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Compared with this, how poor Religion's pride,
In all the pomp of method and of art, When men display to congregations wide
Devotion's every grace, except the heart! The Power, incensed, the pageant will desert,
The pompous strain, the sacerdotal stole; 61
May hear, well pleased, the language of the soul;
The youngling cottagers retire to rest;
And proffer up to Heaven the warm request That He, who stills the raven's clamorous nest,
And decks the lily fair in flowery pride, Would, in the way His wisdom sees the best,
For them and for their little ones provide; But, chiefly, in their hearts with grace divine preside. From scenes like these old Scotia's grandeur springs,
That makes her loved at home, revered abroad; Princes and lords are but the breath of kings,
“An honest man's the noblest work of God;” And certes, 52 in fair virtue's heavenly road,
The cottage leaves the palace far behind: What is a lordling's pomp? a cumbrous load,
Disguising oft the wretch of human-kind, Studied in arts of hell, in wickedness refined ! O Scotia! my dear, my native soil !
For whom my warmest wish to Heaven is sent! Long may thy hardy sons of rustic toil
Be blessed with health, and peace, and sweet content! And, O! may Heaven their simple lives prevent
From luxury's contagion, weak and vile! Then, however crowns and coronets be rent,
A virtuous populace may rise the while, And stand, a wall of fire, around their much-loved isle. O Thou! who poured the patriotic tide
That streamed through Wallace's undaunted heart, Who dared to, nobly, stem tyrannic pride,
Or nobly die, the second glorious part (The patriot's God peculiarly Thou art,
His friend, inspirer, guardian, and reward), O nerer, never, Scotia's realm desert:
But still the patriot, and the patriot bard, la bright succession raise, her ornament and guard 1 A1 Priestly vestment 21
JOHN Wolcott. 1738-1819. (Manual, p. 370)
252. THE RAZOR SELLER. A fellow in a market town, Most musical, cried razors up and down,
And offered twelve for eighteen pence;
As every man would buy, with cash and sense.
That seemed a shoe-brush stuck beneath his nose :
“No matter if the fellow be a knave,
It certainly will be a monstrous prize."
And quickly soaped himself to ears and eyes.
Being well lathered from a dish or tub,
Just like a hedger cutting furze:
“I wish my eighteen pence within my purse." Hodge sought the fellow -- found him - and begun : “ P'rhaps, Master Razor-rogue, to you 'tis fun,
That people flay themselves out of their lives :
With razors just like oyster knives.
“ Friend,” quoth the razor-man, “I'm not a kaave:
As for the razors you have bought, Upon my soul I never thought That they would shave.” “Not think they'd shave ! ” quoth Hodge, with wondering eyes,
And voice not much unlike an Indian yell; • What were they made for then, you dog?” he cries :
6 Made:” quotk. the fellow, with a smile, "to SELL."
RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN. 1751-1816. (Manual,
p. 371.) FROM "THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL.” 253. THE OLD HUSBAND AND THE YOUNG WIFE. Sir Peter Teazle. But here comes my helpmate! She appears is great good humor. How happy I should be if I could tease her ir: to loving me, though but a little!
Enter LADY TEAZLE. Lady Teaz. Lud! Sir Peter, I hope you haven't been quarrellii:& with Maria ? It is not using me well to be ill humored when I am not by.
Sir Pet. Ah, Lady Teazle, you might have the power to make me good humored at all times.
Lady Teaz. I am sure I wish I had; for I want you to be in a charming sweet temper at this moment. Do be good humored now, and let me have two hundred pounds, will you?
Sir Pet. Two hundred pounds; what, a’n't I to be in a good humor without paying for it! But speak to me thus, and i' faith there's nothing I could refuse you. You shall have it; but seal me a bond for the repayment. Lady Teaz. O, no - there - my note of hand will do as well.
[ Offering her kand. Sir Pet. And you shall no longer reproach me with not giving you an independent settlement. I mean shortly to surprise you: but shall we always live thus, hey?
