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With pride of beauties that will feed the worm
To morrow ! but with joyful pride I say
That if the truest and most perfe& love
Deserved requital, such was ever mine.
How often reeking from the adulterous bed
Have I received him ! and with no complaint.
Neglect and insult, cruelty and scorn
Long, long did I endure, and long curb down
The indignant nature.

Tell your countrymen,
Scotchmen, what I have spoken-say to them
Ye saw the Queen of Scotland lift the dagger
Red from her husband's heart ; that in her own
She plunged it.

stabs berself.

Tell them also, that she felt No guilty fear in death.

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The SOLDIER'S FUNERAL.

By ROBERT SOUTHEY.

It is the funeral march. I did not think
That there had been such magic in sweet sounds !
Hark! from the blacken'd cymbal that dead tone
It awes the very rabble multitude,
They follow silently, their earnest brows
Lifted in solemn thought. 'Tis not the pomp
And pageantry of death that with such force
Arrests the sense,-the mute and mourning train,
The white plume nodding o'er the sable hearse,
Had past unheeded, or perchance awoke
A serious smile upon

man's cheek
At pride's last triumph. Now these measur'd sounds
This universal language, to the heart
Speak instant, and on all these yarious minds
Compel one feeling.

the poor

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But such better thoughts
Will pass away, how soon ! and these who here
Are following their dead comrade to the grave,
Ere the night fall, will in their revelry
Quench all remembrance. From the ties of life
Unnaturally rent, a man who knew
No resting place, no dear delights of home,
Belike who never saw his children's face,
Whose children knew no father, he is gone,
Dropt from existence, like the withered leaf
That from the summer tree is swept away,
Its logs unseen. She hears not of his death
Who bore him, and already for her son
Her tears of bitterness are shed : when first
He had put on the livery of blood,
She wept him dead to her.

We are indeed
Clay in the potter's hand! one favour'd mind
Scarce lower than the Angels, shall explore

of Nature, whilst his fellow-man
Fram'd with like miracle the work of God,
Must as the unreasonable beast drag on
A life of labour, like this soldier here,
His wonderous faculties bestow'd in vain,
Be moulded by his fate till he becomes
A mere machine of murder.

The ways

And there are Who

say

that this is well! as God has made All things for man's good pleasure, so of men The many

for the few ! court-moralists,
Reverend lip-comforters that once a weck
Proclaim how blessed are the poor, for they
Shall have their wealth hereafter, and tho' now
Toiling and troubled, tho' they pick the crumbs
That from the rich man's table fall, at length
In Abraham's bosom rest with Lazarus.
Themselves meantime secure their good things here
And dine with Dives. These are they O Lord !
Who in thy plain and simple gospel see
All mysteries, but who find no peace enjoined,
No brotherhood, no wrath denounced on them
Who shed their brethren's blood,-blind at noon day
As owls, lynx-eyed in darkness !

O my God!
I thank thee that I am not such as these,
I thank thee for the

sées, the heart
That feels, the voice that in these evil days
That amid evil tongues, exalts itself
And cries aloud against the iniquity.

eye that

AGE and YOUTH.

By JOSEPH COTTLE.

AGE.

Talk not thus, unthinking youth,

Darting the enthusiast eyes, Of your justice and your truth,

And the liberty you prize; You are now to manhood risen, Cast your cloister'd dreams away

! You must burst your mental prison,

And endure the light of day.

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