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ON THE DEATH OF A FRIEND.
SHE passeth hence,—a friend from loving friends,
No frost upon her, and the tree of life
Glows in the freshness of its summer prime.
Yet still she passeth hence. Her work on earth
Soon done and well. Hers was the unwavering mind,
The untiring hand in duty. Firm of soul
And sought no tribute from a shadowy world.
He did remember her, and on her brow
Oh thou whom grieving love Would blindly pinion in this vale of tears,
Farewell! it is a glorious flight for faith
To trace thy upward path, above this clime
Of change and storm. We will remember thee
L. H. SIGOURNEY.
Go plunge in the depths of the forest's gloom, Or traverse the sea-beaten shore,
Or linger alone by the ruined tomb,
And lonely thoughts may haunt thee then,
As when in the crowded cities of men,
For God seems present when man is alone,
But when 'mid the human world we're thrown,
WE mourn for those who toil,
The slave who ploughs the main,
Or him who hopeless tills the soil
Beneath the stripe and chain :
A host of restless phantoms chase-
We mourn for those who sin,
Bound in temptation's snare; Whom syren pleasure beckons on
To prisons of despair :
Whose hearts, by whirlwind passions torn,
But why in sorrow should we mourn
We mourn for those who weep,
Of lover or of friend :
But they to whom the sway
Of pain and grief is o'er, Whose tears our God hath wiped away, Oh! mourn for them no more!
L. H. SIGOURNEY.
THE CITY OF PETRA.
PETRA, the excavated city, the long-lost capital of Edom, in the Scriptures and profane writings, in every language in which its name occurs, signifies a rock; and through the shadows of its early history, we learn that its inhabitants lived in natural clefts, or in excavations made in the solid rock. Desolate as it now is, we have reason to believe that it goes back to the time of Esau, "the father of Edom;" that princes and dukes, eight successive kings, and again a long line of nobles, dwelt there before any king "reigned over Israel;" and we recognise it from the earliest ages, as the central point to which came the caravans from the interior of Arabia, Persia, and India, laden with all the precious commodities of the East, and from which these commodities were distributed through