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GEMS FOR THE FIRESIDE.
But one upon Earth is more beautiful and A babe in a house is a well-spring of ples. better than the wife-that is the mother. sure. (L. Schefer. Heaven lies about us in our infancy!
(Tupper. The foundation of domestic happiness is faith in the virtue of woman.
( Wordsworth. (Landor. Pointing to such, well might Cornelia say, The future destiny of the child is always the When the rich casket shone in bright arraf.
work of the mother. (Napoleon. " These are my jewels !” Well of such as he, And whether coldness, pride, or virtue, dig:
| When Jesus spake, well might the language nify, .
“Suffer these little ones to come to me!" A woman, so she's good, what does it signify?! (Byron. Standing with reluctant feet,
(Rogers. Her voice was ever soft, gentle and low; an Where the brook and river meet, excellent thing in woman. (Shakespeare. Womanhood and childhood feet! . Like a lovely tree
(Longjelloru. She grew to womanhood, and between whiles
Be wise with speed, Rejected several suitors, just to learn A fool at forty is a fool indeed. (Young. How to accept a better in his turn. (Byron. Years follow'ng years, steal something ev'ry Earth's noblest thing, a woman perfected. .. (Lowell | At last they steal us from ourselves away.
(Pope. Happy he With such a mother! faith in womankind
Dark and despairing, my sight I may seal, Beats with his blood, and trust in all things
But man cannot cover what God would rehigh
veal: Comes easy to him, and though he trip and
'Tis the sunset of life gives me mystical lore, fall,
And coming events cast their shadows before. He shall not blind his soul with clay.
It is difficult to grow old gracefully. And nature swears, the lovely dears
(Madame de Staël. Her noblest work she classes, 0);
The youth of the soul is everlasting and Her 'prentice han' she tried on man,
eternity is youth.
(Richter. An' then she made the lasses, O. (Burns. Old age is courteous- no one more:
For time after time he knocks at the door, YOUTH AND AGE.
But nobody says, " Walk in, sir, pray!" O child ! O new-born denizen
Yet turns he not from the door away, Of life's great city! on thy head
But lifts the latch, and enters with speed, The glory of the morn is shed
And then they cry, “A cool one, indeed."
( Goethe. Like a celestial benison ! Here at the portal thou dost stand,
Age is not all decay; it is the ripening, the And with thy little hand
swelling of the fresh life within, that Thou openest the mysterious gate
withers and bursts the brusk. Into the future's undiscovered land. (Longfellow. Life's shadows are meeting Eternity's day.
(James G. Clarke. How beautiful is youth ! how bright it gleans With its illusions, aspirations, dreams!
Time has laid his hand upon my heart gently, Book of Beginnings, Story without End,
not smiting it, but as a harper lays his Each maid a heroine, and each man a friend!
open palm upon his barp, to deaden its (Longfollow. vibrations.
When sunny memories round thy path Whene'er the clouds of sorrow roll, and
trials whelm the mind,
When faint with grief thy wearied soul no
And hush the low complaining sigh, Fear
Act well at the moment, and you
perGladly I give thee my token
formed a good action to all eternity. 'Tis a prayer that thy future may be A path way of peace all unbroken, Silently one by one, in the infinite meadows Naught bringing sadness to thee.
Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-meAccompany your own flag through the nots of the angels. world under the protection of your own
May your joys be as deep as the ocean,
Your sorrows as light as its foam.
These little souvenirs possess not their
greatest value when first written; but Be what your friends think you are;
as time, with scythe in hand, passes Avoid what your enemies say you are.
along, and we are left standing, we are
not the same, but these lines remain. To those who know thee not, no words can Some, to cheer the saddened by awakpaint!
ening slumbering memories of better And those who know thee, know all words things; and others serving as guideare faint!
boards on the road to eternity.
Finish all thy work, then rest
Till then, rest never ;
Is rest forever.
Death cannot sever The ties that bind our souls through morta)
They last forever !
May the Angels twine for thee
Our lives are songs; God writes the words, Hope for the best, get ready for the worst, And we set them to music at pleasure,
and then take what God sends.
Though the day be ever so long,
When the roses of life are faded,
And our steps are sad and slow,
May we think with tender longing As gold more splendid from fire appears,
Of the days of long ago : So friendship strengthens with the lapse of When our girlish aspirations years.
Were so innocent and bright,
Ere on our lives had fallen Heaven is not gained by a single bound,
The shadow of the night. But we climb the ladder by which we rise ; From the lowly earth to the vaulted skies, When memory with her jeweled hand, And we mount to the summit, round and Counts o'er her gems by life's bright sea, round.
Drop not my pearl upon the strand,
But keep it and remember me.
Blest be thy passage o'er the changing sea That every word and every deed
Oi life; the clouds be few that intercept May bear within itself the seed
Thy light of joy; the waves roll gently on Of future good, for future need.
Beneath thy bark of hope and bear thee sale
To meet in peace, thy Father-God.
Not inward but outward, Humble we must be, if to Heaven we go,
SENTIMENTS FOR ALBUMS.
May ev'ry page of this fair book
On its smooth surface bear
Or wit-gem sparkling fair.
Of some true-hearted friend;
Will ever sunshine lend.
The tissue of the life to be
We weave with colors all our own
We reap as we have sown.
He doeth well who strives,
But never noble lives.
Oh, let my friendship in the wreath, Friendship is no plant of hasty growth,
the flowers, Though planted in esteem's deep fixed soil Its sweetest fragrance round thee breathe, - | The gradual culture of kind intercourse
'Twill serve to soothe thy weary hours. Must bring it to perfection.
These few lines which here I trace Run if you like, but try to keep your breath,
For other's weal availed on high,
without a destination; the course of each But waft thy name beyond the sky.
Our actions are like the terminations of verses,
us, there would be no rainbows in our
Be true to your word and your work and
Trust men, and they will be true to you: treat
them greatly, and they will show them-
Here's a lesson that he who runs may read,
Though I fear but few have won it.
The best reward of a kindly deed
Is the knowledge of having done it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it;
Begin, and the work will be completed.
As ships meet at sea, a moment together, Look not at life by that dim light
when words of greeting must be spoken, Which through thy curtained window creeps.
In weakness, heavenly might.
GEMS FOR THE FIRESIDE.
I will not wish thee grandeur,
Nor do I wish thee wealth ;
Peace, happiness and health ;
And honest friends to chide,
Whatever may betide.
Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be
clever; Do noble things, not dream them, all day
long; And so make life, death, and the vast forever
One grand, sweet song.
To bear is to conquer our fate.
Wouldst thou be a happy liver,
| I slept and dreamed that life was Beauty ; Let the past be past forever!
I woke and found that life was Duty :Fret not, when prigs and pedants bore you; | Was my dream then a shadowy lie? Enjoy the good that's set before you ; But chiefly hate no man: the rest
Toil on, faint heart, courageously Leave thou to God, who knows what's best.
Follow the one, and thou shalt see
The other still will follow thee. Either never attempt, or persevere to the end.
Do good by stealth, and blush to find it fame.
Each gift that God bestows on thee
Prosperity attend thee, my loved and gentle With others freely share;
friend, And let each act of sacrifice
May fortune still befriend thee, and all its Be hallowed by a prayer.
Through life as thou dost wend thee, may Of all earthly music, that which reaches the Heaven its blessing send,
farthest into heaven is the beating of a Like seraphs to attend thee, forever more my loving heart.