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He saw me, and he turn'd aside,
To-day I fetch'd him from the rock;
"When I was young, a single man,
Of sheep I number'd a full score,
"Year after year my stock it grew;
Is all that is alive;
And now I care not if we die,
And perish all of poverty.
"Six children, Sir, had I to feed;
'Do this; how can we give to you,'
"I sold a sheep, as they had said, And bought my little children bread,
And they were healthy with their food;
"Another still! and still another!
They dwindled, dwindled, one by one;
Reckless of what might come at last,
"To wicked deeds I was inclined,
I went my work about;
And oft was moved to flee from home
A lamb, a wether, and a ewe,
I had but only one :
And here it lies upon my arm.
To-day I fetch'd it from the rock
It is the last of all my flock."
THE ROMANCE OF THE SWAN'S NEST.
LITTLE Ellie sits alone,
'Mid the beeches of a meadow,
By the stream-side on the grass;
She has thrown her bonnet by;
Little Ellie sits alone,
And the smile she softly useth
Fills the silence like a speech:
Little Ellie in her smile
That swan's nest among the reeds.
"And the steed it shall be red-roan,
With an eye that takes the breath,
Shall strike ladies into trouble,
As his sword strikes men to death.