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As, life, thy upland path we tread,

And often pause in vain To think of friends and parents dead,

Ah ! let us not complain.

The Lord may give or take away,

But nought our faith can move While we to heaven can look, and

say, Our Father lives above.

-W. L. Bowles.


THOUGH lofty Scotia's mountains,

Where savage grandeur reigns, Though bright be England's fountains,

And fertile be her plains;

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LET India boast its spicy trees,

Whose fruit and gorgeous bloom
Give to each faint and languid breeze

Its rich and rare perfume ;
Let Portugal and haughty Spain

Display their orange groves,
And France exult her vines to train

Around her trim alcoves;

Old England has a tree as strong,

As stately as them all,
As worthy of a minstrel's song

In cottage and in hall.
'Tis not the yew-tree, though it lends

Its greenness to the grave;
Nor willow, though it fondly bends

Its branches o'er the wave ;


Nor birch, although its slender trees

Be beautifully fair,
As graceful in its loveliness

As maiden's flowing hair ;
'Tis not the poplar, though its height

May from afar be seen ; Nor beech, although its boughs be dight

With leaves of glossy green.


All these are fair ; but they may fling

Their shade unsung by me;
My favourite, and the forest's king,

The British Oak shall be.
Its stem, though rough, is stout and round;

Its giant branches throw
Their arms in shady blessings round

O’er man and beast below.
Its leaf, though late in spring it shares

The zephyr's gentle sigh,
As late and long in autumn wears

A desper, richer dye.
Type of an honest English heart,

It opes not at a breath ;
But having opened, plays its part

Until it sinks in death.
Its acorns--graceful to the sight-

Are toys to childhood dear;
Its mistletoe, with berries white,

Adds mirth to Christmas cheer.
And when we reach life's closing stage,

Worn out with care or ill,
For childhood, youth, or hoary age,

Its arms are open still.
But prouder yet its glories shine,

When, in a nobler form,
It floats upon the heaving brine

And braves the bursting storm;
Or when—to aid the work of love-

To some benighted clime
It bears glad tidings from above

Of Gospel-truths sublime.
Oh! then, triumphant in its might,

O'er waters dim and dark,
It seems in Heaven's approving sight

A second glorious Ark.
On earth the forest's honoured king,

Man's castle on the sea--
Who will another tree may sing :

Old England's Oak for me ! --Bernard Barton.

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