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With what a glory comes and goes the year! For him the wind, ay, and the yellow leaves The buds of spring, those beautiful harbingers Shall have a voice, and give him eloquent teachOf sunny skies and cloudless times, enjoy

ings. Life's newness, and earth's garniture spread He shall so hear the solemn hymn that Death out;

Has lifted up for all, that he shall go
And when the silver habit of the clouds

To his long resting-place without a tear.
Comes down upon the autumn sun, and with
A sober gladness the old year takes up
His bright inheritance of golden fruits,

(For the National Magazine.] A pomp and pageant fill the splendid scene.

There is a beautiful spirit breathing now
Its mellow richness on the cluster'd trees,
And, from a beaker full of richest dyes,
Pouring new glory on the autumn woods,

“ Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall seo God." And dipping in warm light the pillar'd clouds. Morn on the mountain, like a summer bird,

Bow, angels, from your glorious state,

If e'er on earth you trod, Lifts up her purple wing, and in the vales

And lead me through the golden gate The gentle wind, a sweet and passionate wooer, Kisses the blushing leaf, and stirs up life

Of prayer, unto my God. Within the solemn woods of ash deep-crim

I long to gather from the word son'd,

The meaning, full and clearAnd silver beech, and maple yellow-leaved,

To build unto my gracious Lord Where autumn, like a faint old man, sits

A tabernacle here. down By the way side a-weary. Through the trees

Against my face the tempests beat, The golden robin moves. The purple finch,

The winds are loud and chill; That on wild cherry and red cedar feeds,

When shall I hear the voice so sweet, A winter bird, comes with its plaintive whistle,

Commanding, Peace—be still ?
And pecks by the witch-hazel, while aloud
From cottage roofs the warbling blue - bird The angels said, God giveth you

His love—what more is ours?
And merrily, with oft-repeated stroke,

Even as the cisterns of the dew Sounds from the threshing-floor the busy flail.

O’erflow upon the flowers, O what a glory doth this world put on

His grace descends, and as of old Bor him who, with a fervent heart, goes forth,

He walks with man apart, Under the bright and glorious sky, and looks Keeping the promise as foretold On duties well perform’d, and days well spent !

With all the pure in heart.

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I STOOD tiptoe upon a little hill:

And let a lush laburnum oversweep them, The air was cooling, and so very still

And let long grass grow round the roots, to That the sweet buds which with a modest pride

keep them Pull droopingly, in slanting curve aside, Moist, cool and green; and shade the violets, Their scanty-leaved, and finely-tapering stems, That they may bind the moss in leafy nets. Had not yet lost their starry diadems Caught from the early sobbing of the morn.

A filbert-hedge with wild-brier overtwined, The clouds were pure and white as flocks new

And clumps of woodbine taking the soft wind shorn,

Upon their summer thrones; there too should be And fresh from the clear brook; sweetly they

The frequent-checker of a youngling tree, slept

That with a score of light green brethren shoots On the blue fields of heaven, and then there

From the quaint mossiness of aged roots; crept

Rouud which is heard a spring-head of clear A little noiseless noise among the leaves,

waters, Born of the very sigh that silence heaves ;

Babbling so wildly of its lovely daughters, For not the faintest motion could be seen

The spreading blue-bells: it may haply mourn Of all the shades that slanted o'er the green.

That such fair clusters should be rudely torn There was wide wandering for the greediest From their fresh beds, and scatter'd thought

lessly eye, To peer about upon variety:

By infant hands, left on the path to die.
Far round the horizon's crystal air to skim,

Open afresh your round of starry folds,
And trace the dwindled edgings of its brim; Ye ardent marigolds !
To picture out the quaint and curious bending

Dry up the moisture from your golden lids,
Of a fresh woodland alley never-ending ; For great Apollo bids
Or by the bowery clefts, and leafy shelves, That in these days your praises should be sung
Guess where the jaunty streams refresh them-

On many harps, which he has lately strung; selves.

