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Be it your fortune, year by year,
The same resource to prove,

And may ye, sometimes landing here,
Instruct us how to love 1

ON A SPANIEI, CALLED “BEAU’” KILLING A YOUNG BIRD.

A Spaniel, Beau, that fares like you,
ell-fed, and at his ease,
Should wiser be than to pursue
Each trifle that he sees.

But you have kill'd a tiny bird,
Which flew not till to-day,

Against my orders, whom you heard
Forbidding you the prey.

Nor did you kill that you might eat,
And ease a doggish pain,

For him, though chased with furious heat,
You left where he was slain.

Nor was he of the thievish sort,
Or one whom blood allures,

But innocent was all his sport
Whom you have torn for yours.

My dog, what remedy remains,
Since, teach you all I can,

I see you, after all my pains,
So much resemble Man

BEAU'S REPLY.

IR, when I flew to seize the bird, In spite of your command, A louder voice than yours I heard, And harder to withstand.

You cried—forbear—but in my breast A mightier cried—proceed—

'Twas Nature, Sir, whose strong behest Impell'd me to the deed.

Yet much as Nature I respect,
I ventured once to b.

(As you perhaps may recollect)
Her precept for your sake;

And when your linnet on a day,
Passing his prison door,

Had fluttered all his strength away,
And panting pressed the floor,

Well knowing him a sacred thing,
Not destined to my tooth,

I only kiss'd his ruffled wing,
And lick'd the feathers smooth.

Let my obedience then excuse
My disobedience now,

Nor some reproof yourself refuse
From your aggrieved Bow-wow.

If killing birds be such a crime
(Which I can hardly see),

What think you, Sir, of killing time
With verse addressed to me?

TO MARY.

HE twentieth year is well nigh past, Since first our sky was overcast, Ah, would that this might be the last ! My Mary |

Thy spirits have a fainter flow,

I see thee daily weaker grow—

‘Twas my distress that brought thee low, My Mary !

Thy needles, once a shining store,

For my sake restless heretofore,

Now rust disused, and shine no more,
My Mary

For though thougladly wouldst fulfil

The same kind office for me still,

Thy sight now seconds not thy will,
My Mary

But well thou play'dst the housewife's part,

And all thy threads with magic art

Have wound themselves about this heart, My Mary

Thy indistinct expressions seem

Like language utter'd in a dream :

Yet me they charm, whate'er the theme, My Mary

Thy silver locks, once auburn bright,
Are still more lovely in my sight
Than golden beams of orient light,

My Mary

For could I view nor them nor thee,

What sight worth seeing could I see :

The sun would rise in vain for me,
My Mary :

Partakers of thy sad decline,

Thy hands their little force resign;

Yet gently prest, press gently mine,
My Mary

Such feebleness of limbs thou prov'st,

That now at every step thou mov'st

Upheld by two, yet still thou lov'st,
My Mary :

And still to love, though prest with ill,
In wintry age to feel no chill,
With me is to be lovely still,

My Mary !

But ah, by constant heed I know,
How oft the sadness that I show,

Transforms thy smiles to looks of woe,
My Mary

And should my future lot be cast

With much resemblance of the past,

Thy worn-out heart will break at last,
My Mary'

THE FAITHFUL BIRD, Th; greenhouse is my summer seat;

My shrubs displaced from that retreat
Enjoyed the open air;

Two goldfinches, whose sprightly song Had been their mutual solace long, Lived happy prisoners there.

They sang as blithe as finches sing
That flutter loose on golden wing,
And frolic where they list;
Strangers to liberty, 'tis true,
But that delight they never knew,
And therefore never missed.

But Nature works in every breast,
With force not easily suppress'd ;
And Dick felt some desires,
That, after many an effort vain,
Instructed him at length to gain
A pass between his wires.

The open windows seem'd to invite
The freeman to a farewell flight:
But Tom was still confined ;
And Dick, although his way was clear,
Was much too generous and sincere
To leave his friend behind,

So settling on his cage, by play,
And chirp, and kiss, he seemed to say,
You must not live alone ;-
Nor would he quit that chosen stand
Till I, with slow and cautious hand,
Returned him to his own.

O ye, who never taste the joys
Of Friendship, satisfied with noise,
Fandango, ball, and rout !
Blush when I tell you how a bird
A prison with a friend preferred
To liberty without.

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