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might have addressed him in the words of Logan to the
cuckoo :
8. “Sweet bird, thy bower is ever green,

Thy sky is ever clear;
Thou hast no sorrow in thy song,

No winter in thy year.
9. “O, could I fly, I'd fly with thee;

We'd make on joyful wing,
Our annual visit round the globe,
Companions of the spring."

WASHINGTON IRVING.

L.—THE SISTERS.

FIRST SPEAKER.

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

convent cell.

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SECOND SPEAKER.

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.

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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!

SECOND SPEAKER.

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

sister's breast?

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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

cloister dim!

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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

vain ?

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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

ancient hall;

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!

FELICIA HEMANS.

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

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