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What joy in dreaming ease to lie

Amid a field new shorn,
And see all round on sun-lit slope,
, The piled-up stacks of corn,
And send the fancy wandering o'er
All pleasant harvest-fields of yore.

I feel the day; I see the field;

The quivering of the leaves;
And good old Jacob, and his house

Binding the yellow sheaves;
And at the very hour I seem
To be with Joseph in his dream.

I see the fields of Bethlehem,

And reapers many a one,
Bending with their sickles' stroke,

And Boaz looking on;
And Ruth, the Moabitess fair,
Among the gleaners stooping there. ■

Again, I see a little child,

His mother's sole delight;
God's living gift of love unto

The kind, good Shunamite;
To mortal pangs I see him yield,
And the lad bears him from the field.

The sun-bathed quiet of the hills,

The fields of Galilee,
That eighteen hundred years' agone,

Were full of corn, I see;
And the dear Saviour take his way
'Mid ripe ears on the sabbath-day.

0 golden fields of bending corn,

How beautiful they seem!—
The reaper-folk, the piled-up sheaves,

To me are like a dream;
The sunshine and the very air
Seem of old time, and take me there!

Mary Howitt. THE HAEVEST MOON. 305

THE HARVEST MOON.

One of the most beautiful features of this season is the Harvest Moon. For several successive nights the moon rises at the same hour, soon after sunset, and is remarkable for its apparent size, and for the splendour of its colour. Every lover of nature, who has the means of so doing, should now hasten forth to enjoy the spectacle of the evening, the gorgeous show which nature, so rich and so munificent, prepares for those who have eyes to see, and hearts to feel her beauty and her greatness. Scarcely will the sun have sunk in the west, frequently amid a pomp of clouds in which the most gorgeous and intense colouring is displayed, when on the opposite side of the heavens, ascends majestically the crimson disc of the moon, not less glorious than the sun, and worthy to be his successor. Slowly ascends she, apparently of immense size, a crimson globe of fire, taking as it were possession of the whole ethereal field. To add to this splendid effect, or to give it perhaps a more pictorial charm, let the spectator place himself so that the moon shall rise above the crown of a solitary hill or behind a scattered group of trees, and no finer picture can be presented to nim. Nature is a great artist, her pictures are for ever displayed around us, and one of the most striking ones is that of the ascending Harvest Moon.

Occasionally during harvest that pretty and curious little animal, the harvest mouse is met with. Its nest, of which we give a cut, is of a very singular construction; it is usually suspended on some growing vegetable, a thistle or beanstalk, or some adjoining stems of wheat, with which it rocks and waves in the wind; but to prevent the young from being dislodged by any violent agitation of the plant, the parent closes up the entrance so uniformly with her whole fabric, that it is difficult to find it. The nest is so completely and firmly interwoven, that it may be rolled and tossed about as a ball, and still remain uninjured.

In his "Memoirs of British Quadrupeds," the Rev. W. Bingley gives the following interesting account of one of these little creatures, which he kept some time in his possession.

"About the middle of September," says he, "I had a female harvest mouse given me. It was put into a dormousecage immediately when caught, and a few days afterwards produced eight young ones. I entertained some hope that the little animal would have nursed them, and brought them

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up, but having been disturbed in her removal, about four miles from the county, she began to destroy them, and I took her from them. After they were removed, she became reconciled to her situation, and when there was no noise, would venture out of the hiding-place at the extremity of the cage, and climb about among the wires of the open part before me. In doing this, I remarked that her tail was prehensile, and that, to render her hold the more secure, she generally coiled the extremity of it round one of the wires. The toes of all the feet were particularly long and flexile, and she could grasp the wires very firmly with any of them. She frequently rested on her hind feet, somewhat in the manner of the jerboa, for the purpose of looking about her, and in this attitude could extend her body at such an angle

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"About the middle of September," says he, "I had a female harvest mouse given me. It was put into a dormousecage immediately when caught, and a few days afterwards produced eight young ones. I entertained some hope that the little animal would have nursed them, and brought them

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up, but having been disturbed in her removal, about four miles from the county, she began to destroy them, and I took her from them. After they were removed, she became reconciled to her situation, and when there was no noise, would venture out of the hiding-place at the extremity of the cage, and climb about among the wires of the open part before me. In doing this, I remarked that her tail was prehensile, and that, to render her hold the more secure, she generally coiled the extremity of it round one of the wires. The toes of all the feet were particularly long and flexile, and she could grasp the wires very firmly with any of them. She frequently rested on her hind feet, somewhat in the manner of the jerboa, for the purpose of looking about her, and in this attitude could extend her body at such an angle

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