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Full text of "The Bentley Ballads, containing the choice ballads, songs and poems contributed to Bentleys Miscellany"

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BENTLEY BAMADS. 



AINING 

the choice balla1», songs and poems contuibuted to 
bentley's miscellany." 





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LONDON: 

RICHARD BENTLEY, NEW BURLINGTON STREET. 

1861. 



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LONDON ; 

rrinted b^ A. Scbulie, 13. Poland Street. 



ADVERTISEMENT 



TO THE MEW BDITION. 



In introducing a New Edition to the public, the 
Publisher of " The Bentley Ballads" is desirous of 
calling attention to the new features which distinguish 
it from the former, and which, in reality, constitute it 
an entirely new Work. 

The first edition was selected from only six volumes of 
" Bentley's Miscellany"— from 1837 to 1840 ; the present 
includes all the most famous Songs and Ballads contri- 
buted to that celebrated magazine dxiring a period of 
eighteen years, from 1837 to 1866. 

This Volume, it is believed, will be found worthy of a 
place in every library ; for, perhaps, no single work in 
English modem literature exhibits such diversity of talent 
as these songs of love and sentiment, wit and humour, by 
the most popular authors of England, Scotland, Ireland, 



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IV ADVBETISEMENT. 

and America. It is only necessary to mention the names of 
Prout, Maginn, Lover, Ingoldsby, Longfellow, and the 
Irish Whiskey -Drinker, to give an idea of the rich store 
of entertainment contained in the following pages. 



London, 
February, 18C1. 



CONTENTS. 



Hall 



Old Morgan at Panama, by G. E. Inman. . • ■ 
The Sal)ine Farmer's Serenade, by Father Prout. . . 
Laud ye the Monks ! by William Jones. 
The Legend of Manor Hall, by the Author of " Headlon] 

The " Original" Dragon 

The Temptations of St. Anthony. .... 

A Tale of Grammarye. 

The Red-breast of Aquitania, by Father Prout. 

The Sun to his Mother, by Samuel Lover. . . . 

Impromptu by the late George Colman. . . . 

The Monks of Old, by William Jones. 

Oar Opening Chaunt. ....'. 

To the Hard-hearted Molly Carew, by S. Lover and Father Prout. 

The Grand Cham of Tartary and the Humble-Bee 

Paddy Blake's Echo. 

Impromptu, liy C. J. Davids. 

Haroun Alraischid, by G. E. Inman. 

To the Hot Wells of Clifion. 

The Dumb Waiter .... 

The Bottle of St. Januarius, by P. Frout. 

The Rising Periodical 

The Song of the Cover, by Dr. Maginn. 



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Who are jroa? •••••. 

Kpigram, by S. F-over. 

Leary the Tipei's Lilt. ..... 

Song of the Moiitli. by P. Prout, 

Song of the Old Bell. 

•' Be Quiet— do ! I'll call my Mo'her I" 
Old Mountain Dew, by Charles Mackay. 
liev. Sydney Smith. ...... 

The Piper's Progress, by P. Prout. ... 

The Useful Young Man, by W. Collier. 

Madrigal of the Seasons. ..... 

Siege of Belgrade 

The Double Barrel, by Father Prout. . 

Friar Laurence and Juliet, by Thomas Ilaynes BayUy 

The Phantom Ship, by Ellen Pickering. 

Poetical Epistle from Father Prout to Boz, by Father Pi 

A Song for a Stormy Night, by Charles Mackay. , 

Sanianapalus. . 

The Memory of tlie Pcets, by T. N. Talfourd. 
Burns and Beranger, by Father Prout. . , 

The Voices of the Night, by H. W. Longfellow. , 
Thoughts on Patrons, Puffs, and other matters, by Tom 

Kichelieu ; or, the Conspiracy 

Song of a Rifleman, by the Author of •• Vincent Eden." 
Invitation to an Evening Walk, by J. A WaJe. 

The Forest Tree 

The Evening Star, by H. W. Longfellow. . , 
Song to the Thames, by Charles Mackay. 
The Blind Girl of Castel Cuille, by Lady Georgiana Full 
The Mockings of the Soldiers, by Dr. Maginn. 

A Classical Ode. 

To a Fountain in Hymettus, by Edward Kencaly, ■ 
Wreck of the Hesperus, by H. W. Longfellow. 
Light, by Dion L. Bourcicault. . . . . 



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CONTENTS. VIX 

Page 

The Fisherman's Dwelling, by Heinrich Heine. .... 205 

The AscenU of Mont Blanc, by Albert'Smith 206 

The Village Blacksmith, by Henry W. Longfellow. . . . 309 

The Donny brook Jig, by Dillon 211 

Taglioni 215 

Cupid in London, by R. More 218 

The Mistletoe, by Father Front. 222 

The Greek Poet's Dream, by Edward Kenealy .... 22C 

My Soldier-Boy, by Dr. Maginn. 230 

t is not always May, by H. W. Longfellow. .... 231 

Lines on Geneva, by Albert Smith 233 

Love and Care 235 

The Lass of Albany, by Bobert Burns 237 

Endyroion, by H. W. Longfellow. 239 

Evening Song of the Normandy Fishermen, by W. Jones. . . 241 

To *****, by Edward Kenealy 243 

The Rainy Day, by H. W. Longfellow 246 

To , by Father Prout. 247 

The Ides of March, by Father Prout 248 

Cupid, by Edward Kenealy 250 

To my Daughters, by Dr. Maginn. 252 

My Nora ! by T. J. Ouseley 253 

Song of Roland, by "W. Cooke Taylor. 254 

Leather away with the Oak- Stick, by the Iriah Whiskey.Drinker. 256 

Excelsior, by H. W. Longfellow 259 

Elegy in a London Theatre. 261 

Unfinished Lines upon my Library, by Robert Southey. . . 265 
The War-Song of the Gallant Eighty-Eighth, by the Irish Whiskey- 
Drinker 267 

The Expedition to Pontarlin. 269 

The Siege of Hensburgh, by John Ryan. L.L.D 272 

Brian O'Lynn, by the Irish Whiskey-Drinker 276 

Old Time, by George Linnaeus Banks. 279 

The Norman Peasant'* Hymn to the Virgin, by William Jones . 281 



VIU CONTENTS. 

The Quiet Hour, by T. J. Ooseley 283 

The Christening of Her Royal Highness the Princess Alice Maude, 

by the Irish Whiskey-Drinker 284 

A Lyric for Chnstraas, by W. G. J. Barker. . . . .287 

The Genius of Theocritus 200 

To the Spirit of the Flowers 293 

A Merry and Marvellous Ditty on the Mountain Dew, by the Irish 

Whiskey-Drinker. 296 

Endurance, by the Rev. W. B. Flower, B.A. . . . .302 

Spring, by W. C. Taylor 304 

Sonnet from Petrarch. 306 

Owed to my Creditors, by Alfred Crowquill 337 

Farewell Winds and Wintry Weather, by the Irish Whiskey- 
Drinker 309 

Forget me Not. 311 

The Heart's Misgivings, by Cuthbert Bede 313 

Irene of Sestos, by W. G. J. Barker 317 

Railway Dactyls 324 

A Game at St. Stephen's Chapel, by the Rt. Hon. George Canning. 327 

The Enthusiast Dead, by J. H. Reynolds 331 

King Charles of Spain 333 

A Dying Wife to her Husband ' . . 336 

The Coral Caves, by G. Linnseus Banks 338 

Song of the People 339 

lone 343 

A Letter from an Old Country House, by Albert Suiilh. . . 344 

The Praises of Colonos, by Cuthbert Bede. 348 

The Danish Seaman's Song 351 

Oh ! Let Me Love Thee ! 353 

The Bold Sea Wave, by G. Linnsus Banks. . . . .354 

The Brook, by Alfred B. Street. 355 

Old Grumbleton 357 

Dirge 360 

A Song of Como the Beautiful, by Theresa C. I. West . . 362 



CONTENTS. ix 

Page 

Adrice to Lovers 366 

Emma and Eginard. . . ■ 367 

My Winter Room, by Alfred B. Street 386 

The Dane and his King, by Hans Christian Andersen. ... . 389 
The Warden of the Cinque Ports, by W. H, Longfellow. . .391 

A Poet's Lore 393 

TheGipsey • . . 395 

The Cloud in the Honeymoon. 39G 

The Churchyard at Cambridge, by W. H. Longfellow. . . . 403 

Song from the Gaelic, by W. H. Maxwell 405 

In Saram, by 6. K. Gillespie, A.M. ...... 406 

Yes and No 412 

A Ballad of Sir John Franklin 414 

My Portrait, by Mary Russell Mitford 420 

Keld-Preaching, by Julia Day 421 

Sempre lo stesso, by H. T. Tuckerman 423 

The Two Angels, by W. H. LongfeUow. 424 

The Shoe. 426 

The Tomb of Glory, by Bta. 429 

The Cobbler of Toledo 431 

As I lay a-tbynkynge, by Thomas Ingoldsby 450 



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THE 

BENTLEY BALLADS. 

OLD MOEGAN AT PANAMA. 



In the hostel-room we were seated in gloom, old Morgan's 

trustiest crew; 
No mirthful sound, no jest went round, as it erst was 

wont to do. 
Wine we had none, and our girls were gone, for the last 

of our gold was spent ; 
And some swore an oath, and all were wroth, and stem 

o'er the table bent ; 
Till our chief on the board hurl'd down his sword, and 

spake with his stormy shout, 
" Hell and the devil ! an* this be revel, we had better arm 

and out. 

Let us go and pillage old Panama, 

We, the mighty Buccaneers !** 

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OLD UOSOAN AT PANAMA. 



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Straight at the word each girt, on his sword, five hundred 

men and more ; 
And we clove the sea in our shallops free, till we reach'd 

the mainland shore. 
For many a day overland was our way, and our hearts 

grew weary and low, 
And many would back on thfjr trodden track, rather than 

farther go ; 
But the wish was quell'd, though our hearts rebell'd, by 

old Morgan's stormy roar, — 
" The way ye have sped is farther to tread, than the way 

which lies before," 

So on we march'd upon Panama, 

We, the mighty Buccaneers ! 

III. 

'Twasjust sunset when our eyes first met the sight of the 

town of gold ; 
And down on the sod each knelt to his god, five himdred 

warriors bold ; 
Each bared his blade, and we fervent pray'd (for it might 

be our latest prayer), 
" Eansom from hell, if in fight we fell, — if we lived, for a 

booty rare !" 
And each as he rose felt a deep repose, and a calm o'er aU 

within ; 
For he knew right well, whatever befell, his soul was 

assoil'd from sin. 

Then down we march'd on old Panama, 
We, the mighty Buccaneers ! 



OLD MORGAN AT PANAMA. 



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The town arose to meet us as foes, and in order beheld us 

come ; — 
They were three to one, but warriors none, — traders, and 

such like scum, 
Unused to wield either sword or shield ; but they plied 

their new trade weU. 
I am not told how they bought and sold, but they fought 

like fiends of helL 
They fought in despair for their daughters fair, their 

wives, and their wealth, God wot ! 
And throughout the night made a gallant fight, — but it 

matter'd not a jot. 

For had we not sworn to take Panama, 

We, the mighty Buccaneers ? 

V. 

O'er djring and dead the mom rose red, and o'er streets of 

a redder dye ; 
And in scatter'd spots stood men in knots, who would not 

yield or fly. 
With souls of fire they bay'd our ire, and parried the hurl 

and thrust ; 
But ere the sun its noon had won they were mingled with 

the dust. 
Half of our host in that night we lost, — but we little for 

that had care ; 
We knew right well that each that fell increased the 

survivor's share 

Of the plunder we found in old Panama, 
We, the mighty Buccaneers ! 
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OLD MOBQAN AT PANAMA. 



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We found bars of gold, and coin untold, and gems which 

to count were vain ; 
We had floods of wine, and girls divine, the dark-eyed 

girls of Spain. 
They at first were coy, and baulk'd our joy, and seem'd 

with their fate downcast. 
And wept and groan'd, and shriek'd and swoon'd ; but 

'twas all the same at last. 
Our wooing was short, of the warrior's sort, and they 

thought it rough, no doubt ; 
But, truth to tell, the end was as weU as had it been 

longer about. 

And so we revell'd in Panama, 

We, the mighty Buccaneers I 

vn. 

We lived in revel, sent care to the devil, for two or three 

weeks or so, 
When a general thought within us wrought that 'twas 

getting time to go. 
So we set to work with dagger and dirk to torture the 

burghers hoar. 
And their gold conceal'd compell'd them to yield, and add 

to our common store. 
And whenever a fool of the miser school declared he had 

ne'er a groat. 
In charity due we melted a few, and pour'd them down 

his throat. 

This drink we invented at Panama, 

We, the mighty Buccaneers ! 



OLD MOBOAN AT PANAMA. 



VIII. 



When the churls were eased, their bags well squeezed, we 
gave them our blessing full fain, 

And we kiss'd our girls with the glossy curls, the dark- 
eyed girls of Spain ; 

Our booty we shared, and we all prepared for the way we 
had to roam, 

When there rose a dispute as to taking our route by land 
or by water home. 

So one half of the band chose to travel by land, the other 
to travel by sea : 

Old Morgan's voice gave the sea the choice, and I follow'd 
his fortunes free, 

And hasten'd our leaving old Panama, 

We, the mighty Buccaneers ! 

IX. 

A bark we equipp'd, and our gold we shipp'd, and gat us 

ready for sea ; 
Seventy men, and a score and ten, mariners bold were 

we. 
Ovir mates had took leave, on the yester-eve, their way 

o'er the hills to find, 
When, as morning's light pierced through the night, we 

shook her sails to the wind. 
With a fresh'ning breeze we walk'd the seas, and the land 

sunk low and low'r ; 
A drerj-y dread o'er our hearts there sped wo never should 

see land more — 

And away we departed from Panama, 

We, the mighty Buccaneers ! 



OLD MORGAN AT PANAMA. 



For a day or two we were busy enow in setting ourselves 

to rights, 
In fixing each berth, our mess, and so forth, and the day's 

watch and the night's ; 
But when these were done, over every one came the lack 

of aught to do. 
We listless talk'd, we listless walk'd, and we pined for 

excitement new. 
Oh ! how we did hail any shift in the gale, for it gave us 

a sail to trim ! 
We began to repent that we had not bent our steps with 

our comrades grim. 

And thus we sail'd on from old Panama, 
We, the mighty Buccaneers ! 

XI. 

Day after day we had stagger'd away, with a steady breeze 

abeam ; 
No shift in the gale ; no trimming a sail ; how dull we 

were, ye may deem ! 
We sung old songs till we wearied our lungs ; we push'd 

the flagon about ; 
And told and re-told tales ever so old, till they fairly 

tired us out. 
There was a shark in the wake of our bark took us three 

days to hook ; 
And when it was caught we wish'd it was not, for wo 

miss'd the trouble it took. 

And thus we sail'd on from old Panama, 
We, the mighty Buccaneers ! 



OLD HOBOAN AT PANAMA. 



XII. 



At last it befell, some tempter of hell put gambling in 

some one's head ; 
The devil's device, the cards and the dice, broke the 

stagnant life we led : 
From mom till night, ay, till next mom's light, we plied 

the bones right well ; 
Day after day the rattle of play clatter'd through the 

caravel. 
How the winners laugh'd, how the losers quaflTd ! 'twas 

a madness, as it were. 
It was a thing of shuddering to hark to the losers swear. 
And thus we sail'd on from old Panama, 
We, the mighty Buccaneers ! 



XIII. 

From mora till night, ay, till next mom's light, for weeks 

the play kept on : 
'Twas fearful to see the winners' glee, and the losers 

haggard and wan ; 
You well might tell, by their features fell, they would ill 

brook to be crost ; 
And one mom there was one, who all night had won 

jeer'd some who all night had lost. 
He went to bed — at noon he was dead — I know not from 

what, nor reck ; 
But they spake of a mark, livid and dark, about the dead 

man's neck ! 

And thus we sail'd on from old Panama, 
We, the mighty Buccaneers ! 



OLD MORGAN AT BAHAMA. 



XIV. 



This but begun : and those who had won lived a life of 

anxious dread ; 
Day after day there was bicker and fray ; and a man now 

and then struck dead. 
Old Morgan stem was laugh'd to scorn, and it worried his 

heart, I trow ; 
Five days of care, and his iron-grey hair was as white as 

the winter's snow : 
The losers at last his patience o'erpast, for they drew 

their sword each one, 
And cried, with a shout, " Hell take you ! come out, and 

fight for the gold ye have won — 

The gold that our blood bought at Panama : 
We, the mighty Buccaneers !" 

XV. 

We never were slow at a word and a blow, so we cross'd 

our irons full fain ; 
And for death and life had begun the strife, when old 

Morgan stopp'd it amain, 
And thunder'd out with his stormy shout, — " Dogs, ye 

have had your day ! 
To yoiu: berths!" he roar'd. "Who sheaths not hia 

sword, Heaven grant him its grace, I pray ! 
For I swear, by God, I will cleave him like wood !" There 

was one made an angry sign ; 
Old Morgan heard, and he kept his word ; for he dove 

him to the chine. 

So ended his exploits at Panama : 

He, the mighty Buccaneer ! 



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OLD MOBOAN AT PANAMA. 



XVI. 



At this we quail'd, and we henceforth sail'd, in a 

smouldering sort of truce ; 
But our dark brows gloom' d, and we inward fumed for a 

pretext to give us loose : 
When early one mom — " A strange sail astern !" we heard 

the look-out-man hail ; 
And old Morgan shout, " Put the ship about, and crowd 

every stitch of sail !" 
And around went we, surging through the sea at our island 

wild buck's pace ; 
In wonderment what old Morgan meant, we near'd to the 

fated chase — 

We, the pillagers of old Panama, 

We, the mighty Buccaneers ! 

xvn. 

She went right fast, but we took her at last. 'Twas a 

little brigantine thing ; 
With some four men for crew, and a boy or two — a bark 

bviilt for trafficking ; 
Besides this crew were three women, too : her freight was 

saJt-fish and oil : 
For the men on board, they were put to the sword ; the 

women we spared awhile. 
And all was surmise what to do with the prize, when old 

Morgan, calling us aft, 
Boar'd, " Te who have fool'd yourselves out of your gold 

take possession of yonder craft. 

And go pillage some other Panama, 

Ye, the mighty Buccaneers !" 



10 OLD MOBGAN AT PAITAMA. 



XVIII. 

We were reckless and rude, we had been at feud till 'twas 

" war to the very knife ; 
But it clove each heart when we came to part from 

comrades in many a strife : 
Over one and all a gloom seem'd to fall, and in silence 

they pack'd their gear, 
Amid curses and sighs, and glistening eyes, and here and 

there a tear. 
We gave brooches and things for keepsakes and rings ; and 

some truck'd the weapons they wore : 
This Spanish gun was a token from one who had fought 
me a week before, 

While we diced for the spoils of old Panama, 
We, the mighty Buccaneers ! 

ziz. 

Their traps all pack'd, there was nothing lack'd, but sharing 

the women three : 
The odd one's choice was left to the dice, and she fell to 

the rich so free ; 
When the losers 'gan swear the dice were unfair, and 

braWl'd till our chief gat wild. 
And, without more ado, cut the woman in two, as Solomon 

shared the child. 
Then each of each band shook each old mate's hand, and 

we parted with hearts full sore ; 
We all that day watch' d them lessen away. They were 

never heard of more ! 

We kept merrily on from old Panama, 
We, the mighty Buccaneers ! 



OLD MOBOAM AT PANAMA. 11 



XX. 

Their sufferings none know, but ours, I trow, were very, 

oh ! very sore ; 
We had storm and gale till our hearts 'gan fail, and then 

calms, which harass'd us more ; 
Then many fell sick ; and while all were weak, we rounded 

the fiery cape ; 
As I hope for bliss in the life after this, 'twas a miracle 



our escape 



Then a leak we sprung, and to lighten us, flung all our 

gold to the element : 
Our perils are past, and we're here at last, but as penniless 
as we went. 

And such was the pillage of Panama 

By the mighty Buccaneers ! 
6. E. Ikhan. 

Morgan, who was the son of a Welsh Farmer, and who lived to be 
knighted, set out from Chagres with twelve hundred men, on the 18th 
August, 1670. In ten days he reached Panama, which he at once 
attacked and destroyed. The Buccaneers left the ruins with a hundred 
and seventj.five beasts of burden, laden with silver, gold, and other 
precious articles ; and with six hundred unhappy prisoners, men, 
women, children, and slaves. — £o. 




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THE SABINE FAEMEE'S SERENADE. 



BKINO A NEWtV RBCOTSBBD FBAOMKNT Or A LATIN OPIBA. 



Erat turbida nox 

Hora seciinda man 
Quando proruit vox 

Carmen in hoc inan^ ; 
Viri misera mens 

Meditabatur hymen, 
Hinc puellse flens 

Stabat obsidens limen j 

Semel tantum die 
Eris nostra Lalagk ; 

^e recuses sic 
Dulcis Julia Callaqk. 

n. 

Planctibus aurem fer, 

Venere tu formosior ; 
Die, hos muros per, 

Tuo favore potior ! 
Voce beatum fac ; 

En, dum dormis, vigilo, 
Nocte obambulans hac 

Domnm planctu stridulo. 



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THE SABINE FAEMEE'S SEEENADE. 



*Twas on a windy night, 

At two o'clock in the morning, 
An Irish lad so tight, 

All wind and weather scorning. 
At Judy Callaghan's door. 

Sitting upon the palings, 
His love-tale he did pour, 

And this was part of his wailings 

Only say 
You'll be Mr 8. Brallaghan ; 

DonH say nay, 
Charming Judy Gallaghan. 

u. 

Oh ! list to what I say. 

Charms you've got like Venus ; 
Own your love you may. 

There's but the waU betweeu ua. 
Tou lie fast asleep 

Snug in bed and snoring ; 
Eound the house I creep, 

Your hard heart imploring. 



14 THK SABINE FABMGB's SEBEMADB. 

Semel tantum die 
Eris nostra Lalage ; 

Ne recuses sic, 
Dulda Julia CALLAGji. 

III. 

Est mihi praegnans sus, 

Et porcellis stabulum ; 
Villiila, grex, et nis^ 

Ad vaccarum pabulum ; 
Feriis cemeres me 

Splendido vestimento, 
Tunc, heus ! quam bene te 

Veherem in jumento !' 

Semel tcmtvm, die 
Eris nostra Lalage ; 

^e recuses sic, 
Dulcis Julia Callags. 

IV. 

Vis poma terrse ? sum 

Uno dives jugere ; 
Vis lac et mella,^ ciim 

Bacclii succo,* sugere ? 
Vis aqufiB-vitee vim F 

Plumoso somnum saccule P^ 
Vis ut paratus sim 

Vel annulo vel baculo ?^ 

Semel tantwn die 
Eris nostra Lalage ; 

Ne recuses sic, 
Bulcis Jviia Callags. 



SHE SABI17E FABMES'S SEBENADE. 15 

Only say 
You'll have Mr. Brallaghan; 

Don't say nay, 
Charming Judy Callaghan. 

in. 

I've got a pig and a sow, 

I've got a sty to sleep 'em ; 
A calf and a brindled cow, 

And a cabin too, to keep 'em ; 
Sunday hat and coat, 

An old grey mare to ride on. 
Saddle and bridle to boot. 

Which you may ride astride on. 

Only say 
You'll he Mrs. Brallaghan ; 

Don't say nay. 
Charming Judy Callaghan, 

IV. 

Tve got an acre of ground, 

I've got it set with praties ; 
Pve got of 'baccy a poimd, 

I've got some tea for the ladies ; 
Tve got the ring to wed. 

Some whisky to make us gaily ; 
Tve got a feather-bed 

And a handsome new shilelagh. 

Only say 
You'll have Mr. Brallaghan ; 

Don't say nay. 
Charming Judy CaUaghan. 



16 THE SABINE FABMEB's SIJBEMAOB. 



V. 



Litteris operam das ; 

Lucido fulges oculo ; 
Dotes insuper quas 

Nummi sunt in loculo. 
Novi quod apta sis'* 

Ad procreandam sobolemi 
Possides (nesciat quis ?) 

Linguam satis mobilem.' 

Semel tantum die 
Erie nostra Lalage ; 

^e recuses sic, 
Dulds Julia Callaqe. 



Conjux utinam tn 

Fieres, lepidum cor, ml! 
Halitum perdimus, heu, 

Te sopor urget. Dormi ! 
Ingruit imber trux — 

Jam sub tecto pellitur 
Is quern crastina lux^" 

Referet hue fidelity. 
Semel tandem die 
Erie nostra Lalaoe ; 

^e recuses sic, 
JDulcis Julia Callaob. 

Father Prodt- 



THE SABINE FABMEb's SEBENADE. 17 



You've got a cliamiing eye, 

You've got some spelling and reading ; 
You've got, and so have I, 

A taste for genteel breeding ; 
You're rich, and fair, and young, 

As everybody's knowing ; 
You've got a decent tongue 

Whene'er 'tis set a-going, 

Only say 
You'll he Mrs. Brallaghan ; 

Don't say nay, 
Charming Jvdy Callaghan. 

n. 

For a wife till death 

I am willing to take ye ; 
But, och ! I waste my breath. 

The devil himself can't wake ye. 
'Tis just beginning to rain, 

So I'll get under cover ; 
To-morrow I'll come again. 

And be your constant lover. 

Only say 
You'll be Mrs. Brallaghan ; 

Don't say nay, 
Charming Jvdy Calhighan.* 

* The above English lines are a portion of a ballad by the latC ' 
Tom Hudson, grocer, publican, and vocalist. — Ed. 



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THE SABIXE FABHEB's SERENADE. 



NOTULJl. 



NOTUL. 1. 

!• in voce ru*. Nonne potius 
legendnm jus, scilicet ad vacca- 
rum pabulum ? De hoc jure apud 
Sabiuos agricolas console Scrip- 
tores lie re nisticd passim. Ita 
Bentleius. 

Jus imo antiquissimum, at dis- 
plicet vox sequivc'ca ; jus etenitn 
a mess of pottage aliquando audit, 
ax. gr. 

Oiune suum fratri Jacob ^'w ven- 
didit Esau, 

Et Jacob fratri jus dedit omne 
suum. 
Itaque, pace Bentleii, stet lectio 
prior. — Prout. 

NoTUL. 2. 

Veherem in juvifnto. Curri- 
culo-ne? an pon^ sedentem in 
equi dorso ? dorsaliter plan^. 
Quid enim dicit Horatius de 
uxore sic vecta ? Konne " Post 
eqnitem sedet atra cura" ? — 
P or son, 

NOTUL. 3. 

Lac et mella. Metaphorice pro 
tea ! muliebris est compotatio 
Graecis non ignota, teste Ana- 
creonte, — 

eEHN, Qtav 6faivr}v, 

GfXw Xtyfiv fxaipai, k.t X. 

ISroujfham. 
NOTOL. 4. 

Bucchi sucio. Duplex apud 
poetas antiquiores habebatur hu- 
jusce nominis nunien. Vineam 
regebat prius ; posterius cuidam 
herbae exoticse praerat quae tobacco 
audit. Succus utrique optiuius- 
— Coleridi^e. 



NOTOL. 5. 

^qum-vitce vim, Anglo-Hyber- 
nice, '* a power of whisky," ir^iti 
scilicet, vox pergra-ca. — Parr. 
NoTUL. 6. 

Piumoto gacco. Plumarum 
congeries certe ad somnos invitan- 
dos satis apta ; at niihi per mul- 
tos annos laneus iste saccus, Ang. 
woolsack, fuit apprime ad dormu 
endum idoneus. Lites etiam de 
land ut aiunf caprind, soporiferas 
p(^r annos xxx. exercui. Q<iot et 
quam prseclara sonmia ! — Eldon. 
NoTUL. 7. 

Investitura "per annulum et 
baculum" satis nota. Vide P. 
Marca de Concord. Sacerdotii et 
Imperii: ei llildebrandi Pont. 
Max. bullarium. — Proat. 

Baculo certe dignissim. pontif. 
— Maginn. 

NOTUL. 8. 

Apta sis. Quomodo noverit ? 
Vide Proverb. Solomon is cap. xxx. 
V. 19. Nisi lorsan tales fuerint 
puellse Sabinorum quales impu> 
dens iste balatro Connelius menti- 
tur esse nostrat€s. — Blomfield. 

NOTDI.. 9. 

Linguam mobilem. Prius enu- 
merat futuriK conjugis bona immo- 
biiia, postea tiansiit ad mobilia, 
Aiiglice, chattel property. Prae- 
ciarus ordo senteutiarum ! — Car. 
Wethcrall. 

NoTUL. 10. 
Allusio ad distichon Maronianum, 
" Nocte pluit tola, rudeunt spec- 
tacula mane." — Prout. 
K. r. X. 



19 



LAUD YE THE MONKS! 

Laud ye the monks ! 

They were not men of a creed austere, 

Who frown'd on mirth, and forbade good cheer ; 

But joyous oft were the brotherhood, 

In the depths of their sylvan solitude. 

The ruin'd abbey hath many a tale 

Of their gay conceits and deep wassail ; 

The huge hearth, left to the wreck of time, 

Hath .echoed of erst the minstrel's chime ; 

The caves, despoil'd of their goodly store, 

Have groan'd 'neath their weight in days of yore ! 

Laud ye the monks ! 

The wand'rer was their welcome guest, 
The weary found in their grey walls rest ; 
The poor man came, and they scom'd him not. 
Pro rank and wealth were alike forgot ; 
The peasant sat at the plenteous board 
With the pilgrim knight and the feudal lord ; 
The feast was spread, and the foaming bowl 
Gkive freshen'd life to the thirsty soul ; 
Round it pass'd, from the prince to the hind, 
The fathers adding their greeting kind ! 
c 2 



20 LAUD T£ THE MONKS I 

Laud ye the monks ! 

Many a blazon'd scroll doth prove 

The pains they took in their work of love ; 

Many a missal our thoughts engage 

With scenes and deeds of a bygone age ; 

Many a hallowing minster still 

Attests the marvels of olden skill ! 

The broken shaft, or the altar razed, 

The mould'ring fane, where our sires have praised, 

Are beautiful, even amidst decay. 

Blessing the men who have pass'd away ! 



Laud ye the monks 1 

For they were friends of the poor and weak. 
The proud man came to their footstool meek, 
And many an acre broad and good 
Was the forfeit paid for his curbless mood : — 
The penance hard, and the peasant's ban, 
Would make him think of his fellow-man ; 
The mass and dirge for his parting soul 
Would wring for the needy a welcome dole. 
The cowl bow'd not to the noble's crest, 
But kings would yield to the priest's behest ! 



Laud ye the monks ! 

Tranquil and sweet was monastic life, 

Free from the leaven of worldly strife ; 

The desolate found a shelter there, 

A home secure from the shafts of care ! 

Many a heart with sorrow riven 

Woiild learn to dream of a shadeless heaven I 






LATJD TE THE MONKS ! 21 

And plenty smiled where the convent rose, 
The herald of love aaid deep repose ; 
The only spot where the arts gave forth 
The hope of a glorious age to earth ! 

William Jonks. 



22 



THE LEGEND OP MANOE HALL. , 

BT TBE AUTHOR OF " HEADLONG HALU" 

Old Farmer Wall, of Manor Hall, , 

To market drove his wain : 
Along the road it went well stowed 

With sacks of golden grain. 

His station he took, but in vain did he look 

For a customer all the mom ; 
Though the farmers all, save Farmer Wall, 

They sold off all their com. 

Then home he went, sore discontent, 

And many an oath he swore, 
And he kicked up rows with his children and spouse. 

When they met him at the door. 

Next market-day he drove away 

To the town his loaded wain : 
The faiuners all, save Fanner Wall, 

They sold off all their grain. 



THE LEOEND 07 HAI70B HALL. 23 

No bidder he found, and he stood astound 

At the close of the market-day, 
When the market was done, and the chapmen were gone 

Each man his several way. 



He stalked by his load along the road ; 

His face with wrath was red : 
His arms he tossed, like a good man crossed 

In seeking his daily bread. 



His face was red, and fierce was his tread, 
And with lusty voice cried he, 

" My com I'll sell to the devil of hell, 
If he'll my chapman be." 



These words he spoke just \mder an oak 

Seven hundred winters old ; 
And he straight was aware of a man sitting there 

On the roots and grassy mould. 



The roots rose high, o'er the green-sward dry, 
And the grass around was green. 

Save just the space of the stranger's place, 
Where it seemed as fire had been. 



All scorched was the spot, as gipsy-pot 

Had swung and bubbled there : 
The grass was marred, the roots were charred, 

And the ivy stems were bare. 



24 THE LEGEND OF MANOB HALL. 

The stranger up-sprung : to the farmer he flung 

A loud and friendly hail, 
And lie said, *' I see well, thou hast com to sell, 

And I'll buy it on the naiL" 

The twain in a trice agreed on the price ; 

The stranger his earnest paid, 
And with horses and wain to come for the grain 

His own appointment made. 

The farmer cracked his whip, and tracked 

His way right merrily on : 
He struck up a song as he trudged along, 

For joy that his job was done. 

His children fair he danced in the air ; 

His heart with joy was big ; 
He kissed his wife ; he seized a knife. 

He slew a sucking pig. 

• The faggots burned, the porkling turned 
And crackled before the fire ; 
And an odour arose that was sweet in the nose 
Of a passing ghostly friar. 

He twirled at the pin, he entered in, 

He sate down at the board ; 
The pig he blessed, when he saw it well dressed. 

And the humming ale out-poured. 



THE LEOEND OF MANOR HALL. 25 

The friar laughed, the friar quaflTed, 

He chirped like a bird in May ; 
The farmer told how his com he had sold 

As he journeyed home that day. 

The friar he quaffed, but no longer he laughed. 

He changed from red to pale : 
" Oh, helpless eK ! 'tis the fiend himself 

To whom thou hast made thy sale !" 

The friar he quaffed, he took a deep draught ; 

He crossed himself amain : 
" Oh, slave of pelf ! 'tis the devil himself 

To whom thou hast sold thy grain ! 

" And 8\ire as the day, he'll fetch thee away, 

With the com which thou hast sold, 
If thou let him pay o'er one tester more 

Than thy settled price in gold." 

The farmer gave vent to a loud lament, 

The wife to a long outcry ; 
Their relish for pig and ale was flown ; 
The friar alone picked every bone, 

And drained the flagon dry. 



The friar was gone ; the morning dawn 
Appeared, and the stranger's wain 

Came to the hour, with six-horse power. 
To fetch the purchased grain. 



26 THE LEGEND OF MANOR HALL. 

The horses were black : on their dewy track 
Light steam from the ground up-curled ; 

Long wreaths of smoke from their nostrils broke, 
And their tails like torches whirled. 



More dark and grim, in face and limb, 
Seemed the stranger than before, 

As .his empty wain, with steeds thrice twain, 
Drew up to the farmer's door. 



On the stranger's face was a sly grimace, 
As he seized the sacks of grain ; 

And, one by one, till left were none, 
He tossed them on the wain. 



And slily he leered as his hand up-reared 

A purse of costly mould. 
Where, bright and fresh, through a silver mesh, 

Shone forth the glistering gold. 

The farmer held out his right hand stout, 

And drew it back with dread ; 
For in fancy he heard each warning word 

The supping friar had said. 



TTiH eye was set on the silver net ; 

His thoughts were in fearful strife ; 
When, sudden as fate, the glittering bait 

Was snatched by his loving wife. 



THE LEGEND Or MANOR HALL. 27 

And, swift as thought, the stranger caught 

The farmer his waist around. 
And at once the twain and the loaded wain 

Sank through the rifted groiind. 



The gable-end wall of Manor Hall 
Fell in ruins on the place : 

That stone-heap old the tale has told 
To each succeeding race. 



The wife gave a cry that rent the sky 
At her goodman's downward flight : 

But she held the purse fast, and a glance she cast 
To see that all was right. 



'Twas the fiend's full pay for her goodman gray, 

And the gold was good and true ; 
Which made her declare, that " his dealings were fair, 

To give the devil his due." 



She wore the black pall for Farmer Wall, 
From her fond embraces riven : 

But she won the vows of a younger spouse 
With the gold which the iiend had given. 



Now, fanners, beware what oaths you swear 
When you cannot sell your com ; 

Lest, to bid and buy, a stranger be nigh, 
With hidden tail and horn. 



28 THE LEGEND OF MAKOB HALL. 

And, with good heed, the moral a-read, 
Which is of this tale the pith, — 

If your com you sell to the fiend of hell. 
You may sell yourself therewith. 

And if by mishap you fall in the trap, 
Would you bring the fiend to shame, 

Lest the tempting prize should dazzle her eyes, 
Lock up your frugal dame. 



29 



THE " OEIGINAL" DRAGON. 



A LBOBNO or THR CBLB8TIAL XMPIRB. 



Freely translated from an nndeciphered MS. of Con-ftise-us,* and dedicated to 
Colonel BoUover (of the Horse Marines), by C. J. Davids, Esq. 



A DESPERATE dragon, of singular size, — 

(His name was Wing-Fang-Scratch-Claw-Fmn,) — 
Flew up one day to the top of the skies, 

While all the spectators with terror were dumb. 
The vagabond vow'd as he sported his tail, 

He'd have a sky lark, and some glorious fun : 
For he'd nonplus the natives that day without fail, 

By causing a total eclipse of the sun /f 
He collected a crowd by his impudent boast, 

(Some decently dress'd — some with hardly a rag on,) 
Who said that the coimtry was ruin'd and lost, 

Unless they could compass the death of the dragon. 

* " Better known to illiterate people as Confucius." — Washington 
Irving. 

t In China (whatever European astronomers may assert to the con- 
trary) an eclipse is caused by a great dragon eating up the sun. 

To avert so shocking an outrage, the natives frighten away the monster 
from his intended Ao/ dinner, by giving a morning concert, al fresvo ; 
consittiog of drums, trumpets, cymbals, gongs, tin-kettles, &c. 



30 THK " obioinal" dbaook. 



n. 

The emperor came with the whole of his court, — 

(His Majesty's name was Ding-Bong-Junk) — 
And he said — to delight in such profligate sport, 

The monster was mad, or disgracefully drunk. 
He call'd on the army : the troops to a man 

Declared — though they didn't feel frighten'd the least- 
They never could think it a sensible plan 

To go within reach of so ugly a beast. 
So he offer'd his daughter, the lovely Nan-Keen^ 

And a painted pavilion, with many a flag on, 
To any brave knight who could step in between 

The solar eclipse and the dare-devil dragon. 

III. 

Presently came a reverend bonze. — 

(His name, I'm told, was Long-Chin Joss,) — 
With a phiz very like the complexion of bronze ; 

And for suitable words he was quite at a loss. 
But, he humbly submitted, the orthodox way 

To succour the swfi, and to bother the foe. 
Was to make a new church-rate without more delay, 

As the clerical funds were deplorably low. 
Though he coveted nothing at all for himself, 

(A virtue he always delighted to brag on,) 
He thought, if the priesthood could pocket some pelf. 

It might hasten the doom of this impioiis aragon. 

TV. 

The next that spoke was the court buflPoon, — 

(The name of this buffer was Whim- Wham-Fun,) — 



THE " OEIQINAL" DBAOON. 31 

Who carried a salt-box and large wooden spoon, 

With which, he suggested, the job might be done. 
Said the jester, "I'll wager my rattle and bells, 

Your pride, my fine feUow, shall soon have a fall : 
If you make many more of your horrible yells, 

1 know a good method to make you sing small !" 
And when he had set all the place in a roar, 

As his merry conceits led the whimsical wag on, 
He hinted a plan to get rid of the bore. 

By putting some salt on the tail of the dragon I 



At length appear'd a brisk young knight, — 

(The far-famed warrior, Bam-Boo-Gong,) — 
Who threaten'd to burke the big blackguard outright. 

And have the deed blazon'd in story and song. 
With an excellent shot from a very long how 

He damaged the dragon by cracking his crown ; 
When he fell to the ground (as my documents show) 

With a smash that was heard many miles out of town. 
His death was the signal for frolic and spree — 

They carried the corpse, in a common stage-waggon ; 
And the hero was crown' d with the leaves of green tea, 

For saving the eun from the jaws of the dragon. 



TL 

A poet, whose works were all the rage, — 

(This gentleman's name was Sing-Song-Strum,) — 

Told the terrible tale on his popular page : 

(Compared with his verses, my rhymes are but rum !) 



82 THE " original" .deaook. 

Tlie Royal Society claim'd as their right 

The spoils of the vanquish' d — his wings, tail, and claws; 
And a brilliant bravura, describing the fight, 

Was sung on the stage with unbovinded applause. 
" The valiant Bami-Boo" was a favourite toast, 

And a topic for future historians to fag on, 
Which, when it had reach'd to the Middlesex coast, 

Gave rise to the legend of ^^ George and the Dragon." 



83 



THE TEMPTATIONS OF ST. ANTHONY. 

" He would have passed a pleasant life of it, in despite of the devil 
and all his works, if his path had not been crossed by a being that 
causes more perplexity to mortal man than ghosts, goblins, and the 
whole race of witches put together, and that was — a wonxaaJ'—SAetcu- 
Book 

St. Anthony sat on a lowly stool. 

And a book was in liis hand ; 
Never his eye from its page he took, 
Either to right or left to look, 
But with steadfast soul, as was his rule, 

The holy page he scanned. 

" We will woo," said the imp, " St. Anthony's eyes 

Off from his holy book : 
We will go to him all in strange disguise. 
And tease him with laughter, whoops, and cries, 

That he upon us may look." 

The Devil was in the best humour that day 

That ever his highness was in : 
And that's why he sent out his imps to play. 
And he furnished them torches to light their way, 
Nor stinted them incense to bum as they may, — 

Sulphur, and pitch, and rosin. 

D 



34 THE TEMPTATIONS OP ST. ANTHOITI. 

So they came to the Saint in a motley crew, 

A heterogeneous rout : 
There were imps of every shape and hue, 
And some looked black, and some looked blue, 
And they passed and varied before the view, 

And twisted themselves about : 
And had they exhibited thus to you, 
I think you'd have felt in a bit of a stew, — 

Or so should myself, I doubt. 



There were some with feathers, and some with scales. 

And some with warty skins ; 
Some had not heads, and some had tails, 
And some had claws like iron nails ; 
And some had combs and beaks like birds, 
And yet, like jays, could utter words ; 

And some had gills and fins. 



Some rode on skeleton beasts, arrayed 

In gold and velvet stuff, 
With rich tiaras on the head. 
Like kings and queens among the dead ; 
While face and bridle-hand, displayed. 
In hue and substance seemed to cope 
With maggots in a microscope, 
And their thin lips, as white as soap, 

Were colder than enough. 



And spiders big from the ceiling hung, 
From every creek and nook : 



THE TEMPTATIONS OF ST. ANTUOSY. 35 

They had a crafty, ugly guise, 

And looked at the Saint with their eight eyes ; 

And all that malice could devise 

Of evil to the good and wise 

Seemed welling from their look. 



Beetles and slow- worms crawled about, 

And toads did squat demure ; 
Prom holes in the wainscoting mice peeped out, 
Or a sly old rat with his whiskered snout ; 
And forty-feet, a full span long, 
Danced in and out in an endless throng : 
There ne'er has been -seen such extravagant rout 

From that time to this, I'm sure. 



But the good St. Anthony kept his eyes 

Fixed on the holy book ; — 
From it they did not sink nor rise ; 
Nor sights nor laughter, shouts nor cries. 

Could win away his look. 



A quaint imp sat in an earthen pot. 

In a big-bellied earthen pot sat he : 
Through holes in the bottom his legs outshot, 
And holes in the sides his arms had got, 
And his head came out through the mouth, GK)d wot ! 

A comical sight to see. 

And he drummed on his belly so £air and round, 
On his belly so round and fair ; 
D 2 



36 THE TEMPTATIONS OP ST. ANTHONY. 

And it gave forth a rumbling, mingled sound, 
'Twixt a muffled bell and a growling bound, 

A comical sound to hear : 
And he sat on the edge of a table-desk, 

And drummed it with his heels ; 
And he looked as strange and as picturesque 
As the figures we see in an arabesque, 
Half hidden in flowers, all painted in fresque, 

In Gothic vaulted ceils. 



Then he whooped and hawed, and winked and grinned. 

And his eyes stood out with glee ; 
And he said these words, and he sung this song, 
And his legs and his arms, with their double prong, 
Keeping time with his tune as it galloped along, 
Still on the pot and the table dinned 

As birth to his song gave he. 



" Old Tony, my boy ! shut up your book. 

And learn to be merry and gay. 
You sit like a bat in his cloistered nook. 
Like a round-shovilder'd fool of an owl you look ; 
But straighten your back from its booby crook. 

And more sociable be, I pray. 



" Let us see you laugh, let us hear you sing ; 

Take a lesson from me, old boy ! 
Eemember that life has a fleeting wing. 
And then comes Death, that stem old king, 

So we'd better make sure of joy." 



THE TEMPTATIONS OF ST. ANTHONY. 37 

But the good St. Anthony bent his eyes 

Upon the holy book : 
He heard that song with a laugh arise, 
But he knew that the imp had a naughty guise, 

And he did not care to look. 



Another imp came in a masquerade, 

Most like to a monk's attire : 
But of living bats his cowl was made, 
Their wings stitched together with spider thread ; 
And round and about him they fluttered and played ; 
And his eyes shot out from their misty shade 

Long parallel bars of Are. 



And his loose teeth chattered like clanking bones, 

When the gibbet-tree sways in the blast : 
And with gurgling shakes, and stifled groans, 
He mocked the good St. Anthony's tones 
As he muttered his prayer full fast. 



A rosary of beads was hung by his side, — 

Oh, gaunt-looking beads were they ! 
And still, when the good Saint dropped a bead, 
He dropped a tooth, and he took good heed 
To rattle his string, and the bones replied, 
Like a rattle-snake's tail at play. 

But the good St. Anthony bent his eyes 

Upon the holy book ; 
He heard that mock of groans and sighs, 



38 THE TEMPTATIONS OF ST. ANTHONY. 

And he knew that the thing had an evil guise. 
And he did not dare to look. 



Another imp came with a trumpet-snout, 

That was mouth and nose in one : 
It had stops like a flute, as you never may doubt, 
Where his long lean fingers capered about, 
As he twanged his nasal melodies out, 

In quaver, and shake, and run. 

And his head moved forward and backward still 

On his long and snaky neck ; 
As he bent his energies all to fill 
His nosey tube with wind and skill. 
And he sneezed his octaves out,' until 

'Twas well-nigh ready to break. 

And close to St. Anthony's ear he came. 

And piped his music in : 
And the shrill sound went through the good Saint's 

frame, 
With a smart and a sting, like a shred of flame, 
Or a bee in the ear, — which is much the same, — 

And he shivered with the din. 



But the good St. Anthony bent his eyes 

Upon the holy book ; 
He heard that snout with its gimlet cries. 
And he knew that the imp had an evil guise, 

And he did not dare to look. 



THE TEMPTATIONS OF ST. ANTHONY. 39 

A thing with horny eyes was there, 

With homy eyes like the dead ; 
And its long sharp nose was all of horn, 
And its bony cheeks of flesh were shorn, 
And its ears were like thin cases torn 
From feet of kine, and its jaws were bare ; 
And fish-bones grew, instead of hair. 

Upon its skinless head. 



Its body was of thin birdy bones. 

Bound round with a parchment sldn ; 
And when 'twas struck, the hollow tones 
That circled rotmd like drum-dull groans, 
Bespoke a void within. 



Its arm was like a peacock's leg, 

And the claws were like a bird's : 
But the creep that went, like a blast of plague, 
To loose the live flesh from the bones. 
And wake the good Saint's inward groans. 
As it clawed his cheek, and pulled his hair, 
And pressed on his eyes in their beating lair, 
Cannot be told in words. 



But the good St. Anthony kept his eyes 

Still on the holy book ; 
He felt the clam on his brow arise. 
And he knew that the tiling had a horrid guise, 

And he did not dare to look. 



40 THE TEMPTATIONS OF ST. AKTHOKT. 

An imp came then like a skeleton form 

Out of a chamel vault : 
Some clingings of meat had been left by the worm, 
Some tendons and strings on his legs and arm, 
And his jaws with gristle were black and deform, 

But his teeth were as white as salt. 



And he grinned fiill many a lifeless grin, 

And he rattled his bony tail ; 
His skull was decked with gill and fin, 
And a spike of bone was on his chin, 
And his bat-like ears were large and thin, 
And his eyes were the eyes of a snaiL 



He took his stand at the good Saint's back. 

And on tiptoe stood a space : 
Forward he bent, all rotten-black, 
And he sunk again on his heel, good lack ! 
And the good Saint uttered some ghostly groans. 
For the head was caged in the gaunt rib-bones, — 

A horrible embrace ! 
And the skull hung o'er with an elvish pry. 
And cocked down its India-rubber eye 

To gaze upon his face. 



Yet the good St. Anthony sunk his eyes 

Deep in the holy book : 
He felt the bones, and so was wise 
To know that the thing had a ghastly guise, 

And he did not dare to look. 



THE TEMPTATIONS OF ST. ANTHONY. 41 

Last came an imp, — how unlike the rest ! — 

A beautiful female form : 
And her voice was like music, that sleep-oppress'd 
Sinks on some cradling zephyr's breast ; 
And whilst with a whisper his cheek she press'd, 

Her cheek felt soft and warm. 



When over his shoulder she bent the light 

Of her soft eyes on to his page. 
It came like a moonbeam silver bright, 
And relieved him then with a mild delight, 
For the yellow lamp-lustre scorched his sight, 

That was weak with the mists of age. 



Hey ! the good St. Anthony boggled his eyes 

Over the holy book : 
Ho ho ! at the comers they 'gan to rise, 
For he knew that the thing had a lovely guise, 

And he could not choose but look. 



There are many devils that walk this world, — 

Devils large, and devils small ; 
Devils so meagre, and devils so stout ; 
Devils with horns, and devils without ; 
Sly devils that go with their tails upcurled, 
Bold devils that carry them quite unfurled ; 

Meek devils, and devils that brawl ; 
Serious devils, and laughing devils ; 
Imps for churches, and imps for revels ; 



42 



THE TEMPTATIONS OP ST. ANTHONY. 



Devils uncouth, and devils polite ; 
Devils blaxjk, and devils white ; 
Devils foolish, and devils wise ; 
But a laughing woman, with two bright eyes 
Is the worsest devil of alL 



T. H. S. 



43 



A TALE OP GEAMMAEYE. 

The Baron came home in his fury and rage, 
He blew up his Henchman, he blew up his Page ; 
The Seneschal trembled, the Cook looked pale. 
As he ordered for supper grilled kidneys and ale, 
Vain thought ! that grill'd kidneys can give relief, 
When one's own are inflamed by anger and grief. 

What was the cause of the Baron's distress ? 
Why sank his spirits so low ? — 

The fair Isabel, when she should have said " Yes,' 
Had given the Baron a " No." 
He ate, and he drank, and he grumbled between : 
Firsts on the viands he vented his spleen, — 
The ale was sour, — the kidneys were tough, 
And tasted of nothing but pepper and snuff ! 
— The longer he ate, the worse grew affairs. 
Till he ended by kicking the butler down stairs. 

All was hushed — 'twas the dead of the night — 

The tapers were dying away, 
And the armour bright 
Glanced in the light 

Of the pale moon's trembling ray ; 



44 A TALE OV OBAMMABTB. 

Yet his Lordship sat still, digesting his ire, 
With his nose on his knees, and his Vnees in the fire,- 
All at once he jump'd up, resolved to consult his 
ComdiuB Agrippa de rdms occidtis. 

He seized by the handle 

A bed-room flat candle, 
And went to a secret nook, 

Where a chest lay hid 

With so massive a lid. 
His knees, as he raised it, shook. 
Partly, perhaps, from the wine he had drunk, 
Partly from fury, and partly from funk ; 
For never before had he ventured to look 
In his Great-Great-Grandfather's conjuring-book. 



