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society”- the courlis complexion of late hours. St. Martiu had numbered his years; and the remaining days seemed discounted by St. Thomas. Like a criminal cast to die, be doubled if the die was cast, and appealed to his wife :
“ Thee hast watch'd, Dame, at the Church porch, then !"
“In the brown wrap, with the boot hose. Thee were coming to the Church, by Fairthorn Gap; in the while I were coming by the Holly Hedge.”
For a minute the Farmer paused—but the next, he burst into a fit of uncontrollable laughter ;- peal after peal—and each higher than the last-according to the hysterical gamut of the hyena. The poor woman had but one explanation for this phenomenon--she thought it a delirium-a lightening before death, and was beginning to wring her hands, and lament, when she was checked by the merry Yeoman.
“ Dame, thee bee'st a fool, it was I myself that seed thee at the Church porch. I seed thee too—with a notice to quit, upon thy face--but thanks to God, thee bee'st a-living, and that is more than I cared to say of thee this day ten month!
The Dame made no answer. Her heart was too full to speak, but throwing her arms round her husbaud, she shewed that she shared in the sentiment. And from that hour, by practising a careful abstinence from offence, or a temperate suffering of its appearance, they became the most urited couple in the country; but it must be said, that their comfort was not complete till they had seen each other, in safety, over the perilous anniversary of St. Mark's Eve.-BEAR AND FORBEAR.
EVERYTHING has its ludicrous point of view, and funny incidents occur even on such grave occasions as funerals. A certain Cockney Bluebeard, overcome by his sensibilities, fainted at the grave of his fourth spouse. “What shall we do with him ?” asked a perplexed friend of his. “ Let bim alone,” cried a bystander, “ he'll soon re-wife.”
To be really and truly independent is to support ourselves by our own exertions.
A COQUETTE is said to be a perfect incarnation of Cupid, as she keeps her beau in a quiver.
Down East they put a fellow in gaol for swindling. The audacious scamp dried snow, and sold it for salt.
A GENUINE Down Easter has invented a new kind of dwellings. They are made of Indian rubber, and are so portable that you can carry a row of three-story houses in your hat.
He who remains in the mill grinds, not he who comes and goes. Be abstemious“Who dainties love, shall beggars prove.'
FOUR CHOICE THINGS TO LIVE FOR. ALPHONSE, King of Arrogan, once said " There were only four things worth living for. Old wine to drink, old wood to burn, old books to read, and old friends to converse with.
CURING LAZINESS. The Dutch have a singular contrivance to cure laziness. If a pauper, who is able, refuses to work, they put him into a cistern, and let in a sluice of water. It comes in just so fast, that, by briskly plying a pump, with which the cistern is furnished, he keeps himself from drowning.
CURIOUS MUTATION. We have always been aware that on our canals Paddies generally raise riots; but, what was our astonishment to learn, from a recent agricultural work, that in certain districts in India, labourers, termed ryots, raise a sort of rice known as paddy!
That bringeth bitter sighs,
Flutters and then it dies.
A sun-beam in decay,
Stript of their vestments gay.
That points to misery-
Submits to fate's decree.
SOON ANSWERED. “John," said the school master, “ you will soon be a man, and will have to do business—what do you suppose you will do when you have to write letters, unless you learn to spell better ?"_“Oh ! sir,” replied John," I shall put easy words into them.”
THE AUGEAS STABLE. It was represented that one of the twelve labours of Hercules, was the cleansing of the Augeas Stable, which had been soiled by the dung of 3,000 oxen, for thirty years, which was cleansed by turning a river through it.
And that the House of Commons might be cleansed by turning the tide of popular opinion through it.
THE REAL GENTLEMAN. Not he who displays the latest fashion, dresses in extravagance, with gold rings and chains to display. Not he who talks the loudest, and makes constant use of profane language and vulgar words. Not he who is proud and overbearing, who oppresses the poor, and looks with contempt on honest industry. Nor he who cannot control his passions, and humble himself as a child. No; none of these are real gentlemen. It is he who is kind and obliging—who is ready to do you a favour with no hope of reward -who assists those who are in need, who is more careful of his heart than the dress of his person—who is humble and sociable, not irascible or revengeful—who always speaks the truth without resorting to profane or indecent words. Such a man is a gentleman, wherever he may be found. Rich or poor, high or low, he is entitled to the appellation.
