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That orphan maid the lady kiss'd,

My husband's looks you bear ;
St. Bridget and her morn be bless'd !

You are his widow's heir."
They've robed that maid, so poor and pale,

In silks and sandals rare;
And pearls, for drops of frozen hail,

Are glistening in her hair.

NOVEMBER's hail-cloud drifts away,

November's sun-beam wan Looks coldly on the castle gray,

When forth comes Lady Anne. The orphan by the oak was set;

Her arms, her feet, were bare ; The hail-drops had not melted yet

Amid her raven hair.
“ And, dame,” she said, “ by all the ties

That child and mother know,
Aid one who never knew these joys,-

Relieve an orphan's woe."
The lady said, “ An orphan state

Is hard and sad to bear;
Yet worse the widow'd mother's fate

Who mourns both lord and heir.
“Twelve times the rolling year has sped

Since, while from vengeance wild Of fierce Strathallen's chief I fled,

Forth's eddies whelm'd my child." “ Twelve times the year its course has borne,”

The wandering maid replied, “Since fishers, on St. Bridget's morn,

Drew nets on Campsie side.
“St. Bridget sent no scaly spoil;

An infant well-nigh dead
They saved, and rear'd in want and toil

To beg from you her bread.”

[For the National Magazine.) STARS BY DAY. From out the deep well's bottom,

Down where the digger delves With bar, and pick, and shovel,

Into the clayey shelves,
Where all is dark and dreary

Except his lantern ray,
The eye that looketh upward

Can see the stars by day.
So who would not be dazzled

By life's refulgent blaze,
Must leave its lustrous splendors,

Its silver rain of rays;
Descend his deep, still spirit,

Beyond the reach of day; Whence up, through zones of darkness,

He'll see God's stars for aye.


(For the National Magazine.)

trade! A shilling ought to buy the whole.

And here she may sit and sit from mornTHE ONE DOLLAR BILL.

ing till night, and no one perhaps will buy FEW weeks ago, while walking

of her. Where is she to get bread tothrough the streets of New York,

day? Where sleep to-night? With what happening to look downward, I espied a

shall she pay for food and lodging ? bit of paper rolled up, which, on exam

While I was thus ruminating, I leaned ination, proved to be a one dollar bill.

against the iron railing that surrounds the Though I do not often find a dollar, or its

old Dutch church, and waited a full halfrepresentative, in the street, I should not hour to see if some one would not buy. have been particularly struck with this

Busy men, with sharp anxious faces, urged event, had not my attention been particu

onward with the great motive of gain, larly arrested by a quotation which was

moved in throngs within a few inches of written very plainly upon the back of the

the poor match-woman, but not one of note. It was this :

them deigned a compassionate look. Chil

dren tripped along laughingly, and even “ Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how

ladies, whose hearts are said to be more he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive." Acts xx, 35.

sensitive to the finer feelings of our na

ture, did no more than turn their eyes What can this mean, thought I? Who languidly toward the impoverished little wrote this?

For what purpose was it group. As I thus tarried, my heart grew written? These,


somewhat sick, nor were my feelings any tions crowded rapidly upon my mind. But less affected, when I observed that the being much pressed with business at the woman appeared to draw a long breath time, I slipped the dollar bill into my vest now and then, and seemed to be deeply pocket, and while occupied with many sighing. cares, it was almost forgotten. One night, At first, I thought I would go and pur. however, I dreamed. Strange things ap- chase all the matches she had; but I did peared before me, and among other objects, not need so many ; besides they might be the one dollar bill, with its mysterious an inferior article, and not such as I would inscription.

