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not, in truth, “ocean's floral garniture ?"
LAUGHTER. Here is a poor star-fish, left by the receding tide to close its little life in and perturbation resulting from irritation
PHYSIOLOGISTS talk of the excitation solitude ; perchance it may become the of the medulla oblongata, the little organ prey of some adventurous school-boy, in that plays the tune of laughter. Philososearch of curiosities ;-we know not, but turn to gaze on that wild sea-bird, with its phers dive in search for the causes of this
effect, and define it as the visible and snowy plumage : how erratic is its fight: audible symptom of inward satisfaction. Now sweeping low it skims the surface of the waters, dipping its wing in the occan and depth, gauge the value of its index to
Physiognomists compute its length, breadth, spray: anon it soars aloft, seeming to individual peculiarities of mind, and christen pierce the fleeey clouds that border the it by as many names as bewilder a Spanish horizon. And there is the long black pier infant. that stretches far out into the water, and various species: the Sardonie, or horse
The ancients distinguished its around it are the little fishing boats, with their snowy sails, gently swaying to and laugh, betraying brutality of character, yet fro with the undulation of the waves.
a favourite with logicians on the weak side And how grim and gaunt is that old ruin for the display of fine teeth; the risus, or
of an argument; the Syncrusian, or grin, that crowns the hili beyond! Its hoary common laugh; the Ionic, or silent laughter head has weathered many a storm; even of smiles ; the Chian, or simple dimple. now, in its desolation, it looks proudly Moderns may add the sneer, the jeer, the Listen ! what can be the meaning of that giggle, the sniggle, the simper, the wbifile,
and the cackle. low murmur that falls softly on the ear ? What the burden of old Ocean's ceaseless
I do love to hear a good hearty peal song? Ah, if we could but know all the of laughter. Not mere hilarity; not the secrets that ocean bears upon its fitful laugh of scorn accompanying bitter jests, bosom! But even while we pause to cruel jeer at deformity, beating, as quaint
stinging satire, or sour snarls; not the Listen, the murmur is changed into a Fuller says, the cripple with his own barsher roar as the impetuous waves come crutches! But laughter, the sunshine and rolling on, lashed into foam by their battle melody of glad hearts, playing in brightwith the rocks; onward they come, resist- ened eyes, glorifying the face, and rippling less in their flow, till at length the crested off tongues to which it teaches sweetest billow is content to fall in a thousand music the chorus of good-humoured con, ripples at our feet. oh, how glorious... versation, to which it adds a new and how truly grand is the ocean! So I thought harmless delight! Away with the affected the last time I walked on the sands of one of England's fairest and most famous is an elixir of life, a salutary exercise which
gravity of foolish hypochondriacs; laughter watering-places. It was a lovely autumn enlivens vitality and makes good blood; morning, but too cold to sit and dream; gives
the best life pills," is the most marso we had a scramble on the rocks. What bellous enameller, and the rarest preserfun to see pretty Nina Selwood ascend sovative balm," " beauty wash,” and what gracefully! -- and charming Darcy, too, seemed to desire a nearer acquaintance
not, for "removing wrinkles." with the slippery pavement. At any rate
A physician who practised for twenty be emulated the fair Nma's example, much years among the Quakers, declares that to our amusement; there they were, slip- many of them die of literal stupidity; the
absence of nervous excitement inducing a Sca-nymphs ? Ah, weil
, the walk," like sort of atrophy, known about Liverpool as everything else, came to an end, and I ulus is essential to true life; the parable bade a reluctant farewell to the bring of the bent bow, and the proverb of " all waves;" but often I think of the pleasant work and no play make Jack a dull boyz."
and especially our rambles on the sand.
are trite. Some temperaments are liable CALLER HERRIN'.
