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guileless rapture, taste the honey of life. It will soon merge into age; when stern engagements will herald care.

Not one word of condemnation shall pass our lips against adults who, having provided against a holiday, make mirth in dancing. Occasionally, a rest from toil, a forgetfulness of all social, political, and domestic strife, a whole day spent in the country with the village beaux, a pic-nic and lively country dance, will each and all compensate for the time and expense, in yielding a pleasure for remembrance, and a hearty, thorough English happiness.

We are not “strait-laced,” and therefore cannot say that dancing should be prohibited, or confined solely to the young.

We would urge, by all incentive means, reform in the habit of public balls. Whilst urging such desirable reform, we would not unjustly censure those who have been educated to the pastime, without moral preparation.

There is nothing on the face of God's universe which may not be abused. Human society is made up of incongruities; scarcely any definable order or system. Class-habit, class-leaning, class-deed, class-creed, stand opposed as barricades to domestic and social progress.

“When to stop,” is what society needs to know. Up to a certain point there may be good in recreation and all other practices. Beyond that point there may be error. The great work of philanthropy and wisdom, is to discover the exact altitude essential to moral and religious health to which our race must rise, above which we cannot safely go.

Whilst recognising the harmlessness and possible good of temperate dancing, we must not fail to express unmistakably our disapproval of those who are “old enough to know better,” who make ball-rooms their almost constant places of resort. We would ask them in “true kindness,” Is there no better way by which time can be spent? Are there no books to read ? No life-work to be done ? No higher ideal for existence ? If not, we mourn for humanity. Better break stones on the common road-side, carry water from house to house, excavate the mine, plough the frosty glebe, buffet the storms, and track the billows of the ocean, do anything, in fact, rather than hang on to the midnight ball, flapping the tails of your coat in token of the celerity with which you exercise your feet.

To the ladies, whose rouged faces and sweet glancings we fancy we can see stealing sighs at midnight from certain half-grown men, who never acquired the art of dancing at home, we politely say a word. Ladies, your presence, in all the witcheries of nature and art, in the midnight ball-room, gives a triumph to the ceremonial habit of midnight revelry. Be you mindful of virtue, wisdom, duty; watch you


of your smiles, and the influence of your acts. The masculine gender would, without you, soon become neuter. It is your presence, ladies, which gives stamina to the practice of midnight dancing. Abandon the habit, ladies, then reform in these things will come; gentlemen will, somehow or other, desiring ever to please you, so arrange the order of their daily duties, as to enable them to trip with you in the fairy dance in the seasonable time of mirth.

By exchanging the midnight hour for the morning or evening hour, you will find less of the fatigue, disease, and premature death, which are common to the ball-room. Ladies, more delicately constituted than gentlemen, render themselves predisposed to unhealthy influences. They very often dance till the dawn of morn, and then, in a state of extreme perspiration, take cold, which not unfrequently brings on a fatal climax. If ladies would only choose to forego a habit, opposed to themselves and their partners in the scene, and would just determine to be subjected to the dictates of sober, Saxon, common sense, which will teach them to be moderate and modest, there would be little to lament from “public dances.”

The ladies ;-well, we had better forego ourselves (by way of example) any harsh stricture on their conduct. But to be just to truth and common sense, we must say just this—(it is a bit of our mind). Ladies with plenty of cash, and nothing to do, may occasionally grace the dance with little evil result, providing they are discreet. But those who have husbands and children, and withal (small coin), should leave dancing with their teens, and remember how numerous are the “things to be done” by themselves ere they can be faithful to Duty.

We do not say there should be no cessation of work for the married fair one; that she, because she hath much “ to do,” should never be allowed a light hour in the gay assembly, if such mode of pastime suits her. What we say is this (don't be angry, if you can help it, fair ladies),-married women are little likely to prove good companions to their husbands, and worthy mothers to their children, if they value the ball-room more than they do their homes;


if they delight in aping the steps of strange gentlemen, more than they delight in walking in the ways of domestic life.

