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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.
And feeted away,
To die and decay.
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.
Words cannot express
Seems wildly to fly,
When tempests are nigh. Thy smile still may brighten,
Though grief it has made ;
Both sunshine and shade.
The pang and the pain,
We meet not again.
I hear, I hear in the distant svest,
An echo from many a far-away shore,
It floats along
Like a Syren's song,
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,
Long e'er the span
Of mortal man
The great globe to lave,
From my home atar,
On the brow of night.
All gargeous and bright,
That has pass'd in this restless world below,
I've seen the last of a sioning race,
And I left no trace
Age after age rolld on and I saw,
of man ne'er rainly rose :
They pass'd along;
With grateful song:
His chariot midst the seller'd wave,
And Israel's Hope was Egypt's Grave.
Time slowly told
The years that rollid
And still my waves
Swept o'er the graves
So fair a form the world ne'er saw :
He spoke as man ne'er spoke before.
Her mantle o'er the bours of night;
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.
And on thcir breast the frail bark loss'd,
“ Save, Lord ! Oh ! save, or all are lost.”
All this I have done and heard and saen,
I come, I come with music and song,
Look, look at my waves they are stronger
For my storms are but toys to one mightier than me.
ED. C. M.
A MECHANICS INSTITUTE FOR CEYLON
TO THE BDITOR OP THE CEYLON MAGAZINE.
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.