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XXXVI,

THE SAMB

In towns i arr a sluggard. But when here
I rise ere jungle insects cease their cry
That cry all night. I cannot close my eye
Amid this unseen store of beauty, where
An instant calls up many a by gone year.
Such spots make deeper my deep memory
of Thee, dear Spirit, which antil I die
Will deepen still. More often drops the tear,
While I am wandering by the mountain side,
For Thee whoin oft I've goothed with Nature's beauty;
And, oh! it was my pleasure and my pride,
Though thy near sate my boding bosom knew,
A sunheam shining through the cloud of Duty,
To soothe thee-ill thou fadedst from my view,

XXXVII.

REST HOUSE.

In this small building, with its carthen floor,
There is a luxury that is denied
To sojourners in palaces. Here pride,
If any where, is humbled. From this door
Or rude construction I now feast me more
With splendor and magnificence, allied
To the most touching beauty, than more wide
And bolder scenes afford. While o'er and o'er
I view with fresh delight yon Waterfall,
White-robed, and beautiful, and ever blending
The loveliest light with its most plaintive voice,
I do not want society. 'Mid all
My bosom's grief, those waters now descending
So fair, so bright', my heart almost rejoice.

XX.XVIII.

CLOUD AND WATER FALL,

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Behold that white cloud rising from the bed
Of the bright Waterfall. Slowly itsteals,
And noiselessly, as though the vapour feels
Its way to upper air ere it durst tread
The atmosphere. As hy a spirit led,
It still ascends in breathless silence-reels
Hither and thither--but at last appeals
More boldly to its energy and speed;
And like a sea bird, brooding on the air,
Away on white and cloudy wings it fies:
It veiled the hall-bidden fall, and did appear
As a bright shadowy film before the eyes;
Its spectral form now upward see it rear,
And from the Fall another phantom vise.

XXXIX.

FAREWELL.

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I leave this Valley, not reluctantly,
But with the feeling of a lover tried
By a?l vicissitudes. My mental pride,
Which deemed that under cope of the blue sky
We

may bear all things singly—now doth sigh For social converse.

Yet 'twere vain to chide
My chosen solitude. And I defied
One day of rain without society.
Bui grew more bumble with the second. Yet
I have seen clouds that fitted by as fast
As insects of the air,—and misis as feet
As spirits of light,-which did entirely shroud,
With one white, dense, impenetrable cloud,-
The Valley for an instant--and then past.

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i must leave this to the imagination of the reader," who is dd attentivo obserrer of Nature by sea or fand. When I passed the Cape, the gales were to me

the only pleasure i felt, the only relier [ experienced from tho most painful and afflictive voyage or journey (and I have known both) I ever experienced. Watching over the sickness and suffering of One whose memory is dearer to me than any living being (Heu quanto minus est cum reliquis veraan quam tui meminisse ;)— With fellow passengers,—the pang of remombering some of whom will nerer, to my dying hour, pass away from my mind; my solitary and my melancholy pleasure was to sit in a safe corner at the ex, treme end of the stern of the tessel, and to watch the mountain-billowsnear and distant, as the ship dipped down to the level of the surface of the engulphed ocean, and then bore me up to an equal height with the next enormeus billow. The sky, during such gales, is generally clear, blue, and un. ruffled; presenting a strango contrast with the raging sea beneath. The rest seabirds, especially the snow-white Albatrosses, bover above the foaming biHows in docks. The light, reflected from the clear blue sky and the brilliant sun, is exactly what I have described in the resemblance to a fine mountainous country. The sea is sometimes green as grass, fields of which seem to clothe the swelling sides of the mountain billows. To give a more distinct notion of the sensations of a royager in such situation and circumstances, I subjoin an extract from my joumat. "I have not witnessed so fine a scene, as the sea presented this day, since we embarked.

