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The boy, it seemed, to add a force
Had pushed a striped and spotted horse
While he, in exultation,
Chattered some half-articulate
Meanwhile, the girl, with upturned face,
Buoyant as though some power
The eyes had lost their listless way,-
Had slipped down with the doll that lay
She only, yearning upward, found
Ah, tyrant Time! you hold the book,
Pleased for a meagre minute; You closed it now, for, out of sight,
Some warning finger beckoned; Excunt both to left and right;— Thus ended Act the Second.
ACT THE THIRD.
Or so it proved. For while I still
I saw the lattice quiver ;
And lo, once more appeared the head,
Flushed, while the round mouth pouted; "Give Tom a kiss," the red lips said, In style the most undoubted.
The girl came back without a thought;
For these your code was all too stiff,
Then on the scene,-by happy fate,
Upon a rover chicken,
And bore him sourly off, despite
The girl stood silent, with a look
Then, with a sudden gesture took
End of play.
It made the dull room brighter,
The Gladiator almost gay,
And e'en "The Lancet" lighter.
AN AUTUMN IDYLL
"Sweet Themmes ! runne softly, till I end my song."
HERE, where the beech-nuts drop among
Push the boat in, and throw the rope ashore. Jack, hand me out the claret and the glasses; Here let us sit. We landed here before.
Jack's undecided. Say, formose puer,
Bent in a dream above the 66 water wan," Shall we row higher, for the reeds are fewer, There by the pollards, where you see the swan?
Hist! That's a pike. Look-nose against the river
Gaunt as a wolf,--the sly old privateer! Enter a gudgeon. Snap,-a gulp, a shiver ;Exit the gudgeon. Let us anchor here.
FRANK (in the grass).
Jove, what a day! Black Care upon the
Nods at his post, and slumbers in the sun; Half of Theocritus, with a touch of Tupper, Churns in my head. The frenzy has begun.
Sing to us then. Damotas in a choker,
Sing you again. So musical a croaker