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CHOICE COLLECTION

OF

RIDDLES, CHARADES,

AND

CONUNDRUMS.

BY PETER PUZZLEWELL, Esq.

OF REBUS HALL.

LONDON:

JOHN HARRIS, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH YARD.

1835.

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RIDDLE I.

In deepest solitudes I most delight,
Remote from cities, far from human sight;
Perfect in beauty, happy, and alone,
I oft am mention'd, though I 'm never known.
Yet men to me still constantly compare
All that is curious, excellent, and rare :
I feel the moment destined for my doom,
And form at once an altar and a tomb;
But, wondrous prodigy! though I expire,
I prove a father in consuming fire.

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RIDDLE II.

WHETHER derived from heaven, or sprung from earth,

Philosophers, or sages, must decide !
Demosthenes and Tully own'd my worth,

With many a learned orator beside.
All polish'd nations have confess'd my sway;

No author without me can hope to please ;
Clergy and laity my laws obey ;-

I teach correctness, elegance, and ease. I have a numerous family, whose names

Were long to tell, and useless to relate ; Each has his different office, functions, claims,

His separate place, and his appointed state. My elder offspring ever present stay ;

Some are just going, others wholly gone ; Some fix their prospects on a distant day ;

The rest command or urge whate'er is done. One other hint to this account I give,

That what I am you easily may guess ; Whether you sleep or wake, or die or live,

'Tis I alone the action can express.

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RIDDLE III.

In spring I look gay,

Deck'd in comely array;
In summer more clothing I wear ;

As colder it grows,

I throw off my clothes, And in winter quite naked appear.

RIDDLE IV.

I am a thing that many say

Is bought with toil and trouble ; What all would wish for once a day,

Yet few desire to double.

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