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For course of blood, our proverbs deem, * Is warmer than the mountain-stream.«
And thus, my Christmas still I hold
In these dear halls, where welcome kind, Is with fair liberty combined ;
a « Blood is warmer than water, "-a proverb meant to vindicate our family predilections. .
Where cordial friendship gives the hand,
How just, that, at this time of glee, My thoughts should, Heber, turn to thee! · For many a merry hour we've known,
And heard the chimes of midnight's tone. Cease, then, my friend ! a moment cease, And leave these classic tomes in peace !
Of Roman and of Grecian lore, Sure mortal brain can hold no more. These ancients, as Noll Bluff might say, Were “ pretty fellows in their day,” But time and tide o'er all prevailOn Christmas eve a Christmas taleOf wonder and of war—“ Profane ! What ! leave the lofty Latian strain, Her stately prose, her verse's charms, To hear the clash of rusty arms; In Fairy Land or Limbo lost, To jostle conjuror and ghost, Goblin and witch !”–Nay, Heber dear, Before you touch my charter, hear. Though Leyden aids, alas! no more, My cause with many-languaged lore, This may I say :-in realms of death Ulysses meets Alcides' wraith ;
: “ Hannibal was a pretty fellow, sir-a very pretty fellow in his day." Old Bachelor.
Æneas, upon Thracia’s shore,
All nations have their omens drear, Their legends wild of woe and fear. , To Cambria look-the peasant see, Bethink him of Glendowerdy,. . And shun “ the spirit's blasted tree.” The Highlander, whose red claymore The battle turned on Maida's shore, Will, on a Friday morn, look pale, If asked to tell a fairy tale : He fears the vengeful Elfin King, Who leaves that day his grassy ring;
Invisible to human ken,
Didst e'er, dear Heber, pass along Beneath the towers of Franchemont, Which, like an eagle's nest in air, Hang o'er the stream and hamlet fair?Deep in their vaults, the peasants say, A mighty treasure buried lay, Amassed through rapine and through wrong, By the last lord of Franchemont. The iron chest is bolted hard, A Huntsman sits, its constant guard ; Around his neck his horn is hung, His hanger in his belt is siung ; Before his feet his bloodhounds lie : An ’twere not for his gloomy eye, Whose withering glance no heart can brook, As true a huntsman doth he look, As bugle e'er in brake did sound, Or ever hollowed to a hound: