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THE PROUD MISS MAC BRIDE.-J. G. SAXE.

1. O, TERRIBLY proud was Miss Mac Bride,

The very personification of Pride,
As she minced along in Fashion's tide,
Adown Broadway,-on the proper side,

When the golden sun was setting ;
There was pride in the head she carried so high,
Pride in her lip, and pride in her eye,
And a world of pride in the very sigh

That her stately bosom was fretting ;

2. O, terribly proud was Miss Mac Bride,

Proud of her beauty, and proud of her pride,
And proud of fifty matters beside

That wouldn't have borne dissection;
Proud of her wit, and proud of her walk,
Proud of her teeth, and proud of her talk,
Proud of “knowing cheese from chalk,"

On a very slight inspection !

3. Proud abroad, and proud at home,

Proud wherever she chanced to come,
When she was glad, and when she was glum;

Proud as the head of a Saracen
Over the door of a tippling shop!-
Proud as a duchess, proud as a fop,
“ Proud as a boy with a bran-new top,”

Proud beyond comparison !

4. Her birth, indeed, was uncommonly high,

For Miss Mac Bride first opened her eye
Thro' a sky-light dim, on the light of the sky;

But pride is a curious passion, -
And in talking about her wealth and worth,
She always forgot to mention her birth,

To people of rank and fashion !

5. But Miss Mac Bride had something beside

Her lofty birth to nourish her pride,-
For rich was the old paternal Mae Bride,

According to publie rumor;
And he lived "Up Town," in a splendid Square,
And kept his daughter on dainty fare,
And
gave
her
gems

that were rich and rare, And the finest rings and things to wear,

And feathers enough to plume her!
6. An honest mechanic was John Mac Bride,
As ever an honest calling plied,

Or graced an honest ditty;
For John had worked in his early day,
In “ Pots and Pearls,” the legends say,
And kept a shop with a rich array
Of things in the soap and candle way,

In the lower part of the city.
7. A young attorney of winning grace,

Was scarce allowed to “ open his face,”
Ere Miss Mac Bride had closed his case

With true judicial celerity ;
For the lawyer was poor and "seedy" to boot,
And to say the lady discarded his suit,

Is merely a double verity.
8. The last of those who came to court
Was a lively beau of the dapper sort,
Without

any

visible means of support,"
A crime by no means flagrant
In one who wears an elegant coat,
But the very point on which they vote

A ragged fellow "a vagrant." 9. A courtly fellow was Dapper Jim,

Sleek and supple, tall and trim,
And smooth of tongue as neat of limb;

And maugre his meagre pocket,
You'd say, from the glittering tales he told,
That Jim had slept in a cradle of gold,

With Fortunatus to rock it!

10. Now Dapper Jim his courtship plied,

(I wish the fact could be denied,)
With an eye to the purse of the old Mac Bride,

And really “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.”

11. And the very magnificent Miss Mac Bride,
Half in love and half in pride,

Quite graciously consented;
And tossing her head, and turning her back,
No token of proper pride to lack,—
To be a Bride without the “ Mac,”

With much disdain, consented !

12. Alas! that people who've got their box

Of cash beneath the best of locks,
Secure from all financial shocks,
Should stock their fancy with fancy stocks,
And madly rush upon Wall-street rocks,

Without the least apology!
Alas! that people whose money affairs
Are sound beyond all need of repairs,
Should ever tempt the bulls and bears

Of Mammon's fierce Zoology.

13. Old John Mac Bride, one fatal day,

Became the unresisting prey

Of Fortune's undertakers;
And staking his all on a single die,
His foundered bark went high and dry

Among the brokers and breakers !
14 But, alas! for the haughty Miss Mac Bride,

'Twas such a shock to her precious pride!
She couldn'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! 15. And to make her cup of woe run over, Her elegant ardent plighted lover,

Was the very first to forsake her;
“He quite regretted the step, 'twas true,
The lady had pride enough 'for two,
But that alone would never do

To quiet the butcher and baker!" 16. And now the unhappy Miss Mac Bride, The merest ghost of her early pride,

Bewails her lonely position;
Cramped in the very narrowest niche,
Above the poor, and below the rich,

Was ever a worse condition ?

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MORAL.

17. 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,
That wealth's a bubble that comes and goes !
And that all Proud Flesh wherever it grows,

Is subject to irritation !

A DISOBLIGER DISOBLIGED.-MARTIN DOYLE. 1. Two gentlemen, brothers, called at the office to take seats for the following morning, in the Kilkenny coach ; there were fortunately two inside places vacant, as the elder brother was, from his appearance, obviously suffering under some oppressive ailment, and the other in rather a delicate state of health. Between the two there happened not to be more cash than was sufficient to pay for one passenger; the second brother said he would bring the fare with him in the morning, and went away. In a short time after, another person came into the office, asked for a seat in the same coach, tendered his money, insisted on the strict rule being observed, and was booked accordingly.

2. The next morning an hour before day, the brothers arrived; the invalid got in, and the other putting down his fare was told that the place was filled by one who had paid his money, and who threatened that, if refused his place, he would hire a chaise for the whole journey to Dublin, at the expense of the coach proprietors. The young man looked into the coach, and finding all seats occupied, begged, and was strenuously supported by his brother, to be admitted, even for a stage or two, as he was not in good health, and the rain poured down in a tremendous deluge.

3. The rest of the coach company seemed to yield, but the stiff gentleman was contrary, as will sometimes happen, and with his former menace silenced the agent (who was leaning to the side of mercy), and insisted with increased vehemence, that the rules of the office should be observed.

4. This strict person was owner of a great flour mill; he was anything but a jolly miller, but adhering literally and morosely to the principle of “ caring for nobody," not because “nobody cared for him," but because it was the habit of his life to make every liberal thought or kind intention, which accidentally arose in his mind, like worldly charity, to begin at home, and centre in himself.

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