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might have addressed him in the words of Logan to the
Thy sky is ever clear;
No winter in thy year.
We'd make on joyful wing,
1. I go, sweet sister! yet my love would linger with
thee fain, And unto every parting gift some deep remem
brance chain; Take, then, the braid of eastern pearl, that once I
loved to wear, And with it bind, for festal scenes, the dark waves
of thy hair; Its pale, pure brightness will beseem those raven
tresses well, And I shall need such pomp no more in the lone
2. O, sister, sister! wherefore thus ? — why part from
kindred love? Through festal scenes, when thou art gone, my stepe
no more shall move.
How could I bear a lonely heart amidst a reckless
throng? I should but miss earth's dearest voice in every tone
of song! Keep, keep the braid of eastern pearl ! and let me
proudly twine Its wreath once more around that brow, that queenly
brow of thine.
3. O! wouldst thou seek a wounded bird from shel-, O;
ter to detain ? Or wouldst thou call a spirit freed to weary life
again? Sweet sister! take the golden cross that I have
worn so long, And bathed with many a burning tear, for secret
woe and wrong! It could not still my beating heart, but may it be
a sign Of peace and hope, my gentle one, when meekly
pressed to thine!
4. Take back, take back the cross of gold, our mother's
gift to thee; It would but of this parting hour a bitter token be! With funeral splendor to mine eyes, it would but
sadly shine, And tell of earthly treasure lost -- of joy no longer
mine! O, sister! if thy heart be thus with voiceless grief
oppressed, Where couldst thou pour it forth so well as on thy
5. Urge me no more! a blight hath fallen upon my
altered years ;
I should but darken thy young life with sleepless
pangs and fears; But take, at least, the lute I loved, and guard it
for my sake, And sometimes from the silvery strings one tone
of memory wake! Sing to those chords, in starlight hours, our
:: sweet vesper-hymn, And think that I, too, chant it then, far in my
6. Yes! I will take the silvery lute, and I will sing to
thee A song we heard in childhood's days, e'en from our
father's knee; O! listen, listen! are those notes amidst forgotten
things ? Do they not linger, as in love, on the familiar
strings? Seems not our sainted mother's voice to murmur
in the strain? Kind sister ! gentlest Leonore! say, shall it plead in
7. O sister! thou hast won me back! too many fond
thoughts lie In every soft spring-breathing tone of that old
melody: I can not, can not leave thee now! e'en though 'my
grief should fall As a shadow on the pageantries that crowd our
But take me! clasp me in thine arms!- I will not
mourn my lot, Whilst love like thine remains on earth - I leave, I leave thee not!
LI.-BRANCHES OR TYPES OF ANIMALS.
1. Animals are divided into four great branches, or types, distinguished by the terms Vertebrated, Molluscous, Articulated and Radiated.
-2. The first division includes all of those animals which are provided with a backbone; and they are so called because the similar bones, or joints, of which it is composed are called by anatomists vertebræ, from a Latin word signifying to turn. The individuals that belong to this division are called vertebrated animals.
3. They are subdivided into four classes: 1. Mammalia; comprehending man, land quadrupeds and the whale tribe; that is, all animals that give suck to their young. 2. Birds of all kinds. 3. Reptiles; of which are frogs, serpents, lizards, crocodiles, alligators, tortoises and turtles. 4. Fishes of all kinds, except the whale tribe, which belongs to the class Mammalia.
4. The second division includes all of those animals which have no bones; and because their bodies contain no hard parts, they are called molluscous animals, from a Latin word signifying soft. With a few exceptions, they have a hard covering, or shell, to which they are either attached, or in which they can inclose themselves, and be preserved from injuries to which, from their soft nature, they would otherwise be constantly exposed.
5. Apart from the few exceptions referred to, mollus