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From me this friendly warning take'-
The Broom began to doze,
And thus, to keep herself awake,
Did gently interpose :

My thanks for your discourse are due ;
That more than what you say is true,
I know, and I have known it long;
Frail is the bond by which we hold
Our being, whether young or old,
Wise, foolish, weak, or strong.

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The storm had fallen upon the Oak,
And struck him with a mighty stroke,
And whirled, and whirled him far away;
And, in one hospitable cleft,
The little careless Broom was left
To live for many a day."


Founded upon a Belief prevalent among the Pastoral Vales of


Disasters, do the best we can,
Will reach both great and small
Ind he is oft the wisest man,
Vho is not wise at all.
For me, why should I wish to roam ?
This spot is my paternal home,
It is my pleasant heritage;
My Father, many a happy year,
Here spread his careless blossoms, here
Attained a good old age.

Swiftly turn the murmuring wheel !
Night has brought the welcome hour,
When the weary fingers feel
Help, as if from faery power;
Dewy night o'ershades the ground:
Turn the swift wheel round and round!

Even such as his may be my lot.
What cause have I to haunt
My heart with terrors? Am I not
In truth a favoured plant !
On me such bounty Summer pours,
That I am covered o'er with flowers ;
And, when the Frost is in the sky,
Ny branches are so fresh and gay
that you might look at me, and say
This plant can never die.

Now, beneath the starry sky,
Couch the widely-scattered sheep; -
Ply the pleasant labour, ply!
For the spindle, while they sleep,
Runs with speed more smooth and fine,
Gathering up a trustier line.
Short-lived likings may be brea
By a glance from fickle eyes;
But true love is like the thread
Which the kindly wool supplies,
When the flocks are all at rest
Sleeping on the mountain's breast.


The Butterfly, all green and gold,
To me hath often flown,
Here in my Blossoms to behold
Wings lovely as his own.
When grass is chill with rain or dew,
Beneath my shade, the mother Ewe
Lies with her infant Lamb; I see
The love they to each other make,
And the sweet joy, which they partake,
It is a joy to me.'

Art thou the Bird whom Man loves best,
The pious Bird with the scarlet breast,

Our little English Robin;
The Bird that comes about our doore
When Autumn winds are sobbing
Art thou the Peter of Norway Boors

Their Thomas in Finland,

And Russia far inland ?
The Bird, who by some name or other
All men who know thee call their Brother,
The Darling of Children and men ?
Could Father Adam* open his eyes
And see this sight beneath the skies,
He'd wish to close them again.

ller voice was blithe, her heart was light;
The Broom might have pursued
ller speech, until the stars of night
Their journey had renewed;
But in the branches of the Oak
Two Ravons now began to croak
Their nuptial song, a gladsome air;
And to her own groen bower the breeze
that mutant brought two stripling Bees

wy, or murmur here.

If the Butterfly knew but his friend,
Hither his Aight he would bend;
And find his way to me,
Under the branches of the tree:

me misht, my Children! from the North
Tapp no # frious blast ;
It doek of day I ventured forth,
10 Hewr the Chill I passed.

* See Paradise Lost, Book XI., where Adam points out to Eve the ominous sion of the Eagle chasing “two Birds of gayes

! plume,' and

!Isrt and Hind pursued by their enemy

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What ailed thee, Robin, that thou could'st pursue

A beautiful Creature,
That is gentle by nature ?
Beneath the summer sky
From flower to flower let him fly;
'Tis all that he wishes to do.
The Cheerer Thou of our in-door sadness,
He is the Friend of our summer gladness:
What hinders, then, that ye should be
Playmates in the sunny weather,
And Aly about in the air together!
Hu beautiful wings in crimson are drest,
A crimson as bright as thine own:
Jî thou would'st be happy in thy nest,
() picus Bird! whom man loves best,
Lore him or leave him alone!

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That way look, my Infant, lo!
What a pretty baby show!
See the Kitten on the Wall,
Sporting with the leaves that fall,
Withered leaves - one-two- and three-
From the lofty Elder-tree!
Through the calm and frosty air,
Of this morning bright and fair,
Eddying round and round they sink
Softly, slowly: one might think,
From the motions that are made,
Every little leaf conveyed
Sylph or Faery hither tending, -
To this lower world descending,
Each invisible and mute,
In his wavering parachute.

- But the Kitten, how she starts,
Crouches, stretches, paws, and darts !
First at one, and then its fellow
Just as light and just as yellow;
There are many now — now one-
Now they stop and there are none;
What intenseness of desire
In her upward eye of fire !
With a tiger-leap half way
Now she meets the coming prey,
Lets it go as fast, and then
Has it in her power again :

Now she works with three or four,
Like an Indian Conjutor;
Quick as he in feats of art,
Far beyond in joy of heart.
Were her antics played in the eye
Of a thousand Standers-by,
Clapping hands with shout and stare,
What would little Tabby care
For the plaudits of the Crowd?
Over happy to be proud,
Over wealthy in the treasure
Of her own exceeding pleasure !

'T is a pretty Baby-treat ;
Nor, I deem, for me unmeet;
Here, for neither Babe nor me,
Other Play-mate can I see.
Of the countless living things,
That with stir of feet and wings
(In the sun or under shade,
Upon bough or grassy blade)
And with busy revellings,
Chirp and song, and murmurings,
Made this Orchard's narrow space,
And this Vale so blithe a place;
Multitudes are swept away,
Never more to breathe the day:
Some are sleeping; some in Bands
Travelled into distant Lands;
Others slunk to moor and wood,
Far from human neighbourhood;
And, among the Kinds that keep
With us closer fellowship,
With us openly abide,
All have laid their mirth aside.

