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THE PARROT.

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The deep affections of the breast,

That Heaven to living things imparts,
Are not exclusively possess'd

By human hearts.
A Parrot from the Spanish main,
Full
young,

and early caged, came o'er, With bright wings, to the bleak domain

Of Mulla's shore.
To spicy groves, where he had won

His plumage of resplendent hue,
His native fruits, and skies, and sun,

He bade adieu.
Instead, he watch'd the smoke of turf

A heathery land and misty sky,
And turn'd on rocks and raging surf

His golden eye.
But, petted, in our climate cold

He lived and chatted many a day ;
Until, with age, from

green

and gold His wings grew grey: At last, when blind and seeming dumb,

He scolded, laugh’d, and spoke no more, A Spanish stranger chanced to come

To Mulla's shore;
He hail'd the bird in Spanish speech;

The bird in Spanish speech replied, Flapp'd round his cage with joyous screech, Dropt down, and died.

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Up with its roots I dug it,

I bore it as it grew,
And in my garden-plot at home

I planted it anew,
All in a still and shady place,
Beside my

home so dear; And now it thanks me for my pains, And blossoms all the

year.

Goethe : Martin.

THE WILD ROSE.

A Boy espied, in morning light,

A little rosebud blooming ;
'Twas so delicate and bright,
That he came to feast his sight,

And wonder at its growing.
“Rosebud, rosebud, rosebud red,

Rosebud brightly blowing !
I will gather thee,"— he cried,

Rosebud, brightly blowing."
" Then I'll sting thee," it replied,
"And you'll quickly start aside,

With the prickle glowing :"
Rosebud, rosebud, rosebud red,

Rosebud brightly blowing.
But he plucked it from the plain,

The rosebud brightly blowing:
It turn’d and stung him, - but in vain;
He regarded not the pain,

Homewards with it going :
Rosebud, rosebud, rosebud red,
Rosebud brightly blowing.

Goethe : Martin.

THE END.

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