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The hopes my soul had cherished
Have withered one by one,
And tho' life's flowers have perish'd,
I am left to linger on.


The best enjoyment is half disappointment To that we mean, or we have in this world.

-Bailey Oh, ever thus from childhood's hour, I've seen my fondest hopes decay; I never loved a tree or flower But 'twas the first to fade away. -Moore.


It is sad To see the light of beauty wane away, Know eyes are dimming, bosoms shriveling, Feet losing their springs, and limbs their lily round

But it is worse to feel our heartspring gone,
To lose hope, care not for the coming thing,
And feel all things go to decay with us. -Bailey.

The very iron, rock and steel
Impervious as they now appear,
The gnawing tooth of Time must feel,
And waste with each succt eding year,

-Watson. Delay :

Shun delays, they breed remorse;
Take thy time while time is lent thee;
Creeping snails have weakest force;
Fly their fault, lest thou repent thee.
Good is best when soonest wrought,
Lingering labors come to naught.

Oh! how many deeds
Of deathless virtue and immortal crime,
The world had wanted, had the actor said,
I will do this to-morrow.

-Lord John Russell.


Let come what will, I mean to bear it out,
And either live with glorious victory,
Or die with fame, renowned for chivalry.
He is not worthy of the honey.comb,
That shuns the hives because the bees have stings.

-Shakspeare. Dreams:

Dreams are but the children of a brain,
Begot of nothing but vain fantasy.


Dreams are but interludes which fancy makes; When monarch reason sleeps, this mimic wakes; And many monstrous forms in sleep we see, Which neither were, nor are, nor e'er can be.


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pied ground. In the water-beetle, the structure of its

legs, so well adapted for diving, allows it to compete Be my few days with peace and friendship blessed;

with other aquatic insects, to hunt for its own prey, Nor will I at my humble lot repine,

and to escape serving as prey to other animals. Though neither wealth, nor fame, nor luxury be mine.

The store of nutriment laid up within the seeds of O give me yet, in some recluse abode,

many plants seems at first sight to have no sort of Encircled with a faithful few, to dwell,

relation to other plants. But from the strong growth Where power cannot oppress, nor care corrode,

of young plants produced from such seeds as peas Nor venomed tongues the tale of slander tell;

and beans, when sown in the midst of long grass, it Or bear me to some solitary cell,

may be suspected that the chief use of the nutriment Beyond the reach of every human eye;

in the seed is to favor the growth of the seedlings, And let me bid a long and last farewell

whilst struggling with other plants growing vigor To each alluring object ’neath the sky,

ously all around. And there in peace await my hour, in peace to die.

Look at a plant in the midst of its range, why does it not double or quadruple its numbers? We know

that it can perfectly well withstand a little more heat STRUGGLE FOR LIFE.

or cold, dampness or dryness, for elsewhere it ranges

into slightly hotter or colder, damper or drier disCHARLES DARWIN—"ORIGIN OF SPECIES."

tricts. In this case we can clearly see that if we As the species of the same genius usually have, wish in imagination to give the plant the power of though by no means invariably, much similarity increasing in number, we should have to give it some in habits and constitution, and always in structure, advantage over its competitors, or over the animals the struggle will generally be more severe between which prey on it. On the confines of its geographical them, if they come into competition with each other, range, a change of constitution, with respect to cli. than between the species of distinct genera. We see mate, would clearly be an advantage to our plant; this in the recent extension over parts of the United but we have reason to believe that only a few plants States of one species of swallow having caused the or animals range so far, that they are destroyed decrease of another species. The recent increase of exclusively by the rigour of the climate. Not until the missel-thrush in parts of Scotland has caused the we reach the extreme confines of life, in the Arctic decrease of the song-thrush. How frequently we regions or on the borders of an utter desert, will hear of one species of rat taking the place of another competition cease. The land may be extremely cold species under the most different climates! In Russia or dry, yet there will be competition between some the small Asiatic cockroach has everywhere driven few species, or between the individuals of the same before it its great congener. In Australia the im. species, for the warmest or dampest spots. portant hive-bee is rapidly exterminating the small, Hence we can see that when a plant or animal is stingless native bee. One species of charlock has placed in a new country, amongst new competitors, been known to supplant another species; and so in the conditions of its life will generally be changed in other cases. We can dimly see why the competition an essential manner, although the climate may be should be most severe between allied forms, which exactly the same as in its former home. If its averfill nearly the same place in the economy of nature; age numbers are to increase in its new home, we but probably in no one case could we precisely say should have to modify it in a different way to what why one species has been victorious over another in we should have had to do in its native country; for the great battle of life.

we should have to give it some advantage over a A corollary of the highest importance may be different set of competitors or enemies. deduced from the foregoing remarks, namely, that It is good thus to try in imagination to give to any the structure of every organic being is related, in the one species an advantage over another. Probably in most essential, yet often hidden manner, to that of all no single instance should we know what to do. This the other organic beings with which it comes into ought to convince us of our ignorance on the mutual competition for food or residence, or from which it relations of all organic beings; a conviction as neceshas to escape, or on which it preys. This is obvious sary as it is difficult to acquire. All that we can do in the structure of the teeth and talons of the tiger; is to keep steadily in mind that each organic being and in that of the legs and claws of the parasite is striving to increase in a geometrical ratio; that which clings to the hair on the tiger's body. But in each at some period of its life, during some season of the beautifully plumed seed of the dandelion, and in the year, during each generation or at intervals, has the flattened and fringed legs of the water-beetle, the to struggle for life and to suffer great destruction. relation seems at first confined to the elements of air When we reflect on this struggle, we may console and water. Yet the advantage of plumed seeds, no ourselves with the full belief, that the war of nature doubt, stands in the closest relation to the land being is not incessant, that no fear is felt, that death is already thickly clothed with other plants; so that the generally prompt, and that the vigorous, the healthy, seeds may be widely distributed and fall on unoccu- and the happy survive and multiply.