wish to use. In a moment I thought of Several weeks passed by, and I was the one dollar bill, which I had found in threading my way through the dense crowds the street, and resolved for once at least of Fulton-street. This time I was in no to have the satisfaction of making a needy haste, and leisurely walked along. Pres- creature happy. So I thought of the ently my eyes fastened upon the pale, words of the Lord Jesus, in which he wan features of a poor woman, who had said, “ It is more blessed to give than at her side about a dozen boxes of un- to receive;" and without asking a quesinviting-looking matches for sale. Her tion, I spread the money in the matchclothing was scanty and soiled, and there woman's lap. was a downcast, desponding look about “O, sir," said she, “I've got no her that spoke of misery within, and change,” supposing that I wished to buy which at once engaged my sympathy. A of her. haggard, barefooted little boy, with a dirty “Never mind the change, my good face and uncombed hair, shared with her woman, you can get it changed when you the step on which she was seated ; and go to the baker's to buy bread; and as from his gaunt look, his thin bony fingers, for the matches, you can keep them till his sunken eyes, his lack of childish play- to-morrow. Perhaps somebody then will fulness and energy, and his disregard of buy what is so dull of sale to-day.” objects around him, I concluded that the “O, sir, I'm unused to treatment like poor child might be a sufferer from want this”—and the tears fell upon the bill like of wholesome food, and that she who ap- rain, so that I almost feared for its safetypeared to be his mother, might be quite “take it again—I know I can never repay unable to supply his necessities. Here, the debt of gratitude which you would thought I, is a woman who is trying to impose upon me," and while she spoke, support herself and her child in an honest her thin blood quickened its pace, and way. She is doing what she can to pro- sent a slight flush to her cheeks ; and her cure a livelihood. But what a stock in large eyes displayed evidence intelli

gence such as but a moment before I had mote the present and eternal happiness of in no wise suspected to exist.

his disciples, she felt quite at liberty to By this time a little crowd of persons speak of a matter in which she was sure gathered around us. Though none were I possessed an interest. ready to encourage the poor woman in her I now felt an intense eagerness to hear, humble efforts to live, yet some found time and after a brief reply on my part, Mrs. to stop and watch a well-dressed man in s continued :conversation with a miserably wretched My husband," said she, “is a merlooking woman. Feeling a little annoyed chant doing business down town; and as at the publicity which the affair began to we both are in sympathy with whatever assume, I became uneasy and anxious to has for its object the welfare of the sufleave. So, bidding the match-woman fering, I often go out with some female keep what I had given her, I turned to friend in the after part of the day to look depart.

after the destitute and afflicted, and to dis“ No,” said she, “I cannot but upon tribute in their behalf a portion of the subone condition : I must know at least the stance with which God has honored us. name of my benefactor.

If I never see “Some time ago, after a wearisome walk, you again, I cannot be denied the happi- and the performance of several calls, 1 ness of knowing your name." At this, was about to propose a return homeward, I hastily put a card bearing my name into when, passing a door which stood ajar in her hand and departed.

the dilapidated and cheerless old building Months transpired. Business led me to through which we were moving, I thought Europe. On my return, I was told by I discovered a bed with a person upon it. my family that a little boy had often called Surely there is sickness here, I thought, at the door and inquired for me. He and we must make one more call. A seemed indisposed to state his business, slight rap was answered with a feeble and said that he particularly desired to see come in,' and we entered. Mr. J.

“ We found the inmate a consumptive I had hardly recovered from the effect woman prostrate, and evidently near her of a protracted voyage and close confine-end. Beside her sat a little boy—thin, ment, ere the child called again; and pale, and sorrowful. In the course of our meeting me at the door, without ceremony conversation I learned that she was of he handed me a note, and immediately American parentage, and had enjoyed a started off. The note read as follows : favorable position in early life. Her hus

band had been unfortunate in business. Mr. J.:—You will greatly oblige a sincere Overwhelmed with grief and anxiety, he friend and well-wisher, by calling at your earliest convenience at No.

took to the bottle, and died a sot. His Please call in the morning, as matters of mo wife and child were left almost friendless ment often lead me from home in the after and pennyless. Of a frail constitution, Yours with respect, MRS. MARY S

and of a retiring disposition, she suffered

on in poverty and loneliness without mak. This note contained a card with Mrs. ing her condition known to others, and at S—'s name thereon, and was without length, from hunger, fatigue and sorrow, date. I afterward learned that the child she wasted and sickened. When I first who presented it always had it with him saw her, she was chiefly maintained by when he called at my house, but said what her little son could gather by the nothing about it until he recognized me at sale of a few papers on the morning of the street door.

