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E seated, pray.
"A grave appeal "?
This monstrous mélodrame of Force! We, Sir, we connoisseurs, should know, On whom its heaviest burden falls; Collections shattered at a blow, Museums turned to hospitals!
"And worse," you say; "the wide distress!" Alas, 'tis true distress exists, Though, let me add, our worthy Press Have no mean skill as colourists ;Speaking of colour, next your seat
There hangs a sketch from Vernet's hand; Some Moscow fancy, incomplete,
Yet not indifferently planned;
Note specially the gray old Guard,
Who tears his tattered coat to wrap A closer bandage round the scarred And frozen comrade in his lap ;
But, as regards the present war,—
Now don't you think our pride of pence
You hesitate. For my part, I—
That "Charity begins at Home."
My so-named “ Hunt"? The girl's a gem ;
And look how those lean rascals snatch
"But your appeal 's for home,"-you say,— For home, and English poor! Indeed! I thought Philanthropy to-day
Was blind to mere domestic need— However sore-Yet though one grants
That home should have the foremost claims,
At least these Continental wants
Assume intelligible names;
While here with us-Ah! who could hope
Or from his private means to cope
One might as well
Or fill that huge Malayan shell
Moreover, add that every one
So well exalts his pet distress, 'Tis-Give to all, or give to none,
If you'd avoid invidiousness. Your case, I feel, is sad as A.'s,
The same applies to B.'s and C.'s;
And life is short,-I see you look
So, if I only hold you out
Why, you'll forgive me, I've no doubt.
Nay, do not rise. You seem amused;
Believe me, on these very grounds.
Good-bye, then. Ah, a rarity! That cost me quite three hundred pounds,That Dürer figure,-"Charity."
"Prophete rechts, Prophete links,
Das Weltkind in der Mitten."
GOETHE'S Diné zu Coblenz.
O left, here 's B., half-Communist, Who talks a chastened treason, And C., a something-else in "ist," Harangues, to right, on Reason.
B., from his " tribune," fulminates
While C.'s peculiar coterie
And yet-Why not? If zealots burn, Their zeal has not affected
My taste for salmon and Sauterne,