CERVANTES - DON QUIXOTE." The duke and duchess being so well pleased with the adventure of the aMicted duenna were encouraged to proceed with other projects, seeing that there was nothing too extravagant for the credulity of the knight and the squire. The necessary orders were accordingly issued to their servants and vassals with regard to their behavior towards Sancho in his gove ernment of the promised island. The day after the flight of Clavileno, the duke bid Sancho prepare and get himself in readiness to assume his office, for his islanders were already wishing for him, as for rain in May. Sancho made a low bow, and said, “Ever since my journey to heaven, when I looked down and saw the earth so very small, my desire to be a governor has partly cooled; for what mighty matter is it to command on a spot no bigger than a grain of mustard-seed? Where is the majesty and pomp of governing half a dozen creatures no bigger than hazel-nuts? If your lordship will be pleased to offer me some small portion of heaven, though it be but half a league, I would jump at it sooner than for the largest island in the world.” “Look you, friend Sancho," answered the duke, “I can give away no part of heaven, not even a nail's breadth; for God has reserved to himself the disposal of such fayors; but, what it is in my power to give, I give you with all my heart; and the island I now present to you is ready inade, round and sound, well-proportioned, and above measure fruitful, and where, by good manage. ment, you may yourself, with the riches of the earth, purchase an inheritance in heaven.” “Well, then," answered Sancho, “ let this island be forthcoming, and it shall go hard with me, but I will be such a governor that, in spite of rogues, heaven will take me in. Nor is it one of covetousness that I forsake my humble cottage and aspire to greater things, but the desire I have to taste what it is to be governor.” "If once you taste it, Sancho," quoth the duke, “ you will lick your fingers after it :-80 sweet it is to command and be obeyed. And certain I am, when your master becomes an emperor, of which there is no doubt, as matters proceed so well, it would be impos. sible to wrest his power from him, and his only re. gret will be that he had it not sooner." Faith, sir, you are in the right,” quoth Sancho, “it is pleasant to govern, though it be but a flock of sheep." Let me be buried with you, Sancho," replied the duke, “if you know not something of every thing, and I doubt not you will prove a pearl of a governor. But enough of this for the present, to-morrow you surely depart for your island, and this evening you shall be fitted with suitable apparel and with all things neces. sary for your appointment.” “Clothe me as you will,” said Sancho, “I shall still be Sancho Panza.” " That is true," said the duke, “but the garb should always be suitable to the office and rank of the wearer: foi a lawyer to be habited like a soldier, or a

soldier like a priest, would be preposterous; and you Sancho, must be clad partly like a scholar, and partly a soldier; as, in the office you will hold, arms and learning are united.” “As for learning," replied Sancho, “I have not much of that, for I hardly know my A, B, C; but to be a good governor it will be enough that I am able to make my Christ-cross; and as to arms, I shall handle such as are given me till I fall, and so God help me." “ With so good an intention,” quoth the duke, * Sancho cannot do wrong.” At this time Don Quixote came up to them, and hearing how soon Sancho was to depart to his government, he iook him by the hand, and, with the duke's leave, led him to his chamber, in or. der to give him some advice, respecting his conduct in office; and, having entered, he shut the door, and, almost by force, made Sancho sit down by him, and, with much solemnity, addressed him in these words:

“I am thankful to heaven, friend Sancho, that, even before fortune has crowned my hopes, prosperity has gone forth to meet thee. I, who had trusted in my own success for the reward of thy services, am still but on the road to advancement, whilst thou, prematurely and before all reasonable expectation, art come into full possession of thy wishes. Some must bribe, importune, solicit, attend early, pray, persist, and yet do not obtain what they desire; whilst another comes, and without knowing how, jumps at once into the preferment for which so many had sued in vain. It is truly said that “merit does much, but fortune more.' Thou, who in respect to me, art but a very simpleton, without either early rising or late watching, without labor of body or mind, by the air alone of knight-errantry breathing on thee, findest thyself the governor of an island, as if it were a trifle, a thing of no account!

“All this I say, friend Sancho, that thou mayest not ascribe the favor done thee to thy own merit, but give thanks, first to heaven, which disposeth things so kindly; and in the next place acknowledge with gratitude the inherent grandeur of the profession of knight errantry. Thy heart being disposed to be. lieve what I have now said to thee, be attentive, son, to me thy Cato, who will be thy counsellor, thy north-star, and guide, to conduct and steer thee safe into port, out of that tempestuous sea on which thou art going to embark, and where thou wilt be in dan. ger of being swallowed up in a gulp of confusion.

“First, my son, fear God: for, to fear him is wisdom; and being wise, thou canst not err.

“Secondly, consider what thou art, and endeavor to know thyself, which is the most difficult study of all others. The knowledge of thyself will preserve thee from vanity, and the fate of the frog that fool. ishly vied with the ox, will serve thee as a caution; the recollection, too, of having been formerly a swineherd in thine own country will be to thee, in the loftiness of thy pride, like the ugly feet of the peacock.” “It is true,” said Sancho, “that I once did keep swine, but I was only a boy then; when I

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