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The beasts that roam over the plain,
My form with indifference see, They are so unacquainted with man,
Their tameness is shocking to me.
Society, friendship, and love,
Divinely bestow'd upon man, Oh, had I the wings of a dove,
How soon would I taste you again! My sorrows I then might assuage
In the ways of religion and truth, Might learn from the wisdom of age,
And be cheer'd by the sallies of youth.
Religion I what treasure untold
! Resides in that heavenly word ! More precious than silver and gold,
Or all that this earth can afford. But the sound of the church-going bell,
These valleys and rocks never heard, Ne'er sigh’d at the sound of a knell,
Or smiled when a Sabbath appear'd.
Yo winds that have made me your sport,
Convey to this desolate shore, Some cordial endearing report
Of a land I shall visit no more. My friends, do they now and then send
A wish or a thought after me? Oh tell me I yet have a friend,
Though a friend I am never to see.
How fleet is the glance of the mind !
Compar'd with the speed of its flight,
The tempest itself lags behind,
And the swift-winged arrows of light. When I think of my own native-land,
In a moment I seem to be there ; But alas ! recollection at hand
Soon hurries me back to despair.
But the sea-fowl is gone to her nest,
The beast is laid down in his lair, Even here is a season of rest,
And I to my cabin repair.
And mercy, encouraging thought !
The light in the world comes chiefly from two
1. The Sun. 2. The Student's lamp.
HINTS IN RELATION TO STUDY. 1. The number of hours of daily study. This must vary with the constitution of each individual.
The attention must all be absorbed ; the thoughts must all be brought in, and turned upon the object of study, as you would turn the collected rays of the sun into the focus of the glass, when you would get fire from those rays.
Do not call miscellaneous reading, or anything which you do by way of relief, or amusement, study : it is not study. Be sure to get as much of your study in the morning as possible. The mind
is then in good order. 2. Have regard to the positions of the body while engaged in study.
Some men, from early life, habituate themselves to study, sitting at a low flat table; this ought to be avoided; for, as you advance in life, that part of the body which is between the shoulders and hips becomes more and more feeble, and consequently the stooping babit is acquired. Few literary men walk or sit perfectly erect. Standing is undoubtedly the best method of study, if you will only begin in this way. In writing, in the study of languages, and most kinds of mathematics, you must be confined to one spot. If you can change positions, and stand a part, and sit a part of the time, it will be well;
but the former should preponderate. As you advance in life you will naturally sit more and more, till the habit becomes fixed. Few men are seen standing at their books after forty years of age. The late talented and lamented Grimke (Judge of the Supreme Court of S. Carolina ) informs us that he uniformly stood, and did most of his stndying while walking in his room. If you are composing, or reading, or committing to memory, this position is a desirable one. you have your table high enough, and keep clear of the rocking chair, with a writing-leaf on the arm of it. Sitting in such a chair gives the body a twisting position, which is almost sare to lead to poor health, and not unfrequently to the grave. If possible, place your table, the top of which should so slope a little, that the light may fall upon you from behind. This will be a kindness to the eyes. In the evening, it is well to have the lamp shaded, or to have a shade drawn over the eyes. I would hope, however, that you keep your les
. sons so much in advance, that the necessity of putting your eyes to a severe trial will be avoided. If your eyes are weak, be careful that a glare of light does not fall upon them; and be sure to wash them in cold water the last thing at night, and the first in the morning. The great desideratum in the choice of positions is to keep the body as straight as possible. A hending at the chest is by all means to be avoided. Your dress, even to the slipper, should sit as loosely as possible ; and the house which is now to stand still, and in which the mind is to labour, should be as easy as it can be, without assuming a position,
which, by long habit, will court the embrace of
sleep 3. Let there be no conversation in the hours of
study. 4. Be thorough in every study. 5. Expect to become familiar with hard study. 6. Remember that the great secret of being suc
cessful and accurate as a student, next to perse
verance, is the constant habit of reviewing. 7. Be faithful in fulfilling your appointed exercises. 8. Learn to rest the mind, by variety in you
studies, rather than by entire cessation from study.
Read as little as possible by artificial light, nor before or after sun-down, nor with the light immediately in front, but let it fall at an angle on the page, over the left shoulder.
- DR. W. W. HALL.
The man who works so moderately as to be able to work contantly not only preserves his health the longest, but in the course of the year executes the greatest quantity of work. The saying is “every man does more work in ten months than twelve."
The boy who's always wisbing
• From The Studer i's Manual, by Rev. John Todd.