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Who, much diseas'd, yet nothing feel ; Much menac'd, nothing dread :
Have wounds, which only God can heal, Yet never ask his aid
Who deem his house a useless place,
And ardour in the Christian race,
Who trample order; and the day,
Dishonour with unhallow’d play,
If scorn of God's commands, impress'd
The better part of man unbless'd
Such want it, and that want, uncur'd
Speaks him a criminal, assur’d
Sad period to a pleasant course!
Sabbaths prola, ’d without remorse,
THE TOMB OF MIR. HAMILTON.
PAUSE here, and think: a monitory rhime
EPITAPH ON A HARE.
HERE lies, whom hound did ne'er pursue,
Whose foot ne'ertainted morning dew,
Old Tiney, surliest of his kind,
And to domestick bounds confin'd,
Though duly from my hand he took
He did it with a jealous look,
His diet was of wheaten bread,
Thistles, or lettuces instead,
A Turkey carpet was his lawn,
Eight years and five round-rolling moons He thus saw steal away, Dozing out all his idle noons, And ev’ry night at play. I kept him for his humour's sake, For he would oft beguile My heart of thoughts, that made it ache, And force me to a smile. But now beneath his walnut shade He finds his long last home, And waits, in snug concealment laid, Till gentler Puss shall come. He, still more aged, feels the shocks, From which no care can save, And, partner once of Tiney's box, Must soon partake his grave. -
The following Account of the Treatment of his Hares was inserted by JMr. Cowper in the Gentleman's JMagazine, whence it is transcribed.
IN the year 1774, being much indisposed both in mind and body, incapable of diverting myself either with company or books, and yet in a condition that made some diversion necessary. I was glad of any thing that would engage my attention without fatiguing it. The children of a neighbour of mine had a leveret given them for a plaything; it was at that time about three months old. Understanding better how to tease the poor creature than to feed it, and soon becoming weary of their charge, they readily consented that their father, who saw it pining and growing leaner every day, should offer it to my acceptance. I was willing enough to take the prisoner under my protection, perceiving that, in the management of such an animal, and in the attempt to tame it, I should find just that sort of employment which my case required. It was soon known among the neighbours that I was pleased with the present: and the consequence was, that in a short time I had as many leverets offered to me as would have stocked a paddock. I undertook the care of three, which it is necessary that I should here distinguish by the names I gave them—Puss, Tiney, and Bess. Notwithstanding the two feminine appellatives, I must