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summer had it shed its sweet fragrance! I saw it a few years ago; it was still alive and healthful, and smelled just as it did when I was a child.
Well: Grandmother was always pleased to see us; always did she give the "bairns" a hearty welcome; and there was always something good for us. This, among other things, made Grandmother a great favourite with the little selfish folks who visited her. But there were other things which made them love her. She was not only good-natured, and generous, and patient, but she looked so nice; she was every inch a Grandmother! There she sat,I say again that I fancy I see her now, in her large arm-chair in that corner of the fire-place next the window, dressed in a rich chintz gown, with ruffles below the elbows, a nice white muslin apron, cap with lace border fastened under the chin, high heeled shoes and silver buckles, and her large handsome walking stick in the corner. I vainly thought no one had a nicer Grandmother than I had.
After dinner she would generally say to me,— I was proud of the distinction,—“Come, Joseph, you read me a chapter in the Bible." It was a big huge Bible; I could not carry it from the dresser on which it stood, with the rows of bright pewter plates above it, to the little round table beside her. With what delight did I turn over its pages to find the pictures of Adam and
Eve, Cain and Abel, the Flood, Pharoah in the Red Sea, David and Goliath, &c.! This last was my favourite. I once read the whole narrative through without making a blunder, though only just breeched. Well do I remember it. For when I had done, my Grandmother patted me on the head, said I should be a parson, and gave me a silver sixpence. I never was so rich in my life! I hardly knew how much I was worth; but my Father gave me twelve half-pennies for my bit of silver, and then I comprehended the full value of my prize.
But how few of those happy days came, and how soon they passed away! Grandfather and Grandmother soon died, nearly together. A kind Uncle, their eldest son, occupied the farm, and always made us welcome; but there was no Grandmother in the corner, and the house did not look right without her. I remember going to the funeral; but ah! the selfishness there is in the heart of a child-I thought more that day of my new suit of black clothes, than of poor Grandfather or Grandmother.
Well they are gone; and so is my Father, and that Uncle too. His son, my cousin, now stands in the place of his father. But what is our life! A vapour that appeareth for a little time and then passeth away?
"Our fathers, where are they,
Their joys and griefs, and hopes and cares,
MY MOTHER'S HAND.
"When I was a little child, (said a good old man,) my mother used to bid me kneel down beside her, and place her hand upon my head, while she prayed. Ere I was old enough to know her worth, she died, and I was left too much to my own guidance. Like others, I was inclined to evil. passions, but often felt myself checked, and, as it were, drawn back by a soft hand upon my head. When a young man, I travelled in foreign lands, and was exposed to many temptations: but when I would have yielded, the same hand was upon my head, and I was saved. I seemed to feel its pressure, as in the days of my happy infancy, and sometimes there came with it a voice to my heart, a voice that must be obeyed,- O, do not this wickedness, my son, nor sin against thy God.'"
WHY gaze ye on my hoary hairs,
Your locks beneath the blast of cares,
I had a Mother once,
She, when the nightly couch was spread,
But, then, there came a fearful day,
Till harsh hands tore me thence away,
I plucked a fair white rose, and stole
And thought strange sleep enchained her soul,
That eve I knelt me down in woe
Yet still my temples seemed to glow,
Years fled, and left me childhood's joy
Fierce passions shook me like a reed!
That soft hand made my bosom bleed,
Youth came the props of virtue reeled;
A marble touch my brow congealed-
In foreign lands I travelled wide,
Yet still that hand, so soft and cold,
And with it breathed a voice of care,
Ye think, perchance, that age hath stole
That hallowed touch was ne'er forgot!—
And if I e'er in heaven appear,
MY BROTHER'S BIRTHDAY.
ON thy little grave, my brother,