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Her whip of cricket's bone; the lash of film;
Her waggoner a small grey-coated gnat,
Not half fo big as a round little worm,
Prick'd from the lazy finger of a maid.
Her chariot is an empty hazel-nut,
Made by the joiner squirrel, or old grub,
Time out of mind the fairies' coach-makers.
And in this state the gallops, night by night,
Through lovers' brains, and then they dream of love :
On courtiers' knees, that dream on curtsies strait :
O’er lawyers' fingers, who strait dream on fees ;
O'er ladies' lips, who straight on kisses dream ;
Sometimes she gallops o'er a courtier's nose,
And then dreams he of smelling out a suit :
And sometimes comes the with a tithe-pig's tail,
Tickling the parson as he lies asleep ;
Then dreams he of another benefice.
Sometimes the driveth o'er a soldier's neck,
And then he dreams of cutting foreign throats,
Of breaches, ambuscadoes, Spanish blades,
Of healths five fathom deep ; and then anon
Drums in his ears, at which he starts and wakes;
And being thus frighted, swears a prayer or two,
And sleeps again.
CH A P. XXIV.
А Р от н Е с A R Y.
I DO remember an apothecary,
And hereabouts he dwells, whom late I noted In tatter'd weeds, with overwhelming brows,
Culling of simples ; meagre were his looks ;
Sharp Misery had worn him to the bones :
And in his needy shop a tortoise hung,
An alligator stuff?d, and other skins
Of ill-shap'd fishes ; and about his shelves -
A beggarly account of empty boxes ;
Green earthen pots, bladders, and musty seeds,
Remnants of packthread, and old cakes of roses
Were thinly scatter'd to make up a fhow.
Noting this penury, to myself I said,
An' if a man did need a poison now,
Whose fale is present death in Mantua,
Here lives a caitiff wretch would sell it him,
Oh, this same thought did but fore-run my need,
And this fame needy man muft fell it me.
As I remember, this hould be the house.
I faught of oaten stop, or pastoral song,
May hope, chafte Eve, to sooth thy modeft ear,
Like thy own solemn springs,
Thy springs, and dying gales,
O Nymph resery'd, while now the bright hair'd fun
Sits on yon western tent, whose cloudy skirts
With brede ethereal wove,
O’erhang his wavy bed:
Now air is hush’d, save where the weak-eyed bat,
With short fhrill shrieks Aits by on leathern wing,
Or where the beetle winds
His small but fullen horn,
As oft he rises 'midst the twilight path,
Against the pilgrim born in heedless hum,
Now teach me, maid compos’d,
To breathe some softened strain,
Whose numbers stealing through thy dark’ning vale,
May not unseemly with its fillness suit,
As musing flow, I hail
Thy genial loye return !
For when thy folding star arising thews
His paly circlet, as his warning lamp
The fragrant Hours, and Elves
Who slept in flow’rs the day, And many a Nymph who wreathes her brows with sedge, And sheds the fresh’ning dew, and lovelier ftill,
The pensive Pleasures sweet
Prepare thy shadowy car,
Then lead, caļm Vot’ress, where some sheety lake
Cheers the lone heath, or some time-hallowed pile,
Or up-land fallows grey
Reflect its last cool gleam.
But when chill blust'ring winds, or driving rain,
Forbid my willing feet, be mine the hut,
That from the mountain's fide,
Views wilds, and swelling floods,
And hamlets brown, and dim-discover'd spires,
And hears their fimple bell, and marks o'er all
Thy dewy fingers draw
The gradual dulky veil.
While spring shall pour his show'rs, as oft he won
And bathe thy breathing tresses, meekeft Eye !
While Summer loves to sport
Beneath thy ling’ring light:
While sallow Autumn fills thy lap with leaves ;
Or Winter yelling through the troublous air,
Affrights thy lhrinking train,
And rudely rends thy robes ;
So long, sure-found beneath the Sylvan shed,
Shall Fancy, Friendship, Science, rose-lip'd Health,
Thy gentlest influence own,
And hymn thy fav’rite name! :
CH A P. XXVI.
O DE TO SPRING. SWEET daughter of a rough and stormy fire, Hoar Winter's blooming child; delightful Spring! Whose unshorn locks with leaves And swelling buds are crown'd;
From the green islands of eternal youth,
(Crown'd with fresh blooms, and ever-springing shade)
Turn, hither turn thy step,
O thou, whose powerful voice
More sweet than softest touch of Doric reed,
Or Lydian fute, can sooth the madding winds,
And thro' the stormy deep
Breathe thy own tender calm,
Thee, best belov'd! the virgin train await,
With songs and feltal rites, and joy to rove
Thy blooming wilds among,
And vales and dewy lawns,
With unrir'd feet; and cull thy earliest sweets
To weave fresh garlands for the glowing brow
Of him the favour'd youth
That prompts their whisper'd figh.
Unlock thy copious stores; those tender showers
That drop their sweetness on the infant buds,
And filent dews that swell
The milky ear's green stem, .
And feed the flowering ofier's early shoots';
And call those winds which thro’ the-whisp'ring boughs
With warm and pleasant breath
Salute the blowing flowers,
Now let me fit beneath the whitening thorn
And mark thy spreading tints steal o'er the dale;
And watch with patient eye
Thy fair unfolding.charms.
O Nymph approach! while yet the temperate fun
With bathful forehead, thro' the cool moist air
Throws his young maiden beams,
And with chaste kisses wooes
The earth's fair bosom; while the streaming veil
Of lucid clouds with kind and frequent hade
Protects thy modest blooms
From his feverer blaze.