« PreviousContinue »
MODERN ENGLISH POETS.
O, how unlike the complex works of man,
O WINTER! ruler of the inverted year,
I love thee, all unlovely as thou seem'st,
MEETING OF THE DISCIPLES WITH THEIR
It happened on a solemn eventide,
The recollection, like a vein of ore, The farther traced, enriched them still the more ; They thought him, and they justly thought him, one Sent to do more than he appeared t have doneTo exalt a people, and to place them high Above all else; and wondered he should die. Ere yet they brought their journey to an end, A stranger joined them, courteous as a friend, And asked them, with a kind, engaging air, What their affliction was, and begged a share. Informed, he gathered up the broken thread, And, truth and wisdom gracing all he said, Explained, illustrated, and searched so well The tender theme on which they chose to dwell, That, reaching home, the night, they said, is near, We must not now be parted—sojourn here. The new acquaintance soon became a guest, And, made so welcome at their simple feast, He blessed the bread, but vanished at the word, And left them both exclaiming, 'Twas the Lord ! Did not our hearts feel all he deigned to say? Did not they burn within us by the way?
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;
The point in dispute was, as all the world knows,
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 bridge 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 then?
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),
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,