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The years—they fly like arrows fleet.
The maiden's plays the proud boy soorneth,
He rushes forth, the world to roam
With pilgrim' s staff, at last returneth,
A stranger in his father's home.
And brilliant, in her youthful splendor,
Like creature, come from heaven's height,
With cheeks all mantling, modest, tender,
The maiden stands before his sight.
A nameless longing then is waking
In the youth's heart; he goes alone;
The tears from out his eyes are breaking;
Joy in his brothers' sports is flown.
He blushes as her steps he traces,
Her greeting smile his heart elates,
For fairest flowers the fields he searches.
Wherewith his love he decorates.
O tender longing, hope the sweetest,
The golden time of young first love,
The eye beholdcth heaven unveiling,
Riots the heart in bliss above!
O that, for ever fair and vernal,
Love's beauteous season were eternal I
See how brown the pipes are getting!
Now, my lads, enough!
Prove me now the stuff; The brittle with the tough combining, See if they be rightly joining.
For when the Strong and Mild are pairing,
Then streameth in wealth, all untold in its measure.
And filled is the garner with costliest treasure;
The chambers increase, the house—it spreads out
And in it presides
The chaste gentle housewife,
The mother of children,
And ruleth meetly
The household discreetly,
And teacheth the maidens,
The boys she restraineth,
And keeps over moving
Hands busy and loving,
And adds to the gains
With ordering pains,
And sweet-scented presses with treasures is filling, And thread round the swift humming spindle is reel
And the neat burnished chests—she gathers them fall
And the father with look elate,
Be the casting now beginning;
Let the metal go!—
God protect us now I
Benignant is the might of Flame,
Fllck'ring mounts the fire-column,
•This line is obscure in the original. Literally: *' Seeth the projecting beams (or trees) of the pillars" Perhaps the line is elucidated by reference to the method of constructing the outhouses on German farms. It is said that the framework is left visible, and the pillars or supporters, the spaces between whieh are filled in with bricks or stone, bear a resemblance to trees. See RetMeh'a Outlines, No. 26. Whatever may be the precise miming nf the lino, Schiller probably intended to describe the farmer as taking satisfaction in the number and substantial character of bis outhouses.
All is fleeing, saving, running,
Goes the bucket; bow like bending,
Mau to God at last hath yielded,
All burnt out
Where the tempest wild reposes.
And the clouds of heaven, flitting
Ere he goes,
Buried lie, one look man throws—
Earth our work is now entombing,
If the casting crack?
If the mould should break?
To holy Earth's dark, silent bosom
From the tower,
Sad and solemn, with its knell attending
Ah I the wife it Is, the dear one,
In the Toid and orphaned places Rules the stranger, loveless there.
Till the bell is cooled a
Once the stars appear,
From all duty clear. Hear the lads the vespers ringing; To the master care 's still c
Light of heart, his footsteps telling In the wild and distant greenwood, Seeks the wand'rer his dear dweHing. Bleating wind the sheep slow homeward, And the kine too, Broad-browed, with their smcot Come in lowing, To the stalls accustomed going. Heavy in Rocks the wagon. Harvest laden. Bright with flowers, The crown towers On the sheaves,
And a band of youthful reapers
Street and market-place grow stiller;
Which alarms the bad benighted;
For the eye of Law doth watch and mark.
Holy Order, rich in blessing,
Busy hands , by thousands stirring,
Peace, thou gentle
Ever friendly round this place!
«hall with flames consuming wildly
Break me up the useless structure.
That the work, without a fracture,
The master wise alone is knowing
Wo! if, heaped up, the fire-tinder
"Equality and Freedom"howling,
Joy to me now God hath given!
Come all! come all!
And thia its office be henceforth,
London, Paris, St. Petersburg, Vienna, Berlin, and Madrid, have each their peculiar attractions, and represent an epitome of the empires, of which, respectively, they are the capitals. Not so with Washington, which, independently of the personale of the government, conveys to the stranger no idea whatever of the magnitude, wealth and progress of the United States. If it were not for the presence of Congress, and the disbursements of the treasury department, Washington would be a rotten borough—"a finished town": were the seat of government removed, it would sink into absolute insignificance. And yet Washington is a delightful place in the winter and spring of the year: at least so says everybody who has been there without being grievously disappointed in politics.
One disadvantage of Washington which, however, may in other respects be considered an advantage (at least to some people), consists in the absence of what may be termed a funded society, serving as a means of perpetuating and distributing refinement as well as the proprieties and elegancies of social life on the Lancasterian principle of mutual instruction. The few agreeable families who make Washington their permanent home, are people of official standing, or deriving consequence principally from their connexion with the government. Wealth and refinement are, as yet, not sufficient to balance political power; much less can either of them alone run a successful career against the official dispensers of power and patronage. Thomas Jefferson delighted in this prospect of the city, and his beau-ideal of a political capital without influence, has probably been exceeded by the reality.
Washington, apart from its official stamp, presents, as yet, no social characteristics, and is, in this respect, vastly inferior to Boston, Philadelphia, Charleston, and New Orleans, —the four cities of the United States which may boast of the most original elements of society in the country. Washington is a sort of frontier lown, taken alternately by the Huns and Goths, as this or that political party is in the ascendency; with feudal lords and their retinue surrounding the conqueror, till the latter, in turn, is obliged to evacuate the
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city. These alternate invasions give to the people of Washington a warlike character which is not altogether unbecoming in gentlemen; but the arts of peace are not apt to flourish under such a regime. Mars and Venus may be conjoined; but the Graces and the eternal Nine do not willingly dwell amid carnage and plunder.
But, with all these drawbacks, Washington still contains, at all times, a sufficient number of agreeable and educated people to constitute a pleasant visiting circle, though the persons whom you there meet in first places, would probably be at a reasonable discount in other parts of the Union. It stands to reason that Washington should be the focus of the strong and original mind of the country; but strength and originality, though at all times attractive, are not all that constitutes agreeable society. The most essential element of pleasant company is ease, and that cannot very well prevail where positions are so adventitious and precarious, as in Washington. Our country is young and vigorous, and these leading characteristics are reflected in the official and " congressional" gentry of the metropolis; but vigour, intelligence, and originality, though at no time insipid (as society is often found in the most elevated spheres), are but too often the cause of mortification in others, unless joined to great social tact and that habitual urbanity of manners which, if it do not exclude, at least does not invite comparison. The prerequisite of agreeable society is equality, and that cannot exist where its members, as in Washington, are labelled "senators," "members," "cabinet officers," "auditors," "clerks," &c. There is probably no place in the world where people are more strictly classified, or more exclusively composed of sets, according to power and influence, than in Washington. The "upper crust" in Washington seem to be entirely absolved from any effort to please or to be agreeable. They are everything from position, and as that is dependent, for the most part, on their standing and popularity in other communities, they but too often use the freedom of travellers in hotels, and make themselves comfortable at the expense of their- neighbours. The disagreeable, shocking scenes which are so often witnessed in both Houses of Congress,