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56 The thoughts that wander through eternity.»
Paradise Lost, book ii.
E. LITTELL, CHESNUT STREET,
The Stranger and his Friend, • .
- 122 A Sea Piece ; in Three Sonnets, ..
125 Robert Burns, · · ·
127 A Theme for a Poet,
• 129 Night, - - -
: 132 Meet Again! . .
• 135 Via Crucis, Via Lucis,
• 136 The Pilgrim, -
• 137 German War Song,
. - 138 Reminiscences, - - - - - - 139 The Ages of Man, - .
- 140 Aspirations of Youth, - - - - - 141 A Hermitage, - -
142 The Falling Leaf, . . On Planting a Tulip Root, - - · 145 The Adventure of a Star, - - - - 146 A Word with niyself, . . . . . 150 Inscription under the Picture of an aged Negro
Woman, - - - - - - - 152 Thoughts and Images, . . . . . 155
- 143 PREFACE.
The subject of “ The Pelican Island” was sug. gested by a passage in Captain Flinders's Voyage to Terra Australis. Describing one of those numerous gulfs which indent the coast of New Holland, and are thickly spotted with small islands, he says:—“Upon two of these we found many young Pelicans unable to fly. Flocks of the old birds were sitting upon the beaches of the lagoon, and it appeared that the islands were their breeding places; not only so, but, from the number of skeletons and bones there scattered, it should seem that for ages these had been selected for the closing scene of their existence. Certainly, none more likely to be free from disturbance of every kind could have been chosen, than these islets of a hidden lagoon of an uninhabited island [called by Captain F. Kangaroo Island,] situate upon an unknown coast, near the antipodes of Europe ; nor can any thing be more consonant to their feelings, if Pelicans have any, than quietly to resign their breath, surrounded