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Th' untoward creatures to the sty I drove,
When in the barn the sounding flail I ply,
No succor meet the poultry now can find,
I pitch'd the sheaves, (oh, could I do so now!)
"Mother," quoth she, "let not the poultry need.
To show their love, the neighbors far and near,
After the good man warn'd us from his text, 139 That none could tell whose turn would be the next; He said, that Heaven would take her soul, no doubt,
Tale tuum carmen nobis, divine poeta,
Ver. 96. An imitation of Theocritus.
The boding raven on her cottage sate,
How shall I, void of tears, her death relate,
And spoke the hour-glass in her praise-quite out.
Now we trudg'd homeward to her mother's farm,
While bulls bear horns upon their curled brow,
Thus wail'd the louts in melancholy strain,
For owls, as swains observe, detest the light, SATURDAY; OR, THE FLIGHTS. And only sing and seek their prey by night.
How turnips hide their swelling heads below:
And how the closing coleworts upwards grow; SUBLIMER strains, O rustic Muse! prepare ;
How Will-o-wisp misleads night-faring clowns
O'er hills, and sinking bogs, and pathless downs. Forget a while the barn and dairy's care;
Or stars he told, that shoot with shining trail, Thy homely voice to loftier numbers raise,
And of the glow-worm's light that gilds his tail. 60 The drunkard's flights require sonorous lays;
He sung where woodcocks in the Summer feed, With Bowzy beus' songs exalt thy verse, While rocks and woods the various notes rehearse. And in what climates they renew their breed, 'Twas in the season when the reapers' toil
(Some think to porthern coasts their flight they tend
Or to the Moon in midnight hours ascend); Of the ripe harvest 'gan to rid the soil;
Where swallows in the Winter's season keep, Wide through the field was seen a goodly rout, Clean damsels bound the gather'd sheaves about; 10 And how the drowsy bat ànd dormouse sleep; The lads, with sharpen'd hook and sweating brow, Till the bright Sun has nine times set and rose ;
How Nature does the puppy's eyelid close Cut down the labors of the winter plow.
(For huntsmen by their long experience find, To the near hedge young Susan steps aside,
That puppies still nine rolling suns are blind.) 70 She feign'd her coat or garter was untied ;
Now he goes on, and sings of fairs and shows, Whate'er she did, she stoop'd adown unseen,
For still new fairs before his eyes arose. And merry reapers what they list will ween.
How pedlars' stalls with glittering toys are laid, Soon she rose up, and cried with voice so shrill,
The various fairings of the country maid. That Echo answer'd from the distant hill;
Long silken laces hang upon the twine, The youths and damsels ran to Susan's aid, Who thought some adder had the lass dismay'd. 20 How the tight lass knives, combs, and scissors spies,
And rows of pins and amber bracelets shine ; When fast asleep they Bowzy beus spied,
And looks on thimbles with desiring eyes. His hat and oaken staff lay close beside;
Of lotteries next with tuneful note he told, That Bowzy beus who could sweetly sing,
Where silver spoons are won, and rings of gold. 80 Or with the rosin'd bow torment the string ;
The lads and lasses trudge the street along, That Bowzy beus who, with fingers speed,
And all the fair is crowded in his song. Could call soft warblings from the breathing reed;
The mountebank now treads the stage, and sells That Bowzy beus who, with jocund tongue,
His pills, his balsams, and his ague-spells; Ballads and roundelays and catches sung :
Now o'er and o'er the nimble tumbler springs, They loudly laugh to see the damsel's fright,
And on the rope the venturous maiden swings; And in disport surround the drunken wight. 30 · Ah, Bowzybee, why didst thou stay so long?
Jack Pudding in his party-color'd jacket
Tosses the glove, and jokes at every packet.
of pockets pick'd in crowds, and various cheats. 90
Then sad he sung the Children in the Wood : But thou sat'st toping till the morning light."
(Ah, barbarous uncle, stain'd with infant blood !) Cicely, brisk maid, steps forth before the rout,
How blackberries they pluck'd in deserts wild, And kiss'd with smacking lip the snoring lout: (For custom says, “Whoe'er this venture proves,
And fearless at the glittering falchion smild; For such a kiss demands a pair of gloves.")
Their little corpse the robin-red-breasts found,
And strow'd with pious bill the leaves around. By her example Dorcas bolder grows, And plays a tickling straw within his nose. 40
(Ah, gentle birds! if this verse lasts so long, He rubs his nostril, and in wonted joke
Your names shall live for ever in my song.) The sneering swains with stammering speech be. How the sly sailor made the maid a wife.
For Buxom Joan he sung the doubtful strife,
100 spoke :
To louder strains he rais'd his voice, to tell "To you, my lads, I'll sing my carols o'er,
What woful wars in Chevy-chace befell,
When Percy drove the deer with hound and horn, But lads and lasses round about him throng.
Wars to be wept by children yet unborn! Not ballad-singer plac'd above the crowd
Ah, Witherington! more years thy life had crown'd,
If thou hadst never heard the horn or hound! Sings with a note so shrilling sweet and loud ; Nor parish-clerk, who calls the psalm so clear,
Yet shall the 'squire, who fought on bloody stumps, Like Bowzy beus soothes th' attentive ear. 50
By future bards be wail'd in doleful dumps.
109 Of Nature's laws his carols first begun,
How to sleek mares starch Quakers turn gallants : Why the grave owl can never face the Sun.
Ver. 51. Our swain had possibly read Tusser, from
Ver. 99. A song in the comedy of Love for Love, be. ginning “A soldier and a sailor," &c.
