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THE FOREST QUEEN:
| Laughing, she bends from the greenwood tree, BY MRS. F. B. SCOTT.
To gaze on her image, so bright and so free!
The Wind, with his mighty roar, “See where she stands-a mortal shape; indued
Sweeps rudely across her breast; With love, and life, and light !"-SHELLEY.
But his impotent rage at her glance gives o'er,
And she lulls him at last to rest ;
Mournful and mild, doth swell
As the distant sound of a dirge-like cry, And a footstep firm and free.
Or the lone of a muffled bell! When Spring, her favoured friend draws near, Then a touch of queenly dignity, Up, up she springs to greet;
Shines forth from ihe depths of the forest tree! And from darksome lids she brushes the tear, With a welcome kind and sweet.
Hundreds of summers may wave Earth's bright nalural Queen is she,
O'er her clear, majestic brow; Ruling in peace 'neath the greenwood tree !
power have they to cast in the grave
One beauty which graces her now: Of acorn buds is her simple crown,
They can never waste her form, 'Mid her golden tresses twined ;
Or pinch her cheek with care ; And lightly it weighs those bright locks down,
The heurt, remaining verdapıly warm, As they chase the summer wind.
Will preserve the features fair; Oh, little cares she for royal state,
And still, as ever, her rule shall be, Her subjects are Nature's own;
Peaceful and calm 'neath the greenwood tree! And the vampires of this world, Scorn and Hate, Approach not her sylvan throne.
The moon, with a sisterly grace, The sunbeams around her are blithe and free,
Bends down her tender eyes ; Darting their smiles thro' the greenwood tree !
Gazing, as rapt on that changeless face
Which the touch of Time defies : Her sceptre's a willow wand,
And her children, each tiny star, But little needed, I trow;
From their crystal couch peep out; She has but to stretch out her regal hand,
And genial airs from regions afar And all nations before her bow.
Wander her round about. They come when the glad day beams,
So lovely, beloved, and loving is she, To her quiet and cool retreat;
With gentle friends ’neath the greenwood tree ! They clothe their hearts with youth's holy dreams, Long flourish our Queen ! in the days of old
As they rest near her sheltering feet. Earth's most natural Queen is she,
The bugle and huntsman's sport; As she rules in peace 'neath the greenwood tree !
And Love's young tale (how often told !)
Made merry her crowded court:
Leapt forth—a merry crew
To watch the flight of her own wild bird, With a melody of their own.
As he sailed o'er the heavens blue; And manhood's world-worn breast gives way; Returning to offer their homage free, Thro' the vista dim of years
And coquet with her maidens beneath the oak tree Beam back the hopes which know not decay, But are brighter when bathed in tears.
All hail to her still! the laugh and the dance A magical, heart-stirring Queen is she,
Shall speed as merrily,
As in days of chivalry.
And we'll wander her shores along, She stretches her arms o'er the plain ;
Drinking deep from Life's beautiful springs And a band of spirits, joyous and bright,
Revelling-bathing in ancient song, A gorgeous elfin train,
Or in poet's imaginings. With pipes of the musical water reed,
For never can Life seem so pure and so free, Are hurrying to and fro,
As when Thought makes her resting place 'neath Dancing away o'er the cowslip'd mead,
the green tree! Into the vale below,
Ye kind ones! ever her memory keep
A gem in that endless mine ;
Visit, like pilgrims, with feelings deep But when the twilight, misty and grey,
Her all-enduring shrine, Announcing morning comes,
Acknowledge her sway; and the gentle flow'rs, Borde on the air all quickly away,
Endowed with a murmuring voice,
And whisper, “ Rejoice-Rejoice!"
Rejoice that she reigns undispuied and free, When, murmuring music, they wander on With Nature, her consort, beneath the oak tree ! Where her own bright visage beams;
BY EPES SARGENT.
A MAN WITH TWO STRINGS TO HIS “ Allow me to inquire, sir," said the usher,
“ whether that is not a translation of the Georgics, BOW,
which I see protruding from your pocket?”
