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TO THE REVEREND MR. NEWTON.
...An Invitation into the Country.
THE swallows in their torpid state
Compose their useless wing,
And bees in hives as idly wait
The call of early Spring
The keenestfrost that binds the stream,
The wildest wind that blows, -
Are neither felt nor fear'd by them,
Secure of their repose.
But man, all feeling and awake,
The gloomy scene surveys;
With present ills his heart mustake,
And pant for brighter days.
Old Winter, halting o'er the mead,
Bids me and Mary mourn;
But lovely Spring peeps o'er his head,
And whispers your return.
V. Then April, with her sister May, Shall chase him from the bow’rs, And weave fresh garlands ev'ry day, To crown the smiling hours.
VI. And if a tear, that speaks regret Of happier times, appear, A glimpse of joy, that we have met, Shall shine and dry the tear.
CATHARINA. ADDRESSED TO Miss stapleton, (NOW MRS, CouBTNEy.) ==
SHE came—she is gone—we have met—
And meet perhaps never again;
The sun of that moment is set,
And seems to have risen in vain.
Satharina has fled like a dream—
(So vanishes pleasure, alas!)
But has left a regret and esteem,
That will not so suddenly pass.
The last ev'ning ramble we made,
Catharina, Maria, and I,
Our progress was often delay'd
By the nightingale warbling nigh.
We paus’d under many a tree,
And much she was charm'd with a tone
Less sweet to Maria and me,
Who solately had witness'd her OWn,
My numbers that day she had Sung,
And gave them a grace so divine,
As only her musical tongue
Could infuse into numbers of mine.
The longer I heard, I esteem'd
The work of my fancy the more,
And e'en to myself never seem'd
So tuneful a poet before.
Though the pleasures of London exceed
In number the days of the year, -
Catharina, did nothing impede,
'Would feel herself happier here;
For the close-woven arches of limes
On the banks of our river, I know,
Are sweeter to her many times
Than aught that the city can show.
So it is, when the mind is endu'd
With a well-judging taste from above;
Then, whether embellish'd or rude,
* 1 is nature alone that we love.
The achievements of art may amuse,
May even our wonder excite,
But groves, hills, and valleys, diffuse
A lasting, a sacred delight.
Since then in the rural recess
Catharina alone can rejoice,
May it still be her lot to possess
The scene of her sensible choice :
To inhabit a mansion remote
From the clatter of street-pacing steeds,
And by Philomel’s annual note
To measure the life that she leads,
With her book, and her voice, and her lyre,
To wing all her moments at home;
And with scenes that new rapture inspire,
As oft as its suits her to roam;
She will have just the life she prefers,
With little to hope or to fear,
And ours would be pleasant as hers,
Might we view her enjoying it here.