Ver. 109. A song of Sir J. Denham's. See his poems.
THE FARMER'S WIFE AND THE RAVEN.
"WHY are those tears? why droops your head? Is then your other husband dead? Or does a worse disgrace betide?
Hath no one since his death applied?"
Alas! you know the cause too well;
Then, to contribute to my loss,
Betwixt her swagging panniers' load
When, starting from her silver dream,
"Dame," quoth the Raven," spare your oaths Unclench your fist, and wipe your clothes. But why on me those curses thrown? Goody, the fault was all your own; For, had you laid this brittle ware On Dun, the old sure-footed mare, Though all the Ravens of the hundred With croaking had your tongue out-thunder'd, Sure-footed Dun had kept her legs, And you, good woman, sav'd your eggs."
THE TURKEY AND THE ANT.
IN other men we faults can spy, And blame the mote that dims their eye, Each little speck and blemish find; To our own stronger errors blind.
A Turkey, tir'd of common food, Forsook the barn, and sought the wood; Behind her ran an infant train, Collecting here and there a grain.
"Draw near, my birds! the mother cries, This hill delicious fare supplies; Behold the busy negro race, See millions blacken all the place! Fear not; like me, with freedom eat; An Ant is most delightful meat. How bless'd, how envied, were our life, Could we but 'scape the poulterer's knife; But man, curs'd man, on Turkeys preys, And Christmas shortens all our days. Sometimes with oysters we combine, Sometimes assist the savory chine; From the low peasant to the lord, The Turkey smokes on every board. Sure men for gluttony are curs'd, Of the seven deadly sins the worst."
An Ant, who climb'd beyond his reach,
Thus answer'd from the neighboring beech:
Ere you remark another's sin,
Bid thy own conscience look within;
2 B 2
MATTHEW GREEN, a truly original poet, was born, is further attested, that he was a man of great probably at London, in 1696. His parents were re- probity and sweetness of disposition, and that his spectable Dissenters, who brought him up within conversation abounded with wit, but of the most inthe limits of the sect. His learning was confined to offensive kind. He seems to have been subject to a little Latin ; but, from the frequency of his clas- low-spirits, as a relief from which he composed his sical allusions, it may be concluded that what he principal poem, “ The Spleen.” He passed his read when young, he did not forget. The austerity life in celibacy, and died in 1737, at the early age in which he was educated had the effect of inspiring of forty-one, in lodgings in Gracechurch-street. him with settled disgust; and he fled from the The poems of Green, which were not made pubgloom of dissenting worship when he was no longer lic till after his death, consist of “The Spleen;" compelled to attend it. Thus set loose from the “The Grotto;” “Verses on Barclay's Apology;" opinions of his youth, he speculated very freely “The Seeker,” and some smaller pieces, all comon religious topics, and at length adopted the sys-prised in a small volume. In manner and subject tem of outward compliance with established forms, they are some of the most original in our language. and inward laxity of belief. He seems at one They rank among the easy and familiar, but are time to have been much inclined to the principles replete with uncommon thoughts, new and striking of Quakerism; but he found that its practice would images, and those associations of remote ideas by not agree with one who lived " by pulling off the some unexpected similitudes, in which wit prinhat." We find that he had obtained a place in the cipally consists. Few poems will bear more reCustom-house, the duties of which he is said to have peated perusals; and, with those who can fully enter discharged with great diligence and fidelity. It into them, they do not fail to become favorites.
School-helps I want, to climb on high,
Where all the ancient treasures lie,
And there unseen commit a theft
On wealth in Greek exchequers left.
Then where ? from whom? what can I steai. This motley piece to you I send,
Who only with the moderns deal ? Who always were a faithful friend;
This were attempting to put on Who, if disputes should happen hence,
Raiment from naked bodies won : Can best explain the author's sense ;
They safely sing before a thief, And, anxious for the public weal,
They cannot give who want relief; Do, what I sing, so often feel.
Some few excepted, names well known, The want of method pray excuse,
And justly laurel'd with renown, Allowing for a vapor’d Muse :
Whose stamps of genius mark their ware, Nor to a narrow path confin’d,
And theft detects: of theft beware ; Hedge in by rules a roving mind.
From More V so lash’d, example fit, The child is genuine, you may trace
Shun petty larceny in wit.
First know, my friend, I do not mean
† A painted vest Prince Vortiger had on,
Which from a naked Pict his grandsire won. *"In this poem," Mr. Melmoth says, “there are more
Howard's British Princes. original thoughts thrown together than he had ever read in the same compass of lines."
§ James More Smith, Esq. See Dunciad, B. ii. I. 50. and FirzOSBORNE's Letters, p. 114. the notes, where the circumstances of the transaction +Gildon's Art of Poetry.
here alluded to are very fully explained.
Nor to prescribe when nerves convulse;
When by its magic-lantern Spleen
I always choose the plainest food
I never sick by drinking grow,
Hunting I reckon very good,
To cure the mind's wrong bias, Spleen,
Since mirth is good in this behalf,
A strict dissenter saying grace,
If spleen-fogs rise at close of day,
the shine of lights, The scenes of humor, music's flights, Adjust and set the soul to rights.
Life's moving pictures, well-wrought plays, To others' grief attention raise : Here, while the tragic fictions glow, We borrow joy by pitying woe ; There gaily comic scenes delight, And hold true mirrors to our sight.. Virtue, in charming dress array'd, Calling the passions to her aid, When moral scenes just actions join, Takes shape, and shows her face divine.
Music has charms, we all may find,
In rainy days keep double guard,