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Page 407 - shalt thou find a summer home, and rest, And scream among thy fellows; reeds shall bend Soon o'er thy sheltered nest. Thou'rt gone, the abyss of heaven Hath swallowed up thy form; yet on my heart Deeply hath sunk the lesson thou hast given And shall not soon depart. He who from zone to zone Guides through the boundless sky
Page 403 - THE LAST MINSTREL. The way was long, the wind was cold, The Minstrel was infirm and old ; His withered cheek, and tresses gray, Seemed to have known a better day; The harp, his sole remaining joy, Was carried by an orphan boy; The last of all the Bards was he, Who sung of Border chivalry. For well a day
Page 387 - twill be eleven; And so from hour to hour, we ripe and ripe, And then from hour to hour, we rot and rot, And thereby hangs a tale. When I did hear The motley fool thus moral on the time, My lungs began to crow like chanticleer, ' That fools should be so deep-contemplative •, And I did laugh, sans
Page 383 - PROCRASTINATION. Be wise to day; 'tis madness to defer; Next day the fatal precedent will plead, Thus on, till wisdom is pushed out of life 1 Procrastination is the thief of time ; Year after year it steals, till all are fled, And to the mercies of a moment leaves The vast concerns of an eternal scene.
Page 391 - face reflected bright, He comes, the herald of a noisy world, With spatter'd boots, strapp'd waist and frozen locks, News from all nations lumb'ring at his back, True to his charge the close packed load behind, Yet careless what he brings, his one concern , Is to conduct it to the destined inn ; And having dropp'd
Page 389 - but now the lord of such hot youth, As when brave Gaunt, thy father, and myself, Rescued the Black Prince, that young Mars of men, From forth the ranks of many thousand French ; Oh, then, how quickly should this arm of mine, Now prisoner to the palsy, chastise thee, And minister correction to thy fault.
Page 399 - No matter if you hear or no. Alas ! and is domestic strife, That sorest ill of human life, A plague so little to be fear'd, As to be wantonly incurr'd; To gratify a fretful passion, On every trivial provocation ? The kindest and the happiest pair Will find occasion to forbear, And something every day
Page 393 - Tongue was the lawyer, and argued the cause, With a great deal of skill, and a wig full of learning, While chief baron Ear sat to balance the laws, So famed for his talent in nicely discerning. In behalf of the Nose, it will quickly appear, And your lordship, he said, will undoubtedly
Page 383 - That lodged in Fate's, to wisdom they consign ; The thing they can't but purpose, they postpone. 'Tis not in folly not to scorn a fool; And scarce in human wisdom to do more. All promise is poor dilatory man, And that through every stage. When young, indeed. Unanxious for ourselves, and only