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description of an inn at Cairo, we must, for the pre- some affinity of this kind, and a sudden and lively joy sent, be content:

will seize us; and if, by some glimpse of mind or un“Such a scene I never saw as the inn-yard. Imagine derstanding, the savage of New South Wales or Kamsa small court containing a half-starved ostrich, looking chatka proves to us that he belongs in any degree to like a spectre, a monkey, a lynx, donkeys innumerable, the class, we shall be delighted to be able to acknowcamels, dromedaries, Arabs, couriers, dragomen, wait- ledge him. ing to be hired; and, in the midst of all, various spe- Mankind is so truly that which pleases us, that we cimens of the John Bull tribe, starting for India by desire to see him everywhere; we everywhere require to way of Suez, in Mackintoshes, straw hats, pea-jackets, have united, sympathetic beings, who reveal to us our and every variety of costume. I must not forget a bevy own nature, and interest us in ourselves. What matters of ladies in green veils and poke bonnets, waiting to it to us that the tree lives the life of a tree, that it fulfils be shut into boxes like diminutive sedans, to be jolted its vegetable destiny? Man has had need to take a across the Suez desert, or looking in utter despair at the more intimate share in that destiny; he has attached broken-down donkeys on which they were to trust to it a being capable of feeling its changes, as he would themselves, if they preferred a quadruped to a packing himself have felt them; and because he has experienced

In spite of all the noise, crowd, and scramble, some grief at seeing the young stem fall, and the young we found capital rooms and good accommodations for shoots fade, it has appeared to him that there should be this country, where, in general, you have four walls, a in the stem a sorrow similar to his own, and which stone floor, and a divan as your stock of furniture.” could alone justify it in his sight. If he has made the

stones come out of their immoveable and senseless state, it is to lend them the language, the feelings, and

the reason of man. If that reason prohibits his seeking MORAL REFLECTIONS; OR, ESSAYS ON MEN, cherishes, still it is by attributing to it affections and

for human mind and understanding in the animal he MANNERS, &c.

almost ideas similar to his own, that he becomes attached to it, makes it a companion, and at length persuades himself that he has made it a friend.

Yet more; never did the imagination of man create On Jan and Human Life.

fanciful beings, never has it lent to real, but insensible or irrational beings, either feeling or reason, unless it were to make them a part in his own destiny. Man never

separates himself from these creations of his mind, he VANVENARGUES has said :—“Our enjoyments are has never found them indifferent to his fate, and forderived from mankind; all else is nought.” It is, in saking him in the moment that he had given them fact, human nature that attracts and interests us, even being : he has animated them either for or against in those pleasures which seem to arise from things. A

himself. Enemies, or protectors, they have been to work of art strikes our attention; we seek in it the in time and space the opportunities in which he could

him a means of extending his existence, of multiplying genius of the artist, we seek the artist himself

. A have something to love or to fear, some hope to cherish, book pleases us : who would not regret being ignorant some interest to guard ; in short, some portion of life of the author? Who would not be glad to see his por- to display beyond himself; so true is it, that man trait, still more so to see himself, to enjoy his conver- dwells not entirely in the visible individual, but that sation, to become acquainted with his character and his he feels himself existing wherever he can carry and mind? There is among us all as it were a family secret, whatever may be your ambition and your career, do not

