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By the margin of the lake,
O'er the river through the brake,
O'er the bleak and dreary moor,
On we hie with screech and roar !

Splashing ! flashing !
Crashing ! dashing !

Over ridges,
Gullies, bridges !
By the bubbling rill,

And mill-

Hollow hillJumping---bumpingRocking—-roaring

Like forty thousand giants snoring! By the lonely hut and mansion, By the ocean's wide expansionWhere the factory chimneys smoke, Where the foundry bellows croakDash along ! Slash along! Crash along ! Flash along! On! on! with a jump, And a bump,

And a roll!
Hies the fire-fiend to its destined goal!
O’er the acqueduct and bog,
On we fly with ceaseless jog;
Every instant something new,
Every instant lost to view ;

Now a tavern—now a steeple-
Now a crowd of gaping people,
Now a hollow-now a ridge-
Now a crossway-now a bridge

Fretting-getting in a stew!
Church and steeple, gaping people-
Quick as thought are lost to view !
Everything that eye can survey,
Turns hurly-burly, topsy-turvy!
Each passenger is thumped and shaken,
As physic is when to be taken.
By the foundry, past the forge,
Through the plain and mountain gorge,
Where the cathedral rears its head,
Where repose

the silent dead !
Monuments amid the grass,
Flit like spectres as you pass !
If to hail a friend inclined
Whish! whirr! ka-swash! he's left behind !

Rumble, tumble, all the day,
Thus we pass the hours away.


A COUNSEL in the Common Pleas, who was esteemed a mighty wit, upon the strength of a chance hit, amid a thousand flippancies, and his occasional bad jokes in bullying, bantering, browbeating, ridiculing, and maltreating women, or other timid folks, in a late cause resolved to hoax a clownish, Yorkshire farmer,-one who by his uncouth look and gait appeared expressly meant by Fate for being quizzed and played upon. So having tipped the wink to those in the back rows, who kept their laughter bottled down until our wag should draw the cork, he smiled jocosely on the clown, and went to work. “Well, Farmer Numbskull, how go calves at York ?" " Why, not, sir, as they do wi' you, but on four legs instead of two." “ Officer !" cried the legal elf, piqued at the laugh


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against himself, do pray keep silence down below there. Now look at me, clown; attend ! have I not seen you somewhere, friend ?!

Yes, very like; I often go there." rustic's waggish-quite laconic !" the counsel cried, with grin sardonic; "I wish I'd known this prodigy, this genius of the clods, when I on circuit was at York residing. Now, farmer, do for once speak true; mind, you 're on oath, so tell me you, who doubtless think yourself so clever, are there as many fools as ever in the West Riding ?" Why, no, sir ; no; we've got our share, but not so many as when you were there."

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So prone are all men to debate,
And warn us of the wiles of fate-
So eager to condemn the crimes
That blot these unregenerate times
I sometimes fancy that I meet
A moralist in every street;
But mark his lifethat surest test-
You'll catch them tripping like the rest,
And half the follies they condemn
Is plainly visible in them ;
The truth of which remark to show,
I have a tale quite apropos.
Over a glass of Burton's lest,

Tim thus his loving friend address'd:
“ Well, Peter, 'tis a shameful sin

That Dick should swill such seas of gin;
Oft from the tavern drunk he reels,
Tag, rag, and bobtail at his heels.
Now, for my part, I cannot think
Wbat makes the man so fond of drink."

“ Nor I,” said Peter, with a groan-
u 'Tis vastly wonderful, I own;

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But, bless me! what a change appears
Within the space of forty years !
The world grows more deprav'd, I'm sure !
Heav'n knows, 'twas bad enough before."

" True," answered Tim, "good Peter, true; But see, the bottle stands with you.

Besides,” said Peter, “ of all crimes
That mar these dissipated times,
Dick's favorite is the greatest pest,
And makes more fools than all the rest.
The man addicted, Tim, to drinking,
Will daily find his credit sinking;
His reputation soon decays,
And mis’ry on his bosom preys,
Till, wasted by disease and pain,
Death ends his transitory reign."

“E'en so," cried Tim, and fill'd his glass, “ Dick's crimes all other crimes surpass.

I scorn the man, who, void of shame,
With such base stigmas marks his name,
And, careless of a future state,
Thus trifles with the shafts of fate.
But see, my friend! the wine is out!
You'll wet the other eye, no doubt.
We well may sit a little later,
So bring another bottle, waiter."

Thus long, in many a speech sublime,
They painted Dick's besetting crime,
Till drunk as drills, and scarcely able
To see distinctly o'er the table;
And, heedless what each other said,

The roaring sinners reel'd to bed.
The very fault they thus condemn,
Dick, the next evening, found with třem;
Whilst Peter gravely rail'd at Tim,
Who rail'd as heartily at him.


Good people all, with one accord,

Lament for Madam Blaize, Who never wanted a good word

From those who spoke her praiso.

The needy seldom pass'd her door,

And always found her kind; She freely lent to all the poor

Who left a pledge behind.

She strove the neighborhood to please,

With manners wondrous winning, And never followed wicked ways

Unless when she was sinning.

At church, in silks and satins new,

With hoop of monstrous size, She never slumber'd in her pew

But when she shut her eyes.

Her love was sought, I do aver,

By twenty beaus and more;
The king himself has follow'd her-

When she has walk'd before.

But now her wealth and finery fled,

Her hangers-on cut short all ; The doctors found, when she was dead,

Her last disorder mortal.

Let us lament, in sorrow sore,

For Kent street well may say, That had she lived a twelvemonth more

She had not died to-day.

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