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in the stone ; not a fibre or filament wanting, not a thread drawn from the delicate texture.
The running brook by the mill was making HisTORY, don't you think ?—when it left its old channel, dim, dumb and dusty, and meandered a new artery in the bosom of Earth. It is making History, when rounding and polishing the pebbles, those chronome. ters of the hours since its journey and carol began. It is revising History, when it sweeps away the vete" witnesses
of old surveys, that marked the boundaries of battle-fields and the metes of kingdoms. It is restoring History, when it clears away the sand from rock bearing the legible foot-prints of a race whose legendary form and fame had faded from the lidless eye of Time
“Footprints that perhaps another,
Sailing o'er Life's solemn main,
Seeing, may take heart again."
An OAK felled, the other day, in " the heavy timber," close by, had been making History these three hundred years, with its three hundred concentric rings ; swept, every one, with the widening compasses of vegetable life ; every one a symbol of a circling year. And they rived into rails this veteran Histo
rian, that commenced his work before the frozen germ of New-England drifted into the dead of December in the cup of a May Flower! What Goth or Vandal migrated from the Old World to the New ?
Dig a ditch, and you cut the untrimmed leaves of the Archives of the World. Climb a hill, and in undulating plains, and swelling heights, and deepgraved vales, the prospect reveals the basso relievo of ocean ; the sculpture of billows that died, time out of mind, along sands ; sands that turned to stone; stone that was hewn into temples; temples that mouldered to dust; dust that was flung to the winds ; winds that swelled the sails of the Argonauts. And the SCULPTURE? The Sculpture is there still!
By the evidence of three pickaxes and a shovel, there is something in the earth, besides sassafras and silver, ginseng and gold. Now, Poetry is a great deal more like "Roots and Herbs " than people generally suppose, perhaps. Every verb has a root, and verbs are the great staple in epic poetry, for the actionthat's the Verb" the play's the thing :” so the Iliad is as full of roots as a potato patch. It will not seem so very strange then, that Poetry has been digged from the earth with a shovel ; poetry that Homer never matched-and when one has said Homer, he
has said all ; and there it stands yet, a solitary line, and not a couplet. A line expressed by the human hand; a thought at whose utterance the tongue faltered and the pen failed; and this was the sentiment: Let the gray ATLANTIC wed the wave of blue ERIE. And this was all ; but little as it was, Alexandrian Libraries could not contain its full expression. The proud Doge of Venice takes the Adriatic Sea to be his bride, and drops into her bosom, a rich gold ring in token; but here was a greater thought waiting atterance. Aye, waiting utterance ! for though the Orator had rounded it into his periods, and the Bard had sung of it, they had not spoken it: it was not sung! The linen from a thousand looms could not make a sheet broad enough for its record; the press was not built that could print it; and so its Author wrote it—that one line-across the broad breast of the “ Empire State.” Wrote it with spade and mattock; blasted it out with powder ; lifted it out with crowbars. Then, idle rills that did nothing but sparkle and run, were woven into a strong, broad strand—a crystal tie-and flung like a ribbon, from Erie to the Main! Noble“ decoration” for the breast of New-York !
Ho--that Author-had carved out a River. He had woven its waters of the skeins of brooks. He
had wedded the twain. He had conceived and uttered a thought. And there it was, in one great, glorious line, of a poem yet to be completed, when some Milton, gifted with the eloquence of the hand, shall spurn
the cradle of some coming Age. Is it any less a line, that it was traced upon the green and golden scroll of the globe ? Any less a sentiment, that it was uttered with a shovel ? And he, CLINTON! is he not as much an author, as if, occupying an apartment walled in with learned nonsense, he had written upon superfine satin post ?”
Ah! if the Babel-cleft world ever claim a common tongue, and own a common kindred, it will be when the Saxon HAND shall forge a great dialect, needing neither lexicographer nor lexicon, “ known and read of all men.” A language that has ringing hammers and jarring wheels, rustling fields and harvest songs, for accents. When the sweet Ionic of the Golden Age shall no longer stand unrivalled, and man shall hail “my brother !” around the globe,
” uttered in the real, living eloquence of the Educated Hand.
Digging a line of poetry, indeed! They shall shovel out whole cantos from rich loam; they-every body
shall carve out beauty from rock; forge beatitudes' in furnaces ; sow hopes in fallow fields, and reap joys in harvest.
· Railw a y Magic.
EVERY day the whistle, ring and jar, that grand trio of the Age, before which old Minstrelsy is dumb, come to us over Clear Lake and through the woods, from the M. S. and N. I. R. R. :-as many initials as Garrick made faces—a whole Alphabet—TRAIN. It's a luxury that costs nothing—the chime of a mighty chronometer we hear—the beat of great pendulums swinging through their iron arcs, East and West, Toledo and Chicago, here and there ; ticking hours by the triplet all the day long. We set the clock by the shrill whistle of the iron boatswain, as he pipes “ all aboard” at La Porte, and catch ourselves looking in the clear sky for a cloud, when the iron-bound thunder rolls along the rails.
There are a thousand things that every body sees, and no body thinks of; witchery, if you will have it 80 ; wonders, whether you will or not. No more potent Charmer ever dwelt in “the drowsy East,” than