unite his mind and his thought. Wherever you are, a sort of mark by which we acknowledge one another, give yourself entirely up to society; contrive to cultiand which we wish to perceive, in order to be assured vate in yourself a taste for solitude, and the scenes of of the relationship. Until then, we hold ourselves in nature; there is in it a language which we must never reserve; we watch one another with anxious curiosity. fail to comprehend, supplies for which we should hold A celebrated man enters a circle in which he is only ourselves in reserve. Some day perhaps a clear sky, a known by name : see how every one examines him, beautiful sun, alone will bring peace to the troubled how they study his features, his movements; it scems mind, or restore it to that firmness which leads to as though he would do well to prove that he is not an peace. It is in the country that the return of spring animal of a peculiar kind. As soon as he opens his will restore a mind, dejected and weakened from long mouth people are tempted to exclain with astonish- protracted sufferings, or a heart withered by bitter ment—" He speaks!” His words and actions are col regrets. It is there that the diversified activity of lected and related to prove that he is made like others, nature destroys the monotony of a retired life, that the that he is a man. If he be surprised in any of those hopes of every year amuse the imagination, and somesimple occupations common to every one, in which the times deceive the heart, under the disappointments of least skilful will take quite as much pleasure as he, the life. He who can be instructed in his flowers, his enchantment is at its height; people almost thank fruits, or his crops, will never be without a wish and a him, at least they love him for it. This is because hope; the old man, even to his latest day, will smile at they have discovered that he belongs to the family. the thought of a pleasure which may yet bloom again This tie of relationship delights us in the commonest for him; and amid those passing, but soon returning as well as in the most distinguished beings. Let a man enjoyments, amid those flowers which are incessantly be inferior in station, in education, in appearance, if falling and renewing, the dreadful idea of the instability we perceive in him a sentiment which assimilates him of happiness and life fading never to revive, will to us, we are as much delighted as we should be at disappear. getting a glimpse of that in a superior man, which There are degrees of misfortune which we cannot places him within our reach. What pleasure, in read get out of, but by an extraordinary degree of virtue. A ing the works of distant ages, to meet with I know not common distress will only admit of common efforts. what affinity of sentiments or opinions which makes us To astonish others by our firmness and resolution, we recognise a relation in Cicero, or some other, much must at the same time astonish them by our misfortunes. more ancient than he ! Indian, Chinese, Laplander, The property of genius is to make up for expeHottentot, however obscure your name may be to us, rience. however foreign to us may be your destiny, let but á The finest privilege that glory gives, is to be able movement, a gesture, a sign from you, make us feel to acknowledge its weaknesses.



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There are a thousand ways of nobly receiving a / and gave it in some sort a new being, to which it was favour; I do not know of one in which it could be ex-compelled to unite. pected with dignity.

Freed from passions, it felt the power of circumIn order to be happy in this world, people should stances; a situation of difficulty; an existence on which never expect all that they think they merit.

the existence of others depended, oblige the most disin

terested man to make his own concerns his first consi. Of all tyrants, custom is that which to sustain would most incline him to part with. At length, the

deration ; to protect incessantly that which his character itself stands most in need of the opinion which is old man becomes more independent ; those whom he entertained of its power ; its only strength lies in that used to support, are now able to provide for themselves; which is attributed to it. A single attempt to break delivered from the weight of management, he sees his the yoke soon shows us its fragility. But the chief expenses are too contracted, and he disposes of his property of custom is to contract our ideas, like our income more freely. All his sacrifices will be personal; movements, within the circle it has traced for us; it he can enjoy them without constraint, and without governs us by the terror it inspires for any new and scruple, and there remains abundance for him to do. untried condition. It shows us the walls of the prison “ In youth,” says Madame de Lambert,“ people think within which we are inclosed, as the boundary of the of you ; in old age, you must think of others.” This, world; beyond that, all is undefined, confusion, chaos ; which is an active duty with women, who are usually it almost seems as though we should not have air to burthened with the details of life for those who are breathe. Women especially, liable to that fear which around them, is generally passive with men, and is consprings from ignorance, rather than from knowledge of sidered a merit in those who perform them. But to what one has to fear, easily allow themselves to be women, the active exercise of kindness can give a governed by custom; but when once broken, they also charm and an interest to the latest portion of their life. as easily forget it. A man has less trouble in making for men, to whom these little details are unsuited, to up his mind to a change of condition; a woman has whom great emotions are not more suited, kindness can less in supporting it; she accustoms herself to it for hardly ever be any thing but indulgence, privation, the same reason that she has hitherto done so, and will

renouncement. Those regards, those cares, those destill continue to do so.

ferences due to his age, he will not know how to exact, In the total overthrow which has produced so many and are yielded with much more pleasure for not being changes of fortune among us, we have seen men extri, demanded as a tribute; he can smile at a forgotten cate themselves by their courage and industry; and duty which had only himself for its object, he can some, by unremitting exertion, have been able to return enjoy the jokes of others made upon himself, as well to nearly their former position ; but nearly all the

as those upon his acquaintances. women, almost without exception, accommodated themselves to their new situation, and they have been does it proceed from his age? certainly not; it is in

