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Ihf wild slnrm shaKi-s llir c,ilin, she hear 'he
Hie lii(h tides nf Docrndier Ikii on Itir
Hl.ii l crunch the sunken ledge, lierwsitli lire
An I lottd t tit rmr hi willing, at Christmas in
With reirt Hlii lite wmlle llarr rm the
w hit ijtl jjlwmwil ewrtwm to cnld rmj-
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',alrtst the wlndnw llnlteri llie white unnw,
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Flir trick (trnl tioitfnjj channel, limn reil Hhi
In drift flfycllow Irewwnshe ulnintu, s wlll.l
Ami dear lit fierce norllinwler nwnil the
'Ihr tear weigh Ion her Mien -with
trembling ami nlfiijjht,
ilit lRn IieTiUuiiifiil igil, at CliitMm.i
in the tiiyhl:
I." ml h(lithi!iii! tli.il travel the .lwftil urn
I '('hi the wililn hoarth-tlnne lic kneels tilth
rule crenks) the gitsy r.ifltr, mid Cnles the
she wli Iter Mil petition at Christmas in the
"Oh, Italic 1 who in the iiLUmcr of far-off
st no cnnie hi cure our sorroits, anil lake our
Oh, Christ, wluTwalkctl the wntcr, anil calmed
the railing Wt
Oh, ilear lnril, Intn nl Clirislin.it, have mercy
mm on me I
Thou rule! on the hilhms, an on the steadfast
TIhhi holdcM wind ami tempest within 'I'li
Secure, thro' storm and darkness, my home-
liouiul my.ifer keep I
On this, thy Messed liirlli-iiiglit, oh, guide
li mm o'er the iletp.
'I he reefs arc h.iii andTrtiel, thesuif is strong
Mv heart with fear is breaking, this cruel
I ur to Ihr gray east glimuicml the new, the
'The wimU'of fu-aven grew silent, the tenipcut
The Lrighi sun simile the caliiu, ami thiough
its window smiled,
Sweet as a sign ol blessing fiom llultlelicin'
And In ! admvn the hatlior, a white sail
At Christmas, in the morning, liii ship came
Ella '. I'itrce in t7W il'onls.
limp ilhl llifl l.rr1 llirlr I IiI'ImIi i(ii ?
By " tlicy " litem I niL-ait the
hl.ivcs of the rcacliin-l.itn, the dcbk,
ami the jjrey goose pen, or its gillot
ti.ui Mtltstitule, the "writing fellers"
as the memhets of the military chth
r'lll tlitiio ; tlw flirtaliiio of the rcml-
In. of letters ; the poets, the dramatists,
the essayists, the novelists, the histo-
itans, who hac made the literature of
Britain famous all over the world. I
want to know how they were accus
tomed to spend their Christmases -whether
theydam ed, or played forfeits,
or blindman's liiifT, or the fool gene
tally, on Christinas night. I have been
making some reseatches on the .sub
ject lately, but am sorry to have to
slate that at the outset 1 was met in
my imiuiries by a sad rebuff.
In the first place, I found in the
course of a fortnight's hard reading
nuituri.il enough bearing on the subject
of author!.' Christmases to fill a small
octavo of, say, two hundred pages.
Christmases as they were kept by Eve
lyn and 1'epys, llazlit and Leigh
I hint, I lit kens and Thackeray, Charles
Lamb ami Thomas Carlyle, Washington
Irving anil Longfellow, Oliver Cold
smith and Samuel Johnson, all seemed
with open arms to unite me. Yes; I
lould have easily made a tale of two
hundred bricks as the first instalment,
mind ou, of literary Christmases. But
what said the esteemed editor of this
journal? "'Copy' for two columns,
my good sir, and not a line more."
That was rebuff number one.
Now for disappointment number two.
I picked up the other day what'may
possibly be a copy of the (list edition
of the Spectator in volume form : that
is to say it is in seven volumes, small
octavo, tlie paers beginning on Thurs
day, December 0, iju. Then come
the inde and "finis;" and on the
titlepage the date of publication (" by
S. Bmkley, at the Dolphin, in Little
Btitain, and Jacob Tonson, at Shakes
pear's Head, over against Catherine
Mieet in the Strand ") is 1712. We all
know that on the termination ol the
seventh volume the Spectator was dis
contined fir about eighteen months,
anil that after eighty numbers had
been published it was again dropped,
and, mi far as the otiginal contributors
weie concerned, drojiped forever. The
eighth volume, beginning Friday, iSth
June, 17 1, and ending joth Decem
ber, in the same year, makes the whole
work extend over a icriod of nearly
tlueo je.us; but it only covers one
Christmas Day, Tuesday, 35th Decem
ber, 1711. Now here was disapoiiit
inrnt number two. It befell me when
leading the Christmas Day twper in
question I found that had nothing to
uo viitn umstnias. I lie article is a
solemn homily by Addison on ambi
tion a lay sermon, indeed, with a
(reek quotation from Stobius .'
No klmmVr teal the eve of IVmidince
j'resent to et'iy action we commence.