Now Lord Eanulph Fitz-Hugh, 

As lords frequently do. 
Thought reading a bore, — but his case is quite new ; 

So he quickly ran thro\igh 

A chapter or two. 
For without Satan's aid he knew not what to do, — 
When poking the fire, as the evening grew colder. 

He saw with alarm. 

As he raised up his arm. 
An odd-looking countenance over his shoulder. 

/^' 

Funnest rock will sometimes quake, 

Trustiest blade will sometimes break. 

Sturdiest heart will sometimes fail, 

v- Proudest eye will sometimes quail ; — 



▲ TALE OF ORAmntfARYE. 45 

No wonder Fitz-Hugh felt uncommonlv queer 
Upon suddenly seeing the Devil so near, 
Leaning over his chair, peeping into his ear. 



The stranger first 
The silence burst, 
And replied to the Bai'on's look : — 
" I would not intrude. 
But don't think me rude 
If I sniff at that musty old book. 

Charms were all very well 
Ere Reform came to Hell ; 
But now not an imp cares a fig for a spell. 
Still I see what you want, 
And am willing to grant 
The person and purse of the fair Isabel. 
Upon certain conditions the maiden is won ; — 
You may have her at once, if you choose to say * Done !' 

" The lady so rare, 

Her manors so fair. 
Lord Baron I give to tlice : 

But when once the sun 

Five years has run, 
Lord Baron, thy soul's my fee !" 



Oh ! where wert thou, ethereal Sprite ? 

Protecting Angel, where ? 
Sure never before had noble or knight 

Such need of thy guardian care ! y 

No aid is nigh — 'twas so decreed ;—- ^ 



46 A TALE OF OBAinfABYE. 

The recreant Baron at once agreed, 
And prepared with his blood to sign the deed. 

I With the point of his sword 

' His arm he scored, 

And mended his pen with his Misericorde ; 
From his black silk breeches 
The stranger reaches 
A lawyer's leathern case. 
Selects a paper. 
And snuffing the taper. 
The Baron these words mote trace : — 
" Five years after date, I promise to pay 
My soul to old Nick, without let or delay. 
For value received." — " There, my Lord, on my life. 
Put your name to the bill, and the lady's your wife." 



All look'd bright in earth and heaven, 

And far through the morning skies 
Had Sol his fiery coTirsers driven, — 
That is, it was striking half -past eleven 

As Isabel opened her eyes. 

All wondered what made the lady so late, 

For she came not down till noon. 
Though she usually rose at a quarter to eight. 

And went to bed equally soon. 
But her rest had been broken by troublesome .•-<~-^ 
She had thought that, in spite of her cries and ' i,.^a.«-^w» 
Old Nick had borne off, in a chariot of flame, 
The gallant young Howard of Efl^ghame. 



A TALE OF OBAMHASTIi. 47 

Her eye was so dim, and her cheek so chill, 

The family doctor declared she was ill, , 

And muttered dark hints of a draught and a pilL ' 



All during breakfast to brood doth she seem 

O'er some secret woes or wrongs ; 
For she empties the salt-cellar into the cream, 

And stirs up her tea with the tongs. 
But scarce hath she finished her third round of toast, 

When a knocking is heard by all — 
•* What may that be ? — 'tis too late for the post, — 
Too soon for a morning call." 
After a moment of silence and dread, 
The court-yard rang 
With the joyful clang 
Of an armed warrior's tread. 
Now away and away with fears and alarms, — 
The lady lies clasped in young Effinghame's arms. 

She hangs on his neck, and she tells him true, 
How that troublesome creature. Lord Eanulph Fitz-Hugh, 
Hath vowed and hath sworn vrith a terrible cvu-se, 
That, unless she will take him for better for worse, 
He will work her mickle rue I 



" Now, lady love, dismiss thy fear, 

Should that grim old Baron presume to come here. 

We'll soon send liim home with a flea in his ear ; — 

And, to cut short the strife. 

My love ! my life ! 
Let me send for a |>arson, and make you my wife \" 



48 A TALE OF OBAMMABTE. 

No banns did they need, no licence require,— 
They were married that day before dark : 

The Clergj'man came, — a fat little friar, 
The doctor acted as Clerk. 

But the nuptial rites were hardly o'er, 
Scarce had they reached the vestry door, 
When a knight rushed headlong in ; 
Prom his shoes to his shirt 
He was all over dirt. 
From his toes to the tip of his chin ; 
But high on his travel-stained helmet tower'd 
The lion-crest of the noble Howard. 

By horrible doubts and fears possest, 
The bride turned and gaz'd on the bridegroom's breast — 
■ No Argent Bend was there ; 

No Lion bright 

Of her own true knight, 
But his rival's Sable Bear ! 
The Lady Isabel instantly knew 
'Twas a regular hoax of the false Fitz-Hugh ; 
And loudly the Baron exultingly cried, 
" Thou art wooed, thou art won, my bonny gay bride ! 
Nor heaven nor hell can our loves divide !" 



This pithy remark was scarcely made, 

When the Baron beheld, upon turning his head, 

His Friend in black close by ; 
He advanced with a smile all placid and bland, 
Popp'd a small piece of parchment into his hand, 

Ajid knowingly winked his eye. 



i 



▲ TALE OF OBAMMABYB. 49 

As the Baron perused, 
His cheek was suffused 
With a flush between brick-dust and brown ; 
While the fair Isabel 
Fainted, and fell 
In a still and death-like swoon 
Lord Howard roar'd out, till the chapel and vaults 
Eang with cries for burnt feathers and volatile salts. 



" Look at the date !" quoth the queer-looking man, 

In his own peculiar tone ; 
" My word hath been kept, — deny it who can, — 

And now I am come for my own." 
.Might he trust his eyes ? — Alas ! and alack ! 
'Twas a bill ante-dated full five years back ! 
*Twas all too true — 
It was over due — 
The term had expired ! — ^he wotildn't " renew," — 
And the Devil looked black as the Baron looked blue. 



The Lord Pitz-Hugh 
Made a great to-do, 
And especially blew up Old Nick,— 
" 'Twas a stain," he swore, 
" On the name he bore 
To play such a rascally trick !" — 
A trick ?" quoth Nick, in a tone rather quick, 
It's one often played upon people who ' tick.' " 
Blue flames now broke 
From his mouth as he spoke. 
They went out, and left an uncommon thick smoke, 

■ 



50 A TALE OF OBAMMARTE. 

Which enveloping quite 

Himself and the Knight, 
The pair in a moment were clean out of sight. 

When it wafted away, 

Where the dickens were they ? 
Oh ! no one might guess — Oh ! no one might say, — 

But never, I wis, 

Prom that time to this. 
In hall or in bower, on mountain or plain. 
Has the Baron been seen, or been heard of again. 

As for fair Isabel, after two or three sighs. 
She finally opened her beautiful eyes. 

She coughed, and she sneezed 

And was very well pleased. 
After being so rumpled, and towzled, and teased. 
To find when restored from her panic and pain, 
My Lord Howard had married her over again. 

MORAL. 

Be warned by our story, ye Nobles and Knights, 

Who're so much in the habit of " flying of kites ;" 

And beware how ye meddle again with such Flights : 

At least, if your energies Creditors cramp, 

Remember a Usurer's always a Scamp, 

And look well at the Bill, and the Date, and the Stamp ; 

Don't sign in a hurry, whatever you do, 

Or you'll go the Devil, like Baron Fitz-Hugh. 

Dalton. 



61 



THE RED-BEEAST OP AQUITANIiu 

AM BUMBLE BALLAD. 

" Are not two tparrotts sold for a farthing 7 yet not one of them 
shall fall to the ground without your Father." — St. Matthew, x. 29. 

" Gallos ab Aquitanis Gakumna flumen." — Julius CiSSAR. 

** Sermons in stones, and good in everything."— Shakspbare. 

" Genius, left to shiver 
On the bank, 'tis said, 
Died of that cold river."— 'Tou Moore. 



River trip 
fromThoa- 
lonae to 
Bonrdeaox. 
Thermome- 
ter at -0. 
Snow Ufoot 
deep. Use 
of wooden 



Oh, 'twas bitter cold 
As OTir steam-boat roll'd 
Down the pathway old 

Of the deep GAJ»ioirNB,— 
And the peasant lank, 
While his eabot sank 
In the snow-clad bank, 

Saw it roll on, on. 



Y'Gueon 
tener liietb 
toUtcot- 
tiM,uul 
Aketha 



II. 

And he hied him home 
To his toit de chaume ; 
And for those who roam 
On the broad bleak flood 
b2 



A9 



THE BED-BBEA8T OF AQXTITAKIA. 



Cared he ? Not a thought ; 
For his beldame brought 
His wine-flask fraught 

With the grape's red blood. 



Hewarmeth 

his cold 
shins at a 
wooden fire. 
Good b'ye to 
him. 



III. 

And the wood-block blaze 
Fed his vacant gaze 
As we trod the maze 

Of the river down. 
Soon we left behind 
On the frozen wind 
All farther mind 

Of that vacant clown. 



Y« Father 
meeteth a 
strav ac- 
quaintance 
in a guiall 
bird. 



IV. 

But there came anon, 
As we joumey'd on 
Down the deep Gaeonkb, 

An acquaintancy, 
Which we deem'd, I count, 
Of more high amount, 
it oped the fount 

Of sweet sympathy. 



T. 



Noty« 
famous alba- 
tross of that 
aincient ma- 
riner olde 
Coleridge, 
but a poore 
robin. 



'Twas a stranger drest 
In a downy vest, 
'Twas a wee Eed-beeast, 
(Not an " Albatross,") 



THE EED-BBEA8T OP A QXJITAN LA- 



SS 



But a wanderer meek, 
Who fain would seek 
O'er the bosom bleak 
Of that flood to cross. 



Y» sparrow 
erossing V* 
river mak- 
ethhyt half- 
way house 
of the ftre- 
tliip. 



▼I. 

And we watch'd him oft 
As he soar'd aloft 
On his pinions soft, 

Poor wee weak thing, 
And we soon could mark 
That he sought our bark 
As a resting ark 

For his weary wing. 



Delnsire 
hope. Y« 
fire-ship 
runneth 10 
knots an 
hoar: 'tis 
no go for 7* 
sparrow. 



VII. 

But the bark, fire-fed. 
On her pathway sped, 
And shot far a-head 

Of the tiny bird, 
And quicker in the van 
Her svdft wheels ran, 
As the quickening fan 

Of his winglets stirr'd. 



T'bjrrde <■ 
led a Wilde 
gooMchace 
•downy* 
rirer. 



VIII. 



Vain, vain pursuit ! 
Toil without fruit ! 
For his forkM foot 
Shall not anchor there, 



54 



THE EED-BEEAST OF AQUITANIA 



Tho' the boat meanwhile 
Down the stream beguile 
For a bootless mile 
The poor child of air t 



^nnptomes 
or fatigue. 
Tis melan- 
cholie to fall 
between 
SmooIs. 



IX. 

And 'twas plain at last 
He was flagging fast, 
That his hour had past 

In that effort vain ; 
Far from either bank, 
Sana a saving plank, 
Slow, slow he sank, 

Nor uprose again. 



Mortof >> 
birde. 



X. 

And the cheerless wave 
Just one ripple gave 
As it oped him a grave 

In its bosom cold, 
And he sank alone, 
With a feeble moan. 
In that deep Garonnb, 

And then all was told. 



XI. 



Y< old man 

at y* helm 
weepeth for 
a tonne loet 
in )•• bay of 
Biscaye. 



But our pilot grey 
Wiped a tear away ; 
In the broad Biscayb 
He had lost his boy ! 



THB BED-BBEA8T OF AQUITANIA. 



55 



And that sight brought back 
On its furrow'd track 
The remember' d vrreck 
Of long perish'd joy ! 



Condoleance 
of y ladyea ; 
eke of 1 
ehatteuT 
d'in/anterie 
Ugire. 



xn. 

And the tear half hid 
In soft Beauty's lid 
Stole forth tmbid 

For that red-breast bird ;- 
And the feeling crept, — 
For a Wakkioe wept ; 
And the silence kept 

Found no fitting word. 



Olde Father 

Prontte 

•rcUt 

iiioralizeth 

aiicntT* 

birde. 



xm. 

But I mused alone, 
For I thought of one 
Whom I well had known 

In my earlier days. 
Of a gentle mind. 
Of a soul refined. 
Of deserts design'd 

For the Palm of Praise. 



T'Stnaine 
of Lyfe. A 
yonnfre man 
of favre 
promiM. 



XIV. 



And well would it seem 
Tha o'er Lifes dark stream, 
Easy task for Him 
In hi flight of Fame, 



56 



THE BED-BEEA8T OF AQUITAXIA. 



Was the Skyward Path, 
O'er the billow's wrath, 
That for Genius hath 
Erer been the same. 



Hys enrlie 
fly^ht Hcrott 
T* streaiue. 



XT. 

And I saw him soar 
From the morning shore, 
While his fresh wings bore 

Him athwart the tide. 
Soon with powers unspent 
As he forward went, 
His wings he had bent 

On the sought-for side. 



A newe ob- 
ject calleth 
ni» eye from 
y m'aine 
chauuce. 



XVI. 

But while thus he flew, 
Lo ! a vision new 
Caught his wayward view 

With a semblance fair. 
And that new-found wooer 
Could, alas ! allure 
From his pathway sure 

The bright child of air. 



Instabilitie 
of purpose • 
fatall evyl 
inlyfe. 



XVII. 



For he tum'd aside. 
And adown the tide 
For a brief hour plied 
His yet unspent force. 



TH" EED-BREA8T OF AQUITA^Ll. 



«7 



And to gain that goal 
Gave the powers of soul, 
TMiich, unwasted, whole, 
Had achieved his course. 



Thiiisr 

monll uf 

Father 

Proat's 

humble 

ballade. 



XYIII, 

A bright Spibit, young, 
TJnwept, unsung. 
Sank thus among 

The drifts of the stream ; 
Not a record left, — 
Of renown bereft, 
By thy cruel theft, 

O DSLUSIYE DBEAM ! 



58 



THE SON TO HIS MOTHER. 

Thebe was a place in childhood that I remember well, 
And there, a voice of sweetest tone bright fairy tales did 

teU; 
And gentle words and fond embrace were given with joy 

to me, 
When I was in that happy place, upcn my mother's knee. 

Wlien fairy tales were ended, " Good night !" she softly 

said, 
And kiss'd and laid me down to sleep within my tiny 

bed ; 
And holy words she tanght me there, — methinks I yet 

can see 
Her angel eyes, as close I knelt beside my mother's knee. 

In the sickness of my childhood, the perils of my prime. 
The sorrows of ray riper years, the cares of ev'ry time ; 
When doubt or danger weigh'd me down, then pleading, 

all for me, 
It was a fervent pray'r to Heaven that bent my mother's 

knee ! 



THE SON TO HIS MOTHEB. 59 

And can I this remember, and e'er forget to prove 
The glow of holy gratitude — the fulness of my love ? 
When thou art feeble, mother, come rest thy arm on me. 
And let thy cherish'd child support the aged mothers' 
knee! 

Samuel Lovbr. 



60 



IMPEOMPTU BY THE LATE GEOEGE COLMAN. 

About a year since, a yotmg lady begged this cele- 
brated wit to write some verses in her album : he shook 
his head ; but, good-naturedly promising to try, at once 
extemporised the following, — most probably his last 
written and poetical jest. 

My muse and I, ere youth and spirits fled, 
Sat up together many a night, no doubt ; 

But now, I've sent the poor old lass to bed, 
Simply because my pre is going out. 



61 



THE MONKS OF OLD. 

Many have told of the monks of old, 

What a saintly race they were ; 
But 'tis more true that a merrier crew 
Could scarce be found elsewhere ; 
For they sung and laugh'd. 
And the rich wine quaffd, 
And lived on the daintiest cheer. 

And some they would say, that throughout the day 

O'er the missal alone they would pore ; 
But 'twas only, I ween, whilst the flock were seen 
They thought of their ghostly lore ; 
For they sung and laugh'd, 
And the rich wine quaffd 
When the rules of their faith were o'er. 

And then they would jest at the love confess'd 

By many an artless maid ; 
And what hopes and fears they have pour'd in the ears 
Of those who sought their aid. 

And they sung and laugh'd. 
And the rich ,wine quafTd 
As they told of each love-sick jade. 



62 THE HONES OF OLD. 

And the Abbot meek, with his form so sleek, 

Was the heartiest of them all. 
And woidd take his place with a smiling face 
When refection bell would call ; 

And they sung and laugh'd, 
And the rich wine quaflTd, 
Till they shook the olden wall. 

In their green retreat, when the drum would beat. 

And warriors flew to arm, 
The monks they would stay in their convent grey, 
In the midst of dangers calm, 

Where they sung and laugh'd, 
And the rich wine quaflfd. 
For none would the good men harm. 

Then say what they will, we'll drink to them still. 

For a jovial band they were ; 
And 'tis most true that a merrier crew 
Could not be found elsewhere ; 

For they sung and laugh'd, 
And the rich wine quafTd, 
And lived on the daintiest cheer. 

William Joma. 



68 



OUE OPENING CHATJNT. 

Written on the occasion of the Fint Publication of "Bentley's 
Miscellany." 

I. 



Come round and hear, my public dear, 
Come hear, and judge it gently, — 

The prose so terse, and flowing verse, 
Of us, the wits of Bentley. 



u. 



We offer not intricate plot 
To muse upon intently ; 

No tragic word, no bloody sword, 
Shall stain the page of Bentley. 



III. 



The tender song which all day long 

Besounds so sentiment'ly, 
Through wood and grove all full of love, 

Will find no jflace in Bentley. 



64 OITK OPENIKO CHATTNT. 



IV. 



Nor yet the speech which fain would teach 

All nations eloqu($ntly ; — 
'Tis quite too grand for us the bland 

And modest men of Bentley. 



V. 



For science deep no line we keep, 
We speak it reverc^ntly ; — 

From sign to sign the sun may shine, 
Untelescoped by Bentley. 



VI. 



Tory and Whig, in accents big, 

May wrangle violently : 
Their party rage shan't stain the page- 

The neutral page of Bentley. 



VII. 



The scribe whose pen is mangling men 

And women pestildntly, 
May take elsewhere his wicked ware, — 

He finds no mart in Bentley. 



VIII. 



It pains us not to mark the spot 
Where Dan may find his r^nt lie ; 

The Glasgow chiel may shout for Peel, 
We know them not in Bentley 



OTTR OPENINO CHAUNT. 65 



rc. 



Tliose who admire a merry lyre, — 
Those who would hear attent'ly 

A tale of wit, or flashing hit, — 
Are ask'd to come to Beutley. 



Our hunt will be for grace and glee, 
Where thickest may the scent lie ; 

At slashing pace begins the chase^ 
Now for the bairst of Bentley. 

Da. Maoinn. 



LINES 

On seeing "The Yotmg Veteran," John Bannister, 

toddling up Qower-street, after he had attained his 

seventieth birthday. 

WRITTEN BT SIB GEORGE R08B, AND COMMUNICATED BY 
J. F. HABLET, ESO. 

With seventy years upon his back, 
Still is my honest friend " Young Jack," 
Nor spirits check'd nor fancy slack. 

But fresh as any daisy, 
Though Time has knock'd his stvmps aboat| 
He cannot bowl his temper out ; 
And all the Bannister is stout, 

Although the steps be crazy. 

F 



66 



AD MOLLISSTMAM PUELLAM E GETICA 
CARUAEUM FAMn.TA. 

OVIDIUS NA80 LAMENT ATUE. 



Heu ! heu ! 

Me tsedet, me piget o ! 
Cor TTiihi riget o ! 
TJt flos sub frigido . . . 

Et nox ipsa mi, turn 
Cum vado dormitum, 
Infausta, insomnis, 
Transcurritur omnis . . . 
Hoc culpa fit tua 
Mi, mollis Carua, 
Sic mihi illudens, 
Nee pudens. — 

Prodigium tu, re 
Es, vera, naturae, 
Candidior lacte ; — 
Plus fronte cum hie te, 
Cum istis ocellis, 
Plus omnibus stellis 
Mehercule vellem. — 
Sed heu, me imbellem ! 
A me, qui sum fidua, 
Vel ultimum sidus 



67 



TO THE HAED-HEAETED MOLLY CAEEW, 

THE LAMENT OF HEB IBISH LOVBB. 



OcH hone ! 

Oh! what will I do? 
Sure my love is all crost, 
Like a bud in the frost. . . 

And there's no use at all 
Li my going to bed ; 
For 'tis dhrames, and not sleep, 
That comes into my head. . . 

And 'tis all about you, 
My sweet Molly Carew, 
And indeed 'tis a sin 
And a shame. — 

You're complater than nature 
In every feature ; 
The snow can't compare 
With your forehead so fair : 
And I rather would spy 
Just one blink of your eye 
Than the purtiest star 
That shines out of the sky ; 
Tho'— by this and by that I 
For the matter o' that — 
V 2 



68 AD MOLLISSIMAM PUELLAM E FAMILIA CASUABUM. 

Non distat te magis ... 
Quid a^s ! 

Heu ! heu ! nisi tu 
Me ames, 
Pereo ! pillaleu I 



n. 

Heu! heu! 

Sed cur sequar laude 
Ocellos aut frontem 
Si NASI, cum fraude, 
Prsetereo pontem ? . . . 

Ast hie ego miniis 
Quam ipse Longinus 
In verbis exprimem 
Hunc nasum sublimem . 

De florida gena 
Vulgaris camoena 
Cantaret in vanum 
Per annum. — 

Tum, tibi puella I 
Sic tument labella 
Ut nil plus jucundum 
Sit, aut rubicundum ; 
Si primitiis homo 
CoUapsus est pomo, 
Si dolor et luctus 
Venerunt per fructus, 
Proh ! setas nunc serior 
Ne cadat, vereor, 
Icta tarn bello 



TO THE HABD-HEABTED MOLLY CABEW. 69 

You're more distant by far 
Than that same. 

Och hone, wierasthrew ! 
I am alone 
In this world without you ! 



n. 

Och hone ! 

But why should I speak 
Of your forehead and eyes, 
When your nose it defies 
Paddy Blake the schoolmaster 

To put it in rhyme ? — 
Though there's one Bubke, 
He says, 
Who would call it Snublirae . . . 

And then for your cheek, 
Throth 'twould take him a week 
Its beauties to tell 
As he'd rather : — 

Then y<fur lips, O machree ! 
In their beautiful glow 
They a pattern might be 
For the cherries to grow. — 
'Twas an apple that tempted 
Our mother, we know ; 
For apples were scarce 
I suppose long ago : 
But at this time o' day, 
'Pon my conscience I'll say. 
Such cherries might tempt 



70 AD M0LLIS8IMAM PUBLLAH E TAMILIA CABUABUM. 

Labello: 

Heu ! heu ! nisi tu 
Me ames, 
Pereo ! pillaleu ! 



nx. 

Heu! Heu 

Per comua lunse 
Perpetu6 tu ne 
Me vexes impunfe ? . . , 

I nunc choro salta 
(Mac-ghius nam tecum) 
Planta magis alta 
Qukm sueveris meciim ! . , , 

Tibicinem quando 
Cogo fustigando 
Ne falsum det melus, 
Anhelus. — 

A te in sacello 
Vix mentem revello, 
Heu ! miser^ scissam 
Te inter et Missam ; 
Tu latitas vero 
Tarn stricto galero 
TJt cemere vultum 
Desiderem multilm. 
Et dubites jam, nura 
(Ob animae damnum) 
Sit fas hunc deberi 
Auferri ? 

Heu ! heu ! nisi tu 



TO THE HASD-HEABTED MOLLY CABEW, 71 

A man's father ! 

Och hone, wierasthrew ! 
Fm alone 
In this world without you ! 



ui. 

Och hone ! 

By the man in the moon ! 
You teaze me all ways 
That a woman can plaza ; 

For you dance twice as high 
With that thief Pat Maghee 
As when you take share 
In a jig, dear, with me ; 

Though the piper I bate, 
For fear the oidd chate 
Wouldn't play you your 
Favourite time. 

And when you're at Mass 
My devotion you crass, 
For 'tis thinking of you 
I am, Molly Carew ; 
While you wear on purpose 
A bonnet so deep. 
That I can't at your sweet 
Pretty face get a peep. 
Oh ! lave off that bonnet. 
Or else I'll lave on it 
The loss of my wandering 
Sowl! 

Och hone, like an owl, 



72 AD MOLLISSIHAH PUELLAM E FAUILIA CABUABUM. 

Corim sis, 

Ceecus sim : eleleu ! 



IV. 



Eeu ! heu ! 

Non me provocate, 
Nam virginum sat, o I 
Stant mihi amato . . . 

Et stuperes plan^ 
Si aliquo man^ 
Me sponsTim videres ; 
Hoc quomodo ferres ? 

Quid diceres, si cum 
Triumpho per vicum, 
Maritus it ibi, 
Non tibi ! 

Et pol ! Catherinae 
Cui vacca, (tu, sine) 
Si proferem hymen 
Grande esset discrimen ; 
Tu quamvis, hic aio, 
Sis blandior Maio, 
Et hsBC calet rariiis 
Quam Januarius ; 
Si non mutas brevi, 
Hanc mihi decrevi 
(Ut sic ultus forem) 
IJxorem ; 

Tum posthae diti 
Me spectrum 
Verebere tu. . . eleleu ! 

Father Prout. 



TO THE HABD-HEABTED MOLLY CABEW. 73 

Day is night, 

Deax, to me without you 1 



IT. 



Och hone ! 

Don't provoke me to do it ; 
For there's girls by the score 
That loves me, and more. 

And you'd look very queer. 
If some morning you'd meet 
My wedding all marching 
In pride down the street. 

Throth you'd open your eyes, 
And you'd die of surprise 
To think 'twasn't you 
Was come to it. 

And 'faith ! Katty Naile 
And her cow, I go bail, 
Would jump if I'd say, 
" Katty Naile, name the day.** 
And though you're fair and fresh 
As the blossoms in May, 
And she's short and dark 
Like a cold winter's day. 
Yet if you don't repent 
Before Easter, — ^when Lent 
Is over — I'll marry 
For spite. 

Och hone ! and when I 
Die for you, 
'Tis my ghost that you'll see every night ! 

S. LOVBR 



74 



THE GRAND CHAM OF TAKTART, 



THE HUMBLE-BEE. 

Abridged from the YoltiminouB Epic Poem by Beg-beg, 
(formerly a mendicant ballad-singer, afterwards Prin- 
cipal Lord Rector of the University of Samarcand, and 
subsequently Historiographer and Poet Laureate to the 
Court of Balk,) by C. J. Davids, Esq. 



The great Tartar chief, on a festival day, 
G^ave a spread to his court, and resolv'd to be gay ; 
But, just in the midst of their music and glee, 
The mirth was upset by a humble-bee — 

A humble-bee — 
They were bored by a rascally hvmble-bee 1 

II. 

This riotous bee was so wanting in sense 
As to fly at the Cham with malice prepense : 
Said his highness, " My fate will be felo-de-se, 
If I'm thus to be teas'd by a humble-bee^ 

A humble-bee — 
How sJuill I get rid of the humble-bee !'* 



THE OKAKD CHAM OF TABTABT. 75 

III. 

The troops in attendance, with sabre and spear, 
Were order'd to harass the enemy's rear : 
But the brave body-guards were forced to flee — 
They were all so afraid of the humble-bee — 
The humble bee — 
The soldiers were scar'd by the humble-bee. 

IV. 

The solicitor-general thought there was reason 

For indicting the scamp on a charge of high-treason ; 

While the chancellor doubted if any decree 

Prom the woolsack would frighten the humble-bee — 

The humble-bee — 
So the lawyers fought shy of the humble-bee. 



The Cham from his throne in an agony rose, 
While the insect was buzzing right under his nose : 
" Was ever a potentate plagued like me, 
Or worried to death by a humble-bee ! 

A humble-bee — 
Don't let me be stung by the humble-bee I** 

VI. 

He said to a page, nearly choking with grief^ 
"Bring hither my valiant commander-in-chief; 
And say that I'll give him a liberal fee, 
To cut the throat of this humble-bee — 

This humble-bee — 
This turbulent. Jacobin, humble-bee !" 



76 THE GEAND CHAM OF TABTAET. 



VII. 

His generalissimo came at the stimmons, 
And, cursing the courtiers for cowardly rwm-un$f 
" My liege," said he, " it's all fiddle-de-dee 
To make such a fuss for a humble-bee — 
A humble-bee — 
I don't care a d — ^n for the humble-bee l" 

VIII. 

The veteran rush'd sword in hand on the foe, 
And cut him in two with a desperate blow. 
His master exclaim' d, " I'm delighted to see 
How neatly you've settled the humble-bee l" 
The humble-bee — 
So there was an end of the humble-bee. 

IX, 

By the doctor's advice (which was prudent and right) 
His highness retired very early that night : 
For they got him to bed soon after his tea, 
And he dream'd all night of the humble-bee — 

The humble-bee — 
He saw the grim ghost of the humble-bee. 

HOBAL. 

Seditious disturbers, mind well what you're arter — 
Lest, humming a prince, you by chance catch a Tartar. 
Consider, when planning an impudent spree, 
You may get the same luck as the humble-bee — 

The humble-bee — 
Bemember the doom of the humble-bee 1 



PADDY BLAKe's ECHO. 77 



PADDY BLAKE'S ECHO. 

▲ NEW YEBSION FBOM THE OBIGINAIt IBISH. 
^Ecco ridente," &c 



There's a spot by that lake, sirs, 

Where echoes were bom, 
Were one Paddy Blake, sirs, 

Was walking one mom 
With a great curiosity big in his mind ! 
Says he, " Mrs. Blake 

Doesn't trate me of late 
In the fashion she did 

When I first call'd her Kate > 
She's crusty and surly, — 
My cabin 's the dhicunUf 
My pigs and my poultry 
Are all cheek by jowl : 
But what is the cause, from the .^cho Til find." 

(Spoken.) 
So up he goes hotUdly to the .4cho, and says, " The top 



78 PADDY BLAKE's ECHO. 

o' the momin' t'ye, Misther or Missus ^cho, for divil a 
know I know whether ye wear petticoats or breeches." 

" Neither," says the ^cho in Irish. 

" Now, that being the case," says Paddy, tumin* sharj) 
'pon the ^cho, d'ye see, " ye can tell me the stark-naked 
truth." 

"'Troth, an' ye may say that, with yir own purty 
mouth," says the -4cho. 

" Well, thin," says Paddy agin, " what the divil's come 
over Mrs. Blake of late ?" 

" Potcheen /" says the ^cho. 

" Oh ! (shouting) by the pow'rs of Moll Kelly," says 
Paddy, " I thought as mich : — 

" It wasn't for nothin' the taypot was hid. 

Though I guess'd what was in it, by smelling the lid !" 

n. 

There's another suspicion 

Comes over my mind. 
That with all his contrition 

And pray'rs, and that kind, 
Ould Father Mahony's a wag in his way. 
When a station, he says. 

Will be held at my house, 
I must go my ways, 

Or be mute as a mouse. 
For him turkey and bacon 

Is pull'd from the shelf; 
Not so much as a cake on 

The coals for myself: 
But what all this manes, why, the Acho will say. 



PADDY BLAKE's ECHO. 79 

(Spoken,) 

Up he goes agin to the ^cho, and says, "Tell me, affye 
plase, what is 't brings ould Father Mahony so everlast- 
ingly to my country seat in the bog of Bally Keeran ?" 

" Mrs. Blake !" says the -4cho. 

" Oh ! hannimandhiaoul !" says Paddy, " I thought as 
mich — the thief o' the world — ^I thought as mich. Oh ! 
tvindher-a-notms ! 

" m go home an' hate her, until my heart 's sore. 

Then give her the key of the street evermore !" 

W. 



niPEOMPTTJ. 



Who the dickens " Boz" could be 

Puzzled many a learned elf ; 
Till time unveil'd the mystery, 

And Boz appear'd as Dickens' self! 

C. J. Davids. 



80 



HAROUN ALRASCHTD. 

O'eb the gorgeous room a luxurious gloom, 

Like the glow of a summer's eve, hung : 
From its basLa of stone, with rose-leaves bestrown 

The fountain its coolness flung ; 
Perfumes wondrously rare fiU'd the eunuch-fann'd air, 

And on gem- studded carpets around 
The poets sung forth tales of glory or mirth 

To their instruments' eloquent sound ; 
On a throne framed of gold sat their monarch the bold, 

With coffers of coin by his side. 
And to each, as he sung, lavish handfuls he flung, 

Till each in his gratitude cried, 
" Long, long live great Haroiin Alraschid, the Caliph of 

Babylon old!" 

Disturbing the feast, from the Rome of the East 

An embassage audience craves ; 
And Haroun, smiling bland, cries, dismissing the band, 

" We will look on the face of our slaves !" 
Then the eunuchs who wait on their Caliph in state 

Lead the messenger Lords of the Creek. 



HABOUN ALBA8CHID. 81 

Proud and maxtial their mien, proud and martial 
their sheen, 
But they bow to the Arab right meek ; 
And with heads bending down, though their brows 
wear a frown, 
They ask if he audience bestow. 
" Tea, dogs of the Greek, we await ye, so speak ! — 
Have ye brought us the tribute you owe ? 
Or what lack ye of Haroun Alraschid, the Caliph of 
Babylon old?" 



Then the Greek spake loud, "To Alraschid the 
Proud 

This message our monarch doth send : 
While ye play'd 'gainst a Queen, ye could mate her, 
I ween — 

She could ill with thy pieces contend ; 
But Irene is dead, and a Pawn in her stead 

Holds her power and place on the board : 
By Nicephorus stem is the purple now worn, 

And no longer he owns thee for lord. 
If tribute ye claim, I am bade in his name 

This to tell thee, O King of the World, 
With these, not with gold, pays Nicephorus bold !" — 

And a bundle of sword-blades he hurl'd 
At the feet of stem Haroun Alraschid, the Caliph of 

Babylon old. 



Dark as death was his look, and his every limb 
shook, 
As the Caliph glared round on the foe— 

a 



82 HABOUK ALBASCHID. 

" View my answer !" he roar'd, and unsheathing hia 
sword, 
Clove the bundle of falchions right through. 
" Tell my slave, the Greek hoimd, that Haroun the 
Renowu'd, 
Ere the sun that now sets rise again, 
Will be far on the road to his wretched abode, 

With many a myriad of men. 
No reply will he send, either spoken or penn'd ; 

But by Allah, and Abram our sire, 
He shall read a reply on the earth, in the sky, 
Writ in bloodshed, and famine, and fire ! 
Now begone !" thundered Haroun Alraschid, the Caliph 
of Babylon old. 



As the sun dropt in night by the murky torch- 
light. 
There was gathering of horse and of man : 
Tartar, Courd, Bishareen, Persian, swart Bedoween, 

And the mighty of far Khorasan — 
Of all tongues, of all lands, and in numberless 
bands, 
Kound the Prophet's green banner they crowd, 
They are form'd in array, they are up and away, 

Like the locusts' calamitous cloud ; 
But rapine or spoil, till they reach the Greek soil, 

Is forbidden, however assail' d. 
A poor widow, whose fold a Courd robb'd, her tale 
told, 
And he was that instant impaled 
By the stern wrath of Haroun Alraschid, the Caliph of 
Babylon old ! 



HAROUN ALEASCHID. 83 

On o'er valley and hiU, river, plain, onwards still, 

Fleet and fell as the desert-wind, on ! 
Where was green grass before, when that host had 
pass'd o'er. 

Every vestige of verdure was gone ! 
On o'er valley and hill, desert, river, on still, 

With the speed of the wild ass or deer. 
The dust of their tread, o'er the atmosphere spread, 

Hung for miles like a cloud in their rear. 
On o'er valley and hill, desert, river, on still, 

Till afar booms the ocean's hoarse roar. 
And amid the night's gloom are seen tower, temple, 
doom — 

Heraclea, that sits by the shore ! 
The doom'd city of Harotin Alraschid, the Caliph of 

Babylon oli 



There was mirth at its height in thy mansions that 
night, 

Heraclea, that sits by the sea ! 
Thy damsels' soft smiles breathed their loveliest wiles, 

And the banquet was wild in its glee ! 
For Zoe the fair, proud Nicephorus' heir, 

That night was betrothed to her mate. 
To Theseus the Bold, of Ulyria old. 

And the blood of the Island-kings great. 
When lo ! wild and lorn, and with robes travel-torn, 

And with features that pallidly glared, 
They the Arab had spum'd from Damascus retum'd, 

Bush'd in, and the coming declared 
or the armies of Haroun Alraschid, the Caliph of Babylon 

old 

o 2 



84 HABOTTN AXBA8CHID. 

A faint tumiilt afar, the first breathing of war, 

Multitudinous floats on the gale : 
The lelie shout shrill, and the toss'd cymbals peal, 

And the trumpet's long desolate wail, 
The horse-tramp of swarms, and the clangour of 
arms, 

And the murmur of nations of men. 
Oh woe, woe, and woe, Heraclea shall know — 

She shall fall, and shall rise not again ; 
The spiders' dusk looms shall alone hang her rooms, 

The green grass shall grow in her ways. 
Her daughters shall wail, and her warriors shall 
quail. 

And herself be a sign of amaze. 
Through the vengeance of Haroun Alraschid, the Caliph 

of Babylon old. 



'Tis the dawn of the sun, and the mom-prayer is 
done, 

And the murderous onset is made ; 
The Christian and foe they are at it, I trow, 

Fearfully plying the blade. 
Each after each rolls on to the breach. 

Like the slumberless roll of the sea. 
Bank rolling on rank rush the foe on the Frank, 

Breathless, in desperate glee; 
The Greek's quenchless fire, the ISrussulman's ire 

Has hurled over rampart and wall. 
And 'tis all one wild hell of blades slaughtering fell, 

Where fiercest and feUest o'er all 
Work'd the falchion of Haroun Alraschid, the Caliph of 

Babylon old. 



HAB0X7N ALBASCHID. 85 

But day rose on day, yet Nicephorus grey, 

And Theseus, his daughter's betrothed, 
With warrior-like sleight kept the town in despite, 

Of the Moslem insulted and loathed. 
Mom rose after mom on the leaguers outworn, 

Till the Caliph with rage tore his beard ; 
And, terribly wroth, sware a terrible oath — 

An. oath which the boldest ev'n fear'd. 
So his mighty Emirs gat around their compeers, 

And picked for the onslaught a few. 
Oh ! that onslaught was dread, — every Moslem struck 
dead! 

But, however, young Theseus they slew, 
And that gladdened fierce Haroun Alraschid, the Caliph 

of Babylon old. 



Heraclea, that night in thy palaces bright 

There was anguish and bitterest grief. 
" He is gone ! he is dead !" were the words that they 
said. 
Though the stunn'd heart refused its belief: 
Wild and far spreads the moan, from tbe hut, from 
the throne, 
Striking every one breathless with fear. 
" Oh ! Theseus the bold, thou art stark, — thou art 
cold, — 
Thou art young to be laid on the bier," 
One alone makes no moan, but with features like 
stone. 
In an ecstacy haggard of woe, 
Sits tearless and lorn, with dry eyeballs that 
bum. 



86 HAROUN ALBASCHID. 

And fitful her lips mutter low 
Dread threatenings against Haroun Alrascliid, the Caliph 
of Babylon old. 



The next mom on the wall, first and fiercest of all, 

The distraction of grief cast aside, 
In her lord's anna arrayed, Zoe plies the . death- 
blade, — 
Ay, and, marry, right terribly plied. 
Her lovely arm fair, to the shoulder is bare, 

And nerved with a giant-like power 
Where her deadly sword sweeps fall the mighty in 
heaps ; 
Where she does but appear the foe cower. 
Eank on rank they rush on, — rank on rank are 
struck down, 
Till the ditch is choked up with the dead. 
The vulture and crow, and the wild dog, I trow, 
Made a dreadful repast that night as they fed 
On the liegemen of Haroun Alraschid, the Caliph of 
Babylon old. 



This was not to last. — The stern Moslem, downcast, 

Retrieved the next morning their might ; 
For Alraschid the bold, and the Barmecide old, 

Had proclaimed through the camp in the night, 
That whoso should win the first footing within 

Tlie city that bearded their power. 
Should have for his prize the fierce girl with black 
eyes, 

And ten thousand zecchines as her dower. 



HABOUN ALRASCHID. 87 

It spurred them right well ; and they battled and fell, 

Like lions, with long hunger wild. 
Ere that day set the sun Heraclea was won, 

And Nicephorus bold, and his child, 
Were captives to Haroun Alraschid, the Caliph of 

Babylon old. 



To his slave, the Greek hound, roared Haroun the 
Renowned. 
When before him Nicephorus came, 
"Though the pawn went to queen, 'tis checkmated, 
I ween. 
Thou'rt as bold as iinsldlled in the game. 
Now, Infidel, say, wherefore should I not slay 

The wretch that my vengeance hath sought ?" — 
" I am faint, — I am weak — and I thirst," quoth 
the Greek, 
" Give me drink." At his bidding 'tis brought ; 
He took it ; but shrank, lest 'twere poison he drank. 

" Thou art safe till the goblet be qxiaffed !" 
Cried Haroun. The Greek heard, took the foe at 
his word. 
Dashed down on the pavement the draught, 
And claimed mercy of Haroun Alraschid, the Caliph of 
Babylon old. 



Haroiin never broke word or oath that he spoke, 

So he granted the captive his life. 
And then bade his slaves bear stately Zoe the fiair, 

To the warrior who won her in strife ; 
But the royal maid cried in the wi-ath of her pride, 



88 HABOITN ALEA8CHID. 

She would die ere her hand should be given, 
Or the nuptial caress should be lavished to bless 

Such a foe to her house and to Heaven. 
Her entreaties they spumed, and her menace they 
scorned ; 
But, resolute, spite of their power, 
All food she denied, and by self-famine died ; 
And her father went mad from that hour. 
Thus triumph'd stem Haroun Alraschid, the Oaliph of 
Babylon old ! 

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Inficiet tibi 
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Rivos, 

Fiet protinux 
Impiger ! 



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QSonlti ann feci 
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90 



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Lymphs 
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91 



THE DUMB WAITER. 

I CAN not really understand, 

(Said Henry to his aunt,) 
Why a dumb waiter this is called, — 

Upon my word, I can't ; 
For I have heard you often say 

It answers very well. 
Why, then, the waiter is called dvmb, 

I cannot think, or tell. 

Between you, boy, this difference know,- 
For once attention lending, — 

While without speaking this aitendsy 
You speak vrithout attending. 



92 



THE BOTTLE OP ST. JANUAEIUS. 



X. 

Is the land of the citron and myrtle, we're told 

That the blood of a maktye is kept in a phial. 
Which, though all the year round, it lie torpid and cold. 

Yet grasp but the crystal, 'twill warm the first trial . . . 
Be it fiction or truth, with your favourite fact, 

0, profound Lazzaroni ! I seek not to q\iarrel ; 
But indulge an old priest who would simply extract 

From your legend, a lay — from your martyr, a moraL 



II. 

Lo ! with icicled beard Januabius comes ! 

And the blood in his veins is all frozen and gelid, 
And he beareth a bottle ; but toepob benumbs 

Every limb of the saint : — Would ye wish to dispel it ? 
With the hand of good-fellowship grasp the hoar sage — 

Soon his joints will relax and his pulse will beat quicker ; 
Grasp the bottle he brings — 'twill grow warm, I'll engage. 

Till the firost of each heart lies dissolved in the liquob ! 

Prohatum est. 

P. Pbout. 



93 



THE ElSma PEEIODICAL ; 

Being Mr. Verdant't Account of his last Aerial Voyage, edited by 
Thomas Haynes Bayly. 

Without apology, Til trace 

Chxr airy flight across the sea, 
Because at once we raised ourselves 

And public curiosity. 

And well might those who saw us o% 

Our many perils long discuss. 
Because, ere we were out of sight, 

'Twas certainly " all up with us !" 

There might be danger, s\ire enough, 

On high, from thirst and hunger blending 

But men are told they should hear up 
Against the danger that's impending. 

So we bore up into the clouds, 

Of creature comforts ample store 
And really coffee ne'er was known 

To rise so speedily before. 



94 THE BISINO PEBIODICAL. 

Our tongues, though salted, never halted ; 

Our game fresh-kill'd was very high ; 
And, though all nicely truss'd and roastcil, 

We saw our fowls and tiirkeys fly ! 

Our solid food rose like a puff, 
Hard biscuit seeni'd a trifle, too ; 

And our champagne was so much up, 
That e'en our empty bottles flew ! 

Our spirits rose ; in fact we were, 
When not a dozen miles from Dover, 

Quite in a state of elevation, 
Indisputably " half eeas over." 

How like conspirators were we, 

So snug we kept our hour of rieing ; 

And when our movement once was made, 
All London cried, " Oh ! how surprising !" 

If, when we soar'd above the great. 

They trembled, 'twas without occasion : 

Our thoughts were turned to France ; in truth 
We meditated an invasion ! 

But over earth and over sea 

We went without ope hostile notion 

Our war on earth, a civil war ; 
The Channel, — our Pacific Ocean. 

When passing over Chatham town 
We were jvist finishing a chicken ; 



il 



THE RISING PERIODICAL. 95 

A soldier a.ncl a maiden fair 

I saw whikt I the bones was picking, 

I threw a drumstick at the youth, 

Who all around the culprit sought ; 
And whilst the maiden laughed aloud, 

I struck her with a merry thought. 

In darkness we the Channel cross' d, 

And left our fragile car to chance ; 
And, scorning customary rules. 

Without a passport enter'd France ! 

But on we went, and our descent 

Bewilder'd many a German gaper ; 
"Until, to prove from whence we came, 

We show'd the last day's London paper! 

We're told no good that is substantial 

Results from all we nobly dare ; 
What then ? — We took a clever mason 

To build us castles in the air. 

We're not like certain rising men, 

Puffd up with vain presumptuous thoughts ; 
We nothing boast of what we've done, 

And deem ourselves mere airy-noughts ! 

T. H. B. 



96 



THE SONG OF THE COVEE. 

(not a spoeting one.) 

My dear Mr. Editor. — ^I have been for some time 
troubled by a sligbt longing to illustrate the title-page 
(or rather the Cover and its pretty pages) of the Mis- 
cellany. To-day I was taken suddenly worse with this 
desperate symptom of the cacoethes scrtbendi, but at 
length being safely delivered of the following doggrel, 
you wiU be glad to hear that I am now " as well as can 
be expected." 

Ever, my dear Mr. Editor, yours truly, 

E. J. 

" Sing a song of half-a-crown — 

Lay it out this minute ; 
Buy the book, for half the town 

Want to know what's in it. 
Had you all the cares of Job, 

You'd then forget your troubles," 
Cried Cupid, seated on the globe, 

Busy blowing bubbles. 



80Na OF THE COVEB. 97 

Eosy Summer, pretty Spring, 

See them scattering flowers — 
" Catch who can !" the song they sing ; 

Hearts-ease fall in showers. 
Autumn, tipsy with the grape, 

Plays a pipe and tabor ; 
Winter imitates the ape, 

Mocking at his neighbour. 

Bentley, Boz, and Cruikshank, stand, 

Like expectant reelers — 
" Music !" — " Play up !" — pipe in hand, 

Beside the fluted pillars ! 
Boz and Cruikshank want to dance, 

None for frolic riper, * 

But Bentley makes the first advance. 

Because he " pays the piper." 

" Then sing a song of half-a-crown, 

And make a merry race on't. 
To buy the book, all London town ; 

There's wit upon the face on't. 
Had you all the cares of Job, 

Tou'd then forget yoiir troubles," 
Cried Cupid, seated on the globe, 

Busy blowing bubbles. 



93 



WHO AEE YOU? 

" Who are you ? — Who are you ? 

Little boy that's ninning after 
Ev'ry one up and down, 

Mingling sighing with your laughter?" 
" I am Copid, lady belle, 

I am Cupid, and no other." 
" Little boy, then pr'ythee tell 

How is Venus ? How's your mother P 
Little boy, little hoy, 

I desire you t«ll me true : 
Cupid, oh ! you're alter'd so, 

No wonder I cry Who are you f 



n. 



" Who are you ? — Who are you ? 

Little boy, where is your bow ? 
You had a bow, my little boy." 

" So had you, ma'am, long ago." 
" Little boy, where is your torch ?" 

" Madam, I have given it up : 
Torches are no u.se at all ; 

Hearts will never now flare «p." 



WHO AEE YOU? 99 

" Naughty boy, naughty boy, 

Such words as these I never knew : 

Cupid, oh ; you're alter'd so, 
No wonder I say 

"Who abb you?" 



EPIGEAM. 

On Easter Sunday, Lucy spoke, 

And said, " A saint you might provoke, 

Dear Sam, each day, since Monday last ; 

But now I see your rage is past." 

Said Sam, " What Christian could be meek ! 

You know, my love, 'twas Passion Week ; 

And 80, you see, the rage I've spent 

Was not my own — 'twas only Lent.'* 

S. LOVKR. 



H 2 



100 



LEAET THE PIPEE'S LILT. 

This is tlie first o' the May, boys ! 

Listen to me, an' my planxty pipe 
Will show ye the fun o' the day, boys ! 

I know for a spree that ye're always ripe, 
And fond o' gingerbread while it is gilt. 
" Hurroo ! for Leary the Piper's Lilt !" 



First, on the firet o' the May, boys ! 

Do as the birds did Valentine mom ; 
Find out a lass for the day, boys ! 

And then together go gether the tliom — 
I warrant she'll never be jade or jilt. 
" Hurroo ! for Leary the Piper's Lilt !" 



Go where ye may for the May, boys ! 

FoUa yir nose, an' ye'U find it soon : 
On every hedge by the way, boys ! 

Ye'U hear it singin' its scented tune, 
Unless by the breath o' your darlin' Itilt ! 
" Hurroo ! for Leary the Piper's Lilt !" 



i 



LEABY THE PIPER's LILT. 101 

But isn't it betther the May, boys ! 

All living to lave on its flow'ry tree, 
Than wound it by braking away, boys ! 

A branch that in blossom not long will be 
When the rosy dew that it drank is spilt ? 
" Hurroo ! for Leary the Piper's Lilt !" 



An' when ye're all tir'd o' the May, boys ! 

Come to the sign o' the Muzzle an' Can : 
An' there, at the close o' the day, boys ! 

Let ev'ry lass, by the side of her man, 
Dance till the daisies are spreadin' their quilt. 
" Hurroo ! for Leary the Piper's Lilt !" 

W. 



102 



SONG OF THE MONTH. 

(January.) 

** Die ego qui quondam," &c. &c. — ^ruid. 



In the montli of Janiis, 
When Boz to gain us, 
Quite " miscellaneous," 

Flashed his wit so keen, 
One, (Prout they call him,) 
In style most solemn, 
Led off the volume 

Of his magazine. 



Though Maga, 'mongst her 
Bright set of youngsters. 
Had many songsters 

For her opening tome ; 
Yet she would rather 
Invite " the Father," 
And an indulgence gather 

From the Pope of Eome. 



SONO or THE MONTH. 103 



III. 

And, such a beauty 
Froin head to shoe-tie, 
Without dispute we 

Foimd her first boy, 
That she detarmined, 
There's such a charm in't, 
The Father's aarmint 

She'd again employ. 

IV. 

While other children 
Are quit>e bewilderin', 
'Tis joy that fill'd her in 

This bantling ; 'cause 
Wliat eye tut glistens, 
And what ear but listens, 
When the clargy christens 

A babe of Boz ? 

V. 

Fve got a scruple 
That this young pupil 
Surprised its parent 

Ere her time was sped ; 
Else I'm unwary, 
Or, 'tis she's a fairy, 
For in January 

She was brought to bed. 



