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'Tis not enough the voice be sound and clear,
Some o'er the tongue the labored measures roll,
All affectation but creates disgust,
Some placid natures fill the allotted scene
THE DRUMMER-BOY'S BURIAL,
He, who in earnest studies o'er his part,
THE DRUMMER-BOY'S BURIAL.
All day long the storm of battle through the startled valley swept ; All night long the stars in heaven o'er the slain sad vigils kept.
Oh the ghastly upturned faces gleaming whitely through the night ! Oh the heaps of mangled corses in that dim sepulchral light !
One by one the pale stars faded, and at length the morning broke; But not one of all the sleepers on that field of death awoke.
Slowly passed the golden hours of that long bright summer day, And upon that field of carnage still the dead unburied lay:
Lay there stark and cold, but pleading with a dumb, unceasing
prayer, For a little dust to hide them from the staring sun and air.
But the foeman held possession of that hard-won battle plain,
Once again the night dropped round them--night so holy and so
calm That the moonbeams hushed the spirit, like the sound of prayer or
On a couch of trampled grasses, just apart from all the rest,
Death had touched him very gently, and he lay as if in sleep;
For a smile of wondrous sweetness lent a radiance to the face,
To the marble limbs so perfect in their passionless repose,
And the broken drum beside him all his life's short story told:
Midnight came with ebon garments and a diadem of stars,
Hark! a sound of stealthy footsteps and of voices whispering low, Was it nothing but the young leaves, or the brooklet's murmuring
Clinging closely to each other, striving never to look round
Came two little maidens, -sisters,—with a light and hasty tread, And a look upon their faces, half of sorrow, half of dread.
And they did not pause nor falter till, with throbbing hearts, they
stood Where the Drummer-boy was lying in that partial solitude.
They had brought some simple garments from their wardrobe's
scanty store, And two heavy iron shovels in their slender hands they bore.
Then they quickly knelt beside him, crushing back the pitying
tears, For thoy had no time for weeping, nor for any girlish fears.
And they robed the icy body, while no glow of inaiden shame Changed the pallor of their foreheads to a flush of lambent flame.
For their saintly hearts yearned o'er it in that liour of sorest need, And they felt that Death was holy, and it sanctified the deed.
But they smiled and kissed each other when their new strange task
was d'er, And the form that lay before them its unwonted garments wore.
Then with slow and weary labor a small grave they hollowed out, And they lined it with the withered grass and leaves that lay about.
But the day was slowly breaking ere their holy work was done,
And then those little maidens--they were children of our foes— Laid the body of our Drummer-boy to undisturbed repose.
THE PILOT-A THRILLING INCIDENT.
JOHN B. GOUGH.
JOHN MAYNARD was well known in the lake district as a God-fearing, honest and intelligent pilot. He was pilot on a steamboat from Detroit to Buffalo. One summer afternoon --at that time those steamers seldom carried boats-smoke was seen ascending from below, and the captain called out:
• Simpson, go below, and see what the matter is down there." Simpson came up with his face pale as ashes and said,
Captain, the ship is on fire.” Then “ Fire! fire! fire!” on shipboard. All hands were called up. Buckets of water were dashcil on the fire, but in vain. There were large quantities of rosin and tar on board, and it was found useless to attempt to save the ship. The passengers rushed forward and inquired of the pilot :
“ How far are we from Buffalo ?”
Three-quarters of an hour at our present rate of steam." “Is there any danger ?
• Danger! here—see the smoke bursting out-go forward if
you would save your lives.”
Passengers and crew-men, women and children-crowded the forward part of the ship. John Maynard stood at the helm. The flames burst forth in a sheet of fire ; clouds of smoke arose. The captain cried out through his trumpet :
“ John Maynard !"
“ Head her southeast and run her on shore," said the captain.
Nearer, nearer, yet nearer, she approached the shore. Again the captain cried out: “ John Maynard !” The response came feebly this time, “Aye, aye, sir !” “Can you hold on five minutes longer, John ?” he said. * By God's help, I will.” The old man's hair was scorched from the scalp, one hand disabled, his knee upon the stanchion, and his teeth set, with his other hand upon the wheel, he stood firm as a rock. He beached the ship; every man, woman, and child was saved, as John Maynard dropped, and his spirit took its flight to its God.