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“Rest, little young one, rest; thou hast forgot

the day When my father found thee first, in places far

away : Many flocks were on the hills, but thou wert

owned by none, And thy mother from thy side for evermore was


“He took thee in his arms, and in pity brought

thee home; A blessed day for thee! Then whither wouldst

thou roam ? A faithful nurse thou hast : the dam that did

thee yean Upon the mountain-tops no kinder could have


“Thou know'st that thrice a day I have brought

thee in this can Fresh water from the brook, as clear as ever

ran; And twice in the day, when the ground is wet

with dew, I bring thee draughts of milk-warm milk it is

and new.

“ Thy limbs will shortly be twice as stout as

they are now, Then I'll yoke thee to my cart like a pony in

the plough ; My playmate thou shalt be ; and when the wind

is cold, Our hearth shall be thy bed, our house shall

be thy fold.

“It will not, will not rest!

Poor creature, can

it be

That 'tis thy mother's heart which is working so

in thee ? Things that I know not of belike to thee are

dear, And dreams of things which thou canst neither

see nor hear.

“ Alas! the mountain-tops that look so green

and fair! I've heard of fearful winds and darkness that

come there ; The little brooks that seem all pastime and all


When they are angry, roar like lions for their


“Here thou needst not dread the raven in the

sky; Night and day thou art safe,ếour cottage is

hard by. Why bleat so after me? why pull so at thy

chain ? Sleep—and at break of day I will come to thee

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As homeward through the lane I went with lazy

feet, This song to myself did I oftentimes repeat; And it seemed, as I retraced the ballad line by


That but half of it was hers, and one half of it

was mine,

Again, and once again, did I repeat the song, “Nay,” said I, “more than half to the damsel

must belong, For she looked with such a look, and she spoke

with such a tone, That I almost received her heart into my own.”



What way does the Wind come? What way

does he go? He rides over the water, and over the snow, Through wood, and through vale; and o’er

rocky height, Which the goat cannot climb, takes his sounding

He tosses about in every bare tree,
As, if you look up, you plainly may see :
But how he will come, and whither he goes,
There's never a scholar in England knows.

He will suddenly stop in a cunning nook,
And rings a sharp 'larum ; but, if you should

look, There's nothing to see but a cushion of snow Round as a pillow, and whiter than milk, And softer than if it were covered with silk. Sometimes he'll hide in the cave of a rock, Then whistle as shrill as the buzzard cock. -Yet seek him,--and what shall you find in his


Nothing but silence and empty space;
Save, in a corner, a heap of dry leaves,
That he's left, for a bed, to beggars or thieves !

As soon as 'tis daylight, to-morrow, with me You shall go to the orchard, and then you will


That he has been there, and made a great rout, And cracked the branches, and strewn them

about: Heaven grant that he spare but that one upright

That looked up at the sky so proud and big,
All last summer, as well you know,
Studded with apples, a beautiful show!

Hark! over the roof he makes a pause,
And growls as if he would fix his claws
Right in the slates, and with a huge rattle
Drive them down, like men in a battle :
But let him range round; he does us no harm,
We build up the fire, we're snug and warm ;
Untouched by his breath, see the candle shines

bright, And burns with a clear and steady light; Books have we to read, but that half stifled

knell, Alas ! 'tis the sound of the eight o'clock bell.

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