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O'n with the dànce! let jóyi be unconfined !
No sleep till mòrn, when Youth and Pleasure meeti
To chase the glowing Hours' with flying feet
But, hàrk! that heavy sound! breaks in once more,
As if the cloúds! its échol would repeat;

And nèarer, clearer, deadlier than before !
Àrm ! àrm ! it ís !—it is !-the cànnon's opening rõar /

ouds' its feadlierl tham ba's opening to

Within a windowed nichel of that high háll!
Sate Brúnswick's fated chieftain; he did hear
That sound the first' amidst the festival,
And caught its tónel with Death's prophetic èar;
And when they smiled! because he deemed it néar,
Hís heart! more truly knew that peal too well'
Which stretched bis fàtherl on a bloody biér,

And roused the vengeancel blood alonel could quell:
He rushed into the fiéld; and, foremost' fightivg, fèll !

Ah ! thónl and there was harrying to and fró,
And gathering téars, and tremblings of distress,
And cheeks! all pàle, which but an hoúr ago!
Blùshed at the práisel of their own lòveliness:
And there were sudden pàrtings, such as press
The lifel from out young heárts, and choking síghs
Which ne'er might be repeated; whò could guéss!

If ever mòrel should meet those mutual eyes,
Since upon night so swéetl such awful mòrn could rise ?

And there was mounting in hot bàste: the steed,
The mustering squàdron, and the clattering cár,
Went pouring forward! with impetuous spécd,
And swiftly fórming' in the ranks of war;
And the deep thùnder, peal on péal, afàr;
And néar, the beat of the alarming drúm!
Roused up the soldier! ere the morning stàr;

While thronged the citizens' with terror dumb,
Or whispering, with white lips-—"The fòcthey come I

they come !"

And wild and highl the “ Camerons' gàthering" rose !
The wár-note of Lochièl, which Albyn's hills!
Have heard—and heard, too, have her Sàxon foes:
How in the noon of night! that pibroch thrills,
Savage and shrill ! But with the breath which fills
Their mountain-pípe, so fill the mountaineers!
With the fierce native daring, which instils

The stirring memory of a thousand years;
And 'Evan's, Dónald's" fame, rings in each clansman's ears!

And Ardennesl waves above them! her green leaves,
Dewy with nature's téar-drops, as they pass,
Griéving—if aught inanimate e'er grieves-
Over the unreturning bràve-alàs !
Ere évening! to be trodden like the grass,
Which now benéath them, but above! shall grow
In its next verdure; when this fiery mass

Of living válour, rolling on the fóe,
And bùrning' with high hópe, shall moulder' cold and low!

Last noon' beheld them full of lusty life,
Last ével in Beauty's círcle proudly gày;
The midnight! brought the signal sound of strife;
The morn' the marshalling in àrms; the day!
Bàttle's magníficently stern arrày !
The thúnder-clouds! close o'er it, which' when rént,
The earth! is covered thick! with other clay,

Which her own clay' shall cover,hèaped and pént,
Ríder and hòrsc,---friend, fóe,-in one red búriall blent !


The battle of Quatre Bras is here referred to, not that of Waterloo, which took place two days after. On the evening which preceded the battle (15th June, 1815), a ball was given at Brussels, by the Duchess of Richmond, at which most of the English officers were present.

The Duke of Brunswick's father received his death-wound at the battle of Jena in 1806.

Sir Evan Cameron and his grandson Donald were conspicuous in the re. bellions of 1715 and 1745.





Aërate, (aër, G.) to change by the agency | Gastric, (gaster, G.) belonging to the of air.

stomach. Aorta, (aortē, G.)

Gullet, (gula, L.) Arterý, (aër, tereo, G.) so called because Lacteals, (lac, L.) Lit. the milk-like

the ancients thought that the arteries vessels. were filled with air.

Mucous, (mucus, L.) slimy; a mucous Assimilated, assimilation, (ad, similis, | membrane is one which secretes a L.)

slimy substance. Auricle, (auricula, auris, L.) Lit. the Pancreas, (pas, creas, G.). Lit. all little ear.

fleshy. The name is given to a Bile, (bilis, L.)

large gland below the stomach, Capillaries, (capillus, L.) Lit. hair-like called also the sweat-bread, Hence

pancreatic. Chyle, (chylos, cheo, G.).

