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An Irishman's Address to his Shillelagh.
Come here, acushla ; through the world
We've travelled many a mile ; With you I've tramped ’mid bogs and brakes,
And jumpt o'er many a stile. You've cost me little for your keep
You never yet got drunk ; And on the longest summer day I never knew
Though other servants constant cry
Indulgence, if you please,
Nor looked for private ease.
Declared he'd bake my bread,
My stick, that broke his head.
And now as life's downhill we go,
Heedless of wind and weather,
And reach the foot together.
This trunk with cares o'erborne,
Thee stoutly—my blackthorn!
A Fireside Sermon.
When Thebes and Athens flourished in their pride
The seats of artist, warrior, and sageThe ancient fathers scorned all lore beside
Books writ from nature, sky and earth their page.
But we who live in after times must be
Content to read each lecture common-place ; And I no better on the moment see
Than the three Sheffield lads the hearth that
Nought is so low in import, or so novel,
But, deeply studied, can a lesson teach ; And I can from the poker, tongs and shovel,
A homely sermon to my neighbours preach.
The first, when settled embers near expire,
Extracts a warmer heat from th' o'erturned coals, Thus conscience stirs up hell's eternal fire,
And makes it burn the fiercer on our souls.
The tongs, in pinching accents, bids us learn
That twice its length of ground is all we'll have, The last, that we to ashes inust return,
And kindred dust be shovelled on our grave.
Then let us live that we may shun the sting
Of hell's ne'er-dying worm that tortures sore, And let us die that death no dread can bring,
But with the shovel all our pains be o'er.
To a Young Lady, In reply to her request to insert some Verses in her
'Tis curiosity, I know,
Nay, even for every verse I write,
My oath I'll break, the black and white.
You'll say I'm modest in request,
You will not grant one for my pains,
None is a loser-none has gains.
Keep them, and I will keep my lines ;-
But, by the oath I lately swore,
Down goes my pen—I'll write no more.