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Even as the page is rustled while we look, | Till some confounded escapade has blighted So by thc poesy of his own mind

The plan of twenty years, and all is over; Over the mystic leaf his soul was shook, And then the mother cries, the father swears, As if 'twere one whereon magicians bind And wonders why the devil he got heirs. Their spells, and give them to the passing

gale, According to some good old woman's tale. But Inez was so anxious and so clear

Of sight, that I must think, on this occasion,

She had some other motive much more near Thus would he while his lonely hours away For leaving Juan to this new temptation; Dissatisfied, nor knowing what he wanted; But what that motive was, I sha'n't say here, Nor glowing reverie, nor poet's lay, Perhaps to finish Juan's education, Could yield his spirit that for which it Perhaps to open Don Alfonso's eyes,

panted,

In case he thought his wife too great a prize. A bosom whereon he his head might lay, And hear the heart beat with the love it

granted,

It was upon a day, a summer's day ;With several other things, which I forget, Summer's indeed a very dangerous season, Or which, at least, I need not mention yet. And so is spring about the end of May;

The sun, no doubt, is the prevailing reason;

But whatsoe'er the cause is, one may say, Those lonely walks and lengthening reveries And stand convicted of more truth than Could not escape the gentle Julia's eyes;

treason, She saw that Juan was not at his ease;

That there are months which nature grows But that which chiefly may and must

more merry insurprise,

March has its hares, and May must have Is, that the Donna Inez did not tease

its heroine. Her only son with question or surmise; Whether it was she did not see, or would not, Or, like all very clever people, could not. 'Twas on a summer's day-the sixth of Jane:

I like to be particular in dates,

Not only of the age, and year, but moon: This may seem strange, but yet 'tis very They are a sort of post-house, where theFates

Change horses, making history change its For instance--geutlemen, whose ladies take

tune, Leave to o’erstep the written rights of Then spur away o'er empires and o’er states,

woman,

Leaving at last not much besides chronology, And break the--Which commandment is't Excepting the post-obits of theology,

they break? (I have forgot the number, and think no man Should rashly quote, for fear of a mistake.) 'Twas on the sixth of June, about the hour I say, when these same gentlemen are jealous, of half-past six-perhaps still nearer seven, They make some blunder, which their ladies When Julia sate within as pretty a bower

tell us.

As e'er held houri in that heathcnish heaven
Described by Mahomet,and Anacreon-Moore,

To whom the lyre and laurels have been A real husband always is suspicious,

given, But still no less suspects in the wrong place, With all the trophies of triumphant songJealous of some one who had no such wishes, He won them well, and may he wear them Or pandering blindly to his own disgrace

long! By harbouring some dear friend extremely

vicious; The last indeed's infallibly the case: She sate, but not alone; I know not well And when the spouse and friend are gone How this same interview had taken place,

off wholly,

And even if I knew, I should not tellHe wonders at their vice, and not his folly. People should hold their tongues in any case;

No matter how or why the thing befel,

But there were she and Juan face to faceThus parents also are at times short-sighted; When two such faces are so, 'twould be wise, Though watchful as the lynx, they ne'er But very difficult, to shut their eyes.

discover, The while the wicked world beholds,

delighted, How beautiful she look'd! her conscious heart Young Hopeful's mistress, or Miss Fanny's Glow'd in her cheek, and yet she felt no lover,

wrong.

common:

soon

Oh Lovel how perfect is thy mystic art, I cannot know what Juan thought of this, Strengthening the weak and trampling on But what he did, is much what you would do;

the strong;

His young lip thank'd it with a grateful kiss, How self-deceitful is the sagest part And then, abash'd at its own joy, withdrew Of mortals whom thy lure hath led along: In deep despair, lest he had done amiss, The precipice she stood on was immense – Love is so very timid when 'tis new: So was her creed in her own innocence. She blush'd and frown'd not, but she strove

to speak,

And held her tongue, her voice was grown She thought of her own strength, and Juan's

so weak. youth And of the folly of all prudish fears, Victorious virtue, and domestic truth, The sun sct, and up rose the yellow moon: And then of Don Alfonso's fifty years : The devil's in the moon for mischief; they I wish these last had not occurra, in sooth, Who call'd her CHASTE, methinks, began too Because that number rarely much endears, And through all climes, the snowy and the Their nomenclature; there is not a day,

sunny,

The longest, not the twenty-first of June, Soundsill in love, whate'er it may in money. Sees half the business in a wicked way

