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Poetry.

LET ME REST.

BY EBENEZER ELLIOTT.
He does well who does his best:
Is he weary? Let him rest.
'Brothers ! I have done my best,
I am weary-let me rest.
After toiling oft in vain,
Baffled, yet to struggle fain;
After toiling long, to gain
Little good with mickle pain,-
Let me rest. But lay me low
Where the hedge-side roses blow;
Where the little daisies grow
When the winds a-Maying go;
Where the foot-path-rustics piod;
Where the breeze-bow'd poplars nod;
Where the old woods worship God;
Where His pencil paints the sod;
Where the wedded throstle sings;
Where the young bird tries its wings;
Where the wailing plover swings
Near the runlet's rushy springs;
Where, at times, the tempest's roar,
Shaking distant sea and shore,
Still will rave old Barnesdalo o'er,
To be heard by me no more!
There beneath the breezy west,
Tir'd and thankful, let me rest
Like a child, that sleepeth best

On its gentle mother's breast.
Hargate Hill, near Barnsley,

26th March, 1819.

THE WORKER.
Who blushes for labour, for honest toil?

Who scorneth the rough hard hand ?
It is nobler far to till the soil,

Than simply to own the land.
Uncultured by man, only briers and thorns,

Will the earth to its children yield,
But blessed with his labour the wilderness

blooms, And the waste is a fruitful field. Let the titled, the rich, and the idle scorn,

The worker cares not for them ; Who decks them with pearls from the ocean

wave? With gold and the priceless gem? Who hunts for the erimine? Who weaves the

silk? Who embroiders the scarf of gold? Who makes their soft couches and downy beds?

Who guards them from winter's cold? Hurrah for the worker! He decketh them all,

He toils for the great in the land ; The rubies and pearls round the lady's fair neck,

Are twined by the labourer's hand. The workers of old to the grave have passed,

But their memory cannot die,
Painting, and statue, and pyramid,

Are the trophies proud and high.
And glorious gems from the spirit mine,

Bright pearls from the waves of thought,
Are twined in a regal diadem,

By the toil of ages wrought. Bind the laurel wreath round the workers' brow

For a conqueror is he, He hath wrestled with poverty, time, and

death, And hath won the victory. Still onward and upward his path shall be,

No dangers his courage appal ;
The winds and the waves are his coursers free

The lightning obeys his call.
He thinks and the mighty orb of day,

Must its mightier master own,
The glorious stars are his beacon-fires,

From the poles to the burning zone.
Let monarchs boast in their pride and power,

Of the millions who own their sway ; The victor o'er poverty, time, and death,

Is a mightier king than they.

THE SPIRIT OF PROGRESS. The gloomy night is breaking,

E'en now the sunbeams rest, With a faint, yet cheeriny radiance,

On the hill-tops of the West. The mists are slowly rising

From the valley and the plain, And a spirit is awaking,

That shall never sleep again. And ye may hear, that listen,

The spirit's stirring song, That surges like the ocean,

With its solemn bass along"Ho ! can ye stay the rivers,

Or bind the wings of light,
Or bring back to the morning

The old departed night?
Nor shall ye check my impulse,

Nor stay it for an hour,
Until earth's groaning millions

Have felt the healing power ! That spirit is Progression,

In the vigour of its youth ;
The foeman of Oppression,

And its armour is the TRUTH,
Old Error with its legions

Must fall beneath its wrath;
Nor blood, nor tears, nor anguish,

Will mark its brilliant path.
But onward, upward, heavenward,

The spirit still will soar,
TUI PEACE and Love shall triumph,

And FALSELOOD reign no more,

An offering to the shrine of power

Our hands shall never bring ; A garland on the car of pomp

Our hands shall never fling ;
Applauding in the conqueror's path

Our voices ne'er shall be ;
But we have hearts to honour those,

Who bade the world go free.
Praise to the good, the pure, the great

Who made us what we are !
Who lit the flame that yet shall glow

With radiance brighter far ;
Glory to them in coming time,

And through eternity,
Who burst the captive galling chain

Who bade the world go free.-Nicholl.

The amount of difficulty before us, should be Aids to Progress.

the measure of our determination.

