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saying, that you have one gentleman at least, in your colony.

Mr. B. Ha, ha, ha! A fine gentleman truly. Sir, when we desire the honour of your company we will send for you.

Mother, how small a thing am I,

Rocked on the restless sea!
I ask, when gazing on the sky,

Can God remember me?
How solemnly the stars look out,

Upon the broad, blue deep;
I wonder what the sun's about

Has he gone away to sleep?
How beautiful the moon to see

Walk proudly through the night-
Unshadowed by a single tree,

To mar her queenly light.
How brilliant is the track we mark,

As leaps our vessel on-
A rival light, that cheers the dark,

When stars and moon are gone!
Mother, I am a feeble thing,

Mid scenes so vast and bold; - My child, your thoughts can o'er them spring ;

Your mind they cannot hold.”


In days of yore, when time was young,
When birds conversed as well as sung,
When use of speech was not confined
Merely to brutes of human kind,
A forward hare, of swiftness vain,
The genius of the neighbouring plain,
Would oft deride the drudging crowd,
For geniuses are ever proud:
He'd boast, his flight 'twere vain to follow;
For dog, and horse, he'd beat them hollow;
Nay, if he put forth all his strength,
Outstrip his brethren half a length.
A tortoise heard his vain oration,
And vented thus his indignation :-
4 Oh puss ! it bodes thee dire disgrace,
When I defy thee to the race.
Come, 'tis a match; nay, no denial ;
I lay my shell upon the trial.”
'Twas “ Done!" and “Done !” “ All fair!” “A

bet !"
Judges prepared, and distance set.
The scampering hare outstripped the wind;
The creeping tortoise lagged behind,
And scarce had passed a single pole,
When puss had almost reached the goal.
“ Friend tortoise," quoth the jeering hare,
“Your burden's more than you can bear;
To help your speed, it were as well
That I should ease you of your shell :
Jog on a little faster, prythee;
I'll take a nap, and then be with thee."

So said, so done, and safely, sure;
For say, what conquest more secure ?
When'er he waked, (that's all that's in it)
He could o'ertake him in a minute.
The tortoise heard his taunting jeer,
But still resolved to persevere;
Still drawled along, as who should say,
“ I'll win, like Fabius, by delay;"
On to the goal securely crept,
While puss, unknowing, soundly slept.
The bets were won, the hare awoke,
When thus the victor-tortoise spoke :-

Puss, though I own thy quicker parts,
Things are not always done by starts ;
You may deride my awkward pace,
But slow and steady wins the race."

I HATE that drum's discordant sound,
Parading round, and round, and round;
To thoughtless youth it pleasure yields,
And lures from cities and from fields :
To me it talks of ravaged plains,
And burning towns and ruined swains,
And mangled limbs, and dying groans,
And widow's tears and orphan's moans,
And all that misery's hand bestows,
To fill the cup of human woes.

WHY AN APPLE FALLS. PAPA, said Lucy, I have been reading to-day that Sir Isaac Newton was led to make some of his great discoveries by seeing an apple fall from a tree. What was there extraordinary* in that ?

Papa. There was nothing extraordinary ; but it happened to catch his attention and set him a thinking.

Lucy. And what did he think about?

P. He thought by what means the apple was brought to the ground.

L. Why, I could have told him that–because the stalk gave way, and there was nothing to keep it up.

P. And what then?
L. Why then-it must fall, you know.
P. But why must it fall ?—that is the point.
L. Because it could not help it.
P. But why could it not help it?

L. I don't know—that is an odd question. Because there was nothing to keep it up.

P. Suppose there was not-does it follow that it must come to the ground ?

L. Yes, surely!
P. Is an apple animate or inanimate?
L. Inanimate to be sure.
P. And can inanimate things move of themselves !

L. No-I think not-but the apple falls because it is forced to fall.

P. Right! Some force out of itself acts upon it; otherwise it would remain for ever where it was, notwithstanding it were loosened from the tree. L. Would it?

* ěx-trór-de-nă-rē.

P. Undoubtedly!—for there are only two ways in which it could be moved ; by its own power of motion, or the power of somewhat else moving it. Now, the first you acknowledge it has not; the cause of its motion must therefore be the second. And what that is, was the subject of the philosopher's inquiry.

L. But every thing falls to the ground as well as an apple, when there is nothing to keep it up.

P. True—there must therefore be an universal cause of this tendency to fall.

L. And what is it?

P. Why, if things out of the earth cannot move themselves to it, there can be no other cause of their coming together, than that the earth pulls them.

L. But the earth is no more animate than they are ; so how can it pull ?

P. Well objected! This will bring us to the point. Sir Isaac Newton, after deep meditation, discovered that there was a law in nature, called attraction, by virtue of which every particle of matter, that is, every thing of which the world is composed, draws towards it every other particle of matter, with a force proportioned to its size and distance.

Lay two marbles on the table. They have a tendency to come together, and if there were nothing else in the world, they would come together; but they are also attracted by the table, by the ground, and by everything besides in the room; and these different attractions pull against each other.

Now, the globe of the earth is a prodigious mass: of matter, to which nothing near it can bear any comparison. It draws, therefore, with mighty force every thing within its reach, which is the cause of their falling; and this is called the gravitation of bodies, or what gives them weight.

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