But this indulgence, this forbearance of the old man, quite astonished to learn so quickly and so easily, that spring that the buds shoot forth of that fruit which we what one woman has done, another is able to do also.

see ripen in autumn for the winter provision. The

virtues of the old man would not have been so affecting, The man who is fond of complaining, likes to remain so venerable, had they not been the result of the efforts amidst the objects of his vexation; it is at the moment of his whole life. In the veneration which he inspires, that he declares them insupportable, that he will most he appears to place before our view a picture of the strongly revolt against every means which could be pro- different ages he has travelled through with honour: posed for his deliverance. Indecision is in his character, every thing about him wears an imposing aspect, even and the misfortune of having to decide would be to him to that long life, even to that remainder of health and the greatest of all; for a choice always supposes a prefer- strength, of which the old man is so justly entitled to ence for some advantage, or an inconvenience to be feel proud. shunned ; and this man would not wish it to be supposed, or to suppose himself, that there is a single circumstance

Observe two children of the same age meeting and in his life in which he is able to follow his inclinations, entering into conversation : they will talk of their dolls, or meet with an advantage : that there is even one if they are little girls; of their balls and their tricks, in which he is not obliged to have the greatest possible if they are little boys; they understand one another inconvenience. He therefore increases misfortune, he wishes for mishaps ; the fatal influence of his destiny Observe the lower class of women: one speaks, another

admirably, and do not grow weary of being together. is his favourite topic. A power against which no act answers, their chatter does not flag for an instant; they can set him free, which compels him to suffer, without talk and listen by turns with so much interest, with so being able to protect himself, and permits him to com- much ardour; if there be a moment's pause, it is filled plain without the fear of obtaining justice, - this is what suits him : he asks nothing better than to sigh over his that is felt in the subject they are discussing ; every

up with exclamations which prove the deep interest position, and to remain in Fickleness of conduct ought to be the consequence those persons have ever learned the art of conversation ?

one present appears to be equally pleased. Is it that of impetuosity alone: but in frivolous characters, it is

Enter into a circle of the higher class, who have the inclination tbat becomes exhausted, and which, incapable of any long effort, lazily lets fall that which it probably been told how to make themselves agreeable had at first seized with avidity. In the zeal of steady well educated; another holds a newspaper in his hand,

in conversation : one yawns inwardly, because he is characters, it is the object alone which eludes the which he has read; some one speaks, another, to make vigour of their grasp; it is the soap bubble that van. it appear that he had been listening, answers by a yes, ishes, not their ardour in the pursuit of it. Show them an object capable of supporting the opinion they have they again fall back into silence. But what is there

or a smile, which excuses him from having heard, and attached to it, and then they are fixed.

surprising in this? Of those persons thus brought

together, one passes his time at his estate, which he The truly good, noble, and virtuous mind, ac must improve, and can only talk about hay, the price quires with age a sort of agreement between his inclina- of corn, and the roguery of the timber merchants; this tions, and his principles, which seems to bring it to its one knows nothing except of the theatre, the fashions, true point of maturity and perfection. Be it generous, or a new novel ; that one lives in his study with Homer, it was taught from its youth, that forgetfulness of self, commentators, or sages; this one is a politician ; that which is the spring of every virtue; but passions arose, one a lawyer. What point of contact can they have?




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what would be the bond of common conversation among sitely truthful and more solemn moral sentiments than them?

