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All the world's praise re-echoed to the sky Prepared to share the laugh, the song, the jest; Cancels not blame that shades a lover's eye; Prepared to drink, with many a courtly phrase, All the world's blame, which scorn for scorn reTheir host and hostess, Health to the Ga- pays,

Fails to disturb the joy of lover's praise.

Ah ! think not vanity alone doth deck In the second part we see the Lady of La With rounded pearls the young girl's innocent Garaye stricken and pale, bidden to hope no neck, more for health, and for a time yielding with Who in her duller days contented tries all a woman's grief to her affliction.

The homely robe that with no rival vies,

But on the happy night she hopes to meet “Blighted in all her bloom, — her withered The one to whom she comes with trembling feet, frame

With crimson roses decks her bosom fair, Must now inherit age; young but in name.

Warm as the thoughts of love all glowing there, Never could she, at close of some long day

Because she must his favorite colors wear : Of pain that strove with hope, exulting lay

And all the bloom and beauty of her youth A tiny new-born infant on her breast,

Can scarce repay, she thinks, her lover's truth. And, in the soft lamp's glimmer, sink to rest, The strange corporeal weakness sweetly blent

Vain is the argument so often moved, With a delicious dream of full content;

• Who feels no jealousy hath never loved ;' With pride of motherhood, and thankful prayers, Is jealous even of her former bloom,

She whose quick fading comes before her tomb, And a confused glad sense of novel cares, And peeps into the future brightly given,

Restless she pines; because, to her distress, As though her babe's blue eyes turned earth to one charm the more is now one claim the less heaven!

On his regard whose words are her chief treas. Never again could she, when Claud returned

ures, After brief absence, and her fond heart yearned And by whose love alone her worth she measTo see his earnest eyes, with upward glancing,

ures." Greet her known windows, even while yet ad- At last her plaint finds utterance, and this

vancing, Fly with light footsteps down the great hall-stair,

brings comfort in her husband's argument of And give him welcome in the open air

love thus ending, As though she were too glad to see him come, "Oh! loved even to the brim of love's full fount, To wait till he should enter happy home, Wilt thou set nothing to firm faith's account? And there, quick-breathing, glowing, sparkling Choke back thy tears which are my bitter smart,

stand, His arm round her slim waist, hand locked in Lean thy dear head upon my aching heart;

be God, who saw our careless life, hand; The mutual kiss exchanged of happy greeting, (Since all we thought of, in our youth's bright

Not sinful, yet not blameless, my sweet wife That needs no secrecy of lover's meeting; While, giving welcome also in their way,

May, Her dogs barked rustling round him, wild with Hath blotted out all our joy to bid us learn

Was but the coming joy from day to day); play;

That this is not our home; and make us turn And voices called, and hasty steps replied, From the enchanted earth, where much was And the sleek fiery steed was led aside,

given, And the gray seneschal came forth and smiled, Who held him in his arms while yet a child ;

To higher aims, and a forgotten heaven."" And cheery jinglings from unfastened doors, And vaulted echoes through long corridors,

A Threnody upon departed joy opens the And distant bells that thrill along the wires,

third part of the poem, in which the husband And stir of logs that heap up autumn fires,

and wife sorrow still. Crowned the glad eager bustle that makes known

“ And either tries to hide the thoughts that wring The master's step is on his threshold-stone!” Their secret hearts; and both essay to bring

Some happy topic, some yet lingering dream, The first pangs of the wife when she finds which they with cheerful words shall take

their theme; " The body broken from the yearning soul,

But fail, -and in their wistful eyes confess Never again to make a perfect whole,"

All their words never own of hopelessness." are expressed with a delicate pathos, and

But these lines would have been no poem the fleeting of the smile from the sick face, had they closed in despair. With a faithful when

reminder of God's pity this part of the work “Something sadder even than her pain ends, and in the concluding part we read how Torments her now; and thrills each languid

a good Prior of Benedictines who brought vein. Love's tender instinct feels through every nerve his message of peace to the house of Garaye, When love's desires or love itself doth swerve. raised

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“Her thoughts submitted to his thought's con- Seeing her broken beauty carried by trol,

Like a crushed flower that now has but to die, As 'twere an elder brother of her soul.