104 



SOKO 07 THE MONTH. 



•TI. 

This infant may be 
A six months' baby, 
But may his cradle 

Be blest ! say I ; 
And luck defend him ! 
And joy attend him ! 
Since we can't mend him, 

Bom in July. 

VII. 

He's no abortiouj 
But born to fortune, 
And most opportune, 

Though before his time ; 
Him, Muse, ! nourish, 
And make him flourish 
Quite Tommy-Moorish 

Both in prose and rhyme I 



VIII. 

I remember, also, 

That this month they call so, 

From Roman Julius 

The " Ccesarian" styled ; 
Who was no gosling, 
But, like this Boz-ling, 
From birth a dazzling 

And precocious child ! 

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN ! 

P. Prout 



105 



SONG OF THE OLD BELL. 



In an old village, amid older hills, 

That close around their verdant walls to guard 

Its tottering age from wintry winds, I dwell 

Lonely, and still, save when the clamorous rooks 

Or my own fickle changes wound the ear 

Of Silence in my tower." — anon. 



For full five hiindred years Fve swung 

In my old grey turret high, 
And many a diflferent theme Fve sung 

As the time went stealing by ! 
I've peal'd the chaunt of a wedding mom ; 

Ere night I have sadly toll'd, 
To say that the bride was coming, love-lorn, 
To sleep in the church-yard mould ! 
Ding dong, 

My careless song ; 
Merry and sad, 

But neither long ! 

For full five hundred years Fve swung 

In my ancjent turret high, 
And many a different theme Fve sung 

As the time went stealing by I 



lOG BONO OP THE OLD BELL. 

I've swell'd the joy of a country's pride 

For a victory far off won, 
Tiien changed to grief for the brave that died 
Ere my mirth had well begun ! 
Ding-dong, 

My careless song 
Merry or sad, 

But neither long ! 

For full five hundred years Tve swung 

In my breezy turret high. 
And many a different theme I've sung 

As the time went stealing by ! 
I have chimed the dirge of a nation's grief 

On the death of a dear-loved king, 
Tlien merrily rung for the next young chief; 
As told, I can weep or sing ! 
Ding-dong, 

My careless song ; 
Merry or sad, 

But neither long ! 

For full five hundred years I've swung 

In my crumbling turret high ; 
'Tis time my own death-song were sung, 

And with truth before I die ! 
I never could love the themes they gave 

My tyrannised tongue to tell : 
One moment for cradle, the next for grave — 
They've worn out the old church bell ! 
Ding-dong, 

My changeful song ; 
Farewell now, 

And farewell long ! 



107 



"BE QUIET-DO! TLL CALL MY MOTHER!" 

[Lest the author of the following should be accused of 
plagiarism, he thinks it right to state that in the 
second volume of the Pamasse des Dames, there is a 
song, the burden of which is, " Ten&s vovs coi, fappel- 
lerai ma mh-e. It is, however, too gross for translation, 
and nothing of it has been preserved in the present 
lines, except the re/raw.] 



As I was sitting in a wood. 

Under an oak-tree's leafy cover, 
Musing in pleasant solitude. 

Who should come by, but John, my lover ! 
He pressed my hand, and kissed my cheek ; 

Then warmer growing, kissed the other ; 
While I exclaimed, and strove to shriek, 

" Be quiet — do ! I'll call my mother /" 

n. 

He saw my anger was sincere. 

And lovingly began to chide me ; 

And, wiping from my cheek the tear, 
He sat him on the grass beside me. 



108 BE QUIET — DO ! i'lL CALL MY MOTHER ! 

He feigned such pretty, amorous woe, 

Breathed such sweet vows one after other, 

I could but smile while whispering low. 
" Be quiet — do I I'll call my mother /*' 

III. 

He talked so long, and talked so well. 

And swore he meant not to deceive me ; 
I felt more grief than I can tell. 

When with a kiss he rose to leave me. 
'* Oh, John !" said I, " and must thou go 1 

I love thee better than all other ! 
There is no need to hurry so, 

I never meomt to call my mother P* 



C. M. 



109 



OLD MOUNTAIN DEW. 

Away with your port and your fine-flavour'd sherry, 

And fill up with toddy as high as you please ; 
We men of the Northland sliould know ourselves better 

Than pledge her in liquors so paltry as these ! 
In whiskey, perfumed by the peat of the heather, 
We'U drink to the land of the kind and the true, — 
Unsullied in honour, 
Our blessings upon her ! 
Scotland for ever ! and old mountain dew ! 

Neish ! ueish ! neish ! hurra ! 



Mountain dew ! clear as a Scot's understanding, 

Pure as his conscience wherever he goes, 
Warm as his heart to the friend he has chosen. 

Strong as his arm* when he fights with his foes ! 
Ill liquor like this should old Scotland be toasted ; 
So fill up again, and the pledge we'll renew — 
Long flourish the honour 
Her children have won her — 
Scotland for ever ! and old mountain dew ! 

Neish ! neish ! neish ! hurra ! 



J 10 



OLD MOUNTAIN DEW. 



May her worth, like her lowland streams, roll on 
unceasing, — 
Her fame, like her highland hills, last evermore, — 
And the cold of her glens be confined to the climate. 

Nor enter the heart, though it creep through the door ! 
And never may we, while we love and revere her. 
As long as we're brave, and warm-hearted, and true, 
Want reason to boast her. 
Or whiskey to toast her — 
Scotland for ever ! and old mountain dew ! 

Neish ! neish ! neish ! hurra ! 

CUARLKS MaCKAY. 



Ill 



EEV. SYDNEY SMITH. 

* 

The following anecdote of this witty Divine is too good to be Inst. 

At one of the Holland House Simday dinner-parties 
many years ago, Crockford's Club, then forming, was 
talked of; aud the noble hostess observed, that the 
female passion for diamonds was surely less ruinous than 
the rage for play among men ; upon which Sydney Smith 
wrote the following impromptu eermonet most appropriately 
on a card: 

Thoughtless that " all that's brightest fiEides," 
Unmindful of that hmve of spades, 

The sexton and his subs : 
How foolishly we play our parts ! 
Our unves on diamonds set their hearts. 

We set our hearts on clvhs. 



112 



THE PIPER'S PROGRESS. 



When I was a boy 

In my father's mud edifice, 
Tender and bare 

As a pig in a sty ; 
Out of the door as I 

Looked with a steady phiz, 
Who but Thade Murphy, 

The piper, went by ; 
Says Thady, " But few play 
This music — can you play ?" 
Says I, "I can't tell, 

For I never did try." 
So he told me that he had a charm 

To make the pipes purtily speak ; 
Then squeezed a bag under his arm, 

When sweetly they set up a squeak ! 
Fa-ra-la la-ra-la loo ! 

Och hone ! 

How he handled the drone ! 

And then the sweet music he blew 
Would have melted the heart of a stone I 



113 



THE PTPEE'S PEOGfiESS. 



Pater me clauserat 
Domi homunculura ; 
Grunniens bus erat 

Comes, ut mos : 
Transibat tibicen 
Juxta domunculam, 
Quando perjanuam 

Protull 08 ; 
Hie ait impromptu, 
" Hac tibia num tu, 
Ut te sine sumptu 

Edoceam, vis ?" 
Turn pressit amiculam 
Sub ulna vesiculam 
Qu» sonum reddidit 

Vocibus his : 

Fa-ra-la la-ra-la loo ! 

^tVf <f>fV ! 

Modoflens, modoflcm8f 

Magico cXcXrv, 
Cor et awrem vd Icupidi datul 

I 



114 THE piper's PR00EES3. 

n. 

" Tour pipe," says I, " Thady, 

So neatly comes over me. 
Naked I'll wander 

Wherever it blows ; 
And, if ray poor parents 

Should try to recover me, 
Sure it won't be 

By describing my clothes. 
The music I hear now 
Takes hold of my ear now, 
And leads me all over 

The world by the nose." 
So I follow' d his bagpipe so sweet, 

And I sung, as I leapt like a frog, 
Adieu to my family seat. 

So pleasantly placed in a bog !" 
Fa-ra-la la-ra-la loo ! 

Och hone ! 

How we handled the drone ! 

And then the nueet music we blew 

Would have melted the heart of a stone I 

i:i. 

Full five years I foUow'd him, 

Nothing could sunder us ; 
Till he one morning 

Had taken a sup, 
And slipt from a bridge 

In a river just under us ! 
Souse to the bottom 

Just like a blind pup. 



J 



THE PIFEb's PBOaSESS. 115 



n. 



\ 



Cui ego turn : " Tu sic, alil 
Me rapis musica, 
Ut sequar nudulus 

Tibicen, te ! 
Et si pater, testibus, 
Quserat me, vestibus, 
Eedibit, sedepol ! 

Vacua re. 
Sic melos quod audio 
Me replet gaudio 
Ut trahor campos et 

Flumina trans ; 
Jam linquo rudibufl 
Hie in paludibus, 
Fatris tigurium 

Splendide stans. 

Fa-ra-la la-ra-la loo t 
Dum tibicen, tu, 

Modojlene, modo flans, 
Iteras eXeXeu 

Cor et aurem vel lapidi dams* 

va, 

Ut arte sic magici 
Egi qiiinquennium, 
Magistro tragica 

Accidit res ; 
Bacchi nam numine 
Pontis cacumifie 
Dum staret, fiumine 

Labitur pes ! 

i2 



116 THE PIPEe's PEOOEESS. 

He roar'd, and he bawl'd out ; 

And I also call'd out, 

" Now, Thady, my friend, 

Don't you mean to come up ?" ... 
He was dead as a nail in a door ; 

Poor Thady was laid on the shelf. 
So I took up his pipes on the shore, 

And now Tve set up for myself. 
Fa-ra-la la-ra-la loo ! 

Och hone ! 

Don't I handle the drone, 

And play such sweet music ? I too. 

Can't I soften the heart of a stone ? 



THE FIPES'S FBOGBESS. Hi 

" E sinu fluctuum, 
O puer, due tuum 
(Clamat) didaBcalum, 

Fer opem nans !" . . . 
Ast ego renuo ; 
Et sumens denub 
Littore tibias 
Sustuli, fans, 

Fa-ra-la la-ra-la loo t 

4>jv, ^ev ! 
Mode Jlens, modojians, 
Magico ikiKrv 
Cor et av/rem vel lapidi dans I 

P. Probt. 



118 



THE USEFUL YOUNG IVIAN. 

" There's one of us in every family." 

To make ourselves useful 's a duty we owe 
To maukind and ourselves in our sojourn below ; 
To return good for evil, and always " to do 
Unto others as you'd have them do unto you :" 
So I bear all with patience, resolved, if I can, 
To act well my part as a Useful Young Man ! 

But, alas ! entre rums, 'tis a difficult task, 

As seldom I'm left in life's sunshine to bask ; 

For I'm hurried, and worried, imposed on by all. 

Who think I shoiQd run at their beck or their call ; 

" So obliging," folks say, " is their favourite Sam, 

That he well earns the name of the Useful Young Man !" 

Each morning at breakfast I'm doomed to peruse 
" The Herald," and " Post," for " the family news," 
While the toast, eggs, and coffee, which fall to my lot, 
Get a pretty considerable distance from hot : 
Yes, such are the comfoets — deny it who can ? — 
That fall to the share of each Useftd Young Man ! 



THB USEFUL YOUNO MAN. 119 

If Jane, or Maria, for work should agree. 
The dear creatures invariably send dovm for me 
To make myself useful, and read while they knit. 
Paint, draw, or do anything they may think fit. 
Thus Sam — poor pill-garlic ! — they safely trepan : 
Alack ! what a life leads a Useful Young Man ! 

If the day 's rather wet, and they can't gad about, 
They think nothing whatever, of sending me out : — 
" Now, Sam, my good fellow, just pop on your hat ; 
Run to HowelVB for this thing, and Hohnes'a for that ; 
You'll make yourself pleasant we know, if you can, — 
What a comfort to have such a Useful Young Man !" 

When John, our fat butler, or Bridget, the cook. 

Have leisure for reading " some novelty book," 

They ne'er think of asking my leave to peruse. 

But help themselves freely to just what they choose : 

Making free with my novels is no novel plan, 

For THEY own Master Sam 's such a Useful Young Man ! 

Once Thomas, the footman, kissed Anne on the stairs, 
Who loudly squalled out, just to give herself airs ; 
When my father ran down, in great anger, to see 
What the cause of the squeaking and squalling could be. 
Tom had bolted ; but not till they'd settled a plan 
To throw all the blame on the Useful Yoiing Man ! 

When the Opera we visit, Fm kept in the rear 
Of our box, and can scarce get a glimpse, I declare, 
Of the stage, or the audience ; — so only remain, 
To trot up to Dvbourg for punch a la Bomaiiie, 
To run out for a book, or to pick up a fan : — 
Alas ! what a drudge is a Useful Young Man ! 



120 THE USBFTJIi TOXJNO MAW. 

But sad is my fate when I go to a rout, 

If a toothless old maid sits a partner without, 

The beaux are looked o'er, but they always agree 

To fix the agreeable task upon me ; 

For to dance with all hores, 'tis the province of Sam, 

'Deed the fate of each victimised Useful Young Man ! 

If we're late at the dance, and no coach to be had. 
There's Sam ! the dear fellow ! the exquisite lad ! 
He'll search all the stands in the town, but he'll gain 
A qoach for his friends — though it 's pelting with rain 
Oh r such are the pleasures — deny it who can — 
That fall to the lot of a Useful Young Man I 

To be nice about trifles is not over wise ; 

Where's the churl that finds favour in woman's bright 

eyes? 
To be nice about trifles, is trifling with folly, 
For the right end of life is but left to be jolly ; 
So I'll make up my mind just to stick to this plan, 
And FAG out my terms as a Useful Young Man. 

W. Collier. 



121 



MADKIGAL OF THE SEASONS. 



SPEINO MOBN. 

'Tis merry on a fair Spring mom. 
When husli'd is ev'ry ruder wind, 
And Nature, like a mother kind, 
Smiles joyous on her babe just bom : 
When sparkling dew is on the ground, 
And flowrets gay are budding round. 
And Hope is heard in ev'ry sound, 
'Tifl merry, oh, 'tis merry ! 

SUHHEB NOON. 

'Tis merry on a Summer's noon, 
When Zephyr comes with balmy kiss, 
And wakes the drowsy earth to bliss, 
By gently breathing Love's own tune : 
When leaves are green, and skies are blue, 
And waters of a golden hue, 
And ev'ry glance brings beauties new, 
'Tis merry, oh, 'tis merry ! 



122 MADBIOAL OF THE SEASONS. 



ATJTTTMN EVE. 

'Tis merry on an Autumn eve, 
When birds sing farewell to the sun, 
And, com well sheaved, and labour done. 
The fields the healthful reapers leave : 
When those whom daylight keeps afiax 
May meet beneath the vesper star 
Without one fear their joy to mar, 
■"Tis merry, oh, 'tis merry ! 

WINTEE NIGHT. 

'Tis merry on a Winter's night, 
When fast descends the deep'ning snow. 
And o'er the heath the shrill winds blow. 
To watch the crackling faggot's light : 
When spicy wine and nut-brown ale, 
Give zest to each rare Christmas tale. 
And song, and joke, and laugh prevail, 
'Tis merry, oh, 'tis merry ! 



128 



SIEGE OF BELGRADE. 

An Austrian, army, awfully arrayed, 

Boldly by battery besieged Belgrade ; 

Cossack commanders cannonading come, 

Dealing destruction's devastating doom. 

Every endeavour engineers essay 

For fame, for fortune, — fighting, furious fray : 

Generals 'gainst generals grapple — gracious God! 

How honours Heaven heroic hardihood ! 

Infuriate, indiscriminate in ill, 

Kinsmen kill kinsmen, — ^kinsmen kindred kill ! 

Labovir low levels loftiest, longest lives ; 

Men march 'mid mounds, 'mid moles, 'mid murderous 

mines. 
Now noisy, noxious numbers notice nought 
Of outward obstacles opposing ought : 
Poor patriots, partly piirchased, partly pressed, 
Qxiite quaking, quickly quarter, quarter quest. 
Reason returns, religious right redounds, 
Suwarrow stops such sanguinary sounds : 
Truce to thee Turkey — triumph to thy train I 
Unjust, unwise, unmerciful Ukraine ! 



124 THE SIEGE 07 BELGBADE. 

Vanish vain victory ! vanish victory vain ! 
Why wish we warfare ? Wherefore welcome we 
Xerxes, Ximenes, Xanthtis, Xaviere? 
Yield, ye youths ! ye yeomen, yield your yell ! 
Zeno's, Zarpatus', Zoroaster's zeal, 
And all attracting — arms against appeal 



125 



THE DOUBLE BARREL. 

Septembeb the first on the moorland hath burst, 

And already with jocund carol 
Each NiMEOD of nouse hurries off to the grouse, 

And has shouldered his double babbel ; 
For well doth he ken, as he hies through the glen, 
That scanty will be his laurel 
"Who hath not 
On the spot 
(Should he miss a first shot) 
Some resource in a double babbel. 

'Twas the Goddess of Sport, in her woodland court, 

DiAHA, first taught this moral, 
"Which the Goddess of Love soon adopted, and strove 

To improve on the " double barrel." 
Hence her Cupid, we know, put two strings to his bow ; 
And she laughs, when two lovers quarrel, 
At the lot 
Of the sot 
Who, to soothe him, han't got 
The resource of a double babbel. 



126 THE DOXTBLB BASREL. 

Nay, the hint was too good to lie hid in the wood, 

Or to lurk in two lips of coral ; 
Hence the God of the Grape (who his betters would ape) 

Knows the use of a double babbel. 
His escutcheon he decks with a double XX, 
And his blithe October carol 
Follows up 
With the sup 
Of a flowing ale-cup 
September's double babbel. 

Fatukr Prout. 



127 



FEIAE LAURENCE Ain) JULIET. 

Friar. 

Who is calling Friar Laurence ? 

— Madam Juliet ! how d'ye do ? 
Dear me — talk of the — beg pardon — 

I've l)een talking about you. 
Mistress Montagu, they tell me 

Tou on Thursday mean to wed ! 
It is strange you never told me 

That poor Mister M. was dead ! 

Jtdiet. 

M.'s alive ! yet County Paris 

I'm to marry, people say ! 
(I shall marry the whole county 

If I go on in this way :) 
Once you've wedded me already, 

If I wed again, you see. 
Though in you a Utile error, 

'Twill be very big o* me. 



128 TBIAS LAUSENCE AND JULIBT. 



Friar. 

'Pon my life, it's very awkward I 

I'll on some expedient hit ; 
If you'll find me ready money, 

I will find you ready wit : 
I can't let you wed a second 

Ere I know the first has died ; 
Think of faggots ! for such deeds, ma'am, 

Holy friars have been fried ! 

Juliet. 

'Tan't my wish, sir, nor intention, — 

Any scheme of yours I'll hail ; 
To escape from County Paris, 

Put me in the county jail : 
Kill me dead ! and make me food for 

Earthworm, viper, toad, or rat ; ~ 
Make a widower of Ko-me- 

-0, — ('twill hurt me to do that !) 

Friar. 

If you've really resolution 

That your Hfe-blood should be spilt, 
I will save you, for I'll have you 

Not quite killed, but merely kilt : 
Could you in a vault be buried — 

Horizontal — in a niche ? 
And of death so good a copy, 

None could find out which is which ? 



miAil LAURENCE AND JULIET. 12D 

Juliet. 

I would vault into a vault, air, 

With a dead man in his shroud ; 
rd do any dirty work, sir 

Though my family 's so proud ! 
I'll do whatsoe'er you bid me, 

'Till you say I've done enough ; 
Nay, sir, much as I dislike it, 

ril take 'poticary's stuff! 

Friwr. 

Then go home, ma'am, and be merry ; 

Say that Paris you will wed ; 
Tell your nurse you've got a headache, 

And go quietly to bed: 
Ask for something warm, — some negus, 

Grog, or gruel, or egg-flip, 
Put in this, and then drink quickly,^ 

'Tis so nauseous if you sip. 

Jtiliet. 

Give, oh ! give me quick the phial, 

From the trial I'll not shrink, — 
Is it shaken when it 's taken ? 

Gracious me ! it 's black as ink ! 
There 's no fear, I trust, of failvire ? — 

No — ^I doubt not its effect ; 
Prom your conversation's tenor 

No base phial I expect. 



130 FBIAS LAUBENCE AND JULIET. 

Frkr. 

Tou will have the bridegroom follow, 

Where he generally leads ; 
'Btead of hymeneal flowers, 

He will wear sepulchral weeds : 
I to Romeo will quickly 

Write a letter by the post ; 
He will wake you, and should Paris 

Meet you, — say you are your ghost ! 

Juliet. 

*Tis an excellent arrangement, 

As you bid me I will act ; 
But within the tomb, dear friar, 

Place a basket nicely pack'd ; — 
Just a loaf, a tongue, a chicken, 

Port and sherry, and some plums ; 
It will really be a comfort 

Should I wake e'er Romeo comes ! 



THE PHANTOM SHIP. 131 



THE PHANTOM SHIP. 

" My child ! my child ! come down to rest I 
The day has long been past : 
Sleep in thy mother's blessing blest, 
The night is waning fast." 

" Dear mother, let us linger here, 
The moon shines forth so bright j 
The starry sky is all so clear, 
It does not look like night ; 

" And all aroimd the waveless sea 
In glassy smoothness lies, 
And on it flows so silently, 
It bids no murmur rise. 

" And as I bend me o'er the side, 
Methinks I trace below 
The ocean's depths, their jewel'd priue, 
A fair and goodly show ; 

" The beauties that Ihe Mighty One 
Hath lavish'd there from old ; 
The treasures that from earth have gont^. 
The diamond and the gold; 
K 2 



132 THE PHANTOM SHIP. 

" The glitt'ring and the sighed-for things 
Man seeks 'mid care and strife, 
And ocean from him hardly wrings 
With wreck or loss of life ; 

" The silver fish that gently glide, 
Or glance in gladsome play. 
Filling with life the crystal tide, 
How fair and bright are they ! 

" And see ! and see ! approaching now, 
A ship of pride and cost ; 
The weary crew asleep below, 
The helmsman at his post 

" No rushing wind compels her course. 
No tempest raves around ; 
She moves as by some unseen force, 
Whilst all is still around. 

" She ruffles not the glassy tide. 
Bends not her stately mast, 
No fretful billows chafe her side. 
No foam is round her cast. 

" She leaves no track upon the sea, 
No furrow in her wake ; 
But on, and on unmurmuringly 
Her silent way doth take." 

" Come down to rest, my gentle child ! 
Thou dost not see aright : 
Thy words are as a sleeper's wild ; 
There is no ship in sight." 



THE PHANTOM SHIP. 133 

" Yes, yes, the stately ship is near. 
And all my words are true ; 
A child looks on her mother dear, 
As I look up at you. 

" And now I hear the soften'd tone. 
And gentle words of love ; 
And now they sound as though mine own, 
And now as thine they move." 

•' Hush ! hush, my child ! no ship is nigh, 
No voices canst thou hear : 
A shadowy cloud is in thine eye, 
The breeze is in thine ear." 

" No shadowy cloud is in mine eye ; 
No breeze is in mine ear ; 
The stately ship is passing by, 
And gentle tones I hear. 

" One walks the deck with weary pace, 
As though he sigli'd for sleep ; 
The steersman turns an anxious face 
Across the waveless deep. 

" And two beside the steersman stand, 
A mother and her child : 
One holds, as now, I hold your hand. 
One smiles as late you smiled." 

" My child ! my child ! it cannot be !" 
Thus forth the mother broke ; 
And yet she answer'd shudd'ringly, 
And trembled as she spoke. 



X34 THE PHANTOM BHIF. 

" My child ! my child ! it cannot be ! 
Vessel save ours is none. 
Look ! o'er the still unbounded sea 
We take our way alone." 

" Her words are true," the steersman said; 
To youth it has been given 
To speak, without deceit or dread, 
The changeless will of Heay'n. 

" Tour child the phantom ship hath seen ! 
Ere set to-morrow's sun, 
No trace will rest where we have been. 
Our mortal course be run." 

Before the morrow's sun went down, 
There was nor trace nor mark, 
To show where o'er the sea had gone 
That strong and gallant bark. 

No shatter'd spars, no riven mast , 

Were floating o'er the waves : 
None knew when those from life had past, 
Who slept in wat'ry graves. 

Yet all she bore across the waves 
Had pass'd from human sight. 
With none to weep above their graves, 
Or read the funeral rite. 

Ellen Pickkrino. 



135 



POETICAL EPISTLE FROM FATHER PEOUT TO 
BOZ. 



A bhtme! a rhyme! from a distant clime, — from the 

gulph of the Genoese : 
O'er the rugged scalps of the Julian Alps, dear Boz ! 

I send you these, 
To light the Wick your candlestick holds up, or, shotdd 

you list, 
To usher in the yam you spin concerning Oliver Twist. 

II. 

Immense applause you've gained, oh, Boz ! through 

continental Europe ; 
You'll make Pickwick oecumenick; of fame you have a 

sure hope : 
For here your books are foxmd, gadzooks! in greater 

luxe than any 
Tliat have issued yet, hotpress'd or wet, from the types 

of Galionani. 



136 TATHEB PBOVT TO BOZ. 



ni. 

But neither when you Bport your pen, oh, potent mirth- 

compeller ! 
Winning our hearts " in monthly parts," can Pickwick 

or Sam Weller 
Cause us to weep with pathos deep, or shake with laugh 

spasmodical, 
As when you drain your copious vein for Bentley's 

periodical. 

IT. 

Folks all enjoy your Parish Boy,— so truly you depict 
him ; 

But I, alack ! while thus you track your stinted poor- 
law's victim, 

Must think of some poor nearer home, poor who, unheeded 
perish, 

By squires despoiled, by " patriots" gulled, — I mean the 
starving Irish. 



▼. 

Yet there's no dearth of Irish mirth, which, to a mind 

of feeling, 
Seemeth to be the Helot's glee before the Spartan 

reeling ; 
Such gloomy thought o'ercometh not the glee of England's 

humour. 
Thrice happy isle ! long may the smile of genuine joy 

illume her ! 



FATHEB PBOXTT TO BOZ. 137 

VI. 

Write on, young sage ! still o'er the page pour forth the 

flood of fancy ; 
Wax still more droll, wave o'er the soul Wit's wand of 

necromancy. 
Behold ! e'en now around your brow th* immortal laurel 

thickens ; 
Yea, Swift or Sterne might gladly learn a thing or 

two from Dickens. 

VII. 

A rhyme ! a rhyme ! from a distant clime, — a song from 

the sunny south ! 
A goodly theme, so Boz but deem the measure not un- 

■ Olltll. 

Would, for thy sake, that " Pbout" could make his bow 

in fashion finer, 
" Partant" (from thee) "pov/r la Syrie," for Greece and 

Asia Minor. 

Fathxk Prout. 



138 



A SONG FOR A STORMY NIGHT. 



The winds without, 
In their midnight rout, 
Howl through our key -hole drearilj; 
But sweet is our mirth, 
Round the social hearth, 
When circles the wine-cup cheerily. 

With a heigh ho ! nonnie no J 
And a heigh ho ! nonnie nee ! 

Fill up the bowl. 
And stir xip the coal, 
Let no hour languish wearily I 
We've right good cheer. 
And a welcome here, 
And a big log crackling cheerily. 

With a heigh ho ! nonnie no t 
And a heigh ho ! nonnie nee ! 

Yet amid our glee 
Perchance there be, 
Hearts near us beating drearily ; 



A BONO FOE A 8T0EMT NIOHT. 139 

All nipp'd by the cold, 
Some traveller old, 
May be trudging through snow-drifts wearily. 
With a heigh ho ! nonnie no ! 
And a heigh ho ! nonnie nee ! 

Show then a light 
From our window to-night, 
Let it gleam to gtiide him cheerily : 
We've a chair and a jug, 
And a comer snug. 
When he comes to our door so wearily. 
With a heigh ho ! nonnie no ! 
And a heigh ho ! nonnie nee 1 

There let it burn. 
While each in turn, 
As he raises his full cup cheerily : 
Drinks " Joy and zest, 
" And a pleasant rest 
" To all who wander wearily." 

With a heigh ho ! nonnie no ! 
And a heigh ho ! nonnie nee ! 

Never shall it be said, 
That we, well fed, 
By our fire-side singing cheerily, 
Could forget this night, 
The bitter plight 
Of the thousands pining wearily. 

With a heigh ho! nonnie no ! 
And a heigh ho ! nonnie nee ! 



140 A BONO FOR A 8T0EMY NIOHT. 

Let US open the door 
To the old and poor, 
They shall all be welcome cheerily ! 
While there's bite or sup 
On our board or cup, 
They shall never pass by us wearily. 
With a heigh ho ! nonnie no ! 
And a heigh ho ! nonnie nee ! 

Charles Mackat. 



141 



SARDANAPALUS. 

Sa-Rdanapalus was Nineveh's king ; 

And, if all be quite true that the chroniclers sing, 

Loved his song and his glass, 

And was given, alas ! 

Not only to bigamy, 

Nor even to trigamy, 
But (I shudder to think on't) to rankest polygamy : 
For his sweethearts and wives were so vast in amount. 
They'd take you a week or two only to count ! 

One morning his Majesty jump'd out of bed, 
And hitting his valet a rap on the head, 
By way of a joke, " Salamenes," he said, 

" Go, proclaim to the court, 

" 'Tis our will to resort, 

" By way of a lark, 

" To our palace and park 
" On the banks of Euphrates, and there, with our wives, 
" Sing, dance, and get fuddled, for once in our lives ; 
" So, bid o\ir state-rulers and nobles, d'ye see, 
" Hie all to our banquet not later than three, 
" And prepare for a long night of jollity." 
" Very good," said the valet ; then eager and hot 
On his errand, ducked thrice, and was off like a shot. 



142 8ABDAKAPAI.U8. 

When the cotirt heard these orders, with rapture elate, 
They adjourn' d all the business of church and of state, 

And hurried off, drest 

Each man in his best ; 

While the women, sweet souls, 

Went with them by shoals, 
Some in gigs, some in cabs, some on horseback so gay. 
And some in an omnibus hired for the day. — 
(If busses in those days were not to be seen, 
All I can say is, they oiight to have been.) — 

Like a torrent, the throng 

EoU'd briskly along. 
Cheering the way with jest, laughter, and song, 
*To the Banquetting Hall, where the last of the group 
Arrived, by good luck, just in time for the soup. 

The guests set to work in superlative style, 
And his Majesty, equally busy the while. 
Encouraged their efforts with many a smile. 

The High Priest was the first, 

Who seemed ready to burst ; 

(For the ladies so shy. 

They swigged on the sly !) 
But, proud of his prowess, he scom'd to give o'er, 
'Till at length with a hiccup he fell on the floor, 

Shouting out, 'mid his qualms, 

That verse in the Psalms, 
Which saith (but it surely can't mean a whole can !) 
That " Wine maketh merry the heart of a man." 

While thus they sate tippling, peers, prelates, and all, 
And music's sweet voice echoed light through the Hall ; 

His Majesty rose, 

Blew his eloquent nose, 



8ABDAMAPALUS. 1^3 

And exclaiming, by way of exordium, '< Here goes !'* 
Made a speech which produced a prodigious sensation, 
Greatly, of course, to the King's delectation : 
One courtier, o'erpower'd by its humour and wit, 
Held both his fat sides, as if fearing a fit ; 
While another kept crying, " Oh, God, I shall split V* 
(So when a g^eat publisher cracks a small joke. 
His authors at table are ready to choke.) 
And all, with the lungs of a hurricane, swore 
They had ne'er heard so droll an oration before. 
With the single exception of one silly fellow. 
Who not being, doubtless, sufficiently mellow, 
Refused to applaud, or to join in the laughter, 
And was hang'd for a traitor just ten minutes after. 

By this time Dan Phoebus in ocean had sunk. 
And the guests were all getting exceedingly drunk. 

When, behold ! at the door 

There was heard a loud roar, 
And in rush'd a messenger covered with gore, 
Who bawl'd out, addressing the Head of the State, 
" K yo\ir Majesty pleases, the Foe's at the gate, 
" And threaten to kick up the Devil's own din, 
" If you do not surrender, and bid them come in ; 

" The mob, too, has risen, 

" And let out of prison, 
" With the jailor's own keys (but it's no fault of his'n), 
" Some hundreds of burglars, and fences, and prigs, 
" Who are playing all sorts of queer antics and rigs ; 
" Already they've fir'd up one church for a beacon, — 
" Hocussed a bishop, and burked an archdeacon, 
" And swear, if you don't give them plenty of grog,' 
" They'll all become Chartists, and go the whole hog !" 



144 SARDAKAPALUS. 

Scarce had he ended, when hark ! with a squall, 
A second grim herald pops into the Hall, 

And, " Woe upon woe ! f 

" Tlie desperate foe," 
Quoth he, " Have forced open the gates of the town, 
" And are knocking: by scores the rich citizens down ; 

" As I pass'd with bent brow, 

" By the Law Courts just now, 
" Lo, sixty attorneys lay smash'd in a row, 
" Having just taken wing for the regions below, 
" (When lawyers are dead, none can doubt where they go,) 
" 'Mid the cheers of each snob, who sUng out, as he past, 
" * So, the scamps have gone home to their father at 

last!'" 

Oh ! long grew the face of each guest at this tale, 
The men they tum'd red, and the women tum'd pale ; 
But redder and paler they tum'd when they heard 
The more terrible tidings of herald the third ! — 
In he bounced with a visage as black as a crow's, 
And a mulberry tinge on the tip of his uose ; 

He'd a rent in his breeches, 

A tergo, the which is 
(As Smollett has taught us long since to believe*) 
Not the pleasantest sight for the daughters of Eve ; 
And he shook like a leaf, as thus hoarsely he spake 
In the gruff and cacophonous tones of a drake— 

" The town's all on fire, 

" Hut, palace and spire 
" Are blazing as fast as the foe can desire : 

" Such crashing and smashing, 

" And sparkling and darkling ! 
* Vide Miss Tabitha Bramble, in Smollett's " Humphrey Clinker." 



SARDANAPALU8. 145 

" Such squalling, and bawling, and sprawling, 
" And jobbing, and robbing, and mobbing ! 
" Such kicking and licking, and racing and chasing, 
" Blood- spilling and killing, and slaughtering and quar- 
tering ! 
" You'd swear that old Nick, with Belphegor his clerk, 
" And Moloch his cad, were abroad on a lark !" ' 

" Here's a go !" said the King, staring wild like a bogle 
At these tidings, and wiping his eyes with his fogle j 

" 'Tis vain now to run for 

" Our lives, for we're done for ; 
" So, away with base thoughts of submission or flight, 
" Let's all, my brave boys, die like heroes to-night ; 
" Raise high in this Hall a grand funeral pile, 
" Then fire it, and meet our death-doom with a smile !" 
He ceased, when a courtier replied in low tone, 
" If your Majesty pleases, I'd rather live on ; 
" For, although you may think me as dull as a post, 
" Yet I can't say I've any great taste for a roast ; 
" 'Tis apt to disorder one's system ; and so, 
"Good night to your Majesty — D.LO. !" 
So saying, he made for the door and rush'd out, 
While quick at his heels rushed the rest of the rout, 

Leaving all alone, 

The King on his throne, 
With a torch in one hand which he waved all abroad. 
And a glass in the other, as drunk as a Lord ! 

That night, from the Hall, late so joyous, there broke, 
Spreading wide in 'mid air, a vast column of smoke ; 

While, higher and higher. 

Blazed up the red fire. 
As it blazed from Queen Dido's funeral pyre ! — 

L 



146 8ABDANAPALUS. 

Hark to the crash, as roof, pillar, and wall 

Bend — rock — and down in thunder fall ! 

Hark to the roar of the flames, as they show 

Heaven and earth alike in a glow ! 

The hollow wind sobs through the ruins, as though 

'Twere hymning his dirge, who, an hour ago, 

Was a King in all a King's array ; 

But now lies, a blackened clod of clay, 

In that Hall whose splendours have past away. 

Save yi old tradition, for ever and aye ! 



147 



THE MEMOEY OF- THE POETS. 

The fame of those sweet bards, whose fancies lie, 
Like glorious clouds on summer's holiest even 
Fringing the west, upon the skirts of heaven, 

And sprinkled o'er with hues of rainbow dye. 

Is not of trumpet sound, nor strives to vie 

With martial notes sublime. — From ages gone. 

In most angelic strain it lengthens on, 

Earth's greenest bowers with fresh delight to fill, 

Heard, breathing from the silence of the sky. 
Or trembling in the joy of gushing rill. 

Or whispering o'er the lake's unrippled breast, 
Till its last earthly melodies are still; — 

Hush'd, 'mid the joys of immortality. 

In the calm bosom of eternal rest. 

T. N. Talpourd. 



L 2 



148 



BURNS AND BERANGER. 



. I. 

Is there, 

For honest poverty, 

That hangs his head 

And a' that ? 
The coward slave 
We pass him by, 

We dare be poor for a' that : 

For a' that, and a' that. 
Our toils obscure, 

And a' that ; 
The rank is but 
The guinea's stamp. 

The man's the gowd for a' that. 

II. 

What! though 

On homely fare we dine, 

Wear hodden grey. 

And a' that ; 
Give fools their silks, 
And knaves their wine, 

A man's a man for a' that: 

For a' that, for a' that, 



149 



BUENS AND BEEANGER. 



Quoi ! Pauvre honnete 

Baisser la tete ? 
Quoi ! rougir de la sorte ? 

Que I'ame basse 

S'eloigne et passe 
Nous — soyons gueux! n'importe 

Travail obscur — 
N'importe ! 

Quand Tor est pur 
N'importe ! 

Qu'il ne soit point 

Marqu^ au coin 
D'un noble rang — qu'impoi-te ! 

n. 

Quoiqu'on dut faire 

Bien maigre chere 
Et vetir pauvre vetement ; 

Aux sots leiir soie, 

Leur vin, leur joie ; 
Ca fait-il l'homme ? eh, nullement ! 

Luxe et grandeur — 
Qu'importe ! 



150 BITBKS AKS BEBANGEB. 

Their tinsel show, 

And a' that ; 
The honest man, 
Though e'er so poor. 

Is king o' men for a' that. 



III. 

Ye see 

Yon birkie, ca'd a lord, 

Wha struts and stares. 

And a' that ; 
Though hundreds worship 
At his word, 

He's but a coof for a' that: 

For a' that, for a' that, 
His riband, star. 

And a' that ; 
The man of 
Independent mind 

Can look and laugh at a' that. 

IV. 

A king 

Can make a belted knight, 

A marquis, duke, 

And a' that ; 
But an HONEST man 
's aboon his might, 

Guid faith he manna fa' that. 

For a' that, for a' that, 



BITBNS AND BEBANOER. 151 



Train et splendeur — 

Qu'importe ! 
Coeurs vils et creux ! 
Tin noble gueux 
Vaut toute la cohorte ! 



IIL 

Voyez ce fat — 

Un vain ^clat 
L'entoure, et on I'encense, 

Mais apres tout 

Ce n'est qu'un fou, — 
Un sot, quoiqu'il en pense j 

Terre et maison, 
Qu'il pense — 

Titre et blazon, 
Qu'il pense — 

Or et ducats, 

Non ! ne font pas 
La vraie independence I 

rv. 

Tin roi pent faire 
Due, dignitaire, 
Comte et marquis, joumellemcnt ; 
Mais ce qu'on nomme 

TJn HONNETE HOMHE, 

Le peut-il faire ? eh, nullement ! 
Tristes faveurs ! 
E^ellement ; 



152 BUBN3 AND BEBANaBS. 

Their dignities, 

And a' that ; 
The pith o' sense 
And pride o' warth 

Are higher ranks than a' that. 



V. 



Then let us pray 
That come it may— 
As come it will 

For a' that— 
That sense and warth, 
O'er all the earth, 

May bear the gree, and a' that I 

For a' that, and a' that, 
It's coming yet. 

For a' that, 
That man to man. 
The warld a' o'er, 
Shall brothers be, for a' that. 



BURNS ASrO BEBAXGEB. 153 

Pauvres honneurs ! 

Eeellement ; 
Le fier maintien 
Des gens de bien 
Leur manque essentiellement. 

T, 

Or faisons voeu 
Qu'k tons, sous peu, 
Arrive un jour de jugement ; — 
Amis, ce jour 
Aura son tour, 
J'en prends, j'en prends, I'engagement, 
Espoir et en- 
couragement, 
Aux pauvres gens 

Soulagement ; 
'Lors sur la terre 
Vivrons en fr^res, . 
Et librement, et sageraent 1 

Father Prout. 



154 



THE VOICES OF THE NIGHT. 

When the hours of day are niimber*d. 

And the voices of the night 
Wake the better soul, that slumber'd, 

To a holy calm delight. 

Ere the evening lamps are lighted, 
And, like phantoms grim and tall, 

Shadows from the fitful fire-light 
Dance upon the parlour wall, 

Then the forms of the departed 

Enter at the open door ! 
The beloved ones, the true-hearted, 

Come to visit me once more. 

He, the young and strong, who cherish'd 
Noble longings for the strife ! 

By the road-side fell, and perish' d. 
Weary with the march of life ! 

They, the holy ones, and weakly, 
Who the cross of suffering wore, 

Folded their pale hands so meekly. 
Spake with us on earth no more ! 



THE VOICES OP THE NIGHT. 155 

And with them the being beauteous, 

Who unto my youth was given, 
More than all things else to love me. 

And is now a saint in heaven. 

With a slow and noiseless footstep 

Comes that messenger divine, 
Takes the vacant chair beside me, 

Lays her gentle hand in mine. 

And she sits and gazes at me. 

With those deep and tender eyes, 
like the stars, so still and saint-like. 

Looking downward from the skies. 

Utter'd not, yet comprehended. 

Is tlie spirit's voiceless prayer; 
Soft rebukes, in blessings ended. 

Breathing from those lips of air. 

Oh ! though oft depress'd and lonely. 

All my fears are laid aside, 
If I but remember only 

Such as they have lived and died. 

H. W. LONOPKLLOW. 



156 



THOUGHTS ON PATRONS, PUFFS, AND OTHEE 
MATTERS. 

IN AN EPISTLE FROM TOM MOORE TO SAMUEL ROGERS. 

What, thou, my friend ! a man of rhymes. 

And, better still, a man of guineas. 
To talk of " patrons," in these times, 

When authors thrive, like spinning-jenneys, 
And Arkwright's twist and Bulwer's page 
Alike may laugh at patronage ! 

No, no, — ttose times are past away. 

When, doom'd in upper floors to star it, 
The bard inscribed to lords his lay, — 

Himself, the while, my Lord Mountgarret. 
No more he begs, with air dependent, 
His " little bark may sail attendant" 

Under some lordly skipper's steerage ; 
But launched triumphant in the Row, 
Or ta'en by Murray's self in tow, 

Cuts both Star Chamher and the Peerage. 

Patrons, indeed ! when scarce a sail 
Is whisked from England by the gale, 



THOUOHTSON PATRONS AND PUFFS. 157 

But bears on board some authors, shipp'd 
For foreign shores, all well equipp'd 
With projjer book-making machinery, 
To sketch the morals, manners, scenery, 
Of all such lands as they shall see, 
Or not see, as the case may be : — 
It being enjoined on all who go 
To study first Miss M********* 
And learn from her the method true, 
To di> one's books, — and readers, too. 
For so this nymph of notis and nerve 
Teaches mankind " How to Observe ;" 
And, lest mankind at all should swerve, 
Teaches them also " Wluit to Observe." 

No, no, my friend, — it can't be blink'd, — 
The Patron is a race extinct ; 
As dead as any Megatherion 
That ever Buckland built a theory on. 
Instead of bartering, in this age. 
Our praise for pence and patronage. 
We, authors, now, more prosperous elves, 
Have learned to patronise ourselves ; 
And since all-potent PuflBng 's made 
The life of song, the soul of trade, 
More frugal of ovir praises grown. 
Puff no one's merits but our own. 

Unlike those feeble gales of praise 
Which critics blew in former days, 
0\ir modem puffs are of a kind 
That truly, really raise the winds 



158 THOUGHTS OK PATE0N8 AND PUFFS. 

And since they've fairly set in blowing, 

"We find them the best trade-'winds going. 

'Stead of frequenting paths so slippy 

As her old haunts near Aganippe, 

The Muse, now, taking to the till, 

Has opened shop on Ludgate Hill, 

(Far handier than the Hill of Pindus, 

As seen from bard's back attic windows) ; 

And swallowing there without cessation 

Large draughts (at sight) of inspiration, 

Touches the notes for each new theme. 

While still fresh " change comes o'er her dream. 

What Steam is on the deep, — and more, — 
Is the vast power of Puff on shore ; 
Which jumps to glory's future tenses 
Before the present ev'n commences ; 
And makes " immortal" and " divine" of us 
Before the world has read one line of us. 

In old times, when the God of Song 
Drove his own two-horse team along, 
Carrying inside a bard or two, 
Book'd for posterity " all through ;" — 
Their luggage, a few close-packed rhymes, 
(Like yours, my friend,) for after-times, — 
So slow the pull to Fame's abode, 
That folks oft slept upon the road ; — 
And Homer's self, sometimes, they say, 
Took to his night-cap on the way. 

Ye Gods ! how different is the story 
With our new galloping sons of glory, 



THOUGHTS ON PATKONS AND PUFFS. 159 

Who, scorning all sucli slack and slow time, 
Dash to posterity in no time ! 
Raise but one general blast of Puff 
To start your author, — that's enough. 
In vain the critics, set to watch him, 
Try at the starting post to catch him ; 
He 's oflf — the puffers carry it hollow-^ 
The critics, if they please, may follow. 
Ere they 've laid down their first positions, 
He *s fairly blown through six editions ! 
In vain doth Edinburgh dispense 
Her blue and yellow pestilence, — 
(That plague so awful in my time 
To young and touchy sons of rhj-me,) 
The Quarterly, at three months' date, 
To catch th' Unread One, comes too late ; 
And nonsense, littered in a hurry. 
Becomes " immortal," spite of Murray. 

But, bless me ! — while I thus keep fooling, 
I hear a voice cry, " Dinner 's cooling." 
That postman, too, (who, truth to tell, 
'Mong men of letters bears the bell,) 
Keeps ringing, ringing, so infernally 
That I must stop, — 

Yours sempitemally. 

Tom Mourk. 



160 



EICHELTETJ ; OE, THE CONSPIEACT. 

Cardinal Bichelibxj was Premier of France ; 

He was keen as a fox, and you read at a glance, 

In his phiz so expressive of malice and trick, 

That he'd much of the nature ascribed to Old Nick ; 

If a noble e'er dared to oppose him, instead 

Of confuting his lordship, he whipped off his head : 

He fixed his grim paw 

Upon church, state, and law, 
With as much cool assurance as ever you saw ; 

With his satire's sharp, sting 

He badgered the King, 
Bullied his brother, 
Transported his mother, 
And (what is a far more astonishing case) 
Not only pronounced him an ass to his face, 
But made love to his Queen, and because she declined 
His advances, gave out she was wrong in her mind ! 

Now the nobles of France, and still more the poor King 
Disliked, as was natural, this sort of thing ; 
The former felt shocked that plebeian beholders 
Should see a peer's head fly so oft from his shoulders, 



BICHELIEU ; OB, THB CON8PIBACT. 161 

And the latter was constantly kept upon thorns 
By the Cardinal's wish to endow him with horns ; 

Thus rankling with spite, 

A party one night 
Of noblemen met, and determined outright 

(So enraged were the crew) 

First, to murder Richelieu, 
And, if needful, despatch all his partizans too : 

Next to league with the foes 

Of the King, and depose 
The fat-pated monarch himself, for a fool 
Rebellion ne'er uses, except as a tool. 

On the night that Richelieu was thus marked out for 

slaughter. 
He chanced to be tippling cold brandy and water 
With one Joseph, a Capuchin priest — a sly dog, 
And by no means averse to the comforts of grog. 
As you saw by his paunch, which seemed proud to reveal 
How exactly it looked like a fillet of veal. 
They laughed and they quaffed, 'till the Capuchin's nose 
('T was a thorough bred snub) grew as red as a rose ; 
And, whenever it chanced that his patron, Richelieu, 
Cracked a joke, even though it was not very new ; 
And pointed his smart conversational squibs. 
By a slap on Joe's back, or a peg in his ribs ; 
The priest, who was wonderfully shrewd as a schemer, 
Would bellow with ecstacy, " 'Gad, that's a screamer P* 
Thus they chatted away, a rare couple well met, 
And were just timing up for a pious duet, 

When in rushed a spy. 

With his wig all awry. 
And a very equivocal drop in his eye^ 

M 



162 RICHELIEU; OB, THB C0N8PIBACT. 

Who cried (looking blue 

As he turned to Richelieu) 

" Oh, my lord, lack-a-day ! 

Here's the devil to pay. 
For a dozen fierce nobles are coming this way ; 
One of whom, an old stager, as sharp as a lizard, 
Has threatened to stick a long knife in your gizzard ; 
While the rest of the traitors, I say it with pain, 
Have already sent off a despatch to Spain, 
To state that his Majesty 's ceased to reign. 
And order the troops all home again." 

When his Eminence heard these tidings, " Go," 

He said, in the blandest of tones, to Joe, 
" And if you can catch 
The traitor's despatch, 

I swear — no matter how rich it be — 

You shall have, dear Joe, the very next see !" — 
f^(Nota bene, whenever Old Nick is wishing 
• To enjoy the prime sport of parson-fishing, 
, He always, like Richelieu, cunning and quick, 
[ Baits with a good fat bishoprick !) 

No sooner had Joe tvimed his sanctified back — 

I hardly need add he was off in a crack — 

Than up the grand stairs rushed the murderous pack, 

Whereon the sly Cardinal, tipping the wink 

To the spy, who was helping himself to some drink 

At a side-table, said, 

" Tell 'em I'm dead !" 
Then flew to his chamber, and popped into bed. 
" What, dead ?" roared the traitors. " I stuck him myself. 
With a knife which I snatched from the back-kitchen 
shelf," 



BICHELIEU ; OB, THB C0N8PIBACY. 163 

Waa the ready reply 

Of the quick-witted spy, — 
Who in matters of business ne'er stuck at a lie. 
" Huzza, then, for office !" cried one, and cried all, 
" The government 's ours by the Cardinal's fall," 

And, 80 saying, the crew 

Cut a caper or two. 
Gave the spy a new four-penny piece and withdrew. 

_NextJlay.iQl the papers were full of the news, 
Little dreaming the Cardinal's death was a ruse ; 
In parliament, too, lots of speeches were made. 
And poetical tropes by the bushel displayed ; 
The deceased was compared to Ulysses and Plato, 
To a star, to a cherub, an eagle, and Cato ; 
And *t was gravely proposed by some gents in committee 
To erect him a statue of gold in the city ; 
But when an economist, caustic and witty, 

Asked, " Gentlemen, pray. 

Who is to pay ?" 
The committee, as if by galvanic shock jolted. 
Looked horrified, put on their castord, and bolted ! 



AIeanwhil»M;he shrewd traitors repaired in a bevy, 
All buoyant with hope, to his Majesty's levee. 
When, lo ! as the King with anxiety feigned. 
Was beginning to speak of the loss he'd sustained, 
Li strutted Bichelieu, 
And the Capuchin too, 
Which made each conspirator shake in his shoe ; 
\ One whispered a by-stander, looking him through, 
> M 2 



164 RICHELIEU ; OB, THE C0N8PIKACT, 

^" By Jove, I can scarcely believe it! can you ?" 
Another cried, " Dam'me, I thoug^ht 't was a do /" 
And a third muttered faintly, o'ercome by his fear, 
« Talk of the devil, and he's sure to appear ?" 

