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These ears, that scarce can hear you,

O joyous children mine!
Shall pulse to waves of music

That flow from harps divine.
E'en now angelic voices

Come whispering soft and low;
And I see the luminous fingers

That point me where to go.
Children, I'm going home,

By the way the Past hath trod,
To the place appointed for me-

To my Father and my God.
Children, the way is weary,
And the gate is dark and dreary ;

But on the outer side
Are seraphs waiting for me,

To comfort me and guide.
Children, receive my blessing!

And in the after-tide,
Think, when you're old as I am,
I gave it as I died.

CHARLES MACKAY.

We are now arrived at the very last station on the journey of life.

ODE ON THE DEATH OF A LADY, WHO LIVED ONE HUNDRED YEARS, AND DIED ON HER BIRTHDAY.

Ancient dame, how wide and vast

To a race like ours appears,
Rounded to an orb at last

All thy multitude of years !
We, the herd of human kind,

Frailer and of feebler powers-
We, to narrow bounds confined,

Soon exhaust the sum of ours.

Death's delicious banquet-we

Perish even from the womb; Swifter than a shadow flee,

Nourish'd but to feed the tomb. Seeds of merciless disease

Lurk in all that we enjoy ; Some that waste us by degrees,

Some that suddenly destroy. And if life o'erleap the bourn

Common to the sons of men, What remains but that we mourn,

Dream, and dote, and drivel then? Fast as moons can wax and wane

Sorrow comes; and while we groan, Pant with anguish, and complain,

Half our years are fled and gone. If a few (to few 'tis given)

Lingering on this earthly stage, Creep and halt with steps uneven

To the period of an age, Wherefore live they but to see

Cunning, arrogance, and force, Sights lamented much by thee,

Holding their accustom'd course ?
Oft was seen in ages past

All that we with wonder view,
Often shall be to the last :
· Earth produces nothing new.
Thee we gratulate ; content,

Should propitious Heaven design
Life for us, as calmly spent,

Though but half the length of thine.

CoWPER.

And so we take our leave of

THE BIRTHDAY. It comes ! it comes ! the natal day, With childhood's pleasures once so gay, When little gifts and simple flowers Welcomed its bright and happy hours. It comes, yet not as then it came, In all things changed except in name! It comes! it comes! a welcome day, Though childhood's joys have pass'd away; Youth hails it with a hopeful smile, And gifts and prayers its hours beguile; The young heart greets its well-known name, In youth and childhood still the same. It comes! it comes ! a slighted day, For youthful hopes have pass’d away ; And manhood, with his careworn brow, Brooks not the thought of birthdays now! It comes! but in his troubled lot, That once glad day is welcome not. It comes ! to age, a solemn day, The last upon life's weary way; The point from which his mental sight Entrance perceives to worlds of light, While angels hail with songs of love The pilgrim's birth to life above.

THE END.

Woodfall & Kinder, Printers, Milford Lane, Strand, W.C.

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