each day. I learned that she was a ChrisI found Mrs. S in the parlor of her tian—that she daily read the Bible and beautiful and tastefully ornamented house. knelt at the mercy-seat, and that she had Neatness, order, and quiet seemed to pre- diligently instructed her little boy to be side here. She was habited in a plain honest and faithful to God and his fellowbut becoming manner, and as I entered, man. Putting her thin hand under the gave me a hearty and unaffected welcome. pillow, she withdrew a small piece of paShe remarked that she had been informed per, and carefully unfolding it she said, of a little act in my history; and being There, take that dollar bill, and please be convinced of my attachment to the Church so kind as to give it to some one who may of Christ, and of my disposition to pro- l be suffering for food.'





“I was astonished. “What,' said I, “ I had intended to have made another have you money to give away? I thought visit on the next day to this scene of afyou were needy.'

fliction, but illness among my own rela“ No,' she replied, “it is all the money tires together with my domestic duties I have; but I would not spend it on any prevented. After a few days had elapsed account. I have kept it, for the sake of little Johnny called at my house and timthe giver. I never saw him but once, and idly inquired for me. He stated that his then I was almost starved. I was trying mother was very poorly, and that she to sell some matches in the street, but no would like to see me before she died. ] one would buy them. At length a strang- lost no time in seeking her apartment, and er came along, and after a little conversa- found her extremely ill—so much so, that tion, gave me that bill. Read what is on she spoke with great difficulty. the back of it.'

“ * There, take this ring,' said she, “I turned the bill over, and saw that re- "'t was given me by my husband on the markable passage—Remember the words day of our marriage. If you ever find the of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more kind man who presented me with the one blessed to give than to recewe.'

dollar bill, give it to him. Tell him he • There,' said the sick woman, 'when was a friend in need. Thank him for his I read those words, I thought of my Bible, generous act, and express to him my hope and I thought of its blessed provisions for of meeting him in a world where tears are the poor, and I felt that God would not wiped away from all eyes, and where sorforsake me.

When I got home, I found row and distress are unknown.' that Mr. Leonard, my landlord, had been “ A few more sentences, rather broken, there, and said to the other tenants, he were uttered ; a change came over her would not distress me for the rent as I countenance, and the sufferer was was sick; and the groceryman, near by, more. had sent me a bit of cheese and some The funeral over, Johnny, who seemed bread; for he said I did not get drunk like sad and dejected, was taken to our home. some others, and was a worthy poor wom- He is a child of much promise, and Mr.

So you see, the Lord has provided. S- was so much pleased with him, that I have had, and now have more than I de- he said he would bring him up as his own

I shall not stay long here, and He is now at school ; and having, Johnny says the bill must go as it came. through a mother's prayers and counsels, I trust the Lord will help him in getting escaped the vicious habits of most children through the world. I am so thankful that who have been similarly exposed to peril, he is honest and kind hearted,'—here the we entertain the hope of living to see him tears started, -and '—

grow up a useful and respected man. I 66 * But,' said I, continued Mrs. S don't know that I need say more. Your 'you can yet use this money to good ad- name was readily found in the directory; vantage. You need some comforts which and Johnny remembered your face so well you are deprived of, and this will help you that you were immediately recognized by to purchase them.'

him when he presented my billet at your “No, I can do without them. There, door. His diffidence would not permit take the money, and give it to some him to remain to be questioned by you, as person whose necessities are greater than he has been unaccustomed to the society mine. O, if I could but see the giver, of those in the comfortable walks of life. how happy I should be. But I shall | This ring you will keep as a remembrance never see him until we meet in heaven. of a poor, but worthy believer, whose burHere is his card, but where he lives I can- dened heart you so much relieved in time not tell.'

of deep trial. The one dollar bill I also • Copying your name into my mem- return to you, trusting that as in your orandum-book and taking the one dol- hands it has already accomplished much lar note, I bade her and her little boy good, it will be so directed by an all-wise adieu, not, however, till I had left some Providence in the future, that all who bechange in my apology for a chair, and come its possessors will find in their own enjoined the sick woman to send for me experience, by a practical remembrance of in case she should need anything, or feel the words of the Lord Jesus, . That it is

more blessed to give than to receive.""






