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The dark damp vault now echoes his tread,

While his song rings merrily out;
With a cobweb canopy over his head,

And coffins falling about.
His foot may crush the full-fed worms,

His hand may grasp a shroud,
His gaze may rest on skeleton forms,

Yet his tones are light and loud.
He digs the grave, and his chant will break

As he gains a fathom deep-
“ Whoever lies in the bed I make

I warrant will soundly sleep."
He piles the sod, he raises the stone,

He clips the cypress-tree;
But whate'er his task, 'tis plied alone-

No fellowship holds he.
For the sexton gray is a scaring loon-

His name is linked with death :
The children at play, should be cross their way,

Will pause with fluttering breath.
They herd together, a frighten'd host,

And whisper with lips all white“ See, see, 'tis he that sends the ghost

To walk the world at night!”

The old men mark him, with fear in their eye,

At his labor 'mid skulls and dust;
They hear him chant: “ The young may die,

But we know the aged must."
The rich will frown as his ditty goes on

“Though broad your lands may be,
Six narrow feet to the beggar I mete,

And the same shall serve for ye.”
The ear of the strong will turn from his song,

And Beauty's cheek will pale ;
“Out, out," cry they, “what creature would stay

To list thy croaking tale ?"
Oh! the sexton gray is a mortal of dread ;

None like to see him come near;
The orphan thinks on a father dead,

The widow wipes a tear.
All shudder to hear bis bright axe chink,

Upturning the hollow bone;
No mate will share his toil or his fare,

He works, he carouses alone.
By night or by day, this, this is his lay:

" Mine is the goodliest trade;
Never was banner so wide as the pall,

Nor sceptre so feared as the spade."



I have ninted to you already that the ing cellar of the Lacryma Christi on its summer was coming; and a day or two of flank, to make you say of our waters—as the sunshine, that has made us gasp, have more hand organists say of the blue seas by Baiæ than justified my announcement. Sea breezes -vedi e poi mori. are coming into fashion again, and we shall But this is no news—all which I know as presently be looking for those fishing com- well as you can tell me. Yet who cares for panies, which every year vex the waters of novelties when the first simmer of summer our lower bay.

is playing on the fields, and the mated birds I have often thought (and you would are idling and oiling their feathers ? Or if think so too, if you had seen it, in the sum- there be a care, where is news to be found ! mer time) what a magnificent spot our New Politics, you know, is on a sort of vacationYork Bay is one day to become ; when the hunt; and between the late travel of the stucco and the wood of baby effort shall President, and the doubtful elections here give place to the richest veins of our quarries and there, the plotters are tired of augury, —when our merchants shall drink their tea and are lazily sunning themselves under the three leagues from business—when lofty wall of the newspapers. Indiamen shall ride at anchor before their You should have seen, by the by, the prodoors, and when Staten Island shall bloom cession, and the flags, and the crowds which with hedge and cottage-another Isle of welcomed to the city the Citizen President; Wight—and its waters rival Southampton it was a worthy honor, and worthily done. waters. Say what they will of Dublin Bay, | And I could have wished a squadron of the and Naples, and Sorrento, and the rest, no horse-guards, who hold their daily quarters prettier encircled harbor catches the morn down Whitehall-street, could have set an ing than stretches from your eye at the foot eye upon that easy and voluntary bestowal of the Battery. There is only needed a of honor, which owed nothing to old preVesuvius, with a lazy smoke-cloud by day, rogative—nothing to the orders of a duke, and a jet of fire-stones by night, and a teem. ) and nothing to the crimson of court-dresses.

