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THE PLANETS AND FIXED STARS.
The planets are all attached to the sun ; and, in circling 1 around him, they do homage to that influence which binds 2 them to perpetual attendance on this great luminary. But, the other stars do not own his dominion : they do not circle
around him. To all common observation, they remain im3 movable ; and each, like the independent sovereign of his
own territory, appears to occupy the same inflexible posi4 tion in the regions of immensity. What can we make of 5 them? Shall we take our adventurous flight to exjlore 6 these dark and untravelled dominions? What mean these
innumerable fires lighted up in distant parts of the universe ?
Are they only made to shed a feeble glimmering over this 7 little spot in the kingdom of nature ? or do they serve a
purpose worthier of themselves : to light up other worlds, and give animation to other systems ?
BURNING OF THE FAME AND ESCAPE OF THE PAS
We embarked on the 2d inst. and sailed at daylight for 1 England, from the East Indies, with every prospect of a quick and prosperous passage.
The ship was every thing 2 we could wish; and, having closed my charge here, much
to my satisfaction, it was one of the happiest days of my 3 life. We were, perhaps, too happy; for in the evening
came a sad reverse. Sophia had just gone to bed, and I 4 had thrown off half my clothes, when a cry of Fire ! —
Fire !-roused us from our calm content; and in five min5 utes the whole ship was in flames ! I ran to examine
whence the flames principally issued, and found that the 6 fire had its origin immediately under our cabin.-Down 7 with the boats !-Where is Sophia ?-8 Here.—The chil9 dren ?-10 Here.—11 A rope to the side !—Lower Lady 12 Raffles.—13 Give her to me, says one.-14 I'll take her, 15 says the captain.— Throw the gun-powder overboard.16 It cannot be got at: it is in the magazine, close to the fire. 17 -Stand clear of the powder. 18 Scuttle the water-cask. 19 —Water! water !-20 Where's Sir Stamford ? 21 Come 22 into the boat: Nilson! Nilson! come into the boat.-Push 23 off! push off! Stand clear of the after part of the ship. 24
All this passed much quicker than I can write it. We 25 pushed off; and as we did so, the flames burst out of our
cabin windows, and the whole after part of the ship was in flames.
TOM FLINTER AND HIS MAN.
1 I have been reading Judge Barrington's Sketches. 2 It
is the most pleasant book about Ireland I ever read. I 3 was especially amused by the following
DIALOGUE BETWEEN TOM FLINTER AND HIS MAN.
4 Tom Flinter. Dick! said he.
What ? said he.
For I will go, says he, 6
To Timahoe, says he,
And buy all that's there, says he.
you owe, says he,
And then you may go, says he, 7
To Timahoe, says he,
And buy all that's there, says he.
The night wind with a desolate moan swept by;
Screaming upon their hinges ; and the moon,
Struggled aslant the stained and broken panes
Grew insupportable, he raised himself
With difficult energy; and when the rod
From its dim corners mockingly gave back
Had the distinctness of a knell; and when 3 Duly the antique horologe beat one,
He drew a phial from beneath his head,
I did not think to die
And yet it is--I feel
And something seems to steal
Binding its pulses with an icy band.
The immortal spirit shuddereth to be free ! 8 Would it not leap to fly,
Like a chained eaglet at its parent's call ? 9 I fear, I fear that this poor life is all !
Yet thus to pass away!
To agonize, to strive, to watch, to fast, 10 To waste the light of day,
Night's better beauty, feeling, fancy, thought,
Grant me another year,
Something to satisfy this thirst within! 12 I would know something here! 13 Break for me but one seal that is unbroken! Speak for me but one word that is unspoken!
Vain! vain! my brain is turning 14 With a swift dizziness; and my
heart grows And these hot temple-throbs come fast and thick;
And I am freezing: burning : 15 Dying! Oh God! if I might only live! 16 My phial :-ia! it thrills me : I revive
Ay, were not man to die
Had he but time to brood on knowledge here, 18 Could he but train his eye,
Might he but wait the mystic word and hour,
Earth has no mineral strange, The illimitable air no hidden wings, 19 Water no quality in its covert springs,
And fire no power to change,
Oh, but for time to track
To hurl the lightning back:
And more : much more: (for now
To clear the god-like brow
This were indeed to feel
And death-Aha! I reel22 Dim-dim-I faint-darkness comes o'er my eyes
Cover me! save me !-God of heaven! I die!
23 ’T was morning; and the old man lay alone.
No friend had closed his eyelids; and his lips, 24 Open and ashy pale, the expression wore
of his death-struggle. His long silvery hair
Lay on his, hollow temples thin and wild;
And haggard as with want; and in his palm
Screaming as harshly in the fitful wind; 26 And all without went on, (as aye it will,
Sunshine or tempest,) reckless that a heart
The fire beneath the crucible was out;
The vessels of his mystic art lay round, 27 Useless and cold as the ambitious hand
That fashioned them; and the small silver rod,
And thus had passed from its unequal frame 28 A soul of fire: a sun-bent eagle stricken
From his high soaring down: an instrument
Oh how noor
His strength upon the sea, ambition-wrecked :
Brooding in quiet on her lonely nest ! Willis. Sentence 10th.-A fragmentary comp. close decl. exclam. The conclusion is wanting : " is a disappointment indeed” or something similar. Sentence 11th.An indirect interrog. excl. close, of the second kind. Sentence 13in.- This is perf. loose indirect interrog. excl., of the second kind. Sentence 15th.-A fragment. single compact, first part : terminates of course with the bend. Sentence 23d.- A fragment. close decl. excl.: the end wanting. Sentence 24th.- Aha! serious surprise or the surprise of fear.
LEATHER-STOCKING ON THE PRAIRIE.
“ You seem to have but little plunder, stranger, for one 1 who is far abroad ?" bluntly interrupted the emigrant, as
if he had a reason for wishing to change the conversation. 2“ I hope you ar' better off for skins ?" 3 “ I make but little use of either," the trapper quietly re
plied. “At my time of life, food and clothing be all that is 4 needed; and I have little occasion for what you call plun
der, unless it may be now and then, to barter for a horn of powder or a bar of lead.”
“ You ar' not, then, of these parts, by natur', friend !” the emigrant continued, having in his mind the exception which 5 the other had taken to the very equivocal word, which he himself, according to the customs of the country, had used
baggage" or effects." 6 “ I was born on the sea-shore, though most of my life has been passed in the woods."
The whole party now looked up at him, as men are apt 7 to turn their eyes on some unexpected object of general in
terest. One or two of the young men repeated the words
“ sea-shore ;” and the woman tendered him one of those 8 civilities, with which, uncouth as they were, she was little