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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 duly, go!" They smiled—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—
Her word a page I a volume in her kiss!
Her looks the frontispiece—(a. proof impression !)
Her wit the preface, void of vague digression.
Her smile a literal beauty. When she's vex'd
Her frown—a pointed note upon the text,
By Hymen bound, I prize the precious lore.
The following is in a somewhat similar strain
Cupid once crept where Flora lay,
And slyly bore a kiss away;
Then, hlushing at the theft, he chose
Concealment in an opening rose;
This rose, obtain'd by Love's fair mother,
Produced another, and another!
A sweet abode then Flora made,
And round it form'd a woodbine shade:
There Love with Beauty still reposes;
There kisses multiply with roses;
And during passion's pleasant weather,
The rose and woodbine twine together!
An epigram will perhaps be excused to diversify the entertainmeat and sustain the motley character of these volumes,
Bail is a Lawyer; poor; his practice great;
Finch has no practice, but a large estate.
A greater problem in this case involved
Than Locke ere reason'd on, or Euclid solved!
The man that's poor, the law the most respects;
And he that's rich, law totally rejects;
Effects no causes here,—there causes no Effects!
Now for something lyrical,
Tell me, says Sue, why Love is drawn a boy?
** Because, my dear, he's innocent and coy I"
And why an archer ?—" Ah, need that reply,
"E'en while his shafts are darting from thine eye V
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 ! j
"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,(criesCharles), that kind confession
Love is no science, by no art is shown,
"There is a tide in the affairs of Man
"Which taken at the flood leads on to Fortane?"
These lines have been often quoted, and they are produced'no iv, merely to confirm the remark, that many of the principal actions and incidents of our lives, originate 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 thojso whom I