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Now terror seiz'd her quaking frame:
For, where the path was bare,
She mutter'd many a prayer.
Yet once again, amidst her fright,
She tried what sight could do ; When through the cheating glooms of night
A MONSTER stood in view.
It follow'd down the plain !
And said her prayers again.
Then on she sped; and hope grew strong,
The white park gate in view; Which pushing hard, so long it swung
That ghost and all pass'd through.
Loud fell the gate against the post!
Her heart-strings like to crack: For much she feard the grisly ghost
Would leap upon her back.
Still on, pat, pat, the goblin went,
As it had done before;
She fainted at the door.
Out came her husband, much surpris'd :
Out came her daughter dear; Good-natur'd souls ! all unadvis'd
Of what they had to fear.
The candle's gleam pierc'd through the night,
Some short space o'er the green ; And there the little trotting sprite
Distinctly might be seen.
An ass's foal had lost its dam
Within the spacious park;
Had follow'd in the dark.
No goblin he; no imp of sin :
No crimes had ever known.
And reard him as their own.
His little hoofs would rattle round
Upon the cottage floor;
That frightened here before.
A favorite the ghost became ;
And 'twas his fate to thrive :
And kept the joke alive.
For many a laugh went through the vale,
And some conviction too :-
Perhaps, was just as true.
TRIUMPH OF PRINCIPLE.-MORTON.
SIR PHILIP BLANFORD AND ASHFIELD.
Sir Philip. Come hither. I believe you hold a farm of mine.
Ashfield. Eees, zur, I do, at your zarvice.
Ash. Zometimes it be, zur. But thic year it be all t'other way, as 'twur; but I do hope, as our landlords have a tightish big lump of the good, they 'll be so kind-hearted as to take a little bit of the bad.
Sir P. It is but reasonable. I conclude, then, you are in
Ash. Eees, zur, I be; at your zarvice.
Ash. I do owe ye a hundred and fifty pounds; at your zarvice.
Sir P. Which you can't pay.
Ash. Be you, zur? that be deadly kind. Dear heart ! -it will make my auld dame quite young again, and I don't think helping a poor man will do your honor's health any harm; I don't, indeed, zur. I had thought of speaking to your worship about it; but then, thinks I, the gentleman mayhap be one of those that do like to do a good turn, and not have a word zaid about it : zo zur,
had not mentioned what I owed
you, I am zure I never should ; should not, indeed, Sir. P. Nay, I will wholly acquit you of the debt, on condition
Ash. Eees, zur.
Sir. P. On condition, I say, that you instantly turn out that boy—that Henry. Ash. Turn out Henry! Ha, ha, ha! Excuse my tittering,
you bees making your vun of I, zure. Sir. P. I am not apt to trifle : send him instantly from you, or take the consequences.
Ash. Turn out Henry! I do vow I shouldn't know how to set about it; I should not, indeed, zur.
Sir. P. You hear my determination. If you disobey, you know what will follow. I'll leave you to reflect on it. (Exit.)
Ash. Well, zur, I'll argify the topic, and then you may wait upon me, and I'll tell ye. (Makes the motion of turning out.) I should be deadly awkward at it, vor zartin. However, I'll put the case. Well! I goes wbiztling whoam; noa, drabbit it! I shouldn't be able to whiztle a bit, I'm zure. Well! I goes whoam, and I zees Henry zitting by my wife, mixing up someit to comfort the auld zoul, and take away the
pain of her rheumatics. Very well! Then Henry places a chair vor I by the vire-side and zays—“ Varmer, the horses be fed, the sheep be volded, and you have nothing to do but to zit down, smoke your pipe, and be happy”! Very well ! (Becomes affected.) Then I zays, "Henry, you be poor and friendless; zo you must turn out of my house directly." Very well! Then my wife stares at I; reaches her hand towards the vire-place and throws the poker at my head. Very well! Then Henry gives a kind of auguish shake, and getting up, sighs from the bottom of his heart; then, holding up his head like a king, zays, “ Varmer, I have too long been a burden
Heaven protect you, as you have me. Farewell! I go.” Then I zays, “ If thee doez, I'll be smashed.” (With great energy.) Hollo! you Mister Sir Philip! you may come in
(Enter Sir Philip Blanford.) Zur, I have argified the topic, and it wouldn't be pretty; zo I can't.
Sir. P. Can't ?
Ash. No, zur, I won't. I'd see myself hanged virst, and you too, zur! I would, indeed. (Bowing.)
Sir. P. You refuse, then, to obey ?
Ash. I be zorry for that, too. I be, indeed, zur ; but if corn wouldn't grow, I couldn't help it: it weren't poisoned by the hand that zowed it. Thic hand, zur, be as free from guilt as your own. Good morning to you. I do hope I have made myself agreeable; and zo I'll go whoam. (Exeunt)
COWARDICE AND BOASTING.-SHAKSPEARE.
PRINCE HENRY AND FALSTAFF.
P. Henry. Welcome, Jack. Where hast thou been?
Falstaff A plague on all cowards, I say, and a vengeance too!
marry and amen! (To an attendant.) Give me a cup of sack, boy. Ere I lead this life long, I'll sew nethersocks, and mend them, and foot them too. A plague on all cowards: -Give me a cup of sack, rogue. Is there no virtue extant? (Drains the cup.) You rogue, here 's lime in this sack, too. There is nothing but roguery to be found in villanous man ! Yet a coward is worse than a cup of sack with lime in it; a villanous coward. Go thy ways, old Jack; die when thou wilt, if manhood, good manhood, be not forgot upon the face of the earth, then I am a shotten herring. There live not three good men unhanged in England; and one of them is fat, and grown old,-a bad world, I say! A plague on all cowards, I
say still !
P. Henry. How now, wool-sack ? what mutter you?
Fal. A king's son! If I do not beat thee out of thy kingdom with a dagger of lath, and drive all thy subjects afore thee like a flock of wild geese, I 'll never wear hair on my face
You-Prince of Wales
P. Henry. Ye fat paunch, an ye call me coward, I'll stab thee.
Fal. I call the coward? I'll see the hanged ere I call thee coward; but I would give a thousand pound, I could run as fast as thou canst. You are straight enough in the shoulders, you care not who sees your back. Call you that, backing of your friends ? A plague upon such backing! give me them that will face me. Give me a cup of sack :-I am a rogue, if I have drunk to-day.
P. Henry. Oh villain! thy lips are scarce wiped since thou drankst last.