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ing, and benefiting mankind, long after he shall have ceased to tread his paternal fields.
5. Indeed, it is the nature of such occupations to lift the thought above mere worldliness. As the leaves of trees are said to absorb all noxious qualities of the air, and breathe forth & purer atmosphere, so it seems to me as if they drew from us all sordid and angry passions, and breathed forth peace and philănthropy. There is a serene and settled majesty in woodland scenery that enters into the soul, and dīlātes and elevates it, and fills it with noble inclinations. The ancient and hereditary groves, too, that embower this island, are most of them full of story. They are haunted by the recollections of the great spirits of past ages, who have sought for relaxation among them, from the tumult of arms, or the toils of state, or have wooed the muse be eath their shade.
6. It is becoming, then, for the high and generous spirits of an ancient nation to cherish these sacred groves that surround their ancestral mansions, and to perpetuate them to their descendants. Brought up, as I have been, in republican habits and principles, I can feel nothing of the serv'ile reverence for titled rank, merely because it is titled. But I trust I am nēither churl nor bigot in my creed. I do see and feel how hereditary distinction, when it falls to the lot of a generous mind, may elevate that mind into true nobility.
7. It is one of the effects of hereditary rank, when it falls thus happily, that it multiplies the duties, and, as it were, extends the existence of the possessor. He does not feel himself a mere individual link ir creation, responsible only for his own brief term of being. Ila carries back his existence in proud recollection, and he extends it forward in honorable anticipation. He lives with his ancestry, and he lives with his posterity. To both does he consider himself involved in deep responsibilities. As he has received much from those that have gone before, so he feels bound to transmit much to those who are to come after him.
8. His domestic undertakings seem to imply a longer existence than those of ordinary men. None are so apt to build and plant for future centuries, as noble-spirited men who have received their heritages from foregoing ages. I can easily imagine, therefore, the fondness and pride with which I have noticed 'nglish gentlemen, of generous temperaments, but high aristocratic feelings, contem'plating those magnificent trees, which rise like towers and pyramids from the midst of their paternal lands. There is an affinity between all natures, animate and inanimate. The oak, in the pride and lustihood of its growth, seems to me to take its rānge with the lion and the eagle, and to assimilate, in the grandeur of its attributes, to heroic and intellectual man.
9. With its mighty pillar rising straight and direct toward heaven, bearing up its leafy honors from the impurities of earth, and supporting them aloft in free air and glorious sunshine, it is an emblem of what a true nobleman should be ; a refuge for the weak,-a shelter for the oppressed,-a defence for the defenceless ; warding off from them the peltings of the storm, or the scorching rays of arbitrary power. He who is this, is an ornament and a blessing to his native land. He who is otherwise, åbūses his eminent advantages ;-abuses the grandeur and prosperity which he has drawn from the bosom of his country. Should tempests arise, and he be laid prostrate by the storm, who would mourn over his fall ? Should he be borne down by the oppressive hand of power, who would murmur at his fate ?_“WHY CUMBERETH HE THE GROUND ?”.
146. GOD'S FIRST TEMPLES.
\HE groves were God's first temples. Ere man learned
To hew the shaft, and lay the architrave,
And inaccessible Majesty. Ah! why
Acceptance in his ear. 2.
Father, thy hand
Communion with his Maker. 3.
Here are seen
The fresh, moist ground, are all instinct with thee. 4. Here is continual worship ; nature, here,
In the tranquillity that thou dost love,
Thou hast not left
That are the soul of this wide universe.
Of the great miracle that still goes on,
Mölder benēath them. 7.
Oh! there is not lost One of earth's charms : upon her bosom yět, After the flight of untold centuries, The freshness of her far beginning lies, And yět shall lie. Life mocks the idle hate Of his arch enemy Death ; yea, seats himself Upon the sepulcher, and blooms and smiles, And of the triumphs of his ghastly foe Makes his own noŭrishment. For he came forth From thine own bosom, and shall have no end.
8. There have been holy men, who hid themselves
Deep in the woody wilderness, and gave
And tremble, and are still.
O God! when thou
147. LANDSCAPE BEAUTY.
T is easy enough to understand how the sight of a picture or
the original : nor is it much more difficult to conceive, how the sight of a cottage should give us something of the same feeling as the sight of a peasant's family; and the aspect of a town raise many of the same ideas as the appearance of a multitude