are to be found scattered with no niggardly hand The lower class of people, like children, are con- through his varied pages? Where is there wit more tracted within nearly the same circle of interests, limited refined ; humour more poignant, and more devoid of within the same degree of understanding, equally venomed sting? What more masterly delineator of affected by the same things, and, their thoughts bent character, and searcher into the old human heart, than upon the same objects, understand and answer one honest Will Shakspeare! The sweet subtlety of his another without requiring any other bond than that of finer fancies—how beautiful they are, how spontaneous the interest they all equally feel in the subject of their the descriptions of natural scenery and natural life ! discourse. They can always talk to each other, because it is less the poet than the man and christian who they have but few subjects of conversation. The speaks so wisely and so well. Hear him in the woods higher class, between whom many subjects can be dis- and fields, by river brink, and meadow gay, how elocussed, are silent, whenever one is chosen which may quently he discourses on the theme of Nature; showing, not be interesting to another. People talk in the in his profound knowledge of flowers and all fair things chamber of a man in power, surrounded by his depen- beside, how true and vivid were his perceptions of dents, because every one is agreed upon the subject of her secret workings. Not a word passing from his conversation which is suited to a man in power ; people cunning brain but is redolent of some poetic adaptation talk around a pretty woman, whom they are anxious to of the realities of life to the ideal realms of beauty and please, because she gives the lead to what is agreeable the beautiful. In the creations of his fancy we witness to herself; people talk whenever their common interests the very masterpieces of man's imagining,—the delicate or feelings engage the one to speak, and the other to Ariel, the loving fairies, the weird sisters three, the listen, upon the same subject. It is not sufficient for melancholy ghost; how grand their conception, how them to have similar ideas, for he who has ideas only perfect the elaboration of their ends and aims! So, too, wants to communicate them; but a feeling wishes to in the majesty and depth of his tragedies ;-what part be responded to, and requires to answer. Be it self-love, of all that man could dare to say, or think, or do, is it wants approval, just as complaisance wishes to left unsaid, or coldly shown to the imagination of the approve, and approbation stimulates to merit it again. reader? How we tremble, and are a-cold with the wanThe wish to please desires to be encouraged, is redoubled dering and crazed Lear? how our sympathies are kindled by encouragement, and communicates itself to him or and enlisted on the side of the gentle Desdemona, and to her who inspires it; it is the electric spark; it runs Verona's sad lovers ! How we moralise with poor through the circle, loosens every tongue, and excites Hamlet; and follow Macbeth, as, step by step, he proconversation. The wish to oblige, to make every one gresses in crime! And, to turn to fairer and brighter happy, supports it still more freely. Look at the scenes,- in the forest of Ardennes, how we love to mistress of a house, who wishes to make every one com-linger with Rosalind and the satirist Jacques, inhaling fortable about her, and feel at their ease, how well she new tastes for a sylvan life, where it is so merry in the can make people talk! If she be young, it will be greenwood! In the comedies, how we revel in the about herself; if she be old, it will be about others, hilarity of Falstaff; how joyously the laugh of Beatrice The young might, in her anxiety, show some preferences, rings in our ears; how delightedly we see the discomfiture because she also wishes to be pleased ; she will keep up of the vain Malvolio, and witness the taming of the a conversation with much more sprightliness with him shrewish Katharine ! And these things never tire, who pleases her. The old woman will wish people to read them often as we may, there is ever some new love her, she will endeavour to give to each person a charm to be discovered, some new beauty to be found. share in the conversation, and to make them feel satis- In a company composed almost entirely of foreigners, fied; she will choose the subject in which each can the writer of this article once heard a German gentletake the greatest pleasure, and which will unite the man say, that he considered an Englishman to possess greatest number of people in a common feeling. She one privilege greater than that bestowed on any native will not forget herself, and she will be right; for to of his own, or any other country; and that one was to make conversation agreeable, we must be interested in be the countryman of William Shakspeare. This noble it,--we must enjoy it ourselves, and not merely talk to and spirit-stirring sentiment was echoed by every one amuse others, who will feel little satisfied with the present; and it niay be conceived how pleasingly on an pleasure you afford them, if they perceive that they English ear so elegant a tribute to our gifted poet fell. afford none to you.

