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THE

 

Lost Galleon

 

AND

 

OTHER TALES.

 

BY

 

FR. BRET HARTE.

 

SAN FRANCISCO:

TOWNE & BACON, PRINTERS.

1867.

 

"The earth hath bubbles as the water hath, and these are of them."

 

Macbeth.

 

 

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!

 

 

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.

 

This work was published before January 1, 1924, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.