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“« Will you promise that, this night?' love-powdher for a sweetheart ov my asked Kitty
own, I might get it betther from the "I promise,' returned the other; shop than from Mrs. Costigan. How and from the slap that followed, I think the docthor laughed when I axed for they shook hands on it.
it; and he was a mighty 'cute man, i Well, then,' commenced Kitty, the Heavens be his bed, for many a life you must get some love-powdher and he saved, so he soon wormed out of me mix it in his drink.'
all I have been tellin' your honour; “Love-powder !' repeated Nancy. an’ when he asked me if I thought • I never heard tell of such a thing.' Miss Mullins would give Jerry the "You're wiser now,' laughed Kitty ; powdher, and I said yes.
Well, o'tis the only thing for a bashful man; then, no harm in bringing this at all wben once he tastes it, he grows bould events,' he said, as I'm having the as the best o' them.'
gig, and, Dan, you shall have a sate; "6" And where is it sold ?' demanded and he put a matter like the worm of Nancy Mullins.
a potteen-still, with the medicine, into « At Mrs. Costigan's.'
the gig, and we started for home. - The wise woman?' demanded
Though I lost no time on the road, Nancy, anxiously.
the clock struck ten ere we left Athy, «• The wise woman,' echoed her com- and I said by that time the hounds panion.
quitted the kennel, and were on the “ This was a fortune-teller, plase way to the meet. The docthor touched your honour, who lived near the Dane's up his horse, and we trotted on gaily, Rath, you noticed a-blow near the till we came to the cross leading to Barrow side.”
Bat Mullins's farm. Here one of the « « Oh! I can't go,' sobbed poor
gossoons, with his face as white as a Nancy; the priest spoke again any sheet, ran against the gig, as he cried, one having call to her; and you know half breathless, Whip up the bohreen we're to have the station soon.'
for your life, docthor dear, poor Jerry «« « Well, I wash my hands out of you, Nowlan's aʼmost ofl.' for I can't think of anything else. So, «« What ails him, Patsy ?' asked the good night, Miss Mullins, and a better doctor, turning the gig. adwiser,' said Kitty, as she turned Foamin' like a mad dog, and aside to depart.
takin' four men to hould him.' « Oh! do not leave me, for pity " Thank God, we may save him sake,' cried Nancy, “I've no friend yet,' muttered the doctor, an' he kept but you I dare spake to, Kitty dear ; skelpin' the horse along the rough and I suppose I had better go, if it's for road, an' the gig leapin’ from jowlt to the best.'
jowlt; 'twas as much as we could do to "" I know no other way to bring him keep our sates. round,' observed Kitty, it's only a « lle pulled up at the door with a short step from this to the wise wo. jerk that nearly druy the gig into the man's: no one will see you, an' to- kitchen windys, and the cries of the morrow the hounds will be passing women, and groaning of poor Jerry, your door, when you can have a cup o' with the shouting and noise of the syllabub or a dandy o'punch, and just men, as they almost failed to keep him drop the powdher into it, and you'll see down, were distracting. my words are true.'
«« Out with you, Dan,' cried the • The girls kissed each other. I wait- docthor, and get out the stomach. ed till I see Nancy take the road to pump.' the Rath, an' went in to deliver my “ I did not know what he meant. errands.
• There's no pump nearer than the “One of the family was taken sick Great House, sir,' I said ; but there's in the night with consternation of the bowels, I think they called it, an' “ * You be banged, you omadhawn ! I was sent over to Athy early, to the Lift up the cushion till I open the docthor's shop, to bid him come imme- box;' and on my raising the lid of diately. When I see all the beautiful the drivin'-sate, be pulled out the physics, in blue and yallow bottles, machine that reminded me of the still, and quare snakes, and other combus- and hurried witb it into the house. tibles, I thought if I could get a little “ The moment the docthor laid his
a very fine well.
eyes on Jerry, he knew what ailed up the whites of his eyes, and rested him. All the effects of arsenic were his arms around Nancy's white neckbefore him.
and, poor girl, she was delighted, for "I guessed as much,' he said. she thought Kitty Molloy's words were • What did be take the powder in?' coming true; when, Lord save us froin
"so Milk,' was the reply, from a do. barm! he fell from the saddle as if he zen voices.
was shot, and foamed at the mouth, ««• How long since ?'
workin' like one in the fallin'-sick. 6. Not ten ininutes from the timo
Mrs. Costigan never gave ano.
ther look, but cut away as if the " " Then there's hope for him yet,' hounds were chasing her, and tale nor said the worthy jontleman, and he tidings were never heard of her again." fell to work pumping at Jerry, and I “ Did Jerry forgive Miss Mullins ?" pouring in hot wather, and, glory be we inquired. to God, he did wondhers, and brought Ayeh ! 'tis he that did, and mar. him to.
