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Not long was Anna wed.
A fisherman, was out at sea : The night is dark, the hour is late,
The wind is high-and where is he?
“Oh! who would love ! oh! who would wed
“A wandering fisherman, to be “A wretched, lonely wife, and dread
" Each breath that blows, when he's at sea !”
Not long was Anna wed. One pledge
Of tender love her bosom bore :
Its father is not yet on shore !
“Oh! who would think her portion blessed
"A wandering seaman's wife to be, “ To hug the infant to her breast,
“ Whose father's on a stormy sea !"
The thunder bursts! the lightning falls !
The casement rattles with the rain! And, as the gusty tempest bawls,
The little cottage quakes again!
She does not weep; she does not sigh ;
But gazes on her infant dearA smile lights up the cherub's eye,
That dims its mother's with a tear !
"Oh! who would be a seaman's wife!
" Oh! who would bear a seaman's child ! " To tremble for her husband's life!
"To weep—because her infant smiled!”
Hadst thou ne'er borné a seaman's boy
Nor had thy husband left the shore Thou ne'er hadst felt such frantic joy,
To see-thy Robin at the door
To press his weather-beaten cheek,
To kiss it dry and warm again,
So pleasure's in the debt of pain.
Thy little couch of love, I ween,
And not a cloud that night was seen !
Still hand in hand with pleasure come ;
And Robin still is safe at home!
I see before me the Gladiator lie:
The arena swims around him-he is gone,
All this rushed with his blood-Shall he expire
ST. PHILIP NERI AND THE YOUTH.
St. Philip Neri, as old readings say,
St. “Tell me, what brings you, gentle youth, to " Rome ?”
Y. “To make myself a scholar, sir, I come.”
“Why, then, for aught I know, “I may be made a bishop.” St.
"Be it so “What then ?"
" Why, cardinal's a high degree “And yet my lot it possibly may be.”
St. “Suppose it was—what then?”
“ Why, who can say, “But I've a chance of being pope one day ?”
St. “Well, having worn the mitre, and red hat, " And triple crown, what follows after that ?"
Y. “Nay, there is nothing further to be sure, “Upon this earth, that wishing can procure : “When I've enjoyed a dignity so high, "As long as God shall please, then, I must die.” St. “What! must you die ? fond youth! and at the
best “But wish and hope, and may be all the rest!
“Take my advice-whatever may betide,
When well prepared, who knows what may succeed? “But you may be, as you are pleased to hope, “Priest, canon, bishop, cardinal, and pope.'
THE TURKEY AND THE ANT.
A Turkey, tired of common food,
cursed man, on turkeys preys,
An Ant, who climbed beyond her reach,
6. But man,
Through all the wide Border his steed was the best ;
war, “Or to dance at our bridal, young Lord Lochinvar?”– “I long wooed your daughter, my suit you denied ;“ Love swells like the Solway, but ebbs like its tide“And now am I come with this lost love of mine, “To lead but one measure, drink one cup of wine. 6. There are maidens in Scotland more lovely by far, “That would gladly be bride to the young Lochinvar.” The bride kissed the goblet; the knight took it up, He quaffed off the wine, and he threw down the She looked down to blush, and she looked up to sigh, With a smile on her lips, and a tear in her eye. He took her soft hand, ere her mother could bar,“ Now tread we a measure !” said young Lochinvar. So stately his form, and so lovely her face, That never a hall such a galliard did grace While her mother did fret and her father did fume, And the bridegroom stood dangling his bonnet and plume; And the bridemaidens whispered, “ 'Twere better by far - To have matched our fair cousin with young Lochinvar."