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I manage the furnace, the mill, the mint,

I carry, I spin, I weave;
And all my doings I put into print

On every Saturday eve.

I've no muscle to weary, no brains to decay,

No bones to be “laid on the shelf,"
And soon I intend you may go and play,"

While I manage the world myself.
But harness me down with your iron bands,

Be sure of your curb and rein,
For I scorn the strength of your puny hands
As the tempest scorns a chain.


why thus Longing ?

Why thus longing, thus forever sighing,

For the far-off, unattained and dim, While the beautiful, all round thee lying,

Offers up its low, perpetual hymn?

Wouldst thou listen to its gentle teaching,

All thy restless yearnings it would still; Leaf and flower and laden bee are preaching

Thine own sphere, though humble, first to fill..

Poor indeed thou must be, if around thee

Thou no ray of light and joy canst throwIf no silken cord of love hath bound thee

To some little world through weal and woe;

If no dear eyes thy fond love can brighten

No fond voices answer to thine own; If no brother's sorrow thou canst lighten,

By daily sympathy and gentle tone.

Not by deeds that win the crowd's applauses,

Not by works that give thee world-renown, Not by martyrdom or vaunted crosses,

Canst thou win and wear the immortal crown.

Daily struggling, though unloved and lonely,

Every day a rich reward will give; Thou wilt find, by hearty striving only,

And truly loving, thou canst truly live.

Dost thou revel in the rosy morning,

When all nature hails the lord of light, And his smile, the mountain-tops adorning,

Robes yon fragrant fields in radiance bright?

Other hands may grasp the field and forest,

Proud proprietors in pomp may shine; But with fervent love if thou adorest,

Thou art wealthier-all the world is thine.

Yet if through earth's wide domains thou rovest,

Sighing that they are not thine alone,
Not those fair fields, but thyself thou lovest,

And their beauty and thy wealth are gone.

Nature wears the color of the spirit;

Sweetly to her worshiper she sings;
All the glow, the grace she doth inherit,
Round her trusting child she fondly flings.


Nothing to CM ear.

Miss FLORA M'FLIMSEY, of Madison Square,
Has made three separate journeys to Paris,
And her father assures me, each time she was there,
That she and her friend Mrs. Harris


(Not the lady whose name is so famous in history,
But plain Mrs. H., without romance or mystery)
Spent six consecutive weeks, without stopping,
In one continuous round of shopping,
Shopping alone, and shopping together,
At all hours of the day, and in all sorts of weather,
For all manner of things that a woman can put
On the crown of her head, or the soul of her foot,

wrap round her shoulders, or fit round her waist,
Or that can be sewed on, or pinned on, or laced,
Or tied with a string, or stitched with a bow,
In front or behind, above or below;
For bonnets, mantillas, capes, collars, and shawls;
Dresses for breakfast, and dinners, and balls;
Dresses to sit in, and stand in, and walk in;
Dresses to dance in, and Airt in, and talk in;
Dresses in which to do nothing at all;
Dresses for Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall ;-
All of them different in color and shape,
Silk, muslin, and lace, velvet, satin, and crape,
Brocade and broadcloth, and other material,
Quite as expensive and much more ethereal ;
In short, for all things that could ever be thought of,
Or milliner, modiste, or tradesman be bought of,

From ten-thousand-franc robes to twenty-sous frills; In all quarters of Paris, and to every store, While M'Flimsey in vain stormed, scolded, and swore,

They footed the streets, and he footed the bills !

The last trip, their goods shipped by the steamer Argo,
Formed, M'Flimsey declares, the bulk of her cargo,
Not to mention a quantity kept from the rest,
Suffi nt to fill the largest sized chest,
Which did not appear on the ship's manifest,
But for which the ladies themselves manifested
Such particular interest, that they invested
Their own proper persons in layers and rows

Of muslins, embroideries, worked under-clothes,
Gloves, handkerchiefs, scarfs, and such trifles as those;
Then, wrapped in great shawls, like Circassian beauties,
Gave good by to the ship, and go by to the duties.
Her relations at home all marveled, no doubt,
Miss Flora had grown so enormously stout

For an actual belle and a possible bride;
But the miracle ceased when she turned inside out,

And the truth came to light, and the dry-goods beside;
Which, in spite of Collector and Custom-House sentry,
Had entered the port without any entry.
And yet, though scarce three months have passed since

the day
This merchandise went, on twelve carts, up Broadway,
This same Miss M’Flimsey, of Madison Square,
The last time we met was in utter despair,
Because she had nothing whatever to wear!

NOTHING TO WEAR! Now, as this is a true ditty,

I do not assert—this, you know, is between us That she 's in a state of absolute nudity,

Like Powers' Greek Slave, or the Medici Venus;
But I do mean to say, I have heard her declare,

When at the same moment she had on a dress
Which cost five hundred dollars, and not a cent less,

And jewelry worth ten times more, I should guess,
That she had not a thing in the wide world to wear!

I should mention just here, that out of Miss Flora's
Two hundred and fifty or sixty adorers,
I had just been selected as he who should throw all
The rest in the shade, by the gracious bestowal
On myself, after twenty or thirty rejections,
Of those fossil remains which she called her "affections,"
And that rather decayed, but well-known work of art,
Which Miss Flora persisted in styling her "heart."
So we were engaged. Our troth had been plighted,

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Not by moonbeam or starbeam, by fountain or grove,
But in a front parlor, most brilliantly lighted,
Beneath the gas-fixtures, we whispered our love.
Without any romance, or raptures, or sighs,
Without any tears in Miss Flora's blue eyes,
Or blushes, or transports, or such silly actions,
It was one of the quietest business transactions,
With a very small sprinkling of sentiment, if any,
And a very large diamond imported by Tiffany.
On her virginal lips while I printed a kiss,
She exclaimed, as a sort of parenthesis,

And by way of putting me quite at my ease,
“You know I'm to polka as much as I please,
And flirt when I like—now, stop, do n't you speak-
And you must not come here more than twice in the

Or talk to me either at party or ball,
But always be ready to come when I call;
So do n't prose to me about duty and stuff,
If we do n't break this off, there will be time enough
For that sort of thing; but the bargain must be
That, as long as I choose, I am perfectly free,-
For this is a kind of engagement, you see,
Which is binding on you, but not binding on me.”

Well, having thus wooed Miss M'Flimsey and gained her,
With the silks, crinolines, and hoops that contained her,
I had, as I thought, a contingent remainder
At least in the property, and the best right
To appear as its escort by day and by night;
And it being the week of the Stuckup's grand ball, —

Their cards had been out a fortnight or so,

And set all the Avenue on the tiptoe, -
I considered it only my duty to call,

And see if Miss Flora intended to go.
I found her—as ladies are apt to be found,
When the time intervening between the first sound

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