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SOCIAL AND DOMESTIC AFFECTIONS.
The May-Queen. You must wake and call me early, call me early, mother dear; To-morrow 'ill be the happiest time of all the glad New-year; Of all the glad New-year, mother, the maddest, merriest day; For I'm to be Queen o' the May, mother, I'm to be Queen o'
the May. There's many a black black eye, they say, but none so bright
as mine; There's Margaret and Mary, there's Kate and Caroline; But none so fair as little Alice in all the land they say; So I'm to be Queen o' the May, mother, I'm to be Queen o' the
May. I sleep so sound all night, mother, that I shall never wake, If you do not call me loud when the day begins to break; But I must gather knots of flowers, and buds and garlands gay, For I'm to be Queen o' the May, mother, I'm to be Queen o'
the May. As I came up the valley whom think ye should I see, But Robin leaning on the bridge beneath the hazel-tree; He thought of that sharp look, mother, I gave him yesterday-But I'm to be Queen o' the May, mother, I'm to be Queen o'
the May. He thought I was a ghost, mother, for I was all in white, And I ran by him, without speaking, like a flash of light; They call me cruel-hearted, but I care not what they say, For I'm to be Queen o' the May, mother, I'm to be Queen o'
They say he's dying all for love, but that can never be:
the May. The honeysuckle round the porch has woven its wavy bowers, And by the meadow-trenches blow the faint sweet cuckoo-flowers; And the wild marsh-marigold shines like fire in swamps and
hollows gray; And I'm to be Queen o' the May, mother, I'm to be Queen o'
the May. The night winds come and go, mother, upon the meadow grass, And the happy stars above them seem to brighten as they pass; There will not be a drop of rain the whole of the livelong day; And I'm to be Queen o' the May, mother, I'm to be Queen o'
the May. All the valley, mother, 'ill be fresh and green and still, And the cowslip and the crowfoot are over all the hill, And the rivulet in the flowery dale ’ill merrily glance and play, For I'm to be Queen o' the May, mother, I'm to be Queen o'
the May. So you must wake and call me early, call me early, mother dear, To-morrow ’ill be the happiest time of all the glad New-year: To-morrow 'ill be of all the year the maddest merriest day, For I'm to be Queen o' the May, mother, I'm to be Queen o'
Meb-Year's Ebe. If you're waking, call me early, call me early, mother dear, For I would see the sun rise upon the glad New-year. It is the last New-year that I shall ever see, Then you may lay me low i' the mould, and think no more of me. To-night I saw the sun set: he set and left behind The good old year, the dear old time, and all my peace of mind; And the New-year's coming up, mother, but I shall never see The blossom on the blackthorn, the leaf upon the tree.
Last May we made a crown of flowers; we had a merry day; Beneath the hawthorn on the green they made me Queen of
May, And we danced about the May-pole, and in the hazel copse, Till Charles's Wain came out above the tall white chimney-tops. There's not a flower on all the hills: the frost is on the pane: I only wish to live till the snow-drops come again : I wish the snow would melt and the sun come out on high : I long to see a flower so before the day I die. The building rook 'ill caw from the windy tall elm-tree, And the tufted plover pipe along the fallow lea, And the swallow ’ill come back again with summer o'er the wave, But I shall lie alone, mother, within the mouldering grave. Upon the chancel-casement, and upon that grave of mine, In the early early morning the summer sun 'ill shine, Before the red cock crows from the farm upon the hill, When you are warm asleep, mother, and all the world is still. When the flowers come again, mother, beneath the waning light You'll never see me more in the long gray fields at night; When from the dry dark wold the summer airs blow cool On the oat-grass and the sword-grass, and the bulrush in the pool. You'll bury me, my mother, just beneath the hawthorn shade, And you'll come sometimes and see me where I am lowly laid. I shall not forget you, mother, I shall hear you when you pass, With your feet above my head in the long and pleasant grass. I have been wild and wayward, but you'll forgive me now; You'll kiss me, my own mother, and forgive me ere I go; Nay, nay, you must not weep, nor let your grief be wild, You should not fret for me, mother, you have another child. If I can I'll come again, mother, from out my resting-place; Though you'll not see me, mother, I shall look upon your face: Though I cannot speak a word, I shall hearken what you say, And be often often with you, when you think I'm far away. Goodnight, goodnight, when I have said goodnight for ever
more, And you see me carried out from the threshold of the door; Don't let Effie come to see me till my grave be growing green : She'll be a better child to you than ever I have been. She'll find my garden-tools upon the granary floor: Let her take 'em—they are her's: I shall never garden more: But tell her, when I'm gone, to train the rose-bush that I set About the parlour-window and the box of mignonette.
Good-night, sweet mother; call me before the day is born.
I THOUGHT to pass away before, and yet alive I am ;
I thought that it was fancy, and I listen'd in my bed,