The self-same Claud now stands and helps to

guide “Well she remembered how that soul was Some ragged wretch to rest and warm the inside. stirred,

But most to those, the hopeless ones, on whom By the rebuking of his gentle word,

Early or late her own sad spoken doom When in her faltering tones complaint was Hath been pronounced; the incurables ; she given,

spends • What had I done; to earn such fate from Her lavish pity, and their couch attends. Heaven?'

Her home is made their home; her wealth their ««« O Lady! here thou liest, with all that wealth Her busy courtyard hears no more the roll

dole ; Or love can do to cheer thee back to health ; With books that woo the fancies of thy brain,

Of gilded vehicles, or pawing steeds, To happier thoughts than brooding over pain; Are their sole passport. Through that gateway

But feeble steps of those whose bitter needs With light, with flowers, with freshness, and with food,

press Dainty and chosen, fit for sickly mood :

All varying forms of sickness and distress, With easy couches for thy languid frame,

And many a poor worn face that hath not smiled Bringing real rest, and not the empty name;

For years, -and many a feeble crippled child, And silent nights, and soothed and comforted Blesses the tall white portal where they stand, days;

And the dear Lady of the liberal hand. And Nature's beauty spread before thy gaze :

“Not in a day such happy change was brought : “What have the Poor done, who instead of Not in a day the works of mercy wrought : these,

But in God's gradual time. As Winter's chain

Melts from the earth and leaves it green again : Suffer in foulest rags each dire disease, Creep on the earth, and lean against the stones, As the fresh bud a crimsoning beauty shows When some disjointing torture racks their bones; From the black briers of a last year's rose :

So the full season of her love matures, And groan and grope throughout the weary night,

And her one illness breeds a thousand cures. Denied the rich man's easy luxury,- light? What has the Babe done,—who, with tender Mrs. Norton's generous words do not tell eyes,

such a tale as this without a line in honor of Blinks at the world a little while, and dies, Having first stretched in wild convulsive leaps,

Miss Nightingale, to which she appends in His fragile limbs, which ceaseless suffering keeps a note the whole of Longfellow's poem on In ceaseless motion, till the hour when death the dying soldier in the Crimea who pressed Clenches his little heart, and stops his breath? his lips to her shadow on the wall. What has the Idiot done, whose half-formed

And we see not where a more fitting place
Scarce knows the seasons as they onward roll; could be found than in the conclusion of this
Who flees with gibbering cries and bleeding feet, poem for a poet's tribute to the life labors of
From idle boys who pelt him in the street?

Lord Herbert.
What have the fair girls done, whose early bloom
Wasting like flowers that pierce some creviced

“Oh! missed and mourned by many,-I being tomb,

one, Plants that have only known a settled shade, Lives that for others' uses have been made,

HERBERT, not vainly thy career was run; Toil on from morn to night, from night to morn,

Nor shall Death's shadow, and the folding For those chance pets of Fate, the wealthy born ; Veil from the future years thy worth allowed.

shroud, Bound not to murmur, and bound not to sin, However bitter be the bread they win?'"

Since all thy life thy single hope and aim

Was to do good,—not make thyself a name, Through such teaching the young, child- 'Tis fit that by the good remaining yet, 'ess couple drew the sense of that new use of Thy name be one men never can forget.

O eyes I first know in our mutual youth, theirs for life and wealth that has made their so full of limpid earnestness and truth; memory sacred to the poor of Dinan. Eyes I saw fading still, as day by day

The body, not the spirit's strength gave way; Where once the shifting throng Eyes that I last saw lifting their farewell Of merry playmates met, with dance and song,- To the now darkened windows where I dwell, Long rows of simple beds the place proclaim And wondered, as I stood there sadly gazing, A hospital, in all things but the name.

