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Like echoes of the rock,
Like thunders of the cloud,
The battering engine's shoek
Struck terror through the erowd;
Each tower of massive stone,
Each giant battlement,
Heaved a convulsive groan,
As, crashing, on they went.
And wilder, wilder still,
Yon flames of piercing fire,
Along the hallow'd hill
The sacred groves aspire;
Abara's walls droop down,
Her palaces and towers,
O'er all the shrieking town,
A fiery tempest pours.
Up rose Elāzar then-
Priest, prophet, warrior-all-
" Ye are faihers, husbands, men,
Will ye brook the tyrant's thrall ?

Heart-saddening change! For sober truth, enwrapp'd in doublet gray, Hath chased them bence; some by a distant way

With toil to range;

And some remain
Tied down to ape the blind horse of the mill,
Working for bread, and buffeted by ill,

And scourged by pain.

Some gently pine As they remember them of brighter days, When sunny were their looks, and light their lays

Dear olden time.

And some, the grave Hath closed on; and their bones are cluster'd

round: Too soon shall others take the final bound

In Jordan's wave.

The vales are still Where once together cull'd we many a flower, And clomb, and wander'd by moss-fringed tower,

And gurgling rill.

Deserted now Are the soft meads where once with gambols gay And blithesome lilts we spent our short-lived day,

Undimm'd by wo.

Silent the room, Where, as of yore, in banded groups we came, And join’d with festive mirth at many a game

Dear youthful home!

We that are left,
To think and talk in melancholy mood
Upon the joys of which Tine's tempest rude

Hath us bereft.

How changed we are ! The raven locks of some are tinged with gray, Gray hairs with white, and white are swept away,

Wind-toss'd afar !

Where are they gone?
Is't not an unkind freak of midnight dream,
Is't not a meteor vision's passing gleam?

Where are they gone ?

THE SIEGE OF ABARA.*

BY J. WALKER ORD,

Author of" Roral Sketches," “ History of Cleveland," "The

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Bard,” &c.

Lo! through the purple morn,
What bostile legions run!
Their eagles tower in scorn,
Their banners mock the sun.

* See description of the assault, and of the dreadful self-iinmolation of the besieged, in “ Milman's History of the Jews."

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" I have been far away,

Away from all, That holds on fading shores

The mind in thrallEach heavy chain unclasp'd

Each fetter broken Soft words of music heard,

By angels spoken.

Thou rememb'rest them all, the deep narrow

casements; No bolt nor clasp was there, though poor were

the people ; There the swallow builded securely in summer,

In the old old time.

“ Sunlight that never set,

Hung sofly o'er Landscapes of hill and vale

Ne'er seen before;

Thou rememb’rest the tree-gray with moss its

branches, Under which we sported in our sunny child

hood; There the sweet lilac tree perfumed the air around,

In the old old time.

Thou rememb'rest the rooms, they were dim and The stranger's foot alone will now trouble thy simple ;

rest, The floors treinbled with age, pictures were on And let in the daylight upon thy dark windows ;the walls,

They are far far away, who loved thee and knew Voices of vanish'd friends once echoed among

thee

In the old old time.
In the old old time.

S. R. W.

them,

Thou rememb'rest the walks, those which our

father loved, Thou rememb'rest the poor that stood around his

gate ; Pure and holy was he, gentle and kind his heart,

In the old old time.

BY MISS ROBERTS,

with age;

Thou hast not forgotten that sweet gentle mother,

LINES. Though long she hath rested beneath the dark

tomb-stone, She who smiled upon thee when watching thy cradle, In the old old time.

There is a deep low music on the wind, Hast thou forgotten it—the quiet ancient church- Heard only by the pure in heart, who find

Sounding at intervals, when all is still, yard ? Simple and green its graves; the stones were gray

Joy in their daily tasks, doing their Maker's

will.
Low walls and ancient trees shelter'd it round
about,

Be they in velvet clad, or russet stole,
In the old old time.

In hall, or hut, theirs is that low sweet chime :

Solemn, yet cheerful,-speaking to the soul There did the small birds dwell'mong the droop- Of joys that rest not in this stranger clime.

ing branches; No impious footsteps there approach'd to their nest;

Loud music cannot quench it; nor the sound Their songs soothed the shadows lingering by the Of mighty voices, like the mingled roar graves,

Of tossing waves, that with delirious bound In the old old time.

Leap onward, in their fury, to the shore. Hast thou forgotten it?--the church where we Nor yet the jarring sounds of bustling life,

worshipp'd ; The rude gliastly sculptures that were carved on In dusty marts; 'mid sickening scenes of strife,

Where weary footsteps toil, in quest of gain. the walls; Tbe bell, whose notes echoed over the quiet

Till the worn spirit longs for rest in vain. valley, In the old old time?

Yet few do hear it: either ease or pride,

Or thoughts upholy, folly, grief, or crime, There did the evening sun linger in his setting, Whelming the soul beneath their rushing tide, Like a parent gazing on a beloved child,

Hindereth the coming of that low sweet chime. Unwilling to depart, and often returning, In the old old time.

