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Since then in the rural recess
Catharina alone can rejoice,
The scene of her sensible choice!
From the clatter of street-pacing steeds,
To measure the life that she leads.
With her book, and her voice, and her lyre,
To wing all her moments at home;
As oft as it suits her to roam ;
With little to hope or to fear,
Might we view her enjoying it here.
THE MORALIZER CORRECTED.
A HERMIT (or if 'chance you hold
In hope to bask a little yet,
Your hermit, young and jovial sirs ! i Learns something from whate'er occurs. And hence, he said, my mind computes The real worth of man's pursuits. His object chosen, wealth or fame, Or other sublunary game, Imagination to bis view Presents it deck'd with ev'ry hue, That can seduce him not to spare His pow'rs of besť exertion there, But youth, health, vigour to expend On so desirable an end. Ere long approach life's ev'ning shades, The glow, that fancy gave it, fades ; And, earn'd too late, it wants the grace, That first engag'd him in the chase.
True, answer'd an angelic guide,
A vicious object still is worse, Successful there he wins a curse; But he, whom ev'n in life's last stage Endeavours laudable engage, Is paid, at least in peace of mind, And sense of having well design'd; And if, ere he attain his end, His sun precipitate descend, A brighter prize than that he meant Shall recompense his mere intent. No virtuous wish can bear a date Either too early or too late.
THE FAITHFUL BIRD.
The greenhouse is my summer seat;
Enjoy'd the open air ;
Liv'd happy pris'ners there.
They sang, as blithe as finches sing,
And frolic where they list;
And therefore never miss'd.