They made a brilliant show upon the I was talking of politics ;-which brings Thames, that first day of May, it must be me back to where politics are just now most confessed; and they had a brilliant occasion. in ferment; I mean in France. They are Still I am willing, and proud too, to con- in a queer muss yonder; and how the issues trast those hireling trumpeters,and the black will lie it is impossible to foresee. Their sechorsed guardsmen, and the bear-capped ond election is fast approaching, and whethfootmen with the plain-dressed men, women, er the heat of its ferment will not set the and children, who ran from their shops and republic on fire, is a very doubtful question. their homes to spend an echo for the plain. It is not a matter as (God be thanked !) dressed man whom they had made their it is here-between one man and anotherPresident.

as to who is the best ; but a hundred variant You know what a reception is in the city; elements are in the caldron of their election how the house-tops are crowded, and the dinner. First, you know the Bonaparte carriages wallow through eager throngs, and name is winning what it can to warp the the simply-dressed police clear the way republic into empire; then the old Legitwith staves, and the huzzas rise with a health imists are busy in the capital, and in the in them; so I shall not need to tell you how southwest-tying their hopes to the moit begun or how it passed off.

ther church, and making stump-speakers of I may say a word though about the mag. priests; and the Duc de Nemours is courtnificent enterprise which the President and ing a popularity which he has sorely perhis suite came to inaugurate. You must have illed, and making republican pretensions, known that for years certain digging ma- toward a throne. chines and pile-drivers and Irishmen, count- The Socialists are busy in full force : and ing by the thousands, have been cutting a with such wilful, strong-minded, passionate pathway straight and long-through moun mouth-pieces as EMILE DE GIRARDIN, they tains and by river banks—under rocky ledges will raise a voice that will be heard in every and over prairies—to join the waters of Lake corner of France. Perhaps you know his Erie, to our queen-river the Hudson. And sharp, interrogatory way of startling atnow the work is done, and you go flying over tention ; if not, I transcribe for you a paralong colonnades of rich and solid masonry, graph or two which show his mode. He with the tops of the pine forests below you, questions his rivals with a lofty arrogance, through countries where, till yesterday, a that reminds one of DEMOSTHENES; throw. Troy coach was a matter of wonder i ng his hail of psephismata into the face of

They tell us, too—both reporters and guide- ÆSCHINES :books—that sweet gems of valleys burst upon “In the present darkened state of the atyou, which you lose again so quick on your mosphere, it is easy to perceive that the iron and rattling flight, that you will hardly thunder of a fourth Revolution is hanging have scared the trout that lurk in the brook

over our heads, and waits only for a disturb.

ance to burst forth. of their bosoms. Indeed, the new route is to

" If this Revolution shall take place, if it furnish the sportsman's holiday ground, and proves as bloodthirsty and implacable as even now parties are wandering thither with the Revolution of 1848 was generous and Conroy's tackle and HERBERT's books, to forbearing, to what parties must the respon

sibility be attached! fling a fly into the eddies that curl under the

“Will it not be pre-eminently to those roots of century-old pines, and you may who have provoked it by the shamelessness hear now the click of the angler's reel, where of their apostasies ? was heard only the click of the hunter's rifle. “In truth, they will not only have proThink of it for a moment, that in four

voked it, but they will have legitimated it, hours' time, from the heat, dust, plaster,

not only have legitimated it, but have dis

armed their future defenders. Suppose that bricks, broken pavements, signs, watering one of the first acts of the victorious Revolu. carts, and news-boys of the city, you may tion should be to invade the offices of the Conlap your fevered soul to quiet under the stitutionel, of the Patrie, of the Assemblée Nagparled tops of the primitive forest, a

tionale, of the Journal des Debats, and throw hundred miles away, and forget the hammer

their types out the window, as was done on of your town upholsterer in watching the

the 13th of June with the presses of the

Voix du Peuple, of the République, of the deft hangings of the golden oriole! | Démocratie Pacifique, and of the Estafette,

in what terms of just indignation could I | image of the Paris show, by fancying a protest against the outrage! If I were magnificent bridge lit up by a thousand lantold, “This is by way of reprisal,' what

atterns in full view of the cascade,-and strong could I say? If a war of extermination should be waged against the journals of the

