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Marched armies o'er thy tomb with thundering tread,
O’erthrew Osiris, Orus, Apis, Isis, f
If the tomb's secrets may not be confessed,
The nature of thy private life unfold: -
And tears adown that dusky cheek have rolled:-
Statue of flesh — immortal of the dead !
Imperishable type of evanescence !
And standest undecayed within our presence,
11 Why should this worthless tegument endure,
If its undying guest be lost forever ?
In living virtue; that when both must sever,
LI. — SPANISH WAR SONG. Fling forth the proud banner of Leon again; Let the watchword, Castile, go resounding through Spain ! And thou, free Asturias, encamped on the height, Pour down thy dark sons to the vintage of fight;
* Egypt was conquered 525 B.C., by Cambyses, the second king of Persia, f These are the names of Egyptian deities,
Wake! wake! the old soil where our warriors repose,
With Aragon's cry on the shrill mountain blast; 5 The ancient Sierras give strength to our tread,
Their pines murmur song where bright blood hath been shed
LII. — HALLOWED GROUND.
Erect and free,
To bow the knee?
3 Give that! and welcome War to brace
Her drums! and rend Heaven's reeking space!
The charging cheer,
Shall still be dear.
4 And place our trophies where men kneel
To Heaven ! but Heaven rebukes my zeal.
O God above!
To Peace and Love.
Peace, Love! the cherubim that join
Where they are not —
The ticking wood-worm mocks thee, man!
A temple given
Its space is Heaven !
Its roof star-pictured Nature's ceiling,
The harmonious spheres
By mortal ears.
Fair stars ! are not your beings pure ?
Of heavenly love!
10 And in your harmony sublime
I read the doom of distant time;
Shall yet be drawn,
What's hallowed ground ? 'T is what gives birth
Earth's compass round;
All hallowed ground !
II. - FASHIONABLE PARTIES IN NEW NETH
WASHINGTON IRVING. In those happy days, a well-regulated family always rose with the dawn, dined at eleven, and went to bed at sunset. Dinner was invariably a private meal, and the
fat old burghers showed incontestable signs of disapproba$ tion and uneasiness at being surprised by a visit from a
neighbor on such occasions. But though our worthy ancestors were thus singularly averse to giving dinners, yet they kept up the social bands of intimacy by occasional
banquetings, called tea-parties. 1 These fashionable parties were generally confined to the
higher classes, or noblesse, that is to say, such as kept their own cows, and drove their own wagons. The company commonly assembled at three o'clock, and went away. about six, unless it was in winter-time, when the fashionable hours were a little earlier, that the ladies might get home before dark. The tea-table was crowned with a
huge earthen dish, well stored with slices of fat pork, 5 fried brown, cut up into morsels, and swimming in gravy.
The company being seated round the genial board, and each furnished with a fork, evinced their dexterity in launching at the fattest pieces in this mighty dish — in
much the same manner as sailors harpoon porpoises at sea, 10 or our Indians spear salmon in the lakes. Sometimes the
table was graced with immense apple-pies, or saucers full of preserved peaches and pears; but it was always sure to boast an enormous dish of balls of sweetened dough, fried
in bog's fat, and called doughnuts, or olykoeks — a deli15 cious kind of cake, at present scarce known in this city, except in genuine Dutch families.
The tea was served out of a majestic delft tea-pot, ornamented with paintings of fat little Dutch shepherds and
shepherdesses tending pigs — with boats sailing in the air, 20 and houses built in the clouds, and sundry other ingen
ious Dutch fantasies. The beaux distinguished themselves by their adroitness in replenishing this pot from a huge copper tea-kettle, which would have made the pigmy maca
ronies of these degenerate days sweat merely to look at it. 25 To sweeten the beverage, a lump of sugar was laid beside
each cup- and the company alternately nibbled and sipped with great decorum, until an improvement was introduced by a shrewd and economic old lady, which was
to suspend a large lump directly over the tea-table, by a 30 string from the ceiling, so that it could be swung from
mouth to mouth — an ingenious expedient, which is still kept up by some families in Albany; but which prevails without exception in Communipaw, Bergen, Flatbush, and
all our uncontaminated Dutch villages. 35 At these primitive tea-parties the utmost propriety and
dignity of deportment prevailed. No flirting nor coquet