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Last night, at Lady Ramble’s rout,
I heard Sir Harry Gale
Exclaim, “Now, I propose again
I started, turning pale ;
I really thought my time was come,
I blush'd like any rose ;
But, oh! I found 'twas only at
Ecarté he'd propose !
And what is to be done, mamma?
Oh, what is to be done ?
I really have no time to lose,
For I am thirty-one :
At balls, I am too often left
Where spinsters sit in rows ;
Why won't the men propose, mamma ?
Why won't the men propose ?
THOMAS HAYNES BAYLY.
“DON'T TALK OF SEPTEMBER.”
ON'T talk of September! A lady
Must think it of all months the
The men are preparing already
To take themselves off on the First.
I try to arrange a small party,
The girls dance together; how tame !
I'd get up my game of écarté,
But they go to bring down their game!
Last month, their attention to quicken,
I knew was the thing ;
But now, from my turkey and chicken
They're tempted by birds on the wing!
They shoulder their terrible rifles,
(It's seally too much for my nerves !) And slighting my sweets and my trifles,
Prefer my Lord Harry's preserves ! Miss Lovemore, with great consternation,
Now hears of the horrible plan, And fears that her little Airtation
Was only a flash in the pan! Oh, marriage is hard of digestion,
The men are all sparing of words ; And now, 'stead of popping the question,
They set off to pop at the birds.
Go, false ones, your aim is so horrid,
That love at the sight of you
dies; You care not for locks on the forehead,
The locks made by Manton you prize ! All thoughts sentimental exploding,
Like flints I behold you depart;
You heed not, when priming and loading,
have left on my
They talk about patent percussions,
And all preparations for sport; And those double-barrel discussions
Exhaust double bottles of port!
The dearest is deaf to my summons,
As off on his pony he jogs;
A doleful condition is woman's ;
The men are all gone to the dogs.
THOMAS HAYNES BAYLY.
“ THE MEN ARE ALL CLUBBING
HE men are all clubbing together,
Abandoning gentle pursuits;
They revel with birds of a feather,
And dine in black neckcloths and
They've no party spirit about them,
(My parties are stupid concerns), The ladies sit sulky without them,
Or dance with each other by turns.
Oh, where are the Dandies who flirted,
Who came of a morning to call ?
We females are so disconcerted,
I'd fee males to come to my
'Twas flattery charm'd us, —no matter
Paste often may pass for a gem; Alas! we are duller and flatter
Than when we were flatter'd by them.
When family dinners we're giving,
They send an excuse,—there's the rub; Each gourmand, secure of good living,
Like Hercules, leans on his Club.
A hermit, though beauty invites him,
Alone at the Union he sits,
But what is the Fare that delights him,
Compar'd with the Fair that he quits ?
THOMAS HAYNES BAYLY.
HEN some mad bard sits down to muse
About the lilies and the dews,
The grassy vales and sloping lawns,
Fairies and Satyrs, Nymphs and Fawns,
He's apt to think, he's apt to swear,
That Cupid reigns not anywhere
Except in some sequestered village
Where peasants live on truth and tillage,
That none are fair enough for witches
But maids who frisk through dells and ditches,
That dreams are twice as sweet as dances,
That cities never breed romances,
That Beauty always keeps a cottage,
And Purity grows pale on pottage.
Yes! those dear dreams are all divine ;
And those dear dreams have all been mine.
I like the stream, the rock, the bay,
I like the smell of new-mown hay,
I like the babbling of the brooks,
I like the creaking of the crooks,
I like the peaches, and the posies,-
But chiefly, when the season closes,
And often, in the month of fun,
When every poacher cleans his gun,
And Cockneys tell enormous lies,
And stocks are pretty sure to rise,
And e'en the Chancellor, they say,
Goes to a point the nearest way,
I hurry from my drowsy desk
To revel in the picturesque,
To hear beneath those ancient trees
The far-off murmur of the bees,
With Petrarch, and a brace of spaniels,
Combining foolish rhymes together,
And killing sorrow, and shoe-leather.
Then, as I see some rural maid
Come dancing up the sunny glade,
Coquetting with her fond adorer
Just as her mother did before her,
cry, “ the quiet bliss Of souls like these, of scenes like this ; Where ladies eat and sleep in peace, Where gallants never heard of Greece, Where day is day, and night is night, Where frocks—and morals—both are white ; Blue eyes
below-blue skies aboveThese are the homes, the hearts, for Love !”
But this is idle; I have been
A sojourner in many a scene,
And picked up wisdom in my way,
And cared not what I had to pay ;
Smiling and weeping all the while,
As other people weep and smile ;
And I have learnt that Love is not
Confined to any hour or spot;
He lights the smile and fire's the frown
Alike in country and in town.
I own fair faces not more fair
In Ettrick than in Portman Square,
And silly danglers just as silly
In Sherwood, as in Piccadilly.
Soft tones are not the worse, no doubt,
For having harps to help them out;
And smiles are not a ray more bright
By moonbeams, than by candlelight;