Puslapio vaizdai

Some new Neæra's tangled hair—
Some easier Amaryllis."

I cannot promise to be cold

If smiles are kind as yours of old
On lips of later beauties;
Nor can I hope to quite forget
The homage that is Nature's debt,
While man has social duties;

But, if you ask shall I prefer

To you I honour so

A somewhat visionary Her,
I answer truly-No.

You fear, you frankly add, "to find
In me too late the altered mind

That altering Time estranges." To this I make response that we (As physiologists agree),

Must have septennial changes; This is a thing beyond control, And it were best upon the whole

To try and find out whether We could not, by some means, arrange This not-to-be-avoided change

So as to change together:

But, had you asked me to allow

That you could ever grow

Less amiable than you are now,—

But to be serious-if you care
To know how I shall really bear
This much-discussed rejection,
I answer you. As feeling men
Behave, in best romances, when

You outrage their affection;—
With that gesticulatory woe,
By which, as melodramas show,
Despair is indicated;
Enforced by all the liquid grief

Which hugest pocket-handkerchief
Has ever simulated;

And when, arrived so far, you say
In tragic accents "Go,"

Then, Lydia, then . . . I still shall stay,
And firmly answer No.



"Martiis cælebs quid agam Kalendis,


HARLES,—for it seems you wish to know,You wonder what could scare me so, And why, in this long-locked bureau, With trembling fingers,

With tragic air, I now replace

This ancient web of yellow lace,

Among whose faded folds the trace

Of perfume lingers.

Friend of my youth, severe as true,


guess the train your thoughts pursue;

But this my state is nowise due

To indigestion;

I had forgotten it was there,

A scarf that Some-one used to wear.

Hinc illa lacrima,—so spare

Your cynic question.

Some-one who is not girlish now,

And wed long since. We meet and bow;

I don't suppose our broken vow

Affects us keenly;

Yet, trifling though my act appears,

Your Sternes would make it ground for tears ;

One can't disturb the dust of years,

And smile serenely.

"My golden locks

are gray and chill,

For hers,-let them be sacred still;

But yet, I own, a boyish thrill

Went dancing through me,

Charles, when I held yon yellow lace;
For, from its dusty hiding-place,

Peeped out an arch, ingenuous face
That beckoned to me.

We shut our heart up, now-a-days,
Like some old music-box that plays
Unfashionable airs that raise

Derisive pity;

Alas, -a nothing starts the spring;

And lo, the sentimental thing

At once commences quavering

Its lover's ditty.

Laugh, if you like. The boy in me,—
The boy that was,-revived to see

The fresh young smile that shone when she,
Of old, was tender.

Once more we trod the Golden Way,

That mother you saw yesterday,

And I, whom none can well portray
As young, or slender.

She twirled the flimsy scarf about
Her pretty head, and stepping out,
Slipped arm in mine, with half a pout
Of childish pleasure.

Where we were bound no mortal knows,
For then you plunged in Ireland's woes,
And brought me blankly back to prose
And Gladstone's measure.

Well, well, the wisest bend to Fate.
My brown old books around me wait,
My pipe still holds, unconfiscate,

Its wonted station.

Pass me the wine. To Those that keep

The bachelor's secluded sleep

Peaceful, inviolate, and deep,

I pour libation.

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