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Victorian 

808.837 

P991h 

1840 


Joseph Earl and 
Genevieve Thornton 

Arrington 

Collection of 19th 
Century Americana 

Brigham Young University Library 


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HOME AMUSEMENTS; 


A CHOICE COLLECTION OF 


RIDDLES, CHARADES, REBUSES, 
CONUNDRUMS, 

PARLOUR GAMES, AND EORFEITS. 


PETER PUZZLEWELL, ESQ., 

OF REBUS HALL. 


LONDON: 

GEANT AND GEIEFITH, 

SUCCESSORS TO 

JOHN HARRIS, CORNER OF ST. PAUL’S CHURCHYARD. 




LONDON: 

Printed by S Sc J. Bentley, Wilson, and Fi ey, 
Bangor House, Shoe Lane, 


CONTENTS. 


Kiddles . . , . . 

Solutions ..... 
Enigmatical List of Birds 

Solutions ..... 

List of English Towns Enigmatically Expressed 
Key to list of Towns 

Charades ...... 

Solutions ..... 

Rebuses ...... 

Solutions ..... 

Anagrams ..... 

Conundrums . . . . . 

Solutions . . . . • 

Games ...... 

Forfeits ...... 


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RIDDLE 1. 



|N deepest solitudes I most delight, 
Remote from cities, far from human 
sight; 

Perfect in beauty, happy, and alone, 
I oft am mentioned, though I’m never known. 
Yet men to me still constantly compare 
All that is curious, excellent, and rare: 

I feel the moment destined for my doom. 

And form at once an altar and a tomb ; 

But, wond^rous prodigy ! though I expire, 

I prove a father in consuming fire. 







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RIDDLE 11. 


^’WAS whispered in heaven ’twas muttered in hell, 
And echo caught faintly the sound as it fell; 

On the confines of earth ’twas permitted to rest, 

And the depths of the ocean its presence confessed ; 
^Twill be found in the sphere when it’s riven asunder. 
Be seen in the lightning, and heard in the thunder ; 
’Twas allotted to man in his earliest breath. 

Attends at his birth, and awaits him in death ; 

Presides o’er his happiness, honour, and health, 

Is the prop of his house and the end of his wealth; 

In the heaps of the miser ’tis hoarded with care, 

But is sure to be lost in the prodigal heir. 

It begins ev’ry hope, ev’ry wish it must bound. 

With the husbandman toils, and with monarchs is 
crowned. 

Without it the soldier and seaman may roam. 

But woe to the wretch that expels it from home. 

In the whispers of conscience its voice will be found. 
Nor e’en in the whirlwind of passion be drowned. 

It will soften the heart; though deaf to the ear, 

’Twill make it acutely and instantly hear. 

But in shade let it rest, like a delicate flower ; 

Oh ! breathe on it softly—it dies in an hour ! 


RIDDLES. 


RIDDLE III. 

JN spring I look gay. 

Deck’d in comely array ; 
In summer more clothing I wear; 
As colder it grows, 

I throw off my clothes, 

And in winter quite naked appear. 


RIDDLE lY. 

J AM a thing that many say 

Is bought with toil and trouble ; 
What all would wish for once a day, 
Yet few desire to double. 


RIDDLE Y. 

^HERE is a certain natural production, which is nei¬ 
ther animal, vegetable, nor mineral: it commonly 
exists from two to six feet from the earth’s surface; it is 
neither male nor female, but oftenest between both; 
has neither height, breadth, width, nor thickness; it is 
often mentioned in the Old Testament, and stands 




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strongly recommended in the New; and is at the 
same time subservient to the purposes of fidelity and 
treachery. 


RIDDLE VI. 

pRAY tell me, ladies, if you can, 


Who is that highly favour’d man, 
Who, though he marry many a wife. 
May still live single all his life ? 


RIDDLE YII. 

disappointed persons are; 



What tailors always do ; 

Our grandmothers’ delight declare. 
Though now despised by you. 


RIDDLE VIII. 


J ’M small of body, yet contain 

The extremes of pleasure and of pain ; 
I nor beginning have, nor end. 

More hollow than the falsest friend. 

If I entrap some heedless zany. 

Or in my magic circle any 





RIDDLES. 


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Have enter’d, from my sorcery 
No power on earth can set them free,— 

At least, all human force is vain. 

Or less than many hundred men. 

Though endless, yet nor short nor long ; 
And what, though I’m so wondrous strong, 
The veriest child, that’s pleased to try. 
Might carry fifty such as I. 


RIDDLE IX. 

J0EFORE my birth I had a name. 
But soon as born I lost the same ; 
And when I’m laid within the tomb, 

I shall my father’s nam*e assume : 

I change my name three days together, 
Yet live but one in any weather. 


RIDDLE X. 

J NEVER in a house was born, 
Nor did I ever fly; 

And yet to make the puzzle out, 
I soar into the sky. 




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I oft contain both life and breath, 

And yet I never die; 

And though sometimes to remnants torn, 
I never heave a sigh. 

Oft, through ambition, I aspire, 

And go till I can go no higher ; 

And then, like many men so great, 

I sink into a lower state. 


RIDDLE XI. 

SHOEMAKER makes shoes without any leather. 
With all the four elements put together— 

Fire, water, earth, and air,— 

And every customer takes two pair. 


RIDDLE XII. 


^ THING that’s insipid—a comical fellow. 

And dignity’s mark in the East, 

Which may be either long, short, black, white, or yellow, 
A nd is generally found in a beast, 

A creature portrays, which appears in the spring, 

And you often have seen, but never heard sing. 




EIDDLES. 


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RIDDLE XIII. 


JpART of a tree—if right transposed- 
An insect then will be disclosed. 
Which robs me of my precious sleep. 
And makes me painful vigils keep. 


RIDDLE XIV. 

J WAS born in a forest, and wear a green head, 
And with green heads am compass'd full oft, 
Some younger, some older, 

Some sly, and some bolder. 

Some harder, and some very soft. 

As various specks on my face do appear, 

Of different colours and shapes, 

So intent on the matter. 

Some grin, and some chatter, 

Like a parcel of monkeys or apes. 

By nature I'm harmless, but not so by art; 

The art not my own, but my neighbour's ; 

If you suffer by me, 

Your own fault it must be, 

And you'll e'en have your pains for your labours. 



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KIDDLE XV. 

J^MBLEM of youth and innocence. 

With thorns enclosM, for my defence, 
And with no care oppress^; 

I boldly spread my charms around, 

Till some rude lover breaks the mound, 
And takes me to his breast. 

Here soon I sicken and decay, 

My beauty’s lost, I’m turn’d away. 

And thrown upon the street; 

Where I despised and rolling lie. 

Am trampled on by passers by, 

And num’rous insults meet. 

Ladies, contemplate well my fate, 

Reflect upon my wretched state; 

Implore th’ Almighty’s aid, 

Lest you (which Heaven forbid !) like me. 
Come to contempt and misery. 

Be ruin’d and betray’d. 

KIDDLE XYI. 

NO body I have. 

No food I e’er crave. 



RIDDLES, 


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And yet of long legs I have two ; 

Yet I never walk. 

And I never talk, 

Then what does iny nobody do ? 

If you move me, then I 
Move most pliantly, 

And my feet always serve me for hands; 
I gather up all, 

The great and the small. 

As my master or mistress commands. 

If you straddle me wide, 

I then cannot ride. 

And this for the best of all reasons ; 

For nothing I "ve got. 

On which I can trot. 

In winter or in summer seasons. 

Although you may stare, 

This is all, I declare, 

So now tell my name, if you can ; 

I ll farther make known. 

In the same honest tone, 

I’m neither child, woman, nor man. 


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RIDDLE XVII. 

what is that the infant smile displays, 
Whilst on its little form we fondly gaze ; 
And, like a circling halo, seems to shed 
A lambent glory round its lovely head ? 

But soon, too soon, alas ! in after life, 

Amidst conflicting passions’ raging strife. 

The charm is lost; and then we vainly mourn 
This first best gift which never can return ! 
Happy the few, who, in the arms of death, 
Hold fast this treasure to their latest breath ; 
Serenely they may sink into the tomb, 

And wake to rapture in a life to come.” 


RIDDLE XYIIL 

J ’M strangely capricious, I’m sour or I’m sweet. 
To housewives am useful, to children a treat; 
Yet I freely confess I more mischief have done. 
Than anything else that is under the sun. 


RIDDLE XIX. 


^HOUGH made by art, ’tis nature gives me voice 
I answer all, yet never speak, by choice: 




EIDDLES. 


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One only language I can talk, yet should 
In every country be understood. 

Unless peculiarly inspired, I’m dumb ; 

I know not what is past, nor what’s to come. 
What I said yesterday, to-day is new, 

And will be so to-morrow, yet be true. 


EIDDLE XX. 

is that syren, whose enchanting song 



Draws the unthinking multitude along; 
That feeds, with faithless hopes and luring bait, 
The poor deluded wretch she means to cheat ? 
Men call her false, inconstant, cruel, vain,— 
Yet seek her favours with unwearied pain : 

Th’ unhappy bear her frowns, still led away 
With expectation of a better day; 

Th’ ambitious court her smiles:—only the wise 
Both her and all her gilded pomp despise; 

Her fairy kingdom, her fantastic good. 

Remote, alluring ; nothing, nearer view’d. 



EIDDLE XXI. 

RST I may be your servant’s name ; 
Then your desires I may proclaim ; 




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And, when your mortal life is o’er, 
Hold all your wealth within my power 


RIDDLE XXII. 

J CONTAIN many gallons of drink ; 

Yet I often am held to the lip ; 
Scarce Goliath could lift me, you’d think 
And yet I can hold but a sip. 

From the top of your house I descend. 
And under the pavement I crawl; 

I furnish whole cities with drink ; 
Though seldom they see me at all. 


RIDDLE XXIII. 


])EEP in the bosom of the earth 
I lie conceal’d from sight. 

Till man, who ransacks nature through, 
Displays my form to light. 


Yet, when I first salute the view, 

I’m rude and void of use ; 

Till frost, which other objects binds, 
Assists to set me loose. 




RIDDLES. 


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Then, polish^ by the artist's hands, 
In wood I’m closely bound; 

And where fair learning calls her sons, 
My ready help is found. 

To me the sciences are known; 

In Algebra I shine, 

In Mathematics often deal, 

And make each problem mine. 

To me the wisest heads submit. 

The deepest scholars bend; 

And, though I neither read nor write, 
I'm learning's common friend. 

Of neither sense nor love possess'd. 
The strongest sense I aid; 

Relieve the mem'ry of its load. 

And ease the studious head. 

Yet soon my knowledge is effaced. 
And ev'ry trace is lost; 

And oft again I'm fiU'd with lore, 
Nor feel the conscious boast. 


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RIDDLE XXIV. 



^£0 a word of consent, add one half of a fright; 



Next subjoin what you never beheld in the night 
These rightly connected, you dl quickly obtain 
What numbers have seen, but will ne’er see again. 


RIDDLE XXV. 


J FROM Siberia’s frozen realms am brought, 

Or in the wilds of Canada am sought: 

But soon, by art, a domicile I form, 

At once convenient, elegant, and warm. 

Within the compass of this pretty cell. 

But two inhabitants can hope to dwell; 

Here, snug and warm, in spite of wind and weather. 
They both may live most lovingly together. 

When spring returns, with blooming flow’rets gay, 
My fickle inmates from my shelter stray; 

And through the summer months inconstant roam. 
Till winter’s cold recalls the wanderers home. 


RIDDLE XXVI. 



body's taper’d fine and neat, 

I’ve but one eye, yet am complete; 




RIDDLES. 


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You’d judge me, by my equipage. 

The greatest warrior of the age ; 

For when you have survey’d me round, 
Nothing but steel is to be found; 

Yet. men I ne’er was known to kill. 
Though ladies" blood I often spill. 


RIDDLE XXYII. 

F wealth I abound ; in water I stand ; 

As a fencer I’m valued all over the land; 
At Venice I’m famous ; by farmers I’m prized ; 
Respected by law, yet by huntsmen despised ; 
Consternation and ruin ensue when I break; 
And the beasts of the forest advantage on’t take. 


RIDDLE XXVIII. 

^KOUGH from York and from Yarmouth I’m never 
away, 

You’ll find me always at the end of the day: 

In years though I am, and have been all my life, 

^I’m found with a hautboy, though not with a fife : 

I’m always in play—and with some little boy 
Am constantly found, deep engaged with his toy. 




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One tiling sure remains, which I scarcely dare write, 
Indeed it a falsehood appears to the sight; 

But you safely may say to your friend, if you please, 
I dwell in your eyes in the middle of e"es. 

RIDDLE XXIX. 

J HAVE no head, and a tail I lack. 

But oft have arms, and legs, and back ; 

I inhabit the palace, the tavern, the cot— 

’Tis a beggarly residence where I am not. 

If a monarch were present (I tell you no fable), 

I still should be placed at the head of the table. 

RIDDLE XXX. 

J CUT off heads without remorse. 

And yet I never make a corse; 

I guillotine to give new life,— 

TU invention*’s better than a knife. 

I’m sometimes patent, sometimes not. 

Yet an old-fashionM name I’ve got. 

Sometimes I have a costly stand. 

Sometimes a plain one, at command— 

And oft’ner none,—and so, adieu ! 

I’m sure I am well known to you. 




RIDDLES. 


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RIDDLE XXXL 


JN vain you struggle to regain me, 

When lost, you never can obtain me; 
And yet, what’s odd, you sigh and fret, 
Deplore my loss, and have me yet. 

And often using me quite ill. 

And seeking ways your slave to kill,— 
Then promising in future you 
Will give to me the homage due. 

Thus we go on from year to year,— 

My name pray let the party hear. 


RIDDLE XXXIL 



from the east arose the lamp of day. 


Or Cynthia gilt the night with paler ray— 
Ere earth was form’d, or ocean knew its place, 
Long, long anterior to the human race, 

I did exist. In chaos I was found. 

When awful darkness shed its gloom around. 

In heaven I dwell, in those bright realms above, 
And in the radiant ranks of angels move. 

But when th’ Almighty, by His powerful call, 
Made out of nothing this stupendous ball. 


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I did appear, and still upon this earth 
Am daily seen, and every day have birth. 

With Adam I in Paradise was seen. 

When the vile serpent tempted Eve to sin ; 

And, since the fall, I with the human race 
Partake their shame and manifest disgrace. 

In the dark caverns of old ocean drear 
I ever was, and ever shall appear. 

In every battle firmly I have stood, 

When plains seem lav’d, whole oceans dy’d with blood. 
But, hold~no more ! It now remains with you 
To find me out, and bring me forth to view. 


RIDDLE XXXIII. 

while it lives, constantly 


■\yHAT is that which 

changes its habit, that is buried before it is 
dead, and whose tomb is valued wherever it is found ? 


RIDDLE XXXIV. 

Jp^EFORE my birth I have a name. 
But soon as born I lose the same; 
And when I’m laid within the tomb, 

I do my father’s name assume : 




RIDDLES. 


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I change my name three days together. 
Yet live but one in any weather. 


RIDDLE XXXY. 

j^IXTEEN adjectives, twenty-four pronouns, a dis¬ 
appointed lobster, an oyster in love, and nine¬ 
teen radicals, may all be expressed in one common liquid, 
which you must discover. 


RIDDLE XXXVI. 


me extended commerce reigns. 

And rolls from shore to shore : 

I mark the pole in azure plains. 

Nor dread the tempest’s roar. 

Relying on my friendly aid. 

The sailor smiles serene ; 

Where clouds the blue expanse o’erspread. 
And suns arise in vain. 


Yet mean my form and low my birth. 
No gaudy tints I show ; 

Drawn from my fertile mother earth. 
Through purging fires I go. 




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Till fashion’d by the artist’s skill. 
He ties the marriage>chain, 
When I my destined ends fulfil, 
And long my love remains. 


RIDDLE XXXVIL 


J)TREOT, I very small appear— 

Transpose, and then some news is near— 
Subtract a letter from my name, 

To please a boy, the rest remain ;— 

Or which, if they be backward read, 

Will please a drunkard in his stead. 


RIDDLE XXXYIIL 
me maids frequent visits make, 



And always come for getting’s sake : 
And if their wants I can’t supply, 

They leave me discontentedly. 

When they arrive with their demand, 
They roughly shake me by the hand; 
Nor quit me till I let them see 
The stream of good that flows from me : 
Of good indeed, for what on earth 
Was ever found t’approach its worth 




RIDDLES, 


RIDDLE XXXIX. 


j^ATIVE of Cashmire, in each fragrant grove 
I reign, the pride and empress of the spring 
And on my feast the black-eyed maidens love 
The gay profusion of my buds to fling. 


These are the fair resemblances of youth, 
Which with its pleasures swiftly fade away ; 
But my undying odour, like firm truth, 

Nor suffers change, nor ever knows decay. 


RIDDLE XL. 

he that in music takes delight, 

And he that sleeps secure by night. 
And he who sails too near the land. 

And he that’s caught by law’s strong hand 
He who his time in taverns spends, 

And he that courts of law attends ; 

He that explains heraldic signs, 

And he that works in silver mines,— 

Are all acquainted well with me : 

My name you surely now must see. 