The brown bee is loudly humming;
The wild flowers bloom
Flings around rich perfume,
While the torrent is seen
Dashing down the ravine,
The primrose blooms in the deep dell,
Yellow broom and fox glove
Enliven the grove,
A dazzling sunbeam
Sparkles bright on the stream,
Till the woodlands with joy ring around us;
Wild flowers rare,
Bees nestling there,
Sunbeam chasing shadow
O’er mountain and meadow:
The following advice was left by a miser to his nephew : Buy your coals in summer; your furniture at auctions about a fortnight after quarter-day; and your books at the fall of the leaf.
TIMES PAPER, 1852. The following appeared in the advertising columns of the Times :“It is enough, one man alone upon earth have I found noble, away from me for ever, cold heart and mean spirit, you have lost what millions-empires-- could not have bought, but which a single word trustfully and nobly spoken, might have made your own to all eternity. You are forgiven; depart in peace ; I rest in my Redeemer."
ASKING TOO MUCH. A young couple were sitting together in a romantic spot, with birds and flowers about them, when the following dialogue ensued :—“My dear, if the sacrifice of my life would please thee, most gladly would I lay it at thy feet.” “Oh! sir, you are too kind! But it just reminds me that I wish you'd stop using tobacco.” “Can't think of it. It's a habit to which I am wedded." “ Very well, sir, since this is the way, you lay down your jife for me, and as you are already wedded to tobacco, I'll take good care you are never wedded to me, as it would be bigamy."
A GENTLEMAN asking Doctor Johnson why he hated the Scotch, said "I do not hate them, sir, neither do I hate frogs, but I don't like to have them hovering about my chamber.'
How suffering will degrade human nature aud steel heart against heart.
It is the evasive life of the sneak that demoralises the man, and makes him a criminal.
A young widow in New Orleans, being asked after her husband's health, answered with a soft quiet smile--" He is dead, I thank
A GENTLEMAN economical of his wine, descanting on the extraordinary performance of a blind man, remarked “that the poor fellow could see no more than that bottle.” “No wonder, sir," said a minor canon; “ for we have seen no more than that bottle all the afternoon."
An old lady, remarkable for her confused ideas of the meaning of words, thus described a clear summer evening :-" It was a beautiful bright night, the moon made every thing as light as a cork !".
If women knew their real power and wished to exert it, they would always endeavour to show sweetness of temper, for there they are irresistible.
An American paper potices the marriage of Mr. John Strange, to Miss Elizabeth Strange, and thinks it very strange, but says no doubt the next event will be a little stranger.
DON'T BE THE SLAVE OF CIRCUMSTANCES. It is a painful fact, but there is no denying it, the mass are the tools of circumstances; thistle down on the breeze, straw on the river, their course is shaped for them by the currents and the eddies of the stream of life. But only in proportion as they are things, not men and women. Man was meant to be not the slave, but the master of circumstances; and in proportion as he recovers his humanity, in every sense of that great obsolete word ; in proportion as he gets back the spirit of manliness, which in self-sacrifice, affection, loyalty, to an idea beyond himself, a God above himself, so far will he rise above circuinstances, and wield them at his will.
ADVICE. Henry Clay, in giving advice to young men, said—“ I owe my success in life, I think chiefly, to one single fact; viz., that at the age of twenty-seven, I commenced, and continued for years, the process of daily reading and speaking upon the contents of some historical or scientific book. These off hand efforts, were made sometimes in a corn field, at others in a forest, and not unfrequently in some distant barn, with the horse and ox for my auditors. It is to this early practice, of the art, of all arts, that I am indebted for the primary and leading impulses that stimulated me forward, and have shaped and moulded my whole subsequent destiny."
LIKE THEIR IMPUDENCE. An English lady on arriving at Calais, on her way to make a grand tour, was surprised and somewhat indignant, at being termed, for the first time in her life," a foreigner.” “You mistake, madam," said she to the libeller, with some pique, “it is you who are foreigners, we are English.”
THE WHISTLE. When I was a child, at seven years of age, my friends one holiday filled my pocket with half-pence. I ran directly towards a shop where they sold toys for children ; but being charmed with the sound of a whistle, on which a boy, whom I met, was playing, I offered bim all my money for it, and came home highly pleased, with my whistle, but disturbing all the family with its noise. My brothers and sisters, on my telling them the bargain which I had made, told me I had given four times as much for it as it was worth. This put me in mind how many good things I might have bought with the rest of the money, and they laughed at me so much for my folly, that I cried with vexation, and the affection gave me more chagrin than the whistle gave me pleasure.
This, however, was afterwards of use to me; and the impression continued so much upon my mind that when I have been tempted,