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POETRY.

THERE'S JOY WHEN THE ROSY MORNING.

Beyond the bright aud starry sphere,

Creation's flanning space remote ;
Beyond the measureless career,

The phantom flight of thought.

BY SUSANNA STRICKLAND.

There's joy when the rosy morning floods There, fadeless flowers their blossoms wave, The purple east with light ;

• Beneath the cloudless sky; When the zephyr sweeps from a thousand And there the latest lingering tear po buds

Is wiped from every eve; The pearly tears of night :

And souls beneath the trees of life, There's joy when the lark exulting springs Repose upon that blessed shore, To pour his matiu lay,

Where pain, and toil, and storai, and strise, From the blossomed thorn when the blackbird Shall never reach them more,

sings, And the merry mooth is May.

And yet, methinks, a chastened woe

E'en there may prompt the sighThere's joy abroad when the wintry snow Sweet sorrows we would not forego Melts as it ne'er had been,

For calm unmingled joy, When cowslips bud, and violets blow, When strains from angel harps may stray And leaves are fresh and green ;

On heavenly airs of mortal birth,
There's joy in the swallow's airy Alight, That we have heard, far, far away,
In the cuckoo's blithsome cry,

Amid the bowers of earth.
When the floating clouds reflect the light
Of evening's glowing sky.

Ah! then, perchance, their saddening spell,

That from oblivion saves, There's joy in April's balmy showers, 'Mid gleams of sunshine shed,

May wander like a lorn farewell,

From this dim land of graves ;
When May brings forth a thousand flowers
To deck the earth's green bed:

And, like the vision of a dream,

Shed on the disembodied mind There's joy when the pale, pale moon comes

Of mortal life a dying leam,
out,

And loved ones left behind.
With all her starry train
When the woods return the reaper's shout,
And echo shouts again.

Yes--yes, I will, I must believe

That nature's sacred ties There's joy in childhood's silvery voice,

Survive, and to the spirit cleave,
When the laugh rings blithe and clear,

Iinmortal in the skies;
And the sounds that bid young hearts rejoice, || And that imperfect were my bliss
Are music to the ear:

In heaven itself, and dashed with care, There's joy in the sweet romance of youth,

It those I loved on earth should miss
Ere care a shadow throws

The path that leadeth there.
Across the radiant brow of truth,
To mar the soul's repose.

George Selwyo, travelling in a stage coach,

was interrupted by the frequent impertinence There's joy in the youthful lover's breast,

of a companion, who was constantly teasing When his bride by the altar stands.

him with questions, and asking him how he When his trembling lips to hers are pressed,

did. “How are you now, sir ?' said the imperAnd the priest has joined their hands. There's joy-deep jov-in the mother's heart, I tend to continue su all the rest of the journey.'

tivent. • Very well,' said Selwyn ; "and I inWhen she clasps her first-bord son, And the tears of holy rapture start To bless the lovely one.

| FOUR ROADS.-A gentleman on horseback

finding himself at a spot where four roads met, There's joy-above-around-beneath asked a countryman who was working on one But 'tis a fleeting ray ;

of them, where it run to. Clodpole raising The world's stern strife, the hand of death,

himself from his stooping posture, scratching Bid mortal hopes decay :

his head, replied with a grin, “I doesn't knowBut there's a deeper joy than earth

where it rins to, Zur, but we find it here evWith all her charms can give,

rry morning.' Which marks tae spirit's second birth, When wan but dies to live.

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MISCELLANY. e

vine-covered dwelling of Hannah Bint rises HANNAH BINT.

from amidst the pretty garden, which lies bath

ed in the sunshine around it. BY MISS MARY RUSSELL MIT FORD.

