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HIGH on yon poplar, clad in glossiest green,
Her partner's mellow song, the brook, the breeze;
Bernard de Ventadour.
WHEN I behold the Lark up spring
Alas! that mournful thoughts should spring
I thought my heart had known the whole
For still the more my longing soul
Loves on, itself the while unloved : She stole my heart, myself she stole, And all I prized from me removed;
She left me but the fierce control
Of vain desires for her I loved.
All self-command is now gone by,
E'er since the luckless hour when she Became a mirror to my eye,
Whereon I gazed complacently.
Thou fatal mirror! there I spy
Love's image; and my doom shall be, Like young Narcissus, thus to sigh, And thus expire, beholding thee.
SWEET Social bird, with breast of red,
How prone's my heart to favour thee! Thy look oblique, thy prying head, Thy gentle affability;
Thy cheerful song in winter's cold,
Thy friendly heart, thy nature mild,
Creep to the love of man and child,
The gleanings of the sumptuous board,
And not dispensed till thou art there.
In stately hall and rustic dome,
The gaily-robed and homely poor Will watch the hour when thou shalt come, And bid thee welcome to the door.
The herdsman on the upland hill,
The woodman, seated on a log,
His meat divides atween the three; And now himself, and now his dog, And now he casts a crumb to thee.
For thee a feast the schoolboy strews
A worm to thee the delver throws,
And angler when he baits a hook.
At tents where tawny gipsies dwell,
In woods where hunters chase the hind, And at the hermit's lonely cell,
Dost thou some crumbs of comfort find.
Nor are thy little wants forgot,
In beggar's hut or Crispin's stall ;
The miser only feeds thee not,
Who suffers ne'er a crumb to fall.
The youth who strays, with dark design, To make each well-stored nest a prey,
If dusky hues denote them thine,
Will draw his pilfering hands away.
The finch a spangled robe may wear,
The lark ascend most high in air,
The peacock's plumes in pride may swell, The parrot prate eternally;
But yet no bird man loves so well
As thou with thy simplicity.