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THE POET’S NEW-YEAR’S GIFT.
To MRS. (now LADY) THROCKMORTON.
MARIA! I have ev'ry good
ODE TO APOLLO.
ON AN INKGLASS ALMOST DRIED IN THE SUN.
PATRON of all those luckless brains,
PAIRING TIME ANTICIPATED.
y were always able To hold discourse, at least in fable;
Ande'en the child, who knows no better
Must have a most
It chanc'd then
But warm, and bri
In many an orchard, “opse, and grove,
And with much twitter and much chatter,
"It was one of the whimsical speculations o Pher, that all fables which *scribe reason and mals should be withheld from children, as being only vehicles deception. But what child was
ever deceived by them, or *be, against the evidence of his senses?
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And, silence publickly enjoin'd, Deliver'd briefly thus his mind: My friends! be cautious how ye treat 'The subject upon which we meet: I fear we shall have winter yet. A Finch, whose tongue knew no control, With golden wing, and satin poll, A last year's bird, who ne'er had tried What marriage means, thus pert replied: Methinks the gentleman, quoth she, Opposite in the apple-tree, By his good will would keep us single Till yonder heav'n and earth shall mingle, Or (which is likelier to befall) Till death exterminate us all. I'll marry without more ado, My dear Dick Redcap, what say you ? Dick heard, and tweedling, ogling, bridling, Turning short round, strutting and sideling, Attested, glad, his approbation Of an immediate conjugation. Their sentiments so well express'd Influenc'd mightily the rest, All pair’d, and each pair built a nest. But though the birds were thus in haste, The leaves came on not quite so fast, And Destiny, that sometimes bears An aspect stern on man's affairs, Not altogether smil’d on theirs. The wind, of late breath’d gently forth, Now shifted east, and east by north;
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Bare trees and shrubs but ill, you know,