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Who deem his house a useless place,
Faith, want of common sense ;
A hypocrite's pretence?
Which God asserts his own,
And worship chance alone ?
On word and deed, imply
With life that cannot die;
Till man resigns his breath,
Of everlasting death.
Yet so will God repay
And mercy cast away.
THE TOMB OF MR. HAMILTON.
PAUSE here, and think : a monitory rhime
Consult life's silent clock, thy bounding vein;
EPITAPH ON A HARE.
HERE lies, whom hound did ne'er pursue,
Nor swifter greyhound follow,
Nor ear heard huntsman's hallo'.
Old Tiney, surliest of his kind,
Who, nurs'd with tender care, And to domestic bounds confin’d,
Was still a wild Jack-hare.
Though duly from my hand he took
His pittance ev'ry night,
And, when he could, would bite.
His diet was of wheaten bread,
And milk, and oats, and straw; Thistles, or lettuces instead,
With sand to scour his maw.
On twigs of hawthorn he regal'd,
On pippins' russet peel,
Slic'd carrot pleas'd him well.
A Turkey carpet was his lawn,
Whereon he lov'd to bound, To skip and gambol like a fawn,
And swing his ruinp around.
His frisking was at ev'ning hours,
For then he lost his fear,
Or when a storm drew near,
Eight years and five round-rolling moons
He thus saw steal away,
And ev'ry night at play.
For he would oft beguile
And force me to a smile.
But now beneath his walnut shade
lle finds his long last home, And waits, in snug concealment laid,
Till gentler Puss shall come.
IIe, still more aged, feels the shocks,
From which no care can save, And, partner once of Tiney's box,
Must soon partake his grave.
Hic etiam jacet,
Et moriar ego.
The following Account of the Treatment of his Hares, was inserted by Mr. Cowper in the Gentleman's Magazine, whence it is transcribed.
IN the year 1774, being much indisposed both in mind and body, incapable of diverting myself either with company or books, and yet in a condition that made some diversion necessary, I was glad of any thing, that would engage my attention without fa. tiguing it. The children of a neighbour of mine had a leveret given them for a plaything; it was at that time about three months old. Understanding better how to tease the poor creature than to feed it, and soon becoming weary of their charge, they readily consented that their father, who saw it pining and growing leaner every day, should offer it to my acceptance. I was willing enough to take the pris soner under my protection, perceiving that, in the management of such an animal, and in the attempt to tame it, I should find just that sort of employ. ment, which my case required. It was soon known among the neighbours, that I was pleased with the present; and the consequence was, that in a short time I had as many leverets offered to me, as would have stocked a paddock. I undertook the care of three, which it is necessary that I should here dis. tinguish by the names I gave them-Puss, Tiney, and Bess. Notwithstanding the two feminine appellatives, I must inform you, that they were all males. Immediately commencing carpenter, I built them houses to sleep in; each had a separate apartment, so contrived, that their ordure would pass through the bottom of it; an earthen pan placed