Who would not smile if such a man there be ?
Who would not weep if Atticus were he?

Oh, blest beyond the common lot are they,
On whom Contentment sheds her cheerful ray ;
Who find in Duty's path unmixed delight,
And perfect Pleasure in pursuit of Right;
Thankful for every Joy they feel, or share,
Unsought for blessings, like the light and air,
And grateful even for the ills they bear;
Wedded or single, taking nought amiss,
And learning that Content is more than Bliss.

Oh, friend, may each domestic joy be thine,
Be no unpleasing melancholy mine.
As rolling years disclose the will of Fate,
I see you wedded to some equal mate;
Thronged by a crowd of growing girls and boys,
A heap of troubles, but a host of joys.
On sights like these, should length of days attend,
Still may good luck pursue you to the end ;
Still heaven vouchsafe the gifts it has in store ;
Still make


would be, more and more; Preserve you happy, cheerful, and serene, Blest with your young retainers, and your Queen.


The times still “grow to something strange"; We rap

and turn the tables ; We fire our guns at awful range;

We lay Atlantic cables;
We bore the hills, we bridge the seas--

To me 'tis better far
To sit before my fire at ease,

And smoke a mild cigar.

We start gigantic bubble schemes,

Whoever can invent 'em !-
How splendid the prospectus seems,

With int'rest cent. per centum
His shares the holder, startled, sees

At eighty below par :
I dawdle to my club at ease,

And light a mild cigar.

We pickle peas, we lock up sound,

We bottle electricity ;
We run our railways underground,

Our trams above in this city
We fly balloons in calm or breeze,

And tumble from the car;
I wander down Pall Mall at ease,

And smoke a mild cigar.

Some strive to get a post or place,

Or entrée to society ;
Or after wealth or pleasure race,

Or any notoriety;
Or snatch at titles or degrees,

At ribbon, cross, or star :
I elevate my limbs at ease,

And smoke a mild cigar.

Some people strive for manhood right

With riots or orations; For anti-vaccination fight,

Or temperance demonstrations : I gently smile at things like these,

And, 'mid the clash and jar, I sit in my arm-chair at ease,

And smoke a mild cigar.

They say young ladies all demand

A smart barouche and pair,
Two flunkies at the door to stand,

A mansion in May Fair :
I can't afford such things as these,

I hold it safer far
To sip my claret at my ease,

And smoke a mild cigar

It may be proper one should take

One's place in the creation ; It may be very right to make

A choice of some vocation;

With such remarks one quite agrees,

So sensible they are :
I much prefer to take my case,

And smoke a mild cigar.

They say our morals are so so,

Religion still more hollow; And where the upper classes go,

The lower always follow; That honour lost with grace and ease

Your fortunes will not mar : That's not so well; but, if you please,

We'll light a fresh cigar.

Rank heresy is fresh and green,

E'en womenkind have caught it; They say the Bible doesn't mean

What people always thought it;
That miracles are what you please,

Or nature's order mar:
I read the last review at ease,

And smoke a mild cigar.

Some folks who make a fearful fuss,

In eighteen ninety-seven,
Say, heaven will either come to us,

Or we shall go to heaven;
They settle it just as they please ;

But, though it mayn't be far,
At any rate there's time with ease

To light a fresh cigar.

It may be there is something true ;

It may be one might find it;
It may be, if one looked life through,

That something lies behind it;
It may be, p’raps, for aught one sees,

The things that may be, are :
I'm growing serious—if you please

We'll light a fresh cigar.



OH, saw ye my own true love, I praye,

My own true love so sweete?
For the flowers have lightly toss'd awaye

The prynte of her faery feete.
Now, how can we telle if she passed us bye?

Is she darke or fayre to see?
Like sloes are her eyes, or blue as the skies?

Is't braided her haire or free?


Oh, never by outward looke or signe,

My true love shall ye knowe;
There be many as fayre, and many as fyne,

And many as brighte to showe.
But if ye coude looke with angel's eyes,

Which into the soule can see,
She then would be seene as the matchless Queene

Of Love and of Puritie.

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