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To show how much I logic love, in course
Why, since you're booted, saddle it and ride.”
“ Of course,
THE COMET AND THE GREAT BEAR.
Farmer Grumbo, they say, had but just come to town,
With his daughter so fair and so bright;
of the comet appearing at night.
Now the farmer much wished this famed comet to see,
But to look for it could not tell where; So a stranger he asked, where the object could be.“If the night should be fine, I fancy,” said he,
“ "Twill be seen very near the great bear.”
Now the farmer knew nothing about the great bear,
Thus as wise as before was he;
So he says to another, “Pray can you tell where
“ At the tower I fancy it be.”
Now thinking the tower some well-chosen spot,
From whence might be viewed such a sighit, And near it stood some public-house, or what not, Which for its sign, too, a great bear had got,
He received the reply with delight.
So straight to the tower the old farmer goes,
And approaching the yeoman that's there,
So pray, sir, show us the great bear.”
“Give me sixpence a-piece then,” the old yeoman said,
The farmer and daughter both stare;
And the yeoman shows Grumbo, the-bear.
Now Grumbo, astonished, the animals eyed,
And the den he approached in great fear; Then looking about him, he eagerly cried, “I don't see the comet!” The
yeoman replied “ Bless you, sir, we have no such beast here."
The farmer perceiving some trick he was played,
In a rage asks his money again;
And he thus did the mystery explain :
6 What the gentlemen told you,” said he, “is quite true,
For lo! in your daughter, so fair,
She is seen very near the great bear!"
And returned to his lodgings once more : Says he to his host, with a look full of care, 66 Folks
may think what they please of the famous great bear, It to me proves a very great—bore !"
THE PAIR OF BEASTS.
Ralph Clod, a yeoman of the west,
Why Master B- I understand
skill You'd make subservient to your will, To guide the youth through learning's grounds I for my labor ask ten pounds.” Amazed the astonished rustic cries, (Fixed like the statue of surprise.) “ Ten pounds! why, what in wonder !-what! Am I awake or not? Why sure, my friend, you do but jest.Ten pounds! adzooks ! 'twill buy a beast!" “ A beast !”--the tutor cried—“'tis true! And in the end you'll find you've two!"
APOLOGY FOR THE PIG.—Southey.
Jacob, I do not love to see thy nose
Thou answerest; ugly; and the filthiest beast
Is he obstinate ?
eyes have taught the lover flattery.
The last charge,-he lives
blossomed field Of beans it came, and thoughts of bacon rise.
HODGE AND THE VICAR.--Anonymous
Hodge, a poor honest country lout,
Not overstocked with learning,
“We'll try your skill,” the parson cried,
“For learning what digestion : And this you'll prove, or right or wrong,
By solving me a question :
“ Noah of old three babies had,
Or grown-up children rather;
Now, who was Japhet's father ?"
“Rat it !" cried Hodge, and scratched his head,
“ That does my wits belabor: But howsomde'er, I'll homeward run,
And ax old Giles, my neighbor.”
To Giles he went, and put the case
With circumspect intention :
“ Three children has Tom Long, the smith,
Or cattle-doctor rather ;
Now, who is Harry's father?"
Adzooks! I have it,” Hodge replied,
“Right well I know your lingo; Who's Harry's father ? stop--here goes—
Why Tom Long Smith, by jingo."
Away he ran to find the priest
With all his might and main, Who with good humor instant put
The question once again :