On which three single hours of moonshine

smileWhen people say, "I've told you fifty times,” And then she looks so modest all the while. They mean to scold, and very often do; When poets say, "I've written fifty rhymes," They make you read that they'll recite There is a dangerous silence in that hour,

them too;

A stillness which leaves room for the full In gangs of fifty,thieves commit their crimes;

soul At fifty love for love is rare, 'tis true; To open all itself, without the power But then, no doubt, it equally as true is, Of calling wholly back its self-control; A good deal may be bought for fifty Lonis. The silver-light which, hallowing tree and

tower,

Sheds beauty and deep softness o'er the Julia had honour, virtue, truth, and love,

whole, For Don Alfonso; and she inly swore, Breathes also to the heart, and o'er it throws By all the vows below to powers above, A loving languor, which is not repose. She never would disgrace the ring she wore, Nor leave a wish which wisdom might

reprove;

And Julia sate with Juan, half embraced And while she ponder'd this, besides much And half retiring from the glowing arm,

more,

Which trembled like the bosom where 'twas One hand on Juan's carelessly was thrown,

placed ; Quite by mistake-she thought it was her Yet still she must have thought there was no

harm, Or else 'twere easy to withdraw her waist;

But then the situation had its charm, Unconsciously she lean'd upon the other, And then - God knows what next-I can't Which play'd within the dangles of her hair;

go on : And to contend with thoughts she could I'm almost sorry that I c'er begun.

not smother She seem'd, by the distraction of her air. "Twas surely very wrong in Juan's mother Oh Plato! Plato! you have paved the way, To leave together this imprudent pair, With your confounded fantasies, to more She who for many years had watch'd her son Immoral conduct by the fancied sway

Your system feigns o'er the controlless core I'm very certain mine would not have done so. Of human hearts, than all the long array

Of poets and romancers: You're a bore,

A charlatan, a coxcomb- and have been, The hand which still held Juan's,by degrees At best, no better than a go-between. Gently, but palpably, confirm'd its grasp, As if it said “detain me, if you please;" Yet there's no doubt she only meant to clasp And Julia's voice was lost, except in sighs, His fingers with a pure Platonic squeeze; Until too late for useful conversation; She would have shrunk as from a toad or asp, The tears were gushing from her gentle eyes, Had she imagined such a thing could rouse I wish, indeed, they had not had occasion ; - A feeling dangerous to a prudent spouse. But who, alas! can love, and then be wise?

own;

SO

Not that remorse did not oppose temptation, Our coming, and look brighter when we A little still she strove, and much repented,

coine ; And whispering “I will ne'er consent" 'Tis sweet to be awaken'd by the lark,

consented. Or lullid by falling waters; sweet the hum

Of bees, the voice of girls, the song of birds,

The lisp of children, and their earliest Tis said that Xerxes offer'd a reward

words; To those who could invent him a new

pleasure; Methinks the requisition's rather hard, Sweet is the vintage, when the showering And must have cost his majesty a treasure:

grapes For my part, I'm a moderate-minded bard, In Bacchanal-profusion reel to earth Fond of a little love (which I call leisure); Purple and gushing ; sweet are our escapes I care not for new pleasures, as the old From civic revelry to rural mirth ; Are quite enough for me, so they but hold. Sweet to the miser are his glittering heaps;

Sweet to the father is his first-born's birth;

Sweet is revenge - especially to women, Oh Pleasure! you're indeed a pleasant thing, Pillage to soldiers, prize-money to seamen; Although one must be damnd for you, no

doubt; I make a resolution every spring

Sweet is a legacy; and passing sweet Of reformation ere the year run out, The unexpected death of some old lady But somehow,this my vestal vow takes wing, Or gentleman of seventy years completo, Yet still, I trust, it may be kept throughout: Who've made “us youth' wait too -- too long I'm very sorry, very much ashamed,

already And mean, next winter,to be quite reclaim'd. For an estate, or cash, or country-seat,

Still breaking, but with stamina so steady,

That all the Israelites are fit to mob its Here my chaste muse a liberty must takem Next owner for their double-damn'd post Start not! still chaster reader-she'll be

obits; nice henceForward, and there is no great cause to quake: This liberty is a poetic license,

