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X. — THE DAFFODILS.
i I Wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
"When all at once 1 saw a crowd,
Beside the lake, beside the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
2. Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky" way,
Along the margin of a bay;
3. The waves beside them danced, but they
Outdid the sparkling waves in gle« ; —
In such a jocund company:
4 For oft, when on my couch I lie,
In vacant or in pensive mood,
Which is the bliss of solitude;
XI. — RESIGNATION TO GOD'S WILL.
1. He sendeth sun, he sendeth shower,-
To give the soul fit nourishment.
2. Can loving children e'er reprove
With murmurs whom they trust and love?
Creator, I would ever be
A trusting, loving child to thee;
As comes to ma or cloud or sun,
Father! thy will, not mine, be done.
8. O, ne'er will I at life repine;
Enough that thou hast made it mine.
Where falls the shadow cold of de».th,
SARAH FLOWIR ADAMS.
XII. — THE FOLLY OF CASTLE-BUILDING."
1. Alnas'char, says the fable, was a very idle fellow," who never would set his hand to any business during his father's life His father, dying, left to him the value of an hundred drachmas''7 in Persian money. Alnaschar, in order to make the best of it, laid it out in glasses, bottles, and the finest earthenware. These he piled up in a large open basket, and having made choice of a very little shop, placed the basket at his feet, and leaned his back upon the wall, in expectation of customers. As he sat in this posture, with his eyes upon the basket, he fell into a most amusing train of thought, and was overheard by one of his neighbors, as he talked to himself. "This basket," says he, "cost ma at the wholesale merchant's an hundred drachmas, which is all I have in the world.
2. "I shall quickly make two hundred of it, by selling it in retail. These two hundred drachmas will in a little while rise to four hundred, which of course will amount in time to four thousand. Four thousand drachmas cannot fail of making eight thousand. As soon as by this means I am master of ten thousand, I will lay aside my trade of a glass-man, and turn jewel] 3r. I shall then deal in diamonds, pearls, and all sorts of rich stones. When I have got together as much wealth as I can well desire, I will make a purchase of the finest house I can find. I shall then begin to enjoy myself and make a noise in the world. I will not, however, stop there, but still continue my traffic, till I have got together an hundred thousand drachmas.
3. "When I have thus made myself master of an hundred thousand drachmas, I shall naturally set myself on the footing of a prince, and will demand the Grand Vizier's" daughter in marriage, after having represented to that minister the information which I have received of the beauty, wit, discretion and other high qualities, which his daughter possesses. I will let him know, at the same time, that it is my intention to make him a present of a thousand pieces of gold on our marriage night. As soon as I have married the Grand Vizier's daughter, I will make my fatherin-law a visit with a grand train and equipage; and when I am placed at his right hand, — where I shall be. of course, if it be only to honor his daughter, — I will give him the thousand pieces of gold which I promised him, and afterwards, to his great surprise, will present him another purse of the same value, with some short speech, as, 'Sir, 70U see I am a man of my word; 1 always give more than I promise.'
4. "When I have brought the princess to my house, I shall take particular care to breed her in a duo respect for me. To this end, I shall confine her to her own apartment, make her a short visit, and talk but little to her. Her women37 will represent to me that she is inconsolable by reason of my unkindness and beg me with tears to caress her, and let her sit down by me; but I shall still remain inexorable, and will turn my back upon her. Her mother will then come and bring her daughter to me, as I am seated upon my sofa. The daughter, with tears in her eyes, will fling herself at my feet, and beg of me to receive her into my favor. Then will I, to imprint in her a thorough veneration for my person, draw up my legs and spurn her from me with my foot, in such a manner that she shall fall down several paces from the sofa."
5. Alnaschar was entirely swallowed up in this chimer'ical" vision, and could not forbear acting with his foot what he had in his thoughts. So that, unluckily striking his basket of brittle ware, which was the foundation of all his grandeur, he kicked his glasses to a great distance from him into the street, and broke them into ten thousand pieces. Annison.
