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XIV.

The bridal is over,

The pageant has past, Thy fortunate lover

Has won thee at last. And now I may wander

All sally and lorn, And silenily-ponder

On joys that are gone.
On happiness vanish'd,

And feeted away,
And hopes that are banish'd,

To die and decay.
On love unrequited,

Devotion unprized, On agony slighted,

And passion despised. Once beauty was shedding

Its light upon all, And secretly wedding

My heart to its ihrall; And fancy was weaving

lis fallacies sweet, I jord in believing

The lovely deceit.
Now Earth is all sadness,

And pleasure-listress
And love is a madness

Words cannot express
The blood in its motion

Seems wildly to fly,
Like waves of the Ocean

When tempests are nigh. Thy smile still may brighten,

Though grief it has made ;
Thine eyes still enlighten

Both sunshine and shade.
Though banish'd be never

The pang and the pain,
Farewell and for ever,

We meet not again.

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XV,

I hear, I hear in the distant svest,

An echo from many a far-away shore,
On the wings of the breeze that is sinking to rest,
On the bosom of ocean whose loiling is o'er.

It floats along

Like a Syren's song,
But nearer it seems

The speech of some monster amidst his dreams; : Or the words of a giant awoke from his sleep.

Hush Hark! 'tis the voice of the mighty deep.

*

I come, I come from all countries and climes,
All kindreds and ages, all nations and times.
I come from the tomb of departed years,
And I come with smiles, and I come with tears.

Long e'er the span

Of mortal man
Was meted above, 'twas given to me

The great globe to lave,
With

restless wave;

my
And onward I rollid,

All uncontrollid,
Like a child at play, unsetter'd and free :
And my cradle was rock'd in Eternity.

From my home atar,
I saw the first star
Burst forth into light,

On the brow of night.
I canght from the moon her young virgin ray,
Which I wooed and won with my laughing spray.
And the kindling sun first smiled upon me,

All gargeous and bright,
From his throne of light.
On ihe morn of his birth,
To come mpon earth,
He took his red way thro' the paths of the sea.
I've seen all this, and more since then,

That has pass'd in this restless world below,
I've seen how the fallen children of men,
Have drmk of the wormwood cup of woe.

I've seen the last of a sioning race,
In anger swept from the earth's fair face:
"Ttvas I, even I who in anger went forth,
Heaven's weapon of wrath ;

And I left no trace
Tbro' tbe word's wide space,

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Age after age rolld on and I saw,
Kneeling in tears on my desert shore,
An exiled people, whose voice was woe,
For they saw their foe
Advance in the pride of his kingly might,
With chariot swist and belmel bright,
To fetter once more the limbs that were free
But Israel's king was greater than he.
The cry of Jacob's sons ascended
Where
prayer

of man ne'er rainly rose :
And Israel saw his cause defended,
His children saved from angry foes.
The word went forth and lo! I

gave
A pathway thro' my stormy wave.

They pass'd along;

With grateful song:
But when the banghty king had driven

His chariot midst the seller'd wave,
My task was done, my chains were riven,

And Israel's Hope was Egypt's Grave.
The gilded banner, the gorgeous crest,
And the glittering mail on the warrior's breast,
Were things of nought, and the clang of war,
And the neighing steed were heard no more.
And Egypt's king and Egypt's pride,
Beneath my fatal waters died.

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*

Time slowly told

The years that rollid
Through space into Eternity :

And still my waves

Swept o'er the graves
Of sons of fail hunianily.
There came on earth a being of grace,

So fair a form the world ne'er saw :
Tho' mean his guise, tho' meek his face,

He spoke as man ne'er spoke before.
The moon was up and in beauty shone,
On my chrystal wave, where all alone
The man of sorrows in meekuess irod,
And my waters selt and owned their God.
The world was still and darkness bung

Her mantle o'er the bours of night;
One lunely, star in sadness Rung

O'er earth its soft and feeble light.

Across the seas a fragile hark

Flew swiftly on before the gale ; Aud all around its form was dark,

Save the white foam and bursting sail.
The storm wax'd fierce the waves ran high,

And on thcir breast the frail bark loss'd,
From whence arose a fearful cry,

“ Save, Lord ! Oh ! save, or all are lost.”
He rose in meekness and bis band stretch'd forth;
He spake the words of peare, and le, the wrath
Or howling winds subsided at his will,
And the wild waves lay awed, subdued and still,

All this I have done and heard and saen,
Wonders that earth never knew, I ween :
I've drunk the best blood of the heroes of yore :
I've swept the proud town from its fortified shore :
Th' adventurer's bark in my blue arms I bore,
All dauntless and proud, a new world to explore.
I saw the Armada go lorib o'er my wave,
To fetler my children, the free and the brave:
But I laugh'd at their madness and found them a grave.

than ye:

I come, I come with music and song,
Then list to me as I roll along,
Sons of earth be not so proud,

Look, look at my waves they are stronger
My sparkling spray may be your shroud,

For my storms are but toys to one mightier than me.
Children of inen are your eyes so dim,
Or your hearts so hard, that ye see not lim,
Whose mercy and bounty all good things gave,
Reflected in love on my chrystal wave ?
And see ye not in the stormy night,
In the winds and waves bis learful might ?
O! yes, weak man in the tempest bour,
Is not slow to fcel and own bis power.

ED. C. M.

Origind Correspondenct.

A MECHANICS INSTITUTE FOR CEYLON

TO THE BDITOR OP THE CEYLON MAGAZINE.

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Sir,—Will you permit me to offor, through the medium of your pages, & few remarks upon a subject which must be considered as of importance to this Colony-the intellectual improvement of its rising population-for I conceive they cannot have a more fitting place than in the “ Ceylon Magazine one of the arowed purposes of which is "to give a higher tone to our co, lonial literature."

Much, very much has been accomplished hy the Colombo Acadlamy end the Pettah Library, but unfortunately the finances of the latter are iu such

to materially circumscribe its sphere of doing good : wbile from the benefits of the former many youths are debated by being forced at an early age to go forth and labor with the bands instead of with the mind. Now it has oceurred to me that much of this evil might be obriated by the formation of a “ Colombo Mechanics' Institute" on a scale as comprehensive and as cheap as those so universally and beneficially establisbed in the mother country, I need not remind you, or your readers, of the very rocent formation of Mechanics Institutes, under the auspices of Lord Brougham and of their rapid extension throughout the united Kingdom, nor need I call your attention to the immense benefits they have conferred on those who, from their ocoupations and station in society, were otherwise debarred from intel. lectual relaxation and improvement -I mean the Mechanics and ArtizansMany of the London and provincial Institutes possess libraries of some bundred thousand volumes besides valuable collections and models of Machinery philosophical instruments &c. yet are supported by annual subscriptions of buy a few shillings. In so small a colony as this we cannot hope to effect any. thing similar, yet by union much might be done, as nuch, indeed, in proportion, as in the splendid London Halls of Science,

I would propose that an “ Tostitnte" be established in oonnection with the Pettah Library for the purpose of delirering courses of lectures on every branch of art and science : its' footing and consitution I leave to those who may deem it worthy their consideration, I would merely observe that a very trifling subscription-say one rix dollar per quarter would with 100 or 150 members, be sufficient for the maintenance of it when once established.

A public meeting should be called and a subscription set on foot amongs hoth Europeans and natives for the purchase of Books, Mechanical apparatus, and Philosophical Instruments, and I bave little doubt but that the civil and military residents would liberally support so laudable an undertaking: the GoFernment might also be requested to aid it by either money or a building for the purpose.

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