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charged by Edwards, he might still be considered in the light of his servant, and that he was therefore, to a certain degree, justifiable in defending his master's life.

Simon died on his passage. Edwards, from the time of his release, became a drivelling idiot: he lived several years. It was not till the death of the old man that a secret was discovered—it was ascertained that Simon was a natural son; and that in preventing the intended assassination of the Merchant, he had unconsciously saved the life of his father.

Montldy Mag,

EARTH'S PRISONS.

I Heaad a deep and awful groan,
That chill'd the dancing heart of mirth,
Boundless and big it wandered on,
And shook the solid earth;
Crush'd hearts in sorrow's dull abode,
Ten million weeping captives join'd,
To swell that cry which rose to God,
From where the wretched pined.

From every land, from every clime,

Came rolling that almighty groan,

Where men have droop'd since earliest time,

Caged in their cells of stone;

It spoke of dark forbidden things,

Of fell corruption's venom'd rust,

And the false faith of treacherous kings,

That trampled on the just.

It breathed of martyr minds, and creeds,
Written in freedom's holiest blood,
Of wither'd minds, and fearful deeds,
And spirits unsubdued.
It spoke of chains and broken hearts,
Of beauty blighted,—and a gloom,
Where love, and life itself departs,
For shelter to the tomb ;—

Of weeping eyes and ashy lips—
Of hope deferr'd—and the soul's sorrow,
Which stagger'd in that black eclipse,
Whose darkness knows no morrow;

The bosom's sickness, and the pain
That,comes around its moaning thrill,
The cut—the canker of the chain,
Whose wound is cureless still.

In the far solitudes of time,

Those domes where now the tiger dwells,

Have had their tyrants and their crime,

Their victims and their cells.

Yes, through the ancient world that cry,

Which now we hear, for aye hath leapt;

Affliction long has learn'd to sigh,

And misery hath wept.

Though Greece may boast her deathless page,

Yet Athens shows her chain and cell,

Where nature's boast, the Attic sage,

In virtue's struggle fell.

Even Rome with her heroic lines,

Had dungeons and abodes of dread,

As thick and countless as her shrines,

And victims as her dead.

Italia's palaces are fair,
Venetian domes and towers are bright,
But oh I her dwellings of despair
Were blacker than the night;
Her hidden dens beneath the wave,
Where sorrow long has drain'd her cup;
The black canal,—that hollow grave,
Which gave no secret up.

The question and the bloody mail,

The rack—the wheel—the knife—the rope,

Where mercy sat a statue pale,

Above the dust of hope.

Yes, Florence has her Dante's den,

Terreira's sunless caves are thine,

Where Tasso stoop'd to woo—and then

Was doom'd for love to pine.

Land of romance, of love and hate,
Of dark revenge, and glory gone,
Of courts and cities desolate,
The world's derision—once her throne,
Why is thy voice of conquest mute?
Where are thy thousand triumphs now?
Ah! desolation lifts her foot,
And stamps upon thy brow.

France—of the sunny hills and plains.
Gay sprightly land—with all thy mirth,
Thou hast a thousand dungeon chains,
And blocks, and cords, to strangle worth;
Europe has felt the arm of power,
Which fetters mercy to her cell,
And thy bastile—and London's tower.
An awful tale could tell.

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But the far dungeons of the east
Have long sent forth a deeper groan,
There death has held perpetual feast,
Amid his caves of stone.
Though splendid are her palaces,
And rich and warm the living air,
Yet has she cells where light and breeze
Ne'er visited despair.

Could they but speak, those silent stones,
Earth's startled ear would soon be riven,
With many a million million groans,
Which were but heard in heaven.
Such are earth's prisons—but, alas!
The firmest fetters of the mind,
Are our own passions—which we pass
Athwart our senses till grown blind.

There is a darker dungeon still,

A cell which God can only open,

Where lie earth's countless myriads chill,

Till the last awful morn has broken;

The grave—the grave!—there death has lock'd

The wonders of the world—and vain

Have fame and wandering centuries knock'd,

He will not yield his hordes again.

A thousand years have risen and roll'd
Above that peopled dungeon, yet
Though nature droops, and earth is old,
Its chains and bolts are firmer set;
They will not sunder—till abroad
The mighty angel treads the stars,
And from his throne, the voice of God
Bids death draw back his bars.