Although it may, indeed, be said, that he belongs to What, then, is required to bring us within the reach no one country, so universal is his genius, so elevating of this knowledge, this art of conversation ? Nothing the tendency of his works; yet it is a privilege and an but the precept of God's commandments," to love honour to claim him as our own. No man has probably our neighbour as ourselves.” Seek your neighbour's ever done more to elevate the mind, and lift it above pleasure equally with your own, be pleased with what the levelling and harassing cares of life. If he is not he does for you, as well as what you do for him; this to be honoured, whom shall we honour? Are we for is the secret of what forms the pleasure and the happi- ever and a day to be looked upon as a commercial race ness of every relation of life.

only,-a nation of shopkeepers, unable alike to appre-
(To be continued.)

ciate genius when it lives amongst us, speaking our
language, and uttering our thoughts, to a music more
beautiful than our mere household words can lend us,

and unwilling to venerate it when the voice that THE HOUSE WHERE SHAKSPEARE WAS BORN. addressed us is heard no more ; when its silver sounds

are stayed, and it passes into the darksome grave, and IF, in the annals of any clime or age, there ever ex

is listened to no more amongst men ? Shall we for isted a man to whose memory and greatness the greatest ever and aye be a reproach and a scoff for our neighamount of veneration should be displayed by his coun. bours’ tongues to wag at? Go to, it is all too montrymen, surely that man is Shakspeare. Every trace of strous; we are living in a century of intellect, when he the whereabouts or haunt of such a man should be pre

who runs may read, when the race is not always to the served and retained in its pristine integrity. There is swift, or the battle to the strong, when high Art is no land in the universe that has ever produced his and all things tell of progress and improvement through

making his rapid and giganticstrides around and about us, equal Not for an age, but for all time he wrote; aye, out the length and breadth of the land. We have a feeling living in advance of his age, he will live for ever after above buttons. Ye may laugh at us, denizens of sunny it. Where are the homilies that contain more exqui- / France, and fairer Italy, but have your jest, an ye may;

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we are an improving people, and are giving our idle movements of men in all states and conditions of society, money to our Tennysons, our Leigh Hunts, our from the peasant to the peer? And the birth-place of Sheridan Knowleses, and others, who are yet breathing this man, this high priest of Nature, is to be converted and thinking creatures in this vast community. Shall into a travelling show! Imagine an Englishman being we be derided, forsooth, because of the faults and requested to walk up, as he would to Richardson's carafollies of our predecessors? Is the flower that blossoms van, or some itinerant Mrs. Jarley's wax-work, where, 80 freely and so sweetly to-day, to smell only of the for the low price of twopence, he may see the room earth from whence it sprang ? Shall it not, in rising where Shakspeare was born! Let the mind of an upwards, catch something of the spiritual fragrance of Englishman carry him to this exhibition, and suppose, heaven? Are the airs that surround it so heavy with as a fitting pendant to this profanation, he should hear blight and all noxious vapours, that it can waft no the showman, wearied and exhausted with the labours of gentle sweetness of its own to purify and fill the world his calling, reply to the question of an urchin, anxious it lives in ?

for information and intelligence as to the precise a partOh! it may be well to call us a mercantile people, ment, in some such country-fair fashion as the often plodders and workers in base metal; but we have our quoted and familiar phrase, Whichever you please, intellectualities about us, and can boast of our vigorous my little dear." It is too much ; so gross an outrage and inflexible Carlyles, our classic and far-seeing Mac-on all good taste, on all proper feeling, will surely never aulays; and rejoicing in the chaste outpourings of a be submitted to. Yet what more likely to happen, if sweet army of literary penwomen, who, in prose and in the humble dwelling be transported across the wide verse, are constantly on the alert to gladden us with Atlantic, and carried on wheels from New York to their lofty aspirings, can truly testify that the empire of Boston, and so as occasion serves through all the United mind is extending its sway in all directions o'er our States, the latest novelty from England, and the immepath. Yet stay, countrymen, I beseech you to have diate successor in attractiveness to the little general hight patience, and give an attentive ear to the public crier. Tom Thumb? And this insult is to be offered to the

