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THE LAMB. A tear bedews my Delia's eye, To think yon playful lamb must die! From crystal spring and flow'ry mead Must in his prime of life recede; Erewhile, in sportive circle, round She saw him wheel, and frisk, and bound; From rock to rock
All that summer hours produce,
How fair is the rose ! what a beautiful flower!
The glory of April and May:
And they wither and die in a day.
Above all the flowers of the field :
Still how sweet the perfume it will yield.
So frail is the youth, and the beauty of man,
Though they bloom and look gay, like the rose; Yet all our fond care to preserve them is vain,
Time kills them as fast as he goes.
Then I'll not be proud of my youth or my beauty,
Since both of them wither and fade,
That will scent like a rose, when I'm dead.
THE TWENTY-THIRD PSALM.
· The Lord my pasture shall prepare,
When in the sultry glebe I faint,
Though in the paths of death I tread,
Though in a bare and rugged way,
LO! the young stork his duteous wing prepares
Shouldst thou refuse thy parents needful aid,
This bird is generally esteemed an emblem of filial love ; insomuch, that it has ever acquired the name of pious, from the just regard it is said to pay to acts of filial piety and duty.
Storks live to a very advanced age; the consequence of which is, that their limbs grow feeble, their feathers fall off, and they are no way capable of providing for their own food or safety.
Being birds of passage, they are under another inconvenience also, which is, that they are not able to remove themselves from one country to another at the usual
In all these circumstances, it is reported, their young ones assist them, covering them with their wings, and nourishing them with the warmth of their bodies; even bringing them provisions in their beaks, and carrying them from place to place on their backs, or supporting them with their wings.
In this manner returning, as much as lies in their power, the care which was bestowed on them when they were young ones in the nest. A striking example of filial piety, inspired by instinct; from which, reason itself need not be ashamed to take example!
Honour thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, was an express commandment, and the only one to which a promise was annexed. Among the Israelites, the slightest offence against a parent was punished in the most exemplary manner.
Certainly, nothing can be more just or reasonable, than that we should love, honour, and suocour those who are the
very authors of our being, and to whose tender care (under Heaven) we owe the continuance of it, during the helpless state of our infancy.