ried her in style, with Kitty Molloy “And oh ! when poor Nancy, who had as bridesmaid. “Shure,' sis she, “ 'tis been the cause of such destruction to I made the match afier all, for you the boy she loved best in the world, must bring a bashful man to death's found that his life was saved, how she door before you get any good of threw herself on her knees before the him.'" docthor, and prayed blessings on his
While our entertaining companion gray hairs; and he kissed her, and thus shortened the road, we had pass. lifted her up, and told her he knew ed by various country seats. Some Jerry loved her, and if she came to locks are on the stream of the Barrow, consult him, instead of the wise wo. which is increased in volume by juncman, he would have spared her all she tion with divers small rivers, the Lerr suffered. Poor Jerry himself remained and the Greese, which fall into it near at Mrs. Mullins's for a fortnight, be- the bounds of the counties Carlow and ing as wake as a child, with pains in Kildare. In our progress through the bis bones, and the joints of his legs parish of Urglin, in the County Care without motion. We thought he was Sow, our companion pointed out Pala. crippled for life ; but by good care, tine town, with the handsome residence and the best of nursing – and may be
of F. W'. Burton, Esq., Burton Hall, Nancy was not taking good care of surrounded by fine woodlands. Ruthim – he caine round, and in six land House and Rutland Lodge are months he was brave and hearty as
also in this district. We caught glimpever.”
ses of Mount Leinster and Black. “ Was the wise woman prosecuted ?" stairs Mountain, separating Carlos we inquired.
from the County Wexford, and skirted “ She, the deluderer," replied Dan. the spacious demesne of Oakpark, to “ Likely enough. Do you think the Besfield Lock. The smoke and bustle, wise woman would let herself be nab- crowded houses, and clamour of a large bed that way. She happened to be town, now rose on every side, and we prowlin' about just when Jerry got entered Carlow, an account of which the bowl o' milk from Miss Mullins, we must reserve for the next number of and when he drank it, he just turned our national Magazine.
J. R. O'F.
Once again “the year is growing ancient." Another of those cycles, seventy of which measure the ordinary life of man, is well nigh completed. One more of those seventy waves, which drift man into Eternity, is just about to break on the shore of Time. Hours, and days, and months, have poured out their sands, to make up the sum of one of the most eventful years this generation has seen; and, as it speeds irrevocably away, we stand on the skirt of the unretraceable Past, on the brink of the unknown Future. “ Horæ cedunt, dies, menses, anni: nec præteritum tempus unquam revertitur, nec quod sequatur sciri potest.” It is good to pause a moment at seasons such as these, if it be only to take breath, ere we start anew on the race of life, to look around us, and consider whence we have come, whither we are going
“'Tis wisely great to talk of our past hours." The Past! the irrevocable past! All that we once looked forward to with an intense desire — all that we sought so eagerly to accomplish for a moment, and for a moment only, became the PRESENT ; and in that moment only became ours--perishing in the using, dying in our embrace, or phantom-like, eluding our arms; and the moment after beyond our reach once more, as the things that have been, hurrying away into the dim distance, growing smaller and smaller, fainter and fainter every hour – till, like the lessening objects on the distant horizon that shrink into misty spots in the physical landscape, they, too, shrink as they recede, occupying but a little space in the field of our mental vision, till at last we can only discern them by the light of Memory that illumines them upon the far away verge of the past.
MEMORY, "the warder of the brain,” the great magician of life. She stands far away behind us, holding up her mirror; so that, when at times we stop a moment in our onward progress, and turn the mind's eye backwards, we see the things that have long since sped away, caught and deflected in their course by that magic glass and lo! the phantasms of the departed flit back to meet us, and the images all stand before us, “lifeless, but life-like,”-our childhood, our youth, our manhood, and all the scenes and beings with which we conversed some dim, and shadowy, and undefined-soine standing out with sharp outlines and in strong colours, so that we think we can handle them with our hands, and see them with the eyes of our body. And thus Memory gives us back the days that are gone—its pleasures and its sorrows, its good and its evil
Break in the light of the moon on the shore-
Strings of the air-lute their wings tremble o'er ;
Pure, as the spring from its fountain-heart welling
Through the hot sands in the wilderness lone,
All the dear memories of days that are gone.
Smiles like the sunlight, and tears like the dew;
Prime_with its dreams of the grand and the true.
