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And o'er the shadeless, moveless brow

Thy human shadow throwing;

And o'er the sighless, songless lips
The wail and music wedding-
Dropping o'er the tranquil eyes
Tears not of their shedding:
Go! take thy music from the dead,
Whose silentness is sweeter;
Reserve thy tears for living brows,

For whom such tears are meeter;
And leave the violets in the grass,
To brighten where thou treadest,
No flowers for her! Oh! bring no flowers-
Albeit " Bring flowers," thou saidest.
But bring not near her solemn corse
A type of human seeming;
Lay only dust's stern verity
Upon her dust undreaming.
And while the calm perpetual stars
Shall look upon it solely;

Her sphered soul shall look on them,
With eyes more bright and holy.

Nor mourn, oh living one, because
Her part in life was mourning:
Would she have lost the poet's flame,
For anguish of the burning?

The minstrel harp, for the strain'd string?
The tripod, for th' afflated

Woe? or the vision, for those tears
Through which it shone dilated?
Perhaps she shudder'd while the world's
Cold hand her brow was wreathing:
But wrong'd she ne'er that mystic breath
Which breath'd in all her breathing,—
Which drew from rocky earth and man
Abstractions high and moving,—
Beauty, if not the beautiful,-
And love, if not the loving.

Such visionings have paled in sight
The Saviour she descrieth,

And little recks who wreath'd the brow

That on His bosom lieth.

The whiteness of His innocence

O'er all her garments flowing,

There learneth she that sweet "new song "
She will not mourn in knowing.

Be blessed, crown'd and living one:
And when thy dust decayeth,

May thine own England say for thee
What now for her it sayeth,-
"Albeit softly in our ears

Her silver song was ringing,
The footsteps of her parting soul
Were softer than her singing."

B.

THE LINE OF BEAUTY; OR, LES NOCES DE NOSE.

AN ENTIRELY ORIGINAL TALE.

DEDICATED TO R. LISTON, ESQ., SURGEON, &c.

THE presumption of calling a tale " entirely original," and the folly of showing, even in the four words of its title, that you are not prepared to write it in your native language-thus, in four words, more than following the vicious habit of the worst authors-is, I confess, much against

me.

But I love to grapple with difficulties; and I trust, before I have done, to prove satisfactorily that my Nose is quite original, no matter for the tongue which, being an inferior organ, attempts to tell its story.

Ned Redmund was almost a universal genius-that is, he knew a little of everything, and in our days a very little serves. As a politician, he was accordingly vehement; as a critic, dictatorial; as a companion, loquacious and noisy ;-in fact, had it not been for his possession of great talents, he would have been not only disagreeable but unbearable. I ought, however, to add that he also enjoyed a considerable independent income-some fifteen hundred or two thousand pounds a-year; and, though he loved himself well enough, was moderate in his expenses, and lived within compass. Such an individual is unexceptionable in the world; and in a world like London, where half the population of his class subsist in clubs, such a phenomenon as an unembarrassed member is looked up to with proper deference, and courted with due civilities. But Mr. Redmund-for it was only behind his back, or in his presence by a few familiars of tolerably good fortune or intolerable impudence, that he was called Ned-valued himself above all his other qualifications on being a connoisseur in the fine arts: this was his hobby, and he was wont to descant on it freely and largely. The opening of an exhibition was the opening of a new sluice in his over-fluent declamation; a chef-d'œuvre from the Continent made him master of your time for as many hours as it could have taken to paint the picture. Then he had, as he told you, peculiar ideas on the subject. There was but

one line which could appeal to his taste and judgment; and all out of that line he considered to be error and abomination. This line was the Line of Beauty; but before I enter more upon it, I ought shortly to describe my hero.

By shortly I mean appropriately; for Ned was one of your physically small men. In height he was above five feet, he stated from five feet four to five feet five in his stocking-soles, as if his stockingsoles could have added four inches to his actual stature. His limbs were stout, in proportion to his upper works, which were, indeed, of the slimmest, and his corporeal frame pyramidal; so that it was wittily said of him, "His legs would do for any body, and any legs would do for his body." Between his shoulders was set the pedestal of a longish neck, which was surmounted by the head that contained all his sapience— "His dome of thought, the palace of his soul."