This is ecellent ; but I had Ken in
the holies of lighting on something
alwut the social observance of Christ
mas. Looking ku-kward to Christmas
Ke, I find the Right Honourable
Joseph Addison preaching another
stately sermon on the subject of fame :
text, a Creek one from ilesiod. Noth
ing about snapdragon, or about the
childten gobbling up the plums which
their imprudent (urents have peunitied
them to stone, Looking forwuid, to
Boxing Day, I diicovcrcd an article by
Steele aliout dramatic and erratic per
formances a my witty and humor-
oui iierlorinancc, hut tniiti destitute
of any reference to trackers and
Christmas boxes. To complete my
mortification, no index to any one of
the editions of the Spectator contains
a single allusion to the festival of
Christmas ; and I cannot lead all the
seven volumes of my 1713 edition
through while the printer's boy is wait
ing in the hall for ropy. Surely Sir
Roier tie Coverlcy must have had
something to say about Christmas :
but I have not the late Mr. W. Wells'
admirable monograph on Sir Roger by
me ; and for my life (perhaps my
memory is getting a little shaky) I can
not recall any Christmas utterances
either of the worthy knight or of Will
But I was not to be baffled. 1 turned
to Swift's "Journal to Stella"; and
there, to my qualified delight, " I struck
He," as they say in I'etroli.i. The first
Christmas mentioned in the Journr.l is
in 1710; and Swift tells Hester John
ion that on Christmas Kvc he went to
Court before church, ami that in one of
the looms, there being but little com
pany, "a fellow in a red coat and with
out a sword" came up and asked the
Doctor how the ladies were. "what
ladies?" asked the Rev. Dr. Swift. He
said, Mrs. Dingley ami Mrs. Johnson.
" Very well, said I the Doctor, when
I heard Irom them last; but, pray
when came you from thence (sir),
Sir ?" The gentleman in the red coat
replied that he was never in Ireland
hut just then Lord Winchelsca came
up, "and the man went 01T." After
wards Swift corniest ended to remember
that the " man " was one Vedeau, an
ex-shopkeeper, who had left his counter
and tratle for the army. After Swift
had been to church he went to court
again, and thence Lady Mountjoy car
ried him to her house to dinner; but
he stayed not long, anil, coining home
early, went to bed, to save firing. On
the twenty-fifth, " I'resto" has actually
the grace to wish Stella and Dindgley a
Merry Christinas ; and hc. proceeds to
tell them that he went to church at
eight in the morning, came home at
ten, and went to court at two. It was
a collar day ; all the Knights of the
Carter wearing the insignia of the order.
"This is likewise," adds the journalist,
" collar day all over England in every
house; at least, where there is brawn.
That is very well," he adds, in admira
tion of his own rather thin joke. The
Doctor dined with his " neighbor I'ord,
because all people dine at home on
this day." Thus, half conlemptously,
he dismisses Christina? in its festive
aspect. On the twenty-sixth he writes
that, "by the Lord Harry." he shall be
undone with Christmas boxes. "The
rogues at the coffee-house have raised
their tax, everyone giving a crown ; and
1 gave mine for shame, besides a great
many half-crowns to great men's
porters," &c. Afterwards the doctor
went by water to the city, to dine with
Alderman Barber, the printer. Not a
very merry Christmas ; that is why my
admiration lor the description of it was
" qualified " Let us turn to the Christ
mas of 1711. Swift's letter to Stella
on Christmas live leaves a bitter taste
in the mouth. After abusing the Whigs
and Lord Somers, and alternately
scolding and pelting Stella, he says :
"What sort of Christmas? Why, 1
have had no Christmas at all ; and has
it .really been Christinas of late? I
never once thought of it." He dined
on Christmas live with Secretary St.
John. They sat down at six in the
afternoon and sale talking St. John
would never allow Swift to look at his
watch till two in the morning. What
wondrous talk it must have been 1 The
conversation was moistened, no doubt,
by liberal potations of burgundy,
tlorence, and tokay ; and yet I can
scarcely realize the idea of its being
Christmas Kve talk. The tloctor leaves
the proceedings of Chiistmas Day a
blank, save the intimation tljat he
dined at Mr. Stone's, in the city, and
went to bed at ten ; and that on
Boxing Day he took pills and some of
the " bitterdrink " which Lady Kerry
had sent him. At Christmas, 1712,
Swift writes to Stella a little more
humanly. He gave his nun-servant
l'atrick half-a crown for his Christmas
box " on condition he would be good,
timf he came home, drunk at midnight"
" I have taken a memorandum of it,"
mlds the doctor, "because I design
never to give him a groat more. 'Tis
cruel cold." Yes, 'indeed. Cruelly
cold. " I wish M. D. (Stella) a Merry
Cluistnias, and many a one ; hut mine
is melancholy." lie could not go to
church, it snowed so prodigiously ; but
he could go in the afternoon to dine
by invitation with Mrs. Yanhoinrigh,
and her daughter I'anessa was 0 the
company. Ah, poor Stella; I don't
think your Christmas in Ireland would
have been a very merry one had you
known where your lover was dining on
Christmas Day ! Now I turn to the
last Christmas in the Journal. On
Christmas Day he "carried" I'arnell
to dinner at Lord Bolitigbroke's, and
" I'arncll behaved himself very well,
and Lord Bolingbroke was mightily
pleased with him." On Boxing Day
Swift went to wish the Duke of
Orniond a happy Christmas, and pre
sented half a crown to his grace's
porter. Afterwards he dined with Lord
Treasurer Harley, who "chid him for
being absent three days." " Los
civility and more interest," snarls
1 1 arley's grateful guest to Stella. In the
June of the same vear he arrivetl in
lteland r Dean of St, Patrick's,
Dublin, to become more and more
famous as "Gulliver" ami the
" I rapier," but to go mad. at last, and
die, as he himself put It, "like a ioi
sonetl ra in 'a hole."