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RIDDLE XLI. 

WORD that’s composed of three letters alone, 
And is backward and forward the same ; 

Without speaking a word makes its sentiments known, 
And to beauty lays principal claim. 


RIDDLE XLII. 

\;\rHAT is that which is in the constant possession 
of every human being : which cannot be bought, 


yet has been sold: it is invisible • 
often felt ? 


• never seen, but 


RIDDLE XLIII. 

^AKE first a small and dainty fish, 
Then off its head pray sever; 

You then will see where oft I ’ve been, 
And could have stayed for ever. 


RIDDLE XLIV. 

J’ M used by ladies, monks, and popes. 
Composed of diamonds, ribands, ropes ; 
With pious virgins I am found, 

And silent hermits I surround : 





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The feign’d astrologer to me 
Owes half of his celebrity. 

Venus, by my guardian care, 

Was more bewitching and more fair. 
Ladies, may you successful prove. 

As the once fabled Queen of Love ! 
But use your power in better part, 
Not to betray but win the heart. 


RIDDLE XLV. 

J ’M here, and I’m there, and I’m everywhere ; 

In one place not a moment I stay; 

Like a goblin or sprite, I appear in the night, 
And Shakspeare declares me a fay. 

However this be, I am civil, you see, 

In giving you pretty good warning. 

That unless you take care, you will very ill fare. 
And perhaps may be drown’d before morning. 

RIDDLE XLVI. 

Q NCE in a year I’m sought with care, 

And all that year I’m trusted ; 

But when that year is out, you are 
With my advice disgusted. 




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RIDDLE XLVII. 


ladies with a grace may do ; 

What, when youhe dress’d, sits well on you; 
What many a man who has a wife. 

Submits to, for a quiet life. 


RIDDLE XLVIII. 

^HE brute that’s most despised by man, 
Yet does him all the good he can ; 
Who bore the greatest Prince on earth, 
That gave to righteousness new birth : 

Who sometimes does o’er death prevail, 
And health restores when doctors fail. 


RIDDLE XLIX. 

^HERE ’S not a creature lives beneath the sky, 
Can secrets keep so faithfully as I; 

All things for safety are to me consign’d, ^ 
Although I often leave them far behind ; 

I never act but by another’s will. 

And what he should command I must fulfil. 




RIDDLES. 


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RIDDLE L. 

me crowds assemble, 

At me thousands tremble ; 
I’m gaiety’s friend ; 

I to life put an end ; 

In the air hurled on high, 
Fraught with ruin I fly ; 

For dancing I’m famed ; 

For murder oft blamed ; 

I’m frequent in duels, 

I oft display jewels ; 

I describe the whole earth ; 

I occasion much mirth ; 

That I’m found in your eye, 
And your thumb, don^t deny. 


RIDDLE LI. 

pROM the third Harry^s time we our pedigree trace, 
But some will aver more ancient our race ; 

We are born amidst bustle, and riot and noise ; 

We ’re a numerous family, all of us boys ; 

We are mere human creatures, like you or another. 



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Yet to make us requires no aid from a mother; 

And, what is more strange, we have oft a twin brother. 
We are none of us dumb—some have language profuse— 
But two words are as much as most of us use : 

One little hint more to give I think fit,— 

We all of us stand before we can sit. 


RIDDLE LII. 

power of the soul is that by which we per¬ 
ceive, know, remember, and judge, as well singu¬ 
lars as universals : having certain innate notices or be¬ 
ginnings of arts ; a reflecting action, by which it judgeth 
of its own doings, and also examines them ? 

RIDDLE LIII. 

^HREE feet I have, but ne’er attempt to go. 
And many nails thereon, but not one toe. 

RIDDLE LIV. 

^WO brothers, wisely kept apart. 

Together ne’er employ’d, 

; Though to one purpose we are bent. 

Each takes a different side. 





RIDDLES. 


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To us no head nor mouth belongs, 

Yet plain our tongues appear; 

With them we never speak a word. 
Without them useless are. 

In blood and wounds we deal, yet good 
In temper we are proved ; 

From passion we are always free. 

Yet oft with anger mov’d. 

We travel much, yet prisoners are. 

And close confined to boot ; 

Can with the fleetest horse keep pace. 
Yet always go on foot. 


RIDDLE LV. 

J AM a small volume, and frequently bound 
In silk, satin, silver, or gold ; 

My worth and my praises the females resound : 

By females my science is told. 

My leaves are all scarlet, my letters are steel. 

Each letter contains a great treasure ; 

To the poor they bring lodging, and fuel, and meal, 
To the rich entertainment and pleasure. 



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The sempstress explores me by day and by night, 
Not a page but she turns o’er and o^er; 
Though sometimes I injure the milliner’s sight, 
Still I add to her credit and store. 

’Tis true, I am seldom regarded by men ; 

Yet what would the males do without me ? 
Let them boast of their head, or boast of their pen 
Still vain is their boast, if they flout me. 


RIDDLE LVI. 

F camps about the centre I appear; 

In smiling meadows seen throughout the year 
The silent angler views me in the streams, 

And all must trace me in their morning dreams; 
First in each mob conspicuous I stand, 

Proud of the lead and ever in command ; 
Without my power no mercy can be shown. 

Or soft compassion to their hearts be known ; 
Each sees me in himself, yet all agree 
Their hearts and persons have no charm for me; 
The chemist proves my virtue upon ore, 

For, touch’d by me, he changes it to more. 



RIDDLES. 


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RIDDLE LYII. 

J AM by nature soft as silk, 

By nature too as white as milk; 

I am a constant friend to man, 

And serve him every way I can. 

When dipped in wax or plunged in oil, 
I make his winter ev’nings smile : 

By India taught, I spread his bed, 

Or deck his fav’rite Celia'^s head; 

Her gayest garbs I oft compose. 

And, ah ! sometimes—I wipe her nose. 


RIDDLE LVIII. 


■\^hat is the power of the rational soul, w^hich 
covets or avoids such things as have been before 
judged and apprehended by the understanding ? 


RIDDLE LIX. 

JAM rough, I am smooth, 

I am wet, I am dry ; 

My station is low. 

But my title is High; 

The King my law^ful master is,— 
I’m used by all, though only his. 




so 


HOME AMUSEMENTS. 


RIDDLE LX. 


M Y head and tail both equal are. 

My middle slender as a bee ; 
Whether I stand on head or heel, 

’Tis all the same to you or me. 

But if my head should be cut off, 

The matter "s true although ’tis strange, 
My head and body sever'd thus. 
Immediately to nothing change. 


RIDDLE LXI. 


^^HAT word is that, which, though consisting of 
four syllables, is properly spelt in two letters 
only; and, though openly seen, is still invisible ? 


RIDDLE LXII. 


WE are a couple, sharp and bright. 
And yet when far asunder, 

We never aided mortal wight. 

Which may excite your wonder. 




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And yet we must divided be. 

To prove of any use ; 

And then you every day may see 
The wonders we produce. 

The most uncouth and shapeless mass 
To form full well we know; 

We ornament the sprightly lass. 

We decorate the beau. 

Ladies, you must to us apply, 

For every robe you wear ; 

’Tis we the cut and shape supply, 
And make it debonair. 

That pretty trifle too we fill, 

Yclep’d a chiffoniere : 

And now, if you have any skill. 

Our name you may declare. 


RIDDLE LXIII. 


^hth monks and with hermits, I chiefly reside. 
From courts and from camps at a distance ; 
The ladies, who ne’er could my presence abide, 

To banish me join their assistance. 



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Though seldom I flatter, I oft shew respect 
To the prelate, the patriot, aud peer ; 

But sometimes, alas ! a sad proof of neglect, 

Or a mark of contempt, I appear. 

By the couch of the sick, I am frequently found. 
And I always attend on the dead ; 

With patient affliction, I sit on the ground. 

But if talk’d of, I ^m instantly fled. 


RIDDLE LXIV. 

I^AY, what is that which in its form unites 
All that is graceful, elegant, and true ; 

By all admired, by all acknowledged great. 

And (as I trust) sincerely loved by you; 

Which ever on the virtuous attends. 

And of their peace will surest safeguard prove; 
The best support of noble, upright minds. 

The best foundation of connubial love ? 


LXV. 


J’M tall and square made; by my neighbours most 


seen: 


Am partly without doors, and partly within ; 




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I always stand still, and ne’er go to bed ; 

The food I take in goes out at my head. 

If my stomach’s o’ercharged, assistance is found, 
Which cures, but ne’er fails to proclaim it around: 
Of late I have been more than usual opprest 
With a kind of a whirligig placed in my breast. 

I’m often so hot, that there are many days, 

When a spark, I may say, would set me in blaze. 


RIDDLE LXVI. 

pERPECT with a head, perfect without a head ; 

perfect with a tail, perfect without a tail; per¬ 
fect with either, neither, or both. 


RIDDLE LXVII. 

J’M fair to a proverb, as feathers I’m light, 

But dark and quite heavy, if squeezed rather tight; 
Though candid and pure is the face that I wear, 

Yet many poor innocents oft I ensnare ; 

And though neither coquet, a prude, nor a rake, 

The foulest impressions I easily take : 

My parent and I do produce one another— 

Mamma creates daughter, and daughter the mother. 




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RIDDLE L XVIII. 


^AKE me entire my salutary juice 
In medicine will prove of sovereign use. 
Divide me,—that does such a change create, 
I ‘^m found pure water in a double state. 


RIDDLE LXIX. 

^hat two persons are those, whose powers are 
equal, and whose influence extends from pole 
to pole. 


RIDDLE LXX. 

"WHO is the wizard, that with ease 

Can clothe a barren soil with trees. 
And in an instant can transform 
A barren heath to verdant lawn ? 

Who cures the palsy, stone, and gout, 
Embellishes a ball or rout; 

Promises mines of untried wealth. 

With beauty’s bloom and vigorous health ? 
Who then descends to meaner things, 
Offering razor-strops for kings : 




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And oftentimes will not refuse 
E’en the best blacking for your shoes ? 


RIDDLE LXXL 

fpHERE was a man bespoke a thing, 

Which when the owner home did bring, 
He that made it did refuse it, 

He that bought it would not use it; 

And he that had it could not tell 
Whether it suited ill or well. 


RIDDLE LXXIL 



India’s burning clime I’m brought. 


With cooling gales by zephyrs fraught; 
For Iris when she paints the sky. 

Shews not more different hues than I ; 

Nor can she change her form so fast;— 

I’m now a sail, and now a mast; 

I here am red, and there am green ; 

A beggar there, and here a queen. 

I sometimes live in house of hair, 

And oft in hand of lady fair. 




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I please tlie young, I grace the old, 
And am at once both hot and cold. 
Now meditate and duly scan, 

And tell my title if you can. 


RIDDLE LXXIII. 


OF a brave set of brethren I stand at the head, 

And, to keep them quite warm, I cram three in a 
bed ; 

Six of them in prison unfeelingly put. 

And three I confine in a mean little hut: 

To escape my fell gripe, three reside in the sky; 

And, though strange it may seem, we have all but one 
eye: 

Our shape is as various as wond’rous our use is, 

Of science the source, and the soul of the Muses. 


RIDDLE LXXIV. 



For ever dangling at her side ; 

An inch their due they take an ell,— 
The name of Harriet’s beaux pray tell. 


beaux are Harriet’s constant pride, 




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RIDDLE LXXY, 


*^^HEN Phoebus darts his early ray, 

I then in sparkling gems appear ; 
Brush’d from the fragrant hawthorn’s spray, 
Transient and bright as beauty’s tear: 

For I adorn the queen of flowers. 
Trembling on the verdant lawn; 

I’m seen in Flora's rosy bowers. 

And am exhaled as soon as born. 


RIDDLE LXXVI 



’RE sometimes three, or only two, or one. 


And in such cases are esteemed by none; 
But when we ’re many, in exalted station, 

We often form a people’s recreation. 

Being loquacious, we delight to sing 
The lofty acts of hero, patriot, king. 

Nor about these alone we make a clatter, 

We do as much for any other matter; 

For, sympathise with man we ever must, 

We hail his birth-day, or lament his dust; 

And we ’re such fav’rites, that where’er we dwell. 
That place is truly said to bear the bell. 



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RIDDLE LXXVII. 
the noise of a bird 
Unite one third 

Of a fruit which grows in the field; 
And they will declare 
What those men wear 
Who regal authority wield. 


RIDDLE LXXVIII. 

J COUNTERFEIT all bodies, yet have none ; 

Bodies have shadows, shadows give me one ; 
Loved for another’s sake, that person yet 
Is my chief enemy, whene’er we meet; 

Thinks me too old, though blest with endless youth ; 
And, like a monarch, hates my speaking truth. 


RIDDLE LXXIX. 

T^HAT is the longest and the shortest thing in the 
world ? The swiftest and the slowest ? The 
most indivisible and the most extended ? The least 
valued, and the most regretted? Without which 
nothing can be done ? Which devours all that is 
small, yet gives life to all that is great ? 




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RIDDLE LXXX. 

J^OUND is my shape, my size as broad as long 
Firm is my basis, and my nerves are strong; 
With double breast, and buttons round my waist, 
With hoops, and loops, and stays and laces graced: 
The colours, titles, and the arms I bear. 

Blazon my fame, and speak my character. 

Ten thousand vassals at my levee stand. 

Come when I call, and move at my command. 

By me inspired, men keep or break the peace ; 

I fire their rage, or make their fury cease. 

Myself obnoxious to a tyrant’s will. 

Who wreaks unpity’d vengeance on me still ; 
Racking my limbs, he turns me o’er and o^er, 

He lugs my ears, and thumps me till I roar. 


RIDDLE LXXXI. 

J OFTEN can call forth impressions of fear. 

And the eye I can sometimes bedew with a tear ; 
I also can make it with pleasure look bright. 

And cause it to beam with a sense of delight. 

Again, I am certain it’s often been found. 

That I culture the mind instead of the ground; 



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But, alas ! I no longer must herald out praise, 
Or think that I merit a garland of bays ; 

To wisdom or virtue I make no pretence, 

And I do not possess one idea of sense. 


RIDDLE LXXXII. 


^ riddle of riddles !—It dances and skips ; 

It is read in the eyes, though it cheats in the lips 
If it meet with its match, it is easily caught; 

But if money will buy it, ’tis not worth a groat. 


RIDDLE LXXXIII. 

^pHREE feet I boast, but ne’er attempt to go; 
Have many nails thereon, but not one toe. 


RIDDLE LXXXIY. 

J LIVED before the flood, yet still am young, 
I speak all languages, yet have no tongue ; 
In deserts was I bred; I know no schools, 

Nor ever understood the grammar rules ; 

Yet, when the courtly gallant talks with me, 

As polish’d in discourse I am as he. 





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I am in France, in Spain, in England too; 
Next moment, I’m in China or Peru. 

Yet legs to walk with, nature did deny. 

Nor have I fins to swim, nor wings to fly. 

I sympathise with all, in joy or pain ; 

Laugh with the merry, with the sad complain: 
By nature taught such an obliging way, \ 
That if you converse with me all the day, > 

1 never once dissent from what you say, J 
Where’er I am, to understand am plain, 

Yet all the while invisible remain ; 

Though thousands do, I ne’er shall die of age. 
Till the last day concludes this mortal stage. 


RIDDLE LXXXy. 

JpORM’D half beneath and half above the earth, 
We sisters owe to art our second birth ; 

The smith’s and carpenter’s adopted daughters, 
Made on the earth, to travel o’er the waters. 
Swifter we move, the straighter we are bound ; 
Yet neither touch the sea nor air, nor ground. 

We serve the poor for use, the rich for whim. 

Sink when it rains, and when it freezes swim. 



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RIDDLE LXXXVI. 


^HOUGH legs I have got, it is seldom I walk ; 

Though many I backbite, yet I never talk ; 
In places most secret I seek to hide me. 

For he who feeds me never can abide me. 


RIDDLE LXXXVII. 



are little brethren twain 


Arbiters of loss and gain ; 
Many to our counters run, 

Some are made, and some undone: 
But men find it, to their cost, 

Few are made, but numbers lost: 
Though we play them tricks for ever. 
Yet they always hope our favour. 


RIDDLE LXXXVIII. 

^^HEN from this life grim death the husband takes. 
And of his wife a lonely widow makes. 

Then into being I am brought you 11 find, 

For oft I ease the sad desponding mind. 




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4S 


Yet not with grief alone do I abound, 

With the excess of joy I'^m sometimes found. 
Cut off my head, and then a thing you ’ll view, 
Which makes you understand what I tell you. 
Join on my head, and then cut off my tail. 
Then to your eyes it quickly will reveal 
A fav’rite bev’rage of no small renown. 

With ladies, both in country and in town. 


RIDDLE LXXXIX. 

YE bards, whose deep skill all dark mysteries can 
clear. 

Pray attend and discover my name ; 

Pour brothers I have, and the fifth I appear. 

But our age is exactly the same. 

Yet I to their stature shall never attain, 

Though as fast as them always I grow; 

By nature I’m fixed a dwarf to remain. 

And hence the enigma you ’ll know. 

RIDDLE XC. 