Lady Teaz. If you please. I'm sure I don't care how soon we leave off quarrelling, provided you'll own you were tired first.
Sir Pet. Well — then let our future contest be, who shall be most obliging.
Lady Teaz. I assure you, Sir Peter, good nature becomes you. You look now as you did before we were married, when you used to walk with me under the elms, and tell me stories of what a gallant you were in your youth, and chuck me under the chin, you would; ană ask me if I thought I could love an old fellow, who would ier: 3 me nothing - didn't you?
Sir Pet. Yes, yes, and you were as kind and attentive
Lady Teaz. Ay, so I was, and would always take your part, knen my acquaintance used to abuse you, and turn you into ridicule.
Sir Pet. Indeed!
Lady Teaz. Ay, and when my cousin Sophy has called you a stiff, peevish old bachelor, and laughed at me for thinking of marrying one who might be my father, I have always deferided you, and said, I didn't think you so ugly by any means.
Sir Pet. Thank you,
Lady Teas. And I dared say you'd make a very good sort of a husband.
Sir Pet. And you prophesied right; and we shall now be the hap. piest couple — Lady Tcaz. And never differ again?
Sir Pet. No, never! - though at the same time, indeed, my dear Lady Teazle, you must watch your temper very seriously; for in al: our little quarrels, my dear, if you recollect, my love, you always began first.
Lady Teaz. I beg your pardon, my dear Sir Peter; indeed, you always gave the provocation.
Sir Pet. Now see, my angel l take care - contradicting isn't the way to keep friends.
Lady Teaz. Then don't you begin it, my love!
Sir Pet. There, now! you – you are going on. You don't perceive, my love, that you are just doing the very thing which you know always makes me angry.
Lady Teaz. Nay, you know if you will be angry without any reason, my dear
Sir Pet. There! now you want to quarrel again.
Lady Teaz. Why, you, to be sure. I said nothing but there's no bearing your temper.
Sir Pet. No, no, madam; the fault's in your own temper.
Lady Teaz. Ay, you are just what my cousin Sophy said you would be.
Sir Pet. Your cousin Sophy is a forward, impertinent gypsy.
Sir Pet. Now may all the plagues of marriage be doubled on me, if ever I try to be friends with you any more!
Lady Teaz. So much the better.
Sir Pet. No, no, madam : 'tis evident you never cared a pin for me, and I was a madman to marry you - a pert, rural coquette, that had refused half the honest squires in the neighborhocd.
Lady Teaz. And I am sure I was a fool to marry you - an old dangling bachelor, who was single at fifty, only because he never could meet with any one who would have him.
Sir Pet. Ay, ay, madam; but you were pleased enough to listen to me: you never had such an offer before.
Lady Tcaz. No! didn't I refuse Sir Tivy Terrier, who everybody said would have been a befter match? for his estate is just as good as yours, and he has broke his neck since we have been married.
Sir Pet. I have done with you, madam. You are an unfeeling, ungrateful — but there's an end of everything. I believe you capable of everything that is bad. Yes, madam, I now believe the reporto relative to you and Charles, madam. Yes, madam, you and Charles are, not without grounds !
Lady Teaz. Take care, Sir Peter! you had better not insinuate any such thing! I'll not be suspected without cause, I promise you.
Sir Pet. Very well, madam! very well! A separate maintenance as soon as you please. Yes, madam, or a divorce! I'll make an example of myself for the benefit of all old bachelors. Let us separate, madam.
Lady Teaz. Agreed! agreed! And now, my dear Sir Peter, we are of a mind once more; we may be the happiest couple, aná never differ again, you know; ha! ha! ha! Well, you are going to be in a passion, I see, and I shall only interrupt you — so, bye, bye? [Exit.
Sir Pet. Plagues and tortures! can't I make her angry either! O, I am the most miserable fellow! But I'll not bear her presuming to keep her temper: nol she may break my heart, but she shan't keen her temper. [Exit.