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15. The robin warbled forth his full clear note For hours, and wearied not.
16. Bird of the broad and sweeping wing,
Thy home is high in heaven,
Where wide the storms their banners fling,
And tempest-clouds are driven !
Ofttimes, tho' seldom seen,
The cuckoo, that in summer haunts our groves,
Is heard to moan, as if at every breath
20. The robin to the garden or green yard, Close to the door, repairs to build again Within her wonted tree.
18. The merry mocking-bird together links,
In one continued song, all diff'rent notes,
Adding new life and sweetness to them all.
19. Along the surface of the winding stream,
Pursuing every turn, gay swallows skim,
Or, round the borders of the spacious lawn,
Fly in repeated circles, rising o'er
Hillock and fence, with motion serpentine,
Easy and light.
21. And in mid air the sportive night-hawk, seen
Flying awhile at random, uttering oft
A cheerful cry, attended with a shake
Of level pinions dark, but, when upturn'd
Against the brightness of the western sky,
The white plume shining in the midst of each,
Then far down diving with a hollow sound.
22. The whippoorwill, her name her only song.
23. The yellowhammer by the wayside picks
Mutely the thistle seed: but in her flight
So smoothly serpentine, her wings outspread
To rise a little, clos'd to fall as far.
24. The flippant blackbird, with light yellow crown,
Hangs flutt'ring in the air, and chatters thick
Till her breath fails, when, breaking off, she drops
On the next tree, and on its highest limb,
Or some tall flag, and, gently rocking, sits,
Her strain repeating.
With sonorous notes
Of every tone, mix'd in confusion sweet,
The forest rings.
28. A free, wild spirit unto thee is given,
26. The bird whose pinion courts the sunbeam's fire. CHARLES SPRAGUE.
27: Ever, my son, be thou like the dove;
In friendship as faithful, as constant in love.
29. Hark! how with love and flutt'ring start
The skylark soars above,
And with her full, melodious heart,
She pours her strains of love.
Bright minstrel of the blue celestial dome!
For thou wilt wander to yon upper heaven,
And bathe thy plumage in the sunbeam's home;
And, soaring upward, from thy dizzy height,
On free and fearless wing, be lost to human sight!
MRS. AMELIA WELBY.
1. Here smokes his forge; he bares his sinewy arm,
And early strokes the sounding anvil warm;
Around his shop the steely sparkles flew,
As for the steed he shap'd the bending shoe.
2. Oft did the harvest to the sickle yield,
Their harrow oft the stubborn glebe has broke;
How jocund did they drive their team a-field,
How bow'd the woods beneath their sturdy stroke!
3. He trudg'd along, unknowing what he sought, And whistled as he went, for want of thought.
4. His corn and cattle were his only care, And his supreme delight, a country fair.
5. Princes and lords may flourish, or may fade;
A breath can make them, as a breath hath made;
But a bold peasantry, their country's pride,
When once destroy'd, can never be supplied.
GOLDSMITH'S Deserted Village. 6. From labour health, from health contentment springs; Contentment opes the source of every joy.
7. The smith, a mighty man is he,
With large and sinewy hands;
And the muscles of his brawny arms
Are strong as iron bands.
8. Week in, week out, from morn till night
You can hear his bellows blow;
You can hear him swing his heavy sledge
With measur'd beat and slow.
9. How blest the farmer's simple life!
How pure the joy it yields!
Far from the world's tempestuous strife,
Free, 'mid the scented fields !
10. The cobbler's all depends upon his awl,
And sheer's the merit of the tailor's shears;
The farmers crop their living from their crop,
And each man shares the blessings of their shares.
Who ever saw the workman wield his saw
Or move his plane along the timber's plane,
Or with just rule adjust his iron rule,
Must fain admit his skill he does not feign.
1. O dark, dark, dark, amid the blaze of noon;
Irrevocably dark! total eclipse,
Without all hope of day.
MILTON'S Samson Agonistes.
2. O, loss of sight, of thee I most complain!
Light, the prime work of God, to me 's extinct,
And all her various objects of delight
Annull'd, which might in part my grief have eas'd.
MILTON'S Samson Agonistes.
4. Nor to these idle orbs doth sight appear
Of sun, or moon, or stars, throughout the
Or man, or woman. Yet I argue not
Against heaven's hand or will, nor bate a jot
Of heart or hope; but still bear up and steer
Thus with the year
Seasons return, but not to me returns
Day, or the sweet approach of ev'n or morn,
Or sight of vernal bloom, or summer's rose,
Or flocks, or herds, or human face divine;
But clouds instead, and ever-during dark
Surrounds me, from the cheerful ways
Cut off, and for the book of knowledge fair
Presented with an universal blank
Of nature's works to me expung'd and ras'd,
And wisdom at one entrance quite shut out.
MILTON'S Paradise Lost.
5. Ah! little know they of the dreamy sadness
That shadows o'er my spirit's viewless urn,
For they can look out on the free world's gladness,
Where blossoms blow, and stars shoot out and burn;
While I must sit, a fair yet darken'd flower,
Amid the bright band gathering round our hearth,
The only sad thing in our sweet home's bower-
Oh! for one glance upon the fresh green earth!
BLUSH. (See BASHFULNESS.)
The honour's overpaid, When ne that did the act is commentator.