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She had proffered friendship’s snowdrops, she was ever

tender-hearted, But the roses of her loving they hung far beyond my

reach.

She will mate with but her equals; men of ancient

names and stately Will have power to win her kisses, and my lowly

claim must yield; They will never stoop to worship as I've worshiped,

loving greatly, Though my ancestors have fallen not upon the

foughten field.

Fair the future spreads before her, will it ever bring

repentance For an honest love rejected, for a stricken heart and

sore ? Shall I ever dare to ask her for remission of my sen

tence ?But my music makes an answer with a hopeless

“Never more.”

And I think on that great master who, when life was

swiftly fleeting, Wrote the sad sepulchral music ere he bowed his

noble head, That from all the saints in glory should bring sure and

kindly greeting; And for my lost love a requiem I play, as for the dead. And I cling unto my music for the solace man's unkindness Has denied me, since my comrades greet my story

with a smile ;

There are loves, they say, in plenty, and they marvel at

my blindness; But the man who's seen the sun's face sees no other for

a while.

Now the vast cathedral darkens, and the night comes

slowly creeping From the altar round the arches that o'erhang the

chancel side; And I leave the saints in silence as they solemnly lie

sleeping, And to-morrow brings the gladness of the holy Christ.

mas-tide.

And at Matins as aforetime I shall take my humble

station, In the rood-loft, at the service that we sing on

Christmas Day; While the anthem peals around me, and the Church's

jubilation Gives good-will to all men, chanting “In excelsis gloria.”

H. SAVILE CLARKE.

DESTINY OF AMERICA. .

SEARC

YEARCH creation round,

find a coun. try that presents so sublime a view, so interesting an anticipation ? Who shall say for what purpose mysterious Providence may not have designed her! Who shall say that when in its follies or its crimes, the Old World may have buried all the pride of its power, and all the pomp of its civilization, human nature may not find its destined renovation in the New! When its temples and its trophies shall have moldered into dust, when the glories of its name shall be but the legend of tradition, and the light of its achievements live only in song, philosophy will revive again in the sky of her Franklin, and glory rekindle at the urn of her Washington.

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Is this the vision of romantic fancy? Is it even im. probable? I appeal to history! Tell me, thou reverend chronicler of the grave, can all the allusions of ambition realized, can all the wealth of a universal commerce, can all the achievements of successful heroism, or all the establishments of this world's wisdom, secure to empire the permanency of its possessions ? Alas, Troy thought so once; yet the land of Priam lives only in song! Thebes thought so once; yet her hundred gates have crumbled, and her very tombs are but as the dust they were vainly intended to commemorate! So thought Palmyra—where is she? So thought the countries of Demosthenes and the Spartan; yet Leonidas is trampled by the timid slave, and Athens insulted by the servile, mindless, and enervate Ottoman! In his hurried march, Time has but looked at their imagined immortality, and all its vanities, from the palace to the tomb, have, with their ruins, erased the very impression of his footsteps ! The days of their glory are as if they had never been; and the island that was then a speck, rude and neglected, in the barren ocean, now rivals the ubiquity of their commerce, the glory of their arms, the fame of their philosophy, the eloquence of their senate, and the inspiration of their bards! Who shall say, then, contemplating the past, that England, proud and potent as she appears, may not one day be what Athens

is, and the young America yet soar to be what Athens was! Who shall say, when the European column shall have moldered, and the night of barbarism obscured its very ruins, that that mighty continent may not emerge from the horizon, to rule, for its time, sovereign of the ascendant!

CHARLES PHILLIPS.

BALLAD OF THE WICKED NEPHEW.

IT

T was a wicked Nephew bold

Who uprose in the night,
And ground upon a huge grindstone

His penknife, sharp and bright.
And, while the sparks were flying wild
The cellar floor

upon,
Quoth he unto himself, “I will

Dispatch my Uncle John!
“His property is large, and if

He dies and leaves a will,
His loving Nephew (that's myself)

Won't get a dollar-bill.
“ I'll hie unto my Uncle's bed,

His chamber well I know,
And there I'll find his pocket-book

Safe under his pillow.
“ With this bright steel I'll slay him first;

Because that is the way
They do such things, I understand,

In Boucicault's new play."

By this the anxious moon retired

(For all the stars were in)“ 'Tis very dark,” the Nephew cried, “ But I can find

my

kin!

"Come forth, my trusty weapon, now !"

(Or words to that effect,) He shouted to his little blade,

Whose power he did suspect.

Then out he starts. His Uncle's door

Is thirteen doors from his :He gains the latch, which upward flies,

And straight inside he is!

One pause upon the entry stair, ,

And one upon the mat,How still the house at such an hour!

How mewless lies the cat!

" Nephew! Nephew! be not rash;

Turn back, and then turn in:
Your Uncle still is sound asleep,
And
you

devoid of sin !

“ The gallows-tree was never built

For handsome lads like you-
Get thee to bed! (as kind Macbeth

Wished his young man to do).”

He will not be advised,-he stands

Beside the sleeping form,-
The hail begins to beat outside

A tattoo for the storm.

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