal Bard did groaning lie
Beneath the stroke of Heaven's avenging ire ;
Or rapt Isaiah's wild, seraphic fire ;
How guiltless blood for guilty man was shed;
Had not on earth whereon to lay his head : How his first followers and servants sped:
The precepts sage they wrote to many a land : How he, who lone in Patmos banished,
Saw in the sun a mighty angel stand; And heard great Babylon's doom pronounc'd by Heav'n's command. Then kneeling down, to Heaven's Eternal King,
The saint, the father, and the husband prays: Hope springs exulting on triumphant wing,
That thus they all shall meet in future days: There ever bask in uncreated rays,
No more to sigh, or shed the bitter tear;
In such society, yet still more dear;
In all the pomp of method, and of art,
When men display to congregations wide
Devotion's ev'ry grace, except the heart ! The pow'r, incensed, the pageant will desert,
The pompous strain, the sacerdotal stole; But haply, in some cottage far apart,
May hear, well pleased, the language of the soul ; And in his book of life the inmates poor enrol. Then homeward all take off their sev'ral way;
The youngling cottagers retire to rest; The parent pair their secret homage pay,
And proffer up to Heav'n the warm request, That He who stills the raven's clam'rous nest,
And decks the lily fair in flow'ry pride, Would, in the way His wisdom sees the best,
For them and for their little ones provide; But chiefly, in their hearts with grace divine preside. O Scotia ! my dear, my native soil !
For whom my warmest wish to Heaven is sent; Long may thy hardy sons of rustic toil
Be blest with health, and peace, and sweet content ! And, oh, may Heav'n their simple lives prevent
From luxury's contagion, weak and vile! Then, howe'er crowns and coronets be rent,
A virtuous populace may rise the while, And stand a wall of fire around their much-loved Isle. O Thou! who pour'd the patriotic tide
That stream'd through Wallace's undaunted heart; Who dared to nobly stem tyrannic pride,
Or nobly die,-the second glorious part; (The patriot's God, peculiarly Thou art,
His friend, inspirer, guardian, and reward !) O never, never, Scotia's realm desert;
But still the patriot, and the patriot-bard, In bright succession raise, her ornament and guard ! 1. What are the signs of this chill No- 15. In what way do they sing God's vember day's close ?
praises ? 2. Why is the cotter glad when Satur- 16. With what do they sing, which is day night comes ?
better than the finest instrument? 3. Where is his cot situated ?
17. Name these church tunes, and char4. Who run to meet him?
acterize them. 5. What are the things that make him 18. What favourite portions may the forget his cares and toil?
father read in the Bible ? 6. How are the elder bairns employed 19. Which of the Apostles was banished during the week ?
to Patmos? 7. Name the eldest daughter.
20. Who is the saint, the father, and the 8. What may she be bringing with her husband ?
9. What thoughts fill the parents' minds 21. What glorious hope fills the bosom at seeing their children around them? of parents and children ?
10. How is this good mother employed ? 22. How are the “parent-pair” employed 11. How is the father employed ? when their family retire?
12. Repeat the several portions of the 23. What is the chief blessing they pray father's advice to them.
for to their children? 13. After supper in what holy exercise 24. Repeat the warm wishes of the bard do they engage?
in regard to his dear native land. 14. Describe the father as he holds the 25. Who will quote Joshua xxiv. 15, to Bible before him.
LONGFELLOW. Ce-lest'ial, adj. (L. coelum).
see eo). Ben-e-dic'tion, n. (L. bene, dico). Sub'urb, n. (L. sub, urbs). As-sume', v. (L. ad, sumo). Portal, n. (L. porta). Trans-i'tion, n. (L. trans, itum, Rap'ture, n. (L.raptum, see rapio).
There is no flock, however watched and tended,
But one dead lamb is there!
But has one vacant chair !
And mournings for the dead;
Will not be comforted !
Let us be patient! These severe afflictions
Not from the ground arise,
Assume this dark disguise.
Amid these earthly damps,
May be heaven's distant lamps.
This life of mortal breath
Whose portal we call death.
But gone unto that school
And Christ himself doth rule.
By guardian angels led,
She lives, whom we call dead.
In those bright realms of air ;
Behold her grown more fair.
The bond which nature gives;
May reach her where she lives. 1 Rachel, see Jeremiah xxxi. 15, and Matt. ii. 18.
2 Elysian, of or belonging to Elysium. Elysium, in ancient mythology, was a place assigned to the pious souls after death; furnished with rich fields, groves, shades, streams, &c.; the seat of happiness.
Not as a child 3 shall we again behold her,
For when with raptures wild
She will not be a child ;
Clothed with celestial grace;
Shall we behold her face.
And anguish long suppressed,
That cannot be at rest.
We may not wholly stay ;
CowPER. BOADICE'A lived in the middle of the first century, and was the wife of Prasutagus, the king of the Iceni, a tribe of Britons inhabiting Norfolk and Suffolk. Nero was at this time emperor; and Suetonius Paulinus, a general of great skill and energy, commanded in Britain. While Suetonius was occupied in attacking the Isle of Anglesey (then called Mona), Boadice'a was scourged and her daughters violated. The crime, however, brought its own punishment. The Iceni, and their neighbours the Trinobantes (who dwelt in what is now Essex and Middlesex), flew to arms. They first attacked and destroyed the Roman colony of Camalodunum (Colchester), and defeated a Roman legion which was coming to the relief of the place. The insurgents also massacred the Romans at Verolamium (St. Albans), and at London, which was then famous for its commerce. Tacitus says that the Romans and their allies were destroyed to the number of 70,000, many of whom perished under torture. Boadice'a killed herself by poison.--Knight's Cyclopædia. Dru-id, n. (Gr. drus).
Prog'e-ny, n. (L. pro, gigno). Re-sentment, n. (L. re, sentio). Mon'arch, n. (Gr. monos, archos).
WHEN THE British warrior Queen,
Bleeding from the Roman rods,
Counsel of her country's gods ;
Šat the Druid, hoary chief';
Full of rage, and full of grief:
Weep upon thy matchless wrongs,
All the terrors of our tongues.
Rome shall perish_write that word
In the blood that she has spilt;
Deep in ruin as in guilt.
Tramples on a thousand states;
Hark! the Gaul is at her gates!
Heedless of a soldier's name;
shall win the prize,
From the forests of our land,
Shall a wider world command.
Thy posterity shall sway ;
None invincible as they
Pregnant with celestial fire,
Of his sweet but awful lyre.
Felt them in her bosom glow:
Dying, hurld them at the foe.
Heaven awards the vengeance due;
Shame and ruin wait for you.
PRIDE AND HUMILITY.
CowPER. “The comparison of the proud and the humble believer to the peacock and the pheas. ant, and the parallel between Voltaire and the poor cottager, are exquisite pieces of eloquence and poetry.”—Campbell.
The self-applauding bird, the peacock, see-
His measured step were governed by his ear;
3 The British, not the Romans.