The living and moving accessories are all The Shaw, leading to Hannah Bint's habita- || in keeping with the cheerfulness and repose of tion, is a very pretty mixture of wood and cop. the landscape. Hannah's cow grazing quietly pice; that is to say, a track of thirty or forty beside the keeper's pony; a brace of fat pointacres covered with fine growing timber-ash, er puppies holding amicable intercourse with and oak, and elm-very regularly planted ; || a litter of young pigs; ducks, geese, cocks, and interspersed here and There with large heps, and chickens, scattered over the yard ; patches of underwood, hazel, maple, birch, Hannah herself sallying forth from the cottageholly, and hawthorn, woven into almost inn- || door, with her milk-bucket in her hand, and penetrable thickets by long wreaths of the || her little brother following with the milking bramble, the briar, and the briar-rose, or by || stool. the pliant and twisting garlands of the wild My friend, Hannah Bint, is by no means an honey-suckle. In other parts, the Shaw is ordinary person. Her father, Jack Bint, (for quite clear of its bushy undergrowth, and in all his life he never arrived at the dignity clothed only with large beds of feathery fern, | of being called John ; indeed, in our parts, he or carpets of flowers, primroses, orchises, cow was commonly known by the cognomen of slips, ground-ivy, crane’s-bill, cotton-grass, | London Jack,) was a drover of high repute in

solomon's seal, and forget-me-not, crowded | bis profession. No man, between Salisbury ids together with a profusion and brilliancy of col. Plain and Smithfield, was thought to conduct

or, such as I have rarely seen equalled even in a flock of sheep so skilfully through all the a garden. Here the wild hyacinth really en difficulties of lanes and commons, streets and amels the ground with its fresh and lovely high-roads, as Jack Bint, and Jack Bint's fapurple ; there,

mous dog, Watch ; for Watch's rough, honest "On aged roots, with bright green mosses clad, | face, black, with a little white about the muzDwells the wood-sorrel, with its bright thin | zle, and one white ear, was as well known at leaves

fairs and markets, as his master's equally honHeart-shaped and triply folded, and its root

est and weather-beaten visage. Lucky was

the dealer that could secure their services ; Creeping like beaded coral; whilst around Flourish the copse's pride, anemones,

Watch being renowned for keeping a flock With rays like golden studs on ivory laid

together, better than any shepherd's dog on Most delicate ; but touched with purple clouds,

the road-Jack, for delivering them more Fit crown for April's fair but changerul brow." || punctually, and in better condition.

A rheumatic fever came on, one hard winThe variety is much greater than I have enu ter, and finally settled in his limbs, reducing merated; for the ground is so unequal, now the most active and hardy man in the parish swelling in gentle ascents, now dimpling into to the state of a confirmed cripple ; then bis dells and hollows, and the soil so different in reckless improvidence stared him in the face, different parts, that the sylvan Flora is unu and poor Jack, a thoughtless, but kind creasually extensive and complete.

ture, and a most affectionate father, looked at A sudden turn brings us to the boundary of his three motherless children with the acute the Shaw, and leaning upon a rude gate, we misery of a parent, who has brought those look over an open space of about ten acres of whom he loves best in the world, to abject ground, s!ill more varied and broken than that destitution. He found help, where he probawhich we have passed, and surrounded on all bly least expected it, in the sense and spirit of sides by thick woodland. The pasture of his young daughter, a girl of twelve years old. which so great a part of the waste consists, Hannah was the eldest of the family, and looks as green as an emerald ; a clear pond, had, ever since her mother's death, which with the bright sky reflected in it, lets light in- | event had occurred two or three years before, to the picture; the white cottage of the keep- | been accustomed to take the direction of their er peeps from the opposite coppice; and the domestic concerns, to manage ber two broth

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ers, to feed the pigs and the poultry, and to fortunately, amongst the indispensable neceskeep house during the almost constant ab. saries of housekeeping. To your thorough sence of her father. She was a quick, clever | bred Londoner, who, whilst grumbling over lass, of a high spirit, a firm temper, some pride, his own breakfast, is apt to fancy that thick and a horror of accepting parochial relief, || cream, and fresh butter, and newlaid eggs, which is every day becoming rarer amongst | grow, 80 to say, in the country--form an actuthe peasantry ; but which forms the surest al part of its natural produce--it may be some safeguard to the sturdy independence of the comfort to learn, that in this great grazing disEnglish character. Our little damsel possess | trict, however the calves and the farmers may ed this quality in perfection ; and when her be the better for cows, nobody else is; that father talked of giving up their comfortable | farmers' wives have ceased to keep poultry, cottage, and removing to the workhouse, ) and that we unlucky villagers sit down often whilst she and her brothers must go to service, to our first meal in a state of destitution, which Haonah formed a bold resolution, and, with: may well make him content with his thin out disturbing the sick man by any participa- milk, and his Cambridge butter, when comtion of her hopes and fears, proceeded, after pared to our imputed pastoralities. settling their trilling affairs, to act at once on Hannah's Alderney restored us to one rural her own plans and designs.

