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5. “ So faint I am—these tottering feet
No more my palsied frame can bear; . My freezing heart forgets to beat,
And drifting snows my tomb prepare. 6. “ Open your hospitable door,
And shield me from the biting blast :
The dreary moor that I have pass’d.”
7. With hasty step the farmer ran,
And close beside the fire they place
8. The little children Aocking came,
And chafod his frozen hands in theirs,
A comfortable mess prepares. 9. Their kindness cheer'd his drooping soul,
And slowly down his wrinkled cheek The big round tears were seen to roll, And told the thanks he could not speak.
10. The children too began to sigh,
And all their merry chat was o'er;
More glad than they had done before,
1. Pru'-dent, a. wise, cautious.
Spright-ly, a. brisk, lively.
Tem'-per-flaws, s. faults in one's temper.
Di-vi'ne, a. heavenly. 5. Fu'-ture, s. that which shall be ; that which never has existed,
but is approaching.
1. MARIA! I have ev'ry good
For thee wish'd many a time,
But never yet in ryhme.
2. To wish thee fairer is no need,
More prudent or more sprightly,
From temper-flaws unsightly.
Can I for thee require, In wedded love already blest, ..To thy whole heart's desire ?
4. None here is happy but in part;
Full bliss is bliss divine ;
And, doubtless, one in thine,
5. That wish, on some fair future day
Which fate shall brightly gild,
I wish it all fulfill'd.
Ode, s. a song or poem to be sung or set to music. 1. Hail, v. to salute, to call to. Hail, in this sense, is seldom used
but in poetry. Hail, s. drops of rain congealed or frozen in the air. Beau'-te-ous, a. beautiful, charming. . Grove, s. a walk formed by trees, whose branches meet over. Mes'-sen-ger, s. one who carries or brings an account of any thing.
Ru’-ral, a. belonging to the country; retired. 3. Bow'-er, s. a small arbour made of branches; but here it means
groves or woods. 4. Lay, s. a song.
Vo'-cal, a. relating to the voice.
Guest, s. a visitor."
1. HAIL beauteous stranger of the grove !
Thou inessenger of spring!
And woods thy welcome sing.
* This word is written in Elision, by the grammatical figure Aphæresis, which cuts off the initial letter or syllable of a word, as "Tis, for it is, 'gan, for began ; but this should only take place iny Poetry, being a license granted the poets, in order to make each verse contain the same number of syllables, &c. .
+ Cuckoo, a bird that appears in the spring, and is very remarkable for the singularity of its note, whence it receives its name. It builds mo nest, but sucks the eggs of other small birds, and leaves its own in the same place. (It is sometimes used figuratively, as a word of mong proacha or contempt).
2. Soon as the daisy decks the green,
Thy certain voice we hear;
- Or mark the rolling year ?
I hail the time of flowers,
From birds among the bowers.
4. The schoolboy wand'ring thro' the wood
To pull the primrose gay,
And imitates thy lay.
5. Soon as the pea puts on the bloom,
Thou fliest thy vocal vale,*
Another spring to hail.
6. Sweet bird ! thy hower is ever green,
Thy sky is ever clear ; Thou hast no sorrow in thy song, - No winter in thy year! 7. O! could I ly, I'd fly with thee !
We'd make, with joyful wing, Our annual visit o'er the globe, . Companions of the spring..
. * Figuratively, the vale may be said to be vocal, as being filled. with the voices of birds..
On the Departure of the Nightingale.
1. Min'strel, s. a musician, or one that sings. 2. Pen'-sive, a. thoughtful. Muse, s. In Heathen mythology, one of the nine sisters who pre
sided over the liberal arts; but here means the writer of this
poem. Mate, s. a companion, whether male or female. 3. Love'-lorn, a. forsaken of one's love.
Glide, v. to move or pass gently without any noise.
Brake, s. a thicket of brambles or thorns. - Pro-fane', a. wicked.
Pi"-ty, s. the quality of feeling the pains of another.
1. SWEET poet of the woods, a long adieu !
Farewell, soft minstrel of the early year! Ah! 'twill be long ere thou shalt sing anew,
And pour thy music on the night's dull ear! 2. Whether on spring thy wand'ring flight await, - Or whether silent in our groves you dwell, Thé pensive muse shall own thee for her mate,
And still protect the song she loves so well.
3. With cautious step the love-lorn youth shall glide
Thro' the lone brake that shades thy mossy nest;
The gentle bird who sings of pity best;