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Ah, Anna, yog forget : i

That God's all-seeing eye '
My sin would soon detect,
· I dare not tell a lie !
Besides, I love mamma,

And I know that she loves me,
And if I tell the truth,
She will not angry be.

L. M. R.

THE OLD MAN.
Why gaze ye on my hoary hair,

Ye children young and gay?
Your locks beneath the blast of care,

Will bleach as white as they.
I had a mother once like you,

Who o'er my pillow hung,
Kiss'd from my cheek the briny dew,

And taught my faltering tongue.
She, when the nightly couch was spread,

Would bow my infant knee,
And place her hand upon my head,

And kneeling, pray for me.
But then there came a fearful day-

I sought my mother's bed,
Till harsh hands bore me thence away,

And told me she was dead.
I pluck'd a fair white rose, and stole

To lay it by her side,
And thought strange sleep enchain'd her

soul, For no loud voice replied. That eve, I knelt me down in woe,

And said a lonely prayer, Yet, still my temples seemed to glow,

As if that hand were there. Years fled and left me childhood's joy,

Gay sports and pastimes dear, I rose a wild and wayward boy, Who scorn'd the curb of fear.

Fierce passions shook me like a reed,

Yet, ere at night I slept, That soft hand made my bosom bleed,

And down I fell and wept.
Youth came—the props of virtue reeld,

But oft, at day's decline,
A marble touch my brow congeal'd

Blest mother-was it thine?
In foreign lands I travelld wide,

My pulse was bounding high, i
Vice spread her meshes at my side,

And pleasures lur'd my eye.
Yet still that hand, so soft and cold,

Maintain’d its mystic sway,
As when amid my curls of gold

With gentle force it lay. And when it breath'd a voice of care,

As from the lowly sod, “My son, my only one, beware!

Nor sin against thy God.” This brow the plumed helm display'd,

That guides the warrior throng, Or beauty's thrilling fingers stray'd

These manly locks among. That hallow'd touch was ne'er forgot!

And now, though time hath set Hiis frosty seal upon my lot,

These temples feel it yet.
And if I e'er in heaven appear,

A mother's holy prayer,
A mother's hand, and gentle tear,
That pointed to a Saviour dear,

Have led the wanderer there.

TIME, AS REPRESENTED BY

THE ANCIENTS. One lock in front the ancients plac'd,

The head behind was bald ; To show that time, when once 'tis past, Can never be recall’d.

ANON.

Miscellanies.

MARRIAGE. — The marriage cere. mony is the most interesting spectacle which social life exhibits. To see two rational beings, in the glow of youth and hope, which invests life with a halo of happiness, appear together, and openly acknowledge their preference for each other, voluntarily enter into a league of perpetual friendship, and call heaven and earth to witness the sincerity of

their solemn views; to think of the endearing connexion, the important consequences, the final separation--the smile that kindles to ecstacy at their union must at length be quenched in the tears of the mourning survivor! But while life continues, they are to participate in the same joys, to endure the like sorrows, to rejoice and weep in unison. Be constant, man ; be condescending, woman; and what can earth offer so pure as your friendship, so dear as your affection ? so

HOME.-Home can never be transferred, never repeated in the experience of an individual. The place consecrated by parental love : by the innocence and sports of childhood; by the first acquaintance with nature; by linking the heart to the visible creation, is the only home. There is a living and breathing spirit infused into nature. Every familiar object has a history; the trees have tongues, and the very air is vocal. There the vesture of decay doth not close in and control the noble functions of the soul. It sees, and hears, and enjoys, without the ministry of gross and material substance.-Hope Leslie.

genius, love, friendship, fame, and fortune. At present we are chiefly solicitous that our fair readers should know, if they do not already, how flowers may be preserved fresh in the parlour. These beautiful children of the earth soon wither after plucking, chiefly because their moisture evaporates, and to supply this we immerse the stems in water, but without the full effect. They should be sprinkled with that element, and covered with a glass shade or vessel, they will thus keep fresh several days. The cover should be much larger than the flowers, or the moisture will be exhaled. A vase may be thus beautiful with fresh natural flowers. We have a passion for them--they are the poetry of the earth -the inaudible harmonists of nature breathe forth a perfumed music, various in note and gorgeous in plumage, as the winged minstrels of our woods and gardens.

