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" Yet there's a deathless name! A spirit that the smothering vault shall spurn, And like a steadfast planet mount and burn
And though its crown of llame Consumed my brain to ashes as it shone, By all the fiery stars ! I'd bind it on !
“Ay-though it bid me ritle
Though it should bid me stille
" All-I would do it all-
O heavens !--but I appall Your heart, old man ! forgive- -hal on your lives Let him not faint !-rack him till he revives !
“Vain- vain-give o'er ! Glazes apace. He does not feel you now Stand back! I'll paint the death-uew on his brow!
Gods ! if he do not die
“Shivering! Hark! he mutters Brokenly now, that was a difficult breath--Another? Wilt thou never come, O Death !
Look! how his temple futters ! Is his heart still ? Aha! lift up his head ! He shudders-gasps--Jove help him !--0-he's dead." How like a mounting devil in the heart Rules the unrein'd ambition! Let it once But play the monarch, and its haughty browy Glows with a beauty that bewilders thought And unthrones peace forever. Putting on The very pomp of Lucifer, it turns The heart to ashes, and with not a spring Left in the bosom for the spirit's lip, We look upon our splendor and forget The thirst of which we perish! Yet hath life Many a falser idol. There are hopes Promising well ; and love-touch'd dreams for some; And passions, many a wild one ; and fair schemes For gold and pleasure-yet will only this Bulk not the soul-AMBITION only, gives, Even of bitterness, a beaker full!
Friendship is but a slow-awaking dream,
Oh, if there were not better hopes than these-
DEATH-BED OF BENEDICT ARNOLD.
George Leppard. Fifty years ago, in a rude garret, near the loneliest suburbs of the city of London, lay a dying man. He was but half dressed; though his legs were concealed in long military boots. An aged minister stood beside the rough couch. The form was that of a strong man grown old through care more than age. There was a face that you might look upon but once, and yet wear it in your memory forever.
Let us bend over the bed, and look upon that face. A bold forehead seamed by one deep wrinkie visible between the brows-long locks of dark hair, sprinkled with gray ; lips firmly set, yet quivering, as though they had a life separate from the life of the man; and then, two large eyesvivid, burning, unnatural in their steady glare. Ay, thero was something terrible in that face—something so full of annatural loneliness-unspeakable despair, that the aged minister started back in horror. But look l those strong arms are clutching at the vacant air: the death-sweat stands in drops on that bold brow—the man is dying. Throb--throb-throb-beats the death-watch in the shattered wall. “Would you die in the faith of the Christian?" faltered the preacher, as he knelt there on the damp floor.
The white lips of the death-stricken man trembled, but made no sound. Then, with the strong agony of death upon him, he rose into a sitting posture. For the first time he spoke. “ Christian !"he echoed in that deep tone which thrilled the preacher to the heart: “Will that faith give me back my honor ? Come with me, old man, come with me, far over the waters. Ha! we are there! This. is my native town. Yonder is the church in which I knelt in childhood : yonder the green on which I sported when a boy. But another flag waves yonder, in place of the flag that waved when I was a child.
“And listen, old inan, were I to pass along the streets, as I passed when but a child, the very babes in their cradles would raise their tiny hands, and curse me! The graves in yonder churchyard would shrink from muy footsteps; and yonder flag would rain a baptism of blood upon my head !":
That was an awful death-bed. The minister had watched "the last night" with a hundred convicts in their cells, but had never beheld a scene so terrible as this. Suddenly the dying man arose : le tottered along the floor. With those white fingers, whose nails were blue with the deatlıchill, he threw open a valise. He drew from thence a faded coat of blue, faced with silver, and the wreck of a battle-flag.
“Look ye, priest! this faded coat is spotted with my blood !” he cried, as old memories seemed stirring at his heart. "This coat I wore, when I first heard the news of Lexington : this coat I wore, when I planted the banner of the stars on Ticonderoga! that bullet-hole was pierced in the fight of Quebec; and now, I am a-let me whisper it in your ear !" He hissed that single burning word into the minister's ear: “Now help me, priest! help me to put on this coat of blue; for you see"--and a ghastly smile came over his face—“there is no one here to wipe the cold drops from my brow : no wife: no child. I must meet Death alone; but I will meet him, as I have met him in battle, without a fear!"
