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Now I'll be Hector, when his angry blade
A lane through heaps of slaughtered Grecians made
And now, by deeds still braver, I’ll evince
I am no less than Edward the Black Prince.
Give way, ye coward French s” As thus he spoke,
And aimed in fancy a sufficient stroke
To fix the fate of Cressy or Poictiers,
The Muse relates the hero's fate with tears,)
e struck his milk-white hand against a nail,
Sees his own blood, and feels his courage fail.
Ah! where is now that boasted valor flown,
That in the tented field so late was shown 2
Achilles weeps, great Hector hangs the head,
And the Black Prince goes whimpering to bed.
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 thy decline,
Thine’s a summer, mine no more,
Though repeated to threescore;
Threescore summers, when they’re gone,
Will appear as short as one.
GOING INTO BREECHES. — Miss Lamb.
Joy to Philip, he this day
Has his long coats cast away,
And (the childish season gone)
Puts the manly breeches on.
Officer on gay parade,
Red coat in his first cockade,
Bridegroom in his wedding trim,
Birth-day beau surpassing him,
Never did with conscious gait
Strut about in half the state,
Or the pride, (yet free from sin,)
Of my little manikin;
Never was there pride or bliss
Half so rational as his.
Sashes, frocks, to those that need 'em, -
Philip's limbs have got their freedom, -
He can run, or he can ride,
And do twenty things beside,
Which his petticoats forbade,
Is he not a happy lad?
Now he 's under other banners,
He must leave his former manners;
Bid adieu to female games,
And forget their very names.
Puss in corners, hide and seek,
Sports for girls and punies weak
Baste the bear he now may play at,
Leap-frog, football, sport away at,
Show his skill and strength at cricket,
Mark his distance, pitch his wicket,
Run about in winter's snow
Till his cheeks and fingers glow,
Climb a tree, or scale a wall,
Without any fear to fall.
If he get a hurt or bruise,
To complain he must refuse.
Though the anguish and the smart
Go unto his little heart,
He must have his courage ready,
Keep his voice and visage steady,
Brace his eyeballs stiff as drum,
That a tear may never come,
And his grief must only speak
From the color in his cheek.
This and more he must endure,
Hero he in miniature
This and more must now be done,
Now the breeches are put on.
LADY Moon, Lady Moon, where are you roving?
Over the sea.
Lady Moon, Lady Moon, whom are you loving?
All who love me.
Are you not tired with rolling, and never
Resting to sleep?
Why look so pale, and so sad, as forever
Wishing to weep?
Ask me not this, little child, if you love me;
You are too bold;
I must obey my dear Father above me,
And do as I’m told. *
Lady Moon, Lady Moon, where are you roving 2
Over the sea. -
Lady Moon, Lady Moon, whom are you loving !
THE ORPHAN BROTHER... — Miss Lamb.
O, HUSH, my little baby brother;
Sleep, my love, upon my knee;
What though, dear child, we’ve lost our mother,
That can never trouble thee.
You are but ten weeks old to-morrow;
What can you know of our loss 2
The house is full enough of sorrow, -
Little baby, don't be cross.
Peace, cry not so, my dearest love,
Hush, my baby bird, lie still; —
He's quiet now, he does not move;
Fast asleep is little Will.
My only solace, only joy,
Since the sad day I lost my mother,
Is nursing her own Willy boy,
My little orphan brother.
WHEN wise Ulysses, from his native coast
Long kept by wars, and long by tempests tost,
Arrived at last, poor, old, disguised, alone,
To all his friends, and e'en his queen, unknown;
Changed as he was with age, and toils, and cares,
Furrowed his reverend face, and white his hairs;
In his own palace forced to ask his bread,
Scorned by those slaves his former bounty fed,
8 THE COMPLAINTS OF THE POOR.
Forgot of all his own domestic crew;
The faithful dog alone his master knew;
Unfed, unhoused, neglected, on the clay,
Like an old servant, now cashiered, he lay
And, though e'en then expiring on the plain,
Touched with resentment of ungrateful man,
And longing to behold his ancient lord again.
Him when he saw, he rose, and crawled to meet, —
'Twas all he could,—and fawned, and kissed his feet
Seized with dumb joy; then, falling by his side,
Owned his returning lord, looked up, and died.
THE COMPLAINTS OF THE POOR.— Southey
“AND wherefore do the poor complain?”
The rich man asked of me.
“Come, walk abroad with me,” I said,
“And I will answer thee.”
'Twas evening, and the frozen streets
Were cheerless to behold,
And we were wrapt and coated well,
And yet we were a-cold. o
We met an old bareheaded man,
His locks were few and white;
I asked him what he did abroad
In that cold winter's night.
*T was bitter keen, indeed, he said,
But at home no fire had he,
And therefore he had come abroad,
To ask for charity.