There shall we see the fierce white bear?,

The sleepy seals2 aground,
And the spouting whales, that to and fro

Sail with a dreary sound.
There may we tread on depths of ice,

That the hairy mammoth 4 hide,
Perfect, as when in times of old,

The mighty creature died.
And while the unsetting sun shines on

Through the still heaven's deep blue,
We'll traverse the azure waves, the herds

Of the dread sea-horse 5. to view.
We'll pass the shores of solemn pine,

Where wolves and black bears prowl;
And away to the rocky isles of mist,

To rouse the northern fowl.

| The Polar bear is all white, ex- deposited in the museum of St. Pecept the tip of the nose and the claws, tersburgh. The tusks were nine feet which are jet black. It is found long, and the head, without the tusks, chiefly on the shores of Spitzbergen, weighed 400 pounds. Greenland, and Hudson's Bay: In 5 The Narwhal or Sea Unicorn, or summer, it lodges in dens, which are the Morse or Walrus, is, in all likeformed in the vast masses of ice; and lihood, the animal here referred to. in winter, it buries itself beneath the They are both found in the Polar snow, or some fixed piece of ice, where seas. The narwhal is armed with a it remains in a torpid state until the formidable horn, which projects direturn of the sun calls it forth. rectly forward from the upper jaw, in

2 Seals exist in vast numbers in a straight line with the body. It is the seas around Spitzbergen, and on generally from twenty to thirty feet the coasts of Newfoundland and La- in length, and is sometimes found to brador. They are hunted for their have two of these horns. It is taken oil and skins.

by means of harpoons; and its flesh 3 The whale fishery of Davis's is eaten by the Greenlanders. Straits, Baffin's Bay, &c., is the most The walrus, an animal of the seal important in the world.

kind, is found in immense herds, and The Mammoth was an immense often measures eighteen or twenty quadruped of the elephant kind. Its feet in length. When attacked it is bones are found fossil ; and large dangerous, not only from its great herds of them are supposed to have strength, but from the formidable existed, from the number of bones tusks with which it is furnished. which have been discovered in Europe, These tusks are inclined downwards Asia, and America. In the north of with a gentle curve, and are someRussia a whole carcase was found times two feet in length. They propreserved in the ice, in 1799; and a duce the finest and most valuable few years later, the skeleton was ivory.

And there in wastes of the silent sky,

With silent earth below,
We shall see far off, to his lonely rock,

The lonely eagle go.
Then softly, softly will we tread

By inland streams to see,
Where the corm'rant of the silent north

Sits there all silently.
We've visited the northern clime,

Its cold and ice-bound main;
So now, let us back to a dearer land,
To Britain back again !


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Well do I love those various harmonies
That sing so gaily in spring's budding woods,
And in the thickets, and green quiet haunts,
And lonely copses of the summer-time,
And in red autumn's ancient solitudes.
If thou art pain'd with the world's noisy stir,
Or crazed with its mad tumults, and weigh'd down


of the ills of human life;
If thou art sick and weak, or mournest at the loss
Of brethren gone to that far-distant land
To which we all do pass — gentle and poor,
The gayest and the gravest, all alike-
Then turn into the peaceful woods, and hear
The thrilling music of the forest birds.
How rich the varied choir! The unquiet finch
Calls from the distant hollows, and the wren

Uttereth her sweet and mellow plaint at times,
And the thrush mourneth where the kalmia! hangs
Its crimson-spotted cups, or chirps half hid
Amid the lowly dogwood’s2 snowy flowers ;
And the blue jay flits by, from tree to tree,
And spreading its rich pinions, fills the ear
With its shrill-sounding and unsteady cry.
With the sweet airs of spring the robin comes ;
And in her simple song there seems to gush
A strain of sorrow when she visiteth
Her last year's wither'd nest. But when the gloom
Of the deep twilight falls, she takes her perch
Upon the red-stemm'd hazel's slender twig,
That overhangs the brook, and suits her song
To the slow rivulet's inconstant chime.
In the last days of autumn, when the corn
Lies sweet and yellow in the harvest-field,
And the gay company of reapers bind
The bearded wheat in sheaves- then peals abroad
The black bird's merry chant. I love to hear,
Bold plunderer, thy mellow burst of song
Float from thy watch-place on the mossy tree,
Close at the corn-field edge.
Far up some brook's still course, whose current mines
The forest's blacken'd roots, and whose green marge
Is seldom visited by human foot,
The lonely heron 3 sits, and harshly breaks
The Sabbath silence of the wilderness :
And you may find her by some reedy pool,
Or brooding gloomily on the time-stain'd rock,
Beside some misty and far-reaching lake.

