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That Heav'n has shed upon me con amorem
A Bird of Paradise ?-a pretty story!
I am that Saintly Fowl, thou paltry chick!

Look at my crown of glory!
Thou dingy, dirty, drabbled, draggled jill !"
And off goes Partlet, wriggling from a kick,
With bleeding scalp laid open by his bill !
That little simile exactly paints
How sinners are despised by saints.
By saints !--the Hypocrites that ope heav'n's do
Obsequious to the sinful man of riches-
But put the wicked, naked, barelegg'd poor,

In parish stocks instead of breeches.

The Saints !—the Bigots that in public spout,
Spread phosphorus of zeal on scraps of fustian
And go like walking “Lucifers ” about

Mere living bundles of combustion.

The Saints !-the aping Fanatics that talk
All cant and rant, and rhapsodies highflown-

That bid you baulk

A Sunday walk,
And shun God's work as you should shun your own.

The Saints !- the Formalists, the extra pious,
Who think the mortal husk can save the soul,
By trundling with a mere mechanic bias,
To church, just like a lignum-vitæ bowl !

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The Saints !—The Pharisees, whose beadle stands

Beside a stern coercive kirk.

A piece of human mason-work,
Calling all sermons contrabands,
In that great Temple that's not made with hands.
Thrice blessed, rather, is the man, with whom
The gracious prodigality of nature,
The balm, the bliss, the beauty, and the bloom,
The bounteous providence in ev'ry feature,
Recall the good Creator to his creature,
Making all earth a fane, all heav'n its dome i

To his tuned spirit the wild heather-bells

Ring Sabbath knells;
The jubilate of the soaring lark

Is chant of clerk;
For choir, the thrush and the gregarious linnet;
The sod's a cushion for his pious want ;
And, consecrated by the heav'n within it,

The sky-blue pool, a font.
Each cloud-capp'd mountain is a holy altar;

An organ breathes in every grove;

And the full heart's a Psalter,
Rich in deep hymns of gratitude and love !

Sufficiently by stern necessitarians
Poor Nature, with her face begrimed by dust,
Is stoked, coked, smoked, and almost choked; but must
Religion have its own Utilitarians,
Labell'd with evangelical phylacteries,
To make the road to heav'n a railway trust,
And churches—that's the naked fact-mere factories?

Oh! simply open wide the Temple door,
And let the solemn, swelling, organ greet,

With Voluntaries meet,
The willing advent of the rich and poor !
And while to God the loud Hosannas soar,
With rich vibrations from the vocal throng-
From quiet shades that to the woods belong,

And brooks with music of their own,
Voices may come to swell the choral song
With notes of praise they learn'd in musings lone.

How strange it is while on all vital questions,
That occupy the House and public mind,
We always meet with some humane suggestions
Of gentle measures of a healing kind,
Instead of harsh severity and vigour,
The Saint alone his preference retains

For bills of penalties and pains,
And marks his narrow code with legal rigour!
Why shun, as worthless of affiliation,

What men of all political persuasion
Extol--and even use upon occasion-
That Christian principle, Conciliation ?
But possibly the men who make such fuss
With Sunday pippins and old Trots infirm,
Attach some other meaning to the term,

As thus :

One market morning, in my usual rambles,
Passing along Whitechapel's ancient shambles,
Where meat was hung in many a joint and quarter,
I had to halt awhile, like other folks,

To let a killing butcher coax
A score of lambs and fatted sheep to slaughter,

A sturdy man he look'd to fell an ox,
Bull-fronted, ruddy, with a formal streak
Of well-greased hair down either cheek,
As if he dee-dash-dee'd some other flocks
Beside those woolly-headed stubborn blocks
That stood before him, in vexatious huddle--
Poor little lambs, with bleating wethers group'd,
While, now and then, a thirsty creature stoop'd
And meekly snuff’d, but did not taste the puddle.

Fierce bark'd the dog, and many a blow was dealt,
That loin, and chump, and scrag and saddle felt,
Yet still, that fatal step they all declined it, -
And shunn'd the tainted door as if they smelt
Onions, mint sauce, and lemon juice behind it.

At last there came a pause of brutal force,

The cur was silent, for his jaws were full

Of tangled locks of tarry wool, The man had whoop'd and halloed till dead hoarse. The time was ripe for mild expostulation, And thus it stammer'd from a stander-by“Zounds !—my good fellow,-it quite makes me—why It really—my dear fellow-do just try

Conciliation !”


Stringing his nerves like flint,
The sturdy butcher seized upon the hint, -
At least he seized upon the foremost wether,--
And hugg'd and lugg’d and tugg’d him neck and crop
Just nolens volens thro' the open shop-
If tails come off he didn't care a feather, -
Then walking to the door and smiling grim,
He rubb'd his forehead and his sleeve together

“There !—I've conciliated him !"
Again--good-humouredly to end our quarrel

(Good humour should prevail !)—
I'll fit you with a tale,
Whereto is tied a moral.

Once on a time a certain English lass
Was seized with symptoms of such deep decline
Cough, hectic flushes, ev'ry evil sign,
That, as their wont is at such desperate pass,
The Doctors gave her over—to an ass.
Accordingly, the grisly Shade to bilk,
Each morn the patient quaffed a frothy bowl

Of asinine new milk,
Robbing a shaggy suckling of a foal
Which got proportionably spare and skinny-
Meanwhile the neighbours cried “Poor Mary Ann !
She can't get over it ! she never can!"
When lo ! to prove each prophet was a ninny,
The one that died was the poor wetnurse Jenny.

To aggravate the case,
There were but two grown donkeys in the place;
And most unluckily for Eve's sick daughter,
The other long-ear’d creature was a male,
Who never in his life had given a pail

Of milk, or even chalk and water.
No matter: at the usual hour of eight
Down trots a donkey to the wicket-gate,
With Mister Simon Gubbins on its back,
"Your sarvant, Miss,—a werry spring-like day,-
Bad time for hasses tho'! good lack! good lack !

Jenny be dead, Miss,—but l’ze brought ye Jack,
He doesn't give no milk—but he can bray."

So runs the story,
And, in vain self-glory,
Some Saints would sneer at Gubbins for his blindness
But what the better are their pious saws
To ailing souls, than dry hee-haws,

Without the milk of human kindness?

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