VER eating, never cloying ; 

All devouring, all destroying; 




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Never finding full repast. 
Till I eat the world at last. 


RIDDLE XCI. 

J^LAIN to be saved, with much ado and pain. 
Scatter'd, dispersed, and gather'd up again ; 
Wither'd though young, sweet though not perfumed. 
And carefully laid up to be consumed. 


RIDDLE XCII. 

J WAS form'd long ago, and by shepherds preferr'd. 
Yet on board of our ships I am frequently heard; 

I inhabit aloft; but, descend to the street. 

You will presently find me just under your feet. 

In the ball-rooms of fashion I sometimes am seen. 

And often enliven a dance on the green. 

I am stored by the rich, by the drunkard am prized; 
And by Indian and Turk I am never despised . 
Immured in a dungeon, with anguish I’m fill’d ; 

My body is wounded, my blood is all spill’d. 

Prom mechanics and rabble still worse I endure ; 

For they burn out my entrails, and leave without cure. 




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Yet a friend to all mortals I ever must be; 
Nor poet nor songster exists without me : 
Peculiarly form’d, I delight a whole nation. 
And now am a riddle for your recreation. 


RIDDLE XCIII. 


^hat gossips do whene’er they meet, 

What we with veal and chicken eat— 
Forms a late Peer’s name complete. 


RIDDLE XCiy. 

JAM just two and two—I am hot, I am cold. 

And the parent of numbers that cannot be told ; 
I am lawful—unlawful; a duty—a fault; 

I am often sold dearly—worth nothing when bought; 
An extraordinary boon, and a matter of course, 

And yielded with pleasure—when taken by force. 


RIDDLE XCV. 

•W^hat is that which will give a cold—can cure a 
cold—and may pay the doctor ? 





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RIDDLE XCVI. 

j^IX letters do my name compound ; 

Among the aged oft I’m found ; 
The shepherd also, by the brook, 
Hears me when leaning on his crook ; 
But in the middle me divide, 

And take the half on either side. 

Each backward read, a liquor tell, 
Ev’ry gay toper know^s it well. 


RIDDLE XCVII. 

J AM rough, smooth, hard, soft, long, short, round, 
flat, oval, square, or oblong. Am now honoured 
with the grasp of a monarch, and now in the hand of him 
who executes the meanest office. I possess the art of 
pleasing in a very eminent degree. Am now the 
delight of the idle beau, and now assist the skilful 
artist. My station is ever varying : I am now thrown 
carelessly in a corner, now put into the mouth, now in 
the pocket, and now under the grate. I will only 
add, that every room is indebted to me for its chief 
ornament. 



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RIDDLE XCVIII. 

J ’M very handy at all work, 

Be it coarse or fine; 

Oft to industry lend an aid. 

And forward its design. 

By men and women both retain’d, 
I grumble at no task; 

Without a murmur toil all night, 
And no reward I ask. 

Though apt at everything I do. 
And following each rule. 

Yet at my mistress’s command 
I often go to school. 


RIDDLE XCIX. 

^UBLIME, erect, I cut the yielding air; 

A guide as certain as the morning-star, 

I with unwearied pinions wing my way; 

And round large circles in the sunbeams play. 
In single combat, with a valiant foe, 

I pluck’d the laurel from the champion’s brow. 
Giving both man and horse an overthrow. 



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Within my house some ghostly fathers stand, 
Taking first-fruits and tithes without demand; 
In robes of virgin innocence array’d, 

As white as priest in new-wash’d surplice clad, 
Yet they are said, like others in the land. 

To have an evil heart and griping hand. 


RIDDLE a 



brothers we are, yet can’t hope to be saved ; 


From our very first day to our last we’re enslaved; 
Our office the hardest, and food sure the worst, 

Being cramm’d with warm flesh till we’re ready to burst 
Though low is our state, even kings we support. 

And at balls have the principal share in the sport. 


RIDDLE Cl. 

you, ye lovely fair, whose charms impart. 



Or pain or pleasure to the wounded heart; 
With you ofttimes o’er spacious plains I rove. 
O’er daisied meads or in the shady grove ; 

Oft am I fondled, clasped within your arms— 

A kind preservative to guard your charms 




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But what avails ? Alas ! it is my lot— 

To be discarded and to be forgot; 

For I’m neglected when pale Winter reigns 
With frigid influence o'er hills and plains : 

My brother then oft occupies my place, 

While I am left neglected in disgrace. 

Prom these few hints, I pray, my name declare, 
I still will shelter and preserve the fair. 


RIDDLE CII. 

J’M a twin brother, mostly white as milk. 
Neatly attired in woollen or in silk ; 

On every belle I constantly attend. 

More in the guise of servant than of friend; 

And if by chance I ’’m either stolen or strayM 
Shame and vexation seize the blushing maid. 
However, (and I own the act was civil. 

And shews that good may be educed from evil). 
The loss of such a little paltry thing, 

Hinted a decoration to a king. 



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EIDDLE cm. 

^NOUGH for one—too much for two—and nothing 

at all for three. 


RIDDLE CIV. 


J’M the frailest and weakest of possible things, 

Yet often secure what may overturn kings ; 

I hn entrusted with secrets by age and by youth, 

And perish before I discover the truth. 

Though weak, I hn inflexible—break ere I bend ;— 
But ril mention no more—for Tm at your tongue’s end. 


RIDDLE CY. 

Gothic towers and palaces I dwell, 



In deep recesses of the hallow’d cell; 

In gloomy caves, where man ne’er dared 
His form to trust, my plaintive voice is heard. 
’Mongst hollow rocks, I take my airy flight. 
My form secluded still from mortal sight; 
Bred by the offspring of the human mind, 

I to the world an instant passage And. 

Yet short the space of time my life can boast. 
Born in one moment, in another lost. 



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I once a nymph was—sported on the plains. 


The pride and glory of the neighbouring swains ; 
Till, cross’d in love, I left my native glade. 

My form consumed, and dwindled to a shade. 


RIDDLE CVI. 

, in me you may behold, of late. 



A dismal instance of inconstant fate : 

Five thousand years and more ran gently round. 
While I, from most, respect and honour found ; 
By heroes, sages, senators, caress’d; 

To kings and princes no unwelcome guest; 

Nay, in such great request—so ran the taste— 
That those without me seem to be disgraced. 
But see the issue of my prosperous fate ! 

Scarce dare I offer to appear of late. 

But men my life with fatal steel pursue. 

And all around my mangled members strew. 


RIDDLE CYII. 



man, bird, and beast, I am found to belong, 

And with lovers am known as the theme of their 


song ; 




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I’m the fountain of life and the centre of feeling, 
A wound made in me admits of no healing; 

In some I am cold and in others am not; 

But if ever you dine on me, have me quite hot. 


RIDDLE CVIII. 

could man do without my aid. 
Or what each fair, industrious maid ? 
I lead the first o’er sea and land, 

The second takes me by the hand. 

Presses me close, with care and skill. 

And makes me do whate’er she will. 

I cannot boast of many charms— 

I’ve neither feet, nor legs, nor arms; 

But all allow I have an eye, 

So fine, it may with beauty vie. 

I fear I many wounds impart, 

Shed blood, but never touch the heart. 
They who would contemplate my end, 

(For that’s the point where I offend,) 
Sharply to look about must mind. 

Or me much sharper they will find. 



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RIDDLE CIX. 

JAM small, but, when entire, 

Of force to set a town on fire ; 

Let but one letter disappear, 

I then can hold a herd of deer; 

Take one more off, and then you ’ll find 
I once contain’d all human kind. 


RIDDLE CX. 

J ’M white, black, or blue, 

I’m red, gray, or green ; 

I’m intended to hide 

What is meant to be seen: 

So supple sometimes that I M meet at each end. 

At others so stubborn I’d break ere I’d bend; 

Like mortals, inflexible often am I, 

Till by the tongue soften’d, I’m brought to comply : 
Of prodigal traitors I am an apt token, 

I only exist to be ruin’d and broken. 


RIDDLE CXI. 

MONOSYLLABLE I am,—a reptile, I vow ; 
If you put me together, I’m syllables two ; 




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I’m English, I’m Latin, I’m one or the other, 
What’s English for one half, is Latin for t’ other. 


RIDDLE CXII. 

JAM found on the finger, am seen round the moon 
The sun in his glory displays me at noon. 

I hn the highway of fairies ; I’m form’d at the fair, 
When both gentry and bumpkins assemble to stare; 
With discord I’m filled; with music I please ; 

With chains I’m familiar, with curtains, and keys. 


RIDDLE CXIII. 

j^OFT as the dews from heav’n descend. 
And genial influence show’r— 

So sweet am I: the culprit’s friend 
In many a dreadful hour. 

If e’er I come within thy breast, 

Let me be cherish’d there ; 

And honour’d as a noble guest. 

Well worth your utmost care. 


RIDDLE CXIV. 

AM not what I was, but quite the reverse ;— 

I am what I was, which is still more perverse ;— 





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From morning to night, I do nothing but fret 
With wishing to be what I never was yet. 

RIDDLE CXV. 

J^OVELY, bright, ethereal spark, 
Gaily twinkling in the dark. 

Bosom of the ebon night. 

With a blue phosphoric light: 

What art thou ? The torch of love ?— 
May^’st thou more successful prove 
Than that famed signal did of yore. 

On the Hellespontic shore !— 

Now thou vanishest away ! 

Yet a little longer stay ; 

How can else thy airy lover, 

Thy retreat or thee discover ? 

Wait not till the rising morn 
Shall betray thy real form ; 

Lest what to-night so much he prized, 
May to-morrow be despised. 


RIDDLE CXVI. 

^HAT I do-—what I do not — conjoined will 
make what Chloe is. 




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EIDDLE CXYII. 

^EGOTTEN, and born, and dying with noise, 
The terror of women, the pleasure of boys; 
Like the fiction of poets concerning the wind, 

I’m chiefly unruly when strongest confined. 

For silver and gold I don’t trouble my head, 

But all I delight in are pieces of lead; 

Except when I trade with a ship or a town. 

Why then I make pieces of iron go down. 

One property more I would have you remark, 

N0 lady was ever more fond of a spark ; 

The moment I get one, my soul’s all on fire, 

I roar out my joy, and in transport expire. 


EIDDLE CXVIII. 

J AM the perfection of art and industry, formed 
with mathematical precision; and, Proteus- 
like, take every form and colour. I adorn the palaces 
of kings; I am found in the shop of the meanest 
artizan : the representative of a prince, and the play¬ 
thing of a child ; a polisher ; a badge of ofiice ; and a 
concealer of secrets. 



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RIDDLE CXIX. 

^HE gate of life, th’ effect of strife, 
The fruit of sin, 

When I appear you drop a tear, 

And stay within. 


RIDDLE CXX. 

J AM a little saucy thing, 
Made up of seven letters ; 
Within my tail I hold a sting, 
And often bite my betters. 


RIDDLE CXXI. 


O'' heavenly origin, to earth I 
To solace human kind; 
The cement of each social frame, 
Balm to the wounded mind. 


came, 


So loved, so valued through the world. 
That dark pretenders take 
My form, with colours false unfurFd, 
For gain or mischief’s sake. 




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Firm, constant, and sincere, am I, 

My motives pure and whole ; 

Theirs all are formed to gratify 
A base and selfish soul. 

Beware these traitors to my name, 

(If that you can divine) 

Compare their deeds ;—if not the same. 
Their aperies decline. 


RIDDLE CXXII. 

first my maker formM me to his mind, 
He gave me eyes, yet left me dark and blind 
He form’d a nose, yet left me without smell ; 

A mouth, but neither voice nor tongue to tell; 

The world me use ; and oft the fair, through me, 
Although I hide the face, do plainly see. 


RIDDLE CXXIII. 

"^^HENE’ER the student dares to cope with me 
I very often stouter prove than he ; 

For let him twist and turn me as he will, 

He must confess that I am victor still. 




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And though from his defeat he sorely smarts. 

Yet frankly owns that I’m a man of parts, 

RIDDLE CXXIV. 

0ATO and Chloe, combined well together, 

Make a drink not amiss in very cold weather. 


RIDDLE CXXV. 

^LTHOUGH you boast, through ages dark, 
Your pedigree from Noah’s ark, 

Painted on parchment nice ; 

I’m older still, for I was there : 

And before that I did appear 
With Eve in Paradise. 


For I was Adam—Adam I ; 

And I was Eve—and Eve was I, 

In spite of wind and weather: 

But, mark me, Adam was not I, 

Neither was mistress Adam I, 

Unless they were together. 

Suppose, then. Eve and Adam talking— 
With all my heart!—But if they ’re walking. 




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There ends all simile ; 

For though I \e tongue, and often talk. 
And though I Ve legs, yet when I walk 
It puts an end to me. 

Not such an end but that I Ve breath, 
Therefore to such a kind of death 
I make but small objection ; 

For soon I come again in view. 

And, though a Christian, yet ’’tis true, 

I die by resurrection. 


EIDDLE CXXVI. 


^LTHOUGH a human shape I wear. 
Mother I never had ; 

And though no sense nor life I share. 

In finest silks I’m clad. 


By every miss I *’m valued much. 
Beloved and highly prized ; 
Yet still my cruel fate is such. 
By boys I am despised 



RIDDLES. 


RIDDLE CXXVII. 


J)IRECT or reverse, you may read me, ye fair,— 
The one way a number, the other a snare. 


RIDDLE CXXVIII. 

WE are so like in form and feature. 

That all must think us twins by nature 
When in high life by chance we move. 

Not Hebe nor the Queen of Love 
With us in smoothness can compare, 

Nor boast complexion half so fair. 

To concerts, balls, and routs we go ; 

Are seen at every brilliant show • 

We mingle with the jocund throng. 

Who lead the sprightly dance along. 

But grief to joy must now succeed. 

And we, attired in sable weed, 

The solemn funeral attend 
Of the lost father or the friend; 

But as insensible as they 

Who form’d the pomp in long array, 

When all our services are o’er. 

And we, grown old, can please no more, 



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We both partake one common lot. 
Neglected first, and then forgot. 


EIDDLE CXXIX. 

Y riddle is bright: though I boast of no rays, 
I still have a power to enlighten : 

In one instant you ’ll find me extinguish a blaze. 
Which in the next moment I brighten. 
Though I live quite alone, yet I’m called a pair ; 

Then how can I only be one ? 

Develope this myst’ry, ye quicksighted fair. 

For now with description I’ve done. 


PJDDLE CXXX. 

J AM coeval with man, and was burdened with a 
numerous family, most of them rude and unpo¬ 
lished, except two fair daughters, who were the delight 
of the world. But their barbarous cousins, envious of 
their perfections, reduced them nearly to their own 
level ; and since that time, the fairest of my descend¬ 
ants bear but an imperfect resemblance to their graces. 





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RIDDLE CXXXI. 

^HOUGH learning hath fed me, I know not a letter; 

I live among books, yet am never the better; 
Each muse I digest, yet I know not a line: 

What, student, I am, I beg you ’ll divine. 


RIDDLE CXXXIL 


^HOUGH unknown to all senses, except to the sight, 
Yet existence I claim by excluding the light. 


RIDDLE CXXXIII. 

JJORNS though I wear, in yonder sky, 
Astronomers have placed me high; 
The seeds of cruelty I nourish ; 

And ’mongst Hibernia’s children flourish. 


RIDDLE CXXXIV. 

^HERE was a man who was not born. 
His father was not before him; 

He did not live, he did not die, 

And his epitaph is not o’er him. 





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RIDDLE CXXXV. 

AT once to describe my name and my race, 

I often attend on the king in the chase ; 

I also can find ’tis equally pleasant 
To wait on a ’squire, or even a peasant; 

But when I conceit myself most highly bless’d. 
Is when by a lady I’m fondly caress’d : 

Yet many a child seems to take a delight 
To treat me with constant ill-humour and spite. 
On me you may always with safety depend, 

And consider me both your protector and friend. 


RIDDLE CXXXYI. 


^HERE is a word in the English language, the 
two first letters of which signify a male, the 
three first a female, the four first a great man, and the 
whole a great woman. 


RIDDLE CXXXVII. 


^HAT is that, the more you lay on, the faster it 
wasteth ? 




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RIDDLE CXXXVIII. 

VE riddling wits, I pray attend 

To one who always was your friend, 
And set me forth in public view, 

Though oft I hn seen, and nothing new. 
With women I do always dwell. 

From Lady Daw to lowly Nell: 

But on mankind I seldom wait, 

Not even in their greatest state ; 

Unless they to the law belong. 

Then I assist them—in the wrong. 

Had I ne’er been, all people own, 

Nor want nor woe had e’er been known. 
In witchcraft I am known to deal. 

Am much concern’d for public weal; 

Yet never in the Court abide, 

Nor in the city could reside ; 

But I in every town appear. 

And if you look, you ’ll find me there : 

In short, I’m found with every wretch,— 
But hold—’tis needless more to teach. 


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RIDDLE CXXXIX. 

J^RE Adam was, my early days began; 

I ape eacli creature and resemble man ; 

I gently pass o’er tops of tender grass, 

Nor leave the least impression where I pass; 

I’m seen each day,—if not, be sure, at night 
You ’ll ever find me out by candle-light. 


RIDDLE CXL. 

