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ment regarding the illustrious Dr. Lardner's on board and preventing their caring for the spiritualism by “ attested facts.” It appears opinion of ocean steamships may be comfort inevitable hardships and sufferings, as well as that some years ago these gentlemen were ing to the disciples of Keely, who still have by strictly enforcing the proper amount of constituted a special committee "to investifaith in the motor, "science to the contrary daily exercise and the observance of sanitary gate spiritual facts and phenomena within the notwithstanding." Referring to Dr. Lardner, regulations, cannot be over-estimated, and city and vicinity," and this is their concluthe writer continues : "It is not more than every member of the expedition, by cordially sion, namely, that so far as they have been forty years since one of our scientific men, and heartily entering into the spirit of the able to discover they find no "spirit hypotheand an able one, too, declared, at a meeting work, will each in his place thus secure the sis” needed to account for the phenomena of this Association, that no steamboat would maintenance of the general health both of observed, since they all fall quite readily unever cross the Atlantic, founding his state mind and body. It is this alone that can in der one or more of the following categories: ment on the impracticability, in his view, of a sure that elasticity and vigor which, in the 1. Fraud; 2. Illusion ; 3. Delusion; 4. Dissteamboat carrying enough coal profitably for spring of 1876, is destined to carry the crosses ease. “If any man or woman,” say the comthe voyage. Yet, soon after this statement of St. George far into the unknown north. mittee," can produce or knows of phenomewas made, the Sirius steamed from Bristol to As the sun begins to approach the horizon the na that they will assert upon their honor that New York in seventeen days." grand work of the expedition will commence.” they believe cannot be so reduced, the under

