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A PSALM OF LIFE.
H. W. LONGFELLOW.
Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
“Life is but an empty dream !". For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.
Life is real! Life is earnest !
And the grave is not its goal; “ Dust thou art, to dust returnest,"
Was not spoken of the soul.
Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way; But to act, that each to-morrow
Find us further than to-day.
Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave, Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.
In the world's broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be a hero in the strife!
Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant !
Let the dead Past bury its dead ! Act,-act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o'erhead!
Lives of great men all remind us,
We can make our lives sublime, And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;
Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o'er life's solemn main,
Seeing, shall take heart again.
Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Learn to labour and to wait.
THE WAY TO BE HAPPY.
A HERMIT there was, and he lived in a grot,
" The way to be happy they say you have got,
66'Tis being, and doing, and having that make
THE COUNTRY CLERGYMAN.
Near yonder copse, where once the garden smil'd,
A man he was to all the country dear, And passing rich_with forty pounds a year; Remote from towns, he ran his godly race, Nor e'er had changed, nor wished to change, his place; Unskilful he to fawn, or seek for power, By doctrines fashion'd to the varying hour : Far other aims his heart had learnt to prize, More bent to raise the wretched than to rise.
His house was known to all the vagrant train,
Shoulder'd his crutch, and show'd how fields were won.
Thus to relieve the wretched was his pride;
And, as a bird each fond endearment tries
Beside the bed, where parting life was laid,
At church, with meek and unaffected grace,
END OF VOL. II.
THE TWO VOLUME S.
Dean Milman . . i. 152
. i. 109
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. H. C. Wright ..
. Edward Jesse
· A. W. Butler . . ii.
. Frederick Locker
. W. C. Bennett ..
. W. C. Bennett ..
. Mrs. Hemans .
. Rev. H. Bonar. . i. 69
. Rev. R. Hall
. Rev. R. Robinson .ü.
. Phæbe Carey
. G. W. Doane
. Mrs. Parton
Rev. T. Dale