BLESSINGS OF DRUNKENNESS.--An eminent physician says, “The observation of twenty years has convinced me, that were ten young men, on their twenty-first birth-day, to begin to drink one glass of ardent spirit, and were they to drink this supposed moderate quantity daily, the lives of the ten would be abridged by twelve or fifteen years,

CHRISTIAN COMMUNION.-Unscriptural caution is sometimes displayed towards those converts who are young in years. It is surprising to see what a panic some members are thrown into when a young person is proposed as a candidate for fellowship; and, if they happen to discover that the youth is only fifteen or sixteen years of age, they seem to feel as if the church was either going to be profaned or destroyed. Is there then a canonical age of membership? Is the same rule established in the kingdom of Christ, which is observed in the kingdoms of the world, and every one considered as unfit for the pri. vileges of citizenship, until they arrive at the age of one and twenty? If not, what right have we to speak about the age of a candidate? Piety is all we have to inquire into ; and whether the individual be fourteen or fourscore, we are to receive him, provided we have reason to suppose “ that Christ has received him."-Rev. J. A. James.

SINGULAR DREAM.-The late Dr. Rush, of America, once related the following singular dream, to prove that the memory sometimes exerts itself more powerfully in our sleeping than in onr waking hours. A gentleman in Jersey, of large property, had provided in his will, that his wife, in connexion with a neighbour, should settle his estate. After his death, in fulfilling the intentions of his will, a certain important paper was missing. Repeated and dili. gent search was made for it, but in vain. The widow at length dreamed that the said paper was in the bottom of a barrel in the garret, covered with a number of books. The dream made so strong an impression on her mind, that she was induced to make an examination ; and there, to her astonishment, she found the paper! The doctor explained that no supernatural agency had been employed, but that during the abstraction of all external objects and impressions

FLOWERS."All that's bright must fade;" but the execution of this decree may often be arrested for a time by a little care, in the same degree that its fulfilment may be hurried by neglect, or prematurely accomplished by absolute violence. We only meant to treat of flowers, but the like remark will apply to "all that's bright,”-beauty, wit,

from the senses in a sleeping state, the memory exerted itself with an intense ness that it could not do in wakeful. ness. He supposed that her husband had informed her at some time of the

situation of this paper, and that the knowledge of the fact had become dor. mant in the memory till the dream called it up.

Anecdotes of Animals. No. II. THE DOG. PART W. ment; he became an inmate of his do

micile, and made him the frequent comThe following curious instance of the panion of his walks. When he had sagacity of a dog is thus quaintly re- possessed the faithful animal for some corded in Mr. Pepys's Memoirs :

time, he was going to take a boat at one To Dr. Williams, who did carry me of the stairs in London, when the dog, into his garden, where he hath abun which had never before been known to dance of grapes ; and he did show me do such a thing, seized one of the how a dog that he hath do kill all the watermen. The gentleman immediately cats that come thither to kill his pigeons, thought that this fellow was the murand do afterwards bury them; and do it derer of the dog's former master, and with so much care, that they shall be taxed him with it: and he directly conquite covered ; that if the tip of the tail fessed it, on which he was taken into hangs out, he will take up the cat again, custody, and soon afterwards suffered and dig the hole deeper. Which is very for the crime. strange ; and he tells me that he do be. lieve that he hath killed above one hun. dred cats."

