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The TRAVELLER'S RETURN.

Sweet to the morning traveller

The sky-lark's earliest song, Whose twinkling wings are seen at fits

The dewy light among.

And cheering to the traveller

The gales that round him play, When faint and heavily he drags

Along his noon-tide way.

And when beneath the unclouded sun

Full wearily toils he,
The flowing water makes to him

Most pleasant melody.

And when the evening light decays

And all is calm around, There is sweet music to his ear

In the distant sheep-bells sound.

And sweet the neighbouring church's bell

That marks his journey's bourne; But sweetest is the voice of Love

That welcomes his return.

To a SPIDER.

curious eyes,

Spider ! thou need'st not run in fear about
To shun

my
I won't hụmanely crush thy bowels out

Lest thou should'st eat the flies,
Nor will I roast thee with a damnd delight
Thy strạnge instinctive fortitude to see,
For there is one who might

One day roast me.

Thou art welcome to a Rhymer sore-perplext,

The subject of his verse :
There's many a one who on a better text

Perhaps might comment worse.
Then shrink not, old Free-Mason, from my view,
But quietly like me spin out the line;
Io thou thy work pursue

As I will mine.

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Weaver of snares, thou emblemest the ways

Of Satan, Sire of lies
Hell's huge black Spider for mankind he lays

His toils as thou for flies.
When Betty's busy eye runs round the room
Woe to that nice geometry, if seen !
But where is he whose broom

The earth shall clean ?

Spider ! of old thy flimsy webs were thought,

And 'twas a likeness true,
To emblem laws in which the weak are caught

But which the strong break through.
And if a victim in thy toils is ta’en,
Like some poor client is that wretched fly-
I'll warrant thee thou'lt drain

His life-blood dry. .

And is not thy weak work like human schemes

And care on earth employ'd ? Such are young hopes and Love's delightful dreams

So easily destroyed! So does the Statesman, whilst the Avengers sleep, Self-deem'd secure, his wiles in secret lay, Soon shall Destruction sweep

His work away.

Thou busy labourer ! one resemblance more

Shall yet the verse prolong,
For Spider, thou art like the Poet poor,

Whom thou hast help'd in song.
Both busily our needful food to win,
We work, as Nature taught, with ceaseloss pains,
Thy bowels thou dost spin,
I spin my brains.

ERTHUSYO.

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