Moreover, as you promise folks,

On certain days a drizzle ;
She thinks, in case she cannot rain,

She should have means to mizzle.

Some lightning too may just fall due,

When woods begin to moult;
And if she cannot “ fork it out,”

She 'll wish to make a bolt !


Some months since a young lady was much surprised at receiving, from the Captain of a Whaler, a blank sheet of paper, folded in the form of a letter, and duly sealed. At last, recollecting the nature of sympathetic ink, she placed the missive on a toasting-fork, and after holding it to the fire for a minute or two, succeeded in thawing out the following verses.

FROM seventy-two north latitude,

Dear Kitty, I indite ;
But first I'd have you understand
How hard it is to write.

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My Kitty, do not think,—
Before I wrote these very lines,

I had to melt my ink.

Of mutual flames and lovers' warmth,

You must not be too nice ; The sheet that I am writing on

Was once a sheet of ice !

The Polar cold is sharp enough

To freeze with icy gloss
The genial current of the soul,

E'en in a “ Man of Ross.”

Pope says that letters waft a sigh

From Indus to the Pole ; But here I really wish the post

Would only “post the coal.

So chilly is the Northern blast,

It blows me through and through; A ton of Wallsend in a note

Would be a billet-doux !

In such a frigid latitude

It scarce can be a sin,
Should Passion cool a little, where

A Fury was iced in.

I'm rather tired of endless snow,

And long for coals again ;
And would give up a Sea of Ice,

For some of Lambton's Main.

I'm sick of dazzling ice and snow,

The sun itself I hate;
So very bright, so very cold,

Just like a summer grate.

For opodeldoc I would kneel,

My chilblains to anoint;
O Kate, the needle of the north

Has got a freezing point.

Our food is solids,— ere we put

Our meat into our crops, We take sledge-hammers to our steaks

And hatchets to our chops.

So very bitter is the blast,

So cutting is the air,
I never have been warm but once,

When hugging with a bear.

One thing I know you 'll like to hear,

The effect of Polar snows, I've left off snuff — one pinching day —

From leaving off my nose.

I have no ear for music now ;

My ears both left together ; And as for dancing, I have cut

My toes — it's cutting weather.

I've said that you should have my hand,

Some happy day to come ;
But, Kate, you only now can wed

A finger and a thumb.

Don't fear that any Esquimaux

Can wean me from my own; The Girdle of the Queen of Love

Is not the Frozen Zone.

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At wives with large estates of snow

My fancy does not bite ;
I like to see a Bride — but not

In such a deal of white.

Give me for home a house of brick,

The Kate I love at Kew!
A hand unchopped - a merry eye,

And not a nose, of blue !

To think upon the Bridge of Kew,

To me a bridge of sighs ; Oh, Kate, a pair of icicles

Are standing in my eyes !

God knows if I shall e'er return,

In comfort to be lulled ; But if I do get back to port,

Pray let me have it mulled.


O, London is the place for all,

In love with loco-motion ! Still to and fro the people go

Like billows of the ocean ;
Machine or man, or caravan,

Can all be had for paying,
When great estates, or heavy weights,

Or bodies want conveying.

There's always hacks about in packs,

Wherein you may be shaken,
And Jarvis is not always drunk,

Tho' always overtaken ;
In racing tricks he'll never mix,

His nags are in their last days,
And slow to go, altho' they show

As if they had their fast days!

Then if you like a single horse,

This age is quite a cab-age,
A car not quite so small and light

As those of our Queen Mab age; . '

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