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And there were charts and soundings, made
Old Simon had an orphan been,
E'en from his childhood was he seen
Four years on board a merchantman
He knew, from pastoral St. Lucie,
But sterner life was in his thoughts,
Through forty years of storm and shine,
To where frost rocks the Polar Seas,
I recollect the brave old man
upon my view
He comes again-his varnished hat,
2 Two islands in Windward group, West Indies.
Oft would he tell, how, under Smith,
And when he told, how, through the Sound,
To quell the Dane in fight,—
His veteran eye with light!
But chiefly of hot Trafalgar
The brave old man would speak;
While his eye filled-for wound on wound
Ten years in vigorous old age,
Tranquil as falls the snow on snow
Life's lot to him was dealt;
1 Lord Nelson, a celebrated English Admiral, born in 1758, entered the navy when 12 years of age, rapidly gained distinction, and was in 1797 made Rear-Admiral. He annihilated the fleet which had conveyed the French into Egypt, in the bay of Aboukir, 1799. He as Vice-Admiral conducted the fleet against Copenhagen, 1801. He destroyed the united French and Spanish fleets at Cape Trafalgar, 21st Oct., 1805, but paid for the victory with his life.
But came infirmity at length,
We missed him on our seaward walk.
'Twas harvest time ;-day after day
Thus did he weaken and he wane,
He made them prop him in his couch,
And now he watched the moving boat,
Welcome as homestead to the feet
Death to old Simon's dwelling came,
And, breathing peace to all around,
1. Why did our tar build his cottage on the mount?
2. Why placed he a vane on the roof? 3. What plants were found in his garden? 4. What were hung round his cabin ? 5. Name the three celebrated navigators? 6. What curiosities had he collected ? 7. Give us the history of Simon when a boy.
8. Where sailed he when serving his time?
9. What "sterner life" is meant ?
11. Into what climes had he sailed during the forty years?
12. Give the appearance of the brave old man,
13. What seat was his favourite one, and why?
14. Through what instrument did he frequently look?
15. What had happened when he was under Smith?
16. Where and when were the naval battles fought?
17. When did his cheek glow with pride? 18. How many years of health had he in his cottage?
19. What disease at last made him bedfast?
20. Tell me how our poor old tar was when harvest came round.
21. What hour brings home the bird and the bee?
22. What was done to the brave old man then?
23. On what did he gaze when propped in his chair?
24. What came welcome to old Simon's cabin?
25. Was not Simon kind as well as brave?
26. Do we find cruelty of disposition and kindness often combined?
27. Tell me why it is we love men like old Simon?
I REMEMBER, I remember,
I remember, I remember,
1 remember, I remember,
Where I was used to swing,
And thought the air would rush as fresh
My spirit flew in feathers, then,
That is so heavy now,
And summer pools could hardly cool
The fever on my
I remember, I remember,
The fir trees dark and high ;
I used to think their slender spires,
To know I'm further off from heaven,
1. What says the poet of the house, the summer sun, &c.?
2. Did he weary of the long summer day
3. How passes he the night now?
4. What says he of the flowers that grew around his youthful home?
5. Why say the "tree is living yet"?
What did his simple youthful mind imagine concerning the fir-trees?
8. Does his maturer knowledge on this point make him happier?
TREAD Softly-bow the head-
No passing bell doth toll,
Is passing now.
Stranger! however great,
With lowly rev'rence bow;
Beneath that beggar's roof,
Lo! death doth keep his state,
Enter-no guards defend
That pavement, damp and cold,
A dying head.