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THE SOLITARY REAPER.

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And one, - o'er her the myrtle showers

Its leaves, by soft winds fanned; She faded 'midst Italian flowers,

The last of that bright band.

And parted thus they rest, who played

Beneath the same green tree; Whose voices mingled as they prayed

About one parent knee !

They that with smiles lit up the hall,

And cheered with song the hearth, Alas for love, if thou wert all,

And naught beyond, O Earth!

THE SOLITARY REAPER. - Wordsworth.

BEHOLD her, single in the field,
Yon solitary Highland lass !
Reaping and singing by herself ;
Stop here, or gently pass !
Alone she cuts and binds the grain,
And sings a melancholy strain;
0, listen! for the vale profound
Is overflowing with the sound.

No nightingale did ever chant
More welcome notes to weary bands
Of travellers, in some shady haunt
Among Arabian sands;
Such thrilling voice was never heard
In spring-time from the cuckoo bird,

Breaking the silence of the seas
Among the farthest Hebrides.

Will no one tell me what she sings?
Perhaps the plaintive numbers flow
For old, unhappy, far-off things,
And battles long ago, -
Or is it some more humble lay,
Familiar matter of to-day?
Some natural sorrow, loss, or pain,
That has been, and may be again!

Whate'er the theme, the maiden sang
As if her song could have no ending;
I saw her singing at her work,
And o'er the sickle bending; -
I listened, - motionless and still ;
And when I mounted up the hill,
The music in my heart I bore,
Long after it was heard no more,

THE ADOPTED CHILD. – Mrs. Hemans.

" Why wouldst thou leave me, O gentle child ?
Thy home on the mountains is bleak and wild,
A straw-roofed cabin with lowly wall; —
Mine is a fair and a pillared hall,
Where many an image of marble gleams,
And the sunshine of picture for ever streams."

60, green is the turf where my brothers play,

Through the long, bright hours of the summer day;
They find the red cup-moss where they climb,
And they chase the bee o'er the scented thyme ;

THE ADOPTED CHILD.

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And the rocks where the heathflower blooms they

know, Lady, kind lady! O, let me go !”

“ Content thee, boy! in my bower to dwell,
Here are sweet sounds which thou lovest well;
Flutes on the air in the stilly noon,
Harps which the wandering breezes tune;
And the silvery wood-note of many a bird,
Whose voice was ne'er in thy mountains heard.”

“My mother sings, at the twilight's fall,
A song of the hills far more sweet than all ;
She sings it under our own green tree,
To the babe half slumbering on her knee ;
I dreamt last night of that music low, -
Lady, kind lady! 0, let me go !”

“ Thy mother is gone from her cares to rest,
She hath taken the babe on her quiet breast;
Thou wouldst meet her footstep, my boy, no more,
Nor hear her song at the cabin-door.
Come thou with me to the vineyards nigh,
And we 'll pluck the grapes of the richest dye.”

“ Is my mother gone from her home away? -
But I know that my brothers are there at play ;
I know they are gathering the foxglove's bell,
Or the long fern-leaves by the sparkling well,
Or they launch their boats where the bright streams

flow,-
Lady, kind lady! O, let me go !”

“ Fair child! thy brothers are wanderers now, They sport no more on the mountain's brow,'

They have left the fern by the spring's green side,
And the streams where the fairy barks were tried.
Be thou at peace in thy brighter lot,
For thy cabin home is a lonely spot.” '

" Are they gone, all gone from the sunny hill? -
But the bird and the blue fly rove o'er it still,
And the red deer bound in their gladness free,
And the turf is bent by the singing bee,
And the waters leap, and the fresh winds blow,-
Lady, kind lady! O, let me go !”

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You who dwell above the skies,
Free from human miseries ;
You whom highest heaven embowers,
Praise the Lord with all your powers !
Angels, your clear voices raise !
Him you heavenly armies praise !
Sun, and moon with borrowed light,
All you sparkling eyes of night,
Waters hanging in the air,
Heaven of heavens, his praise declare !
His deserved praise record,
His, who made you by his word, -
Made you evermore to last,
Set your bounds not to be past.
Let the earth his praise resound !
Monstrous whales, and seas profound,
Vapors, lightning, hail, and snow,
Storms, which, when he bids them, blow;

PEACE OF MIND.

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Flowery hills, and mountains high,
Cedars, neighbours to the sky,
Trees, that fruit in season yield,
All the cattle of the field,
Savage beasts, all creeping things,
All that cut the air with wings;
You who awful sceptres sway,
You, inured to obey,
Princes, judges of the earth,
All, of high and humble birth ;
Youth, and virgins, flourishing
In the beauty of your spring ;
You who bow with age's weight,
You who were but born of late ;
Praise his name with one consent !
O, how great! how excellent !

PEACE OF MIND. — From Old English Poetry.

My mind to me a kingdom is ;

Such perfect joy therein I find As far exceeds all earthly bliss

That God or nature hath assigned ; Though much I want that most would have, Yet still my mind forbids to crave.

Content I live, this is my stay ;

I seek no more than may suffice; I press to bear no haughty sway ;

Look what I lack my mind supplies. Lo! thus I triumph like a king, Content with that my mind doth bring.

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