When the King, who at first hardly trusted his eyes, 
Had somewhat recovered the shock of siirprize, 

He shook his thick head 

At the Cardinal, and said. 
In tones in which something of anger still lurked, 
" How 's this ? Why, God bless me, I thought you were 

burked !" 
" Had such been my fate," quickly answered Eichelieu, 
" Had they made me a svhject, the rascally crew. 
My liege, they'd have soon made another of you. 
Look here !" and he pulled out the nobles' despatch. 
Who felt that for once they had met their match. 

And exclaiming, " 'Od rot 'em. 

The scoundrels, I've got 'em !" 
Bead it out to the King from the top to the bottom. 

Next morning twelve scaffolds, with axes of steel, 
Adorned the fore-court of the sprightly Bastille ; 
And at midnight twelve nobles, by way of a bed. 
Lay snug in twelve coflins, each minus a head — 
A thing not uncommon with nobles, 't is said. 

Priest Joe got his see, 

And delighted was he, 
For the bishoprick suited his taste to a T ; 
And Eichelieu, the stem, unforgiving, and clever, 
Bullied king, church, and people, more fiercely than ever ! 



BICHELIEU; OE, THE CONSPIRACY. 165 

And the moral is this — if, conspiring in flocks, 
Silly geese will.presume to play tricks with a fox, 
And strive by finesse to get rid of the pest, 
They moist always expect to come off second best ! 



166 



SONG OF A ETFLEMAlf 



Vd be a Rifleman, gallant and gay, 

Longest and last at the banquet or ball ; 
Waltzing, quadrilling, and flirting away, 

Constant to none, yet a favourite with all. 
True to the opera, concert, or play, 

I'd never languish for wedlock's dull thrall ; 
I'd be a Eifleman, gallant and gay. 

Constant to none, yet a favourite with all. 

II. 

Oh ! from a tailor some cloth could I wheedle, 

Some dark-coloured cloth of that beautiful green, 
I'd set about, with my scissors and needle, 

As dashing a jacket as ever was seen. 
What matter to me though I write or read ill, 

Though a truant at school, and at college I've been ? 
Oh ! from a tailor some cloth could I wheedle, 

rd have a coat of that beautiful green. 
I'd be a Eifleman, I'd be a Eifleman, 

Drest in a coat of that beautiful green. 



SONG OV A BIFLEMAN. 167 



III. 



What though you tell me the jacket of scarlet 

Is forwarder seen when the battle's begun ? 
Yet the Eifleman sure you ought never to snarl at, 

For he'll safely return when that battle is done. 
Others in conflict, while fighting may fall at 

The stroke of a sabre or shot of a gun ; 
But the Eifleman laughs at the jacket of scarlet, 

Perch'd in a tree till the battle is done, 
rd be a Eifleman, Td be a Eifleman, 

Flirting in peace-time when battle is done. 

The Author of " Vixcent Edcn." 



168 



INVITATION TO AN EVENING WALK. 



" There is hardly anything gives me a more sensible delight than the 
enjoyment of a cool still evening, after the uneasiness of a hot sultry 
day." — Spectator. 



Come tip the hill, to meet the moon — 
She'll leave her daylight slumber soon, 
And over mountain, over dale, 
Weep her dewy lustre pale ! 

Come up the hill, and hear the flowers 
Rustling in their heathy bowers ; 
Closing some, with close of day. 
Waking more to moonlight ray ! 

Come up the hill, and list the breeze, 
Full of mingled melodies, 
Rising from the glens below. 
Faintly sweet, as up we go ! 

Come Tip the hill, and smell the breath 
Of the purple mountain-heath, 
Sweeter than the painted flowers 
Rear'd in artificial bowers ! 



INVITATION TO AN EVENING WALK. 169 

Come up the hill, and joy with me, 
In the mazy scenery 
That below is sleeping calm, 
Smiling beauty, breathing balm ! 

Come up the hill, and gaze with me 
On the moon-besilver'd sea. 
That so gently rocking moves 
To cradle the young light it loves ! 

Come up the hill, — 'tis nearer to 
The fields of Heav'n, azure blue. 
Where the spheral minstrels play 
Music wild and sweet, for aye ! 

Come up the hill, — 't will give to thee 
A view of deep eternity, 
That in the valley's shorten'd ken 
Is never known to minds of men ! 

Come up the hill — the waterfall 

Is emblem, true to thee, of aU : 

'T is tranquil where it flows near Heaven — 

'T is down, with Man, — its peace is riven ! 

J. A. Wade. 



170 



THE FOEEST TEEE. 

Hail to the lone old forest tree, 
Though past his leafy prime ! 
A type of England's past is he, — 

A tale of her olden time. 
He has seen her sons, for a thousand years. 

Around him rise and fall ; 
But well his green old age he wears, 
And still survives them all. 

Then long may his safeguard the pride and care 

Of our children's children be ; 
And long may the axe and tempest spare 
The lone old forest tree ! 

The Norman baron his steed has rein'd. 

And the pilgrim his journey stay'd, 
And the toil-worn serf brief respite gain'd 

In his broad and pleasant shade : 
The friar and forester loved it well ; 

And hither the jocund horn, 
And the solemn tone of the vesper bell, 

On the evening breeze were borne. 

Friar and forester, lord and slave, 
Lie mouldering, side by side, 



THE FOREST TREE. 171 

In the dreamless sleep of a nameless grave, 

"Where revelling earthworms hide : 
And Echo no longer wakes at the sound 

Of bugle or vesper chime ; 
For castle and convent are ivy-bound 

By the ruthless hand of Time. 

But gentle and few, with the stout old tree, 

Have the spoiler's dealings been ; 
And the brook, as of old, is clear and free, 

And the turf beneath as green. 
Thus Nature has scatter'd on every hand 

Her lessons, since earth began, 
And long may her sylvan teacher stand, 
A check to the pride of man. 

And long may his safeguard the pride and care 

Of our children's children be ; 
Long, long may the axe and tempest spare 
The lone old forest tree ! 

J. B. T. 



172 



THE EVENING STAR 

The night is come, but not too soon j 

And sinking silently, — 
All silently, — the little Moon 

Drops down behind the sky. 

There is no light in earth or heaven 
But the pale light of stars ; 

And the first watch of night is given 
To the red planet Mars. 

Is it the tender star of love ? 

The star of love and dreams ? 
Oh no ! from that blue tent above 

A hero's armour gleams. 

And earnest thoughts within me rise 

When I behold afar, 
Suspended in the evening skies, 

The shield of that red star. 

O star of strength ! I see thee stand 

And smile upon my pain ; 
Thou beckonest with thy mailed hand, 

And I am strong again. 



THE EVENING STAR. l/'S 

Within my soul there shines no light 

But the pale light of stars; 
I give the first watch of the night 

To the red planet Mars ! 

The star of the unconquer'd will, 

He rises in my breast, — 
Serene, and resolute, and still, 

And calm, and self-possess'd. 

And thou, too, whosoe'er thou art, 

That readest this brief psalm, 
As one by one thy hopes depart, 

Be resolute and calm. 

! fear not in a world like this. 

And thou shalt know ere long. 
Know how sublime a thing it is 

To suffer and be strong ! 

H. W. LONOFKLLOW. 



174 



SONG TO THE THAMES. 

Of all the broad rivers that flow to the ocean, 

There's none to compare, native Thames ! unto thee ; 

And gladly for ever, 

Thou smooth-rolling river, 
Fd dwell on thy green banks at fair Battersea. 

'T was there I was bom, and 't is there I will linger, 
And there shall the place of my burial be, 

If fortune, caressing, 

Will grant but one blessing, 
Tlie heart of the maiden of fair Battersea. 

I seek not to wander by Tyber or Arno, 
Or castle-crown'd rivers in far Gtennanie ; 

To me. Oh, far dearer. 

And brighter, and clearer, 
The Thames as it rimples at fair Battersea. 

Contentment and Hope, spreading charms all around 
them. 
Have hallow'd the spot since she smil'd upon me— 
Love ! thy joys lend us, 
Fortune, befriend us. 
We'll yet make an Eden of fair Battersea. 

Charles Mackat. 



175 



THE BLIND GIEL OF CASTEL CUILLE. 

The sky was bright, the air was soft, 

On good St. Joseph's eve. 
When bursting from the orchard's sterna 

The snowy blossoms heave. 

While, echoing from the mountain height 

Of Castel Cuille, rose 
A strain of passing sweetness through 

The valley's deep repose. 

And loud and clear the cadence rung 

As gay young voices bore 
The burthen of that bridal hymn 

Their fathers sang of yore. 

" Pour your snowy blossoms forth, 
Peach, and pear, and almond trees ; 

Hang your rosy garlands on, 

Wave them with yon waving breeze. 

" Mountain paths, and hedges wild, 
Bloom, that never bloom'd before ; 

The bride of Castel Cuill^ comes. 
Fling your gifts her pathway o'er." 



176 THE BLIND OIBL. 

And now, where on that verging rock 
Their careless steps alight, 

A troop of fair and laughing girls 
Arrest their giddy flight ; 

And, placed betwixt the earth and sky, 
Like some bright angels sent, 
' They stood, and o'er the vale below 

Their radiant glances bent. 

But soon along the mountain's side 
With joyous steps they bound. 

Where tow'rds the woods of St. Amand 
Their narrow pathway wound. 

Why seek they thus with childish glee 
St. Am and' s laurel grove. 

And poise their osier-baskets light 
Their smiling heads above ? 

And why with youth's unsparing hand 
Do these gay truants tear, 

And hence in verdapt heaps away 
The shining foliage bear ? 

It is that Castel Cuillc's maids 

Are ever wont to shed 
Their leafy tribute o'er the path 

Where bridal lovers tread : 

And she, that laughing, blooming girl 
Who, foremost, bounds along, 

With dancing step and flj^ng hair. 
The thoughtless group among, 



THE BLIND OIBL. 177 

Is on the morrow's dawn in all 

The pomp of village i)ride, 
To stand in Castel Cuillcs church 

Young Baptiste's willing bride. 

And, wherefore, then, is Baptiste sad 

When all around is gay ? 
Was ever lover silent thus 

On eve of bridal day ? 

What ails thee, sullen bridegroom, say ? 

Why wear so sad a brow ? 
Angele is passing fair, and pure 

As yonder mountain snow. 

Is it that near the mountain's foot, 

Where fast the streamlet glides. 
The blind, the orphan Marguerite, 

The soldier's daughter, bides ? 

Baptiste had woo'd that gentle girl, 

Nor long had woo'd in vain, 
The youth who fondly sought her love 

Full soon she loved again ; 

And much she loved him, deeply too ; 

She cared for none beside. 
Except her little brother Paul, 

Who never left her side. 

Betroth'd they were, and Marguerite, 

His own affianced wife, 
When came the dread disease that took 

Her sight, but spared her life. 



irS ■ THE BLIND GIEL. 

Alas ! for these young lovers now, 

Their earthly joys are o'er ! 
" My son the orphan shall not wed !** 

An angry father swore. 

A lone and weary man, Baptiste 

His sadden'd home had left, 
And, back returning, found that home 

Of love and peace bereft. 

His father's prayers, his mother's teaxs, 

Extort a hasty vow. 
And Baptiste to the rich Angele 

His faith has plighted now. 

But, hark ! the bridal party shout 

With now redoubled glee, 
" The witch ! the witch ! the lame old Jeanne 

Close by the fountain see." 

And there she was, poor Jeanne, the witch, 

"With snowy hair and cheek, 
Whose shrivell'd skin, and furrows deep, 

Of age and sorrow speak. 

Around her crowd £he merry group, 

And laughingly pursue. 
For nought that Jeanne had e'er foretold 

Had ever proved untrue. 

Nor aught had maiden ever learnt, 
Prom Jeanne's prophetic lore, 

But what her trembling heart had oft 
In secret wish'd before. 



TBE BLIND OI&L. 179 

But stem is Jeanne the witch's eye, 

And wildly glares it now, 
From underneath her wizen'd locks, 

On Ba[>tiste'8 sullen brow. 

For there he stood, and much, I ween, 

His colour went and came ; 
And cold as marble, statue-tum'd, 

The faithless lover's frame ; 

When, seizing on fair Aiigele's hand, 

The aged sibyl made 
The cross's blessed sign thereon. 

And thus address'd the maid : 

** To-morrow's dawn the wedding sees 

Of perjured Baptiste's bride ; 
God send, Angele, it may not see 

A maiden's grave beside !" 

She hush'd, and moved away ; her words 

Have for one moment's space 
O'ercast the sunny light of joy. 

On each bewilder'd face. 

But can two troubled drops of rain 

The sparkling course obscure 
Of yonder silver streamlet's wave, 

Or stain its surface pure ? 

Oh, no ! for one short instant hush'd, 

The bridal voice of song 
Burst forth anew, with louder glee, 

The joyous hills among. 

N 2 



180 THE BLIND OIltL. 

The bridegroom follows pale as death. 
Whilst up the path they bound ; 

And as they go their wild refrain, 
Awakes the echoes round. 

" Moiintain paths and hedges wild 
Bloom, which never bloom'd befc re, 

The bride of Castel Cuille comes, 
Fling your gifts her pathway o'er." 

Alone her cottage home within, 

In broken accents sweet. 
With pale fair face, and thoughtful brow, 

Laments poor Marguerite. 

" He's come, yet three long days are past 

Since little Paul ran in. 
And clapp'd his hands for joy, and cried, 

' Baptiste is come again.' 

" And knows he not that six long months 

I've sat and watch'd alone. 
And deem'd my dark night's single star, 

For aye and ever gone. 

" For what is day, and what is night, 

To one whose aching brain 
Has strain' d, and sought in agony, 

One ray of light in vain. 

" When others say the light is come 

Then darkest 'tis to me. 
For each returning day renews 

The light I cannot see. 



THE BLIND OIBL. 181 

" One night of fearful gloom is all 

These burning eyelids know, 
For other's light and joy, for me, 

All, all is darkness now. 

" Ah me ! my soul is sad, and dark 

My musing fancies grow, 
But one sweet kiss from Baptiste's lip 

Would cool my fever'd brow. 

" For light I yearn, and surely light 

Is but the sky so blue. 
And Baptiste's beaming eyes reflect 

That deep unchanging hue. 

" A heaven of love like that above 

Is mine, my loved one by ; 
No more I care for fields and flowers, 

For earth, or sim, or sky ; 

" But far from him, my spirit mourns 

The light of other days. 
As ivy, rudely sever'd from 

The parent stem, decays. 

" They say the love of those who mourn 

Has ever truest been ; 
But, oh ! such love as blindness feels 

Has never yet been seen. 

** But will he come ? God only knows ; 

Perchance I wait in vain. 
Oh, horrid thought ! away, away ! 

It scares my weaken'd brain ! 



182 THE BLIKD QIBL. 

" And, oh ! 'tis wrong to doubt him thug ; 

On holy cross he swore ; 
Hush, hush, my foolish heart ! he'll come, 

And never leave me more. 

" Perchance my lover's wearied, ill, 

And therefore tarries home ; 
But, hark ! a hasty step ! the latch ! — 

My Baptiste, art thou come ?" 

Then open flew the garden-gate, 

And rose poor Marguerite, 
With outstretch'd arms, and trembling pace, 

His welcome steps to meet. 

But no ; 'tis Paul who comes alone. 

And, bounding to her side, 
" Come, sister, come ; I fain would see 

Angele, the pretty bride. 

" And fain would I the laurel boughs 
Have borne from St. Amand : 

Why came they not to fetch us here ? 
Come, sister, take my hand." 

" Angele a bride ! and hast thou seen 

The bridal party gay ? 
How secret was this wedding kept ! 

And who the bridegroom, say ?" 

" Why, sister, 'tis thy friend Baptiste !**— 

A feeble cry was all 
The poor blind orphan gave, and sunk 

Against her cottage wall. 



THB BLIND 6IBL. 183 

Her heart i«ell nigh had ceased to beat 

For some few seconds' space ; 
Whilst, half afraid, the startled child, 

Gkized on her alter'd face. 

But now her ear has caught the sound. 

The well-known bridal strain. 
And life returns, and with it, too, 

The icy grasp of pain. 

" Now, hearken, sister, how they sing, 

And shout,^ and dance along ; 
To leave us out, sweet Marguerite, 

I can't but think it wrong. 

" At early dawn the bells will ring 

To mark the wedding time ; 
How sad 'twill be, alone the while, 

To hear the merry chime." 

" Hush, hush ! and fret not, little Paul, 

Thou shalt not miss the show ; 
To this gay bridal, brother dear. 

Together we will go. 

" And now run out awhile, and close 

The garden-gate ;" but ere 
The boy had left his sister's side. 

Old Jeanne, the witch, was there. 

" Why, by my witchdom, ne'er did I 

So vile a racket know ; 
But, sure thy hand is icy cold, 

My child ; what ails thee now ?'* 



184 THE BLIND GIBL. 

" There 's nothing ails me, Jeanne ; 'tis sweet 

For me to sit and hear 
Those nuptial voices gay, and think 

My wedding day is near. 

" When Easter comes, I too shall be 

A proud and happy bride ; 
Thy fortune-telling cards, good Jeanne, 

Have never, never lied. 

" And much, I ween, Baptiste and me 
Will praise thy wondrous lore. 

And, oh ! 'twill be a blessed thing 
To hear his voice once more." 

** Too dearly dost thou love him, child ; 

Too fondly dost thou lay 
Thy hopes upon a broken reed : 

Kneel down, kneel down, and j^ray." 

* " The more I pray, the more I love, 
A sin it cannot be. 
For surely, Jeanne, Baptiste is kind. 
And ever true to me ?" 

No answer ; all is over then ; 

Her last faint hope is gone. 
And true the fatal tale that turn'd 

Her tender heart to stone. 

But wildly smiled poor Marguerite, 
And laugh'd, and questioned on, 

The while a hectic flush arose 
Her pallid cheek upon. 



THE BLIND GIRL. 185 

And well till night, when Jeanne withdrew, 

The orphan play'd her part ; 
And little thought poor Jeanne she left 

Behind a breaking heart. 

Alas ! poor Jeanne the witch, 'tis clear 

No magic arts are thine ; 
Nor can thy simple skill the depths 

Of grief like hers divine. 

Perchance this mom thy full heart found 

By yonder well side's brink 
A cleai'er view of future woe 

Than even thyself could think. 

Slow dawns the day ; the clock has struck 

The hour of nine ; meanwhile 
Two maidens in their cottage homes 

The weary hoxirs beguile. 

Queen of the day, the one displays 

Her crown of orange flower ; 
The golden cross, and gay attire, 

Must grace the bridal hour. 

And gazing on the lovely form 

Reflected in her mirror, smiles. 
And, pleased, rehearses all her store 

Of beauty's playful wiles ; 

But no bright flowery wreath adorns 

The other maiden's brow ; 
And 'tis no golden cross, I ween. 

Her pale hands clasp e'en now. 



18G THE BLIKD OIBL. 

As, tottering through her narrow room, 

Closer she draws the folds 
Of her light vesture o'er the prize 

Her grasp securely holds. 

"With jest and song, a thoughtless group 

Around the one repair, 
And she embraced, and flatter'd still, 

Omits her daily prayer. 

The other kneels the while, and prays 

In murmured accents low. 
Whilst cold her brow the death-drops stain, 

" Oh God ! have mercy ihou !" 

And now they start, and, led by Paul, 

The orphan calmly wends 
Her way the mountain path along, 

That towards the church ascends. 

The day was foggy, damp the air. 

Perfumed with laurel came, 
And with it deadly shivers brought, 

That wrung her feeble frame. 

Not far from where the ruins stand 

Of Castel Cuille's tower. 
The little Gothic church erects 

Its weather-beaten spire ; 

Around whose cloud-enveloped height 

The ocean eagle sings. 
Whilst underneath its time-worn roof 

Her brood the swallow brings. 



THE BLIIfD GIBL. 187 

" Hush, Paul !" the maiden cries ; " methiuks 

The steep ascent we reach." 
" Oh, yes ! we're come, and, sister, hark, 

I hear the ospray screech. 

" I hate that dark, ill-omen'd bird, 

HI luck it surely brings. 
And some misfortune follows still 

Whene'er it hoarsely sings. 

• 
" Dost thou remember, sister dear, 

What time our father died. 
When, kneeling by his bedside, both 

The live-long' night we cried. 

" We cried all night, but chiefly when 

He kiss'd us both, and said, — 
' Take care of Paid, my girl, for I 

To-morrow shall be dead.' 

" Oh, how we wept ! and, sure enough 

He died ; and on the roof 
Tlie ospray sung — I marked it well — 

As now she sings aloof. 

** Ah ! sister, do not clasp me so ; 

You hurt me. Marguerite ! 
You stifle me with kisses : — see, 

The bridal train we meet ! 

" But, pale thou art, and trembling too, 

I fear 'me thou wilt swoon." 
And true it was, the maiden's strength 

O'ertasFd must fail her soon. 



188 THE BLIND GIBL. 

The chord her brother's words have wrung, 
Has snapp'd with sudden pain ; 

Affrighted, back she starts, but Paul 
Has urged her on again. 

And when the poor bewilder'd girl 

The laurel trod beneath 
Her feet, and 'gainst her head had struck 

The porch's hanging wreath, 

A change came o'er her ; on she rush'd 
The moving crowd among — 

As if to some gay festive scene, — 
The narrow aisle along. 

But, lo ! with joyous peal, and loud. 

The marriage-bells resound, 
And, far and wide, through rock and vale 

Awake the echos round. 

The clouds have pass'd away, the sun 

In splendour beains again, 
As, winding through the portal gate. 

Appears the bridal train. 

But, gloomy still, as yester eve * 
The false one's cheek grew pale, 

As in that nuptial hour he mused 
On Joanne's prophetic tale. 

Whilst Angele recks of little else 

Her golden cross beside ; 
Enough for her, she moves along, 

The fair and envied bride ; 



THE BLTKD GIBL. 189 

And shakes her pretty head and smiles, 

As all around her say, — 
" Was ever bride as fair as her 

Whom Baptiste weds to-day P* 

And now high mass is said, and near 

The altar stood the priest ; 
Betwixt his trembling fingers held 

The spousal ring, Baptiste. 

But, while his bride's expecting hand 

The glittering pledge awaits. 
He needs must speak the few short words 

That seal their mutual fates. 

'Tis done ; and lo ! a voice has struck 

The bridegroom's ear, and chill'd 
His heart's warm blood, and wildly through 

The wond'ring crowd has thrill' d, 

Who from some dark, sequester'd shrine 

Behold, with sudden fear, 
The waving arms, and face insane 

Of Marguerite appear. 

** Baptiste has will'd my death !" she cried: 

" Thig, this shall set me free ! 
At this gay wedding blood must needs 

The holy-water be." 

And as she spoke, a knife she drew 

That in her bosom lay ; 
But ere the fearful deed was done 

Her spirit pass'd away. 



190 THE BLIND GIEL, 

And God in mercy call'd her home 
" Where those who mourn are blest, 

Where the wicked cease from troubling, 
And the weary are at rest." 

That eve, in place of bridal songs, 

The " De Profundis" rose, 
As borne by weeping girls along 

A coflfca churchward goes. 

And village maids, in white attire. 

Around in silence drew. 
And then, in murmur'd accents low, 

Their dirge-like chaunt renew. 

" Peach, and pear, and almond trees, 
Away your snowy blossoms hide. 

For death has woo'd the sweetest flower 
That grew on Castel Cuille's side. 

" Mountain paths, and hedges wild. 

Weep, that never wept before ; 
Wave your darkest cypress boughs. 

Wave them yonder pathway o'er." 

Ladt Gkoroiana Fullbrtom. 



191 



THE MOCKnSTGS OF THE SOLDIEES. 

' FROU ST. M ATTHBVir. 

" PiiAirr a crown upon his head, 
Royal robe around him spread ; 
See that his imperial hand 
G-rasps, as fit, the sceptral wand : 
Then before him bending low, 
As becomes his subjects, bow ; 
Fenced within our armed ring. 
Hail him, hail him, as our King !" 

Platted was of thorns the crown, 
Trooper's cloak was royal gown ; 
If his passive hand, indeed. 
Grasp' d a sceptre, 'twas a reed. 
He was bound to feel and hear 
Deeds of shame, and words of jeer ; 
For he whom king in jest they call 
Was a doom'd captive scofTd by alL 

But the brightest crown of gold, 
Or the robe of rarest fold. 
Or the sceptre which the mine 
Of Golconda makes to shine. 



192 THE MOCKIDGS OF THE SOLDIERS. 

Or the lowliest homage given 

By all mankind under heaven, 

Were prized by him no more than scorn, 

Sceptre of reed, or crown of thorn. 

Of the stars his crown is made, 

In the sun he is array' d, 

He the lightning of the spheres 

As a flaming sceptre bears : 

Bend in rapture before him • 

Ranks of glowing seraphim ; 

And we, who spum'd him, trembling stay 

The judgment of his coming dy,y. 

Dr Maoihm. 



193 



I 



A CLASSICAL ODE 

WITH "A FREE TRANSLATION." 

AD F(ETAU. 

Qu^ te sub tenera rapuerunt, Pceta, juventa, 
! utinanx me crudelia fata vocent ! 

lit linquam terras, invisaque lumina soils, 
TJtque tuns rursiun, corpore, sim posito ! 

Te sequar : obscurum per iter dux ibit eunti 
Fidus Amor, tenebras lampade discutiens ; 

Tu cave Tjethseo contingens ora liquore ; 
Et cit5 venturi, sis memor, oro, viri ! 

TO PADDY. 

Ah ! Paddy, my darlin' ! thin what has become o' ye ? 

What spalpeen has darr'd to deprive ye of life ? 
Sure the thief o' the world might have left jest a crumb 
D'ye, 
To comfort the heart o' yer sorrowful wife ! 

o 



194 A CLASSICAL ODE. 

Ochone ! now ye 're gone, see how dreadful my fate is, 
Indeed, I can't bear it ; I'll soon " cut my sticks :" — 

m lave the bright sun, and the sweet land o' praties. 
And be off to look afther my Paddy " like bricks !" 

Yes, m follow ye, Pat, though ye have got the start o' 
me. 

For my love is so faithful, 'twill soon find ye out : 
With a lamp, or a rushlight, I'll seek t'other part o* me, 

And as soon as I see ye, " Mavoumeen !" I'll shout. 

But don't drink of Lethe, or any sich stuff, my boy. 
If ye do, ye'U forget yer poor wife, mebbe hate her ; 

But if ye feel thirsty — the thought 's quite enough, my boy. 
By the pow'rs but I'll bring yiz a dhrop o' the cratur ! 



195 



TO A FOimTAIN IN HYMETTUS. 



These infantine beginnings gently bear, 

Whose best desert and hope mast be your bearing. 

Phinkas Flltcheb. 



O FXTBB and limpid fountain. 
What snow on Alpine mountain. 

Sparkles like thee ? 
While on thy turf reclining, 
Our features soft and shining 

In thee we see. 
The zephyrs flitting o'er thee, 
fount, methinks adore thee, 

And linger still. 
With winglets light and tender 
O'er thine eyes of splendour, 

And drink their fill. 

A thousand sunny flowers 

Their fragrance, like rich dowers, 

Around thee shed ; 
And through the woodbine brancues 
No breeze its coldness launches 

On thy calm bed. 

o 2 



196 TO A FOUNTAIN IN HTMETTU8. 

Sunshine upon thee slumbers, 
As if thy rills' sweet numbers 

Lull'd it to rest ; 
The stars of night and morning 
For ever are adorning 

Thy crystal breast. 

About thy banks so fragrant, 
That little rose- winged vagrant, 

Cupid, is seen; 
And in thy silv'ry waters 
Bathe the mild Goddess-daughters, 

In Beauty's sheen. 
The Dryads rob'd in brightness, 
With feet of fawn-like lightness, 

The Graces Three, 
Beneath the golden glances 
Of Hesper weave their dances, 

O fount ! round thee. 

Pan leaves his rosy valleys, 
And by thy brightness dallies 

All day, — and wakes 
Echo — the forest haunting — 
TJp with the notes enchanting 

His wild pipe makes. 
Here, too, at times resorted, 
Fair Venus, when she sported 

With am'rous Mars. 
Their hearts with passion beating, 
And none to view their meeting, 

But the lone stars. 



TO A FOUNTAIN IN HTMETTU8. 197 

Play on, thou limpid fountain 
Eternal as yon mountain 

Olympus-crown'd : 
Gush on — in light Elysian, 
As Poet's shape-fill'd vision, 

Or Apollo's round. 
The smiles of Heaven above thee, 
And the stars to love thee, 

Fount, thou shalt glide 
From thy crystal portal, 
Strong, beauteous, and immortal, 

Whate'er betide. 

Edward Kbnealy. 



198 



WEECK OF THE HESPEEUa 

It was the schooner Hesperus 

That sail'd the wintry sea ; 
And the skipper had ta'en his little daughter 

To bear him company. 

Blue were her eyes as the fairy -flax. 

Her cheeks like the dawn of day, 
And her bosom sweet as the hawthorn^ buds 

That ope in the month of May. 

The skipper he stood beside the helm, 

With his pipe in his mouth, 
And watch'd how the veering flaw did blow 

The smoke now west, now south. 

Then up and spake an old sail6r, 

Had sail'd the Spanish Main, 
" I pray thee put into yonder port, 

For I fear a hurricane. 

" Last night the moon had a golden ring, 
And to-night no moon we see !" 

The skipper he blew a whiff from his pipe, 
And a scornful laugh laugh'd he. 



WEECK OF THE HE8PBRU8. 199 

Colder and louder blew the wind, 

A ,gale from the north-east ; 
The snow fell hissing in the brine, 

And the billows froth'd like yeast. 

Down came the storm, and smote amain 

The vessel in its strength ; 
She shudder'd and paused, like a frighted steed, 

Then leap'd her cable's length. 

" Come hither ! come hither ! my little daughter, 

And do not tremble so : 
For I can weather the roughest gale 

That ever wind did blow." 

He wrapp'd her warm in his seaman's coat 

Against the stinging blast ; 
He cut a rope from a broken spar. 

And bound her to the mast. 

" ikther ! I hear the church-bells ring — 

Oh ! say, what may it be ?" 
" 'Tis a fog-bell on a rock-bound coast !" 

And he steer' d for the open sea. 

" Oh father ! I hear the sound of guns — 

Oh ! say, what may it be ?" 
" Some ship in distress, that cannot live 

In such an angry sea !" 

" O father ! I see a gleaming light — 

Oh ! say, what may it be ?" 
But the father answer'd never a word, 

A frozen corpse was he. 



200 WEECK OP THE HE8PEBTTS. 

Lash'tl to the helm, all stiff and stark, 

With his face to the skies, 
The lantern gleam'd through the gleaming snow 

On his fix'd and glassy eyes. 

Then the maiden clasp'd her hands, and pray*d 

That saved she might be ; 
And she thought of Christ, who still'd the wave 

On the lake of Galilee. 

And fast through the midnight dark and drear, 
Through the whistling sleet and snow, 

Like a sheeted ghost the vessel swept 
Toward the reef of Norman's Woe. 

And ever the fitful gusts between 

A sound came from the land ; 
It was the sound of the trampling s\uf 

On the rocks and the hard sea-sand. 

The breakers were right beneath her bows, 

She drifted a dreary wreck, 
And a whooping billow swept the crew 

Like icicles from her deck. 

She struck whiere the white and fleecy waves 

Look'd soft as carded wool ; 
But the cruel rocks they gored her side 

Like the horns of an angry bull. 

Her rattling shrouds, all sheathed in ice. 
With the masts went by the board. 

Like a vessel of glass, she stove and sank, 
Ho ! ho ! the breakers roar'd ! 



WBECK OF THE HESPEBUS. 201 

At daybreak, on the bleak sea-beach, 

A fisherman stood aghast 
To see the form of a maiden fair 

Lash'd close to a drifting mast. 

The salt sea was frozen on her breast, 

The salt tears in her eyes ; 
And he saw her hair, like the brown sea-weed, 

On the billows fall and rise. 

Such was the wreck of the Hesperus, 

In the midnight and the snow ! 
Christ save us all from a death like this 

On the reef of Norman's Woe ! 

H. W. LoNoriLLow. 



202 



"LIGHT." 

" And God said, Let there be light, and there war light." — Gen. i. t. 2. 

Space labour'd — qmcken'd by Almighty word, 

And from its shapeless womb unsightly voided 

Chaos. For on that great command, Matter, 

Obedient to its great Progenitor, 

Eush'd amain from all the comers 

Of eternity. Each atom jostling 

Its fellow — in haste to pleasure Him — so form'd 

A turgid lump, which surging to and fro 

On a black sea of thickening vapour, 

An unwholesome sweat oozed from the slimy depths 

Of this miscarried mass. Helpless.— still with aJl 

The germ of life, as in a new-born babe, 

It lay upon the bosom of great Space, 

Its mother, who could not help it into fair 

Existence. ***** 

God said, " Let there he light, and there was light." 

The murky vault was split : Darkness was rent : 

A golden orb sprung from the smile of God, 

Stood, created, — Width oped her mighty jaws 

To gape at this new wonder — for Space now 

Had eyes to see her own immensity. 



r 



« LIGHT." 203 

The Universe awoke, and dress'd in regal 

Purple, stood in all the silent majesty 

Of the interminable arch. Empire 

Of creation ! Night, so late a tyrant, 

Shrank to some pit or grave within the bosom 

Of its subject mass. The infant Globe, smiling, 

Stretched forth its cheek towards its novel nurse. 

That sung, and soothed it with a gentle breeze. 

Land sprung up to meet its benefactor, 

And straight shot forth its trees and shrubs, which sent up 

An odour, — the only language they could speak. 

To kiss and greet the light that warmed them 

Into life. Syren myrtles woo the fickle 

May-breeze with a rustling kiss filch'd of 

The lagging wind ; while ev'ry twinkling leaf 

Whispers a lay of love-sick melody. 

The airy multitudes, distilling 

Sweetest mtisic in their shrill tale of first 

Affection, swell out the gentle tumult 

Of this mellow choir, till beaming Nature 

Seems one song of universal adoration. 



Light was — and God saw that it was good." 



The Day went down, while Heaven blush'd at Evening's 
Pickle flight. Night crept from the caves, keeping 
Par off the dreaded svm ; and as it came 
With stealthy crawl, deserted Earth saw, 
And its latest zephyr moan'd a wailing cry. 
Twilight, the day's last warm embrace, turned back 
Prom following the sim, and wept dew upon 
The drooping flowers there, with a mother's slow 
And struggling gait, with face o'er her shoulder 



204 « LIGHT." 

Bent, fixed a last fond gaze upon tlie mute-struck 

Loveliness of recumbent Nature. But 

Ere she went she oped her jewel-box, and clad 

The dingy darkness in a blaze of angel's tears, 

Shed for the fallen seraphs, — a golden filter 

For up- wending souls to strain out sin, and purge 

Mortality withal. Their sparkle does 

Amuse her fright'ned offspring, who, half 

Bepelling, half accepting, sobs itself 

To sleep. 

Dion L. Bouroicavlt. 



205 



THE FISHEEMAJST'S DWELLING. 

, TaAMSLATSD BT MART HOWITT. 

We sate by the fisher's dwelling, 

And looked upon the sea ; 
The evening mists were gathering, 

And rising up silently. 

Forth from the lofty lighthouse 

Streamed softly light by light, 

And in the farthest distance 
A ship hove into sight. 

We spoke of storm and shipwreck ; 

Of seamen, and how they lay 
Unsafe 'twixt heaven and water, 

'Twixt joy and fear each day. 

We spoke of lands far distant ; 

We took a world-wide rang^, 
We spoke of wondrous nations. 

And manners new and strange. 

Of the fragrant, glittering Ganges, 
Where giant trees uptower, 

And handsome, quiet people. 
Kneel to the lotus flower. 



206 THE fisherman's DWELLIKa. 

Of Lapland's filthy people, 

Flat-headed, wide-mouthed, we spake ; 
How they squat round their fires and jabber, 

And shriek o'er the fish they bake. 

The maidens listened so gravely ; 

At length no more was said ; 
The ship was in sight no longer. 

And night over all was spread. 

HlINRICH HbINK. 



207 



THE ASCENTS OF MONT BLANC. 

When Jacques Balmat from liis party was tlirown, 
He foTUid out the summit untaught and alone, 
And when he returned to his doctor with glee, 
He said, " For your care you shall go up with me," 

With your baton so sharp, tra la. 

The next who tried was De Saussure, we're told. 
Who climbed in a full suit of scarlet and gold : 
Whilst poor M. Bourrit, four times driven back. 
In dudgeon returned to Geneva — good lack ! 

With his baton so sharp, tra la. 

Woodley, Clissold, and Beaufoy, each thought it no lark, 
And were followed by Jackson, and Sherwell and Clarke. 
Then Fellowes and Hawes by a new passage went, 
And avoided the dangers of Hamel's ascent, 

With their batons so sharp, tra la. 

Brave Auldjo next was pulled over a bridge 
Of ice-poles laid on the glacier's ridge ; 
You will see all his wonderfxil feats, if you look 
At the views drawn by Harding, and placed in his book. 

And his baton so sharp, tra la. 



208 THE AB0BNT8 OF MONT BLANC. 

F\ill forty gentlemen, wealthy and bold, 
Have climbed up in spite of the labour and cold; 
But of all that number there lives not one 
Who speaks of the journey as very good fun. 

With their batons so sharp, Ira la, 

Albert Smith. 



209 



THE VILLAGE BLACKSMITH. 

IJndeb a spreading chestnut tree 

The village smithy stands ; 
The smith a mighty man is he, 

With large and sinewy hands, 
And the muscles of his brawny arms 

Are strong as iron bands. 

His hair is crisp, and black, and long, 

His face is like the tan, 
His brow is wet with honest sweat. 

He earns whate'er he can, 
And looks the whole world in the fexje, 

For he owes not any man. 

Week out, week in, from mom till night, 

You can hear his bellows blow, 
You can hear him swing his heavy sledge 

With measured beat and slow, — 
Like a sexton ringing the old kirk-chimes. 

When the evening sun is low. 4^ 

And children coming home from school 

Look in at the open door ; 
They love to see the flaming forge. 

And hear the bellows roar. 
And catch the burning sparks that fly 

Like chaff from a threshing-floor. 
p 



210 THB VILLAGE BLACKSMITH. 

He goes on Sunday to the church, 

And sits among his boys ; 
He hears the parson pray and preach, 

He hears his daughter's voice, 
Singing in the village choir, 

And it makes his heart rejoice. 

It sounds to him like her mother's voice. 

Singing in Paradise ! 
He needs must think of her once more. 

How in her grave she lies, 
And with his hard, rough hand he wipes 

A tear from out his eyes. 

Toiling, rejoicing, sorrowing. 

Onward through life he goes ; 
Each morning sees some task begin, 

Each evening sees it close ; 
Something attempted, something done, 

Has earned a night's repose. 

Thanks ! thanks to thee, my worthy friend 
For the lesson thou hast taught ! 

Thus at the sotmding forge of Life 
Oxir fortunes must be wrought. 

Thus on its sounding anvil shaped. 
Each burning deed and thought. 

Henry W Long fellow. 



211 



THE DONNTBROOK JIG. 

Oh ! 'twas Dermot O'Nolan M'Figg, 
That could properly handle a twig, 

He wint to the fair, and kicked up a dust there, 
In dancing a Donnybrook jig — with his twig. 
Oh ! my blessing to Dermot M'Figg. 

Whin he came to the midst of the fair, 
He was all in a paugh for fresh air, 

For the fair very soon, was as full— as the moon, 
Such mobs upon mobs as were there, oh rare ! 
So more luck to sweet Donnybrook Pair. 

But Dermot, his mind on love bent. 
In search of his sweetheart he went, 

Peep'd in here and there, as he walked through the fair, 
And took a small drop in each tent — as he went, — 
Oh ! on whisky and love he was bent. . 

And who should he spy in a jig. 
With a meal-man so tall and so big, 

But his own darling Kate, so gay and so nate? 
'Faith ! her partner he hit him a dig — the pig, 
He beat the meal out of his wig. 

p 2 



212 THE DONNYBEOOK JIO. 

The piper, to keep him in tune, 
Struck up a gay lilt very soon ; 

Until an arch wag cut a hole in the bag, 
And at once put an end to the tune — too BOon — 
Och ! the music flew up to the moon. 

The meal-man he looked very shy. 
While a great big tear stood in his eye, 

He cried, " Lord, how I'm kilt, all alone for that jilt ; 
With her may the devil fly high in the sky. 
For I'm murdered, and don't know for why." 

" Oh !" says Dermot, and he in the dance, 
Wliilst a step to'ards his foe did advance, 

" By the Father of Men, say but that word again. 
And I'll soon knock you back in a trance — to your dance, 
For with me you'd have but small chance." 

" But," says Kitty, the darlint, says she, 
" If you'll only just listen to me, 

It's myself that will show that he can't be your foe. 
Though he fought for his cousin — that's me," says she, 
" For sure BiUy's related to me. 

" For my own cousin-jarmin, Anne Wild, 
Stood for Biddy Mulroony's first child ; 

And Biddy's step-son, sure he married Bess Ihinn, 
Who was gossip to Jenny, as mild a child 
kB ever at mother's breast smiled. 

" And may be you don't know Jane Brown, 

Who. served goat's-whey in Dundrum's sweet town ? 



THE DONNTBEOOK JIO. 213 

'Twas her uncle's half-brother, who married my mother, 
And boiight me this new yellow gown, to go down 
When the marriage was held in Milltown." 

" By the powers, then," says Dermot, " 'tis plain, 
Like the son of that rapscallion Cain, 

My best friend I have kilt, though no blood is spilt. 
But the devil a harm did I mane — that's plain ; 
And by me he'll be ne'er kilt again." 

Dillon. 



214 



TAGLIONI. 

The nniversal admiration excited by the unrivalled grace and activity of Mademoiselle 
Taglioni produced the following poetical effusion from the pen of the Rev. Mr. M it lord. 
It struck me, however, upon reading it, that the frequent classical allusions, and the 
high sti-ain of poetical metaphor pursued throughout the poem, might render it somewhat 
obscure to the general reader. I have, therefore, taken the hberty, by some slight 
aheratinns and additions, and by occasionally drawing the allusive imagery from more 
common-place scenery and circumstances, to render it a little more familiar, but, 1 tnut, 
not less acceptable to the lovers of Poetry and Motion. — 0. Smith. 

One moment linger ! lo ! from Venus* bowers 
Descends the youngest of the roseate Hours : 
She comes in all her blushing beauty, borne 
From the far fountains of the purple mom, 
Aiirora's self! what time her brow resumes 
The bright refulgence of its golden plumes. 
Sylph of the earth ! the sky ! and oh ! as fair 
And beauteous as her sisters of the air. 
In that sweet form what varied graces meet, 
Love in her eye, and Music in her feet ! 
Light as the bounding fawn along the lea. 
Or blythe bird glancing o'er the summer sea ; 
Light as the foam when Venus leaves the wave, 
Or blossoms fluttering over April's grave. 
Murk, on yon rose lights the celestial tread — 
The trembling stalk but just declines its head ; 
Sweet Ariel floats above her as she springs, 
And wafts the flying fair, and lends her wings. 



215 



TAGLIONI. 

One moment linger ! — lo ! from Venus* bowers, 

Painted by Messieurs Grieve with fruit and flowers, 

She comes in all her blushing beauty, borne 

On canvass clouds to represent the mom, 

Aurora's self! what time her brow resumes 

The wreath that 's scented with Delcroix' perfumes. 

Sylph of the earth ! the sky ! and oh ! as fair 

A^s Op'ra dancers generally are. 

In that sweet form what varied graces meet, 

From sparkling eyes to tiny twinkling feet. 

Light as the bounding fawn along the lea, 

" Ac-tive and spry" as an industrious flea ; 

Light as the foam when Venus leaves the wave, 

Without a rag appearances to save : 

Mark ! on yon rose lights the celestial tread, 

While agile carpenters decline its head ; 

Sweet Ariel floats above her as she springs. 

And wafts the flying fair with wires and strings. 

Now wreathed in radiant smiles she seems to glide, 

And in a well- greased groove is made to slide ; 

Her light cymar in lucid beauty streams 

'Mong fops and dandies crowding 'hind the scenes. 

*Roimd her small waist the zone young Ixia binds, 



216 TAQLIONI. 

Now wreathed in radiant smiles she seems to glide 
With buoyant footsteps like Favonius' bride, 
Or Psyche, Zephyr borne, to Cupid's blushing side. 
Her light cymar in lucid beauty streams, 
Of woven air, so thin the texture seems. 
Round her small waist the zone young Iris binds, 
And gives the sandals that command the winds. 
A thousand voices challenge Music's throne, 
Daughter of air ! this empire is thine own ! 
Here Taglioni reigns unrivalled and alone ! 

BbV. J. MlTFORD. 



TAOLIONI. 217 

And Corset Parisien her shape confines. 

Fille de Philippe !* the ballet is thine own : 

When o'er the water'd stage the whit'ning 's strewn, 

A thousand fiddles scrape round Terpi's throne,t 

All are on tip-toe till thy toe's tip 's shown. 

When for thy farewell night Fame's trumpet 's blown, 

Places are purchased at a price unknown 

To any, — (but the box-keeper alone). 

With weight unusual then the benches groan : 

Into the 'busj sixteen are cramm'd — ochone ! 

In £Eict it is the greatest house e'er known. 

0. Smith. 

* The father of Mademoiselle Taglioni rejoices in the sponsorial 
and patronymic appellation of Philippe. 

t Terpsichore. Terpi for the sake of brevity, as we say Betsy for 
Elizabeth. 

t 'Bas for Omnibus. Mr. Farren says OmnibL Vide Doctor Dil- 
worth. 



218 



CUPID IN LONDON. 

Young Cupid, grown tired of his wild single life, 
And the pranks lie had long been pursuing, 

Determuied to marry a sweet little wife, 
So in earnest he set out a- wooing. 

But disdaining to win her by magic or art, 

Or aught save his beauty and merit, 
Away with contempt threw his bow and his dart, 

No longer their pow'r to inherit. 

Then to London he came one fine morning in May, 
Wlien the full tide of fashion was flowing ; 

His purse was brim-full, his heart light and gay. 
And his cheeks with fresh roses were glowing. 

As a fine handsome youth he was soon known in town,- 

AU the ladies his manners delighted ; 
Not a ball or a rout with the world would go down 

Unless Mr, Love were invited. 

His cab was " perfection," his horse " quite a love,** 

And his Tiger " the least of the little ;" 
No one else ever wore such a hat or a glove, 

And his Stultz was a fit to a tittle. 



CTTPID IN LONDON. 219 

The bride that he sought for was easy to find 
In the midst of such dazzling attraction ; 

And soon a fair maiden he met to his mind, 
Whom he loved at first sight to distraction. 

'Twas at AhnacJc's he met with the dear lovely girl, 
She was called " the prize flower of tlie season ;" 

And her exquisite form in the waltz to entwirl 
Was enough to deprive him of reason. 

So he told her his love, and she whispered " Oh fie !" 
As she blushed and looked round for her mother ; 

And Cupid inquired, with a tremulous sigh, 
If her heart ever beat for another. 

But her mind was as pvire as her beauty was bright ; 

And she told him no one e'er could win her 
Who in frivolous pastime alone took delight — 

The heau of a ball or a dinner. 

Ashamed and dejected, poor Cupid retired, 

Eesolving to cut — cutting capers, — 
And chambers next day in the Temple he hired, 

And filled them with law-books and papers. 

Then to study the Law, like a man he went down, 

No scholar could ever be apter, 
For he bought an arm-chair, with a wig and a gown. 

And in Blackstone he read a whole chapter. 

At the end of a fortnight he grew thin and pale. 
And he thought he should die without jesting ; 

So he dressed all in black, which he thought must prevail, 
For it nmde him look quite interesting. 



220 CUPIS IN LONDON. 

Then he called on his love, looking grave as ajudge, 
And to plead his first suit was beginning ; — 

But she laughed in his face, said the law was all fudge, 
And her heart would never be winning. 

Distracted he left her — transported with ire 
To think that liis plan should miscarry ; 

He tore up his gown — threw his wig in the fire — 
And kicked all his books to Old Harry. 

Next morning to Melton he rode like a dart, 

To adopt a new method to please her. 
For he vow'd that he'd conquer her obdurate heart, 

Or break his own neck — just to tease her. 

So he rode like a madman the wild steeple chase, 
And followed the hounds like a Tartar ; 

And he galloped like wildfire at each hv/rdle-race. 
To win it or die like a martyr ! 

Then his fame got abroad as a sportsman of note, 
And he thought he was now quite a hero, 

So he went to the maid in his bright scarlet coat, 
But his ardour soon tumbled to zero. 

For she told him his deeds were unworthy of fame, 
(Her remarks were all true to the letter) 

That a fox or a hare were but pitiful game, 
And the riding his groom could do better. 

Poor Love now indulged in a grief without bounds. 
For a week or two " sans intermission ;" 

Then he sold oflF his hunters, and gave up the hounds, 
And purchased a comet's commission. 



CUPID IN LONDON. 221 

In a cavalry reg'ment to battle he went, 

And he said not a word of his going ; 
But resolved that in action his life should be spent, 

Or at least that his blood should be flowing. 

And soon in a charge which he gallantly led 

At the enemy's troops in platoon, 
He got a sad cut (while defending his head) 

In the arm from a heavy dragoon. 

Disabled from duty, he homeward returned, 

The news of a victory bringing ; 
And now with affection his loved maiden burned. 

And the town with his praises was ringing. 

One morning he called «Fith his arm in a sling, 

And attired as a dashing young lancer ; 
To refuse him this time was a difficult thing, 

For she loved him, indeed, — when a dancer. 

When he talked of his passion, she listened with pride. 
And her heart by assault was soon carried ; 

And she shortly appeared as the young soldier's bride. 
For in less than a month they were married. 

R. Mors. 



THE MISLETOE. 



A prophet sat in the Temple gate, 

And he spoke each passer by 
In thrilling tones — with words of weight — 

And fire in his rolling eye. 

" Pause thee, helieving Jew I 
" Nor make one step heyond 
" Until thy heart hath conned 
" The mystery of this wami." 

And a rod from his robe he drew ; — 

'Twas a withered bough 

Tom long ago 
From the trunk on which it grew. 

But the branch long torn 

Showed a bud new bom, 

That had blossomed there anew : — 

That wand was " Jesse's rod," 

Symbol, 'tis said. 

Of Her, the Maid — 
Yet mother of our God ! 



THB 1CI8LET0E. 
U. 

A priest of EoYPT sat meanwhile 

Beneath his palm tree hid, 
On the sacred brink of the flowing Nile, 

And there saw mirror'd, 'mid 
Tall obelisk and shadowy pile 

Of ponderous pyramid, 
One lowly, lovely, Lotus plant, 

Pale orphan of the flood ; 
And long did that aged hierophant 

Gaze on that beauteous bud ; 
For well he thought, as he saw it float 

O'er the waste of waters wild, 
On the long-remember'd cradle boat. 

Of the wond'rous Hebrew child : — 
Nor was that lowly lotus dumb 
Of a mightier Infant still, to come, 
If mystic skiff 
And hieroglyph 
Speak aught in Luxoe's catacomb. 

III. 

A Greek sat on Colonna's cape. 

In his lofty thoughts alone, 
And a volume lay on Plato's lap, 
For Jie was that lonely one ; 

And oft as the sage 

Ch,zed o'er the page 
His forehead radiant grew, 

For in Wisdom's womb 

Of the WoED to come 
A vision blest his view. — 



224 THE MISLETOE. 

He broached that theme in the Acadesib 
Of the teachful olive grove — 

And a chosen few that secret knew 
In the Pouch's dim alcove. 

IV. 

