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Morn is the time to pray;

How lovely and how sweet,
To send our earliest thoughts away,

Up to the mercy-seat!
Ambassadors, for us to claim
A blessing in our Master's name.

Morn is the time to sing;

How charming 'tis to hear
The mingling notes of Nature ring

In the delighted ear;
And with that swelling anthem raise
The soul's fresh matin-song of praise.

Morn is the time to sow
The seeds of heavenly truth,

While balmy breezes softly blow
Upon the soil of youth;

And look to thee, nor look in vain,

Our God, for sunshine and for rain I

Morn is the time to love;

As tendrils of the vine,
The young affections fondly rove

And seek them where to twine; Around thyself, in thine embrace, Lord, let them find their resting-place!

Morn is the time to shine,

When skies are clear and blue,

Reflect the rays of light divine,
As morning dew-drops do;

Like early stars be early bright,

And melt away like them in light.

Morn is the time to weep
O'er morning hours misspent;

Alas! how oft from peaceful sleep,
On folly madly bent,

We've left the straight and narrow road,

And wandered from our guardian God!

Morn is the time to think,

While thoughts are fresh and free,
Of life, just balanced on the brink

Of dark eternity,
And ask our souls if they are meet
To stand before the judgment-seat.

Morn is the time to die,

Just at the dawn of day,
When stars are fading in the sky,

To iade like them away;


But lost in light more brilliant far,
Than ever merged the morning star.

Morn is the time to rise,

The resurrection morn,
TJpspringing to the glorious skies

On new-found pimons borne,
To meet a Saviour's smile divine;—
Be such ecstatic rising mine I

NIGHT.—James Montgomery.

Night is the time for rest;

How sweet when labors close, To gather round an aching breast

The curtain of repose; Stretch the tired limbs and lay the head Upon our own delightful bed!

Night is the time for dreams;

The gay romance of life,
When truth that is, and truth that seems,

Blend in fantastic strife;
Ah! visions less beguiling far
Than waking dreams by daylight are.

Night is the time for toil;

To plough the classic field,
Intent to find the buried spoil

Its wealthy furrows yield;
Till all is ours that sages taught,
That poets sang, or heroes wrought.

Night is the time to weep;

To wet with unseen tears
Those graves of memory, where sleep

The joys of other years;
Hopes that were angels in their birth,
But perished young, like things of earth!

Night is the time to watch;

On ocean's dark expanse, To hail the Pleiades, or catch

The full moon's earliest glance,
That brings unto the homesick mind
All we have loved and left behind.

Night is the time for care;
Brooding on hours misspent,


To see the spectre of despair

Come to our lonely tent:
Like Brutus, midst his slumbering host.
Startled by Oawar's stalwart ghost.

Night is the time to muse;

Then from the eye the soul
Takes flight, and with expanding views

Beyond the starry pole,
Descries athwart the abvss of night
The dawn of uncreated light.

Night is the time to pray;

Our Saviour oft withdrew
To desert mountains far away,—

So will his followers do;
Steal from the throng to haunts untrod,
And hold communion there with God.

Night is the time for death;

When all around is peace,
Calmly to yield the weary breath,—

From sin and suffering cease;— ,
Think of heaven's bliss, and give the sign
To parting friends:—such death be mine.

THE MARCH OF MIND— Milford Bard*

'' Look itown, immortal Homer, from the ukies.
And view another Greece in glory rise."

Wrapped in the mantle of imagination the traveler stands, In gloomy meditation, amid the ruins of ancient Greece. He looks down the tempestuous tide of time and views the wrecks of ages and of empires. He stands, with indescribable emotions, upon the crumbling fragments of grandeur where the hall of wisdom once stood, and the thunders of eloquence were heard. There, arose the sun of science on Athens' lofty towers; and there, the sidereal orbs of learning illuminated the world.