Saliva, (L.) the spittle. Chyme, (chymos, cheo, G.).

Veins, (vena, L.) Duct, (duco, L.) a channel.

Ventricle, (ventriculus, venter, L.) Lit. Follicle, (folliculus, sollis, L.) Lit.a little the little belly. bag or cavity.



It is a peculiar excellence of the organic machinery of living creatures, that it keeps itself in repair. The living fabric, in the very actions which constitute its life, is every moment yielding up its particles to destruction, like the coal which is burned in the furnace; so much coal to so much heat, so much waste of the tissues of the body to so much vital activity. You cannot wink your eye, move your finger, or think a thought, but some minute particle of your substance must be sacrificed in doing so.

This unceasing waste implies a necessity for equally constant repair, and the materials of that repair must come from without. Unless the coal which is burning be from

time to time replaced, the fire soon smoulders, and finally goes out; unless the substance of your body which is ever wasting, be from time to time furnished with fresh food, life flickers, and at length becomes extinct. Food, then, is intended to repair the body's never-ceasing waste; it is the coal which feeds the flame of life. It is derived from without, from the animal and vegetable creation around us; and, entering the body by the mouth, is transformed and assimilated, that is, changed into the same substances, bone, muscle, nerve, &c., of which the body is itself composed.

The digestion of the food, which is preparatory to its being thus assimilated, commences in the mouth. There a somewhat complicated action takes place. The tongue, cheeks, and jaws, by means of their pumerous muscles, roll the food about in the mouth, and keep it between the teeth, which act as a mill to tear and grind it. Meanwhile, it is moistened by the saliva, a tasteless fluid, manufactured by six very small bags or pouches, called glands, situated in the mucous membrane which lines the mouth. The saliva, besides moistening the food, has also a chemical effect of great importance to digestion. Food swallowed without proper mastication may no doubt be digested by a vigorous stomach, but there is just as little doubt that the duties of the latter organ are greatly, perhaps upsafely, increased, when due time is not allowed for the action of the saliva. Hence our meals should not be eaten too hurriedly.

The contents of the mouth are carried to the stomach by a pipe called the gullet, which extends from the back of the mouth downwards through the neck and body. Great care is taken, by means of valves or lids, to prevent the smallest morsel of the masses so swallowed from entering the windpipe, or any of the other tubes that open into the cavity behind the mouth. Every one knows that, when such an accident does happen, it is exceedingly disagreeable, and, if not speedily remedied, may be fatal.

As soon as the food enters the stomach, it is subjected to new processes, similar in some degree to those which it has already undergone. The stomach is a large pouch, resem

bling in shape the wind-bag of a bagpipe. It is lined, like the mouth, with a mucous membrane, soft as velvet, which is studded all over with minute finger-like glands, called

Flince ulica come which follicles. From these is poured into the cavity of the stomach, in quantity proportioned to the food to be digested, the gastric juice, a fluid which may be regarded as the chief agent in digestion. This juice mingles with the food, upon which it acts chemically, gradually reducing it to a liquid or soluble state. Meanwhile the whole mass is turned round and round, by the contractions of a muscular coating which surrounds the stomach, immediately beneath the mucous lining already mentioned. By this churning, as it has been happily called, the solid parts are not only well ground, but thoroughly mixed with the gastric juice.

The food is now reduced to a thin pulp, but the process of its digestion is not yet complete. It leaves the stomach as chyme, and enters the intestines. Though usually spoken of as consisting of several parts, the intestines really form one continuous tube or canal, above thirty feet in length, or nearly six times the length of the body. It is coiled up, like a huge serpent, in the abdomen. The chyme, as it traverses this canal, meets with three new liquids, which greatly alter its character. These are the bile, formed by the liver, the pancreatic juice, which comes from the pancreas, or sweet-bread, and the intestinal juice, the product of certain glands in the lining of the intestine itself. By the action of these various substances, the chyme, or at least all that is nutritious in it, is gradually converted, in its progress through the folds of the intestine, into a milklike substance called chyle.

Another process now commences. The chyle, thus gradually formed in the intestine, is sucked up by an immense number of minute vessels or tubes, into which it penetrates, by oozing or soaking through the walls of the intestine. Some substances, such as water, may be absorbed in the stomach itself, but these are exceptional. Absorption usually takes place in the intestine. The absorbent vessels are named lacteals, from their colour when filled with chylc.

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