JgEFORE a circle let appear. 

Twice twenty-five, and five in rear; 
One fifth of eight subjoin ; and then 
You’ll quickly find what conquers men. 


RIDDLE CXLI. 


^INCE Diogenes’ time, I’m the least habitation 
That e’er was contrived in a civilized nation ; 
So far and so wide sure no mortal e’er strolls, 

For I visit all places between the two poles. 


RIDDLE CXLII. 


nuR race is either lean or fat, 
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And some of us are often seen 
In chamber, tower, or hall. 

WeVe breath, but neither lungs nor voice. 
Nor have we eye nor ear ; 

Though we possess the special knack 
Of making dark things clear. 

One of our brethren attends 
Duly on sick men’s beds; 

And, by his cheerful influence round, 

A gleam of comfort sheds. 

Another always ready stands 
To visit cot or stable ; 

But, ’tis our cousins that abound 
About a rich man’s table. 

When summer comes with scorching beam, 
The rabble seem to flout us ; 

In winter all men will confess. 

They cannot do without us. 

On wise or learned, great or small, 

A blessing we bestow ; 

And this you have so ofted proved, 

That sure our name you know. 


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RIDDLE CXLIII. 
toils are various and not few, 

I play the household drudge for you; 
And oft through lane, and street, and alley. 
Officious in my duty, sally : 

Yet was I born for nobler ends; 

O’er prostrate crowds my voice descends. 
Where fragrant censers round are toss’d 
And pious breasts devoutly cross’d; 

Of bridal joy the gay parade 
Were cold and dim, without my aid. 

Oh, would these cares were all the Fates 
Had destined mine !—but yet awaits 
Another and more sad employ; 

When the deep grave has closed o’er all, 

To mourn the wreck of human joy. 

And bid the tear-drops faster fall. 


RIDDLE CXLIV. 


^MONGST the Gnomes we took our birth. 
Embosom’d in our mother earth. 

Where we remain’d in calm repose. 

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Discover’d our retreat at last, 

And now all hope of peace is past; 

He hacks, he hews, he breaks our bones, 
As if they were so many stones : 

And then, in sombre garments dight. 

He brings us to the open light— 

But only to insult our pain. 

And throws us into caves again. 

There, in vile durance closely pent, 

The remnant of our life is spent; 

And, like a second Polypheme, 

Our tyrant hits upon this scheme— 

To choose his victims day by day. 

And on his blazing altars lay : 

And by such means this cruel sinner 
Procures the comforts of a dinner. 


RIDDLE CXLY. 

^HE beginning of eternity, 

The end of time and space ; 
The beginning of every end. 

And the end of every place. 



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RIDDLE CXLVI. 

W^. are little airy creatures. 

All of different voice and features: 
One of us in glass is set; 

One of us you ’ll find in jet; 

One of us is set in tin ; 

And the fourth a box within : 

If the last you should pursue. 

It can never fly from you. 


RIDDLE CXLYII. 

^HOUGH small my extent, yet my service is great; 

I on admirals, heroes, and travellers wait: 

Who oftentimes me as attentively view. 

As astronomers stars, or a lover does you. 

Though I’m not very learned, I silently teach ; 

And give you that knowledge you else could not 
reach. 


RIDDLE CXLYIII. 


^LL of us in one you’ll find. 

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Yet among us all no brother 
Knows one tittle of the other. 

We in frequent councils are, 

And our marks of things declare, 
Where, to us unknown, a clerk 
Sits and takes them in the dark: 

He’s the register of all 

In our ken, both great and small; 

By us forms his laws and rules ; 

He’s our master, we his tools ; 

Yet we can with greatest ease. 

Turn and wind him where we please. 


RIDDLE CXLIX. 

J ’M a very good thing of a moderate size, 

My heart many curious materials supplies ; 
But men are so cruel, I’m thrasliM and I ‘’m beat, 
Till I give up my offspring for mortals to eat. 


RIDDLE CL. 

J^ESTINED by fate to guard the crown. 
Aloft in air I reign, 




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Above the monarch’s haughty frown, 

Or statesman’s plotting brain. 

In hostile fields, when danger’s near, 

I’m found amidst alarms; 

In crowds where peaceful beaux appear, 

I instant fiy to arms. 

RIDDLE CLI. 

T^AKE three fourths of a cross, then a circle com¬ 
plete ; 

Let two semicircles a perpendicular meet; 

Then add a triangle that stands on two feet, 

With two semicircles and a circle complete. 


RIDDLE CLII. 

J’M form’d of iron, brass, or finest gold. 

Of various sizes and of diflP rent mould ; 

On crowded quays I constantly appear. 

And often dare to take you by the ear ; 

All hogs to me a rooted hate betray, 

I spoil their mischief and prevent their play ; 

On coffer, chest, or ornamented box, 

I’m found with nails, with hinges, keys, and locks ; 




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The food of vanity, or pledge of truth, 
Conferred by love on fond unthinking youth ; 
But, should that vanity or truth decay, 

I’m thought a fetter, and am wish’d away. 
Last, but not least, I am by Heav’n design’d 
To prove a solace to the wounded mind ; 
Like ancient urns adorn’d with care and cost, 
I hold the reliques of a friend that’s lost. 


RIDDLE CLIII. 



me, all Western India yields its stores 


Others I seek on Java’s sultry shores; 
The Grecian Islands give a full supply; 

And fatted oxen, to enrich me, die. 

But yet, though wealthy, mark my fatal doom 
Pent in the precincts of a narrow room, 
Thrown into burning caverns, where the day 
Has never pierced with his refulgent ray; 

Till, panting with intolerable heat, 

I’m served up on the tables of the great. 



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RIDDLE CLIV. 

JS it demanded where I dwell ? 

I answer, in a costly cell. 
Reclined upon my mother’s bed, 
Where I am nursed and duly fed ; 
But if I quit this loved retreat, 

I’m honour’d by the rich and great: 
The lovely fair of me possest. 

Will clasp me to her snowy breast; 
And oft I prove the purest gem 
Found in a royal diadem. 


RIDDLE CLV. 

’^IS in the church, but not in the steeple; 

’Tis in the parson, but not in the people; 
’Tis in the oyster, but not in the shell; 

’Tis in the clapper, but not in the bell. 


RIDDLE CLYI. 


^HARP is my form, my nature sharper found. 
When I am forced to give the fatal wound 
Steep’d in black venom, then I strike the heart, 
And keenest pains with slightest touch impart. 




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Yet I am used to give the wretched rest, 

And of its burden ease the woe-fraught breast. 
My birth is various, but in every land 
I still can bear the ensign of command. 

Silent, I speak; my voice in every clime 
Is heard, and shall be to remotest time. 
Honour and praise of right to me belong; 

’Tis I immortalize the poet’s song; 

’Tis I that can transmit the patriot’s name, 
Sacred to ages, on the lists of fame: 

Yet short my date of life, however high; 

Soon I’m worn out, and then neglected die. 


RIDDLE CLYII. 

J ’M a term often used when speaking of game. 

Though some of my brothers might answer the 
same ; 

Now, if with a stroke you my head should remove. 
You ’ll then have what gamesters and all jockeys love : 
Strike off one joint more, and you ’ll know without 
fail, 

What has brought many hundreds, I fear, to the jail. 



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RIDDLE CLVIII. 

J^IGHT thougli my body is, and small: 
Though I have wings to fly withal, 
And through the air may rove ; 

Yet, were I not by nature pressM 
In ease and indolence I’d rest. 

And never choose to move. 

’Tis beating makes me diligent; 

When beat, and on an errand sent, 

I hurry to and fro ; 

And, like an idle boy at school. 

Whom nothing but the rod can rule, 
Improve at every blow. 


RIDDLE CLIX. 


^^IS true I have both face and hands. 
And move before your eye: 

Yet when I go, my body stands ; 

And when I stand, I lie. 



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RIDDLE CLX. 


jy^YSTERIOUS minstrel ! exquisite to please, 
With thy soft harmony my cares dispel, 

As, floating lightly on the evening breeze. 

Thy notes now gently fall, now loudly swell. 
Yet, that thou’rt fragile, and not form’d to last, 
Thy slender shape and failing powers proclaim ; 
Too roughly shatter d by the wintry blast, 

Thou ’rt only ruins and an empty name. 


RIDDLE CLXI. 


J’M sometimes very honest, sometimes not. 
And less sincere at Court than in a cot; 
Sometimes I pleasure give, and sometimes pain. 
For now I praise bestow, and now disdain. 

The lovelier I appear, when small my throne; 
Enlarge but this, and all my beauty’s gone. 
Few things there are, at least but few I know. 
Which cost so little, and so much bestow. 


RIDDLE CLXII. 



every gift of Fortune I abound, 

In me is every vice and virtue found; 




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With black, and blue, and green, myself I paint; 
With me an Atheist stands before a Saint; 

Far above Nature I make Art precede, 

And before Sovereigns give the Poor the lead. 
Many who re call’d the learned and the wise, 

Did I not help them, you would oft despise. 

Nay, more—within my grasp together bound, 
The King, the Beggar, and the Clown are found. 
In one thing I excel the proudest Lords,— 

You always may depend upon my words. 


RIDDLE CLXIII. 

^^HEN you and I together meet. 

We make up six in any street; 
When I and you do meet once more, 

Then both of us make up but four; 

When I go hence, should you survive. 
Though strange to say, you would be five; 
If I am left, and you are gone. 

Then I, poor I, can make but one. 



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RIDDLE CLXIV. 

J HAVE three points for your discussion, 
Which men oft think to convey much on 
(This rhyme is somewhat Hudibrastic, 

And warrants critic’s lash elastic; 

But, lest the riddle cool the while, 

Pray pass it over with a smile:) 

And yet by entering the head, 

Not much of wisdom thence is bred ; 
Although, to give to them their due, 

I ’ll this avow : ’tween me and you. 

By means of them the brain is strengthen’d. 
And life by quick digestion lengthen’d. 


RIDDLE CLXV. 

^OMETHING—nothing—as you use me 
Small or bulky, as you choose me; 
Short-lived child of grief and pain, 

Live for a moment—die again. 

Eternity I bring to view. 

The sun, and all the planets too : 

The moon and I may disagree. 

But all the world resembles me. 



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If now to know me more you need. 
My wisdom must your wit exceed; 
For were I farther known to ye, 
No longer mystery there would be. 


RIDDLE CLXVI. 

"^^^ONDERFUL being ! whose tremendous power, 
In wrath wide rolling o’er each earthly thing. 
Destroys, within the space of one short hour, 

The lowly cot or palace of the king: 

Yet by thy cheering influence alone, 

Infusing pleasure and gay blooming health, 

We leave our country and our darling home, 

In search of science and untasted wealth. 

To thee we owe the large and rich supply 

That commerce yields to every favour’d shore; 

But thou oft causest the sad widow’s sigh. 

And all the evils orphans most deplore. 

Where thou wert form’d, or whence thy wond’rous 
birth, 

No mortal yet the secret e’er has found; 

Yet we acknowledge thy stupendous worth. 

Still felt and dreaded to earth’s utmost bound. 



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RIDDLE CLXVII. 


JpORM’D long ago, yet made to-day, 

I’m most in use whilst others sleep; 
What few would like to give away. 

And yet what none would wish to keep. 


RIDDLE CLXVIII. 

pOETS and old philosophers affirm, 

Before the world was form’d, I had my birth; 
They trace to me the origin and germ 

Of all the lovely forms that deck the earth; 
Indeed, I am not prized at my worth. 

As you in ancient stories may discern; 

Yet such as wisely me shall entertain. 

Will find a sovereign balm and cure of every pain. 

RIDDLE CLXIX. 

is that which sweetens life, 

Found in sister, friend, or wife ; 
Something more than beauty dear, 

Chasing gloom, dispelling fear ; 

Always gay, yet never changing. 

Slightly through each circle ranging; 

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Bringing joy, content, or mirth, 

To the sweet domestic hearth ? 

This great charm shall ever last, 

Till the days of life be past; 

And in memory fresh shall bloom, 

Over the lamented tomb. 

When fatal Death has struck the blow, 
And laid his lovely victim low. 


RIDDLE CLXX. 
vigilance and courage true 



I \e no superiors—equals few ; 

Which makes me by th’ industrious prized. 
But by the indolent despised: 

Bold and alert, I meet the foe ; 

In all engagements valour show; 

And if he prove too proud to yield, 

One falls before we quit the field. 


RIDDLE CLXXI. 


DON’T think what I say can be at all wrong, 

For I speak, though I have not a bit of a tongue 
Yet ofttimes I’m quiet for want of my breath, 

And then I am perfectly silent as death. 




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But when I am heard, I am always admired, 

And often the breast with devotion have fired; 

The ear I can charm, and the senses delight, 
Whether heard in the morning, at noon, or at night. 


RIDDLE CLXXII. 

^LTHOUGH we are but twenty-six. 
We change to millions two ; 

And though we cannot speak a word, 
We tell what others do. 


RIDDLE CLXXIIL 



procure the ingredients my structure demands 


Recourse must be had unto far distant lands; 
You must pillage the ocean, and murder at sea, 

To obtain a small part of what constitutes me. 

In artful enclosure, a skin on each side. 

Oh, grand imposition ! all favours deny’d. 

My stoutest assistant is barr’d from the light, 

In constant obscurity hid from the sight. 

So enormous a monster as now I appear, 

Devoid of a head, and without any ear; 




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And grant me the favour to raise your surprise. 

In relating my wonderful number of eyes : 

If narrowly search'd, more than thirty you’ll find ; 
And, strange to behold, they oft centre behind. 
The food that my kind benefactress bestows, 

I receive at the eyes, as my owner well knows ; 
With the ladies I bear an unlimited sway. 

And always accomplish my labour by day. 


EIDDLE CLXXIY. 

^WO legs I’ve got, which never walk on ground 
But when I go or run, one leg turns round. 


RIDDLE CLXXV. 


F you ’re to idleness inclined, 

A lesson take from me ; 

Though small in body, yet you ’ll find 
I work with constant glee. 


And lest stern Winter’s chilling snow 
Should spread the verdure o’er; 
While Summer’s sun is in full glow, 

I then secure my store. 




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RIDDLE CLXXVI. 

^^HERE was a thing a full month old, 
When Adam was no more ; 

But ere that thing was five weeks old, 
Adam was years five score. 


RIDDLE CLXXVII, 

J FIRST am found belonging to a god, 

With rapid pinions and a twisted rod; 

In story next, ’tis said, that I possess 
The power of crowning wishes with success. 

Upon the scholar, I appropriate sit, 

Ensign of learning, and the badge of wit: 

But, what is strange, though not more strange than 
true, 

I’m also call’d the badge of folly too. 

I give the soldier half his martial air. 

And I improve and decorate the fair. 

These are my partial triumphs during day ; 

At night, I boast an universal sway ; 

If in the morning many seem to scout me, 

It’s pretty certain they ’ll not sleep without me. 



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RIDDLE CLXXVIII. 


Ji^ROM foreign climes my origin I trace; 

My line as varied as my services. 

Without me, vain would be the nurse’s care 
To soothe the infant in its fretful mood; 

The housewife too, my wonted aid would miss; 
Her pies and puddings would no longer please, 
But to ignoble exile be condemned. 


RIDDLE CLXXIX. 


TALL and slender shape I bear— 
No lady’s skin more white and fair ! 
My life is short, and doth decay 
So soon, it rarely lasts a day. 

If in the evening brought to light, 

I make my exit during night. 


RIDDLE CLXXX. 

^HAT is that which is neither flesh nor bone, 
yet has four fingers and a thumb ? 




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RIDDLE CLXXXI. 

brass or tin I owe my birth, 

And am a thing of little worth ; 

But yet no matron is without me, 

And woe to her that dares to flout me. 

If placed too near the kitchen fire, 

I with the glowing heat expire; 

But I drink deep, and soon begin 
At first to hum, and then to sing, 

Till, by degrees, my frenzy grows 
So very strong, it overflows. 

Now calm and sober I become ; 

And, till I drink again, am dumb; 

But, twice a day (I blush for the confession) 
I fall, at least, into the same transgression. 


RIDDLE CLXXXII. 

^REAT numbers do our use despise. 
But yet, at length, they find 
Without our help, in many things. 
They might as well be blind. 



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EIDDLE CLXXXIIL 

M Y body is quite thin. 

And has nothing within, 
Neither have I head, face, or eye; 
Yet a tail I have got 
Full as long as—what not ? 
And up, without wings, I can fly. 


RIDDLE CLXXXIY. 

WONDERS UPON WONDERS ! ! ! 

I saw a fishpond all on fire ; 

I saw a house bow to a ’squire ; 

I saw a parson twelve feet high ; 

I saw a cottage near the sky ! 

I saw a balloon made of lead ; 

I saw a coffin drop down dead ; 

I saw a sparrow run a race ; 

I saw two horses making lace ; 

I saw a girl just like a cat; 

I saw a kitten wear a hat; 

I saw a man who saw these too, 

And says, though strange, they all are true. 



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ENIGMATICAL LIST OF BIRDS. 
(Solutions page 90.) 

1. A chilTs plaything. 

2 . What we all do at every meal. 