" A Merry Christmas to you ' " So ;
1 find that pleasant greeting coming
from over the sea, even from the
gloomy, antique city of Ravenna, in
Italy, in a letter written by Byron to
Thomas Mooie on Decenilier S,
1820. But the noble bard has naught
to say cither aliout the sanctijy of the
teason or its concurrent merry.makiug.
His Christinas effusion is mainly tie
otcd to the development ol a pro-J
pos.il that on his return to London he
and the author of "The Loves of the
Angels " shall conjointly start and etlit
i newspaper. The Byronic views of
what a newspaper should be, and his
opinions on the hnghsii newspaper
press in Ins own day, are highly enter
taining. " I here must always be in
it, lie writes, alluding to the protected
journal, " a piece of tKietry from one
or other 01 us two-: leaving room, how
ever, for such dilettante rhvineis as
may be deemed worthy of appearing 111
the same column ; but this must be a
sine iiid turn ; and also as much piose
as we can compass. We will take an
offit e our names not announced, but
suspected- and, by the blessing of
Providence, give the age some new-
lights upon ioliey, poesy, biography,
criticism, morality, theology, and all
other ism, iilily, and ology whatsoever
1 doubt not that we could dis
place the commonplace blackguards
who have so long disgraced common
sense ami the common reader. They
have no merit but practice and impu
dence, both of which we may acquire ;
and ns.for talent and culture, the
devil's in it if, such proofs as we have
given of both can't furnish out some
thing better than the 'funeral baked
meats' which have so coldly set forth
the breakfast table of all C.reat Britain
for so many years."
. Sir Walter Scott, it would annear.
thought a little more about Christmas
in its holiday aspect than, to judge
from Bvrons letters, the author of
"Childe Harold" did. In Lockhart's
" Life of Scott " arc preserved sonic
extracts from the journal of Captain
Basil Hall, who was a guest at Abbots-
ford during a Christmas very grandly
kept in 182.I. Captain Hall describes
the state rooms at Abbotsford as
"lighted with oil gas in a style of ex
traordinary splendor." At the present
day, "oil gas" lends "extraordinary
splendor" chiefly to costermongcrs'
barrows on the kerb in Coodgc street,
Tottenham court road, on Saturday
nights. " The passages, also, and the
bed-rooms," continues the gallant cap
tain, " are lighted in a similar manner.
The whole establishment is on the
same footing I mean the attendance
and entertainment all in good order,
and an air of punctuality and method,
without any wash or ostentation, per
vades everything. Hut the grandest
festivities of the season vvcrt reserved
for "Hogmanay" or New Year's live,
when there was a constant succession
of " Guisards," or boys dressed up in
lantasuc caps, wiin incir shirts over
their jackets, and with wooden swords
in their hands. These youthful mum
mers paraded 111 the grounds ol
Abbotsford, and acted a rustic play, of
which the hero was one Goloshm, who
" got killed in a battle for love," but
was presently brought to life again by
a doctor of the party. "Supper at
Abbotsford was over just at midnight ;
and as the clock was striking twelve,
we all stood up, after drinking a hearty
Dumper to the old year, and, having
joined hands cross-wise, each with his
right hand seizing his neighbor's left,
all joined chorus in an appropriate
song Mingby Sir Adam Fergusson, a
worthy knight possessed of infinite
drollery. Then followed other toasts
of a loyal description, anil then a song,
a good, red-hot Jacobite song, 'To the
king,' beginning :
Here's lo the king, lioys,
Ye ken wli.V I mean, boys.
A merry Christmas and a memorable
Hogmanay, intlecd. "Still, still," em
phatically adds Captain Basil Hall, "it
was ponderous. Not all the humor
and miraculous vivacity and readiness
of our host could save it long blank
pauses occurred, and then a feeble
whisper but little more, and the roar
of a jolly toast subsided into a hollow
calm. I dwell upon all this merely to
make people consider how useless a
tiling it is to get up such things now
adays. If Walter Scott, with all ap
pliances aim means 10 ooot 111 ills
noble house, surrounded by his own
choice friends full of health and all
he can wish, is unable to exempt a
Hogmanay party from the soporific
ellect proveroially attendant upon
manufactured happiness, who else need
venture on the experiment." As
for good Sir Walter, I must not let his
Christmasses at Abbotsford pass with
out noting what he wrote on coming
home at Yuletide, 1827. " .My rellec
tions on entering my own gate to-day
were of a very different atjd more
pleasing cast than those with which 1
had felt this place about six weeks ago.
I was then in doubt whether I should
fly my country, or become avowedly
bankrupt ami surrender my library and
household turmture with the life-rent
of my estate to sale . . . No doubt, had
I taken this course at once, 1 might
have employed the money I have
made .since the insolvency of Constable
and Robinson's houses in compound
ing my debts. Hut I could not have
slept sound, as I now can, under the
comfortable impression .of receiving
the thanks ol my creditors, and the
conscious feeling of discharging my
duties as a man ol honor and nonvty
.... It the in the harrows, as is very
likely, 1 shall tlie with honor; if I
achieve my task I shall haye the thanks
of all concerned, and the approbation
ol my own conscience. And so I think
I can fairly face the return of Christ
inas Day." All honop to Walter Scott,
of Abbotsford. Not wholly without
reason had Captain Basil Hall moral
ised on " the soporific effect attendant
on manufactured happiness;" but in
the case of Scott he had delilientely
" manufactured happiness" for himself
liy setting himself to a gigantic task -the
iayment in full of his creditor
On his Inppiness thus manufactured
mere was certainly attendant a
"sotKirific effect." It was the sound
sleep of ,an honest man ; alwut the
very liest kind of sleep ttiat we can
wish for at Christmas, or at any other
season of the year. A Merry ChrUt.
mas to us all; and from debt and
duns, and the alguaiil,,ZAf litem
Host uecirge Augustus iua.
liver on thji I'hriMma morn
Holy mitth and joy are horn ;
.Still llie llnrth hcar, a of old,
All the quiring AngcU told j
Still Ileal to tit from alxive
All the song of ponce and love,
All the liletted gladnew liarth
Caught from our dear Sivlour's liirlh.
