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Ah! now you're growing, good, I see,

Though anger is beguiling ;
The pretty blossoms nod at me-

I see a robin smiling.
And I will make a promise, dears,

That will content you, maybe;
I'll love you through the happy years,

Till I'm a nice old lady!
True love (like yours and mine), they say,

Can never think of ceasing,
But year by year, and day by day,

Keeps steadily increasing.

BIRDS OF PASSAGE.

B

IRDS! joyous birds of the wandering wing!
Whence is it ye come with the flowers of spring ?

“We come from the shores of the green old Nile,
From the land where the roses of Sharon smile,
From the palms that wave through the Indian sky,
From the myrrh-trees of glowing Araby.
We have swept o'er cities in song

renowned Silent they lie with the deserts around ! We have crossed proud rivers, whose tide hath rolled All dark with the warrior blood of old; And each worn wing hath regained its home, Under peasant's roof-tree or monarch's dome.And what have ye found in the monarch's dome, Since last ye travelled the blue sea's foam ? We have found a change, we have found a pall, And a gloom o'ershadowing the banquet's hall, And a mark on the floor, as of life-drops spiltNought looks the same, save the nest we built !”.

Oh, joyous birds! it hath still been so;
Through the halls of kings doth the tempest go!
But the huts of the hamlet lie still and deep,
And the hills o'er their quiet a vigil keep ;
Say what have ye found in the peasant's cot,
Since last ye parted from that sweet spot ?
A change we have found there-and many a change!
Faces, and footsteps, and all things strange!
Gone are the heads of the silvery hair,
And the young that were have a brow of care,
And the place is hushed where the children played-
Nought looks the same, save the nest we made!”

Sad is your tale of the beautiful earth,
Birds that o'ersweep it in power and mirth!
Yet, through the wastes of the trackless air,
Ye have a Guide, and shall we despair ?
Ye over the desert and deep have passed, --
So may we reach our bright home at last!

Mrs. Hemans.

THE BELLS.

H

EAR the sledges with the bells

Silver bells!
What a world of merriment their

melody foretells !
How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,

In the icy air of night!
While the stars that oversprinkle
All the heavens, seem to twinkle
With a crystalline delight,

Keeping time, time, time,

In a sort of Runic rhyme,
To the tintinnabulation that so musically swells

From the bells, bells, bells, bells-
From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.

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Hear the mellow wedding bells

Golden bells !
What a world of happiness their harmony foretells !

Through the balmy air of night
How they ring out their delight!
From the molten-golden notes,

And all in tune !

What a liquid ditty floats
To the turtle-dove that listens, while she gloats

On the moon!

Oh, from out the sounding cells, What a gush of euphony voluminously wells !

How it swells !

How it dwells
On the Future ! how it tells
Of the rapture that impels
To the swinging and the ringing

Of the bells, bells, bells,

Of the bells, bells, bells, bells-
To the rhyming and the chiming of the bells !

Hear the loud alarum bells

Brazen bells !
What a tale of terror now their turbulency tells !

In the startled ear of night
How they scream out their affright!
Too much horrified to speak,
They can only shriek, shriek,

Out of tune!
In a clamorous appealing to the mercy of the fire,
In a mad expostulation with the deaf and frantic fire,

Leaping higher, higher, higher,
With a desperate desire,
And a resolute endeavour

Now, now to sit or never,
By the side of the pale-faced moon.
Oh, the bells, bells, bells !
What a tale their terror tells

Of Despair!

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How they clang, and clash, and roar!

What a horror they outpour
On the bosom of the palpitating air !
Yet the ear it fully knows,

By the twanging

And the clanging,
How the danger ebbs and flows;
Yet the ear distinctly tells,

In the jangling

And the wrangling,

How the danger sinks and swells, Bythe sinking or the swelling in the anger of the bells

Of the bells

Of the bells, bells, bells, bells-
In the clamour and the clangour of the bells !

Hear the tolling of the bells

Iron bells! What a world of solemnthought their monody compels!

In the silence of the night,

How we shiver with affright
At the melancholy menace of their tone!

For every sound that floats
From the rust within their throats

Is a groan !
And the people-ah, the people,
They that dwell up in the steeple,

All alone!
And who, tolling, tolling, tolling,

In that muffled monotone,
Feel a glory in so rolling

On the human heart a stone

They are neither man nor woman-
They are neither brute nor human-

They are Ghouls !
And their king it is who tolls;
And he rolls, rolls, rolls, rolls

A pæan from the bells !

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