XIII. — SELECT APOLOGUES."
A Lamb strayed for the first time into the woods, and excited much discussion97 among other animals. In a mixed company13* one day, when he became the subject of a friendly gossip, the goat praised him. "Pooh !" said the lion, "this is too absurd. The beast is a pretty beast enough, but did you hear him roar? 1 heard him roar, and, by the manes of my fathers, when he roars he does nothing but cry ba-a-a!" And the lion bleated his best in mockery, but bleated tar from well.
"Nay," said the deer. "I do not think so badly of his voice. I liked him well enough until I saw him leap. He kicks with his hind legs in running, and, with all his skipping, gets over very little ground."—"It is a bad beast altogether," said the tiger. "He cannot roar, he cannot run, he can do nothing — and what wonder? I killed a man yesterday, and, in politeness 7.—The Partial Judge.
1 A farmer came to a neighboring" lawyer, expressing great concern for an accident which, he said, had just happened. "One of your oxen," continued he, "has been gored by an unlucky bull of mine; and I should be glad to know how I am to make you reparation."—" Thou art a very honest fellow," replied the lawyer, "and wilt not think it unreasonable that I expect one of thy oxen in return." — " It is no more than justice," quoth the farmer, "to be sure. But, what did I say ?— 1 mistake. It is your bull that has killed one of my oxen."—" Indeed!" says the lawyer; "that alters the case: I must inquire
into the affair; and if "— " And If !" said the farmer —
"the business, I find, would have been concluded without an If, had you been as ready to do justice to others as to exact it from them."
8. —The Cocrt Of Death.
Death, the king of terrors, was determined to choose a prime ministerand his pale courtiers, the ghastly55 train of diseases, were all summoned to attend, when each preferred his claim to the honor of this illustrious office. Fever urged the numbers he destroyed; cold Palsy set forth his pretensions by shaking all his limbs; and Dropsy, by his swelled, unwieldy carcass; Gout hobbled up, and alleged his great power in racking every joint;86 and Asthma's" inability to speak was a strong though silent argument in favor of his claim. Stone37 and Colic pleaded their violence; Plague his rapid progress in destruction; and Consumption, though slow, insisted that he was sure.
In the midst of this contention, the court was disturbed by the noise of music, dancing, feasting and revelry; when immediately entered a lady, with a confident air, and a flushed countenance, attended by a troop of cooks and bacchanals :** her name was Intemperance." She waved her hand, and thus addressed the crowd of diseases: "Give way, ye sickly band of pretenders, nor dare to vie with my superior merits in the service of this great monarch. Am not I your parent? Do ye not derive the power of shortening human life almost wholly from me? Who, then, Bo fit as myself for this important office?" The grisly monarch grinned a smile of approbation, placed her at his right hand, and she immediately became his principal favorite and prime minister.
9. — Dishonestv Punished.
An usurer," having lost a hundred dollars in a bag, promised a reward of ten dollars to the person who should restore it. The finder brought it to him, and demanded the reward. The usurer loath to give the reward, now that he had the bag, alleged, as soon as the bag was opened, that it contained, when he lost it, a hundred and ten dollars. Being called before the judge, he unwarily acknowledged that the seal was broken open in his own presence, and that the amount in the bag was but a hundred dollars.
"You say," said the judge "that the bag you ".ost had a hundred and ten dollars in it?"—"Yes, sir."—"Then," replied the judge, "this cannot be your bag, as it contained but a hundred dollars; therefore the plaintiff" must keep it till the true owner appears; and you must look for your bag where you can find it."
XIV. — ADORATION AMID NATURAL SCENES.
1. The turf shall be my fragrant shrine ;0
2. My choir38 shall be the moonlit waves,
Even more than music, breathes of Thee
3. I '11 seek by Jay some glade unknown,
4. Thy heaven,30 on which 'tis bliss to look,
5. I '11 read thy anger in the rack"
That clouds a while the day-beam's track;
Thy mercy in the azure hue
Of sunny brightness breaking through!
i There's lothing bright, above, below,
"There's nothing dark, below, above,