Графични страници
PDF файл
ePub

SONG OF THE LAUREL.

BELIEVE me difficult, but worth to wear :

(Forgive upon my vernal leaves a tear!)
Long ages back, a wand'rer from the skies*

Thought c'en to lose his godship were not dear,
If he could find sweet favour in my eyes ! -

But Daphne fled him-yes!--and was transform'd
To shape less lovely than she had before ;

Which chill'd his flame: though hers, too late, then warmd;
Repenting at the, still sweet, words he swore,

“O!! though thou may'st not be my loved wife,
And I must mourn such joy-deprived life-

Thy verdant leaves shall yet my signals be
Of all that in the Arts' or Glory's strife

Achieve the envies of a victory! |
On the proud heads of heroes, in each clime,

Shalt thou wreath nobly, as my high approof;
But from all traitors in love, war, or rhyme,

Virtue or friendship, shalt thou be aloof!"

He said ; and crowned with a tiny wreath,
Warm’d by a warming, ling’ring, woman's breathi,

Too late to change her shape or sentiment,
He vow'd to wear me to his very death,-

Though, being a god, no death was surely meant !
So I, for aye, was doom'd a vernal tree

In my cold chasteness, f 'mid an envious grove.
Could I revoke my state, I'd rather be

The thing I was, and listen to liis love!

* It is hardly necessary to say APOLLO, -- whose "primus amor,” according to Ovid, was excited by the Thessalian maid Daphne.

cients ;

t" At conjux quoniam mca non potes esse,

Arbor eris certe, dixit, mea. Semper habebunt

Te coma, te citharæ, te nostræ, Laure, pharetræ.”-Ovid, lib. i. | Sometimes, nevertheless, the Laurel relaxes her severity, and admits of an union with the Black-cherry. This is mentioned by Palladius amongst the an

“ Inscritur Lauro Cerasus, partuque coacto

Tingit adoptivus virginis ora pudor :" and by Cowley amongst the moderns. Speaking of the gardener's power, he says, with a wondrous felicity of expression :

· E'en Daphne's coyneas he duth mock,
And weds the cherry to her stock ;

Though she refused Apollo's suit, -
E'en she, that chaste and virgin tree,

Now wonders at herself to see
That she's a mother made, and blushes in her fruit."

BENTLEY'S
MISCELLANY.

FEBRUARY, 1840.

Contents.

Page

107

123

131

137 153

GUY FAWKES : A HISTORICAL ROMANCE, ILLUSTRATED BY GEORGE
CRUIKSHANK,

BY W. HARRISON AINSWORTH
Book the First.
Chapter III.-Ordsall Hall.

Chapter IV.-The Search.
THE PORTFOLIO OF MR. PETER POPKINS, (DECEASED,)
RELIEF OF THE POOR,--THE MORAL ECONOMY OF LARGE TOWNS,

BY DR. W. C. TAYLOR
CONCLUSION OF JACK SHEPPARD, ILLUSTRATED BY GEORGE
CRUIKSHANK,

BY W. HARRISON AINSWORTH
MR. NIBBLE, WITH AN ILLUSTRATION, BY ALFRED CROWQUILL,
A RAMBLING CRUISE ALONG THE COASTS OF POSILYPO AND BAIÆ

BY W. L. LE GROS,
A CHAPTER ON HAUNTED HOUSES

BY CHARLES MACKAY
A LAY OF ST. ODILLE,

BY THOMAS INGOLDSBY,
ANECDOTES OF FLEET MARRIAGES,
AN IRISH REASON FOR NOT ROBBING THE MAIL,
ENGLAND'S QUEEN, AN ODE FOR MUSIC,
A DAY IN THE BLACK FOREST,
THE ROUND TABLE,

BY OLINTHUS JENKINSON
SONG OF THE MOUNTAIN-ASH,

BY J. A. WADE STANLEY THORN, WITH AN ILLUSTRATION BY GEORGE CRUIKSHANK,

BY THE AUTHOR OF VALENTINE Vox" Chapter IV.-Stanley has an interview with Ripstone, and upsets his nerves alto

gether. Chapter V.-Mustrates how an ardent youth may assume more characters than one. Chapter VI.-Proves how powerful Sophistry is when an Elopement is the object proposed.

156 161 172 177 184 185 186 194 202

[ocr errors]

203

BENTLEY'S NOTICE TO READERS AND CORRESPONDENTS.

In order to present our Readers with the completion of Mr. Ainsworth's “ Jack Sheppard” in the present Number, we have found it necessary to omit the story of “ Colin Clink," which, however, will be resumed in the Number for March.

[graphic][subsumed][ocr errors]
« ПредишнаНапред »