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NOTE TO TITLE-PAGE.
It will not have escaped the attentive not only exhibit to him the diplomas eye, that I have, on the title-page, omitted which I alreadly possess, but also to furthose honorary appendages to the editorial | nish him with a prophetic vision of those name which not only add greatly to the which I may, without undue presumption, value of every book, but whet and exacer- hope for, as not beyond the reach of hubate the appetite of the reader. For not man ambition and attainment. And I am only does he surmise that an honorary the rather induced to this from the fact membership of literary and scientific so that my name has been unaccountably cieties implies a certain amount of neces-dropped from the last triennial catalogue sary distinction on the part of the recipient of our beloved Alma Mater. Whether of such decorations, but he is willing to this is to be attributed to the difficulty of trust himself more entirely to an author Latinizing any of those honorary adjuncts who writes under the fearful responsibility (with a complete list of which I took care of involving the reputation of such bodies to furnish the proper persons nearly & as the S. Archivol, Dahom. or the Acad. year beforehand), or whether it had its Lit. et Scient. Kamtschot. I cannot but origin in any more culpable motives, I tiink that the early editions of Shake forbear to consider in this place, the matspcare and Milton would have met with | ter being in course of painful investigamore rapid and general acceptance, but for tion. But, however this may be, I felt the barrenness of their respective title the omission the more keenly, as I had, in pages ; and I believe that, even now, a expectation of the new catalogue, enriched
er of the works of either of those the library of the Jaalam Atheneum with justly distinguished men would find his the old one then in my possession, by account in procuring their admission to which means it has come about that my the membership of learned bodies on the children will be deprived of a never-wearyContinent, - a proceeding no whit more ing winter-evening's amusement in looking incongruous than the reversal of the judg out the name of their parent in that disment against Socrates, when he was al. | tinguished roll. Thiose harmıless inno. ready more than twenty centuries beyond cents had at least committed no — but the reach of antidotes, and when his mem- I forbear, having intrusted my reflections ory had acquired a deserved respectability. and animadversions on this painful topic I conceive that it was a feeling of the im- to the safe-keeping of my private diary, portance of this precaution which induced intended for posthumous publication. I Mr. Locke to style himself “Gent." on state this fact here, in order that certain the title-page of his Essay, as who should nameless individuals, who are, perhaps, say to his rearlers that they could receive overmuch congratulating themselves upon his metaphysics on the honor of a gentle- my silence, may know that a rod is in man.
pickle which the vigorous hand of a justly Nevertheless, finding that, without de incensed posterity will apply to their scending to a smaller size of type than nismories. would have been compatible with the dig. | The careful reader will note that, in nity of the several societies to be named the list which I have prepared, I have I could not compress my intended lis: l included the names of several Cisatlantic within the limits of a singla page, and societies to which a place is not commonly thinking, moreover, that the act would assigned in processions of this nature. I carry with it an air of decorous modesty, have ventured to do this, not only to enI have chosen to take the reader aside, as courage native ambition and genius, but it were, into my private closet, and there also because I have never been able to perceive in what way distance (unless we | HOMERU'S JILBUR, Mr., Episc. suppose them at the end of a lever) could Jaalam, S. T. D. 1850, et Yal. (1849, et increase the weight of learned bodies. As Neo-Cæs. et Brun. et Gulielm. 1852, et far as I have been able to extend my re- Gul. et Mar. et Bowd. et Georgiop. et searches among such stuffed specimens as Viridimont. et Columb. Nov. Ebor. 1853, occasionally reach America, I have dis- et Amherst. et Watervill. et S. Jarlath. covered no generic difference between the Hib, et S. Mar. et S. Joseph. et S. And. antipodal Fogrum Japonicum and the F. Scot. 1854, et Nashvill. et Dart. et Dickins. Americanum sufficiently common in our et Concord. et Wash. et Columbian. et own immediate neighborhood. Yet, with Charlest. et Jeff. et Dubl. et Oxon. et a becoming deference to the popular be- Cantab. et Cat. 1855, P. U. N. C. H. et lief that distinctions of this sort are en- J. U. D. Gott. et Osnab. et Heidelb. 1860, hanced in value by every additional mile et Acad. BORE US. Berolin. Soc., et ss. they travel, I have intermixed the names RR.. Lugd. Bat. et Patav. et Lond. et of some tole
Feejee. et Null. Terr. et ne tolerably distant literary and oth- | Edinb. et Ins. Feeiee et N er associations with the rest.
