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Blush, when I tell you how a bird,
A prison, with a friend, preferr'd

To liberty without

PAIRING TIME ANTICIPATED.

LA FABLE.

I SHALL not afk Jean Jacques Rousseau*,
If birds confabulate or no;
'Tis clear that they were always able
To hold discourse, at least, in fable ;
And ev’n the child, who knows no better,
Than to interpret by the letter,
A story of a cock and bull,
Must have a most uncommon skull.

HALL

* It was one of the whimsical speculations of this philosopher, that all fab!cs which ascribe reason and speech to animals thould be withheld from children, as being only vehicles of deception. But what child was ever deceived by them, or can be, against the evidence of his senses?

It chanc'd then, on a winter's day, :...
But warm and bright, and calm as May,
The birds, conceiving a design in
To forestal fweet St. Valentine,
In many an orchard, cople, 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
More years and wisdom than the most,
Entreated, op’ning wide his beak,
A moment's liberty to speak;
And, filence publicly 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 fatin pole,

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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 marry without more ado,
My dear. Dick Redcap, what fay you?

Dick heard, and tweedling, ogling, bridling,
Turning short round, ftrutting and sideling,
Attested, glad, his approbation i i
Of an immediate conjugation.
Their sentiments so well exprefs’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,

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And destiny, that sometimes bears
An aspect ftern on man's affairs, :: į i
Not altogether smild on theirs.
The wind, of late breath'd 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 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.

INSTRUCTION,
Miffes ! the tale that I relate

This leffon seems to carryChoose not alone a proper mate,

But proper time to marry,

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THE NEEDLESS ALAR M.

A TALE,

There is a field through which I often pass, Thick overspread with moss and filky grass, Adjoining close to Kilwick’s echoing wood, Where oft the bitch-fox hides her hapless brood, Reserv'd to solace many a neighb’ring 'squire, That he may follow them through brake and briar, Contusion hazarding of neck or spine, Which rural gentlemen call sport divine. A narrow brook, by rushy banks conceald, Runs in a bottom, and divides the field; Oaks intersperse it, that had once a head, But now wear crests of oven-wood instead; And where the land Nopes to its wat’ry bourn, Wide yawns a gulph beside a ragged thorn;

HERE

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