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eyes, and the floods are lifted up around us, and we take our leave of earth and its inhabitants, until of our further voyage there is no witness save the Infinite and Eternal.
To an absent Wife.-HEBER.
[The following lines, addressed to his wife, were written by the late Bishop Heber during his absence from her, on his long and arduous visitation of the Upper Provinces in British India, not long before his death.]
If thou wert by my side, my love!
How fast would evening fail,
If thou, my love! wert by my side,
How gaily would our pinnace glide
I miss thee at the dawning gray,
I miss thee when by Gunga's stream
But most beneath the lamp's pale beam
I spread my books, my pencil try,
But when of morn and eve the star
I feel, though thou art distant far,
Then on! then on! where duty leads,
O'er broad Hindoostan's sultry meads,
That course, nor Delhi's kingly gates,
For sweet the bliss us both awaits
Thy towers, Bombay, gleam bright, they say,
But ne'er were hearts so light and gay,
Commanding Position of the United States.-Daniel WEBSTER.
OUR country stands, at the present time, on commanding ground. Older nations, with different systems of government, may be somewhat slow to acknowledge all that justly belongs to us. But we may feel, without vanity, that America is doing her part in the great work of improving human affairs. There are two principles, strictly and purely American, which are now likely to overrun the civilized world. Indeed, they seem the necessary result of the progress of civilization and knowledge. These are, first, popular governments, restrained by writ
ten constitutions; and, secondly, universal education. Popular governments and general education, acting and reacting, mutually producing and reproducing each other, are the mighty agencies which, in our days, appear to be exciting, stimulating and changing civilized societies. Man every where is now found demanding a participation in government,—and he will not be refused,—and he demands knowledge as necessary to self-government. On the basis of these two principles, liberty and knowledge, our own American systems rest. Thus far we have not been disappointed in their results. Our existing institutions, raised on these foundations, have conferred on us almost unmixed happiness. Do we hope to better our condition by change? When we shall have nullified the present constitution, what are we to receive in its place? As fathers, do we wish for our children better government or better laws? As members of society, as lovers of our country, is there any thing we can desire for it better than that, as ages and centuries roll over it, it may possess the same invaluable institutions which it now enjoys? For my part, I can only say, that I desire to thank the beneficent Author of all good, for being born where I was born, and when I was born; that the portion of human existence allotted to me, has been meted out to me in this goodly land, and at this interesting period. I rejoice that I have lived to see so much developement of truth, so much progress of liberty, so much diffusion of virtue and happiness. And, through good report and evil report, it will be my consolation to be a citizen of a republic, unequalled in the annals of the world, for the freedom of its institutions, its high prosperity, and the prospects of good which yet lie before it. Our course is onward, straight onward, and forward. Let us not turn to the right hand nor to the left. Our path is marked out for us, clear, plain, bright, distinctly defined, like the milky way across the heavens. If we are true to our country, in our day and generation, and those who come after us shall be true to
it also, assuredly, assuredly, we shall elevate her to a pitch of prosperity and happiness, of honor and power, never yet reached by any nation beneath the sun.
Scene from Remorse, a Tragedy.-S. T. COLERIDGE.
The sea shore on the coast of Granada. Don ALVAR, wrapped in a boatcloak, and ZULIMEZ (a Moresco), both as just landed.
Zulimez. No sound, no face of joy, to welcome us! Alvar. My faithful Zulimez, for one brief moment Let me forget my anguish and their crimes.
To step forth on firm land, and, gazing round us,
Zul. Then claim your rights in it! O revered Don
Yet, yet give up your all too gentle purpose.
It is too hazardous! reveal yourself,
And let the guilty meet the doom of guilt!
Alv. Remember, Zulimez! I am his brother:
Injured, indeed! Oh, deeply injured! yet
Zul. Nobly-minded Alvar!
This sure but gives his guilt a blacker dye.
Alv. The more behoves it, I should rouse within him
Remorse! that I should save him from himself.
Zul. Remorse is as the heart in which it grows:
If that be gentle, it drops balmy dews
Of true repentance; but if proud and gloomy,
It is a poison-tree, that, pierced to the inmost,
Alv. And of a brother
Dare I hold this, unproved? nor make one effort
To save him?-Hear me, friend I have yet to tell thee, That this same life, which he conspired to take,
Himself once rescued from the angry flood,
And at the imminent hazard of his own.
Add, too, my oath
Zul. You have thrice told already
The years of absence and of secrecy
To which a forced oath bound you: if, in truth,
Alv. My long captivity
Left me no choice: the very wish, too, languished
Zul. Heavy presumption!
Alv. It weighed not with me.-Hark! I will tell thee
As we passed by, I bade thee mark the base
Of yonder cliff—
Zul. That rocky seat, you mean, Shaped by the billows?
Alv. There Teresa met me,
The morning of the day of my departure.