'T'is sweet to win,no matter how,one's laurels Which some irregularity may make By blood or ink; 'tis sweet to put an end In the design, and as I have a high sense To strife; 'tis sonetimes sweet to have our Of Aristotle and the Rules, 'tis fit

quarrels, To beg his pardon when I err a bit. Particularly with a tiresome friend ;

Sweet is old wine in bottles, ale in barrels;

Dear is the helpless creature we defend This license is to hope the reader will Against the world; and dear the schoolboySuppose from June the sixth (the fatal day,

spot Without whose epoch my poetic skill, We ne'er forget, though there we are forgot; For want of facts,would all be thrown away), But keeping Julia and Don Juan still In sight, that several months have pass’d; But sweeter still than this, than these, than

all, Twas in November, but I'm not so sure Is first and passionate love-it stands alone, About the day, the era 's more obscure. Like Adam's recollection of his fall;

The tree of knowledge has been pluckd

all's known We'll talk of that anon.- Tis sweet to hear And life yields nothing further to recal At midnight on the blue and moonlit deep Worthy of this ambrosial sin so shown, The song and oar of Adria's gondolier, No doubt in fable, as the unforgiven By distance mellow'd, o'er the waters sweep; Fire which Prometheus filch'd for us from 'Tis sweet to see the evening-star appear;

heaven. Tis sweet to listen as the night-winds creep From leaf to leaf; 'tis sweet to view on high The rainbow, based on ocean, span the sky; Man's a strange animal, and makes strange

Of his own nature and the various arts, Tis sweet to hear the watch-dog's honest And likes particularly to produce

bark

Some new experiment to show his parts : Bay deep-mouth'd welcome as we draw near This is the age of oddities let loose,

home;

Where different talents find their different Tis sweet to know there is an eye will mark

marts;

we'll say

lise

You'd best begin with truth, and when | 'Twas, as the watchmen say, a clondy night;

you've lost your No moon, no stars, the wind was low or loud Labour, there's a sure market for imposture. By gusts, and many a sparkling hearth was

bright

With the piled wood, round which the What opposite discoveries we have seen!

family crowd; (Signs of true genius, and of empty pockets) There's something cheerful in that sort of One makes new noses, one a guillotine,

light, One breaks your bones, one sets them in Even as a summer sky's without a cloud:

their sockets; I'm fond of fire, and crickets, and all that, But vaccination certainly has been A lobster-salad, and champagne, and chat. A kind antithesis to Congreve's rockets,

'Twas midnight-Donna Julia was in bed,

Sleeping, most probably,- when at her door Bread has been made ( indifferent) from Arose a clatter might awake the dead,

potatoes,

If they had never been awoke beforeAnd galvanism has set some corpsesgrinning, And that they have been so we all have read, But has not answer'd like the apparatus

And are to be so, at the least, once moreof the Humane Society's beginning,

The door was fasten’d, but,with voice and fist, By which men are unsuffocated gratis ;– First knocks were heard, then “Madam What vondrous new machines have late

Madam-hist! been spinning! For God's sake, Madam-Madam — here's

my master, With more than half the city at his backWas ever heard of such a curst disaster ? 'Tis not my fault-I kept good watch

Alack !

Do, pray, undo the bolt a little fasterThis is the patent-age of new inventions They're on the stair just now, and in a crack For killing bodies, and for saving souls, Will all be here; perhaps he yet may flyAll propagated with the best intentions : Surely the window's not so very high!" Sir Humphry Davy's lantern, by which coals Are safely mined for in the mode he mentions, Tombuctoo-travels, voyages to the Poles, By this time Don Alfonso was arrived Are ways to benefit mankind, as true, With torches, friends, and servants in great Perhaps, as shooting them at Waterloo.

number; The major part of them had long been wived,

And therefore paused not to disturb the Man 's a phenomenon, one knows not what,

slumber And wonderful beyond all wondrous of any wicked woman, who contrived

measure;

