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VISH, fish, are ye in your duty ?” 6
Favourites, we see you in your beauty, Flashing there, and flashing here, In this basin cool and clear; Where an artificial fountain, From a graceful centre mounting, Leaps high above the topmost grade Of a pyramidal cascade. Then seen with hues and forms uncertain, Through the foam-fringed watery curtain That from the ledge of carved stone Falls a sheet with listless tone, Ye lose the shape of living creatures, And fly asunder, very meteors; With rainbow atoms tossed and scattered, And diamond spray-dust zephyr-shattered.
Now by mechanic sleight of hand
Calmed is the bubbling undulation
What though ye have no lofty feelings,
have a plenteous measure
Will answer undisguisedly.
ADDRESSED TO A CHILD.
HE peacock is a glorious bird ;
And you may safely take my word That homage to him has been done From ancient times down to our own. 'Twas feigned that through the ethereal blue The car of Juno peacocks drew. And the bold knight-errant paid his Vows to the peacock and the ladies. And lords and dames of courtly breeding, In days of yore would oft be leading A stately dance they moved so grave in, That from the peacock took its name of Pavin, Nor has the sun e'er look'd upon A finer than our peacock Don. All night, whilst angry winds did roar, He roosted in the sycamore; And there to leeward or to windward Turn’d his feathers, nothing hindered ;
Nay, once I saw the hoar night-frost