We firmly believe that the whole civilized In our day, it is the people that are Con

world is advancing rapidly, though with uneservatives, and it is the governments that are revolutionists. The people aspire to wealth; only suitable form of government will be one

qual progress towards a point at which the the governments march to impoveri hment.

which allows full play to the representative The people are serious; the goveraments are

principle, at which self-government will be not. The governments are yet at the age of

the substance, and monarchy when it is replaythings, at the age to be amused by beating tained will be the shadow.-Morning Chronicle, a drum, and trailing a sword, and engaging in combats. But do you know, ye serious men,

THE UNITY OF TRUTH.-With regard to socihow much this diversion costs Europe ? It ety, it teaches this lesson—would that men costs every year, the third of its revenues.

understood it—that there is diversity in unity Now it is this precisely which prevents us

and unity in diversity. There is no lesson from giving labour to all; and which would

more needed to raise them above the smallness give to all, at least, the necessaries of life.- of party and the pettiness of sect, than to see Emile de Girardin.

that there is one spirit, though many maniAn elector wisely aiming at the public good, festations, just as there are different men in will favour ull reform, real reform ; not the

different lands and climes who yet are all tricksy baits by which pretended friends, whe- struggling towards the light and the truth. ther of the farmer or the operative, would

There is a possibility of mounting into such slacken pursuit of perfect liberty ; but all re

pure and elevated regions as to be able to look form that deserves the name, and is set in

down upon the conflicts of particular classes motion by known friends. There is scarcely a

and of particular opinions, watchful of them, more cheering sign of popular progress in the

though wearied of their nature. This is subright way, than the growing perception that

limity, with a wise eclecticism-ascending 80 every contribution to real reform is so much

high as to be able to see what both parties abstracted from the means of Wrong, and

meant, and to give them all credit for having added to the stores of Right; so much increase

meant well, enabling us to use and lay hold of to the strength of the people, and so much de

the truth. They are called upon chiefty to crease in the power to enslave them. It must

advocate the truth which the dominant party be so, if any one truth is, as it is, a part of the

of the day had most neglected. We say that mighty whole which universal truth comprises.

God suffers none of us to monopolise the

truth. The addition of a stone to the rising edifice can

(Hear.) You remember what John Milton be an evil only when it conceals the incom- speaks of truth, as coming into the world a pleteness of the structure, or creates indiffer

fair virgin form, and how wicked conspirators ence to its further progress.

“Sustain your

dissevered those fair limbs, and scattered them to claim of universal suffrage,” says Mr. William

the four winds of heaven-how the sad friends Johnson Fox, M.P., in the preface to one of

of truth gathered up such limbs as they could, his able volumes of Lectures to the Working

in the hope if they were bronght together they Classes,“ but not in such a manner as to make

might, by the inspiration of the same spirit it an impediment to other reforms." It is

that first created them, be re-united and be sheer foily,” he continues, “ to go without any

made a living body again.-George Dawson. good which can be got under the present sys

PEACE.- What is that we do when we maintain tem, simply because you cannot obtain the the existence of large armies in great civilized reformation of that system. And,” referring countries? We not only overburden the citito the obstruction offered by working men to zens with large and oppressive taxes--we not the Anti-corn-law movement, he adds, “com- only embarrass the diplomacy of governments, mit not yourselves to any similar folly as to by keeping in existence masses of men whose the great Financial Reform movemont now in interest must run to some extent in a military progress. The impatience of political degrada- direction—but we help to keep alive the pastion is stronger as the circumstances of a class sion of war, and to inflame the public mind are meliorated and its intelligence is expanded. with grand military displays. We put our The half-starved beast is driven quietly. And, faith in the sword as the ultimate arbitrator without calculating political results, every between nation and nation. We indoctrinate public saving gained by the fiscal reformers our young people with this baneful philosophy; will contribute some fraction of good to your- we influence even the ardent imaginations of selves and families. Tea, soap, and malt are women—those imaginations that ought to be not articles about whose price you can afford centred around all that is lovely, and holy, and to be careless.” Then, the present lecturer generous. We inflame the imagination of the would add, let every man seeking the fran- tenderest and most lovely portion of the human chise hold himself bound, by faithfulness to his race, until the earth is impregnated with the own demand to favour all reform. The inter- bloody philosophy, and until peoples and ests of home, kindred, intellect, humanity, rulers are alike inflicted by the common inmorals, and religion, with all societies, of sanity. Good citizens must alter the sentiwhatever kind, promoting their extension, ment, and try to impregnate the minds of flourish or fail in the degree of general com- men with the holy spirit of our common petence or pressure, and real reform of any Christianity, to garland philosophy, literature, kind brings its proportionate tribute to the poetry, and all the holy domestic association common stores, as surely as it promotes the around the grand cause of peace, and affect common contentment and the public good.- the general disarmament of the civilized world. Edward Swaine.

