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Though the barr'd windows, barr'd against the wolf,
1 The monks are of the order of St. Augustine. They are all young men, who enter upon this devoted service at eighteen, and few remain, if they survive, the term of their vow, fifteen years; the severity of the winter impairing their health, so that they are obliged to retire to a more genial climate.
. These tourmentes, as they are called, are of frequent occurrence, and almost every year are attended with loss of life. They consist of a kind of whirlwind, which is either accompanied by a fall of snow, or fills the air with that recently falling, while the flakes are still dry, and tosses them in the air like dust. In an instant, the atmosphere is obscured with snow, and earth, sky, mountain, landmark, every thing, is obliterated from the view of the unfortunate traveller. Sometimes these gusts sweep the rock, in some places, bare of snow, heaping it up in others, perhaps, to a height of 20 feet across the path, so that at every step the wayfarer fears to fall
Rose, and the snow rolld on in ocean-waves,
Oft has a venerable roof receiv'd me;
hush'd, Nor from the cataract the voice came up, You might have heard the mole work underground, So great the stillness of that place; none seen, Save when from rock to rock a hermit cross'd By some rude bridge or one at midnight toll'd To matins, and white habits, issuing forth, Glided along those aisles interminable, All, all observant of the sacred law
into an abyss, or to sink into the snow. On the St. Gothard, large parties of men and animals have been overwhelmed by these snow wreaths, which sometimes attain a height of 40 or 50 feet. The guides can generally foresee the occurrence of these tourmentes by the appearance of the sky and other weather signs.
i Alluding to Barri, a dog of great renown in his day. His skin is stuffed, and preserved in the Museum of Berne.
9 The highest peak of the mountain.
3 The Grande Chartreuse, near Grenoble. St. Bruno retired to this spot in 1084, and from a neighbouring village, Cartuse or Chartreuse, the order derived its name.
Of Silence. Nor is that sequester'd spot,
| The Benedictine Abbey of Vallornbrosa, formerly called Acqua Bella, near Florence. It was founded about the middle of the 11th century, and was visited by Ariosto and Milton. The latter was there at the fall of the leaf, and describes it in the 4th book of Paradise Lost.
* Even in summer the ice does not always melt in the lake on the summit, and some years (as in 1816), not a week has passed without snow falling. It always freezes early in the morning, even in the height of summer, and the hospice is rarely four months clear from deep snow. Around the building, it averages 7 or 8 feet, and the drifts sometimes rest against it, and accumulate as high as 40 feet. The severest cold recorded was 29° below zero of Fahrenheit, the greatest summer heat 680.
THE ASPEN LEAF.
I WOULD not be
In to thyself, to thine own hidden shrine.
divine ? Thy hopes,--are they steadfast, and holy, and high? Are they built on a rock? are they rais’d to the
sky? Thy deep secret yearnings, - oh! whither point
they ? To the triumphs of earth, to the toys of a day?Thy friendships and feelings, — doth impulse pre
vail, To make them, and mar them, as wind swells the
sail ? Thy life's ruling passion-thy being's first aimWhat are they? and yield they contentment or
shame? Spirit, proud spirit, ponder thy state, If thine the leaf's lightness, not thine the leaf's fate, It may flutter, and glisten, and wither, and die, And heed not our pity, and ask not our sigh: But for thee, the immortal, no winter may throw Eternal repose on thy joy, or thy woe; Thou must live--- live for ever—in glory or gloom, Beyond the world's precincts, beyond the dark tomb. Look to thyself, then, ere past is hope's reign, And looking and longing alike are in vain ! Lest thou deem it a bliss to have been or to be, But a fluttering leaf on yon aspen tree.
A THANKFUL HEART.
A THOUSAND blessings, Lord, to us thou dost impart: Weask one blessing more, O Lord—a thankful heart.