1 galvanic lights flashing on the tumbling vanquished parties, if their sale were utter waters—while at either hand, looming ly prohibited in order to insure a more cer through the night, appear the illuminated tain monopoly to the journals of the vic

frieze, columns, and vestibule of two of the torious party, what could I gain for the rights of liberty and equality, by an appeal

noblest porticoes of modern architectureto the past ! If Veron should be thrown

that of the Madeleine and of the Chamber into the prison where a great writer, Proud of Deputies. I shall say nothing about the bon, has pined for two years, what could I corseleted men-at-arms, and the trim gens say in defence of the Alticus who endeav-d'armerie, and the slouch-batted hungry ored the overthrow of the Constitution and

fellows from the purlieus of the Pantheon ; restoration of the Empire? If Belle-Isle should trade off M. Blanqui against M. Ro- and the gliding grisettes in witching straws mieu, what could I oppose to the transaction? —simply because—I was not there. If M. Guizot should succeed M. Raspail in As for London, the papers are so full of the prison of Doullens, could I honestly it, that one seems to be wandering with the maintain that the author of the law of Sep

ep wondering groups under that marvellous

on tember 9, 1835, which forbade the advocacy of the Republic under the Monarchy, has palace

palace of Paxton, which will surely be respected the law of August 11, 1848, which rated eighth, in the next Peter Parley book no less formally interdicted the defence of of wonders of the world. the Monarchy under the Republic? If Gi-! It must be certainly one of the sights of raud and Saint-Hilaire should share the fate of Jacques and Michelet, what could I allege

| a man's life-time to witness such a Babel of in favor of the liberty of teaching, which

nations, and such a Solomon's Temple. Who could not be turned against the deposers of among our enterprising panorama-makers, yesterday, the deposed of to-day? If re- is to start the idea of taking us throughversing the scale declared by the law of on two miles of canvas-all the curious March, '31, all the tax payers to the amount

things of the Great Exhibition? I throw of over 100 francs should be deprived of the right of suffrage. what good reason could I out the hint without charge, and shall exbring for sustaining them in their right? If pect only a free ticket to the entertainprogressive taxation in proportion to prop- ment. erty should succeed progressive taxation

The English papers are full of anecdotes, in proportion to misery, with what argu

which—to the delight of the reporters, ments could I combat the measure? If the same treatment should be given to all the

are occurrences of every day. priests suspected of legitimism, which was Thus we have, in one sheet, a very minute inflicted on the teachers suspected of Social account of the first meeting of Mr. SOBDEN ism, what could I say? If all the function

with the Marquis of ANGLESEY, and the aries who did not give sufficient pledges to

Duke of WELLINGTON. To the great sur. the victorious Democracy were set aside. how could I combat such an act of intoler

prise of many who do not seem mindful of ance ?"

the fact that a true gentleman is always a To balance the opening of the Great Ex-gentleman, the meeting is spoken of as one hibition, the Parisians you know have been characterized by great courtesy and civility arranging a magnificent fête, which passed on the part of all the distinguished parties. off in rain and cloud upon the fourth of Much attention was attracted towards a May. The most noticeable novelty about Chinese Mandarin, in full celestial vestit was the artificial cascade in the river ments, who attended the party of ambassaSeine. You can form some idea of the dors, and who paid the eastern salute to beauty and wonder of this show, by fancy- the Queen-of kissing her toe. ing such a river as Harlem at the turn- One of the largest fountains during the pike bridge-dammed with rocks to the Queen's visit—was supplied with eau de height of some thirty feet—and half the Cologne ; and a small Austrian jet, it is body of the river lifted by invisible ma- understood, is to be permanently supplied chinery, and made to clatter over in wild with the same odorous shower. confusion upon the surface below. Still Of the great extent of the Crystal Palfurther, you will get into your mind an ace you may perhaps form a better conception by this bit of newspaper calculation, them into one of the private offices of the which I cut from a late London journal :- building and searched them. It was satis“ The Crystal Palace is itself the grandest

factorily ascertained by documents found on feature of the Exbibition. Not only in its

them that they were French police officers, extent, and in its matchless beauty of form

and a series of mutual explanations, if they and material, but likewise in the rapidity!!

