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"Reft, little young one, reft; thou haft forgot the day
"He took thee in his arms, and in pity brought thee home A bleffed day for thee! then whither would'st thou roam? A faithful nurfe thou haft; the dam that did thee yean Upon the mountain-tops no kinder could have been.
"Thou know'ft that twice a day I have brought thee in this
Fresh water from the brook, as clear as ever ran;
"Thy limbs will shortly be twice as ftout as they are now, Then I'll yoke thee to my cart like a pony in the plough; My playmate thou fhalt be; and, when the wind is cold, Our hearth shall be thy bed, our house shall be thy fold.
"It will not, will not reft!-Poor creature, can it be
"Alas, the mountain-tops that look fo green and fair!
"Here thou need'ft not dread the raven in the sky;
-As homeward through the lane I went with lazy feet,
And it seemed, as I retraced the ballad line by line,
Again, and once again did I repeat the song; "Nay," faid I, "more than half to the damfel must belong, For fhe looked with fuch a look, and fhe fpake with fuch a
That I almoft received her heart into my own."
Oft I had heard of Lucy Gray ;
No mate, no comrade Lucy knew,
You yet may spy the fawn at play,
"To-night will be a stormy night—
The minster clock has just struck two, And yonder is the moon."
At this the father raised his hook,
Not blither is the mountain roe:
The ftorm came on before its time:
The wretched parents all that night
At day-break on a hill they stood
And thence they faw the bridge of wood,
And, turning homeward, now they cried,
Then downward from the fteep hill's edge
And then an open field they crossed :
They followed from the snowy bank
Into the middle of the plank;
And further there were none !
Yet some maintain that to this day
That you may see sweet Lucy Gray
O'er rough and fmooth fhe trips along,
And fings a folitary song
That whiftles in the wind.
THREE YEARS SHE GREW IN SUN AND SHOWER.
Three years she grew in fun and shower,
Then Nature faid "a lovelier flower
On earth was never fown;
This child I to inyfelf will take:
She shall be mine, and I will make