« PreviousContinue »
Expressed in the ancient Scottish saw,
“A Mickle may come to be May'r!”
Alack! for many ambitious beaux !
(The figure is quite Horatian !)
Turn up to observation!
A thriving tailor begged her hand,
By a violent manual action,
An exceedingly Vulgar Fraction!
Another, whose sign was a golden boot,
In a way that was quite appalling:
“The cobbler keep to his calling."
(The Muse must let a secret out,-
At “the dirty low mechanicals,”
From poverty's galling manacles.)
A rich tobacconist comes and sues,
And could you really love him —”.
And altogether above him.
A young attorney of winning grace,
With true judicial celerity;
Is merely a double verity.
The last of those who came to court
A crime by no means flagrant
A ragged fellow "a vagrant.”
A courtly fellow was Dapper Jim,
And maugre his meagre pocket,
With Fortunatus to rock it!
Now Dapper Jim his courtship plied, (I wish the fact could be denied,) With an eye to the purse of the Old MacBride,
And really is nothing shorter!" For he said to himself, in his greedy lust, “Whenever he dies, – as die he must, — And yields to Heaven his vital trust, He's very sure to come down with his dust,'
In behalf of his only daughter."
Quite graciously relented ;
With much disdain, consented !
Alas! that people who've got their box
Secure from all financial shocks,
Without the least apology!
Of Mammon's fierce Zoology!
Old John MacBride, one fatal day,
Of Fortune's undertakers;
Among the brokers and breakers!
At his trade again in the very shop
He follows his ancient calling,
From a dismal dream of falling.
But alas ! for the haughty Miss MacBride! 'Twas such a shock to her precious pride! She could n't recover, although she tried
Her jaded spirits to rally; 'Twas a dreadful change in human affairs, From a Place “Up Town,” to a nook “Up Stairs,''
From an Avenue down to an Alley! Twas little condolence she had, I wot, From her “troops of friends,” who had n't forgot
The airs she used to borrow;
Was a different thing from Sorrow!
Was truly a dismal feature;
But it was n't strange, — they whispered, — at all; That the Summer of pride should have its Fall,
Was quite according to Nature!
And some of those chaps who make a pun,
Remarked that moral transgression
Was a very wicked profession!
And vulgar people, the saucy churls,
And mocked at her situation ;
And that was a consolation!”
And to make her cup of woe run over,
Was the very first to forsake her ; " He quite regretted the step, 'twas true,
The lady had pride enough for two,'
To quiet the butcher and baker! "
Bewails her lonely position; Cramped in the very narrowest niche, Above the poor, and below the rich,
Was ever a worse condition ?
. MORAL. Because you flourish in worldly affairs, Don't be haughty, and put on airs,
With insolent pride of station! Don't be proud, and turn up your nose At poorer people in plainer clo’es,
But learn, for the sake of your soul's repose,
Is subject to irritation !
INFLECTIONS, Continued. The two great principles regulating the use of the falling inflection are force and completeness of expression.
So far as the rising inflection is addressed to the understanding, the circumstance of incompleteness or expectation is the governing principle determining its use. Feeling and harmony give significance to all other rules for its application.
A simple affirmative sentence, or member of a sentence, generally closes with the falling inflection ; as,
“ Language is part of a man's character!.” – Landor.
“Nature is conquered by obeying her!” — Bacon. A simple negative sentence, or member of a sentence, generally closes with the rising inflection ; as,
“Spirits are not finely touched
But to fine issues'.” — Shakespeare. The falling inflection terminates a forcible interrogation, or any form of question, which does not admit of being answered by yes or no; therefore,
Interrogative sentences beginning with a pronoun or adverb, generally close with the falling in flection; as,
“Who knows not that Truth is strong, next to the Almighty'! She needs no policies, nor stratagems, nor licensings, to make her victorious. . . . Let Truth and Falsehood grapple: whoever knew Truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter' ? ” — Milton.
Forms of speech which excite expectation of farther expression, — whether they occur in the form of question, or of incomplete thought, and suspension of sense, - raise or suspend the voice by the rising in flection; therefore —
Interrogative sentences beginning with a verb generally close with the rising in flection ; as,