Rumour--that same Rumour whom our own loved fame and name of William Shakspeare, the man that Shakspeare has employed to so good a purpose - hath all the world hath delighted to honour, the man of whom spoken in no mysterious manner within these few a German critic has said, “ Hat doch auch Shakspeare's weeks past, and hath proclaimed to all whom it may Ruhm den Weg zu allen Erdtheilen gefunden, wohin concern, that the house and HOME of SHAKSPEARE (the nur Britanniens Dreizack gedrungen ist.” If the sum very walls where first he saw the light) is in the market, required to purchase that which ought to be exclusively and will be sold, mal gré bon gré, ere the summer leaves the property of the British nation, be so large as to be have passed to their place of nothingness and dust. And come a serious matter to one individual, why may not Rumour adds, that our Government will not make it a committee of gentlemen associate and act together, so public property; still further reporting, that some specu- that by subscriptions we shall retain in its only proper lative Americans are on the watch to make it their own, place a habitation so remarkable, so every way worthy and by some contrivance carry it out of the country, and inen's honour and respect. plant in their own home this trophy of their enterprise It is to be regretted that when Shakspeare wrote his and England's everlasting shame. Now this concerns memorable epitaph, in which he threatens the disturber us much, and well shall we deserve the opprobrium of of his mortal remains with his potent malediction, he all nations if an indignity like this is to be suffered. did not extend the curse upon those who should do Readers of Shakspeare, think of it; fathers, who have, similar violence to the roof that sheltered his earliest as English fathers ought, turiel down page after page years. Within a very short period Schiller's house was of the plays of our history, for your sons to read and disposed of; in that instance, the town council met as strive to learn the spirit of the heroes that therein one man, and buying what they justly considered as the fought and fell; mothers, who have beside your knitting town's own, presented it as the freehold for ever and aye and your calm domestic occupations read to your heed of the town. Shall Englishmen be laggards, and refuse ing lasses of the faith and virtue of Imogen, of the to follow so noble an example ?—shall we not rather justice and judgment of Portia, and spoken of the strive to effect so desirable a consummation, and be friendship even unto death of Beatrice, the merry hearted happy in our well doing? Yes ! let us prove ourselves but womanly Beatrice; men, poets, philosophers, ye as sincere in our estimation of the most wonderful of whose life has been ever moving with the sun, or ye minds, as was his friend, rare Ben Jonson, who, mournwhose progress onward has been marked with the briars ing his untimely death, spake of him thus :and thorns of life's sad sorrows and reverses, one and all “But stay, I see thee in the hemisphere I call on you to prevent this tasteless desecration. To Advanced, and made a constellation there! Shakspeare you all must owe much-more than you can Shine forth, thou star of poets, and with rage ever in a lifetime pay in other coin than by homage to Or influence, chide or cheer the drooping stage, his genius and his excellence. Prevent it by all pos

Which, since thy flight from hence, hath mourn'd like night, sible means, strive by some method

And despairs day, but for thy volume's light.” “ to intermit the plagne

Yes ! think of the spoliation of a poet's home, ye who That needs must light on this ingratitude.”

have travelled so often through the manifold scenes he Do not allow such a transaction to become the by-word the house where Shakspeare was born,—think of it, and

has depicted ; think of Statford-upon-Avon deprived of of the many enlightened foreign tourists who annually prevent it. Let not Brother Jonathan exult in the posvisit this island. Be assured, my countrymen, the eyes session of a relic so inestimable, so priceless. Let genius of Europe will be upon you. In such a case, why seek have its dues. Let the mighty English Magician be for evidence to support and sustain it?

your watchword, to hinder the contemplated sacrilege, “ Ma che cerco, argomenti? Il cielo giuro,

and so let us keep every remnant that belongs to his Il ciel che n'ode, e ch'ingannar non lice;

history, as a treasure the most costly of our world of Art. Ch'allorchè si rischiara il mondo-oscuro

The biography of him is but a meagre and unsatisSpirito errante il vidi ed infelice,

factory affair. Let us not then part with the little we Che spettacolo, oimè, crudele e duro!"

do possess, that helps to enlighten us of his actual life It is useless, it would be unavailing, here to sum up the and manner of living. extraordinary merits of this great man. His works, Countrymen of Shakspeare ! attend to this matter, and are they not met with from one end of the world leave to your children, and your children's children, a to the other ? are they not the companion of every glorious legacy—the power of appreciating the worth of student who seeks to master the knowledge of mankind, the mightiest intellect that ever swayed the hearts and and the various impulscs and motives that regulate the I minds of men.