The servants of a gentleman who had a house near the river's side, opposite to the little island in the river Thames, called the Isle of Dogs, observed that a dog came constantly every day to them to be fed, and, as soon as his wants were satisfied, took to the water and swam away. On relating this to the master, the gentleman desired them to take a boat and follow the dog the next time he came. They did so; and the dog, on their landing, expressed, by his emotions, great pleasure, and made use of all the gestures in his power to in vite them to follow him, which they continued to do till he stopped, and began scratching with his foot on the ground, and from that spot he would not move. Either that day or the next, they dug up the earth in the place, and found the body of a man, but it was impossible to discover who it was; and after every requisite step had been ineffectually taken to find out the murderer, the corpse was buried, and the dog discontinued to visit the island. The gentleman, pleased with a creature which had shown such uncommon sagacity, and such faithful attachment to his former master, caressed him greatly, and succeeded in gaining his attach

During a snow-storm, in February, 1829, a remarkable incident of the brute-reasoning kind occurred at a farm house in the neighbourhood of Falkirk. A number of fowls were missing one evening at the hour when they usually retired to their roost, and all conjectures were lost in trying to account for their disappearance. While sitting around the kitchen ingle, blaming all the “gangrel bodies” who had been seen that day near the house, the atten. tion of the family was roused by the entrance of the house-dog, having in his mouth a hen apparently dead. Forcing his way to the fire, the cautious animal laid his charge down upon the warm hearth, and immediately set off. He soon entered again with another, which he deposited in the same place, and so contimued till the whole of the poor birds were rescued. Wandering about the stack-yard, the fowls had become quite benumbed by the extreme cold, and had crowded together, when the dog observing them, effected their deliverance. They had not lain long before the glowing ribs, before they started to their legs, and walked off to their bawks, cackling the hen's march, with many new variations, in thanks to their canine friend.

A gentleman, who had for many years been commander of a ship in the West India trade, had a fine old Newfound. land dog, which accompanied him in all his voyages, and which was found to be very useful, for he would tell when land was near much better than any man on board. Some hours before land was made, the dog used to get to the side of the vessel, snuff the air, wag his tail, and seem much pleased, which was the signal for sending a man aloft, and in a short time the shore was discovered. The vessel no sooner came to anchor in ports which she had previously visited, than the dog would jump overboard, and swim to the shore ; he there visited his friends, and after staying some time would return, and, on coming to the side of the ship, howl till he was taken on board. The captain retiring from the sea-service, took his dog with him, and went to reside at a village within a few miles of London, where he regularly attended church on Sundays, accompanied by his dog. On any particular occasion, when his master was prevented from going, the dog, on hearing the bell, would set off alone, walk slowly to the church, and lie down in the captain's pew till service was over, and then re. turn quietly home.

was such a comfort to the parents who were lamenting the loss of a child ! But it soon appeared that the dog and child had been shut up in a store-room ever since the preceding Wednesday. The faithful animal, seeing that none of the signs he made were understood, returned to the room where the babe was, plunged in the deadly slumbers of inaction. The little dog gently dragged the child to the terrace, and thinking to have secured the child's life, he ran skipping to the porter's lodge, now and then turning his eyes and head towards the place he had just left. His mute language was at last understood ; he led the way, and the joyful parents were so happy as to arrive soon enough to restore to life their long lost and almost expiring child.

On Wednesday, the 23d of July last, a child, (says a letter from Paris, of 12th August, 1783,) thirty-five months old, belonging to'a Swiss, a porter to Mon. sieur de Caumartin, provost de Marcha, or mayor of this city, disappeared between six and seven o'clock in the evening ; at the same time, the father missed a favourite lapdog. The few hours that remained of the Wednesday, and the whole of the following day, were employed in search of the child; every place and corner was looked into, but to no purpose. At length, on the Friday, about eleven o'clock in the forenoon, the valet-de-chambre bethought himself of a reservoir of water, situate at one end of the dwelling-house. On a kind of terrace that leads to it, stands the door of a store-room, from whence the servant heard the howling of a small dog ; he opened the door ; the liberated animal, being tormented with thirst, went to the water, and returned in haste to the store-room. Word was brought to the Swiss that the dog was found; but how light and insignificant

A lady had two dogs, Perdue and Vixen; the one a cocker, the other a terrier. These dogs were great favourites, and generally in the lady's sittingroom. Sometimes it happened that they were ordered out of it, and the humour shown on this occasion was whimsical. If Perdue was first ordered to quit the room, she rose reluctantly, but always went and seized hold of the ear of her companion Vixen, and so forced her out also; and if Vixen had the command given her first, she never failed to perform the same ceremony on Perdue, when they together contentedly sought another place of repose. It so happened that these favourites had puppies at the same time, all of which, except one, were drowned. About this single puppy the mothers were for the space of a week continually quarrelling, after which they were observed to agree perfectly well. On watching them, it was discovered that one mother nursed the puppy during the day, and then resigned her place to the other, who nursed it through the

night..

