out becoming electrified ; 1 have to say, huzah for the bee,
whether I will to or not. If you will lend me your attention
I will repeat it:
With vicious threat, and linger fine,
The spider spun his filmy line,
The extremes with stronger cordage tied,
And wrought the web from side to side.
Beneath the casement's pendant roof
lie hung aloft th» shadowy woof:
There in the midst compressed he lies,
And patient waits the expected prize.
When, lo ! on sounding pinions strong,
A bee. imcautious, rushed along;
Xi r of the gauzy net aware
Till all entangled in the snare
Enraged, he flic*, his bu/.zinj wings
Ilis far resounding war-soag sing;
'IVrrs ail that would his course control.
And threatens ruiu to the whole.
Willi rlrrsd, with gladness, with suipiise.
The spider saw the dangeroHS prize :
Then rushed relentless on his foe,
Intent to give the deadly blow.
But as the spider came in view.
The bee his poisoned dagger Crew:
I? ck at, the sight the spider ran.
And now his crafty work began.
With lengthened anus the. snares he plied,
lis turned the bee from sMe to side:
llis leg* he tied, his wings lie bound,
And whirled his victim round and round.
And n»w with cautious steps and slow,
Jfo came to give the fatal blow,
When frightened at the trenchant biadc,
The bee one desparate ofi'ort mad*.
The fabric breaks, the cords Rive *ay,
Ills wings resume Hich wonted play ;
Far oft' em gladsome plume he. (lies,
And drags the spider through the skies.
I could wish myself that bee. lie did not kill the spider,
but he winged him aloft and carried him captive at his
Dr. Adam Clarke once remarked: Its the soul that makes
the man. And so it is. I had rather have one man with a
soul, or a will, than ten thousand with none. And, gentle¬
men, permit me to tell you there is enough for you to do in
the field of science and in every other department.
Since, the world began the lightning has played harmless¬
ly upon the fringes of distant clouds, or around the moun¬
tain, kissing brow-bounds, shooting its thrice bolted artillery
from the magazines of the tddes in appalling vollics through