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OUR NATIVE SHIPS.
be done; talents unexercised, capacities' undeveloped,' a human life thrown away-wasted as water poured forth in the desert. Birds and flowers, ye are gods to such a mockery of life!
3. Who can describe the fearful void of such an existence, the yearnings for object, the self-reproach for wasted powers, the weariness of daily life, the loathing of pleasure, of frivolity, and the fearful consciousness of deadening life—of a spiritual paralysis® which hinders all response to human interest-when enthusiasmo ceases to arouse, and noble deeds no longer call forth the tear of joy; when the world becomes a blank, humanity a far sound, and no life is left but the heavy, benumbing weight of personal bopelessness and desolation.
4. Happier far is the toiling drudge who coins body and soul into the few poor shillings that can only keep his family in a long starvation; he has hope unceasingly to lighten him, a duty to perform, a spark of love within that can not die; and wretched, weary, and unhuman as his life may be, it is of royal worth—it is separated by the immeasurable distance of life and death from the poor wretch who is cursed for having no work to do.
25. OUR NATIVE SHIPS.
They linger not behind,
Court favoring tide and wind.
As gayly o'er the foam,
That long have learn’d to roam. Ca påc' i ties, those powers by which we are enabled to receive instructions; talents; ability to do or to receive. Un de vėl' oped, not brought out; hidden. - Void, emptiness.—Yearn' ings, strong desires. — Frivol' i ty, lightness ; fondness for vain and foolish pursuits. — Pa rål' y. sis, loss of power ; palsy; inability to move the limbs.--Re spånse', answer ; interest in a thing. -_En thủ' si asm, an ardent zeal with respect to some object or pursuit.—Drůdge, one who labors hard without thought.-_20 Fleet, swift.-" Ca reer', course; way.- G&l' lant, noble ; brave; generous.
2. The Indian wave, with luring smiles,
Swept round them bright to-day;
Are opening on their way;
Or this frail song is o'er,
To greet a foreign shore.
Where glimmering watch-lights beam,
In tropic brightness gleam,
Or blows the stormy gale,
Our ships majestic sail.
That swells beneath the sky;
Their lofty pennants' fly:
That float across the main,
J. T. FIELDS
26. THE AUTHOR OF “SWEET HOME." "AS
$ I sit at my window here in Washington, watching the
course of great men, and the destiny? of party, I meet often with strānge contradictions in this eventful life. The most remarkable was that of John Howard Payne, author of
Lůr' ing, winning ; enticing ; attractive. - Hå vens, ports ; harbors; places where ships may float securely, without danger from storms.—8 Trop' ic, belonging to that portion of the earth where it is always warm.–Verge, edge ; border. - Pén' nants, flags ; banners. • Furl (férl), to draw up ; to fold and fasten.--' Dés' ti ny, fate ; for tune..Often (8f' fn). -Con tra dic' tions, things opposite.
THE AUTHOR OF
Sweet Home. I knew him personally. He occupied the rooms under me for some time, and his conversation was so captivating, that I often spent whole days in his apartments.
2. “He was an applicant for office at the time-consul' at Tunis—from which he had been removed. What a sad thing it was to see the poet subjected to the humiliation of officeseeking! In the evening, we would walk along the street. Once in awhile we would see some family circle so happy, and forming so beautiful a group, that we would stop, and then pass silently on.
3. “On such occasions he would give a history of his wanderings, his trials, and all the cares incident to his sensitive nature and poverty. 'How often,' said he, once, “have I been in the heart of Paris, Berlin, and London, or some other city, and heard persons singing, or the hand-organ playing “Sweet Home," without a shilling to buy the next meal, or a place to lay my head.
4. “The world has literally sung my song until every heart is familiar with its melody. Yet I have been a wanderer from iny boyhood. My country has turned me ruthlesslys from office; and in old age I have to submit to humiliation for bread.' Thus he would complain of his hapless lot. His only wish was to die in a foreign land, to be buried by strāngers, and sleep in obscurity.
