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There every deale my heart by love was gain'd,
There the sweet kiss my courtship has explain'd:
Ah! Blouzelind! that mow I ne'er shall see,
But thy memorial will revive in me.

Lament, ye fields! and rueful symptoms show,
Henceforth let not the smelling primrose grow;
Let weeds instead of butter-flowers appear,
And meads instead of daisies hemlock bear;
For cowslips sweet let dandelions spread,
For Blouzelinda, blithsome maid ! is dead.
Lament, ye Swains! and o'er her grave bemoan,
And spell ye right this verse upon her stone;
• Here Blouzelinda lies-Alas, alas !
Weep, shepherds !_and remember flesh is grass.'

Grub. Albeit thy songs are sweeter to mine ear Than to the thirsty cattle rivers clear, Or winter porridge to the labouring youth, Or buns and sugar to the damsel's tooth ; Yet Blouzelinda's name shall tune my lay ; Of her I'll sing for ever and for aye.

When Blouzelind expir'd, the wether's bell
Before the drooping flock toll'd forth her knell;
The solemn death-watch click'd the hour she died,
And shrilling crickets in the chimney cried ;
The boding raven on her cottage sate,
And with hoarse croaking waro'd us of her fate;
The lambkin, which her wonted tendance bred,
Dropp'd on the plains that fatal instant dead;
Swarm'd on a rotten stick the bees I spied,
Which erst I saw when Goody Dobson died.

How shall I, void of tears, her death relate ?
While on her darling's bed her mother sate,
These words the dying Blouzelinda spoke,
And of the dead let none the will revoke:-

• Mother (quoth she) let not the poultry need;
And give the goose wherewith to raise her breed;
Be these my sister's care--and every morn
Amid the ducklings let her scatter corn;
The sickly calf that's hous'd, be sure to tend,
Feed him with milk, and from bleak colds defend.


Yet ere I die-see, Mother, yonder shelf,
There secretly I've hid my worldly pelf.
Tweuty good shillings in a rag I laid,
Be ten the parson's, for my sermon paid :
The rest is your's--my spinning wheel and rake,
Let Susan keep for her dear sister's sake :
My new straw hat that's trimly lin'd with green
Let Peggy wear, for she's a damsel clean :
My leathern bottle, long in barvests tried,
Be Grubbinol's—this silver ring beside :
Three silver pennies and a nine-pence bent,
A token kind to Bumkinet is sent.'
Thus spoke the maiden, while her mother cried,
And peaceful, like the harmless lamb, she died.

To show their love, the neighbours far and near
Follow'd, with wistful look, the damsel's bier.
Sprigg'd rosernary the lads and lasses bore,
While dismally the parson walk'd before :
Upon her grave the rosemary they threw,
The daisy, butter-flower, and endive blue.

After the good man warn'd us from his text,
That none could tell whose turn would be the next,
He said that Heaven would take her soul, no doubt,
And spoke the hour-glass in her praise-quite out.

To her sweet memory flowery garlands strung,
O'er her now empty seat aloft were hung ;
With wicker rods we fenc'd her tonıb around,
To ward from man and beast the hallow'd ground,
Lost her new grave the parson's cattle raze;
For both his horse and cow the church-yard graze.

Now we trudg'd homeward to her mother's farm,
To drink new cyder mullid, with ginger warm ;
For Gaffer Treadwell told us, by the bye,
Excessive sorrow is exceeding dry.

While bulls bear horns upon their curled brow,
Or lasses with soft strokings milk the cow;
While paddling ducks the standing lake desire,
Or battening hogs roll in the sinking mire;
While moles the crumbled earth in hillocks raise,
So long shall swains tell Blouzelinda's praise.

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Thus wail'd the louts in melancholy strain,
Till bonny Susan sped across the plain :
They seiz'd the lass, in apron clean array'd,
And to the alehouse forc'd the willing maid.
In ale and kisses they forget their cares,
And Susan, Blouzelinda's loss repairs.'



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SUBLIMER strains, 0 rustic Muse! prepare ;

Forget a-while the barn and dairy's care ;
Thy homely voice to loftier numbers raise,
The drunkard's Flights require sonorous lays;
With Bowzybeus' songs exalt thy verse,
While rocks and woods the various notes rehearse.

