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A PENITENT'S RETURN. inly father's house once more, In its own moonlight beauty Yet around, Something amidst the dewy calm profound, Broods, never mark'd before"! Is it the brooding night, Is it the shivering creeping on the air. That makes the home, so tranquil Mid so fair, O'cry, helming to my sight ? All solemnized it seems, And-stili".d, and darken'd in each time-worn hue Since the rich clustering roses met my view, As now, by starry gleams. And this high dm, where last I stood and lingered—where my sisters made Our mother's bower—I dcem'd not that it cast So far and dark a shade How spirit-like a tone Sighs through yon tree My father's place was At evening hours, while soft winds waved his hair Now those grey locks are gone:! My soul grows faint with fear Even as if angel steps had mark'd the sod. I tremble where I move—the voice of God Is in the foliage here Is it indeed the night That makes my home so awful ? Faithless hearted 'Tis that from thine own bosom hath departed The inborn gladd'ning light No outward thing is changed Only the joy of purity is f1< d; A.ud, long from nature s meiodies estranged Thou hear'st their tones with dread. ° Therefore the-calm abode, By thy dark spirit, is o'erhnng with shade And therefore, in the leaves, the voice of God :f Makes thy sick heart afraid The night-flowers round that door Still breathe pare fragrance on the untainted air-' Thou, thou alone art worthy now no more To pass, and rest thee there. And must I turn away ? Hark, hark! it is my mother's voice I hear, Sadder thau once it seemed, yet soft and clear,- Dotil ,I-ic not seem to pray ? My name'! I caught the sound Oh, blessed tone of Jove-the deep, the mild- Mother, my mother Now receive thy child, Take back the lost and found. THE pangs that wicked men feel are not always written in their foreheads. Though wickedness be sugar in their mOlL and wantonness an oil to make them look with cheerful coun- tenance nevertheless if their hearts were disclosed, thil' glittering estate would not greatly be envied.—HOOKER! WH are not to choose for ourselves what parts to act on the stage of life, but to act those well which are allotted and ap- pointed for ivs. It is a great misfortune that people so com- monly amuse themselves with idle and .imasrinarv schemes hew they would behave and what they would do* were they hi such or such a situation. They would be very good and very exemplary were they very great, very learned, very wealthv very retired, very old, and the like. But they neglect the ciii which is in them, and the work which is appointed for their- while they are thinking of that which is not. Alas -their state of probation is their present state whatever it be. TUCKER. IF you desire to enjoy life avoid unpunctual people. They impede business,, and poison pleasure. Make it your own rule not only to be punctual* but a.little beforehand. Such a habit secures a composure which is essential to happiness. For want of it many people live in a constant fever, and put all abou<- them into a fever too. To prevent the tediousness of waitW for others, carry with you some means of occupation—for ample, books which can be read by snatches, and which afford ample materials for thinking.—THE OkiGiNAL. u*'u THINK before thou speakest.—First, what thou shalt s1)cak; secondly, why thou should'st speak; thirdly, to t ia,iv st, hi ve to speak fourthly, about whom or what thou art to speak; firthly, what will come from what thou may'st speak- sixthly, what may be the benefit from what thou shalt speak | seventhly, who may be listening to what thou shalt speak. Put thy word on thy fingers' ends before thou speakest it, and turn it these seven ways -before thou speakest it.; and there will never come any harm from what thou shalt say.-TL1 DOCTOR. WE all know upon how minute causes the temper AND dis- position of an individual may depend. A blight in the air the east wind, rain, hunger, bad news, mortifications, the loss of iortune, or of those we love these render us ii-ioiose m'ld sad, or fit for trascns, stratagems, and spoils. :On the olh,,r hand, a genial climate, the advance of the :s17ring, gratified love or successful -,bove all, health. These render us jocund, happy, and complylug, probably virtuous and pious i in short, fit for good