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The slimy pool, to build his hanging house fo 1'i e,
Intent. And often, from the careless back'i.* tres
Of herds and flocks, a thousand tugging bills*
Pluck hair and wool; and oft, when unobserved,
Steal from the barn a straw: till soft and warm, .!
Clean and complete, their habitation grows.

As thus the patient dam assiduous sits,
Not to be tempted from her tender task, ' ' .
Or by sharp hunger, or by smooth delight,
Though the whole loosen'd Spring around her blows,
Her sympathizing lover takes his stand arta
High on the opponent bank, and ceaseless sings
The tedious time away; or else supplies'
Her place a moment, while she sudden flits
To pick the scanty meal. The' appointed time
With pious toil fulfill'd, the callow young,
Warm’d and expanded into perfect life,
Their brittle bondage break, and come to light,
A helpless family, demanding food
With constant clamour: O what passions then,
What melting sentiments of kindly care and
On the new parents seize! Away they fly,' !! !
Affectionate, and undesiring bear i o!!!!!
The most delicious morsel to their young;
Which equally distributed, again
The search begins. E'en so a gentle pair,
By fortune sunk, but form'd of generous mould, ?
And charm'd with cares beyond the vulgar breast,
In some lone cot amid the distant woods, . tok !

Sustain'd alone by providential Heaven, wymiotal Oft, as they weeping eye their infant train, ndry44 BAST Check their own appétites, and give them all. 745 70

Nor toil alone they scorn: exalting lovegir til By the great Father of the Spring inspired one of putt Gives instant courage to the fearful race, sms! And to the simple, art. With stealthy wing, Should some rude foot their woody haunts molest, Amid a neighbouring bush they silent drop, And whirring thence, as if alarm'd, deceive The unfeeling schoolboy. Hence, around the head Of wandering swain, the white wing'd plover wheels Her sounding flight, and then directly on In long excursion skims the level lawn, To tempt him from her nest. The wild duck, hence, O’er the rough moss; and o'er the trackless waste The heath hen flutters, pious fraud! to lead The hot pursuing spaniel far astray.

Be not the Muse ashamed here to bemoan Her brothers of the grove, by tyrant Man Inhuman caught, and in the narrow cage From liberty confined, and boundless air. Dull are the pretty slaves, their plumage dull, Ragged, and all its brightening lustre lost; Nor is that sprightly wildness in their notes, Which clear and vigorous warbles from the beech. O then, ye friends of love, and love-taught song, Spare the soft tribes, this barbarous art forbear; If on your bosom innocence can win, Music engage, or piety persuade.

But let not chief the nightingale lament i smoking at Her ruin'd care, too delicately framed 117 Lai orari To brooks the harsh confinement of the cage." į "I Oft when, returning with her loaded bill, Smart The' astonish'd mother finds a vacant nest, on hi By the hard band of unrelenting clowns 30st en Robb’d, to the ground the vain provision falls ;tils Her pinions ruffle, and low drooping, scarce o od Can bear the mourner to the poplar shade; - liv tej Where, all abandon'd to despair, she sings In H4o. 10 Her sorrows through the night; and, on the bough Sole sitting, still at every dying fall 1:05: tils 's Takes up again her lamentable strain fi ! Of winding woe; till, wide around, the woods Sigh to her song and with her wail resound. ..

But now the feather'd youth their former bounds, Ardent, disdain ; and, weighing oft their wings, Demand the free possession of the sky: This one glad office more, and then dissolves - W Parental love at once, now needless grown. noi ! Unlavish Wisdom never works in vain.. . by 'Tis on some evening, sunny, grateful, mild,) 10. ) When nought but balm is breathing through the woods, With yellow lustre bright, that the new tribesí a recent Visit the spacious heavens, and look abroadcI E 7 On Nature's common, far as they can see" 3"". Or wing, their range and pasture. O’or the boughsil Dancing about, still at the giddy verge Their resolution fails; their pinions still, ui ont

In loose libration stretch'd, to trust the void 91.
Trembling refuge: till down before them fly ut lift
The parent guides, and chide, exhort, comimand,
Or push them off. The surging air receivesialux it!
Its plumy burden; and their self-taught wings of
Winnow the waving element. On ground ini !
Alighted, bolder up again they lead,
Farther and farther on, the lengthening flight; }
Till vanish'd every fear, and every power
Roused into life and action, light in air. 115!*
The acquitted parents see their soaring race, .
And once rejoicing, never know them more.

High from the summit of a craggy cliff
Hung o'er the deep, such as amazing frowns
On utmost Kilda's* shore, whose lonely race
Resign the setting sun to Indian worlds,
The royal eagle draws his vigorous young,
Strong pounced, and ardent with paternal fire.
Now fit to raise a kingdom of their own,
He drives them from his fort, the towering seat,
For ages, of his empire; which, in peace,
Unstain'd he holds, while many a league to sea
He wings his course, and preys in distant isles.

Should I my steps turn to the rural seat,
Whose lofty elms and venerable oaks
Invite the rook, who high amid the boughs,..
In early Spring, his airy city builds,i.. . . my in

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And ceaseless caws amusive; "there, well pleased, I might the various polity survey 101'}, is Of the mix'd household kind. The careful hen Calls all her chirping family around, men Fed and defended by the fearless cock; !!! Whose breast with ardour flames as on he walks, Graceful, and crows defiance. In the pond," The finely checker'd duck, before her train, Rows garrulous. The stately sailing swani Gives out his snowy plumage to the gale, 11 as a And, arching proud his neck, with oary feet!“. Bears forward fierce, and guards his osier isle, 1 " Protective of his young. The turkey nigh,. .. Loud threatening, reddens; while the peacock spreads *His every colour'd glory to the sun,?1 !! And swims in radiant majesty along. O’er the whole homely scene, the cooing dove Flies thick in amorous chase, and wanton rolls The glancing eye, and turns the changeful neck. '

While thus the gentle tenants of the shadev . Indulge their purer loves, the rougher world ur og'n' Of brutes below rush furious into fame 1.7 " And fierce desire. Through all his lusty veins The bull, deep scorch'd, the raging passion feels. in Of pasture sick, and negligent of food,, '; ?, Scarce seen, he wades among the yellow broon, While o'er his ample sides the rambling sprays Luxuriant shoot; or through the mazy wood . Dejected wanders, nor the enticing bud-diyini

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