The farmer's boy; a rural poem [ed. by C. Lofft. On fine paper].

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Page 21 - Or gazed in merry clusters by your side ? Ye who can smile, to wisdom no disgrace, At the arch meaning of a kitten's face : If spotless innocence, and infant mirth, Excites to praise, or gives reflection birth ; In shades like these pursue your fav'rite joy, 'Midst Nature's revels, sports that never cloy.
Page 47 - The widening distance which I daily see, Has Wealth done this? - then Wealth's a foe to me; Foe to our rights ; that leaves a powerful few The paths of emulation to pursue: For emulation stoops to us no more: The hope of humble industry is o'er; The blameless hope, the cheering sweet presage Of future comforts for declining age. Can my sons share from this paternal hand The profits with the labours of the land? No; though indulgent Heaven its blessing deigns, Where's the small farm to suit my scanty...
Page 22 - Frail as thyself, they perish as they bloom ! Though unoffending Innocence may plead, Though frantic ewes may mourn the savage deed, Their shepherd comes, a messenger of blood, And drives them bleating from their sports and food Care loads his brow, and pity wrings his heart, For lo, the murd'ring Butcher with his cart> Demands the firstlings of his flock to die, And makes a sport of life and liberty...
Page 27 - THE FARMER'S life displays in every part A moral lesson to the sensual heart. Though in the lap of Plenty, thoughtful still, He looks beyond the present good or ill; Nor estimates alone one blessing's worth, From changeful seasons, or capricious earth; But views the future with the present hours, And looks for failures as he looks for show'ers; For casual as for certain want prepares, And round his yard the reeking haystack rears; Provident turn of the Farmer's mind. v. 11 . Or clover, blossom'd...
Page 96 - At whose first birth the powerful instinct's seen That fills with champions the daisied green : For ewes that stood aloof with fearful eye, With stamping foot now men and dogs defy, And obstinately faithful to their young, Guard their first steps to join the bleating throng. But casualties and death from damps and cold Will still attend the well-conducted fold : Her tender offspring dead, the dam aloud Calls and runs wild amidst th' unconscious crowd, And orphan'd sucklings raise the piteous cry...
Page 15 - Till eve again recal them loaded home. And now the Dairy claims her choicest care, And half her household find employment there: Slow rolls the churn, its load of clogging cream At once foregoes its quality and name: From knotty particles first floating wide Congealing butter's dash'd from side to side; Streams of new milk through flowing coolers stray, And snow-white curd abounds, and wholesome whey.
Page 92 - The beauteous semblance of a flock at rest. These, to the raptured mind, aloud proclaim Their mighty Shepherd's everlasting name. Whilst thus the loiterer's utmost stretch of soul Climbs the still clouds, or passes those that roll, And loosed imagination soaring goes High o'er his home, and all his little woes...
Page 35 - Hark ! where the sweeping scythe now rips along : Each sturdy mower emulous and strong ; Whose writhing form meridian heat defies, Bends o'er his work, and every sinew tries ; Prostrates the waving treasure at his feet, But spares the rising clover, short and sweet. Come, Health ! come, Jollity ! light-footed, come ; Here hold your revels, and make this your home. Each heart awaits and hails you as its own ; Each moisten'd brow, that scorns to wear a frown : Th...
Page 91 - Low, on the utmost boundary of the sight, The rising vapours catch the silver light ; Thence fancy measures, as they parting fly, Which first will throw its shadow on the eye, Passing the source of light ; and thence away, Succeeded quick by brighter still than they.
Page 7 - Draws his fresh parallels, and, wid'ning still, Treads slow the heavy dale, or climbs the hill : Strong on the wing his busy followers play, Where writhing earth-worms meet th...

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