to extreme seriousness; others, from very cheerfulness, are perpetually sportive;
but the boundary of wisdom is moderWISDOM.—It is one of the hardest things ation, aud the beauty of life consists in in nature to make any man as wise as he justly mingled
gravity and pleasure. should be who imagines himself wise God has endowed every human heart enough already.
with capacities for gladness; the gospel of
time we spent at
His apostles is rejoice evermore;" skipping for that a true philosophy commandeth an indo-
And the unguilty spirit is lighter than a linnet's
heart. Colour, sunshine, perfume, flavour, music, and laughter, all may be necessaries in A life of routine, miscalled drudgery, is no our pilgrimage of life, but they adorn its calamity, but, on the contrary, invigorates rough paths, and seem to shorten the long the higher faculties, and imparts peculiar journey home, while they lengthen its en- zest and elastic impulse to their creative joyments. For our innocent childhood they powers. For instances, take the charming transformed earth again into paradise; and essays of Elia, with Charles Lamb a though older grown, our eyes dim, our ears busy clerk at the India House, and Lord deafen, and we become disguised by solem- Campbell's lives of the Lord Chancellors, nities, they still sweeten our sterner present. written in the intervals of his scanty leisure.
The Cambridge mathematician who laid Most of all, however, is relaxation requisite aside “Paradise Lost," because it proved to those engaged in intellectual occupations
. nothing,” is one of a tribe of utilitarians, All have heard of the Kilkenny cats, which who would cultivate no flowers but cauli- | devoured each other; perhaps it is not so flowers, and in the end make men so many well known that an orphan kitten remained Dry-as-dusts. But in these go-a-head times, of the breed, and began to eat itself up, till when men resemble high-pressure steam- fortunately diverted by a mouse. Hood engines always at full working power, the admirably compares with this kitten the safety-valve of relaxation is doubly neces- mind, so apt to prey upon itself unless sary. The holidays of our forefathers, and diverted by new attractions. Go to Oxford the olden fondness for pleasant discourse and Cambridge, and you find the senior are traditions, stowed away in the museums wrangler captain of his college boat, and of memory, The nineteenth century motto the athlete of the university a first-class is work, work, WORK! How much better to man, robust with the mens sana in corpore work and play-while thoroughly earnest sano: over each, to blend the two, joining duty to But some laughter rings with a pathetic pleasure, and use to beauty! How the sorrow. Of such was Hood; his heart-disdomestic statistics of headaches would ease aggravated by all literary occupation, dwindle! Napoleon once lost a battle propped up in bed with pillows, dying, yet through a fit of indigestion, and thousands forced to work on, and producing those miss victory in the battle of life through exquisitely humorous sketches. Cowper, confused heads and unbraced nerves. writing ludicrous “John Gilpin” in morWiser were the men of old! Look at Sir bid dejection; Scott, writhing on his sofa Isaac Newton, after abstruse studies jump- with cramp in the stomach, and unable to ing over chairs and frollicking with Kittens hold a pen, yet dictating his liveliest scenes -at Swift, running up and down the deanery Liston, depressed in spirits, advised by steps—at Socrates, playing with children? stranger Abernethy to see Liston act Were these fools? Why, Archdeacon Paul Pry;" Charles Mathews, with Paley held that he who was not a fool half cracked and sore tongue, delivering a monohis time was one the whole time. Dr. logue at which the theatre resounded with Crotch, being in the midst of a prank, and roars of merriment; Adam Ferguson seeing a “Grave-airs" approaching, cried (the gayest man I ever knew,” said Scott); “We must be grave now, there is a fool witty Tom Sheridan; Sydney Smith; have coming!” Tupper says
told the taxing fatigue of being alwayz
entertaining There is a grave-faced folly, and verily a laughter
Still, serene good humour oils the maloving wisdom; And what if surface-judges account it vain frivolity? pleasure, which, in proper quality, quantity,
chinery of the world, and is fertile in hourly There is indeed an evil in excess, and a field may and season, is no sin. Dances-animated
lie fallow too long; Yet merriment is often as a froth that mautleth grace, the laughter of feet—where is the on the strong mind.
harm of them? People may dance, not And note thou this for a verity,--the subtlest always like Robin Burns's Exciseman, in
thinker when alone,
company with the devil. People may loudest with his fellows:
E. W. H. And well is the loveliness of wisdom mirror'd in a cheerful countenance,
GRIEF knits two hearts in closer bonds Justly the deepest pools are proved by dimpling than joy ever can, and common sufferings eddies;
are far stronger than common joys.
