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*T HORN.

1. THERE is a Thorn; it looks so old, In truth you'd find it hard to say, How it could ever have been young, It looks so old and grey. Not higher than a two-years' child, It stands erect this aged Thorn; No leaves it has, no thorny points; It is a mass of knotted joints, A wretched thing forlorn. It stands erect, and like a stone With lichens it is overgrown.

II. Like rock or stone, it is o'ergrown With lichens to the very top, And hung with heavy tufts of moss, A melancholy crop :

Up from the earth these mosses creep,
And this poor Thorn they clasp it round
So close, you'd say that they were bent
With plain and manifest intent,
To drag it to the ground;
And all had joined in one endeavour
To bury this poor Thorn for ever.

· III.

High on a mountain's highest ridge,
Where oft the stormy winter gale
Cuts like a scythe, while through the clouds
It sweeps from vale to vale;
Not five yards from the mountain path
This Thorn you on your left espy;
And to the left, three yards beyond,
You see a little muddy pond
Of water, never dry;
I've measur'd it from side to side:
'Tis three feet long, and two feet wide.

IV.
And close beside this aged Thorn,
There is a fresh and lovely sight,
A beauteous heap, a hill of moss,
Just half a foot in height.

All lovely colours there you see,
All colours that were ever seen;
And mossy net-work too is there,
As if by hand of lady fair
The work had woven been,
And cups, the darlings of the eye,
So deep is their vermillion dye.

V. Ah me! what lovely tints are there Of olive-green and scarlet bright! In spikes, in branches, and in stars, Green, red, and pearly white. This heap of earth o'ergrown with moss, Which close beside the Thorn you see, So fresh in all its beauteous dyes, Is like an infant's grave in size, As like as like can be: But never, never any where, An infants grave was half so fair,

VI. Now would you see this aged Thorn, This pond and beauteous hill of moss, You must take care and chuse your time The mountain when to cross.

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For oft there sits, between the heap
That's like an infant's grave in size,
And that same pond of which I spoke,
A woman in a scarlet cloak,
And to herself she cries,

“ Oh misery! oh misery!
“ Oh woe is me! oh misery!"

VII.
At all times of the day and night
This wretched woman thither goes,
And she is known to every star,
And every wind that blows;
And there beside the Thorn she sits
When the blue day-light's in the skies,
And when the whirlwind's on the hill,
Or frosty air is keen and still,
And to herself she cries,

so Oh misery! oh misery!
" Oh woe is me! oh misery!”

VIII. “ Now wherefore thus, by day and night, " In raiæ, in tempest, and in snow, “ Thus to the dreary mountain-top " Does this poor woman go?

* And why sits she beside the Thorn “ When the blue day-light's in the sky, ". Or when the whirlwind's on the hill, “ Or frosty air is keen and still, “ And wherefore does she cry?co Oh wherefore? wherefore? tell me why - Does she repeat that doleful cry?"

IX.

I cannot tell; Lwish I could;
For the true reason no one knows,
But if you'd gladly view the spot,
The spot to which she goes;
The heap that's like an infant's grave,
The pond--and Thorn-so old and grey,
Pass by her door-tis seldom shut
And if you see her in her hut,
Then to the spot away!--
I never heard of such as dare
Approach the spot when she is there.

X. ** But wherefore to the mountain-top “ Can this unhappy woman go, 6. Whatever star is in the skies, " Whatever wind may blow"

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