We admire good dancing as we love good fare, but we only value either in moderation. Let dancing serve its true purpose. It is an institution of a practically beneficial character under restraint. But let not dancing monopolise our sole time, or even interrupt any true world-work. Let dancing exist as a recreative and healthyielding agent; but away for ever with the midnight public places known as ball-rooms, where all that is decent is made to blush, and virtue expires, as the taper, consumed to the wick, waning by degrees in the silent, solemn midnight.




The Woodman felt, as noiseless years


A father's love for Gertrude for she came
Unto his cot beguiling so the hours
With tale, and song, and merry guileless joke,
That life seemed dull when Gertrude was from sight.
She had a voice by nature woo'd to song ;
She read the notes arranged to words by art.
At times, when Deborah would wish and knit,
And Felix, tired, would sup his mug of ale,
Unloose his gaiters, throw his cap aside,
And sit at ease upon his huge oak chair-
Would Gertrude swell the magic sound of song,
And thrill the Woodman's heart with holy joy.


Gaily the summer bees fly,

Gaily the soaring larks sing,
Gaily the sun in the sky

Laughs at everything ;
And gossamer webs float free in the air,
And beauty and love are everywhere.

Lovely the flowers that bloom,

Lovely the chrystaline stream ;
Lovely the grass on the tomb,

Which gleams in the summer beam.
And lovely the hills in vesture of morn,
And the haze that parts at the huntsman's horn.

Joyous the innocent child,

Joyous the maiden in love;
Joyous the bosom beguiled

With peace of the peaceful dove;
And joyous the land illumined by light,
Whose children are school'd in Wisdom of Right.

Thus Gertrude sang. The Woodman and his mate
Admiring praised while Gertrude blush'd her joy.
And when the maiden donn'd her cloak and hood,
The happy Felix left his oaken chair,
Resumed his coat and cap—reach'd down his gun
Which lay against the wall—and when she'd shook
His Deborah's hand, and said the sweet “Good night!"
He proudly led her to the hall.

As flowed the silvery stream of Wye, so flowed
The Woodman's life, as in his household glow'd
The jewels of content and peace unbroken ;
Scarce one ungentle word had yet been spoken
Since wedded ties had charm'd the souls in one
Of Deborah and himself : in love begun,
They lived to love, and loved as seasons run.

When Toil was hush'd in rest, and Night was Queen,
As wintry winds howld wildly terrible,
'Twas joy to Felix to inspire his wife
With sacred themes. The dusty “Book of Books,”
In time-brown'd leathern lids, was handled-read,
And words of precious joy to both were stored ;
The well-remembered hymn was sung with zeal,
And nightly vespers winged their way to Heaven,
With deeper faith, and stronger pleading power,
Than when the elements delight in Peace.



The Woodman's cot is now the scene of bliss,

The Woodman's wife a mother's name can own ;
A Son is born !- What news divine is this

To Felix, when its precious truth is known !
For years he hoped to feel a father's joy,
And now, thank Heaven, he clasps his baby boy
With tenderest care. While Deborah smiles
Thro' pains and tears; and holy Love beguiles
Her of despair, as weak, and thin, and pale,
She suffers from the shock of nature's gale.
New spheres are sphered from fancy; new delights
Float in the dimness of approaching nights.

In breathless ecstacy the Woodman hies

To Gertrude, with the tidings of the birth ;
And Gertrude, pleased as he by the surprise,

Prays that the child may shine a star on earth.



In due time the large Assembly Room at the King's Arms was illuminated, and fitted for the reception of the public, to view the wonderful magical skill of Professor Schelterchinesey. A table stood in front of the Professor, on which was placed an assortment of glasses, bottles, and coins. A red curtain, spangled with silver stars and charmed representations, was suspended from the ceiling, and gave a dazzling character to the scene. Behind this curtain the magician had stored a large box, containing the machinery of a host of tricks he did not desire his patrons to discover. The hour for commencing operations had arrived. The Professor was waiting with his watch in his hand; he was waiting with visible impatience. He was waiting—for disappointment; for the public were callous to his call, and savagely indifferent to his genius. The Professor waited exactly half an hour over the time announced to display his

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