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76
When icicles hang by the wall,

And Dick the shepherd blows his nail,
And Tom bears logs into the hall,

And milk comes frozen home in pail,
When blood is nipp’d, and ways be foul,
Then nightly sings the staring owl,
Tu-whit, to-who, a merry note,
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.
When all aloud the wind doth blow,

And coughing drowns the parson's saw,
And birds sit brooding in the snow,

And Marian's nose looks red and raw ;
When roasted crabs hiss in the bowl,
Then nightly sings the staring owl,
Tu-whit, to-who, a merry note,
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot. 8-V.2.

Over hill, over dale,

Thorough bush, thorough briar,
Over park, over pale,

Thorough flood, thorough fire,
I do wander every where,
Swifter than the moones sphere;
And I serve the fairy queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green:
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours,

In those freckles live their savours:
I must go seek some dew-drops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.

7-ii. 1.

78
Orpheus with his lute made trees,
And the mountain-tops, that freeze,

Bow themselves, when he did sing:

y Circles.

To his music, plants, and flowers,
Ever sprung; as sun, and showers,

There had been a lasting spring.
Every thing that heard him play,
Even the billows of the sea,

Hung their heads, and then lay by.
In sweet music is such art;
Killing care, and grief of heart,
Fall asleep, or, hearing, die. 25-iii. 1.

79
The sun 's a thief, and with his great attraction
Robs the vast sea: the moon 's an arrant thief,
And her pale fire she snatches from the sun:
The sea's a thief, whose liquid surge resolves
The moon into salt tears: the earth's a thief,
That feeds and breeds by a composture stolen
From general excrement: each thing's a thief;
The laws, your curb and whip, in their rough power
Have uncheck'd theft.

27-iv. 3.

80
The snail, whose tender horns being hit,
Shrinks backward in his shelly cave with pain,
And there, all smother'd up in shade doth sit,
Long after fearing to creep forth again.

Poems.

81 The pleasant'st angling is to see the fish Cut with her golden oars the silver stream, And greedily devour the treacherous bait. 6-ii. l.

82

The Pontic sea, Whose icy current and compulsive course Ne'er feels retiring ebb, but keeps due on To the Propontic, and the Hellespont. 37-iii. 3.

83 Time's ruin, beauty's wreck, and grim care's reign; Her cheeks with chaps and wrinkles were disguised; Of what she was, no semblance did remain: Her blue blood changed to black in every vein,

Compost, manure.

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Wanting the spring that those shrunk pipes had fed, .
Shew'd life imprison’d in a body dead.

84
These grey locks, the pursuivants of death,
Nestor-like aged, in an age of care;-
These

eyes,

-like lamps, whose wasting oil is spent, Wax dim, as drawing to their exigent: Weak shoulders overborne with burd’ning grief; And pithless arms, like to a wither'd vine That droops his sapless branches to the ground:Yet are these feet, whose strengthless stay is numb, Unable to support this lump of clay,– Swift-winged with desire to get a grave. 21-ü. 5.

85

With fairest flowers, Whilst summer lasts, and I live here, Fidele, I'll sweeten thy sad grave: Thou shalt not lack The flower, that's like thy face, pale primrose; nor The azured hare-bell, like thy veins; no, nor The leaf of eglantine, whom not to slander, Out-sweeten'd not thy breath: the ruddock would, With charitable bill (O bill, sore-shaming Those rich-left heirs, that let their fathers lie Without a monument!) bring thee all this; Yea, and furr'd moss besides, when flowers are none, To winter-ground thy corse.

31-iv.2.

86
Fear no more the heat o' the sun,
Nor the furious winter's rages;
Thou thy worldly task hast done,

Home art gone, and ta’en thy wages:
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.

Fear no more the frown o' the great,
Thou art past the tyrant's stroke;
Care no more to clothe, and eat;
To thee the reed is as the oak:

a The red-breast. Probably a corrupt reading for wither round thy corse.

"The sceptre, learning, physic, must
All follow this, and come to dust.

Fear no more the light'ning flash,
Nor the all-dreaded thunder-stone;
Fear not slander, censure rash:

Thou hast finish'd joy and moan:
All lovers young, all lovers must
Consignd to thee, and come to dust. 31-iv. 2.

87 I will rob Telluse of her weeds, *To strew thy green with flowers; the yellows, blues, The purple violets, and marigolds, Shall, as a chaplet, hang upon thy grave, While summer days do last.

33-iv, la

88 How use doth breed a habit in a man! This shadowy desert, unfrequented woods, I better brook than flourishing peopled towns; Here can I sit alone, unseen of any, And, to the nightingale's complaining notes, Tune my distresses, and record my woes. O thou that dost inhabit in my breast, Leave not the mansion so long tenantless; Lest, growing ruinous, the building fall, And leave no memory of what it was! 2—7.4.

89

How fearful And dizzy ’tis, to cast one's eyes so low! The crows, and choughs, that wing the midway air, Shew scarce so gross as beetles: half way down, Hangs one that gathers samphire;s dreadful trade! Methinks, he seems no bigger than his head: The fishermen, that walk upon the beach, Appear like mice: and yon' tall anchoring bark, Diminish'd to her cock;h her cock, a buoy Almost too small for sight: The murmuring surge, That on the unnumber'd idle pebbles chafes,

• Judgment.

d Seal the same contract. e Earth.

f Daws. & A vegetable gathered for pickling. b Her cock-boat

Cannot be heard so high: I'll look no more;
Lest my brain turn, and the deficient sight
Topplet down headlong.

34_iv. 6.
90
The dreadful summit of the cliff,
That beetlesi o'er his base into the sea,
The very place puts toysk of desperation,
Without more motive, into every brain,
That looks so many fathoms to the sea,
And hears it roar beneath.

36-i.4,

91
From the dread summit of this chalky bourn:
Look up a-height; the shrill-gorgedi lark so far
Cannot be seen or heard.

34-iv. 6.

92 These things seem small and undistinguishable, Like far-off mountains turned into clouds. 7-iv. 1.

93 Hath not old custom made this life more sweet Than that of painted pomp? Are not these woods More free from peril than the envious court? Here feel we but the penalty of Adam, The season's difference; as, the icy fang, "And churlish chiding of the winter's wind; Which, when it bites and blows upon my body, Even till I shrink with cold, I smile, and say,This is no flattery: these are counsellors, That feelingly persuade me what I am. And this our life, exempt from public haunt, Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in every thing.

10_ii. 1. 94

Pacing through the forest, Chewing the food of sweet and bitter fancy, Lo, what befel! he threw his eye aside,

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i Tumble.

j Hangs. 1 i.e. This chalky boundary of England.

k Whims. m Shrill-throated.

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