8. A disorder incident to man and horse, 

4. Nothing, twice yourself, and fifty. 

5. Equality and decay. 

6. A celebrated English architect. 

7. A tailor’s implement. 

8. A lever. 

9. An instrument for raising weights. 

10. Three-eighths of a monthly publication, with a 

baked dish. 

11. A valuable species of corn, and a very necessary 

part of it. 

12. A cheated person. 

13. A distant country. 

14. Spoil half a score, 

15. An instrument of diversion for men and boys. 

16. A piece of wood, and a fashionable name for a 

street. 

17. To cut off, and a vowel. 

18. A piece of land, and a good thing which it pro¬ 

duces. 


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KEY TO LIST OF BIRDS. 


1. Kite. 

2. Swallow. 
8. Thrush 

4. OWL. 

5. Parrot. 

6. Wren. 


7. Goose. 

8. Crow. 

9., Crane. 

10. Magpie. 

11. Wheatear. 

12. Gull. 


18. Turkey. 

14. Marten. 

15. Bat. 

16. Sparrow. 

17. Snipe. 

18. Fieldfare. 


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A LIST OF ENGLISH TOWNS ENIGMATI¬ 
CALLY EXPRESSED. 

(Solutions page 92.) 

1. A bird, and a liquid letter. 

2. The sound of a single woman’s voice. 

8. Contention, and what belongs to a lamp. 

4. Gain one city and you name another. 

5. A tree, and a patriarch. 

6. A wet toast ordered to labour. 

7. A potentate’s weight upon an English river. 

8. A common disease, and a counterfeit. 

9. A piece of pig-meat belonging to the mother of us 

all. 

10. Bid a recluse continue feeding. 

11. Merchandize. 

12. The seat of bile, and a piece of water. 

18. A resting place, and a wet walk. 

14. A large vessel, and a considerable weight. 

15. Timber, and the riches of a merchant. 

16. A place at an inn, and a fisherman’s tools. 

17. The traitor’s dread, and a celebrated cathedral 

church. 

18. Harbours, and a very necessary part of them. 

19. A bit of land, belonging to the pope’s predecessor. 


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KEY TO LIST OF TOWNS. 


1. Dover. 

2. Maidstone. 

3. Warwick. 

4 . Winchester. 

5. Oakham. 

6. Worksop. 

7. Kingston upon Thames. 

8. Feversham. 

9. Evesham. 

10. Nuneaton. 


11. Ware. 

12. Liverpool. 
18. Bedford. 

14. Shipton. 

15. Woodstock. 

16. Barnet. 

17. Axminster. 

18. Portsmouth. 

19. Peterfield. 



CHARADE 1. 



first is a fowl of good eating, 

Though not at all times of the year : 
My second, without any treating, 

Is found in the hedge that is near. 


My whole is a fruit, that is seen 

To flourish in gardens, near bowers ; 

’Tis red, it is yellow, or green; 

And you like it much better than flowers. 


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CHARADE II. 


^ITH my first I sometimes warm myself; 

My second secures the miser’s pelf: 
These, when connected, will display, 

My third, which is carried every day. 


CHARADE III. 


first is a contraction for society ; my second 
denotes a recluse ; my third forms a part of the 
ear : and my whole is but a quibble. 


CHARADE ly. 


first I would venture for; my second I would 
venture in ; my whole is more talked of than 
practised. 


CHARADE V. 


second is conveyed to my first by the company 
of a friend ; my whole is a product of spring. 





CHAEADES. 


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CHAEADE VI. 


MY first is an insect; my second a border ; 

My whole puts the face in a tuneful disorder. 


CHAEADE VII. 

first brave Nelson yielded, midst the jar 
Of angry battle, and the din of war; 

My second, when from labour we retreat. 

Far from polite, yet offers us a seat: 

My whole is but my second more complete. 



CHAEADE VIII. 


MY first, when graceful Delia takes, 
As down the dance she moves, 
The tumult of delight she wakes, 

And every thought is love’s. 


My second in a red ruled book 
May oft occasion pain ; 

And cause us many an anxious look, 
Till cross’d and cross’d again. 




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My whole describes, with nicest care, 
Each object that it treats on ; 

And bids each cautious wight beware 
Of sharpers when he meets one. 


CHARADE IX, 


^j^^ITHOUT my first I ne’er should need the aid 
Of Betty (simple soul !) the dairy maid; 

My second (start not, ladies) claims a place 
As well in your’s as in the tiger’s face : 

My whole^s elicited by Sol’s bright ray, 

To deck the bosom of sweet smiling May. 


CHARADE X. 



ladies, ye my first require. 


I’m offspring of a stormy sire ; 

My second, on an April morn. 

Hangs pendant from the budding thorn : 
In innocence and beauty too. 

My whole, ye fair, resembles you. 




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CHARADE XL 


F the word you ’re to guess, it has ever been reckon’d. 
My first is not only my first but my second ; 

And another remark too, by no means the worst, 

Is, my second’s not only my second but first ; 

Turn both well in your mind, all folks will agree 
That you’ve hit on my whole, by catching of me ; 

But the best of the jest is, though odd it may seem, 
That I don’t afford milk, though I do afford cream. 


CHARADE XII. 

J^HOULD dame Nature deny you the bliss to inherit 
The charm that attends on a volatile spirit. 

Her niggardly hand my first will supply. 

And call forth the lustre to beam in the eye. 


My second’s a liquid, though hard as a bone, 
Composed of sand by the help of a stone ; 

And yet, my good friends, I am strongly inclined 
To say it is formed by the power of the wind. 

And now I declare that my first has been reckon’d 
In a certain degree to depend on my second ; 



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Unite then my first and my second together. 

And banish the gloom that’s produced by dull weather. 


CHARADE XIII. 

^HE child of a peasant, Rose, thought it no shame 
To toil at my first all the day ; 

When her father grew rich, and a farmer became, 

My first to my second gave way. 

Then she married a merchant, who brought her to town ; 

To this eminent station preferred, 

Of my first and my second unmindful she’s grown, 
And gives all her time to my third. 


CHARADE XIV. 

JJOW inverted and odd is the fate of the slave 

Who is closely imprison’d before he is taken ! 
Such indeed is my first, who can frequently save 
Your health or your spirits, by malady shaken.— 
When the youthful are robbed of their gay recreations. 
And the aged are racked by misfortune and care ; 
When old maids in their prudery frown at flirtations, 
My next is the aspect they commonly wear. — 




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Witli unflinching exertion and desperate zeal, 

By my whole are the deserts of Araby trod ; 
When he sojourns, with high-beating bosom to kneel 
At the impious shrine of his prophet and god. 


CHARADE XV. 

DID they but know how great a prize 
My first, well used, would send ; 
Those mortals now who most despise. 
Would claim it for their friend. 


But thoughtless youth too soon is pleased. 
And apt to wander wrong ; 

And by my second’s aid gets eased 
Of that which seem’d so long. 

And you, ye fair, who trifling spend 
The fleeting hours of time. 

The warning of my whole attend, 

And so improve your prime. 


CHARADE XYI. 

MY first is a prop; my second is a prop; my 
whole is nothing else than a prop. 




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CHARADE XVII. 


JpOR thee, my first, what risks are run 
How many thousands are undone 
My next a trusty guard at night. 

To ward off* harm till morning light: 
My whole oft decks a blooming bride, 
At once her ornament and pride. 


CHARADE XYIII. 

MY, first—yet how shall I express 

What language ne’er explained ? 
Ah ! no ; let Anna’s eyes confess 
Where its warm influence reigned. 

My second in a leathern case. 

Oft journeys many a mile, 

And bears to many a distant place, 
Aflfection’s anxious smile. 

My whole the softest language speaks, 
That fancy can impart : 

It paints with blushes Anna’s cheeks. 
But triumphs o’er her heart. 



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CHARADE XIX. 

MY first you must own is intended to bring 

All urgent despatches of state to the king; 
The peasant, the postman, the farmer, and ’squire, 
Declare that my first they all greatly admire ; 

And even the soldier with joy will proclaim, 

It help’d to procure him the trumpet of fame. 

Again, I protest, ’tis a bit of dry wood, 

That oft in the kitchen unmoved has long stood, 
But now at the fire I will give it a station, 

And then it shall rise to a high elevation ; 

Though warmth to my first no one good can supply, 
Yet oft it assists in keeping things dry. 

My second with silver is sometimes bedeck’d, 

Yet at others I’ve seen it all spotted and speck’d ; 
’Tis satin and silver, united together; 

Again, I have known it composed of red leather. 

My whole by a metal becomes a defence, 

Protecting a part without feeling or sense. 


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CHARADE XX. 

MY first, with more than Quaker’s pride, 
At your most solemn duty. 

You keep nor deign to throw aside, 

E’en though it veils your beauty. 

My second, on your cheek or lip 
May kindle Cupid’s fire ; 

While from your eye or nose’s tip 
It ne’er provokes desire. 

But if my third you entertain 
For your unhappy poet. 

In mercy, Chloe, spare his pain, 

Nor ever let him know it. 


CHARADE XXI. 

MY, first’s the composer of care, 

That corrodes the recess of the heart; 
Again, ’tis a foe to the fair, 

And has blunted the edge of love’s dart. 


My second, though clear to my mind, 
I have not a term to express ; 



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’Tis a part and a whole which you’ll find 
May be used in the forming a dress. 

If indolence point at delay, 

To my whole I would have you apply ; 
’Twill prove that old Time will not stay, 
But mows with his scythe till we die. 


CHARADE XXIL 

j^OME say my first is nothing, but I know 
It has a meaning from the lips of woe ; 

My second you may take wide as you will, 

O’er wilderness and garden, dale and hill; 

The planets take it, as they roll on high, 

And wand’ring comets, whirling through the sky. 
No planet is my whole, although a sphere. 

In shape resembling this our world, I bear. 


CHARADE XXIII. 


MY first is a lie ; my second is a lie : my whole is 
the emblem of innocence. 




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CHARADE XXIV. 


MY first is somewhat soft and yellow. 
Especially in Spring : 

My next a busy meddling fellow, 

For ever on the wing ; 

My whole like an inconstant rover, 
From fair to fair one fiies, 

Till, his career of pleasure over, 

He, drooping, sinks and dies. 


CHARADE XXV. 

first is a term to relate 
A circumstance present or past; 
And those who are much prone to prate. 
My second will spout away fast. 

My whole, in the days of our youth, 

Is what we extremely despised ; 

And though** it say nothing but truth. 
Yet it never need hope to be prized. 



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CHARADE XXVI. 


^HERE you place your child, 
what you make your child, ii 
and a court ornament is my whole. 


is my first- 


CHARADE XXVII. 

MY first does affliction denote, 

Which my second is born to endure; 
My whole is the best antidote 
That aflSiction to soften or cure. 


CHARADE XXYIII. 

MY first denotes an Irishman, 
A pleasure, and a shock ; 
It often stands before the king. 
And oft before the clock. 


My next the kings of France and Spain, 
The kings of England too, 

(Or else they can no longer reign) 

Must all contrive to do. 




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My whole, although an useful fruit. 

Will neither bake nor boil; 

But you ’ll be put in mind of it, 

By corn, and wine, and oil. 


CHARADE XXIX. 

MY first is a thing of the quadruped kind, 

But whether domestic or wild, 

A guesser of charades will easily find ; 

And it often is seen with a child. 

My second’s a vowel, which you must find out; 

My third is composed of a bone : 

Yet the tusk which is known to be polished and stout, 
In this third has been frequently known. 

My whole’s the cessation of sorrow and care, 

Where the weary will always find rest; 

And oft has it proved a relief to despair, 

Which arose from the griefs of the breast. 


CHARADE XXX. 

MY first is equality; my second is inferiority ; my 
whole is superiority. 




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CHARADE XXXI. 

JF, ladies, ye my first would know. 
You’ll find me in a gentle blow; 
All accountants claim my second— 

A number—’tis by them oft reckon’d: 
My whole, ye fair, oft lends its aid. 
In dirty weather to the maid. 


CHARADE XXXII. 

ATTRACTIVE first, whose power all hearts obey. 
Whether in milder or more firm array, 

With silent eloquence thou ’rt often seen, 

In black, or blue, or grey, but never green.— 
Degrading next! By tyrants only used. 

With which both brutes and slaves are oft abused; 
The wise and good despise thy stern control— 

They govern by my first each willing soul.— 

My whole in silken robes my first befriends. 

And from impending ills each hour defends. 



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CHARADE XXXIII. 


j^RE Phoebus, with his scorching ray, 
Attains his vertic height. 

My first shall then attend each day, 

Or each succeeding ni^ht. 

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And if the season’s very fine, 

And prospect’s very fair ; 

Why then my first I ’ll gladly join. 
To take a little air. 


My second, though it’s not a ship, 
Yet is with ships connected ; 

And if my first with me will trip, 

Its use shall be inspected. 

But if my first don’t choose to stir. 
My whole I ’ll stay and see. 
Though seldom planted out with fir, 
’Tis deck’d with many a tree. 


CHARADE XXXIY. 

l^rHEN night brings on her darksome hour, 
And stillness holds her magic power, 



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All mortals to my first repair, 

And bid adieu to toil and care, 

My next for various ends design’d, 
Yet oft my first you there will find: 
Within my whole you seek repose, 
Forgetting life and all its woes. 


CHARADE XXXV. 

l^HEN early Aurora with radiance appears, 

Hear my first cheerly sound o’er the plain ; 
Whilst my feeble-toned second is drown’d to our ears, 
And behold in confusion the swain ! 

My whole see the brilliant assembly engage, 

At a ball or a gay masquerade ; 

But more frequently now is confined to the stage. 

For harlequin or his loved maid. 


CHARADE XXXVI. 

MY first will emit a faint light, 

My second to wood has affiance ; 
My whole is high-polish’d and bright, 
And my first on its aid has reliance. 




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CHARADE XXXVII, 


^HY freedom, my first, is the Englishman’s boast, 
Behold him enraptured ! ’tis liberty’s toast;— 
My next is a term oft applied to a throng 
Of gypsies so jovial, with fiddle and song :— 

My whole is a set of stout desperadoes, 

Who terror create by their feats and bravadoes. 


CHARADE XXXVIII. 


jyjY first is a 


preposition ; my second a composition ; 
my whole an acquisition. 


CHARADE XXXIX. 

MY first is what gossips do when they meet; my 
second is eaten with chicken or veal; my 
whole is a well known port and naval station in Kent. 


CHARADE XL. 

IV/TY first is of the tiger kind ; my second is a pre¬ 
position, at the head of elementary literature ; 





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my third is a stanza at the head of an ode ; and my 
whole is a final event, or unhappy conclusion. 


CHARADE XLI. 


Y^Then this earth was divided in parts 
My first chose a tropical seat; 

Where the sun sheds its rays and its darts, 
Till the earth is parched up with its heat. 


My second all over the globe, 

In various hues may be found ; 
Sometimes in a fine ermined robe, 

And, again, with a sackcloth tied round. 

My whole, in majestical shape. 

Is pleasing to Englishmen’s eyes ; 

Yet it’s frequently seen at the Cape, 

And may justly be reckoned a prize. 


CHARADE XLII. 
first is part of Adam’s race ; 

My next with joy and grief embrace : 
Words are but wind—then do not fear 
My whole, unless th’effects be near. 




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CHARADE XLIII. 


first’s the gayest saddest thing, 
That heaven to mortals gave; 
It flutters most on rapture’s wing— 

It withers o’er the grave. 


My next is sought with toil and pain. 
In various realms to find: 

The search, alas ! how very vain ! 

Its home is in the mind. 


Just like a sweet and humble flower, 

It seeks the silent shade ; 

It flees the haunts of pride and power— 
Fops, fashions, and parade. 

Lady, may’st thou, on whose fair breast 
My whole with beauty glows. 

Enjoy within that peace and rest, 
Which it alone bestows ! 


CHARADE XLIV. 

first is a man of the most exalted state : my 
second, though industrious and inured to hard- 



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ships, is generally a man of low condition, expert at a 
catch : my whole is a pretty little animal, which, the 
poets say, was a beautiful though unfortunate lady. 


CHARADE XLY. 

at the great Omnipotent’s command. 
Out of black chaos rose both sea and land. 
My first was made, and had both life and breath— 
Ate, drank, and toil’d like us, and slept in death. 

My next, a creature small, of numerous race, 

Made subject to my first by special grace: 

My whole, though hard, and sought in burning soil. 
When found, rewards the lab’rer for his toil. 


CHARADE XLVI. 

MY first is marked by good or ill. 

Or is a blessing or a woe ; 

My second does each purpose fill 
Of use, variety, or show : 

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United, they a thing express. 

That’s never found in scenes of pleasure, 
Whose use a moral may impress— 

And of the first it is the measure. 


CHARADE XLVII. 

MY first is to be seen every day in the firmament; 

my second conquers kings and queens; and my 
whole is vdiat I would offer to a friend in distress. 


CHARADE XLYIII. 

MY first is a dish I admire ; 

Imitation my second attends ; 

My whole is a place to retire. 

On parting from favhites and friends. 


CHARADE XLIX. 
first is something very bright. 