privilege. Never was so cleanly a little milkCareless of the future as the poor drover maid. She changed away some.of the cottage had seemed, he had yet kept clear of debt, | finery, which, in his prosperous days, poor and by subscribing constantly to a benefit Jack had pleased himself with bringing bome ; club, had secured a pittance that might at the Chioa tea-service, the gilded mugs, and least assist in supporting him during the long | the painted waiters, for the more useful utenyears of sickness and helplessness to which he sils of the dairy, and speedily established a was doomed to look forward. This his daugh- | regular and gainful trade in milk, eggs, butter, ter knew. She knew, also, that the employer | honey, and poultry-for poultry they had alin whose service his health had suffered so st ways kept. verely, was a rich and liberal cattle-dealer in Her domestic management prospered equalthe neighborhood, who would willingly aid an ly. Her father, who retained the perfect use old and faithful servant, and had, indeed, ll of his hands, began a manufacture of mats and come forward with offers of money. To assist - || baskets, which he consiructed with great niceance from such a quarter Hannah had no ob- || ty and adroitness; the eldest boy, a sharp and jection. Farmer Oakley and the parish were clever lad, cut for him his rushes and oziers ; quite distinct things. Of him, accordingly, l. erected, under his sister's directions, a shed she asked, not money, but something much for the cow, and enlarged and cultivated the more in his own way-" a cow! any cow! l garden (always with the good leave of her old or lame,or what not, so that it were a cow! kind patron, the lord of the manor) until it beshe would be bound to keep it well; if she did came so ample, that the produce not only not, he might take it back again. She even kept the pig, and half-kept the family, but alhoped to pay for it by and by, by instalments, forded another branch of merchandize to the but that she would not promise !!! and partly || indefatigable directness of the establishment. amused, partly interested by the child's ear For the younger boy,less quick and active, Hannestness, the wealthy yeoman gave her, not nah contrived to obtain an admission to the as a purchase, but as a present, a very fine charity-school, where he made great progress young Alderney. She then went to the lord -retaining him at home, however, in the hayof the manor, and, with equal knowledge of making reaping, and leasing season, or whepcharacter, begged his permission to keep her ever his services could be made available, to cow in the Shaw common, " Farmer Oakley | the great annoyance of the schoolmaster, whose had given her a fine Alderney, and she would favorite he is, and who piques himself so much be bound to pay the rent, and keep her father on George's scholarship (your heavy sluggish off the parish, if he would only let it graze on boy at country work often turns out clever at the waste;" and he, too, half from real good his book,) that it is the general opinion of the nature- hall, not to be outdone in liberality | village, that this much-vaunted pupil will, in by his tenant, not only granted the requested || process of time, be promoted to the post of a3permission, but reduced the rent so much, that sistant, and may, possibly, in course of years, the produce of the vine seldom fails to satisfy rise to the dignity of a parish pedagogue in his their kind landlord.

own person ; so that his sister, although still Now, Hannah showed great tact in setting making him useful at odd times, now considup as a dairy-woman. She could not have ers George as pretty well off her hands, whilst chosen an occupation more completely unoc. bis elder brother, Tom, could take an undercupied, or more loudly called for. One of the gardener's place directly, if he were not too most provoking of the petty difficulties which important at home to be spared even for a beset people with a small establishment, in day. this neighborhood, is the trouble, almost the in short, during the five years that she has impossibility, of procuring the pastoral luxu. || ruled at the Shaw cottage, the world has gone ries of milk, eggs, and butter, which rank, un. well with Hannah Bipt. Her cow, her calves,

her pigs, ber bees, her poultry, have each, in to the becoming, the suitable both in form and their several ways, thriven and prospered.- texture, which would be called the highest She has even brought Watch to like butter- | degree of coqueiry, if it did not deserve the milk, as well as strong beer, and has vearly || better name of propriety. Never was such a persuaded ber father (to whose wants and transmogrification beheld. The lass is really wishes she is most anxiously attentive) to ac pretty, and Ned Miles has discovered that she cept of milk as a substitute for gin. Not but

is so.

