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have flowed from John's head, and we will witness a catastrophe highly shocking, and feel an irresistible impulse to run for a doctor. The sound, too, charmingly 66 echoes to the sense,
Jack fell down
And broke his crown,
The quick succession of movements is indicated by an equally rapid motion of the short syllables, and in the last line Gill rolls with a greater sprightliness and vivacity, than even the stone of Sisyphus.
Having expatiated so largely on its particular merits, let us conclude by a brief review of its most prominent beauties. The subject is the fall of men, a subject, high, interesting, worthy of a poet : the heroes, men who do not commit a single fault, and whose misfortunes are to be imputed, not to indiscretion, but to destiny. To the illustration of the subject, every part of the poem conduces. Attention is neither wearied by multiplicity of trivial incidents, nor distracted by frequency of digression. The poet prudently clipped the wings of imagination, and repressed the extravagance of metaphorical decoration. All is simple, plain, consistent. The moral too, that part without which poetry is useless sound, has not escaped the view of the poet. When we behold two young men, who but a short moment before stood up in all the pride of health, suddenly falling down a hill, how must we lament the instability of all things!
THE INDIAN STUDENT.
BY PHILIP FRENEAU.
From Susquehanna’s farthest springs,
game, (His blanket tied with yellow strings,) A shepherd of the forest came.
Not long before, a wandering priest
6 In white-man's land there stands a town
From long debate the council rose,
One generous chief a bow supplied,
Thus dressed so gay, he took his way
His guide a star, he wandered far,
At last he came, with foot so lame,
Awhile he writ, awhile he read,
Some thought he would in law excel,
But those of more discerning eye
The tedious hours of study spent,
No mystic wonders fired his mind ;
The shady bank, the purling stream,
He spoke, and to the western springs,
SPECIMEN OF A COLLEGIATE EXAMINATION.
BY FRANCIS HOPKINSON.
PROF. What is a salt-box?
Sru. A salt-box may be where there is no salt; but salt is absolutely necessary to the existence of a box of salt.
PROF. Are not salt-boxes otherwise divided?
PROF. To be sure :-it is to separate the fine from the coarse : but are not salt-boxes yet otherwise distinguished ?
Sru. Yes : into possible, probable, and positive.
STU. A possible salt-box is a salt-box yet unsold in the hands of the joiner.
PROF. Why so ?
Stu. Because it hath never yet become a salt-box in fact, having never had any salt in it ; and it may possibly be applied to some other use.