signed will give such phenomena and their It may safely be asserted that to no scien UNDER the title “ Astronomical Predic- conditions a careful and, as far as possible, a tific expedition has there been accorded a tions," Professor Daniel Kirkwood contrib-scientific investigation." The gentlemen who greater measure of popular favor and good utes to the Tribune a tabulated list of the sev thus offer their services are Drs. Van der Weyde will than to that which has now entered the eral phenomena to be observed in the heavens, and Marvin, and Mr. T. B. Wakeman, and polar regions. From the outset we have en during the next twenty-five years. From this the challenge is so decided, and yet its condideavored to inform our readers fully as to the list, which includes eclipses, with solar and tions so just, that to refuse to listen will place extent and character of the scientific prepara lunar occultations, transits, comets, and star the unfortunate spirits in a very unenviable tions, the duties of the officers, and the efforts showers, we select the following phenomena light indeed. that had been made to secure efficient service. as likely to attract general attention in this As yet, however, nothing has been said of the country: On the 23d of August, 1877, a total The Scott-Moncrieff tramway-car, wbich is plans devised for making the many hours of eclipse of the moon will occur, partly visible worked by compressed air, was recently testidleness pass pleasantly and profitably away. in the United States. The great astronomicaled on the Govan & Glasgow Railway. There And yet these preparations seem to have been event of the transit of Venus will occur on the appear to have been three trials; in the first as complete as those relating to the labors of 6th of December, 1882, and will be visible in two the car started with a pressure in its resthe party. A correspondent to the London the United States. A maximum of sun-spotservoir of three hundred pounds to the square Daily Telegraph who accompanied the explor may be looked for in the year 1883, and also inch, which pressure, in the third trial, was ers as far as Disco, returning thence on the the return of the comet of 1812, whose period reduc to two hundred pounds. The car was Valorous, notices these plans for polar amuse was estimated at seventy years and eight said to be readily controlled, its speed inments as follows: “ There will be no want months. A considerable display of meteors creased or diminished at will, the operations either of occupation or amusement in the long may be expected on the 20th of April, 1884, of starting, stopping, reversing, etc., being darkness of at least one hundred and twenty and a total eclipse of the moon will occur on performed with ease. Furthermore, the estidays that the explorers must encounter. The the 4th of October. In February, 1886, Win mated cost per mile was one and one-half magnetic observatory has been taken out in necke's comet will return. The only opportu- cents, or one-fifth that of horse-power. All pieces from England, with no iron in any nity of witnessing a total eclipse of the sun on this we give on the authority of the English part, and a copper stove has been supplied for this continent during the century will occur in Mechanic, and yet we hesitate to accept the it. This wooden edifice will be erected on Colorado, on the 28th of July, 1878. That part facts without a more complete verification of shore, if the ship succeeds in finding winter of the stream of November meteors which pro them. The engineering and mechanical probquarters in a harbor, and there will be another duced the showers of 1787 and 1820 may be lems, which are here briefly announced as observatory for the astronomical observations. | expected to return between 1885 and 1888. A clearly solved, are those to which the attenThus the scientific staff will be steadily at display of meteors derived from Biela's comet tion of mechanics and inventors has been diwork through the winter, wbile the instruc may be expected about November 24, 1892. rected for years, and it is hardly creditable tion and amusement of officers and men will On the night of December 27, 1898, the moon that an invention which may revolutionize our be fully provided for. There will be schools will be totally eclipsed. The maximum dis-street-car system has been thus quietly perfor teaching navigation and other branches of play of Leonids or November meteors may be fected and applied. We shall await with interknowledge. A large collection of excellent expected on the morning of the 15th of that est any further information - the only demagic-lantern slides furnishes the means of month, 1899; and on May 27, 1900, a total scription now at hand being that “the vehiillustrating lectures on astronomy, as well as eclipse of the sun will be visible in Virginia. cle resembles an ordinary car, but is a little popular tales and anecdotes. The expedition In addition to these phenomena of special in- higher, the reservoir of air being carried on is rich in musical talent, and each ship has a terest are the numerous returns of the smaller the roof." piano and a harmonium. Lieutenant Aldrich comets, the transits of Mercury, and several is an accomplished pianist; Lieutenants May stellar occultations. A review of the list will We learn from Nature that an interesting and Egerton play the banjo, Lieutenant Parr prove of special significance from the fact that geological discovery has been recently made the flute, and there is a talented drum and fife the astronomer now classes the meteor among during excavations for a new tidal basin at band on the lower deck, besides any amount the "manageable” of the heavenly bodies, the Surrey Commercial Docks. On penetratof vocal music fore and aft. Commander and boldly announces the periods at which ing some six feet below the surface, the workMarkham, with Mr. Egerton as a confederate, the coming of these " celestial rovers ” may men everywhere came across a subterranean will give entertainments of magic and leger- | be expected.

forest-bed, consisting of peat with trunks of demain, and can perform all conjuring tricks,

trees, for the most part still standing erect. from the magic - bottle to dark séances and The table-tumblers are at it aguin, and this All are of the species still inhabiting Britain; clairvoyance. The histrionic talent is also in time the contest has resulted in a challenge the oak, alder, and willow, are apparently most strong force on board both ships; many pres which can hardly be disregarded. It appears abundant. The trees are not mineralized, but ents of dresses and properties were received, that Colonel Henry S. Olcott, in a recently retain their vegetable character, except that including one from Mr. Irving, and a magnifi- published communication, referred to a mem they are thoroughly saturated with water. In cent proscenium has been painted for the ber of the Liberal Club as one who "hailed the peat are found large bones, which have Alert. There will also be periodical literature the idea of annihilation," wittily adding that been determined as those of the great fossil and newspapers, besides printed playbills and said member was "seized with rapture at the ox (Bos primigenius). Fresh-water shells are notices, the printing department being ably sight of a tray of snuffers as the fitting em also found. No doubt is entertained that the conducted by Lieutenant Giffard and Robert blem of his faith.” This charge does not bed thus exposed is a continuation of the old Symons. Nor has due provision for such fes seem to have been well received at headquar buried forest, of wide extent, which has on seytive occasions as birthdays and Christmastide ters, and three members of the club-one phys eral recent occasions been brought to the daybeen forgotten. Fortunately, as many as seven icist, one physician, and one lawyer-unite light on both sides of the Thames, notably at birthdays occur during the long winter nights, in not only disclaiming, on behalf of the club, Walthamstow, in the year 1869, in excavating five in the Alert and two in the Discovery. any special sympathy with the “snuffer for the East London Water-works; at PlunThe importance of the duties of making the man," but, what is of more importance, in stead, in 1862–63, in making the southern outwinter pass quickly and pleasantly away, by proving that the “unspiritual members ” have fall sewer; and a few weeks since at Westamusing as well as employing the minds of all endeavored in vain to get at the truths of minster, on the site of the new Aquarium and