-Henry Vincent.

OURIOUS-COMICAL.

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Curious.

Comiral.

your feet.

"The seeds of various plants,” says a dis- The following was a puzzle to the best tinguished chemist,“ may be placed in pure

readers in the Post-office for some time: sea-sand, or even leaden shot, and nourished “ Serum Fridavi, Londres :" when, by reading with nothing but pure distilled water, and the the address aloud, with the French as well as common atmosphere, and the sun's light and the English sound of the vowels, it was solved heat, and the seeds will sprout, and the plants in-"Sir Humphry Davy, London.” grow and thrive, and attain to maturity, ela- A DUMB WOMAN.--It is said that a girl in borating for themselves, out of the distilled Pittsfield, Mass., was struck dumb by the firing water and the atmosphere, all their own nu- of a cannon. Since then it is said that a numtriment, and properly arranging and compos- ber of married men have invited the artillery ing the several vegetable structures and sub- companies to come and discharge their pieces stances, and producing the several vegetable on their premises. properties. And if this vegetable matter thus HONEST EXERTION.-A down east spendthrift produced be carefully preserved and accu- recently said, “ Five years ago I was not worth rately analyzed, the various earths, the alka- a cent in this world ; now see where I am lies, acids, metals, carbon, sulphur, phosphorus, through my exertions.” “ Well, where are nitrogen, etc., may be obtained the same, or you ?” “Why, I owe more than 3,000 dollars !" nearly the same, as if the plants had grown in FORENSIC ELOQUENCE IN AMERICA.-The foltheir natural soil."

lowing“ burst of eloquence" was delivered beIt is well known,” says Dr. Turner, in his fore a Court of Justice in Pennsylvania :Elements of Chemistry," that many plants Your Honour sits high on the adorable seat or

Tow when merely suspended in the air, In justice, like the Asiatic rock of Gibraltar, while the hot-houses of the botanical garden of the eternal streams of justice, like the cadaverEdinburgh, for example, there are two plants, ous clouds of the valley, flow meandering at species of the fig tree, the Ficus australis and the Ficus elastica, the latter of which, as Dr. A beau dressed out resembles the cinnamon Graham informs me, has been suspended for tree; the bark is of greater value than the body four, and the former for nearly ten years, “You are writing my bill on very rough during which time they have continued to paper," said a client to his attorney. "Never send out shoots and leaves.”

mind,” said the attorney, "it has to be filed “The Aerial Epidendrum, a beautifal plant before it comes into court." of Java and of the East Indies beyond the

There are three things that never become Ganges," says an eminent physiologist, has no

rusty :-the money of the benevolent, the shoes roots nor any apparent organs of nutrition,

of the butcher's horse, and the woman's tongue. bat lives alone on air and the vapour of the - Welsh saying. atmosphere. It is said to be no uncommon thing for the inhabitants to pluck it up on ac

AS GOOD AS IF IT WERE Æsop.--The Nancount of the elegance of its leaves and the

tucket Islander says the following story was beauty of its flower, and the exquisite odour lately told by a reformed inebriate as an apowhich it diffuses, and to suspend it by a silken logy for much of the folly of drunkards: A cord from the ceiling of their rooms, where

mouse, ranging about a brewery, happening

to fall into a vat of beer, was in imminen from year to year, it continues to put forth new leaves, new blossoms, and new fragrance, danger of drowning, and appealed to a cat to excited to new life and action only by light help him out. The cat replied it is a fooland heat and the surrounding atmosphere."

