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LOCHINVAR. - LADY HERON'S SONG.
O, YOUNG Lochinvar is come out of the west,
He stayed not for brake, and he stopped not for store,
So boldly he entered the Netherby hall,
0, come ye in peace here, or come ye in war, Or to dance at our bridal, young Lord Lochinvar ? ”
“I long wooed your daughter, my suit you denied ;
The bride kissed the goblet ; the knight took it up,
So stately his form, and so lovely her face,
While her mother did fret, and her father did fume,
One touch to her hand, and one word in her ear,
There was mounting 'mong Græmes of the Netherby clan;
ye e'er heard of gallant like young Lochinvar ?
THE LAST MINSTREL.
The way was long, the wind was cold,
Old times were changed, old manners gone ;
THE LOVE OF COUNTRY.
BREATHES there the man with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said,
This is my own, my native land ?
From wandering on a foreign strand ?
SOME feelings are to mortals given,
1771 – 1845.
SYDNEY SMITH's name is a synonym of wit; but he has left behind him evidences of far higher mental powers than those which are called into exercise in the effort to amuse. born at Woodford, Essex, England, in 1771, and died in 1845. He was educated at Oxford, took holy orders and held a curacy in Wiltshire; in 1796 he removed to Edinburgh, where, in conjunction with Brougham and other distinguished men, he founded the Edinburgh Review. Removing to London in 1804, he continued to write for the Review, and speedily won a brilliant reputation as a critic. Ecclesiastical preferment frequently came to him, and at the time of his death he was Canon Residentiary of St. Paul's Cathedral. His writings were mainly in the form of sermons; but he wrote many notable letters on political and religious questions which go far to-1 ward justifying Mr. Everett's opinion that if he (Smith) “ had not been known as the wittiest man of his day, he would have been accounted one of the wisest.” It is believed that his Lotters on Catholic Emancipation were largely instrumental in pushing that measure to success. Macaulay said of him : " He is universally admitted to have been a great reasoner, and the greatest master of ridicule that has appeared among us since Swift.”
THE PLEASURES OF KNOWLEDGE.
It is noble to seek Truth, and it is beautiful to find it. 'It is the ancient feeling of the human heart, that knowledge is better than riches; and it is deeply and sacredly true. To mark the course of human passions as they have flowed on in the ages that are past; to see why nations have risen, and why they have fallen; to speak of heat, and light, and the winds; to know what man has discovered in the heavens above and in the earth beneath ; to hear the chemist unfold the marvelous properties that the Creator has locked up in a speck of earth ; to be told that there are worlds so distant from our own, that the quickness of light, traveling from the world's creation, has never yet reached us; to wander in the creations of poetry, and grow warm again with that eloquence which swayed the democracies of the Old World ; to go up with great reasoners to the First Cause of all, and to perceive, in the midst of all this dissolution and decay and cruel separation, that there is one thing unchangeable, indestructible, and everlasting ; - it is worth while in the days of our youth to strive hard for this great discipline; to pass sleepless nights for it; to give up for it laborious days; to spurn for it present pleasures ; to endure for it afflicting poverty; to wade for it through darkness,
and contempt, as the great spirits of the world have done in all ages and all times.
I appeal to the experience of any man who is in the habit of exer
cising his mind vigorously and well, whether there is not a satisfaction in it which tells him he has been acting up to one of the great objects of his existence? The end of nature has been answered : his faculties have done that which they were created to do, not languidly occupied upon trifles, not enervated by sensual gratification, but exercised in that toil which is so congenial to their nature, and so worthy of their strength.
A life of knowledge is not often a life of injury and crime. Whom does such a man oppress ? with whose happiness does he interfere ? whom does his ambition destroy ? and whom does his fraud deceive ? In the pursuit of science he injures no man, and in the acquisition he does good to all. A man who dedicates his life to knowledge, becomes habituated to pleasure which carries with it no reproach : and there is one security that he will never love that pleasure which is paid for by anguish of heart, — his pleasures are all cheap, all dignified, and all innocent; and, as far as any human being can expect permanence in this changing scene, he has secured a happiness which no malignity of fortune can ever take away, but which inust cleave to him while he lives, ameliorating every good, and diminishing every evil of his existence.
I solemnly declare, that, but for the love of knowledge, I should consider the life of the meanest hedger and ditcher preferable to that of the greatest and richest man in existence; for the fire of our minds is like the fire which the Persians burn on the mountains, — it flames night and day, and is immortal, and not to be quenched! Upon something it must act and feed, - upon the pure spirit of knowledge, or upon the foul dregs of polluting passions.
Therefore, when I say, in conducting your understanding, love knowledge with a great love, with a vehement love, with a love coeval with life, what do I say but love innocence; love virtue ; love purity of 'conduct; love that which, if you are rich and great, will sanctify the providence which has made you so, and make men call it justice ; love that which, if you are poor, will render your poverty respectable, and make the proudest feel it unjust to laugh at the meanness of your fortunes; love that which will comfort you, adorn you, and never quit you, -- which will open to you the kingdom of thought, and all the boundless regions of conception, as an asylun against the cruelty, the injustice, and the pain that may be your lot in the outer world, — that which will make your motives habitually great and hon