Therefore U the day-dawn tingld
With a heavennf dear delight i
Lareand evil from usltee
In theelioun' felicity.
Age and manhoixt, girl ami ,ny,
All forget but love and joy (
Anger hence and hftte away I
This Is (ioodniir Holiday.
tllinllMliil .&riSn AVww.
.1 I .!(. Imtln tl'hli.
Hrave chime the bells on this timo-hnnnrcd
Telling of love before llie birth of Time i
Soon will llteir fading ctiilcnce die nwny
In .Southern skies, in Northern fognnd time.
Hut let theTf echoes waken In the henit
A song the shepherd heard in hush of
Truly, each simple legend breathe a pill '
Of truth, which lasts fora)e, if read aright.
May harmony the place of discord lake,
I!nch brother helping with an outstretched
And may the " Peace on llaith" men lightly
lie kept ns Heaven's gift throughout the
Frcdii it Lodycr, in London Graphic.
Oi ( hrtotltiiii rf(iMr.
One of the interesting features of a
Christmas in the olden times was the
varied assortment of games which were
so heartily joined in by both old and
young assembled around the blaring
hearth. Most of these merry pastimes
have long ago passed away; only a few,
such as snapdragon, hide-and-seek, Sec,
being known by the present generation
out of the long list of Christmas games
formerly kept up. Thus, an old game
played especially at Christmas was hot
cockles, a species of blindnian's-buff,
in which the person kneeling down,
and being struck behind, was to guess
who inflicted the blow. It is described
by Cay in the following lines :
As at hot cockles once I laid me down,
And felt the weighty hand of many arlown,
lliixoma gave a gentle tap, and I
Quick rose, and read soft mischief in her c)e.
Ill an old tract, "Round About Our
Coal 1'ire; or, Christinas Iintertain
nients," published in the early part of
last century, mention is made of a
gamc called questions and commands.
The writer says that the commander
may oblige his subjects to answer any
lawful question, and make the same
obey him instantly under the penalty
of paying any such forfeit as may be
laid on the aggressors. Handy-dandy
was in much request at this season.
One of the party concealed something
in his hand, making his neighbotirs
guess in which one it was. If the
latter guessed right, he won the article;
if wrong, he lost an equivalent. It is
alluded to in "Piers Ploughman," and
it is, perhaps, noticed by Shakspearc
where King Lear (Act iv, sc. 6) says
lo GJo'ster: "Look with thine ears;
sec how yon' justice rails upon jon'
simple thief. Hark, in thine car:
change places; and, handy-dandy, which
is the justice, which is the thief?''
Browne, too, in one of his Pastorals,
tells how boys
With the pibblcs play at Inndy-dandy.
A childish diversion also usually in
troduced at Cljristmas in bygone days
was the ,'ame of goose. It was, says
Strutt, played by two persons, although
it readily admitted of many more, and
was well calculated to make the young
people sharp at reckoning the produce
of two given numbers. The table for
playing goose was about the size of a
sheet almanac, and divided into si.xty
two small compartments, arranged in a
spiral form, with a large open sce in
the centre marked with the number 63;
the other compartments were denoted
by numbers from one to sixty-two, in
clusive. The game was played with
two dice, each player throwing in turn,
and marking with a counter whatever
number the dice cast up. Thus, if
there were a four and five he marked
nine, and so on, until the game was
completed. The number 63 bad to
be reached exactly, and should the
player exceed it he had to reckon back,
and throw again in his turn.
Another game seems to have been
fox i' hole, and is thrice mcjitioncd by
Derrick, but not once explained :
Of Christmas sports, the wassail-liowl,
Thai' tossed up, after fox i' the hole,
A diversion which oltcn caused
much laughter was dun in the mire.
A log of wood was brought into the
middle of the room; this was dun, or
the cart-horse, and i cry was raised
that he ban stuck in the mire. Two
of the company then advanced, either
with or without ropes, to draw him fitit.
When unable to do so, they called for
further help, until finally all the parties
joined in the game, when dun was, of
course, extricated. No small merri
ment arose from each ierson's sly
efforts to let the log fall on his neigh
bour's toes. It is frequently alluded to
by old writers, and by Shakspeare in
"Romeo and Juliet" (Act i., sc 4),
where Mcrcutio says to Romeo :
Tut, dun'!hcmouw, the constable's, own wordi
If ihou an dun, we'll draw thee from the mire.
Some doubt exists as to the precise
nature of a game designated shoeing
the wild mare, and mentioned by Her
rick, where he sjieaks of
I'luUttin. spoils, the wassail-Ism I,
Of blind-inan-bnfl, and of the rare
That voung men have lo shoe the mare,
"It appears," says Hpnd, that "the
wild mare was simply a youth so called,
who was allowed a certain start, and
who was pursued by his companions,
with the object of being shoeil, if he
did not succeed in outstripping them."
