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INSTINCT.

“Pshaw!” said a wise, grave moth that, as it flitted
About my candle that same evening, heárd me
Télling a friend the story thou 'st just read,
“They were a pair of fools or worse, those flies;
Instinct 's the only guide, the sure safe rule
Supplied to every creature by its kind
And provident creator; never let me,
While I have life, forsake or disobey thee,
Unerring counsellor, monitor and friend;
And whither first?” “Direct into the light
That spreads such bright warm radiance all around.”
“I 'm but too happy” said the moth and into
The fláme flew straight and, in the wick entangled,
Was burned into a cinder on the instant.

SATTEL, Canton Schwyz, Sept. 19, 1854.

IT háppened as a fox and wolf together
Were travelling by the way and both were hungry,
They sáw a man approaching, and to the wolf
Thus said the fox: “Here comes one of those ugly,
Vicious, malignant creatures who for pastime
Hunt wolves and foxes, and assert that God
Made this fair world and all that it contains
For their sole use and interest and profit.
Cóme, let us shew that God has some care too
For wólves and foxes; not that flesh of man

To mé 's particularly sweet or dainty,
And were I not by hunger pressed I d hold it
Almost beneath me to defile my blood
With éven the least admixture of the blood
of the foul, lying, hypocritical monster;
But húnger has no law; so fall thou on him
And teár him to the ground, whilst I keep watch
Lest any of his fellows come to his aid.”
“The counsel 's excellent,” replied the wolf,
And I 'm quite ready to perform my part;
The more as, unlike you, I find the flesh
Of thát sleek, pampered animal a bónne bouche,
And hold it for mere cowardice in our kind
That they prefer to prey on harmless lambs
And leave their direst and most cruel foe
To ríot as he will, untouched, unpunished.”
He said, and on the man sprang with a howl,
And tóre him down, then called the fox to supper;
And thús both, mocking, said as in his vitals
They fléshed their tusks: “Where 's now the Providence
That máde us and all creatures for thy use?”

PRIMIERO, in the Italian TYROL, July 31, 1854.

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IF thou would’st lead a quiet life
Respéct my corns, my creed, my wife
Three ténder points —

and I 'll agree
The sáme points to respect in thee.

ETZELBERG, in the Canton Schwyz, in Switzerland, Sept. 18, 1854.

"MIGHT I ásk, Sir, where you 're always
Pósting to in súch a húrry?”
Saíd a snail once tó an earwig
Wríggling past him on the roadside.

“I cannot conceive the búsiness
Só perpétually úrgent,
Still less think it is for pleasure
You keep driving on at thát rate."

“Téll me first,” replied the earwig,
“Why you 're never in a húrry,
Why you always seem as if you
Hád a whole life for each joúrney.

“í for my part can't conceive what
Pleasure you can take in that pace,
Stíll less that it fórwards business,
Ór is wholesome or becoming.”

“Bút ye áre a pair of ninnies
Tó dispute where there 's no difference!"
Said a milestone thát stood hard by
Ón the roadside and their tálk heard,

“Fast and slow are both alíke bad,
Tiresome, úseless, únbecoming;
if you woúld be gráceful, healthy,
Ánd of úse, stand still as I do."

Walking from GÜCKELSBERG to CHEMNITZ (SAXONY), June 18, 1854.

WILL AND THOUGHT.

Sir Will once on a time, being in need,
Called loúd to Thought:-"Good Thought, I pray come hither.”
When Thought nor came nor answered, Will repeated
Louder the call: – "Good Thought, I say come hither.”
When Thought, as marble statue stiff and dumb,
No word replied, showed never a sign of hearing,
Will thús in soothing tone began to coax him: -
“Nay, náy, good Thought, you surely wont be pettish,
Ór for an idle humor lose a friend;
Come, come, I say." Still Thought nor stirred nor answered:-
“Thén as I see fair words are of no use
Cóme, I command you; come this instant, slave.”
As Thought immovable sat and either heard not,
Or made as if he heard not, Will's commands,
Will, growing angry, rose and went away
And at the court of Reason lodged complaint
Against his servant Thought for disobedience.
Thought took defence and thus in open court
His own case pleaded: “I am not Will's servant,
And never was; if Will says otherwise,
Lét him produce his witnesses to prove it.”
So Will called witness Popular Misconception,
Who swóre in plain, round terms that Thought was then,
And from all time had been, Will's bounden servant.
Bút the Judge frowning said: - "The evidence
Is bád in law, being but of opinion;
Remove the witness if she cannot prove

Either a contract or some act of service."
So Popular Misconception being removed
And Will to the question, had he other witness
Whereon to rest his case, replying: “No,”
The Judge declared the plaintiff was nonsuited,
And, bówing on all sides, dissolved the court.
That night in bed thus said Thought to himself:
“Well, it 's a wicked world! my old bondslave,
To whóm from immemorial time I 've been
So kind, so loving, so indulgent master,
Séts himself up not for a freeman only
Bút to be máster of his rightful lord.
Lét me but see tomorrow's light I 'll try
If still some further justice may be found
In thát same court which judged today so soundly.”
So 'twas not long before Chief-justice Reason
Again in court sat the cross case to try:
Thought versus Will; and thus swore Thought's first witness,
A leárned Doctor grave, hight Metaphysics,
With small, bright eyes, white beard, and furrowed cheeks:-
Well known to me from earliest youth, my lord,
Both plaintiff and defendant in this action,
And scárcely has a day passed of my life
In which I 've not had opportunity
To see them in their mutual relation
Of sláve and master dealing with each other,
Will, menial slave, obeying master Thought,
And Thoúght commanding most obedient Will.
A thoúsand times I 've heard Thought say to Will: –
“Cóme," and he came; “Go," and forth with he went;
Dó," and he did it; “Cease,” and he left off;
And never have I seen so much as once
Will áct except at the command of Thought;
And so well used am I to see Will acting

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