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These fond expectations were, however, never to be realized, for his heart-wrung but resigned biographer thus continues :
“ It was on the 8th May, 1847, that I awoke to the sad certainty that the dreaded hour of separation from my beloved child was now at hand. As I reflected upon the value at which I should hereafter estimate these few fleeting days, I mentally determined with Elisha - As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee.? In accordance with this purpose I requested the members of my family not to disturb me for anything less than an imperative cause; and shutting the door of our little parlour upon all the world, I endeavoured to create a little world of interest around him. As I did so, the dear child exclaimed, • How happy we are here in this quiet little room by ourselves !' It was a pretty spot; the windows were shaded by the luxuriant growth of ivy, which so embowered them, that curtains and sun-blinds were quite superfluous. They looked out into the gardens now clothed in May-day greenness, and as the spring was cold and backward, we were glad of the warmth of the little parlour, contenting ourselves with the view of the outside. The day was wet, too, so we made a little sunny sphere around us. We got our books, and pictures, and plates; and I endeavoured to amuse the sufferer, in the intervals of the distressing fits of coughing, with colouring little prints for his scrap-book, then got him to attempt the same amusement; but in a few minutes he laid himself down again on the sofa, exhausted by this trilling exertion. Looking languidly round the room, his eye rested upon a vase which he had filled with flowers of his own gathering; and observing that they were fading, he said, “These flowers are fading fast, but I think I am fading as fast.'”
(To be concluded nert month.)
POPERY IN NAPLES. The Official Gazette of the Two Sicilies contains a decree of which the following is a translation:
“ Ferdinand II. &c., &c. Upon the proposition of our Minister the Secretary of the Interior, after having heard our Council of Ministers, we have resolved to decree, and we do decree as follows:
“ Art. I. The National Guard of our most faithful city of Naples is placed under the special protection of the most holy Virgin of Carmel.”
“ Art. II. Our Minister the Secretary of State, President of the Council of Ministers, and our Minister the Secretary of State for the Interior, are charged with the execution of the present decree. Naples, March 15th. 1848 (Signed)
“THE DESIRED HAVEN.”
(Psalm cvii. 30.) The ripples gently glide,
No angry billows foam, While I on life's serenest tide,
Am wafted home. The silver moonbeams play
O’er ocean's sleeping breast, Which glitters as the orb of day,
Sinks in the west.
The heaving surges roar,
Shall be no more.
On! 'mid the storm winds high, Onward, still on, my course I urge,
For Christ is nigh. I would not linger here,
To watch the moon's soft light, Nor heed the ripples sparkling clear,
At sunset bright.
Amid the tempest's roar,
The blissful shore.
Where heavenly breezes blow, And leave my every weight of care,
My every woe.
*C. B. C.
“ OUR FATHERS, WHERE ARE THEY?"
Where are the ones so loved in other years,
Our Fathers, where are they?
Where shall we seek them? Hill and stately wood
Where then, oh, where are they?
Shall we look for them, then, in lovelier lands
Oh! tell us, where are they?
Come, let us go to the low grassy mound,
There, there our Fathers lie.
But hark, what tones are those whose thankful song
• Our Fathers, these are they?"
Yes ; dust returned to dust, but the freed soul
S. J. EDNESTON.