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as I called for small beer, the master tipped the wink, and the servant brought me a brimmer of October.*
6. Some time after dinner, I ordered my cousin's man, who came with me, to get ready the horses; but it was resolved I should not stir that night; and when I seemed pretty much bent upon going, they ordered the stable-door to be locked, and the children hid my cloak and boots. The next question was, what I would have for supper? I said I never eat anything at night; but was at last, in my own defense, obliged to name the first thing that came into my head.
7. After three hours spent chiefly in apologies for my entertainment, insinuating to me, “ That this was the worst time of the year for provisions ; that they were at a great distance from any market; that they were afraid I should be starved; and that they knew they kept me to my loss,” the lady went and left me to her husband (for they took special care I should never be alone). As soon as her back was turned, the little misses ran backwards and forwards every moment; and constantly, as they came in or went out, made a courtesy directly at me, which in good manners I was forced to return with a bow, and, Your humble servant, pretty miss.
8. Exactly at eight, the mother came up, and discovered, by the redness of her face, that supper was not far off. It was twice as large as the dinner, and my persecution doubled in proportion. I desired at my usual hour to go to my repose, and was conducted to my chamber by the gentleman, his lady, and the whole train of children.
9. They importuned me to drink something before I went to bed; and upon my refusing, at last left a bottle of stingo, as they called it, for fear I should wake and be thirsty in the night. I was forced in the morning to rise and dress myself in the dark, because they would not suffer my kinsman's servant to disturb me at the hour I desired to be called.
10. I was now resolved to break through all measures to get away; and after sitting down to a monstrous breakfast of cold beef, mutton, neats'-tongues, venison-pasty, and stale beer, took leave of the family. But the gentleman would needs see me part of my way, and carry me a short cut through his own grounds, which he told me would save half a mile's riding
* By a figure of rhetoric, the cause is sometimes put for the effect, the container for the thing contained ; as, when we say of an intemperate man, "" he is addicted to his cups," we mean the wine contained in the
So also, as wine is produced from grapes, the month in which the grape becomes ripe is used to signify the wine itself. October is here used for wine.
11. This last piece of civility had like to have cost me dear, being once or twice in danger of* my neck, by leaping over his ditches, and at last forced to alight in the dirt; when my horse, having slipped his bridle, ran away, and took us up more than an hour to recover him again. It is evident that none of the absurdities I met with in this visit proceeded from an ill intention, but from a wrong judgment of complaisance, and a misapplication in the rules of it.
The Thrush's Nest. CLARE.
2. And by and by, like heath-bells gilt with dew,
1. A man in many a country town, we know,
* Montgomery says quaintly, but truly, of this sonnet : “Here we have in miniature the history and geography of a thrush's nest, so simply and naturally set forth that one might think such strains
No more difficile
Than for a blackbird 't is to whistle. But let the heartless critic, who despises them, try his own hand either at a bird's nest or a sonnet like this; and when he has succeeded in making the one, he may have some hope of being able to make the other."
Entering the field against the grimly foe,
2. A member of this Æsculapian line
3. His fame full six miles round the country rar ,
4. Benjamin Bolus, though in trade
5. No opportunity he e'er let pass
6. He had a patient lying at death's door, Some three miles from the town, it might be four;
* Pronounced Bělla'tur ; meaning polite literature. + Pronounced Tiz'zic.
To whom, one evening, Bolus sent an article
- When taken,
To be well shaken."
8. Knocks of this kind
9. The servant lets him in with dismal face,
10. “Well, how's the patient?" Bolus said;
odd! He took the draught?' John gave a nod. Well, how? what then ? speak out, you dunce!” Why, then,” says John, “ we shook him once.” "Shook him!- how?” Bolus stammered out. "We jolted him about.”.
11. “Zounds! shake a patient, man!-a shake won't do. No, sir, and so we gave him two.". Two shakes ! od's curse! 'T would make the patient worse." "It did so, sir, and so a third we tried.”. Well, and what then?” – “Then, sir, my master died.”
Thanatopsis.* - BRYANT.
2. When thoughts
3. Yet a few days, and thee
4. Earth, that nourished thee, shall claim
5. The oak
* A view of death.