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REAS’NING at ev'ry step he treads,
Man yet mistakes his way,
And heard the voice of love;
No time shall disengage,
And constancy sincere,
And mine can read them there;
Shall ne'er be felt by me,
Or kites are hov’ring near,
And press thy wedded side, isore Resolv'd an union form’d for life 24 Death never shall divide. in titel.
(Forgive a transient thought) Thou could become unkind at last, And scorn thy present lot,
Or kites with cruel beak:
This widow'd heart would break.
Thus sang the sweet sequester'd bird,
Soft as the passing wind,
A lesson for mankind.
A Raven, while with glossy breast Her new-laid eggs she fondly pressid, And, on her wickerwork high mounted, Her chickens prematurely counted, (A fault philosophers might blame If quite exempted from the same) Enjoy'd at ease the genial day; 'Twas April, as the bumpkins say, The legislature call'd it May. But suddenly a wind as high, As ever swept a wintry sky, Shook the young leaves about her ears, And fill'd her with a thousand fears,
Lest the rude blast should sṇap the bough, And spread her golden hopes below. But just at eve the blowing weather, And all her fears were hush'd together: And now, quoth poor unthinking Ralph, 'Tis over, and the brood is safe ; (For ravens, though as birds of omen They teach both conj’rers and old women, To tell us what is to befall, Can't prophesy themselves at all.) The morning came, when neighbour Hodge, Who long had mark'd her airy lodge, And destin'd all the treasure there A gift to his expecting fair, Climb'd like a squirrel to his dray, And bore the worthless prize away.
Fate steals along with silent tread,
: A COMPARISON.
The lapse of time and rivers is the same,