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THE POET’S NEW-YEAR’S GIFT.

To MRS. (now LADY) THROCKMORTON.

MARIA! I have ev'ry good
For thee wish'd many a time,
Both sad, and in a cheerful mood,
But never yet in rhime.
To wish thee fairer is no need,
More prudent, or more sprightly, -
Or more ingenious, or more freed
From temper-flaws unsightly.
What favour then not yet possess'd,
Can I for thee require,
In wedded love already blest,
To thy whole heart's desire 2
None here is happy but in part:
Full bliss is bliss divine;
There dwells some wish in ev'ry heart,
And doubtless one in thine.
That wish, on some fair future day,
Which Fate shall brightly gild,
('Tis blameless, be it what it may,)
I wish it all fulfill’d.

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ODE TO APOLLO.

ON AN INKGLASS ALMOST DRIED IN THE SUN.

PATRON of all those luckless brains,
That, to the wrong side leaning,
Indite much metre with much pains,
And little or no meaning:
Ah why, since oceans, rivers, streams,
That water all the nations,
Pay tribute to thy glorious beams,
In constant exhalations,
Why, stooping from the noon of day,
Too covetous of drink,
Apollo, hast thou stol’n away
A poet’s drop of ink?
Upborne into the viewless air
It floats a vapour now,
Impell'd through regions dense and rare,
By all the winds that blow.
Ordain’d perhaps ere summer flies,
Combin’d with millions more,
To form an Iris in the skies,
Though black and foul before.
Illustrious drop ! and happy then
Beyond the happiest lot,
Of all that ever pass'd my pen,
So soon to be forgot!
Phoebus, if such be thy design,
To place it in thy bow,
Give wit, that what is left may shine
With equal grace below.

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PAIRING TIME ANTICIPATED.

A FABLE.
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I SHALL, not ask Jean Jacques Rosseau",
If birds confat,

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y were always able To hold discourse, at least in fable;

Ande'en the child, who knows no better
Than to interpret by the letter,
A story of a cock and bull,

Must have a most

It chanc'd then

But warm, and bri
The birds, conceiving a design
To forestal sweet St. Valentine,

In many an orchard, “opse, and grove,
Assembled on affairs of love,

And with much twitter and much chatter,
Began to agitate the matter.
At length a Bulfinch, who could boast
*ore years and wisdom than the most,
Entreated, op'ning wide his beak,
A moment's liberty to speak;

"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

*common skull.

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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PAIRING TIME ANTICAPATED. 227

Bare trees and shrubs but ill, you know,
Could shelter them from rain or snow,
Stepping into their nests, they paddled,
Themselves were chill'd, their eggs were addled;
Soon ev'ry father bird and mother
Grew quarrelsome, and peck’d each other,
Parted without the least regret,
Except that they had ever met,
And learn’d in future to be wiser,
Than to neglect a good adviser.

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