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A Finch, whose tongue knew no control,
By his good will would keep us single
Till yonder heaven and earth shall mingle;
Till death exterminate us all.
I 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 Influenced 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 smiled on theirs. The wind, of late breathed gently forth, Now shifted east, and east by north; 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 every father bird and mother Grew quarrelsome, and peck'd each other,
Parted without the least regret,
Misses! the tale that I relate
This lesson seems to carry—
THE DOG AND THE WATER-LILY.
THE noon was shady, and soft airs
My spaniel, prettiest of his race,
(Two nymphs' adorn'd with every grace That spaniel found for me,)
Now wanton'd lost in flags and reeds,
Pursued the swallow o'er the meads
It was the time when Ouse display'd
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With cane extended far I sought
Beau mark'd my unsuccessful pains
But with a cherup clear and strong,
I thence withdrew, and follow'd long
My ramble ended, I return'd;
I saw him with that lily cropp'd
My quick approach, and soon he dropp'd
Charm'd with the sight, The world, I cried,
But chief myself I will enjoin,
To show a love as prompt as thine
THE IMMORTAL MEMORY OF THE HALIBUT,
ON WHICH I DINED THIS DAY, MONDAY, APRIL 26, 1784.
WHERE hast thou floated, in what seas pursued
-Wherever thou hast fed, thou little thought'st,
Peace, therefore, and good health, and much good fish, To him who sent thee! and success, as oft
As it descends into the billowy gulf,
To the same drag that caught thee!-Fare thee well!
ADDRESSED TO LADY HESKETH.
THIS cap, that so stately appears, With ribbon-bound tassel on high, Which seems by the crest that it rears Ambitious of brushing the sky; This cap to my Cousin I owe,
She gave it, and gave me beside,
Wreath'd into an elegant bow,
The ribbon with which it is tied.
This wheel-footed studying chair,
Contrived both for toil and repose, Wide-elbow'd, and wadded with hair, In which I both scribble and doze, Bright-studded to dazzle the eyes, And rival in lustre of that In which, or astronomy lies, Fair Cassiopeia sat:
These carpets, so soft to the foot,
Secure from collision and dust,