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PROVERBS IN PORCELAIN.
ASSUME that we are friends. Assume
A common taste for old costume,
Old pictures,-books. Then dream us sitting,—
We two,-in some soft-lighted room.
Outside the wind-the "ways are mire."
We, with our faces towards the fire,
Finished the feast not full but fitting,
Watch the light-leaping flames aspire.
Silent at first, in time we glow;
Discuss "eclectics," high and low;
Inspect engravings, 'twixt us passing
The fancies of DETROY, MOREAU ;
"Reveils" and " "Couchers," ""Balls" and "Fêtes,"
Anon we glide to "crocks" and plates,
Grow eloquent on glaze and classing,
And half-pathetic over “states."
Then I produce my Prize, in truth ;
Six groups in SÈVRES, fresh as Youth,
And rare as Love. You pause, you wonder,
(Pretend to doubt the marks, forsooth!)
And so we fall to why and how
The fragile figures smile and bow ;
Divine, at length, the fable under . . . .
Thus grew the "Scenes" that follow now.
THE BALLAD A-LA-MODE.
"Tout vient à point à qui peut attendre."
SCENE-A Boudoir Louis-Quinze, painted with
THE COUNTESS. THE BARON (her cousin and suitor).
THE COUNTESSs (looking up from her work).
Baron, you doze.
THE BARON (closing his book).
I, Madame? No.
I wait your order-Stay or Go.
Which means, I think, that Go or Stay
Nay, 'twas a song of SAINTE-Aulaire.
Then read me one.
We've time to spare:
If I can catch the clock-face there,
'Tis barely eight.
What shall it be,—
A tale of woe, or perfidy?
Not woes, I beg. I doubt your woes :
(I heard a Shepherd say,)
You hold me with your Eyes, and yet
"Ah, Colin! foolish Colin!
(The Maiden answered so,)
If that be All, the Ill is small,