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There shall we see the fierce white bear1, The sleepy seals aground,

And the spouting whales3, that to and fro
Sail with a dreary sound.

There may we tread on depths of ice,
That the hairy mammoth1 hide,
Perfect, as when in times of old,
The mighty creature died.

And while the unsetting sun shines on
Through the still heaven's deep blue,
We'll traverse the azure waves, the herds
Of the dread sea-horse 5 to view.

We'll pass the shores of solemn pine,
Where wolves and black bears prowl;
And away to the rocky isles of mist,
To rouse the northern fowl.

The Polar bear is all white, except the tip of the nose and the claws, which are jet black. It is found chiefly on the shores of Spitzbergen, Greenland, and Hudson's Bay. In summer, it lodges in dens, which are formed in the vast masses of ice; and in winter, it buries itself beneath the snow, or some fixed piece of ice, where it remains in a torpid state until the return of the sun calls it forth.

2 Seals exist in vast numbers in the seas around Spitzbergen, and on the coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador. They are hunted for their oil and skins.

3 The whale fishery of Davis's Straits, Baffin's Bay, &c., is the most important in the world.

4 The Mammoth was an immense quadruped of the elephant kind. Its bones are found fossil; and large herds of them are supposed to have existed, from the number of bones which have been discovered in Europe, Asia, and America. In the north of Russia a whole carcase was found preserved in the ice, in 1799; and a few years later, the skeleton was

deposited in the museum of St. Petersburgh. The tusks were nine feet long, and the head, without the tusks, weighed 400 pounds.

5 The Narwhal or Sea Unicorn, or the Morse or Walrus, is, in all likelihood, the animal here referred to. They are both found in the Polar seas. The narwhal is armed with a formidable horn, which projects directly forward from the upper jaw, in a straight line with the body. It is generally from twenty to thirty feet in length, and is sometimes found to have two of these horns. It is taken by means of harpoons; and its flesh is eaten by the Greenlanders.

The walrus, an animal of the seal kind, is found in immense herds, and often measures eighteen or twenty feet in length. When attacked it is dangerous, not only from its great strength, but from the formidable tusks with which it is furnished. These tusks are inclined downwards with a gentle curve, and are sometimes two feet in length. They produce the finest and most valuable ivory.

And there in wastes of the silent sky,
With silent earth below,

We shall see far off, to his lonely rock,
The lonely eagle go.

Then softly, softly will we tread
By inland streams to see,

Where the corm'rant of the silent north
Sits there all silently.

We've visited the northern clime,

Its cold and ice-bound main ;

So now, let us back to a dearer land,
To Britain back again!

Anonymous.

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Well do I love those various harmonies
That sing so gaily in spring's budding woods,
And in the thickets, and green quiet haunts,
And lonely copses of the summer-time,
And in red autumn's ancient solitudes.

If thou art pain❜d with the world's noisy stir,
Or crazed with its mad tumults, and weigh'd down
With any of the ills of human life;

If thou art sick and weak, or mournest at the loss
Of brethren gone to that far-distant land
To which we all do pass-gentle and poor,
The gayest and the gravest, all alike—
Then turn into the peaceful woods, and hear
The thrilling music of the forest birds.

How rich the varied choir! The unquiet finch
Calls from the distant hollows, and the wren

Uttereth her sweet and mellow plaint at times,
And the thrush mourneth where the kalmia1 hangs
Its crimson-spotted cups, or chirps half hid
Amid the lowly dogwood's2 snowy flowers;
And the blue jay flits by, from tree to tree,
And spreading its rich pinions, fills the ear
With its shrill-sounding and unsteady cry.

With the sweet airs of spring the robin comes;
And in her simple song there seems to gush
A strain of sorrow when she visiteth
Her last year's wither'd nest. But when the gloom
Of the deep twilight falls, she takes her perch
Upon the red-stemm'd hazel's slender twig,
That overhangs the brook, and suits her song
To the slow rivulet's inconstant chime.

In the last days of autumn, when the corn
Lies sweet and yellow in the harvest-field,
And the gay company of reapers bind

The bearded wheat in sheaves-then peals abroad
The black bird's merry chant. I love to hear,
Bold plunderer, thy mellow burst of song
Float from thy watch-place on the mossy tree,
Close at the corn-field edge.

