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ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS IN PROSE AND VERSE.*
THE THREE WARNINGS.
THE tree of deepest root is found
When pains grow sharp and sickness rages,
This great affection to believe,
Be pleased to hear a modern tale.
When sports went round, and all were gay,
On neighbour Dobson's wedding day,
* Under this head I have printed only those which were found detached. The majority of her fugitive pieces and occasional verses are contained in the Letters.
Death call'd aside the jocund groom,
And looking grave, You must, says he,
His hour glass tumbled while he spoke,
In hopes you'll have no more to say
What next the hero of our tale befell,
How long he lived, how wise, how well,
And smok'd his pipe, and strok'd his horse,
He chaffer'd then, he bought, he sold,
His friends not false, his wife no shrew,
He pass'd his hours in peace;
But while he view'd his wealth increase,
The beaten track content he trod,
Brought him on his eightieth year.
Th' unwelcome messenger of fate
"Tis six-and-thirty years at least,
So much the worse, the clown rejoin'd,
To spare the aged would be kind;