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The common Lord of all that move
From whom thy being flow'd-
On that poor worm bestow'd.
For all his creatures free;
For worms as well as thee.
Their humble bliss receive : Oh! do not lightly take away The life thou canst not give.
22.-THE YOUTHFUL KING.
SUGGESTED BY A PICTURE OF EDWARD VI. IN
HIS ROYAL RORES.
Monarch, pictured here in state,
Better honours far were thine, Than the grandeur of the great,
Than the jewels of the mine. Born to govern and command,
Thou wast easy of control; With a sceptre in thy hand,
There was meekness in thy soul. Of thy haughty father's frown,
Little on thy brow we trace, And that little soften'd down
By simplicity and grace.
Child in age and child in heart,
Gold, and gems, and bright array,
Thou hadst treasures more than they—
More than flattery's ready smile;
More, even more, than England's isle:
Joys that teach the soul to rise ;
When the body droops and dies.
By the darkness of the tomb !
In heaven, we trust, thou still dost bloom.
23.—THE KITTENS AND THE VIPER. Close by the threshold of a door, nail'd fast, Three kittens sat; each kitten looked aghast; I, passing swift and inattentive by, At the three kittens cast a careless eye; Little concerned to know what they did there; Not deeming kittens worth a poet's care. But presently a loud and furious hiss Caus'd me to stop, and to exclaim, “What's this?” When lo! with head erect and fiery eye, A dusky viper on the ground I spy. Forth from his head his forked tongue he throws, Darting it full against a kitten's nose;
Who never having seen, in field or house,
Cowper.  Erst-before, formerly.
24.—THE LADY-BIRD IN THE HOUSE. Oh! lady-bird, lady-bird, why do you roam So far from your children, so far from your home? Why do you, who can revel all day in the air, And the sweets of the grove and the garden can
share, In the fold of a leaf, who can find a green bower, And a palace enjoy in the tube of a flower; Ah! why, simple lady-bird, why do you venture The dwellings of men so familiar  to enter? Too soon you may find that your trust is misplac'd, When by some cruel child you are wantonly chased; And your bright scarlet coat, so bespotted with
black, Is torn by his barbarous hands from your back. Ah! then you'll regret you were tempted to rove From the tall climbing hop, or the hazel's thick
grove, And will fondly remember each arbour and tree, Where lately you wandered contented and free; Then fly, simple lady-bird !-fly away home, No more from your nest and your children to roam.
25.-THE LADY-BIRD IN THE FIELDS.
Lady-bird ! lady-bird ! fly away home,
The field-mouse is gone to her nest,
And the bees and the birds are at rest.
 Familiar-for familiarly.
Lady-bird ! lady-bird! fly away home,
The glow-worm is lighting his lamp, The dew's falling fast, and your fine speckled wings
Will be wet with the close-clinging damp. Lady-bird! lady-bird! fly away home,
The fairy-bells tinkle afar; Make haste, or they 'll catch you, and harness you
fast, With a cobweb, to Oberon's (1) car.
26.—TO A BEE.
When abroad I took my early way,
On the meadow with dew so grey,
When the crowd in their sleep were dead;
Man will not learn to leave his lifeless bed, And be wise and copy thee, thou busy, busy bee! Thou wast working late, thou busy, busy bee !
After the fall of the cistus flower,  I heard thee last as I saw thee first, When the evening primrose was ready to burst;  Oberon-the king of the fairies. For other references to the fabulous creatures called fairies, see the pieces numbered 36 and 91.
 The gum cistus flower lives but one day.