A Mr. Forbes, of Glasgow, was in possession of a little spaniel, who gave strong proofs of his having an ear for music. One day, when lying below his master's chair, in a room where a few friends had met, the conversation turned upon the sagacity of dogs, when Mr. F. said his little dog never failed to show his displeasure, if he happened to make any discordant notes when playing on his flute. In order to try the animal and to satisfy those in company, a flute was produced; and while he played a tune without introducing discords, the canine amateur raised his ears, and lis. tened to the melody with evident signs of satisfaction; but in the middle of it, when he introduced some ipharmonious notes, he got out from under the chair, and barked most furiously in the face of his master, till he changed the tones to others more consonant to the taste of the little musical quadruped, which at once allayed his rage.

delivered, lay for some time on the ground, thunderstruck and motionless, hardly able to fancy himself safe. His faithful dog watched him with apparent solicitude; but when he perceived him rise, he bounded round the field, in an ecstacy of transport, leaped up as high as his head, again bounded about, and used every other conceivable gesticulation to manifest his joy.

A gentleman who lived in Stockport, and who was a keen sportsman, had a pointer, which evinced on many occasions great sagacity, but it did so in an especial manner in 1793. Having one day been led farther than he intended, by the wildness and continued evolu. tions of the covey he was in pursuit of, at length he only began to think of returning when the curtain of night had been drawn around him; being unwil. ling to go back through the many wind. ings by which he had advanced, he thought of shortening the distance by returning through an almost trackless path. He had travelled this way, but not for many years; he therefore kept the route he had formerly known, by the side of the river Mersey, whose stream had in one place undermined its banks, and left only the turf remaining above, twenty yards from the surface of the water. When he reached this place, it sunk with his pressure, and he must have inevitably perished, had not his gun, which he carried under his arm, caught two trees that had inclined, but were not totally uprooted. Here he must have remained while his strength enabled him, or have fallen into the muddy depths of the river, had not one of his faithful dogs rescued him from his peril. ous situation. Had he himself attempted to move, his gun would have lost its hold; and he felt quite at a loss what to do, when his faithful dog, seeming to be aware of his danger, ran about in despair, whining, and at length gazing at him with an expression indicative of his strong desire to release him ; then seized bim by the collar of the coat, and absolutely drew him from his pen. dant situation. The gentleman, when

Le Fevre had a plantation in the neighbourhood of Warwaring, near the Blue Mountains, which stretch across part of the state of New York. His youngest son, only four years of age, disappeared one morning. He was missed, and partially sought for by his parents; who, not finding him, became alarmed for his safety, as these moun. tains abound in wild animals. As is the custom in these parts, they had recourse to the assistance of their neighbours. The united party separated, and bent their way through the forest in different directions; but no traces of the child could be obtained. They renewed their search next day, with no better success. The hearts of the parents were wrung with grief, and they were at a loss what steps to take for the recovery of their lost child, when one of the native Indians, named Tewenissa, happened to pass that way, accompanied by his dog, named Oniah. He called at Le Fevre's, to refresh and rest himself. He found him in deep grief; and being informed of the cause of his distress, he requested that the shoes and stockings which the lost child had last worn might be brought to bim. He applied them to the nose of his dog, and desired him to smell them, and immediately afterwards departed for the woods, accompanied by the family; and describing the semicircle of a quarter of a mile, he urged the dog to discover the scent of the lost child. They had not proceedea far, when the dog began to bay; he fol. lowed up the scent, and his notes of triumph became louder as he proceeded, and at last he bolted off at full speed, and was soon out of sight. In half an hour after, they met him returning towards them, with a countenance full of animated expression ; from which Tew· enissa was sure he had discovered the child. But was he dead or alive? This was a moment of acute suspense, al

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