Pekin. Soc. Hon. et S. H. S. et S. P. A. I add here, also, an advertisement, et A. A. S. et S. Humb. Univ. et S. Omn. which, that it may be the more readily Rer. Quarund. q. Aliar. Promov. Passaunderstood by those persons especially maquod. et H. P. C. et I. 0. H. et A. A. interested therein, I have written in that o. et II. K. P. et Q. B. K. et Peucin, et curtailed and otherwise maltreated canine Erosoph. et Philadelph. et Frat. in Unit. Latin, to the writing and reading of which et 2. T. et S. Archæolog. Athen. et Acad. they are accustomed.
Scient. et Lit. Panorm. et SS. R. H.
Matrit. et Beeloochist. et Caffrar. et Caribh. OMNIB. PER TOT. ORB. TERRAR. et M. S. Reg. Paris. et S. Am. Antiserv. CATALOG. ACADEM. EDD.
Soc. Hon. et P. D. Gott. et LL. D. 1852, Minim. gent. diplom. ab inclytiss. acad.
et D. C. L. et Mus. Doc. Oxon. 1860, et
M. M. S. S. et M. D. 1851, et Med. Fac. vest. orans, vir. honorand. operosiss., at
Univ. Harv. Soc. et S. pro Convers. Pollysol. ut sciat. quant, glor. nom. meum
wog. Soc. Hon. et Higgl. Piggl. et LL. B. (dipl. fort. concess.) catal. vest. temp. futur. affer., ill. subjec., addit. omnib.
| 1853, et S. pro Christianiz. Moschet. Soc. titul. honorar. qu. adh. non tant. opt. et Civit. Cleric. Jaalam et S. pro Diffus.
et SS. Ante-Diluv. ubiq. Gent. Soc. Hon. quam probab. put. ***Litt. Uncial. distinx, ut Proes. S.
General. Tenebr. Secret. Corr. llist. Nat. Jaal.
When, more than three years ago, my! I was, at first, inclined to discourage Mr. talented young parishioner, Mr. Biglow, Biglow's attempts, as knowing that the came to me and submitted to my animad- desire to poetize is one of the diseases versions the tirst of his poems which he naturally incident to adolescence, which, intended to commit to the more hazardous | if the fitting remedies be not at once and trial of a city newspaper, it never so much with a bold hand applied, may become as entered my imagination to conceive that chronic, and render one, who might else his proiluctions would ever be gathered have become in due time an ornament of into a fair volume, and ushered into the the social circle, a painful object even to august presence of the reading public by nearest friends and relatives. But thinkmyself. So little are we short-sighted ing, on a further experience, that there morta
vent! I con- was a germ of promise in him which refess that there is to me a quite new satis. quired only culture and the pulling up of faction in being associated (though only weeds from around it, I thought it best to as sleeping partner) in a book which can set before him the acknowledged examples stand by itself in an independent unity on of English composition in verse, and leave the shelves of libraries. For there is always the rest to natural emulation. With this this drawback from the pleasure of print- view, I accordingly lent him some volumes ing a sermon, that, whereas the queasy of Pope and Goldsmith, to the assiduous stomach of this generation will not bear study of which he promised to devote his a discourse long enough to make a sepa- evenings. Not long afterward, he brought rate volume, those religious and godly- me some verses written upon that model, minded children (those Samuels, if I may a specimen of which I subjoin, having call them so) of the brain must at first lie changed some phrases of less elegancy, buried in an undistinguished heap, and and a few rhymes objectionable to the cul. then get such resurrection as is vouchsafed tivated ear. The poem consisted of childto them, mummy-wrapped with a score ish reminiscences, and the sketches which of others in a cheap binding, with no other follow will not seem destitute of truth to mark of distinction than the word “Mis those whose fortunate education began in cellaneous " printed upon the back. Far a country village. And, first, let us hang be it from me to claim any credit for the up his charcoal portrait of the schoolquite unexpected popularity which I am dame. pleased to find these bucolic strains have
in these bucolic strains have | “ Propped on the marsh, a dwelling now, I see attained unto. If I know myself, I am The humble school-house of my A, B, C, measurably free from the itch of vanity; Where well-drilled urchins, each behind his yet I may be allowed to say that I was
tire, not backward to recognize in them a cer
Waited in ranks the wished command to fire,
Then all together, when the signal came, tain wild, puckery, acidulous (sometimes
Discharged their a-b abs against the dame, even verging toward that point which, in
Daughter of Danaus, who corud daily pour our rustic phrase, is termed shut-eye) In treacherous pipkins her Pierian store, flavor, not wholly unpleasing, nor un She, mid the volleyed learning firm and calm, wholesome, to palates cloved with the Patted the furloughed ferule on her palin, sugariness of tamed and cultivated fruit.