Winter Garden. In each instance the forest- ish parlance a "discipline” – is a terrible several prayers and psalms, march in procesbed is found buried beneath the marsh-clay, weapon when used by a powerful hand upon sion, still chanting, to the refectory, where, showing that the land has sunk below the the bare flesh. It is composed of fine whip- after much more chanting, and many twisttidal level since the forest flourished.

cord beautifully twisted into a handle about a ings and turnings, and divers low bows, they

foot long, from which depend six or eight file off right and left to their places at the taM. Cecil, a French engineer, has invented tails, finished at the ends in artistically-worked ble. During the repast a monk reads aloud a new process of making bread, which has

knots. Sometimes wire is interwoven with either from the Scriptures, or from the Lives been approved by the Minister of War, and

the cord, and, by special permission of supe- of the Saints." will be adopted in the French army. The riors, little steel points are inserted into the Many tedious and minute ceremonies have main purpose of this method is to retain an

ends of the tails. On the evenings appointed to be observed by the scrupulous Carmelite in increased per cent. of the nutritive properties for the infliction of the discipline, the breth the conduct of his meal. He must hold his of the graip, and the general process may be ren assemble in the oratory of the convent, knife and fork, or spoon, in one particular thus described : The unground grain is first or in some place devoted to the purpose, and fashion, his drinking-cup, which has two hansteeped in water, after which it is placed in the windows and doors having been carefully dles, must be clasped by both hands when revolving cylinders, by which it is deprived fastened and covered, so that no vagrant ray it is raised to the mouth, and the napkin of its outer husk, which contains but four or of light may enter at an inopportune moment, which lies by the side of his plate must be five per cent. of nutriment. The grains are all range themselves round the chamber, dis- disposed about the body in a peculiar fashion, then softened by forming them into a thin cipline in hand, and the prior, or other supe a failure in any of these particulars exposing sponge, and keeping them for a space of six rior monk, commences the prefatory prayers. the delinquent to a reprimand and a public to eight hours at a temperature of 77° Fahr. Presently, at a given signal, the lights are ex penance. They are then crushed under rollers, and tinguished, and each religious prepares to use It is also de rigueur that the monk who is made into dough, with salt and water, as usual. his whip. For this purpose the skirt of the the first to finish his meal should leave his By avoiding the grinding and wetting process- habit is drawn over the head, and the loose seat at the table, and, having thrown bimself es, it is believed that twenty per cent. of nutri- flannel drawers beneath unfastened, and suf upon his knees before the prior, solicit a pubment is saved, and thus the grain that would fered to fall about the hips: all is then ready. | lic penance; the reason of which rule is not make one hundred and twelve pounds of Suddenly a whizzing sound disturbs the air evident, unless it be designed to enhance the bread in the ordinary way, will by this new of the room; a dull thud upon the naked enjoyment of the others who have not been process make what is equivalent to one hun- flesh, followed by the broken voice of the so hasty in their operations. dred and forty pounds.

