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EPITAPH ON A HARE.
Here lies, whom hound did ne'er pursue,
Nor swifter greyhound follow, Whose foot ne'er tainted morning dew,
Nor e'er heard huntsman's hallo',
Old Tiney, furliest of his kind,
Who, nursed with tender care, And to domestic bounds confined,
Was still a wild Jack-hare.
Though duly from my hand he took
His pittance every night, He did it with a jealous look,
And, when he could, would bite.
His diet was of wheaten bread
And milk, and oats, and straw;' Thistles, or lettuces instead,
With fand to scour his maw.
On twigs of hawthorn he regaled,
On pippins' rufset peel,
Sliced carrot pleased him well.
A Turkey, carpet was his lawn,
Whereon he loved to bound, To skip and gambol like a fawo,
And swing his rump around,
His frisking was at evening hours,
For then he lost his fear, ;
Or when a storm drew near.
Eight years and five round-rolling moous
He thus saw steal away, Dozing out all his idle noons,
And every night at play.
I kept him for his humour' fake,
For he would oft beguile My heart of thoughts that made it ache,
And force me to a smile. VOL. II,
But now beneath his walnut shade
He finds his long last home, . And waits, in snug concealment laid,
Till gentler Puts shall come.
He, still more aged, feels the shocks,
From which no care can save, And, partner once of Tiney's box,
Muft foon partake his grave.
Hic etiam jacet,
Et tecum fic reputa-
Et moriar ego.
The following Account of the Treatment of his Hares was inserted by Mr. Cowper in the Gentleman's Magazine, whence it is transcribed.
In the year 1774, being much indisposed both in mind and body, incapable of diverting myself either with company or books, and yet in a condition that made some diversion necesfary, I was glad of any thing, that would engage my attention without fatiguing it. The children of a neighbour of mine had a leveret given them for a plaything; it was at that time about three months old. Understanding hetter how to tease the poor creature than to feed it, and, soon becoming weary of their charge, they readily consented that their father, who saw it pining and growing leaner every day, should offer it to my acceptance. I was willing enough to take the prisoner under my protection, perceiving that, in the management of such an animal, and in the attempt to tame it, I should find just that sort of employment which my case required. It was foon known among the neighbours that I was pleased with the present; and the consequence was, that in a short time I had as many leverets offered to me, as would have stocked a paddock. I undertook the care of three, which it is neceffary that I should here diftinguish by the names I gave them--Puss, Tiney, and Bess. Notwithftanding the