Now, now while my strength and my youth are in bloom,
Let me think what shall save me when sickness shall come,.

And pray that my sins be forgiven.
Let me read in good books, and believe, and obey,
That when death turns me out of this cottage of clay,

I may dwell in a palace in heaven.

Dr Watts.


HAPPY insect! blithe and gay,

Seated on the sunny spray,
And drunk with dew, the leaves among,

Singing sweet thy chirping song.

All the various season's treasures,
All the products of the plains,

Thus lie open to thy pleasures,
Favourite of the rural swains.

On thee the Muses fix their choice,

And Phoebus adds his own,
Who first inspired thy lively voice,

And tuned thy pleasing tone.

Thy cheerful note in wood and vale

Fills every heart with glee;
And Summer smiles with double charms

While thus proclaimed by thee.

Like gods canst thou the nectar sip,

A lively chirping elf;
From labour free, and free from care,

A little god thyself!



Prithee, little buzzing fly,
Eddying round my taper, why
Is it that its quivering light
Dazzling captivates your sight?
Bright my taper is, 'tis true;
Trust me, 'tis too bright for you.
'Tis a flame, fond thing, beware—
'Tis a flame you cannot bear.

Touch it, and 'tis instant fate;
Take my counsel ere too late:
Buzz no longer round and round—
Settle on the wall or ground:
Sleep till morning: with the day
Rise, and use your wings you may:
Use them then of danger clear.
Wait till morning; do, my dear.

Lo! my counsel nought avails;
Round, and round, and round it sails—
Sails with idle unconcern.
Prithee, trifler, canst thou burn?
Madly heedless as thou art,
Know thy danger, and depart.
Why persist? I plead in vain:
Singed it falls, and writhes in pain.

Is not this, deny who can-
Is not this a draught of man?
Like the fly, he rashly tries
Pleasure's burning sphere, and dies.
Vain the friendly caution; still
He rebels, alas! and will.
What I sing let pride apply:
Flies are weak, and man s a fly.



Busy, curious, thirsty fly,
Drink with me, and drink as I;
Freely welcome to my cup,
Couldst thou sip, and sip it up.
Make the most of life you may;
Life is short, and wears away.
Both alike are mine and thine,
Hastening quick to their decline:
Thine's a summer, mine no more,
Though repeated to threescore;
Threescore summers, when they're gone,
Will appear as short as one.

Oldys. THE BEE-HIVE. Neither night nor dawn of day, Puts a period to thy play: Sing, then—and extend thy span Far beyond the date of man. Wretched man, whose years are spent, In repining discontent, Lives not, aged though he be, Half a span, compared with thee. -anacreon. Cowper.

WHAT various wonders may observers see

In a small insect—the sagacious bee!

Mark how the little untaught builders square

Their rooms, and in the dark their lodgings rear!

Nature's mechanics, they unwearied strive,

And fill with curious labyrinths the hive.

See what bright strokes of architecture shine

Through the whole frame—what beauty, what design!

Each odoriferous cell and waxen tower—

The yellow pillage of the rifled flower—

Has twice three sides, the only figure fit

To which the labourers may their stores commit,

Without the loss of matter or of room,

In all the wondrous structure of the comb.

Next view, spectator, with admiring eyes,

In what just order all the apartments rise!

So regular their equal sides cohere,

The adapted angles so each other bear;

That by mechanic rules, refined and bold,

They are at once upheld, at once uphold.

Does not this skill even vie with reason's reach?

Can Euclid more, can more Palladio teach?

Each verdant hill the industrious chemists climb,

Extract the riches of the blooming thyme;

And, provident of winter long before,

They stock their caves, and hoard their flowing store.

In peace they rule their state with prudent care,

Wisely defend, or wage offensive war.

Weekly Amusement.


HAPPY insect! what can be
In happiness compared to thee?
Fed with nourishment divine,
The dewy morning's gentle wine!
Nature waits upon thee still,
And thy verdant cup does fill.
Thou dost drink, and dance, and sing,
Happier than the happiest king!
All the fields which thou dost see,
All the plants belong to thee;

All that summer hours produce,

Fertile made with early juice.

Man for thee does sow and plough;

Farmer he, and landlord thou!

Thou dost innocently enjoy,

Nor does thy luxury destroy.

Thee country hinds with gladness hear,

Prophet of the ripened year!

To thee, of all things upon earth,

Life's no longer than thy mirth.

Happy insect! happy thou,

Dost neither age nor winter know.

But when thou 'st drunk, and danced, and sung

Thy fill, the flowery leaves among,

Sated with thy summer feast,

Thou retir'st to endless rest .


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 thy turn thou shalt receive
Such a strain as I can give.

Thus thy praise shall be exprest,
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
Formed 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,
Unimpaired and shrill and clear
Melody throughout the year.

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Thou wert out betimes, thou busy, busy bee!

When abroad I took my early way.
Before the cow from her resting-place
Had risen up, and left her trace

On the meadow with dew so gray,
I saw thee, thou busy, busy bee.

Thou wert alive, thou busy, busy bee!

When the crowd in their sleep were dead;
Thou wert abroad in the freshest hour,
When the sweetest odour comes from the flower.

Man will not learn to leave his lifeless bed,
And be wise, and copy thee, thou busy, busy bee!

Thou wert working late, thou busy, busy bee!
After the fall of the cistus flower;

I heard thee last as I saw thee first,

When the primrose-tree blossom was ready to burst-
In the coolness of the evening hour

I heard thee, thou busy, busy bee!

Thou art a miser, thou busy, busy bee!

Late and early at employ;
Still on thy golden stores intent,
Thy youth in heaping and hoarding is spent,

What thy age will never enjoy.
I will not copy thee, thou miserly bee!

Thou art a fool, thou busy, busy bee!

Thus for another to toil!
Thy master waits till thy work is done,
Till the latest flowers of the ivy are gone,
And will murder thee, thou poor little bee!


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