prior commencing the penitential psalm, gives The penances given on these occasions are

the signal to commence; and immediately sufficiently humiliating and ludicrous. Upon Owing to the misplacement of a decimal

there is a sound as of a score of flails thrash a signal from the prior, the penitent will prospoint, we were permitted, in our paper on “The Clinical Thermoscope," last week, to

ing upon a granary-floor, while a chorus of trate himself before each of his bretbren in

agonized voices roaring out the Miserere at- turn, and present his cheek to be soundly state that "mental exertion raises the tem

test, by their peculiar emphasis, the vigor with boxed; or he will throw liimself upon his perature from 2.5o to 5o." The reader will

which each monk is scourging his own unfor- knees and kiss the feet of the rest of the complease make the correction to ".25o to .5o."

tunate body. As the psalm is hurried over munity, and, as the Carmelite goes with naked voice and hand fail, and there is a sigh of in- feet, and washes them upon occasions of cere

tense relief throughout the assembly as the mony only, the latter penance is much more Miscellany : prior, by an exhaustive effort, yells out the severe than the former. Another favorite pun

last words of the psalm. After a sufficient ishment is to cause the penitent to make a NOTEWORTHY THINGS GLEANED HERE pause, to allow of the dress being adjusted, spread-eagle of himself upon the threshold of AND THERE.

the light is readmitted, and after a short final the door, so that every member of the comprayer each monk departs in silence to his munity may step upon him in coming in or own cell.

in going out. Should a monk be so unhappy ROY an article in the Gentleman's Maga.

In addition to this rough discipline, the Car as to break any article of his dinner-service, zine on the Carmelites, the most ancient melite rule commands the total abstinence from he is condemned to leave his dinner, and stand monastic order in Christendom, we copy a de flesh ofevery animal, and forbids the removal of in the centre of the refectory bearing the fragscription of the habits of the brethren— the habit for any purpose except that of changing ments of crockery in a little basket round his

the under-clothing; thus, the monk is obliged neck. which is rendered the more interesting from to sleep in his clothes upon a bare board, with The first meal of the day consists of three the fact that to this order the distinguished a pillow for his head, and a rug or blanket for dishes: a pottage of beans or lentils, fish, and Père Hyacinthe belonged : his feet.

eggs variously and deliciously cooked, with

The daily routine of the Carmelite life is bread ad libitum. For drink, there is strong The dress of the Carmelites, though in a much as follows: The brethren rise at five ale (in England and other beer-drinking councertain degree picturesque, is cumbersome in A. M. all the year round, and immediately as tries) and red wine, generous in quality and the extreme. It consists of a coarse brown semble in the choir, where they kneel in si quantity. habit reaching to the feet, and fastened by a lence for an hour of mental prayer, at the con After dinner, as this meal may be called, leathern girdle round the waist, from which clusion of which the lay-brothers leave the the brethren retire for an hour's siesta, and depends the usual string of beads, called a choir to proceed to their several employments, then resume their several occupations till ves* rosary;" over this falls the scapular, near while the clerics and choir-brothers commence pers. Shortly after vespers and compline are ly as long as the habit, before and behind, to chant the first office of the day, which con sung, the community kneel again for an hour's and above the scapular is worn the circular sists of the four canonical hours “Prime," meditation or mental prayer, and then march tippet and cowl, termed the capuchin." "Tierce," "Sext,” and “None." The chant in the same order and with the same ceremoWhen fully dressed the monk also wears a used on such occasions is nothing but a high-nies as before to supper. This meal is more thick white cloak and hood, in which the pitched monotone, with a long drawl upon the important than the earlier one, inasmuch as it brown cowl is inserted as a lining; and when last word of each phrase, without the slight- | is now the superior passes his strictures upon walking beyond the precincts of the convent est vestige of a cadence, which, though solemn the various members of the community who he wears a huge black sombrero, which gives and effective on being heard for the first time, may have been remiss in their duties during a grotesque dignity to the whole. It is from becomes in a little while insufferably weari the day. It is the duty (and, alas! very often the white cloak and hood just described that some. At the conclusion of this office, the fa the pleasure) of the superior to humiliate his the Carmelite derives his name of " White thers prepare to celebrate their several masses, monks in every possible way (especially the friar."

