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Felicitatis omen;

Jucundiore cantu
Siquando me salutes,
Et ipse te rependam,
Et ipse, quâ valebo,
Remunerabo musâ.

Dicêris innocensque Et gratus inquilinus; Nec victitans rapinis, Ut sorices voraces, Muresve curiosi, Furumque delicatum Vulgus domesticorum; Sed tutus in camini Recessibus, quiete Contentus & calore.

Beatior Cicada,
Quæ te referre formâ,
Quæ voce te videtur;
Et saltitans per herbas,
Unius, haud secundæ,
Estatis est chorista:

Tu carmen integratum Reponis ad Decembrem, Lætus per universum Incontinenter annum.

Te nulla lux relinquit, Te nulla nox revisit, Non musicæ vacantem, Curisve non solutum: Quin amplies canendo, Quin amplies fruendo, Ætatulam, vel omni, Quam nos homunciones Absumimus querendo, Ætate longiorem.

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III. THE CRICKET.

TRANSLATION OF THB ABOVE.

Little inmate, full of mirth,
Chirping on my kitchen hearth,
Wheresoe'er be thine abode,
Always harbinger of good,
Pay me for thy warm retreat
With a song more soft and sweet;
In return thou shalt receive
Such a strain as I can give.

Thus thy praise shall be expressid,
Inoffensive, welcome guest!
While the rat is on the scout,
And the mouse with curious snout,
With what vermin else infest
Every dish, and spoil the best;

Frisking thus before the fire,
Thou hast all thine heart's desire.

Though in voice and shape they be
Form'd as if akin to thee,
Thou surpassest, happier far,
Happiest grasshoppers that are;
Theirs is but a summer's song,
Thine endures the winter long,
Unimpair’d, and shrill, and clear,
Melody throughout the year.

Neither night, nor dawn of day,
Puts a period to thy play:
Sing then--and extend thy spán
Far beyond the date of man.
Wretched man, whose years are spent
In repining discontent,
Lives not, aged though he be,
Half a span, compar'd with thee.

SIMILE AGIT IN SIMILE.

BY VINCENT BOURNE.

Cristatus, pictisque ad Thaida Psittacus alis,

Missus ab Eoo munus amante venit. Ancillis mandat primam formare loquelam,

Archididascaliæ dat sibi Thais opus.
Psittace, ait Thais, fingitque sonantia molle

Basia, quæ docilis molle refingit avis.
Jam captat, jam dimidiat tyruńculus; & jam

Integrat auditos articulatque sonos.
Psittace mi pulcher, pulchelle, hera dicit-alumno;

Psittace mi pulcher, reddit alumnus herà. Jamque canit, ridet, deciesque ægrotat in horâ,

Et vocat ancillas nomine quamque suo. Multaque scurratur mendax, & multa jocatur,

Et lepido populum detinet augurio. Nunc tremulum illudet fratrem, qui suspicit, & Pol!

Carnalis, quisquis te docet, inquit, homo est;

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