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66 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.

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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.

“And why (he cried) did I forsake
My native wood for gloomy walls ;
The silver stream, the limpid lake
For musty books and college halls?

“ A little could my wants supply-
Can wealth and honour give me more ;
Or, will the sylvan god deny
The humble treat he gave before ?

“ Let seraphs gain the bright abode,
And heaven's sublimest mansions see
I only bow to NATURE's God
The land of shades will do for me.

“ These dreadful secrets of the sky
Alarm my soul with chilling fear-
Do planets in their orbits fly,
And is the earth, indeed, a sphere?

“ Let planets still their course pursue,
And comets to the CENTRE run-
In him my faithful friend I view,
The image of my God—the Sun.

6 Where Nature's ancient forests grow,
And mingled laurel never fades,
My heart is fixed ;—and I must go
To die among my native shades.”

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.

Stu. 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.

PROF. Very true :—for a salt-box which never had, hath not now, and perhaps never may have, any salt in it, can only be termed a possible salt-box. What is a probable salt-box?

Stu. It is a salt-box in the hand of one going to a shop to buy salt, and who hath six-pence in his pocket to pay the grocer: and a positive salt-box is one which hath actually and bona fide got salt in it.

PROF. Very good:—but is there no instance of a positive salt-box which hath no salt in it?

Stu. I know of none,

PROF. Yes: there is one mentioned by some authors: it is where a box hath by long use been so impregnated with salt, that although all the salt hath been long since emptied out, it may yet be called a salt-box, with the same propriety that we say a salt herring, salt beef, &c. And in this sense any box that may have accidentally, or otherwise, been long steeped in brine, may be termed positively a salt-box, although never designed for the purpose of keeping salt. But tell me, what other division of salt-boxes do you recollect?

Stu. They are further divided into substantive and pendant : a substantive salt-box is that which stands by itself on the table or dresser; and a pendant is that which hangs upon a nail against the wall.

PROF. What is the idea of a salt-box ?

Stu. It is that image which the mind conceives of a salt-box, when no salt-box is present.

PROF. What is the abstract idea of a salt-box?

Stu. It is the idea of a salt-box, abstracted from the idea of a box, or of salt, or of a salt-box, or of a box of salt.

Prof. Very right:—and by these means you acquire a most perfect knowledge of a salt-box : but tell me, is the idea of a salt-box a salt idea ?

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