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Mrs. (now Lady) Throckmorton's BULFINCH.
Ye nymphs! if e'er your eyes were red
O share Maria's grief!
Assassin'd by a thief.
Where Rhenus strays his vines among, The egg was laid from which he sprung;
And, though by nature mute, Or only with a whistle blest, Well-taught he all the sounds express'd Of flagelet or flute.
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The honours of his ebon poll
Were brighter than the sleekest mole,
His bosom of the hue,
To sweep away the dew.
Above, below, in all the house,
No cat had leave to dwell;
Large-built and lattic'd well.
Well-lattic'd—but the grate, alas!
For Bully's plumage sake,
The swains their baskets make.
Night veil'd the pole: all seem'd secure:
284 LADY THROCKMORTON'S BULFINCH.
A beast forth sallied on the scout,
He, ent'ring at the study-door,
And something in the wind
Food chiefly for the mind.
Just then, by adverse fate impress'd,
In sleep he seem'd to view
Awoke and found it true.
For, aided both by ear and scent,
Right to his mark the monster went —
Minute the horrors that ensu'd;
His teeth were strong, the cage was wood-
O had he made that too his prey; That beak whence issu'd many a lay
Of such mellifluous tone, Might have repaid him well, I wote, For silencing so sweet a throat,
Fast stuck within his own.
Maria weeps—the Muses mourn— So when, by Bacchanalians torn,
On Thracian Hebrus' side The tree-enchanter Orpheus fell, His head alone remain'd to tell
The cruel death he died.
The rose had been wash'd, just wash'd in a showV,
Which Mary to Anna convey'd,
And weigh'd down it's beautiful head.
The cup was all fill'd, and the leaves were all wet,
And it seem'd to a fanciful view,
On the flourishing bush where it grew.
I hastily seiz'd it, unfit as it was
And swinging it rudely, too rudely, alas!
And such, I exclaim'd, is the pitiless part
Some act by the delicate mind,
Already to sorrow resign'd.
This elegant rose, had I shaken it less,
Might have bloom'd with it's owner a while;
And the tear, that is wip'd with a little address, May be follow'd perhaps by a smile.