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He much of nature, not of man had seen;
Yet his remarks were often shrewd and keen;
Taught not by books t approve or to condemn,
He gain'd but little that he knew from them;
He read with reverence and respect the few,
Whence he his rules and consolations drew;
But men and beasts, and all that lived or moved,
Were books to him; he studied them and loved.
He knew the plants in mountain, wood, or mead;
He knew the worms that on the foliage feed;
Knew the small tribes that 'scape the careless eye,
The plant's disease that breeds the embryo-fiy ;
And the small creatures, who on bark or bough
Enjoy their changes, changed we know not how;
But now th' imperfect being scarcely moves,
And now takes wing and seeks the sky it loves.
He had no system, and forebode to read The learned labours of th' immortal Swede; But smiled to hear the creatures he had known So long, were now in class and order shown, Genus and species—“ Is it meet," said he, “ This creature's name should one so sounding be? 'Tis but a fly, though first-born of the springBombilius majus, dost thou call the thing? Majus, indeed! and yet, in fact, 'tis true, We all are majors, all are minors too, Except the first and last-th’immensely distant two. And here again—what call the learned this? Both Hippobosca and Hirundinis ? Methinks the creature should be proud to find That he employs the talents of mankind; And that his sovereign master shrewdly look: , Counts all his parts, and puts them in his books. Well! go thy way, for I do feel it shame To stay a being with so proud a name."
From Tales of the Lall.
EDUCATION AFTER MARRIAGE.
And now 'tis time to fill that ductile mind
With knowledge, from his stores of various kind :
His mother, in a peevish mood, had ask'd,
“ Does your Augusta profit? is she task'd ?"
“ Madam!" he cried, offended with her looks,
“ There's time for all things, and not all for books:
Just on one's marriage to sit down, and prate
On points of learning, is a thing I hate.—”
“ 'Tis right, my son, and it appears to me,
If deep your hatred, you must well agree.'
Finch was too angry for a man so wise,
And said, “ Insinuation I despise!
Nor do I wish to have a mind so full
Of learned trash-it makes a woman dull:
Let it suffice, that I in her discern
An aptitude, and a desire to learn."
The matron smiled, but she observed a frown
On her son's brow, and calmly set her down;
Leaving the truth to Time, who solves our doubt,
By bringing his all-glorious daughter out-
Truth! for whose beauty all their love profess,
And yet how many think it ugliness!
Augusta, love,” said Finch, “ while you engage
In that embroidery, let me read a page;
Suppose it Hume's ; indeed he takes a side,
But still an author need not be our guide ;
And as he writes with elegance and ease,
Do now attend-he will be sure to please.
Here at the Revolution we commence,-
We date, you know, our liberties from hence.”
“Yes, sure," Augusta answer'd, with a smile,
“ Our teacher always talk'd about his style;
When we about the Revolution read,
And how the martyrs to the flames were led;
The good old bishops, I forget their names,
But they were all committed to the flames;
Maidens and widows, bachelors and wives,-
The very babes and sucklings lost their lives.
I read it all in Guthrie at the school, –
What now!—I know you took me for a fool;
There were five bishops taken from the stall,
And twenty widows, I remember all ;
And by this token—that our teacher tried
cry for pity, till she howld and cried.” True, true, my love, but you mistake the thing,The Revolution that made William king
Is what I mean; the Reformation you,
In Edward and Elizabeth.”—“'Tis true:
But the nice reading is the love between
The brave lord Essex and the cruel queen;
And how he sent the ring to save his head,
Which the false lady kept till he was dead.
“ That is all true: now read, and I'll attend :
But was not she a most deceitful friend?
It was a monstrous, vile, and treacherous thing,
To show no pity, and to keep the ring;
But the queen shook her in her dying bed,
And 'God forgive you,' was the word she said,
Not I, for certain :'—Come, I will attend,
So read the Revolution to an end."
Finch, with a timid, strange, inquiring look,
Softly and slowly laid aside the book
With sigh inaudible- “Come, never heed,"
Said he, recovering, now I cannot read."
They walk'd at leisure through their wood and groves,
In fields and lanes, and talk'd of plants and loves,
And loves of plants.-Said Finch, “ Augusta, dear,
You said you loved to learn,-were you sincere?