at one or other of which the rest of the com younger brethren and the novices) in order to The rule of life of this ancient order pre-munity assists. Three times a weck, or often- destroy any notions of spiritual pride or selfsents to the casual inspection of a worldly er at the discretion of the superior, the breth-esteem that might hinder their progress to eye an aspect of revolting severity; this is, ren who are not qualified to celebrate mass perfection; hence he will affect to find fault however, more apparent than real. Eight receive the sacrament either publicly in the with great sternness when, perhaps, there may months of the year are devoted to fasting, church, or in the choir. After the daily masses, be no room for any thing but approbation. and on every Wednesday and Friday through the fathers and choir-brethren retire to their At this meal, also, the master of the novices out the year personal discipline (self-inflicted), studies or other imposed duties until eleven makes public complaint of the weaknesses of for the space of one "Miserere," is compul- o'clock, when the first meal of the day is tak- his pupils, which he does upon his knees besory upon every member of the community. en. Before proceeding to dinner the breth fore the superior in the centre of the refectory. The instrument of correction-called in monk ren assemble in the choir, and, after chanting Immediately on hearing his name mentioned,


the culprit leaves his place at the table and bodied in words of purest eloquence, flew about would throw these into the stream of his arremains kneeling by the side of his accuser my ears. like drifts of snow. He was like a guments, as waifs and strays. Notwithstanduntil sentence is passed. He must never think cataract filling and rushing over my penny- ing his wealth of language and prodigious of defending himself, for that would argue an vial capacity. I could only gasp and bow power in amplification, no one, I think (unamount of self-esteem sufficient to shock the my head in acknowledgment. He required less it were Shakespeare or Bacon), possessed whole community; and, though the charge from me nothing more than the simple recog- with himself equal power of condensation, arise out of a mistake on the part of the ac nition of his discourse; and so he went on He would frequently comprise the elements cuser, and the proof of its falsity be to hand, like a steam-engine--I keeping the machine of a noble theorem in two or three words; the victim must not adduce it, but receive oiled with my looks of pleasure, while he sup- and, like the genuine offspring of a poet's cheerfully and silently the punishment awarded plied the fuel: and that, upon the same theme brain, it always came forth in a golden halo. him by his superior. It is also competent at too, would have lasted till now. What would I remember once, in discoursing upon the this time for any monk to make complaint of I have given for a short-hand report of that architecture of the middle ages, he reduced the shortcomings of a brother, who likewise speech i And such was the habit of this won the Gothic structure into a magnificent abis forbidden to defend himself, and thus an derful man. Like the old peripatetio philos- straction - and in two words. “A Gothic opportunity is given to petty spite and malice ophers, he walked about, prodigally scatter- cathedral," he said, "is like a petrified reli(which will find a home even in the most sanc- ing wisdom, and leaving it to the winds of gion.” * tified bosoms) to wreak itself upon its enemies. chance to waft the seeds into a genial soil. In his prose as well as in his poetry, Cole

My first suspicion of his being at Rams- ridge's comparisons are almost uniformly In a series of papers entitled “Recollec- gate had arisen from my mother observing short and unostentatious; and not on that actions of Writers,” Mrs. Mary Cowden Clarke

that she had heard an elderly gentleman in count the less forcible: they are scriptural in

the public library, who looked like a Dissent character; indeed, it would be difficult to find gives an interesting description of an inter-ing minister, talking as she never heard man one more apt to the purpose than that which view with Coleridge:

talk. Like his own “ Ancient Mariner,” when he has used; and yet it always appears to be It was in the summer of this last-named | bound, and you were constrained to listen to he had once fixed your eye he held you spell- unpremeditated. Here is a random example

of what I meao: it is an unimportant one, but (1821) year that I first beheld Samuel Taylor his tale; you must have been more powerful it serves for a casual illustration of his force Coleridge. It was on the East Cliff at Rams

than he to have broken the charm; and I in comparison. It is the last line in that gate. He was contemplating the sea under

know no man worthy to do that. He did, in- strange and impressive fragment in prose, its most attractive aspect : in a dazzling sun,

deed, answer to my conception of a man of " The Wanderings of Cain"-"And they three with sailing clouds that drew their purple genius, for his mind flowed on “like to the passed over the white sands, and between the shadows over its bright-green floor, and a