Then there were "cap-verses," wherein
one gave a word, to which another
found a rhyme; a jiastimc once very
Among other references to old
Christmas games may be quoted the
"Paston lA-tters," in which a letter
tlatcd Dec. i., i.8j, relates how l.idy
Morley, on at count of the death of her
lord directing what pastimes were to
be used in her house at Christmas,
ordered that "there were none disguis-
ings, nor narpiug, nor lining, nor sing
ing, nor none loud disports; but play
ing at the tables, and chess, and cards:
such disports she gave her folks leave
to play, and none other,"
or old Christmas card-games nny
bementionedthat known as post anti
pair, to which Ben Johnson refers in
his "Masque of Christmas" :
Now post and pair, old Christmas' heir,
I Mil make n gingling alli
And wot Jon who, tlsnnc of my two
Sons, card makers in Pur alley.
It is, too, among the diversions des
cribed by Sir Walter Scott, in his
graphic picture of Christmas live in
"Marinion, ami is mentioned by many
of our own old writers. Three cards
arc dealt to all, the excitement of the
game consisting in each person's vying,
or betting, on the goodness of his own
hand. It would seem that a pair of
royal aces was the best hand hence
one of its names, pair-ro)al and then
other cards, according to their order,
such as kings, queens, ccc. Thus it
much resembled our modern game of
commerce. Another game of rank
vyas ruff, known also as double ruff or
cross ruff, otic of its niost popular
names being trump. It is mentioned
in "Poor Robin's Almanack" for i(iy3 :
Christmas to hungry stomachs gives relief,
With million, poik-pics, pasties, and roast l;if;
And men at cards spend many idle hours,
At Inadum, whisk, cross-mil", put, and all -fours.
Tlis game was much the same as
whist; and was played by two against
two, and occasionally by three against
three. Noddy, too, we arc told, was
also much in demand, being noticed
by Middlcton, where Christmas, speak
ing of th? games of that time as his
children, says : I leave them wholly
to my eldest son iVoddy, whom, during
his minority, 1 commit to the custody
of a pair of knaves, and onc-and-
thirty." In "Poor Robin's Almanack"
for 1755 it is thus noticed:
Some folks at cards and dice do sit,
To lose their money and their wit.
And when the game of cards is past,
Then fall lo at noddy at the last.
There is sonic doubt as to what game
is meant, some think crihbage, and
others, beat the knave out of doors.
Such were some oj the old games,
practised at Christmas-tide; and thp
importance that was attached to these
diversions may be gathered from the
fact' that every large household had its
lord of merry disports, whose duty it
was to arrange the merry makings
every season; a custom which was ex
tended to our universities and the inns
of coifrt. At the present day, when
Christmas is shorn of so many of its
lortner glories, some ol these old hrc
side games might with advantage be
revived, thereby creating harmless
mirth and fun. Illustrated London
Let us drink to llie year that is dying fast,
Though his days were weary and long ;
Let us sing for the year that has come at last
Let us welcome him with a song !
Let us speed with a song the sad old year,
' Willi the trouble he brought in his train ;
Let us greet with a toast the onelhat is near,
We had hoped : Let us hope again !
The snow that glistens on briar and ihnrn
Like a sheet o'er the landscape lies,
Like swaddling clothes for the year dial is
Or a shroud for the year tli.it dies ;
And the night-winds wail through the leafless
And the blazing yule-logs' roir
Sounds the funeral anthem of liighty-lhree,
And a prelude fof Eighty-four.
Familiar faces make way for the strange,
And the old give place to thifliew,
Hut faith in the future is firm through change,
As dreams of the past arc true.
Then a loast for the vear that is coming fast,
May his days lie merry and long I
And a dirge for thc.vcar that has goneat last,
We will speed him home with a .song.
. llflthot 11 ll'iioii, in UliiUrtilcil Spotting
ana uramaiit twits,
Xflf l,ir TkuuyhtH.
As In the west the evening sun goes down,
And, dving, glorifies, with varied hues
Of gold and purple, all the floating clouds
That saw him slowly kink below the vergcj
So the Old Year to us who, with a sigh,
.Maik his last hour, as trampiilly he fades
Leaves many a rich-hued memory behind.
The twilight fades, the night goes by, anon
The eastern sky is llushed w ith joyous clouds
That wait expectant for the sun's return
And as he climbs the blue, and gleams and
Gladdening the wotld and all life with the
The clouds and peaks receive his Ms and
Howe, the fresh voun;; New Year hall, nor
I-'or (hat which in the solemn midnight died,
The hope, the promise of miiiic better ihings
Than we have known, brightens dull heaits,
A sunlieain swift from parted clouds breaks
O'er meadows, on a fitful April day,
Chasing the' shade to hide 011 hills and groves.
The buried aspiration, though their graves
Have not yet known a single season's change
Are all forgotten! as the child who Hies
To grasp the gaudy moth, and failing, turns
To pluck a lluwcr, which seems llie richer
The stonn-losseil sailor, when Ihe wave Is
And bitter winds, ice-laden, sweep Ihe deck,
In dreams U-hoUls Ihe Iroplc miinm-r seas,
Where gentle zefhyts, wllh' the (icifuuicil
Of fruited woodlands, sigh through shroud and
Tms, turning from the Old Year' cheated
And broken promises, and eriing deeds,
We look beyond lo pleasant scenes ami juth
Which virgin months shall smilingly disclose.
