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"A Boldtehv—now behold him
Wild on his race to start,
All skilful in the art
With brotdered belt and plume,
His scart andcrest illume.
AnA knightly pennon spread, 0! warlike is his hearing now
And proud his soldier tread.
"Full of strange oaths!" This suitcth
The spirit of his Ay;
Of mettle on the stage.
He has earned the right to swear.
With a formidable air!
Has lost its boyish red, i And o'er the very fierce mustache
The raven's hue is spread.
"Jealous in honour;'' truly i
It is the soldier's toast;
Tltat recreant is lo-t:
By harmless word or jest,
A battered helm.and crest.
To fight in honour's name,
The insult from his fame.
* Sudden and quick in quarrel:"
His fiery, feverish eye,
Warn you of danger nigh.
He hath not will, nor power 178
To take upon him the restraint
That waits a cooler hour.
And little carcth he,
For him is victory!
"The bubble reputation
Sought in the cannon's mouth How burns the thirst for glory
hike a consuming drought. His foot is in the stirrup.
On his heel the shining spur:
Wildly his pulses stir,
All clad in glittering mail—
Borne on the morning gale.
The sounding clarion calls " tn arm.-"—
The Soldier's heart beats huh,
Of a name that shall not die.
The quick tramp of his stood:
Doth the gallant rider lead!
And the deep-mouthed cannon's boom. Where the heart of battle burns and Meeds
Like a snow wreath floats his plume.
Now a closing group of foes
Has hid him from our sight:
In the thickest of the fight.
Across the gleaming plain— The exulting shout of victory
Till the echoes ring again:
—Bear the dead soldier gently
Upon his blood-stained shield:
And won his first good field!
I Dreamt a Court of Literature existed,
Although the Justice did not quite possess
The character judicial. Yet 'twas lew
Feed in Li him on the drippings of the press—
As Shakespeare's holly-lining of fat capon.
Such as he was, however, he had plenty
Of causes rich, among the literati— Sometimes ten quarrels per week, and sometimes twenty,
Tho worst on't way, with so much business, that InHad nearly starved—tho "genus" boing scanty
Of all but bile. So that, instead of fat, he
Of aii the cases, queer, grotesque, and merry.
Was one whose circumstances were so very
In New York city lived the culprit, where he
Before tho public, bound, had often been.
Th" crime with which tliis wretched man was charged Was "/or improving Shakespeare,"— that, whereon. ; Wherefore, and inasmuch, as he'd enlarged I Tho text of the immortal hard upon, '(Though thousands of the crime have been discharged.; By his next friend, the Justice, did the Swan Set up his cause of action; and demanded That the offender with low felony In* branded.
The canse was heard in Sirtaiii's Magarin^
And many were the pros and cons delivered By counsel grave and reverend, I ween.
Who into atoms one another shivered. The jury toward the culprit seemed to lean. Although 'twas evident the Justice differed. f t At length the verdict came—list while I tcil't ye, . "Wo find the prisouer at tho bar Not aViltt!"