Night give new dreams, and the vase find new store ;
Memory! oh, give back the sweet days of yore! There is no sentiment that obtrudes itself more constantly upon a thoughtful man than this, that human life, with all its business and its bustle, its toils and its cares, its hopes and its fears, has more of the unreal than the real in it, more of the shadow than the substance, ever fleeting and transient. Sages and pł. losophers, in all ages, bave felt this sad and solemn truth, and proclaimed it to the world. " Man,” says the poet-king of Israel, " walketh in a vain shadow, sai disquieteth himself in vain.” “Our days on earth are but a shadow, and there is none abiding.” And the great preacher upon vanities bears the same testimony, “ All the days of his vain life, which he spendeth as a shadow.” Pindar calls man “the dream of a shadow, Ixiãs ősee täv@gwtow; and Æschylus still more happily designates human lite--""Oyag ísesgópartor"-a dream that appeareth in the daylight. St. Chrysostom, who was himself an elegant scholar and well acquainted with the classical literature of ancient Greece, had, in all probability
, the sentiments of these poets in his mind, when, speaking of life, he says, “ Like a shadow and a dream it flitteth away, having nothing that is true, nothing that is stable. * And again, in one of his fine homilies, he thus preaches
Our life is like a scene in a play, or a vision of the night. For, as in the scene when the curtain drops, the decorations disappear ; and the visions, when the light of the sun shines in upon the sleeper, all fit away, so, in like manner, when the last hour for all and for each draweth nigh, all these things are dissolved and vanish." +
But if life be thus unreal-if the past be as a shadow, and the present but a dream—where shall we look for the real and the abiding? Where but in the future—the future beyond the grave—the morrow not of I'ime, but of Eternity, when
“ The days breaketh, and the shadows flee away." Strange paradox of Nature! mysterious antagonism between the physical and the moral condition of our being ! "To the eye of the Christian philosopher, as of the Christian poet, this life is
6. The land of apparitions, empty shades!
All, all on earth is shadow-all beyond
Is substance." There indeed is the real, the true, the stable. The strong hand of that most sublime and beneficent of God's ministers-Death-rends away the clay-scales from the eyes of the soul; her vision is no longer diseased that she sees spectres, no longer dim that she fails to see realities, no longer short to see the whole
. And so there is no shifting, no passing by parts across the field of view; but all is beheld in its entirety, and therefore unchangingly.
In the midst, then, of all this fleeting, changeful, phantom-life, wherein we now dreamily move, let no man fail to take these comforting thoughts to bis
Καθάπερ σκια και όναρ ταρατρεχει, ουδεν αληθες ουδεν βέβαιον εχον. Hom. XXXy, iD cap. xiv. Gen.
ή Σκηνή τις εστιν ο βιος και όναρ. Καθαπερ γαρ έσι της σκηνής, του σκηνους αρθεντος, και ποικιλιαι διαλύονται, και τα όνειρατα, της ακτινος φάνισης, παντα αφισταται ούτω και την της συντελειας γενομενης, και της κοινής και της ενος έκαστου, ταντα λιταί και αφανι ζιται.Ep. i. Tim., cap. 5, Hom. XV.
soul they will not make him the less earnest to do whatsoever his hand findeth to do; but while he is occupied about the things of time, let him not be falsely craven to the nobility of his nature, to fear to avow that he looks beyond and above the earth, and fixes his hopes on heaven. Let us listen to Nature while she teaches us this lesson in a figure :
“ Tongues in trees--books in the running brooks."-SHAKSPEARE.
The Willow grows beside the River,
And the boughs bang o'er its flow,
Kiss the waves that run below.
With a sad, mysterious tone,
Gurgling break on bank and stone.
In the sun-glints through the tree,
To its plaintive melody?
Brightest joys have shortest stay-
With thy kisses far away :
Swoln and glittering on my tide,
Meet and wreck them as they glide."-
Soars a Lark in airy rings,
Of his sun-illumined wings.
With this glad song, as he flics-
And thy hopes within the skies.” But it was not of such things that we sat down to write. The rude winds are blustering outside our close-curtained room ; the rain is plashing in drearily against our window-panes, and we feel that the winter is indeed upon us. Well, let bim come. Happy, if we never meet worse enemies than “ winter and cold weather.” Come, then, thou hoary-headed and dripping shiverer : if thou art, indeed, an enemy, we will deal with thee as the great Christian philosopher of Tarsus enjoins us to deal with all our enemies. We will feed thee, we will give thee drink, we will “heap coals of fire upon thy head ;” we will thaw away all thy ice; we will dry thy dripping garments ; we will hush thy mournings, and wipe away thy tears. So now, be jolly, old fellow, and sing us a stave
" Heigh ho! sing heigh ho! unto the green holly ;
Then heigh ho the holly,
This life is most jolly." Oh! rare Will Shakspeare, thou hast a sentiment for every season a phrase for every thought-something apposite in the way of expression for every phase of human feeling; and they who cannot make their winter nights pass away gaily in thy company must have “hearts in their bellies no bigger than pins' beads."