But you ’ve as many sweethearts, as you 'd count | Well, yes, if you saw us ont driving on both your hands,

Each day in the park, four-in-hand ; And for myself there's not a thumb or little If you saw poor dear mamma contriving finger stands.

To look supernaturally grand,

If O, yon 're the flower o' womankind in country

you saw papa's picture, as taken or in town;

By Brady, and tinted at that, The higher I exalt you, the lower I'm cast

You'd never suspect he sold bacon

And four at Poverty Flat. down. If some great lord should come this way, and see and yet, just this moment, when sitting your beauty bright,

In the glare of the grand chandelier, And you to be his lady, I'd own it was but in the bastle and glitter befitting right.

The “finest soirée of the year,"
O, might we live together in a lofty palace hall, In the mists of a gaze de chambéry
Where joyful music rises, and where scarlet cur- And the hum of the smallest of talk,
tains fall!

Somehow, Joe, I thought of “ The Ferry,”
O, might we live together in a cottage mean and And the dance that we had on "The Fork ;”
With sods of grass the only roof, and mud the Of Harrison's barn, with its muster
only wall !

Of flags festooned over the wall;

Of the candles that shed their soft lustre O lovely Mary Donnelly, your beauty's my dis- And tallow on head-dress and shawl; tress;

Of the steps that we took to one fiddle; It's far too beauteous to be mine, but I'll never of the dress of my queer vis-à-vis ; wish it less.

And how I once went down the middle The proudest place would fit your face, and I With the man that shot Sandy McGee ;

am poor and low ;
But blessings be about you, dear, wherever you of the moon that was quietly sleeping
may go!

On the hill, when the time came to go;
Of the few baby peaks that were peeping

From under their bedclothes of snow ;

Of that ride, – that to me was the rarest; I'm sitting alone by the fire,

Of -- the something you said at the gate : Dressed just as I came from the dance,

Ah, Joe, then I wasn't an heiress In a robe even you would adınire,

To “the best-paying lead in the State.” It cost a cool thousand in France ; I'm bedinmonded out of all reason,

Well, well, it's all past; yet it's funny My hair is done up in a cue:

To think, as I stood in the glare

Of fashion and beauty and money, In short, sir, “the belle of the season

That I should be thinking, right there, Is wasting an hour on you.

Of some one who breasted high water, A dozen engagements I've broken ;

And swam the North Fork, and all that, I left in the midst of a set ;

Just to dance with old Folinsbee's daughter, Likewise a proposal, half spoken,

The Lily of Poverty Flat.
That waits — on the stairs -- for me yet.
They say he 'll be rich, — when he grows up,

But goodness! what nonsense I'm writing! And then he adores me indeed.

(Mamma says my taste still is low,) Anil you, sir, are turning your nose up,

Instead of my triumphs reciting, Three thousand miles off, as you read.

I'm spooning on Joseph,– heigh-ho !

And I'm to be “finished" by travel, “And how do I like my position ?”

Whatever 's the meaning of that, “ And what do I think of New York ?”

O, why did papa strike pay gravel And now, in my higher ambition,

In drifting on Poverty Flat? With whom do I waltz, flirt, or talk ?" "And is n't it nice to have riches

Good night, - here's the end of my paper ; And diamonds and silks and all that?"

Good night, if the longitude please, “And are n't it a change to the ditches

For maybe, while wasting my taper, And tunnels of Poverty Flat ?”

Your sun's climbing over the trees.



But know, if you have n't got riches,

Then take my advice, darling widow machree, And are poor, dearest Joe, and all that,

Och hone! widow machree!
That my heart's somewhere there in the ditches, And with my advice, faith, I wislı you 'd take
And you ’ve struck it, - on Poverty Flat.

Och hone! widow machree!

You'd have me to desire

Then to stir up the fire;
Wibow machree, it's no wonder you frown,

And sure hope is no liar
Och hone! widow machree;

In whispering to me
Faith, it ruins your looks, that same dirty black That the ghosts would depart

When you 'd me near your heart,
Och hone! widow machree.

Och hone! widow machiree !
How altered your air,

With that close cap you wear,
"T is destroying your hair,
Which should be flowing free:

Be no longer a churl
Of its black silken curl,

The laird o' Cockpen he's proud and he's great.
Och hone! widow inachree.

His mind is ta'en up with the things o' the state

He wanted a wife his braw house to keep, Widow machree, now the suminer is come, But favor wi' wooin' was fashious to seek.

Och hone! widow machree; When everything smiles, should a beauty look Doun by the dyke-side a lady did dwell, glum?

At bis table-head he thought she'd look well.
Och hone! widow machree!

M'Clish's ae daughter o' Claverse-ha' Lee,
See the birds go in pairs,

A penniless lass wi' a lang pedigree.
And the rabbits and hares ;
Why, even the bears

His wig was weel pouthered, and guid as when
Now in couples agree;

new ; And the mute little fish,

His waistcoat was white, his coat it was blue ; Though they can't spake, they wish, He put on a ring, a sword, and cocked hat, Och hone! widow machree!

And wha could refuse the Laird wi' a' that?

