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THE GOLDFINCH AND THE CRICKET.
In a fair valley stood a cot:
Thus daily flatter'd, prais'd, admir'd,
In the same cot a Goldfinch hung,
while he sung. . One day the cot deserted lay : : Both family and dog away;
No sound was heard but Dicky's note,
otevol ed": Who sweetly swell’d his downy throat. test The Cricket heard, and up he peep'd ; * The coast seem'd clear, so out he leap'd; Vainly puffd up with pamper'd pride, Thus to the beauteous bird he cried : • Proud thing! thy noise, I prithee cease, * And let the house remain in peace. • Perhaps, because aloft thou’rt rais'd, * And daily. fed, and daily prais'd, • Thou think’st thy voice more sweet than mine, . And that thy beauties brighter shine. * But know I am so wond'rous fair, • No Cricket can with me compare;
In strength and size superior found, No Cricket half so high can bound. · Thy frightful legs, and hideous claws
Are quite unlike my pretty paws. , • And know, thou monstrous painted thing, • I, sweet and loud as thou can sing.' With that he rais'd his hideous note, And almost rent his shrieking throat; Then leap'd on high, at ev'ry stroke His slender legs he almost broke.
The Crickets heard, with strange surprise, Their comrade's voice tremendous rise: 7 So young and old came peeping out, And saw him wildly frisk about;
si Admir'd the monstrous leaps he made f And one and all pronounc'd him mad. hoftimet hao ?En On One The lovely bird, devoid of pride, og 7W With placid air, unmov’d, replied;
it • Poor silly, self-conceited thing!
Like me thou can'st not look nor sing... Los • Know, fool, all who from nature stray, AT * Resolv'd to shine a different way, omien ! • Attempt to force what she denies, ... . And, spite of her, be fair or wise, wo • Her counsel with disdain reject, • And what she never meant, affect, • Ne'er fail to make themselves a jest::... • To follow Nature's always best.
net • Folly were rare, did she but rule: wi r • 'Tis affectation makes the fool... 'The lowest creatures ever seen, nii n ja 'Tho' poor in parts, in person mean, ir • If close they follow Nature's rules, • Are ne'er despis'd, except by fools. • Then, prithee, poor conceited elf, in 'Retire, and learn to know thyself
MA • Contented rest with Nature's will, • And be a shrieking Cricket still.?
Thus spoke the bird, but spoke in yain : . Mi
The Cricket with these truths was stung;
ess of impending fate.
Nor once observ'd a watchful Cat,
Thus, to his folly and his pride,
THE COCK AND THE DOVES.
In farmer's yard, one summer's day,
The Cock, impatient of the sight, -. With humbled vanity and spite, Thus, taunting, cried, · Methinks all day, * Two faithful Doves can bill and play! • If blest indeed, as ye pretend, • Your bliss is vast, and without end ! • But I'm convinc'd 'tis all pretence ;
Can one to one such joys dispense? . Hence with your ostentatious loves; • I hate all hypocritic Doves!' With plumage varying in the sun, Tom rais'd his head, and thus begun:
Abusive scorner ! falsely vain ! • Unmov'd your insult we sustain ! • Our mated loves, endear'd by truth, · Survive the transient bloom of youth: Not with the kiss our pleasure ends,
Not lovers only--Doves are friends. * Thro’ life, but one our mutual aim,
Our fears, hopes, wishes, all the same ; • Unlov’d, unloving, wretched bird ! • With female rakes, a rake you herd. When stung by jealousy or rage, You bold and bloody combat wage, Of all your train will one stand by, · With panting breast, and wishful eye? •You fall, another fills your place; • Most welcome still the newest face.'
As meet, her place Tom's female knew, (In Turtles prudent wives we view)