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And make their bed with thee. As the long train
Of ages glide away, the sons of men,
The youth in life's green spring, and he who goes
In the full strength of years, matron, and maid,
The bow'd with age, the infant in the smiles
And beauty of its innocent age cut off,—
Shall one by one be gathered to thy side,
By those who in their turn shall follow them.
So live that when thy summons comes to join
The innummerable caravan, that moves
To the pale realms of shade, where each shall take
His chamber in the silent halls of death,
Thou go, not like the quarry-slave at night,
Scourged to his dungeon, but sustained and soothed
By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave,
Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch
About him and lies down to pleasant dreams.

Brtant.

Christ is a path if any be misled:

He is a robe, if any naked be:
If any chance to hunger, he is bread:

If any be but weak, how strong is he!
To dead men, life he is : to sick men, health:

To blind men, sight: and to the needy, wealth:
A pleasure without loss: a treasure without stealth!

Pass some fleeting moments by,
All at once the tempests fly:
Instant shifts the cloudy scene,
Heaven renews its smile serene:
And on joy's untroubled sides,
Smooth to port the vessel glides!

I ffiston of Immortality

Most of our readers, we suppose, have read Bryant's celebrated poem, called "Thanatopsis," and while admiring its beauty, have regretted that u contained no allusion to man's immortality. The following sequel, which though indulging in some poetic license, is much more in accordance with the dignity of man and the truths of Christianity.—Ed. " The Friend."

I Who essayed to sing, in earlier days,

The Tlumatopsis and The Hymn to Death,

Wake now the Hymn to Immortality.

Yet once again, Oh man, come forth and view

The haunts of Nature ; walk the waving fields,

Enter the silent groves, or pierce again

The depths of the untrodden wilderness,

And she shall teach thee. Thou hast learned before

One lesson—and her Hymn of Death hath fallen

With melancholy sweetness on thine ear;

Tet she shall tell thee with a myriad tongue

That life is there—life in uncounted forms—

Stealing in silence through the hidden roots,

In every branch that swings—in the green leaves,

And waving grain, and the gay summer flowers

That gladden the beholder. Listen now,

And she shall teach thee that the dead have slept

But to awaken in more glorious forms—

And that the mystery of the seed's decay

Is but the promise of the coming life.

Each towering oak that lifts its living head

To the broad sunlight, in eternal strength,

Glorious to tell thee that the acorn died.

The flowers that spring above their last year's grave

Are eloquent with the voice of life and hope—

And the green trees clap their rejoicing hands,

Waving in triumph o'er the earth's decay!

Yet not alone shall flower and forest raise

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A Vision Of Immortality.

The voice of triumph and the hymn of life.

The insect brood are there !—each painted wing

That flutters in the sunshine, broke but now

From the close cerements of a worm's own shroud,

Is telling, as it flies, how life may spring

In its glad beauty from the gloom of death.

Where the crushed mould beneath the sunken foot

Seems but the sepulchre of old decay,

Turn thou a keener glance, and thou shalt find

The gathered myriads of a mimic world.

The breath of evening and the sultry morn

Bears on its wing a cloud of witnesses,

That earth from her unnumbered caves of death

Sends forth a mightier tide of teeming life.

Raise then the Hymn to Immortality!

The broad green prairies and the wilderness,

And the old cities where the dead have slept,

Age upon age, a thousand graves in one,

Shall yet be crowded with the living forms

Of myriads, waking from the silent dust.

Kings that lay down in state, and earth's poor slaves,

Resting together in one fond embrace,

The white-haired patriarch and the tender babe,

Grown old together in the flight of years.

They of immortal fame and they whose praise

Was never sounded in the ears of men,—

Archon and priest, and the poor common crowd,—

All the vast concourse in the halls of death,

Shall waken from the dreams of silent years

To hail the dawn of the immortal day.

Aye, learn the lesson. Though the worm shall be

Thy brother in the mystery of death!

And all shall pass, humble and proud and gay

Together, to earth's mighty charnel-house,

Yet the Immortal is thy heritage!

A Vision Of Immortality.

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The grave shall gather thee: yet thou shalt come,

Beggar or prince, not as thou wentest forth,

In rags or purple, but arrayed as those

Whose mortal puts on Immortality!

Then mourn not when thou markest the decay

Of Nature, and her solemn hymn of death

Steals with a note of sadness to thy heart.

That other voice, with its rejoicing tones,

Breaks from the mould with every bursting flower,

"O grave ! thy victory!" And thou, Oh, man,

Burdened with sorrow at the woes that crowd

Thy narrow heritage, lift up thy head

In the strong hope of the undying life,

And shout the Hymn to Immortality.

The dear departed that have passed away

To the still house of death, leaving thine own,

The gray-haired sire that died in blessing thee,

Mother or sweet-lipped babe, or she who gave

Thy home the light and bloom of Paradise,—

They shall be thine again, when thou shalt pass,

At God's appointment, through the shadowy vale,

To reach the sunlight of the Immortal Hills.

And thou that gloriest to lie down with kings,

Thine uncrowned head now lowlier than their's,

Seek thou the loftier glory to be known

A king and priest to God,—when thou shalt pass

Forth from these silent halls to take thy place

With patriarchs and prophets and the blest

Gone up from every land to people heaven.

So live, that when the mighty caravan,

Which halts one night-time in the vale of Death,

Shall strike its white tents for the morning march,

Thou shalt mount onward to the Eternal Hills,

Thy foot unwearied, and thy strength renewed

Like the strong eagle's for the upward flight! Bryant. BT CAROLINE SOUTHEY.

Know ye the little plant that springs,

Up from a heathen sod,
Revealing thus to human hearts,
The providence of God 1
Where man to man doth idol-worship teach,
The sweet Nepenthes springs, a purer faith to preach!

Where fall not showers, and fall not dews,

And stream and fount are dry,
It lifts its little pitcher lid,
And woos the traveller's eye:
A limped water sparkles in its urn,
Though skies above are dry, and sands about it burn.

Earth sometimes like a desert seems—

Life's comfort streams are dry;
Throbs wearily the heavy heart,
Grows dim the waiting eye:
Whither? oh whither shall the weary turn?
Where shall the spirit find some kind Nepenthes' urn %

Poor pilgrim of Ceylon! not thou,

That mystic urn can show, That living water hast not thou— Thou knowest not whence its flow: The Bible, page inspired! to that I turn, When earth's last stream is dry, that's my Nepenthes' urn

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