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Are these not lovely? Look again,
Count every hue that clothes the valley, Each grain that gilds the autumn plain,
Each song that wakes the vernal alley. All that in fruit or flower is found
To win the taste, or charm the vision, All—all that sight, or scent, or sound,
Or feeling hath of joy elysian;
That calm that lulls the noontide hour,
The mild repose of power appalling, The rain that feeds each opening flower,
Like mercy's tear-drops sweetly falling;
While man preserved his early duty,
THE BANKS OF THE SAVANNAH.
transient Augusta beautiful
plantations exceptions specimen alligator appearance towering tropical atmosphere intermingled exhalations
botanical flowering pestilence THERE is little variety on the banks of the Savannah. To Augusta, with very few exceptions, they are low, and thickly wooded with oak, gum,
cypress, pine, and the cotton tree.
You must not mistake this for the cotton plant. The plant seldom grows over two or three feet; the tree will, upon the river side, shoot up five, and sometimes ten feet in a year, until it makes sixty feet, often one hundred and twenty. It throws off a sort of useless down, that has the appearance of cotton : the atmosphere is filled with it in some places, having the appearance of light snow, thinly falling. Besides these, willows of both kinds may be seen: and, when the boat stops at a landing, you will find a great botanical variety in the under-growth. I have sometimes, within an area of a few acres, collected twenty beautiful specimens in twenty minutes, one of which is a very pretty cherokee rose. The perfume of the blooming magnolia is, at a distance, refined and delicate, but it is too strong for use at a near approach: the dogwood is also covered with a beautiful white flower, like a thin rose: the magnolia is high and towering in many instances. The dogwood is not often over twenty feet, seldom so high: intermingled with these, you will perceive a variety of flowering vines, the sweetest of which, decidedly, is the jessamine; but, like most of the sweets of life, it is very transient. A few plantations will exhibit to you Indian corn, which has an appearance of strength, richness, and verdure, on the low grounds; and cotton, and mounds or hillocks of sweet potatoes. Cane brakes also are found in several places. On the other hand, the decaying trunks of great trees disfigure the land, and they float upon the surface
of the muddy river, and drift against the banks. In the midst of these, you may frequently see the alligator watching for his prey, or sleeping in the burning rays of an almost tropical sun; and in the summer, the exhalations of the swamps breed pestilence; thus blending the goods and the ills, the enjoyments and the miseries of life.
Condemned barbarians domestics gratified martyrdom prostrated idolatrous obstinacy crucified sovereign
persuasion companions intimidation adjoining exclaimed alternately
admiration JORAM MACATA, a noble Christian of Japan, being condemned to death on account of his religion, bade a last and mournful farewell to his wife, his children, and his domestics, and exhorted them to seek their safety in flight. As soon as he was alone, he prostrated himself before a figure of his crucified Lord, and there continued in fervent prayer. Evening approached, and with it came two hundred armed men to execute the sentence of his death. They came thus prepared, as they expected to encounter the numerous friends of Macata, assembled to protect him, or to die in his
defence. For a long time they remained drawn up around the house, wondering at the lonely silence that reigned there, till, at length, one of the party entered, and finding all abandoned, returned to his companions and said, “ Macata has fled !" But he, at that moment appearing, exclaimed aloud, “ Macata has not fled-he is here, and impatient for the happiness to die for Jesus Christ." The barbarians rushed upon him, and gratified his longings by severing his head from his body.
Again, let us open the history of the same age and nation. Titus, a virtuous Christian of Bungo, had been tempted by his idolatrous sovereign to abandon his faith in Jesus Christ. Promises and intimidation were alternately employed, but in vain. He was then commanded to surrender his young son, Matthew, to the will of his prince. Amidst threats and allurements, the youthful confessor remained steadfast in the profession of his religion; and after two days, it was told to the persecuted father, that his tender child had died by the hand of the executioner. But another victim must be sacrificed to the offended deities of Japan. His virgin daughter, Martina, is demanded for the offering. “Hasten to the king, my child,” says the heroic father, “ and tell him, that virtue is not measured by years, and that faith knows no distinction between sex or age.” The messenger of glad tidings soon returned, bearing
rmation that Martina had followed her brother, and that the eldest son, Simon, was then expected. Simon followed in the path in which his brother and sister had walked to martyrdom, and betrayed no feelings of sorrow or of fear. A few days passed by, and another messenger came to this Christian Job, to announce to him that his eldest son had paid with his life for his obstinacy, and that a similar fate was impending over him and his consort, should they determine to persevere in their impiety. They were then summoned to the presence of the monarch, and when all the arts of persuasion, and the terrors of a cruel death, were found of no effect, the king threw open the door of an adjoining apartment, and led forth their two sons and daughter to the enraptured parents, declaring to his princes and nobles, that such generous self-devotion merited his highest admiration.
ICE-ISLANDS AND ICEBERGS OF SPITZBERGEN.
Spitzbergen resembling collision
approximation latitude quantity phenomenon unspeakable tremendous
aggregate mountainous navigators continual inaccessible
congealed gradually precipitate The name of ice-islands is given by sailors to a great quantity of ice collected into one huge mass, and floating upon the seas near or within the polar circles. Many of these are to be met with on the