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Nor ever is that eternal garden's hue

Whitened with the young frost, or sheeted snow ; There icy Winter never dares break through,

Nor surly winds on herb or blossom blow; Nor years their changing quarters ever knew;

But laughing Spring fails not her smile to show; Flings her wild golden tresses on the air, And weaves with thousand flowers her chaplet fair.

Love's brethren on the banks, a wicked fry,

Whose arrows teach the vulgar herd to feel, With clamours shrill and childhood's frolic cry;

Sharpen their bolt-heads with malicious zeal ; While Pleasure and Deceit are ever nigh,

To turn the handle of the cruel wheel ; False Hope and vain Desire attend thereon, And with the sparkling fountain wet the stone.

And pleasing Fear and timorous Delight

Together go; sweet Quarrels, sweeter Peace; The Tears, their bosoms sad o’erflowing quite,

Therewith the bitter streamlet's tide increase ; Uneasy Love, exanimate Affright,

To pine with Care and Sickness never cease ; Sleepless Suspicion every corner spies, And bounding Joy through the mid pathway flies.

Pleasure with Beauty revels in deep bliss ;

Content flits by, while Anguish sits to mourn; Blind Error strays now here, now there amiss ;

Mad Fury's cheeks by his own hands are torn; Sad Penitence, her crime too late who sees,

Flings herself on the earth in mood forlorn ;
Cruelty wades in blood, with fell delight,
And fierce Despair the fatal noose makes tight.

Demurely silent Fraud, forced Merriment,

Sly Signals, couriers from the heart that fly;
The Glances, gazing with fond looks intent,

Spreading their nets to snare the unwary try;
Weeping, her brow upon her palm low bent,

Stands with her company of Sorrows nigh; And here and there bounds reckless in her glee,

License, from every rule and measure free. VOL. II.


Such is the army which thy children lead,

All-beauteous Venus, mother of the Loves !
Zephyr in softest dew bathes all the mead,

Shedding a thousand perfumes as he moves ;
Lily and rose and violet succeed

His kisses, blossoming where'er he roves ;
The field its rich attire with wonder views,
Its white, cerulean, and vermilion hues.

The virgin bud looks down with modest dread,

Her infant beauty trembling to disclose;
Her bosom to the solar blaze to spread,

Brilliant and laughing seeks the full blown rose;
In emerald gems this hides her timid head;

This at the lattice her fair promise shows;
This languid in the o'erpowering ardour faints,
And with rich tints the beauteous herbage paints.

Dawn-rears fresh violets still, with tender care,

Of white, of yellow, and of purple dies;
Sad Hyacinthus shows his legend there;

Narcissus in the lymph his image spies;
In vestal robe, with purple border fair,

Pale Clytic to the sun still turns her eyes ;
Adonis of his woes the tale resumes ;
Crocus his three tongues shows; Acanthus joyous blooms.
Such glories new the opening Spring hath shed

On earth's glad bosom since the world arose;
Above the green hills lifts its lofty head,

And tangled locks against the sun that close ;
Shading beneath its warm boughs overspread

A living fount that ever freshly flows;
With its cool wave, so tranquil and so clear,


distinct its liquid depths appear.

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Mrs. Heman's Poems.--A volume of Mrs. Heman's poetry is about to be published in Boston, for the benefit of that lady. For this purpose, the League of the Alps, with several other poems, some of which have never before been published, have been foa warded by the author, in manuscript, to Professor Norton, of

Cambridge, who has undertaken to superintend the publication. The editor proposes to add to these pieces a selection from such of her

poems as have already appeared. The volume will contain at least four hundred pages, printed on fine paper, and will be put to subscribers at two dollars and fifty cents. We canliot but feel a strong desire for the success of this work, not only on account of its own merits, but for the pleasure it would give us to see conveyed to the author some substantial tribute of the respect in which we of this hemisphere hold her writings. Indeed, it is almost impossible that it should not meet with a favourable reception. The work of selecting and arranging the contents of the volume could not be in better hands; and they will include some of the most beatiful lyrics in our language.

Mrs. Barbauld's Works.-A selection of Mrs. Barbauld's writings, including her posthumous works, and such others as are most scarce in this country, have just been printed in this city, and are now ready for publication.

Elegant Extracts.--Dr. Percival has undertaken to revise Walker's edition of Elegant Extracts, and to make additional selections from the late English writers, and also from American works. The first volume has already appeared in Boston.

