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Love will not clip him,

Maids will not lip him, Maud and Marian pass him by ;

Youth it is sunny,

Age has no honey, What can an old man do but die ?

June it was jolly,

O for its folly! A dancing leg and a laughing eye !

Youth may be silly,

Wisdom is chilly, — What can an old man do but die ?

Friends they are scanty,

Beggars are plenty,
If he has followers, I know why;

Gold 's in his clutches,

(Buying him crutches !)What can an old man do but die ?

THOMAS HOOD.

But now he walks the streets,
And he looks at all he meets

So forlorn ;
And he shakes his feeble head,
That it seems as if he said,

They are gone."
The mossy marbles rest
On the lips that he has pressed

In their bloom ;
And the names he loved to hear
Have been carved for many a year

On the tomb.
My grandmamma has said -
Poor old lady! she is dead

Long ago -
That he had a Roman nose,
And his cheek was like a rose

In the snow.
But now his nose is thin,
And it rests upon his chin

Like a staff;
And a crook is in his back,
And a melancholy crack

In his laugh.
I know it is a sin
For me to sit and grin

At him here,

WHEN SHALL WE ALL MEET AGAIN ?

WHEN shall we all meet again ?
When shall we all meet again ?
Oft shall glowing hope expire,
Oft shall wearied love retire,
Oft shall death and sorrow reign,
Ere we all shall meet again.

Though in distant lands we sigh, Parched beneath a hostile sky;

But the old three-cornered hat, And the breeches, — and all that,

Are so queer!

There is not a blade will grow, boys, 'T is eropped out, I trow, boys, And Tommy's dead.

And if I should live to be
The last leaf upon the tree

In the spring,
Let them smile, as I do now,
At the old forsaken bough
Where I cling.

OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES.

Send the colt to fair, boys,
He's going blind, as I said,
My old eyes can't bear, boys,
To see him in the shed ;
The cow's dry and spare, boys,
She's neither here nor there, boys,
I doubt she's badly bred;
Stop the mill to-morn, boys,
There 'll be no more corn, boys,
Neither white nor red;
There's no sign of grass, boys,
You may sell the goat and the ass, boys,
The land's not what it was, boys,
And the beasts must be fed :
You may turn Peg away, boys,
You may pay off old Ned,
We've had a dull day, boys,
And Tommy's dead.

THE APPROACH OF AGE.

FROM "TALES OF THE HALL." Six years had passed, and forty ere the six, When Time began to play his usual tricks : The locks once comely in a virgin's sight, Locks of pure brown, displayed the encroaching

white; The blood, once fervid, now to cool began, And Time's strong pressure to subdue the man. I rode or walked as I was wont before, But now the bounding spirit was no more; A moderate pace would now my body heat, ' A walk of moderate length distress my feet. I showed my stranger guest those hills sublime, But said, “The view is poor, we need not climb." At a friend's mansion I began to dread The cold neat parlor and the gay glazed bed ; At home I felt a more decided taste, And must have all things in my order placed. I ceased to hunt; my horses pleased me less, – My dinner more; I learned to play at chess.. I took my dog and gun, but saw the brute Was disappointed that I did not shoot. My morning walks I now could bear to lose, And blessed the shower that gave me not to

choose. In fact, I felt a languor stealing on; The active arm, the agile hand, were gone; Small daily actions into habits grew, And new dislike to forms and fashions new. I loved my trees in order to dispose ; I numbered peaches, looked how stocks arose ; Told the same story oft, - in short, began to prose.

GEORGE CRABBE.

Move my chair on the floor, boys,
Let me turn my head :
She 's standing there in the door, boys,
Your sister Winifred !
Take her away from me, boys,
Your sister Winifred !
Move me round in my place, boys,
Let me turn my head,
Take her away from me, boys,
As she lay on her death-bed,
The bones of her thin face, boys,
As she lay on her death-bed !
I don't know how it be, boys,
When all 's done and said,
But I see her looking at me, boys,
Wherever I turn my head ;
Out of the big oak tree, boys,
Out of the garden-bed,
And the lily as pale as she, boys,
And the rose that used to be red.

There's something not right, boys,
But I think it's not in my head,
I've kept my precious sight, boys, –
The Lord be hallowed !
Outside and in
The ground is cold to my tread,
The hills are wizen and thin,
The sky is shrivelled and shred,
The hedges down by the loan
I can count them bone by bone,
The leaves are open and spread,
But I see the teeth of the land,
And hands like a dead man's hand,
And the eyes of a dead man's head.

TOMMY'S DEAD. You may give over plough, boys, Vou may take the gear to the stead, All the sweat o' your brow, boys, Will never get beer and bread. The seed's waste, I know, boys,

There's nothing but cinders and sand,
The rat and the mouse have fed,
And the summer 's empty and cold ;
Over valley and wold
Wherever I turn my head
There's a mildew and a mould,
The sun 's going out overhead,
And I'm very old,
And Tommy's dead.

What am I staying for, boys,
You 're all born and bred,
"T is fifty years and more, boys,
Since wife and I were wed,
And she's gone before, boys,
And Tommy's dead.
She was always sweet, boys,
Upon his curly head,
She knew she'd never see't, boys,
And she stole off to bed ;
I've been sitting up alone, boys,
For he'd come home, he said,
But it's time I was gone, boys,
For Tommy's dead.

