Puslapio vaizdai

A pictured ship, with full-blown canvas set;
A card, with sea-weed twisted to a wreath,
Circling a silky curl as black as jet,

With yellow writing faded underneath.

Looking, I sink within the shrouded chair,
And note the objects slowly, one by one,
And light at last upon a portrait there,—

Wide-collared, raven-haired. "Yes, 'tis my son !"

"Where is he?” “Ah, sir, he is dead-my boy!
Nigh ten long years ago-in 'sixty-three;

He's always living in my head-my boy!
He was left drowning in the Southern Sea.

"There were two souls washed overboard, they said,
And one the waves brought back; but he was left.
They saw him place the life-buoy o'er his head;
The sea was running wildly ;-he was left.

"He was a strong, strong swimmer. Do you know,
When the wind whistled yesternight, I cried,
And prayed to God,-though 'twas so long ago,-
He did not struggle much before he died.

""Twas his third voyage. That's the box he brought,Or would have brought-my poor deserted boy!

And these the words the agents sent-they thought
That money, perhaps, could make my loss a joy.

"Look, sir, I've something here that I prize more : This is a fragment of the poor lad's coat,—

That other clutched him as the wave went o'er,

And this stayed in his hand. That's what they wrote.

"Well, well, 'tis done. My story's shocking you ;— Grief is for them that have both time and wealth: We can't mourn much, who have much work to do;

Your fire is bright. Thank God, I have my health!"



ISS PEACOCK 's called." And who demurs?
Not I who write, for certain;

If praise be due, one sure prefers
That some such face as fresh as hers
Should come before the curtain.

And yet, most strange to say, I find
(E'en bards are sometimes prosy)
Her presence here but brings to mind
That undistinguished crowd behind
For whom life's not so rosy.

The pleased young premier led her on,
But where are all the others?
Where is that nimble servant John?
And where's the comic Uncle gone?
And where that best of Mothers?

Where is "Sir Lumley Leycester, Bart."?
And where the crafty Cousin ?—
That man may have a kindly heart,
And yet each night ('tis in the part)

Must poison half-a-dozen!

Where is the cool Detective,-he
Should surely be applauded ?

The Lawyer, who refused the fee ?—
The Wedding Guests (in number three)?—
Why are they all defrauded?

The men who worked the cataract?
The plush-clad carpet lifters ?—
Where is the countless host, in fact,
Whose cue is not to speak, but act,-
The "supers" and the shifters?

Think what a crowd whom none recall,
Unsung,-unpraised,-unpitied ;—

Women for whom no bouquets fall,
And men whose names no galleries bawl,—
The Great un Benefit-ed!

Ah, Reader, ere you turn the page,
I leave you this for Moral :—
Remember those who tread Life's stage
With weary feet and scantest wage,

And ne'er a leaf for laurel !




HEY paused,—the cripple in the chair,


More bent with pain than age;

The mother with her lines of care;

The many-buttoned page;

The noisy, red-cheeked nursery-maid,

With straggling train of three;

The Frenchman with his frogs and braid ;-
All, curious, paused to see,

If possible, the small, dusk bird
That from the almond bough,

Had poured the joyous chant they heard,

So suddenly, but now.

And one poor POET stopped and thought

How many a lonely lay

That bird had sung ere fortune brought

It near the common way,

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