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of that name.
"No it don't,” replied Sam, reading on very quickly to avoid contesting the point.
Except of me Mary my dear as your walentine, and think over what I've said. My dear Mary I will now conclude."
That's all,” said Sam. " That's rayther a sudden pull up, ain't it, Sammy?” inquired Mr. Weller.
“Not a bit on it,” said Sam: "she'll vish there wos more, and that's the great art of letter writin'.”
"Well," said Mr. Weller, “ there's somethin' in that; and I wish your Mother-in-law 'ud only conduct her conwersation on the same gon-teel principle. Ain't you a goin' to sign it?"
"That's the difficulty,” said Sam; I don't know what to sign it." Sign it-Veller," said the oldest surviving proprietor "Won't do,” said Sam. “Never sign a walentine with your own name."
"Sign it Pickvick, then,” said Mr. Weller; it's a wery good name, and a casy one to spell.”
“The wery thing,» said Sam. "I could end with a werse: what do you think?"
"I don't like it, Sam," rejoined Mr. Weller. know'd a respectable 'coachman as wrote poetry, 'cept Abe as made an affectin' copy o' werses the night afore he wos hung for a highway robbery, and he wos only a Cambervell man, so even that's no rule.”
But Sam was not to be dissuaded from the poetical idea that had occurred to him, so he signed the letter, —
Pickwick." Charles Dickens.
THE LOVED AND LOST.
Because we miss them from our onward road.
Straightway relieved them from life's weary load.
They are not lost; they are within the door
That shuts out loss and every hurtful thing, With angels bright, and loved ones gone before, In the Redeemer's presence evermore,
And God himself, their Lord, Judge, and King.
And this we call a loss! O selfish sorrow
Of selfish hearts! ( we of little faith!
That surely must succeed the night of death.
Ayc, look upon this dreary, desert path,
The thorns and thistles wheresoe er we turn; What trials and what tears, what wrongs and wrath, What struggles and what strise the journey hath!
They have escaped from these; and lo! we moun.
Ask the poor sailor, when the wreck is done,
Who, with his treasure, strove the shore to reach, While with the raging waves lie battled on, Was it not joy, where every joy seemed gono,
To see his loved ones landed on the beach?
A poor wayfarer, leading by the hand
A little child, had halted by the well
Where, this long journey past, they longed to dwell;
When lo! the Lord, who many mansions liad,
Drew near, and looked upon the suffering twain;
I'll bring liim with me when I come again."
Did she make answer, selfishly and wrong,
* Nay, but the woes I feel lie too must share?” Or, rather, bursting into grateful song, She went her way rejoicing, and made strong
To struggle, since he was freed from care!
We will do likewise; Death hath made no breach
In love and sympathy, in hope and trust; No outward sign or sound our ears can reach, But there's an inward, spiritual speech
That greets us still, though mortal tongues be dust.
It bids us do the work that they laid down,
Tako up the song where they broke off the strain; So journeying, till we reach the heavenly town, Where are laid up our treasure and our crown,
And our lost loved ones will be found again.
THE LAST JOURNEY.
Slowly, with measured tread,
To his lone bome;
0, grave! we come.
Yet, yet, -ah! hasten not
Where he hath been,-
Never more seen,
Rest ye; sct down the bier!
Let the deadlie
Ere he drew nigh.
Hearken! he speaketh yet!
(Friend, -more than brother!)
REGULUS TO THE ROMAN SENATE.
Ill does it become me, 0 Senators of Rome,-ill does it become Regulus, after having so often stood in this venerable assembly clothed with the supreme dignity of the Republic, to stand before you a captive,—the captive of Carthage. Though outwardly I am free, though no fetters encumber the limbs, or gall the flesh,-yet the heaviest of chains,—the pledge of a Roman Consul, makes me the bondsman of the Carthaginians. They bave my promise to return to them, in the event of the failure of this, their embassy. My life is at their mercy. My honor is my own ;-a possession which no reverse of fortune can jeopard; a flame which imprisonment cannot stille, time cannot dim, death cannot extinguish.
Of the train of disasters which followed close on the unexampled successes of our arms,-of the bitter fate which swept off the flower of our soldiery, and consigned me, your General, wounded and senseless, to Carthaginian keeping,-I will not speak. For five years, a rigorous captivity has been my portion. For five years, the society of family and friends, the dear amenities of home, the sense of freedom, and the sight of country, have been to me a recollection and a dream,- no more. But during that period Rome has retrieved her defeats. She has recovered under Metellus what under Regulus she lost. She has routed armies. She has taken unnumbered prisoners. She has struck terror into the hearts of the Carthaginians, who have now sent me hither with their ambassadors, to sue for peace, and to propose that, in exchange for me, your former Consul, a thousand common prisoners of war shall be given up. You have heard the ambassadors. Their intimations of some unimaginable horror, I know not what, impending over myself, should I fail to induce you to accept their terms, have strongly moved your sympathies in my behalf. Another appeal, which I would you might have been spared, has lent force to their suit. A wife and children, threatened with widowhood and orphanage, weeping and despairing, have knelt at your feet on the very threshold of the Senatechamber :
-Conscript Fathers! shall not Regulus lo