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There let him bouse, an' deep carouse

Wi' bumpers flowing o'er,
Till he forgets his loves or debts,
An' ininds his griefs no more.

-I'rov. 31. 6, 7.

Address to the Dcil

Lang syne, in Eden's bonnie yard,
When youthfu' lovers first were paird,
An' all the soul of love they shard,

The raptural hour,
Sweet on the fragrant, flow'ry swaird,

In shady bow'r:
Then you, ye aull, snec-drawing dog!
Ye came to Paradise incog,
An' play') on man a cursed brogue,

(Black be you fa!)
An' gied the infant warld a shog,

'Maist ruin'd a'.
D'ye mind that day, when in a bizz,
Wi' reckit duds, an' roestit gizz.
Ye did present your smoutie phiz

'Mang better folk,
'An sklented on the man of Uzz

Your spiteful joke?
An' how ye gat him i' your thrall
An' brak bim out o' house au' hal',
While scabs and blotches did him gall,

Wi' bitter claw,
An' lowe'd his ill-tongu'l, wicked Scawl,
Wast warst ava?

The Cotter's Saturday Night They never sought in vain that sought the Lord aright!

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The priest-like father reads the sacred page,
How Abram was the friend of God on high ;
Or Moses bade eternal warfare' wage
With Amalek's ungracious progeny;
Or how the royal Bard did groaning lie
Beneath the stroke of Heaven's avenging ire;
Or Job's pathetic plaint, and wailing cry;
Or rapt Isaiah's wild, seraphic tire;
Or other holy seers that tune the sacred lyre.

ROBERT BROWNING The complete study of the use of the Bible made by Robert Browning would fill a volume. Indeed, this has already been done. Miss Minnie Gresham Machen bas published a book of two hundred and ninety pages with the title "The Bible in Browning.” In this book an especial study is made of the scripture references in “The Ring and the Book," in which the author bas found over six hundred passages. Our purpose will be served by carrying out the foilowing suggestions : 1. Read "Saul” and note the parts which are based

directly on the narrative; and the parts which the

poet has introduced. 2. “A Death in the Desert." This is not nearly so fine a

poem as "Saul," but it is based upon the last days of one of the prominent New Testament characters. It should be studied in a similar manner to

No. 1. 3. "Rabbi Ben Ezra." This poem is not based upon

tbc Bible; nor does it contain many scriptural references. It is, however, most lofty in sentiment and filled with the spirit of the New Testament. Stanzas 26 and 32 coutain obvious al.

lusions to the Bible. 4. "Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister.” This is one of

Browning's obscure short poems. It is a master

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piece of character portrayal. By means of monologue an ill-tempered monk gives us a picture of a brother monk of most admirable character, and incidentally of himself. Study the poem which follows and select the passages which come directly from the Bible or indirectly from some custom or theological viewpoint based upon the Bible.

Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister


Gris-r--there go, my heart's abhorrence!

your damneed flower pots, do!
I hate killed men, Brother Lawrence,

(iod's blood, would not mine kill you! What? your myrtle bush wants trimming?

Oh, that rose has prior claims--
Needs its leader vase filled brimnining?

Ilell dry you up with its llames!

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At the meal we sit together:

Saulve tibi! I must licar
Wise talk of the kind of weather,

Sort of season, time of year:
· Not a plenteous cork-cropo: scarcely

Dare we hope oak-galls, I doubt: What's the Latin name for "parsley."?

What's the Greek name for Swine's Snout?

Whew! We'll have our platter burnished,

Laid with care on our own shell!
With a spoon we're furnished,

And a goblet for ourself,

Rinsed like something sacrificial

Eire 'tis fit to touch our chapsMarked with L. for our initial!

(Ile-he! There his lily snaps !)


Saint, forsooth! While brown Dolores

Squats outside the Convent bank. With Sancbicha, telling stories,

Steeping tresses in the tank, Blue-black, lustrous, thick like horse-hairs,

--Can't I see his dead mye glow, Bright as 'twere a Barbary corsair's?

(That is, if he'd let it show!)


When he finishes resection,

Knife and fork he never lays Cross-wise, to my recollection,

As do I, in Jesu's praise. I the Trinity illustrate,

Drinking watered orange pulpIn three sips the Arian frustrate;

While he drains his at one gulp.


Oh, those melons! If he's able

We're to bave a feast! so nice!
One goes to the Abbot's table,

All of us get cach a slice.
How go on your flowers ? None double?

Not one fruit-sort can you spy?

-And I, too, at sich trouble
Keep them close-nipped on the sly!


There's a great text in Galatians,

Once you trip on it, entails
Twenty-nine distinct damnations,

One sure, is another fails:
If I trip him just a dying.

Sure of heaven as sure can be,
Spin him round and send him llying

Oir to hell, a Manichec?

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Or, there's Satan-one might venture

Pledge one's soul to him, yet leave
Such a flaw in the indenture

As he'd miss till, past retrieve,
Blasted lay that rose-acacia

We're so proud of! Ily, Zv, Iline.
'St. there's Vespers! Plena gratia

Ave, Virgo! Cr-r-r-you swine!

5. The study should identify various Scripture pas.

sages from Browning's short poems. In thie ('011 clusion of “By the Fireside" there are five lives which contain three Scripture references, woven together most artistically. Find the passage in

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