And when again your dewiness he kisses, I gazed awhile, and felt as light and free

Tell him, I have you in my world of blisses : As though the fanning wings of Mercury

So haply when I rove in some far vale, Had play'd upon my heels: I was light-hearted, His mighty voice may come upon the gale. And many pleasures to my vision started ; So I straightway began to pluck a posy

Here are sweet peas, on tiptoe for a flight; Of luxuries bright, milky, soft and rosy. With wings of gentle flush o'er delicate white, A bush of May-flowers with the bees about And taper fingers catching at all things, them;

To bind them all about with tiny rings. Ah, sure no tasteful nook could be without Linger awhile upon some bending planks them!

That lean against a streamlet's rushy banks,


And watch intently Nature's gentle doings : For what has made the sage or poet write
They will be found softer than ringdoves' coo- But the fair paradise of Nature's light?

In the calm grandeur of a sober line
How silent comes the water round that bend! We see the waving of the mountain pine;
Not the minutest whisper does it send

And when a tale is beautifully staid,
To the overhanging sallows: blades of grass We feel the safety of a hawthorn glade :
Slowly across the checker'd shadows pass. When it is moving on luxurious wings,
Why you might read two sonnets, ere they reach The soul is lost in pleasant smotherings :
To where the hurrying freshnesses aye preach Fair dewy roses brush against our faces,
A natural sermon o'er their pebbly beds ; And flowering laurels spring from diamond
Where swarms of minnows show their little vases ;

O’erhead we see the jasmine and sweet-brier, Staying their wavy bodies 'gainst the streams, And bloomy grapes laughing from green attire; To taste the luxury of sunny beams

While at our feet the voice of crystal bubbles
Temper'd with coolness. How they ever wrestle Charms us at once away from all our troubles ;
With their own sweet delight, and ever nestle So that we feel uplifted from the world,
Their silver bellies on the pebbly sand ! Walking upon the white clouds wreath'd and
If you but scantily hold out the hand,

That very instant not one will remain;
But turn your eye, and they are there again.
The ripples seem right glad to reach those

NEW-YORK INSTITUTION FOR THE cresses, And cool themselves among the emerald tresses ;

BLIND. The while they cool themselves, they freshness MHE New-York Institution for the

give, And moisture, that the bowery green may live : Blind, of which our engraver has So keeping up an interchange of favors, given a faithful picture, is situated on the Like good men in the truth of their behaviors. Sometimes goldfinches one by one will drop

Ninth Avenue, in the upper part of the From low-hung branches : little space they

city. It was established about twenty stop;

years ago, and is one of the most deservBut sip, and twitter, and their feathers sleek; ing of all our philanthropic institutions. Then off at once, as in a wanton freak :

There are at present about one hundred Or perhaps, to show their black and golden wings,

and fifty students, most of them from vaPausing upon their yellow flutterings.

rious places in the state of New-York. Were I in such a place, I sure should pray Over one hundred are beneficiaries of the That naught less sweet might call my thoughts state, thirteen are supported by their

away, Than the soft rustle of a maiden's gown

friends, and others—as many as the limitFanning away the dandelion's down;

ed funds of the Institution will permitThan the light music of her nimble toes are boarded and taught gratuitously. Patting against the sorrel as she goes.

The list of studies pursued by the inHow she would start, and blush, thus to be caught

mates includes Reading and Writing, Playing in all her innocence of thought! Arithmetic, Grammar, Astronomy, MenO let me lead her gently o'er the brook, tal and Moral Science, Music, and, in fact, Watch her half-smiling lips and downward look; all the branches usually taught in English O let me for one moment touch her wrist; Let me one moment to her breathing list;

academies. For their especial use books And as she leaves me, may she often turn

in raised print are provided, and from Her fair eyes looking through her locks auburn. their delicacy of touch they are enabled What next? a tuft of evening primroses, to read with ease and accuracy. By the O'er which the mind may hover till it dozes ; O'er which it well might take a pleasant sleep,

aid of movable type, in reticulated frames, But that 't is ever startled by the leap

they are taught Arithmetic, and the profiOf buds into ripe flowers; or by the flitting ciency of many of the totally blind, in long of divers moths, that aye their rest are quit- and complicated calculations, is truly wonting;

derful. Or by the moon lifting her silver rim

The greater part of the instrucAbove a cloud, and with a gradual swim

tion imparted is, however, necessarily oral, Coming into the blue with all her light. and frequent repetition supplies the place O maker of sweet poets ! dear delight

of study. Of this fair world and all its gentle livers;