may be so termed, where neither understood of its construction, it is the most marvellous 11

y | the other, ensued—the strangers were readedifice in the world. The Alhambra and

ily satisfied, and the Birmingham detective the Tuileries would not fill up the eastern

got a practical lesson in the old Scotch

proverb, that “ Hawks munna pick out and western naves, and the National Gal- | | lery would stand very well beneath the

hawks' een.'” transept. St. Paul's Cathedral does not

THE BOOK WORLD. cover half the ground. The Palace of Versailles, the largest in the world, would ex- Still I have very little to tell you of book tend but a little way beyond the transept. matters. It is too hot for book-making, and A dozen metropolitan churches would stand

almost too hot for book-reading. erect under its roof of glass. Yet its extent is its least interesting feature. The sense

A London Guide-Book, published by Jno. of its marvellous beauty overcomes every

MURRAY, in the style and manner of his redother feeling. Since the young imagination, covered guide-books which have 101

covered guide-books which have for years fired with tales of sprites and genii, con designated the English traveller on the conjured up visions of Eastern palaces, adorned

tinent, cannot fail to be of essential service with the splendors of Arabian fiction, there has been nothing to compare with it for

to every stranger in London. Heretofore grace, lightness, fancy, and variety of effects

the traveller has been more lost for an inas the sun is crossed by moving clouds. telligible and comprehensive guide in LonThat this edifice has been raised and com- don, than in any city of Europe. pleted in five months—that in November

| Among American announcements, I have last not a pillar had been erected, and now ! the whole structure is finished, to the mi- |

to chronicle for you a new book or two from nutest point of decoration-is a fact to

NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE. Of what characimpress the stranger with a magnificent ter they will be does not appear from the conception of our industrial resources." programme. Indeed, one is disposed to

And, since my scissors are in hand, I cut think that, in virtue of a common rise of for you also, this little contretemps, which the publishers, the announcement may have counts more poorly for French dress than been made upon a mere “promise to write." most would bave supposed. Indeed, I have 1 You will hope, as I do, that the cool half a mind to believe, that the Birming- shades of Berkshire, under which Hawham gentry were outwitted after all, and THORNE is now fanning himself for new trithat the pseudo police were only accom- umphs, will not lessen his industry. Yet, plished French filour :

to tell truth, there is something wonderfully Rival Jonathan Wilds.-A very amusing

tempting idlesse in the noise of brooks and mistake occurred on the opening day. Two birds—a sweet idleness that suffers thought persons, whose appearance indicated that to run wild in its chase of fancies, but which they were not exactly of the class of three-dreads the bandling of a quill as it dreads guinea ticket-holders, were observed in the the hot air of a city. middle of the crowd in the transept care.

I have told you something, in by-gone fully scrutinizing every one about them ; their conduct had so much that was suspi- numbers, of a Book of Beauty, and indulged cious about it, that an active detective of in some surmises as to who was to be the the Birmingham police who was present, literary nurse of such an enterprise. I now and who had been watching them for nearly learn with pleasure that Mrs. C. M. Kirkan hour, seeing that they took apparently little interest in the magnificent spectacle

LAND is to have the handling of its dainty that was passing in their immediate neigh-pages. A better selection could not have borhood, and that they looked harder than, been made, either in view of the artistic in his opinion, honest men ought at the pen-work of the lady in question, ot of those watches and other trinkets so profusely dis- substantial qualities of heart, temper, ana played, advanced and took them into custody. The strangers turned out to be judgment, which will at once forestall all Frenchmen, but their explanations, what- | possible charges of indecorum or frivolity. ever they were, being perfectly unintelligi.

I remain, yours, &c., ble to the Birmingham officer, he conducted

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