Come, glut New Year, unwritten scroll, white
Where we may wiile Ihe irconlof gl deals
Long lift undone inruls of brave resolves
lly genttc atiencc and strong will accom
plished. Come, glad New Year, and make us strong
And when you sink, sun-like, lielowllie vcige,
lie wc Ihe clouds to wear for evermore
The golden brightness of your memories'.
Ihr Dritlh nf Ihr Ilhl Vriir.
Pull kncc-ileep lies the winter snom
And the winter winds arc wenrily sighing:
Toll ye the chufeli tall mil and slow,
And tread soft!) ami peak low,
1'or the old year lies a-djlng.
Old )eat, yini must not dlej
You enme lo its so readily,
You lived with lis wi slenitlly,
Old year, you shall not tile.
Me lieth still; he doth not move;
lie will not see the dawn of day.
lie hath no other iffcaWc:
He gave me frlemU.nnd a true true love;
And the New-ycnr will lake 'em away.
Old j ear, you must not go;
So long as voti have been with wi,
Such joy ns you have seen with us,
Old jear, jou shall not go.
lie frothed his bumpers lo the hiim;
A jollier year we shall not sec.
Itut though his eyes are waxing dim,
And though his foes speak ill of him,
lie was a friend to me,
Old year, you shall not die :
We diil so laugh and cry with vnu.
I've half a mind lo die with vou,
Old year, if you mini die.
lie was full of joke and jest
Hut all his merry quips are o'er:
To sec him die, across Ihe waste
Ills son and heir doth ride ixi-l-haslc;
Hut he'll be dead before.
Kvery one for his own.
The night is stary and cold, my friend,
And the Ncw-vcar blithe and I mid, my
TJomcs up lo take his own.
How Inrdlie breathes! Over the snow
I heard just now the crowing cock.
The shadows flicker to and fio;
The criket chirps; the light burns low ;
'Tis nearly twelve o'clock.
Shake hands, before vou die.
Old year, we'll dearly rue for you;
What is it we can do for vou?
Speak out Iwfore you die.
His face ii growing sharp and thin,
Alack 1 our friend is gone.
Close up his eyes: tie up his chin:
Step from the corpse, and let him in
That Mandelh there alone,
And waitcth at the door.
There's a new fool on llie floor, my friend,
And a new face at Ihe door, my friend,
A new face at Ihe door.
King out, wild bells, In the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light :
The vear is dying in the night
King nut, wild bells, and lei him die.
King out the old, ring in Ihe new
King, happy bells, across tlie snow ;
The year is going, lei him go ;
King out the false, ring in die true.
King out Ihe grief that saps the mind.
lor those that here we see no more ;
King out the feud of rich and x,r,
King in redress forall mankind,
King out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of parly strife ;
King in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.
King out the want, Ihe care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the limes :
King out, ring out niy mournful rhymes .-
And ring the fuller minstrel in. j
King out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spile ;
King in the love of Hull and right,
King in Ihe common love of good.
King out old shapes of foul disease,
King out the narrowing hist of gold ;
King out Ihe thousand wars of old,
King in the thousand jears of peace.
King in the valiant man and free,
The larger heait, the kindlier hand ;
King out the darkness of the land
King In the Christ that is lo be,
Ml.crtliYii.veii to all iervn thai at a meeting lieM
in Honolulu on the latfubyot Dcccml-er, 1883. of the
MiWrtbcrs lo Ihe nock, of ihe l'ui'ixA Smkkp and
WifCK Ranch Coiiimny. it wa voieil to accrpi a
CIIAR'lKU.Oi-' INCOKi'OKA'IlON cramM to
them ami 1 heir iuo,Utr and utcccimrt uJr tlie- cur
wrate tunie ami btjlc of inc rmi.'ia Shep ami
bioik Ranch Company" on the islh day of November,
1883, and that aUI cunwation muter uU charter
thereupon orpanitrU ItUlf ami elected the fotloini
officer of the Company
lie..lent , Jt'rantU Spencer
YitvCsprefciuViu Oeuoie Alacf:Ian
'Ireaurer Ilfiiry R. Mavfrlane
Secrctaryan.1 Auditor , John UolUn
Notice U further a iten that, purnunt to the ternu
of sail) charter. ito UixLhoUcr that. ImlnUually lie
luMs fyr the Jcht of h cni-potatlon l)omi the
amount whlth may be due iion the ..lure or thare
heU'Dr ottned by hwuclf,
IJ OLID AY GOODS.
DILLINGHAM & CO.
Ileg til aimounte that by Lte arrtwU they lute
receheU Uttn addition lu their UW " klt,
arum 1 2 width aie many article adapted in the
1101.1 da v m:akn.
Iliey would 'Ult(.ul attention t'Mhe large variety
riNi;sivi:u i'un: waiu;
nine Utr4 deilxi., uf vthkh tu cmlti.iunU have
juv Uii melted.
During lly lUlU4VtUwg..Uuill Ukold at
Vorjr Low Hrlo
Thejf ftlat) ItJUrt finft AnUMIlitei.t
Hrt-pruuf Jf c! llaw.
