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TALES OF THE HALL.
THE PRECEPTOR HUSBAND.
“ WHOM pass'd we musing near the woodman's shed, “ Whose horse not only carried him but led, “ That his grave rider might have slept the time, “ Or solved a problem, or composed a rhyme ? “ A more abstracted man within my view “ Has never come- -He recollected you.”
“ Yes,-he was thoughtful-thinks the whole day
long, “Deeply, and chiefly that he once thought wrong; “ He thought a strong and kindred mind to trace “ In the soft outlines of a trifler's face.
“ Poor Finch! I knew him when at school,—a boy “ Who might be said his labours to enjoy;
“ So young a pedant that he always took
And when he spoke of wives, the boy would say, “ His should be skill'd in Greek and algebra ; « For who would talk with one to whom his themes, " And favourite studies, were no more than dreams?
For this, though courteous, gentle, and humane, “ The boys contemn'd and hated him as vain, “ Stiff and pedantic.-"
“ Did the man enjoy, “ In after life, the visions of the boy?"
“ At least they form’d his wishes, they were yet 6. The favourite views on which his mind was set: “ He quaintly said, how happy must they prove, " Who, loving, study-or who, studious, love;
“ Who feel their minds with sciences imbued, “ And their warm hearts by beauty's force subdued.
“ His widow'd mother, who the world had seen,
“ The son assented—and the wife must bring “Wealth, learning, beauty, ere he gave the ring; “ But as these merits, when they all unite, “ Are not produced in every soil and site; “ And when produced are not the certain gain “ Of him who would these precious things obtain ; “ Our patient student waited many a year, “ Nor saw this phoenix in his walks appear. “ But as views mended in the joint estate, “ He would a something in his points abate; “ Give him but learning, beauty, temper, sense, “ And he would then the happy state commence. “ The mother sigh’d, but she at last agreed, “ And now the son was likely to succeed;
“ Wealth is substantial good the fates allot,
“ He look'd around, observing, till he saw
Augusta Dallas! when he felt an awe “ Of so much beauty and commanding grace, “ That well became the honours of her race:
“ This lady never boasted of the trash “ That commerce brings: she never spoke of cash; “ The gentle blood that ran in every vein “ At all such notions blush'd in pure
“ Wealth once relinquish'd, there was all beside, “ As Finch believed, that could adorn a bride ; “ He could not gaze upon the form and air, “ Without concluding all was right and fair ; “ Her mild but dignified reserve supprest “ All free inquiry-but his mind could rest, “ Assured that all was well, and in that view was
“ And now he ask'd, am I the happy man
Beauty she has, but with it can you find “The inquiring spirit, or the studious mind ? " . This wilt thou need who art to thinking prone, " • And minds unpair'd had better think alone; «•Then how unhappy will the husband be, «« «Whose sole associate spoils his company?'
“ This he would try; but all such trials prove