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Amet. And so do I; good! on
Men. A nightingale, Nature's best skill'd musician, undertakes The challenge, and for every several strain The well-shaped youth could touch, she sung her own ; He could not run division with more art Upon his quaking instrument, than she, The nightingale, did with her various notes Reply to: for a voice, and for a sound, Amethus, 'tis much easier to believe That such they were, than hope to hear again.
Amet. How did the rivals part ?
Men. You term them rightly;
Amet. Now for the bird !
Men. The bird, ordain'd to be Music's first martyr, strove to imitate These several sounds: which, when her warbling throat Fail'd in, for grief, down dropp'd she on his lute, And brake her heart ! It was the quaintest sa ss, To see the conqueror upon her hearse To weep a funeral elegy of tears ; That, trust me, my Amethus, I could chide Mine own unmanly weakness, that made me A fellow mourner with him.
Amet. I believe thee.
Men. He look'd upon the trophies of his art,
Alas, poor creature! I will soon revenge
As he was pashing it against a tree,
Amet. Thou hast discoursed
Men. I reprieved The intended execution with intreaties, And interruption. But, my princely friend, It was not strange the music of his hand Did overmatch birds, when his voice and beauty Youth, carriage, and discretion must, from men Endued with reason, ravish admiration: From me they did.
Amet. But is this miracle Not to be seen ?
Men. I won him by degrees To choose me his companion. Whence he is, Or who, as I durst modestly inquire, So gently he would woo not to make known; Only (for reasons to himself reserved) He told me, that some remnant of his life Was to be spent in travel : for his fortunes, They were nor mean nor riotous; his friends Not publish'd to the world, though not obscure : His country Athens, and his name Parthenophill.
TAKE them, O Death, and bear away
Whatever thou canst call thine own! Thine image, stamp'd upon this clay,
Doth give thee that, but that alone!
Take them, O Grave! and let them lie
Folded upon thy narrow shelves,
And precious only to ourselves.
Take them, O great Eternity!
Our little life is but a gust,
And trails its blossoms in the dust.
DWELLERS by lake and hill,
Go gladly forth and drink of joy your fill,
No crowd impedes your way,
Where the wild flocks can wander ye may stray,
The sunshine and the flowers,
The pleasant evening, the fresh dewy hours,
and ancient peaks, Round wbich the silent clouds hang day and night,
And the low voice of water, as it makes, Like a glad creature, murmurings of delight:
These are your joys. Go forth,
For in His spirit God hath clothed the earth,
The voice of bidden rills
And awfully the everlasting hills
you in their
Ye sit upon the earth
And a pure, mighty influence, 'mid your mirth, Moulds your unconscious spirits silently.
Hence is it that the lands Of storm and mountain have the noblest sons;
Whom the world reverences, the patriot bands, Were of the hills like you, ye little ones !
Children of pleasant song
For hoary legends to your wilds belong,
forth : earth and sky To you are tributary; joys are spread
Profusely like the summer flowers that lie In the green path, beneath your gamesome tread.
GUDE NICHT, AND JOY BE WI' YE A'!
By Lady NaiRN.
The best o friends maun part, I trow;
And I maun bid farewell to you.
For words, gin they hae sense ava,
Gude nicht, and joy be wi' you a'!
Oh, we bae wander'd far and wide,
O'er Scotia's lands o' frith and fell !
And twined it wi' the heather-bell.
The cot-house, and the baron's ba';
Gude nicht, and joy be wi’ you a'!
My harp, farewell! thy strains are past,
Of gleefu' mirth and heartfelt care;
And minstrelsy itsel decay.
Nor parting tears are shed ava,
And joy for aye be wi' us a'!
WHERE HE WOULD HAVE HIS VERSES READ.
In sober mornings do not thou rehearse
The secret that does make a flower a flower