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THE POET'S NEW YEAR'S GIFT.
TO MRS. (NOW LADY) THROCKMORTON.
Maria! I have every good
For thee wish'd many a time, Both sad, and in a cheerful mood,
But never yet in rhyme..
To wish thee fairer is no need,
More prudent, or more sprightly, Or more ingenious, or more freed:
From temper-flaws unsightly.
What favour then not yet possess'
d Can I for thee require, In wedded love already blest,
To thy whole heart's desire ?
None here is happy but in part:
Full bliss is bliss divine;
And doubtless one in thine.
That wish on some fair future day,
Which fate shall brightly gild, ('Tis blameless, be it what it may,)
I wish it all fulfill'd.
PAIRING TIME ANTICIPATED.
I shall not ask Jean Jaques Rousseau *
It chanced then on a winter's day,
* It was one of the whimsical speculations of this philosopher, that all fables which ascribe reason and speech to animals should be withheld from children, as being only vehicles of deception. But what child was ever deceived by them, or can be, against the evidence of his senses ?
Entreated, opening wide his beak,
My friends! be cautious how ye treat
A Finch, whose tongue knew no control,
Methinks the gentleman, quoth she,
Dick heard, and tweedling, ogling, bridling,
But, though the birds were thus in haste,' The leaves came on not quite so fast, And destiny, that sometimes bears An aspect stern on man's affairs,
Not altogether smiled on theirs.
Misses ! the tale that I relate
This lesson seems to carry
But proper time to marry.
THE DOG AND THE WATER LILY. .
The noon was shady, and soft airs
Swept Ouse's silent tide,
I wander'd on his side.
My spaniel, prettiest of his race,
And high in pedigree, (Two nymphs * adorn’d with every grace
That spaniel found for me,)
Now wanton'd lost in flags and reeds,
Now starting into sight,
With scarce a slower flight.
It was the time when Ouse display'd
His lilies newly blown;
And one I wish'd my own.
With cane extended far I sought
To steer it close to land; But still the prize, though nearly caught, Escaped my eager hand.
* Sir Robert Gunning's daughters.