Whether our home be grand or lowly, it is TO ESTELLA.
all the same; for wealth does not constiTHERE's beauty in the sunshine
tute happiness — far from it; we must That gilds the smiling land; There's music in the ripples
recollect, too, that riches may make themThat touch the pebbly strand.
selves wings, and fly away; and often
those who have all things given richly There's beauty in the moonbeam,
to enjoy, who are surrounded by every And in the tinted flower; And music in the wild wind
luxury, are not happy in their home-life. Of supernatural power.
Rich persons often become indolent, selfish,
and exacting, and live in a constant whirl I love the day-bright sunshine,
of gaiety, to drown the cankerworm, care, And night-time's paling beam;
which is gnawing at their hearts, life seemBut, oh! with deeper beauty, Oue simple name doth teem.
ing to have no charm-no real, holy charm
for them. Often while the sleep of the The music of the ripples,
labouring man is sweet, "uneasy lies the The wild wind's plaintive song,
head that wears a crown." Happiness is Ne'er breathe the sweet heart-music, That to this name belong.
attainable by all; and let those who are
the fortunate possessors of a good, sweet A word whose concord thrilling,
home, do all in their power to make that My soul doth ever bend,
home happy by cheerfully doing all they Where meets each sacred feeling
to conduce to the comfort of those The holy name of friend.
around them; and let us, dear F. F. C's, Beyond the starry heavens, When life's short dream is o'er,
"Only in earnestness each do our best This name, in hearts of angels,
Before God and our conscience, and trust for the Shall rest for evermore.
Still taking this truth, both in word and in deed,
EMMA S. P.
DE FUNIBUS. Truly hath the poet exclaimed
THE IRREPRESSIBLE JOKE.-Walk into “There is no place like home!
Trafalgar-square, ladies and gentlemen, A charm from the skies seems to hallow us there, and see the fine show-the four vacant Which, seek through the world, is ne'er met with corners for THE LIONS! There they ain't elsewhere."
again! There's a bit o' fun! What spot, may I ask, be it ever so humble,
Everybody, of course, likes a good con.,
- so here we go :is there like home? What pleasing and When will the majestic quadrupeds never-to-be-forgotten remembrances and associations have we of those early and semble a man established in business?
"expected” at the Nelson column rehappy days of childhood, dimmed our eye,” our lives gliding by so
Answer (most decidedly): When they
are set up. calmly and sweetly !
That's a fine point, ladies and gentle"Like some beauteous, glowing river,
men! What! so fine that you “can't for Seemed life's fair and flow'ry way. the life of you see it?” Then we must We did not then value, as we ought, the
e'en magnify it thus :depth of affection which surrounded us.
And that will be don't laugh! the thought is We cannot prize our home too much, for when lions cease to roar and learn to shave. We know not how near to us is the hand of that Reaper who, with his sickle keen,
"Ha! ha! ha!"_" Now don't!" may cut down at one short stroke those whom we so dearly love and cherish.” Then we know home will be no longer We have it upon undeniable authority home to us, when those ties are broken. that the meddlesome jackanapes who was We often look back upon the past; but held up to ridicule” could not be “put why should we indulge in gloomy reverie? down.” It has gone-gone for ever, with all its THERE is a painter in Pencil "vania so many joys and sorrows, never to be recalled. I surpassingly 'cute that he can depict a
machine in full operation—including the The Great International Exhibition, that noise!
