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And while his distant fancy strays
As if she strove in vain to hide
Now gallantry is busy round! All
eyes are bent upon the ground; And dancers leave the cheerful measure To seek the lady's missing treasure. Meanwhile some charitable Miss, Quite ignorant what envy is, Sends slowly forth her censures grave, “ How oddly beauties will behave! Oh! quite an accident !-last year I think she sprain'd her ancle here; And then there were such sudden halts, And such a bringing out of salts”— “ You think her vain ?" “ Oh gracious ? no! She has a charming foot, you know; And it's so pretty to be lame-I don't impute the slightest blameOnly that very careless braid ! The fault is with the waiting-maid! I merely mean-since Lady Clare Was flatter'd so about her hair, Her comb is always dropping outOh! quite an accident !-no doubt!"
The Sun hath risen o'er the deep,
And then the warning watch is shown,
pass in long review before them The Lady that my Lord admiresThe gentleman that moves on wiresThe youth with such a frightful frownAnd that extraordinary gown." Now characters are much debated, And witty speeches are narrated ; And Criticism delights to dwell On conquests won by many a belle, On compliments that ne'er were paid, On offers that were never made,
Refusals-Lord knows when refused,
The music stops,—the lights expire,
A PARTY AT THE PELICAN.
DEAR COURTENAY,-On a bitter snowy day I have resolved to take our Poet Laureat's advice to write like a devil," and have positively sat down, with the most laudable diligence and solicitude for your amusement, to send you an account of a most delightful party at which I was present the other day; and, if the description pleases you one quarter as much as the more substantial original pleased me, you may be assured that I shall be very well satisfied.
To begin à principiis, as Allen Le Blanc would say ; -a single gentleman who had resided some time in the neighbourhood, and had accepted every body's invitation without giving any himself, 'luckily for me, just before my arrival, was seized with a sudden and miraculous impulse of hospitality, and determined, out of a proper regard both to economy and good fellowship, to pay
all his debts at once, in a general and grand entertainment. The good people here made many very charitable conjectures upon this extraordinary spirit which animated Mr. Hudson. However, as the slander of the place ought not to be circulated too widely, I will only tell you the most unexceptionable of them, that Christmas had its wonted and proper effect in opening his purse-strings. You see this only hints at some supernatural agency, as being necessary for such an important circumstance. To speak to you as a learned man, “ Dignus vindice nodus." Well ! to proceed regularly in these important matters, the above-mentioned gentleman, after he had resolved to feast his friends upon this extended scale, next began to consider where the collected company could possibly be received, and upon examination discovered that he had no room in his house large enough to hold them. In this terrible emergency he called his housekeeper to his assistance, and, after much consideration, they agreed upon a contrivance; namely, that he should hire the three best rooms in the Pelican, and send out his cards accordingly. This plan she alleged would give great consequence and notoriety to the party; and he acquiesced in it from other and more feeling motives, that he could probably supply a great part of the necessaries from home, and, by contracting with Monsieur the Innkeeper, save a considerable loss to his pocket, and a proportionable bustle and confusion to his household; nor did he forget that by these means he could avoid betraying the imperfections or deficiencies of his establishment.
These preliminaries, I assure you, are all authentic; having been partly collected from Mrs. Whitehurst, the old dame who manages every thing, and partly from himself, for he is very communicative in these respects;