" I stood upon the deck,—and watched the waves

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“ In plainer prose, the sea, from the stern of the vessel, appeared one mass of cougregated waters, rolling immensels high, one billow after the other, showing every variety of hill and valley, and every diversity of light and shade. At other times, when the sup sbone, and the surface of the sea became brighter it looked like the undulations of a fine connery, such as the green mountains of Roxburghshiro in Scotland. Again, the scene cluanged by a sudden squall; and tho boiling of the ocean, throwing up flakes of foam, resembled a snow-storm. Again, it was like a boiling cauldrou, as if evil spirits from beneath stirred up the waters into violent fermentation. One appearance was pre-eminently beautiful. When the sun shone, the tips of the waves reflected his rays, which showed a light green colour, like the leaves of the budding trees the spriný. To complete tije scene, iniagine the ship scudding before the wind, collowed by thesá monntain waters, as if pursued by so many enemies or like a vast bird of prey, chased by more formidable foes."

XXXII-XXXIX.

the Falley of Rambodde,- where these vørses were written on my first vitit in 1834,-1 spent into days quite alone in the Rest tuuse. Éxcept ég & terý extrly hout in the morning, and sometimes for a Óries while between the sto whers, I was confined a close prisoner. The humidity of the atmos phure if the chief, and almost solitary objection to tliis heautiful Valley. it is the same in other similar situations ju all mountainous countries. Rambodde is always it beantiful spot. But with my fóelivigs on my first visit, it *** peculiarly delightful to me. The Falls are very striking.

Laconics.

Providence frequently makes wicked men the instruments of good, as a wise physician useih poisonous herbs for medicine.

There is no heart however buse, that has not some redeeming quality, as the green herh. is often seen springing from the withered tree, or creeping

over the sterile rocks

The Schoolmaster is abroad, preaching &. crusade against the infidels 18vorance and Superstition, to recover the Holy Land of Reason, the Sainted Sepulchre of Truthi.

Poverty is more frequently clad in velvet chou in sacktlbih, and wealth dwells less in the palues thau in the hut.

ED. C. M

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The plant, from which this article is pepared, belongs to the Alyee lanily and is the Kaddel Pási of the Tamils, the Agar Agar of the Malays, and the Sanchou of the Chinese. It

grows,

almost invariably adhering to the roots and stalks of the sea weed called Váttálé,' in the sballow parts of the Calpentón lake, particularly about the small islands opposite to Pallinasellorry and handakudah. It is collected at all seasons. . When taken out of the water, it is spread thin upou the ground to dry in the sun, and carclulls needed. It is then soaked for a day in fresh water, and afterwards washed and dried alternately, till it is entirely freed from the particles of weed which adhere to its filaments, and turns while. The whiler it is required to make the moss the more rashing is necessary.

Mosses in general, as articles of lood, appear to have been known to the inhabitants of the Malay coasts and China from the eurliest periods. Mr. Davis in bis very interesting work on the Chinese, Vol. II. P. 360, says that “a species of seaweed or lucus, found on the sea-beach in the neighbourhood of Macau, is used as a jelly. It is first sleeped in fresh watur, and bung tip tv any: being thin boiled in water, it acquires, on cooling, the cousistence and appear. auce of a jelly, and is used willi vurioas fruits to form conserves." The first time the use of Ceylon moss was made known to the inhabitants of Calpentyn was by a smali quantity prepared by a Malay man named Halji Buhar for Lien. Lericle, Commandunt of the district, in the year 1806, avind it blas ever since been rendered an object of trade in the place. The quality of moss prepared in · former years was, However, not so great as it is at present: ils qualities not being then sufficiently

. koorn (ov Europians and the demand extemely limited. Whatever moss was prepared :: disposeif of to the Jaffna ňooriver, who erporiad ii viiher tv Jacras, or Columbu under the name of " Jafina Iluss."

Dr. Sigmond, in a paper read at a meeting of the Medier-Bolavical Society of Londou slales llai Cerion Moss has been found very superior in several respecis w the Mosses of lovland and Carrig heen, and le recommends the jelly nude from it as a most desirable nutrilion for women in their accounclouenes, ling time from all the objections which are foxternt to exist with male liquors, aud other beverages and diets well calculated in nurisli un support the mother, but highly injuriuus in their cliecls upon ilie delicale frame of the child.

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