Men's hearts are heavy, or they would not slight They are not forgotten,-they are still before us. Their spirits' oneness with so pure a strain, --Still'in our souls dwelleth the home of our child- | Though faint, as when the far off torrent's might hood:

Seems as a murmur stealing o'er the plain. The low sound of its trees, the streams where we wander'd, In the old old time.

From source far mightier, comes that low sweet

sound,

Than deep, deep waters, thundering on the There doth the spider build. In the voiceless chambers

From harps, and mingled voices, that resound It stretches its fine web o'er the darken'd ceiling.

With anthem high, through Heaven's eternal No footstep disturbs it: they are gone for ever,

ear:

year. Of the old old time.

The sun sheds his splendor, glittering on the case

ments, As if faces still look'd behind the dusty pane ;The stillness frights the bird in the nook where she built

In the old old time.

SCIENCE AND ART.

The Victoria Picture Gallery At Ev.- delicate attention on the part of Louis Philippe. The “ Journal des Debats " gives the following ac- The following is a list of the paintings in the Viccount of the Queen's picture gallery in the Cha- toria Gallery :-“In oil—the Yacht of Queen Victeau of Eu, arranged for her Majesty by the gal- toria appearing off Tréport: the Departure of lantry of Louis Philippe :-" The two extremities Louis Philippe from Tréport in his Barge to meet of the gallery are occupied on one side by the por- the Queen ; his reception by Queen Victoria on trait of the Queen of England, placed between board the Royal yacht; the Arrival of the Queen those of her consort, Prince Albert, and the Queen at the grand Tent prepared for her; her Majesty's of the Belgians. On the other side, on the right Arrival at the Château d'Eu; the Ride in the and left-hand side of the entrance door, are hung Char-à-banc; the Return to the Château through the portraits of King Louis Philippe and Amélie, the Park: the Rèunion in the Family Saloon of the venerable Queen of the French. The right the Château on Sunday, the 3rd of September, hand side of the gallery is occupied by a series of 1843, at nine o'clock, p. m.; the Breakfast in the paintings descriptive of the journey of the Queen Tent at the Mount of Orleans; the Return to the of England to Eu, and the left-hand side by those Château after the Ride in the Forest ; the Conrepresenting the journey of the French King to cert in the Gallery of the Guises. The paintings Windsor Castle in the autumn of 1844. T'he in water-colors consist of—The Queen of France five portraits are all full-length ones, and execu: receiving Queen Victoria at the Landing-place of ted by M. Winterhalter. Under the portrait of Tréport; the King conducting the Queen of Eng. Queen Vicioria the King has had placed a mag- land in his Calèche from Tréport to Eu ; the Sal. nificent vase of gold and silver, representing the utation of the Queen by the National Guard and combat of St. George, the patron saint of England, the Troops assembled in the Courtyard of the which was presented to his Majesty by the Queen Château ; the Presentation by the King of the of Great Britain. The King has also caused to be Personages assembled in the Guise Gallery; the placed in the gallery the busts of Queen Victoria, Review of the 1st Regiment of Carabiniers by Prince Albert, and the Duke and Duchess of Kent, Prince Albert and the French Princes; the Pregiven to the King by Queen Victoria as a remem- sentation by Louis Philippe to Queen Victoria of brance of his journey to Windsor. The furniture two Specimens of the Gobelin Tapestry; King of the apartment is as complete as it is elegant; Louis Philippe escorting the Queen to the Church it is manufactured of carved oak. The oak wain- of St. Laurent at Eu; the King showing her scoting, enriched with gold filigree, has been con- Majesty over the Crypt in which are interred the structed with the same promptitude as the paint- ancient Counts of Eu ; the Landing of the French ings; eight days ago they were scarcely com- King at Portsmouth; his Arrival at Windsor; menced. On entering her apartments the Queen his Introduction to the Royal Infants ; bis inaudiscovered, in the private boudoir which she oc- guration as a Knight of the Garter; his Reception cupied two years ago, the full-length portraits of of the City Deputation, headed by Sir W. Mag. her father and mother, they having been placed nay, Bart. ; his Visit to Eton, &c. « At dinner there by special command of the King, together the Queen of England wore (says the same print) with two charming water-color drawings, descrip- a most magnificent dress, a sky-blue gauze robe, tive of the coronation of Queen Victoria. The por- adorned with ribands, lace, and diamonds; her trait of the Duke of Kent is one of Sir William head-dress was a crown of red dablias fastened Picci's works, and that of the Duchess of Kent is behind to the hair, interlaced with diamonds; by M. Winterhalter, taken in the year 1843. she wore diamond earrings, and a diamond neck. Queen Victoria appeared very sensible of this lace of the greatest beauty, and the grand cordon of the Order of the Garter attached to the shoul. MUSEUM AT HYDERABAD.-A proposition for der by a diamond clasp:- From the Examiner. the establishment of a inuseum at Hyderabad have