It was in Greece that the human mind emerged from the night of mental darkness, and severed the galling chain of tyrannical ignorance. Liberty is the daughter of light; she came forth in nil her glory in the gardens of Greece. She

*Dr. John Loniunu, who died in the year 164V.


flourished, and mankind stood astonished at the sublimity of her career. But where now is the glory of Greece? Where now is the land of science and of song? Where now are her brave warriors; her illustrious statesmen; her immortal poets? They have gone down the rapid tide of time, and have ceased to exist but on the scroll of fame. The lamp of learning has been extinguished, and mental darkness rests upon the bosom of her land. Gothic ignorance now dwells upon the ruins of Oriental greatness.

In the march of mind, Rome rose on the ruins of Greece, to wave her sceptre over the subjugated world. There Virgil strung his lyre to sing vEneas' fame; and there, Cicero shook the forum with the thunders of his eloquence, and struck terror to the hearts of tyrants. Rome, then, was the mistress of the world, and on her walls waved the flags of all nations. The mighty Hannibal lifted his arm against her, but she crushed it; and Carthage, so long victorious, fell before her.

Cawar then lived; his path was conquest, and dreadful was the fate of that warrior who dnred the vengeance of his arm. But where now is Caesar?—and where is Cicero? Alas, they have been murdered! And where now is mighty Rome? She has been thrown over the precipice of faction and lost in the whirlpool of anarchy. A barbarian torrent has overrun the blooming gardens of Italy ; the Goth and the Vandal have prostrated her glory forever. The brilliant sun of science, that rose on the gardens of Greece, was destined to shine on the ruins of Rome, and then to go down in the night of time to arise in another hemisphere.

In the march of mind, France, plunging into the vortex of a bloody revolution, arrests the attention. Napoleon rose, like a giant from his slumber, and seated himself on the throne of the Bourbons. He pointed the thunder of his artillery at Italy, and she fell before him. He leveled his lightning at Spain and she trembled. He sounded the knell of vengeance on the plains of Austerlitz, and all Europe was at his feet. He was greater than Ctesar; he was greater than Alexander. But where now is the French Emperor? Where now is Napoleon Bonaparte? He has fallen from the throne of the Czars, on which he seated himself in Moscow. The

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tremendous military drama has closed, and the great tragedian has left the stage forever. His race was short, but it was brilliant—like the bright meteor that flames along the horizon for a moment, and then disappears. The Lion of England triumphed over the fallen Tiger of Corsica, but his fame is immortal.

The march of mind is now advancing on the shores of America. On the ruins of an Indian empire a great republic has arisen to illuminate the world. But where are the aborigines of the western world? A pilgrim bark, deeply freighted from the East, came darkening on their shores. They yielded not their empire tamely, but they could not stand against the sons of light. With slow and solitary steps they took up their mournful march to the West, and yielded, with a broken heart, their native hills to another race. • Before the victorious march of mind, they have been driven from their native haunts, to the margin of the great Pacific.

The great flood of time will roll on until the Aborigines are swept from the face of the earth forever. Ere long, not one lone trace of them will remain, save the mausoleum of the warrior, and the page on which his exploits are recorded. The last child of the forest will soon climb his native mountain to view the setting sun of Indian glory. And there shall he bow his knee, the last time, to the sun as he sinks behind his lonely cottage, and worship the Great Spirit of the waters, and the genius of storm and darkness.

Where the council-fires blazed, the tall temple, dedicated to God, now glitters in the setting sun ; and the river, once unrippled but by the Indian canoe, is now white with the sails of commerce. The plowshare hath passed over the bones of the Red Man's ancestors, and the golden harvest waves over their tombs. The march of mind hath been to them the march to the grave. When ages shall have rolled away, and some youth shall ask his aged sire where the wigwam stood, he shall point to some flourishing city on the banks of the stream where once the Indian hunter bathed and viewed his manly limbs.

By wisdom, industry, and valor, the Republic of the United States has arisen to stand against the world. The

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