That’s seen in every frosty night; 
My next a fish so very coarse, 

I think there cannot be a worse: 

My whole once kept a piteous rout, 

As still he cried, ‘‘ I caift get out I**’ A 





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CHARADE L. 


^J^HOUGH my first’s a simple tiling, 
Yet many hundreds from it spring, 
To men and animals a treat, 

For each will freely of it eat. 

Now I declare it is a flower 
That sweetly scents the verdant bower.— 
And when Aurora’s tints are spread, 
Behold my second leave its bed; 
Undaunted by a sense of fear, 

Its courage now will soon appear; 

For, when contesting for a prize. 

It never yields, though sometimes lies.— 
My whole, I now beg leave to say, 

Is always deck’d in gay array. 




CHARADE LI, 


MY first the trembling culprit, 
For his offences, fears ; 
When close behind pursuing, 


The scouts of law he hears. 




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And if in Spain the villain 
His rogueries have done, 

My second he perchance has felt. 
In every aching bone. 

My whole the weary soldier, 
Long forced abroad to roam, 
Greets with an eye of rapture— 
His welcome winter’s home, 


CHARADE LII. 



first is ploughed for various reasons; and grain 


is frequently buried in it, to little purpose; my 
second is neither riches nor honour, yet riches would 
generally be given for it, and honours are often taste¬ 
less without it: ray whole applies equally to spring, 
summer, autumn, and winter. 


CHARADE LIII. 

^HEN frost and snow o’erspread the ground, 
And chilly blows the air. 

My first is felt upon the cheek 


Of every lovely fair. 




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In earth’s cold bosom lies my next. 
An object most forlorn ; 

For often cruelly ’tis used. 

And trampled on with scorn. 

Amid the dismal shades of night, 
My whole is bright and gay; 
Though dark and gloomy it appears. 
Exposed to open day. 


CHARADE LIV. 

MY, first is equally friendly to the thief and the 
lover; my second is light’s opposite, though they 
are frequently seen hand in hand, and their union, if 
judicious, gives much pleasure. My whole is tempt¬ 
ing to the touch, grateful to the sight, but fatal to 
the taste. 


CHARADE LV. 

first, I must own, is deception’s base child. 
Which has spread, since the hour of its birth. 
Like poisonous plants, which in gardens grow wild, 
And contaminate great lumps of earth. 




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My second’s a term which myself will express ; 

My third, respiration will stop ; 

My whole is of vegetive kind, I confess, 

And grows with a globular top. 


CHARADE LVI. 

first is a plaything; my second few play with 
my third plays with nobody. 


CHARADE LVII. 


Y first is a place where no promises bind; 

My second is toss’d by each wavering wind : 
My whole is unstable as friendship or weather. 
And those who trust to it rely on a feather. 


CHARADE LVIII. 


first does with ladies and lawyers abound, 



And in regular families always is found; 

My second to water or wind may belong, 

Or to twenty things more, had I room in my song: 
My whole is a thing that its fate does bemoan, 
’Midst a sound that is form’d of a tune and a groan. 





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CHARADE LIX. 

first, I hope you are; my second, I see you are; 
and my whole I know you are. 



CHARADE LX. 



first, ye fair, is ever at your side; 


My next may guard you from insulting pride; 
My whole’s an ornament you often wear 
Around your waist, your neck, or flowing hair. 


CHARADE LXL 


j^EHOLD my first in sable hue; 

View it again in azure blue; 
Sometimes carnation’s not more bright; 
Again, it seems a milky white. 

My second, I must make confession, 

Is a most choice and rich possession. 
Which all enjoy; for rich and poor 
Possess alike this valued store. 

My whole is form’d of glass and lead. 
And always rises o’er our head. 




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CHARADE LXIL 

Winter’s chilling blasts were fled, 
And Spring’s enliv’ning grace 
And blooming blossoms were o’erspread. 

My first then shew’d its face. 

My second is a staff erect: 

My whole shall now appear, 

And when the youthful pairs collect, 

Inspire their hearts with cheer. 


CHARADE LXIIL 

MY, first is a substance that’s light; 

My second makes many things tight: 
My whole is the key to delight. 


CHARADE LXIV. 

M^, first’s the source of various good. 
To man and beast supplying food ; 
My next results from cold or fear. 

But quickly flies when aid is near : 

My whole strikes terror to the heart. 

And sometimes rends my first apart. 




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CHARADE LXV. 

1\/TY first, though your house, nay, your life he de¬ 
fends, 

You ungratefully name like the wretch you despise; 
My second (I speak it with grief!) comprehends 
All the brave and the good, the learned and wise : 
Of my third I have little or nothing to say. 

Except that it tells the departure of day. 


CHARADE LXVI. 

MY first a blessing sent to earth, 

Of plants and flowers to aid the birth ; 
My second surely was design’d 
To hurl destruction on mankind : 

My whole a pledge from pardoning heaven. 
Of wrath appeased and crimes forgiven. 


CHARADE LXVII. 

MY first is possess’d of the wonderful art 

Of painting the feelings that glow in the heart; 
Yet had it not been for my second’s kind aid. 

No respect had my first from a creature been paid ; 




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The name of my whole I expect you "11 reveal, 

When I tell you it’s chiefly composed of bright steel. 


CHARADE LXVIII. 



cat does my first in your ear— 


O were I admitted as near! 

In my second I \e held you, my fair, 
So long that I almost despair; 

But my prey, if at last I o'^ertake, 
What a glorious third I shall make ! 


CHARADE LXIX. 


first is called bad or good, 

May pleasure or offend you : 

My second, in a thirsty mood. 

May very much befriend you. 

My whole, though term’d a cruel word,” 
May yet appear a kind one ; 

It often may with joy be heard, 

With tears may often blind one. 




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CHARADE LXX. 

MY first gives light; my second gives light; my 
third gives light. 


CHARADE LXXI. 

MY first in religion has sometimes a part, 

Yet is seen when we travel this nation: 

I sometimes have known it not far from the heart, 
And then ’tis a hateful sensation. 

My second is form’d by a junction of wheat. 

And other good things, all in reason ; 

My whole, I declare, is something to eat, 

Yet only at one certain season. 


CHARADE LXXII. 


MY first opposes you ; my second enriches you ; my 
whole is the delight of the notable. 


CHARADE LXXIII. 


MY first is a pleasant regale, 

Which depends on my second’s assistance ; 





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But tliougli both their efforts should fail, 
My whole may preserve its existence. 


CHARADE LXXIV. 

MY first is a fruit you may every year see; 

My second’s an idiot, as near as can be : 

Join these two together, and quickly you *11 find 
They ll make a good dish to please each personas mind. 


CHARADE LXXV. 

^RISE with my first when a journey you go ; 

Use my last if your pad is too sluggish or slow : 
In the gayest parterre my whole gains a place, 

And unites varied beauty with richness and grace. 


CHARADE LXXVI. 


first is yours ; my second was made for you ; 
my third is used by you. 


CHARADE LXXVII. 


MY first is the lot that is destined by fate 

For my second to meet with in every state; 






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My whole is by many philosophers reckon’d 
To bring very often my first to my second. 


CHARADE LXXYIII. 


MY first comforts, deceives, and destroys ; my se¬ 
cond guards what is most valuable; my whole is 
an instrument of destruction. 


CHARADE LXXIX. 


MY first runs black as fabled Stygian lake, 

And oft its streams in plaintive murmurs flow ; 
Firm in the truth my second ever take. 

Lest some rude bolt should lay presumption low: 

My whole’s a cavern, dismal, dark, and drear. 

Where prompt a magic operator stands. 

Whose wond’rous arts can make your thoughts appear. 
And give to distant friends your best commands. 


CHARADE LXXX. 



first with a lock is closely connected, 
And yet is a place for the sick ; 


Sometimes by a guardian is rather suspected 


Of playing his worship a trick. 





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My second is used both by lawyer and lord, 

And yet with a child may be seen ; 

My whole is composed both of brass and of board, 
And its province is clothes to keep clean. 


CHAEADE LXXXI. 

MY first is myself, and a very short word; 


My second ’’s a puppet; and you are my third. 


CHARADE LXXXIL 


MY first was ne’er known to be old ; 

My second’s a fence, painted white ; 

My whole’s a complete and firm hold. 

Which is famous for keeping folks tight, 

CHARADE LXXXIII. 

MY first is an obligation; my second is inevitable 
my whole is slavery. 


CHARADE LXXXIV. 



first is expressive of no disrespect, 

Yet I never shall call it you, while you are by 






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If my second you are still resolved to reject, 
As dead as my third I shall speedily lie. 


CHARADE LXXXY. 

Jj^ALLACIOUS first, thy stratagems forbear, 
Nor longer vex with empty hopes the fair; 
Vain-glorious next, let prudence be thy guide. 
And lay thy pomps and vanities aside ; 
Propitious whole, display thy wishM-for aid, 
And out of darkness lighten my charade. 


CHARADE LXXXVI. 

MY first is a heir— 

My second’s a snare— 
My whole is the offspring of fancy. 
Which I sent, out of play, 
Upon Valentine’s day. 

As a token of love, to my Nancy. 


CHARADE LXXXVII. 

MISCHIEVOUS urchin may soon do my first. 
If he meet with a tea-pot or ewer ; 





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My second brings on us both hunger and thirst; 
My whole thirst and hunger will cure. 


CHARADE LXXXYIII. 
first, if you do, you dl increase ; 

My second will keep you from heaven ; 
My whole—such is human caprice— 

Is more frequently given than taken. 


CHARADE LXXXIX. 


first is a title of honour; my second is myself; 
my third is you and I: my whole is a beautiful 
fixed star, seen in the winter. 


CHARADE XC. 


first’s my delight to do with a friend ; 
In my garden my second’s my care: 
My whole I’ve ne’er done, nor ever intend, 
For this reason—because it’s unfair. 





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CHARADE XCI. 

fJHE traveller fatigued will say. 

Who having spent a weary day. 
Should my first but bless his sight. 
With it he’d joyful pass the night. 
Yet too much of my first’s possession 
Will sink the spirits to depression : 
Though others will declare again. 

It is a great relief to pain.— 

My second, without any pother, 

Is a term used instead of other. 

My whole, I now declare with joy. 
Acts like ^Eneas leaving Troy: 

For, give it but a piece of sack, 

It takes my first upon its back. 


CHARADE XCU. 


MY first a man v^ill often take. 

In hopes my next to share; 
But he who shall possess them both. 
Will find them hard to bear. 


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CHARADE XCIII. 


! glorious first, whose beams resplendent rise! 


Thou with my next art welcome to the skies ! 
My hallowed whole calm consolation brings. 

And relaxation from all earthly things. 


CHARADE XCIV. 

MY first is a fish ; my second’s a fish ; my third’s 
a fish, and also a fruit. 


CHARADE XCV. 



first is nothing but a name; 
My second still more small: 


My whole of so much smaller fame, 


It has no name at all. 


CHARADE XCVI. 



first’s a defence against cold; 
My second of paper is made, 


Although you must likewise be told, 


It is found in the garden and glade. 





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Of iron ’tis sometimes composed, 
Of wood, and assisted by steel: 
My first by my whole is enclosed ; 
Now, Ladies, its purpose reveal. 


CHARADE XCVIL 

MY first is the effect of fear ; 

My second oft the cause: 
My whole a name by all held dear. 
Who study nature’s laws. 


CHARADE XCYIII. 

MY first is the reverse of wild, in its comparative 
degree; my second is a narrow street or way; 
my whole was a celebrated Tartar chief, who made the 
Turks feel his power. 


CHARADE XCIX. 

MY first of unity’s a sign ; 

My second, ere we knew to plant, 
We used upon my third to dine. 

If all be true that poets chant. 





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CHARADE C. 


IV/TY first, whatever be its hue, 

Will please, if full of spirit; 
My second critics love to do. 

And stupid authors merit. 


CHARADE Cl. 

innocence first had its dwelling on earth, 
In my first’s lovely form it alighted; 

And still to this time, from the hour of its birth, 

In my first it has greatly delighted. 


My second’s a part of a smart lady’s dress. 

Yet on age it may also be found ; 

Again, ’tis a garb when the heart feels distress :— 
My whole will with pleasure abound. 


CHARADE CII. 


MY love for Eliza shall never know my first; nei¬ 
ther shall it be my second : but it shall be my 

whole. 




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CHARADE cm. 

"^^HEN my first is with trouble oppress^ 
Oh, could but my second be found ! 
My first would no more be distress’d :— 

My whole rises out of the ground. 


CHARADE CIV. 

MY first is irrational, my second is rational, and my 
whole is scientifical. 


CHARADE CV. 

MY first is a colour, my second is rough, 

My whole is a story you know well enough. 


CHARADE CVI. 

MY first keeps time, my second spends time, my 
whole tells time. 


END OF CHAKADES. 





A WORD if you find, that will silen^ proclaim, 

Which spelt backward or forward will still be the same 
And next you must search for a feminine name, 

That spelt backward or forward will still be the same ; 
And then for an act or a writing, whose name 
Spelt backward or forward will still be the same ; 

A fruit that is rare, whose botanical name 
Spelt backward or forward is ever the same; 

A note used in music, that time will proclaim, 

And backward or forward alike is its name ; 

The initials connected, a title will frame. 

Which is justly the due of the fair married dame. 

And which backward or forward will still be the same. 

II. 

If what’s noted for hardness you rightly transpose. 
What’s famous for lightness you ’ll surely disclose. 




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VEGETABLES OR HERBS. 

III. 

A small coin, and whatever belongs to a Queen. 

IV. 

A cooking utensil, the first letter of the alphabet, 
and part of the foot. 

V. 

Half of a room under ground, a vowel, and a grain, 
omitting the last letter. 

VI. 

Half of a word that signifies a tower, and to pinch off. 

VII. 

To be on an equality, and to cut short. 

FRUIT. 

VIII. 

A colour, and a pledge. 

IX. 

A domestic fowl, and a small fruit. 

X. 

An interjection, and to rove. 



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XI. 

A month, omitting the last letter, and a shepherd’s 
house. 

XII. 

A useless dog, and to bluster. 

XIII. 

The sea-shore, changing the first letter. 

XIV. 

A bank to confine water, and what every man must be. 


FLOWERS. 

XV. 

An open carriage, and a community of people. 

XVI. 

A very common female name, and a metal. 

XVII. 

To start up suddenly, and a crust, baked with some¬ 
thing in it, omitting the last letter. 

XVIII. 

A lady well known in pantomimes. 



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137 


XIX. 

The close of the day, to be very formal, and the 
queen of flowers. 

XX. 

The two first letters of a day of the week, and a 
part of the face. 


XXI. 

Five hundred, a thousand, and one. 

With proper attention dispose ; 

And that kind of light will appear, 

Which the sun in a fog often shows. 

XXII. 

A kind of crown much used of old, 

My name most surely will unfold; 

Read back or forward still the same; 

Now surely you’ll find out my name. 

XXIII. 

Ye riddling folk, disclose my name. 

No doubt you quickly will descry it; 
The self-same character proclaim 

The fruit, and how you’d wish to buy it. 


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XXIV. 

A consonant add to a dignified Jew, 

A wild little quadruped rises to view. 

XXV. 

Two letters, expressing profusion and waste. 
Transposed, shows a county to some people'^s taste. 

XXVI. 

A British bard of universal fame ; 

A classic river's oft repeated name ; 

A naval hero dear to every heart; 

A ruthless tyrant with a murd'rous dart; 

An English author famous for his style ; 

A poet who our leisure may beguile ; 

Th ’initials join, an ancient bard you ’ll find, 
Who to his verse has left his name behind. 


The words in the second column will he found contained 
in the first. 


To love ruin. 

Great Help. 

’Tis ye govern. 

The Bar. 

Old England. 

Sly ware. 

Honour est a Nilo. 
Comical Trade. 

No more stars. 

Hard case. 

* 

Made in pint pots. 
The War. 

The Law. 

I mean to rend it. 
Truly he ’ll see War. 
Nay ! I repent it. 

O ! sour hope. 


Revolution. 

Telegraph. 

Sovereignty. 

Breath. 

A golden land. 
Lawyers. 

Horatio Nelson. 

Democratical. 

Astronomers. 

Charades. 

Disappointment. 

Wreath. 

Wealth. 
Determination. 
Arthur Wellesley. 
Penitentiary. 
Poor-house. 


L What do we, when, to increase effect, we di¬ 
minish the cause ? 

2. If spectacles could speak, what ancient author 
would they mention ? 

3. Why are singers like cheese-curd? 

4. What is the difference between half a dozen 
dozen and six dozen dozen ? 

5. Why is a judge like a person reading aloud ? 

6. W HY are teeth like verbs ? 

7. What is that, which, when brought to table, is 
cut but never eaten ? 

8. How many sides has a round plum pudding ? 





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9. What is that which occurs once in a minute, 
twice in a moment, and not once in a thousand years. 