ing been submitted to Major-General Fraser, he DISEASED POTATOFS :—The change seems to bas expressed his cordial approbation of the 'unM. Payen to be transmitted from the stalks to the dertaking and his desire to forward it by every tubercles. If a diseased potato be cut, the parts means in his power. The object in view is twoattacked can be discerned with the naked eye by fold : 1st, the collection of matters of interest to their yellow color, and they emit a marked fun- which an easy reference may be made ; 2d, the gous odor; the tissue of these parts is softened supply of similar institutions in Europe from the and easily separated. Very thin slices under the superfluity of the collection. It is believed that microscope exhibit at ihe limits of the change a H. H. the Nizam's territory is in many respects slightly yellow liquid, which insinuates itself into well fitted for the supply of an institution of the the intercellular spaces, and gradually envelopes nature contemplated; the field has long lain fal. almost the whole periphery of the cells. In ihe low Besides the well-known cave-temples of parts strongly attacked it destroys the adherence Ellora and Adjuntah, the remains of ruined cities of the cells; and this explains the easy disaggre- and extinct tribes are profusely scattered over the gation of the tissue. The cells, by degrees in- land ; and in the Arts, the Beda ware and manu. vaded by the yellow liquid, preserve their grains facture of steel at Maiduck by a process believed of starch intaci. When the dislocation of the cells to be different from that pursued in other parts of has made new progress, the mass of the tissue be- India, offer a branch for mechanical inquiry. In comes pulpy, semi fluid, whitish, or of a brown Botany, many plants unknown to naturalists must, color more or less deep; a great number of ibe it is thought, exist in the unexplored jungles of cells are destroyed, even broken up. In this state, Neermul and the jungles to the north ; and attenhowever, the grains of starch are still intact, their tion is particularly directed to plants used by the substance being insoluble even in water beated natives for medicinal and dietetic purposes, also to + 50°; and although with greater ease divided to dye-stuffs.Literary Gazette. mechanically, they behave with iodine, sulphuric acid, &c., as normal starch.

M. Philipper attributes the cause of the malady LIVERPOOL FIRST IN Philology.-- It is said to the state of the atmosphere only, during the that the Collegiate Institution of Liverpool has en summer of 1845 He has remarked, that the in- gaged a Chinese professor, who speaks the purest fected tubercles keep badly; that those partially Peking dialect, to teach the Chinese language attacked quickly become wholly so, and commu- there ; so that its traders, captains of merchantnicate the evil to the sound ones; and that the men, supercargoes, mates, &c., may be enabled change is more rapid if the potatoes are housed to hold vidâ voce intercourse with the natives at moist, and kept in a close place. Hence the pre- Hong-Kong, Canton, and other poris. This is a cautions necessary are, to dig early, to dry well, very sensible measure, and does credit to Liver. separate the bad from the good, house in an airy pool enterprise.Literary Gazette. place, and reduce quickly to starch.Literary Gazette.

TYROLESE ARCHÆOLOGICAL SPECULATIONS.From the strata of ancient remains found in Ty

rol, some of the ingenious theorists of that mounVOLCANIC ERUPTION.-An immense fall of dust tain-land, athirst for national antiquity and fame, and ashes in the vicinity of the Orkney Isles is are building up an hypothesis that three periods supposed indicate some great volcanic eruption bel to their history : 1st, Etrurian; 2d, Roin another locality. Hecla is 400 miles distant; man ; 3d, mixed Gaulish, Frankish, Gothic, &c. too far, we should think, to produce such an ef- &c.Literary Gazette. fect, though smaller quantities of light matter from volcanoes have been shed on the decks of vessels as far from the scene of action. "The Miles COVERDALE BIBLE.- A paragraph, gomen at the herring-fishery (says the Edinburgh ing the rounds of the papers, states that a copy of Advertiser of Friday) describe it as being like a Miles Coverdale's first complete edition of the Bithick shower of snow-drift from the north-west. ble, printed in 1535, has been discovered in the It began to fall before day-light, and continued false bottom of an old oak chest, at Holkham Hall, very thick for a few hours, and afterwards more the seat of the Earl of Leicester. This copy is slightly till about midday. Those who had clothes said to be the most valuable specimen yet brought out bleaching had them completely blackened, to light; being the only one, amongst the many and it seems very difficult to wash off. The white examples which are scattered through the public flowers in the gardens are quite destroyed, and and other libraries of Britain, to which 'many every "kail blade" is covered. The only way leaves are not wanting. These lacunæ, commonof accounting for it is by supposing that Mount ly occurring at the two extremities of the volumes, Hecla has had an eruption, as the wind was ex- are attributed to humidity, acting on their exteractly from that quarter, and it is quite evident the nal parts, at a time when, the possession of this dust is volcanic. Dr. Barry, in his History of book involving a suspicion of heresy, the copies Orkney, says that, in 1783, the last dreadful erup- of the impression were very generally buried.tion of Mount Hecla, the dust fell here in the same The Holkham example is said to be in every remanner, though it does seem surprising that it spect perfect; and a London bookseller, it is ascould be carried so far- upwards of 400 miles. serted, has offered 5001. for its purchase. The The fishermen were so terrified at the uncommon noble proprietor, however, it is added, has had and inexplicable sight, that several of them re- the book appropriately bound, and enclosed in an fused to go out to sea next day.”—Literary Ga- oaken box,--and it now graces the shelves of his

magnificent library - Atheneum.

zette.

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