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too begin to think it very foolish !" The Commissaire having overheard the conversation passing, spoke to them in a friendly way, ordered the prison door to be opened, and, at his request, in a short time they all came to the Theatre. Palmer Fisher brought Kent under his arm, singing, in a careless manner, the first line of a duet in the farce we were in the habit of acting, called “ Go to your duty, go !” They smilod---I shook hands with them, and said, “as you have consented to play, I have now the pleasure of informing you that the performance is postponed till to-morrow evening ; your ducks and green peas are preparing for you at the Hotel, and you have only to enjoy yourselves until midnight, then go home and be ready for the rehearsal at ten o'clock to-morrow morning.”
I shall conclude this chapter with two or three more specimens of my Rhythmical effusions, for the most part composed during my residence in these Islands.
First for an amatory attempt-the type of my own sentimental character,
Lovely Jemima is a book of bliss
By Hymen bound, I prize the precious lore,
The following is in a somewhat similar strain
Cupid once crept where Flora lay,
An epigram will perhaps be excused to diversify the entertainment and sustain the motley character of these volumes,
Bail is a Lawyer; poor; his practice great;
Now for something lyrical,
SIMPLICITY. Tell me, says Sue, why Love is drawn a boy ? “ Because, my dear, he's innocent and coy !” And why an archer ?_"Ah, need that reply, “E'en while his shafts are darting from thine eye ?" Wherefore unrobed ?" Nay, Sue, can that surprise ! “Love scorns deceit, and dress he deems disguise !" But why with wings ? -"Because he's airy-gay“ Here with a thought! and, slighted, flies away!) “Love has so pure, so exquisite a sense, “ He can't endure the shadow of offence !" But tell me, for what reason pictured blind ? “ Because Love shuns the light to speak his mind, • And, even then, oft blushes to be kind.”
To conclude these trifles, and my third chapter, take the following.
What's making love? (says Jane)-What can it mean?
Ah,charming girl, (cries Charles), that kind confession Bespeaks a stock of love in your possession ; No matter, therefore, whether craft or trade, For both of us have love already made.
Love is no science, by no art is shown,
, And, formally, a sleeping partner take you !
" There is a tide in the affairs of Man
These lines have been often quoted, and they are produced now, merely to confirm the remark, that many of the principal actions and incidents of our lives, origipate in seeming trifles, and that the most important events in which we are interested, are often influenced by matters as uncertain as the turn of a die; and at the periods when they occur, frequently revolve on points or pivots, that are scarcely perceptible! To me at least, this is at times pleasing food for contemplation, and most certainly an innocent and lasting source of amusement, as well as a very effective method of perfecting the judgment and thereby adding considerably to the highest blessings of our existence !
Whenever I look back for thirty, forty, or fifty years, and consider the long list of early associates, old friends, and former acquaintance! I heave a sigh for those I have lost, – those who are dead, or have been unfortunate ; and my heart beats with pleasure when I hear of the health and welfare of all those whom I