5. “I met him one day, looking unusually sad. 'Have you got your consulate ?said I. "Yes, and leave in a week for Tunis; I shall never return. The last expression was not a political faith. Far from it. Poor Payne! his wish was realized—he died at Tunis. Whether his remains have been brought to this country, I know not. They should be; and, if none others would do it, let the homeless throughout the world give a penny for a monument to Payne. I knew him, and will give my penny for an inscription' like the following :
*Côn' sul, a person appointed by a government to represent it, or act for it, in a foreign country. — * In'ci dent, befalling ; happening to. 'Sen' si tive, easy to feel, or to perceive.—Lit'er al ly, strictly ; to the letter._Ruthlessly (rðth'les ly), without pity or mercy.-- Hu mil i d'tion, act of humbling ; state of being abased. - Con' su late, office of a consul.-_ In scrip'tion, that which is written or marked on something.
THE AUTHOR OF SWEET HOME,'
NEVER HAD A HOME.
IN A FOREIGN LAND."
HOME, SWEET HOME.
Still, be it ever so humble, there's no place like home;
Home, home, sweet home!
There's no place like home!
Ah! give me my lowly thatch'd cottage again;
Home, sweet, sweet home!
27. THE OLD FAMILY BIBLE. WHOEVER has traveled among the Scottish bills and dales
, can not have failed to observe the scrupulous' fidelity of the inhabitants to the old family Bible. A more honorable trait* of character than this can not be found; for all men, whether Christians or infidels, are prone to put reliance in those who make the Bible their companion, the well-thumbed pages of which show the confidence their owners repose in it.
Hål'ldw, to make sacred, or holy.–Scrupulous (skr8' pu lus), care ful ; conscientious ; faithful.--* Fi del' i ty, loyalty; faithfulness.-*Tráit, mark; line or feature.--In' fi dels, unbelievers.-— Re pose place, as in confidence.
THE OLD FAMILY BIBLE.
2. A few years ago, there dwelt in Ayrshire' an ancient couple, possessed of this world's geare sufficient to keep them independent from want or woe, and a canny daughter to bless their gray hair and tottering steps. A gal'lant of a farmer became enamoreds of the daughter, and she, nothing lõth, consented to be his. The match being every way worthy of her, the old folks gave their approval, and as they were desirous to see their child comfortably settled, the two were made one. Ip a few short years, the scythe of time cut down the old people, and they gave their bodies to the dust, and their souls to the Creator.
3. The young farmer, having heard much of the promised land beyond the sea, găthered togěther his property, and, selling such as was useless, packed up what was calculated to be or service to him at his new home. Some neighbors, having the same desire for adventure, sold off their homes and homesteads, and, with the young couple, set sail for America.
4. Possessed of considerable property in the shape of money, this company were not like the generality of emigrants, poor and friendless, but happy, and full of hope of the future. The first thing done after the landing, was the taking out of the old family heir-loom, the Bible, and returning thanks and praise to Him who had guided the vessel to a safe haven.
5. The farmer's object in coming to this country was to purchase a farm and follow his occupation; he thereforeo spent but little time in the city at which he arrived; and as his fellowpassengers had previously determinad on their destination, he bid them farewell, and, with a light heart, turned his face toward the setting sun. Indiăn'a, at this time, was fast becoming settled, and, having heard of its cheap and fertile lands, he determined on settling within its borders.
6. He fixed on a farm on the banks of the Wabash, and
Ayrshire (år' sher), a county in the southwest part of Scotland, bor. dering on the sea.-- Géar, goods ; furniture.- Cån' ny, skillful ; dexterous ; prudent. — Gål' lant, a brave, high-spirited man; a wooer ; one who is polite to ladies.- En åm' ored, in love with.–Lòth, unwilling.--"Em' i grants, persons who leave their own country, to settle in another.- Heir-loom (år' 18m), a thing which has long been in the family, or which descends to the heirs. Therefore (thếr' for).