“ This, sir?" asked Ned, with a faint smile, (An American Tale.)
pulling forth a small almanac from a side-pocket, and attempting to thrust into concealment ihe obtrusive translation -“this is nothing but an
al-1-1-manac. It is very useful, you see, sir, for”“ Always, my dear Ned, always be sure and “Oh, I don't doubt it in the least," interrupted have two strings to your bow," was among the last the usher. But I had reference to those printed exhortations of old Simon Plausible to his only son sheets--there--not in your pantaloon pocket, but and heir.
in your jacket.” Ned did not require any such advice; for it had « Oh, these!” said Ned, crumbling some of the long been one of the leading articles of his moral | loose leaves in his hand, and bending a compascode. He began the practice of it in the nursery, sionate and somewhat derisive smile upon the and continued it through life. The maxim always usher, “ these I placed there for wadding. My came in play, at every step of any consequence father, sir, has given me permission to go on to which he took. When a boy at ihe Rev. Mr. Long Island this afternoon, a-shooting." Drubber's seminary, the class to which he belonged “Ah, indeed! Pray let me examine the quawere on one occasion undergoing an examination lity of the wadding you use. I am a sportsman myin Virgil. A distribution of medals depended upon self sometimes." the result, and some of the dignitaries of the city Poor Ned turned pale, and began to tremble. were present. Ned had studied that portion of the But he was fertile in subterfuges ; and he replied, Georgics in which he and his companions were 10 “The fact is, sir, that being the owner of an old be tried, with great assiduity, until, as he believed, translation of Virgil
, and not wishing to be tempted he was perfect in every verse.
to refer to it in my studies, I tore it up for the “It is the best policy, bowever,” said Ned to purpose I have mentioned.” himself, “ to have two strings to one's bow. I The excuse would not answer. The remorseless may as well take my printed translation with me. usher insisted upon seeing the sheets. They were I can keep it snug in my jacket pocket; and if I at length produced and found to correspond with find I am likely to stick at any passage, I can just that portion of the Georgics upon which the class glance at the English version, and recover my were engaged. Master Plausible not only lost the self.”
medal which would have been his, but he was Now, it is probably among the juvenile reminis- disgraced before the whole school, including the cences of my readers, that the act of bringing a examining committee. This was one of the results printed or written translation to recitation is a high of his having two strings to his bow. But the cirpenal offence on the part of a school-boy. Our cumstance did not cause him to abandon his fafriend Ned did not require any such aid. He had vourite policy. an excellent memory, and was a hard student- On quitting college, it became necessary that he what his rivals called “a dig.” In the present should choose a profession ; for his father had died instance he had made himself thoroughly perfect in and left him noihing but the advice contained in those passages of the great Latin author, which the old proverb, which we have seen him carry were to be construed by the class. But Ned into practice. Ned's tastes and predilections led thought it best to have two strings to his bow. him to decide in favour of devoting himself to the What was the result?
law. But he had an uncle, who was a physician, He had passed triumphantly through his exa- and who offered to educate him gratuitously. The mination without once having occasion to take a consequence was, that our hero determined io study clandestine peep at his English version. He had law and medicine at one and the same time; in won the topmost place in his class; and now short, to have two strings to his bow ; because, said awaited in victorious expectation the delivery of he to himself, if I find clients are scarce, I can the medals. Already were they glistening, with then easily turn doctor. their blue silk ribbons attached, in the hands of But when, at the termination of three years, he one of the committee, when a hateful little usher, was admitted to practise at the bar, he discovered whom the boys had nicknamed “Old Dot-and-to his astonishment that all the persons from whom carry-one,” from an impediment in his gait, started he solicited business, seemed to have the impresup, and throwing back the collar of his coat, and sion that his medical qualifications exceeded his fixing his thumbs in the arm-holes of his waisto legal. Ned was always of an accommodating discoat, bowed 10 Dr. Drubber and the committee, position ; and, finding that popular prejudice and remarked, that with heir permission he would seemed to run in favour of his Esculapian talents, put a question or two to Master Plausible. he informed his friends and the public that in obe
Supposing that the interrogatory would relate to dience to their wishes he had iurned physician. the passing of some sentence or the scanning of But it would not do. Those who had doubted some line, Ned came forward with a confident bis legal attainments were far more distrustful of smirk to where Mr. Dot-and-carry-one was stand his medical skill. He was looked upon as neither ing. The latter assumed a diabolical smile as he fish nor flesh-neither lawyer nor doctor. In wirnessed the assured and self-complacent de vain, acting upon his favourite principle, did he meanour of his victim,
advertise that he treated patients both homeopathically and alopathically, as they might wish. At one of the brilliant balls, which at late hours on During a whole year that his sign was hung out, winter nights startle the pedestrian in Broadway, but a solitary patient came to his office, and she by the sound of music and feet that beat the floor was an old woman, who called to inquire the way in the hall of the Washington Hotel-at one of to Dr. Mott's.
