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waters about thy throne. - Every one can say, that now certainly thou hast visited this land, and hast not forgotten the utmost corners of the earth, in a time when men had thought that thou wast gone up from us to the farthest end of the heavens, and hadst left to do marvellously among the sons of these last ages. O, perfect and accomplish thy glorious acts; for men may leave their works unfinished, but thou art a God, thy nature is perfection.” “The times and seasons pass along under thy feet, to go and come at thy bidding; and as thou didst dignify our fathers' days with many revelations, above all their foregoing ages, since thou tookest the flesh, so thou canst vouchsafe to us, though unworthy, as large a portion of thy spirit as thou pleasest : for who shall prejudice thy all-governing will ? Seeing the power of thy grace is not passed away with the primitive times, as fond and faithless men imagine, but thy kingdom is now at hand, and thou standing at the door; come forth out of thy royal chambers, O Prince of all the kings of the earth; put on the visible robes of thy imperial majesty; take up that unlimited sceptre which thy Almighty Father hath bequeathed thee ; for now the voice of thy bride calls thee, and all creatures sigh to be renewed.”
Sonnet-November, - BRYANT.
Yet one smile more, departing, distant sun!
One mellow smile through the soft, vapory air, Ere, o’er the frozen earth, the loud winds run,
Or snows are sifted o'er the meadows bare; One smile on the brown hills and naked trees,
And the dark rocks, whose summer wreaths are cast, And the blue gentian flower, that in the breeze
Nods lonely, of her beauteous race the last ;
Yet a few sunny days, in which the bee
Shall murmur by the hedge that skirts the way, The cricket chirp upon the russet lea,
And man delight to linger in thy ray ;Yet one rich smile, and we will try to bear The piercing winter frost, and winds, and darkened air.
The Lyre.-MILTON WARD.
THERE was a lyre, 'tis said, that hung
High waving in the summer air ;
And left to breathe its music there.
Awoke a wilder, sweeter strain,
In coral grottoes of the main.
Where all night he had sweetly slept,
Bright with the tears that morning wept,
Waved lightly his soft, azure wing ;
What harp such lays of joy could sing !
The birds, that sweetly warbled by,
Were heard not where that harp was nigh.
Along the bosom of the west
In colors softly mingled lay,
While night had darkened all the rest,-
rung Wild through the silence of the night,
As solemn Philomela sung,
Along the dewy breeze of even ;
They seemed the echoed songs of heaven. Sometimes, when all the air was still,
Nor e'en the poplar's foliage trembled, That harp was nightly heard to thrill With tones no earthly tones rese
esembled ; And then, upon the moon's pale beams,
Unearthly forms were seen to stray, Whose starry pinions' trembling gleams
Would oft around the wild harp play. But soon the bloom of summer fled
In earth and air it shone no more ; Each flower and leaf fell pale and dead,
While heaven its wintry sternness wore. One day, loud blew the northern blast
The tempest's fury raged alongOh for some angel, as they passed,
To shield the harp of heavenly song ! It shrieked-how could it bear the touch,
The cold, rude touch, of such a storm, When e’en the zephyr's seemed too much,
Sometimes, though always light and warm ! It loudly shrieked—but ah! in vain
The savage wind more fiercely blew ;
chord was torn in two ! It never thrilled with anguish more,
Though beaten by the fiercest blast;
that thus its bosom tore,
Gently upon its shattered form,
That lyre they could not wake or warm.
Scenery of Andover.-GEORGE B. CHEEVER.
There is not, perhaps, in New England, a spot where the sun goes down, of a clear summer's evening, amidst so much grandeur reflected over earth and sky. In the winter season, too, it is a most magnificent and impressive scene. The great extent of the landscape; the situation of the hill, on the broad, level summit of which stand the buildings of the Theological Institution; the vast amphitheatre of luxuriant forest and field, which rises from its base, and swells away into the heavens; the perfect outline of the horizon; the noble range of blue mountains in the back-ground, that seem to retire one beyond another almost to infinite distance; together with the magnificent expanse of sky visible at once from the elevated spot ;-these features constitute, at all times, a scene on which the lover of nature can never be weary with gazing. When the sun goes down, it is all in a blaze with his descending glory. The sunset is the most perfectly beautiful when an afternoon shower has just preceded it. The gorgeous clouds roll away like masses of amber. The sky, close to the horizon, is a sea of the richest purple. The setting sun shines through the mist, which rises from the wet forest and meadow, and makes the clustered foliage appear invested with a brilliant golden transparency. Nearer to the eye, the trees and shrubs are sparkling with fresh rain-drops, and over the
whole scene the parting rays of sunlight linger with a yellow gleam, as if reluctant to pass entirely away. Then come the varying tints of twilight, “ fading, still fading,” till the stars are out in their beauty, and a cloudless night reigns, with its silence, shadows and repose. In the summer, Andover combines almost every thing to charm and elevate the feelings of the student. In winter, the northwestern blasts, that sweep fresh from the snow-banks on the Grand Monadnock, make the invalid, at least, sigh for a more congenial climate.
WHEN sailing on this troubled sea
Yet we must suffer, here below,