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The pony, Betty, and her boy,
Wind slowly through the woody dale ;
And who is she, be-times abroad,
That hobbles up the steep rough road?
Who is it, but old Susan Gale ?
Long Susan lay deep lost in thought,
And many dreadful fears beset her,
Both for her messenger and nurse;
And as her mind grew worse and worse,
Her body it grew better.
She turned, she toss'd herself in bed,
On all sides doubts and terrors met her;
Point after point did she discuss ;
And while her mind was fighting thus,
Her body still grew better.
“ Alas! what is become of them? “ These fears can never be endured, “ I'll to the wood.”—The word scarce said, Did Susan rise up from her bed, As if by magic cured..
Away she posts up hill and down,
And to the wood at length is come,
She spies her friends, she shouts a greeting ;'
Oh me! it is a merry meeting,
As ever was in Christendom.
The owls have hardly sung their last,
While our four travellers homeward wend;
The owls have hooted all night long,
And with the owls began my song,
And with the owls must end.
For while they all were travelling home, Cried Betty, “ Tell us Johnny, do, “Where all this long night you have been, “ What you have heard, what you have seen, * And Johnny, mind you tell us true.”
Now Johnny all night long had heard
The owls in tuneful concert strive;
No doubt too he the noon had seen;
For in the moonlight he had been
From eight o'clock till five.
And thus to Betty's question, he,
Made answer, like a traveller bold,
(His very words I give te you)
“ The cocks did crow to-whoo, to-whoo,
“ And the sun did shine so cold.”
— Thus answered Johnny in his glory,
And that was all his travel's story.
All Thoughts, all Passions, all Delights,
Whatever stirs this mortal Frame,
All are but Ministers of Love,
And feed his sacred flame.
Oft in my waking dreams do I
Live o'er again that happy hour,
When midway on the Mount I lay
Beside the Ruin'd Tower.
The Moonshine stealing o'er the scene Had blended with the Lights of Eve; And she was there, my Hope, my Joy,
My own dear Genevieve !
She lean'd against the Armed Man,
The Statue of the Armed Knight:
She stood and listen'd to my Harp
Amid the ling'ring Light.
Few Sorrows hath she of her own,
My Hope, my Joy, my Genevieve!..
She loves me best, whene'er I sing
The Songs, that make her grieve.
I play'd a soft and doleful Air,
I sang an old and moving Story-
An old rude Song that fitted well
The Ruin wild and hoary.
She listen'd with a fitting Blush,
With downcast Eyes and modest Grace;
For well she knew, I could not choose
But gaze upon her Face.