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THERE is in the Adventurer a paper of verses given to one of the authors as Mr. West's, and supposed to have been written by him, which, having been left out by the compilers, it is proper to insert here. It should not be concealed, however, that this Elegy is printed with Mr. Jago's name in Dodsley's Collection, and is mentioned as his in a Letter of Shenstone's. Perhaps West gave it without naming the author; and Hawkes. worth, receiving it from him, thought it his; for his he thought it, as he told me, and as he tells the publick.
EGY, Occasioned by shooting a BLACKBIRD
The sun had chac'd the winter's snow,
And kindly loos'a the frost-bound foil; The melting streamız began to flow,
And plowmen urg'd their annual toil.. 'Twas then amid the verrai thrung,
Whom Nature wakes to mirth and love, A Blackbird rais’d his am'rous song, . And thus it echo'd through the grove.
“ O!' fairest of the feather'd train, · " For whom I fing, for whom I burn;" “ Attend with pity to my strain,
" And grant my love a kind return.
“ See, fee, the winter's storms are flown,
“ And Zephyrs gently fan the air ! “ Let us the genial influence own, " Let us the vernal pastime thare.
:* The Raven plumes his jetty winy,
*6 To please his croaking paramour ; . “ The Larks responsive love-tales fing,
“ And tell their passions as they foar. “But trust me, love, the Raven's wing
“ Is not to be compar'd with mine; . .66 Nor can the Lark so sweetly fing
" As I, who strength with sweetness join. “ With thee I'll prove the sweets of love,
.“ With thee divide the cares of life; “ No fonder husband in the grove,
“ Nor none than thee a happier wife. " I'll lead thee to the clearest rill,
“Whose streams among the pebbles stray 66 There will we fit and fip our fill,
“ Or on the flow'ry border play. “ I'll guide thee to the thickest brake,
“ Tanpervious to the school-boy's eye : " For thee the plaster'd nest I'll make,
" And on thy downy pinions lie. " To get thee food I'll range the fields,
" And cull the best of ev'ry kind; : • Whatever nature's bounty yields, " Or love's assiduous care can find.
“ And when my lovely mate would stray,
“ To taste the summer's sweets at large, " At home i'll wait the live-long day,
“ And tend at home our infant charge.
" When prompted by a mother's care
“ Thy warmth shall form th' imprison'd
“ With thee the task I'll fondly share,
“ Or cheer thy labours with my fong."
He ceas'd his song. The melting dame
With tender pity heard his strain ; She felt, the own'd a mutual flame,
And haften'd to relieve his pain.
He led her to the nuptial bow'r,
And nestled closely to her side, i. The happiest bridegroom in that hour,
And the the most enamour'd bride.
Next morn he wak'd her with a song
“ Arise ! behold the new-born day ! “ The Lark his mattin peal has rung; “ Arise, my love, and come away!"
Together Together through the fields they stray'd,
And to the verdant riv'let's fide, Renew'd their vows, and hopp'd and play'd,
With honest joy and decent pride. But, O! my Muse with pain relates
The mournful sequel of my tale: Sent by an order of the Fates,
A gunner met them in the vale. Alarm’d, the lover cry'd, “ My dear,
“ Haste, haste away; from danger fly! “ Here, gunner, take thy vengeance, here!
“O! spare my love, and let me die." At him the gunner took his aim;
The aim he took was much too true; 0! had he chose some other game,
Or shot as he had us’d to do ! * Divided pair! forgive the wrong,
While I with tears your fate rehearse : I'll join the widow's plaintive song,
And save the lover in my verse. * Never having killed any thing before or fince.