Drenching the Skinners' Company to the skin,

Making the crusty Vintner chiller,

And turning the Distiller
To cold without instead of warm within ; —

Spoiling the bran-new beavers
Of Wax-chandlers and Weavers,
Plastering the Plasterers and spotting

Hearty November cursers —
And showing Cordwainers and dapper Dra-

Sadly in want of brushes and of scrapers ;
Making the Grocer's company not fit

For company a bit ;
Dying the Dyers with a dingy flood,

Daubing incorporated Bakers,

And leading the Patten-makers,
Over their very pattens in the mud,

O Lud! O Lud! O Lud!

“ This is a sorry sight,” To quote Macbeth — but oh, it grieves me quite, To see your Wives and Daughters in their


White plumes not white —
Sitting at open windows catching rheums,
Not “ Angels ever bright and fair,”

But angels ever brown and sallow,
With eyes — you cannot see above one pair,

For city clouds of black and yellow

And artificial flowers, rose, leaf, and bud,

Such sable lilies

And grim daffodilies Drooping, but not for drought, O Lud! O Lud!

I may as well, while I'm inclined,
Just go through all the faults I find :

Oh Lud! then, with a better air, say June,
Could'st thou not find a better tune
To sound with trumpets, and with drums,
Than “ See the Conquering Hero comes,"

When he who comes ne'er dealt in blood ?
Thy May’r is not a War Horse, Lud,
That ever charged on Turk or Tartar,
And yet upon a march you strike

That treats him like —

A little French if I may martyr-
Lewis Cart-Horse or Henry Carter!

O Lud! I say

Do change your day To some time when your Show can really show; When silk can seem like silk, and gold can glow.

Look at your Sweepers, how they shine in

Have it when there's a sun to gild the coach,

And sparkle in tiara — bracelet — brooch — Diamond —or paste—of sister, mother, daughter;

When grandeur really may be grand —

But if thy Pageant's thus obscured by land O Lud! it's ten times worse upon the water !

Suppose, O Lud, to show its plan,
I call, like Blue Beard's wife, to sister Anne,
Who's gone to Beaufort Wharf with niece

and aunt,
To see what she can see — and what she can't;
Chewing a saffron bun by way of cud,
To keep the fog out of a tender lung,
While perched in a verandah nicely hung
Over a margin of thy own black mud,

O Lud!

Now Sister Anne, I call to thee,

Look out and see : Of course about the bridge you view them rally

And sally, With many a wherry, sculler, punt, and cutter ; The Fishmongers' grand boat, but not for butter,

The Goldsmiths' glorious galley,– Of course you see the Lord Mayor's coach aquatic,

With silken banners that the breezes fan,

In gold all glowing,

And men in scarlet rowing,
Like Doge of Venice to the Adriatic ;
Of course you see all this, O Sister Anne ?

• “No, I see no such thing!
I only see the edge of Beaufort Wharf,
With two coal lighters fastened to a ring ;

And, dim as ghosts,
Two little boys are jumping over posts ;

And something, further off,

That’s rather like the shadow of a dog,

And all beyond is fog.
If there be any thing so fine and bright,
To see it I must see by second sight.
Call this a Show? It is not worth a pin !

I see no barges row,

No banners blow;
The Show is merely a gallanty-show,
Without a lamp or any candle in.”

But sister Anne, my dear,

Although you cannot see, you still may hear? Of course you hear, I'm very sure of that,

The “ Water parted from the Sea” in C,

Or “ Where the Bee sucks,” set in B; Or Huntsman's chorus from the Freyschutz

frightful, Or Handel's Water Music in A flat. O music from the water comes delightful !

It sounds as nowhere else it can :

You hear it first
In some rich burst,
Then faintly sighing,

Tenderly dying,
Away upon the breezes, Sister Anne.

“ There is no breeze to die on; And all their drums and trumpets, flutes and harps, Could never cut their way with ev'n three sharps

Through such a fog as this, you may rely on.

I think, but am not sure, I hear a hum,
Like a very muffled double drum,
And then a something faintly shrill,
Like Bartlemy Fair's old buzz at Penton-

And now and then hear a pop,

As if from Pedley's Soda Water shop.
I'm almost ill with the strong scent of mud,

And, not to mention sneezing,

My cough is, more than usual, teasing ;
I really fear that I have chilled my blood,
O Lud! O Lud! O Lud! O Lud! O Lud!”



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O CURIOUS reader, didst thou ne'er
Behold a worshipful Lord May'r
Seated in his great civic chair

So dear?

Then cast thy longing eyes this way,
It is the ninth November day,
And in his new-born state survey

One here!

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