Lost Galleon (1867)
FR. BRET HARTE.
TOWNE & BACON, PRINTERS.
"The earth hath bubbles as the water hath, and these are of them."
BEFORE THE CURTAIN.
Behind the footlights hangs the rusty baize;
A trifle shabby in the upturned blaze
Of flaring gas, and curious eyes that gaze.
The stage, methinks, perhaps is none too wide;
And hardly fit for royal Richard's stride,
Or Falstaff's bulk, or Denmark's youthful pride.
Ah well! no passion walks its humble boards—
O'er it no king nor valiant Hector lords—
The simplest skill is all its space affords—
The song and jest, the dance and trilling play—
The local hit at follies of the day—
The trick to pass an idle hour away—
For these, no trumpets that announce the Moor—
No blast that makes the hero's welcome sure—
A single fiddle in the overture!
|TALES AND LEGENDS—|
|||The Lost Galleon||13|
|John Burns of Gettysburg||23|
|Tale of a Pony||29|
|Padre Junipero's Miracle||35|
|NATIONAL AND SANITARY—|
|||The Long, Long Night||43|
|Second Review of the Grand Army||49|
|On a Pen of Thomas Starr King||53|
|The Rabbit of Malvern Hills||55|
|Of One who Fell in Battle||59|
|How are You, Sanitary?||65|
|Relieving Guard—March 4th, 1864||67|
|A Sanitary Message||69|
|||The Pliocene Skull||75|
|An Arctic Vision||79|
|The Aged Stranger||83|
|Hero of Sugar Pine||85|
|Legends of the Rhine||87|
|The Two Ships||91|
|The Lost Tails of Miletus||93|
|A Geological Madrigal||95|
|Ballads of San Francisco—|
Entered according to Act of Congress in the Year 1867, by
Fr. Bret Harte,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the District of California.