There he stands, the rogue close at her Hannah hath had her enemies as well as ber | side (for he bath joined her whilst we have betters. Why should sbe not? The old wo been telling her little story, and the milking man at the lodge, who always piqued herself is over!)--there he stands--holding her milk on being spiteful, and crying down new ways, || pail in one hand, and stroking Watch with foretold, from the first, that she would come ihe other ; whilst she is returning the comto no good, and could not forgive her for fals- || pliment, by patting Neptune's magnificent ifying her prediction ; and Betty Barnes, the head. There they stand, as much like lovflattering widow of a tippling farmer, who ers as may be ; he smiling, and she blusbing rented a field, and set up a cow herself, and he never looking so handsome, nor she so pret. was universally discarded for insufferable dirt, I ty, in all their lives. There they stand, in bles. said all that the wit of an envious woman sed forgetfulness of all except each other; as could devise against Handab and her Alder- | happy a couple as ever trod the earth. There Dey ; day, even Ned Miles, the keeper, her || they stand, and one would not disturb them next neighbor, who had, whilom held entire for all the milk and butter in Christendom.sway over the Shaw common, as well as its || I should not wonder if they were fixing the coppices, grumbled as much as so good.natur. | wedding day. ed and genial a person could grumble, when he found a little girl sharing his dominion, a cow grazing beside his pony, and vulgar cocks

REMEMBER ME. and hens hovering around the buck wheat

There is not two other words in the language destined to feed his noble pheasants. Nobody | that can back a more fruitful train of past rethat had been accustomed to see that paragon membrances of friendship than these. Look of keepers, so tall and manly, and pleasant || through your library, and when you cast your looking, with his merry eye, and bis knowing | eye upon a volume that contains the name of smiles, striding gaily along, in his green coat,

an old companion, it will say-remember me. and his gold laced hat, with his noble New | Have you an ancient Album, the repository of foundland dog, (a retriever is the sporting the mementoes of early affection ?-turn over word,) and his beautiful spaniel flirt at his its leaves, stained by the finger of time, sit keels, could conceive how eskew be looked, dowo and ponder upon the names enrolled on when he first found Hannah and Watch hold. them ; each says, remember me. Go into the ing equal reign over his old territory, the crowded church-yard, among the marble tombs, Shaw common.

read the simple and brief inscriptions that perYes ! Hannah hath bad her enemies ; but petuate the memory of de parted ones ; they they are passing away. The old woman at too have a voice that speaks to the hearts of the lodge is dead, poor creature ; and Betty the living, and says remember me. Walk in Barnes, having herself taken to tippling, has the scenes of early rambles: the well-known lost the few friends she once possessed, and paths of the winding streams, the overspreadlooks, luckless wretch,as if she would soon die ing trees, the green and gently-sloping banks, too!-and the keeper ?--why, he is not dead, will recal the dreams of juvenile pleasure, and or like to die ; but the change that has taken the recollections of youthful companions; they place there is the most astonishing of all-es too bear the treasured injunctions-remember cept, perhaps, the change in Hannah her. me. And this is all that is left at last of the self.

wide circle of our earthly friends. Scattered Few damsels of twelve years old, generally by fortune, or called away by death, or thrown a very pretty age, were less pretty than Han without our bapd by the changes of circumpah Bint.' Short and stunted in her figure, stances or of character; in time, we find our. thin in face, sharp in feature, with a muddled selves left alone with the recollection of what complexion, wild sun-burnt hair, and eyes, they were. Some were our benefactors, and whose very brightness bad in them something won us by their favour; others, again, were startling, over-intormed, super-subtle, too cle models of virtue, and shared our praises and ver for her age. At twelve years old she had admiration. It was thus a little while, and quite the air of a little old fairy. Now, at !hen the chances of the world broke in upon seventeen, natters are mended. Her complex. || the delightful intercourse, it ceased. Yet still, ion has cleared: her countenance, her figure, we do all we can to discharge the one sacred, has shot up into height and lightness, and a and honest, and an bonourable debt-we resort of rustic grace ; her bright, acute eye is member them. The tribute, too, of rememsoftened and sweetened by the womanly wish brance which we delight to pay to others, we to please ; her hair is trimmed, and curled, and desire for ourselves. The wish for applause ; brushed, with exquisite neatness; and her the thirst for fame; the desire that our names whole dress arranged with that pice attention II would shine down to future posterity iu the

