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And to that hollow Dell from time to time
When thou art gone away, should evil men
Be thy companions, think of me, my Son,

Did he repair, to build the Fold of which

His flock had need. And of this moment; hither turn thy thoughts,

'Tis not forgotten yet And God will strengthen thee: amid all fear

The pity which was then in every heart And all temptation, Luke, I pray that thou

For the Old Man — and 't is believed by all
Mayst bear in mind the life thy Fathers lived, That many and many a day he thither went,
Who, being innocent, did for that cause

And never lifted up a single stone.
Bestir them in good deeds. Now, fare thee well
When thou returnest, thou in this place wilt see

There, by the Sheep-fold, sometimes was he seen A work which is not here: a covenant

Sitting alone, with that his faithful Dog, 'T will be between us But, whatever fate

Then old, beside him, lying at his feet. Betall thee, I shall love thee to the last,

The length of full seven years, from time to time, And bear thy memory with me to the grave.”

He at the building of this sheep-fold wrought,

And left the work unfinished when he died.
The Shepherd ended here; and Luke stooped down, Three years, or little more, did Isabel
And, as his Father had requested, laid

Survive her Husband : at her death the estate
The first stone of the Sheep-fold. At the sight, Was sold, and went into a Stranger's hand.
The Old Man's grief broke from him; to his heart The Cottage which was named the EVENING STAR
He pressed his Son, he kissed him and wept ;

Is gone—the ploughshare has been through the ground And to the house together they returned.

On which it stood; great changes have been wrought -Hushed was that house in peace, or seeming peace, In all the neighbourhood :- yet the Oak is left Ere the night fell:- with morrow's dawn the Boy That grew beside their Door; and the remains Began his journey, and when he had reached Of the unfinished Sheep-fold may be seen The public Way, he put on a bold face;

Beside the boisterous brook of Green-head Ghyll And all the Neighbours, as he passed their doors, Came forth with wishes and with farewell prayers, That followed him till he was out of sight.

THE RUSSIAN FUGITIVE.
A good report.did from their Kinsman come
Of Luke and his well-doing: and the Boy
Wrote loving letters, full of wondrous news,

[Peler Henry Bruce, having given in his entertaining Memoirs Which

, as the Housewife phrased it, were throughout the substance of the following Tale, affirms, that, besides the “The prettiest letters that were ever seen."

concurring reports of others, he had the story from the Lady's

own mouth. Both parents read them with rejoicing hearts.

The Lady Catherine, mentioned towards the close, was the Se many months passed on: and once again

famous Catherine, then bearing that name as the acknowledged The Shepherd went about his daily work

Wife of Peter the Great.]
With confident and cheerful thoughts; and now
Sometimes when he could find a leisure hour

PART I.
He to that valley took his way, and there
Wronght at the Sheep-fold. Meantime Luke began
To slacken in his duty; and, at length,

Enough of rose-bud lips, and eyes
He in the dissolute city gave himself

Like harebells bathed in dew, To evil courses: ignominy and shame

Of cheek that with carnation vies, Pell on him, so that he was driven at last

And veins of violet hue; To seek a hiding-place beyond the seas.

Earth wants not beauty that may scorn

A likening to frail flowers ;
T'here is a comfort in the strength of Love;
Twill make a thing endurable, which else

Yea, to the stars, if they were born

For seasons and for hours.
Would overset the brain, or break the heart:
I have conversed with more than one who well
Remember the Old Man, and what he was

Through Moscow's gates, with gold unbarred,

Stepped one at dead of night,
Whom such high beauty could not guard

From meditated blight;
By stealth she passed, and fed as fast

As doth the hunted fawn,
Nor stopped, till in the dappling east

Appeared unwelcome dawn.

Yeurs after he had heard this heavy news.
His bodily frame had been from youth to age
of an unusual strength. Among the rocks
He went, and still looked up towards the sun,
And listened to the wind; and, as before,
Performed all kinds of labour for his Sheep,
Ind for the land his small inheritance.

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