The Progressive Course in Reading (Volume 5, no. 1); First[-Fifth] Book

9780217606196: The Progressive Course in Reading (Volume 5, no. 1); First[-Fifth] Book

Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1900. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... HUMOROUS SELECTIONS. XIX. REJOICING ON THE NEW YEAR COMING OF - AGE. By Charles Lamb. Charles Lamb, essayist, was born in London in 1775, and died in Edmonton in 1834. He was one of the most brilliant, and, at the same time, one of the most thoughtful of humorists. He was an egotist; yet so pure was his heart and so unconscious his manner, that one delights in his egotism. He ever revealed himself. The most popular of his writings now are his "Tales from Shakespeare." 1. The Old Year being dead and the New Year coming of age, which he does by Calendar Law as soon as the breath is out of the old gentleman's body, nothing would serve the young spark but he must give a dinner upon the occasion, to which all the Days in the year were invited. The Festivals, whom he deputed as his stewards, were mightily taken with the notion. They had been engaged time out of mind, they said, in providing mirth and good cheer for mortals below, and it was time they should have a taste of their own bounty. 2. It was stiffly debated whether the Fasts should be admitted. Some said that the appearance of such lean, starved guests, with their mortified faces, would prevent the ends of the meeting. But the objection was overruled by Christmas Day, who had a design upon Ash Wednesday, and a mighty desire to see how the old Domine would behave himself in his cups. Only the Vigils were requested to come with their lanterns to light the gentlefolks home at night. 3. All the Days came to their day. Covers were provided for three hundred and sixty-five guests at the principal table, with an occasional knife and fork at the sideboard for the Twenty-Ninth of February. 1 should have told you that cards of invitation had been issued. The carriers were the Hours, twelve as merry little whirligig foot pa...

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