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But Charon replied,

". You were drunk when you dy'd, “ For you ne'er felt the pain that to death is ally'd,"! “ Take me back," cried old Bibo, “1 mind not

the pain, “ For if I was drunk, let me die once again."

. "Forget,” reply'd Charon," these regions of strife, Drink of Lethe divine, 'tis the fountain of life: Where the soul is new born, and all past is a dream, E’en the gods theniselves sip of the care drowning

stream,” “ The gods!” reply'd Bibo, “drink water who will, For the maxims of mortals I'll ever fulfill; So prate not to me of your Lethe divine, Our Lethe on earth is a bumper of wine." At length grim old Cerberus began his loud roar, When the old crazy bark struck the Stygian shore.; Then Bibo awoke, and he stagger'd to land, And he jostled the ghosts as they stood on the

strand. Says Charon, “ I tell you, 'tis vain to rebel, For you are banish'd from earth, and now are in

hell;". That's a truth,” cry'd old Bibo, “ I know by this s

sign, 'Tis a hell upon earth to be wanting of wine."

BEGONE, DULL CARE. BEGONE, dull care, I pr’ythee begone from me, Begone, dull care, thou and I shall never agree; Long time thou hast been tarrying here,

And fain thou wouldst me kill,
But I'faith, dull care,

Thou never shall have thy will.
Too much care will make a young man look grey,.
And too much care will turn an old man to clay;

My wife shall dance and I will sing,

So merrily pass the day;
For I hold it one of the wisest things

To drive dull care away.

THE POST CAPTAIN.

WHEN Steerwell heard me first impart

Our brave commander's story, With ardent zeal his youthful heart

Swell'd high for naval glory;
Resolv'd to gain a valiant name,

For bold adventures cager,
When first a little cabin-boy on board the Fame,

He would hold on the jigger...
While ten jolly tars with musical Joe,
Hove the anchor apeek, singing yeo, heave yeo,

yeo, yeo, yeo, yeo, yeo, heave yeo. To hand top-ga'nt-sails next he learn'd,

With quickness, care, and spirit,
Whose generous master then discern’d,

And priz'd his dawning merit,
He taught him soon to reef and steer

When storms convuls'd the ocean,
Where shoals made skilfull vet'rans fear,

Which mark'd him for proinotion. As none to the pilot e'er answer'd like he, When he gave the command hard a port, helm

a lee,

Luff, boy, luff, keep her near,

Clear the buoy, make the pier, None to the pilot answer'd like he, When he gave the command in the pool or at sea, Hard aport helm a lee. For valour, skill, and worth renowned,

The foe he oft defeated ;

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And now with fame and fortune crown'd,

Post captain he is rated :
Who, should our injur'd country bleed,

Still bravely would defend her;
Now blest with peace, if beauty plead,

He'll prove his heart as tender. Unaw'd, yet mild, to high and low, To poor and wealthy, friend or foe,

Wounded tars share his wealth,

All the feet drink his health,
Priz'd be such hearts, for aloft they will go,
Which always are ready compassion to shew, .
To a brave conquer'd foe.

YE GENTLEMEN OF ENGLAND.. YE gentlemen of England, who live at home at

ease, Ah! little do you think on the dangers of the seas, Give ear unto the mariners, and they will plainly shew

All the cares

And the fears, When the stormy winds do blow. In claps of roaring thunder, which darkness do

enforce, We often find our ships to stray beyond our wonted,

course, Which causeth great destruction, and sinks our hearts full low,

'Tis in vain

To complain, When the stormy winds do blow. If enemies oppose us, when England is at war With any foreign nation, we fear no wound or scar;, ; Our roaring guns shall teach them our valor for to

know,

Whilst they reel

On the keel, When the stormy winds do blow. Then courage all brave mariners, and never be.

afraid, While we have bold adventurers we ne'er shall

want a trade, Our merchants will employ us to bring them wealth, we know;

Then be bold,

Work for gold,
When the stormy winds do blow.

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A SENSIBLE MADMAN. A LORD, whom his friends had been obliged to put in a private mad-house, was not mad enough to remain insensible to the charms of the keeper's pretty daughter. His lordship, encouraged in his addresses, agreed to marry her. The day was fixed, the banns published, and they left the mad. house in a coach, to have the ceremony performed. When arrived in the church, his lordship very properly led the lady to the altar; and the clergyman began the ceremony, saying to his lordship, “ do you take this woman tor your wedded wife ?” Upon which he exclaim'd, “No, no, not so mad as that, neither!" then, taking to his heels, ran out of the church, and was not found for a considerable time afterwards.

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MATRIMONY.

« CRIES Nell to Tom,” midst matrimonial strife, 56 Curs'd be the hour I first became your wife,”

" By all the powers," said Tom, “ but that's tos

bad, “ You've curs'd the only civil hour we've had."

: ****

EPITAPHS.

AT three-score winter's end I died
A cheerless being, sole and sad,
The nuptial knot I never tied,
And wish niy father never had.

TO THE MEMORY OF

MARGARET PATIENCE, Who, to the inexpressible regret of her husband, Joha

Fretful, departed this life at the advanced age of 46. My wife beneath this stone I dearly love, Though oft I beat and bruis'd her while above. Indeed, my Meg, l'ad always loved thee so, Had'st thou but died some 20 years ago.

ON A MISER.

They call thee rich, I deem thee poor,
Since if thou dar'st not use thy store,
But sav'st it only for thine heirs
The treasure is not thine but theirs.

LIFE.
The following inscription is to be found in the church-yard

of Longtown.
Our life is but a winter's day;
Some only breakfast and away.
Others to dinner stay, and are full fed;

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