10. On which side of the church does the yew-tree 
grow ? 

11. What word is that, which, deprived of its 
first letter, leaves you sick ? 

12. Why is a farmer surprised at the letter G ? 

13. Why is the letter P like uncle’s fat wife going 
up a hill ? 

14. Why is the letter F like Paris ? 

15. What is an old woman in the middle of the 
sea like ? 

16. Why is one of the cardinal virtues like water 
nearly frozen ? 

17. Why is coffee like an axe with a dull edge ? 

18. Why is an empty room like a room full of 
married people ? 

19. Why is a doctor’s prescription a good thing 
to feed pigs with ? 

20. Why is the letter P like Lisbon ? 

21. What is the oldest tree ? 

22. Why is an hospital like a key ? 

23. Why is a woman churning like a caterpillar ? 

24. When is a man truly over head and ears in 
debt ? 


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25. Why is a horse, constantly ridden and never 
fed, not likely to be starved ? 

26. Why is a gun like a jury ? 

27. What trade never turns to the left ? 

28. Why is a drawn tooth like something for¬ 
gotten ? 

29. Who dare sit before the king with his hat on ? 

30. Why is a schoolboy just beginning to read, 
like knowledge itself? 

31. Why is the letter D like a sailor ? 

32. Why do we go to bed ? 

83. What is that which we often see made, but 
never see after it is done ? 

34. Why are two laughing girls like the wings of 
a chicken ? 

35. Of what trade is the sun ? 

36. Why is love like a growing potato ? 

37. Why is an auctioneer like a man out of breath ? 

38. Why is a spectator like a bee-hive ? 

39. Why are there three objections to taking a 
glass of brandy ? 

40. What step must I take to remove the letter A 
from the alphabet ? 

41. What is that which goes from London to York 
without once moving ? 


COISrUNDRUMS. 


143 


42. What is majesty robbed of its externals ? 

43. What is the difference between twice twenty- 
eight, and twice eight and twenty ? 

44. Why is a man sailing up the Tigris like a man 
putting his father in a sack ? 

45. Why is Ireland likely to become very rich ? 

46. What is every one doing at the same time.^^ 

47. If Dick*’s father be John’s son, 

What relation is Dick to John ? 

48. How can great K, little K, and K in a merry 
mood, make two islands and a continent ? 

49. What is that, which, though blind itself, 
guides the blind ? 

50. What burns to keep a secret ? 

51. Why is a hat like a king ? 

52. Why is a clergyman’s horse like a king ? 

53. What is it which stands still on one foot, and 
with the other turns round ? 

54. Why is the letter G like the sun ? 

55. In what respect were the governments of Al¬ 
giers and Malta as different as light and darkness ? 

56. Why is an amiable and charming girl like one 
letter in deep thought; another on its way towards 
you; another bearing a torch ; and another singing 
psalms ? 


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57. Why are pens, ink, and paper, like fixed stars ? 

58. Why is a schoolmistress like the letter C ? 

59. What difference is there between live fish and 
fish alive ? 

60. There has been but one king crowned in Eng¬ 
land since the Norman conquest. What king was he ? 

61. Why are a fisherman and a shepherd like beg¬ 
gars ? 

62. Why is a very angry man like a clock at fifty- 
nine minutes past twelve ? 

63. Why is a well-trained horse like a benevolent 
man ? 

64. When is a dog’s tail not a dog’s tail ? 

65. What word is that which contains all the 
vowels, and all in their proper order ? 

66. Why is a coachman like the clouds ? 

67. What is that which no one wishes to leave, 
and no one wishes to lose ? 

68. What word is there of five letters, that by 
taking away two, leaves but one ? 

69. Which has most legs, a horse or no horse ? 

70. What is that which is lengthened by being cut 
at both ends ? 

71. Why does a miller wear a white hat ? 


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145 


72. Why is the letter S like dinner ? 

73. What people can never live long, nor wear 
great coats ? 

74. Why is a poet like a toy ? 

75. What makes more noise than a pig under a 
grate ? 

76. Why is a man born in England like nineteen 
shillings ? 

77. When are soldiers not soldiers 

78. What trade should be recommended to a short 
person ? 

79. What kin is that child to its own father, who 
is not its father’s own son ? 

80. When is a lady’s neck not a lady’s neck ? 

81. If the poker, tongs, and shovel come to S/., 
what will the coals come to ? 

82. Why do we buy new shoes ? 

83. When is a lady’s bonnet superior to itself.^ 

84. What three letters will express the Archi¬ 
pelago ? 

85. When is a nose not a nose ? 

86. What is that which ladies always look for, but 
never wish to find ? 

87. When is a baronet’s coat as good as himself? 

L 


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88. If I shoot at three birds on a tree, and kill one, 
how many will remain ? 

89. Why is a bottle of ginger beer like a young 
lady’s night-cap when in use ? 

90. Why are cowardly soldiers like butter ? 

91. Why are coats in London like a town given up 
to plunder ? 

92. When is a window like a star ? 

93. What key is the hardest to turn ? 

94. What word is that, which, when divided into 
three parts, expresses a partner’s wife, a religious lady, 
and a noisy musical instrument ? 

95. When is a gooseberry pudding not a goose¬ 
berry pudding ? 

96. Who is that general that goes through all 
countries without soldiers, takes up his quarters in any 
capital, raises money from every village, and is welcome 
to the house of every man ? 

97. Who is that lady whose visits nobody wishes, 
although her mother is welcomed by all parties ? 

98. Spell blind Pig with two letters.^ 

99. If Queen Victoria gave Prince Albert a kiss, 
and he returned it, what public building does it name ? 



BUFF WITH THE WAND. 

Having blindfolded one of the party, the rest 
take hold of each other’s hands in a circle around him, 
he holding a long stick. The players then skip 
round him once, and stop. BufFy then stretches forth 
his wand and directs it by chance, and the person 
whom it touches, must grasp the end presented, and 
call out three times in a feigned voice. If BufFy re¬ 
cognise him they change places, but if not, he must 
continue blind, till he makes a right guess. 




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TRAVELLER. 

The party having all gathered together, one per¬ 
sonates the traveller,’” and requests a lodging for the 
night. It is granted him, and he is expected to give 
on account of his travels, tracing out his course, 
naming the cities, rivers and mountains which he has 
seen in regular order, also the productions, customs, 
and peculiarities of the country, allowing any question 
to be asked regarding them. If he make any mistake 
in his descriptions, or mentions any production not 
found in the part he pretends to have visited, he is 
chased out of the room and a forfeit demanded. 


THE ELEMENTS. 

In this game the party sets in a circle ; one throws 
a handkerchief at another and calls out, air, earth, or 
water, and the person whom the handkerchief hits, 
must name a creature native to the element, called 
before the caller can count ten. If a wrong one is 
named, or the person does not speak quickly enough, 
a forfeit must be paid. 



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149 


The person who catches the handkerchief must con¬ 
tinue the game by throwing it to another. 

No animal must be named more than once. 


JEEXma STEAWS. 

A NUMBER of straws or fine splinters of wood are 
allowed to fall in a heap on the table. The game 
consists in each of the company removing dexterously 
one of the straws, without in the least disturbing the 
others. This is best done with one of the sticks 
neatly cut to a point, or a crooked pin placed at the 
end. She who succeeds in moving one on the fore¬ 
going terms, may continue to play until she shakes 
the heap, when the next tries. Those who gain the 
most straws win the game. It is common to dis¬ 
tinguish one of the sticks by a mark, signifying that it 
is a king, another a queen, and a third a bishop, the 
king counting for four, the queen for three, and the 
bishop two. 


THE APPEENTICE. 

She who begins, must say she apprenticed her son 
to some trade, and only mention the initial letters of 




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the first article he made or sold, and the other girls 
must guess the word. Whoever guesses rightly takes 
her turn. Thus : I apprenticed my son to a grocer, 
and the first things he sold were B. A.; whoever 
guesses burnt almonds may continue the game. 


PROVERBS. 

One of the company having left the room, the 
rest select some proverb in his absence, say, for 
instance, honesty is the best policy.” On his re¬ 
admittance he must ask a random question of one of 
the party, who in his reply must contrive to introduce 
the word ‘‘ honesty.” Thus supposing the question 
to be. Have you been out to-day ? the party questioned 
might say, Yes I have, and very nearly lost my purse, 
but it was picked up by a boy, who ran after me with 
it, and whose honesty” I was very glad to reward. 
He then passes on to the next, who must bring in 
‘‘ is,” and so on, till the whole proverb has been 
mentioned. The person must then guess it, or 
forfeit, and those who have been unable to bring in 
their word, must likewise forfeit. 

It is an extremely amusing game, from the laugh- 


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able way in which some of the words are necessarily 
introduced. 

The proverb selected should be a familiar one, and if 
possible to consist of as many words as there are per¬ 
sons composing the party. 


CAPPING VERSES. 

One of the party begins by reciting a verse, or as 
many lines of poetry as he pleases, provided he ends 
with a rhyme, and some one else must immediately 
say another piece, which must commence with the 
first or last letter of the word with which the last 
speaker concluded. For example, the verse chosen 
is:— 

Good people all of one accord 
Give ear unto my song, 

And if you find it wondrous short, 

It will not hold you long. 

One directly continues with,— 

Lightly they ’ll talk of the spirit that’s gone, 

And o'er his cold ashes upbraid him, 



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But little lie’ll reck if they’ll let him sleep on, 
In the grave where a Briton has laid him. 

If any one mentions the same verse twice, she must 
be forfeited. 


MAGIC MUSIC. 

While one is dismissed, those remaining fix onv 
something which he must do on his return, perhaps 
snuflp the candles, or stir the fire. He is then called 
in, and another seats herself at the piano, and plays 
loudly or softly, as the actions of the person may 
seem to approach nearer, or recede farther from the 
object he is to touch. If he seems to have an idea of 
what is expected of him, the player directly increases 
the loudness of the music, but begins playing softly 
again, as soon as he appears to have lost it. If unable 
to guess he must forfeit. 


DUMB CRAMBO. 

In this game a word is chosen by one of the party, 
and each must in turn act another that will rhyme 
with the one selected. If, for instance, the word 
should be cat,” one gives his neighbour a pat^ 




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153 


without speaking, and the rest must find out the word 
he represents. Another runs along on all fours for 
rat^ another endeavours to fill a large chair and look 
big iox fat^ and so on all round till no more rhymes can 
be found. 


MY lady’s toilet. 

Each having taken the name of some article of dress, 
chairs are placed for all the party but one, so as to 
leave one chair too few. They all sit down but one, 
who is called the Lady’s Maid, and stands in the 
centre ; she then calls out ‘‘My Lady’s up and wants 
her shoes,” when the one who has taken that name 
jumps up and calls “ shoes,” sitting down directly. If 
any one does not rise as soon as called, she must 
forfeit. Sometimes she says “ My Lady wants her 
whole toilet,” then every one must jump up and 
change chairs, and as there is a chair too few, of course 
it occasions a scramble, and whoever is left standing 
must be lady’s maid, and call to the others as 
before. 



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HOME AMUSEMENTS. 


STOOL OF REPENTANCE. 

Having placed a stool or chair in the centre of the 
room, one takes her seat Upon it, and another called 
the “judge stands near her, having previously asked 
in a whisper of all the rest, what particular offence 
they charge the repentant one with. Of course the 
replies must be given in a low voice, or she would 
hear them. The judge then tells her of one of 
the crimes with which she is charged, and she must 
guess who accuses her of it, or forfeit. If she 
guesses rightly, the accuser must take her place, 
when the rest proceed to bring their accusations 
against her. 


READY RHYME. 

This game should not be attempted by very young 
players, as it would most likely prove tedious to many 
of them ; but to those who are fond of exercising their 
ingenuity, it will prove very amusing. Two, four, 
or more words, are written on paper, and given to each 
player: the words must be such as would rhyme 
together; thus, suppose the party have chosen near, 



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155 


clear, dell, bell, all endeavour to make a complete 
verse, of which the words given shall compose the 
rhyme. 

When all are ready the papers must be thrown in a 
heap, and read aloud, and those who have not succeed¬ 
ed must be fined, the fine being the recital of a piece 
of poetry. One of the papers might read thus : 

A gentle brook was murmuring near^ 

Afar was heard the tinkling bell^ 

And peaceful zephyrs, pure and clear^ 
Refreshed us in that shady dell. 

Another would be quite different : 

Fairies in the distant dell^ 

As they drink the waters clear,^ 

From the yellow cowslip hell^ 

What have they to heed oi fear ? 


DUMB MOTIONS. 

One child leaves the room, while the others fix on 
some trade, which they intend to represent by their 
actions when she returns. Perhaps a linendraper’s 
business is the one chosen ; one measures off yards 



156 


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of ribbon, another is a customer purchasing gloves, 
a third displays a variety of shawls, and seems to 
be recommending them to her companions. 

No word must be spoken, and when the trade is 
guessed another child leaves the room. 


TWIRL THE TRENCHER. 

A PLATE being laid on the floor, the leader of the 
game gives each the name of some bird, and all must 
take care to remember their different names. 

She then calls one by her assumed name, and tells 
her to twirl the trencher, which she must set spinning, 
and at the same time call one of her companions, 
who must catch the plate before it falls, or forfeit. 


FRENCH BLIND-MAN. 

In thi^ game, instead of blindfolding one of the 
players, his hands are tied behind him, and in that 
difficult way he must endeavour to catch one of his 
companions, who must, when caught, submit to the 
same restraint. 




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157 


FRENCH AND ENGLISH. 

Having placed some mark on the ground so as 
to divide the room in two equal parts, the children form 
themselves in two groups of the same number; each 
party then unite their strength by holding their com¬ 
panions firmly round the waist, and thus make two 
lines, one being called the French, and the other the 
English. 

The foremost of the French takes the hands of the 
first of the English, and each endeavours to draw the 
other over the line. 

All that are drawn from their own side are called 
prisoners, and whoever gets most prisoners wins the 
game. 


WHAT IS MY THOUGHT LIKE ^ 

The leader of the game having thought of some 
object, such as the sun, moon, or a flower, asks his 
companions ‘‘ what his thought is like ? ” 

As all are ignorant of what he is thinking about, 
their answers can of course be but random ones. 
When he has questioned them all round, they must 



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each give a reason why the answers given resemble the 
thought. Suppose he had thought of a rose, and one of 
the party had said his thought was like a little child,” 
the reason given might be because both are tender and 
fragile, and must not be treated roughly. Another 
might have said ‘‘ like a pianohere the reason might 
be given because sweetness comes from both. If 
any one is unable to find any similarity in his answer 
to the thought, he must pay a forfeit. 


SMUGGLERS. 

Here one personates an officer, and the rest are 
called Smugglers, standing in one corner, which is 
called their harbour. They all run out at the cry of 
‘‘ Look out,” and endeavour to reach the other end of 
the room before the officer can catch them. 

Whoever is caught must be officer. 


FETTERED FIGHT. 

This game is only fit for boys, and is played thus: 
—All clasp their hands under their knees, and, con¬ 
sequently, leave only their feet free. They arrange 




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159 


themselves in equal numbers, in opposite lines, and 
try to upset their companions ; when they are down 
it is almost impossible for them to rise, owing to their 
hands being under them. Their clumsy attempts to 
do so cause the fun of the game. 


HUNT THE HARE. 

The children all form a circle holding each other’s 
hands. One called “ The Hare ’’ is left out. She 
runs several times round the ring and at last stops, 
tapping one of the players on the shoulder. The one 
tapped quits the ring and runs after the Hare,’’’ the 
circle again joining hands. The Hare runs in and out 
in every direction, passing under the arms of those 
in the circle until the pursuer catches her, when she 
becomes ‘"Hare” herself. Those in the circle must 
always be friends to the Hare, and help her escape. 




1. Mention the name of some remarkable person, 
and repeat an anecdote about him. 

2. Recite a piece of poetry, diverting or humorous. 

3. Think of some individual in history famed for 
his justice. 

4. Tell one of the most recent of modern dis¬ 
coveries. 

5. Keep a serious face for five minutes, 

6. Sing a song. 

7. A line of poetry being given, find another to 
rhyme with it. 

8. Repeat some proverb. 

9. Tell a conundrum. 


FORFEITS. 


161 


10. Mention some historical character famed for his 
generosity. 

11. Another for his military skill. 

12. Count twenty backwards. 

13. Guess a riddle. 

14. Dance a hornpipe. 

15. Say, Around the rugged rock the ragged 
rascals ran,’’’ five times without making a mistake. 

16. Repeat the names of all the Kings of England. 

17. Put yourself through the key-hole, (this is 
done by writing the word yourself on paper, and then 
putting it through). 

18. Repeat the story of Alexander and Diogenes. 

19. Tell the name of an individual mentioned in 
history, famed for his love of truth. 

20. Find some similarity between a watch and an 
amusing companion. 

21. Between a butterfly and a child. 

22. Between a bonnet with a faded ribbon, and a 
lamp burning dimly. 

28. Repeat five times rapidly, Villy Vite and his 
Vife vent to Vinsor and Vest Vickham von Vitsun 
Vednesday. 

24. Laugh in one corner of the room, cry in another, 
yawn in the third, and dance in the fourth. m 


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25. Repeat, without stopping, Bandy-legg\l Bo- 
rachio Mustachio Whiskenfiisticus the bold and brave 
Bombardino of Bagdad helped Abomilique Blue Beard 
Bashaw of Babelmandeb to beat down a Bumble Bee at 
Balsora.’’ 