those select and refined assemblies, Ned sought, Failing in his professional attempts, he directed and, without much difficulty, procured an introhis attention to politics. He did not lack wbat duction to the daughter of a retired victualler; and the French call a flux de bouche, which in John as we cannot at this moment distinctly recall her Bull's less refined tongue, may be rendered, gift name, we will, for convenience sake, designate her of the gab. His début at Tammany Hall was im- as Miss Cutlet. She was young, pretty, and mensely successful. A few catch-words were oc- blooming ; but her great charm, at least in Ned's casionally beard overtopping the level and inaudi- eyes, lay in the fact that she was beiress to some ble portion of his speech, and these never failed to hundreds of thousands of dollars. What though bring down acclamations of applause. Had any her hands and feet were apparently made rather for one altempted to report the harangue, he would have use than ornament? What though a sight of the had to trust to his imagination for all the words extraordinary style of hair-dressing to which she that filled up the interstices between the following : seemed to be partial would have given the im“ Heroes of '76-bone and muscle of the land mortal Grandjean a violent attack of dyspepsia ? New Orleans-silk-stocking gentry-our democra- What though Mademoiselle Armand would have tic brethren-Waterloo defeat Federalism-Fe- fainted at the spectacle of her tournure ? Put deral aristocrats-nail our flag to the mast-victory these frivolous objections in one scale and her is ours,"
butcher's and drover's bank stock in the other, On the strength of these very original and em- and who would doubt that the objections would phatic phrases (for they constituted the whole of kick the beam ? his speech that could be distinctly heard), Ned As for Ned, the subject did not admit of a ques. acquired quite a reputation-in the newspapers. tion in his mind. After a discreet courtship of a He soon began to be regarded politically as a rising month's duration, he made an avowal to the lady young man; and some influential members of his of the desperate state of his affections, and received party even canvassed the propriety of giving him in return her consent to become Mrs. Plausible. the nomination to Congress. Unluckily for Ned, And now there seemed nothing but smooth sailing at this moment, an agent of the opposite party for Ned. He had nothing to do but go through a ventured to sound the depths of his political fide- very simple, and by no means fatiguing ceremony; lity, by intimating to him that if he would quit his slip a cheap gold ring on his bride's finger, and Tammany friends for the Whigs, the latter would then he could walk into old Cutlet's house, hang reward him for his apostacy by sending him as up his hat, and make it his home. their representative to Washington.
Such seemed the fate in store for our hero. “ It is always safest to have two strings to one's Alas! we know not what mockery the future may bow," said Ned to himself, as he reflected upon make of our plans. And yet, the proposal. “If Tammany does n't nominate me, the Whigs will, if I will only join them. My “Look into those they call unfortunate, best course is, to keep good friends with the mana- And, vearer viewed, you'll find they've been gers on both sides, and so, if I am dropped by unwise." one, the other will take me up. Ay, that will be my true policy—to stand ready to jump either In an evil hour Ned visited Philadelphia on side of the fence.” And congratulating himself some small business for his intended father-in-law. upon his astuteness, Ned undertook to avail him- As he was promenading Chesnut-street, he met an self of the favourable intentions of both parties in old classmate, who had risen to distinction at the regard to the nomination. But he who attempts bar by exclusive and unremitted devotion to his to sit upon two stools is likely to fall to the ground; profession. and Ned's experience verified the proverb; for “ What, Ned! Is it you? I am g ad to see Tammany, on learning that he was tampering with you,” exclaimed the Philadelphian. the enemy, repudiated him; and the Whigs, like “ Ha! Clingstone! Fred! How are you? other parties, though generally lenient towards delighted to take you by the hand again !”. apostates, refused to receive him into their ranks “When did you arrive in the city, and where in any capacity but that of a subaltern.
