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The Answer of the Egyptian Mummy.

CHILD of the latter days, thy words have broken
A spell that long has bound these lungs of clay,
For since this smoke-dried tongue of mine hath

Three thousand tedious years have roll'd away. Unswathed at length, I "stand at ease" before


List, then, oh! list, while I unfold my story.

Thebes was my birth-place—an unrivall'd city,
With many gates,-but here I might declare
Some strange plain truths, except that it were pity
To blow a poet's fabric into air;

Oh! I could read you quite a Theban lecture,
And give a deadly finish to conjecture.

But then you would not have me throw discredit
grave historians-or on him who sung

THE ILIAD-true it is I never read it,

But heard it read when I was very young; An old blind minstrel, for a trifling profit, Recited parts-I think the author of it.

All that I know about the town of HOMER

Is, that they scarce would own him in his day— Were glad, too, when he proudly turn'd a roamer, Because by this they saved their parish-pay. His townsmen would have been ashamed to flout


Had they foreseen the fuss since made about


One blunder I can fairly set at rest,

He says that men were once more big and bony Than now, which is a bouncer at the best;

I'll just refer you to our friend Belzoni, Near seven feet high! in sooth, a lofty figure! Now look at me, and tell me am I bigger?

Not half the size: but then I'm sadly dwindled; Three thousand years with that embalming glue, Have made a serious difference, and have swindled My face of all its beauty-there were few Egyptian youths more gay,-behold the sequel. Nay, smile not, you and I may soon be equal!

For this lean hand did one day hurl the lance
With mortal aim-this light fantastic toe
Threaded the mystic mazes of the dance:

This heart hath throbb'd at tales of love and woe, These shreds of raven hair once set the fashion, This wither'd form inspired the tender passion.

In vain! the skilful hand and feelings warm,
The foot that figured in the bright quadrille,
The palm of genius and the manly form,

All bow'd at once to death's mysterious will, Who seal'd me up where mummies sound are sleeping,

In cere-cloth, and in tolerable keeping.

Where cows and monkeys squat in rich brocade, And well-dress'd crocodiles in painted cases, Rats, bats, and owls, and cats in masquerade, With scarlet flounces and with varnish'd faces;

Men, birds, brutes, reptiles, fish-all cramm'd together

With ladies that might pass for well-tann'd leather.

Where Rameses and Sabacon lie down,

And splendid Psammis in his hide of crust; Princes and heroes, men of high renown,

Who in their day kick'd up a mighty dust,

Their swarthy Mummies kick'd up dust in num


When huge Belzoni came to scare their slumbers.

Who'd think these rusty hams of mine were seated
At Dido's table when the wondrous tale

Of" Juno's hatred " was so well repeated ?
And ever and anon the Queen turned pale;
Meanwhile the brilliant gas-lights, hung above her,
Threw a wild glare upon her shipwreck'd lover.

Ay, gas-lights! mock me not; we men of yore Were versed in all the knowledge you can mention;

Who hath not heard of Egypt's peerless lore? Her patient toil? acuteness of invention ? Survey the proofs-our Pyramids are thriving,Old Memnon still looks young, and I'm surviving.

A land in arts and sciences prolific,

On blocks gigantic building up her fame! Crowded with signs, and letters hieroglyphic, Temples and obelisks her skill proclaim! Yet though her art and toil unearthly seem, Those blocks were brought on RAIL-ROADS and by


How, when, and why, our people came to rear
The Pyramid of Cheops, mighty pile!
This and the other secrets thou shalt hear;

I will unfold, if thou wilt stay awhile,
The hist'ry of the Sphinx, and who began it,
Our mystic marks, and monsters made of granite.

Well, then, in grievous times, when King Cephrenes

But, ah! what's this?-the shades of bards and


Press on my lips their fingers! What they mean is, I am not to reveal these hidden things.

Mortal, farewell! Till Science' self unbind them, Men must e'en take these secrets as they find them.



The Forging of the Anchor.

COME, see the Dolphin's anchor forged; 'tis at a white heat now;

The bellows ceased, the flames decreased; though on the forge's brow

The little flames still fitfully play through the sable


And fitfully you still may see the grim smiths ranking round,

All clad in leathern panoply, their broad hands only bare;

Some rest upon their sledges here, some work the windlass there.

The windlass strains the tackle chains, the black mound heaves below,

And red and deep a hundred veins burst out at every throe;

It rises, roars, rends all outright-O Vulcan, what a glow!

'Tis blinding white, 'tis blasting bright, the high sun shines not so!

The high sun sees not, on the earth, such fiery fearful show;

The roof-ribs swarth, the candent hearth, the ruddy lurid row

Of smiths, that stand, an ardent band, like men before the foe;

As, quivering through his fleece of flame, the sailing monster slow'

Sinks on the anvil-all about the faces fiery grow— Hurrrah," they shout, "leap out-leap out:" bang, bang, the sledges go;

Hurrah; the jetted lightnings are hissing high and low; A hailing fount of fire is struck at every squashing


The leathern mail rebounds the hail; the rattling cinders strow

The ground around; at every bound the sweltering fountains flow:

And thick and loud the sinking crowd, at every stroke, pant "Ho!"

Leap out, leap out, my masters; leap out and lay on load!

Let's forge a goodly Anchor, a bower, thick and broad;


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