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For oft when on my couch I lie
THE REVERIE OF POOR SUSAN.
At the corner of Wood-street, when day-light
appears, Hangs a Thrush that sings loud, it has sung for
three years : Poor Susan has passed by the spot, and has heard In the silence of morning the song of the Bird.
'Tis a note of enchantment; what ails her ? She
A mountain ascending, a vision of trees ;
Green pastures she views in the midst of the dale, Down which she so often has tripped with her pail ; And a single small Cottage, a nest like a dove's, The one only Dwelling on earth that she loves.
She looks, and her Heart is in heaven : but they
fade, The mist and the river, the hill and the shade : The stream will not flow, and the hill will not rise, And the colours have all passed away from her
POWER OF MUSIC.
An Orpheus! an Orpheus ! — yes, Faith may grow
bold, And take to herself all the wonders of old; Near the stately Pantheon you'll meet with the same In the street that from Oxford hath borrowed its
His station is there ; and he works on the crowd,
What an eager assembly! what an empire is this ! The weary have life, and the hungry have bliss ; The moutner is cheered, and the anxious have rest; And the guilt-burthened soul is no longer opprest.
As the Moon brightens round her the clouds of the
night, So he, where he stands, is a centre of light; It gleams on the face, there, of dusky-browed Jack, And the pale-visaged Baker's, with basket on back.
That errand-bound 'Prentice was passing in haste – What matter! he's caught — and his time runs to
waste The News-man is stopped, though he stops on the
fret, And the half-breathless Lamp-lighter he's in the net!
The Porter sits down on the weight which he bore; The Lass with her barrow wheels hither her store;If a Thief could be here he might pilfer at ease; She sees the Musician, 'tis all that she sees !
He stands, backed by the Wall ; – he abates not
his din ; His hat gives him vigour, with boons dropping in, From the Old and the Young, from the Poorest ;
and there! The one-pennied Boy has his penny to spare.