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The mattock tottered in his hand ;
“You're overtasked, good Simon Lee;
The tears into his eyes were brought,
In the school of Hawkshead is a tablet,'on which are inscribed
in gilt letters, the names of the several persons who have been schoolmasters there since the foundation of the school, with the time at which they entered upon, and quitted their office. Opposite to one of those names, the Author wrote the following lines.
If Nature, for a favourite child
Read o'er these lines ; and then review
-When through this little wreck of fame,
And if a sleeping tear should wake,
Poor Matthew-all his frolics o'er-
The sighs which Matthew heaved were sighs
Yet sometimes, when the secret cup
-Thou soul of God's best earthly mould !
THE TWO APRIL MORNINGS.
We walk'd along, while bright and red
Uprose the morning sun ; And Matthew stopped, he looked and said,
“The will of God be done !"
A village schoolmaster was he,
With hair of glittering gray ; As blithe a man as you could see
On a spring holiday.
And on that morning, through the grass,
And by the steaming rills, We travelled merrily, to pass
A day among the hills.
“Our work," said I, was well begun;
Then from thy breast what thought, Beneath so beautiful a sun,
So sad a sigh has brought ?”
A second time did Matthew stop;
And fixing still his eye
“Yon cloud with that long purple cleft
Brings fresh into my mind
Full thirty years behind.
“And just above yon slope of corn
Such colours, and no other, Were in the sky that April morn,
Of this the very brother.
“ With rod and line I sued the sport
Which that sweet season gave, And, coming to the church, stopped short
Beside my daughter's grave.
“Nine summers had she scarcely seen,
The pride of all the vale ; And then she sang :-she would have been
A very nightingale !
" Six feet in earth my Emma lay ;
And yet I loved her more,
I e'er had loved before.
"And turning from her grave, I met,
Beside the churchyard yew,
With points of morning dew.
“ A basket on her head she bare ; Her brow was smooth and white;