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The essence of the fruit; the miniature in the casket.-MAGGIR SYMINGTON.
1. The ticket affixed to the world's commodities,
which have been weighed in the balance of the. That which should be set upon all things tena
mind, ing to the improvement of the mind, body, and 2. Sometimes light as a vapour, estate.-laco.
Unheeded and unseen-
And sometimes of diamond worth,
More precious than ought hath been.
CALLER HERRIN. Depends the value of a commodity.
A high appreciation of merit or superior qualEMMA BUTTERWORTH. ities. ADELA. That which education has over ignorance. The estimate a man places on his own perfor
J. J. GORTOX. mances. One pennyworth for one penny; what a Money's worth. The juste milieu between exag- thing will fetch in the market. The decree of geration and depreciation.- HEATHERBELL. fashion,-BLACK DWARF. A word rich in its own significancy. A stamp
Worth for worth, or cent. per cent.-good seed printed by the Creator on the most minute objects. sown will yield a rich harvest-a sincere and true
family friend. Truth and honesty in all your dealTrue friendship.-TERRA COTTA.
ings-charity and religion in all your actions-be
nevolence and sympathy to your fellow-creatures, The feeling with which we look on the gift of a dear friend. What the miser's gold is to him. A
are gems of more value than abundance of riches.
SPEOTATOR. good character is of great value.-FORGET-ME-NOT.
A diamond of small size, but of great worth. 1. The value of a thing is just as much as it will
HATTIE. bring. 2. The differential standard by which man
1. The extensive worth of the great Koh-i-noor. estimates all things.
2. What an affectionate and good wife proves 3. A mental pair of scales."I hold the world herself.- JUSTITIA. bat as the world” (Shakspeare).--ZANONI. An only son.-ELLIE. The chameleon price of friendship.-GIPSY. An equivalent in cost, though not in kind.The seal we affix to the work of our own hands. What a bank-note represents. A quality with
which the appraiser trades.-An estimate that may 1. The supposed worth of anything, but often be obtained by a careful use of the "philosopher's
scales."-LILY H. a very false estimate of anything dear to us.
2. A price differing according to the different A true friend is of more value than any cther eges that behold it.
earthly object.-De La Saux. 3. Twenty shillings for a sovereign.- IMOGEN. Worth.—“Ye are of more value than many A fluctuating standard fixed by the imagination. sparrows."-AMELIA.
The criminal's nightmare.--ST. CLAIR. man can set too high a value, whose price is above We daily this have got to prove, rubies.-EMMA S. P.
• That God is life and light and love. A memento is greatly enhanced coming from one
Iago. we love, and we estimate it accordingly.
The Christian's banner.
ANNA GREY. STANTONVILLE. Circumstantial worth (1); an oyster shell, when of proof, which dispels the mists of doubt, and
The "open sesame" to couviction; the sunshine containing a large pearl (2).-KATRINE.
reveals the light of truth.-EMMA BUTTERWORTI. What every member of the Family Council ought to do to the f. F.-SAM.
The wonders of creation as proof of the existence
of the Deity.-J.J. GORTON. Equivalent worth (1); the value of a thing is said to be what it will fetch, so that the best
Ungarnished truth; mystery's unravelment; retriever dog may be worth an old glove (2).
nature's mute appeal to an atheist; deductions GORGONIA.
made by studying natural philosophy, 1. Inherent or circumstantial worth.
MIGNONETTE. 2. A wave, rising or falling according as desirable- The sinner's Nemesis; the walking-staff of truth. ness and scarcity blow. Shifting sand of the desert,
MAGGIE SYMINGTOX. raised by famine's keen blast. The weight of 1. Conclusory facts; palpable testimony. exchange.
2. The indications of the human face; accumu3. "Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will lated facts thrown in to turn the scale of justice. he give for his life." -- BÚSE.
3. Oh! Tom, your face betrays you l-Busk.