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... Horace Smith, 257
.Samuel Woodworth, 258
Franklin and his Customer.
Marriage of the Sun and Moon.
Impatience about Trifles...
. Miss Edgeworth, 261
Solon and Cresus,
A Home Picture..
.Mrs. F. D. Gage, 266
People with One Idea....
Where was the Emperor to Sit?..
.De Quincy, 269
Here's a Song for Old Dobbin..
.Mirror, : 270
.Ralph Hoyt, 273
The Quaker and the Soldier.
The Wants of Man......
.John Quincy Adams, 278
Is not a Palace but a Caravansary ?.
The Three Warnings.
Mrs. Thrale, 284
Song of the Echo..
Dean Swift, 287
A Good Bee-hive..
What is a Cottage without Bees .
Johann, the Basket-maker...
. Andrews, 293
It will all be Right in the Morning..
.B. F. Taylor, 294
The Mission of Hobbleshank.
Cornelius Matthews, 295
The Fly and the Bullock........
.T. Moore, 297
Impertinent Curiosity... ...From Trials of a Housekeeper, 298
The Old Clock on the Stairs.
A Pretty Time of Night...
..J. C. Neal, 304
A Pretty Time of Night_Continued..
..J. C. Neal, 306
Eccentricities of Frederick, King of Prussia..
Address to a Wife....
.Rev. S. Bishop, 314
Rain in Summer.
A Street Scene.
. Lydia M. Child, 318
The Persian Peasant..
The Fine Gentleman.
.Soame Jenyns, 322
Blessed Almanacs ..
.B. F. Taylor, 324
Talent Wasted.-A Persian Fable...
True Standard of a Man..
Toys of the Million...
.F. W. R., 329
.N. P. Willis, 330
.....J. C. Neal, 331
.From Simms' Egeria, 335
From Karl Krinken, 337
Walter Scott, 339
.La Fontaine, 345
.John Quincy Adams, 346
. Andrew Park, 362
Walter Scott, 363
Robert Burns, 367
..G. P. Morris, 369
Tait's Magazine, 371
THOMAS HASTY VERSUS OLIVER OLLHAM.
A humorous book?
Dear me! Oliver, how will it look?
A man as staid and sober as you,
Forsaking the ways of wisdom true,
And seeking after inventions new!
Why, what in the world d'you mean to do?
Will you abolish customs and rules,
Time out of mind, in vogue in the schools?
Make humor stand in gravity's place?
Learning from laughter borrow her grace?
Nurse the delusion, rife at this day,
That toil is needless, study is play?
Desist, my Friend; such conduct you'll rue:
Burn up your book! Away with it! Do!
Why, what's to pay?
Is that the way
You exercise your critical sway?
Assail an author,-condemn his book,
And that, before you give it a look ?
Is it not enough, to show your ire,
Without the blind, intol'rant desire
To hurl the work, unread, in the fire ?
If you must Eurybiades play,
Threat'ning a stick in the Spartan way,
Allow me, with deference here to say,
Deference, however, that knows no fear,
With brave Themistocles: "STRIKE, BUT HEAR!!**
Well, have your say,
And do away,
If you can, the strong objection, pray,
Which must belong to a book of mirth.
But what possesses you? What on earth
Has given, in you, the idea birth,
That humor with broad and laughing face,
Should take the sober, dignified place
Of teacher of youth, when well you know,
Young people are constituted so,
That, if among them you cast a joke,
And so the Momus-Spirit evoke,
All thought is made on trifles to run
And learning falls a victim to fun?
But you'll admit,
On pondering it,
That humor contains nothing unfit
For teachers, whate'er their grade may be,
If only from impurity free;
For Addison, in his pedigree
Of Humor, (a piece I wish you'd see,)
Makes Truth the parent of all Good Sense;
Good Sense the parent of Wit; and thence,
By joining Wit in marriage with Mirth,
Deduces Humor's legitimate birth.
And Thackeray, one who ought to know,
(His words I quote in a note below,)*
Says humor is wit and love combined;
While I, Mr. Oldham, am much inclined
To be of the said Mr. Thack’ray's mind;
Though, figures aside, it seems to me
Genuine humor's made of all three !
* “I have said,” says he, “somewhere, I do know with what correctness, (for definitions are never complete,) that humor is wit and love; I am sure, at any rate, that the best humor is that which contains most humanity, that which is flavored throughout with tenderness and kindness.”—Eng. Humorists of the Nineteenth Century, p. 275.