« AnteriorContinuar »
« Shook him !_how?” Bolus stammer'd out.
"We jolted him about." “ Zounds ! shake a patient, man—a shake won't do." No, sir, and so we gave him two."
“ Two shakes !-odds curse!
"Twould make the patient worse." “It did so, sir-and so a third we tried.” · Well, and what then ?"_“ • Then, sir, my master dicd !"
IX.-LODGINGS FOR SINGLE GENTLEMEN.
Who has e'er been in London, that overgrown place,
Will kick'd out the doctor ; but, when ill indeed,
ye, landlord, I think,” argued Will with a grin, “That with honest intentions you first took me in : But from the first night—and to say it I'm boldI've been so very hot, that I'm sure I've caught cold !” Quoth the landlord,“ Till now, I ne'er had a dispute; I've let lodgings ten years.--I'm a baker to boot; In airing your sheets, sir, my wife is no sloven ; And your bed is immediately—over my oven." “The oven !!!"says Will.–Says the host,“Why this passion? In that excellent bed died three people of fashion ! Why so crusty, good sir?”—“Zounds!" cried Will in a taking,
Who would not be crusty, with half a year's baking ?" Will paid for his rooms:-cried the host, with a sneer, Well, I see you have been going away
half a year." Friend, we can't well agree; yet no quarrel,” Will said ; "But I'd rather not perish, while you
X.-ADDRESS TO THE MUMMY IN BELZONI'S EXHIBITION.
And thou hast walk'd about (how strange a story!)
In Thebes's streets three thousand years ago,
And time had not begun to overthrow
Thou hast a tongue—come let us hear its tune;
Revisiting the glimpses of the moon,
Not like thin ghosts or disembodied creatures.
Tell us—for doubtless thou canst recollect
To whom should we assign the Sphinx's fame?
Of either pyramid that bears his name?
Perchance that very hand, now pinion'd flat,
Has hob-a-nobb’d with Pharaoh glass to glass;
Or doft'd thine own to let Queen Dido pass,
I need not ask thee if that hạnd, when arm d,
any Roman soldier maul'd and knuckled, For thou wert dead and buried and embalm’d,
Ere Romulus and Remus had been suckled :-
Since first thy form was in this box extended,
We have, above ground, seen some strange mutations ; The Roman empire has begun and ended,
New worlds have risen—we have lost old nations, And countless kings have into dust been humbled, While not a fragment of thy flesh has crumbled.
Didst thou not hear the pother o'er thy head,
When the great Persian conqueror, Cambyses,
O'erthrew Osiris, Orus, Apis, Isis,
If the tomb's secrets may not be confessid,
The nature of thy private life unfold :-
And tears adown that dusty cheek have rollid :Have children climb'd those knees and kiss'd that face? What was thy name and station, age and race?
Statue of flesh_immortal of the dead !
Imperishable type of evanescence! Posthumous man, who quitt'st thy narrow bed,
And standest undecayed within our presence, Thou wilt hear nothing till the judgment morning, When the great trump shall thrill thee with its warning,
Why should this worthless tegument endure,
If its undying guest be lost for ever?
In living virtue, that when both must sever,
XI.THE WELL OF ST. KEYNE.
A WELL there is in the west country,
And a clearer one never was seen;
A traveller came to the well of St. Keyne,
Joyfully he drew nigh;
And there was not a cloud in the sky.
He dank of the water so cool and clear,
For thirsty and hot was he ;
Under the willow-tree.
At the well to fill his pail;
And he bade the stranger hail.
For an if thou hast a wife,
That ever thou didst in thy life.
Ever here in Cornwall been ?
She has drank of the Well of St. Keyne.”
The stranger he made reply ;
I pray you answer me why."
Drank of this crystal well ;
She laid on the water a spell.
Shall drink before his wife,
For he shall be master for life.
• But if the wife should drink of it first,
God help the husband then !"
And drank of the water again.