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She sobbed and she sighed, she lamented and
Good Father John
Was summoned anon;
Holy water was sprinkled,
And little bells tinkled,
And tapers were lighted,
- And incense ignited,
And masses were sung, and masses were said,
But Lady Jane was tall and slim, And Lady Jane was fair, And, ere morning came, that winsome dame Had made up her mind,-or what's much the Same, Had thought about—once more “changing her name.” And she said, with a pensive air, To Thompson the valet, while taking away, When supper was over, the cloth and the tray,+ “Eels a many I’ve ate; but any So good ne'er tasted before!— They're a fish, too, of which I’m remarkably fond.—
Go, pop Sir Thomas again in the pond;
LOPE FROM THE NORTH.
I had a love in soft south land,
He waited on my lightest breath,
And never dared to say me nay.
He saddened if my cheer was sad,
We never differed on a hair,
The wedding hour was come, the aisles
I pacing balanced in my thoughts:
My bridegroom answered in his turn,
When through the flashing nave I heard
Bridesmaids and bridegroom shrank in fear,
“And if I answer yea, fair sir,
He was a strong man from the north,
“Put yea by for another time
He took me in his strong white arms,
O'er crag, morass, and hair-breadth pass,
He made me fast with book and bell,
Till now I’ve neither heart nor power
THE PHILOSOPHER'S SCALES.
A monk, when his rites sacerdotal were o'er, In the depth of his cell with his stone-covered floor, Resigning to thought his chimerical brain, Once formed the contrivance we now shall explain; But whether by magic's or alchemy's powers We know not; indeed, 'tis no business of ours.
Perhaps it was only by patience and care,
“What were they?” you ask. You shall presently see; These scales were not made to weigh sugar and tea. O no; for such properties wondrous had they, That qualities, feelings, and thoughts they could weigh, Together with articles small or immense, From mountains or planets to atoms of sense.
Naught was there so bulky but there it would lay,
The first thing he weighed was the head of Voltaire,
Which retained all the wit that had ever been there.