And, to our wonder, could divine at once
Who flashed the pan, and who was downright It may be, also, that some touches of my
dunce. own, here and there, may have led to their wider acceptance, albeit solely from my
“There young Devotion learned to climb with
ease larger experience of literature and author
The gnarly limbs of Scripture family-trees, ship.*
And he was most commended and admired
• The reader curious in such matters may refer (if he can find them) to “A serinon preached on the Anniversary of the Dark Day," "An Artillery Election Sermon," "A
Discourse on the Late Eclipse." “Dorcas, &
Who soonest to the topmost twig perspired :) How did it graduate with a courtly ease
Old times acknowledged 'neath the threadTo guttural Pequot or resounding Greek,
bare blue !
Whistling I wade the knee-deep leaves again,
Comes leaping onward with a bark elate
And boisterous tail to greet me at the gate ; And looked at her, pride furnished skill That I was true in absence to our love enough ;
Let the thick dog's-ears in my primer prove."
will possess a melancholy interest to all “Ah, dear old times ! there once it was my
such as have endeavored to glean the mahap,
terials of revolutionary history from the Perched on a stool, to wear the long-eared | lips of aged persons, who took a part in cap :
the actual making of it, and, finding the
ply in an adequate proportion to the deEach with its woodcut and its moral rhyme,
niand. And pierced half-dollars hung on ribbons gay
"Old Joe is gone, who saw hot Percy goad About my neck -- to be restored next day,
His slow artillery up the Concord road, I carried home, rewards as shining then
A tale which grew in wonder, year by year,
As, every time he told it, Joe drew near
To the main fight, till, faded and grown gray,
Then Joe had heard the foe's scared double"Ah, dear old times ! how brightly ye return !
quick How, rubbed afresh, your phosphor traces
Beat on stove drum with one uncaptured burn !
stick, The ramble schoolward through dewspark
And, ere death came the lengthening tale to ling meads
lop, The willow-wands turned Cinderella steeds
Himself had fired, and seen a red-coat drop : The impromptu pinbent hook, the deep re
Had Joe lived long enough, that scrambling morse
fight O'er the chance-captured minuow's inchlong
Had squared more nearly with his sense of corse;
right, The pockets, plethoric with marbles round,
And vanquished Percy, to complete the tale,
Had hammered stone for life in Concord jail."
tracts ought not to be called my own Enlarging still, the popgun's magazine;
| rather than Mr. Biglow's, as, indeed, he The dinner carried in the small tin pail, maintained stoutly that my file had left Shared with some dog, whose most beseech- nothing of his in them. I should not, ing tail
perhaps, have felt entitled to take so great And dripping tongue and eager ears belied
liberties with them, had I not more than The assumed indifference of canine pride;
suspected an hereditary vein of poetry in The caper homeward, shortened if the cart Of Neighbor Pomeroy, trundling from the myself, a very near ancestor having writmart,
ten a Latin poem in the Harvard GratulaO'ertook me, – then, translated to the seat tio on the accession of George the Third. I praised the steed, how stanch he was and Suffice it to say, that, whether not satisfleet,
fied with such limited approbation as I While the bluff farmer, with superior grin,
tik could conscientiously bestow, or from a Explained where horses should be thick, where thin,
sense of natural inaptitude, certain it is And warned me (joke he always had in store) that my young friend could never be ivTo shun a beast that four white stockings duced to any further essays in this kind. wore.