Do you remember that you told me once
How much you grieved, and said you were a dunce?
That is, you wanted information. Say,
What would you learn? I will direct your way.”
“Goodness!" said she, “what meanings you discern
In a few words! I said I wish'd to learn,
And so I think I did; and you replied,
The wish was good: what would you now beside?
Did not you say it show'd an ardent mind;
pray what more do you expect to find ?” “My dear Augusta, could you wish indeed For any knowledge, and not then proceed? That is not wishing,”
Mercy, how you tease!
You knew I said it with a view to please ;
A compliment to you, and quite enough:
You would not kill me with that puzzling stuff!
Sure I might say I wish’d; but that is still
Far from a promise; it is not—'I will.'
“But come, to show you that I will not hide
My proper talents, you shall be my guide ;
And lady Boothby, when we meet, shall cry,
She's quite as good a botanist as I.”
“Right, my Augusta ;” and, in manner grave,
Finch his first lecture on the science gave;
An introduction—and he said, “My dear,
Your thought was happy_let us persevere;
And let no trifling cause our work retard."
Agreed the lady, but she fear'd it hard.
Now o'er the grounds they rambled many a mile;
He show'd the flowers, the stamina, the style,
Calyx and corol, pericarp and fruit,
And all the plant produces, branch and root ;
Of these he treated, every varying shape,
Till poor Augusta panted to escape:
He show'd the various foliage plants produce,
Lunate and lyrate, runcinate, retuse;
Long were the learned words, and urged with force,
Panduriform, pinnatifid, premorse,
Latent and patent, papulous and plane-
“Oh!" said the pupil, “ it will turn my brain.”
“Fear not,” he answer'd, and again, intent
To fill that mind, o'er class and order went;
And stopping, “Now," said he, “my love attend.”
“ I do,” said she, “but when will be an end ?"
“ When we have made some progress-now begin,
Which is the stigma, show me with the pin :
Come, I have told you, dearest, let me see,
Times very many—tell it now to me."
“Stigma! I know-the things with yellow heads,
That shed the dust, and grow upon the threads;
You call them wives and husbands, but you know
That is a joke-here, look, and I will show
All I remember.” Doleful was the look
Of the preceptor, when he shut his book
brought to aid them in their view),
And now with sighs return'd—“It will not do."
A handsome face first led him to suppose,
There must be talent with such looks as those;
The want of talent taught him now to find
The face less handsome with so poor a mind;
And half the beauty faded, when he found
His cherish'd hopes were falling to the ground.
From Tales of the Hall.
LOVE NOT OMNIPOTENT.
The widow answer'd : “I had once, like you, Such thoughts of love; no dream is more untrue : You judge it fated and decreed to dwell In youthful hearts, which nothing can expel; A passion doom'd to reign, and irresistible. The struggling mind, when once subdued, in vain Rejects the fury or defies the pain ; The strongest reason fails the flame t' allay, And resolution droops and faints away: Hence, when the destined lovers meet, they prove At once the force of this all-powerful love : Each from that period feels the mutual smart, Nor seeks to cure it-heart is changed for heart; Nor is there peace till they delighted stand, And, at the altar-hand is join'd to hand.
“Alas! my child, there are who, dreaming so, Waste their fresh youth, and waking feel the woe; There is no spirit sent the heart to move With such prevailing and alarming love; Passion to reason will submit-or why Should wealthy maids the poorest swains deny? Or how could classes and degrees create The slightest bar to such resistless fate? Yet high and low, you see, forbear to mix; No beggars' eyes the hearts of kings transfix; And who but amorous peers or nobles sigh When titled beauties pass triumphant by ? For reason wakes, proud wishes to reprove; You cannot hope, and therefore dare not love: All would be safe, did we at first inquire• Does reason sanction what our hearts desire ?'”
Six years had pass’d, and forty ere the six, When Time began to play his usual tricks: The locks, once comely in a virgin's sight, Locks of pure brown, display'd th' encroaching white; The blood, once fervid, now to cool began, And Time's strong pressure to subdue the man : I rode or walk'd as I was wont before, But now the bounding spirit was no more;