March Flowers

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Knowles, Vose & Company, 1836 - 36 pages
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Page 17 - Now the bright morning star, day's harbinger, Comes dancing from the east, and leads with her The flowery May, who from her green lap throws The yellow cowslip, and the pale primrose. Hail, bounteous May, that dost inspire Mirth, and youth, and warm desire ; Woods and groves are of thy dressing, Hill and dale doth boast thy blessing. Thus we salute thee with our early song, And welcome thee, and wish thee long.
Page 25 - On the banks of the rivers there were abundance of Siphar Trees which consist of vast trunks perforated by a multitude of natural tubes without having any external verdure. When the roots of these were connected with the waters of the river the water was instantly sucked up by some of the tubes and discharged again by others and when properly echoed the operation attended by the most beautiful musical sounds in the world.
Page 30 - ... Grec." And this thing lasted, I believe, for weeks, And curls were flowing o'er each graceful neck For Greece and not for beauty ! He who seeks To know the hobby of the day, and specUlate on what is coming, need but know The latest Paris mode and what's " the go !" And thus you see, that Fashion is symbolical. It is an art, a science, quite profound ; Its characters are always metaphorical, In which the spirit of the Age is found, And, if you will not think me tautological, And in my words see...
Page 36 - ... flight direct of crow, Is the pace of footman Joe ; Crabs that hobble to and fro, In their motions copy Joe. Snails, contemptuous as they go, Look behind and laugh at Joe. An acre any man may mow, Ere across it crawleth Joe. Trip on light fantastic toe Ye that tripping like, for Joe ; Measured steps of solemn woe Better suit with steady Joe. Danube, Severn, Trent, and Po, Backward to the source shall flow, Ere despatch be made by Joe.
Page 30 - ... journals Made war on privilege, and shirts with ruffles, Which led to riots and to horrid scuffles. When they dethroned their rulers, then their hair Was " a la Brutus" — male and female head Both cropp'd — and Madame Tallien, the fair, Who lectured to the learned — when she read She dressed quite masculine, and had the air Of the most noble sex, and all she said Was just like what she wore — which clearly shows She thought there was some meaning in her clothes. And when against the Turks...
Page 29 - tis "1'esprit solide," sometimes "gloriole." It was the fashion once as you all know, To wear stick heels and powder and brocade, Now this was hieroglyphical to show The mind on stilts and formally arrayed In others' manufacture — all was so Stately and stiff; the mind and dress both made For courts and courtiers only to be used ; By common people both would be abused. Then simple thought and dress came in together In that Emporium of both
Page 35 - Would you see a man that's slow ' Come and see our footman, Joe, Most unlike the bounding roe, Or an arrow from a bow, -Or the flight direct of crow, Is the pace of footman Joe. Crabs that hobble to and fro, In their motions copy Joe. Snails, contemptuous as they go, Look behind and laugh at Joe. An acre any man may mow, Ere across it crawleth Joe. Trip on light fantastic toe Ye that tripping like, for Joe ; Measured steps of solemn woe Better suit with steady Joe. Danube, Severn, Trent, and Po...
Page 27 - I another story shall unfold. If this be all, the Indians in their skin Of beast, the palm of wit and sense must win. Their woollen manufacturers are bears, Their colors lasting, " dyed when in the wool." Man gives the brute a stab, and then he tears His coat from off his back with one strong pull ; Better than broadcloth superfine it wears, And fits — tho' made without the tailor's rule.
Page 36 - Tis just alike to lazy Joe. . ' Legal process none can show, If your lawyer move like Joe. Death at last, our common foe, Must trip up the heels of Joe ; And a stone shall tell — " Below, Hardly chang'd, still sleepeth Joe ; Loud shall the final trumpet blow. But the last comer will be Joe.
Page 27 - SOME men pretend that dress is only meant As a protection from the heat and cold ; In which some little vanity is blent, Which shows itself in jewels and in gold, Well, — let their worships think so — I'm content — Tho' I another story shall unfold. If this be all, the Indians in their skin Of beast, the palm of wit and sense must win. Their woollen manufacturers are bears, Their colors lasting,

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