And, while he stood arraying his limbs in that wormeaten coat of blue and silver, the good minister spoke to tim of faith in Jesus. Yes, of that great faith, which pierces the clouds of human guilt, and rolls them back from the
kace of God. - Faith!" echoed that strange man, who fiod there, erect, with the death-chill on his brow, "Faith! Can it give me back my honor ? Look ye, priest! there, over the waves, sits George Washington, telling to his comrades the pleasant story of the eight years' war: there, in his royal halls, sits George of England, bewailing, in his idiotic voice, the loss of his colonies ! And here am I LI, who was the first to raise the flag of freedom, the first to strike a blow against that king-here am I, dying! oli, dying like a dog!"
The awe-stricken preacher started back from the look of the dying man, while throb—throb—throb---beats the death-watch, in the shattered wall. " Hush ! silence along the lines there !” he muttered, in that wild, absent tone, as though speaking to the dead ; 'silence along the lines ! not a word-not a word, on peril of your lives! Hark you, Montgomery! we will meet in the centre of the town :we will meet there in victory, or die !--- Hist! silence, my men-not a whisper, as we move up those steep rocks! Now on, my boys-now on! Men of the wilderness, we will gain the town! Now up with the banner of the stars --up with the flag of freedom, though the night is dark, and the snow falls ! Now! now, one more blow, and Quebec is ours !"
And look! his eye grows glassy. With that word on his lips, he stands there-ah! what a hideous picture of despair : erect, livid, ghastly: there for a moment, and then he falls !-he is dead! Ah, look at that proud form, thrown cold and stiff upon the damp floor. In that glassy eye there lingers, even yet, a horrible energy-a sublimity of despair. Who is this strange man lying there alone, in this rude garret: this man, who, in all liis crimes, still "treasured up in that blue uniform, that faded flag ? Who is this being of horrible remorse—this man, whose memories seem to link something with heaven, and more with hell ?
Let us look at that parchment and flag. The aged minister unrolls that faded fag; it is a blue banner gleaming with thirteen stars. He unrolls that parchment: it is a colonel's commission in the Continental army addressed to BENEDICT ARNOLD! And there, in that rude but, while the death-watch throbbed like a heart in the shattered wall: there, unknown, unwept, in all the bitterness of desolation, lay the corse of the patriot and the traitor.
Oh that our own true Washington had been there, to sever that good right arm from the corse ; and, while the dishonored body rotted into dust, to bring home that noble arm, and embalm it among the holiest memories of the past. For that right arm struck many a gallant blow
for freedom : yonder at Ticonderoga, at Quebec, Cham. plain, and Saratoga-that arm, yonder, beneath the snow white mountains, in the deep silence of the river of the dead, first raised into light the Banner of the Stars.
LOVE, MURDER, AND ALMOST MATRIMONY,
In Manchester a maiden dwelt,
Her name was Phæbe Brown,
And she was considered by good judges to be by all odds, the best looking girl in the town.
Her age was nearly seventeen,
Her eyes were sparkling bright,
A very lovely girl she was, and for a year and a half there had been a good-looking young man paying his attentions to her, by the name of Reuben White.
Now Reuben was a nice young man,
As any in the town;
But on account of his being obliged to work for a living, he never could make himself agreeable to Mr. and Mrs. Brown,
IIer parents were resolved
Another she should wed-
And old Brown frequently declared, that rather than have his daughter marry Reuben White he'd knock bin on the head.
But Phæbe's heart was brave and strong:
She feared no parent's frowns;
I've heard him say more than fifty times, that with the exception of Phæbe, he didn't care a cent for the whole race of Browns.
Now Phoebe Brown and Reuben White
Determined they woull marry ;
They started for old Parson Webster's, with the fixed determination to be united in the holy bonds of wedlock, though it was tremendous dark, and rained like the very Old Harry.