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THE RIDE. — Miss Lamb.
Lately an equipage I overtook,
0 happy town-bred girl, in fine chaise going, For the first time, to see the green grass grow aig!
1 learned, as, walking slowly by their side,
The bricks were smoking, and the ground was broke;
GENTLE RIVER. — Percy's Religua
Gentle river, gentle river,
Lo! thy streams are stained with gore;
Floats along thy willowed shore.
66 GENTIE RIVER.
All beside thy limpid waters,
Moorish chiefs and Christian warriors
Lords, and dukes, and noble princes, On thy fatal banks were slain;Fatal banks, that gave to slaughter All the pride and flower of Spain!
There the hero, brave Alonzo,
There the fearless Urdiales
Lo! where yonder Don Saavedra Through their squadrons slow retires;
Proud Seville, his native city,
Close behind, a renegado
Loudly shouts, with taunting cry, "Yield thee, yield thee, Don Saavedra!
Dost thou from the battle fly?
"Well I know thee, haughty Christian, Long I lived beneath thy roof;
Oft I've in the lists of glory Seen thee win the prize of proof.
"Well I know thy aged parents,
Seven years I was thy captive,
"May our prophet grant my wishes,
Thou shalt drink that cup of sorrow
Like a lion turns the warrior, Back he sends an angry glare;Whizzing came the Moorish javelin, Vainly whizzing, through the air.
Back the hero, full of fury,
Sent a deep and mortal wound;Instant sunk the renegado,
Mute and lifeless, on the ground.
With a thousand Moors surrounded, Brave Saavedra stands at bay;Wearied out, but never daunted, Cold at length the warrior lay.
Near him fighting, great Alonzo Stout resists the Paynim bands;From his slaughtered steed dismounted, Firm intrenched behind him stands.
Furious press the hostile squadron, Furious he repels their rage;Loss of blood at length enfeebles;Who can war with thousands wage?
Where yon rock the plain o'ershadows, Close beneath its foot retired,
68 NOSE AND EYES.
NOSE AND EYES. — Couper.
Between Nose and Eyes a strange contest arose j
The spectacles set them unhappily wrong; The point in dispute was, as all the world knows, To which the said spectacles ought to belong.
So the Tongue was the lawyer, and argued the cause With a great deal of skill, and a wig full of learning;While Chief-justice Ear sat to balance the laws, So famed for his talent in nicely discerning.
"In behalf of the Nose, it will quickly appear,
And your lordship," he said, "will undoubtedly find,
That the Nose has had spectacles always in wear, — Which amounts to possession time out of mind."
Then holding the spectacles up to the court, —"Your lordship observes they are made with a straddle
As wide as the ridge of the Nose is; in short,
"Again, would your lordship a moment suppose
That the visage or countenance had not a Nose,
"On the whole it appears, and my argument shows, With a reasoning the court will never condemn,
That the spectacles plainly were made for the Nose, And the Nose was as plainly intended for them."
Then, shifting his side, as a lawyer knows how,
But what were his arguments few people know,
So his lordship decreed, with a grave solemn tone, —
That whenever the Nose put his spectacles on,
TRADITIONARY BALL AD — Mary Hoinlt.
THE FAIRIES OF THE CALDON-LOW. A MIDSUMMEH LEGEND
"And where have you been, my Mary,
"I 've been at the top of the Caldon-Low,
"And what did you see, my Mary,
All up on the Caldon-Low?"
And I saw the merry winds blow."
"And what did you hear, my Mary,
All up on the Caldon-Hill?"
And the green corn-ears to fill."
"O, tell me all, my Mary, —
All, all that ever you know;
Last night, on Caldon-Low."