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In a hard time of frost and snow,
TO A REDBREAST.- Langhorne.
LITTLE bird with bosom red,
Daily near my table steal,
76 THE TWO ESTATES.
Be wakeful, be vigilant, —
At an hour when all seemeth
How ! gains the leak so fast?
Slacken not sail yet
THE TWO ESTATES. — Mary Howitt.
THE children of the rich man, no carking care they
And well may they be beautiful; they toil not, neithel spin, Nor dig, nor delve, nor do they aught their daily bread to win. They eat from gold and silver all luxuries wealth can buy ; They sleep on beds of softest down, in chambers rich and high. They dwell in lordly houses, with gardens round about, And servants do attend them if they go in or out.
They have music for the hearing, and pictures for the And ouie and costly things each sense to gratNo * they are beautiful! and if they chance to Anoia lords and ladies, in the chancel-vault, they who, tablets on the wall inscribed, that all may The * of the rich man are mouldering below.
The children of the poor man, around the humble doors
They throng of city alleys and solitary moors.
In hot and noisy factories they turn the ceaseless wheel, .*
And eat with feeble appetite their coarse and joyless meal.
They rise up in the morning, ne'er dreaming of delight,
And weary, spent, and heartsore, they go to bed at night.
78 THE TWO ESTATES.
They have no brave apparel, with golden clasp and em;
So their clothes keep out the weather, they’re good enough for them.
Their hands are broad and horny; they hunger and are cold;
They learn what toil and sorrow mean ere they are five years old.
The poor man's child must step aside if the rich man's child go by ;
And scarcely aught may minister to his little vanity.
And of what could he be vain? — his most beautiful
Is what the rich man's children have worn and cast away.
The finely-spun, the many-hued, the new, are not for him,
He must clothe himself, with thankfulness, in garments soiled and dim.
He sees the children of the rich in chariots gay go by,
And, “What a heavenly life is theirs!” he sayeth with a sigh.
Then straightway to his work he goeth, for, feeble though he be,
His daily toil must still be done to help the family.
Thus live the poor man's children; and if they chance to die,
In plain, uncostly coffins, 'mong common graves, they lie ;
Nor monument nor headstone their humble names declare; —
But thou, O God, wilt not forget the poor man's chil. dren there !