26. Kneel to the wittiest, bow to the prettiest, and 
kiss the one you love best. 

27. Spell Constantinople—a syllable at a time,— 
after spelling Con-stan-ti— all the others are to cry out 
no—no—meaning the next syllable—if the trick is not 
known the speller will stop to shew no mistake has 
been made, which is another forfeit; on the contrary, 
if no stop is made the forfeit is restored. 

28. Repeat the following :— 

Robert Rowley rolled a round roll round, 

A round roll Robert Rowley rolled round. 

Where is the round roll Robert Rowley rolled round ? 

29. Ask a question, which can only be answered by 

saying Yes,*”—the question is what does YES 



No. 

1. The Phoenix . 

2. Letter H 

3. A Tree 

4. Dinner 

5. A Kiss . 

6. A Clergyman 

7. Cross-stitch 

8. Wedding Ring 

9. To-day 

10. Balloon 

11. Blacksmith . 

12. Water Wagtail 

13. Leaf—Flea 

14. Card Table 

15. Rose 

16. Fire Tongs . 8 


No. 

Page 

17. Innocence 

. 10 

18. An Apple . 

10 

19. Sun-dial . 

. 10 

20. Fortune 

11 

21. Will 

11 

22. Pipe 

12 

23. A Slate . 

. 12 

24. Yes-ter-day 

14 

25. Muif 

. 14 

26. Needle 

14 

27. Bank 

. 15 

28. Letter Y 

15 

29. Chair 

. 16 

30. Snuffers 

16 

31. Time 

. 17 

32. Letter A 

17 


RIDDLES. 

Page 
1 
2 
3 
3 

3 

4 
4 

4 

5 

5 

6 
6 
7 

7 

8 







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No. Page 

33. Silk-worm . . 18 

34. To-day . . 18 

35. Ink ... 19 

36. Magnet . . 1*9 

37. Stop—Post—Top—Pot 20 

38. Pump . . 20 

39. Rose ... 21 

40. Bar . ... 21 

41. Eye . . . 22 

42. The Soul . . 22 

43. Trout—Rout . . 22 

44. Girdle . . 22 

45. Ignis Fatuus, or Jack o’ 

Lantern . . 23 

46. Almanac ‘ . .23 

47. Anything . . 24 

48. Donkey ... 24 

49. Key ... 24 

50. Ball ... 25 

51. Members of Parliament 25 

52. The Understanding . 26 

53. A Yard . . 26 

54. Spurs ... 26 

55. Needle Book . 27 

56. Letter M . . 28 

57. Cotton . . 29 

58. The Will . . 29 


No. Page 

59. Highway . . 29 

60. Figure 8 . . 30 

61. IN visible . . 30 

62. Scissors . . . 30 

63. Silence . . 31 

64. Truth ... 32 

65. Chimney . . 32 

66. Wig ... 33 

67. Snow . . 33 

68. Liquorice . . 34 

69. Chairmen . . 34 

70. Puff ... 34 

71. Coffin . . 35 

72. Lady’s Fan . . 35 

73. Letter A . . 36 

74. Elbows—(Ell Beaux) 36 

75. Dew Drop . . 37 

76. Bells ... 37 

77. Crown . . 38 

78. Looking-glass . . 38 

79. Time ... 38 

80. Drum . . . 39 

81. Book . . 39 

82. The Heart . . 40 

83. Yard Measure . 40 

84. Echo ... 40 

85. Pair of Skates . 41 






SOLUTIONS TO RIDDLES. 165 


No. 

Page 

No. 


Page 

86. Flea 

42 

112. 

Ring 

54 

87. Dice . 

42 

113. 

Mercy . 

. 54 

88. Tear-—Ear — Tea . 

42 

114. 

Old Maid . 

54 

89. Little Finger 

43 

115. 

Glow-worm 

. 55 

90. Fire . 

43 

116. 

Lovely 

55 

91. Hay 

44 

117. 

Cannon 

. 56 

92. Pipes . 

44 

118. 

Wax 

56 

93. Chatham . 

45 

119. 

Death . 

. 57 

94. Kiss 

45 

120. 

Epigram . 

57 

95. A Draught 

45 

121. 

Friendship 

. 57 

96. Murmur 

46 

122. 

Mask 

58 

97. Brush 

46 

123. 

Charade 

. 58 

98. Thimble 

47 

124. 

Chocolate 

59 

99. Windmill . 

47 

125. 

Bedfellow 

. 59 

100. Pair of Shoes 

48 

126. 

Doll 

60 

101. Parasol 

48 

127. 

Ten — Net 

• 61 

102. Garter 

49 

128. 

Gloves 

61 

103. A Secret . 

50 

129. 

Snuffers 

. 62 

104. Sealing-wax . 

50 

130. 

Language . 

62 

105. Echo 

50 

]31. 

Bookworm . 

. 63 

106. Beard . . . 

51 

132. 

Eclipse 

63 

107. Heart 

51 

133. 

The man’s name was 

108. Needle 

52 


NOT . 

63 

109. Spark—Park—Ark 

53 

134. 

Farrier 

. 63 

110. Wafers 

53 

135. 

Dog . 

64 

111, Toad (English 

to; 

136. 

Heroine-He-Her-Hero 64 

Latin ad) 

53 

137. 

Whetstone 

64 






166 


HOME AMUSEMENTS. 


No. 

138. Letter W 

139. Sliadow 

140. L-O-V-E 

141. Sedan Chair 

142. Candles 

143. Bell . 

144. Coals . 

145. Letter E . 

146. The Five Vowels . 

147. A Chart 

148. The Five Senses . 

149. Walnut-Tree 

150. Hat . . . 

151. T-O-B-A-C-C-O 

152. Ring . 

153. Mince Pie 

154. Pearl . 

155. Letter R . 

156. Pen . . . 

157. Brace—Race—Ace 

158. Shuttlecock . 

159. Clock 

160. ^olian Harp 

161. The Tongue 

162. The Alphabet 

163. VI. IV. V. I. 

164. Three-pronged Fork 

165. O(Zero) 


No. Page 

166. Wind . . .80 

167. Bed . . . 81 

168. Love ... 81 

169. Good Temper . 81 

170. Cock . 82 

171. Organ ... 82 

172. Alphabet . . 83 

173. Lady’s Stays . 83 

174. Pair of Compasses 84 

175. Ant . . . 84 

176. The Moon, never more 

than a month old 85 

177. Cap ... 85 

178. Sugar . . 86 

179. Candle ... 86 

180. A Glove . . 86 

181. Tea Kettle . . 87 

182. Spectacles , 87 

183. Paper Kite . . 88 


184. To read this aright, 
shift the point from 
the end of each line, 
to the noun in the mid¬ 
dle : thus, 1 saw a fish¬ 
pond;—All on fire, I 
saw a house:—Bow 
to a ’squire, I saw a 
parson: (&c. 88 


Page 

65 

66 

66 

66 

66 

68 

68 

69 

70 

70 

70 

71 

71 

72 

72 

73 

74 

74 

74 

75 

76 

76 

77 

77 

77 

78 

79 

79 







SOLUTIONS TO CHARADES. 


167 


CHARADES. 


No. 

1. 

Gooseberry 

Page 

. 93 

No. 

26. 

Lap-pet 

Page 
. 105 

% 

Fire-lock 

94 

27. 

W o-man 

105 

3. 

Co-nun-drum . 

. 94 

28. 

O’-live 

. 105 

4. 

Friend-ship . 

94 

29. 

Cat-a-comh . 

106 

5. 

Heart’s-ease 

. 94 

30. 

Peer-less 

. 106 

6. 

Ant-hem 

95 

31. 

Pat-ten * 

107 

7. 

Arm-chair 

. 95 

32. 

Eye-lash . 

. 107 

8. 

Hand-hill . 

95 

33. 

Pad-dock 

108 

9. 

Cow’s-lip . 

. 96 

34. 

Bed-room 

. 108 

10. 

Snow-drop 

96 

35. 

Horn-pipe 

109 

11. 

Tar-tar 

. 97 

36. 

Candle-stick 

. 109 

12. 

Wine-glass . 

97 

37. 

Press-gang . 

110 

13. 

Spin-net . 

. 98 

38. 

Fort-une . 

. 110 

14. 

Pil-grim 

98 

39. 

Chat-ham 

110 

15. 

Hour-glass 

. 99 

40. 

Cat-a-strophe . 

. 110 

16. 

Foot-stool . ^ 

99 

41. 

India-man 

111 

17. 

Horse-shoe 

. 100. 

42. 

Men-ace 

. Ill 

18. 

Love-letter . 

100 

43. 

Heart’s-ease . 

112 

19. 

Gold Watch 

.101 

44. 

King-fisher 

. 112 

20. 

Hat-red 

102 

45. 

Adam-ant 

113 

21. 

Time-piece 

. 102 

46. 

Hour-glass 

. 113 

22. 

Orange . 

103 

47. 

Sol-ace . 

114 

23. 

Li-ly 

. 103 

48. 

Ham-mock 

. 114 

24. 

Butter-fly 

104 

49. 

Star-ling 

114 

25. 

Tell-tale 

, 104 

50. 

Pea-cock 

. 115 









168 HOME AMUSEMENTS. 


No. 


Page 

No. 




Page 

51. 

Barrack 

115 

79. 

Ink-stand . 


. 

125 

52. 

Sea-son 

. 116 

80. 

Ward-robe 



125 

53. 

Glow-worm . 

116 

81. 

I-dol . 



126 

54. 

Night-shade 

. 117 

82. 

New-gate. 



126 

55. 

Art-i-choke . 

117 

83. 

Bond-age 



126 

56. 

Rattle-snake 

. 118 

84. 

Her-ring . 



126 

57. 

Court-ship 

118 

85. 

Flam-beau . 



127 

58. 

Bag-pipe . 

. 118 

86. 

Son-net . 



127 

59. 

Wel-come 

119 

87. 

Break-fast . 



127 

60. 

Rih-band . 

. 119 

88. 

Ad-vice . 



128 

61. 

Sky-light 

119 

89. 

Sir-i-us 



128 

62. 

May-pole . 

. 120 

90. 

Sup-plant 



128 

63. 

Cork-screw . 

.120 

91. 

Bed-stead . 



129 

64. 

Earth-quake 

. 120 

92. 

Mis-fortune 



129 

65. 

Curfew. 

121 

93. 

Sun-day 



130 

66. 

Rain-bow 

. 121 

94. 

Cod-ling . 



130 

67. 

Pen-knife 

121 

95. 

Name-less . 



130 

6$. 

Pur-chase , 

122 

96. 

Mulf-box 



130 

69. 

F are-well 

122 

‘ 97. 

Shake-spear 



131 

70. 

Fire-brand 

123 

98. 

Tamer-lane 



131 

71. 

Cross-bun 

123 

99. 

A-corn 



131 

72. 

Bar-gain . 

123 

100. 

Eye-lash . 



132 

73. 

Fruit-tree 

123 

101. 

Child-hood . 



132 

74. 

Gooseberry-fool , 

124 

102. 

End-less 



132 

75. 

Lark-spur 

124 

103. 

Heart’s-ease 



133 

76. 

Foot-path . 

124 

104. 

Horse-man-ship 


133 

77. 

Wo-man 

124 

105. 

Blue-beard 



133 

78. 

Fire-lock . 

125 

106. 

Watch-man 



133 








SOLUTIOB'S TO REBUSES. 


169 


REBUSES. 


No. Page 

1. Madam. The initial 
letters are from the 
words Mum — Anna 
— Deed — Anana 
(the pine apple) and 


Minim 

. 134 

2. Rock—cork 

134 

3. Penny royal 

. 135 

4. Pot-a-toe 

135 

5. Celery 

. 135 

6. Turnip 

135 

7. Parsnip 

135 

8. Greengage 

135 

9. Gooseberry . 

. 135 

10. Orange 

135 

11. Apricot 

. 136 

12. Currant 

136 

13. Peach . 

. 136 


No. Page 

14. Damson . . 136 

15. Carnation . . 136 

16. Marygold . 136 

17. Poppy . . 136 

18. Columbine . 136 

19. Evening Primrose 137 

20. Tulip . . 137 

21. DIM . . . 137 

22. Civic . . 137 

23. Peach; cheap . 137 

24. Rahbi-t . . 138 


25. X. S. {excess) S. X. 

{Essex) . . 138 

26. Pope—Ilyssus—Nel¬ 

son— Death — Addi¬ 
son — Rogers — Pin¬ 
dar . . . 138 


CONUNDRUMS. 


1. SnuiF the Candle . 140 

2. Eu-se-hi-us . . 140 

3. They require pressing 140 


4. Sixty-six dozen; or792 140 

5. He pronounces sen¬ 

tences . . 140 




170 


HOME AMUSEMENTS, 


No. 


Page 

No. 


Page 

6. 

Because they are regu¬ 


24. 

When his wig is not 



lar and irregular . 

140 


paid for 

141 

7. 

Pack of Cards 

140 

25. 

He has a bit always in 


8. Two—outside and in- 



his mouth 

142 


side 

140 

26. 

It is charged and dis¬ 


9. 

The letter M 

141 


charged 

142 

10. 

The outside 

141 

27. 

Wheelwright 

142 

11. 

M-usic . 

141 

28. 

It is out of your head 

142 

12. 

It will change oats into 


29. 

A coachman 

142 


goats . 

141 

30. 

He is learning 

142 

13. 

It makes ant (aunt) 

141 

31. 

It follows the C (Sea) 

142 


pant 

141 

32. 

Because the bed will 


14. 

It is the capital of 



not come to us 

142 


France 

141 

33. 

A bow 

142 

15. 

Like to he drowned . 

141 

34. 

They have a merry 


16. 

It is just-ice 

141 


thought between them 142 

17. 

It must he ground be¬ 


35. 

A tanner 

142 


fore it is used 

141 

36. 

It springs from the eyes 142 

18. 

There is not a single 


37. 

He puffs 

142 


person in it . 

141 

38. 

He is a hee-holder 

142 

19. 

There are grains in it 

141 

39. 

Because there are three 


20. 

It is the capital of Por¬ 



scruples to a dram 

142 


tugal . 

141 

40. 

By B heading the Al¬ 


21. 

The Elder Tree . 

141 


phabet 

142 

22. 

It has wards in it 

141 

41. 

The Road 

142 

23. She makes the butter- 


42. 

A jest 

143 


fly . . . 

141 

43. 

Twenty 

143 



SOLUTIONS TO CONUNDRUMS. 


171 


No. 

Page 

No. 


Page 

44. He is going to Bag-dad 

143 

60. 

James the First. He 


45. Because its capital is 



was King of Scotland 


always Dublin (doubl¬ 



before he was King of 


ing 

143 


England 

144 

46. Growing older 

143 

61. 

They live by hook 


47. Grandson . 

143 


and by crook 

144 

48. They are Major-ca, 


62. 

He is ready to strike 


Minor-ca^ and Ameri- 



one 

144 

ca . , , 

143 

63. 

He stops at the sound 


49. A staff or stick . 

143 


of wo 


50. Sealing-wax 

143 

64. 

When it is a waggon 


51. It has a crown 

143 


(wagging) . 

144 

52. He is governed by a 


65. 

Facetiously 

144 

minister 

143 

66. 

He holds the reins 


53. Compasses 

143 


(reins) 

144 

54. It is the centre of light 143 

67. 

A bald head 

144 

55. One was governed by 


68. 

Stone 

144 

Deys, the other by 


69. 

No horse has five legs 


Knights 

143 

70. 

A ditch 

144 

56. A-musing, B-coming, 


71. 

To cover his head 

144 

D-lighting, N-en- 


72. 

It comes before T 

145 

chanting . 

143 

73. 

Dwarfs 

145 

57. They are stationary 

144 

74. 

He is devoted to a 


58. She forms lasses into 



muse {amuse), and 


classes 

144 


delights in fancy^ {hi- 


59. There is a difference 

144 


fancy) 

145 



172 


SOLUTIONS TO CONUNDRUMS. 


No. 


Page 

No. 


Page 

75. 

Two pigs under a 


87. 

He is a Sir, and when 



grate 

145 


his coat is a surtout 


76. 

Because he is under a 



{Sir too) 

145 


sovereign . 

145 

88. 

None will remain, 


77. 

When they are mus¬ 



they will fly away 

146 


tard {muster''d) 

145 

89. 

Both contain fixed 


78. A Grocer (grow Sir) 



hair {air) . 

146 

79. 

A Daughter 

145 

90. 

When exposed to fire 


80. 

When its a little bare 



they run . 

146 


{hear) 

145 

91. 

They are sacked and 


81. 

Ashes when they are 



burnt 

146 


burnt 


92. 

When its a sky-light 

146 

82. 

Because no one will 


93. 

A Don-key 

146 


give them to us 

145 

94. 

Co-nun-drum 

146 

83. 

When it becomes a 


95. 

When it’s a little tart 

146 


pretty Woman . 

145 

96. 

General Post 

146 

84. 

E G and C {Egean Sea) 145 

97. 

Miss F ortune {mis- 


85. 

When it’s a little red¬ 



for-tune) 

146 


dish {radish) 

145 

98. 

P. G. without an I 


86. 

A hole in their stock¬ 



{eye) 

146 


ing . 

145 

99. 

The Royal Exchange 

146 


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