- Where is he that giddy Sprive,
Blue cap, with his colours bright,
Who was blest as bird could be,
Feeding in the apple-tree;
Made such wanton spoil and rout,
Turning blossoms inside out;
Hung with head towards the ground,
Fluttered, perched, into a round
Bound himself, and then unbound;
Lithest, gaudiest Harlequin !
Prettiest Tumbler ever seen!
Light of heart and light of limb;
What is now become of Him?
Lambs, that through the mountains went
Frisking, bleating merriment,
When the year was in its prime,
They are sobered by this time.

look to vale or hill,
If you listen, ai. 's still,
Save a little neighbouring Rill,
That from out the rocky ground
Strikes a solitary sound.

Vainly glitter hill and plain, And the air is calm in vain; Vainly Morning spreads the lure Of a sky serene and pure; Creature none can she decoy Into open sign of joy : Is it that they have a fear Of the dreary season near ? Or that other pleasures be Sweeter even than gaiety ?

Yet, whate'er enjoyments dwell
In the impenetrable cell
Of the silent heart which Nature
Furnishes to every Creature;
Whatsoe'er we feel and know
Too sedate for outward show,
Such a light of gladness breaks,
Pretty Kitten! from thy freaks,-
Spreads with such a living grace
O'er my little Laura's face;
Yes, the sight so stirs and charms
Thee, Baby, laughing in my arms,
That almost I could repine
That your transports are not mine,
That I do not wholly fare
Even as ye do, thoughtless Pair!
And I will have my careless season
Spite of melancholy reason,
Will walk through life in such a way
That, when time brings on decay,
Now and then I may possess
Hlours of perfect gladsomeness.

Pleased by any random toy ;
By a kitten's busy joy,
Or an Infant's laughing eye
Sharing in the ecstasy ;
I would fare like that or this,
Find my wisdom in my bliss;
keep the sprightly soul awake,
And have tàculties to take,
Even trom things by sorrow wrought,
Matter for a jocund thought,
Spite of cares, and spite of grief,
7 gambel with Lite's falling Leaf.


That me ye Zephyrs ! that unfold,
Whale tuttering o'er this gay Recess,
Pink that thuned the teeming mould
I kn Monrotll wilderness,
I wilt oplytealing Tours
Typ od lips the poucetlil lives of Powers?

Say, when the moving Creatures saw
All kinds commingled without fear,
Prevailed a like indulgent law
For the still Growths that
Did wanton Fawn and Kid forbear
The half-blown Rose, the Lily spare ?

prosper here!

Or peeped they often from their beds
And prematurely disappeared,
Devoured like pleasure ere it spreads
A bosom to the Sun endeared ?
If such their harsh untimely doom,
It falls not here on bud or bloom.

All Summer long the happy Eve
Of this fair Spot her flowers may bind,
Nor e'er, with ruffled fancy, grieve,
From the next glance she casts, to find
That love for little Things by Fate
Is rendered vain as love for great.

Yet, where the guardian Fence is wouuni,
So subtly is the eye beguiled
It sees not nor suspects a Bound,
No more than in some forest wiid;
Free as the light in semblance
Only by art in nature lost.


And, though the jealous turf refuse
By random footsteps to be prest,
And feeds on never-sullied dews,
Ye, gentle breezes from the West,
With all the ministers of Hope,
Are tempted to this sunny slope !

And hither throngs of birds resort ;
Some, inmates lodged in shady nests,
Some, perched on stems of stately port
That nod to welcome transient guests;
While Hare and Leveret, seen at play,
Appear not more shut out than they.

Apt emblem (for reproof of pride)
This delicate Enclosure shows
Of modest kindness, that would hide
The firm protection she bestows;
Of manners, like its viewless fence,
Ensuring peace to innocence.

Thus spake the moral Muse - her wing
Abruptly spreading to depart,
She left that farewell offering,
Memento for some docile heart;
That may respect the good old age
When Fancy was Truth's willing Page;
And Truth would skim the flowery glade
Though entoring but as Fancy's Shade.

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A little Cyclops, with one eye
Staring to threaten and defy,
That thought comes next — and instantly

The freak is over,
The shape will vanish, and behold
A. silver Shield with boss of gold,
That spreads itself, some Faery bold

In fight to cover !

Up with me! up with me into the clouds !

For thy song, Lark, is strong ;
Up with me, up with me into the clouds!

Singing, singing,
With clouds and sky about thee ringing,

Lift me, guide me till I find
That spot which seems so to thy mind!
I have walked through wildernesses dreary,
And to-day my heart is weary;
Had I now the wings of a Faery,
Up to thee would I fly.
There's madness about thee, and joy divine
In that song of thine;
Lift me, guide me high and high
To thy banqueting-place in the sky.

I see thee glittering from afar;
And then thou art a pretty Star;
Not quite so fair as many are

In heaven above thee!
Yet like a star, with glittering crest,
Self-poised in air thou seem'st to rest ;-
May peace come never to his nest,

Who shall reprove thee'

Sweet Flower! for by that name at last,
When all my reveries are past,
I call thee, and to that cleave fast,

Sweet silent Creature!
That breath'st with me in sun and air,
Do thou, as thou art wont, repair
My heart with gladness, and a share
Of thy meek nature !


Joyous as morning, Thou art laughing and scorning; Thou hast a nest for thy love and thy rest, And, though little troubled with sloth, Drunken Lark! thou wouldst be loth To be such a Traveller as I. Happy, happy Liver, With a soul as strong as a mountain River, Pouring out praise to the Almighty Giver, Joy and jollity be with us both!

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