have you put up? And why the deuce didn't His political plans having failed utterly, Ned, you come and bivouac with me in Spruce-streel!" as a last resort to means for advancing his fortunes, “ I arrived last night-put up at Jones's—and resolved upon matrimony. To give him his due, didn't bivouac upon you for various reasons; the he was a man of personal exterior and captivating first of which was, that I didn't know you lived in address. Few could make their way in society the city; the second—” more adroitly than he. But he was by no means “I will bear the rest another time," replied infallible. Through a too precipitate confidence Clingstone. “But, my dear fellow, you must in bis success, he encountered three or four flat re- dine with me to-day. I wish to introduce you to fusals from young ladies who were regarded as my wife, who is very fond of questioning my old extremely "eligible.” These rebuffs taught him classmates. Besides, now I think of it, a beauticaution and humility; and he changed his tactics. ful girl will be our guest-a Miss Hope did you
Fortune seemed to smile upon him at length. ever see her ?
« Not as I recollect."
arrangements, it will decidedly be my best plan 10 “Well, she is an heiress, besides being very have iwo strings to my bow. And ihen there is pretty. A hundred thousand in her own right is the chance of one of the girls jiliing me! It is ihe very least that she can call her own.”
well to be provided against such a contingency. “ A hundred thousand ?”
If her fortune were only equal to the other's, I “And no mistake !"
would vastly prefer Miss Hope. I will secure the “In her own right?”
promise of her hand, so as to frighten off ber other " Aye; most unquestionably in her own right. wooers, and then deliberately investigate matters But perhaps you are married ?"
to ascertain whether it will answer for me to marry
her. Perhaps things will turn out better than I “ Engaged ?"
expect; and if so-By the way, how lucky it is “ Ahem! N-n--n-no!”
that Miss C. has no brother to call me out for de“ The “no” stuck in Ned's throat, but he gave serting her ! Well; it can't be belped. I oughın't it utterance. And what was his object in preva- 10 sacrifice myself for a trifle. The highest bidder ricating ? He himself hardly knew, for he had shall have me, let who may be disappointed.” not had time to mature any decided plan. Per- In the midst of these soothing and highly moral haps it was his evil genius with the two strings 10 meditations, Ned sank to sleep. He woke the his bow, who prompted him to the act.
next day to put his resolve into immediate execuNed dined that day with his friend Clingstone, tion. After a few weeks' wooing, he succeeded in and was introduced to Miss Hope. What a con- his object; and interchanged with Miss Hope trast as to personal appearance and demeanour, promises of marriage.
Behold him now once did she present in our hero's eyes to the victualler's more with two strings to his bow. He rightly daughter ! Beautiful and well-bred, there was calculated that the two ladies, residing in different another advantage which she possessed over her cities, and moving in altogether different circles, bowery rival-her property was in her own right, would not be likely to hear of each other's engageand not contingent upon the whims, physical and ments from common report.