Pontic Sea," that “ne'er feels retiring ebb.” rocks, silent as their shadows." It will be merry breeze of sufficient prevalence to emboss

It was always ready for action; like the hare, difficult, I think, to find a stronger image than each wave with a silvery foam. He might it slept with its eyes open. He would at any that, to convey the idea of the utter negation possibly have composed upon the occasion one

given moment range from the subtlest and of sound, with motion. of the most philosophical, and at the same

most abstruse question in metaphysics to the Like all men of genius, and with the gift time most enchanting, of his fugitive reflec-architectural beauty in contrivance of a flower of eloquence, Coleridge had a power and subtions, which he has entitled “Youth and

of the field; and the gorgeousness of his im- tilty in interpretation that would persuade an Age;" for in it he speaks of “airy cliffs and

agery would increase and dilate and flash forth ordinary listener against the conviction of his glittering sảnds," and

such coruscations of similes and startling the senses. It has been said of him that he could * of those trim skiffs, unknown of yore, ories that one was in a perpetual aurora bo- persuade a Christian he was a Platonist, a

On winding lakes and rivers wide, realis of fancy. As Hazlitt once said of him: Deist that he was a Christian, and an atheist That ask no aid of sail or oar,

"He would talk on forever, and you wished that he believed in a God. The preface to his That fear no spite of wind or tide."

him to talk on forever. His thoughts never ode of "Fire, Famine, and Slaughter,'' whereAs he had no companion, I desired to pay my seemed to come with labor or effort, but as if in he labors to show that Pitt the prime-minrespects to one of the most extraordinary borne on the gusts of genius, and as if the ister was not the object of his invecțive at the and, indeed, in his department of genius, the wings of his imagination lifted him off his time of his composing that famous war-eclogue, most extraordinary man of his age. And, be- feet.” This is as truly as poetically described. is at once a triumphant specimen of his talent ing possessed of a talisman for securing his He would not only illustrate a theory or an ar for special pleading and ingenuity in sophisconsideration, I introduced myself as a friend gument with a sustained and superb figure, tication. and admirer of Charles Lamb. This pass but in pursuing the current of his thought he word was sufficient, and I found him immedi-would bubble up with a sparkle of fancy so * Are we to assume this to be the origin of Mrs. ately talking to me in the bland and frank fleet and brilliant that the attention, though Jameson's definition, "petrified music ? "-ED. tones of a standing acquaintance. A poor girl startled and arrested, was not broken. He JOURNAL had that morning thrown herself from the pier-head in a pang of despair, from having been betrayed by a villain. He alluded to the

Notices. event, and went on to denounce the morality of the age that will hound from the commu

THE PAY-ROLL TO GO TO AMERICAN OPERATIVES.--Of the successful nity the reputed weaker subject, and continue to receive him who has wronged her. He

concerns in the State of New Jersey we may mention the pen-factory of R. Esterbrook & Co., with factory at Agreed with me that that question never will

Camden, and warehouse 26 John Street, New York. be adjusted but by the women themselves.

Gillott for years had almost the monopoly of the steel-pen business, but the Esterbrooks have so persistently Justice will continue in abeyance so long as

pushed the business, so successfully have they competed with Birmingham, that within a few months we underthey visit with severity the errors of their own

stand that orders from the leading houses were on the books of the company, taking turn in the product of a fac

tory of 250 hands. The Messrs. Esterbrook have brought a liberal and off-hand policy into their business, and sex and tolerate those of ours. He then di

the result is that when their monthly accounts are made out they include the leading stationers and dealers in verged to the great mysteries of life and death,