A Sybil sat in Cumse's cave 

In the hour of infant Bomb, 
And her vigil kept and her warning gave 

Of the Holy One to come. 
'Twas she who culled the hallowed branch 

And silent took the helm 
When he the Founder- Sire would laimch 

His bark o'er Hades' realm : 
But chief she poured her vestal soul 
Thro' many a bright illumined scroll, 
By priest and sage, 
Of an after age, 
Conned in the lofty Capitol. 

V. 

A Druid stood in the dark oak wood 

Of a distant northern land, 
And he seem'd to hold a sickle of gold 

In the grasp of his withered hand. 
And he moved him slowly round the girth 

Of an aged oak, to see 
If an orphan plant of wondrous birth 

Had clung to the old oak tree. 
And anon he knelt and from his belt 

Unloosened his golden blade. 
Then rose and culled the Misletoe 

Under the woodland shade. 



THB MISLETOE. 225 



VI. 



O blessed bough ! meet emblem thou 

Of all dark Egypt knew, 
Of all foretold to the wise of old, 

To EoMAN, Greek, and Jew. 
And long, (Jod grant, titne-honor'd plant. 

Live we to see thee hung 
In cottage small as in baron's hall 

Banner and shield among ! 
Thus fitly rule the mirth of Yule 

Aloft in thy place of pride, 
StiU usher forth in each land of the North 

The solemn Cheistmas Tide ! 



L'ENVOY 

TO MTS3 ADELAIDE KEUBLE. y''^ 

Qnam pen^s arbitrium est et jiu et Norma canendi. 

While thousands bless thee, Dbuidess ! 

Bright daughter of a gifted Hne, 
From an aged priest of a distant hill. 
Firm friend to thee and thine, 
Take, take one blessing still ! 

Fathkr Prout. 



226 



THE GREEK POET'S DREAM. 



Siate present! .... 
Ta madre d'Amor col tuo giocondo 
* E lieto aspetto, e '1 tuo figliol veloce 
Co' dardi sol possente a tutto '1 mondo. 

BOCCACCIO. 

I dbeam'd a dream 

As fair — as bright 
As the star's soft gleam, 

Or eyes of light. 
At the midnight hour 

The Queen of Love, 
From her fairy bower 

Of smiles above, 
With Cupid came, 

And, with grace Elysian, 
Yielded the god 

To the bard's tuition. 
" This child hath come 

To learn from thee, 
In thine own dear home 

Thy minstrelsy : 
Teach him to sing 

The strains thou hast sung ; 
Like a bird of spring 

O'er its callow young." 



THJii OSEEK poet's DBEAU. 227 

She vanish'd in light, — 

That witching one, 
Like a meteor of night. 

That shines, and is gone. 
The Sprite of the skies 

Remain' d by me. 
His deep-blue eyes 

Radiant with glee. 
His looks were bright 

As roses wreathed. 
A wild delight 

From his features breathed. 
Legends I taught him 

Of nymph and swain ; 
Of hearts entangled 

Li Love's sweet chain. 
Fables that charm 

The soul from sadness ; 
Stories that warm 

The coldest to gladness : 
Songs all glowing 

With passion and mirth, 
Like music flowing 

From heaven to earth. 
Such were the treasures 

Of wit and thought 
I gave : yet dream' d not 

My task was nought. 
Cupid listened, 

And clapp'd his hands, 
And his wild eyes glistened 

Like burning brands. 
Fanning the air 

q2 



228 THB OBKKK POET's DBEAM. 

With snow-white wings, 
He seized my lyre, 

He swept the strings ; 
He look'd— he glitter'd 

Like golden mom, 
As he chanted the loves 

Of the Heaven-bom. 
His voice was sweet 

And perfume-laden. 
And light as the feet 

Of dancing maiden. — 
" Hearts there are 

In Heaven above 
Of wild desires, 

Of passionate love. 
Hearts there are 

Divinest of mould. 
Which Love hath among 

His slaves enroll'd ; — 
Love hath been. 

And ever will be : 
T?he might of Heaven 

Shall fade ere he." 
Then the Boy, — . 

Nearer advancing, 
The Spirit of Joy 

In his blue eyes dancing, 
Told me such secrets 

Of Heaven as ne'er 
Were before reveal'd 

But to poet's ear, 
Eevealings of beauty 

That make the soul 



THE OBEEK POET's DBEABI. 229 

Like the stars, that on wings 

Of diamond roll. 
In song — in splendour 

The god departed ; 
The spell was o'er, 

From sleep I started. 
Thoughts like sunbeams 

Around me hung, 
And my heart still echoed 

What Love had sung. 
Oh ! what could Heaven 

Deny to us, 
To whom it hath given 

Its secrets thus ? 

Edward Ksnkalt. 



230 



MY SOLDIEE-BOY. 

I give my soldier-hoy a Made ^^ 

In fair Damascus fashioned well ; 
Who first the glittering falchion swayed, 

Who first beneath its fury fell, 
I know not, but I hope to know. 

That for no mean or hireling trade, 
To guard no feeling base or low, 

/ give my soldier-hoy a hlade. 

Cool, calm, and clear, the lucid flood, 

In which its tempering work was done. 
As calm, as clear, as cool of mood, 

Be thou whene'er it sees the sun. 
For country's claim, at honour's call, 

For outraged friend, insulted maid, 
At mercy's voice to bid it fall, 

I give my soldier-hoy a hlade. 

The eye which marked its peerless edge, 

The hand that weighed its balanced poise, 
Anvil and pincers, forge and wedge, 

Are gone, with all their flame and noise — 
And still the gleaming sword remains. 

So when in dust I low am laid, 
Eemember by these heart-felt strains 

I gave my soldier-hoy a hlade. 

Dr. MAGiNy. 



231 



rr IS NOT ALWAYS MAY. 

The sun is bright, the air is clear, 
The darting swallows soar and sing* 

And from the stately elms I hear 
The blue-bird prophesying Spring. 



So blue yon winding river flows. 
It seems an outlet from the sky. 

Where, waiting till the west wind blows, 
The freighted clouds at anchor lie. 



All things are new, — the buds, the leaves. 
That gild the elm tree's nodding crest, 

And even the nest beneath the eaves : — 
There are no birds in last year's nest. 



All things rejoice in youth and love. 
The fulness of their first delight ; 

And learn from the soft heavens above, 
The melting tenderness of night. 



232 IT IS NOT ALWAYS MAT. 

Maiden ! that read'st this simple rhyme, 
Enjoy thy youth — it will not stay. 

Enjoy the fragrance of thy prime, 
For, oh ! it is not always May. 

Enjoy the spring of love and yonth ; 

To some good angel leave the rest ; 
For time will teach thee soon the truth, 

There are no birds in last year's neal. 

H. W. LONOFELLOW. 



233 



LINES ON GENEVA. 

BxTTHLSSS ruin in cascades pouring, 
Lightning echoing, torrents roaring ; 
Clouds obscuring every view. 
Naught to see, and less to do. 
Muse of muddled brains inspire me, 
With a poet's rapture fire me, 
Whilst I pen this careless lay, 
Just to pass the hours away. 

Fair Geneva ! favoured city, 
Bastions frowning, buildings pretty. 
Crested by the high Saleve, 
Mirror'd in thy lake's blue wave ; 
Kamparts, whence you rest your eyes on 
Mont Blanc crowning the horizon ; 
And rich vineyards, growing poorer 
As they climb ' the darken'd Jura.' 

Then, thy bridge across the Bhone, 
Built of wooden beams alone ; 
And thy verdant Isle des Barques, 
Like an insulated park. 



234 LINES ON GENEVA.. 

Steamers in thy harbour lying 
To Lausanne and Villeneuve plying, 
If a tour you choose to make 
Eound the margin of the lake. 

Shops for watches yery thin, 
Gold without, and brass within. 
Snuff-boxes to tinkle sonnets ; 
Women in large flapping bonnets ; 
Milan voitures very crazy, 
Kept by vettwrini lazy. 
Who will take two days to creep 
O'er the mighty Simplon's steep. 

Diligences coming in 
With postillion's crack- whip din, 
Pack'd with English all the way 
From the Eue St. Honor^. 
Touters to the bureau rushing, 
Cards presenting, luggage crushing. 
From these rhymes you may conceive a 
Perfect picture of Geneva. 

Albkbt Smith. 



285 



LOVE AND CASE. 

LovB sat in liis bower one sununer day — 

And Care, with his train, came to drive him away : 

" I will not depart," said Love ! 
And, seizing his lute, — ^with silvery words, 
He ran his bright fingers along the chords, 
And play'd so sweet, so entrancing an air. 
That a grim smile lit up the face of Care. 

" Away — away /" — said Love ! 

" Nay, nay ! I have friends !" grim Care replied ; 
" Behold, here is one — and his name is Fride /" 

" I care not for Pride," said Love ! 
Then touching the strings of his light guitar, 
Pride soon forgot his lofty air ; 
And seizing the hand of a rustic queen, 
Laugh'd, gamboll'd, and tripp'd it o'er the green — 

" Alia, aha P' said Love I 

" Away with your jeers !" cried Care, " if you please ; 
" Here's another — lank, haggard, and pale Disease /" 

" I care not for him," said Love ! 
Then touch'd a strain so plaintive and weak, 
That a flush pass'd over his pallid cheek ; 



236 LOVE AKD CABE. 

And Disease leap'd up from his couch of paia, 
And smil'd, and re-echoed the healing strain — 
" Well done for Disease !" said Love ! 

" Pshaw ! pshaw !" cried Care — " this squalid one, see ! 
How lik'st thou the gaunt look of Poverty ?" 

" I care not for him," said Love ! 
Then struck such a sound from his viol's string, 
That Poverty shouted aloud, " I am King ! — 
The jewell'd wreaths round my temples shall twine, — 
For the sparkling gems of Golconda are mine !*' 

" Ay, ay — very true !" said Love ! 

" Nay, boast not," said Care — "there is fretful Old Age; 
Beware of his crutches, and tempt not his rage !" 

" I care not for Age !" said Love ! 
Then swept the strings of his magic lyre. 
Till the glaz'd eye sparkled with youthful fire ; 
And Age dropp'd his crutches, and, light as a fay, 
Laugh' d, caper'd, and danc'd, like a child at play ! 

" Bravo, Sir Eld P' said Love ! 

" A truce," cried wrinkled Care, " with thy glee ! 
Now, look on this last one — 'tis Jealousy P* 

" Ah me ! ah me !" said Love ! 
" Her green eye burns with a quenchless fire^ 
I die ! I die !" Then, dropping his lyre, 
Love flew far away from his clierish'd bower, 
And never retum'd from that fatal hour ! 

Alas for thee, blighted Love I 



23? 



THE LASS OF ALBANY. 

Mt heart is wae, and unco wae, 

To think upon the raging sea 
That roars between her gardens green 

And the bonnie lass of Albany. 

This lovely maid's of royal blood, 

That ruled Albion's kingdoms three ; 

But oh ! alas ! for her bonnie face ! 
They've wrang'd the lass of Albany. 

In the rolling tide of spreading Clyde 
There sits an isle of high degree ; 

And a town of fame, whose princely name 
Should grace the lass of Albany. 

Bat there's a youth, a witless youth, 
That fills the place where she should be : 

We'll send him o'er to his native shore, 
And bring our ain sweet Albany. 



238 THE LASS 07 ALBAinr. 

Alas the day, and woe the day, 

A false usurper wan the gree ; 
Who now commands the tower and lands, 

The royal right of Albany. 

We'll daily pray, we'll nightly pray, 
On bended knees most fervently. 

The time may come, with pipe and drum 
We'll welcome home fair Albany. 

BOBKRT BORN«. 



ENDYMION. 

Thb rising moon has hid the stars 
Her level rays, like golden bars, 
Lie on the landscape green, 
With shadows brown between. 

And silver-white the river gleams, 

As if Diana, in her dreams, 
Had dropt her silver bow 
Upon the meadows low. 

On snch a tranqtiil night as this. 
She woke Endymion with a kiss. 
When, sleeping in the grove. 
He dreamed not of her love. 

Like Dian's kiss, unasked, unsought. 
Love gives itself, but is not bought ; 
Nor voice nor sound betrays 
Its deep, impassioned gaze. 

It comes, — the beautiful, the free, — 
The crown of all humanity, — 
In silence and alone. 
To seek the elected one. 



240 ENDTMION. 

It lifts the boughs, whose shadows deep 
Are life's oblivion, — the soul's sleep, — 

And kisses the closed eyes 

Of him who slumbering lies. 

O, weary hearts ! 0, slumbering eyes 
O, drooping souls, whose destinies 

Are fraught with fear and pain 

Ye shall be loved again ! 

No one is so accursed by fate, 
No one so wholly desolate. 

But some heart, though unknown, 

Eesponds unto his own. 

Responds, as if with unseen wings 
A breath from heaven had touched its strings ; 
And whispers in its song, 
" Where hast thou stay'd so long ?" 

H. W. Longfellow. 



241 



EVENING SONG OP 
THE NOEMANDY FISHERMEN. 

" Priez poor nous, ^toile de U mer !" 

Pbat for tis, stax of the sea ! 

Through the mist of the even we call on thee : 

Mother eternal ! be thou our guide, 

And light with thy beaming the dark flowing tide. 

Pierce the dark clouds that o'ershadow the night, 

And steal o'er our souls with a thrill of delight. 

The winds murmur hoarsely, the waves rise in foam, 

Shine forth, star of beauty, and lead us to home ! 



Pray for us, star of the sea ! 
As alone on the waters we worship thee ! 
Thou hast heard us, for lo ! in the bright' ning west, 
Adorable one ! thou art showing thy crest, 
A beacon of love to the weary and lone, 
A symbol of mercy when all hope is gone. 
The winds murmur hoarsely, the waves rise in foam, 
Shine on, star of beauty, and lead us to home ! 

B 



242 BONO OF THE KOBMAKDT FISREBHEV. 

Pray for us, stax of the sea ! 
And for those whom we love, not watching thee, 
They offer their vows at the fisherman's shrine,* 
And bless thee that o'er us thou deignest to shine ! 
Fondly they wait us by Seine's lovely shore, 
With hearts that are throbbing to hail us once more. 
The winds murmur hoarsely, the waves rise in foam, 
Shine on, star of beauty, and lead us to home ! 

Pray for us, star of the sea ! 

Ave Maria ! we glorify thee ! 

Soon, soon si all we rest from our toil on the deep, 

For dim in the distance is Heve's rugged steep ; 

Now Havre is seen, spreading forth 'neath the hill 

That o'erlooks it in majesty, fair Ingonville ! 

The winds murmur hoarsely, the waves rise in foam. 

Shine on, star of beauty, and lead us to home ! 

W. JOKBS. 

* On the heights of Honfleor, a picturesque town on the borders of 
the Seine, (celebrated by Washington Irving in one of his most affecting 
tales, "Annette Delarbe,") is a small chapel situate amidst the most 
remote scenery. Before going on any perilous enterprise, the fisherman 
here places his votive offering, imploring the intercession of " Our 
Lady of Grace." 



243 



In the green and leafy wood, 
When the golden sisterhood 

Of stars are bright, 
Wilt thou — wilt thou, lady fair, 
Wander fondly with me there, 

By the pale star-light? 



We shall stroll beneath the trees, 
Through whose boughs' interstices 

The clear moon flings 
Smiles as sweet and pure as thine. 
Or the million rays that shine 

In a spirit's wings. 



We shall wander by the stream. 
Gazing on its water's gleam, 

Glassing the skies, 
Hand entwined with hand the while, 
And upon me bent the smile 

Of thy gentle eyes. 
b2 



244 TO ********* ••«•• 

As its waters glide along, 
We shall listen to its song, 

Whose melody, 
Though it charm full many an ear, 
Still is far — oh ! far less dear 

Than thy voice to me. 

On the turf we'll sit and pull 
Flowers the most beautiful — 

A moonlight wreath ; 
Though their bosoms perfum'd be. 
Have they, love, the fragrancy 

Thy kisses breathe ? 

When our garland is entwin'd, 
I with it thy brows will bind — 

garland blest ! 
Of this flowery diadem. 
Every leaf is worth a gem 

On a monarch's breast. 

Then, along the turf we'll walk, 
Talking only Cupid-talk, 

And the sweet bond 
Of affection, which, methinks, 
* Our two spirits closely links 

In one spirit fond. 

Or, within our own dear grove 
We shall sit and tallc, my love, 

Thou, my sweet tlieme ; 
How I first before thee knelt. 
Wildly, fondly lov'd, and felt 

Thee my life's dream 



jQ *#**«*«** ***** 245 

How thou wert within my heart 
Long its bright Star ; how thou art 

Still — still mine own ; 
How unto the paradise 
Of thy face and shining eyes 

My whole life hath grown. 

As our Eden moments fly 
Thus beneath the purple sky, 

The stars shall shine 
With a sweeter, lovelier light, 
On that bower flower-dight, 

Where thou and I recline. 

In the green and silent wood. 
When the starry sisterhood. 

With footsteps bright, 
Trip along the azure air, 
Meet me, meet me, lady fair, 

By the pale star-light. 

Edward Kskkalt. 



246 



THE EAINT DAT. 

The day is cold, and dark, and dreaty ; 
It rains, and the wind is never weary ; 
The vine still clings to the mouldering wall, 
But at every gust the dead leaves fall, 
And the day is dark and dreary. 

My life is cold, and dark, and dreary ; 
It rains, and the wind is never weary ; 
Memory clings to the mouldering past. 
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast, 
And the days are dark and dreary, 

Be stiU, sad heart, and cease repining ; 
Above the dark clouds is the sun still shining ; 
Thy fate is the common fate of all ; 
Into each life some rain must fall. 

Some days must be dark and dreary. 

H. W. LoNonixow. 



247 



TO 



In BuELiNaTOWN, much honoured, tho' he bears his 

honours gently, 
There lives a famous Barber, whom the public know as 

B J. 

The Queen herself, on whose fear head hath flowed the 

Lord's anointment. 
Hath made him her Perruquier by a regular appoint- 
ment. 
Since triple bobtoZe-scratch was first with novel wigs 

invented, 
His magazin de nouveautes was brilliantly frequented. 
In shaving, his performances > were felt as smooth as 

vellum; 
In sooth, he had certificates from Ievino, Hook, and 

Pelham ; 
E'en men who wore of Mohammed the pagan beard and 

badge, he 
Had shaved them all by turns, from Anastasius to 

Hadji. 
Nay, ladies of a certain age no longer looked the Gorgon, 
His art Ijedeckt the /ronttspiece of Tbollopk and of 

MOBOAH ; 

But Beauty, too, his style well knew as what would best 

become her, 
So NoETON said, and Blessinqton, and graceful Qoee, 

and BoMEB. 

Fatbxb Pbodt. 



248 



THE IDES OF MAECH. 



" Beware ! beware !" said the Soothsay^ 

To the " noblest of the Eomans ;" 
And well had it been for Julius, I ween, 

Had he lent an ear to the summons. 
Calphurnia sighed, the screech-owl cried, 

The March gale blew a hurrasca, 
Yet, out he went to " meet Parliament," 

And the dagger of " envious Casca." 



n. 

" Beware how you land !" wrote old Talleyrand 

To his Elba friend, for, heigh ! 
One bleak March day he would fain sail away 

In a hooker from Porto Ferrajo. 
And, well had it been in the year "fifteen," 

Had he not pursued that folly on. 
Mad as any " March hare," though told to beware, 

But alas and alack for Napoleon ! 



THE IDES OF HABCH. 249 



m. 



" Beware, beware ! of the Black Fri^re," 

So singeth a dame of Byron ; 
Arouse not him ! 'tis a perilous whim, — 

'Tis " meddling with cold iron." 
E'en in crossing the ridge of Blackteiaes' bridge, 

When you come to the midmost arch, 
While 'tis blowing hard, — be then on your guard, 
Then carefully look to your hat and peruke, 

Aiid " beware of the ides of Maech !" 

Fathkr Pbovt. 



250 



CUPID. 

In the middle hour of night, 
"When the stars were shining bright, 

And the golden spell of sleep 
Sat on ev'ry mortal eye. 

From a slumber sweet and deep, 
Cupid rous'd me with a cry. 



" Open, open," — " Tell me, pray, 
Who art thou who com'st this way ?** 

Straight the rosy God replied. 
" Fear me not. I am a child 

Wand'ring without friend or guide, 
And the night is wet and wild. 



From my couch I quickly rose. 
My doors to Cupid to unclose, 

Seiz'd a lamp, and by its beam 
Saw a Boy of beauty rare ; 

On his shoulders arrows gleam. 
And wings white and light as air. 



CUPID. 251 

By the hearth I plac'd the child. 
His eyes on me softly smiled : 

Then his hands I chafed in mine, 
And wrung his locks until a glow 

Of heat did o'er his features shine ; — 
Suddenly he seiz'd his bow. 

" Stranger, I must try," quoth he, 
" If my bow-string injured be." 

Instantly he shot the shaft, 
And transfixed me to the heart. 

" All is right," quoth he, and laugh'd, 
" But I think thou'lt feel love's smart." 

Edward Kcnxalt. 



252 



TO MY DAUGHTERS. 

my darling little daughters ! 

my daughters, lov'd so well ! 
Who by Brighton's breezy waters 

For a time have gone to dwell. 
Here I come with spirit yearning, 

With your sight my eyes to cheer, 
When this sunny day returning 

Brings my forty-second year. 

Knit to me in love and duty 
Have you been, sweet pets of mine! 

Long in health, and joy, and beauty 
May it be your lot to shine ! 

And at last, when God commanding, 

1 shall leave you both behind, 
May I feel with soul expanding 

I shall leave you good and kind ! 

May I leave my Nan and Pigeon* 

Mild of faith, of purpose true, 
Full of faith and meek religion, 

With many joys, and sorrows few ! 
Now I part, with fond caressing, 

Part you now, my daughters dear — 
Take, then take your father's blessing. 

In his forty-second year ! 

Da. Maginn. 

* A pet name for his youngest daaghter. 



253 



MY NOEA! 

My Nora — dear Noea, is dreaming, 
The moon on her fair cheek is gleaming j 

Whilst the fairies unseen, 

Kiss her forehead serene. 
As her eyes — through their lashes are beaming. 

My NoBA — sweet Noea is weeping. 

The pearls through those lashes are peeping; 

Oh, the fairies, I fear. 

Have just breath' d in her ear 
That my love from her bosom is creeping. 

My NosA — loved Noea is waking. 
Her heart with its anguish is breaking ; 

NoBA, come to thy rest 

On my fond, faithful breast — 
Of thy soul's grief, love, mine is partaking. 

I. J. OUBILIY. 



254 



SONG OP EOLAND. 

Sat, Whither are bound these illustrious knights, 

The pride and the glory of France ? 
In defence of his country, its laws, and its rights, 

Each paladin takes up his lance ; 
And foremost is Roland, whose scimitar keen 

The harvest of war prostrate leaves, 
While, led to the slain by its glittering sheen, 
Death gathers them up in his sheaves. 
Shout ! comrades, shout ! 

Eoland famous in story. 
And your war-cry give out 
For our country and glory ! 

On our frontier the Saracen armies extend 

Their legions in splendid array ; 
The unnumber'd bands from the hills that descend 

Their menacing banners display. 
*Tis the foe ! 'tis the foe ! Sons of France spring to arms ! 

And drive back the barbarous horde : 
To them, not to us, will the fight bring alarms : 

Brave Roland has ask'd for his sword. 

Shout ! comrades, shout ! &c. 



80WO OF BOLAND. 255 

On — onward with Eoland to honour and fame ! 

Glory's waving her flag by his side, 
And those who would gain an illustrious name 

Must follow his plume as their guide ! 
On— onward, to share in his glorious career. 

He stops not to number the foe, 
Till, cleft by his sabre or pierced by his spear, 

Their bravest and best are laid low. 

Shout ! comrades, shout ! &c. 

** How many ? how many ?" the coward may ask, 

As he lurks in his covert secure ; 
But perilous odds urge the brave to their task, 

And danger itself is a lure. 
To Eoland the number of foes is unknown ; 

To covmt them he never is found, 
Until at the close, by his might overthrown, 

They be stark and stiff on the ground. 

Shout I comrades, shout ! &c. 

Once more rings the blast of the paladin's horn 

As he rallies our wavering bands ; 
But, pierc'd by a shaft, to the earth he is borne. 

His life-blood is clotting the sands. 
Still faithful to honour, he heeds not the pain, 

But smiles with a welcome to death ; 
While high o'er the tumult is heard the proud strain 
Which he shouts with unfaltering breath : 
Swell, comrades, swell 

The loud chaunt of my stoiy ; 
Sing how nobly I fell 
For my country and glory I" 

W. Cooks Tatlok. 



856 



LEATHEE AWAY WITH THE OAK-STICK 

Descend, ye bright Nine, this grand scene U) delight, 
And in praise of Victoria my verses indite ! 
Och ! she's Queen of the country, the say, and the sky, 
For if they said * black was the white of her eye,* 
She'd leather away with the oak-stick ! 

Of all the bould nations that's under the sun, 
They 're mighty polite to her, every one ; 
Bekaise, when she steps out in pride down the town, 
Let them stand on the tip of the tail of her gown, 
She 'd leather away with the oak-stick ! 

She set sail for France, for she laughs at the say. 
In September, I mind me, 'twas near quarther-day ; 
The boatswain and saymen were all in fine glee. 
And Lord Dolly Fitz-Clancy steered the ship, d'ye see 
And leathered away with the oak-stick ! 

Says brave Lewy Phil., * Och you're welcome to me 
As the flowers of May ;' by bright Cushla ma Chree ! — 
He's a jolly ould chap, and, to see him, you'd say, 
When they dish up the frogs, faith ! he 's not fax away ; 
But leathers away with the oak-stick ! 



LEATHEB AWAY WITH THB OAK-STICK. 257 

Phil, politely and qui'tly slipp'd his arm round her waist. 
And he gave three loud smacks, and three more, thi 

oxild haste. 
But the blue-jackets cried, * Mounseer Parly Voo, 
Thry it on somewhere else, with your ' How do you do ?' 
And leather away with the oak-stick ! 

Through the town she paraded in grandeur and pride. 
To the great Chapeau If U, where King PhiL does reside ; 
There the tents were all spread, like ould Donny brook fair. 
With ceade miUe failthe, and plenty to spare. 
And leather away with the oak-stick ! 

We'd consartos by night, and aham shindies by day, 
And the King trayted every mother's sowl to the play ; 

* Ma'am,' says he to the Queen, ' you'll come home and take 

tay; 
Plaise your Majesty, 'tis all in the family way. 
And leather away with the oak-stick ?' 

Och ! the fine town of Paris shines under the sky, 
And a beautiful skrimmage took place there hard by ; 
The sodgers fought shy, and the boys fought it out — 
*Pon my sowl, I don't know what it all was about ; 
But they leather'd away with the oak-stick. 

They jamm'd up the streets with hack-cars and pochaises, 

* Fire again,' says the colonel, ' fire at them like blazes !' — 

* Brave boys !* cries Fayette, * don't stay here to be kilt. 
But give them your tooth-pickers starch to the hilt, 

And leather away with the oak-stick !' 

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258 LEATHER AWAY WITH THE OAK-STICK. 

Then success to the stout roving boys of July, 

And mate when they 're hungry and drink when they 're 

dry, 
To drink Lewy's health, and the Queen's, d'ye see, 
And the rest of the Frinch Eoyal Fam-i-lee, 
And leather away with the oak-stick ! 

When the ruction was quash'd, and the people was quiet, 
Some blag-gaards in the North thought to kick up a riot ; 
Says Roossia to Spain, ' Sure, we won't stand all that !' — 
' Arrah be aisy,' says England, * and mind what ye're at, 
Or I'U leather away with the oak-stick !' 

God save Queen Victoria, and bless her with joy ! 
Och ! Albert, my jewel, you 're the broth of a boy ! 
Three cheers for ould Ireland, and Dan, and Saint Pat, 
And Repayle, Father Mathew, and send round the hat. 
And leather away with the oak-stick. 

Thb Irish Whiskbt-Dkinkbe. 



269 



EXCELSIOR. 

The shades of night were falling fast, 

As through an Alpine village passed 

A youth, who bore, 'midst snow and ice, 

A banner with the strange device — Excelsior t 

His brow was sad ; his eye beneath 

Flashed like a falchion from its sheath, 

And like a silver clarion rung 

The accents of that unknown tongue— JS?«ceZ«or/ 

In happy homes he saw the light 

Of household fires gleam clear and bright ; 

Above the spectral glaciers shone, 

And from his lips escaped a groan — Excelnor ! 

** Try not the pass !" the old nmn said ; 

" Dark lowers the tempest overhead ; 

The roaring torrent is deep and wide !" 

And loud that clarion- voice replied — Excelsior I 

** O stay," the maiden said, " and rest 
Thy weary head upon this breaat l" 
A tear stood in his bright blue eye, 
But still he answered with a sigh — Excelnor! 

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260 EXCELSIOB. 

" Beware the pine-tree's withered branch ! 

Beware the awful avalanche !" 

This was the peasant's last good-night ; 

A voice replied, far up the height — Excelsior ! 

At break of day, as heavenward 

The pious monks of Saint Bernard 

Uttered the oft-repeated prayer, 

A voice cried through the frosty air — Excelsior ! 

A traveller, by the faithful hound. 

Half buried in the snow was found, 

Still grasping in his hand of ice 

That banner with the strange device — Excelsior ! 

There, in the twilight cold and grey. 

Lifeless, but beautiful, he lay. 

And from the sky, serene and far, 

A voice fell, like a fJEtlling star — Excelsior ! 

H- W. Longfellow. 



261 



ELEGY IN A LONDON THEATEE. 



NOT BY GKAT. 



The curtain falls — the signal all is o'er, 
The eager crowd along the lobby throng, 

The youngsters lean against the crowded door. 
Ogling the ladies as they pass along. 



The gas-lamps fade, the foot-lights hide their heads, 

And not a sotiI beside myself is seen, 
Save where the lacquey dirty canvass spreads, 

The painted boxes from the dxist to screen, — 



Save that, in yonder gallery enshrined. 
Some ragged girl complains in angry tone 

Of such as, sitting in the seat behind. 

Had ta'en her shawl in preference to their own. 



26b BLEOT in a LONDON THEATRE. 

There where those rugged planks uneven lie, 

There on those dirty boards — that darken' d stage 

Did Kean and Kemble fill the listener's eye, 
And add a lustre to the poet's page. 

But they are gone — and never, never more 

Shall prompter's summons, or the tinkling beU, 

Or call-boy crying at the green-room door, 

" The stage waits, gentlemen !" — their dreams dispel. 

For them no more the coaches of the great 

Shall stop up Catherine Street — for them, alas ! 

No more shall anxious crowds expectant wait, 
Or polish up the gilded opera-glass. 

Oft did the vicious on their accents hang, 

Their power oft the stubborn heart hath bent, 

And, whilst the spacious house with plaudits rang, 
They sent the harden'd homewards to repent. 

There, in that empty box, perchance, hath swell'd 
A heart with Romeo's burning passion rife. 

Hands that " poor Yorick's" skuU might well have held. 
Or clutch'd at Macbeth's visionary knife. 

Full many a pearl of purest ray serene 
The rugged oyster-shell doth hold inside. 

Full many a vot'ry of the tragic queen 
The dingy offices of London hide. 

Some Lear, whose daughters never tum'd his head, 
Nor changed to gall the honey of his life ; 

Some white Othello, who with feather-bed 
Had smothered not, his unoffending wife. 



ELEGY IN A LONDON THEATEB. 263 

The applause of listening houses to command, 

The critic's smile and malice to despise, 
To win reward from lord and lady's hand. 

And the approval of the thundering skies, 

Their parents hindered, and did thus o'erthrow 
The brilliant hopes that in their bosom rose, 

To tear Macready's laurels from his brow, 
And put out Charley Kean's immortal nose. 

Of one of these I heard a drummer say, 

" Oft have I seen him from the muddy street. 

Across the crimson benches make his way. 
To gain his well-loved and accustomed seat. 

" There, where yon orchestra uprears its rail, 
On which I hang my drumsticks, many a night 

Fve seen him, with a dirty shirt, and pale. 
Watching the motley scene with wild delight. 

" There, upon yonder seat, which now appears 
To have rent its robe for grief he is not here, 

Oft have I seen him sit, dissolved in tears. 
Veiling his grief in draughts of ginger-beer. 

" One night I missed him from his favourite seat. 

I wondered strangely where the boy could be. 
Another night — I gazed — in vain my gaze— 

Nor in the pit, nor in the hoiise was he ! 

" Come here ! I saw him carried to that tomb. 
With drunken mutes, and all their mock parade. 

Just read — Fve left my spectacles at home — 
The epitaph a friend has kindly made." 



264 BLEQT IN A LONDON THEATRE. 

Here lieth one beneath the cold damp ground, 
A youth to London and the stage unknown, 
Upon his merits stem Macready frowned, 

And * Swan and Edgar* marked him for their own. 

* Large was his bounty, unto aught wherein 
The stage did mingle, and the cost was sweet. 

He gave the drama all he could — his " tin," 

And gained — 'twas all he could — his favourite seat. 

" No father had he who could interfere 
To check his nightly wanderings about. 

And from the best authority we hear, 

His mother never dreamt that he was out !" 

Hotspur. 



265 



UNFINISHED LINES UPON MY LIBEARY. 

My days among the dead are past ; 

Around me I behold, 
Where'er these casual eyes are cast, 

The mighty minds of old : 
My never-failing friends are they, 
With whom I converse day by day. , 



With them I take delight in weal. 

And seek relief in woe ; 
And when I understand and feel 

How much to them I owe, 
My cheeks have often been bedew'd 
With tears of thoughtful gratitude. 



My thoughts are with the dead ; with them 

I live in long past years. 
Their virtues love, their fiaults condemn, 

Partake their hopes and fears ; 
And from their lessons seek and find 
Instruction with a hxunble mind. 



266 UNFINISHED LINES UPON MT LIBRARY. 

My hopes are with the dead ; anon 

My place with them will be, 
And I with them shall travel on, 

Through aU futurity ; 
Yet leaving here a name, I trust, 
That will not perish in the dust. 

Robert Socthkt. 



267 



THE WAR-SONG OF THE GALLANT 
EIGHTY-EIGHTH. 

Comb now, brave boys, we're on for marcldng. 
Where there's fighting and divarsion ; 
Where cannons roar, and men are dying, 
March, brave boys, there's no denying ! 
Love, farewell ! 

Hark ! 'tis the Colonel gaily crying, 
" March, brave boys, there's no denying, 
Colours flying, drums are bayting, 
March, brave boys, there's no retrayting !** 
Love, farewell! 

The major cries, " Boys, are yez ready ?" 
" Yes, your honour, firm and steady ; 
Give every man his flask of powdher, 
And his firelock on his shouldher !" 
Love, farewell! 

The mother cries, " Boys, do not wrong me, 
Do not take my daughters from me ! 
If you do, I will tormint yez ! 
After death my ghost will haunt yez !*' 
Love, farewell! 



268 THE WAB BONO. 

" Oh, Molly, dear, you *re yoimj? and tinder, 
And when I'm gone you won't surrinder, 
But howld out like an auncient KonMin, 
And live and die an honest woman." 
Love, farewell! 

*' Oh, Molly, darling, grieve no more, I 
'M going to fight for Ireland's glory ; 
If I come back, I '11 come victorious ; 
If I die, my sowl in glory is !" 
Love, farewell ! 

The Irish Whisket-Drinker. 



2G9 



THE EXPEDITION TO PONTARLIN. 



TRANSLATED BT W. COOKB TATLOB. 

Oh long, very long Winter lengthens liis day ; 
We hear not the song of the birds from the spray ; 
They are silent and sad in the groves and the bowers, 
Awaiting the coming of spring-time and flowers ! 

But when the first birds on the branches were seen. 
And the hedge changed its brown for a mantle of green, 
The trumpet of war blew its blast o'er the land, 
And summon' d the brave to the patriot band ! 

There was arming and bustling, confusion and hastO) 
^re battalions were form'd, and line-of-march traced ; 
But when once in the field, the proud duke we defied : — 
At peasants no longer he laugh'd in his pride. 

We came on so proudly through Burgundy's states, 
That we soon forced Pontarlin to open its gates ; 
And the women, at mom dress'd in colours so bright, 
Were making the dark weeds of widows ere night. 



270 THE EXPEDITION TO POKTAELIN. 

The foreigners, frantic, came forward in force ; 

They number'd twelve thousand of foot and of horse : 

They assaulted us fiercely to gain back the town. 

But their vaunts and theirboastings were soon cloven down! 

Our Swiss sprung upon them with blow upon blow, 
Till never was seen such a wide overthrow ; 
From the ramparts their banners and pennons were thrust, 
And lay all unheeded, defiled in the dust ! 

The wild bear of Berne put forth his sharp claws. 
And bristled his mane up, and grinded his jaws ; 
He came with his cubs, who of thousands were four, 
And the foreigners trembled on hearing his roar ! 

Be wam'd, duke of Burgundy ! timely beware, 
Nor venttire to mate thee with Berne's fierce bear ; 
See his teeth, see his claws, his cubs eager for prey ; 
Haste ! haste ! save your lives, and get out of his way. 

They would not take warning ; the bear rose in wrath, 
And soon through their ranks forc'd a terrible path. 
And, though the Burgundians were full fovir to one. 
The beai' and his cubs soon compell'd them to run ! 

And still the bear roar'd, until, borne on the gale, 
Its echo had reach'd the brave burghers of Basle ; 
And they said, since the bear is come out of his den. 
We must go and assist him with all of our men. 

Then prais'd be the warriors of Basle and of Berne, 
Nor pass we in silence Soleure and Lucerne ; 
They came without summons our dangers to share, 
And bravely they fought by the side of the bear ! 



THE EXPEDITION TO PONTAJILIN. 271 

Thus strengthen'd, to Grandson our armies were led, 
As the knights and the nobles of Burgundy fled. 
We girdled the town, and our musketry's din 
Never ceas'd night or day, the proud fortress to win ' 

On the morning of Sunday the place we assail'd ; 
Its gates were forced open, its ramparts were scal'd ; 
The banner of freedom soon stream'd from its towers, 
And announc'd to the duke that proud Grandson was 
ours! 



272 



THE SIEGE OF HENSBTJRGH. 

Beavb news ! brave news ! the Emperor 

Hath girded on his sword, 
And swears by the rood, in an angry mood. 

And eke by his knightly word. 
That humbled Hensburgh's towers shall be, 
With all her boasted chivalry. 



The brazen clarion's battle note 

Hath sounded through the land ; 
And brave squire and knight, in their armour dight 

Ay, many a gallant band. 
Have heard the summons far and near, 
And come with falchion and with spear. 



" Ho ! to the rebel city, ho ! 

Let vengeance lead the way !" 
And anon the sheen of their spears was seen, 

As they rushed upon the prey. 
Beneath where Hensburgh's turrets frown'd 
Great Conrade chose his vantage gromid. 



THE SIEGE OF HEN8BUBOH. 273 

Far stretching o'er the fertile plain 

His snow-white tents were spread ; 
And the sweet night air, as it linger'd there, 

Caught the watchful sentry's tread. 
Then o'er the city's battlement 
The tell-tale breeze its echo sent. 

Day after day the leaguer sat 

Before that city's wall, 
And yet, day by day, the proud Guelph cried " Nay" 

To the herald's warning call ; 
Heedless, from mom to eventide, 
How many a famish'd mother died. 

Weak childhood, and the aged man, 

Wept — sorely wept for bread ; 
And pale Hunger seem'd, as his wild eye gleam'd 

On the yet unburied dead, 
As if he longed, alas ! to share 
The night dog's cold, unhallow'd fare. 



• • • • 

• • • • 



No longer Hensburgh's banner floats ; 

Hush'd is her battle-cry, 
For a victor waits at her shatter'd gates, 

And her sons are doom'd to die. 
But Hensburgh's daughters yet shall prove 
The saviours of the homes they love I 

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274 THE SIEGE OF HENSBUBOH. 

All glory to the Emperor, 

The merciful and brave ; 
Sound, clarions, sound, tell the news around, 

And ye drooping banners wave ! 
Hensburgh's lair daughters, ye are free ; 
Go forth, with all your " hraverie /" 

" Bid them go forth," the Emperor cried, 

" Far from the scene of strife, 
Whether matron staid, or the blushing maid, 

Or the daughter, or the wife ; 
For ere yon sun hath left the sky. 
Each rebel-male shall surely die. 

" Bid them go forth," the Emperor said, 

" We wage not war with th&n ; 
Bid them all go free, with their ' hraverie,* 

And each richly valued gem ; 
Let each upon her person bear 
That which she deems her chiefest care." 

The city's gates are open'd wide ; 

The leaguer stands amazed ; 
'Twas a glorious deed, and shall have its meed. 

And by minstrel shall be praised. 
For each had left her jewelVd tire ; 
To bear a hiishand, or a sire. 

With faltering step each laden'd one 

At Conrade's feet appears ; 
In amaze he stood, but his thirst for blood 

Was quench'd by his falling tears ; 
The victor wept aloud to see 
Devoted woman's constancy. 



THE SIEOX OT HEKSBUBGH. 275 

All glory to the Emperor, — 

All glory and renown ! 
He hath sheath' d his sword, and his royal word 

Hath gone forth to save the town ; 
For woman's love is mightier far 
Than all the strategies of wa/r. 

John Btan, LL.D. 



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276 



BEYAN O'LTNN. 

In Dalkey a ting of great weight, 

Though his deeds are not blarneyed in story, 
For he rose, and he rowVd to bed late, 

Lived Bryan O'Lynn in his glory. 
With a nate spanchel'd* cawbeenf so gay, 
He was crown' d by Queen Sheelah each day 
They say. 

Bryan's praise let us sing ! 

What a jolly good king 
Was rattling bowld Bryan O'Lynn ! 
Hurroo ! ! 

His palace was thatched with straw ; 

There he took all his meals and his glass ; 
And all his dominions he saw. 

When he sauntered along on his ass ; 
Hearty, simple, and free, to confide, 
With no guard but " Dog Tray" would he ride 
By his side. 

* Spanchel, noun -substantive, — a hay or straw rope, chiefly used for 
tying the legs together of cows or pigs, to hinder them, not from tres- 
nassing on their neighbour's property, but from roaming too far from 
tinme. Spanchel, verb, — to tie or fasten with a hay or straw rope. 

t A felt hat of no particular shape. 



BETAN o'lYNN. 277 

Bryan's praise let us sing ! 
What a jolly good king 
Was rattling ould Bryan O'Lynn ! 
Hurroo ! ! 

Tlie nation ne'er groan' d for his table, 
Though he drank rather fast, it is true ; 

Says Bryan, " If my people are able 
To drink, sure I'll drink whiskey, too. 

An income-tax, then, at each door, 

A pint to each keg he would score, 

No more. 

Bryan's praise let us sing, &c. 

'Mongst the darlings of gentle degree 
He was mighty polite ; and 'twas rather 

Suspected his subjects could see 

Many reasons to call him their father. 

Four days in the year, sometimes six, 

To manoeuvre the boys, he would fix. 
And their sticks. 

Bryan's praise let us sing, &c. 

With the neighbours most friendly lived he, 

And sighed not his power to increase ; 
If with Bryan all our kings would agree, 

The world would have comfort and peace I 
When on high he was called to appear. 
Sad Dalkey then shed its first tear 
On his bier. 

For his death let us cry, 

Let UB cry, " Arrah, why, 
Bryney, jewel, och ! why did you die ? 
Wirrasthrew ! ! !" 



278 BKYAN o'lYKW. 



Bryan's phiz is preserved to this day, 

Hung out o'er a sheebeen-shop door. 
Where those that are able to pay 

May drink of good whiskey galore. 
The house is in Tandragee, 
And it 's kept by one Widow Magee,— 
D' ye see ? 
Bryan's praise let us sing, 
Wliat a jolly good king 
Was rattling ould Bryan O'Lynn ! 
Hurroo ! 

Thk Irish Wiiiskkt-Drinkui. 



279 



OLD TIME, 

There 's a mighty old spirit abroad in the air, 

And his footsteps are visible everywhere. 

He hath been on the mountain, all hoary with years, 

And left it bedew'd in an ocean of tears ; 

He hath clamber'd o'er turret and battlement grey, 

And wrapt them in mantles of silent decay ; 

He hath swept through the forest, and laid at a blow 

The stalwart oak, chief of the leafy tribe, low. 

In art, as in nature, the vast and sublime, 

All speak of the visits of greybeard " Time." 



He 's a skeleton thing, with a countenance grim, 

All toothless his gums, and his eyeballs dim ; 

A two-edged scythe in his lank, boney hand, 

His scutcheon 's a hatchment, and glass ebbing sand ; 

With tiar of jewels, worm-eaten and black. 

And arrows armipotent slung at his back ; 

He leaps with the lightning, and mounts with the wind, 

Destroying and scattering before and behind ; 

The sun-dial's shadow, and old abbey's chime, 

Denote, with a warning, the mission of " Time." 



280 OLD TIME. 

He roameth, unwearied, by night and by day, 

A daring old foot-pad, still tracking otir way ; 

He feareth no dungeon, no judicial fate. 

But plund'reth alike from the beggar'd and great ; 

He nestleth with youth in its valley of flowers, 

And sporteth with love through the eagle- wing'd Jiours ; 

But the bald-pated laird and the tremulous knee 

The most he delighteth with ever to be ; 

While the wounded in heart, and the deepest in crime, 

Beg a call from the mighty physician, old " Time." 

He mindeth the traffic both early and late, 

That lineth the road to eternity's gate, 

And passeth none by, shod with earth's clayey mire, 

But he taketh the body as toll for his hire. 

The grandee may sit in his richly-carved chair, 

And the life's blood of insects indignantly wear, — • 

And the monarch may rule as a god on his throne, 

O'er the leasehold of " ashes" he maketh his own ; 

But the spoiler at last round their strongholds will climb, 

And " six feet of earth" be the conquest of " Time." 

George Linn^bits Banks. 



281 



THE NORMAN PEASANT'S HYMN TO THE 
VIRGIN. 

Hope of the faithful ! behold us now bending, 

Submissive, contrite, at thy footstool of love ; 
The tears of thy children repentant are blending, 
Oh ! plead for their help in thy kingdom above ! 
Thou canst each bosom see, 
May it more sinless be, 
Ave Maria, 
To glorify thee ! 



We are defenceless without thy protection. 

To watch o'er our night, and to shield us by day ; 
And 'tis to the warmth of thy care and affection 

Our thoughts are more hallow'd, our feet less astray. 
Thou canst each bosom see, 
May it more sinless be, 
Ave Maria, 
To glorify the© 1 



Bo thou our comfort, when shaded by sorrow. 
For weak are the tendrils we cling to below ; 



282 HTMN TO THE VIBOIN. 

As night is subdued in the dawn of a morrow. 

Illume with thy brightness the deptlis of our woe ! 
Thou canst each bosom see, 
May it more sinless be, 
Ave Maria, 
To glorify thee I 

Through the dim valley our vespers are pealing, 

Borne on the winds to a sunnier sphere ; 
While yon star that lonely the skies are revealing 
Doth tell in its beaming thou hearest our prayer. 
Thou canst each bosom see, 
May it more sinless be, 
Ave Maria, 
To glorify thee ! 

William Jones. 



283 



THE QUIET HOUR. 

LisTEK, listen ! sounds are stealing 

Tiptoe on the balmy air ; 
Eve, her rainbow robe revealing, 
Blushes through the twilight fair ; 
Whilst dreamy voices, touch'd with Pleasure's pain, 
Hum their sweet incense through the yearning brain. 

Listen, listen ! hearts are beating 

To a soft yet dulcet tone j 
Speak not — breathe not, — eyes are meeting, 
Rich in light as jewell'd zone : 
Echo enchanted sleeps — the fragrant breeze 
Just fans the leaflets on the em'rald trees. 

Listen, listen ! streams are singing 

Down amid the anfber glade ; 
Fairies perfumed bells are ringing. 

The night-bird trills from out the shade. 
Shall not our silent souls awake to move 
In unison, when all around is love ? 

T. J. OUSELEY. 



284 



THE CHEISTENING OF HER ROYAL HIGHISrESS 
THE PRINCESS ALICE MAUDE. 

Molly, my dear, did you ever hear 

The likes of me from Cork to Dover ? 
The girls all love me far and near, 

They 're mad in love with " Pat the Rover." 

Molly Machree, you didn't see 

The Princess Ailleen's royal christening ; 

You '11 hear it every word from me, 
If you '11 be only after listening. 

To see the mighty grand affair 
The Quality got invitations; 

And wasn't I myself just there, 

With half-a-dozen blood relations ? 

Molly, my dear, &c. 

What lots of Ladies curtsied in, 

And Peers all powdhered free an aisy ! 
Miss Biddy Maginn, and Bryan O'Lynn, 

Katty Neil, and bould Corporal Casey. 
Lord Clarendine, and Lord Glandine, 

Each buckled to a Maid of Honour, 
The Queen of Spain, and Lord Castlemaine ; 

The Queen of France, and King O'Connor, 
Molly, my dear, &c. 



CHBISTENIKO OV THE PRINCESS ALICE. 285 

There was no lack, you may be sure, 

Of writers, and of rhetoricians, 
Of WhigH and Tories, rich and poor, 

Priests, patriots, and politicians. 
The next came in was Father Prout, 

With a fine ould dame from the Tunbridge waters, 
And Dan O'Connell, bould and stout, 

Led in Eebecca and her Daughters. 

Molly, my dear, <fec. 

Some came in pairs, some came in chairs, 

From foreign parts, and parts adjacent ! 
" Ochone ! I'm alone !" says the Widow Malone, 

" Is there nobody here to do the daycent ?" 
There was Peggy O'Hara, from Cunnemara, 

And who her beau was I couldn't tell, sir ; 
But the Duke of Buccleuch danced with Molly Carew, 

And Paddy from Cork with Fanny EUsler ! 
Molly, my dear, &c. 

We every one sat down to tay : 

The toast and muffins flew like winking ; 
Before or since that blessed day 

I never saw such eating and drinking. 
We had pigeon-pies, and puddings likewise ; 

We walk'd into the pastries after ; 
tVe 'd D'Arcy's whiskey, and Guinness's stout, 

Impayrial pop, and soda-water ! 

MoUy, my dear, &c. 

And when there was no more to sup, 

Tlie Prince cried, " Piper, rouse your chanter !** 

The band of blind fiddlers then struck up. 
And scraped " God save the Queen" iriBtanter. 



286 CHRISTENING 0I< THE FBINCES8 ALICE. 

Her Majesty she danced, d' ye see, 

An Irish hornpipe with Sir Bobby ; 
We piled the chairs upon the stairs. 

And pitch'd the tables on the lobby. 

Molly, my dear, &o. 

The clargy then at last came in — 

Says he, " Ladies and gentlemen, will ye 's all be 
sayted ?" 
*' Faith," says I, " I wish you'd soon begin ; 

I long to see the job complayted." 
And soon it was. The young Princess 

Was stood for by my gossip's daughter ; 
And didn't Father Mathew bless, 
And sprinkle her with holy water? 

Molly, my dear, &c. 

Ths Irish Whiskky-Drinkkr. 



287 



A LYRIC FOR CHRISTMAS. 

Winter has resumed his reign ; 
Snow envelopes hill and plain ; 
Sleep the summer flowers in earth, 
And the birds refrain from mirth : 
Yet mirth lightens every eye ; 
Every pulse is beating high ; 
Gladness smiles in cot and hall, 
Like a winsome dame on all, 
And the church-bells sweetly chime, — 
'Tis the merry Christmas time. 



From the holly-tree be brought 
Boughs with ruby berries fruught ; 
Search the grey oak high and low 
For the mystic misletoe ; 
Bid the ivy loose her rings 
That round rock or ruin clings ; 
Deck the shrine with foliage green ; 
In each house be verdure seen, 
Just as earth were in her prime, — 
'Tis the cheerful Christmas time. 