He consequently mental, of a close-fisted and capricious father. felt quite secure in the game which he was carryClingstone took his newly-found 'classmate to a ing on; and played the lover to both with an unparty that night, and there the latter again sound exceptionable degree of assiduity, writing them Miss Hope. Ned soon discovered that a number the most faming billetsdoux, and running in debt of suitors of by no means contemptible pretensions 10 purchase them bouquets and serenades. were in her train; and, as fortune would have it, But a man with two strings to his bow ought to the lady manifested a very decided partiality for I have an infallible memory. Absence of mind is a himself. This was embarrassing: Should he failing to which he should never be subject. Ned take advantage of the favourable impressiou he lived 10 afford an illustration of the importance of had produced, and follow it up, notwithstanding this advice. One day he accidently misdirected his oaths of fealty to Miss Cutlet ?
the letters 10 bis two" strings.” Miss Cutlet reNed looked long and intently at this many-sided ceived a billet, in which he expressed his regret at question. Miss Cutlet was too valuable a prize to his inability to visit Philadelphia, and made propart with lightly, for she was an only daughter, testations of eternal constancy to his dear “ Julia.” and her father was reputed to be a millionaire. Miss Hope, on the other hand, was informed that But then the old fellow might live these twenty the writer could not accompany her to Niblo's that years, or marry his housekeeper, and have a num- evening, as he was obliged to visit Philadelphia ber of " little responsibilities” to share his estate; on business of importance; but that he was her and then, if we may borrow our hero's expressive ever devoted and faithful" E. P." language," he would cut up lean."
It is unnecessary to say that both the young On the other hand, Miss Hope had what she ladies were puzzled and confounded on receiving had not merely in prospect, but in possession. the misdirected notes. In the one received by her There were solid acres, and buildings of substantial who was his last and most highly prized conquest, brick, and coal mines of inexhaustible capacity, the address of Miss Cutlet, with ihe number and which she could point to, and call her own. street of her residence, was added at the bottom of
After canvassing the matter in his mind the better the sheet. Miss Hope, who was truly a girl of part of a night, while he was tossing in bed, Ned spirit and intelligence, notwithstanding the fact came to a most notable and characteristic conclu- that she had been duped by our hero, immediately sion.
“What is to prevent my having iwo strings adopted the most straightforward and satisfactory to my bow?” said he, elated at the brilliancy and means of informing herself in regard to her lorer's sagacity of the conception. “I can then, any time duplicity. She started for New York, and called within the next six months, decide as to which one upon ber rival. An interview succeeded, in which I will marry. It would be prudent to inquire a both were thoroughly satisfied as to the character little more closely into old Cutlet's dividends; and and conduct of Mr. Plausible. Miss Hope imme. I would like to make some further investigations diately returned to Philadelphia ; and the victualinto the state and average revenue of Miss H.'s ler's daughter had scarcely time 10 compose her coal mines. But there are so many Autterers features, before the “gentleman with two sirings to about her path now, that unless I engage myself | his bow” was announced. It should be remarked at once, I shall lose the chance. Yes, as I have in anticipation, that the two maidens, before they six months before me to think about it, and exa- parted, had agreed in regard to the course they mine into the comparative advantages of the two would each adopt towards their audacious suitor
With a more than usually self-assured smirk “ Well, sir, what must you say?" exclaimed Ned advanced to embrace his Bowery beauty. Mr. Romaine, starting suddenly to his feet, and She gently repelled his familiarities, and, turning marching close up 10 poor Ned, till he recoiled away her head, multered in an "aside” intended some paces lest bis toes should be trodden upon. to be heard, “ How shall I ever reveal it to him ?". “What must you say, sir ?" repeated Mr. Ro
“ Nay, what is the meaning of all this? How maine, stamping his feet, and to all appearance in have I offended? Why do you repel me?" ex- a towering rage. claimed Ned with his babitual volubility.
“I was merely about taking the liberty to remark, " It will be too dreadfully harrowing to his sir," said Ned deprecatingly (for he was a bit of a feelings !" muttered Miss Cutlet.
coward), “to remark, that for an engaged lady, " Harrowing to my feelings! Explain yourself Miss Júlia seemed to me rather too affectionate Amanda—what do you mean?"
towards a gentleman who is not her lover or near “Alas ! can you bear the news that will separate kinsman.” us for ever?"
