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HORACE SMITH.-Born, 1780; Died, 1849. Horace Smith, with his brother, James Smith, were noted literary men of the last generation. They produced together, in 1813, the celebrated “Rojected Addresses, in which all the then living poets were wonderfully well imitated. Horace wrote many novels, and light pieces in prose and verse. The following is the best of his serious efforts, and ranks, deservedly, very high.
ADDRESS TO A MUMMY.
In Thebes's1 streets three thousand years ago,
And time had not begun to overthrow
Thou hast a tongue—come, let us hear its tune; 20 The Aurora Borealis, or Northern Egypt, where the Mummy adLights.
dressed was found. Thebes. A great city of ancient 2 Memnonium. The tomb of
Rameses III. (B.C. 1618) at Thebes.
Thou’rt standing on thy legs above ground, Mummy!
Revisiting the glimpses of the moon, Not like thin ghosts or disembodied creatures, But with thy bones and flesh, and limbs and features. Tell us—for doubtless thou canst recollect
To whom should we assign the Sphinx’ss fame?
Of either Pyramid that bears his name?
Has hob-a-nobbed with Pharaoh' glass to glass;
Or doffed thine own to let Queen Dido pass,
Has any Roman soldier mauled and knuckled,
Fre Romulus and Remus' had been suckled :
3 Sphinx. A colossal sculpture of
a human-headed animal. It is near the Pyramids. Originally, “the Sphinx" was an imaginary monster at Thebes, which propounded a mysterious riddle. Whoever guessed wrongly was killed. Edipus at last came and
solved the mystery. • Cheops built the great Pyramid.
He was a king of Egypt. 5 Cephrenes, also a king of Egypt,
was the brother of Cheops, and he,
too, built one of the Pyramids. 6 Pompey's pillar, near Alexan
dria ; a fluted Corinthian column, raised in honour, not of Pompey, but of one of the Emperors—it is
disputed which 7 Pharaoh. The name of a great
many kings of Egypt. 8 Dido, the Phænician Queen of
Carthage. 9 Romulus and Remus. The
fabled founders of Rome.
Antiquity appears to have begun
Might tell us what those sightless orbs have seen,
And the great deluge still had left it green ;
Art sworn to secrecy? then keep thy vows;
Reveal the secrets of thy prison-house; Since in the world of spirits thou hast slumbered, What hast thou seen ? what strange adventures num
bered ? Since first thy form was in this box extended,
We have, above ground, seen some strange mutations;10 The Roman Empire has begun and ended,
New worlds have risen—we have lost old nations; And countless kings have into dust been humbled, While not a fragment of thy flesh has crumbled. Didst thou not hear the pother o'er thy head,
When the great Persian conqueror, Cambyses, 11 Marched armies o'er thy tomb with thundering tread,
O'erthrew Osiris,12 Horus, Apis, Isis,
!! mutations, changes. 11 Cambyses.
The Persian conqueror, who, as a Persian, abhorred idols and overthrew the colossal ones of Egypt.
12 Osiris, &c. Egyptian Gods.
statue of a legendary hero, at
If the tomb's secrets may not be confessed,
The nature of thy private life unfold :-
And tears adown that dusky cheek have rolled :-
Imperishable type of evanescence ! Posthumous man, who quitt'st thy narrow bed,
And standest undecayed within our presence,
If its undying guest be lost for ever?
In living virtue, that, when both must sever,
R. H. D. BARHAM.--Born, 1788, Died, 1845. Mr. Barham was an English clergyman, but is better known for his “ Ingoldsby Legends," from which the following is taken, than in his professional character. His humour and wit are charming, and his skill in versification wonderful.
14 tegument, a covering--the body.
I cannot take my rest, father,
NEW MADE HONOUR.
Don't make my lady wait.” “ The King can do no wrong?” As I'm a sinner, He's spoilt an honest tradesman, and my dinner.