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ODE TO PEACE°
COME, peace of mind, delightful guest !
Once more in this sad heart:
We therefore need not part.
Where wilt thou dwell, if not with me,
And pleasure's fatal wiles?
The banquet of thy smiles ?
The great, the gay, shall they partake,
And wilt thou quit the stream
To be a guest with them?
For thee I panted, thee I prized,
Whate'er I loved before,
“Farewell ! we meet no more"?
THE MODERN PATRIOT
REBELLION is my theme all day:
I only wish 'twould come. (As who knows but perhaps it may ?)
A little nearer home.
Yon roaring boys, who rave and fight
On t'other side the Atlantic,
But most so when most frantic.
When lawless mobs insult the court,
That man shall be my toast,
Who bravely breaks the most.
But, O! for him my fancy culls
The choicest flowers she bears,
Who constitutionally pulls
Your house about your ears.
Such civil broils are my delight,
Though some folks can't endure them,
And that a rope must cure them.
A rope! I wish we patriots had
Such strings for all who need 'em -
Then farewell British freedom.
REPORT OF AN ADJUDGED CASE
NOT TO BE FOUND IN ANY OF THE BOOKS
BETWEEN Nose and Eyes a strange contest arose,
The spectacles set them unhappily wrong;
To which the said spectacles ought to belong.
So Tongue was the lawyer, and argued the cause
With a great deal of skill, and a wig full of learning,
While Chief Baron Ear sat to balance the laws,
So famed for his talent in nicely discerning.
“In behalf of the Nose it will quickly appear, And your lordship,” he said, "will undoubtedly
find, That the Nose has had spectacles always in wear,
Which amounts to possession time out of mind.”
Then holding the spectacles up to the court, “Your lordship observes they are made with a
straddle, As wide as the ridge of the Nose is; in short,
Designed to sit close to it, just like a saddle.
“Again, would your lordship a moment suppose,
('Tis a case that has happened, and may be again,) That the visage or countenance had not a Nose, Pray who would, or who could, wear spectacles
“On the whole it appears, and my argument shows,
With a reasoning the court will never condemn, That the spectacles plainly were made for the Nose
And the Nose was as plainly intended for them.”
Then shifting his side, (as a lawyer knows how,) 25
He pleaded again in behalf of the Eyes:
For the court did not think they were equally wise.
So his lordship decreed, with a grave solemn tone,
Decisive and clear, without one if or but
By day-light or candle-light-Eyes should be shut !
THE LILY AND THE ROSE
The Nymph must lose her female friend,
If more admired than she
If flowers can disagree?
Within the garden's peaceful scene
Appeared two lovely foes,
The Lily and the Rose.
The Rose soon reddened into rage,
And swelling with disdain,