“And how do you know, sir, that I am not her “Nonsense ! out with it! I can bear anything." | lover ?" exclaimed Mr. Romaine, shaking both
“ Know then, sir, that I have another young fists in Mr. Plausible's face. man in my eye, whom I would rather marry than Because, sir,” replied the latter, “I have the yourself—if you please."
good fortune to stand in that position towards the “ The devil!" muttered Ned to himself. lady myself."
We must abridge our description of the remain- « Well, sir, and what then ?" asked Mr. Roder of the interview. In vain did our hero tenderly maine. plead and loudly threaten. He found that argu- Yes, and what then ?" re-echoed Julia. ments and expostulations were all of no use. “ Ahem! It may be a prejudice on my part,"
“How lucky,” thought he, as he abandoned the said Ned, but I have always thought it customary hope of retaining Amanda as one of his “ strings," for an engaged lady to confine her blandishmenis “ how lucky that I foresaw a contingency of this to a single lover." kind, and provided myself with two strings to my " What! and hasn't a lady the privilege of bow !"
having two strings to her bow ?” exclaimed Julia. Early the next morning he hastened to Philadel- “ Yes, answer that!" screamed Mr. Romaine, phia, and went to throw himself at the feet of Miss advancing upon poor Ned so rapidly, that in his Hope. On being ushered into the drawing-room, backward retreat he stumbled over an ottoman, he saw, to his amazement, that she was seated on and fell at full length upon the floor. the sofa, while by her side a fashionably dressed Mr. Plausible rapidly picked himself up, and young man was lying with his head in her lap. seized his bat. Julia's last interrogation had con
As Ned entered the apartment, the recumbent vinced him that bis double dealing had been youth lazily raised his eyes, and regarded him with discovered, and that his game was lost. Another a supercilious air. Our hero directed a glance of circumstance that accelerated bis movement was inquiry at the lady. She did not appear to be in the fact of seeing Mr. Romaine lay hold of a stout the least discomposed, but with perfect sung-froid, cane, and turn up the sleeve of his coat. Ned did and without rising from the sofa, said,
not stop to inquire as to his intentions, but took his “Lift up your head, Clarence! This is Mr. leave at once, without standing upon the order of Plausible. How do you do, Mr. Plausible ? Mr. his going. Plausible, Mr. Romaine-Mr. Romaine, Mr. Had he listened as he closed the door, he might Plausible.”
have heard Julia exclaim—“ Bravely acted, HarNed bowed coldly, and assumed a very serious riet! He did not for a moment suspect that you look. As for Mr. Clarence, he seemed so well were a woman !” satisfied with the resting-place which his head had One would think that Ned had by this time found, that not even the entrance of a stranger grown tired of having two strings to his bow. But could induce him to give it up. He simply 1 it is hard to teach an old dog new tricks. He was nodded at Ned with a careless "Ah! how d'ye no longer as young as he had been once. do,” and then familiarly wound his fingers through The last, and perhaps the most notable instance the luxuriant tresses which hung from the lady's wherein he illustrated the proverb, partook of the forehead.
melancholy as well as of the ludicrous. He had “ Who the deuce is Mr. Roinaine ?" thought been visited with an acute disease which required our hero. “A brother ? No. His name declares prompt and efficient treatment; and in the hurry that to be impossible. A brother-in-law ? Julia and excitement attendant upon the attack, two rival never told me that she had a sister. Who can he physicians had been sent for. One of them had be? Confusion ! he has pulled down her head come, and left a prescription just as the second one to his, and is kissing her most roraciously.”
had arrived. The latter speered at the mode of Ned thought it time to make a remark, inasmuch treatment of his predecessor, and adopted one as neither of the parties seemed to regard his precisely contrary. The two messengers, who had presence.
been dispatched to the apothecary's, returned about “Mr. Romaine is a near relative, I presume, the same time, and brought into the sick man's Julia ?”
room two different mixtures in vials. For a long “Oh, no-not most distant,” replied. time Ned was puzzled as to which he should take.
“Ahem! Then I must say, Julia, that if he at length the old proverb, which had been his sn't a brother, or at least a cousin”
bane all his life long, shot into bis head.