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PERSIAN POETRY, WITH EXAMPLES. at least, the distinctive characteristics of

originality. Many peculiarities render his

task very difficult who attempts to translate T is a great mistake to fancy all the pieces from Persian into English. Hafiz,

treasures of by-gone poetry confined to to name him only, is exceedingly fond of the haunts of Parnassus or the groves of employing compound epithets for which a Tibur. Sanscrit scholars may form a

version can give no equivalent. Then, we small fraternity, but the fields of Oriental constantly stumble over puns, quibbles, literature are rich to all comers. We and other facetiæ, appreciable, of course, need not wander so far as the Ganges to to the natives exclusively ; and lastly, a discover this; the Hindoo epics will never great proportion of Persian poetry is of a lose their value as interesting narratives religious character. But the mystical asof important events, as storehouses of pirations of the Soufees are vailed under historical traditions and mythological images which render the help of comlegends, as records of the ancient, social, mentaries absolutely necessary. The foland political condition of India, and as lowing ghazel or ode, of Hafiz himself, pictures of national manners. But if we amply illustrates this :tarry in Persia, we find their rivals in

In roses vail'd the morn displays fame.

Her charms, and blushes as we gaze; MOHAMMED SHEKH EDDYN Hafiz was Come, wine, my gay companions, pour, born at Schiraz, in the beginning of the

Observant of the morning hour. fourteenth century. Like Homer, Shak

See spangling dew-drops trickling chase speare, Corneille-like most great poets Adown the tulip's vermeil face ; the particulars of his life are not well Then come, your thirst with wine allay, known; and a few traditional anecdotes

Attentive to the dawn of day. supply the place of facts respecting him.

Fresh from the garden scents exhale, He appears to have resided principally in

As sweet as Eden's fragrant gale;

Then come, let wine incessant flow, his native city, and died in the year of the

Obedient to our morning vow. Hegira 791, (A.D. 1340,) if the following

While now beneath the bower full-blown inscription, found upon a tomb erected

The rose displays her em'rald throne, to his memory, is of any chronological Let wine, like rubies sparkling, gleam, value:

Refulgent as moon's orient beam. In the year seven hundred ninety and one Come, youths, perform the task assign'd: A world of excellence and genius departed to the What l in the banquet-house contined ? regions of mercy.

Unlock the door-why this delay,
The incomparable, second Sadi, Mohammed Forgetful of the dawn of day?

Quitted this perishable region, and went to the

Ye love-sick youths, come, drain the bowl : gardens of paradise.

Thirst ye for wisdom ? feast the soul. Khojah Hafiz was the lamp of the learned ;

To heaven your morning homage pay A luminary was he of a brilliant luster:

With hearts that glow like dawn of day. As Mosella was his chosen residence,

Kisses more sweet than luscious wine, Search in Mosella for the time of his decease.

Like Hafiz, sip from cheeks divine ; The letters in the two words, Khak

'Mid smiles as heavenly Peris bright,

And looks that pierce like orient light. and Mosella, added together according to the numerical value of Persian capitals,

Bacchanalian strains, these, eh? No, if represent the number 791.

you believe scholiasts and glossographers, No nation can boast of so many poets wine here means devotion ; breezes-ilas Persia. The well-known line of Ovid lapses of grace ; perfume—the hope of may be applied with the utmost propriety | divine favor; the tavern—a retired oratoto the pen and ink brethren of Hafiz: ry; the tavern-keeper-a sage instructor; Quidquid tentabam scribere, versus erat.

beauty — the perfections of the Divine

Being; wantonness, mirth—religious arThe Persians have had the immense ad- dor. Persian similes, as we see, are farvantage of possessing a national literature. fetched; and, arguing from the same They are not mere copyists; they draw principle, there is no reason why comfrom their own resources, and, judge as mentators to come should not make Burns's we will the merit of their compositions, celebrated “Green grow the rushes, O" we are obliged to acknowledge in them, I read like a hymn.

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