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First from England's southern shore
LUCY AIKIN. THE PINE-APPLE AND THE BEE.
The pine-apples in triple row,
POETICAL Charlotte DISPUTE BETWEEN NOSE AND EYES.
Between Nose and Eyes a strange contest arose,
The spectacles set them unhappily wrong:
To which the said spectacles ought to belong.
So Tongue was the lawyer, and argued the cause
With a great deal of wit, and a wig full of learning, While chief baron Ear sat to balance the laws,
So fam'd for his talent in nicely discerning.
In behalf of the Nose it will quickly appear,
And your lordship, he said, will undoubtedly find, That the Nose has had spectacles always in wear,
Which amounts to possession, time out of mind.
Then holding the spectacles up to the court
Your lordship observes they are made with a straddle, As wide as the bridge of the Nose is, in short,
Design'd to sit close to it, just like a saddle.
Again ; would your lordship a moment suppose
('Tis a case that has happen'd, and may be again) That the visage or countenance had not a Nose,
Pray who would, or who could, wear spectacles then?
On the whole it appears, that my argument shows,
With a reasoning the court will never condemn, That the spectacles plainly were made for the Nose,
And the Nose was as plainly intended for them.
He pleaded again in behalf of the Eyes:
For the court did not think they were equally wise. So his lordship. decreed, with a grave solemn tone,
Decisive and clear, without one if or but, That, whenever the Nose put his spectacles on, By day-light, or candle-light, Eyes should be shut.
A worm is known to 'stray,
Which disappears by day.
From whence his rays proceed ;
And others to his head.
But this is sure the hand of might;
That kindles up the skies,
Proportion'd to his size.
By such a lamp bestow'd,
Be careful where he trod ; ,
Might serve, however small,
And save him from a fall. .
Is legible and plain,
Nor bids him shine in vain.
Teach humbler thoughts to you,