Widow machree, and when winter comes in, He took the gray mare, and rade cannilie,
Och hone! widow machree,

And rapped at the yett o' Claverse-ha' Lee;
To be poking the fire all alone is a sin,

“ Gae tell Mistress Jean to come speedily ben: Och hone! widow machree!

She's wanted to speak wi' the Laird o' Cockpen.”
Sure the shovel and tongs
To each other belongs,

Mistress Jean she was makin' the elder-flower
And the kettle sings songs

wine; Full of family glee ;

“And what brings the Laird at sic a like time?' While alone with your cup

She put aff her apron, and on ber silk gown, Like a hermit you sup,

Her mutch wi' red ribbons, and gaed awa' down. Och hone! widow machree !

And when she cam' ben, he boued fu' low, And how do you know, with the comforts I've And what was his errand he soon let her know. towld,

Amazed was the Laird when the lady said, Na, Och hone! widow machree, –

And wi' a laigh curtsie she turned awa'. But you 're keeping some poor fellow out in the could ?

Dumfoundered he was, hut nae sigh did he gi'e ;
Och hone! widow machree!

He mounted his mare, and rade cannilie,
With such sins on your head,

And aften he thought, as he gaed through the glen,
Sure your peace would be fled ;

“She's daft to refuse the Laird o' Cockpen.”
Could you sleep in your bed
Without thinking to see

And now that the Laird his exit had made,
Some ghost or some sprite,

Mistress Jean she reflected on what she had said ;
That would wake you each night,

“O, for ane I'll get better, it 's waur I'll get ten; Crying “Och hone! widow machree !" I was daft to refuse the Laird o' Cockpen.”

Neist time that the Laird and the lady were seen, “I've yet another ring from him; d'ye see They were gann arm and arm to the kirk on the The plain gold circlet that is shining here ?" green ;

I took her hand : “O Mary! can it be Now she sits in the ha' like a weel-tappit hen,

Quoth she, “ that I am Mrs. Vere! But as yet there 's nae chickens appeared at I don't call that unfaithfulness — do you ?” Cockpen.

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No," I replied, “ for I am married too." CAROLINA OLIPHANT, BARONESS NAIRNE.




Dear Ned, no doubt you 'll be surprised I 'd been away from her three years, — about When you receive and read this letter. that,

I've railed against the marriage state; And I returned to find my Mary true ;

But then, you see, I knew no better. And though I'd question her, I did not doubt I've met a lovely girl out here ; that

Her manner is — well— very winning: It was unnecessary so to do.

We're soon to be — well, Ned, my dear,

I 'll tell you all, from the beginning. "T was by the chimney.corner we were sitting :

Mary," said I, “have you been always true?" | I went to ask her out to ride "Frankly,” says she, just pausing in her knit Last Wednesday - it was perfect weather. ting,

She said she could n't possibly : "I don't think I 've unfaithful been to you:

The servants had gone off together But for the three years. past I 'll tell you what

(Hibernians always rush away, I 've done ; they say if I 've been true or not.

At cousins' funerals to be looking);

Pies must be made, and she must stay,
“When first you left my grief was uncontrollable ; She said, to do that branch of cooking.

Alone I mourned my miserable lot ;
And all who saw me thought me inconsolable,

“O, let me help you," then I cried : Till Captain Clifford came from Aldershott.

“I'll be a cooker too — how jolly!” To flirt with him amused me while 't was new :

She laughed, and answered, with a smile, I don't count that unfaithfulness - do you?

“All right! but you 'll repent your folly;

For I shall be a tyrant, sir, " The next -oh! let me

see -- was Frankie And good hard work you 'll have to grapple ; Phipps ;

So sit down there, and don't you stir, I met him at my uncle's, Christmas-tide,

But take this knife, and pare that apple.” And 'neath the mistletoe, where lips meet lips, He gave me his first kiss — " And here she She rolled her sleeve above her arm,

That lovely arm, so plump and rounded ; sighed.

Outside, the morning sun shone bright; “We stayed six weeks at uncle's — how time

Inside, the dough she deftly pounded. flew!

Her little fingers sprinkled flour, I don't count that unfaithfulness - do you ?

And rolled the pie-crust up in masses : “Lord Cecil Fossmore --- only twenty-one

I passed the most delightful hour

Mid butter, sugar, and molasses.
Lent me his horse. O, how we rode and raced!
We scoured the downs - we rode to hound.

With deep reflection her sweet eyes
such fun!

Gazed on each pot and pan and kettle ;
And often was his arm about my waist, She sliced the apples, filled her pies,
That was to lift me up and down. But who

And then the upper crust did settle.
Would call just that unfaithfulness ? Would Her rippling waves of golden hair
you ?

In one great coil were tightly twisted ;

But locks wonld break it, here and there, “Do you know Reggy Vere ? Ah, how he sings!

And curl about where'er they listed.
We met, – 't was at a picnic. O, such weather!
He gave me, look, the first of these two rings And then her sleeve came down, and I

When we were lost in Cliefden woods together. Fastened it up --- her hands were doughy;
Ah, what a happy time we spent, - we two! 0, it did take the longest time! -
I don't count that unfaithfulness to you.

