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The heifer comes in the snow-storm, and here

The new-dropped lamb finds shelter from the wind.

And hither does one Poet sometimes row

His Pinnace, a small vagrant Barge, up-piled With plenteous store of heath and withered fern, (A lading which he with his sickle cuts

Among the mountains,) and beneath this roof
He makes his summer couch, and here at noon
Spreads out his limbs, while, yet unshorn, the Sheep
Panting beneath the burthen of their wool

Lie round him, even as if they were a part

Of his own Household: nor, while from his bed He through that door-place looks toward the lake And to the stirring breezes, does he want Creations lovely as the work of sleep,

Fair sights, and visions of romantic joy.


Let thy wheel-barrow alone.
Wherefore, Sexton, piling still

In thy Bone-house bone on bone?

'Tis already like a hill

In a field of battle made,

Where three thousand skulls are laid.

-These died in peace each with the other,

Father, Sister, Friend, and Brother.

Mark the spot to which I point!
From this platform eight feet square

Take not even a finger-joint :

Andrew's whole fire-side is there.

Here, alone, before thine eyes,

Simon's sickly Daughter lies,

From weakness, now, and pain defended, Whom he twenty winters tended.

Look but at the gardener's pride-
How he glories, when he sees

Roses, Lilies, side by side,

Violets in families!

By the heart of Man, his tears,

By his hopes and by his fears,

Thou, old Gray-beard! art the Warden

Of a far superior garden.

Thus then, each to other dear,

Let them all in quiet lie,

Andrew there and Susan here,

Neighbours in mortality.

And, should I live through sun and rain Seven widowed years without my Jane, O Sexton, do not then remove her,

Let one grave hold the Lov'd and Lover!


"I hate that Andrew Jones: he'll breed
His children up to waste and pillage.
I wish the press-gang or the drum
With its tantara sound, would come
And sweep him from the village!"

I said not this, because he loves
Through the long day to swear and tipple;
But for the poor dear sake of one

To whom a foul deed he had done,

A friendless Man, a travelling Cripple.

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