288 A LTEIC FOB CHEI8TMA8. 

Pile the board with viands rare, 
Savoury dishes — hearty fare ; 
Brawn of boar, and capon good. 
Fowls from river, marsh, and wood ; 
Partridge plump, and pheasant wild, 
Teal and duck by art beguiled ; 
Bid the huge sirloin smoke nigh, 
Luscious pastry, fruit-stored pie, 
Fruit that grew in Eastern clime, — 
'Tis the festal Christmas time. 

Quickly broach the oldest cask. 
Bring the goblet, bring the flask ; 
Ale of England, wine from Spain, 
Ehenish vintage, choice champagne : 
Fill as wont the wassail bowl. 
Let it round the circle trowl ; 
Whilst the yule-fii-e blazes bright, 
^Vhilst the yule-torch lends its light, 
Till we hear the morning chime — 
'Tis the joyful Christmas time. 

Feed the hungry, clothe the poor, 
Chide no wanderer from the door ; 
Bounteous give, with thankful mind, 
To the wretched of mankind. 
This day throws the barrier down, 
'Twixt the noble and the clown ; 
For an equal share have all 
Li its blessed festival. 
Of each colour, class, and clime, — 
'Tis the holy Christmas time. 



A LYBIC FOR CBBISTliAS. 289 

As our fathers used of old 
Still the solemn rites we hold. 
And with season-hallow'd mirth 
Celebrate our Savioue's birth. 
Chaunt those ancient carols well 
That the wondrous story tell ; 
Call the jocund masquers in ; 
Bid the dancers' sport begin. 
Blameless tale and cheerful song 
Shall OTir merriment prolong, 
Whilst arotmd the church-bells chime 
For the solemn Christmas time. 

W. G. J. Babkkr. 



290 



THE GENIUS OF THEOCRITUS. 



" And with a tale, forsooth, he cometh to you — with a tale which 
holdeth children from play, and old men from' the chimney corner." 

BIR PHILIP SIDNEY. 



Theocritus ! Theocritus ! ah ! thou had'st pleasant 

dreams, 
Of the crystal spring Burinna, and the Haleus' murm'ring 

streams ; 
Of Physcus, and Neaethus, and fair Arethusa's fount, 
Of Lacinion's beetling crag, and Latymnus' woody mount ; 
Of the fretted rocks and antres hoar that overhang the 

sea, 
And the sapphire sky and thymy plains of thy own sweet 

Sicily ; 
And of the nymphs of Sicily, that dwelt in oak and pine — 
Theocritus ! Theocritus ! what pleasant dreams were 

thine! 

And of the merry rustics who tend the goats and sheep, 
And the maids who trip to milk the cows at morning's 

dewy peep. 
Of Clearista with her locks of brightest sunny hair, 
And the saucy girl Eunica, and sweet Chloe kind and 

fair; 



THS OEKIUS OF THEOCBITUS. 291 

And of those highly favoiired ones, Endymion and Adonis, 
Loved by Selena the divine, and the beauteous Dionis ; 
Of the silky-haired capella, and the gentle lowing kine — 
Theocritus ! Theocritus ! what pleasant dreams were 
thine! 



Of the spring time, and the summer, and the zephyr's 
balmy breeze ; 

Of the dainty flowers, and waving elms, and the yellow 
humming bees ; 

Of the rustling poplar and the oak, the tamarisk and the 
beech, 

The dogrose and anemone, — thou had'st a dream of each ! 

Of the galingale and hyacinth, and the lily's snowy hue, 

The couch-grass, and green maiden-hair, and celandine 
pale blue. 

The gold-bedropt cassidony, the fern, and sweet wood- 
bine — 

Theocritus ! Theocritus ! what pleasant dreams were 
thine ! 



Of the merry harvest-home, all beneath the good green 

tree. 
The poppies and the spikes of com, the shouting and the 

glee 
Of the lads so blithe and healthy, and the girls so gay 

and neat. 
And the dance they lead around the tree with ever 

twinkling feet ; 
And the bushy piles of lentisk to rest the aching brow, 
And reach and pluck the damson down from the overladen 

bough, 

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292 THE OENIUS OF THEOCBITUS. 

And munch the roasted bean at ease, and quaff the 

Ptelean wine — 
Theocritus ! Theocritus ! what pleasant dreams were 

thine! 

And higher dreams were thine to dream — of Heracles 

the brave, 
And Polydenkes good at need, and Castor strong to 

save ; 
Of Dionysus and the woe he wrought the Theban ting ; 
And of Zeus the mighty centre of Olympus' glittering 

ring ; 
Of Tiresias, the blind old man, the famed Aonian seer ; 
Of Hecate, and Cthonian Dis, whom all mankind revere ; 
And of Daphnis lying down to die beneath the leafy 

vine — 
Theocritus ! Theocritus ! what pleasant dreams were 

thine! 

But mostly sweet and soft thy dreams — of Cypris' loving 

kiss. 
Of the dark-haired maids of Corinth, and the feasts of 

Sybaris; 
Of alabaster vases of Assyrian perfume, 
Of ebony, and gold, and pomp, and softly-curtained 

room; 
Of Faunus piping in the woods to the Satyrs' noisy rout, 
And the saucy Panisks mocking him with many a jeer 

and flout ; 
And of the tender-footed Ho'urs, and Pieria's tuneful 

Nine — 
Theocritus ! Theocritus ! what pleasant dreams were 

thine ! 

C. H. L. 



293 



TO THE SPIEIT OF THE FLOWEES. 

Spirit of floral beauty ! where 
Hast thou thy dwelling ? In the air ? 

Or in some flow'ret's cell 'i 
Or lingerest thou in leafy bed, 
Where the young violet droops its head, 
Which on the breeze such fragrance shed, 

Or in the Uly's bell ? 

Speak, fairy spirit ! is thy form 
With life instinct, with feeling warm ? 

Or has all-bounteous heaven 
A dewy essence from on high, 
Invisible to mortal eye, 
Yet sweeter than the west wind's sigh, 

To human weakness given 't 

Ah no ! for angels loudly sung, 

When first thy beauty's rays were flung 

On Eden's sinless bowers ; 
For in those joyous primal days 
Both earth and heaven were join'd to raise 
One universal hymn of praise, 

As sprung the laughing flowers I 



204: TO THE BPIEIT OP THE FLOWERS. 

When mom, with golden sandall'd feet, 
Comes forth the dewy earth to greet, 

Thou floatest swift along, 
And, by a sunbeam borne on high, 
Careerest through the rosy sky, 
Unmindful of the tempest nigh, 

To join the lark's sweet song ! 

Then through the long sweet summer hour 
Thou wantonest from flower to flower, 

Unwearied as the bee ; 
The nectar'd honey-drops which dwell 
Within the fair narcissus' bell, 
Or in the woodbine's fragrant cell. 

He gladly shares with thee ! 

If chill the breeze of evening blows, 
Thy form is folded in the rose. 

And through the livelong night. 
On silken couch of beauty rare, 
Curtain'd with crimson drapery fair. 
Secure from harm thou slumberest there, 

'Mid dreams of soft delight. 



Bright spirit ! from my childhood's hour 
A secret spell of soothing power 
• Thou laid'st upon my heart ; 
And now that in maturer life 
The storm and tempest still are rife, 
And never-ending seems the strife, 
I could not say, " Depart !" 



TO THE SPIRIT OF THE FL0WEE8. 295 

I woo'd thee in the sylvan glade, 
Were hawthorn sweet a temple made 

For such as loved the spot, 
And in the garden's trim retreat. 
And by the winding hedge-row sweet, 
"Were carpet sprung beneath my feet 

Of blue " Forget-me-not." 

And when the mighty forest-trees 
Were bending in the autumn breeze, 

Oh ! then in greenhouse fair, 
A cherish'd and a favour'd guest, 
'Mid courtly beauties gaily drest, 
In azure zone or crimson vest. 

Fair queen ! I sought thee there ! » 

And thou cans't hallow'd feelings bring, 
And softest recollections fling 

O'er pensive memory. 
The rose-buds, stain'd with many a tear, 
I laid upon each little bier 
Of some, the beautiful, the dear, 

Too early lost to me ! 

Oh ! evermore in rural dell. 
In flow'ry grot, in mossy cell, 

Wherever springs a flower. 
An altar will I raise to thee. 
And faithful bend a willing knee 
At shrine of thy divinity. 

And own thy mystic power 1 

H. B. K. 



296 



A MEEEY Am) MARVELLOUS DITTY ON THE 
MOUNTAIN DEW. 

Whiskey — drink divine ! 

Why should driv'llers bore us 
With the praise of wine, 

Whilst we 've thee before us ? 
Were it not a shame, 

Whilst we gaily fling thee 
To our lips of flame, 

If we would not sing thee ! 

CHOEUS. 

Whiskey — drink divine ! 

Why should driv'llers bore us 
With the praise of wine, 

Whilst we 've thee before us ? 

Greek and Roman sung 

Chian and Falemian ; 
Shall no harp be strung 

To thy praise Hibernian ? 
Yes ; let Erin's sons, 

Generous, brave, and frisky, 
Tell the world at once 

They owe it to their whiskey ! 
Whiskey — drink divine ! &c. 



•297 



AD EOEEM MONTANTJM. BITHYEAMBUS 

ViTiE Eos divine ! 

Vinum quis laudaret 
Te prsesente — qtiis 

Palmam Vino daret ? 
Proh pudor ! immemores 

Tui, dum te libamus, 
Ore flanunato tuos 

Honores non canamus ? 

CHOBUS. 

VitfiB Eos divine ! 

Vinum quis laudaret 
Te prsesente — quis 

Palmam vino daret? 

Veteres Falemum 

Chiumque laudavfire; 
Do te nefas filios 

Hibernice silere! 
Nam fortes et protervi 

Hibernice habentvir ; 
Tibique has virtutes 

Debere confitentur. 

Vitae Eos divine ! &c 



298 A MEEET AND MAEVELL0U8 DITTT 

If Anacreon, who 

Was the grapes' best poet, 
Drank the Mountain Dew, 

How his verse would show it ! 
As the best then known, 

He to wine was civil ; 
Had he Innishowen 

He 'd pitch wine to the divil ! 

Whiskey — drink divine! &c. 

Briprht as Beauty's eye 

When no sorrow veils it; 
Sweet as Beauty's sigh 

When Young Love inhales it ; 
Come thou, to my lip ! 

Come, oh, rich in blisses ! 
Every drop I sip 

Seems a shower of kisses ! 

Whiskey — drink divine ! tvC. 

Could my feeble lays 
' Half thy virtues number, 
A whole grove of bays 

Should my brows encumber. 
Be his name adored 

Who summ'd up thy merits 
In one little word. 

When he called thee " speebits !" 
Whiskey — drink divine ! &c. 

Send it gaily round ; 

Life would be no pleasure 
If we had not found 

This immortal treasure. 



OK THE MOUNTAIN DBW. 299 

Teiiis Lysei 

Cecinit honorem ; 
Cecinisset dulcius 

Montanum ille Korem ! 

HORDEABIUM si 

Forte libavisset! 
Ad inferos Lyaeum, 
Anacreon misisset ! 

Yitse Eos divine ! &c 

Clarior ocello 

Veneris ridente ; 
Snavior suspirio, 

Cupidine prsesente ! 
Liceat beatis 

Te labris applicare, 
Irabrem et basiorum 

Guttatim delibare ! 

Vitae Ros divine ! &c. 

Versibus pnsillis 

Si satis te laudarem, 
Lauro Apollinari 

Hsec tempora celarem. 
Faustus ille semper 

Sit, et honoratus, 

A quo " SPIEITTJS" tu 

Merits vocatus ! 

VitsB Ros divine ! Ac. 

Ordine potemus 

Festivo recumbentes, 
Tir vivere optemus 
Hoc munere egentes ? 



300 A MERRY AND MARVELLOUS DITTY 

And when tyrant Death's 

Arrows bhall transfix yon, 
Let your latest breaths 

Be " Whiskey ! whiskey ! ! whiskey ! ! !•* 

CHORUS. 

Wliiskey — drink divine ! 

Why should driv'llers bore ns 
With the praise of wine, 

Whilst we 've thee before us ? 

The Irish Whisket-Drtnkir. 



ON THE MOUNTAIN DEW. 301 

Cum te Libitina 

Telo vulnerabit, 
" Nectar ! Nectar !" spiritus 

Deficiens clamabit ! 

CHOEUS. 

Vitae Ros divine ! 

Vinum quis laudaret 
Te prsesente — quis 

Falmam yino daret ? 



8C2 



ENDTJEANCE. 

FROM THE PROM TINC. OP iBSCUTLt'S. 

Oh ! air divine, 
Breezes of fleetest wing ! 

Oh fountains clear, 
When pearly rivers spring ; 
Waves of the sea ! 
Whose countless twinklings tell of math ; 

And thou benign 
Parent of all, — dear mother earth ! 
Thou fuU-orb'd sun ! 
That shinest on 
Whate'er thoughout the world hath biith ; 
On you I call — behold ! and see 
What evils I, Divinity, 

From Deity must bear ; 
Oh ! see me mock'd with bitter sforn, 
Oh ! see me by rude insults torn, 
And rackt by sleepless care. 
For years on years no changes I shall see, 

For years on years shall strive against my fate ; 
So hard the chain that has been forged for me, 
By heaven's new tyrant's unrelenting hate. 



ENDUBANCE. 303 

Ah me ! I mourn the evils of to-day, 

I weep the perils of my future years ! 
The goals of sorrow, tell me, where are they ? 
When will be dried the fountain of my t€ars ? 
What say I ? for my future doom 
Too well I know. No iU can come 
Unknown to me. Oh ! then, as best I may, 

I'll learn with firm, resigned soul, 
My lot to bear. There has been found no way 
Whereby to shun necessity's control. 

Rkv. W. B. Flowkr, U.A. 



304 



SPRING. 

A KBLIC OF PROVBNf AL LITBRATURV. 

Angelic choirs in upper air chatmt with their golden 

tongues 
The praises of that mighty king to whom the world 

belongs ; 
Who bade the stars to shine in heaven ; who severed land 

from sea ; 
"Who gave the fishes to the deep, the cattle to the lea. 
The beauteous Spring begins its reign ; the woods are in 

their bloom ; 
The verdant trees put forth their leaves, the flowrets shed 

perfume ; 
The birds commence their twittering songs, and of the 

feather'd crowd, 
The smallest has the notes that are the sweetest and most 

loud. 
'Tis Philomel, who in the grove has sought the highest 

spray, v 

And thence pours forth sweet melody from eve to dawn 

of day. 
Ah, gentle bird ! incessantly why dost thou thus bewail ? 
Wouldst quell the sounds of lyre and harp by thy more 

plaintive tale ? 



8PEINO. 305 

The maid who strikes the timbrel stops to lend a willing 

ear, 
And princes in attention stand thy thrilling song to hear. 
Cease, gentle bird, to strain thy throat with notes so . 

wild and deep, • 

And let the weary world at last resign itself to sleep. 
Ah ! wretched bird, thou wilt not cease, but through the 

livelong night. 
Neglecting food, wilt persevere the listeners to delight. ! 
All hear with joy, but in return none succour will afiford, 
Save He who gave the power of song, the all-preserving 

Lord. 
But summer comes, the bird is hush'd, by parent's care 

engross' d, 
Forgotten then, unknown he dies by chiU of winter's 

frost. 

W. C. Tatlor. 



806 



SONNET FEOM PETRAECH. 



TRANSLATED BY LADY NCOBNT. 

I GO lamenting o'er my days past by, 
Those days consumed in love of mortal thing, 
Without attempt to mount, I having wing 
Perchance to soar and give example high. 
Thou, who dost see my deep iniquity, 
Invisible, immortal, heavenly King, 
Aid the frail soul in her wild wandering, 
In what defective form thy grace supply ; 
So I, with strife and storm wont to contend, 
May thus in peace and haven die. I see 
How vain the past, yet blameless be the end ; 
O'er that short span of life now left for me, 
And at its close, thy saving hand extend — 
Thou know'st I have no hope in aught but Tbee. 



807 



OWED TO MY CEEDITOES. 

In Tain I lament what is past. 

And pity their woe-begone looks ; 
Though they grin at the credit they gaye, 

I know I am in their best books. 
To my tailor my hreaclies of faith, 

On my conscience now but lightly sit, 
For such lengths in his measures he's gone, 

He has given me many a fit. 
My bootmaker finding at last. 

That my soul was too stubborn to suit, 
Waxed wroth when he foimd he had got 

Anything but the length of my foot. 
My hatmaker cunningly felt 

He'd seen many like me before, 
So brimful of insolence, vowed 

On credit he'd crown me no more. 
My baker was crusty, and burnt, 

When he found himself quite overdone, 
By a, fancy-bred chap like myself — 

Ay, as cross as a Oood-Friday's bun. 
Next my lavmdress, who washed pretty clean. 

In behaviour was dirty and bad ; 
For into hot water she popp'd 

All the shirts and the dickies I had. 
X 2 



OWED TO MT CEEDIT0E8. 

Then my butcher who'd little at stake, 

Most surlily opened his chops, 
And swore my affairs out of joint, 

So on to my carcase he pops. 
In my lodgings exceedingly high, 

Though low in the rent to be sure, 
Without warning my landlady seized, 

Took my things, and the key of the door. 
Thus cruelly used by the world. 

In the Bench I can smile at its hate ; 
For a time I must alter my stile, 

For I cannot get out of the €fete. 

Alfred Csowaniix. 



309 



FAitEWELL WINDS AND VVINTKY WEATHEE ! 

Fasewell winds and wintry weather ! 

Mistress, let us go together 

Forth into the fields, and pay 

Due observance unto May. 

On the breezy hills we go ; 

For once no daily care shall find us ; 

Where the city sleeps below, 

Wear and tear we leave behind us. 

Stretch'd upon the springing grass, 

Lazily the day we'll pass. 

And, with half-shut, dreamy eye, 

Look upon the cloudless sky ; 

Or along the river side, 

Through its silent meadows strolling. 

Moralize till eventide. 

As we mark its waters rolling. 

If beneath a bank they flow, 
Where the lowly spring-flowers blow, 
While o'er head the eglantine 
And the clustering maythom twine. 



310 FAREWELL WINDS AND WINTBT WEATHER. 

On whose sprays the wind doth breathe, 
Lover-like, with soft caresses, 
There we'll linger while I wreathe 
Garlands for thy sunny tresses. 

And I '11 sing thee many a rhyme, 
Framed in honour of the time ; 
Or in thought I '11 Arcite be ; 
Thou a fairer Emilie.. 
Or ni crown thee Queen of May, 
Though no village maids, advancing. 
Greet thee with their joyous lay, 
Or are round the May-pole dancing. 

Thus in olden time they paid 
Homage to the bounteous Spring, 
And reviving Nature made 
The object of their worshipping ; 
Thus they met her earliest smile, 
Glad and thankful welcome giving, 
And forgot life's load awhile, 
In the mere delight of living. 

Thk Irish Whiskbt-Dbinkbr. 



311 



FOEGET ME NOT! 

Come, Herman, soothe tliis hour of sadness, 

Come to thy Bertha's throbbing breast, 
The breast which Love once filled with gladness 

Is now with darkest woes oppressed. 
Too rapidly the moments stealing 

Demand obedience to thy lot, 
Yet, ere the final hour is pealing. 

Receive my prayer, Forget me not ! 

No breast can ever love thee fonder ! 

Forget not, then, thy faithful maid, 
Who oft from home and friends would wander, 

To seek with thee the silent shade. 
These eyes from thine would rapture borrow, 

No cloud then dimmed my happy lot ; 
But now my voice oppressed with sorrow, 

Can scarcely breathe, Forget me not ! 

This burning kiss shall be a token 

That years thy form shall ne'er efface ; 
Those solemn vows our lips have spoken 

Are sealed in this, our last embrace. 
But, see ! the emblem flow'rets wither 

That bloomed beneath my lowly cot ; 
And they, till thou retumest hither, 

Shall whisper still. Forget me not ! 



812 FOBOET ME NOT ! 

"When shadowy branches wave before me, 

When murmuring zephyrs charm my ear, 
Thy faithful form shall hover o'er me, 

And memory wake the silent tear. 
Ah ! then from yonder verdant willow — 

Our names record the sacred spot, — 
The breeze shall waft across the billow 

My earnest prayer, Forget me not ! 

Ah ! silent then yon weeping fountain, 

Ah ! scentless then the flow'ret's bloom ; 
Dark shades will hang o'er vale and mountain, 

And heaven itself be wrapped in gloom. 
The birds will greet the blushing morrow — 

Their amorous joyful notes forgot. 
With tones that breathe in fruitless sorrow 

The longing wish, Forget me not ! 

When magic strains are round thee breathing, 

Ah ! think on her who loves thee yet. 
Though fairer maids thy flow'rets wreathing. 

May tempt thy spirit to forget. 
May her afflictions never sadden. 

Her tears ne'er dim thy brighter lot ; 
Yet 'mid the joys thy manhood gladden, 

Thou happier one, Forget me not ! 



313 



THE HEAET'S MISGIVINGS. 

LINKS ON THE PICTURK BT VRANK STONS. 

Theee's a languor in the air, 

And a stillness all aroiind. 
The landscape wide and fair 

Is in dreamy silence drown'd 
The sky is blue and bright, 

And all is fair to see ; 
But the maiden sigheth sadly, 

" Ah ! he careth not for me !" 

The royal sun goes down 

Like a bridegroom to his bower, 
Flash from his golden crown 

Bright beams on tree and tower ; 
But that scene of summer splendour. 

Though so beautiful to see, 
She heeds not, but sighs sadly, 

" Ah ! he careth not for me !" 

Like as snow her forehead whit«, 
Dark her hair as raven's wing. 

Bright her eyes as stars of light, 
Sweet her lips as flowers of spring : 



314 THE HBAET's M180IVIN08. 

Quick her breathing heaves her bosom, 
Like the throbbings of the sea, 

And she sighs again more sadly, 
" Ah ! he careth not for me !" 



Against the old stone wall 

She leans with clasped hands. 
Nought to her that castled hall, 

Nought to her these wide-spread lands ; 
For on the youth that 's near her 

She gazes fixedly ; 
But she sighs, and thinketh sadly, 

" Ah ! he careth not for me !" 



He sits, while she doth stand, — 

He laughs, her eyes grow dim, 
He sees that only on his hand, 

She sees but only him : — 
A hawk is on his hand, 

And a dog is at his knee, 
And the maiden sigheth sadly, 

" Ah ! he careth not for me !" 



" No ! he careth not for me, 

Though my heart is all his own ; 
Since I saw him ne'er 'twas free, 

And 'tis his, and his alone ! 
'Tis no slight thing or unstable, 

'Tis no trifle that I 've given ! 
For my life to him I 've trusted, 

And he is now my heaven ! 



THK heart's HISOIYINOS. 315 

" Pure as that sky above, 

With not a cloud to dim, 
Is the pure and holy love 

That I have shrined in him ; 
But he laughs whene'er I tell him 

That like this my love can be." 
And once more she sighed sadly, 

" Ah ! he careth not for me !" 



" Oh ! he little thinks the anguish 

His unconcern can bring, 
Or deems the heart can languish 

in life's first early spring, 
But thinks that merry girlhood 

Must ever thoughtless be." 
And again she sighed sadly, 

" Ah ! he careth not for me !" 



" When he speaks mine eyes do glisten, 

And I feel a burning glow 
Come o'er me as I listen 

To the voice so well I know. 
When he comes I know his footstep, 

And I thrill with ecstacy ! 
But" — she paused, and sighed sadly, 

" He careth not for me !" 



" No ! his hound, his steed, his bird. 

To him are dearer far. 
And no reproachful word 

Shall his youthful pleasures mar. 



316 TKE heart's MI80iyiN<}S. 

Yes ! these my heart's misgivings 
Shall not damp his happy glee" — 

But the maiden sighed sadly, 
" Ah ! toould he 'd care for me !" 

Down went the royal sun, 

And the purple twilight came, 
And the stars rose one by one, 

Still the maiden gazed the same I 
But unmoved by twilight hour, 

That " hour of love," was he, 
And the maiden sighed sadly, 

" Ah ! he careth not for me !" 

There 's a languor in the air, 

All around 's in dreamy rest, 
And love is everywhere 

Save in his youthful breast : 
More entranced with his hawk 

Than that maiden fair is he, 
And her heart's misgiving is, 

"Ah! he careth not for me!" 

CuTHBBRT Bros. 



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IRENE OF SESTOS. 

THE EAGLE. 
I. 

Calmly the dewy moonbeams sleep 
Where Helle's restless billows sweep 
Bound Sestos' height ; the sky is clear, 
And o'er that scene to love so dear 
Broods silence, save for the low plash 
Caused by the waters as they dash 
Against the rocks with trembling motion, 
Making soft music o'er old ocean. 
£ich odours float upon the air 
From groves of limes and citrons rare ; 
And all the flowers asleep that lie 
Send up sweet incense to the sky, 
"Whence many a planet's lambent glow 
Showers influence o'er the world below. 

n. 

It is a spot from eldest time 
In song renown'd through eastern clime, 
Since Helle in her blooming age, 
Flying to 'scape unnatural rage, 



318 IRENE OP SEST08. 

Found 'neath those waves her destined grave, 

And to the strait a title gave. 

And sadder still the interest thrown, 

O'er sea and land, o'er cliff and stone, 

By young Leander's fate, who died 

Love's martyr in the storm-lash'd tide ; 

And her's who, having lit in vain 

Her lamp, to guide through wind and rain 

That hapless youth, beheld him borne 

Lifeless beneath her tower at morn, 

And faithful, chose the same dark doom, 

Sharing alike his death and tomb. 

III. 

Yet not peculiar to that place, 

Its clime serene, and classic race, 

Are the sweet legends minstrels teU 

Of lovers who but loved too well ; 

For every land beneath the sun 

Can boast some tale of marvels done 

By fond affection, — cape and bay. 

Mainland and isle, through Beauty's sway 

Have hallow'd been ; and every clan 

Ot the wide scatter'd tribes of man. 

How rude soe'er in all beside, 

Still treasure up with jealous pride 

Traditions sad, for ages kept. 

O'er which long since their fathers wept ; 

Stories of young hearts' deep devotion — 

Love's ardent hopes, and words, and sighs ; 
That passion pure, whose true emotion 

Never save with existence dies. 



IBENE OF 8EST0S 



IV. 



319 



On Sestos' towers the moonbeams rest, 

Casting a radiance solemn 
Around each temple's sculptured walls, 

Carved frieze, and polish'd column : 
The marble statues of the Gods, 

Lit by their silver streaming, 
Resemble those celestial forms 

We only see when dreaming. 
Amid the sombre cypress gi'oves 

The light in circles glances. 
On Juno's fountain's murmuring stream, 

As if in sport it dances. 
Not brighter was that radiance shower'd 

When Night, with tardy pinion, 
Saw Dian watch on Latmos mount 

The wakening of Endymion. 

V. 

Gaze not upon those sacred towers, 

But rather turn, where girt with flowers, 

A mansion stands of modest size. 

Round which the dark green chestnuts rise ; 

Against the sky : there, in a room 

Half shaded by the pleasant gloom 

Of vine and clematis that twine 

About its casement, and combine 

Their tendrils sportively ; half lit 

By beams that on its pavement flit 

Like elvish visitants, is laid 

In slumber deep a youthful maid, 



320 IBEKX OF SESTOS. 

Her ivory arm her rose-cheek pillows, 

That cheek is with a faint blush warm, 
And floating down in raven billows, 

Her dark hair partly veils her form : 
Amid its fragrant tresses lie 
Sea-pearls, and blooms, whence scent and dye 
Have hardly faded; — though repose 
Has made those snowy eyelids close 
On glorious orbs, whose tender light 
Is as the evening planet bright, 
Not all-unconscious is she now — 
A smile illumes both lips and brow — 
Her bosom heaves — one low-voiced word 
She speaks, so soft 'tis scarcely heard. 



VI. 



Ah, truant Love ! in sleep revealing 

The tender thoughts that maiden care, 
Through the long sunshine hours concealing, 

Forbids the dearest friend to share : 
In dreams thou still dost promise bliss. 
Fitter for brighter worlds than this ; 
Painting with heaven's ethereal hues 
The darkest scene thy votary views. 
And kindling hopes which after-pain 
Too late will prove were lit in vain. 
Restraint may be around thee thrown 
By day, but night is all thy own ; 
And 'twas thy purest, holiest flame, 
That, when she murmur'd Cleon's namei 
Called to Irene's cheek the blush 
Mantling it yet with roseate flush. 



ISBNE OF 8EST0S. 321 



VII. 



Has Jove from high Olympus sent 

His own celestial bird 
To guard the dreaming maiden's rest, 

And whisper some sweet word 
In her entranced ear ; and keep 
Fantastic visions from her sleep ? 
Or did an earthly eyry bear 
The glorious eagle watching there 
Beside her couch ? His flashing eyes 

Are partly closed, as if he slept ; 
And smooth each folded pinion lies, 

That late thro' storms unruflied swept — 
Smooth as the wood-dove's silver wing 

Seen through the pine-bough's shadowing, 

VIII. 

Upon a lofty rock of Thrace 

To life that eagle spnmg ; 
A youthful band assail'd the place, 
Destroy' d the parents of the race. 

And seized their unfledg'd young. 
One nestling Cleon proudly bare 
In triumph to Irene fair. 
And gave ; — love-gifts were prized of old 
As much when slight as when of gold. 
The gentle girl right tenderly 
Nourish'd the helpless bird, for she 
And Cleon loved ; — besides, the task 
Was such as maiden care might ask ; 
Pleased she beheld the white down shed 
And sprouting plumage deck his head, 



322 IBEKE OF 8EST0S. 

And saw each callow wing unfold 

Its feathers bright of brown and gold : 

The noble creature well repaid 

The kind afiection of the maid ; 

On pinions weak would round her fly, 

Or haste to meet with joyous cry, 

Striving how best he might express 

The love he bore her tenderness ; 

And when at length the chase he sought. 

And slew the leveret or the quail, 
Triumphantly his prize he brought, 

From rocky glen or fertile vale. 
And laid it at Irene's feet. 
So offering homage strange but meet. 

IX. 

The maiden joy'd to watch his flight, 
Upsoaring through the highest clouds, 

As if to him belonged a right 

To piefce the azure veil that shrouds 

The dwellings of the gods from sight. 

And bask amid eternal light. 

A thousand dreams her fancy blended 
Of bowers and bliss beyond those skies, 

Till mark'd she, as the bird descended, 
The soften'd glories of his eyes ; 

Whilst downwards through pure ether stooping, 

On wings that scarce her tresses fann'd, 

Closely around his mistress swooping, 
Beside her he resumed his stand — 
Folding his pinions — as her hand 

Would smooth each plume, and careful deck 

With favourite flowers his glossy neck ; 



IBENB OF 8EST0S. 323 

And his mute gestures eloquent 

You well might deem responses meant 

To her caresses. When the sun 

Low in the western main was sinking, — 
When beasts their lairs, and birds their nests 
Sought, and the day-blooms dews were drinking — 
When sweet repose upon her bed 
Irene wooed, — above her head 
His wings the eagle always spread, — 
Like guardian from a better land. 
An avatar of Heaven's bright band ; 
And whilst in guiltless dreams she slept, 
His watch and ward unwearied kept. 
The tale was bruited, and some few,'* 
Who almost more than mortals knew, 
Said, Jove upon that Eagle had conferr'd 
High gifts, and deem'd him a celestial bird. 

W. G. J. Barker. 



T - 



324 \ ) 



EAILWAY DACTTLS. 

Hebe we go off on the " London and Birmingham," 

Bidding adieu to the foggy metropolis ! 
Staying at home with the dumps, is confirming 'em ; — 

Motion and mirth are a fillip to life. 
Let us look out ! Is there aught that is »ee-able ? 

Presto ! — away ! — what a vanishing spectacle ! 
Well ! on the whole, it is vastly agreeable — 

" Why, sir, perhaps it is all very well," — 

Tricketty, tracketty, tricketty, tracketty! 

" Barring the noise, and the smoke, and the smelL" 



Now, with the company pack'd in the carriages, 

Strange is the medley of voluble utterings, — 
Comings and goings, deceases and marriages, — 

Oh, what a clatter of matters is there I 
History, politics, letters, morality. 

Heraldry, botany, chemistry, cookery. 
Poetry, physic, the stars, and legality, — 

All in a loud opposition of tongues ! 

Tricketty, tracketty, tricketty, tracketty! 

Never mind that — it is good for the lungs. 



BAILWAT DACTYLS. 325 

** All that *s remarkable, now, we may stir and see ; 

Free circulation — how huge are its benefits !" — 
•* Yet, sir, with all the improvement in currency ^ 

Great is the dread of a run on the hanks." — 
** Fight with America ! Do but the folly see ! 

Since unto both, sir, belongs the same origin.**^ 
" What 's your opinion of Peel and his policy ?" — 

" What of the weather ?— and how is the wind ?" 
Tricketty, tracketty, tricketty, tracketty! 

" Oh ! that that whistle were far off as Ind !'* 

On, like a hvirricane ! on, like a water-fall ! 

Steam away ! scream away ! hissing and spluttering ! 
« Madam, beware lest your out-leaning daughter fall !" 

" Yes, sir, I will ; but her life is insured." — 
" Cobden 's a-coming to mob and to rabble us !" — 

" Zounds ! sir, my com I Do ye think I'm of adamant ?" — 
*' Oh, what an appetite ! Heliogabalus ! 

That little fellow will eat himself ill P* 

Tricketty, tracketty, tricketty, tracketty ! 

" When you 're at home again, give him a pill." 

Oh, Mr. Hudson ! Macadam's extinguisher ! 

Men are as boys in the grasp of thy schoolery ! 
Those who love England can no better thing wish her 

Than to have th^ for her Buler of Lines ! 
Praised as thy course is, to heighten the fame of it, 

I *11 give you a hint, without fee or expectancy : — 
Write us a hook — and let this be the name of it, 

" £atZ-way8 and /Snai'Z- ways ; or. Roads New and Old.*' 
Tricketty, tracketty, tricketty, tracketty! 

Won't such a volume in thousands be sold ? 



326 BAILWAY DACTYLS. 

Here we go on again, every link of us ! 

Oh, what a chain ! what a fly-away miracle ! 
Birds o* the firmament ! what do ye think of us P 

Minutes ! be steady, as markers of miles I 
Well ! of new greatness we now have the germ in us I 

But the collector, I see, coming hither is. 
" Ladies and gentlemen — this is the terminua — 

Ticket, sir ! ticket, sir ! — end of the line !" 
Ricketty, racketty, ricketty, racketty ! 

" Friends of velocity ! now let us dine /" 

O. D. 



327 



A. GAME AT ST. STEPHEN'S CHAPEL. 

Whilb honest John Bull 

With sorrow brimfull, 
Lamented his trusty friend Pitt, 

Some sharpers we're told 

In cheating grown old, 
Thus tried all their icUentg and wit. 



Let's invite him to play, 

John never says nay, 
So they ask'd him what game he approv*d ; 

John talk'd of All Fours, 

And Beat the Knave out of Doors, 
The games of his youth which he lov'd. 



Lord Howick spoke first, 

" In these games I'm not versed, 
But they surely are old fashioned things, 

The best game entre nous 

Is the good game of Loo, 
Where knavea get the better of kings." 



328 A GAME AT ST. STEPHEN'S CHAPEL. 

Sam Whitbread rose next, 

By all Court Cards perplext, 
Since at his trade they reckon no score ; 

For at Cribbage tis known, 

That by Court Cards alone. 
You can't make fifteen-two, fifteen-four. 

Then Sheridan rose, 

Saying he should propose, 
Tho' at all times he played upon tick, 

The good old game of Whist, 

For if honours he miss'd. 
He was sure to succeed by the trick. 

Now with blustering voice, 

Tiemey roars out " My boys, 
I approve none of all the selection ; 

What I recommend 

To myseK and my friend. 
Is to play at the Game of Connection." 

By his master respected. 

But by both sides suspected. 
Telle est la fortune de la guerre 

Once the minister's ombre 

Now dejected and sombre, 
The good Sidmouth preferred solitaire. 

Next with perquisites stor'd 

Spoke Temple's good Lord, 
(Whose wants are supplied by the nation,) 

" From our memory blot 

Pique, Eepique, and Capot, 
And practice our friend's Speculation." 



A OAMB AT ST. STEPHEN'S CHAPSL. 329 

Lord Grenvillc stood bye 

With considerate eye, 
Which forbore e'en his thoughts to express ; 

But Wyndham less mute, 

Own'd in each game in each suit, 
He had play'd without any success. 

" Try again, sir, your skUl," 

Says Burdett " at Quadrille, 
Then some of your friends may ask leave ; 

As for calling a king 

I shall do no such thing, 
But shall soon play alone, I believe.** 

Braced with keen Yorkshire air. 

Young Lord Milton stood near. 
Who improved in all talents of late, 

Said he feared not success 

In a bold game of chess, 
And should soon give the king a check mate. 

" Hush," says Grenville, " young man 

m whisper my plan. 
While professing great zeal for the throne. 

We may leave in the lurch 

Both the king and the church, 
By encouraging slyly Pope Joan." 

Li one hand a new dance, 

lu the other Finance, 
To throw on each subject new light ; 

Young Petty appeared 

And begg'd to be heard. 
In settling the game of the night. 



330 A OAMB AT ST. STEPHEN'S CHAPEL. 

" Cassino," he cries, 

" Sure of all games supplies 
Amusement unblended with strife, 

For the black, grey, or fair, 

With their fellows may pair, 
And to all form a pleasure in Ufe.** 

Without further debate, 

Down to Cass they all sate ; 
But how strange is the game I record ; 

The knaves were paired off. 

Of all Court Cards the scoff, 
And in triumph the king cleared the board. 

John rubbing his eyes. 

At length with surprise, 
Discovered the tricks of the crew ; 

And gaining in sense 

What he had just lost in pence. 
From the wolves in sheep's clothing withdrew. 

Gbobgb Canning ; 1808. 



831 



THE ENTHUSIAST DEAD. 



I KNEW a man that lived within the walls 

Of this \in-eastem city, where I write ; 
Who breath'd that deathless hope, that never palls ! 

But lives out for one all-inunortal light ! 

II. 

He did foretell, — he had a thoughtful mind, 

Too oe'r-inform'd by thought ! — that wise worn man !- 

That the Messiah's advent to mankind, — 
Was lighting on the years, — then in the van ! 

m. 

He pass'd, in his believing prophecy, 

As many a wearied, dreaming man hath pass'd — 
He died, before he found his faith must die ; — 

Believing and predicting to the last ! 

IV. 

Sweet in all 'haviour to his fellow-men, — 
Earnest in argument, profound in grief; — 

Wise, and communicant to friend, — save when 
A doubt was shadow'd o'er his vast belief 1 



332 THE EI7THTrSIA8T BEAD. 



Then, all the Jewish spirit fiercely rose ! — 

And through his veins and eyes a firelight ran I 

He saw a destined triumph o'er all woes ! — 
And, in the Paul-like prophet, sank the man ! 

TI. 

May his r^igious frenzy sleep at length ! 

May he, beyond the power of earth, find rest ! 
His hopes, upborne, of an appalling strength,— 7 

Oh ! may they, in their high flight, find their nest ! 
• ••.«* 

J. H. Reynolds. 



833 



KING CHAELES OF SPAIN .• 

A GLOOM was on King Charles's brow, 

As pensive he sat, and lone, 
In the gorgeous hall of the Escurial, 

On a high and stately throne. 
None dared intrude on the monarch's mood 

When his spirit was thus o'ercast ; 
But linger'd near, with a thrill of fear, 

Till the cloud from his sovd had past. 

He watch'd the shadows of evening fall 

On the treasures that lay around ; 
Sare works in gold, of a cost untold, 

And gems through the world renown'd. 

* The Archduke Charles, son of Leopold I., Emperor of Germany, and 
snccessor to Charles II. It is related of this prince, that towards the 
elose of life he was tormented hy hypochondriac fancies, daring one of 
which he descended by torchlight into the cemetery of St. Lawrence, 
where reposed three generations ofCastilian princes. There he had the 
massy chests which contained their relics opened, and gazed on the 
ghastly spectacle with little emotion, until the coffin of his first wife was 
anlocked, and she appeared before him — such had been the skill of the 
embalmer — in all her well-remembered beauty. This awful sight was too 
mnch for his already-shattered frame ; and, leaving the Escurial, he 
retired to Madrid, where he died." — Lord Mabon's " fFar o/ tke Smc- 
etuion," 



334 Java chaslbs of spaik. 

But they charm'd not him, — his eyes were dim, 

For sorrow had veil'd their light ; 
Death — death was the theme of his ev'ry dream. 

Nor left him by day or night ! 

Sudden he rose, and he cried aloud, 

" St. Lawrence hath chimed the hour 
I fiain would go to the vaults below. 

Where moulder the sons of power ! 
And mark them still, in their chamber chill, 

With banner and shroud o'erspread ; 
Why hasten ye not ? 'Tis a goodly spot, 

Tlie home of the ghostly dead !" 

The torches shone with a fitful glare 

As they threaded the chapel aisle, 
And pass'd the gate, where, in funereal state 

Lay the princes of old Castile ! 
The chiefs of his race ! 'Twas a lonesome place. 

But meet for a monarch's rest. 
For the sword and spear were gather'd there, 

And lay on each warrior's breast I 

King Charles survey'd with an unchanged mien 

The chests where his sires reposed ; 
And said, as a smile lit his brow awhile, 

" Let the slumberers be unclosed. 
Why paleth the cheek as the lids ye break ? 

'Tis a glorious thing to see ; 
My heart is light, and welcomes the sight ; 

No fears hath the grave for me !" 



KIKO CHABLES OF SPAIN. 835 

And the same wild look his visage wore 

As they open'd the coflfins wide, 
And shew'd the dead in their ghastly bed, 

Despoil' d of their ancient pride ! 
The bones were bare, and wither'd in air, 

Like the dew 'neath the morning sun. 
*Twas a fearful lot, but the King quail'd not,— ^ 

It seem'd though his mind was gone. 

The last remain'd — 'twas a massive chest, 

That stood near a cross of black ; 
The bolts gave way, and the torches' ray 

Shone o'er — but the King drew back. 
Why shudders his frame as he reads the name 

Inscribed on that iron chest ? 
Why droops his head as he marks the dead ? 

And whom had he robb'd of rest ? 

'Twas she who had long been deeply moTim'd, 

The wife he had fondly loved ; 
And there she lay, untouch'd by decay, 

Not a tress of her hair removed ! 
Beautiful still, though palid and chill 

She seem'd, in her queen's attire ; 
The jewell'd zone on her forehead shone 

And lighted the eyes with fire ! 

One look — 'twas enough — the monarch wept, 

As with hands upraised he cried, 
"Oh, God of the just ! soon, soon, I trust 

To lay by that dear one's side !" 
With a slow, sad pq«e, he quitted the place, 

And though his spirit awoke 
To its wonted pow'r — in that dread hour 

The heart of the King was broke I 



886 



A DYING WIFE TO HEE HUSBAIH). 



JThet tell me I must die, love, 
That nought can stay my doom, — 

A week ! and I must lie, love, 
In yonder silent tomb. 

They say it must be so, love, 

And yet I feel no pain ; 
And see, the healthful glow, love, 

Comes to my cheek again. 

Our babe's first sleep is sound, love. 
Her arms around me twine ; 

With life her pulses bound, love, 
Can there be death in mine ? 

• * « * • 

Thy burning temples throb, love, 

Thy tears fall fast as rain ; 
I hear thy stifled sob, love ! 

Alas ! my hopes are vain. 



A ©TINO WITB TO HEE HUSBAND. 337 

We fondly deem'd but now, love, 

Our early troubles past, 
And Hope's prismatic bow, love, 

Seem'd o'er the future cast ! 

I feel that it is sad, love 

From this fair earth to part. 
While still young life is glad, love, ' 

Nor griefs have chilled the heart. 

And yet I would not sigh, love. 

This happy world to leave. 
Were 't not that I must die, love, 

While you are left to grieve. 

Oh ! think not that I dream, love, 

Nor chide me that I rave. 
If faith like ours 1 deem, love. 

May live beyond the grave. 



838 



THE COEAL CAVES. 

Bound and round the coral bower 

Fairies dance the live-long day, 
Watchful, lest the water's power 

Bear some jutting reef away : 
Now they whisper, now they sing, 

To the laughter of the waves. 
As their welcome song they bring 

To the distant coral caves. 

Now they enter, and prepare 

For the transports of the night, 
Wreathing in their shining hair 

Coral branches snowy white. 
Hark ! an echo, low and sweet, 

As they press the sleeping waves 
Makes soft music to their feet 

In the silent coral caves. 

Once again their hands entwine, 

And the banquet feast is spread, 
Till the white reef, stained with wine. 

Like a maiden, blushes red : — 
Now the festal rite is o'er, 

Day has peep'd into the waves. 
And the fairies dance once more 

Bound about the coral caves. 

G. LiNNJiDS Banks. 



339 



SONG OF THE PEOPLE. 



Once on a time in England, 

The king o'er all did rule, 
Whether he were a knave or knight, 

A wise man or a fool. 
And the haughty barons feared him, 

And bent before the crown ; 
Nor heeded then the stifled cry 

Of the people trampled down. 



n. 



"When this king he went a hunting, 

He sent his merry men 
To drive the farmer from the field, 

The shepherd from the glen ; 
And they razed each poor man's cottage 

In all the country roimd ; 
That this king might go a hunting, 

On a kingly hunting ground, 
z 2 



340 SONG or THE PEOPLK. 



in. 

He seized the strong man's castle, 

By the right of the more strong ; 
And neither priest nor womankind 

Was sacred from his wrong. 
What reck'd he of a woman's tears, 

Or of a churchman's gown ? 
What heeded he the stifled cry 

Of the people trampled down ? 

IV. 

But this king he had a quarrel 

With his cousin king of France, 
So he called out all his merry men 

With sword and bow and lance ; 
And they fought full many a battle 

On many a bloody plain, 
And only rested from their strife 

To strive the more again. 

V. 

Then the barons they grew bolder. 

And they met at Runnymede ; 
" Thou 'st taught us war, oh king !" they cried, 

" And now we must be freed." 
So the king he quailed before them, 

Them and their stem appeal, 
And he gave them Magna Charta, 

And sealed it with his seal. 



80NO OF THE PEOPLE. 341 



VI. 



Next these barons ruled in England 

With iron heart and hand ; 
And sorer even than the king 

Did they oppress the land. 
They fought full many a battle, 

With roses white and red, 
That they might put a shadow's crown 

Upon an empty head. 

vu. 

And in their bitter striving, 

The red blood flowed like rain, 
Till the flower of English manhood 

By English hands was slain. 
And their wars spread woe and wailing 

In country and in town. 
None heeded then the stifled cry 

Of the people trampled down. 

vni. 

At length they ceased to battle 

And to cut their neighbours' throats, 
And, as gentler Whigs and Tories, 

They bought each other's votes ; 
And rich men only made the laws 

For country and for town. 
None heeded yet the stifled cry 

Of the people trampled down. 



342 SONG OF THE PEOFLB. 



IX. 



At last there rose a murmur 

From out that patient crowd, 
And the sound of million voices 

Swell'd like a tempest loud, 
" Our rights ! our rights !" they shouted. 

Till it thunder'd in the ears 
Of the gentle Whigs and Tories, 

And the king and all his peers. 



Oh ! the will of earnest millions 

None may withstand its might, 
When strong in holy patience — 

Strong in a holy right ! 
So, with justice for their banner, 

And reason for their sword. 
They won their bloodless battle, 

But wrong' d no squire nor lord. 

zi. 

Now there 's right in merry England 

For the cottage and the throne, 
The king he has his honours. 

And the poor man holds his own ; 
And in our happy island. 

In country and in town, 
Is heard no more the stifled cry 

Of the people trampled down. 



843 



f 



10 NE. 

Sad are the glances from thy deep blue eyes, 

lone ! 
Soft as the mirror of the summer sides, 
When twilight's shadows o'er its surface steal, 
And twinkling stars their radiant orbs reveal : 
Why are they sad, 
Which were so glad, 
lone? 
Have their rays bath'd in dewdrops 'mid the air, 
And still the sparkling moisture trembles there ? 
Then smile, for dewy tears 
Melt when the sun appears, 
lone ! 

Yet thou art very beautiful in sadness, 

lone ! 
More beautiful e'en than in gladness ! 
And the sweet music of those gentle sighs 
Comes like the language of thy speaking eyes. 
What do they say ? 
Tell me their lay, 
lone ! 
Fain wo\ild I learn from thee what passing thought 
Can with such plaintive melody be fraught* 
Ah ! wherefore turn away ? 
Stay ! yet a little stay ! 
lone ! 

W. E. C. 



844 



■I 



A LETTEE FEOM AN OLD COTJNTEY HOUSE. 

Dear Abthub, 

'Tis so very slow, 

I can't tell what to do, 
And so I've got a pen and ink, 

And mean to write to you ! 
You know how intervening space 

I reckon'd, bit by bit, 
Until this time arrived : and now 

It has not proved a hit ! 

* 

'Tis very well. The house is old. 

With an enormous hall ; 
I think what learned architects 

Elizabethan call. 
With mullion'd windows, shutters vast, 

And mystic double floors, 
And hollow wainscots, creaking stairs, 

And four-horse-power doors. 

And authors who could write a book 

Might subjects find in hosts — 
Of civil wars, and wrongful heirs, 

And murders, bones, and ghosts. 



A LETTER FBOM AN OLD COUNTET HOUSE. .345 

And this you know 's all very well 

'Neath a bright noontide sun ; 
But when the dismal nightfall comes, 

'Tis anything but fun. 



m own, — but this is entre nous^-^ 

I was in such a fright 
At my gaunt bed-room, that my eyes 

I never closed all night 
When first I lay there : for each thing 

Associations brought 
Of bygone crimes, and mouldy deeds, 

With frightful interest fraught. 

'Twas like the room where Tennyson 

Made Mariana stay — 
A chamber odorous with time, 

And damp, and chill decay. 
The moon look'd in with ghastly stare 

On those who haply slept : 
And 'gainst the casement all night long 

Some cypress branches swept. 

And tapestry was on the walls — 

Dull work that did engage 
Fair fingers, fleshless long ago, — 

Now dim and black with age. 
And when I trod upon the floor. 

It groan'd and wheezed and creak' d, 
And made such awful noises that 

One's very temples reek'd. 



346 A LETTER FROlf AN OLD COUNTRY HOUSE. 

And in the middle of the night, 

Half dozing in my bed, 
Although beneath the counterpane 

I buried deep my head, 
I saw most ghastly phantom forms 

Of mildew'd men and girls ; 
With axe-lopp'd heads, and steel-pierced breasts, 

And long gore-dabbled curls. 

I was so glad when morning came. 

For then all fear was o'er. 
I slept 'till Fox had three times changed 

The water at my door. 
And when I reach'd the breakfast-room, 

The eggs and game were gone, 
And I was tied to marmalade 

And haddock all alone. 



Now nothing can make up for this, 

Nor horse, nor game, nor gun ; 
Nor yet charades, night after night. 

Until they lose their fun. 
Nor Emily's contralto voice, 

And dark and floating eyes : 
Nor that young Countess — helle de nuit I 

Nor Julia's smart replies. 

I long to be in town again, 

For all the word recalls ; 
The raptures of a private box. 

Or comfort of the stalls. 



A LETTER FROM AN OLD COUNTRY HOUSE. 347 

Those cozy dinners at the club ; 

Those rich Regalia fumes ; 
A whirl at Weippert's.; or perchance 

A supper at our rooms. 

So teU the boys Fm coming back, 

No more this year to roam, 
(Don't send the birds to Collingwood ; 

He never dines at home). 
The second dinner-bell has rung, 

I'll finish then forthwith, 
And so 

Believe me to remain, 

Tours always, 

A1.BKRT SMfTH. 