Her arm, Ned was so round and snowy,



She blushed, and trembled, and looked shy ; Pledge me round ; I bid ye declare,
Somehow that made me all the bolder ;

All good fellows whose beards are gray, Her arch lips looked so red that I

Did not the fairest of the fair
Well — found her head upon my shoulder. Common grow and wearisome ere

Ever a month was past away?
We 're to be married, Ned, next month;
Come and attend the wedding revels.

The reddest lips that ever have kissed,
I really think that bachelors

The brightest eyes that ever have shone, Are the most miserable devils!

May pray and whisper and we pot list, You 'd better go for some girl's hand ;

Or look away and never be missed, -
And if you are uncertain whether

Ere yet ever a month is gone.
You dare to make a due demand,
Why just try cooking pies together.

Gillian 's dead! God rest her hier,

How I loved her twenty years syue!

Marian 's married ; but I sit here,

Alone and merry at forty year,

Dipping my nose in the Gascon wine.
A Poet loved a Star,
And to it whispered nightly,

Being so fair, why art thou, love, so far ?
Or why so coldly shine, who shin’st so brightly ?

O Beauty wooed and unpossest!
O, might I to this beating breast

But clasp thee once, and then die blest!”

The fire of love in youthful blood, That Star her Poet's love,

Like what is kindled in brushwood, So wildly warm, made human ;

But for a moment burns ; And leaving, for his sake, her heaven above,

Yet in that moment makes a mighty noise ; His Star stooped earthward, and became a It crackles, and to vapor turns, Woman.

And soon itself destroys. “ Thou who hast wooed and hast possest, My lover, answer: Which was best,

But when crept into aged veins The Star's beam or the Woman's breast ? ?"

It slowly burns, and then long remains, “I miss from heaven," the man replied,

And with a silent heat, A light that drew my spirit to it.”

Like fire in logs, it glows and warms 'em long; And to the man the woman sighed,

And though the flame be not so great, “I miss from earth a poet."

Yet is the heat as strong.




Ho! pretty page, with the dimpled chin,

That never has known the barber's shear,
All your wish is woman to win ;
This is the way that boys begin,

Wait till you come to forty year.
Curly gold locks cover foolish brains ;

Billing and cooing is all your cheer, Sighing, and singing of midnight strains, Under Bonnybell's window-panes,

AND said I that my limbs were old,
And said I that my blood was cold,
And that my kindly fire was fled,
Aud my poor withered heart was dead,

And that I might not sing of love ?
How could I, to the dearest theme
That ever warmed a ininstrel's dream,

Wait till you come to forty year.
Forty times over let Michaelmas pass ;

Grizzling hair the brain doth clear ;
Then you know a boy is an ass,
Then you know the worth of a lass,

Once you have come to forty year.

So foul, so false a recreant prove! How could I name love's very name, Nor wake my heart to notes of flame!

In war,

In peace, Love tunes the shepherd's reed;

he mounts the warrior's steed; In halls, in gay attire is seen ; In hamlets, dances on the green.

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The light that lies

In woman's eyes.

It adds a precious seeing to the eye.
Love, like death,

Love's Labor Lost, Ad iv. Sc. 3.
Levels all ranks, and lays the shepherd's crook
Beside the sceptre.

With a smile that glowed Lady of Lvons.

E. BULWER-LYTTON. Celestial rosy red, love's proper hue. Didst thou but know the inly touch of love,

Paradise Lost, Book viji. Thou wouldst as soon go kindle fire with snow,

Hung over her enamored, and beheld As seek to quench the fire of love with words.

Beauty, which, whether waking or asleep, Two Gentleinen of Verona, Ad ii. Sc. 7.

Shot forth peculiar graces. Thy fatal shafts unerring move,

Paradise Lost, Book v.
I bow before thine altar, Love !

Roderick Random, Ch. xl.
Alas! the love of women ! it is known

To be a lovely and fearful thing.

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, Don Juan, Cant. ii.

And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind. Mightier far

Midsummer Night's Dream, Acl i. Sc. 1. SHAKESPEARE. Than strength of nerve or sinew, or the sway Of magic potent over sun and star,

None ever loved but at first sight they loved.

Blind Beggar of Alexandria, Is love, though oft to agony distrest, And though his favorite seat be feeble woman's Who ever loved that loved not at first sight? breast.

Hero and Leander. Ladamia.

WORDSWORTH. There's a bliss beyond all that the minstrel has But love is blind, and lovers cannot see told,

The pretty follies that themselves commit.

Merchant of Venice, Adii, Sc. 6. When two, that are linked in one heavenly tie, With heart never changing, and brow never cold, Charins strike the sight, but merit wins the soul. Love on throngh all ills, and love on till they

Rape of the Lock, Cant. v. die ! One hour of a passion so sacred is worth

Our souls sit close and silently within Whole ages of heartless and wandering bliss ; And their own web from their own entrails spin ; And O, if there be an Elysium on earth,

And when eyes meet far off, our sense is such It is this, it is this.

That spider-like, we feel the tenderest touch. Lalla Rookh ; Light of the Harem.

Mariage a la Mode, Act ii. Sc. I.







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