pens in all the States of the Union, and of the Territories too. The Esterbrooks have as great a variety of pens and branched away to the sublimer question as there are tints in an autumn foliage. the immortality of the soul. Here he spread Thus year by year we become more independent of the foreign labor market. With the deepening of the the sail-broad vans of his wonderful imagina English coal-beds the cost of coal will increase in England and the natural tariff presented by our vast coal area, tion, and soared away with an eagle flight, and our improved and improving machinery, must develop more and more our ability to make our pencils, our and with an eagle eye, too, compassing the pens, and it is to be hoped our silks and our broadcloth. American money to go into the hands of American effulgence of his great argument, ever and operatives is our ambition, and daily we are, in one branch or another of industry, seeing our ambition gratified. anon stooping within' my own sparrow's

New Jersey Journal (Elisabeth), August 18, 1875. range, and then glancing away again, and careering through the trackless fields of ethereal

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EAR land of mountain, vale, and stream, Through the green length of thy domain

Of rocky glen and rushing torrent, Has Heaven bestowed its lavish bounty;
Thy charms surpass the poet's dream, And proud the king o'er thee to reign-
And painter's raptures warrant.

His kingdom but a county !
Since modern song the Nine forsakes, Less than a score of lovely leagues,
And Helicon's old charm refuses,

From north to south thy fair realm stretches, I ask the Naiads of thy lakes

And wiles the eye with rare intrigues To be my gracious Muses !

Of shades and sunlit reaches.
If from their mirrors I may catch

Here, dusky glens that hide the skies,
Some photographs of thy rare beauty, And steep the path in glooms uncertain ;
I'll challenge all the world to match,

There, knolls whence glowing prospects rise,
Alike, my themes and duty.

As through a lifted curtain.

One happy life of mine I spent,

In ten years sweetly, sadly rounded,
The while among thy vales I went,

By bosky mountains bounded.
I cannot boast thy vales are wide-

Though wide I'd gladly sing their praises-
For jealous Nature on each side

A serried bulwark raises
Of mighty sentinels on ward,

All up and down thy verdurous valleys,
Which send their belted scouts abroad,

In bold and frequent sallies.

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O'er half the Berkshire realm it flows,
Through glades that match the glens of

And rippling now, or rushing goes,

In numberless surprises.

A hundred hill-crests in my song

(If detail were my song's intention), Upon its flowing tide would throng,

With fitting meed of mention.

Ah! Berkshire homes to Berkshire give So prosper in thy growth, fair town,
Its strongest charm and spells most ten Most fit to wear the civio honor,

'Till rivals say-wbo see thy crown-
He who would gauge their depths must live "How well it sits upon her!”
Amid their summer splendor.

I have gone sadly forth from thee,
To him, the drear, alcernate waste

To miss and mourn rare visions ever;
Of winter snows o'er vales and mountains, Thy hills, vales, lakes, and skies, will be
Will touch to sharper edge his taste

Lost to my memory never.
For draughts from June's sweet fountains.

And if no more in thy green glades,
And should the wine of summer spare

In spring's bright noons I'm fondly stray-
His still unsated senses sober,

ing, Thy hills will spread a feast more rare,

I'll keep in mind the blithesome maids
With vintage of October.

Who went with me a-Maying.
The purple viveyards of Tokay

Our merry rides to Lulu Ope,
Are pale to Berkshire's autumn passion;

Our frolics by its dancing waters,
When maples, flushed with swift decay, The pink arbutus on its slope,
In fervent hillside fasbion

And my own pink-cheeked daughters.

But Greylock, only, of the host,

My lays with thoir best sheen shall blazon, Thy glory, Berkshire, and thy boast,

And fit to lavish praise on!

The gray old monarch to the skies

Lifts up the pilgrim's land the nearest, Supremest in our loyal eyes,

And in our hearts the dearest!

Ia triple scores thy lakelets lie,

Fringed by the birch and maple's shadows, Some nestling in the hill-clefts high,

And more that lave the meadows.

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