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While thro' their cheerful band the rural talk,
And steal unfelt the sultry hours away. 3. Behind the master walks, builds up the shocks;
And, conscious, glancing oft on every side
His sated* eye, feels his heart heave with joy. 4. The gleaners spread around, and here and there
Spike after spike, their scanty harvest pick. 5. Be not too narrow, husbandmen! but fling
From the full sheaf, with charitable stealth,t
* Satisfied with the prospect of plenty. of Secretly.
| In these lines the disposition of the Poet is particularly pointed out in the most striking colours; that he was naturally humane, benevolent, and charita. '; and his address to the Farmer seems grounded on the words of our blessed Lord, “ As ye have freely received, so freely give.” Matth. chap. x. 5, 8.
It is a proper mark of our thankfulness for mercies received, to give cheerfully out of our plenty, to those who are in want, poverty, and distress.
Riches are uncertain and precarious'; he who is a man of fortune to day, may (by unforeseen calamities and misfortunes) be a beggar before to-morrow night; the Psalmist says, “ If riches increase, set not your heart upon them ;' be most solicitous to be rich in good works, and to have your treasure in Heaven, where “ Moth nor rust cannot corrupt, nor thieves break through and steal.”
1. Joy'-less, a. without joy, deprived of pleasure; sad. Oh-scu're, a. dark, gloomy. (Abstruse or difficult, applied to
writings. Not noted or famous.) Brow, s. (applied to a hill,) the verge or extremity of its surface. 3. Dimp’-ly, a. full of dimples, or little dents, or inequalities of
Pool, s. a lake or a large collection of standing water. . 4. Low, v. to bellow or make a noise, applied to that made by oxen,
bulls, or cows.' Ru'-mi-nate, v. to chew the cud.* (To muse or meditate, to think
Re-cou'nt, v. to relate.
Reck, v. to heed, to mind, to care. 6. Ab-rupt', a. craggy, broken.
Tur-bid, . thick or muddy.
1. First joyless rains obscure
Drive thro' the mingling skies with vapour foul;
Or skimming flutter round the dimply pool. 4. The cattle from th' untasted fields return,
* The food chewed by a cow, &c. the second time.
And ask, with meaning low, their wonted stalls,
Or ruminate in the contiguous shade. 5. Thither the household feath’ry people* crowd,
The crested cock, with all his female train, Pensive, and dripping; while the cottage-hindt Hangs o'er th' enliv'ning blaze, and taleful there Recounts his simple frolic ; much he talks, Andmuch helaughs, norrecks the storm that blows
Without, and rattles on his humble roof.. 6. Wide o'er the brim, with many a torrent swellid,
And the mix'd ruin of its banks o’erspread,