From the last report of the gentlemanly Spangler of clouds, halo of crystal rivers, Mingler with leaves, and dew and tumbling and efficient superintendent, Mr. Cooper, streams,

we learn that the household establishment Closer of lovely eyes to lovely dreams,

is arranged to give the blind every comLover of loneliness and wandering,

fort, and also to teach them to dispense, Of apcast eye and tender pondering ! Thee must I praise above all other glories

for the most part, with personal assistThat smile us on to tell delightful stories.

Thus, the children at table are


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under the immediate care of their matron; Thus, with mind and body employed but they soon learn to cut their own food, and strengthened, with no idle time for and otherwise to conduct themselves at repining, the blind child finds restored to meals with as much neatness and proprie- him the contentment and even gayety of ty as seeing youth. Their dressing-rooms, youth; and were this all, it would be no dormitories and wash-rooms, are planned trifling good effected. with the same view; and the domestic But when the pupils are graduated, they attendance is no larger than in ordinary have it in their power, under ordinary ciracademies of equal size.

cumstances, and with the assistance that In the daily routine of duty, the inmates young persons need from their friends for rise at half-past six, hear morning prayers a start in life, to support themselves by at seven, breakfast, and attend the schools their own labor; and some, as teachers of from eight to twelve; then dine; and music, piano-tuners and choristers, have from one to five are employed in the received very constant and profitable emshops, where they are taught to manufac- ployment. ture baskets, mats, mattresses, carpeting The manufactory is an extension of the and band-boxes. The females are also work department, to meet the wants of taught plain sewing, various kinds of fancy those graduates who, friendless as well as knitting and bead-work. The senior and sightless, had no home but the benign injunior singing classes are engaged, on al- stitution which sheltered them. These ternate days, from half-past four to six. found board and lodging in the vicinity, At seven the pupils are assembled in the and were maintained by work given them chapel, to listen to a course of reading; at prices regulated with a view to their and at half-past eight the roll is called for support. Their numbers were soon inevening prayers.

creased by persons who had lost their The choir or band then practice till bed- sight by accidents in mature life, and with time, ten o'clock. Lessons on the piano health, strength, mechanical skill and haband other instruments are given to all in its of industry, asked not for alms, but for turn during the day and evening.

the means of earning bread for their famiOn Sunday there is public worship in lies. the chapel in the morning and afternoon ; The expenses of the Institution for the mid-day a Sabbath school ; in the evening last year were about $65,000; the rea Bible class—and morning and evening ceipts were not quite equal to the disprayers.


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66 TRUTH is stranger than fiction." Near her father's cottage stood a little

Scarcely would the boldest novelist chapel called the Hermitage of St. Mary ; venture to place a timid girl in the fore- and here, while her gayer companions were front of his battles, to work deliverance for enjoying their merry pastime, she would beleaguered cities, and conduct a king to be found in earnest devotion. Many a sick his throne. Yet such task has fallen to cottager learned to bless her sweet face history.

which appeared so often at his bedsideOn the banks of the Meuse and near its the poor, the aged, the friendless, all source, is the little hamlet of Domremy. shared her gentle kindness. In her faNot far away rise the softly-rounded, snow- ther's dwelling, her foot fell lightly and capped summits of the Vosges. Their swiftly as she turned the wheel or made slopes furnish pasturage for numerous ready the simple repast. All loved her; flocks, and here and there may be seen even the sheep of her father's flock gathsome of those vineyards for which other ered close around her, and followed her parts of Champagne are so celebrated. call with unwonted alacrity. The scenery of this province is in general She was born of humble parents, who uninteresting, but here it is picturesque appear to have exceeded the rest of a disand beautiful; and among these rich wood-trict remarkable for simple devotion, and lands grew up the Maid of Orleans. early inculcated into the mind of Joan a

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