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*Flew creeking o'er thy head, and had a charm For thee, my gentle-hearted Charles, to whom No Sound is dissonant which tells of Life.
* Flew creeking.) Some months after I had written this line, it gave me pleasure to observe that Bartram had observed the same circumstance of the Savanna Crane. " When these Birds move their wings in flight, their strokes are slow, moderate and regular; and even when at a considerable distance or high above us, we plainly hear the quill-feathers; their shafts and webs upon one another creek as the joints or working of a vessel in a tempestuons
TO A FRIEND
Who had declared his intention of writing no more Poetry.
DEAR Charles ! whilst yet thou wert a babe, I ween
And I have arrows *mystically dipt,
Without the meed of one melodious tear?”
Oh ! for shame return!
On a bleak Rock, midway the Aonian mount,
* Vide Pind. Olym. ii. 1. 156,
Verbatim from Burns's dedication of his Poem to the Nobility
and Gentry of the Caledonian Hunt.
Pick the rank hensbane and the dusky flowers
TO A GENTLEMAN.
Composed on the night after his recitation of a Poem on the
Growth of an Individual Mind.
FRIEND of the Wise! and Teacher of the Good !
Theme hard as high ! Of smiles spontaneous, and mysterious fears (The first-born they of Reason and twin-birth)