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SUMMER SONG.

I saw the last rose of the waning year ;

Blood-red she stood in all her bravery; And, lingering, I seemed the doom to hear :

In life so far is unto death too nigh!

No breath was stirring through the sultry day

Only a butterfly with wings outspread; Although its fluttering scarce the air could sway,

The rose yet felt it and her petals shed.

FRIEDRICH HEBBEL.-Sommerlied. INNOCENCE.

* LOVE is an infant full of guile'

'Twas thus my mother spakeDespite his gentle air and smile,

Avoid him like a snake !'

And yet it puzzles me

From such a child as he

What harm a girl can take.

'Twas but to-day young Hylas came,

And in Evadne's ear,

With trembling lips and eyes of flame,

Described a god so dear-
So full of joy and truth-
The very god forsooth

Who caused my mother's fear !

To do away with all my doubt,

Lysander I'll employ; Together we'll seek Cupid out,

Nor breathe a word to annoy

Mamma; and should Love try
His very naughtiest, why,

We're two against a boy.

BOUFFLERS.-L'Amour. THE MAGIC LANTERN.

Magic lanterns for ever!' cried I,

When my years were a dozen or so; How the figures hop, stumble, and fly!

How brightly the colours all glow ! How rude of the showman to say

Before one has time to explore : “ Now look at them well while you may;

Very soon you will see them no more!

I have long learnt to lay to my heart

The words that could then rouse my gall ; To the man who reflects they impart

A lesson 'tis well to recall :

Life's gew-gaws, so tempting and gay-
All the objects by which we set store-

Now look at them well while you may;

Very soon you will see them no more!

There is Gércourt, whom luck still befriends

At roulette, and écarté, and dice;

Could you only secure the same ends,

You would gamble, like him, in a trice. You're jealous in watching him play,

As he doubles his gains o’er and o'er :

Now look at them well while you may;

Very soon you will see them no more !

In the midst of his parasite band,

Who can vie with the wealthy Mondor? He knows that a failure, well-planned,

Will leave him more rich than before ; Thé dupes he has promised to pay

Cent. per cent. may lament and implore :

Now look at them well while you may;

Very soon you will see them no more !

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