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In Original Poetry, the Name, real or assumed, of the Author, is

printed in Small Capitals under the title; in Selections, it is printed in Italics at the end.

THE LAY OF THE SWORD. [Translation of a poem by Theodor Körner, composed a few hours

before the battle in which he fell.]

Up, then, nor slumber coldly!
Up, German warriors, boldly!

Take each, his heart to warm,
His truelove in his arm!

Hurrah !
Late on his left, all lonely,
She stole shy glances only;

Proud in his right hand, now,
She plights the bridal vow !

Hurrah !
Then each, his spouse caressing,
Her iron lip be pressing;

And wo the wretch betide
Whoe'er deserts luis bride!

Hurrah !
Now be my truelove singing!
Now the bright sparks be springing!

Stern dawns the bridal day!
My iron bride, away!



SWORD, on my left side beaming,
What means thy blithesome gleaming ?

So kindly shows thy light,
Thou gladst my joyous sight.

Hurrah !

“A gallant warrior bears me:
'Tis this that joys and cheers me;

A freeman's brand am I,
So beam I gladsomely.”

Hurrah !



Yes! freeman am I truly,
And love thee dearly, duly,

As thou wert mine allied,
My lov'd and loving bride.

Hurrah !
« And I to thee, full tender,
Mine iron life surrender.

Ah! would we were allied !
When fetchest thou thy bride ?”

Hurrah !

The trumpet's festal warning
Proclaims our bridal morning :

When brays the artillery's din,
Bring I my true love in.

Hurrah ! « Blest hour, when shall we marry ? In longing love I tarry.

O bridegroom, summon me!
My bridewreath waits for thee."

Hurrah !

He speaks to them God's word, For all are fix'd in mute attention now,

And not a lip is stirr'd,
But joy sits smiling on each gentle brow,
And o'er each cheek has stol'n a brighter hue-
Oh! that I could but hear those glad words too.

A mournful fate is mine;
To live in this fair world, to see, to feel

How all things are divine-
A deathless and pervading spirit steals
Throughout all Nature-a deep soul, a voice-
But I can never hear earth's things rejoice.

And, when young children bring
Bright huds and flowers from the sunny dell,

Where the cool fountains spring,
And of their wand'rings in the green woods tell,
I try upon their brow each word to trace--
I can but know them by the speaking face.

I bow my head down low,
E’en to the beautiful and quiv’ring lip,

With a vain hope: ah, no!
The rock hears not the sunny waters drip.
I turn away heart-sick with grief, to sigh-
Unheard by me the joyful melody.

My mother bends to speak,
I see her moving lip, I feel her breath

Come warm against my cheek-
How yearus my soul, but all is still as death;
With moist uplifted eye she turns away-
Alas! I cannot even hear her pray. ;

Why in thy sheath thus sounding,
My iron love? why bounding

So wild against the foc!
My sword, why bound'st thou so ?

Hurrah !

« Good cause have I to rattle; I bound me for the battle,

Right fierce against the foe, 'Tis therefore bound I so."

Hurrah !


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Rest in thy narrow mew, love,
What would'st thou here, my true love?

Still in thy chamber be;
Wait till I call for thee.

« Let me no longer tarry!
Blest garden, where we marry!

With roses bloody red,
And blossoming with dead !"

Hurrah !


Forth then, my iron beauty !
Forth to thy deathful duty !

Out, out, my good sword, come!
Come to thy bridal home!



My Mistress's Bonnet, (Illus- Readings in History—The

tration by K. Meadows) .. 289 Court of Star Chamber 297 The Meaning of Undine .... 290 A Journey to Damascus ..... 299

Moral Reflections. By MaFrank Fairlegh; or, Old dame Guizot........

300 Companions in New

The House where ShakScenes, Chap. XII.--Law


speare was born less's Matinée Musicale... 293

“O goodly 'tis, when, glancing
D'er bridal squadrons prancing,

In the broad noontide beams
The wedded falchion gleams !"

Hurrah !

POETRY An Adventure in the Gulf The Lay of the Sword..... 304

of Finland .................... 296 The Deaf Girl................ 304

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