Put the shutters up, boys,
Bring out the beer and bread,
Make haste and sup, boys,
For my eyes are heavy as lead ;
There's something wrong i' the cup, boys,
There's something ill wi' the bread,
I don't care to sup, boys,
And Tommy's dead.

I'm not right, I doubt, boys,
I've such a sleepy head,
I shall nevermore be stout, boys,
You may carry me to bed.
What are you about, boys ?
The prayers are all said,
The fire's raked out, boys,
And Tommy's dead.

The stairs are too steep, boys,
You may carry me to the head,
The night's dark and deep, boys,
Your mother's long in bed,
'Tis time to go to sleep, boys,
And Tommy 's dead.

I'm not used to kiss, boys,
You may shake my hand instead.
All things go amiss, boys,
You may lay me where she is, boys,
And I'll rest my old head :
'T is a poor world, this, boys,
And Tommy's dead.

OFT IN THE STILLY NIGHT.

Oft in the stilly night

Ere slumber's chain has bound me,
Fond Memory brings the light
Of other days around me :

The smiles, the tears,

Of boyhood's years,
The words of love then spoken ;

The eyes that shone,

Now dimmed and gone,
The cheerful hearts now broken !
Thus in the stilly night

Ere slumber's chain has bound me,
Sad Memory brings the light

Of other days around me.

When I remember all

The friends so linked together
I've seen around me fall
Like leaves in wintry weather,

I feel like one

Who treads alone
Some banquet-hall deserted,

Whose lights are fled,

Whose garlands dead, And all but he departed ! Thus in the stilly night

Ere slumber's chain has bound me, Sad Memory brings the light

Of other days around me.

THOMAS MOORE.

ROSALIE.

0, pour upon my soul again

That sad, unearthly strain
That seems from other worlds to plain !
Thus falling, falling from afar,
As if some melancholy star
Had mingled with her light her sighs,

And dropped them from the skies.

No, never came from aught below

This melody of woe,
That makes my heart to overflow,
As from a thousand gushing springs
Unknown before ; that with it brings
This nameless light — if light it be

That veils the world I see.

For all I see around me wears

The hue of other spheres ; And something blent of smiles and tears Comes from the very air I breathe. 0, nothing, sure, the stars beneath, Can mould a sadness like to this,

So like angelic bliss !

SIDNEY DOBELL.

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By the wayside, on a mossy stone,

Sat a hoary pilgrim, sadly musing ;
Oft I marked him sitting there alone,
All the landscape, like a page, perusing ;

Poor, unknown,
By the wayside, on a mossy stone.
Buckled knee and shoe, and broad-brimmed hat ;

Coat as ancient as the form 't was folding;
Silver buttons, queue, and crimped cravat ;
Oaken staff his feeble hand upholding;

There he sat !
Buckled knee and shoe, and broad-brimmed hat.

(Missolonghi, January 23, 1824. On this day I completed my thirty-sixth year.)

"T is time this heart should be unmoved,
Since others it has ceased to move ;
Yet, though I cannot be beloved,

Still let me love.

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My days are in the yellow leaf,

Seemed it pitiful he should sit there, The flowers and fruits of love are gone,

No one sympathizing, no one eeding,
The worm, the canker, and the grief,

None to love him for his thin gray hair,
Are mine alone.

And the furrows all so mutely pleading

Age and care :
The fire that in my bosom preys

Seemed it pitiful he should sit there.
Is like to some volcanic isle,
No torch is kindled at its blaze,

It was summer, and we went to school,
A funeral pile.

Dapper country lads and little maidens;

Taught the motto of the “ Dunce's Stool,” The hope, the fear, the jealous care,

Its grave import still my fancy ladens, The exalted portion of the pain

Here's a fool !” And power of love, I cannot share,

It was summer, and we went to school.
But wear the chain.

When the stranger seemed to mark our play, But 't is not here, it is not here,

Some of us were joyous, some sad-hearted, Such thoughts should shake my soul, nor now I remember well, too well, that day ! Where glory seals the hero's bier,

Oftentimes the tears unbidden started Or binds his brow.

Would not stay

When the stranger seemed to mark our play. The sword, the banner, and the field, Glory and Greece about us see ;

One sweet spirit broke the silent spell, The Spartan borne upon his shield

0, to me her name was always Heaven ! Was not more free.

She besought him all his grief to tell,

(I was then thirteen, and she eleven,) Awake! not Greece, she is awake!

Isabel !
Awake, my spirit ! think through whom

One sweet spirit broke the silent spell.
My life-blood tastes its parent lake,
And then strike home!

“Angel," said, he sadly, “I am old ;

Earthly hope no longer hath a morrow; Tread those reviving passions down,

Yet, why I sit here thou shalt be told.”. Unworthy manhood ! unto thee,

Then his eye betrayed a pearl of sorrow, Indifferent should the smile or frown

Down it rolled !
Of beauty be.

“Angel,” said he sadly, “I am old. If thou regrett'st thy youth, — why live?

“I have tottered here to look once more The land of honorable death

On the pleasant scene where I delighted Is here, - up to the field, and give

In the careless, happy days of yore,
Away thy breath!

Ere the garden of my heart was blighted Seek out — less often sought than found

To the core : A soldier's grave, for thee the best ;

I have tottered here to look once more. Then look around, and choose thy ground,

"All the picture now to me how dear ! And take thy rest!

E'en this gray old rock where I am seated,

BYRON.

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