ish request, for as soon as I get you out I The “ Arrogant Journal” is the title of a

shall eat you. The mouse piteously replied,

that the fate would be better than to be newspaper got up entirely (printing included)

drowned in beer. on board the “ Arrogant,” 64, Captain Fitzroy,

The cat lifted him out, but

the fume of the beer caused puss to sneeze, at Portsmouth, principally by the ward-room

and the mouse took refuge in his hole. The officers, one of whom (Lieutenant A. D. Dundas,) has his name affixed as the sole proprietor.

cat called upon the mouse to come out, you This paper, we believe, is the first ever printed sir, did you not promise that I should eat and published on board ship.

you?

Ah!' replied the mouse, but you know In Loch-Shieldaig, in the Highlands, there

I was in liquor at the time.” is a small rocky island, a crevice in which LIBERTY. -The “Razor Strop Man" saysaffords a home for three very incongruous “ When first I got acquainted with strong companions_a hawk, a rock pigeon, and an drink, it promised to do a great many things owlet_who hay

lived there,

the greatest for me. It promised me liberty-and I got · harmony, for years.

liberty. I had the liberty to see my toes poke The commerce of Russia in 1849 amounted out of my boots--the water had the liberty to in exports to 88,336,837 silver rubles: in im- go in at the toes and got out at the heels--my ports, to 99,778,278 rubles.

knees had the liberty to come out of my pants The Medical Times shows that 90,000 patients my elbows had liberty to come out of my are annually received into the hospitals of Paris; coat--I had the liberty to lift the erown of my that 14,000 old and infirm persons are support- hat and scratch my head without taking my ed in its infirmaries; that 5000 foundlings are hat off. Not only liberty I got, but I got taken in, and 23,000 sent out to nurse ; and, music. When I walked along on a windy day, finally, that domiciliary assistance is afforded the crown of by the Administration to 30,000 indigent "My hat would go flipperty flap, amilies.

And the wind whistle how do you do.'”

!

Temperance Truisms.

Fire Side Fun.

It is a mistaken notion that beer, wine, and To tell the number that any person shall think spirits communicate strength; and it is dis

of, be it ever so great. graceful to see medical men endeavouring to

Bid the party double the number which they propagate the error.--Kirby O'Sullivan, Esq.,

have fixed on in their mind; which done, bid in Medical Times.

them multiply the sum of them both by 5, From careful observation of this subject,

and give the product (which they will never during many years of practice, I am persuaded

rofuse to do, it being so far above the number that tens of thousands of temperate drinkers

thought), from which, if you cut off the last die annually, from diseases through which the

figure of the product (which will always be a abstemious would pass in safety.-Dr. Sewall.

cypher,) the number left will be that first The first surgeon in Europe, Dieffenbeck, of

thought upon. Berlin, recently stated that, in amputating

As for example, let the number thought on limbs after accidents, he invariably found the be 26, which doubled, make 52; that multiplied several muscles of those who had been treated

by 5, produce 260 ; then if you take away the by water, and were habitual water-drinkers,

cypher, which is in the last place, there will of much more vivid red colour, of greater com

re nain 26, the number thought on. pactness, and more contractility, than in any

CONUNDRUMS. other individuals.-Drs. Wilson and Gully on the Water Cure,

When is a chaise like a dice-box? On examination, it will be found that substi- Which is the most appropriate side of Water. tutes for alcohol are readily found as aids to

loo Bridge to jump over? digestion, and in lactation, and in fever. I

When may soldiers be eaten with roast beef ? have not prescribed alcohol as a medicine for Why is the letter T like a satirical expression! the last fourteen years; and before that time I What portion of the shore of the Serpentine scarcely ever used it, except in extreme

river reminds you of a place of prudential inhæmorrhage, which I subsequently fou worse

vestment? than nothing as a remedy.-J. Higginbotham,

Why is Charles Dickens a better writer than Surgeon.