Far up some brook's still course, whose current mines
The forest's blacken'd roots, and whose green marge
Is seldom visited by human foot,

The lonely heron3 sits, and harshly breaks
The Sabbath silence of the wilderness:
And you may find her by some reedy pool,
Or brooding gloomily on the time-stain'd rock,
Beside some misty and far-reaching lake.

1 Kalmia, a genus of beautiful N. American plants, with evergreen leaves and white or pink flowers. It obtained its name from Kalm, a traveller in N. America.

2 Dogwood, a genus of plants, found in the temperate regions of Europe, Asia, and America.

3 The heron has a long, sharppointed bill, a long neck, and a capacious stomach, The food of the heron

consists of fish, reptiles, water-rats, shrews, &c. It is in general, a solitary bird, and frequents the banks of lakes, rivers, and marshes. The common herons are gregarious during the breeding season. When falconry was one of the principal sports in England, a penalty of twenty shillings was inflicted on those who destroyed the eggs of the heron.

Most awful is thy deep and heavy boom,
Grey watcher of the waters!

Thou art king

Of the blue lake; and all the winged kind
Do fear the echo of thine angry cry.

How bright thy savage eye! Thou lookest down,
And seest the shining fishes as they glide;
And poising thy grey wing, thy glossy beak
Swift as an arrow strikes its roving prey.
Ofttimes I see thee, through the curling mist,
Dart like a spectre of the night, and hear
Thy strange bewildering call, like the wild scream
Of one whose life is perishing in the sea.

And now, wouldst thou, O man, delight the ear
With earth's delicious sounds, or charm the eye
With beautiful creations? Then pass forth,
And find them midst those many-colour'd birds
That fill the glowing woods. The richest hues
Lie in their splendid plumage, and their tones
Are sweeter than the music of the lute,

Or the harp's melody, or the notes that gush
So thrillingly from beauty's ruby lip.

J. M'Lellan (an American poet).

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Boadicea was the Queen of the Iceni, a tribe of Britons inhabiting Norfolk and Suffolk. At this time, Suetonius, a general of great energy and skill, commanded the Roman forces in Britain. During his absence in the Isle of Anglesey, the Roman procurator, Catus, ordered Boadicea to be scourged; her daughters, also, were ignominiously treated. The Iceni flew to arms; and having been joined by the Trinobantes, they attacked and destroyed Colchester, and defeated a Roman legion which was coming to the relief of the colony. They afterwards marched to London and St. Alban's, and put to death all they found, without distinction of age or sex. No fewer than 70,000 Romans and their confederates are said to have fallen in the course of a few days. Suetonius, having received reinforcements, chose an advan

tageous position, and waited the battle. The Britons, who were commanded by Boadicea and her two daughters, were totally defeated (A. D. 61). The loss of the Britons has been estimated at 80,000 men. Boadicea killed herself by taking poison.

When the British warrior queen,

Bleeding from the Roman rods,
Sought, with an indignant mien,
Counsel of her country's gods,

;

Sage beneath the spreading oak
Sat the Druid, hoary chief1
Every burning word he spoke
Full of rage, and full of grief.
"Princess! if our aged eyes

Weep upon thy matchless wrongs,
"Tis because resentment ties

All the terrors of our tongues.

“Rome shall perish—write that word
In the blood that she has spilt;
Perish, hopeless and abhorr'd,
Deep in ruin as in guilt.

"Rome, for empire far renown'd,
Tramples on a thousand states;
Soon her pride shall kiss the ground-
Hark! the Gaul is at her gates! 2

"Other Romans shall arise,

Heedless of a soldier's name;
Sounds, not arms, shall win the prize,
Harmony the path to fame.

"Then the progeny that springs

From the forest of our land3,
Arm'd with thunder, clad with wings,

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Shall a wider world command.

Regions Cæsar never knew
Thy posterity shall sway;
Where his eagles never flew,

None invincible as they."

"The Druids were the priests of the ancient Britons and Gauls."

2 Rome was taken and given up to plunder, in the year 410, by the Vi

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sigoths, under Alaric their king. Goth," would read here better than "Gaul."

3 The ships of England.

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