He affirmed that it was to him like writ. What a fine natural courtesy was his !
ing in a foreign tongue, -- that Mr. Pope's His nod was pleasure, and his full bow bliss ; How did his well-thum bed hat, with ardor
versification was like the regular ticking rapt,
of one of Willard's clocks, in which one Its curve decorous to each rank adapt ! could fancy, after long listening, a certain
kind of rhythm or tune, but which yet | Past noontime they went trampin' round
Till, fairly tired o' their spree,
They leaned their guns agin a tree, sweet-water on a trellis growing so fairly, An' jest ez they wuz settin' down or in forms so pleasing to his eye, as a fox- To take their noonin', Joe looked roun' grape over a scrub-oak in a swamp. He And see (acrost lots in a pond added I know not what, to the effect that That warn't mor 'n twenty rod beyond), the sweet-water would only be the more | A goose that on the water sot
| Ez ef awaitin' to be shot. disfigured by having its leaves starched and ironed out, and that Pegāsus (so he
Isrel he ups and grabs his gun; called him) hardly looked right with his
rignt with his Sez he, “By ginger, here's some fun!” mane and tail in curl-papers. These and | “Don't fire," sez Joe, “it aint no use, other such opinions I did not long strive Thet's Deacon Peleg's tame wil-goose": to eradicate attributing then rather to a Seys Isrel, “I don't care a cent.
I've sighted an' I 'll let her went"; defective education and senses untuned by too long familiarity with purely natural ob- His wings a spell, an' quorked, an' dropped.
Bang! went queen's-arm, ole gander flopped jects, than to a perverted moral sense. I was the more inclined to this leniency since Sez Joe, “I would n't ha' been hired sufficient evidence was not to seek. that | At that poor critter to ha' fired, his verses, as wanting as they certainly
But sence it's clean gin up the ghost,
We'll hev the tallest kind o' roast; were in classic polish and point, had some
I guess our waistbands 'u be tight how taken hold of the public ear in a sur
'Fore it comes ten o'clock ternight." prising manner. So, only setting him right as to the quantity of the proper name Pega- | "I won't agree to no such bender," sus, I left him to follow the bent of his nat. Sez Isrel ; " keep it tell it's tender;
"Taint wuth a snap afore it's ripe." ural genius, Yet could I not surrender bim wholly Sez Joe, “I'd jest ez lives eat tripe;
You air a buster ter suppose to the tutelage of the pagan (which, lit. I'd eat what makes me hol' my nose !" erally interpreted, signities village) muse without yet a further effort for his conver- So they disputed to an' fro sion, and to this end I resolved that what | Till cunnin' Isrel sez to Joe, ever of poetic fire yet burned in myself. 1. Don't le's stay here an' play the fool, aided by the assiduous bellows of correct | Jest for a day or two le's hide it
Le's wait till both on us git cool, models, should be put in requisition. Ac-An' then toss up an' so decide it." cordingly, when my ingenious young par "Agreed !" sez Joe, an' so they did, ishioner brought to my study a copy of An' the ole goose wuz safely hid. verses which he had written touching the
Now 't wuz the hottest kind o weather. acquisition of territory resulting from the
An' when at last they come together, Mexican war, and the folly of leaving the
It did n't signify which won, question of slavery or freedom to the ad- Fer all the mischief hed been done : judication of chance, I did myself indite The goose wuz there, but, fer his soul, A short fable or apologue after the man- | Joe would n't ha' tetched it with ner of Gay and Prior. to the end that he | But Isrel kind o' liked the smell on 't might see how easily even such subjects
An' made his dinner very well on 't. as he treated of were capable of a more refined style and more elegant expression.
My own humble attenipt was in manner Mr. Biglow's production was as follows:
and form following, and I print it here, I
sincerely trust, out of no vainglory, but THE TWO GUNNERS.
solely with the bope of doing good. A FABLE Two fellers, Isrel named and Joe,
LEAVING THE MATTER OPEN. One Sundy mornin' 'greed to go
BY HOMER WILBUR, A. M.
Two brothers once, an ill-matched pair,
Together dwelt (no matter where),
To whom an Uncle Sam, or some one,
Were different as rats from rabbits;
Stont Farmer North, with frugal care, An' then arubbin' on it in.
Luid up provision for his heir, Till Joe, less skeered o' doin' wrong
Not scorning with hard sun-browned hands Than bein' laughed at, went along.
| To scrape acquaintance with his lands: