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Nor trusts the gorgeous sky.

KEBLE Christian Year. (25th Sunday after

What skilful limner e'er would choose To paint the rainbow's varying hues, Unless to mortal it were given

To dip his brush in dyes of heaven? SCOTT-Marmion. Canto VI. St. 5.

Mild arch of promise! on the evening sky
Thou shinest fair with many a lovely ray,
Each in the other melting.

SOUTHEY-Sonnets. The Evening Rainbow.

Rain, rain, and sun! a rainbow in the sky! TENNYSON-Idylls of the King. The Coming of Arthur. L. 401.

Hung on the shower that fronts the golden West,
The rainbow bursts like magic on mine eyes!
In hues of ancient promise there imprest;
Frail in its date, eternal in its guise.

Fugitive Pieces. The Rainbow.

Bright pledge of peace and sunshine! the sure tie
Of thy Lord's hand, the object of His eye!
When I behold thee, though my light be dim,
Distinct, and low, I can in thine see Him
Who looks upon thee from His glorious throne,
And minds the covenant between all and One.
VAUGHAN-The Rainbow.

That Raven on yon left-hand oak

(Curse on his ill-betiding croak)

Bodes me no good.

GAY-Fables. The Farmer's Wife and the Raven.

The Raven's house is built with reeds,—
Sing woe, and alas is me!

And the Raven's couch is spread with weeds,
High on the hollow tree;

And the Raven himself, telling his beads
In penance for his past misdeeds,

THOS. DARCY MCGEE-The Penitent Raven.

The raven once in snowy plumes was drest,
White as the whitest dove's unsullied breast,
Fair as the guardian of the Capitol,
Soft as the swan; a large and lovely fowl
His tongue, his prating tongue had changed him

To sooty blackness from the purest white.
OVID Metamorphoses. Story of Coronis. AD-
DISON'S trans.

Ghastly, grim, and ancient Raven, wandering from the Nightly shore,

Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!

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