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KATHLEEN BAN ADAIR.–FRANCIS Davis. The battle blood of Antrim had not dried on freedom's
shroud, And the rosy ray of morning was but struggling through the
cloud; When, with lightning foot and deathly cheek, and wildly
waving hair, O'er grass and dew, scarce breathing, flew young Kathleen
ban Adair. Behind, her native Antrim in a reeking ruin lies; Before her, like a silvery path, Kell's sleeping waters rise ; And many a pointed shrub has pierced those feet so white and
bare, But, oh! thy heart is deeper rent, young Kathleen ban Adair. And Kathleen's heart but one week since was like a harvest
morn When hope and joy are kneeling round the sheaf of yellow
corn; But where's the bloom then made her cheek so ripe, so rich
ly fair ? Thy stricken heart hath fed on it, young Kathleen ban Adair. And now she gains a thicket where the sloe and hazel rise; But why those shrieking whispers, like a rush of worded
sighs ? Ah, low and lonely bleeding lies a wounded patriot there, And every pang of his is thine, young Kathleen ban Adair. “I see them, oh! I see them, in their fearful red array; The yeomen, love! the yeomen come-ah! heavens, away,
away! I know, I know they mean to track my lion to his lair; Ah! save thy life-ah! save it for thy Kathleen ban Adair!" “May heaven shield thee, Kathleen !-when my soul has
gone to rest; May comfort rear her temple in thy pure and faithful breast; But to fly them, oh! to fly them, like a bleeding hunted hare; No! not to purchase heaven, with my Kathleen ban Adair. “I loved, I loved thee, Kathleen, in my bosom's warmest
coreAnd Erin, injured Erin, oh! I loved thee even more; And death I feared him little when I drove him through
their square, Nor now, though eating at my heart, my Kathleen ban Adair." With feeble hand his blade he grasped, yet dark with spoil
ers' blood; And then, as though with dying bound, once more erect he
stood; But scarcely had he kissed that cheek, so pale, so purely fair, When flashed their bayonets round him and his Kathleer
ban Adair! Then up arose his trembling, yet his dreaded hero's hand, And up arose, in struggling sounds, his cheer for mother
land: A thrust-a rush-their foremost falls; but ah! good God!
see there, Tby lover's quivering at thy feet, young Kathleen ban Adair! But heavens! men, what recked he then your heartless
taunts and blows, When from his lacerated heart ten dripping bayonets rose ? And maiden, thou with frantic hands, what boots it kneeling
there, The winds heed not thy yellow locks, young Kathleen ban
Adair. Oh! what were tears, or shrieks, or swoons, but shadows of
the rest, When torn was frantic Kathleen from the slaughtered hero's
breast ? And hardly had his last-heaved sigh grown cold upon the air, When oh! of all but life they robbed young Kathleen ban
Adair! But whither now shall Kathleen fly ?-already she has gone; Thy water, Kells, is tempting fair, and thither speeds she on; A moment on its blooming banks she kneels in hurried
prayerNow in its wave she finds a grave, poor Kathleen ban Adair!
From the low prayer of want and plaint of woe,
PASSING AWAY.—John PIERPONT. Was it the chime of a tiny bell,
That came so sweet to my dreaming ear, Like the silvery tones of a fairy's shell,
That he winds on the beach, so mellow and clean When the winds and the waves lie together asleep, And the moon and the fairy are watching the deep,
She dispensing her silvery light,
And he his notes as silvery quite,
Hark! the notes on my ear that play,
“Passing away! passing away!” But no; it was not a fairy's shell,
Blown on the beach, so mellow and clear;
Striking the hour, that filled my ear,
And she held to her bosom a budding bouquet,
“Passing away! passing away!” Oh! how bright were the wheels that told
Of the lapse of time as they moved round slow! And the hands, as they swept o'er the dial of gold,
Seemed to point to the girl below.
Yet then, when expecting her happiest day,
“ Passing away! passing away !” When I gazed on that fair one's cheek, a shade
Of thought, or care, stole softly over,
Looking down on a field of blossoming clover.
And the light in her eye, and the light on the wheels,
That marched so calmly round above her, Was a little dimmed,-as when evening steals
Upon noon's hot face :-yet one couldn't but love her, For she looked like a mother whose first babe lay
Rocked on her breast, as she swung all day;
“Passing away! passing away!” While yet I looked, what a change there came!
Her eye was quenched, and her cheek was wan:
Yet just as busily swung she on;
Let me never forget to my dying day,
“Passing away! passing away!”
THE PROGRESS OF HUMANITY.-CHARLES SUMNER.
Let us, then, be of good cheer. From the great law of progress we may derive at once our duties and our encouragements. Humanity has ever advanced, urged by the instincts and necessities implanted by God,-thwarted sometimes by obstacles which have caused it for a time-a moment only, in the immensity of ages—to deviate from its true line, or to seem to retreat,-but still ever onward.
Amidst the disappointments which inay attend individual exertions, amidst the universal agitations which now surround us, let us recognize this law, confident that whatever is just, whatever is humane, whatever is good, whatever is true, according to an immutable ordinance of Providence, in the golden light of the future, must prevail. With this faith, let us place our hands, as those of little children, in the great hand of God. He will ever guide and sustain usthrough pains and perils, it may be-in the path of progress.
In the recognition of this law, there are motives to bene. ficent activity, which shall endure to the last syllable of life. Let the young embrace it: they shall find in it an everliving spring. Let the old cherish it still: they shall derive from it fresh encouragement. It shall give to all, both old and young, a new appreciation of their existence, a new sentiment of their force, a new revelation of their destiny.
Be it, then, our duty and our encouragement to live and to labor, ever mindful of the future. But let us not forget the past. All ages have lived and labored for us. From one has come art, from another jurisprudence, from another the compass, from another the printing-press; from all have proceeded priceless lessons of truth and virtue. The earliest and most distant times are not without a present influence on our daily lives. The mighty stream of progress, though fed by many tributary waters and hidden springs, derives something of its force from the earlier currents which leap and sparkle in the distant mountain recesses, over precipices, among rapids, and beneath the shade of the primeval forest.
Nor should we be too impatient to witness the fulfilment of our aspirations. The daily increasing rapidity of discoyery and improvement, and the daily multiplying efforts of beneficence, in later years outstripping the imaginations of the most sanguine, furnish well-grounded assurance that the advance of man will be with a constantly accelerating speed. The extending intercourse among the nations of the earth, and among all the children of the human family, gives new promises of the complete diffusion of truth, penetrating the most distant places, chasing away the darkness of night, and exposing the hideous forms of slavery, of war, of wrong, which must be hated as soon as they are clearly seen.
Cultivate, then, a just moderation. Learn to reconcile order with change, stability with progress. This is a wise conservatism; this is a wise reform. Rightly understanding these terms, who would not be a conservative? who would not be a reformer?-a conservative of all that is good, a reformer of all that is evil; a conservative of knowledge, a reformer of ignorance; a conservative of truths and principles whose seat is the bosom of God, a reformer of laws and in