If Death were brooding in their faint upraising ; In that samc castle where the lavish feast If never more thy footstep light should cross Lay spread, that fatal night, for many a guest, My threshold-stone-but friends bewail thy loss, The sickly poor are fed ! Beneath that porch And She be widowed young, who lonely trains Where Claud shed tears that seemed the lids to Childien that boast thy good blood in their scorch,



Fair eyes,- your light was quenched while men It will be seen that we have not quoted still thought

from this volume a few choice passages, but To see those tasks to full perfection bronght!

illustrate the evenness of its music by citaBut Goop is not a shapely mass of stone, Hewn by man's hands and worked by him tion of whatever passages best helped briefly alone;

to tell its story. The work is a perfect whole, It is a seed God suffers One to sow,

artistic in the arrangement of those lights Many to reup; and when the harvests grow,

and shades of which the effect cannot be comGod giveth increase through all coming years, And lets us reap in joy, seed that was sown in municated by description. Wherever the

taste has not been spoilt by a too artificial “ Brave heart ! true soldier's son ; set at thy diet, Mrs. Norton's new poem will be repost,

ceived with the welcome that is accorded Deserting not till life itself was lost ;

only to works that can brave through genThou faithful sentinel for others' wcal, Clad in surer panoply than steel,

erations the assault of time. A resolute purpose, --sleep, as heroes sleep, Slain, but not conquered !”


The Children's Garland from the Best Poets. Se. 'dotes, noxious emanations, snake bites, drown.

lected and Arranged by Coventry Patmore. ing and asphyxia, stings of insects, and lime in Macmillan and Co.

the eye, with a thousand other ills to which the Tuis is a little book most happily designed flesh is heir, are all treated of in so clear and and executed. Why should young minds be fed practical a manner as almost to preclude the with the doggerel rhyme usually poured out as possibility of a mistake. While fülly agreeing the verse fit for children's ears and understand with the philosophic dictum that absence of body ing? The delicate music of Shakspeare's Sea is very often beiter than presence of mind, we dirge in The Tempest, or of Herrick’s lines to the readily admit that when the former alternative Datfodils, have their charm for a child of five or is unattainable, the latter is extremely desirable, six years old. Our poetical literature is very and that in no way can it be more certainly serich in ballads and songs, pleasant and brief cured than by the knowledge of the right thing tales rhymed by trne poets, or thoughts about to be done in any emergency. This useful in. the flowers, in which children delight, simple as formation is supplied at the cost of one shilling they are beautiful and wise. With none of the in the brochure published by Messrs. Cassell and didactic purpose of a schoolroom“ speaker,” but

Co.-Spectator. for the first time with a design of giving to young readers a pleasure book of true poetry, this volume has been designed by Mr. Coventry Patmore, himself a poet with refinement of domestic feeling in his verse that qualifies him for the un: Notes on Fields and Cattle, from the Diary of an dertaking. The true poetry that can be felt by child as well as man, must needs be of the besi.

Amateur Farmer. By the Rev. W. Holt BeeMr. Patmore has woven his Children's Gar

ver, M.A., Oxon. Chapman and Hall. land with a true and fair sense of what that is good will please the young and the illiterate,

A FUNNY dog is the Rev. W. Holt Beerer. and so he has produced a pleasure book for all M.A., Oxon. His spirits are exuberant, and the English world, a choice volume not only for carry liim far away beyond the ordinary bounds the nursery bookcase but for the table of every however objectionable his style, his matter is

of common sense and literary decorum. But, day laborer who has learnt how to read, and a bright fireside companion to the scholar in his unexceptionable, and practical farmers of the hour of rest.–Eraminer.

longest experience will be the first to acknowl. edge the soundness of his teaching. His scope is sufficiently wide. He treats of cows, horses, pigs, sheep, and poultry. He knows all about

reaping, thrashing, and haymaking. Eqnally Handbook for Emergencies. Cassell, Petter, and at home is he in the dairy and in the stud, and

is generally “well up ” in all that pertains to Galpin.

agricultural pursuits. And, we dare venture to In less compass than a hundred pages we are say, he is none the less respected by his parish. tanght bow to avoid disagreeable accidents, how lioners because he happens to be familiar with all to act when they cannot be avoided, and what that is most important in their eyes, and that to do after they have occurred. Explosions in Tenters into their every-day existence. The book collieries, collisions at sea, accidents by light is a good book, but the style is abominabie.ning, fires, and railways, poisons and their anti- Spectutor.


