And each loud passion of the mind
Is like a furious gust of wind,
Which bears his bark with many a wave,
Till he casts anchor in the grave.

Ye see yon birkie ca'd a lord,

Wha struts, and stares, and a' that, Though hundreds worship at his word,

He's but a coof for a' that ; For a' that, and a' that,

His riband, star, and a' that; The man of independent mind,

He looks and laughs at a' that.

It is a flower which buds and grows
And withers as the leaves disclose;
Whose spring and fall faint seasons keep,
Like fits of waking before sleep ;
Then shrinks into that fatal mould
Where its first being was enrolled.

A prince can mak a belted knight,

A marquis, duke, and a' that; But an honest man 's aboon his might,

Guid faith, he maunna fa' that!
For a' that, and a' that,

Their dignities, and a' that;
The pith o' sense, and pride o' worth,

Are higher ranks than a' that.
Then let us pray that come it may,

As come it will for a' that, That sense and worth, o'er a' the earth,

May bear the gree, and a' that. For a' that, and a' that,

It's coming yet, for a' that, – When man to man, the warld o'er,

Shall brothers be for a' that!

It is a dream whose seeming truth
Is moralized in age and youth ;
Where all the comforts he can share
As wandering as his fancies are ;
Till in the mist of dark decay
The dreamer vanish quite away.

It is a dial which points out
The sunset as it moves about ;
And shadows out in lines of night
The subtle stages of time's flight,
Till all-obscuring earth hath laid
The body in perpetual shade.


It is a weary interlude,
Which doth short joys, long woes include ;
The world the stage, the prologue tears,
The acts vain hopes and varied fears ;
The scene shuts up with loss of breath,
And leaves no epilogue but death.




A good that never satisfies the mind,
A beauty fading like the April flowers,
A sweet with floods of gall that runs combined,
A pleasure passing ere in thought made ours,
An honor that more fickle is than wind,
A glory at opinion's frown that lowers,
A treasury which bankrupt time devours,
A knowledge than grave ignorance more blind,
A vain delight our equals to command,
A style of greatness, in effect a dream,
A swelling thought of holding sea and land,
A servile lot, decked with a pom pous name,
Are the strange ends we toil for here below,
Till wisest death make us our errors know.

The play is done, - the curtain drops,

Slow falling to the prompter's bell ; A moment yet the actor stops,

And looks around, to say farewell. It is an irksome word and task ;

And, when he's laughed and said his say, He shows, as he removes the mask,

A face that's anything but gay.



What is the existence of man's life
But open war, or slumbered strife ?
Where sickness to his sense presents
The combat of the elements;
And never feels a perfect peace,
Till death's cold hand signs his release.
It is a storm where the hot blood
Outvies in rage the boiling flood ;

One word, ere yet the evening ends,

Let's close it with a parting rhyme ;
And pledge a hand to all young friends,

As fits the merry Christmas time ;
On life's wide scene you, too, have parts

That fate erelong shall bid you play ; Good night !— with honest, gentle hearts

A kindly greeting go alway! Good night !- I'd say the griefs, the joys,

Just hinted in this mimic page, The triumphs and defeats of boys,

Are but repeated in our age ;

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Then why, O blessed Jesus Christ,

Should I not love thee well ? Not for the hope of winning heaven,

Nor of escaping hell !
Not with the hope of gaining aught,

Not seeking a reward ;
But as thyself hast loved me,

O everlasting Lord !

E'en so I love thee, and will lore,

And in thy praise will sing, Solely because thou art my God, And my eternal King. ST. FRANCIS XAVIER (Latin). Translation



When shall I come to thee?
When shall my sorrows have an end,

Thy joys when shall I see?
O happy harbor of God's saints !

O sweet and pleasant soil !
In thee no sorrow can be found,

Nor grief, nor care, nor toil.
No dimly cloud o'ershadows thee,

Nor gloom, nor darksome night;, But every soul shines as the sun,

For God himself gives light. Thy walls are made of precious stone,

Thy bulwarks diamond-square,
Thy gates are all of orient pearl, -

O God ! if I were there !
O my sweet home, Jerusalem !

Thy joys when shall I see ? -
The King sitting upon thy throne,

And thy felicity ?


If as a flowre doth spread and die, Thou wouldst extend me to some good, Before I were by frost's extremitie

Nipt in the bud, The sweetnesse and the praise were thine ;

But the extension and the room Which in thy garland I should fill were mine

At thy great doom.

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