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glory of recorded deeds, is a feverish, unhappy formed at the mouth of the Oregon. The riv. passion, compared with the upambitious desire ers will be traversed with steamboats, and the to retain, even beyond the span of life, the af rocky mountains will be scaled with canals fections of the warm-hearted few who shared and railroads, and it would not be singular if our joys and sorrows in the world. I once the Merchants of New Orleans should in a few read the brief inscription, remember me,' on years, open a trade with China by the way of a tomb-stone in a country churchyard, with a the Mississippi, the Missouri and the Oregon. tear, that the grave of Bonaparte would not

National Adrertiser. have called forth. But whom do we always remember with affection ?-the virtuous, the

WESTERN ANTIQUITIES. kind, the warm-hearted ; those who have en Our country has been discribed abroad, as deared themselves to us by the amiableness of sterile of moral interest. We have, it is said, their characters. It is the mind, the disposi no monuments, no ruins, none of the colossal tion, the habits, the feelings of our friends remains of temples, and baronial castles, and which attach us to them most strongly; which, monkish towers: nothing to connect the heart form the only lasting bond of affection ; which and the imagination with the past ; none of alone can secure our affectionate remembrance the dim recollections of the time gone by, to -Then, if we would be remembered with the associate the past with the future. We have kindliest feelings; if we would be embalmed not travelled in other lands. But in travel. in the memory of those we love ; if we desire, | ling over our vast prairies, in viewing our that when fortune or fate shall separate us cient forests, planted by nature, and nurtured from our friends, they may long think of us, only by ages; when we have seen the sun riwe must possess ourselves the same character | sing over a boundless plain, where the blue of we love in others. Never was a more noble the heavens in all directions touched, and line written in the history of man than thism | mingled with verdure and the flowers; when “ 'The first emotion of pain he ever caused our thoughts have traversed rivers of a thou. was on his departure."

sand leagues in length ; when we have seen

the ascending steam boat breasting the surge, OREGON SETTLEMENT.

and gleaming through the verdure of the The mouth of Columbia river, as it was

trees; we have imagined the happy multinamed by white men, or Oregon as the na

tudes, that from these shores will contemplate tives call it, seems destined soon to become

this scenery in the days to come; we have the scene of busy trade, as it may be appre: I least compare with any other, in the beau.

thought, that our great country night at hended it will in future be times of combat and bloodshed among the rival commercial ty of its natural scenery. When on an uninnations of the earth. Already in fact, has the

babited prairie, we bave fallen at night-fall British government in the true character of | upon a group of these mounds, and have Enxlishmen extended her jurisdiction over all I thought of the masses of human bones that north west America, not already in the occu.

moulder beneath; when the heart and the pancy of some other power. And nothing re

imagination evoke the busy multitudes that mains for the government of the United States here strutted thro? “ life's poor play,” and but to take possession of the Rocky Mountains, I and who they have left no memorials but

ask the phantoms who and what they were, washed by the Pacific Ocean, and extending | these mounds: we have found ample scope back to the 61st degree of North Latitude. One of the objects contemplated in establish: for reflections and associations of the past ing the authority of this government at the

with the future. We should not highly estimouth of the Oregon, is the assumption and

mate the mind, or the heart of the man, who protection of our rights, now seriously men

could behold these prairies without deep aced by the all-grasping hand of Great Brit

thoughi.-Flint's travels. ain.

A voyage to China from the mouth of the MADMAN AND SPORTSMAN.—A physician of Oregon is performed in about thirty days. Milan, who understood the cure of madmen, How splendid is the vision which imagination had a pit of water in his house, in which he frames of the greatness and power of the re-kept his patients, some up to the knees, some public; extended, not only by conquest, but to the girdle, & some to the chin, according to by the enterprise of her free citizens from the the greater or lesser degree of madness with shores of the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, which they were affected. One of the madunited together and chained as it were to in men, who was on the point of his recovery, dissoluble union, by interests the most powerful happened to be standing at the house-door, and by means of easy internal communication, saw a young nobleman pass, with his hawk wonderfully designed by heaven, and still upon his fist well mounted, and with the usual more wonderfully increased by the wisdom equipage of hawking-dogs, falconers, &c. beand industry of mau. Soon shall we see the hind him. The madinan demanded to know vast regions west of the Mississippi covered to what use was this preparation, and was with a population like our own, and supplied courteously answered to kill certain birds.with mercbandise from a city that shall be " And how much," said the madman,

may

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