TEMPER OF THE ENGLISH PRESS OF 4 not flatter ourselves that all difficulties and JANUARY

dangers of the disturbance of peace are disBy the 4 January the British Public had which has in it many crooked sticks. Be

posed of. We are not yet out of the wood, received so much unofficial information, that hind the Trent affair looms black and large the funds had risen to their former state, the blockade question, which France is reand a general belief prevailed'that America solved to bring to an issue. We may be did not desire war with England !

obliged by truth to agree with her as to We copy from our political and literary the principle and facts,

precisely as she has weeklies, a few paragraphs to show how the agreed with us in the Trent affair ; but as we

proposed to act without her co-operation in change was received :

that instance, so as to the blockade we may

leave her to act without ours. For it would The Examiner says: “ The prompt and have a bad look if we were to raise one cause vigorous preparations of our Government of contention immediately after another was have dissipated a vast deal of delusion, and disposed of, and especially as our conduct compelled some wholesome reflections on might be suspected of being influenced by the consequenees of a war with England, commercial interests. France can well go superadded to the arduous struggle with the alone in this matter, and we have heard it South. Indeed it was from the first suffi- well suggested that with a very good grace ciently certain that the States would have she might suggest to the American Governto make choice of one war, but would not ment that a truce with the South for a year saddle themselves with two, for what Mac- or so might dispose of the difficulty about beth says of wives is certainly true of wars, the blockade, and give the two parties time that two at a time there's no nation can bear. to cool, and to consider what is for their real The only question was whether they would and permanent interests without any prejuclose, or suspend their contest with the dice to their respective claims, or detriment South, and turn their hands against Eng- to their powers, if it should be their final land; or whether they would prefer conced- determination to resume hostilities.” ing what is due to us in order to remain able to direct all their powers against the frater

So it seems that England looks to France nal foe."

for the further proceedings which it would “Arbitration is good for questionable be indecent for her to take after our frank facts and principles, but here the facts are concessions. undisputed, and the principle about as clear

In another article on the discussion of as “Thou shalt not steal. If a man takes Neutral Rights which preceded “ The Trent your purse from you on the highway you are not satisfied with apology without restitu- outrage,” The Examiner says :tion, nor disposed to submit the wrong to “ If Ireland indeed were in revolt from arbitration. Capt. Wilkes dispensed with north to south, from east to west, the adjudication when he committed his illegal Queen's authority thrown off throughout the violence on board the Trent, and what he land, and not a single port of free will in passed over then cannot in any shape be had the possession of Her Majesty's Govern. recourse to now, with prudence and dignity. ment, there could be a case for the mutual

“We are not without misgivings that the engagement for which Mr. Seward contends. moderated language of the better part of the But the Kingdom of England is what it American press is pitched upon the assump- calls itself, an United Kingdom, and if we tion that England will be satisfied with dis- desired to accommodate Mr. Seward with a avowals of any insulting intention, a protes- reciprocity we could not contrive to make tation of respect, and fine phrases of peace such a split here as has been brought about and good-will. But the only reparation is in America, for our differences bear to those the restoration of the prisoners. To imag- on the other side of the Atlantic the proine that there can be any other friendly ad- portion that one of our petty rills of waterjustment of the dispute is to imagine a vain falls bears to Niagara. We have had reihing. Our impression is that the concession bellion indeed in Ireland, but the worst has will be made, and perhaps with a bitter never embraced the whole population, and compliment to us on our improved under the last, which was expected in America to standing of the law of nations through the establish the Independence of Ireland, was lessons the Americans themselves have incul- put down by a party of police of the strength cated, the principle we uphold now being the of a corporal's guard in the memorable very one maintained against us by Madison field of the Widow Cormack’s cabbage-garin 1812. But supposing the affair of the den. Trent to be satisfactorily settled, we must “ Whenever the seven millions of Ireland

