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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 À-LA-MODE.

"Tout vient à point à qui peut attendre.”

SCENE.-A Boudoir Louis-Quinze, painted with Cupids shooting at Butterflies.

THE COUNTESS. THE BARON (her cousin and suitor).

THE COUNTESSs (looking up from her work).

BARON,

ARON, you doze.

THE BARON (closing his book).

I, Madame? No.

I wait your order-Stay or Go.

THE COUNTESS.

Which means, I think, that Go or Stay
Affects you nothing, either way.

THE BARON.

Excuse me,-By your favour graced,
My inclinations are effaced.

THE COUNTESS.

Or much the same.

How keen you grow!

You must be reading MARIVAUX.

THE BARON.

Nay,-'twas a song of SAINTE-Aulaire.

THE COUNTESS.

Then read me one.

We've time to spare:

If I can catch the clock-face there,

"Tis barely eight.

THE BARON.

What shall it be,

A tale of woe, or perfidy?

THE COUNTESS.

Not woes, I beg. I doubt your woes:
But perfidy, of course, one knows.

THE BARON (reads).

"Ah, Phillis! cruel Phillis!
(I heard a Shepherd say,)

You hold me with your Eyes, and yet
You bid me- -Go my Way!'

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"But when her Eyes she opened,

(Although the Sun it shone,)

She found the Shepherd had not stirred'Because the Light was gone!'

"Ah, Cupid! wanton Cupid! 'Twas ever thus your Way:

When Maids would bid you ply your Wings, You find Excuse to stay!"

THE COUNTESS.

Famous! He earned whate'er he got :-
But there's some sequel, is there not?

THE BARON (turning the page).

I think not.-No. Unless 'tis this:
My fate is far more hard than his ;—
In fact, your Eyes-

THE COUNTESS.

Now, that's a breach!

Your bond is not to make a speech.
And we must start—so call JUSTINE.
I know exactly what you mean !—
Give me your arm-

THE BARON.

If, in return,

Countess, I could your hand but earn!

THE COUNTESS.

I thought as much. This comes, you see,
Of sentiment, and Arcady,

Where vows are hung on every tree. . .

THE BARON (offering his arm, with a low bow). And no one dreams-of PERFIDY.

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