Page images
PDF
EPUB
[merged small][merged small][graphic][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small]

“ For he is hideous as the night;

And when has ever chose
A nightingale, for its delight,

A hueless, scentless rose ?"

Tbe Caliph then: “ No features fair

Nor comely mein are his ;
Love is the beauty he doth wear,

And love his glory is.

“ Once, when a camel of my train

There fell in narrow street, From broken basket rolled amain

Rich pearls before my feet.

“I, nodding to my slaves, that I

Would freely give them these, At once upon the spoil they fly,

The costly boon to seize.

“One only at my side remained ;

Beside this Ethiop, none;
He, moveless as the steed he reined,

Behind me sat alone.

6 • What will thy gain, good fellow, be,

Thus lingering at my side?' • My king, that I shall faithfully

Have guarded thee,' he cried.

“ True servant's title he may wear,

He only, who has not
For his lord's gifts, how rich soe'er,

His lord himself forgot."

So thou alone dost walk before

Thy God with perfect aim, From him desiring nothing more

Beside himself to claim.

For if thou not to him aspire,

But to his gifts alone,
Not love, but covetous desire

Has brought thee to his throne.

While such thy prayer, it mounts above

In vain; the golden key
Of God's rich treasure-house of love
Thine own will never be.

RICHARD CHEVENIX TRENCH.

[ocr errors]

MANS MEDLEY.

He wears ε stuff whose thread is coarse and And woods do ring!

round,
All creatures have their joy, and man bath But trimmed with curious lace,
his.

And should take place
Yet, if we rightly measure,

After the trimming, not the stuff and ground.
Man's joy and pleasure
Rather hereafter than in present is.

Not that he may not here

[graphic][merged small]

To this life, things of sense

Taste of the cheer;
Make their pretense;

But as birds drink, and straight lift up the In th' other, angels have a right by birth;

head,
Man ties them both alone,

So must be sip and think
And makes them one,

Of better drink
With one hand touching heaven, with th' He may attain to, after he is dead.
other earth.

But as his joys are double,
In soul he mounts and flies,

So is his trouble;
In flesh he dies.

He hath two winters, other things but one;

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

TO

Both thoughts and frosts do nip

Could he but take them right, and in their And bite his lip;

ways. And he of all things fears two deaths alone.

Happy is he whose heart

Has found the art
Yet even the greatest grieis

To turn his double pains to double praise.
May be reliefs,

GEORGE HERBERT.

HABIT. on the vicious ways of the world it mercifully falleth out that we become not extempore

wicked, but it taketh some time and pains to undo ourselves. We fall not from virtue, like Vulcan, in a day. Bad dispositions require some time to grow into bad habits; bad habits must undermine good, and often repeated acts make us habitually evil.

SIR THOMAS BROWNE. BENEVOLENCE. "E who does good to one person from a benevolent principle, lays an obligation on the

whole species, for' he shows that he has the interest of mankind at heart, and he sets a good example. Our love of good men, therefore, partakes of the nature of gratitude; to be destitute of it is a proof of such depravity as even profligates would be ashamed of.

JAMES BEATTIE. Am rayop

[graphic]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

PASSION

AND

ACTION.

“No thought of flight, None of retreat, no unbecoming deed That argued fear; each on himself

relied, As only in his arm the moment lay of victory.

MILTON.

[graphic]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

“With his white hair unbonneted, the stout old sheriff comes ; Behind him march the halberdiers; before him sound the drums."

« PreviousContinue »