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20   IN THE ACADIAN LAND.

In her sonnet on "Trees" Mrs. Hemans writes thus :

 

"And ye are strong to shelter! All weak things,

All that need a home and covert, love your shade!"

Says Cowper of the "Woods":

"Meditation here

May think down hours to moments. Here the heart May give a useful lesson to the head

And learning wiser grow without his books."

 

Emerson quits the city for the country and celebrates his escape in a poem, in part running thus :

Good-by, proud world, I'm going home; I go to seek my own hearthstone

Bosomed in yon green hills alone ; A secret lodge in a pleasant land,

Whose groves the frolic fairies planned—Oh, when I am safe in my sylvan home I mock at the pride of Greece and Rome ! And when I am stretched beneath the pines, Where the evening star so holy shines, I laugh at the lore and pride of man,

At the sophist's school and the learned clan; For what are they all in their high conceit, When man in the bush with God may meet ? "

Swinburne, in his " Palace of Pan," touches this inspiring theme in forceful and moving verse. Here follows a stanza or two that will indicate their quality and merit to those who


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