'Twas in the season when the reapers' toil Of the ripe harvest 'gan to rid the soil; Wide through the field was seen a goodly rout, Clean damsels bound the gather'd sheaves about; The lads with sharpen'd hook and sweating brow Cut down the labours of the winter-plough. To the near hedge young Susan steps aside, She feign'd her coat or garter was untied; Whate'er she did, she stoop'd adown unseen, And merry reapers what they list will ween. Soon she rose up, and cried with voice so shrill, That Echo answer'd from the distant hill; The youths and damsels ran to Susan's aid, Who thought some adder had the lass dismay'd.

When fast asleep they Bowzybeus spied, His hat and oaken staff lay close beside ; That Bowzybeus who could sweetly sing, Or with the rosin'd bow tormeat the string ;

That Bowzy beus who with finger's speed
Could call soft warblings from the breathing reed;
That Bowzybeus who with jocund tongue,
Ballads, and roundelays, and catches sung.
They loudly laugh to see the damsel's fright,
And in disport surround the drunken wight.

Ah! Bowzybee, why didst thou stay so long? The mugs were large, the drink was wondrous strong! Thou shouldst have left the fair before 'twas night, But thou sats toping till the morning light.

Cic'ly, brisk maid, steps forth before the rout,
And kiss'd with smacking lip the snoring lout;
For custom says, whoe'er this venture proves,
For such a kiss demands a pair of gloves.
By her example Dorcas bolder grows,
And plays a tickling straw within his nose.
He rubs his nostril, and in wonted joke
The sneering swains with stammering speech bespoke;
* To you, my lads, I'll sing my carols o'er;
As for the maids--I've something else in store.'

No sooner 'gan he raise his tuneful song,
But lads and lasses round about him throng,
Not ballad-singer plac'd above the crowd
Sings with a note so shrilling sweet and loud;
Nor parish-clerk who calls the psalm so clear,
Like Bowzybeus soothes the attentive ear.

Of Nature's laws his carols first begun,
Why the grave owl can never face the sun ;
For owls, as swains observe, detest the light,
And only sing and seek their prey by night:
How turnips hide their swelling heads below,
And how the closing coleworts upward grow;
How Will-a-wisp misleads night-faring clowns
O’er hills, and sinking bogs, and pathless downs :
Of stars he told, that shoot with shiping trail,
And of the glow-worm's light that gilds his tail:
He sung where woodcocks in the summer feed,
And in what climates they renew their breed;
Some think to northern coasts their flight they tend,
Or to the moon in midnight hours ascend:

Where swallows in the winter's season keep,
And how the drowsy bat and dormouse sleep:
How Nature does the puppy's eyelid close,
Till the bright sun has nine times set and rose :
For huntsmen by their long experience find,
That puppies still nine rolling suns are blind.

Now he goes on, and sings of fairs and shows,
For still new fairs before his eyes arose:
How pedlars' stalls with glittering toys are laid,
The various fairings of the country.maid :
Long silken laces hang upon the twine,
And rows of pins and amber bracelets shine:
How the tight lass knives, combs, and scissors spies,
And looks on thimbles with desiring eyes.
Of lotteries next with tuneful note he told,
Where silver spoons are won, and rings of gold:
The lads and lasses trudge the street along,
And all the fair is crowded in his song:
The mountebank now treads the stage, and sells
His pills, his balsams, and his ague-spells;
Now o'er and o'er the nimble tumbler springs,
And on the rope the venturous maiden swings;
Jack Pudding in his party-colour'd jacket
Tosses the glove, and jokes at every packet :
Of rareeshows he sung, and Punch's feats,
Of pockets pick'd in crowds, and various cheats.

Then sad he sung The Children in the Wood; Ah! barbarous uncle, stain'd with infant blood ! How blackberries they pluck'd in deserts wild, And fearless at the glittering fauchion smild: Their little corpse the robin-red-breasts found, And strow'd with pious bill the leaves around. Ah! gentle birds ! if this verse lasts so long, Your names shall live for ever in my song,

For buxom Joan he sung the doubtful strife,
How the sly sailor made the maid a wife.

To louder strains he rais'd his voice, to tell
What woful wars in Chevy-chace befell,
Vol. I.


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