Shakespeare ? Charles Ritchie, M.D., Glasgow, says (14th

Why is the human understanding like a June, 1819) :--Judging from my experience of

drunken clown attempting to get on horse

ENIGMA, eight years in the Infirmary, about fifty per

back? cent. of all the sickness admitted for treatment

I'm found in loss, but not in gainthere, is connected more or less directly with

If you there search, 't will be in vain ; the use of spirituous liquors.

I'm found in hour, but not in dayMany persons imagine that spirits taken in What I am, by this time, you can say. moderate quantities cannot be injurious be- TO MAKE SPORT WITH QUICKSILVER. - This cause they feel no immediate bad effects from volatile mineral will afford many curious experitheir use. If the fundamental principle I have ments, none of which are more pleasing than the advanced is sound, and if all the functions of following. Boilanegg; and while it is hot, make the system are already vigorously executed a small hole at one end, then put in a little withont the aid of spirits, their use can be fol- quicksilver, and seal up the hole with sealing lowed by only one effect-morbid excitement; wax, and then leave i: on a table, or any where and it is in vain to contend against this obvious else, when it will not cease to fly about while truth.-Dr. Combe's Physiology of Digestion. there is any warmth in it, or till it is broken

Most unquestionably, society would gain im- to pieces. mensely in health and morality were the pre- TO MAKE WATER FREEZE BY THE FIRE SIDE. sent drinking usages abolished. Dr. A. Combe. Set a quart pot upon a stool before the fire,

The following document has received the having previously thrown a little water upon signatures of 1652 medical practitioners, includ- the stool; put a handful of snow into the pot, ing a large number of the most eminent in the and also convey into it privately a handful of kingdom:

salt. Hold fast the pot with one hand, and We, the undersigned, are of opinion

with a short stick stir the contents with the 1. That a large portion of human misery, in- other, as if you were churning butter ; in half cluding poverty, disease, and crime, is induced or quarter of an hour the pot will freeze so hard by the use of alcoholic or fermented liquors as to the stool that you can scarcely, with both beverages.

hands, disengage it. 2. That the most perfect health is compatible with total abstinence from all such intoxi- GLORY.-Near St. Sevier there lives an old cating beverages, whether in the form of ar- soldier with a false leg, a false arm, a glass eye, dent spirits, or as wine, beer, ale, porter, cider, a complete set of false teeth, a nose of silver &c.

covered with a substance resembling flesh, and a 3. That persons accustomed to such drinks silver plate replacing part of his skull. He may, with perfect safety, discontinue them en- was a soldier under Napoleon, and these are tirely, either at once, or gradually, after a short his trophies !-French Paper. time.

From the American Almanack for 1850 the 4. That total and universal abstinence from progress of the public debt of the United alcoholic liquors and intoxicating beverages of States would appear to be as follows:-1845, all sorts, would greatly contribute to the 16,801,617 dollars; 1846, 24,256,425 dollars; health, the prosperity, the morality, and the 1847, 45,659,652 dollars; and 1818, 65,804,450 happiness of the human race.

dollars. This is independent of the State debts.

STATISTICS-CHIPS FROM CHANNING, &c.

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Statistics.

Chips from Channing, Emerson, and Longfellow.

FIRE INSURANCE.-- The amount cf duty paid

CHANNING. in 1848 by the Fire Insurance Companies of

No man should part with his own indivi. the United Kingdom, was £1,121.21:; and the

duality and become that of another. amount of farming stock Insured during the

Every human being is intended to have a same year, exempt from duty, was £63,594,882.

character of his own, to be what no other is, LIFE ASSURANCE.-There are 124 Life Assur

to do what no other can do. ance Companies in the United Kingdom. In

Every human being has a work to carry on 9 of these the assured do not participate in the

within, duties to perform abroad, influences to profits ; in 21, the assured and the proprietary

exert, which are peculiarly his, and which no participate in the profits ; in 71, participation

conscience but his own can teach. or nonparticipation in the profits is optional

Knowledge is valuable in proportion as it is with the assured ; and in 23 Companies there prolific, in proportion as it quickens the mind is no proprietary, and the contributors are to the acquisition of higher truth. consequently mutual assurers.

