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APOSTROPHE, TO THE RIVER NITH. And hark to the funeral dirge of the Bee,
[By John Mayne.] And the Beetle that follows as mournful
HAIL, gentle stream ! for ever dear And see where so sadly the green rushes Thy rudest murmurs to mine eur!
Torn from thy banks, though far I rove, wave, The Mole is preparing the Butterfly's Ne'er shall thy bard, where'er he be,
The slave of Poverty and Love, grave!
Without a sigh remember thee!
For there my infant years began,
And there my happiest minutes ran;
And there, to love and friendship true, And the Gnat slowly winded his shrill
The blossoms of affection grew!
That ever nursed a poet's dream !
Oft have I, in forbidden time,
(If youth could sanctify a cri.ne!)
With bazel-rod, and fraudful fly,
Ensnared thy unsuspecting fry;
Till, chaced by lurking fishermen,
My lagging followers far behind!
And, when the vain pursuit was o'er, laid
Returned successful as before!
By Francis Hodgson.
« Let Alexander's discontented soul Aies all,
Sigh for another world's increased control! And six of their number supported the Ill-weav'd ambition has no charm for me, pall;
Nor, sordid Avarice, am I slave to thee. And the Spider came there in his mourn. ing so black,
“ I only ask twelve thousand pounds a But the fire of the Glowworm soon fright- year, ened him back.
And Curwen's country house on Winder
A beauteous wife, as sensible as fair,
“I am no glutton-no! I never wish along;
A sturgeon floating in a golden dish
Three guineas for my dinner every day.
“ What though shrewd Erskine at the
bar we view, At this solemn spot where the green rushes As famed as Crassus, and as wealthy too; wave,
I only ask the eloquence of Fox,
Unlike the heroes of the buskin now;
air, And here shall the daisy and violet blow; To win, like V-s, England's richest And the lily discover her bosom of snow, fair While under the leaf, in the evenings of I only ask these blessings to enjoy, spring,
And every varied talent well employ, Still mourning her friend shall the Grass. Thy life, Methuselah' or, if not thine, hopper sing:
An immortality of love and wine."
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