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Of an opponent who tried to do him an injury, and who plumed himself upon his cleverness, Sheridan neatly remarked : * I could laugh at his malice, but not at his wit."

A clergyman, who desired to annotate Shakespeare's plays, took a specimen of his work to Sheridan, and asked his opinion.

“Sir," said Sheridan, shortly, “I wonder people won't mind their own affairs; you may spoil your own Bible if you please, but pray, let ours alone."

During the debate on Pitt's Indian Bill, when John Robinson was Secretary to the Treasury, Sheridan, one evening when Fox's majorities were decreasing, said: “Mr. Speaker, this is not at all to be wondered at, when a member is employed to corrupt everybody in order to obtain votes."

Upon this, there was a general outcry made by everybody in the House: “Who is it? Name him! Name him!”

“ Sir,” said Sheridan to the Speaker, “ I shall not name the person. It is an unpleasant and invidious thing to do so, and therefore I shall not name him. But don't suppose, sir, that I abstain because there is any difficulty in naming; I could do that, sir, as soon as you could say Jack Robinson.”

When some one proposed to tax milestones, Sheridan protested that it would not be constitutional or fair, as they could not meet to remonstrate.

Lord Lauderdale having declared his intention to circulate some witticism of Sheridan's, the latter hastily exclaimed: “Pray don't, my dear Lauderdale; a joke in your mouth is no laughing matter!

Lord Erskine on one occasion said that “a wife was only a tin canister tied to one's tail." Lady Erskine was justly annoyed at this remark, and Sheridan dashed off this:

“ Lord Erskine, at woman presuming to rail,

Calls a wife a tin canister tied to one's tail ;
And fair Lady Anne, while the subject he carries on,
Seems hurt at his lordship's degrading comparison.
But wherefore degrading? Considered aright,
A canister's polished and useful and bright;
And should dirt its original purity hide,
That's the fault of the puppy to whom it is tied.”


DORA SIGERSON is the eldest daughter of Dr. George Sigerson, F.R.U.I., a distinguished scholar and man of letters, and of Mrs. Hester Sigerson, a woman of fine literary talent. She was born in Dublin, was educated at home, and lived in Dublin till her marriage to Mr. Clement Shorter, then editor of The Illustrated London News, in July, 1895. She has published Verses' (1894); The Fairy Changeling and Other. Poems' (1897); • My Lady's Slipper and Other Poems' (1899) ; * Ballads and Poems' (1899) ; 'The Father Confessor' (1900); and “The Woman who went to Hell and Other Poems' (1901).

Speaking of one phase of her work, Mr. Douglas Hyde writes in 'A Treasury of Irish Poetry.' “She has turned herself with signal success to ballad-poetry, and in many of her pieces, especially in her second volume, she has sought inspiration from Irish motives and dealt with Irish superstition. Her very absence from Ireland has made her-a phenomenon which we may often witness—more Irish than if she had never left it."


Cean duv deelish, beside the sea
I stand and stretch my hands to thee

Across the world.
The riderless horses race to shore
With thundering hoofs and shuddering, hoar,

Blown manes uncurled.

Cean duv deelish, I cry to thee
Beyond the world, beneath the sea,

Thou being dead.
Where hast thou hidden from the beat
Of crushing hoofs and tearing feet

Thy dear black head?

Cean duy deelish, 't is hard to pray
With breaking heart from day to day,

And no reply;
When the passionate challenge of sky is cast
In the teeth of the sea and an angry blast

Goes by.

God bless the woman, whoever she be,
From the tossing waves will recover thee

And lashing wind.
Who will take thee out of the wind and storm,

Dry thy wet face on her bosom warm

And lips so kind?

I not to know! It is hard to pray,
But I shall for this woman from day to day.

“ Comfort my dead, The sport of the winds and the play of the sea.” I loved thee too well for this thing to be,

O dear black head!


Go not to the hills of Erin

When the night winds are about;
Put up your bar and shutter,

And so keep the danger out.

For the good-folk whirl within it,

And they pull you by the hand,
And they push you on the shoulder,

Till you move to their command.

And lo! you have forgotten

What you have known of tears,
And you will not remember

That the world goes full of years :

A year there is a lifetime,

And a second but a day;
And an older world will meet you

Each morn you come away.

Your wife grows old with weeping,

And your children one by one
Grow gray with nights of watching,

Before your dance is done.

And it will chance some morning

You will come home no more;
Your wife sees but a withered leaf

In the wind about the door.

And your children will inherit

The unrest of the wind;

They shall seek some face elusive,

And some land they never find.

When the wind is loud, they sighing

Go with hearts unsatisfied,
For some joy beyond remembrance,

For some memory denied.

And all your children's children,

They cannot sleep or rest,
When the wind is out in Erin

And the sun is in the West.


A spirit speeding down on All Souls Eve 1

From the wide gates of that mysterious shore
Where sleep the dead, sung softly and yet sweet.

“ So gay a wind was never heard before,”
The old man said, and listened by the fire;

And, “ 'T is the souls that pass us on their way,"
The young maids whispered, clinging side by side-

So left their glowing nuts awhile to pray.
Still the pale spirit, singing through the night,

Came to this window, looking from the dark
Into the room; then passing to the door

Where crouched the whining dog, afraid to bark,
Tapped gently without answer, pressed the latch,

Pushed softly open, and then tapped once more.
The maidens cried, when seeking for the ring,

“ How strange a wind is blowing on the door!”

And said the old man, crouching to the fire:

“Draw close your chairs, for colder falls the night;
Push fast the door, and pull the curtains to,

For it is dreary in the moon's pale light."
And then his daughter's daughter with her hand

Passed over salt and clay to touch the ring,
Said low: “ The old need fire, but ah! the young

Have that within their hearts to flame and sting." 1 There is a belief in some parts of Ireland that the dead are allowed to return to earth on November 2 (All Souls Night), and the peasantry leave food and fire for their comfort, and set a chair by the hearth for their resting before they themselves retire to bed.-Author.

And then the spirit, moving from her place,

Touched there a shoulder, whispered in each ear,
Bent by the old man, nodding in his chair,

But no one heeded her, or seemed to hear.
Then crew the black cock, and so, weeping sore,

She went alone into the night again;
And said the graybeard, reaching for his glass,

“How sad a wind blows on the window-pane!”

And then from dreaming the long dreams of age

He woke, remembering, and let fall a tear:
Alas! I have forgot-and have you gone?-

I set no chair to welcome you, my dear.”
And said the maidens, laughing in their play:

“How he goes groaning, wrinkle-faced and hoar.
He is so old, and angry with his age-

Hush! hear the banshee sobbing past the door."


O mother, mother, I swept the hearth, I set his chair and the

white board spread, I prayed for his coming to our kind Lady when Death's sad

doors would let out the dead; A strange wind rattled the window-pane, and down the lane a

dog howled on; I called his name, and the candle flame burnt dim, pressed a

hand the door-latch upon. Deelish! Deelish! my woe for ever that I could not sever coward

flesh from fear. I called his name, and the pale Ghost came; but I was afraid

to meet my dear. O mother, mother, in tears I checked the sad hours past of the

year that 's o'er, Till by God's grace I might see his face and hear the sound of

his voice once more; The chair I set from the cold and wet, he took when he came

from unknown skies Of the land of the dead, on my bent brown head I felt the re

proach of his saddened eyes; I closed my lids on my heart's desire, crouched by the fire, my

voice was dumb: At my clean-swept hearth he had no mirth, and at my table he

broke no crumb.

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