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XXXIII.—GOODY BLAKE AND HARRY GILL

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OH! what's the matter? what's the matter?
What is't that ails young Harry Gill?
That evermore his teeth they chatter,

Chatter, chatter, chatter still.
Of waistcoats Harry has no lack,

Good duffle gray, and flannel fine;
He has a blanket on his back,

And coats enough to smother nine.

In March, December, and in July,

'Tis all the same with Harry Gill;
The neighbors tell, and tell you truly,

His teeth they chatter, chatter still.
At night, at morning, and at noon,

'Tis all the same with Harry Gill;
Beneath the sun, beneath the moon,

His teeth they chatter, chatter still.

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Young Harry was a lusty drover,

And who so stout of limb as he?
His cheeks were red as ruddy clover,

His voice was like the voice of three.
Auld Goody Blake was old and poor,

III fed she was, and thinly clad;
And any man who passed her door,

Might see how poor a hut she had.

IV.

All day she spun in her poor dwelling,

And then her three hours' work at night!
Alas! 'twas hardly worth the telling,

It would not pay for candle-light.
—This woman dwelt in Dorsetshire,

Her hut was on a cold hill-side,
And in that country coals arc dear,

For they come far by wind and tide.

V.

By the same fire to boil their pottage,

Two poor old dames, as I have known. Will often live in one small cottage,

But she, poor woman, dwelt alone. 'Twas well enough when summer came,

The long, warm, lightsome summer day; Then at her door the canty dame

Would sit, as any linnet gay.

VI.

But when the ice our streams did fetter,

O! then how her old bones would shake! You would have said, if you had met her,

'Twas a hard time for Goody Blake. Her evenings then were dull and dread;

Sad case it was, as you may think, For very cold to go to bed,

And then for cold not sleep a wink.

VII.

O joy for her! whene'er in winter

The winds at night had made a rout, And scattered many a lusty splinter,

And many a rotten bough about. Yet never had she, well or sick,

As every man who knew her says, A pile beforehand, wood or stick,

Enough to warm her for three days.

VIII.

Now when the frost was past enduring,

And made her poor old bones to ache. Could any thing be more alluring,

Than an old hedge to Goody Blake? And now and then, it must be said,

When her old bones were cold and chill, She left her fire, or left her bed,

To seek the hedge of Harry Gill.

IX.

Now Harry he had long suspected

This trespass of old Goody Blake, And vow'd that she should be detected,

And he on her would vengeance take. And oft from his warm fire he 'd go,

And to the fields his road would take, And there, at night, in frost and snow,

He watch'd to seize old Goody Blake.

And once behind a rick of barley,

Thus looking out did Harry stand; The moon was full and shining clearly,

And crisp with frost the stubble land. —He hears a noise—he 's all awake—

Again!—on tiptoe down the hill He softly creeps—'Tis Goody Blake!

JShe s at the hedge of Harry Gill.

Right glad was he when he beheld her:

Stick after stick did Goody pull: He stood behind a bush of elder,

Till she had fill'd her apron full. When with her load she turn'd about,

The by-road back again to take, He started forward with a shout,

And sprang upon poor Goody Blake.

xn. And fiercely by the arm he took her,

And by the arm he held her fast, And fiercely by the arm he shook her,

And cried, " I 've caught you then at last!" Then Goody, who had nothing said,

Her bundle from her lap let fall; And kneeling on the sticks, she prayed

To God that is the Judge of all.

XIII.

She prayed, her withered hand uprearing,

While Harry held her by the arm — "God! who art never out of hearing,

O may he never more be warm!" The cold, cold moon above her head,

Thus on her knees did Goody pray: Young Harry heard what she had said,

And icy cold he turn'd away.

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He went complaining all the morrow

That he was cold and very chill:
His face was gloom, his heart was sorrow.

Alas that day for Harry Gill!
That day he wore a riding coat,

But not a whit the warmer he: Another was on Thursday brought,

And ere the Sabbath he had three.

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'Twas all in vain, a useless matter,

And blankets were about him pinn'd: Yet still his jaws and teeth they clatter,

Like a loose casement in the wind. And Harry's flesh it fell away;

And all who see him say 'tis plain, That live as long as live he may,

He never will be warm again.

No word to any man he utters,

Abed or up, to young or old; But ever to himself he mutters,

"Poor Harry Gill is very cold." Abed or up, by night or day,

His teeth they chatter, chatter still: Now think, ye farmers all, I pray.

Of Goody Blake and Harry Gill.

Wordsworth. XXXIV.—ONE OF MR. CROWFIELD'S MOODS.

IT was evening, and I had just laid up the fire in the most approved style of architecture, and, projecting my feet into my slippers, sat, spitefully cutting the leaves of a caustic review. Mrs. Crowfield took the tongs and altered the disposition of a stick.

2. "My dear," 1 said, " I do wish you 'd let the fire alone. —you always put it out."

"I was merely admitting a little air between the sticks,'' said my wife.

"You always make matters worse, when you touch the fire."

3. As if in contradiction, a bright tongue of flame darted up between the sticks, and the fire began chattering and snapping at me. Now, if there's anything which would provoke a saint, it is to be jeered and snapped at, in that way, by a man's own fire. It's an unbearable impertinence. I threw up my leg impatiently, and hit Rover, who gave a yelp that finished the upset of my nerves. I gave him a hearty kick, that he might have something to yelp for, and, in the movement, upset Jennie's embroidery-basket.

4. "O, papa P

"Your baskets and worsteds are everywhere, so that a man can't move; useless, wasteful things, too."

"Wasteful?" said Jennie, coloring indignantly; for if there's anything Jennie piques herself upon, it's her economy.

5. "Yes, wasteful,—wasting time and money both. Here are hundreds of shivering poor to be clothed, and Christian females sit and do nothing but crochet worsted into useless knick-knacks. If they would be working for the poor, there would be some sense in it. But it's all just alike; no real Christianity in the world,—nothing but organized selfishness and self-indulgence."

6. "Why, dear." said Mrs. Crowfield. "you are not well

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