By stealth her husband's temples to Tis pity though, in this sublime world, that

encumber : Pleasure 's a sin, and sometimes sin 's a Examples of this kind are so contagious,

pleasure; Were one not punished, all would be Few mortals know what end they would

outrageous. be at, But whether glory,power,or love,or treasure, The path is through perplexing ways, and I can't tell how, or why, or what suspicion

when

Could enter into Don Alfonso's head; The goal is gain'd, we die, you know -- and But for a cavalier of his condition

then

It surely was exceedingly ill-bred,
Without a word of previous admonition,

To hold a levee round his lady's bed, What then ?-I do not know, no more do And summon lackeys, arm’d with fire and you

sword, And so good-night. - Return we to our story: To prove himself the thing he most abhorr'd. 'Twas in November, when fine days are few, And the far mountains wax a little hoary, And clap a white cape on their mantles blue, Poor Donna Julia! starting as from sleep And the sea dashes round the promontory, (Mind--that I do not say, she had not slept), And the loud breaker boils against the rock, Began at once to scream, and yawn, and And sober suns must set at five o'clock.

weep;

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Her maid Antonia, who was an adept, “Insult on insult heap, and wrong on Contrived to fling the bed-clothes in a heap,

wrong! As if she had just now from out them crept: It was for this that I became a bride! I can't tell why she should take all this For this in silence I have suffer'd long

trouble

A husband like Alfonso at my side; To prove ber mistress had been sleeping But now I'll bear no more, nor here remain,

double.

If there be law, or lawyers, in all Spain.

But Julia «mistress, and Antonia maid, “Yes, Don Alfonso ! husband now no more,
Appear'd like two poor harmless women, who If ever you indeed deserved the name,
of goblins, but still more of men, afraid, Is't worthy of your years ?- you have three-
Had thought one man might be deterr'd

score,
by two,

Fifty, or sixty-it is all the sameAnd therefore side by side were gently laid, Is't wise or fitting causeless to explore Until the hours of absence should run For facts against a virtuous woman's fame?

through,

Ungrateful,perjured, barbarons Don Alfonso! And truant husband should return, and say, How dare you think your lady would go “My dear, I was the first who came away.”

on so ?

Now Julia found at length a voice, and cried, "Is it for this I have disdain'd to hold “In heaven's name, Don Alfonso, what d'ye The common privileges of my sex ?

mean?

That I have chosen a confessor so old Has madness seized you? would that I had And deaf, that any other it would vex,

died

And never once he has had cause to scold, Ere such a monster's victim I had been ! But found my very innocence perplex What may this midnight-violence betide, So much, he always doubted I was married A sudden fit of drunkenness or spleen? How sorry you will be when I've miscarried! Dare you suspect me, whom the thought

would kill?
Search, then, the room!”– Alfonso said, “Was it for this that no Cortejo ere

“I will."
I yet have chosen from out the youth of

Seville ?

Is it for this I scarce went any where, He search'd, they search'd, and rummaged Except to bull-fights, mass, play, rout, and every where,

revel? Closet and clothes'-press, chest and window- Is it for this, whate'er my suitors were,

seat,

I favour'd none-nay, was almost uncivil? And found much linen lace, and several pair Is it for this that General Count O'Reilly, Of stockings, slippers, brushes, combs, Who tookAlgiers,declares I used him vilely?

complete, With other articles of ladies fair, To keep them beautiful, or leave them neat: “Did not the Italian Musico Cazzani Arras they prick'd and curtains with their Sing at my heart six months at least in swords,

vain ? And wounded several shutters, and some Did not his countryman, Count Corniani,

boards.

Call me the only virtuous wife in Spain?
Were there not also Russians, English,

many ? Under the bed they search’d, and there they The Count Strongstroganoff I put in pain,

found

And Lord Mount Coffeehouse, the Irish peer, No matter what-it was not that they sought; Who kill'd himself for love (with wine) They open’d windows, gazing if the ground Had signs or foot-marks, but the earth said

nought; And then they stared each other's faces round: "Have I not had two bishops at my feet? Tis odd, not one of all these seekers thought, The Duke of Ichar, and Don Fernan Nunez, And seems to me almost a sort of blunder, And is it thus a faithful wife you treat? Of looking in the bed as well as under. I wonder in what quarter now the moon is:

I praise your vast forbearance not to beat

Me also, since the time so opportune is During this inquisition Julia's tongue Oh, valiant man! with sword drawn and Was not asleep_“Yes, search and search,”

cock'd trigger, she cried, Now, tell me, don't you cut a pretty figure?

last year.

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