Ktfi iterator and lie IhcUt,
ljtiup and Lhandbf i
And Huuy NttU!c4,
HACKFHLD A Co.,
om:u rou sai.k
INVOICES OF NEW GOODS,
lis UliVC. K. llhlKp .ln,I Slnnmlrip Hirtfiftls
OMststlng in (not nf As fbtkiSM i
A .Larrio AsMjrtiiiaut uT .Dry Goods,
tltiilms, Drawn anil While Cations, Drills, Tick-
Iiifff, Turkey Keil, Mrrtjioslilack Alul
coloreJ, 4 qualitli-s, IUpt, Alpacas,
' Cotioiirgs, Itnllan Cloth ami
Utaelc, Gros-graln, Knucy, Colored anil HUtpcd
llsrene. Crepe, &c.,
Jlrn'.i I'll I'll IkIi III! (iuiuts,
Skills, Woolen, Mined, Calico, Hickory, tltnlm
rtr., Merino and Ciitton Uiulcrtliliti, While
Bosom blilits, Socks ft blackings, blares
llaiitlkrrclilrri, 1'oul.inli, a lrt;o I"-
volco of CLOTHING consisting
of Fine Ulack Cloth Coats nml
I'auts, Uuckskhi Sacks,
i'ants nml Suits, Felt,
Hoy's Shirts, Ami
Children' Jackets, t.
It. Coats A LeiretoEs. Mon
key ami Sailor jackets. Carpet
Slippers, Silk an
ami 1, v., 1
nndParasoIs. fancy nml Travelling
Shawls. Cotton nnj Turkish Towrll.
White ami Fancy Qiiilti, Felt Rues ami Brus
sels Carpeting Silk and Velvet Klbbonl, Threads
While and Fancy Ulankcts,
Fancy Striped Wootpn. two sizes.
Scarlet, Orange, While Woolen anil i points.
Buttons for Shirts, Coats, I'ants, llresses,
V K K ! U XI I. K V
Genuine I'au de Cologne. Luhiifn Ix
t rati I, Tmlet Soap, rhihwome, Hair
Oil, Condi, l,wMiig(iUve, I'ic9. I.
R, ltatl Harmonicas, I. lank UooU,
Cold Uif, Jewelry, OJ.I Watches
Tape, maHic, Scarfs, Alburn
ntenlon, Arm, Dinintf room and Pat lor Chairs,
Bcttee Mirror, tic,
SmtfUri, CtttfHt.hiM, 1lhttitStlrntp Itrnlhrr,
Hemp& I. R. Packing. Coal Relets
CRATES OF ASSORTED CROCKERY,
Containing 1'lates Cup. Teapots Howls ChamWrs
Kice Dishes and l lakers Demijohn 3 ami
Gallons Sample Uotthrs Vakciund (.tmwarr, Manila
und'Iarrrd Rope, Coal IkiRS Gunnies IVine.
llnrtaps Wootpackand Twilled Sicking, l.lncii lue
SIK.AR ani KICK DAGS
'of all sics ami quililie.
Sardines hi half ainlquarter boxes.
Salt in Jars, Castor Oil in tins. Matches
Cocoamit Oil, Wash Dluc. 11. While Lead,
Stearhie Candles, 4, s. anil 6, II. .V 1. Biscuit,
Ilubbnck's Linseed Paint Oil. White Zinc Paint,
dtirimin nml runimi CIjiiiv t,
rialed ware Spoons, 1'orls, Cruets, 'lea
sets. Cups, Napkin Kings, Saltrrs, etc.,
1'ocl.f-t and Utitcher Knives, Scissors. Sheej. rihcarSj
Needles, Spoons, Files, Spurs, (.idvanlml llanos,
llouu Iron, Ktrc lllctf Hammers, VtllM
Xlclal and Composition NaiU, Clantiers
llahbitt Metal, Sugar Coulet, Jni.
Fire Clay, .Blacksn-.tth Coal, Fire Dricks, Tiles
, Empty Barrels, Oak Doats, &c.
Order from the other Islands carefully attended lo.
If. Iltirhi-ltl .t- Vu. '
H RUM'S BINDERY.
Tins 1'oi'UI.au IIiniicisY, now lo
cated at 107, Fort Str,ccl, will -soon
bu moved to the commodious quarters
over Thrum's new news stand, in the
Campbell Block, ncM to Mr. C O.
Herder's office on Merchant Street.
In lis New Quaivikks it will
be able to do even more satisfactory
work than that which has gained it such
liberal (utronage and such willing ap
preciation from the Honolulu trade:
Ir Advert isus No Specialities,
but is able, to do all sorts, sizes,
and conditions of Hook-binding,
Killing, Lettering, and l'aperciittint;
as well as in San Francisco, and at
At This Co.mpleie Hindery
ncwsimpers, magazines, pamphlets, and
sheet music are neatly and simply or
elegantly and sumptuously bound, as
taste and pocket may demand. Old
books arc carefully and firmly rebound.
All Descriptions op Hlank
Hooks are made to order at as low
rates as are consistent with first-class
work. The Hindery is now using
Weston's " Record " and " Ledger "
pjier for all first-class work. A large
imoicc of this Justly celebrated stock
has just been received from New York.
Tub Machinery Usk.ii is all of
improved pattern. The " ruling ma
chine," with its new intent " striker,"
is equal to any in use in either the
United States or the Colonies, and its
recent work sjieaks for itself, Iwing,
also, complimentary to the workman
who runs the machine. The other
machines used in the Hindery are for
cutting paper rapidly, for paging and
numbering, for perforating, for card
and pasteboard cutting, and for press
'I lie Excellence Or tiii; Work.
PcKroKm.il is a result of good mate
rial and careful work.
"l U, TUUUM.
3 p ? 3
Sliillimcr.o unit Xrirs Drillers.