848 



THE PEAISES OF COLONOS. 



I. 

Welcome, stranger ! thou hast come 
To the Gods' well-favour' d home, 
Where Colonos rears on high 
Its chalky cliffs unto the sky ; 
Listen, stranger, and I '11 tell 
All the joys that here do dwell I 

II. 

Here are horses, that with pride 
E'en a king would deign to ride ; 
Here the sweet- voiced nightingales 
Softly tell their mournful tales ; 
Where the purple ivy's bloom 
Shrouds the vale in twilight gloom ! 

III. 

Here 's the leafy, pathless grove, 
Which the Wine- god deigns to love, 
Where the mighty trees have made 
Gloomy aisles of unpierced shade, 
Where the tempest's raging breath 
Stirs not e'en a leaf in death. 



THE PBAI8BS OF COLOVTOS. 849 

IV. 

Here, within the leafy halls 

Boam the joyous Bacchanals ; 

The Nysian nymphs, who from the first 

Never left the God they nurst, 

But now with laugh and merry stir, 

Crowd around the Reveller ! 

V. 

Here, enrich'd by heavenly dew, 
The golden crocus bursts to view, 
And the sweet narcissus throws 
All around its clustering shows ; 
The holy flow'r which erst, 'tis said, 
Wreath'd a mighty goddess' head. 

VI. 

Here, the sleepless fountains ever 
Stream into Cephissus' river ; 
Earth enriching in their flow, 
Nomad-like, they wand'ring go, 
Loved by all the Muses mighty 
And by gold-rein'd Aphrodite. 

vn. 

Here, I've heard, too, is a tree, 
Such as Asia ne'er did see, 
XJnplanted by man's hand, the fear 
Of friendly and of hostile spear ; 
For 'tis here the olive grows, 
In the land where first it rose I 



350 THE PRAISES OF COLONOS. 

VIII. 

Here, shall neither young nor old 
E'er be impiously bold 
To cut down the sacred grove, 
For 'tis watch'd by Mosian Jove, 
And the great Minerva too. 
With her eyes of melting blue I 

IX. 

' Here, (and this I reckon most 
For the Mother-City's boast,) 
Here, 'twas first the Ocean King 
Bade the stately steed to spring. 
And with bits did curb him then, 
To be useful unto men ! 



Thus our city 's reached the height 
Where true Glory sheds her light : 
She 's the nurse of chivalry. 
And the mistress of the sea ; 
And 'tis thou, Saturn's son. 
That this mighty work hast done ! 

zi. 

Dashing through the briny sea, 
The tall ship bounds on wondrously. 
Tracking through the waste of waters 
Nereus' hundred-footed daughters : 
For our King is Saturn's son ! 
Stranger, now my tale is done ! 

CUTHBKRT BkDK. 



351 



THE DANISH SEAMAN'S SONG. 

KnfO Chbistian stood by the high mast, 

In cloud and smoke, — 
With his axe he hammer' d away so fast, 
That helm and skull around he cast — 
Sunk every foeman's yard and mast, 

In cloud and smoke. 
« Fly I" cried he, " fly ! who now fly can ! 
Who stands for Denmark's Christian ! 
In fight and smoke ?" 



Niels Juel, to storm and cry gave heed — 

" Now is the hour !" 
And hoisted up the flag blood-red, 
Flew blow on blow — fell head on head — 
As he shouted through the storm, " Give heed ! 

Now is the hour ! 
Fly !" cried he, " fly ! who safety seek ! 
Who stands for Denmark's Juel now speak 

In fight this hour !" 



352 THE DANISH SEAMAn's BONO. 

North Sea ! how our lightnings rend 

Thy murky sky ! — 
There in thy hip chiefs seek their end — 
J'or thence their shafts death — ^terror send, 
— Shouts through the battle break, and rend 

Thy murky sky ! 
From Denmark flames thy " thunder-shield j" 
Then cast thyself on heaven and yield ! — 
Or fly ! 

Thou Danish road to fame and power, 

Thou gloomy wave! 
Oh, take thy friend, who ne'er will cower, 
But danger dares, where'er it lower, 
As proud as thou, in thy storm-power, 

Thou gloomy wave ! 
And quick through shouts of joy and woe, 
And fight and victory, bear me to 
My grave ! 



853 



OH! LET ME LOVE THEE I 

Oh ! let me love thee ! 
I ask not passion in return ; 

I ask but time, my love, to prove thee, 
That my true heart thou wilt not spurn ; 

But let me love thee ! 

Oh ! let me love thee ! 
Thy lightest word I will obey ; 

I 'U own no sovereign above thee. 
Ever obedient to thy sway. 

Let me love thee ! 

Then let me love thee— 
Thy every wish I will divine, 

And if one smile £rom thee approve me. 
That smile o'er all my life will shine, 
So much I love thee ! 

M. A. B. 



AA 



854 



THE BOLD SEA WAVE. 

Oh ! strong and brave, is the bold sea vave, 

And free as the wingless wind ; 
With sunny tides o'er the deep it rides, 

And the white spray leaves behind : 
Then the sun goes down, and his lordly crown 

We cease for a while to see ; 
But the bold bright wave still tunes its stave 

In the deep ears of the sea. 

When the storm conies out, and voices shout 

For help, o'er the gurgling main, 
Till the stars that gave their light to the wave. 

Are frighten'd in again — 
Then the bold wave 's heard, like a wild sea bird, 

Careering on its way, 
Till it gains the shore, and raves the more. 

When its locks with rage turn grey. 

Then here 's to the brave, the bold sea wave. 

That hath many a true heart borne. 
And laid it low in the depth below, 

Tiike an infant newly born ; 
While commerce brings to our ships' free wings 

The aid of a golden sail, 
May its might increase, for truth and peace, 

Till the one mind shall prevail. 

G. LiNNiBos Banks. 



855 



THE BROOK. 

Mid-Jttnb is blazing in its fiercest might ; 
But what delicious coolness here ! its flowers 
The laurel shows from its thick glossy bowers j 
Trees twine an arbour o'er so dense, the sight 
Sees the blue sky in speckles ; and the light 
Dances like golden insects on the water. 
The snowy lily, that most delicate daughter 
Of all the graceful offspring of the brook, 
Stoops to the hair-foot of the velvet bee ; 
And now it dips, as from yon soft, dark nook 
A furrow meets it by the wUd duck's breast. 
Raised as she launches dart-like from her nest 
And seeks yon isle of water-cresses. See 
Yon gleaming shape, the snowy crane out dashes 
Prom the soft marge where he so long has stood 
Poising his neck for prey ; his plumage flashes 
An instant and is gone. How beautiful 

Yon sight ! the little timid musk-rat swimming 
By that smooth greensward the full current rimming ; 
Nibbling yon plant, then giving hasty pull 

To the long vine that hangs down its green trimming. 
But now his keen black beads of eyes have caught 
My form, and he is gone. Most sweet the purl 
Of this small walarbreak, one rising curl 

▲ ▲ 2 



356 THE BBOOK. 

Of foam (a fairy Venus) from the plunge ; 
Whilst this sand-margin yields round like a sponge 
Filling my tracks with silver. Oh, how fraught 
With lovely things is every part and spot 

Of nature ! God hath made His world o'erflowing 
In beauty ; and with heart and soul all glowing 
To Him, our praise should rise and weary not. 

Alfkbd B. Strcet. 



OLD GEUMBLETON. 

OwLD Gnimbleton was a terrible Turk, 

As I 've yeard people zay, 
And a zwore in an hour a'd do mwore work 

Than his wife wou'd do in a day : 
" Wi' ael my heart," zays the good owld dame, 

" Tm agreeable, anyhow ; 
Zo thee sha't bide at whoame to-day. 
And I '11 gwo driv' the plough. 



** But thee must veed the brindled zow, 

And the leetle pegs in th' sty, 
And thee must milk the tiny cow, 

Or Tiney her *11 gwo dry ; 
And thee must mind the hank o' yam 

Ah I spun yesterday ; 
And thee must watch the speckled hen. 

Or her '11 gwo lay aatray : 
And thee must zee to the dairy pans, 

Or the crame '11 be spwoilt therein. 
And thee must mind to turn the malt 

That 's dryin' in the kiln." 



358 OLD OSTTMBLETOir. 

The owld *oman tuk the whip in her hand, 

And trudged to drive the plough ; 
The owld man tuk the milking-pail, 

And tackled un to the cow : 
But Tiney winced, and Tiney hunched. 

And Tiney cocked her nose, 
And Tiney kicked the pail down, 

And the milk run auver his hose. 
And 'tis " Oh, Tiney!" and "Wo! Tiney I" 

And " drat th', cow, bide still ! 
If I milks zich a maggotty runt again, 

*T will be zore agin my will !" 

And he vorgot the hank o' yam. 

And the puppy-dog stole it away ; 
And he vorgot the speckled hen, 

And zo her layd astray : 
A went to veed the hungry pegs 

A-grunting in the sty, 
A run his nose agin a pwoast. 

And amwoast knocked out his eye : 
" A vine joke, my yead 's broke ! 

A plague on the pegs and sty ! 
If they gets no vittles till Doomsday, 

They '11 never be zarved by I." 

A left the crame to stand in the chunn. 

And tumin' hizzelf about, 
Lar' a massey haw ! there stood the zow 

A zlushin' in her snout ! 
A stoop'd to pick a swingein* stick. 

To gie th' owld zow her hire ; 



OLD GEUMBLETON. 859 

Her run between his legs in a vright, 

And drowed un into the vire. 
Oh drat thee now, vor a plaguy zow, 

A zurprizin' zow bist thee ; 
Thy snout it doos mwore harm in an hour 

Than I can mend in dree !" 

In coomed th' owld 'ornan a wringin* her hands, 

And thus in haste her spoke ; 
" The vore hos lays on his back in the pond, 

And the plough and stilts be broke ; 
And 'tis * Dobbin ! my poor Dobbin !' 

And what an owld vool was I. 
If I wears the breeches vor arr'n agen, 

I wishes as I med die !" 

Owld Gnimbleton zwore by the zun and the moon, 

And ael the green laves on the tree, 
If his wife 'ou'd but take to her gear agen 

Her shou'd never be caddled by he. 
And 'tis " oh zay no mwore, pray, 

Vor I hates to be called a vool ; 
But bustle to-nicrht, and put ael thengs right, 

And I '11 gie thee lave to rule !'* 



360 



DIEGE* 

TO TBB MEMORY OF A BELOVED SISTER WHO DIED AT THE AGB 
or BBVBNTEEN. 

When on heaven's arch I gaze, 
Deep through ether's azure blaze, 

Methinks her form I see ! 
Fair and pure that angel-form. 
As a sunbeam through the storm, 

Sweetly smiling upon me ! 

When evening closes round, 
Hush'd and tranquil ev'ry sound, 

In Nature's wide domain, 
Still, one is near to me 
Whom no other eye can see — 

One image doth remain ! 

When night darkly reigns, 
And Philomel complains. 

Through the listening grove, 
I hear in every tone, 
One remembered voice aJone, 

Now only heard above ! 

* From the Geruian of Gustav Soiling 



DIBOE. 361 

When the stars, with sparkling eye, 
Hang their golden lamps on high, 

She joins the glittering troop ; 
From the regions of the blest, 
To soothe my aching breast, 

Methinks I see her stoop ! 

When around, returning Spring 
Her emerald robe doth fling. 

And bids her blossoms glow, 
Each flower appears to say, 
" Thus bloomed, her short Spring-day, 

Your fair Sister, long ago !" 

Ye flowers, softly weep, 

O'er the grave where she doth sleep, 

Tears of gentle dew ! 
There, ye zephyrs mildly stray, 
Ye moonbeams brightly play — 

She was mild and bright as you ! 

Heart ! wherefore thus opprest ? 
Eather, envy her sweet rest ; 

She hears thee not ! 
Though lost to mortal eye. 
In her seraph-home on high 

May I share her blessed lot I 

Eta. 



862 



A SONa OF COMO THE BEAUTIFUL. 

An exiled daughter am I of that land, 

Where latirel-rose, and myrtle intertwine ; 
Where, mid the wreathing foliage of the vine, 

The zephyr's fragrant breath is pure and bland ; 

Wliere, at the twilight hour a happy band, 
Their voices soft and light guitars awake ; 
In fairy barks glide o'er the pvirple lake. 

While lovers sit apart, hand clasped in hand. 

Some pluck the wilding lilies, and entwine 
A chaplet for their dark-eyed mistress' brow. 
Some chaunt the vesper hymn, and as they row 

With every stroke the melody combine ; 

But to the ancient poets those most incline 

With commune of the past in whispers low : 

Sweet Como ! where are all thy glories now ? — 

The Tuscan Medici,* with brow of snow, 
There last I saw, the loveliest of her race, 
She wore the charmed robe of native grace, 

Eosebuds her lips, her soft hair's siinny glow 

* The Madame de Medici, the most beautiful woman in Florence, 
since deceased. 



A SONG OP COMO THE BEAUTIFUL. 3G3 

Hung round dark eyes, whence flew the shafts of Love 

In all the pitying softness of the dove, 
Mid sun-kiss'd cheeks, black eyes, and raven hair, 
Thou Tuscan Lily ! fairest of the fair ! 
Yet, ah ! what is she, and wJiere is she now ? 
All coldly pale the marble of her brow. 
And closed in death those bright and dove-like eyes, 
Pillowed on stone that tender form now lies. 
Yet from the tomb such beauty shall arise ! 
Vanished from earth that sweet, that seraph face, 
Shall to an angel lend immortal grace. 

Just where the lime-trees over-arching meet, 

Their fragrance pouring on the evening air, 
An aged mother' sf last and calm retreat 

Is by a daughter's love created there. 
Rich jasmines by the tall mimosas climb. 

And there the orange stands in courtly rows, 

"With golden fruit and green, it buds and blows. 
Sweet mockery of seasons and of time ! 
Dewdrops, the pearls in Flora's diadem, 

Lie hid within the delicate musk rose ; 
The oleander waves its graceful stem. 

The scented night-flowers all their cups unclose. 
The evening star now glittering like a gem, 
Sheds on those marble forms a dewy light, 
That, bowered in myrtles, shine all coldly bright. 
See, where the willow's flexile boughs are hung, 

All weepingly enamoured of the wave. 
Forth from the knotted roots and rocky cave. 

Safe anchorage ! you tiny shallop sprung. 

* Madame Puta has built three beautiful villas, one expressly for 
her mother. 



864 A soNa OF como the beatttifttl. 

Light is her prow, of fairy hue her sides, 

And rosy red her silken streamer waves. 
Down the transparent stream she gently glides, 

And silently, her floating beauty laves. 
Now, as she leaves the steep and rocky shore, 

What female hand propels the bark along, 
Poising with skill the light and dripping oar ? 

Medea's self ! enchantress ! Queen of Song ! 
Who erst in car of triumph dragons bore, 
While Europe cried, exulting in her fame, 
« Immortal as the Muse be Pasta's name !" 

The fishermen still linger on the beach, 
Breathing the fragrance of the loved cigar, 
While to the tinkling of his old guitar, 

A comrade sings, or frames his witty speech, 

The Bergamasc, mid laughter heard from far. 

How sweetly on the voice of echo borne, 

Peals from its height the lonely convent bell; 

How faintly sounds the goatherd's rustic horn. 
Calling his stragglers from the chestnut fell ! 

Some pious few, in yonder sacred fane. 
Lit by the silver lamps that palely shine, 

All humbly kneel before Madonna's shrine. 

And kiss the ground, nor shall they pray in vain. 

Though homage of the heart, and tearful vow. 

Be all the gifts these v©taries can bestow. 

The Queen of Night shines forth — she comes to make 
A second day, more lovely than the first : 
Beneath her beams what happy hopes are nurst, 

When first Love dares his silence sweet to break. 



A. BONO OF COMO THE BSAUTirCL. 365 

When does the heart so soothingly o'erflow 
In its own commune, and with tears confess, 
And murmured sounds, its sense of happiness, 
As when the moonlight sleeps on all below ? 
What youthful footsteps ever fall so light 

As those that dance beneath the starry queen ? 
What palace pageant in their eyes so sheen, 
As the green Treillis and the fireflies bright ? 
Earth's stars which gem the mantle of her night, 
And glittering mid the vine leaves seem to say, 
" Short as our life is your's — ^joy while you may." 
Now peasant girls are clustering in the shade 
Of the acacia's sweet and pleasant grove. 
With eyes like night's, that seem to swim in love ; 
And jewelled ear, and darkly shining braid. 
With silver bodkins crowned. And this the time 
For childhood's gambols, sunny as its clime. 

Alas ! my glowing pulses beat too fast 

For these cold climes, where feeling withering dies, 
Where in each bowl of pleasure Caution lies 

In wait, to dash it from man's lips at last. 

Let me escape from these soul-chilling snows ! 

And may I, ere my latest sigh be past, 

Make on sweet Como's shore my mossy grave, 

And sink beside those waters in repose. 

While rose and cypress gently o'er me wave 1 

Thsbma C. L Wsst. 



866 



ADVICE TO LOVEES. 

LovEES, who would your flame declare, 
Trust to the language of the eyes ; 

Truth ever is imprinted there, 

And the tongue's eloquence supplies. 

No clever, well-turned phrases seek, 
List to the heart, and not the head ; 

Let the true heart its own words speak. 
And such will ever be well said. 

Excess in words should caution raise : 

From chosen language true love shrinks ; 

And he who thinks of what he says, 
Says very rarely what he thinks. 

M. A. R. 



867 



EMMA AND EGINAED. 

A STORY or THB DATS OF OHARLKHAONB. 

Ho, "butler mine ! the goblet bring, 

And cross the brim with mystic wine ! 
Ho, Muses Nine ! on airy wing 
Descend, and weave the fiery line ! 

Ho, gallant Pen ! run merrily, and fling me forth a 
strain, 

Bight worthy of the noble theme that warms within u:y 
brain, 

Of that great King of Christendom, the glorious Charle- 
magne ! 

Lord of the frozen Baltic, Lord of the German pines. 
Lord of Italian valleys, and mountains thick with vines. 
That look on Spanish headlands, where the dying day 
declines ! 

A thousand years are past and gone, yet long may poets 

sing. 
What, to the base mechanic ear, much wonder yet may 

bring. 
How the illustrious Charlemagne was " every inch a 

king!" 



BHMA AND EGINABD. 

For nine foot four 
He stood on the floor 
(He couldn't of course have come in by the door) ; 
And his toes, if you counted them, came rather more 
Than the average nvimber that gentlemen wore, 
Even then, and we know there were giants of yore! 
While, as for his sabre, 
'Twould cost you less labour 
To " put" the big stone or go " tossing the caber," 
Than vainly strive to poise and swing 
The terrible blade of the strong old king ! 
His own right hand. 
Alone in the land, 
Might wield in the battle that ponderous brand, 
Whose ruthless edge, 
So legends allege 
(Myself to that same I'd be sorry to pledge), 
Could cleave a stout foeman of infidel breed 
Through turban and breast-plate, thigh, saddle, 

[and steed ; 
A feat which his aides-de-camp all were agreed 
Was a capital way of confuting his creed ! 
Now, cracking the poll 
Seems, on the whole, 
But a roundabout way of assisting the soul ; 
Charlemagne didn't think so, and couldn't control 
His zeal for the Church when him listed unrol 
Her orthodox flag. 
And continued to brag 
Of multiplied converts brought safely to bag ; 
Of Saxon and Saracen, 
Sent up to Paris, on 



EMUA AND EGINABD. 369 

Purpose to have them baptized by the garrison, 
Or church'd in a way that was quick by comparison ; 
'Till superfine saints look'd immensely mysterious, 
And the clergy pronounced him ' decidedly serious.' 

Yet, woe to the great ! 

Since Envy and Fate 
Have always conspired to libel their state : 
Charlemagne, it is written in all of his lives, 
Own'd a very extensive assortment of wives. 

Some say three or four, 

Some a dozen or more, 
Which others in charity raise to a score ; 

So, seeing in fact 

One can't be exact. 
Our muse has discover'd a sad want of tact. 
In placing us all in a painful dilemma. 
To choose a mamma for the beautiful Emma. 

No matter ! such scandal we ought to forget ; 
Why cloud the name of the sweet brunette ? 

Enough to know 

That, years ago, 
A thousand at least — but chronology's low — 
The exquisite eyes of the princess, our heroine. 
Each gentleman's breast had at least put one ari'ow in ! 

As well they might, 

For a pair so bright. 
Set off with so charming a figure and height, 
Don't flash every day, which is lucky and right, 
Or Wakley 'd be sitting from morning to night ! 
And e'en in those days — for my tale, you're aware. 
Dates back to the time when all maidens were fair. 
And enchanted princesses weren't any way rare ; 

BB 



870 £MMA AND EGINARD. 

When Haroun was ruling in sunny Bagdad, 
And all for the asking might beai^ty be had — 
Even then there was not, on the world-wide horizon, 
A star like our Emma whom all set their eyes on ! 

Swaggering captains, cased in plate, 
Snorted sighs through helmet-grate ; 
She liked them well — but bade them wait. 

Velvet courtiers, trim and neat, 

Pour'd their sorrows at her feet ; 

She liked them too — they smelt so sweet. 

Sovereign princes fared no better ; 
None could link the golden fetter ; 
She only " wish'd that they might get her." 

" It was awkward to choose. 
It was hard to refuse !" 
In short, her vagaries, that puzzle the muse, 
Made many a gent 
Express an intent 
(Which something would always occur to prevent) 
Of easing his mind by a desperate suicide. 
And poking a carving-knife privately through his hide ! 

Now, the fiery Charlemagne, 

I need scarcely explain. 
After all that I've said, had a pious disdain 
Of every accomplishment idle and vain ; 
Spoke lightly of ci'ochet, held worsted work low, 
And dancing a vanity, music no go ; — 



SMKA AND EOINABD. 371 

And loved to declare, 

That a jewel so rare 
Deserved to be set with unusual care, 
For some brother-monarch to win and to wear ! 

Said he, "With your boarding-school simper and starch 

I cannot and will not away ; 
.My daughter shall trip it in Intellect's march, 

A trifle ahead of her day ! 
Her dawning mind shall not be fill'd 

By any bleak old woman ; 
rU have her drill'd by a tutor skill'd 

In learning quite uncommon ! 
Logic and Latin, and Greek, may be. 

Shall my own young chaplain teach her ; 
For he is a scholar of strange degree, 

And withal a wonderful preacher. 
He reads by night, and he reads by day, 

Both Gradus and Delectus ; 
And she shall learn more, ere her years be a score, 

Than you'd put in a short prospectus ! 
So train her and teach her, my chaplain true. 

Much learning grave and stately ; 
For I were full fain that her scholarly strain, 

Should make men marvel greatly !" 

Ho, chivalrous Macaulay ! 

A boon, my liege, I claim : 
You 've puzzled us so sorely. 

That you can't refuse the same ! 
Ho! did our fathers buUy 

Their chaplains with such glee, 
As you paint, so very coolly. 

In yoiw Cuuous Chapter UT ? 

B b2 



:^72 EMMA AND EOINAED. 

Did each man keep a curate, 

For his own especial snubbing, 
At such a very poor rate 

As a ten-pound note with grub in ? 

To fetch and to carry, 

And trundle a barry. 

And never to marry, 

And live in a garret 

On cow -beef and carrot ; 
Nail up the plums, and say grace like a parrot ; 

And dub him ' young Levite ?' 

Stuff! who 's to believe it? 
Our Quarterly heretics will not receive it ! 

They swear you 've perverted 

What Eachard asserted ; 

And craftily told 'em 

What isn't in Oldham ; 
So, as to the scales, I'd be sorry to hold 'em ! 

I've only to say 

That, in 'Charlemagne's day, 
Good people knew better, and loved to display 
Their zeal for the Church in a liberal way ; 
And blew out their chaplains with punch and tokay. 
And cramm'd them with turtle and doubled their pay, 
Delighted to see them both portly and gay ! 

But pray don't suppose 

That here I propose 
To paint a fat priest with a jolly red nose, 
And a corpulent belly and corns on his toes ! 

No ! out on the bard 

Who could ever be hard 
On that model pet-parson — the dear Eginard ! 

0, Tea-tables of Cheltenham ! 
0. spinster Saini« of Bath ! 



EMMA AND EOINABD. 373 



What interest you'd have felt in him ; 

How throng'd his primrose path ! 
For his words were, oh, so sillqr ; 
And his doctrine, oh, so milky ; 
And never, in a shrill key, 

Did he shriek out horrid things ! 
But so blandly he'd entreat you, 
So benignly half way meet you, 
That, really, in his seat you 

Saw an angel without wings ! 
And he did as other men did. 
Lest the weak should be offended ; 
And, if he now and then did 

Awhile unbend the springs 
Of life, and, waxing jolly. 
Strike up with " Nix my dolly," 
People said it was no folly. 

In a chaplain of the Bang's I 
They say " a little learning 

Is a dangerous sort of thing :** 
Which useful hint returning. 

The muse begs leave to sing, 
That a very little tutoring 

May work a man more woe. 
Than all the downright suitoring 

He'll ever undergo ! 
If you doubt it or deny it, , 

Choose a cousin bright and young ; 
For a fortnight fairly try it ; 

Teach her some outlandish tongue « 
Teach her Sanscrit, — teach her magioi 

Teach her anything you know. 



374 EMMA AND EaiNARD. 

'Till you find your tone grow tragic, 

And your bosom toss and glow } 
'Till you groan out ghastly adjec- 
tives in whispers hoarse and low ; 
'Till your friends crack jokes ironic ; 

'Till you feel a weary wish 
For a whiff of gas carbonic, 

Cooked in a charcoal dish : 
'TiU in short you learn how lightly 

Is the human heart divine 
Fenced against eyes that brightly, 

Alas, too brightly, shine ! 
So shall you feel due sympathy 

For our reverend young beau. 
If mazed in Cupid's dim path, he 

Shall chance at last on woe 
But, how he fared with Emma's eyes, 

We leave to Part the Second ; 
Wherein his cast of blank or prize 

Shall all be duly reckoned. 



PABT THE SECOND. 

Bear Alm a. Mater ! as in duty bound, 
I love thy grey old walls ! I love to tread 

Thy voiceless cloisters, and to hear the sound 
Of my slow foot-fall echo over-head. 

I love the sacred stream that floats around 
Those palaces of the immortal dead ! 

We spoke of mathematics, and I am 

At once — in heart at least — beside the Cam ! 



EMMA AND EOINAED. 375 

To me, it 's idle ooze recals a time 

When one look'd out so bravely on the world ; 
When hearts were free to fight, and hands to climb 

Its difficult heights, and thence to fling unfurl'd 
The banner of their thought ; that young sublime ! 

Alas, how tamely, in a nutshell curl'd. 
Sleeps all its fiery promise ! Yes — of late, 
Enthusiasm 's rather out of date ! 

We keep it bottled for a Pope's Aggression, 

Or grand new Cosmopolitan Bazaar ; 
Perhaps its force increases by compression : 

And now I really wonder where we are ? 
The man who can unravel this digression, 

And tell me how I ever stray' d so far 
From aught and all in Part the First recorded. 
Shall find himself most handsomely rewarded. 

And so — to proceed: 

Never, indeed, 
Was a royal phenomenon train'd with such speed ; 
For, long ere the sweet little princess was twenty, 
She'd carol off, slick, the whole Aa in prceseiiti, 
Had a competent knowledge of Propria quce 
Maribus, and much learning of lesser degree ; 
So kindly, in short, did she take to her tutor, 
She'd really no time to encourage a suitor : 

While her own royal father, 

Who, somehow, was rather 
Behind with his writing, and hadn't got farther 
Thau high-shoulder'd pot-hooks, dropp'd in, now and then, 
And became, by and by, quite a dab at his pen. 

Though others maintain, 

He tried, might and main. 



376 BMMA AND EGINASD. 

That useful accomplishment ever to gain ;* 

And haunted a school at the end of the lane, 

Disguised as an elderly spinster so plain, 

Six lessons to take, and it all was in vain 

That he cramp'd his four fingers and puzzled his brain, 

For trounced as a booby was haughty Charlemagne ! 

Well ! it seems that the day. 

Between teaching and play, 
Imperceptibly glided so quickly away, 
That our exquisite tutor was forced to propose 
To borrow a slice from the hours of repose : 

And, as teaching by night. 

By the merry lamp light. 
In a lady's boudoir isn't orthodox quite. 
And as Emma's apartment, so fragrant and gay. 
Lay across the covirt-yard — in short over the way ; 
Involving some nice points of ingress and egress, he 
Thought it high time for a dim bit of secrecy. 

So, pointing out clearly 

The day wasn't nearly 
So handy — if even for star-gazing, merely — 
He proceeded to hint that, as folks would be shock'd 
If he chanced to stay late and in consequence knock'd 
People up, when the castle was all double-lock' d. 

He meant to crawl out 

Of his window, — no doubt. 
He should very well find his way down by the spout : 
And, if she'd let him in, why there wasn't a doubt 
Her progress in Science would amply repay 
For an ocean of obstacles braved by the way ! 

* Eginard, in the biography of his royal patron, very frankly avows, 
" tentabat et scribere . . . . sed paruiu prospere successU labor prteposte- 
rus et sero inchuatus !" 



EMMA AKD EOINABD. 377 

" shocking imprudence !" I hear you exclaim : 

" How could she, how dare she? oh, fie and for shame! 

How can Mr. Bentley permit you to edit 

Such scandal ?" I 've only to say that I read it, 

In Lauresheim's Annals, — they're quoted by Guizot,* 

Whose remarks on the subject I trust will appease you. 

Heavily swayed the midnight bell, 
Counting slow its ponderous knell ; 
Where through the lattice a taper had shone, 
Lattice was open and taper was gone : 
For the slim Eginard 
Hath tied a knot hard 
In his reverend garters — the lattice unbarr'd. 
And spim like a monkey-man into the yard : 
And, crawling and creeping. 
And craftily peeping 
This way and that, though good people were sleeping, 
Warm in their beds, 
Nor troubling their heads 
For a larky chaplain over the leads ; 
He gains the boudoir. 
Taps at the door, 
And — there let us leave him, till day-break, once more. 
Dawns grey through the darkness on turret and shore ! 

Merrily chimed the matin bell. 

At six o'clock in the morning : 
It broke up a loving and learned spell. 
With its unmistakable warning ; 
The tutor so grave and the pupil so shy 
Just peep'd out once at the frosty sky, 

* Hutoire de la Civilization en France, ii. 219. 



378 EMMA AND EGINAED. 

As people will do, before wishing * good-bye,' 
As a hint that it 's time to be going : 

When poor Eginard, with a dismal cry, 

Shriek' d, " Saints protect us — oh, my eye I 

But here 's a kettle of fish to fry ; 
I 'm shot if it hasn't been snowing ! 

The ground 's as white as white can be ; 

They '11 track my steps — it 's up to your knee ; 

They '11 hunt me home with a villainous din, 

'Twill be no use saying, you shan't come in ! 

They '11 chop my head off— close at the chin ; 

And hammer it up at the gates to grin ! 
Saints on high. 
Look down and try 

If you couldn't, for once, let a gentleman fly ? 

A pair of wings and a tail to match, 

Across the yard, and never a batch, 

Of candles blazed on an altar yet 

Like those for which I'll be in your debt!" 

But never a word 

From Saint he heard : 
It was clear that they thought it extremely absurd 
Of a good beast to make an indifferent bird. 
He felt before, and he felt behind, 
But nothing unusual there could he find : 
The startled princess wish'd him flown ; 
It was very unpleasant to hear him groan : 
At last she thought of a plan of her own. 

" Listen to me, my tutor dear !'* 

Said she ; " there 's really nothing to fear 



XMMA A27D EQINARD. 379 

One thing's clear, 

You can't stay here, 
'Till the beak and the feathers you talk of appear ! 
Why, you mightn't be fledged by the end of the year ! 
Jump on my shoidders ! — it 's not very far; 
m carry you over ; and — there you are ! 
My tiny print shall scarcely break 
The carpet of the crisping flake ; 
And, if perchance my track be known, 
The trace is mine and mine alone ; 
Scandal's self must own that here. 
Your innocence, at least, is clear. 

No trifling, pray, 

The only way 
To save us both is to do as I say : 
If Dian the chaste 

(Do, please, make haste), 
Could carry a beau on her shoulder braced, 

Why shouldn't I?— 

At all events try ! 
It *8 no use your flapping — you never can fly !" 

Small was the need 

For the lady to plead ; 
For the chaplain was very much frighten'd, indeed. 
And jump'd on her shoulders with singidar speed ; 

Begg'd her to trot ; * 

Cried that his lot 
Was a great deal too hard — he 'd be hung on the spot ! 
Now, couldn't she canter ? — it wasn't so hot ! 

The poor little princess was doing her best ; 
She Btxuubled on, with a panting breastr 



380 



EMMA AND EOINAKD. 



(I wish I 'd been there ; 

'Tis vain to declare 
How hard I 'd have kick'd the unmannerly bear !) 
Stoutly and safely she carried him through, 
'Till he clutch'd the string of his garters true ; 
Then kindly watch'd the lubberly lout, 
Breaking his shins on the bricks and the spout ; 
Stopping half-way for a sprawl and a shout, 
And yelling to know what the Saints were about, 
To leave a man dangling in sether and doubt ? 
And so she watch'd and watch'd, until 
She watch'd him over the window-sill. 
Then, flush'd and breathless, homeward fled 
The sweet princess, and only said, 
" To judge by the way my dear tutor takes wing, 
Learning is doubtless a dangerous thing !" 



FAST THE THIRD. 

Charlemagne sat in his window, 

A-drinking early purl ; 
Twelve barbers stood behind him. 

The royal wig to curl ; 
Twelve paladins were kneeling 

Around him in a ring ; 
Twelve trumpeters were pealing 

At once, " God save the King !" 
Twelve courtiers took their places, 

The royal jokes to praise ; 
To hand the royal braces, 

Or lace the royal stays. 



EMMA AND EQINARD. 381 

All of a sudden he starts from his chair ; 

The very wig-royal flew straight in the air, 

As he stagger'd and shouted, " Good gracious ! look there ! 

Look, gentlemen, Look ! !" 

If the Exeter mail 
Had run over the tip of Beelzebub's tail, 
Accidentally drunk and asleep on the rail, 

Not Nick the Satanic, 

Li pain and in panic, 
Had bounced up with symptoms so loud and galvanic, 
Or hurl'd such a broadside at stoker and guard, 
As the furious Charlemagne at our poor Eginard ! 
And indeed, though a moralist, captious and slow, 
Might have fancied his expletives rather de trop ; 
And prayed him, in nautical language, to " stow" 
Certain pithy imperatives ; — such a tableau 
As a talented daughter, full trot through the snow. 
With, perch' d on her shoulder, a dandy young beau, 
Was rather what Cockneys define as a " go !" 

The courtiers grew 

Excessively blue ; 
They didn't know what upon earth to do. 

If pulling long faces. 

With frightful grimaces. 
Were anyway useful in keeping their places. 
Theirs were at least on a durable basis ; 
For they thump'd their breasts and roll'd their eyes^ 
And fill'd the roof with their dismal cries ; 

Nay, one was seen, 

ffis shrieks between, 
Indulging in anguish more dreadly serene, 
For he buried his face in the tail of his coat, 
And stuff 'd his handkerchief down his throat ! 



882 EMMA AKD EOINASD. 

Sharp thunder'd the King, 

" Ho, gentlemen, bring 
That parson pale and a penn'orth of string ! 

Turn out the guard 

In the great court-yard, 
And bid breakfast wait till we 've scragg'd Eginard !" 
• * * * « • 

Charlemagne sat in his window, 

Still drinking early purl ; 
His daughter stood before him, 

Her hair was out of curl. 
Her downcast eyes were counting 

The tangled carpet-rushes ; 
The royal blood ran mounting 

Through her cheeks in crimson blushes. 
I would you had witnessed his majesty's grin. 
As they Idck'd the blubbering chaplain in, 
His glowering scowl. 
As he said, with a growl, 
" Good youth, don't you see that it 's useless to howl ? 
What think you, my lords — shall we hang him or stick 

him, 
Or, first of all, set a strong fellow to lick him ? 
How would your wisdoms advise us to slaughter 
The rascal that dares to make love to our daughter ?** 

Then the spiteful courtiers gladly 

Suggested sundry ways ; 
All which would hurt him sadly. 

And bequeath to future days 
Strong hints for those who madly 
On a princess dared to gaze ! 
They talk'd of needles, they talk'd of pins. 
Of singeiuflT bis whiskers and scraping his shins : 



EMMA ANU SaiNABD. 383 

Of a rack, to crack 

The small of his back ; 
Of drowning him slowly, done up in a sack ; 
Of toasting him gently — of boiling him hard, 
Of a nice little fry with red pepper and lard ; 
Of a jolly Guy Fawkes in the tournament yard ! 
In short, how to pickle our poor Eginard, 
With anything like a respectful regard 

To his majesty's taste. 

Which was cruelly chaste. 
Was a problem they couldn't resolve in such haste. 
They couldn't decide if a boil or a roast 
Would turn, in a way that would worry him most, 
A nice young curate into a ghost ! 

Perchance you 've watch'd a hungry bear, 

Snarling over a bone : 
If so, you may picture his majesty's glare, 

And fancy his majesty's tone ! 
For in thunder roU'd his anger ; 

And the courtiers held their breath : 
Emma thought he meant to hang her, 

And she stood as white as death : 
And her lover grew so funky. 

He couldn't stand at all. 
But, like a clock-work monkey, 

Boll'd gibbering round the hall ! 

" Daughter mine, 

Tou 've taken the shine 
Out of our highly respectable line ! 
You have ! you 've disgraced me. — I 'm cursedly hurt. 
How could you — how dare you — go, vixen, and flirt 



384 EMMA AND EQINARD. 

With a beggar ? he 's scarcely a tail to his shirt ! 

Don't answer ! I see you intend to be pert. 

The shame and the scandal 't would only make worse, 

Or I 'd send you together to church — in a hearse ! 

Now hear me and heed me — we won't, in our ire, 

Koll out of the frying-pan into the fire ; 

We must act as a king — though we feel as a sire: 

We pardon our daughter — for reasons of state : 

Toward our chaplain we bid the wrath-royal abate : 

Our courtiers we rather advise to relate 

What they 've seen of their tricks 
If they 're anxious to ' fix,' 
A deuced long mile t'other side of the Styx, 
Where Paris ain't half so well known as Old Nick's. 
And finally, girl, since you 've chosen to carry him. 
We'll stand no more nonsense ; by jingo, you '11 maiTy 
him !" 

Then, smiling, spoke the courtiers, 

That stood before the King ; 
" Though we talk'd of fire and tortures. 

We knew they were n't the thing ! 
We knew your royal highness ; 

And we knew your bosom ran 
With the cream of human kindness 

For this excellent young man : 
And we only spoke in joking. 

So please you, gracious King, 
When we said we 'd set him croaking, 

Or any such like thing ! 
May our chaplain wax and flourish ! 

May he wear the scarlet hat ! 
May the princess yearly nourish, 

A chiirchling fair and fat ! 



EMICA AND EaiNABD. 385 

May it ever be a lesson t' her, 

This blessed morning's fun ! 
Now how could we speak pleasanter 

Than what as how we 've done ? 
And, if any of us mention 

Her charming little whim, 
In traitorous intention, 

Or inuendo dim, 
Why, strike him off his pension ; 

And strike his head off him l" 



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386 



MY WINTER EOOM. 

The Winter ^ind is roaring in the air, 

And crashing through the trees, upon the panes 

A dull sound tells the beating of the snow. 

And, now and then, a sharp quick tinkling where 

The hail is smiting. Hark, how bitterly 

The wild wind shrieks ! and, as I glance from out 

My casement, nothing but the black sky o'er, 

And the pale ghastly snow beneath, I see. 

Within, how warm and cosy is my room ! 

The broad bright blaze leaps, laughing, crackling up 

The rumbling chimney, shedding round my walls 

Its rosy radiance. Swarms of ruddy sparks. 

Like dancing fire-flies, hover now below 

The chimney's mouth, now stream up quietly 

Its sable throat, and now right at my face 

Dart swiftly, snapping out their testy lives. 

The great swart andirons stand in sulky strength 

Amidst the glowing redness. Now and then 

A brand breaks up, and falls on either side, 

Attended by a merrier dance of sparks. 

And then the play of shadows. On the wall 

The tongs has cast a straddling shape, with knob 

Nodding so wisely, every chair has lined 

Its giant &ame-work all axound. The tall 



MY WINTER BOOM. 387 

Quaint clock, which ticks with such industrious tongue, 
Chiming harmonious with the silver chirp 
Of the unceasing cricket, casts its high 
And reaching figure up the wall, with breast 
Bent to an angle, stretching half along 
The ceiling, wavering to each mirthful fit 
Of the glad firelight. How the cinder-blaze 
Flashes upon the letters of my books, 
Dances along the barrel of my gun 
(Eemainder of sweet Indian summer days 
In the calm forest when the smoky air 
Rang with its voice), and glittering on the joints 
Of my long fishing-rod (awakener too 
Of cool, dark forest streams, and leaping trout, 
And dashing music, and of net-work gold 
Dropped by low branches), glancing in the dark, 
Smooth polish of my cane (that also tells 
Of rambles in the fresh, green, pastoral hills 
To view the summer sunset — through the glens 
To while away IJiQ languid summer heat, 
And by broad waters where the harvest-moon 
Beheld its fax^ reflected). Cheery nook, 
Sweet cheery nook ! how precious is thy peace 
In my unquiet life ! how gladly here 
My heart expands in pure beatitude. 
Feeling its storms all hushed in holy rest, 
All tumults soothed — at sweet peace with itself— 
In kindness with all kind. The mangling day, 
Cares, disappointments, sorrows, may have brought, 
But all have vanished. All the bitter things 
Of being — unappreciated worth — 
Wounded affection — barred ambition like 
The Phcenix burning in the flames it fans 

cc2 



388 



MY WINTER ROOM. 



With its own pinions : hopes that, like old Eome, 

Are strewed in wrecks, which tell how bright and grant 

Their pristine shapes ; all these roll off like mists, 

And leave the crimsoned room a radiant shrine 

Of blest contentment. Here the fancy, too, 

Revels in its sweet dreaming, tracing things 

Grotesque and beautiful from out the coals, 

One glowing like a famished lion's eye 

One cracking open like a maiden's lips 

(So soft and rich their velvet ruddiness), 

And melting one in ashes soft and grey. 

Like sunset's rim, what time the sun hath sunk 

Beneath it ; and not only this, but lapped 

In poetry, which dances now in sweet 

And fairy music, as of harp and flute. 

And marching now in stately phalanx on 

To drum and trumpet. Glows the happy soul 

Eesponsive, till the hours on downy feet 

Have brought the time for slumber — then with prayer 

To God, my head upon its pillow sinks. 

And hearing, in the slow delicious creep 

Of slumber o'er the frame, the stormy wind 

And beating snow, I slide within the land, 

The dim, mysterious, unknown land of dreams. 

Alfbed B. Strut. 



389 



THE DANE, AND HIS KING. 

A PATEIOTIC SONG FOB DENMARK. 

(A Sheteh of February 11, 1659,) from the Danish of Andersen. 

His white tent Winter spreads around, 
In icy chains both Belts are bound ; 
But Denmark trusts in the Lord ! 

By Copenhagen camps the Swede, — 
Trusts in his name, trusts in his deed ; — 
But Denmark trusts in the Lord ! 

Sore, bitter Want rules village, town ; 
And Hunger-death treads all men down ; — 
But Denmark trusts in the Lord ! 

The Faubourg all in ashes lies ; 

Prom God's own house fierce flames arise ; — 

But Denmark trusts in the Lord ! 

The Danish King from rampart calls ; — 
The red-hot ball beside him falls, — 
But Denmark trusts in the Lord ! 



390 THE DANE AKD HIS KIKO. 

Now holds the foe the Isle, and all, — 

But Frederik swears that there he '11 fall ; — 

And Denmark trusts in the Lord ! 

All fight — what boots their place— who can, — 
Each man's a god, — each maid a man ! 
And Denmark trusts in the Lord ! 

Shrouds, shrouds, the Swede now puts him on, 
Like death-bands o'er the snows they're gone ; 
But Denmark trusts in the Lord ! 

The living Snow-man comes like Death, 
But melts before a woman's breath ; — 
So Denmark trusts in the Lord ! 

On storms the Swede with shout and cry, 
Soon in the snows a corpse to lie ; 
For Denmark trusts in the Lord ! 

" Te Deum" speaks, as true hearts spoke, 
And kneels the King with all his folk, 
And thanks for all the Lord ! 

w. 



891 



THE WAEDEN OF THE CINQUE POETS. 

A MIST was driving down the British Channel, 

The day was just begrin, 
And through the window-panes, on floor and panel, 

Streamed the red Autumn sun. 

It glanced on flowing flag and rippling pennon, 

And the white sails of ships ; 
And, from the frowning rampart, the black cannon 

Hailed it with feverish lips. 

Sandwich and Bomnej, Hastings, Hithe, and Dover 

Were all alert that day. 
To 866 the French war-steamers speeding over, 

When the fog cleared away. 

Sullen and silent, and like couchant lions. 

Their cannon, through the night. 
Holding their breath, had watched in grim defiance 

The sea-coast opposite. 

And now they roared at drum-beat from their stations 

On every citadel ; 
Each answering each, with morning salutations, 

That all was well ! 



392 THE WARDEN OP THE CINQUE POBTS. 

And down the coast, all taking up the burden, 

Replied the distant forts, 
As if to summon from his sleep the Warden 

And Lord of the Cinque Ports. 

Him shall no sunshine from the fields of azure, 

No drum-beat from the wall. 
No morning gun from the black fort's embrazure 

Awaken with their call ! 

No more surveying with an eye impartial 

The long line of the coast, 
Shall the gaunt figure of the old Field-Marshal 

Be seen upon his post ! 

For in the night, unseen, a single warrior, 

In sombre harness mailed, 
Dreaded of man, and sumamed the destroyer, 

The rampart wall has scaled. 

He passed into the chamber of the sleeper, 

The dark and silent room ; 
And as he entered, darker grew and deeper 

The silence and the gloom. 

He did not pause to parley or dissemble, 

But smote the Warden hoar ; 
Ah ! what a blow ! that made all England tremble 

And groan from shore to shore. 

Meanwhile, without the surly cannon waited, 

The sun rose bright o'erhead ; 
Nothing in Nature's aspect intimated 

That a great man was dead ! 

H. W. L0N6rBLl.0W. 



393 



A POET'S LOVE. 

With my love, so sweet and fair, 

None can compare ; 
With my love, so fair and sweet, 

None can compete ! 

Had I a hundred eyes 
(Two my purpose serve but ill), 

Had I a hundred eyes, 
I would gaze on her my fill ! 

With my love, so sweet and fair, 

None can compare ! 
With my love, so fair and sweet, 
None can compete ! 

Had I a hundred ears, 
They would hear her slightest tone ; 

Had I a hundred ears, 
They would list to her alone ! 

With my love, so sweet and fair, 

None can compare ! 
With my love, so fair and sweet, 
None can compete ! 



394 A poet's lovb. 

Had I a hundred tongues, 
They would praise her night and day ; 

Had I a hundred tongues, 
All together they would say, 

With my love, so sweet and fair, 

None can compare ! 
With my love so fair and sweet, 
None can compete ! 

M. A. B. 



895 



THE GIPSEY. 

Aloko the shaded banks of "Wye 
Three sprightly sisters stray'd, 

When lo ! a gipsey, passing by, 
Address' d each startled maid : — 

" Ladies," she cried, " oh, turn to me, 

Yotir fortunes I can trace, 
And show reflected to the three 

Each future husband's face." 

The maidens laugh' d, the boon was given. 
To search the stream they flew, 

And Wye, whose tide reflected heaven, 
Beflected beauty too. 

" I see no unknown features," cried 

Each disappointed fair, 
" My own I spy, and oft have spied. 

But no one else is there." 

" Whene'er," replied the crafty crone, 

" Ye bless three happy men, 
The features which are now your own, 

" Will be your husbands' then." 



S96 



THE CLOUD IN THE HONEYMOON. 

Know ye the road of sylvan notoriety, 

Where close cabs stand, and omnibuses ply ; • 

Which squares and crescents deck in gay variety. 

And walled-up villas, hidden from the eye ; 
Which counts dramatic stars in its society, 

In numbers that with Heaven's stars can vie ; 
Which boasts an hospital ? — but wherefore prompt on ? 
The place you must have recognized, as Brompton. 

Near this famed place, in a secluded spot, 
By a small garden from the road divided ; 

A small house stood — a perfect rural cot, 
In which, not many months ago, resided 

A happy pair, contented with their lot ; 

Thinking all bliss, while they were not divided ; 

Asking kind Heaven for no further boon, — 

'Tis true they still were in their honeymoon: 

Tet, as good models for all constant lovers, 
Joseph and Anna might have been displayed — 

Each day, some brighter charm in her discovers 
By fresh devotion on his part repaid — 



THE CLOUD IN THE HONEYMOON. 397 

One cloud alone in their horizon hovers ; — 

(The crumpling of the rose-leaf, I 'm afraid), 
That horrid office ! — every day. Poor Joe, 
At nine o'clock is hurried off to go. 



Short-sighted mortals ! why, — the separation 
Of those same eight hours out of twenty-four, 

Adds to affection, zest and animation. 

Felt by the wife, — and by the husband more — 

Returning from a long day's application, 
To find a sweet face smiling at the door, 

A bright fire sparkling, — warmth, and joy, and peace ; 

Does not the contrast home's true charms increase ? 

" Don't be late back, love," Anna murmured, parting 
From Joseph, on the mom of the New Tear ; 

It almost paid the grievance of departing. 
Those tender words and gentle tones to hear. 

So Joseph thought, while on his long walk starting, 
With Anna's sweet voice ringing in his ear. 

He gave a sigh — then, quickening his gait. 

Exclaimed, " Confovmd that watch ! I shall be late." 

Elbowing, pushing, forcing on his way, 

At length a brother clerk he chanced to meet. 
" Why, you are early from your work to-day !" 

Said Joseph, as ho stopped, his friend to greet. 
" Work !" said the other, " 'tis a holiday, 

" To us poor fellows a delightful treat." 
" A holiday !" cried Joseph, " what a pleasure ! 

" T '11 hasten home — what glad news for my treasure I" 



398 THE cLOxm in the honeymoon. 

How gaily now, his best exertions using, 
Onwards to home and wife he quickly hies ; 

With pleasant fancies, now, his mind amusing, 
Anticipating Anna's glad surprise ; — 

At other times, the length of way abusing ; — 

At length the wished-for cottage meets his eyes — 

Ho knocks once — twice — thrice, vainly at the door; 

The well-known raps strike heedless o'er and o'er. 



At length, the door was opened ; and beside him 

Stood Anna, in becoming agitation ; 
She said, she from the window had descried him ; 

And when he asked her, what her occupation 
Was, that so long, an entrance she denied him ?' 

She blushed, and uttered with much perturbation, 
Some faint excuse, which, with her shrinking eye 
And changing tint, seemed very like a lie. 

" Don't let us stand here in the cold to chatter," 
Said Joseph, in an accent somewhat stem. 

His Anna would have asked, what was the matter ; 
But feared lest her solicitude he 'd spurn : 

Perhaps (my heroine I would not flatter), 

Her busy conscience made her fair cheeks bum ! 

And thinking of the slip in her veracity. 

Acted as a restraint on her loquacity. 

But, by degrees, their spirits rose again, 
And as they sat conversing, side by side. 

With fond words Joseph tried to soothe the pain 
His harsh tones must have caused his gentle bride. 