Of the shape of his skull Mr. De Ville spoke favourably: it had, he said, many fine organs, and, the best of all, the organ of acquisitiveness,

which led the owner to give the artist an order for a cast. But the countenance was not handsome: almost all the very young ladies declared it to be positively and disgracefully ugly; those of more mature age, as well as their mammas, thought that though it might be plain, there was a good deal of intelligence and expression in it when lighted up. Now, how it could be called plain was to me a mystery; for it was pitted, seamed, and carved by small-pox; and the lighting up must have been difficult, seeing that it was unusually dark—that blackness of complexion which approaches to dirty; whilst the eyes were pinky orbs, concealed behind the promontory of an ace of clubs nose. His forehead was low; but, by eradicating the hair on its superior range, he conceived it to be of Byronian amplitude for intellect, and imposing grace for general effect.

Such was Ned Redmund at full length; and as he was always welldressed, you may depend upon it the portrait was often viewed with smiles of approval, even by some of the sex; which smiles Ned returned, as regularly as the harrowing irregularity of his teeth allowed.

I have all my life been puzzled to account for the origin of tastes. Sometimes I have attributed the whole visible phenomena to affectation; but there are certainly some exceptions to that rule,—such as the taste for collections of halters in which criminals have been hanged, bits of the polished bones or tanned skins of murderers, and other rare objects, which it must be really gratifying to contemplate, for their own sakes, in abundance and in solitude. Again, I have considered the proposition that we generally like opposites; but have found it true only to a limited extent. Little prigs of mannikins will marry giantesses, and colossal fellows pair with pigmy maidens, or, indeed, with bits of widows, if otherwise well endowed. The fat take to the thin, and the thin cleave unto the fat. Lame people are almost invariably fond of travelling, and the purblind of sight-seeing. The stone-blind are reckoned the clearest judges of colours; and those who look farthest are destitute of feeling. Upon the whole, I am inclined to attribute Ned Redmund's predilection for beauty to a modification of this principle: Beauty was his antagonist force; and though continually repelled by it, he was also continually attracted.

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In everything connected with the arts, Ned insisted on his Line as a sine quâ non. A martyrdom was his abhorrence; the soidisant picturesque of old horses or decayed donkeys was detestable; an old woman, however painted, found no favour with him; ruins of any kind were very so-so; battle pieces were confusion; skittle-grounds and nine-pins abominably low; history, trash! few landscapes, on the contrary, were pleasing; fruit and flower pieces, rich; allegorical subjects, occasionally delightful; the portraits of lovely females, in appropriate costumes, charming; but it was with the pure nude that he was ravished into extatics. Greek in architecture and sculpture, and the Titianesque in painting, were his themes; Venuses, sleeping or waking, were his dreams by night and his talk by day; nymphs, if not spoilt by draperies, were not despised; and his elegant bed-room was a model of luxury and refinement in its profusion of pieces of this description. Precious pieces of Cipriani, Cosway, and Straehling, scarcely ever seen by the public eye, were here religiously or irreligiously preserved; and Ned, in his night

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cap, surrounded by all these emanations of pearly tints and natural flesh-colour, was a sort of Paris on Ida, with a multiplication of goddesses, altogether unique.

In the midst of these enjoyments had Ned reached the age of ten years beyond that period when, as the poet writes, "man suspects himself a fool," without any suspicion of the sort having ever crossed his mind. So far from it, he had, it may be acknowledged, become a trifle more self-conceited; insomuch that many of his particular friends did not scruple to call him a vain coxcomb; while the more charitable and intimate could not help saying that in many things he was a silly blockhead. Of these painful confessions, however, Ned, with all his acquirements, was utterly ignorant; and continued to associate with the parties in all the bliss which ignorance bestows.

