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“We praise Thet, God,
“All the earth
“To Thee all angels cry Aloud, the heavens and all the powers therein.” And from the font:
“ To Thee the Cherubim
And then With upward gaze, as if he looked upon The unnumbered multitudes about the throne, Saint Ambrose answered, with triumphant voice: “The glorious company of the Apostles”“Praise Thee !” brake reverent from Augustine's lips. “ The goodly fellowship of the Prophets”“Praise Thee!” “The nobly army of the Martyrs”“Praise Thee !” And back and forth responsive rolled
The grand antiphonal, until the crowd
And when the last Response was reached, and the rapt speakers stood With eyelids dropped, as those who had seen God, And could not brook at once a mortal face, Awe-struck, the people bowed their heads and wept, Then uttered, with acclaim, ove long “ Amen!"
MARGARET J. PRESTON.
TOUR old cats sat down to tea,
For a cruel, cruel deed had he done :
"An example, I say, must be made of that,"
And heads were nodded and plans were made,
'Twas twelve o'clock when Tony Lee Sprang up in bed to look and see
What the terrible noise could be
Now, picture a moment the sight that he saw:
There were cats on the table and cats on each chair,
In robes of black they were all arrayed,
And the poor boy gasped, but no word could he say,
Then down from the mantel and on to the bed
“Never again,” she murmured low,
And every tail o'er his face was brushed,
'Twas day when he opened his eyes to the light,
For there by his side-just think of that I
He buried that tail ere the close of day
But, alas! no play has he ever done yet
At last my tale is finished and done,
ANNIE WESTON WHITNEY.
GROWTH OF THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC.
TN the fullness of time a republic rose up in the wilderI ness of America. Thousands of years had passed away before this child of the ages could be born. From whatever there was of good in the systems of former centuries she drew her nourishment; the wrecks of the past were her warnings. With the deepest sentiment of faith fixed in her inmost nature, she disenthralled religion from bondage to temporal power, that her worship might be worship only in spirit and in truth. The wisdom which had passed from India through Greece, with what Greece had added of her own; the jurisprudence of Rome; the mediæval municipalities; the Teutonic method of representation; the political experience of England; the benignant wisdom of the expositors of the law of nature and of nations in France and Holland, all shed on her their selectest influence. She washed the gold of political wisdom from the sands wherever it was found; she cleft it from the rocks; she gleaned it among ruins. Out of all the discoveries of statesmen and sages, out of all the experience of past human life, she compiled a perennial political philosophy, the primordial principles of national ethics. The wise men of Europe sought the best government in a mixture of monarchy, aristocracy, and democracy; and America went behind these names to extract from them the vital elements of social forms, and blend them harmoniously in the free Commonwealth, which comes nearest to the illustration of the natural equality of all men. She intrusted the guardianship of established rights to law; the movements of reform to the spirit of the people, and drew her force from the happy reconciliation of both.