There is no moral worth in being swept NEWSPAPER ADVERTISEMENTS.-The number away by a crowd, even towards the best objects. of advertisements inserted in the newspapers

All virtue lies in individual action, in inward of the United Kingdom, during the year ending

energy, in self-determination. The best books. 1st January, 1819, was 2,109,179, and the

hare most beauty. amount of duty received therefrom was Disinterestedness is the very soul of virtue. £153,016. 863,833 of the advertisements were To build up that strength of mind, which inserted in London newspapers, 804,268 in Eng

apprehends and clings to great universal truths, lish provincial, 234,166 in Scotch, and 206,857 is the highest intellectual culture. in Irish. The rate of duty on each advertise- A rational, moral being cannot, without inment is 1s 6d in Great Britain, and is in Ire- finite wrong, be converted into a mere instruland.

ment of others' gratitication. In Prussia there are 699 temperance associa

EMERSON. tions, and 753,713 members. In Austria there

The heroic soul does not sell its justice and are more than 60 societies, and 150,000 inem

its nobleness, It does not ask to dine nicely bers. In the kingdom of Hanover there are

and sleep warm. The essence of greatness is 456 societies, and 69,116 members. In the the perception that virtue is enough. Duchy of Oldenburg there are 75 societies, and An institution is the lengthened shadow of a 28,108 members. In the rest of Germany there

great man. are 126 societies, and 25,824 members. So Do what we can, summer will have its flies. that there are now in all Germany, including

If we walk in the woods we must feed musqui.. Austria, 1416 temperance societies; and no less toes,

If we go a fishing we must expect a wet than 1,026,761 meinbers.-From a paper by the

coat. Rev. Dr. Baird, New York, uritten in 1846. The deep, divine thought demolishes centu

POST-OFFICE.-The gross revenue of the ries and millenniums, and makes itself present post-office for the year ending 5th Jan., 1849, through all ages. was £2,192,478 ; the cost of management, The landscape, the figures, Boston, London, £1,386,853 ; the net revenue, £740,429. The are facts as fugitive as any institution past, or number of money-orders issued was 4,203,127, any whift of mist or smoke, and is society, the amount of them being £8,151,295. The

and so is the world. amount of commission on the issue was The soul looks steadily forward, creating a £70, 190. The amount of expense incurred was world always before her, and leaving worlds. £75,935. The gross total of letters delivered always behind her. in the United Kingdom, was, for the week The soul knows only the soul. ending 21st Feb., 1849, 6,849,196.

Every ultimate fact is only the first of a new SAVINGS Banks.--On the 20th Nov., 1848, series. the number of savings banks in the United Cause and effect are two sides of one fact, Kingdom was as follows :-England and Wales, Nothing great was ever achieved without en.. 481; Scotland, 40; Ireland, 61; Jersey and

thusiasm, Guernsey, 2. Total, 584. The number of ac

LONGFELLOW. counts open was 1,054,663, and the total The setting of a great hope is like the setting amount owing was £28.046,139. The number

of the sun, of officers employed is 1,775, and the annual Time has a Doomsday Book, upon whose expense of management is £103, 103,

pages he is continually recording illustrious. ÉMIGRATION.—The number of persons who names. emigrated from Great Britain and Ireland to Glorious indeed is the world of God around British colonies and foreign countries, during us, but more glorious is the world of God 1848, was 248,089. Of 176,883 from England,

within us. There lies the land of song, here and 11,505 from Scotland, 11,550 were cabin, lies the poet's native land. and 176,838 steerage passengers; and of 59,701 A ruined character is as picturesque as a. from Ireland, the number of cabin passengers

ruined castle, was only 808.

Of the whole, 188,233 went to As the ice upon the mountain, when the the United States, 31,065 to our North Ameri. warm breath of summer's sun breathes upon can colonies, 855 to the British West Indies, it,

melts and divides into drops, each of which 23,622 to our Australian colonies, 1,180 to the reflects an image of the sun; so in life the East Indies, 1,445 to the Cape of Good Hope, smile of God's love divides itself in separate and the remainder to various places in small forms, each bearing in it and reflecting an numbers.

image of God's love,

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