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indeed, had given some imperfect explanations upon this point, but as his Excellency had communicated these in a diplomatic whisper at the very moment of his departure, the celestial intellect was very feebly illuminated, and it became necessary to call a cabinet council on the grand state question : Where was the emperor to sit?' The hammercloth happened to be unusually gorgeous; and partly on that consideration, but partly also because the box offered the most elevated seat, was nearest to the moon, and undeniably went foremost, it was resolved by acclamation that the box was the imperial throne; and for the scoundrel who drove, he might sit where he could find a perch. The horses, therefore, being harnessed, solemnly his Imperial Majesty ascended his new English throne, under a flourish of trumpets, having the first lord of the treasury on his right hand, and the chief jester on his left.
Pekin gloried in the spectacle; and in the whole flowery people, constructively present by representation, there was but one discontented person, and that was the coachman. This mutinous individual audaciously shouted :
Where am I to sit?' But the privy-council, incensed by his disloyalty, unanimously opened the door, and kicked him into the inside. He had all the inside places to himself; but such is the cupidity of ambition, that he was still dissatisfied. 'I say,' he cried out, in an extempore petition, addressed to the emperor through the window-'I say,
I to catch hold of the reins ?' . Anyhow,' was the imperial answer. · Don't trouble me, man, in my glory. How catch the reins ? Why, through the windows-through the keyholes-anyhow!
Finally, this contumacious coachman lengthened the check-strings into a sort of jury-reins, communicating with
the horses; with these, he drove as steadily as Pekin had any right to expect.
The emperor returned after the briefest of circuits ; he descended in great pomp from his throne, with the severest resolution never to remount it. A public thanksgiving was ordered for his majesty's happy escape from the disease of broken neck, and the stage-coach was dedicated thenceforward as a votive offering to the god Fo Fo, whom the learned more accurately called Fi Fi.
THE LORDLING PEASANT.
And beheld both dale and down;
He knew to be all his own.
And their banners waved in air;
Their colours shone afar.
And he sighed as he looked adown;
He knew to be all his own.
4. Up then arose his ancient nurse
That had borne him on her knee. And why dost thou sigh, thou noble youth,
At a sight so fair to see ?'
5. Oh! then, upspake that noble baron,
And heavily spake he, • But I've never a true and faithful wife
To share it all with me.
6. * And if I should marry a courtly dame
(Alas ! that it so should be), She'd love my castle and love my lands,
But she would not care for me.'
7. Oh! then upspake that ancient nurse
Now take advice of me: If you 'd have a true wife, then go and find
A maiden of low degree.
And like a peasant rove,
So shalt thou prove her love.'
9. Then called the baron his young foot-page,
Full loudly calléd he:
And knelt him on his knee.
10. * Bring a peasant's coat, my young foot-page,
With hose and shoon also, And artfully disguise my face
That no one may me know.
11. And when I go, and when I come,
Let no one hear from thee; But keep my secret faithfully,
And thou shalt have gold and fee.'
12. The sunbeams gilt the distant hills,
And on the streams did play, When in a peasant's homely garb
That baron took his way.
13. The early pilgrim blithe he hailed,
That o'er the hills did stray, And many an early husbandman
That met him on his way.
The new-waked birds their matins sung
In wildly-warbling lay,
The baron took his way.
15. And blithe and merrily did he wend,
And blithe and merrily hied Until he came to a rural cot,
Where a maiden fair did bide.
This maid was passing* fair :
Sequestered, t scents the air.
The woodland wilds among ;
Was fraughts with virtue's lore :
Was maiden ne'er before.
Her nursling lambs to feed,
The youth would there remain,
Her simple heart to gain.
She did the youth approve;
The vows of faithful love?
Supremely, surpassing all others. * Thrushes.