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Whilk' soon perceive the little larks,,
The lapwing, and the snipe,
And tune their song like Nature's clerks,
O'er meadow, muir, and stripe.
But every bold nocturnal beast
No longer may abide,
They hie away both maist and least 2,
The golden globe incontinent
For joy the birds with boulden* throats,
Take up their kindly music notes
Upbraids the careful husbandman,
The pastor quits the slothful sleep,
Which.-2 Largest and smallest.-3 Abroad.-4 Emboldened. -5 Shining. Uprises.-7 Early.
The misty reek3, the clouds of rain
Begaired is the sapphire pend
The ample heaven, of fabric sure,
The time so tranquil is and clear,
1 Flat-nosed.- Lowing kine.-3 Fog. out.-6 Arch.-7 Streaks.
-4 Pours off. Drest
All trees and simples, great and small,
The rivers fresh, the callour2 streams,
Calm is the deep and purple sea,
The waves, that woltering wont to be,
So silent is the cessile air,
That every cry and call,
The clogged busy humming bees,
The sun most like a speedy post
1 Stir. Cool.-3 Run.-4 Tumbling.-5 To drone, or to be idle.
The breathless flocks draw to the shade
The herds beneath some leafy trees,
The stable ships upon the seas
The hart, the hind, the fallow deer,
Are tapish'd at their rest;
The fowls and birds that made thee beare1,
The rayons dure 5 descending down,
All kindle in a gleid ";
In city, nor in burrough town,
May nane set forth their head.
Back from the blue pavemented whun',
1 Freshness.-2 Oxen.-3 Carpeted.-4 Beare, I suppose, means music. To beare, in old Scotch, is to recite. Wynton, in his Chronicle, says, "As I have heard men beare on hand.”—5 Hard, or keen rays.-6 Fire.-7 Whinstone.
The hot reflexing of the sun
The labourers that timely rose,
The callour wine in cave is sought,
With gilded eyes and open wings,
The dove with whistling wings so blue,
Her purple pens turn many a hue
Now noon is gone-gone is midday,
The sun descends down west away,
In old Scottish poetry little attention is paid to giving plural nouns a plural verb.-2 Cool.-3 Burning.-4 Oil.-5 Beats.