i Kalmia, a genus of beautiful N. consists of fish, reptiles, water-rats, American plants, with evergreen shrews, &c. It is in general, a solileaves and white or pink flowers. It tary bird, and frequents the banks of obtained its name from Kalm, a tra- lakes, rivers, and marshes. The veller in N. America.

common herons are gregarious during 2 Dogwood, a genus of plants, found the breeding season. When falconry in the temperate regions of Europe, was one of the principal sports in Asia, and America.

England, a penalty of twenty shillings 3 The heron has a long, sharp- was inflicted on those who destroyed pointed bill, a long neck, and a capa- the eggs of the heron. cious stomach, The food of the heron

Most awful is thy deep and heavy boom,
Grey watcher of the waters! Thou art king
Of the blue lake; and all the winged kind
Do fear the echo of thine angry cry.
How bright thy savage eye! Thou lookest down,
And seest the shining fishes as they glide;
And poising thy grey wing, thy glossy beak
Swift as an arrow strikes its roving prey.
Ofttimes I see thee, through the curling mist,
Dart like a spectre of the night, and hear
Thy strange bewildering call, like the wild scream
Of one whose life is perishing in the sea.
And now, wouldst thou, O man, delight the ear
With earth's delicious sounds, or charm the eye
With beautiful creations ? Then


And find them midst those many-colour'd birds
That fill the glowing woods. The richest hues
Lie in their splendid plumage, and their tones
Are sweeter than the music of the lute,
Or the harp's melody, or the notes that gush
So thrillingly from beauty's ruby lip.

J. MʻLellan (an American poet).

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consilium. prog'-e-ny, offspring gigno. re-sent-ment, anger; a

ce-lest'-ial, heavenly ccelum. deep sense of injury sentio. chord, the string of a muab-horred', detested; bit

sical instrument

chorda, terly hated

horreo. com-mand', rule over mando. tram'-ple, to tread under

mien, look

mine. foot

trampa. Boadicea was the Queen of the Iceni, a tribe of Britons inhabiting Norfolk and Suffolk. At this time, Suetonius, a general of great energy and skill, commanded the Roman forces in Britain. During his absence in the Isle of Anglesey, the Roman procurator, Catus, ordered Boadicea to be scourged; her daughters, also, were ignominiously treated. The Iceni flew to arms; and having been joined by the Trinobantes, they attacked and destroyed Colchester, and defeated a Roman legion which was coming to the relief of the colony. They afterwards marched to London and St. Alban’s, and put to death all they found, without distinction of age or sex. No fewer than 70,000 Romans and their confederates are said to have fallen in the course of a few days. Suetonius, having received reinforcements, chose an advan

tageous position, and waited the battle. The Britons, who were commanded by Boadicea and her two daughters, were totally defeated (A. D. 61). The loss of the Britons has been estimated at 80,000 men. Boadicea killed herself by taking poison.

When the British warrior queen,

Bleeding from the Roman rods,
Sought, with an indignant mien,

Counsel of her country's gods,
Sage beneath the spreading oak

Sat the Druid, hoary chief';
Every burning word he spoke

Full of rage, and full of grief.
“ Princess! if our aged eyes

Weep upon thy matchless wrongs,
'Tis because resentment ties

All the terrors of our tongues.
“ Rome shall perish — write that word

In the blood that she has spilt;
Perish, hopeless and abhorr'd,

Deep in ruin as in guilt.
“Rome, for empire far renown'd,

Tramples on a thousand states;
Soon her pride shall kiss the ground-

Hark! the Gaul is at her gates !2
“ Other Romans shall arise,

Heedless of a soldier's name;
Sounds, not arms, shall win the prize,

Harmony the path to fame.
6 Then the progeny that springs

From the forest of our land 3,
Arm'd with thunder, clad with wings,

Shall a wider world command.
Regions Cæsar never knew

Thy posterity shall sway;
Where his eagles never flew,

None invincible as they.", | “ The Druids were the priests of sigoths, under Alaric their king. the ancient Britons and Gauis." “Goth,” would read here better than

2 Rome was taken and given up to “ Gaul.” plunder, in the year 410, by the Vi- 3 The ships of England.

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