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"Comb, spin us a yarn, Jack, my boy," said a curly-headed, rosy-cheeked young midshipman, to old Jack Palmer, one evening, as we were running down the Spanish Main, before as sweet a breeze as ever filled a to'gallant-sail. Jack Palmer was an old seadog, and a clever fellow, at least in the Yankee sense of the word. He had seen all sorts of service, and knew all sorts of stories, which were perhaps not the less amusing for their want of grammar, and their abundance of sea phrases. He was master's mate of the gundeck; but when called upon for a story by Rosy Willy, (the name of the little reefer that had asked Jack for a yarn J his business for the day was finished; the grog had been served; the bull stowed away in the spirit-room, and the key of the hatch returned to the master. It was a pleasant evening, too, and as it was only three bells of the second dog-watch, and of course too early to turn in, Jack sat down on the fo'castle chest, and signified his willingness to comply. He was immediately surrounded by a knot of midshipmen, eager to listen, and, after the usual preliminary of a fresh quid, he began as follows: .,

Merriville Terry, or as they used to call him for shortness, Merry Terry—and a right good name it was, for he was as gay a lark as ever gave life and animation to a steerage mess-table—was one of the noblest middies that I ever knew. He was as full of rigs and jokes as a French man-of-war is of music, and they were quite as harmless, too; for Merry never said anything to hurt a shipmate's feelings, and no one ever thought of getting angry at his fun. There wasn't a reefer in the whole fleet that didn't love him like a brother; nor a luff, that when there was hard duty to do, didn't favour him all he could; for Merry had a delicate constitution, and couldn't stand the rough and tumble of the sarvice as well as some. But he was no skulk, and, blow high or blow low, Merry never shrank from his watch. When the relief was called at night, whether it was calm or storm, all sail or a close-reefed top-sail and fore-sail, it made no difference, on deck he always was before the sound would be out of the bell. He didn't tumble up the hatchway either, as some of you reefers do, with your hands in your beckets,

• From 'The New-York Mirror.' This Talo is by William Leggett, Esq., the author of the very interesting story given in the preceding volume of 'The Republic,' entitled ' The Main Truck, or a Leap for Life.'

and your bow ports half shut, or fumbling at your button-holes, like a green-horn at a gasket; but up he sprung, wide awake, and rigged from clue to earing, as if all dressed to go ashore on liberty. As I said afore, every body from stem to starn, liked Merry Terry, or for the matter of that, from one end of the navy list to the other —all except one man. As for the sailors, it would have done your heart good to see how they watched his eye when he had charge of the deck, as if they wanted to spell out his orders before he had time to speak 'em. They would do more for a single look of Merry, than for all the curses and damns of the skipper, though backed by the boatswain's mate, with the cats in his hand. It wasn't from any fear of him you may be sure, for I don't b'lieve Merry ever stopped a man's grog, or as much as gave him across word, in his life; but it was from pure love and respect. When he spoke, to be sure, there was something in his tone and manner that seemed to say he must be obeyed; and when he looked at a man who had been cutting up rustics, though he didn't frown, or swell, or try to look big, as I have seen some officers do, yet there was that in his ej e that made the stoutest quail, it was just so among the reefers at the mess-table. If two of them was sky-larking or quarrelling, or doing anything ungentlemanly, Merry would just look at them, and they would leave off at once, and droop their heads like a dog-vane in a calm. I said every body loved him: I remember once, when we were beating up the Straits with a Levanter dead a-head, and blowing so heavy it almost took the very buttons off our jackets, that Merry, some how or other, happened to fall overboard. He had been standing on the taffrel, with his quadrant in his hand, trying to get a chance at a lunar, when all of a sudden the old hulk made a heavy lee-lurch, and away he went splash into the water. Though there was a sea running, like so many mountains chasing each other, yet before you could say Jack Robinson no less than four stout fellows were overboard after him. It liked to have gone hard with the whole five, for it was more than the stoutest swimmer could do to keep his head above board, and before we could clear away the starn boat, though we didn't stop to cast off the gripes, but cut and slashed away, they was almost out of sight to leeward. Old Tom Bowman, the quarter-gunner, and Bill Williams, the captain of the fo'castle, made out to reach Merry just as he was going down the last time; and though it was as much as their own lives were worth, they held him up till the boat came to their assistance. I well remember the joy of all hands when the boat pulled up under the starn, near enough for 'em to see that Merry was in it; and when they hooked on the tackles, I don't b'lieve that ever a ship's crew ran away with the falls with as much good will,

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