Hawaiian n,zr.rrr. iii.ocK,tfii:isCiiNr
Ilase lu'l.reeeWed, es Mailptrta, a line aWBitnunt of
Amor oh eh Mt & t ii I
' lllt.t, CAP.
ilrrtwt Mid Barren, bv li" ream Mocled, or ly qun
MlUIOKANDtlM IILOCls-S, As . ,
Hound la please.
Haulers' lirge. Haulers uill,
lit tail He liave Inkstands Tor all
l'Osr omen i.i:ni:u scvmis.
INKS: , , ,
Carter's Combined Ciipline; and U riling;,
tu tptarts, pints, ami lialfpints.
CAKTCKS WKIIINO I'l.Dlf),
m quarts, pints, hntf'tTiitJ ami cones.
VIOI.l. I' INK, ipiaits pint", lialriMOIs, ami cont
iNiir.t.im.i: ink, assorted.
AKNOl.tl'S WKIIINO fl.Ultl,
in tpntt, pints, half pints, mid cones.
STiM'I'OUD'.S, in quarts ami pints.
J'gYpllan Perfumed Ink.
In quarts, pints, luvlf pints, and cones.
Peifou MuciUee Itoltle.
MANN'S COPY HOOKS:
to x i, full hound and hilf totinJ,
to x l, full taund and half.liuuiiil.
Mknn's Cp)!n Pap r.
PKNSnnd HOI.DKK'S In great vadelfes,
Automatic Pencil, Cupjing Pencils,
I'nlwr's Pencil, Dixuns Pr irrils, Ae.
DRAWING PAPER, plain nml inwinle!!.
Manilla Detail Paer.
KNVKI.OPI'.S 150,000 assorted.
Plating Cards, round corner and plain.
Mi;.MORANnUM HOOKS, a large (aiiety,
'lime Hooks, assorted,
Shipping 'lags, i'ouilsi Tags.
INVITATION l'Al'I'.H, and Hntelopes to match.
Hall Programme Cards, pencils and lasstls.
I.nriHK PKI'.S.Sr.ii, lare and small,
Rubber Hands, alt sim.
HASP. HALLS and ItA'lS,
Guides and Score Hooks.
lllliTHDAV CARDS, POCKP.T KN1VF.S, and
many other articles too numerous to mention.
tV SUHSCRIPIIONS rece'ned for any foreign
paper or MaRnrinc published at any time. Also for all
the Ijocul Patters and Magazines, Seasides, ltroolk
suJes, Family Library, etc., always on hand, and spe
cial numbers sent for to order.
rt. SPECIAL OltUKKS recehed for HOOKS, etc
RI.Il RUIIIII'.K STAMP AGENCY,
and Agents for llie I jicclnpsdia Hritannica,
a. All Idand orders filled promptly. $1
, M. OAT, Jr., and CO.,
160-tf Gazette Hlock, 35 Merchant Street.
O M. CARTER & CO.
S. SI. eAKlFIt,
s r. IJHAIIASI.
No. 82 Kiut; Street, Honolulu,
rtRTAtt. IrKA! HkS IN
FIREWOOD, COAX AND FEED
Wc would notify the public, and houltecrs iu wr
ticular, that sc keep oil hail J and for sale. In quantities
to suit purchasers and at lowest rutes, fnl, as follows 1
HARD AND SOIT WOOD,
Cut any lautittlli; s
N. S. W. NEWCASTLE CO VL,
.SCOTCH COAL, and the
CELKHRATED WELLINGTON MINK1,
DEPARTURE HAY COAI.,
T he atiose can be ordered by TVlephune or otherwise,
and immediate ileliiery uuaraulicit.
GIVE US A CA1.I Telephone. No. 5y
B AISO kl'Kl- IN STUCK
HAY, OA TS-CaUfornia and New Zealand :
HARLEY Whole and ground ;
WI I EAT CORN-W'hole and eraclied !
HKAN, MIDDLINGS, and oilier Teed.
Order the above throuu.li Teleplion. No. 305,
ANII 11U IVAKttANT
Qulolc Dollvery and Full Weight
ORDERS FROM OUIER ISLANDS SOI. ICI 1 Kl)
lies l)elter) lo All Partsof the City.
Reuioiulier, No. 82 Klusr Stresit.
Trt-tniflNK No. yy 13)
An tleeanl pieiaralloti for S0PTKN1NG THE
SKIN, ami Heutif)ng the Complexion.
Pirated outy Ly i v . .
' ' ', "! ,
lieu fm, Hmllh, X 'l'u.,
NEW OOO DM.
(just airlvtd fiom Europe)
Dry auil Fsutojr QootU,
If for particulars, apply tu
11. u.wKrt:i.itje vu.
KNOWLBS'STBAM AND VACUUM
C. AVsiTA'A' & CV., AGWS.
Hating ui hand a full and lolui.l.te slock, of ilia
akvilbraled pumps, Just r4. per, ir l'u I HI r
frout HUiou, wa gurai4.tLii tu I thvaper and
belter thau any otlivl sllUrof pwinu Im!!.!. lcll
i!k attention U planters paukuUrly la lU VavMm
luiop. wlitcli i lit I14M buuipheatnl atd him tr
OUUCKIlrt'0NSrclt4M all liu.es for fv..l,n
O and lotal laiUkatlow al IIIDK U.TIUUat$.
Fit ni. '
AM ISTIC STATIONERY, In rr Ulr. at
. ,.,,. ;ns. a-uiRuarwiuHNJ,
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