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And four-and-twenty happy boys
Came bounding out of school : There were some that ran and some that leapt,
Like troutlets in a pool.
And souls untouch'd by sin;
They drave the wickets in :
Over the town of Lyon.
And shouted as they ran,-
As only boyhood can;
A melancholy man!
To catch heaven's blessed breeze ;
And his bosom ill at ease : So he lean'd his head on his hands, and read
The book between his knees ! • Leaf after leaf he turn'd it o'er,
Nor ever glanced aside ;
In the golden eventide:
And pale, and leaden-eye'd.
With a fast and fervent grasp.
And fix'd the brazen hasp :
And clasp it with a clasp !
Some moody turns he took,-
And past a shady nook,-
That pored upon a book! ""My gentle lad, what is't you read
Romance or fairy fable ?
Of kings and crowns unstable ? "
" It is - The Death of Abel.'"
As smit with sudden pain,
Then slowly back again;
And down he sat beside the lad,
And talk'd with him of Cain;
Whose deeds tradition saves ;
And hid in sudden graves ;
And murders done in caves ;
Shriek upwards from the sod,-
To shew the burial clod;
Are seen in dreams from God!
Beneath the curse of Cain,-
And flames about their brain :
Its everlasting stain ! "" And well," quoth he, “I know, for truth,
Their pangs must be extreme, Wo, wo, unutterable wo
Who spill life's sacred stream! For why? Methought, last night, I wrought
A murder in a dream!
A feeble man, and old ;
The moon shone clear and cold :
And I will have his gold !
And one with a heavy stone,
And then the deed was done
But lifeless flesh and bone !
That could not do me ill ;
For lying there so still:
That murder could not kill ! * And, lo! the universal air
Seem'd lit with ghastly flame,
Were looking down in blame :
And call'd upon his name!
"Oh God, it made me quake to see
Such sense within the slain !
The blood gush'd out amain !
Was scorching in my brain !
My heart as solid ice;
Was at the Devil's price:
Had never groan'd but twice!
From the heaven's topmost height, I heard a voice-the awful voice
Of the blood-avenging sprite: “ Thou guilty man! take up thy dead,
And hide it from my sight!" • I took the dreary body up,
And cast it in a stream,-
The depth was so extreme.
Is nothing but a dream! • Down went the corse with a hollow plunge,
And vanished in the pool : Anon I cleansed my bloody hands
And wash'd my forehead cool, And sat among the urchins young
That evening in the school ! • Oh heaven, to think of their white souls,
And mine so black and grim! I could not share in childish
prayer, Nor join in evening hymn : Like a devil of the pit I seem'd,
'Mid holy cherubim ! • And peace went with them one and all,
And each calm pillow spread;
That lighted me to bed,
With fingers bloody red!
In anguish dark and deep';
But stared aghast at Sleep :
The keys of hell to keep ! • All night I lay in agony,
From weary chime to chime,
With one besetting horrid hint,
That rack'd me all the time.A mighty yearning like the first
Fierce impulse unto crime ! • One stern, tyrannic thought, that made
All other thoughts its slave; Stronger and stronger every pulse
Did that temptation crave, Still urging me to go and see
The dead man in his grave ? • Heavily I rose up,-as soon
As light was in the sky,
With a wild misgiving eye;
For the faithless stream was dry !
The dewdrop from its wing;
I never heard it sing:
Under the horrid thing. • With breathless speed, like a soul in chase,
I took him up and ran,
Before the day began :
I hid the murder'd man !
But my thought was other where ;
In secret I was there :
And still the corse was bare !
Besets me now awake!
The human life I take;
Like Cranmer's at the stake.
Will wave or mould allow;
It stands before me now !"-
Huge drops upon his brow!
The urchin eyelids kiss'd, Two stern-faced men set out from Lynn,
Through the cold and heavy mist; And Eugene Aram walked between,
With gyves upon his wrist.'
Early in December will be published, price 4s. hot-pressed and neatly bound, embellished with several beautiful engravings by M. U. Sears, and handsomely printed by W. Sears, a new and cheap Annual, entitled Affection's Offering, a Book for all Seasons, but especially designed as a Christmas and New Year's Gift, or Birthday Present, from Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers, Uncles, Aunts, and other Relatives and Friends, to the Juvenile Branches of their respective Families. It will also be a' most convenient and appropriate Prize Book for Schools.
In the course of December will be published, The Circle of the Seasons for the Year 1829, with a newly digested Preface on the phenomena of the coming Year.
Early in January will be published, in 2 vols. 8vo., Morning Exercises for the Closet for every Day throughout the Year. By the Rev. W. Jay, of Bath. Together with the Eleventh Edition of Family Prayers, by the same Author.
The Rev. Charles Forster, B.D. Chancellor of Ardfert, and Examining Chaplain to the Lord Bishop of Limerick, has in the press, Mahometanism Unveiled: being an attempt to explain, on new, but strictly Scriptural principles, the growth and permanence of the Arch-heresy; founded on an examination of History, both Sacred and
ART. X. WORKS RECENTLY PUBLISHED.
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Saracenic, and of Prophecy, as delivered in the Old and New Testament.
Preparing for publication, The Vestry and Cottage Library of Divinity, Ecclesi. astical History, and Biography; in a series of duodecimo volumes, to be published Monthly. The first volume, containing Baxter's Treatise on Conversion, will be ready in January 1829. Edited by T. Russell, A.M.
On the 1st of January, 1829, will be published, in a small volume, A Help to the Private and Domestic Reading of the Holy Scriptures: Comprising, Addresses on the Subject as a Duty, and the best manner of performing it, -on the Inspiration of the Sacred Writers on the syte bolical language of Prophecy,-on the collection of the Sacred Books,-a digest of the Books of the Old Testament, with the method of reading them in chronological order : an epitome of the Jewish History, from the time of the Old Testament to the New,—of the Life of Christ,-of the Labours of the Apostle Paul; arrangement of the Books of the New Testament, and an analysis of Mr. Mede's scheme of the Apocalypse. By the Rev. J. Leifchild.
Mr. William Carpenter is preparing for publication, Popular Lectures on Biblical Criticism and Interpretation.
the substance of two Discourses; together with Self Scrutiny, the substance of a Discourse delivered at St. Thomas's Square, Hackney. By the Rev. Henry Forster Burder, M.A. 1s.
An Examination of Scripture Difficulties, elucidating nearly Seven Hundred Passages in the Old and New Testaments, designed for the use of general readers. By William Carpenter, Author of A Popular Introduction to the Study of the Scriptures, A Scripture Natural History, &c. 8vo. 10s.
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The Paternal Discipline of Affliction,