“ Some persons

shall have separated themselves as complete- risen between the two nations will be at once ly from the Queen's Government as the dispelled. The Northerners will lose the Southern States have done from the Federal delusion that England dreads war with them ; Union, we admit that the American Govern- we shall lose the delusion that they are seekment will have the full right to hold towards ing for war with us." us the same course that we now pursue England desired no war with them when toward them. We shall have nothing to they were still united, and desires it still less complain of when they recognize belliger- now when every shot to be fired must help ents in seven millions of people who have to establish an empire founded on the basis thrown off their allegiance, and set up their of slavery, but not even for that great cause own Government and held their ground can we tolerate international anarchy. The against Her Majesty's arms, and if our block- crisis has this time passed, and if the Ameriade of their ports be so ineffectual that we cans will but display habitually the moderaare obliged to resort to the expedient of tion and gravity they seem to have shown in choking up forever the channels of the this exceptional case, they may have years Shannon, we shall not even have the effront- of peace to recruit from the wounds which ery to protest if the Government of Wash- civil war, however just in its origin or wise ington should declare the blockade at an in its prosecution, is only to certain to inend as inefficacious, and the means adopted flict.” to eke out what it wants in legitimate force a device revolting to humanity and outrag

The Economist says: ing the whole civilized world.”

have been inclined to fear that the American

Government was itself disposed to war, beThe Government of Washington did not cause it has not surrendered the commisexpress the opinion of the civilized world, sioners after the private, but before the forwhen England blew from the mouths of mal, communication of the English demand. her cannon her Sepoy prisoners. By the They think that such an immediate delivery way, when we read the charges against our would have been more dignified than a reGovernment, and especially Mr. Seward, of luctant delivery after consideration and dedesiring to get up a war with England, as chosen this course, he does not intend to

lay, and infer that as Mr. Lincoln has not an excuse for giving way to the Rebels ;- comply with our demand. But it is dubious and when we see how the Billingsgate Vo- ! whether such an immediate snrrender would cabulary is exhausted against the ferocity of now be very dignified. If Messrs. Mason the “American Mob,” which keeps the Presi- and Slidell had been released before the redent uncertain whether to yield to it or to quisition of the English Government was the British lion,—we are sometimes inclined known in America, the position of the Presi

dent and of America would have been undeto doubt whether the Sepoys were not belied niably dignified. But there is little differ, in all cases, as we already know that they ence, if any, between yielding to a formal were in general. We are in the condition of demand which is avowedly public, and yieldthe National Intelligencer, whose faith in Dr. ing to the same demand informally delivered. Russell's narratives of affairs in the Crimea Probably the most dignified course at Mr. and in India, has been shaken by his letters Lincoln's disposal is a reference of the legal on the American troubles.

claims of England to some legal adviser-to

some court or law officer. If he wishes to The Spectator says:"A few peace-speeches surrender the commissioners, he will easily bave been made during the week at Brigh- obtain an opinion that they ought to be surton, Bradford, Birmingham, and other towns, rendered.” but the speakers all allow that they are ready A war with the United States would at for war if the American Government sup- once have brought relief and comparative port Captain Wilkes. Their general tone prosperity to Lancashire. But a war would reminds us a little of Heber Kimball, the have cost us probably forty or fifty millions Mormon Elder, who, when reminded by an sterling each year of its duration. 'We may American officer that as a religious man he well afford to spend at least a considerable ought to turn the other cheek to the smiter, portion of this saved sum on the famished replied, “I acknowledge the command, I will population who are famished because we turn the other cheek, but if he hits it, I'll have been enabled to save it. It will be cheaper, give him hell.!”

| wiser, more worthy of a civilized nation to “ If they surrender Slidell and Mason, the provide Lancashire with food gratis, if need dispute, so far from embittering the relations be, than to have gone to war that she might between the two countries, will tend greatly have cotton wherewith to buy food.” to their improvement. The mist which has “ Some uneasiness and considerable pat.

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