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He call'd aloud—“ Say, father, say
If yet my task is done ?"
Unconscious of his son.
“ Speak, Father!" once again he cried,
“If I may yet be gone !"
And fast the flames rolld on.
And in his waving hair ;
In still, yet brave despair.
« My Father! “must I stay?" While o'er him fast, through sail and shroud,
The wreathing'fires made way.
They caught the flag on high,
Like banners in the sky.
There came a burst of thunder sound
The boy-oh! were was he?
With mast, and helm, and pennon fair,
That well had borne their part-
Was that young faithful heart.
THE LANDING OF THE PILGRIM FATHERS.
The breaking waves dashed high
On a stern and rock-bound coast; And the woods, against a stormy sky,
Their giant branches tossed;
And the heavy night hung dark,
The hills and waters o'er,
On the wild New England shore.
They, the true-hearted, came ;-
And the trumpet that sings of fame;
In silence, and in fear :-
With their hymns of lofty cheer.
And the stars heard, and the sea;
To the anthem of the free.
From his nest, by the white wave's foam, And the rocking pines of the forest roared :
This was their welcome home.
There were men with hoary hair
Amidst that pilgrim band :
There was woman's fearless eye,
Lit by her deep love's truth;
And the fiery heart of youth.
Bright jewels of the mine?
They sought a faith's pure shrine.
The soil where first they trod!
Freedom to worship God!
WORKS OF THE CORAL INSECT Though some species of corals are found in all climates, they abound chiefly in the tropical regionş. In particular, the larger and more solid kinds seem to have chosen those climates for their habitation; while the more tender and minute, the Flustras for example, occur in the colder seas.
These animals vary from the size of a pin's head, or even less, to somewhat more than the bulk of a pea; and it is by the persevering efforts of creatures so insignificant, working in myriads, and working through ages, that the enormous structures in question are erected.
Enormous we may well call them, when the great Coral Reef of New Holland alone is a thousand miles in length, and when its altitude, though yet scarcely fathomed in twenty places, cannot range to
less than between one and two thousand feet. It is a mountain ridge, that would reach almost three times from one extremity of England to the other, with the height of Ingleborough, or that of the ordinary and prevailing class of the Scottish mountains. And this is the work of insects, whose dimensions are less than those of a house fly. It is perfectly overwhelming.
But what is even this. The whole of the Pacific Ocean is crowded with islands of the same architecture, the produce of the same insignificant architects. An animal harely possessing life, scarcely appearing to possess volition, tied down to its narrow cell, ephemeral in existence, is daily, hourly, creating the habitations of men, of animals, of plants. It is founding a new continent; it is constructing a new world.
These are among the wonders of His mighty hand; such are among the means which He uses to forward His ends of benevolence. Yet man, vain man, pretends to look down on the myriads of beings equally insignificant in appearance, because he has not yet discovered the great offices which they hold, the duties which they fulfil, in the great order of nature.
If we have said that the Coral insect is creating a new continent, we have not said more than the truth. Navigators now know that the Great Southern Ocean is not only crowded with those islands, but that it is crowded with submarine rocks of the same nature, rapidly growing up to the surface, where, at length overtopping the ocean, they are destined to form new habitations for man to extend his dominion.
They grow and unite into circles and ridges, and ultimately they become extensive tracts. This process cannot cease while those animals exist and pro
pagate. It must increase in an accelerating ratio ; and the result will be, that, by the wider union of such islands, an extensive archipelago, and at length a continent must be formed.
This process is equally visible in the Red Sea. It is daily becoming less and less navigable, in consequence of the growth of its Coral rocks; and the day is to come, when, perhaps, one plain will unite the opposed shores of Egypt and Arabia.
But let us here also admire the wonderful provision which is made, deep in the earth, for completing the work which those animals have commenced. And we may here note the contrast between the silent and unmarked labours of working myriads, operating by an universal and long ordained law, and the sudden, the momentary, effort of a power, which, from the rarity of its exertion, seems to be especially among the niiraculous interpositions of the Creator.
It is the volcano and the earthquake that are to complete the structure which the coral insect has laid ; to elevate the mountain, and form the valley, to introduce beneath the equator the range of climate which belongs to the temperate regions, and to lay the great hydraulic engine, by which the clouds are collected to fertilize the earth, which causes the spring to burst forth and the rivers to flow.
And this is the work of one short hour.-If the coral insect was not made in vain, neither was it for destruction that God ordained the volcano and the earthquake. Thus also, by means so opposed, so contrasted, is one single end attained. And that end is the welfare, the happiness of man.
If man has but recently opened his eyes on the important facts which we have now stated, his chemistry is still unable to explain them. Whence all