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very thing which they profess to deprecate as pernicious to the well-being and comfort of the species. Whether they are sincere in this profession, or whether they are only trifling with the sense and feeling of mankind, still it demon'strates the hardening influence of their principles ; and from principles, which make those who hold them so reckless of the peace and order and happiness of their brethren, what can be reasonably expected, but every thing which is most destructive of human comfort ?
It is true, the infidel may be very humane in the intercourse of life; but, after all, what dependence can be placed upon that humanity of his, which deals out bread to the hungry, and clothing to the naked, and yet would sacrifice to literary vanity, or to something worse, whatever can give support in trial, and consolation at death ? He may sympathize with me in my distress, and speak to me of immortality, and, at the very moment, his constitutional kind. ness may be triumphing over his cold blooded and gloomy speculations. But his speculations have shed a misery over my heart, which no language of his can dissipate, and which makes his most affectionate words sound in my ear like the words of mockery and scorn.
He has destroyed me, and he cannot save me, and he cannot comfort me. At his bidding I have renounced that Savior in whom I once trusted and was happy, and he now pities me;-as if his most pitying tones could charm away the anguish of my bosom, and make me forget that it was he himself who planted it there, and planted it so deep, and nourished it so well, that nothing but the power of that heaven, whose power I have denied, is able to pluck it out!
Yes, after he has destroyed my belief in the superintending providence of God,- after he has taught me that the prospect of a hereafter is but the baseless fabric of a vision, -after he has bred and nourished in me a contempt for that sacred volume which alone throws light over this benighted world, after having argued me out of my faith by his sophistries, or laughed me out of it by his ridicule, after having thus wrung from my soul every drop of consolation, and dried up my very spirit within me,-yes, after having accomplished this in the season of my health and my prosperity, he would come to me while I mourn, and treat me like a drivelling idiot, whom he may sport with, because he has ruined me, and to whom, in the plenitude of his compassion---too late, and too unavailing,—he may talk of truths in which he himself does not believe, and which he has long exhorted me, and has at last persuaded me, to cast away as the dreams and the delusions of human folly ! From such comforters may heaven preserve me! soul come not thou into their secrets. Unto their assembly, mine honor, be not thou united !"
Death-Scene in Gertrude of Wyoming.*-CAMPBELL.
But short that contemplation—sad and short
The pause to bid each much loved scene adieu ! Beneath the
shadow of the fort, Where friendly swords were drawn, and banners flew,
Ah! who could deem that foot of Indian crew
Gleamed like a basilisk, from woods in view,
And tranced in giddy horror Gertrude swooned ;
Yet, while she clasps him lifeless to her zone, Say, burst they, borrowed from her father's wound,
These drops ?-Oh God! the life-blood is her own;
And faltering, on her Waldegrave's bosom thrown“Weep not, O Love !"-she cries, " to see me bleed
Thee, Gertrude's sad survivor, thee aloneHeaven's peace commiserate ; for scarce I heed These wounds ;-yet thee to leave is death, is death indeed.
* The three characters mentioned in the above passage, being warned of the approach of a hostile tribe of North American Indians, are forced to abandon their peaceful retreat, in the vale of Wyoming, and fly for safety to a neighboring fort. On the following morning, at sun-rise, while Gertrude, together with Albert, her father, and Waldegrave, her husband, are looking from the battlements on the havoc and desolation which hail marked the progress of the barbarous enemy, an Indian marksman fires a mortal shot from his ambush at Albert; and, as Gertrude clasps him in agony to her heart, another shot lays her bleeding by his side. She then takes farewell of her husband in a speech which our greatest modern critic has described as "more sweetly pathetic than any thing ever
written in rhyme."-McDiarmid.
Clasp me a little longer, on the brink
Of fate! while I can feel thy dear caress;
And let it mitigate thy wo's excess,
That thou hast been to me all tenderness,
Oh! by that retrospect of happiness,
The scene thy bursting tears too deep will move,
And Gertrude thought it ecstasy to rove
With thee, as with an angel, through the grove
In heaven; for ours was not like earthly love :
And beautiful expression seemed to melt With love that could not die! and still his hand
She presses to the heart no more that felt.
Ah, heart! where once each fond affection dwelt, And features yet that spoke a soul more fair.
Mute, gazing, agonizing as he knelt,Of them that stood encircling his despair, He heard some friendly words ;—but knew not what they
WHITHER, 'midst falling dew,
Thy solitary way?
Vainly the fowler's eye
Thy figure floats along.
Seek'st thou the plashy brink
On the chafed ocean-side ?
There is a Power whose care Teaches thy way along that pathless coast,The desert and illimitable air,
Lone wandering, but not lost.
All day thy wings have fanned
Though the dark night is near.
And soon that toil shall end, Soon shalt thou find a summer home, and rest, And scream among thy fellows : reeds shall bend
Soon o'er thy sheltered nest.
Thou’rt gone! the abyss of heaven Hath swallowed up thy form; yet, on my
heart Deeply hath sunk the lesson thou hast given,
And shall not soon depart.
He, who, from zone to zone, Guides through the boundless sky thy certain light, In the long way that I must tread alone,
Will lead my steps aright.
On Linden, when the sun was low,
Of Iser, * rolling rapidly.
The darkness of her scenery.
* Pron. Eser.
By torch and trumpet fast arrayed,
To join the dreadful revelry.
Far flashed the red artillery.
Of Iser, rolling rapidly.
Shout in their sulphurous canopy.
And charge with all thy chivalry !
Shall be a soldier's sepulchre.
Thanatopsis.-BRYANT. To him who, in the love of Nature, holds Communion with her visible forms, she speaks A various language; for his gayer hours She has a voice of gladness, and a smile And eloquence of beauty, and she glides Into his darker musings, with a mild And gentle sympathy, that steals away Their sharpness, ere he is aware. When thoughts Of the last bitter hour come like a blight
* Pron, cum'bat.
+ ch as in church.