At this period, it was a lovely day in the month of May, that Ned, having made his toilet, ambled forth for a stroll in the park. The trees were green, and the sky was blue, and our hero was in a most complacent and amiable disposition. He had just turned from the statue of Wellington-Castor, commonly called the Green Man, when he observed a female figure of extraordinary grace walking gently on the path before him. Ned was struck at once, and wounded by a Parthian shot from behind, for, as yet, he had only seen the back of his enemy. But then the Line of Beauty, how perfect! The well-poised head, the fine fall of the shoulders, the swell tapering to a waist of elegant proportions and not the slimness of a wasp, the renewal of the swell below with a roundness that might have driven Hogarth mad; the easy motion of the limbs, the ankle fleshed into a form of desperate temptation, equally remote from the heel of elephant or the spur of lark, and the foot itself an epigram, so neat, so pointed, so captivating-the ensemble was irresistible. Redmund hurried on for a front view; he passed, he turned, and had not his eyes been pinky, as I have stated, he would have thrown his whole soul into one broad stare. But though nature forbade this, he saw enough to complete his subjugation. There was nothing amiss before nor behind. The same scale of excellent moulding prevailed; and the froth-born Venus never displayed such a union of plumpness and symmetry. Our hero was bewildered; and instead of his usual Il mio tesore in tanto, began humming one of the commonest of songs

"Her 'prentice han' she tried on man,

And then she made the lasses, O!"

To crown the whole, he at length obtained a full vision of the fair one's face; and oh, if he was in raptures with her person, what was he when he beheld her countenance ! It was all he had fancied in his pictorial dreams. Oval, animated, the eyes dark and bright,—and the nose, but the nose requires a distinct paragraph.

The nose of the lovely incognita took its rise between a pair of eyebrows, as the poet celebrates, nec totidem junctus nec bene disjunctus, which I translate

"Not wholly joined, nor yet just quite apart"

and descended in a straight line towards the upper lip; neither too short nor too long, neither cocked up impertinently, nor drooping disagreeably; neither pinched in avariciously, nor dilating passionately; but correct, proper, significant, a true medium, an incontrovertible

middle feature-the juste milieu of noses! Its outline in profile would have been Grecian, but for a slight Roman protuberancy; and it was this double classicality of form which finished the utter subjugation of Ned Redmund. Had he known Greek he would have quoted Anacreon; had he been acquainted with Latin he would have spouted Ovid; but as his predilections had always been the same, so that, even when a boy at school he studied marbles in preference to grammars, and enjoyed blowing soap-bubbles more than construing crabbed exercises, he simply

"Looked and gazed,

And gazed and looked;

And gaped and gazed again."

It has generally been suspected that young ladies, in the circumstances of our heroine, are annoyed by the particular inspection of the curious and speculative; and so it seemed with Miss Betsy Redishfor that was her name. Her walk indicated her uneasiness; her gait became less elastic, her procession less direct, and a sort of crabbed sidling superseded the hitherto even tenor of her way. The grass invited her steps from the foot-path, and the foot-path again won her back from the grass. Thus she could not be said altogether to progress to the gate at the end of Oxford-street, though she advanced in that course, half wishing Ned at Tyburn-turnpike, and half not displeased with the effect she could not help perceiving she had produced on his nervous system. Have you seen a hare doubling, and a hound on the scent?-such was the game all across the Park. All across the Park did I say all up by Connaught-place, turning sharp round to the right, crossing street, down by Quebec Chapel (into which, in passing at speed, first the hare, and then the hound threw a prophetic peep, as if a coming event cast its shadow before), and finally into ominous Mount-street, where the beauteous chace sought refuge in the shop of a green-grocer.

To the infatuated Ned she appeared to disappear behind considerable bunches of summer-cabbage, white turnips, and yellow carrots, and several bushels of peas in the shell and in baskets. To break cover from such a wilderness was hopeless, and Ned was in despair; but faint heart never won fair lady, and he crossed the street to reconnoitre. Over the door of the refugee he read, agreeably to the usual order in which matters of the retail kind are announced

GREEN

( REDISH )

GROCER.

Whence he inferred that one Mr. Redish sold green-grocery there. But how was he to form an acquaintance with this desirable person? He was no housekeeper, and wanted not summer cabbage, nor turnips, nor carrots, nor peas, nor any vegetable substance in existence. In the windows were no bouquets of flowers-those convenient and sweet introductions-everything was for the mouth, and nothing for the nose. But Venus ever favours her true votaries. Happily, lifting up his eyes in extreme distress, Mr. Redmund observed an inscription more delightful than letters of gold, though mere black and white, which intimated "A first floor to be let ;" and blessed be he who lets me, exclaimed Tom, as advised by a brass plate he hastened to "knock and ring.”

Why should I dilate upon the further incidental particulars in the

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