THE CLOUD IN THE HONE7MOON. 399 

" What could," he thought, " have made my silly brain 

" Form an idea against a love so tried?" 
And quite convinced that he had been the offender, 
He strove to make it up by vrords more tender. * 

What has occurred to make him, in a hurry, 
Draw back from Anna's slender waist his arm ? 

Can jealous thoughts again his fancy worry, 
And cause that sudden glance round of alarm r 

Why does his look put Anna in a flurry ? 

She rose, and murmuring, " 'Tis very warm," 

Opened the window, and then left the room, 

Leaving her husband sunk in deepest gloom. 

Oh, jealousy ! how much are to be pitied 

The victims of thy poisonous influence ! 
When once a mind is to thy power submitted, 

Farewell all hope, all reasoning, all sense ! 
Now art thou into Joseph's brain admitted. 

On what would seem too idle a pretence : 
Those fears, those doubts, which all his pleasure mar, 
Rise from the smell of an expired cigar ! 

"Now, who can have been smoking here?" thought 
Joseph : 

" There's no use asking Anna, I presume. 
" She really might as well have got no nose, if 

" She can't perceive this evident perfume ! 
" She said she had no visitors — who knows if 

" I had not better ignorance assume ? 
" She mugt have smelt it, and, with guilty care, 
" Opened the window, just to change the air. 



400 THE CLOUD IN THE HONEYMOOW. 

" I '11 hide my doubts, and watch her every motion." 
Just then, his wife re-entered with a smile : 

Her manner showed no traces of emotion, 

As, v?ith gay talk, she strove the hours to wile ; 

Her merry laugh, her simple, fond devotion, 
Served, for a time, his fancies to beguile ; 

But still, that odour, floating in the air, 

Contrived his coming gaiety to scare. 



Vainly, dissimulation's aid invoking. 

The conversation round about he led ; 
Wished they had visitors — and said, half joking, 

That he had met a friend, who was ill-bred 
Enough to want to come in, although smoking. 

Here he thought Anna's cheek grew very red ; 
But, as she answered with some slight remark, 
He was obliged to leave oflf in the dark. 

Next morning, Joseph lingers in his going, 
Although the clock his tardiness reproves ; 

Till Anna, with a smile, the hour hand showing. 
Presents him, as a hint, with hat and gloves. 

" 'Tis but too clear ! she 's quite impatient growing," 
Thought he, as to the door he slowly moves, 

" But, this time, in hypocrisy I '11 match her. 

" As sure as I 'm alive, to-day I '11 catch her !" 

Eesolved to act with care and circumspection, 
He hid the bitter pain from which he smarted ; 

He said " good-bye !" with much assumed affection. 
Trying to hum an air, and look light-hearted. 



THB CLOT7D IH THB HONBTMOOX. 401 

His doubts thus safe from all fear of detection, 

Upou his fatal journey off he started, 
With plans that gave this gay, good-humoured fellow 
A wonderful resemblance to Othello. 



" If," thought he, " I find something wrong about her, 
" No pains, no torments of revenge I '11 spare ! 

" Yet, after all, it is unjust to doubt her 
" On a cause, literally, ' light as air.* 

" What a blank would existence be without her 
"Kind looks and words, her tender, losing care!" 

Here, as he melted fast into the lover, 

He hastened back, the whole truth to discover. 

Through the small garden, now behold him stealing, 
With beating heart, and footstep light and airy : 

Fearing some chance, his quick return revealing, 
Should spoil his plot, he cast round glances wary. 

At length, successfully his form concealing. 

He reached the house ; and then, with anxious care, ho 

Crept to the parlour window, and peeped in. 

Trembling at what he might behold within. 

What sees he there ? — each jealous fancy flies ; 

Doubt and suspicion are for ever gone ! 
By the fireside, his Anna meets his eyes, 

Reclining in an arm-chair, and alone. 
But what her occupation? — (his surprise 

Is justified by such a cause, we own). 
A faint cloud issues from her lips, which are 
Puffing away at an immense cigar ! 

D D 



402 THE CLOUD IN THE HONEYMOON. 

The exclamation, he could not repress, 
Startled the fair one from her meditation ; 

Trembling with wonder, and with fear no less, 
She spied her husband at his observation. 

" Joseph !" she cried, in accents of distress. 
He waited for no further invitation, 

But, quick as thought, the window ledge he gained, 

And to his heart his faithful wife he strained ! 

I need not tell how Joseph, doubts forswearing, 
Was of his jealous whims for ever rid ; 

How Anna had been longing, yet not daring, 
To own the secret habit from him hid ; 

How, all his frantic jealousy declaring. 
He owned his fears deserving to be chid ; 

How he forgave, and joined his constant Anna 

In quiet indulgence in a mild Havanna. 

fHotal. 

Now, of this tale the moral I '11 explain : 

A useful one to husband and to wife. 
Wives, let no idle fears your truth restrain, 

For mystery will oft occasion strife. 
Husbands, from causeless jealousy refrain, 

Lest you embitter all your wedded life, 
For doubts which afterwards you would revoke, 
And fears, which may, like Joseph's, end in svioJce ! 

U. A. B. 



403 



THE CHURCHTAED AT CAMBEIDGE. 



In the village churchyard she lies, 
Dust is in her beautiful eyes. 

Nor more she breathes, nor feels, nor stirs ; 
At her feet and at her head 
Lies a slave to attend the dead, 

But their dust is as white as hers. 



Was she a lady of high degree. 
So much in love with the vanity 

And foolish pomp of this world of ours ? 
Or was it Christian Charity, 
And lowliness and humility. 

The richest and rarest of all dowers ? 



Who shall tell us ? No one speaks ; 
No colour shoots into those cheeks. 

Either of anger or of pride. 
At the rude question we have asked : 
Nor will the mystery be unmasked 

By those who are sleejung at hor side. 
D D 2 



404 THE CHUBCHYABD AT CAMBBIDCS. 

Hereafter ? — And do you think to look 
On the terrible pages of that book, 

To find her failings, faults and errors ? 
Ah, you will then have other cares 
In your own short-comings and despairs, 

Li your own secret sins and terrors ! 

W. H. LONOPBLLOW. 



405 



SONG FROM THE GAELIC. 

" Love, will thou trust thyself with me ?" 

Whispered a bold and gallant rover ; 
" Li distant lands I thought of thee, 

And 'midst the wild cry of victory, 

Thou wert before me." 

The lady's eyes so bright and blue 

Turned on the knight, but not in sorrow,— 
" I ever knew thee leal and true. 

And I will wed thee, love, to-morrow. 
And love thee dearly." 

W. H. Matwktx. 



406 



IN SAEAil. 



Ante alias splendet specie pulcherrima Sara, 

Formosas superans effigie egregia. 
Urget amore mihi pectus mentemque puella, et 

Angustsv in Nostra vivit honesta Via. 
Virgineo in coetu nuUas dulcedine Saree, 

Nobilibus natas, invenias similes. 
Iraplet amore mihi mentem pectusque puella, et 

Angusta in Nostra vivit honesta Via. 

n. 

Institor huic pater est, portans qui caulibus apta 

Retia per vicos clamitat assidue : 
Digna viro est uxor, merces cui fimbria longa est 

Vendita, siqua velit foemina compta emere. 
At tales talem quam dulcis numina Sara 

(Nobilis est certe !) non generasse sinunt. 
Est mihi delicise cordi mentique puella, et 

Angusta in Nostra vivit honesta Via. 

III. 

Adveniente ilia fabricam inceptosque labores 
Desero continue, victus amore meo : 



407 



SALLY IN OUR ALLEY. 



Of all the girls that are so smart, 

There 's none like pretty Sally, 
She is the darling of my heart, 

And she lives in Our Alley. 
There 's not a lady in the land. 

That 's half so sweet as Sally, 
She is the darling of my heart, 

And she lives in Our Alley. 

II. 

Her father, he makes cabbage-nets, 

And through the streets does cry 'cm, 
Her mother, she sells laces long, 

To such as please to buy 'em. 
But sure, such folks could ne'er beget 

So sweet a girl as Sally ; 
She is the darling of my heart. 

And she lives in Our Alley. 

III. 

When she is by, I leave my work, 
I love her so sincerely : 



408 IN SAEAM. 

Tunc ira fervens improvisusque magister, 
TJt Saracenus, adit, me baculo feriens. 

At quamvis feriat donee satiabitur iste, 
Omnia pro Sara perfero, sie peramo. 

Firmat amore mihi pectus mentemque puella, et 
Angusta in Nostra vivit honesta Via. 

IV. 

Hebdomadae ex omni spatio serieque dierum 

Solem unum expecto, suavis et est milii lux. 
Isque dies Lunae imperium ac Satuniia regiia 

Disjungit, veniens lumine propitio. 
Tunc etenim spatior Sara coraitatus araic^, 

Vestituque nitens, splendidius solito. 
Fert mihi lenimen curse dulcissima Sara, et 

Angusta in Nostra vivit honesta Via. 

V. 

Ad templum Domini me ducit ssepe magister, 

Ssepe at nequitiam corripit ille meam : 
Scilicet aufugio furtim falloque magistrum, 

Sacro argumento vix bene proposito. 
Dum monet Orator populum hortaturque disertus, 

Ad Saram effugio, dulceque colloquium. 
Implet amore mihi mentem pectusque puella, et 

Angusta in Nostra vivit honesta Via. 

VI. 

Quum volvente anno Christi Natalitia orta 
Sint, nummum mihi erunt in loculo cumuli. 

Omnea servabo, atque ipsa cum pyxide Sara), 
Tempora quum veniant, melligenae tribuam. 



8ai.lt nr oub alley. 400 

My master comes like any Turk, 

And bangs me most severely. 
But let him bang his bellyful, 

m bear it all for Sally ; 
She is the darling of my heart. 

And she lives in Our Alley. 

IV, 

Of all the days that 's in the week, 

I dearly love but one day, 
And that 's the day that comes between 

A Saturday and Monday. 
For then I'm dress'd in all my best. 

To walk abroad with Sally ; 
She is the darling of my heart, 

And she lives in Our Alley. 



My master carries me to church. 

And often am I blamed. 
Because I leave him in the lurch 

As soon as Text is named. 
I leave the church in sermon-time. 

And slink away to Sally ; 
She is the darling of my heart, 

And she lives in Our Alley. 

VI. 

When Christmas comes about again. 
Oh ! then I shall have money, — 

I'll hoard it up, and — box and all — 
I'll give it to my honey. 



410 IN SABAM. 

Atque utinam innumeras mihi opes fortuna dedissot I 

Sara suo totas exciperet gremio. 
Est mihi delicise cordi mentique ptiella, et 

Angusta in Nostra vivit honesta V 

VII. 

Irrident flammain vicini atque ipse magi star 

Quae me illamque urit, ludificantque facem. 
Sed, sine amore tuo, prsestaret, Salli, revinctum 

Servi me vitam remigio traliere. 
Quiun tamen elabens lente confecerit annus 

Septimus orbiculum, Sara mihi uxor erit. 
Turn vero thalamum celebrabimus atque hymemeos, 

At procul Angusta ibimus usque Via. 

G. K. GiLLKSPiE, A.M. 



SALLY IN OUE ALLEY. 411 

And, would it were ten thousand pounds, 

I'd give it all to Sally ; 
She is the darling of my heart, 

And she lives in Our Alley. 

VII. 

My master, and the neighbours all, 

Make game of me and Sally, 
And, but for her, I'd better be 

A slave, and row a galley. 
But when my seven long years are out, 

Oh ! then, I'll marry Sally, 
Oh ! then we'll wed, and then we'll bed, 

But not in Our Alley. 



412 



TES AND XO. 

Christmas time, 

Poets' rhyme 
rJalls the best of seasons ; 
For the pref'rence they bestow, 
Can we find good reasons ? 

No! 

Yet do we 

Disagree 
With those who despise it ; 
Does not Christmas joys possras 
For which we should prize it i" 

Yes! 

When, with cold, 

We behold, 
Pinched and blue our faces, 
Can we all complaints forego, 
Or forbear grimaces ? 

No! 

But when night 

Brings firelight, 
And our friends are near us ; 
While we round the fireside press, 
Does not pleasure cheer us ? 

Yes! 



TES AND NO. 413 

Frost bereaves 

Trees of leaves, 
Eobs flowers of their lustre ; 
Can the glitt'ring ice and snow 
For their charms pass muster ? 

No! 

But their place 

Will replace 
Christmas trees and holly ; 
Their bright tints to value less, 
Would not that be folly? 

Yes! 

To our gates, 

When the waits, 
Postmen, servants, traders. 
All for Christmas boxes go. 
Do we bless the invaders ? 

No! 

But when some 

Fine things come 
As a Christmas present, 
All inscribed to our address, 
Don't we find it pleasant ? 

Yes! 

M. A. B. 



414 



A BALLAD OF SIE JOHN FEANKLIN. 

O, WHiTHEB sail you, Sir John Franklin ? 

Cried a whaler in Baffin's Bay. 
To know if between the land and the pole 

I may find a broad sea-way. 

I charge yon back, Sir John Franklin, 

As you would live and thrive ; 
For between the land and the frozen pole 

No man may sail alive. 

But lightly laughed the stout Sir John, 

And spoke unto his men : 
Half England is wrong, if he is right ; 

Bear off to westward then. 

0, whither sail you, brave Englishman ? 

Cried the little Esquimaux. 
Between your land and the polar star 

My goodly vessels go. 

Come down, if you would joximey there, 

The little Indian said ; 
And change your cloth for fur clothing, 

Your vessel for a sled 



A BALLAD OF 8IE JOHN FRANKLIN. 415 

But lightly laughed the stout Sir John, 
And the crew laughed with him too : — 

A sailor to change from ship to sled, 
I ween, were something new ! 

All through the long, long polar day. 

The vessels westward sped ; 
And wherever the sail of Sir John was blown, 

The ice gave way and fled : 

Gave way with many a hollow groan. 

And with many a surly roar. 
But it murmured and threatened on every side, 

And closed where he sailed before. 

Ho ! see ye not, my merry men, 

The broad and open sea ? 
Bethink ye what the whaler said. 
Think of the little Indian's sled ! 

The crew laughed out in glee. 

Sir John, Sir John, 'tis bitt«r cold. 

The scud drives on the breeze. 
The ice comes looming from the north, 

The very sunbeams freeze. 

Bright summer goes, dark winter comes — 

We cannot rule the year ; 
But long ere summer's sun goes down. 

On yonder sea we'll steer. 

The dripping icebergs dipped and rose. 

And floundered down the gale ; 
The ships were staid, the yards were manned, 

And furled the useless sail. 



416 A BALLAD OF BIB JOHN FBANKLIX. 

The summer's gone, the winter's come, 

We sail not on yonder sea : 
Wliy sail we not, Sir John Franklin ? 

A silent man was he. 

The summer goes, the winter comes — 

We cannot rule the year : 
I ween, we cannot rule the ways, 

Sir John, wherein we 'd steer. 

The cruel ice came floating on, 

And closed beneath the lee. 
Till the thickening waters dashed no more ; 
'Twice ice around, behind, before — 

My God ! there is no sea ! 

What think you of the whaler now ? 

What of the Esquimaux ? 
A sled were better than a ship. 

To cruise through ice and snow. 

Down sank the baleful crimson sun, 

The northern light came out. 
And glared upon the ice-bound ships, 

And shook its speai's about. 

The snow came down, storm breeding storm, 

And on the decks wa*< laid ; 
Till the weary sailor, sick at heart. 

Sank down beside his spade. 

Sir John, the night is black and long, 

The hissing wind is bleak. 
The hard, green ice is strong as death : — 

T prithee. C:ij;itain, speak! 



A BALLAD OP SIR JOHN FBANKLIN. 417 

The night is neither bright nor short, 

The singing breeze is cold, 
The ice is not so strong as hope — 

The heart of man is bold ! 

What hope can scale this icy wall, 

High over the main flag- staff ? 
Above the ridges the wolf and bear 
Look down, with a patient, settled stare, 

Look down on us and laugh. 

The summer went, the winter came — 

We could not rule the year ; 
But summer will melt the ice again, 
And open a path to the sunny main. 

Whereon our ships shall steer. 

The winter went, the summer went, 

The winter came around ; 
But the hard, green ice was strong as death. 
And the voice of hope sank to a breath, 

Yet caught at every sound. 

Hark ! heard you not the noise of guns ? — 

And there, and there, again ? 
'Tis some uneasy iceberg's roar, 

As he turns in the frozen main. 

Hurra ! hurra ! the Esquimaux 

Across the ice-fields steal : 
God give them grace for their charity ! 

Ye pray for the silly seal. 

B B 



418 ▲ BALLAD 07 SIB JOHN FBANKLIN. 

Sir John, where are the English fields, 
And where are the English trees, 

And where are the little EngUsh flowers 
That open in the breeze ? 



Be still, be still, my brave sailors ! 

You shall see the fields again, 
And smell the scent of the opening flowers, 

The grass, and the waving grain. 

Oh ! when shall I see my orphan child ? 

My Mary waits for me. 
Oh ! when shall I see my old mother, 

And pray at her trembling knee ? 

Be still, be still, my brave sailors ! 

Think not such thoughts again. 
But a tear froze slowly on his cheek ; 

He thought of Lady Jane. 



Ah ! bitter, bitter grows the cold. 
The ice grows more and more ; 

More settled stare the wolf and bear, 
More patient than before. 

Oh ! think you, good Sir John Franklin, 

We'll ever see the land ? 
'Twas cruel to send us here to starve, 

Without a helping hand. 



A BALLAD OF SIK JOHN FBANKLIH. 419 

'Twas cruel Sir John, to send us here, 

So far from help or home, 
To starve and freeze on this lonely sea: 
I ween, the Lords of the Admiralty 

Would rather send than come. 

Oh ! whether we starve to death alone, 

Or sail to our own country, 
We have done what man has never done — 
The truth is founded, the secret won — 

We passed the Northern Sea ! 



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420 



MY POETEAIT. 

Oh, young and richly gifted ! born to claim 

No vulgar place amidst the sons of fame ; 

With shapes of beauty haunting thee like dreams, 

And skill to realize AJrt's loftiest themes, 

How wearisome to thee the task must be. 

To copy these coarse features painfully, 

Faded by time, and paled by care, to trace 

The dim complexion of this homely face, 

And lend to a bent brow and anxious eye. 

Thy holiest toil, thine art's high mystery. 

Yet by that art almost, methinks, divine, 
By hand, and colour, and the skilful line, 
Which at a stroke can strengthen or refine. 
And mostly by the invisible influence 
Of thine own sjiirit, gleams of thought and sense 
Shoot o'er the careworn forehead, and illume 
The heavy eye, and break the leaden gloom. 
Even as the sunbeams on the rudest ground 
Fling their illusive glories wide around. 
And make the dullest scene of nature bright 
By the reflexion of their own pure light. 

Mary Kussgll Mitford. 



421 



FIELD-PREACHINa. 

The cassock'd priest's grave homily 
You rightly deem claims reverence ; 

For me, I own the heresy, 

Field-preaching has more eloquence. 

A budding leaf, a blade of grass, 
A ripple on the stream, a reed, 

A beam or shadow that may pass 
To me with holiest unction plead. 

And therefore sometimes I am found. 
While close cathedral walls On you. 

Where breeze and bird are chanting round. 
Where blossoms sparkle with the dew. 

Or when within the pillar'd fane 
You view the decorated tomb, 

Where effigy and record vain 

Adorn with pomp the common doom : 

Some rural haunt displays to me 
Aflfjcting types of life's decline, 

The barren field, the naked tree. 
And many a grave and solemn sign. 



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422 FIELD- PRE ACHING. 

And as the woodland path I tread, 

Where late the new-blown flowers were gay, 

Wliere now the wither'd leaves are spread, 
Wise teachers meet me on the way. 

Say not I break Divine commands ! 

Say not I shun the house of prayer ! 
There is a house not made with hands, 

And there are hearts that worship there ! 

Julia Dat. 



423 



SEMPEE LO STESSO. 

EvEE the same ! — let this our watchword be 

Upon the dreary battlements of time, 
With a clear soul I breathe it unto thee 

In tones whose fervour mocks this idle rhyme ; 
Ever the same ; — how sweet to earn with pain 

The tested love that casteth out all fear, 
And amid all we suffer, doubt and feign, 

To own one true and self-absorbing sphere ! 
Ever the same ; — as moons the waters draw, 

A simple presence calms all inward strife. 
And by the sway of some benignant law, 

With high completeness fills the sense of life : 
The Holy One this sacred thought confest 
When leaned the fond disciple on his breast. 

H. T. TUCKERMAN. 



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424 



THE TWO ANGELa 

Two angels, one of Life and one of Death, 

Passed o'er the village as the morning broke ; 

The dawn was on their faces, and beneath, 

The sombre houses hearsed with plumes of smoke. 

Their attitude and aspect were the same, 

Alike their features and their robes of white ; 

But one was crowned with amaranth, as with flame, 
And one with asphodels, like flakes of light. 

I saw them pause on their celestial way ; 

Then said I, with deep fear and doubt oppressed : 
" Beat not so loud, my heart, lest thou betray 

The place where thy beloved are at rest !" 

And he, who wore the crown of asphodels, 
Descending, at my door began to knock, 

And my soul sank within me, as in wells 

The waters sink before an earthquake's shock. 

I recognised the nameless agony, 

The terror and the tremor and the pain. 

That oft before had filled and haunted me. 

And now returned with threefold strength again. 



THE TWO ANGELS. 425 

The door I opened to my heavenly guest, 

And listened, for I thought I heard God's voice ; 

And knowing whatsoe'ei* He sent was best, 
Dared neither to lament nor to rejoice. 

Then with a smile, that filled the house with light, 
" My errand is not Death, but Life," he said ; 

And ere I answered, passing out of sight 
On his celestial embassy he sped. 

'T was at thy door, friend ! and not at mine, 

The angel with the amaranthine wreath, 
Pausing descended, and with voice divine, 

Whispered a word that had a sound like Death. 

Then fell upon the house a sudden gloom, 
A shadow on those features fair and thin ; 

And softly, from that hushed and darkened room. 
Two angels issued, where but one went in. 

All is of God ! If He but wave his hand 

The mists collect, the rain falls thick and loud. 

Till with a smile of light on sea and land, 
Lo ! He looks back from the departing cloud. 

Angels of Life and Death alike are his ; 

Without his leave they pass no threshold o'er ; 
Who, then, would wish or dare, believing this, 

Against his messengers to shut the door ? 

W. H. LoNOF£LLOW. 



426 



THE SHOE. 

There's a great ball to-night at the castle ; 
There are knocks at the door all the day ; 
Every knock at the door brings a parcel, 
Every parcel contains something gay. 
My dress gives no room for complaining, 
Flowers, trimmings, and gloves, all quite new ; 
And the only one thing now remaining. 
Is to look for a pretty shaped shoe. 

With great trouble, I make a selection, 

For I must have a well-fitting pair : 

At length, some appear quite perfection — 

Their beauty will make the world stare ! 

My toilet thus fixed ; to begin it, 

I go very early, 'tis true ; 

But I wait for the very last minute, 

To put on my beautiful shoe. 

My dress I discover no faults in — 
At eleven we start from the house ; 
And half-an-hour after, we 're waltzing, 
In time, to the sweet airs of Strauss. 



THB SHOE. 427 

But that proverb, so frequently quoted, 
Of the cup and the lip, proved quite true ; 
And the dancing, on which I so doted, 
"Was spoiled by my horrible shoe. 

How could I have guessed, while admiring 
Its beautiful form in the glass. 
That the pleasure I 'd been so desiring, 
Would be quite ruined by it ; alas ! 
But no sooner had I begun twirling, 
Than my shoe took to doing so too ; 
And while in the gay dance, still whirling. 
Off danced my detestable shoe ; 

In VEte, while I in a chasse, 
My vis-a-vis hastened to meet, 
I felt, on a sudden, quite glacee, 
By something cold touching my feet. 
A dreadful suspicion came o'er me ! 
I looked on the ground, — full in view 
Of the crowds of spectators before me, 
A yard or two off, lay my shoe ! 



This leads to a pause in my dancing ; 

To sit, sadly still, I'm reduced ; 

"When I see our fair hostess advancing, 

And I rise up to be introduced. 

I return with a curtsey her greeting. 

Then drew back, — when I found — fancy, do I 

I had left at her feet, in retreating, 

My hateful, my horrible shoe ! 



428 THE SHOE. 

By these accidents fairly affrighted, 
All hopes of a dauce I renounced ; 
And I must own, I felt quite delighted, 
When our carriage, at last, was announced. 
But on mounting its step,— who can utter 
My grief! some one pushed — Lord knows whul 
And I found my foot right in the gutter, 
Deserted, of course, by ray shoe ! 

Left barefoot — (there could be no wearing 
A thing covered with mud every inch) ; 
I determined, next time, on preparing 
A shoe that would serve at a pinch. 
You may talk of the torture of squeezing. 
What is that, pray, to being wet through ? 
Take my word, there is nothing more teazing, 
Than to play hide and seek with your shoe ! 

M. A. B. 



429 



THE TOMB OF GLOEY. 

Ha.bk to the solemn toll — tlxe muffled drum ! 
Bearinj^ the " mighty dead," behold they come ! 
A nation comes ! — for all that long array 
But represents a nation's grief to-day. 
Its myriad souls unite in silent prayer — 
In spirit, if not presence, axl are there ! 
Unsullied laurels grace the warrior's bier, 
And triumph's smile illumines sorrow's tear. 
Though for a season deep regret may reign, 
And solemn silence shrouds yon sable train- 
Though for a moment glory sits in gloom. 
Immortal radiance hovers o'er the tomb ! 

Greatest of modem Britons ! — thou whose name 
Shall henceforth be synonymous with Fame — 
The second Arthur of our matchless isle — 
On whom did virtue, valour, fortune, smile — 
Whom pride is proud to honour — and whom state 
Owns, in thy simple grandeur, truly great. — 
Soon to thy name the sculptured tomb shall rise, 
And Aet's high efforts tell where Gloky lies. 
The graver's chisel, and the poet's lays. 
For thee shall consecrate a nation's praise. 



430 THE TOMB OF OLOBY. 

Yet oh ! liow feeble ev'n the loftiest art 
To paint the feelings of a nation's heart. 
That mighty heart, to which in true response, 
Thine echoed once ! — alas, that sad word oncb ! 
Ah ! vain is all the incense they can raise — 
Sculpture's fair forms, and poesy's high praise. 
'Tis but the taper glimmering in the sun, 
The wreath superfluous, when the race is won. 
Glory needs no memorial — bom to live 
In that best life its deeds or works can give. 
With its own hand its monument it builds, 
With its own light death's dark abode it gUds. 
'Tis thus the name we would record shaU last. 
And time preserve it when the tomb is past. 
Tluit for the living, not the dead, we raise. 
To bid them emulate the name they praise — 
To tell to after ages here doth lie 
All of immortal glory that can die — 
To ask no idle sigh, nor transient tear. 
But proudly tell that Wellington sleeps here ! 

Eta. 



431 



THE COBBLER OP TOLEDO. 



▲ LEOBNO OP CASTILB. 

You 'vE all of you heard, or you 've all of you read, 

Of a little old cobbler whose dwelling is said 

To have been nothing more than a stall or a shed, 

Where he could n't stand up without bumping his head ; 

But which still, as the choicest authorities say. 

Both served him for kitchen and salle a manger. 

This same little cobbler— so fickle is Fame — 
Has never yet figured in rhyme with a Tiame ; 
And even the place of his birth or " location," 
His life, death and actions, his language and nation, 
Are all alike left to our imagination. 

Yet, he lived and he died ; 

He 'd a language beside. 
And a mother of whom he was haply the pride. 

I 've traced them all out with much trouble and pain, 
And I 've taken a journey expressly to Spain 
To search all the archives — I hope not in vain, — 
As I found that this maker of shoes for " the million," 
Waa bom at Toledo — a thorough Castilian. 



432 THE COBBLES OP TOLEDO. 

Toledo 's a city renowned through all ages, 

In clerical tomes and historical pages, 

For bishops and warriors, princes and sages. 

And sword-blades, which even in these modern days 

(When we 're giving up fighting and choleric ways) 

Are confess'd to be matchless in " temper" — a rarity 

Scarcely more known to our peace-men than charity. 

In one of the streets of this city of steel — 

This Sheffield and Birmingham store of Castile — 

Stood a gloomy old mansion, with windows so few, 

And so closely barred up, how the light could get through 

Was a puzzle to all who beheld them the more, 

As the street was so narrow and dismal before. 

That no ray of the sunlight had ever been known 

To wriggle its way down and burnish one stone. 

Like a little excrescence below this great hall 
Projected a queer little, black-looking, stall, 
Whence the sound of a hammer assail'd you, together 
With odours of beeswax and blacking and leather. 

And if you look'd in, 

In the midst of the din, 

And the gloom and the smell — 

And the dirt, too, as well — 

You might see a small body, a very big head, 
Two eyes very bright, and one nose very red, 
Two hands very large and as grimy as soot. 
And not the least sign of a leg or a foot. 

Don't fancy, I beg. 

That there was n't a leg — 
But merely their owner, a cobbler at work, 
Tuck'd them quite out of sight as he sat a la Turk. 



THK COBBLEB OF TOLEDO. 433 

And this is " the cobbler who lived in the stall 
Which served him for kitchen and parlour and all :" 
And this is the cobbler — Pedrillo by name — 
Whose wonderful story my verses proclaim. 

One day, as Pedrillo sat mending the sole 

Of a shoe that its owner had worn to a hole, 

And stitching, and waxing, and pegging, and thumping, 

And filing, and smoothing, and ' clicking,' and ' clumping,* 

He somehow got thinking on all sorts of things 

And all sorts of persons, from cobblers to kings. 

Pedrillo was not a philosopher, nor 

Had he ever much practised at thinking before ; 

Or, at least, I much doubt till that moment if evtr he 

Had made the remotest approach to a reverie. 

Yet, how charming a reverie is 

When the mind and the heart are at rest, 

When we shake off the clay of the world 
And we dream of some land of the blest ! 

How pleasant to loll at one's ease — 

Arms a-kimbo and eyes on the ceiling— 

And shut out, in an opium trance, 
(If we can) ev'ry earthly -bom feeling ! 



But we 're apt to do just the reverse — 
Begin thinking of every evil — 

Our pains, and our debts, and ovir sins, 
Our long balance-sheet with the devil. 

r r 



434 THE COBBLER OF TOLEDO. 

" Ah, Life thou 'rt at best but a dream !" 
Is a saying each dreamer well knows — 

And oh, what a deuce of a nightmare 
Doth trouble some mortals' repose ! 

How we fret, and we fume, and we snore, 
How we kick off the clothes, how we quake — 

How we fight with the phantoms we raise : 
And how stupid we look when we wake ! 

Tes — we 've taken a great deal of trouble 

To suffer a great deal of pain ; 
And when we awake to our folly, 

We turn round and act it again. 

It 's needless to point out our madness, 

We see it and feel it vrithin — 
But the spendthrift goes deepest in debt when 

The least he 's encumber'd with " tin." 

I don't mean to say 

'Tvvas at all in this way 
The thoughts of Pedrillo attempted to stray. 

He thought of his life 

Of struggle and strife 
'Gainst the pangs of Necessity, sharp as his knife. 

He thought how much Fate 

Had bless'd all the great 
Who roll'd by his stall in their coaches of state. 

He thought of his soul — 

What a dark little hole 
It was shut in, in this world — as blind as a mole. 



THE COBBLES OF TOLEDO. 435 

He wished he was rich — 

How quickly he 'd pitch 
This shoe to the dev' here he made a felse stitch. 

He thought he could spend 

Heaps of gold without end, 
And wear more new boots than he e'er got to mend. 

He thought how he 'd dine 

^ad what oceans of wine 
He 'd swallow of Spain and of France and the Rhine. 

Till the very idea of extensive potation 
Produced on his brain an UBCommon sensation. 
And made him feel dreamy and vicious ; — at least 
He fancied he 'd like to try thrashing a priest ! 
And this terrible notion so tickled his brain 
That he burst into laughter again and again, 
As he thought of his reverence dancing with pain. 

When a wicked idea gets into the head 

There 's no guessing the lengths into which it may spread ; 

It expands ev'ry moment and gets more defined. 

Till it, seems to fill up ev'ry nook of the mind, 

And leaves not a square inch of virtue behind. 

And 80 with Pedrillo : each moment there fled 
Some good little thought that remained in his head, 
And its place was supplied by a bad one instead ; 
Till at length, quite o'erwhebned in the vortex of evil, 
He cried, in the midst of his fanciful revel — 
" I should like to have one little peep at the devil !" 

Rat-tat-tat-tat — a whole shower of knocks 
Come pattering down on his dark little box, 

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436 THS COBBLEB OF TOLEDO. 

And he starts from Lis day-dream and sees with amaze 
A very tall man with a sinister gaze, 
Who stands at his window, and lifting his foot 
Shoves it in as he utters — " there — make me a boot." 

Pedrillo feels sick — he 's half ready to faint, 

His horror no language of mine could e'er paint 

As he grasps — not a foot — but a hoof hard and thick, 

Just such as tradition assigns to Old Nick ! 

While the owner cries, " Now then, you booby, be quick — 

Take the measure at once, sir — what makes you so slow ? 

Hang the fellow, my dinner 's all spoiling, I know — 

I *ve got a roast heretic waiting below." 

Half dead with the fright which he 's trying to smother, 

Pedrillo contrives in some manner or other, 

To measure the hoof with his tape ; while the " gent " 

Casts on hrm a glance of such evil intent 

That cold perspiration commences to ooze 

From the top of his head to the soles of his shoes. 

" Now make that boot well, or you'll be in a mess. 

And bring it home quickly, sir — there '« my address ;" 

And he throws down a card with a sulphurous smell, 

And one word of four letters — I'd rather not tell 

What it was, but the reader wiU guess pretty well. 



'Tis now the merry month of May 
And all Toledo's streets are gay. 
The bells peal forth a merry chime 
)in honour of the joyful time : 



THE COBBLES OF TOLEDO. 437 

From steeple tow'r and mansion-top 
In graceful folds bright banners drop, 
Shallop, and barge, and tiny boat, 
Across the glittering Tagus float. 
Bearing their smiling freights along 
To mingle in the gladsome throng 
That revel in each street. The song. 
The joyous laugh, the pleasant jest, 
The strains of music — all attest, 
Mid sighs of mirth and sounds of glee, 
The noisy reign of Revelry. 

Let 's follow in the motley train, 
And listen to the blithesome strain ' 
Yon maiden, sings : how rich and clear 
Each cadence strikes the list'ner's ear ! 



Ye nobles and gentles come near, 

And list to the glee-maiden's lay ; 
Fair ladies, approach ye and hear. 

The words from my lips as they stray 
'Tis Love is the theme of my song, 

Love's praises my verses proclaim, 
And to yoit all his honours belong — 

For without you he is but a name. 

II. 

Say, is there a jewel on earth 
So brilliant, so priceless as this P 

Does one hour of a lifetime give birth 
To a joy like the lover's pure bliss ? 



438 THE COBBLES OF TOLEDO. 

It glows like a fumaxje in youth ; 

In manhood more constant its flame ; 
In age its companion is Truth — 

In each — 't is Love only — ^the same ! 



III. 



*T is a gleam from some Angel-built sphere. 

The dowry our Maker hath given 
To prove, while we 're sojourning here, 

That we still have a portion of Heaven. 
It knows not the leav'n of despond ; 

It fears not the clouds that impend. 
But sees the bright vista beyond, 

And vanquishes Fate in the end. 



IV. 



Let Wealth be your mistress alone — 

Let Glory allure you awhile — 
Tet Love shall still claim you his own, 

You shall turn from all else for his smile. 
You shall taste all the pleasures that fall 

From the bounty of Heaven above, 
And confess you would barter them all 

For one moment of exquisite Love ! 

Now look to the right and you see a great crowd. 
With a man in the centre who 's bawling aloud 
Some speech, or some verses, or songs, which appear 
To please the rude folks who 're collected to hear. 
The language, you '11 notice, is not over choice, 
Nor sung in a very melodious voice ; 



THE COBBLER OF TOLEDO. 489 

And therefore, good reader, I strongly advise 

That we move 'tother way. Up yon narrow street lies 

The Cathedral : — I fancy we 'd better go there, 

Because we *re in Spain, and of course you 're aware, 

Whenever a " rumpus " takes place in that land, 

For fun or for fighting, the Church bears a hand, 

To help in the " scrimmage :" and mightily grand 

Are the shows she gets up, though 't would puzzle to say 

Where the deuce she can raise all the money to pay 

For such costly affairs : but the utmost that I know 

About it, is simply — she does get the " rhino." 

And now I remember — I very much doubt 

If I 've told what these holiday scenes are about. 

It 's simply his Catholic Highness of Spain, 

Who had buried one wife, has just married again ; 

And so, all his people go mad for a day 

And rejoice at the deed in an orthodox way. 

We stand within the sacred pile— 

The long broad nave, the narrow aisle. 

E'en to the very altar's stone, 

Scarcely one spot untrodden own. 

Yet solemn silence reigns around, 

Save when the silver bells' light sound 

Proclaims the Host : — then bows each knee 

Before the symbol'd Majesty 

Of Christ Incarnate : each one there 

Mutters his penitence and pray'r ; 

While, pealing forth, the organ's note 

Seems through the vaulted roof to float, 

Bearing aloft its solemn tone 

To bear its praise to God's high throne. 



440 THE COBBLER OP TOLEDO. 

The hymns are sung, the mass is said 
The crowd of worshippers has fled. 
Deserted e'en by monk and priest 

The lofty temple's aisles are bare : 
The gorgeous altar in the east — 

No suppliant form is kneeling there ! 

The motley crowd that whilome trod. 
With silent step, the house of God, 
Now dance the gay-deck'd streets along, 
Or shouting join the ribald song. 

And such is man ! thus vain his mind 
And fickle, as the veering wind : 
Now Pleasure, and now Heav'n his text — 
This hour a Saint — a satyr next ! 

In a dark little street is a " hullah-ba-loo," 
.dnd shouting, and yelling, a precious " to-do j** 

What hustling and rushing 

And running and crushing. 

And pulling and tearing, 

And laughing and swearing ! 
What masses of people all crowding to see 
The fun or the fight, or whate'er it may be ! 
While each asks the other as fast as they run, 
" Holloa — what's the row there ? do tell us the fun : 
What the deuce are they doing? do you know, or you? 
Are they baiting a badger, or shaving a Jew ?" 

In that dark little street is the dark little stall, 
Where our poor little cobbler 's at work with his awl — 



THE COBBLER OP TOLEDO. 441 

At work when the rest of the city 's at play — 

At work on this glorious festival day ! 

The crowd are astounded — they can't make it out — 

So they yell to the cobbler, and holloa, and shout. 

And they bid him come forth and partake of the revel, 

And pitch all his leather and tools to the devil. 

" That 's jxist it !" cried Pedrillo, as soon as he heard 

The multitude utter that last naughty word. 

" Just it, my old beeswax ? just what, my old Turk ?" 

" Why — it 's just for his worship, I mean, I 'ra at work." 

" His worship — what worship ? hang me if I know 

What you mean." Why — his worship that lives dovm 

helow" 
And here poor Pedrillo turned awfully white, 
And even his nose grew pale with aflFright. 
" He 's mad," cried the mob — " pull him out of his hole." 
" Oh mercy ! not yet — I 've not finished the sole !" 

In spite of his cries poor Pedrillo is seized. 

And dragg'd from his hole, and most ruthlessly squeezed, 

And carried in triumph, still grasping a shoe 

Half- finished — not fit for a Christian or Jew ; 

But a queer-looking thing, made I scarcely know how, 

And exactly the shape of the hoof of a cow ! 

Away they all run 

In the height of their fun. 

And bear off their prize 

Amid laughter and cries. 
And huzzahs for the cobbler who, first of his trade, 
A shoe for his evil-named Majesty made. 

In the midst of their running they suddenly stop, 
And cease from hurrahing ; and quietly drop 



442 THE COBBLEE OF TOLEDO. 

The load that they carry : then hasten away — 
And, before the poor cobbler could manage to say 
One word to his captors, they 'd left him alone, 
With his comical shoe, sitting squat on a stone. 

But, absorbed in one notion, he falls to his work 
(Still seated, of course, as before — a la Turk) 
And marks not the place where he 's left in the lurch- 
Alas ! 't is the porch of Saint Anthony's church ! 

With stately step and solemn mien 
A black-rob'd priest is shortly seen 
Emerging from the door that lies 
Behind Pedrillo : and his eyes 
Best on the cobbler in surprise I 

The latter stitches as before, 

Unconscious of his visitor. 

And heeding not the open'd door. 

The priest stands still in dumb amaze 

At the strange sight that meets his gaze — 

The cobbler with his absent air. 

And the queer shoe he 's making there. 

At length his holy indignation, 

At such an act of profanation, 

Burst forth in words — " Holloa ! you hound, 

How dare you work on holy ground !" 

Pedrillo slowly raised his head, 
Not heeding what the priest had said, 
But slightly startled by the sound : 
And then he turn'd himself half round. 



THE COBBLER OF TOLEDO. 443 

And saw, with supernatural fear, 
A black-rob" d priest standing near. 
In fact, he thought the figure must be 
His most Satanic Majesty ! 

And so he cried — " What shall I do ? 
I 've not quite done your worship's shoe ; 
I 'm hard at work, sir — this is it — 
Perhaps you '11 try how it will fit 
Your worship's hoof — that is — I mean — 
Tour worship's foot — I 'd never seen 
One like it till your worship came — 
So, if I 've fail'd, you mustn't blame !" 

Thus saying, he held out the cloveu-hoofd boot, 
And gravely laid hold of his reverence's foot. 

Then — oh for the pen of old Homer to trace 
The passion that darken'd the holy man's face ! 
His eyes were half-red and his cheeks were half-black, 
And he rush'd at the cobbler, and caught him a whack 
With his toe on the nethermost point of his back. 
That sent him a summerset, tumbling and sprawling, 
Into the street, and with agony bawling. 

And before he could rise. 

Or had finished his cries. 
Before the whole truth could have enter'd his mind. 
Before he could rub where he smarted behind — 
He was seiz'd on the spot, and with smart expedition, 
Clapp'd into the jail of the fell Inquisition ! 



Fair Spain, sweet Spain, the brightest gem 
In all Europa's diadem ! 



444) THE COBBLER OP TOLEDO. 

Land of the sun, the flow'r, the vine- 
Land of a race once half-divine : 
Land of fair scenes, and fairer ladies, 
Whose forms, from Pyrenees to Cadiz, 
May match with all the world can boast, 
From Ind to Russia's ice-bound coast ! 
Land of romance — the rich, deep, store 
Of poet's lay and monkish lore ! 
Birth-place of men whose ev'ry name, 
Writ in the muster-roll of Fame, 
To ev'ry age, 'neath ev'ry zone, 
Attest their glory and thine own I 



How art thou favor'd, glorious land ! 
What gifts thou hast at Nature's hand — 
Climate and soil, and hills and vales. 
And flowing streams — all that avails 
To charm the eye or glad the heart, 
Or sense of gratitude impart 
To God above, whose hand benign 
Hath bless'd thee thus — all, all are thine ! 



And yet, what art thou ? — lost, debased — 
Thine annals past in glory traced — 
Thy present but a wretched blank, 
Or viler stain ! Where shalt thou rank 
Among the nations of the earth ? Ay — thou. 
Once crown'd with honour — sunken now 
Below the meanest state enslaved 
Where once thy flag victorious waved ! 



THE COBBLEB OF TOLEDO. 445 

And why is this ? what spell hath wrought 

A change so fatal to thy fame ? 
What sad reverse, with ruin fraught, 

Hath swept away thine ancient fame ? 

Alas ! within thy bosom cherish'd. 
The deadly canker-worm hath grown, 

And day by day thy weal hath perish' d 
'Neath his corroding sting alone. 

Yes ! History's impartial page, 

Thy glory and thy fall that tells, 
Shall point to ev'ry future age — 

" The land is cxirsed where Priestcraft dwells." 

In a dark dismal dungeon, where never a ray 

Of sunlight has ever been tempted to stray ; 

Where the walls are all damp and all mildew'd, and where 

An uncommonly scanty supply of fresh air 

Is deem'd quite enough to supply the vitality 

Of any imprison'd remains of mortality ; 

Where a heap of foul straw is to serve as a bed, , 

While the rats, by the dozen, run over your head, 

And tickle your visage with tail and with claw, 

Or vary the pleasure by taking a gnaw 

At your toes, when they're hungry ; where lizards and toads 

Crawl out from the chinks of the pavement by loads — 

In this highly-delectable tenement, all 

That remains of Pedrillo lies chaiu'd to the walL 

Poor fellow ! a visage so hollow and wan, 
Scarce ever belonged to the form of a man. 



446 THE COBBLES OF TOLEDO. 

His eyeballs so glazed, and his eyelids so blue, 
And his skin of a greenish and yellowish hue ; 
His hands were so bony, so long and so thin, 
So grizzled the beard that hung down from his chin ; 
So wasted his limbs, and his round little nose 
So completely deprived of its couleur de rose — 
That no eye could have ever detected, at all, 
The poor little cobbler who lived in the stall, 
Except that one hand, to its " cunning" yet true, 
Still grasp'd the remains of an odd-looking shoe. 

Pedrillo 'd been tried for the wicked pretence 

Of mistaking a priest for Old Nick — an oflfence 

Pronounced, with veracity, quite " diabolical" 

By the holy Inquisitors — ^meek Apostolical 

Lambs, who 've been famed, in all countries and ages. 

As patterns of Christians and virtuous sages. 

The verdict was " Guilty," of course — 't would n't " pay'" 

To let a man off when they *d bagg'd him — to say 

That they 'd made a mistake : and besides, just of late 

They 'd been scarce of offenders in Church or in State, 

And wanted a Jew or a heretic sadly — 

And so poor Pedrillo was pounced upon gladly. 

A little discussion between them took place, 
Regarding the punishment due to his case. 
Some voted for roasting — some hinted at flaying — 
Which others declared to be trifling and playing. 
The President would n't agree to the roasting. 
And seized the occasion for modestly boasting 
How mild and how gentle his sentiments were. 
The fa<!t is, his house stood just facing the square 



THE COBBLER OF TOLEDO. 447 

Where the stake was erected when sinners were burnt, 
And from many a past sad example he 'd learnt 
That the smell of a roast was so highly unpleasant — 
He 'd the strongest objection to try one at present. 

And so, in the end, they decided on " mercy" — 
Or, rather, what I should call just vice versa — 
That is — " out of care for his poor sinful soul,** 
They left him to die, like a rat, in a hole. 

And thus our poor Pedrillo lay, 
Wasting his wretched life away : 
Dying by inches — dying slowly — 
Condemn'd by wretches self-styled " holy." 

Oh, Qod ! and can thy lightnings spare 

The impious creatures who profane 
The sacred livery they wear. 

And take Thy holy name in vain, 
To sanctify a deed of blood. 
And name that deed " Religious, good !'* 

How vain the question ! look, weak man. 
Beyond thy frail life's little span — 
See Retribution's work begun — 
God's name avenged — and Justice done 1 



In a dark little street is a dark little stall. 
And a plump little cobbler at work with his awl. 
Who is it ? Pedrillo ? by Jove it 's the same ! 
How on earth did he get there ? What influence came 



448 THE COBBLER OP TOLEDO. 

To set him at liberty ? see him at work, 
Sitting just as before on his board a la Turk! 
And he 's stitching with vigour, he 's making a boot- 
Not a cloven hoof'd thing, but one fi,t for a foot;. 
And how happy he looks ! and how plump and how red 1 
How punchy his body, how shiny his head ! 
And he sticks to his trade like an honest Castilian — 
Making highlows and mending the soles of the million. 

Now touching his freedom : — it chanced one fine day 
That some two dozen Jews were all sentenced to pay 
A very large sum for some very bad deed, 
Regarding some matter of conscience and creed ; 
And finding the prison was rather too small 
(In addition to those it contained) for them all, 
A " weeding" took place — and 'mongst others, Pedrillo 
To a Hebrew in trouble relinqmsh'd his pillow. 

And such — without varnish, invention, or mystery — 
Is the true, undeniable, record and history 
Of the " little old cobbler who liv'd in a stall 
Which served him for kitchen and parlour and alL" 

There 's a saying so stale that it 's grown to an epigram — 
Of course you all know it well — " ^e sutor crejndam 
Ultra :" Aiid some sleepy folks may opine 
That such is the moral of this tale of mine. 
They 're mistaken : such " morals" belong to the past — 
Tliey wont <^o for these days — we 're a great deal too fas! 
For such slow-coach old maxims. What ! " stick to our 
last?" 



THB COBBLER OP TOLEDO. 449 

Nail the doctor to physic, the lawyer to law, 

The parson to preaching ! — a pretty fine saw 

For this age of progression ! — when ev'ry man's head 

Is so full of the things he has heard, seen, and read — 

It 's not easy to say where our knowledge can stop 

When our brain is as full as a pawnbroker's shop. 

No, no — I 've got something much better — much truer — 

Much more to the purpose — and certainly newer 

To tell you. It 's this : — if you ever give way 

To an evil-bom thought — if you let your mind stray 

In a naughty direction, don't think me uncivil 

If I say that you 're making a boot for the devil. 

And that very same boot — when your virtue 's clean gone — 

You'll see him some day when he 's " trying it on." 



450 



AS I LATE A-THYNKYNGE. 



THK LAST LINES OF THOMAS INGOI.OSBT. 



As I laye a-thynkynge, a-thynkynge, a-thynkynge, 

Merrie sang the Birde as she sat upon the spraye ; 
There came a noble Knyghte, 
With his hauberke shynynge brighte, 
And his gallant heart was lyghte, 
Free and gaye ; 
As I laye a-thynkynge, he rode upon his waye. 

As I laye a-thynkynge, a-thynkynge, a-thynkynge, 
Sadly sang the Birde as she sat upon the tree ! 
There seem'd a crimson plain. 
Where a gallant Knyghte lay slayne, 
And a steed with broken rein 
Ban free, 
As I laye a-thynkynge, most pitiful to see ! 

As I laye a-thynkynge, a-thynkynge, a-thynkynge, 
Merrie sang the Birde as she sat upon the boughe ; 

A lovely Mayde came bye. 

And a gentil youth was nyghe, 

And he breathed many a syghe 
And a vowe ; 
As I laye a-thynkynge, her hearte was gladsome now. 



AS I LAVE A-THYXKYNGE. 451 

As I lay a-thynkynge, a-tliynkynge, a-tliynkynge, 
Sadly sang the Birde as she sat upon the thorne ; 

No more a youth was there, 

But a Maiden rent her haire, 

And cried in sad despaire, 
' That I was borne !' 
As I laye a-thynkynge, she perished forlorne. 



As I lay a-thynkynge, a-thynkynge, a-thynkynge, 
Sweetly sang the Birde as she sat upon the briar ; 
There came a lovely Childe, 
And his face was meek and mild, 
Yet joyously he smiled 
On his sire ; 
As I laye a-thynkynge, a Cherub mote admire. 



But I laye a-thynkynge, a-thynkynge, a-thynkynge. 
And sadly sang the Birde as it perch'd upon a bier ; 
That joyous smile was gone. 
And the face was white and wan, 
As the downe upon the Swan 
Doth appear, 
Aa I lay a-thynkynge — oh! bitter flow'd the tear! 



As I laye a-thynkynge, the golden sun was sinking, 
O merrie sang that Birde as it glitt^r'd on her breast 
With a thousand gorgeous dyes, 
While soaring to the skies, 
'Mid the stars she seem'd to rise, 
As to her nest ; 




452 AS I LAYE A-THYNKYNOE. 

As I laye a-tliynlcynge, her meaning was ex[>iest : — 
' Follow, follow me away, 
It boots not to delay,' — 
'Twas 80 she seem'd to saye, 

* HeEE 18 REST !' 

Thomas Ingoli>&by. 



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