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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,
And Gill came tumbling after.

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!




From Susquehanna’s farthest springs,
Where savage tribes pursue


game, (His blanket tied with yellow strings,) A shepherd of the forest came.

Not long before, a wandering priest
Expressed his wish, with visage sad-
“Ah, why he cried) in Satan's waste,
Ah, why detain so fine a lad?

6 In white-man's land there stands a town
Where learning may be purchased low-
Exchange his blanket for a gown,
And let the lad to college go.”.

From long debate the council rose,
And, viewing Shalum's tricks with joy,
To Cambridge Hall, o'er wastes of snows,
They sent the copper-coloured boy,

One generous chief a bow supplied,
This gave a shaft, and that a skin ;
The feathers, in vermillion dyed,
Himself did from a turkey win:

Thus dressed so gay, he took his way
O'er barren hills, alone, alone!

His guide a star, he wandered far,
His pillow every night a stone.

At last he came, with foot so lame,
Where learned men talk heathen Greek,
And Hebrew lore is gabbled o'er
To please the Muses,—twice a week.

Awhile he writ, awhile he read,
Awhile he conned their grammar

(An Indian savage so well bred
Great credit promised to the schools.)

Some thought he would in law excel,
Some said in physic he would shine;
And one that knew him, passing well,
Beheld, in him, a sound Divine.

But those of more discerning eye
Even then could other prospects show,
And saw him lay his Virgil by
To wander with his dearer bow.

The tedious hours of study spent,
The heavy-moulded lecture done,
He to the woods a hunting went,
Through lonely wastes he walked, he run.

No mystic wonders fired his mind ;
He sought to gain no learned degree,
But only sense enough to find
The squirrel in the hollow tree.

The shady bank, the purling stream,
The woody wild his heart possessed,
The dewy lawn, his morning dream
In fancy's gayest colours dressed.

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He spoke, and to the western springs,
(His gown discharged, his money spent,
His blanket tied with yellow strings,)
The shepherd of the forest went.




PROF. What is a salt-box?
STU. It is a box made to contain salt.
PROF. How is it divided ?
STU. Into a salt-box, and a box of salt.
PROF. Very well !-show the distinction.

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?
Stu. Yes: by a partition.
PROF. What is the use of this partition ?
Stu. To separate the coarse salt from the fine.
PROF. How?_think a little.
Stu. To separate the fine salt from the coarse.

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.
PROF. Define these several kinds of salt-boxes.

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.

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