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Go, call the lawyer from his pleas,
The schoolboy from his Latin ;
And savages in satin ;
Their labour and their sorrow,
Take counsel for the morrow.
Begone, dull care ! This life of ours
Is very dark and chilly; We'll sleep through all its serious hours,
And laugh through all its silly. Be mine such motley scene as this,
Where, by established usance, Miss Gravity is quite amiss,
And Madam Sense a nuisance !
Hail, blest Confusion! here are met
All tongues, and times, and faces, The Lancers Airt with Juliet,
The Brahmin talks of races ; And where's your genius, bright Corinne ?
And where's your brogue, Sir Lucius ? And Chinca Ti, you have not seen
One chapter of Confucius.
Lo! dandies from Kamschatka flirt
With beauties from the Wrekin ; And belles from Berne look very pert
On Mandarins from Pekin; The Cardinal is here from Rome,
The Commandant from Seville ; And Hamlet's father from the tomb,
And Faustus from the Devil.
O sweet Anne Page !—those dancing eyes
Have peril in their splendour; “O sweet Anne Page !”.
—so Slender sighs, And what am I, but slender ? Alas! when next your spells engage
So fond and starved a sinner,
And ask the fool to dinner!
What mean those laughing Nuns, I pray,
What mean they, nun or fairy ?
And sang no Ave Mary :
Barred door, and window grated,
Were thus emancipated !
Four Seasons come to dance quadrilles
With four well-seasoned sailors; And Raleigh talks of railroad bills,
With Timon, prince of railers ; I find Sir Charles of Aubyn Park
Equipt for a walk to Mecca ; And I run away from Joan of Arc
To romp with sad Rebecca.
Fair Cleopatra's very plain ;
Puck halts, and Ariel swaggers ; And Cæsar's murdered o'er again,
Though not by Roman daggers : Great Charlemagne is four feet high ;
Sad stuff has Bacon spoken ; Queen Mary's waist is all awry,
And Psyche's nose is broken.
Our happiest bride-how
Is the foot of Cinderella ;
There Yorick looks most grave, sir,
Who never crossed the wave, sir !
And what a Babel is the talk :
“ The Giraffe "_"plays the fiddle " “ Macadam's roads”—“ Í hate this chalk!”
“Sweet girl ”—“a charming riddle" “ I'm nearly drunk with ”—“ Epsom salts ”
“Yes, separate beds”. _“ such cronies !”– “Good heaven! who taught that man to waltz?”–
“A pair of Shetland ponies.”
“Lord Nugent "_"an enchanting shape"" Will move for ".
—“Maraschino". Pray, Julia, how's
mother's ape?”— “ He died at Navarino!” “ The gout, by Jove, is ”—“ apple pie
“ Don Miguel ”—“Tom the tinker”. “ His Lordship’s pedigree's as high
As”—“Whipcord, dam by Clinker.”
“Love's shafts are weak”—“my chestnut kicks”.
“ Heart broken ”—“ broke the traces “What say you now of politics ?”.
“ Change sides and to your places.”" A five-barred gate ”- a precious pearl
“ Grave things may all be punned on!”. “ The Whigs, thank Heaven! are _“out of
Thus run the giddy hours away,
Till morning's light is beaming,
All we to-night are dreaming, -
Oh, in our heart's recesses,
WINTHROP MACKWORTH PRAED.
FOOD night to thee, Lady! Though many
Have join'd in the dance of to-night, Thy form was the fairest of any,
Where all was seducing and bright; Thy smile was the softest and dearest,
Thy form the most sylph-like of all,
That e'er held a partner in thrall.
The waltz, the quadrille, and the song-
The heartless adieu of the throng;
The eyelid that long'd for repose-
The girls that were dreaming of beaux. 'Tis over—the lights are all dying,
The coaches all driving away; And
many a fair one is sighing, And many a false one is gay;
And beauty counts over her numbers
Of conquests, as homeward she drivesAnd some are gone home to their slumbers,
And some are gone home to their wives.
And I while my cab in the shower
Is waiting, the last at the door, Am looking all round for the flower
That fell from your wreath on the floor. I'll keep it—if but to remind me,
Though wither'd and faded its hueWherever next season may
find meOf England-of Almack's—and you ! There are tones that will haunt us, though lonely
Our path be o'er mountain or sea;
When memory ceases to be ;
Tho' toilsome and steep be the way;
With a light that is clearer than day.
There are names that we cherish, tho'nameless,
For aye on the lip they may be;
And thoughts unexpress'd, but still free!
And some for a husband too light,The Ball and my dream are all overGood-night to thee, Lady, Good-night!