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Thou camest from Eartham, and wilt shade,

(If truly I divine,) Some future day the illustrious head

Of him who made thee mine. Should Daphne show a jealous frown,

And Envy seize the Bay,
Affirming none so fit to crown

Such honour'd brows as they,
Thy cause with zeal we shall defend,

And with convincing power ;
For why should not the Virgin's friend

Be crown'd with Virgin's Bower ?

TO MY COUSIN, ANNE BODHAM,

ON

RECEIVING FROM HER A NETWORK PURSE, MADE BY HERSELF.

May 4, 1793.

My gentle Anne, whom heretofore,
When I was young, and thou no more

Than plaything for a nurse,
I danced and fondled on my knee,
A kitten both in size and glee,-

I thank thee for my purse.
Gold pays the worth of all things here;
But not of love ;—that gem's too dear

For richest rogues to win it;
I, therefore, as a proof of love,
Esteem thy present far above

The best things kept within it.

INSCRIPTION

FOR AN HERMITAGE IN THE AUTHOR'S GARDEN.

May, 1793.

This cabin, Mary, in my sight appears,
Built as it has been in our waning years,
A rest afforded to our weary feet,
Preliminary to—the last retreat.

TO MRS. UNWIN.

May, 1793.

MARY! I want a lyre with other strings,

Such aid from Heaven as some have feign'd they drew,

An eloquence scarce given to mortals, new
And undebased by praise of meaner things,
That ere through age or woe I shed my wings,
I

may record thy worth with honour due,
In verse as musical as thou art true,
And that immortalizes whom it sings.
But thou hast little need. There is a book

By seraphs writ with beams of heavenly light,
On which the eyes of God not rarely look,

A chronicle of actions just and bright; There all thy deeds, my faithful Mary, shine ; And, since thou own'st that praise, I spare thee mine. TO JOHN JOHNSON,

ON HIS PRESENTING ME WITH AN ANTIQUE BUST OF HOMER.

MAY, 1793.

Kinsman beloved, and as a son, by me !

When I behold this fruit of thy regard,

The sculptured form of my old favourite bard,
I reverence feel for him, and love for thee.
Joy too and grief. Much joy that there should be

Wise men and learn'd, who grudge not to reward

With some applause my bold attempt and hard,
Which others scorn: critics by courtesy.
The grief is this, that sunk in Homer's mine,

I lose my precious years now soon to fail,
Handling his gold, which howsoe'er it shine,

Proves dross, when balanced in the Christian scale.
Be wiser thou ;-like our forefather Donne,
Seek heavenly wealth, and work for God alone.

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TO A YOUNG FRIEND,

ON HIS ARRIVING AT CAMBRIDGE WET, WHEN NO RAIN

HAD FALLEN THERE.

May, 1793.

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IF Gideon's fleece, which drench'd with dew he found,
While moisture none refresh'd the herbs around,
Might fitly represent the Church, endow'd
With heavenly gifts to heathens not allow'd ;

In pledge, perhaps, of favours from on high,
Thy locks were wet when others' locks were dry.
Heaven grant us half the omen,—may we see
Not drought on others, but much dew on thee !

A TALE.

June, 1793.

In Scotland's realm, where trees are few,

Nor even shrubs abound;
But where, however bleak the view,

Some better things are found;

For husband there and wife

may

boast
Their union undefiled,
And false ones are as rare almost

As hedge-rows in the wild;

In Scotland's realm forlorn and bare

The history chanced of late,-
This history of a wedded pair,

A chaffinch and his mate.

The spring drew near, each felt a breast

With genial instinct fillid;
They pair’d, and would have built a nest,

But found not where to build.

The heaths uncover'd and the moors

Except with snow and sleet,
Sea-beaten rocks and naked shores

Could yield them no retreat.

Long time a breeding-place they sought,

Till both grew vex'd and tired; At length a ship arriving brought

The good so long desired.

A ship ?—could such a restless thing

Afford them place of rest ? Or was the merchant charged to bring

The homeless birds a nest ?

Hush !-silent hearers profit most,

This racer of the sea Proved kinder to them than the coast,

It served them with a tree.

But such a tree! 'twas shaven deal,

The tree they call a mast, And had a hollow with a wheel

Through which the tackle pass’d.

Within that cavity aloft

Their roofless home they fix’d, Form'd with materials neat and soft,

Bents, wool, and feathers mix'd.

Four ivory eggs soon pave its floor,

With russet specks bedight; The vessel weighs, forsakes the shore,

And lessens to the sight.

The mother-bird is gone to sea,

As she had changed her kind; But goes

the male ? Far wiser he Is doubtless left behind.

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