Northern Traveller.-A. T. Goodrich, of this city, will publish early the present month, a new and enlarged edition of the Northern Traveller, or a Guide to the Springs, Lakes and Falls, with twenty-four maps and views.

and views. Price $2,50.

Anecdotes of Persons of Colour. A book with the title of Biographical Sketches and Interesting Anecdotes of Persons of Colour, compiled by A. Mott, has just been published in this city. It is a collection of examples of good conduct, among that unfortunate and depressed race of people. These have been col. lected with an excellent intention; and if a little painsare taken to put this book into the hands of those for whom it was designed, it will probably do more good than many works of higher pretensions.

Worcester's Elements of History.-A book called Elements of History, Ancient and Modern, with Historical Charts, byJ.E.Worcester, has lately been published by Cummings. Hilliard, & Co. of Boston. We should have been glad, had our limits enabled us to give a more extended notice of this work, which seems to us excellently well calculated for the purpose of education, as

well as of great value as a book of reference. The charts and tables are compiled with great appearance of diligence and ingenuity. They consist of a general chart of history; a table of ancient chronology, another of modern chronology; a table of the sovereigns of Europe; a chronological, genealogical and historical chart of England, and another of France; a chart of American history; a chart of biography, and a chart of mythology.

Miss Bailie's New Drama.- This lady, it is said, is about to publish a drama, in three acts, entitled, The Martyr.

Persian Education.-Prince Abbas Mirza bas issued a firman authorizing Mr. Wolfe, an English missionary, to open a school in the city of Tauris.

Increase of Longevity. From an essay of Mr. Fourier, of the French Academy of Sciences, it appears, that formerly out of 100 infants who were born in France, 50 died within the first two years, but at present only 38/5. This difference is supposed to be attributable to vaccination, and to the improvement in the condition of the poor. In all the other stages of life, the comparison is in favour of the present day. Formerly, of 100 children, 557, died before they reached 10 years of age ; now, only 43, die within that time. Formerly, only 21 io men out of 100 arrived at the age of fifty; now, 32 arrive at that age. Formerly, only 15 out of 100 attained the age of sixty; now, it is computed that 24 attain that age. Formerly, one individual died annually out of 30; now, only one dies annually out of 39. The number of births also diminishes. At present, only one takes place annually among 30 persons, while formerly one took place in 25.

A similar diminution occurs in marriages. Formerly, the calculation was one in 111 persons; now, it is only one in 135. The fertility of marriages has not, however, altered: the average product of each union is nearly four children. Although it thus appears that there are in proportion to the population fewer marriages, and fewer children born than formerly, yet the population rapidly increases, because a greater number of children become adults, and because a greater number of adults live to old age. This increase of population, however, itself, occasions a depravation of morals, by being an obstacle to marriage. The number of foundlings in France has been tripled since 1780.-- The following table shows the movement of the population in France at the two periods of 1780 and

1825; the first being calculated at an average of 10 years, and the second at an average of 8.

In 1780.

In 1825. Population, 24,800,000

30,400,000 Deaths, 818,490

761,230 Births, 963,200.

957,970 Marriages, 213,770

224,570 Natural Children, 20,840


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Say, of this beautiful and glorious earth,
Wherefore is Man the lord, creation's heir,
And ruler over all its visible things ?
The gift it is of the unsearchable God,
Who breathed in him Mind's lofty attribute,
And bade him, proud of his own being, claim
Kindred with heaven, an offspring of the skies.

Man hath no peer on this majestic globe!
Behold, in his high tower he sits to view,
Through the gay watches of the wakeful night,
The beautiful republics of the skies.
He sees suns, spheres, and planets, traverse air,
Bound in one firm harmonious accord,
Each in its devious orbit wheeling slow,
A grand confederacy of shining worlds.
Their wise economy he reads, their laws,
The causes also of all hidden things ;
Wherefore the various seasons come and go,
Each in its due time welcome on the earth;
And wherefore the alternate day and night.
He takes the elements in his daring grasp,
To analyze their properties and powers.
A conjuror, he wields bis rod in heaven,
And lures the fearful lightning from the cloud,
Its habitation in the troubled skies,
To visit, like a fairy thing, the earth.
He proudly traverses the ocean surge,
The illimitable waste of waters wild,
Secure midst perils. Nay: with bold resolve,
His steps go down in the mysterious deep,
Where the gem stares out the dead mariner's skull,

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