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Thy silver locks, once auburn bright,
Are still more lovely in my sight
Than golden beams of orient light,

My Mary!

For could I view nor them nor thee,
What sight worth seeing could I see?
The sun would rise in vain for me,

My Mary!

Partakers of thy sad decline,
Thy hands their little force resign ;
Yet gently press'd, press gently mine,

My Mary!

Such feebleness of limbs thou prov'st
That now at every step thou mov'st
Upheld by two; yet still thou lov'st,

My Mary!

And still to love, though press'd with ill,
In wintry age to feel no chill,
With me is to be lovely still,

My Mary!

But ah ! by constant heed I know
How oft the sadness that I show
Transforms thy smiles to looks of woe,

My Mary!

And should my future lot be cast
With much resemblance of the past
Thy worn-out heart will break at last
My Mary!

W. Cowper

CLXIII

THE DYING MAN IN HIS GARDEN

WHY

THY, Damon, with the forward day

From tree to tree, with doubtful cheer,
Pursue the progress of the year,
What winds arise, what rains descend,
When thou before that year shalt end?

What do thy noontide walks avail,
To clear the leaf, and pick the snail,
Then wantonly to death decree
An insect usefuller than thee?
Thou and the worm are brother-kind,
As low, as earthy, and as blind.

Vain wretch ! canst thou expect to see
The downy peach make court to thee?
Or that thy sense shall ever meet
The bean-flower's deep-embosom'd sweet
Exhaling with an evening blast ?
Thy evenings then will all be past !

Thy narrow pride, thy fancied green
(For vanity 's in little seen),
All must be left when Death appears,
In spite of wishes, groans, and tears;
Nor one of all thy plants that grow
But Rosemary will with thee go.

G. Sewell

CLXIV

TO-MORROW

IN

N the downhill of life, when I find I'm declining,

May my lot no less fortunate be
Than a snug elbow-chair can afford for reclining,

And a cot that o'erlooks the wide sea;
With an ambling pad-pony to pace o'er the lawn,

While I carol away idle sorrow,
And blithe as the lark that each day hails the dawn

Look forward with hope for to-morrow.

With a porch at my door, both for shelter and shade too,

As the sunshine or rain may prevail ;
And a small spot of ground for the use of the spade too,

With a barn for the use of the flail :
A cow for my dairy, a dog for my game,

And a purse when a friend wants to borrow;
I'll envy no nabob his riches or fame,

Nor what honours await him to-morrow.

From the bleak northern blast may my cot be completely

Secured by a neighbouring hill ;
And at night may repose steal upon me more sweetly

By the sound of a murmuring rill :
And while peace and plenty I find at my board,

With a heart free from sickness and sorrow,
With

my
friends

may

I share what to-day may afford, And let them spread the table to-morrow.

And when I at last must throw off this frail covering

Which I've worn for three-score years and ten, On the brink of the grave I'll not seek to keep hovering,

Nor my thread wish to spin o'er again :

But my face in the glass I 'll serenely survey,

And with smiles count each wrinkle and furrow; As this old worn-out stuff, which is threadbare to-day, May become everlasting to-morrow.

Collins

CLXV

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IFE! I know not what thou art,

But know that thou and I must part;
And when, or how, or where we met
I own to me 's a secret yet.

Life! we've been long together Through pleasant and through cloudy weather ; ’T is hard to part when friends are dear — Perhaps 't will cost a sigh, a tear ; – Then steal away, give little warning,

Choose thine own time; Say not Good Night, — but in some brighter clime Bid me Good Morning.

A. L. Barbauld

BOOK FOURTH

CLXVI

ON FIRST LOOKING INTO CHAPMAN'S

HOMER.

And many goodly states and kingdoms seen ; Round many western islands have I been Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.

Oft of one wide expanse had I been told
That deep-brow'd Homer ruled as his demesne:
Yet did I never breathe its pure serene
Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold :

- Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
When a new planet swims into his ken;
Or like stout Cortez— when with eagle eyes

He stared at the Pacific, and all his men
Look'd at each other with a wild surmise-
Silent, upon a peak in Darien.

7. Keats

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